Steve Meckfessel, Don Arbor w/ special guest Barbara Higbie

Steve Meckfessel, Don Arbor w/ special guest Barbara Higbie

A benefit for the Freight & Salvage

Sunday, May 3rd

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 adv / $22 door

Steve Meckfessel
Steve Meckfessel
Alameda’s Steve Meckfessel joined his first band, Size Five, when he was in junior high school in Sacramento. As a student at UC Santa Cruz, he played in a folk duo. In 2000 he formed Stone Soup, a vintage rock and roll cover band. When he recorded his first solo effort, Twice, in 2004, he brought in the founder of his junior high band, Peter Andrews, to play on the album. The title song was used on the long-running television show, JAG. The website Minor 7th praised Steve’s second album, Under Beautiful Skies, for its "plainspoken wisdom" and "ironies we can believe in," calling the album "lovely" and "moving." Under Beautiful Skies made the Americana charts and was played on stations throughout the, US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Steve has co-written songs with Bob Hahn, Peter Andrews, Jeff Lionz, Barbara Higbie and Keith Greeninger.
Don Arbor
Don Arbor
Don Arbor is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and award-winning video artist, with a knack for timely subjects and catchy tunes. "Everyone Comes from Somewhere" by Don Arbor, is a welcome song for present-day Dreamers and the immigrants of the past, including Don's own ancestors. In a recent LA Progressive interview, "Everyone" was hailed as An Anthem From the Sanctuary State. It garnered over 16,000 views in the 6 weeks since its February 2018 release. “Everyone Comes from Somewhere” has already garnered Gold Awards for Original Song and Music Video from the International Independent Film Festival, and an Award if Recognition from the Best Shorts Competition.

Don's songs have been compared to such varied performers as Glenn Frey, George Harrison, Steely Dan, and even Green Day. In 2017, Don's single, "It Should Have Been Me," was inspired by hearing about a great trip his wife, Jill, had taken many years ago, with an ex-boyfriend. It's a catchy, upbeat take on the common theme of living in the present with the one you love. "It Should Have Been Me" climbed steadily to #11 on the FMQB charts by early March.

Don's CD, "Salam Pax (Peace)," was praised for Don's "softly dramatic and honey warm vocals... Throughout it all, Arbor's vocals seduce and evoke a myriad of emotions." http://twangtownreviews.com/2008/07/24/don-arbors-softly-dramatic-and-honey-warm-voice-recalls-don-mclean/ The "Salam Pax (Peace)" video won the award for Best Music Video at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival.