Friday, January 11, 2013

Sunday at Bar 355, Catch Ava Mendoza's Trio Unnatural Ways Before Its European Tour

By Whitney Phaneuf
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Why do local musicians, especially ones who play avant-garde and free jazz, love Bar 355? To quote Oakland guitarist Ava Mendoza: "They're okay with us being really loud."

When the music is as unbridled as the kind Mendoza and her trio Unnatural Ways create, the louder the better. Unlike Mendoza's blues-meets-noise solo work, her trio — Nick Tamburro on drums and Dominique Leone on synths — lightens the mood. "Unnatural Ways is a party band for weird people," Mendoza said. It's weird for sure, in a thrashy, psychedelic, Captain Beefheart kinda way.

Ava Mendoza plays Bar 355 Sunday, January 13 with her trio Unnatural Ways.
  • Ava Mendoza plays Bar 355 on Sunday, January 13, with her trio Unnatural Ways.

Catch Unnatural Ways at its last second-Sunday residency on Sunday, January 13 at Bar 355 before it heads to Europe for a five-week tour. 7 p.m., free.

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