Concerts in the Redwood Grove: Tommy Guerrero + Matt Costa
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
UC Botanical Garden
REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES! Every Thursday, June through August Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills. TONIGHT: Tommy Guerrero Tommy Guerrero may be better known in the world of skateboarding than music. Born in San Francisco, Guerrero joined the skate company Powell Peralta in 1984 and became one of the original members of the legendary Bones Brigade team. TG has been playing music since the late 70s with his brother Tony -both raised on a steady diet of DIY punk music/ethos and skateboarding-which informed and shaped the person he is today. Since then, Guerrero has become an accomplished bassist and guitarist with influences as diverse as John Coltrane, Bad brains, Joy division Gabor Szabo and on and on Matt Costa Born in Huntington Beach, California, in 1982, Matt Costa received his first guitar at age 12. While he was always interested in music, even playing in a band in high school, Costas first love was skateboarding. His dreams of going pro came crashing to an end, however, when he seriously injured his leg in a skateboarding accident at 18. During his year-and-a-half-long rehabilitation period, Costa decided to refocus his energy on songwriting and guitar playing, and began using a four-track to make demos. One of these demos found its way to No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who liked what he heard so much that he offered to produce Costas music, and soon they had recorded two independently released EPs, Matt Costa and The Elasmosaurus, as well as a full-length early version of Songs We Sing. These caught the ear of Brushfire Records owner Jack Johnson, who was impressed by the young musicians work and signed Costa to his label and invited him to open his 2005 summer tour. In 2006, Costas official major-label debut, Songs We Sing (slightly different from the 2005 indie version), was released. Unfamiliar Faces arrived in 2008, followed by Mobile Chateau in 2010. In 2013, Costa returned with an orchestral and 70s AM pop-influenced self-titled album. NOTES ABOUT REDWOOD GROVE CONCERTS: Shows will sell-out buy online in advance. (No surcharge!) All tickets are will call, non-refundable and non-trasferable. Your name will be on a check-in list both at the Garden Kiosk and at the Redwood Grove gate. Parking is limited and not guaranteed carpooling is highly encouraged. Ticket includes admission to the Botanical Garden before it closes at 5:00pm. ($12 value for adults!) Redwood Grove door opens at 5:00 p.m. Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome. Warm clothes recommended.