Hubby and I were thrilled to score a pair of tickets to the Maia Sharp KPRIFM Private Listeners Concert*** above the impressive Vintana Wine + Dine in Escondido, California. Located on the Penthouse Level of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, Vintana offers a modern take on California Cuisine and picturesque views of the town and countryside; perfect for this outdoor performance.
The Lovebirds, a dynamic and unique pop duo opened the show. I had never heard of this group before but found them immediately likable and very talented. The interesting side story is that these two ladies are in reality ex-love birds.
The Lovebirds are the winners of the 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting contest and as official showcase performers for 2015 Folk Alliance International. The LoveBirds are easy to Love! Look for other opportunities to experience the upbeat harmonious renderings from Veronica May and Lindsay White.
Headliner, Maia Sharp is a pop singer songwriter with a hint of jazz and folk that easily makes your feet tap and hips sway to her quaint melodies. Impressively, this artist has had her songs recorded by The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb and many more.
Maia also produced Edwin McCain's last album Mercy Bound (429 Records) and most recently two songs for Art Garfunkel's retrospective double album The Singer (Sony). And through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums. She has five solo releases and one collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock that have all been critically acclaimed and enthusiastically embraced by press and radio.
This was my second KPRI Private Listener Maia Sharp concert.** She and her band (Linda Taylor) continue to amaze me. The passionate and emotionally honest songs about life and love stimulate my imagination and heart.
Maia’s long awaited new album, The Dash Between the Dates (eOne Records) will be available everywhere digital and physical albums are sold October 16, 2015! In the meantime, the album's first single, "Nothing But the Radio" is out now on iTunes.
The majority of the crowd really enjoyed the two groups. However, at the end of the delightful night of song, there were a handful of concert goers who morphed into inattentive yet loud and obnoxious roadblocks to concert enjoyment.
Additionally, the Vintana staff breaking down the tables and carting off chairs before Maia Sharp’s finale was very distracting. Nevertheless, this KPRI Private Listeners Concert was an excellent way to enjoy our Sunday Evening!
Tip: Try the Margherita from the Vintana Lanai Menu. It was a perfect blend of vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, pesto, and shaved Parmesan cheese and just large enough for the two of us.
Maia Sharp / Lovebirds KPRI Private Listeners Concert Photos
**On March 13, 2013, Oma was introduced to artist Maia Sharp at the Apotheque Spa https://www.facebook.com/apothequespa in Oceanside. If you do not know Maia Sharp’s music – you must check her out. Oma bought two of her albums – Echo and Change the Ending. What a great experience – I was able to take a picture with Ms. Sharp and both she and her “band” - Linda Taylor signed my cd’s! Remember this awesome experience was free!
***Private Listener Concerts are local radio station, KPRI 102.1’s way of saying THANKS for spending time with KPRi. San Diego’s 102.1 KPRi is owned by two guys. That’s it. No big corporation, no Big Brother telling them what to do, nor what to play. Just two guys who love radio, Bob Hughes and Jonathan Schwartz who bought KPRi in 1996.