Hi. I’m Walking Bob and I encourage you to walk, drive, bike or grab a bus down to the Davis Odd Fellows Hall to catch one of the most eloquent and nimble-fingered musicians in Davis, Dave Nachmanoff, in concert on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
I was in the audience at Dave’s last local concert in October at the N Street Cohousing Common House. Dave performed songs from his ninth and newest CD, “Step Up” as well as favorites that had the local crowd singing along. After all, Dave has been singing, and writing about Davis for eleven years now, and he has quite a local fan base.
He actually put out his first CD based on performances at Pioneer School back in 2000, before he had his own two children. That CD had clever songs for kids like “Butchie the Cat” and “Scarecrow Bug Hotel” that were written for and with the kids at Pioneer. Later albums had Davis connections with songs about a little “College Town” with recycling and bicycles and my personal favorite, “George’s Corner” written about the same man I profiled in “George’s Garden” for Davis Life back in November 2010.
Dave is more than just a Davis-based performer, and his roots go back to childhood in Arlington, Virginia, living and performing in London, and touring around the U.S. and the world with Al Stewart, best known for “The Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages”. Dave replaced smooth jazz star Peter White in Al’s band and can be seen performing those two songs with Al if you click on the links for each song.
One comment on YouTube makes it clear that Dave is now an important part of Al’s concerts. “Just saw an Al Stewart acoustic concert in Livermore. The dude that accompanied him was just amazing!! What great solos! Amazing!!!” Dave and Al have also released a live recording together titled “Uncorked.”
The December 4 concert is a benefit for Kiwanis Family House, whose mission is to provide temporary housing and support to families of seriously ill or injured children and adults being treated at University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento or at Shriners Hospital. They provide convenient, restful, secure, and low cost accommodations so families that live out of the area can stay close to their family members being treated at either of those two hospitals.
Tickets for the benefit concert are $20 for adults and $5 for students. You can learn more about Kiwanis Family House or the benefit concert from Mark Castelucci, of the Kiwanis Club of Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org .