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Cali Nation

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The best kept secret in music


"Masterpiece Theatre"

I've seen bands play in the strangest of places: a dingy, back-alley wharehouse building in East Salinas; the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains; a deserted piece of land in the So-Cal desert.

On Saturday night, the strange list got a bit longer: The Regency Theatre movie house on Alvarado Street in Monterey! Salinas homeboys Cali Nation put on a a strange yet funky show in a venue more accustomed to Bollywood dramatics (the theatre recently hosted an Indian-film showcase) than beer-bong antics.

And if it doesn't seem that weird at first, I ask you this: when was the last time you saw 50-plus party animals running around movie theatre aisles and rocking out to a live band? Even better, have you ever watched three grown men perform a set of live music on an eight-foot wide movie screen lip? Have you ever seen a VIP section in a movie house balcony?

I thought not.

The show was preceded by a screening of the snowboarding movie "Future Proof," a quick-cut, freewheeling showcase of some of the world's best snowboarders doing their thing in a gang of different locales.

The stunts these crazy whiteboys pulled off (snowboarding at night, getting pulled by a car on a snowy roadway, doing rail grinds and boarding down hillsides flat as a building-side) had me tilting my head and uttering "dannggg" for most of the movie. Definitely a dumb-out type of movie.

After the screening, Cali Nation took the stage for what had to be their first time in a movie theatre. And with movie theatres being what they are (filled with seats and sticky floors covered with old candy and food) it was hard for them to get into their initial groove.

Lead singer Andrew Nack turned off the stage lights because they annoyed him, but all you could see was a silhouette of his tall frame in the darkness. The band opened up with the Slightly Stoopid song "I'm So Stoned," a laid back number that seemed appropriate.

The band went into some new material," Way Back," which sounded loud and raw and funky. The line "I thought I had the world by the balls, so many things I didn't know" seemed to resonate with people in the crowd (especially the folks in the VIP, who seemed to be having all of the fun).

The opening strains of "Hail Mary" came in next, and by this time, the theatre seemed like it was the victim of a friendly occupation. Girls were dancing in the aisles, the promoter was smoking in the theatre, and the band sounded loud enough to tear the house down brick by brick.

The band has a hype man/side kick who wears snow goggles and seems to run around randomly, getting the crowd hype. He was in overdrive for this show, seemingly bouncing off of the plush walls and filling the theatre with his energy. Somebody needs to do a movie about him.

As the dancing and the pounding continued, the band finally caught its groove, but at the expense of a dwindling crowd. Halfway through their set, half of the crowd had either retreated outside to smoke cigarettes or were up in the VIP area (I couldn't get in there; promoters weren't trying to look out for a brother), but it still made for interesting theatre.

Maybe next time these guys can get booked at an opera house or something.

By Marcos Cabrera - Monterey Herald


Cali Nation - "The Album" LP

4 Tracks from the Album stream steadily day and night on
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The album has recently gained international physical and digital distribution. It will be available to order in any record store near you or online as well as Itunes, napster, Amazon etc.

Tracks from Cali Nation "the album" continue to gain airply on a growing list of College and Internet radio shows as the buzz continues to grow.

Cali Nation is currently recording and mixing their second album slated for release winter of 06.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Founded in 1999 Cali Nation brings you a diverse array of sonic nuances based in rock, fun danceable reggae, with a twist of blues and ska. Sure to keep any music enthusiast satisfied. The extreme level of energy this band exhibits, if captured, could power California alone. The musical diversity projected here embraces catchy vocals, danceable rhythms, split-second changes, beautiful bass runs, machine-gun drum rolls, and soulful guitar solos. Playing a variety of token cover songs and original songs, Cali will be sure to have everyone singing along. Covering songs from the Eagles, Bob Marley, Sublime, Jimi Hendrix, The Misfits, Led Zeppelin, and more. Even the most timid wallflower can't help but let their inner-dancer loose. It is music for the masses. Cali Nation will bring the party to any occasion. There are always good people and good times at a Cali Nation show.

Since 2002 Cali Nation has graced and frequented the following establishments:

The Catalyst - Santa Cruz
The Crow's Nest - Santa Cruz
Beale Street Bar and Grille - San Francisco
Red Devil Lounge - San Francisco
Pier 23 - San Francisco
The Aptos Club - Aptos
The Claran Lounge - Santa Clara
The Mediterranean - Aptos
Monterey Live (formerly Viva Monterey) - Monterey
Club Octane - Monterey
358 Culture Lounge - San Jose
Johnny's - Hollister
Black Box Cabaret - CSU Monterey Bay
Jim Dandy's - Prunedale
Monterey Rock & Art Festival - Monterey
Slacker's - Salinas
Grant & Green - San Francisco
Rooster's Roadhouse - Alameda
Time Out - Hayward
Old Princeton Landing - Half Moon Bay
Hoss Hogg's - South Lake Tahoe
Johhny V's - San Jose
Latitudes - Redondo Beach