Caffè Mela and City of Wenatchee Parks & Recreation present
Massy Ferguson at Centennial Park
17 N. Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA, 98801
Massy Ferguson is a bar band in the best sense -- not a band relegated to bars because it will never rise higher, but a band that plays music perfectly suited to dark, crowded rooms in which there's at least a possibility of a beer glass smashing against a wall.
The songs, filled with barflies, broken hearts and doomed late-night romance, would sound pretty good anywhere, though. Singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the sound is Americana that leans more toward rock than country, and that's a pretty good description. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen's "Greetings From Asbury Park" or "Nebraska." Those are all influences, as is 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy.
If that means Massy Ferguson is derivative, well, that's partly true. It doesn't really matter, though, because the songs, if not particularly groundbreaking, are just plain good. And the lyrics are full of enough detail and imagery that you start to forget any objections. Take, for instance, this bit from "Powder Blue," on the 2008 album "Cold Equations":
She worked the desk at the Klose Inn Motel
We snuck in, half-price at a quarter to twelve
Orange juice and vodka in a plastic cup
In a couple of days she'll break my heart.
Dawn Mitschele is one of San Diego's finest voices. A singer/songwriter with a rich and soulful sound, she has been performing solo as well as with her full band in and around Southern California for the past 5 years. Her first full length album, "In the Moonlight," was released in 2009, and was praised by the San Diego Troubadour, describing Dawn as having "a firm grip on her artistic vision as well as the talent to bring it to fruition as she fearlessly explores folk, pop, jazz, Latin, and blues sounds." It is Dawn's truly angelic voice and honest lyrics that grab and retain the listener's attention and keep her loyal fans hooked on her sound.