The Rainbow Girls w/Imlak'esh Organics Kickstarter Launch Party
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, Honeysticks
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Rainbow Girls formed in the bottom of a radioactive crater. The first two colors to explode grinning from the mud were Red & Yellow, who soon realized that in order to fulfill their destiny, they needed to find the rest of the colors and join together to create an Electric All-Lady Stomp-Folk Grand Band. Green was discovered practicing voodoo in a barn in Carpinteria, while Violet was drawn in by the harmonious, soul lifting shrieks of a particularly festive Monday night ritual known as BEAN NIGHT. The four immediately took off on a gust of wind to Joshua Tree and Big Bear Mountain, and traveled through Europe by the skin of their teeth, couchsurfing, playing music on the streets, staying in art squats and getting deported from the UK. When they returned, bursting with rock but lacking a drummer, Blue, carrying an entire drum kit around her body like a huge metal cloak, trampolined forth from inside a stand at the Farmers Market and Rainbow Girls was formed.
Since then they have toured the western half of the US extensively, playing festivals and opening for bands like ALO, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Brothers Comatose, and the California Honeydrops. In May 2013, they released their first official studio album, "The Sound of Light," featuring 16 original tracks and funded by almost 200 friends, fans, and family members. That summer the gals returned to Europe and the UK, but this time with a van, a tour manager, an album, and a legitimate list of gigs and festivals lined up. After returning to the US in September, the girls decided to take the winter to make money, work on new material, and gear up to tour both the US and Europe again in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
Imlak’esh Organics is a vibrant, Santa Barbara based company with a global story. They specialize in organic, direct-trade superfoods from the Amazon and High Andes mountains of Peru. Currently, they offer 11 products, from raw chocolate and unique trailmixes, to brazil nut oil and golden berries. In addition, the small company supports several ecological and social projects encouraging reforestation, organic agriculture, and social empowerment in Peru.
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O'Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.
When performing with his trio, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between.
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