San Diego All-Stars Plan Musical ‘Jubilee'

In a show modeled after Martin Scorsese's epic 1978 concert film, The Last Waltz, the Smart Brothers -- and a cast of local all-stars -- will join forces to send off 2010 at the Casbah on Dec. 28.

The acclaimed San Diego trio -- you may remember them from their charming SoundDiego LIVE performance back in October -- invited Gregory Page (another SoundDiego LIVE performer), Erika Davies, John Meeks and Sara Petite, among others, to perform with them onstage in a grand sendoff to 2010.

The Smart Brothers -- made up of Jay and Lou Smart and their childhood friend Michael Reed -- will kick off the evening with a set of their own material, including songs from their damn-near-perfect new album, Make it Last. Then the trio will invite guests like Page and Davies to join them onstage. Other local artists in attendance will be Suzanne Reed, Joanie Mendenhall and the Wrong Trousers. Let there be no doubt in your mind: The Smart Brothers aim to please.

According to Jay and Lou, though, the pleasure is all theirs. Talking about how he conceived the idea for the group concert, Jay said, "I've always loved collaborating artistically with people ... the end result is so much greater than any one person's contribution."

When asked how they chose these specific artists, Lou explained, "Gregory Page has always been an inspiration and a good friend to us. We also just did a show in October with Erika Davies, and I was blown away. Everyone we have on the bill for the show is unique ... at the same time, they all kind of fit together."

Indeed. The Smart Brothers' Winter Jubilee will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Get your tickets here.

T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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