by Andrew Frisicano

Mecca Normal

The duo of Jean Smith and Dave Lester have revived Mecca Normal, their vocals-and-guitar indie-punk act that, since starting in 1984, has released discs on K Records, Matador, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars - who put out the band's most recent release, 2006's The Observer (featuring the single "Attraction is Ephemeral," video below).

The pair head out on their 25th Anniversary, "How Art & Music Can Change the World" tour - a traveling musical performance/lecture series that'll visit NYC in both forms, first at Cake Shop on Monday, April 20th, then to present their world changing thesis (see video below for a preview) at Bluestockings Books on Tuesday, April 21st.
Jean Smith says...

I wasn't expecting to be impacted by the economic downturn when I was laid off from my retail job at an eco-friendly clothing store. The company decided to close the much-loved, quaint, creaky-old-floorboard store to concentrate on their wholesale and online business. As an almost fifty-year-old (single, debt-free) musician, novelist and painter, I am perhaps better equipped to deal with variations on the theme of employment and income, better than people who felt they had security. Rather than look for a new part time job, I'm hitting the road with Mecca Normal to present "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- an art exhibit, lecture and performance event in university and high school classrooms, bookstores, art galleries and music venues.

The band's back catalogue received a boost recently when the Mecca's Smarten UP! Records re-released two previously out-of-print Matador releases-- 1997's Who Shot Elvis? and 1995's Sitting on Snaps - on iTunes earlier this year.

All tour dates and above-mentioned videos below...

"How Art & Music Can Change the World"

Mecca Normal - Attraction is Ephemeral

Mecca Normal - 2009 Tour Dates
- Vancouver -- March 28 -- The Vinegar Factory -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Vancouver -- April 1 -- Windermere High School -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Bellingham, WA -- April 3 -- Underground Coffeehouse
- Seattle -- April 4 -- Vera Project
- Battle Ground, WA -- April 5
- Olympia -- April 7 -- Evergreen State College -- tba
- Olympia -- April 7 -- All Ages Project
- Portland -- April 8 -- Holocene
- Salem, OR -- April 9 -- Cherry City Music Festival
- Salem, OR -- April 10 -- Willamette University -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Eugene, OR -- April 10 -- Wandering Goat
- Arcata, CA -- April 11 -- The Green House
- San Francisco -- April 12 -- Hemlock Tavern
- San Francisco -- April 13 -- Modern Times Bookstore -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 14 -- CalArts -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 15 -- Knitting Factory Hollywood
- Durham, NC -- tba -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Durham, NC -- April 18 -- DuoFest III
- DC -- April 19 -- The Red & The Black Bar
- DC -- April 20 -- tba -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- New York -- April 20 -- Cake Shop
- New York -- April 21 -- Bluestockings Books -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Philly -- April 22 -- Nexus -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Turners Falls, MA -- April 23 -- Rendezvous
- Providence -- April 24 -- Rhode Island School of Design -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Boston -- April 25 -- Megapolis Audio Festival -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Providence -- April 25 -- AS220

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