Alive at Eight: Scott Samuels w/The Flood Brothers (8pm), DJ: The Brains (10pm)
Over 40 years ago, Milwaukee-born singer songwriter Scott Samuels began his inauspicious rock n' roll journey, playing along with Monkees records in the basement of his Aunt's Skokie, Illinois home. On March 16th, the San Diego-based musician returns to his birthplace, to debut songs from his first solo CD, "Great Big World", at The Circle-A Cafe, 932 E. Chambers in Riverwest.
A founder of several San Diego bands which have become well-known amongst power-pop aficionados, Samuels is embarking on a solo acoustic tour with Midwest stops in both Chicago and Milwaukee.
An ambitious first solo outing, the CD includes eight of Samuels’ original songs and two covers of tunes that resonate with him in a big way – The Plimsouls’ “Great Big World” and Errol Brown’s (Hot Chocolate) “It Started with a Kiss.”
Samuels revels in seemingly remembering every detail of his life – a boon for those that appreciate vivid storytelling. He has been a frequent audience member in the theater of the absurd since he received his first real guitar in 1970 and took lessons from a guy in a Hawaiian band with a life-sized plastic palm tree in his studio. His high school band’s first gig was at a local nursing home, and the song they recorded to try to save their school from closing, "Save Niles East", has become somewhat of collector's item, changing hands on eBay for upwards of $25.
"There was almost a reunion of my high school band, Phaze, over the summer in conjunction with a big Niles East remembrance event...but it never came together," Samuels said. "This is the first time I've played a show in Milwaukee since the early '90s, and I'll be playing a lot of my power-pop tunes combined with a good sampling of key influences and inspirations....from T. Rex to the Monkees, of course."
Samuels performs at 8pm, with Milwaukee band The Flood Brothers taking the stage at 9pm.