Steve Poltz makes his Natalie’s debut for a special evening of music not to be missed! Steve Poltz is not normal. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen – Canada/USA – but has often said that, “should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian.”
Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me” with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as fans.
As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible for a critically lauded body of work on his own. As good as his albums are (and they’re very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he’s on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It’s also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That’s what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you. Whether he’s Canadian, or American, or simply from space there’s no denying there’s only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.
Opening for Steve Poltz is the talented musician Rob Maccabee. When Rob isn’t cooking something delicious or playing with his daughter, he’s making music. He’s combing through memories and senses to brew up songs that live in the enchanted territory where words and melody meet the gut. His charm and affability ride shotgun with tunes that rollercoaster between utter vulnerability and belly laughs.
Rob has followed a twisty back road to songwriter. He has been a horn player and leader of funk-jazz outfit, New Basics Brass Band, for nearly 20 years. His work with NBBB has resulted in 3 studio albums and performances such as SXSW in Austin and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. In winter of 2009, Rob started flirting with a guitar a friend left behind. Songs began rolling out and he haven’t stopped since. Last September, Rob released “Marvelous Machine, his first solo album of original singer-songwriter material.