Newly Signed Kill Rock Stars Recording Artist Caleb Nichols Performs EP Release Party at SLO’s A Satellite of Love | Music | San Luis Obispo



I’ve been following the music career of Los Osos native Caleb Nichols, queer writer and Cal Poly librarian, for many years now, watching his songwriting quietly blossom as he led his life: earning a master’s degree in librarianship and information science in San José, master’s degree in English from Cal Poly, doctorate. in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University, Wales. It doesn’t quite fit the bill for someone who signed to Kill Rock Stars, the indie label originally known for championing underground punk bands on the Olympia, Oregon music scene. And yet here it is.

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  • QUEER LIKE FOLK Cal Poly Librarian, queer writer and new Kill Rock Stars recording artist Caleb Nichols plays SLO’s A Satellite of Love on November 30, to promote his new EP Bugle.

“I signed a contract with the iconic indie label Kill Rock Stars and I’m releasing music with them this fall – a single today, an EP in November and summer 2022, a full LP,” a- he explained a few weeks ago. “I’m so excited to share ‘Words That Stay’ with you, which is my entry into the Kill Rock Stars 30th Anniversary Cover Compilation. Stars Rock Kill. The song is originally from Kill Rock Stars’ Tele Novella signers from their album Merlyn Belle. ”

This Tuesday, November 30 (8 p.m.; all ages; $ 10 at the door), at SLO Town’s A Satellite of Love, Caleb nichols will play an EP release party for Bugle, his new collection of four songs which will be released on November 26. Its lush, calm sound has notes from Simon and Garfunkel and includes its cover of “Words That Stay,” the title track, “Clear As Day” and “He ‘ll Love You Better” – each track is a sonic gem. SLO Town law Small wings (aka Kyle Field) will open the show.

“SLO is such a small music community, and I’m very proud to be an SLO-based artist on a big independent label,” added Nichols. “Sixteen-year-old me, playing Morro Bay High School hooky, listening to a copy of the CD by Whether or through [Kill Rock Stars recording artist] Elliott Smith, bought from Boo Boo, of course, would be really thrilled!

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FOUR STRING MADNESS Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro performs at the Fremont Theater on December 1 for an evening of virtuoso music that skips genres.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF JAKE SHIMABUKURO

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  • FOUR STRINGS MADNESS Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro performs at the Fremont Theater on 1st December, for a night of virtuoso music that skips genres.

Two of Hawaii’s best take to the Central Coast this week, starting with the ukulele virtuoso Jake shimabukuro at the Fremont Theater on Wednesday December 1 (Doors at 7 p.m.; all ages; $ 25 to $ 35 plus fees at, and followed by the pop singer-songwriter Anouhea playing Thursday 2 December, at The Siren (doors 7 p.m.; 21 and over; $ 20 plus presale fees or $ 25 plus show day fees on

Let’s talk first about Shimabukuro, a ukulele superstar on tour to support his new studio album, Jacques and his friends. The album features a who’s who of musical royalty and includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Loggins, Moon Taxi, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Jon Anderson, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Jack Johnson, Billy Cordes, and more.

“Over the past two decades, Jake has proven that there is no one style of music he cannot play,” press documents state. While the versatility for any musician is impressive, what is remarkable about Jake’s transcendent skills is the way he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – be it jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the most unlikely of instruments: the ukulele. ”

He is truly a master musician, and although all his collaborators from Jacques and his friends will not be at Fremont, his concerts are incendiary! He’s nicknamed “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele” for a reason.

As he explained in his bio, “From the moment I started playing, I was just doing what came naturally to me and what felt like fun to me. I love all types of music, so I never thought, ‘Oh, I can’t play that on the ukulele.’ If you don’t know the rules, you don’t need to follow them, and then nothing can hold you back. ”

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COOL ISLAND BREEZE Hawaiian pop singer-songwriter Anuhea performs The Siren of Morro Bay on December 2, bringing her reggae-inspired sounds.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANUHEA

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  • COOL ISLAND BREEZE Hawaiian pop singer-songwriter Anuhea performs The Siren of Morro Bay on December 2, bringing its sounds inspired by reggae.

Anuhea returns to the Central Coast thanks to Good Medicine and Numbskull, and Hawaiian native Anuhea’s name translates to “a scent or a cool breeze,” which also describes her island / reggae style sounds that also mix R&B and sometimes even country.

Rylee Anuheakealaokalokelani Jenkins was born and raised in Makawao, Maui, Hawai’i — the eldest of four siblings, the daughter of a Hpa-Hawaiian basketball teacher / trainer from the north coast of O’ahu and a blonde haired esthetician from Oregon. After high school, she was offered film scholarships, but after an introspective trip to Australia, she returned home to pursue a musical career that has lasted for over a decade.

Justin Kawika Young, flourish, and Lea love open the show.

Scott Cooper, whose new single “Cuttin the Rug” is airing on KPIG, returns to town with a few shows to come. He plays in duet with Steve sofranko this Friday November 26, at Ye Ole Alehouse in Los Osos, and again on Saturday November 27, with his band homage to Grateful Dead China cats, at The Siren in Morro Bay (doors 7 p.m.; 21+; $ 18 at

Local Americana Act Stereo chickens are the featured artist at Saturday November 27, Songwriters at Play at Sculpterra Winery (12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; all ages; free). With Ken McMeans, Cynthia Ford and John Nowel, Stereo Chickens’ debut album 2018, Songs of fire, reached No.25 on iTunes Country Chart. Hosted by the singer-songwriter Steve Key, the event will also feature performances by Leslie Rae Thompson, John Schmitt, and Servet Fidan.

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LADIES NIGHT All-female American act, The Solstice Sisters are hosting an album launch party at The Olde Ale House in Los Osos on November 28.  - PHOTO WITH THE AUTHORIZATION OF SOLSTICE SISTERS

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  • LADIES NIGHT All-female American act The Solstice Sisters play an album release night at Los Osos’ The Olde Ale House on 28 november.

All-female group The sisters of the solstice—Emily Post (acoustic guitar and vocals), Lillian Dennis (violin and vocals), Cara Brown (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Christi Brown (keyboards and vocals) —are playing their album release night on Sunday November 28, at The Olde Ale House in Los Osos (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), with Azeré Wilson opening: “I continue at 1pm with some old blues and jazzy numbers, then the Solstice Sisters bring in the blue-grassy folk numbers shaking their tail,” Wilson said. “It’s gonna be a good time. It’s such a fun all-girl band.”

At Monday, November 29, Cal Poly Arts Presents Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical Hair spray at the Performing Arts Center (7:30 p.m.; ages 5 and up; $ 69 to $ 109 at “Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in Baltimore in the 1960s as she sets out to dance on television’s most popular show,” the press material explained. “Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?” ??

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