Vince Charming


Vince Charming
Vince Charming
Fri, 20. October 2017, 08:00 PM - 11:15 PM
Upstairs @ the First Street Cafe - Benicia, CA
Rock & Roll, Oldies


Vince Charming is a multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist, who has been delighting California audiences for over thirty years. As a leader, bassist, and songwriter for the ‘Lektrik Submarine, he helped pioneer the neo-psychedelic wave that hit Berkeley in 1983. In 1985 he formed and led the Coffee Achievers whose original and high energy blend of Rock, R&B, Reggae, and Be-bop thrilled Bay Area audiences. In May of 1985 he premiered his original Rock Opera, The Artist, at U.C. Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium to a standing ovation. Written under the supervision of poet/author Ishmael Reed, The Artist tells of one man’s struggle to stay true to his artistic vision in the Reagan era. After reinventing himself as an acoustic guitar playing, singer-songwriter in the early nineties Charming relocated to Southern California where he became a popular figure at many of the area’s top acoustic venues including Highland Grounds and the Iguana Cafe. In the Bay Area Charming has appeared in such varied venues as the Hotel Utah, Jupiter, Last Day Saloon, Ireland’s 32, the Starry Plough, Blakes, the Oakland Metro, Ashkenaz, the Bistro in Hayward, Johnny Foleys, the San Gregorio General Store, Becketts, the Plough & Stars, Peri’s Silver Dollar, Black Rose Irish Pub, Kensington Circus Pub, and the Atlas Cafe. In early 2005 he released a solo EP, Five Reel Film, an exercise in “aural cinema” that presents five  Charming originals. Vince Charming formed the New Americans in 2005 which played a tasty blend of music that redefined Americana: a bit of rockabilly and ole school country, a dash of bluegrass, a hint of San Francisco psychedelia, and a pinch of classic rock. So Many Me’s, his first full-length solo CD was released on August 23, 2008. Vince  released his third solo CD, Everything I Know About Love on June 15, 2013 in which he continues to redefine Americana for a new millennium.  He is currently performing with the all new Vince Charming Trio featuring multi-instrumentalist Mike Grow and bassist Bruce Kleinman singing material from his new release, songs from throughout his career and choice covers by the likes of Johnny Cash, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, The Band & the Beatles. In the summer of 2013, Vince will add drummer Brian McVay for a series of full band shows.