Rockwell Table & Stage is thrilled to welcome back Spencer Day.
In the three years since the release of his debut recording Vagabond, vocalist-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day has spent some time in the uncomfortable places where light and clarity disappear into the mysteries of uncertainty. He survived the journey, and he’s come back with a story to tell and a wiser perspective about himself and the world. That story – rooted in his own experience, yet filled with revelations and truths that are universal to any human being who has ever put his or her heart at risk – is captured in the 13 tracks of The Mystery of You, his new album set for release March 12, 2013 on Concord Records.
Filled with stylistic nuances that range from smoky noir to Latin jazz to surf guitar to Middle Eastern and Asian melodies, The Mystery of You tracks the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes harrowing arc of a romantic relationship from passionate beginning to painful demise to enlightened aftermath. More than just a survivor’s tale, the album is Day’s affirmation to anyone within the sound of his voice that navigating the human experience is an ongoing balancing act.
Self-exploration is nothing new to Day, who recalls a troubled childhood in a conservative town in Utah, and a volatile home life resulting from his parents’ troubled marriage. His primary means of escape were music and movies. He grew up listening to a wide cross-section of composers, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon and Paul Simon. And the classic MGM musicals in the local theater – the only options available in his G-rated hometown – eventually left their mark on his creative sensibilities.
He didn’t start performing in public until age 21, mostly singing standards in piano bars and retirement homes. “I was probably three or four years into that when I realized that that wasn’t totally satisfying to me,” he recalls. “I realized that I needed to write as well.” That’s when things got into high gear.
His 2004 debut album, Introducing Spencer Day, was primarily a collection of standards, but the title track from Movie of Your Life, released the following year, won the San Francisco Academy of Art University’s 2005 competition for best original song. The resulting video was selected by Dolby Laboratories as a demonstration video for the global launch of the Dolby 7.1 system.
Day performed at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival, and has been a recurring headliner in a number of high-profile Bay Area clubs, including Yoshi’s, the Plush Room, the Great American Music Hall and the Herbst Theatre. On the opposite coast, he has earned raves for performances at the Town Hall, Joe’s Pub and the Canal Room in New York City , and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has also appeared at both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival.
Seating is fixed. Patrons will be assigned a seat but can adjust it when purchasing tickets online. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the show. Rockwell: Table & Stage is an intimate venue with close seating quarters, and tries to accommodate as many patrons as possible. Be prepared to make new friends.
Please note that parties cannot be changed or combined once you've chosen your seats and purchased your tickets.
Group reservations: We are happy to accommodate your large party of 10 or more. Please call our office and depending on availability, we will hold a spot with a credit card.
While performances at Rockwell: Table & Stage are not restricted to 21+, many of our performances do include mature content, and patrons under the age of 21 are prohibited by law from sitting in certain areas of the venue without exception. If you have persons in your party under the age of 21, please call and notify us so that we may seat your party accordingly.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy Rockwell: Table & Stage cuisine and cocktails. There is a two item minimum.
LATE SEATING POLICY: All tickets and reservations are released at scheduled showtime.
For additional information, please call (323) 661-6163 ext. 20.
Valet parking is available behind the restaurant.