Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this


June 19, 2011 (La Mesa) --On Thursday, June 23, The Space Bar Intenet Cafe will presenting  RegE Gaines with host  Jim Moreno. The Space Bar feature is part of its 4th Thursday  Open Mic -- Jihmye. The Gaines performance will contain works of the spoken word, poetry, song and dance. The open mic session will begin at 7:30 p.m, and end at 10:00 p.m.  In addition to the entertainment, the Space Bar is also home to coffee, tea, soothies, and a deli.

The Space Bar is located at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942 

                                            Info: (619) 461-7100 (619) 285-9737

Jim Moreno describes RegE as he has seen him in performance:


I'm not a musician, I don't know a C minor from an A seven., said the constantly moving Gaines, the peripatetic teacher dividing time between producing plays for youth in New York City and writing and performing in Southern California.


But I do know the sound, the sooouuuunnnnndddd of music that I want!, he described sitting on the edge of a chair, pointing to his ear, leaning into his point.


Gaines filled this dynamic evening with magic when he taught, sang, recited, remembered, explained, and drew word portraits snapping fingers to sound tracks of Soul to Soul, Jose Feliciano, Blackstar and others; snapping fingers and framing a word portrait of how to feel in playing, guiding sweet notes from the heart of singer/trumpeter Dante Loaiza, pulling notes from Loaiza's trumpet with expert guidance, then pullling in another musician, a beautiful woman percussionist, to play the conga chair with an imaginary high hat on the back. Magic. Transformation. Inspiration art. Antithesis of the stuffy, cerebral academic, he is instinct aroused by beauty, by the courage of silent space, Lorca's duende (the silence between words), by confident, spontaneous expression.










Error message

Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.