The weather at Rendezvous in the Park will be warm and sunny, but a storm is expected to make an appearance Saturday.
Not just any storm: a Little Hurricane.
That is the name of the dirty blues duo bringing their high energy stage presence to Moscow when they open up for Dishwalla on Saturday night.
“Over 32 years we’ve tried to identify up-and-coming artists and we try to bring the best quality music we possibly can to the Palouse,” said Tom Preston, Rendezvous co-president. “I think Little Hurricane is one of those groups that is going to actually take off.”
The San Diego-based group of Celeste “C.C.” Spina and Anthony “Tone” Catalano now travel the world together, venturing as far as Australia to rock out with their international fans. They’ve formed a bond in that regard but just a few short years ago, they were complete strangers browsing the Internet.
They met via the website Craigslist after Spina decided she needed a songwriter to pair with her drumming skills. After sifting through nearly 100 responses — most of which weren’t serious inquiries — she came across the singing, songwriting, and guitar-playing talents of Tone.
“I posted the ad there and got a lot of responses, but Tone’s response stood out to me for the fact that he had quite a bit of background recording with other musicians,” C.C. said. “I wrote back to him and it turned out that we were on the exact same street in San Diego. Once I heard his voice I fell in love with his sound and I knew this was the band I wanted to be in.”
While C.C. was in search of a skill set such as Tone’s, he was looking to satisfy an urge to start creating music again after a five-year hiatus where he only assisted other musicians with their work.
“Something in me wasn’t fulfilled musically with just working on other people’s songs,” Tone said. “I found about five or six other drummers before I met C.C. and when I saw her ad I said, ‘Whoa, this is different. … This is really cool.’ She’s a nice person and she’s a killer drummer.”
They have recorded two full-length albums as a group but performing live has always been their top priority. The albums just give everyone a taste of what they could experience in person, Tone said. The duo has recently been performing songs from their latest album, “Gold Fever.”
Tone and C.C. compensate for their lack of bodies on stage with a high-energy show that C.C. says often comes as a surprise to the audience. She says people are taken aback by just how noisy, hard-hitting and upbeat the young musicians can be, which is ultimately their goal to be as noisy as possible — but in a pleasant way, of course.
The crowds at their shows also are treated to the human element of music, something the duo agrees is lacking in a large number of live shows these days. Rather than play together and put their soul into the music, Tone said he often sees bands relying on computers and programs.
“There needs to be more music from people’s souls and not their laptops,” he said. “I want people to remember our music as raw and honest, something that communicates soul and feeling.”
If you go
WHAT: Little Hurricane performing at Rendezvous in the Park
WHERE: East City Park, Moscow
WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 5 p.m.
COST: $50 for weekend pass, $25 individual adult ticket, $10 youth (ages 13-18)
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