Rainy Days & Mondays with Opener Greg Dember

Rainy Days and Mondays are Seattle’s funnest Carpenters tribute band. Drawn together by their shared love for the music of the Carpenter siblings, the members of RDAM come from diverse musical pedigrees. Singer Catherina Willard, whose voice sounds unbelievably like Karen's, has been known as a folk chanteuse among many other musical roles. Pianist Greg Dember, with a background in indie-pop and various other genres, makes a valiant effort at representing Richard Carpenter's complex original arrangements with just his left and right hands on the Wurlitzer. Drummer Lyle LordKenaga, whose musical habits include punk rock, noise rock and free jazz, dials down the frenzy factor to deliver tastefully restrained rhythmic support. Whether such classics as "Close to You," "Top of the World" and "Superstar" are your guilty pleasures, or sources of unabashed joy, you will be entertained and moved by this tribute band’s performance!

Greg Dember brings together a background in roots-based improvisational music with a passion for smart, literate indie-pop songwriting and experimental sonic textures. When leading an ensemble, Greg's music is often supported by chamber instruments such as violins and trumpets; playing solo, as he will at the Stone Way Cafe on the 12th of March, Greg does quite well evoking the colors of his compositions with just his voice and a piano or guitar. Drawing from six albums of recorded music in his catalog, Greg's set includes a compelling variety of original songs spanning 15 years, as well as inventive takes on Beck's Song Reader that are featured on the recent EP, Grek Benson.