Remember in the Wizard of Oz when those flying monkeys harassed Dorothy? That ruled. Also, remember at the end when the Wizard was like, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”?
Well there are a few men – and women – behind the curtain here at the Henry Miller Library; none more wizardly than Britt Govea, the brainchild/brain trust/brainiac and certifiable-mother brain of (((folkYEAH))), the production company that has brought you countless incredible shows, including Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, and Band of Horses.*
(((folkYEAH!!))) got major props the other day in the New York Times; nice to finally see some good news in the paper, y’know? It traces the rad rise of FY from a sleepy lil’ production company in Monterey, to the rapacious, ravenous, sweat-shop-loving, Microsoft-esque 1-man oligarch it now is. Truly heart-warming. Be sure to read it in entirety, but here’s a favorite quote:
“Technical obstacles can make it difficult for huge touring acts like Arcade Fire to perform in such a small venue as the Henry Miller Memorial Library [ed: That's us!], but Mr. Govea said he was confident that he would give the band a reason to return.
“You travel the country, play these rooms, and for the most part, they are four walls,” Mr. Govea said. “You pull up to towering ancient redwoods, in the sound check alone, it’s magical.”
He added, “We have the best sound checks ever.”
* Other men behind the curtain include Magnus, the Library Director, Joe the newspaper guy, and Rainbow Lenny, a 53 year old dude who literally lives in the woods behind a curtain.