The next free offering in the Concerts at the Cadillac series will feature The Buds. This is a vocal trio (Elisa M. Welch, Bryan Harrison, and Jim McLaren) with rhythm provided by percussionist Dave Coan. Each of the vocalists is also an instrumentalist. Welch plays piano and pennywhistle, Harrison plays guitar, and McLaren plays both guitar and harmonica. Their repertoire includes familiar cover songs and “original real life songs of independence, love, desire, heartache, reflection, with a flair for social and political conscience.” This should explain the quoted phrase in the headline, and it would be a comfort to know that there are even some readers capable of associating those words with a hit musical. (Hint: It was the longest-running show on Broadway before Oklahoma!)
This one-hour performance will be given in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel (380 Eddy Street at the corner of Leavenworth Street). It will take place on Friday, November 8, at 12:30 p.m. Welch’s piano work will take place on the hotel’s meticulously restored 1884 Steinway Model D concert grand. With the partial funding from the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District, this event is offered free of charge by the hotel as a gift to the people of the Tenderloin. The Cadillac calls itself “The House of Welcome Since 1907;” and all are definitely welcome to this free opportunity to experience The Buds’ “alt-folk garden rock” (which is what they call what they do).