Silvergreens will serve more than salads and sandwiches to locals tonight, when it brings live music from Isla Vista bands to its hungry patrons and passersby.
The restaurant, located at 900 Embarcadero del Mar, will host its first night of live music, featuring four bands, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. The restaurant will remain open to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks, while bands the Coral Sea, the Old Haunt, Spider and the Webs and Foragainstit play.
Taylor Zimmerman, a second-year art history major, said Silvergreens recently hired her as the music curator. Zimmerman said she wants Silvergreens to become a show space for everyone. While tonight’s show features local groups, she said she eventually wants to bring in bigger bands and have weekly shows.
During the performances, Zimmerman said she will collect donations for Millenium Promise, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty throughout the world by 2025.
Zimmerman said she hopes Silvergreens’ central location will bring music to those who will not go out of their way to hear it.
“The location should extend the music community’s outreach to those who wouldn’t go to the Biko House,” Zimmerman said. “[Now] they can discover good music.”
Silvergreens General Manager Ron Gleiberman said the restaurant wants to increase its involvement with the art and music community in I.V. and UCSB.
“[The show] is a good start in the right direction,” Gleiberman said.
The bands perform in the main dining room in front of the counter seats at the window, Zimmerman said. The furniture will be cleared out and band merchandise will be sold in the back room, she said.
Gleiberman said Silvergreens plans to host other events in the future, such as poetry readings and open-mic nights. While free for now, he said the restaurant might charge admission to support the bands for future shows.
Zimmerman said she is not sure how many people will attend the show, but hopes for a large crowd.
“I expect as big a turnout as any other show in I.V.,” Zimmerman said.
Recently, many local venues such as Menehunes have closed, and bands are looking for new places to perform, Zimmerman said. She said she was unaware of the concerts Caliroll Express now hosts prior to reading the article the Daily Nexus published on them.
“I had this idea for a long time, before I saw the article,” Zimmerman said.
The Coral Sea’s singer and songwriter Rey Villalobos said the band is looking forward to performing in I.V., as its members are from Santa Barbara.
“I think it’s going to be great,” Villalobos said.
Villalobos said Silvergreens has been very supportive of the band and would be interested in playing additional shows at the restaurant, should the opportunity arise.
Villalobos said the band struck a record deal in the United Kingdom and released a single there, entitled “Look At Her Face.”
In support of the single, he said the band leaves for a U.K. tour through Cardiff, York, London and Manchester, among other locations from March 23 to April 3.
“We’re all super excited for the tour,” Villalobos said.