Archive for the ‘Reflectacles’ Category

Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, the Reflectacles, Charley’s (5/22/2010)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

More photos from, of Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, and the Reflectacles, from last Saturday night.  Visit her site to see more great photos.

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Willie Nelson with the Micah Nelson and the Reflectacles, at Charley’s (5/22/2010)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Thanks to Jessica Pearl for kindly letting me share her photos here. Great job, with such low light!

Willie Nelson played at Charley’s, in Paia, with the Reflectacles on May 22, 2010.

Thanks to Alice and JoJo and all of you who send this link and for sending me pics of Willie with his new hair cut.
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Micah Nelson & the Reflectacles at Charleys, with suprise guest Willie Nelson

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Suzanne Kayian

That’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me,” said a member of The Reflectacles as he watched Willie Nelson walk off the stage.

Nelson made a surprise guest appearance with the band during their May 24 concert at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. The mini concert-within-a-concert left huge smiles on the the faces of the band members, including drummer Micah Nelson, Willie’s youngest son. The ecstatic looks were priceless — worthy of using a tag-line from a credit card commercial, even if it makes my editors and journalism profs cringe.

Micah Nelson told Rhythm & Views about The Reflectacles last summer but the focus of the conversation was on his art; Micah also is a talented visual artist. So when it came to my knowledge about the band, I have to admit, I judged a book by its cover — or its Facebook posts.

Between the band name, the rainbow prism eye-glasses they pass out at their shows and Micah’s trippy artwork, I was expecting a psychedelic, experimental, noise, performance-art type of thing.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

The Reflectacles are solid. Their music pulls from many genres and eras, giving it wide appeal. The mix of influences — and the flow of sound — evokes the spirit of a jam band. However, the Los Angeles-based band doesn’t just wander through its songs without direction. The band members’ technical prowess provides The Reflectacles with the tools to deliver a tight, bright-minded set that is seasoned and fresh at the same time.

To top it off, the members of the band members genuinely seem to enjoy what they are doing — with or without a special guest appearance by Willie Nelson. Having the musical icon join in for an extended set was a bonus for the audience — reverting to the cliché — it was “icing on the cake.” For the members of The Reflectacles, it seemed like a full-on Las Vegas-style buffet.

– Suzanne Kayian

Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie (Folk Uke) and Micah Nelson and the Reflectacles show at Charley’s on Maui TONIGHT

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Tonight, the Micah Nelson and Reflectacles and Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke will perform at Charley’s on Maui.    The show is at 8:30,  door $20.00.  For more information, 808.579.8085

Sugar Cane will also perform at Charley’s on the 22nd.

Folk Uke duo Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie, and Micah Nelson and the Reflectacles schedule shows on Maui

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Micah Nelson and his band the Reflectacles, and Amy Nelson, Cathy Guthrie of Folk Uke will perform two concerts in Hawaii next week. 

On May 21st, they will both perform at Stella Blues Cafe, Kihei, Maui, at  9:30pm.  (Presale tickets $15.00/ at the door $18.00)  For info:  808.874.3779;

Maui musician Gail Swanson will also perform at Stella Blues on May 21st.

On May 22nd, the Reflectacles and Folk Uke will perform at Charley’s on Maui.    The show is at 8:30,  door $20.00.  For more information, 808.579.8085,

Sugar Cane will also perform at Charley’s on the 22nd.

Folk Uke & the Reflectacles at Charleys (5/22/2010)

Sunday, May 9th, 2010


Folk Uke duo Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson  and Micah Nelson and the Reflectacles will perform in concert at Charley’s in Pa’ai, on Maui, on May 22, 2010.

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Micah Nelson & the Reflectacles: (Artists of the Year — California State University Music Industry Studies)

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

What are “reflectacles” in a more general sense? Goggles? Mirrors? Something that reflects? Truth be told, the barefooted friends named their band after a word they made up to describe “cardboard glasses that diffract light into rainbows”, and I don’t find any other explanation necessary. The first fifty fans at each and every Reflectacles concert is entitled to their own pair of “reflectacles” to add to their already engaging performance.

The Reflectacles’ individual members “in order of most to least likely to defeat a grizzly bear in a fight”, says Gerry, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, are “Devin (a beast, himself), Gerry (black belt in karate), Logan (Eagle Scout), Chris (sheer weight advantage), Micah (an even match), and Lincoln (financially indebted to grizzly bears)”. I think it’s safe to say that the group holds a sense of humor. They met “under a vague combination of hitchhiking, college, and grizzly bear wrestling tournaments”, and I wouldn’t doubt them for it.

Influences of The Reflectacles include Bob Dylan, Baruch Spinoza, Tom Waits, and The Kinks. I’d say there’s enough here to prove the group is unique, and their music only supports this image.

Had I seen the potential of this band sitting at that desk months ago, I would have more than voted for them, but shown them to every person I know within my line of musical interest.

This summer, the band will be playing several shows in the Los Angeles area, in addition to a performance in Maui. They’ll also be opening for Willie Nelson, who’s son plays drums for The Reflectacles, at his 4th of July Extravaganza in Austin, Texas.

Future plans also include the release of a full-length concept album, which the group has already begun to work on. I can only hope that The Reflectacles’ music earns the attention and respect it deserves, and I’m eager to see their awaiting accomplishments. If the music doesn’t prove to be your cup of tea on the first listen, listen again and your award awaits you, as did mine.


For fans of: folk rock in general, Bob Dylan, Wilco, The Band

All photos by Heihachiro Fukuda

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Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson (Folk Uke) and Micah Nelson & Reflectacles at Charley’s, in Pa’ai (5/22/2010)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010


Folk Uke duo Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson will join Micah Nelson and his band the Reflectacles for a concert at Charley’s in Pa’ai, on Maui, on May 22, 2010. 

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