Eastside Meets Westside
Those days, of course, are just a speck in the rearview mirror now. In 1980 Garcia experienced a religious awakening that he has often credited with helping him get clean and sober. Ordained in the mid-’80s, he continues to do outreach work with kids entangled in gang life and addiction, and occasionally reunites with his old bandmates.
When he hits the stage at McCabe’s Saturday, he’ll be focusing on his solo catalogue — newer gospel material as well as songs from his 2000 David Hidalgo-produced solo album “Make Up for the Lost Time,” which, like Thee Midniters, mixed originals with uplifting R&B covers. His set with Eastside Philharmonic should include the title tune along with some Midniters chestnuts; here’s hoping they revisit “(I Wanna) Testify” and “A World Where No One Cries” too.
Filmed performance by Little Willie G. at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; $24.50. Info: (310) 828-4497. Mcccabes.com