When: Sat., Sept. 14, 3 p.m. 2013
Since opening a year ago, Stranded Records (6436 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) has established itself as one of the East Bay’s best spots to discover music — thanks to both its inventory and its live shows. Co-owner Steve Viaduct, who also runs the label Superior Viaduct, has booked performances by such musical luminaries as Bonnie “Prince” Billy and readings by legendary rock critics like Greil Marcus and Joe Carducci. For its first birthday, the store will host venerable Los Angeles punk trio The Urinals, local songwriter Meg Baird (formerly of Espers), and, most noteworthy, Oakland guitarist Ava Mendoza, whose performance will mark her last show before she moves to Brooklyn. Mendoza is one of the most gifted and versatile guitarists in the Bay, whether she’s collaborating with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs or sitting in at Bar 355’s Improvised Music Session. At Stranded, Mendoza will be joined by her Unnatural Ways bandmate Dominique Leone; they’ll play both Mendoza’s solo work and new music from the band’s forthcoming full-length. And, in a fairly new turn for the guitarist, Mendoza said she plans to sing on some of the songs. See her before Brooklyn starts claiming her as its own.