UT San Diego – In the MIXX with Camarada

Posted: OCT. 22, 2014 | San Diego Union Tribune

Camarada chamber ensemble connects with concertgoers with small-scale performances

By James Chute3:56 P.M.OCT. 22, 2014

Beth Ross Buckley, left, flautist and executive director of Camarada, along with Mary Kay Waters of Water's FIne Catering, right, at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan, site of the MIXX Concert Series.
Beth Ross Buckley, left, flautist and executive director of Camarada, along with Mary Kay Waters of Water's FIne Catering, right, at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan, site of the MIXX Concert Series.
  • Where: MIXX Series at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, Logan Heights

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. (concert at 6:30; “pop-up” dinner at 8 p.m.)

Admission: $25 ($12.50 extra for a “seat at the table”; food and wine an additional $15-$30, or bring your own

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Camarada founder Beth Ross Buckley has had to do a lot of explaining since announcing a new series, MIXX, which opens Saturday at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights.

“It’s sometimes hard to get a new idea across,” said Buckley, who also presents a “Mingle” series at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park and a Cabernet series in private homes.

“I’ve never seen anything like this where it’s a concert with a dinner and it’s a collaboration, so it takes a lot of educating. We’re starting to make a lot of phone calls, and getting a lot of phone calls, asking us how it’s going to work.”

The concept would seem simple: Mary Kay Waters, of Waters Fine Catering, is providing the wine before the concert and a “pop up” dinner option afterward; Buckley and her ensemble are offering the music; Jim Brown, the owner of Bread & Salt, is responsible for the place, a huge, 43,000-square-foot warehouselike facility that housed the Cramer Bakery in a previous life. A key element in the revitalization of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan, Bread & Salt is now home to Brown’s architectural firm, several artists and art galleries, and Bonnie Wright’s Fresh Sound series.

“I really like what Jim is doing with the space,” Buckley said. “It’s exciting to be in on that process as this develops and as the Barrio develops.

“It’s taking a chance in a new area. But there’s something about going down to that area or East Village. I really like being downtown. I think there’s an excitement and a certain feeling. You just feel alive in these new areas.”

So here’s how the evening is going to go.

You arrive at 6 p.m. and receive a glass of wine. For those who have reserved food (or a place at the community table, where they can bring their own food), they can go over to the table and, using a magic marker, claim their spot.

“You can also tour Bread & Salt and see what’s there,” Buckley said. “So people can wander and get the lay of the land.”

At 6:30 p.m., the music begins, a program without intermission titled “A Little Fandango.” It includes repertoire by Boccherini, Rodrigo, Zimbalist, Lecuona and Ravel performed by Beth Ross Buckley (flute), David Buckley (violin), Travis Maril (viola), Erin Breene (cello), Dana Burnett (piano) and Gloria Lanuza (dance).

The concert will last a little over an hour, and then dinner awaits at 8 p.m. (assuming you’ve pre-ordered).

“MIXX is a special multi-sensory experience in that it seamlessly integrates culture, life, music and great food with the pop-up dinners that started abroad,” said Mary Kay Waters in an email. “The opportunity it gives guests to dine with the musicians in such an incredible venue is a first for San Diego.”

Buckley and Waters have two other MIXX series events planned at Bread & Salt for Feb. 21 (“Tango Popularé”) and May 9 (“The Bossa Nova”).

“This is part of my mission,” said Buckley. “What can I do a little differently? What’s going to attract a new audience? It’s a little risky, but we’re going to go with the flow and see what happens.”