In its second year of existence, the Acoustic Basement is produced by Brian Marquis, the former frontman of Boston post-hardcore band Therefore I Am.
During Sunday’s event in Ventura, Calif., Marquis pulled double duty, stepping up to play songs from his new solo EP Snow Damage.
Performing in front of a mixed-age crowd — from teens to the middle aged, Marquis’s brand of earnest rock and meaningful lyrics was a hit, especially on “’84 Rookie Card,” which was written in honor of a friend who was killed in a bicycle accident.
Marquis also pulled out a bluesy number aptly titled “They Used to Call It the Blues.”
On a day when metal and hardcore acts compose much of the lineup, the Marquis-helmer Acoustic Basement is a notable scene to visit.