David Vidal’s music and playing style mystified the audience on Sunday at the Art & Music Festival last weekend. I had a chance to talk to Anthony, a local musician and frequent Old Cal Coffee Customer, during David’s performance on Sunday and he was blown away with David’s guitar playing style. Anthony was the one who pointed out that David had snuck a shot glass into the coffee shop, but he wasn’t drinking out of the shot glass, he was playing the guitar with it…. What? Playing the guitar with a shot glass? Is that like “Tin Cup” playing golf with a shovel & rake? I don’t know, but it was amazing! David captivated the audience like no other artist I have ever seen play at Old Cal Coffee. You know when an audience is listening because you can hear a pin drop, kind of like when E.F. Hutton speaks… people listen…. ok, bad analogy, but stay with me here because I want to explain in words what David did better than any other artist… He has a way of singing to the crowd, while captivating their attention, he could sing at a whisper and everyone, no matter how packed it was, could hear and understand exactly what the artist was conveying in his music. And when he was nearing the end of a song, he could finish in a manner that the crowd was silent as to hear make sure they heard the final note, then right there, a brief moment of silence… it must have been a fraction of a second, but felt like three seconds, which felt like 5 seconds, David finished playing the last note on the guitar, finished singing the last note from his voice….. a whisper becomes silence…. pause… pause…. pause…. then and only when…. we are sure it is over…. The crowd erupts into cheer…. It was awesome to watch!
Take a close look at his left hand… He’s holding a shot glass and playing guitar with it… This is what Anthony and I were talking about! This unique artist captivated the audience! Take a look! and if you thought that was good, wait til you hear David play harmonica! He’s great!