Art Alexakis Songs and Stories Tour at City Winery
Art Alexakais who is better known as the founder and lead vocalist for the band Everclear would bring his acoustic Songs and Stories Tour through Nashville. The tour features Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne, John Wozniak from Marcy Playground, and Max Collins from Eve 6. Not only was this a walk through time with each performer playing their own classic 90’s hits and deep cuts, but it also featured some intimate tales from each of the artists’ storied past. These were stories that made you laugh, maybe shed a tear and even helped reveal the hidden meaning of some of your favorite classics from the 90’s era.
The City Winery was a perfect venue to house this event. It is a dinner theater, if you will. Art started the evening off with those exact comments. He laughed and said, “You know if we were all here in our 20’s we would have thought this sucked! But now that we are older it doesn’t get any better than having a nice expensive meal while sitting on our asses watching people perform.”
Chris, John, and Max would a join Art on stage to start the show playing a few cover songs that included some banter about how and why they picked the songs.
John Woznaik from Marcy Playground would start the solo performance sets off with some great stories about riding on a bus in New York and of course, playing the band’s smash hit, Sex and Candy.
After John’s short set everyone came back out and performed a cool cover of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Max Collins from Eve 6 would come out and perform some deep cuts from the Eve 6 catalog. Max would also provide some comic relief. It seems he may have a future as a standup comic. Max talked candidly about his battle with sobriety and that he has been sober for nearly 13 years. He played one of his favorite songs titled “Curtain.” He said this is from the Eve 6 record that about 10 people heard and “that guy over there” as he pointed to a gentleman who cheered when he said he was going to play this song.
As the night moved along, Art introduced each performer. He said of Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne, “He might be the grumpiest SOB I’ve ever known, but man, he’s a great guy and wrote so many good songs including “Radiation Vibe””. Art invited everyone out on the stage to perform the Fountains of Wayne classic. You can see that performance here:
Chris would also perform a solo set and he brought out John from Marcy Playground to play the role of the bouncing ball during “Stays Mom”. It’s really something I can’t describe; you must see it in person to appreciate.
After all these great performances and songs, it was finally time for Art to perform. He has been working on a solo album for some time and said the album will be out very soon.
Art has always been able to connect with people through songs and stories. He’s a genuine, kind, humble and humorous guy. As he played some of Everclear’s major hits, he was talking about his now wife and a song he wrote for her that will appear on the new solo record. Art said, “You know, I’ve been married for 38 years. Well…4 times.” Again, Art’s humor and human connection shining on stage. Art even took to the audience for song request and someone said, “Unemployed Boyfriend.” Art replied, “Anything buy that one!” as he laughed. “I just don’t like that song but next year we are going on tour for the 20th anniversary of the album Songs from American Music Volume 1. and you can hear it then.” Art did play a cut from this album called, “Learning How to Smile.”
The evening closed with a Q&A where Art, John, Max and Chris fielded question from fans and shared more stories from their touring days and their personal ups and downs in the music industry.