When acoustic songster and mustache enthusiast Dagart decided to play 30 shows in 30 days at various locations around Southern California, he chose real-time social messaging network Twitter to announce the spontaneous gigs.
“I wanted to explore playing in different areas but make it relaxed and play places I might be anyways...but also explore odd and creative places to play as well,” wrote Dagart in an email.
Halfway through the tour, which started May 1, small crowds have gathered at the unlikely venues to watch him play his acoustic ballads.
Among some of the locations he’s played: a bus stop at University and 30th Street in North Park; to moviegoers outside Pacific Theatres in Clairemont; and in front of the art-supply store in Old Town. On May 6, Dagart’s gig outside the fabric store on Adams Avenue was featured on local music blog sddialedin.com.
His most memorable performance, he says, was at Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood Star in Los Angeles. For that gig, Dagart donned a red dress, groomed his mustache, strapped on his acoustic guitar, and kicked off a set with Elton John’s ode to the famous pinup, “Candle in the Wind.”
“A few friends came out to watch, and eventually a little crowd had formed with people clapping along to some songs. A security guard said, ‘I am just waiting for you to do something so I can arrest you. You would really go over well at the West Hollywood jail.’
“I really like to push the boundaries of a performance,” says Dagart, “but we’ll see if I have the determination to make some of the weirder ones happen.”
For more on Dagart’s Twitter tour go to myspace.com/dagartmusic.