Caffé Mela announced a show too big for its coffeehouse walls, so it booked the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. The Tallest Man on Earth will perform with Strand of Oaks May 27. Tickets are $25-$35 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at ticketfly.com.
The Tallest Man on Earth is the stage name for Kristian Matsson, a Swedish songwriter whose folky style and nasally voice The New York Times compared with Bob Dylan. He’s known for indie-folk hits like, “1904” and “Wind and Walls,” which have been in regular rotation on KOHO radio since May.
Matsson agreed to stop in Wenatchee for the Monday show after playing Sasquatch Music Festival that weekend.
Mela owner Darren Reynolds said music fans can expect to see more Mela shows at the PAC, especially if the band’s fan base is bigger than the coffeehouse’s 170-person capacity. In order for some of the nationally touring shows to break even, Reynolds needs to bring in more people than the coffeehouse can reasonably hold, he said.
Most of Mela’s shows will still be held at the cafe, including Lemolo April 6 and Ivan and Alyosha May 6, Reynolds said.
“It’s not a matter of how wonderful a band is; we’ve had some incredible talent in here,” Reynolds said. “It comes down to what the draw is — who knows about them, who’s heard of them.”
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