Singer/songwriter Eric Taylor will be coming to Birmingham for a concert at O Kafés on Friday, November 21, at 8 p.m.
In the early 1970s, Taylor was a part of a Houston songwriting scene that included Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. Taylor is one of the most influential songwriters to ever come out of Texas, and has affected the development of such well-known Texas artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.
Nanci Griffith says, "If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor in concert, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time," while Lyle Lovett says his writing "has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs."
O Kafés is a relatively new coffeehouse, although the owners have been roasting Fair Trade and organic coffee in the area for some time and had a popular booth at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. In addition to selling their fresh-roasted coffees and serving traditional espresso drinks at their new location, they offer some very decadent-sounding Signature Lattes (like the Abyssinian, a spicy and sweet combination of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla syrup, espresso and steamed milk).
O Kafés also offers lunch. In addition to panini sandwiches, quiche, chicken salad and spanakopita, they recently added a "Dish of the Day," such as chicken and wild rice casserole on Monday, vegetable lasagna on Thursday, and chicken and sausage gumbo on Saturdays. There are also fruit smoothies, pastries and desserts. Check out their web site for the complete menu.
O Kafés is at 2901 2nd Ave. South in the Pepper Place complex. Tickets are $10. For more info, call 616-8450.