On the Road Again

As Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker's front man, David Lowery never tires

Lowery’s political leanings belie his Santa Cruz days, though he says the fan base for Camper/Cracker isn’t entirely lefty. “There’s a good number of libertarian anarchists, too. Because we’re anti-authoritarian, we appeal to both sides.”

In 2005, the bands began hosting an annual three-night concert/campout at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace. This community, Lowery reckons, sports only a small overlap who are fans of both groups. Many hip to Cracker’s hits, he says, only have a vague notion of the “narco-syndicalist collective” that is Camper.

New music is sure to come, Lowery promises. “I don’t know about records,” he says. “It may suit our strengths better to release 4 to 5 songs at a time. Or just one long, dope-smoker jam.”

Cracker's members wear suits to work
Jason Thrasher
Cracker's members wear suits to work
Camper van Beethoven: What you get when you ditch coats for flannel
Courtesy Pitch-a-Tent
Camper van Beethoven: What you get when you ditch coats for flannel

Location Info


The Coach House

33157 Camino Capistrano, Ste. C
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Music Venues

Region: San Juan Capistrano

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-7935; www.thecoachhouse.com. Wed., 8 p.m. $20.

This article appeared in print as "Back In the Van: David Lowery is indefatigable as front man of both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven."

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