Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Coffis Brother Makes Incredible Bigfoot Claim - Supporters to Gather in Felton

A self described “Mountain Man” from Santa Cruz County claims he has first-hand personal knowledge of the mysterious primate Bigfoot. Most scientists do not give much credence to the existence of Bigfoot although among the growing number of experts and students in matters mysterious, Bigfoot ranks right up there with life on other planets, abductions and ghosts. 

(According to Michael Rugg, Director of the Bigfoot Discovery Project and Museum in Felton, California, actual claims of Bigfoot interactions, not just sightings, are all the rage these days. Rugg pointed to two recently published books, one in 2009 by Christopher Noel, of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) entitled Impossible Visits: The Inside Story of Interactions with Sasquatch at Habituation Sites, and the just released, ENOCH, by Oregon researcher and Bigfoot “witness advocate” Autumn Williams. Williams’ book chronicles the story of a man she says is “more than a witness (to Bigfoot) he is a friend.”)

The fact that Rugg and both Coffis brothers graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School and that these events are scheduled within days of each other is simply an interesting coincidence. There is no other connection.

In July, a standing room only crowd at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton listened to singer and songwriter, Jamie Coffis, 24, tell the story of growing up in the San Lorenzo Valley and his encounter with the legendary primate.

Born in the Redwood forest near the tiny town of Ben Lomond, he says that he befriended the legendary creature as a youth. “I had to grow up all alone, I learned to live off the land. I met Bigfoot. He’s a friend of mine.”

Jamie and Kellen, who perform as The Coffis Brothers, have been invited back to Don Quixote’s on Thursday night Aug 26 beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $8 and sales have been brisk.

Their music is described as ”original, organic, and all American” They really have “that brother thing” going on said KPIG’s Sleepy John Sandidge who introduced the pair on his Sunday morning live music show last Spring. They were booked by Tom Miller for a Tues night gig at the venerable Felton music hall where they so impressed that they were brought back for a 4th of July weekend show. It was at this show where they introduced the song “Mountain Man”, with the Bigfoot mention - to wild acclaim.

Their act includes a short set that showcases the vocal blend and songwriting prowess of the brothers - they have written over two dozen original songs and also perform a handful of creatively arranged covers of artists like the Beatles, Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, Tom Petty and more.- Jamie plays keyboards and Kellen plays guitar and harmonica. They are then joined by drummer Henry Chadwick, bassist Mason Hutchinson and guitarist Kyle Poppen for a longer set of songs written with the melodic sensibilities of pop, blues and R&B combined with the emotion and feel of good old fashioned Rock and Roll.

If the packed dance floor at their last DQ show was any indication they have a strong cross generational appeal. Will Bigfoot be among the dancers Thursday night? The only hint Coffis would provide comes from the song: “I told him he looks much smaller in person; he said ‘I get that all of the time.’ ”

(The Bigfoot Discovery Project and Museum is hosting an all day event Saturday at their Highway 9 location near Henry Cowell Redwood State Park in furtherance of the search for the truth. Music, art and serious discussion will be followed later by a celebration and a fund raiser at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz featuring local ska king Dan P and his new band the Stitch Up, garage punk trio the Groggs and pop punkers Kepi Ghouli. Events at the museum are free. Tickets for the Crepe Place show are $10.)

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