Carmel Valley resident’s band Icebox to perform at Belly Up on Nov. 3
By Karen Billing
By day, Carmel Valley resident Patrick Brown lives a fairly normal life as a real estate broker and can be spotted roaming the pitch as the head coach for his daughter’s Carmel Valley/Del Mar Sharks’ Maroon Raccoons and as the assistant coach for his son’s Blue Blasters.
But when not leading the Raccoons or Blasters, Brown takes center stage for a different kind of group as the lead singer of local band Icebox.
“My kids think daddy’s a rock star,” said Brown, admitting it’s a title he doesn’t mind owning.
Brown’s band Icebox will be performing in a benefit show at the Belly Up this Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Friends of Zoofari Foundation Fundraiser. Icebox takes the stage at 2 p.m. and will be followed by Nena Anderson, Old Tiger and headliner Euphoria Brass Band.
Zoofari is a local non-profit that takes in unwanted or orphaned wildlife and zoo animals. The foundation was started by a group of local wildlife biologists and, in partnership with Wild Wonders Inc., the group does wildlife education programs for children to learn about preservation and conservation.
“It’s a worthy cause and we’d love to get a huge turnout to raise money for the animals,” Brown said.
Brown has been a Carmel Valley resident since 1992. He attended UCLA and got his degree in economics while playing on the golf team.
As a real estate broker with Petrone Properties in Torrey Hills, Brown deals with properties all along the I-5 corridor, from Carlsbad to downtown. Past clients include former Chargers Jamal Williams and Shawne Merriman.
That he is making time in his busy schedule as husband/father/realtor/soccer coach to rock out on stage is not surprising to Brown.
“I’ve always wanted to be in music and I’m finally getting to where I’ve wanted to be,” Brown said. “It’s unusual how I ended up arriving in [music].”
Brown has been singing since he was 5 years old, getting his start in his church. In high school he was in band and post-college he supplemented his professional golf career by running karaoke night at the now-defunct J.J. McGiven’s in Del Mar.
Brown was singing in a cover band called West of 5, when drummer Scott Longballa approached him about being lead vocalist for Icebox and working on some original music. The band, which also includes David George on bass and lead guitarist Ariel Nunez, had lots of songs written but no lyrics. Brown was able to help put words to their work, writing uplifting lyrics that touched on everything from past relationships to the environment.
Last year the group recorded their album, “Open the Fridge,” at Signature Sound in Clairemont.
“That was a lot of fun,” Brown said of the record, which has heard airplay on 91X radio station during its local music hour.
Their music is a blend of blues and funk-based rock with influences from all the bandmembers playing a part. George and Longballa have their roots in funk, while Nunez’s guitar has an ‘80s metal sound. Brown’s voice is soulful and one of the master producers on “Open the Fridge” compared his pipes to Lenny Kravitz or Ben Harper.
Icebox has played local venues such as the Del Mar Fair, The House of Blues, The Kraken in Cardiff, Stage Bar downtown and the 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach, among others.
“This is our first show at the Belly Up, it’s the place we’ve always wanted to play,” Brown said.
While the band gets together once a week to practice, Brown works on music of his own in his makeshift studio at home. The “studio” is actually his living room, where his wife Lauren kindly tolerates a space filled with musical instruments.
He is working on his sophomore album, aside from Icebox, which will feature all of his own music and feature Brown on vocals, guitar, bass and keyboard.
“I really enjoy it,” Brown said of writing his own songs. “It’s a lot more rewarding to stand up on stage and sing your own material rather than singing somebody else’s all the time. [Being with Icebox] inspired me to want to write more songs and do another project.”
Tickets for the Nov. 3 show are $12 in advance and can be purchased through Brown at (858) 705-4585 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The day of the show tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.bellyup.com. Check out Icebox at iceboxband.com.
For more information on the Zoofari Foundation, visit https://www.wildwonders.org/about-us/zoofari-foundation/