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We took the show on the road for our latest podcast, heading to Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax to host two local acts, the Dolly Mamas and Rob Hotchkiss.
Many of you will be familiar with Rob from the band Train where he wrote such hits as “”Meet Virginia,” “I Am” and the Grammy award winning smash “Drops of Jupiter.” Rob treated us to a Bob Dylan cover, a couple of his own tunes and ended with a surprise version of the Train classic “Calling All Ages.”
The Dolly Mamas are Marquesa Versola, Rebecca Chourré & Liz Pisco, three working moms from Fairfax whose love of music brought them together to record the album “Labyrinth” which we were happy to help launch. They delivered a lovely set of songs with beautiful harmonies and were even joined by Rob Hotchkiss for a flawless cover of “I Shall Be Release
Tickets for non-patrons are only $5. This ticket entitles you to a complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. This nominal fee of $5 is to stop the problem of no-shows which have been a problem at our once free events. Money raised will go to our non-profit host, the Haight Street Art Center AND the Blue Bear School of Music.
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.
Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.
“It’s about transparency,” he explains. “The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn’t make you feel good; it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”
As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip.
Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington state. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.
When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.
Come celebrate the sound of Fairfax with two awesome local acts! The show is FREE but please RSVP here and bring along as many friends as you like!
The Dolly Mamas are three friends who love to sing and create music together. They each lend their unique and versatile voices and musical experience to this vocal harmony trio. Performing original songs as well as well arranged cover music, The Dolly Mamas are a treat to watch and listen to and are delighted to release their debut album “Labyrinth.”
Rob Hotchkiss Was a founding member of Train. He won a Grammy Award (Best Rock Song) for five-time nominated Drops of Jupiter, and was the musical force behind hits such as Meet Virginia, Free, I Am, and Get to Me. Rob’s songwriting was integral to their multi-platinum success. For creative reasons Rob left Train after their third album to record and produce his solo album, Midnight Ghost, which received tremendous critical acclaim. Rob’s classic sound, with meaningful lyrics, beautiful melodies, and lush harmonies, has been likened to The Beatles, early Bowie, Neil Young, and Ed Sheeran.
What better way to close out an amazing year of shows than with Dr Funkenstein himself, the legendary George Clinton.
Taking a break between two sold out nights at the Independent, George graciously spent the best part of an hour with us, regaling a packed house at the Haight Street Art Center with stories of life on the road with Parliament-Funkadelic, why a Motown rejection was the best thing that ever happened, what keeps him motivated and why he’s no longer medicated…sorta!
Seriously, this was a total treat and a fitting end to 2018, a year that saw the show grow in leaps and bounds thanks to the support of you guys and of course our wonderful sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery, Whetstone Wine Cellars and the fabulous Haight Street Art Center.
Dubbed “Xmas in October” as that’s when this episode was taped, this fun show was recorded early to accommodate a TV special. We gathered in Pacifica at the Longboard Margarita Bar on a warm day, donned our gay apparel and pretended it was the most wonderful time of the year!
We had a blast interviewing and hearing performances by three Bay Area favorites; EllaHarp, Rick Hardin and Kendra McKinley. They performed some of their own tunes and songs of the season> We hope this puts you in the holiday mood!!
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone.
The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.
Roem Baur is an award-winning singer and touring songwriter from San Francisco. From appearances on NBC’s The Voice, the main stage at Super Bowl 50, official SXSW & CES conferences, to the International Youth Conference in Zimbabwe, Africa, he has garnered fans all over the world with his “wild” (Entertainment Weekly) stage show and “ridiculous vocal range” (rslblog.com). Classically-trained in Opera and Musical Theatre, he answered the call of rock n’ roll shortly after college and immediately began touring living rooms, cafes, and small clubs with “a voice that seems to burn with fire” (Examiner) before forming his band and releasing his first studio EP with GRAMMY nominated producer, Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry).
The Stone Foxes were the first guests on our show when we started in October 2016 and so it’s fitting that they chose the podcast to be the swansong for the current iteration of the band.
As is often the case for musicians, life can get in the way of the pursuit of one’s passion and some of the guys have decided to move on. Frontman Shannon will keep the Foxes going but they’ll look a little different when they return in 2019.
In the meantime, we were thrilled that they said their goodbyes on our show, rocking the T-Mobile Signature Store in downtown San Francisco and treating the crowd to a raw and emotional good time. Oh, this one gets a little loud!!
Join us for another FREE evening of amazing music and conversation as we take the podcast to the T-Mobile Signature Store in downtown San Francisco with our favorite local rockers The Stone Foxes. RSVP by leaving a message here telling us how many you’ll be our head to our Facebook event page.
The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes – spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) ) – have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.
“You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,” says Shannon. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today, but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.”
Once again we are thrilled to be hosting a portion of Soundwaves TV Xmas TV special. That’s right, it’s Christmas in October at the Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica on Saturday October 20th from 1-3pm. Of course the best part about this is that it’s FREE!! Come on out and bring all your friends!
Did we mention the event is FREE? It stars three of our favorite local artists, all performing solo: Kendra McKinley, Rick Hardin and EllaHarp.
Dress in your favorite ugly Holiday sweater and we’ll see you then!