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At our second annual Jerry Day benefit show at the Haight Street Art Center we were treated to wonderful music by David Gans of The Grateful Dead Hour and Roger McNamee of Moonalice. As great as the music was, the stories of life on the road with the Grateful Dead courtesy of Steve Parish and Dennis McNally were equally enthralling.
Settle in for a truly entertaining couple of hours honoring the legacy of Jerry Garcia.
Thanks as ever to our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars.
Please enjoy this podcast of our interview with and performance by George Porter Jr. and friends Steve Kimock, Jason Crosby, Katie Skene, Roger McNamee and John Molo live from the recent First Responder Resiliency, Inc. benefit at the beautiful Whetstone Wine Cellars.
Jane Wiedlin is best known as the guitarist and songwriter for the Go-Go’s but her latest project is a band called Elettrodomestico that she formed with Pietro Straccia in Oakland, California.
We were delighted to have the duo as guests at a recent Blue Bear School of Music benefit show at the Haight Street Art Center where they treated us to four original tunes as well as a rousing version of the Go-Go’s classic “Our Lips Are Sealed.”
Jane talked about the legendary 80’s rockers upcoming tour and the musical “Head Over Heels” which features the Go-Go’s songs and is headed to Broadway this summer.
The “After the Fire: Vol 1” benefit CD was a great excuse to get three of our favorite Bay Area musicians together for a good old fashioned fundraiser. By passing the hat and selling merchandise we raised some money for North Bay fire relief and had a wonderful time doing it.
Mickelson, the mastermind behind the CD, was the perfect man to open the show, explaining how the whole thing came together and performing some compelling tunes.
David Luning is a John Prine loving singer songwriter who manages to walk that fine line between compelling songs and hilarious stories much like his musical hero. He spoke about his brief stint on American Idol and his upcoming appearance at his hometown music festival, Bottlerock Napa Valley.
The Sam Chase is our first three-peat guest and it’s easy to see why. He’s so damn funny and his tunes seem effortless. Go see Sam at every opportunity you get. Either with his band or flying solo, Sam is the real deal.
A Special Edition of Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up featuring:
Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) & Pietro Straccia
Tickets available HERE
Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) & Pietro Straccia are psych-pop’s Elettrodomestico and they will be the featured guests on Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up on Thursday, May 17th, at the Haight Street Art Center in SF. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as HEAD OVER HEELS, the fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from music legends The Go-Go’s, will have just finished its run at the Curran Theatre. This will be a chance for you to enjoy an intimate evening of music and conversation surrounded by fantastic EMEK X Rock ‘n’ Roll inspired poster art in the gallery. Thanks to Blue Heron for providing the food, 21st Amendment Brewery along with Whetstone Wines will be free flowing, and we invite you to participate in an amazing silent auction featuring:
3 Day Passes to SOLD OUT Bottle Rock Napa Valley
3 Day Pass to Steve & Kate’s Camp
Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia
6:00pm: VIP reception with food, wine & beer, silent auction
7:15pm: Welcome, special guest performance by Blue Bear’s own Periodic Table of Hellaments!!
7:30pm: Intermission, silent auction closes
8:00pm: Featured guests Jane Weidlin & Pietro Straccia
9:30pm: Thank you, good night!
We are delighted to be co-hosting this wonderful event.
Join us in thanking our first responders with an intimate performance by the progenitor of funk, the Meters’ George Porter Jr., at the historic Whetstone chateau! Enjoy a welcome reception with wine, beer, and bites from our local artisans followed by a silent auction.
All proceeds go to First Responder Resiliency, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting and enhancing the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of first responders, any of whom risked their lives during the recent Wine Country Fires.
Thursday, May 24th at 5:00pm
1075 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA
Space is limited, so buy your tickets now!
The event is FREE but you must have an Eventbrite ticket to attend.
This podcast taping is a benefit for Jerry Day, the annual FREE event in San Francisco’s McLaren Park that celebrates the life of the Grateful Dead‘s Jerry Garcia who grew up nearby in the Excelsior District.
David Gans is an acclaimed musician, journalist and broadcaster who hosts the wildly popular Grateful Dead Hour syndicated radio show. He has played with various members of the Grateful Dead family of musicians over the years as well as continuing to perform solo.
Roger McNamee plays guitar and sings in Moonalice and the Doobie Decibel System and wrote the hit song “It’s 4:20 Somewhere.” Roger is a longtime fan and associate of the Grateful Dead.
Dennis McNally was the publicist for the Grateful Dead and the band’s authorized biographer. He is the author of “A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead” and “Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation & America.”
Before the show, join us for complimentary drinks courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars at our 6-7pm happy hour. While sipping your adult beverages you’ll get to enjoy some vintage original poster art spanning the Grateful Dead’s long career.
Photo courtesy of Jay Blakesberg Photography
The Family Crest have just released their latest album “The War: Act I” and we were thrilled to have them stop by the Haight Street Art Center to play some new tunes, some old ones and have a lovely chat. The seven piece band combine fantastic musicianship with energy and clever songwriting to deliver a captivating sound.
Mira Goto splits her time between Santa Cruz and Nashville though it’s clear from listening where her songs are born. They have Music City written all over them with that southern knack for storytelling and melody. Oh, and just try not crying while listening to the poignantly sweet “Crazy Cat Lady.”
We loved having all these wonderful musicians stop by and we hope you really enjoy.
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Before the show, join us for complimentary drinks courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars at our 6-7pm happy hour. While sipping your adult beverages you’ll get to enjoy the exhibit ARTIFACTS: The Rock Art of EMEK – A Career Retrospective. Emek has created much coveted posters for musicians such as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, The Pixies and Paul Simon. There is also a smaller exhibit of work by Ralph Steadman including the original art he drew to accompany Hunter S. Thompson’s Rolling Stone article “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
“After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area including Sam Chase, David Luning and Mickelson himself. We will pass a hat and sell CDs at the event and all sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.
Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.
Forestville singer and songwriter David Luning has been working long enough and hard enough that any day now, as the old show business joke goes, he’s about to become an overnight success.Luning, 30, born and raised in Sonoma County, gave his first performance at a piano recital when he was 5 years old, and music turned out to be his lifelong pursuit.Long popular on the local club and festival circuit, he drew national attention with his televised “American Idol’ audition three years ago, and while he didn’t win, he accomplished his goal. He raised his own profile and graduated to a new level of polish and professionalism.
Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a children’s book author and fine artist, Mickelson has persevered. In 2015, Mickelson released his debut full-length Flickering which made the Grammy Ballot in two categories, “Best Folk Album” and “Best Roots Music Performance”. His new full length album “A Wondrous Life” will be released May 4th.
Tons of wonderful music with a healthy dose of humor and lashings of 21st Amendment’s St Patrick O’Sullivan’s Irish Red Ale made for a great Paddy’s Day celebration at the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco.
Eoin Harrington kicked the night off, his soulful Irish voice given a lovely lift with the addition of the legendary Dick Bright on fiddle. They played a bunch of traditional Irish tunes, one original and finished with a rousing version of Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl”.
Headliners Zoo Station have been the Bay Area’s premiere U2 tribute band for over a decade. Bonalmost, the Sledge, Adamesque and Barely Larry treated the crowd to rare stripped down performances of favorites like “Desire”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Vertigo”. A perfect way to close out a perfect evening.