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Holiday Special w/ EllaHarp, Rick Hardin, Kendra McKinley

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!!

George Clinton In Conversation Monday, December 17th 3pm Haight Street Art Center

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Ahead of his SOLD OUT show at the Independent, join us for a conversation with the legendary funkmeister who’ll be retiring following this tour. Clinton is promoting his latest album Medicaid Fraud Dog. After the interview we’ll be throwing a year-end/holiday after-party with live music provided by the Bay Area’s very own Roem Baur. As an added bonus you’ll get too see the wonderful Ralph Steadman career retrospective currently on display at the Haight Street Art Center.

Patrons of our show on Patreon at the $5 a month level are guaranteed FREE entry (plus one) and ONE complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Become a patron HERE.

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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).

Camp Fire Relief Benefit Concert Sunday, December 2nd Hopmonk Novato

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GET TIX: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Camp-Fire-Relief-Benefit-Concert/374507
 

HopMonk Tavern Novato (Session Room)
Doors: 12noon | Show: 1pm-10pm (All Ages)
Schedule Times TBA

Brought to you by:
HopMonk Tavern Novato / KC Turner Presents / Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop UP

100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the North Valley Community Foundation

LINEUP (More TBA):
Alejandro Escovedo
Dan Bern
Megan Slankard
Peter Case
Heather Combs
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional (solo)
Josh Brough (Poor Man’s Whiskey)
Bobby Jo Valentine
Kate Lardner & the Branson Rock Band

DJ Bothsides will be spinning records between sets

SPONSORS:
HopMonk Tavern
Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up
Brianne Lucke Design
Phoenix Hotel
Stagehand Systems Events
Flying Colors
Sight & Sound
21st Amendment Brewery
Whetstone Wine Cellars

The Stone Foxes

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!!

 

FREE: The Stone Foxes in Song & Conversation Nov 7th 6:00-7:30pm

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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.”

FREE Xmas in October Soundwaves TV Taping: EllaHarp, Rick Hardin, Kendra McKinley

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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!

Howlin Rain, The Easy Leaves, Marq Spusta

We love when we can bring music together with all the fabulous art at the Haight Street Art Center, the semi-permanent home of our show. So it was recently when we hosted Howlin’ Rain at our our annual pre-Hardly Strictly Bluegrass bash which alo happened to be our second birthday.
Howlin’ Rain are tight with poster artist Marq Spusta, a contemporary poster artist who is part of the “Family Devalues” exhibit that is currently showing at the center. The band and Marq collaborated on the event poster that was made available at the show.
The fabulous Easy Leaves and their wonderful brand of California country kicked things off, followed by a quick chat with Marq about his art and finally Howlin’ Rain closed out a very special evening.
Thanks to all those that came out and to you for listening to this podcast.

FREE: Art, Music & Conversation with Kaja Renkas & Megan Keely Friday, September 28th

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On Friday, September 28th we’re hosting an informal FREE event at the Haight Street Art Center: Art, Music & Conversation with Kaja Renkas & Megan Keely

Join us for a FREE evening of art, music and conversation while being treated to an exclusive exhibit by Polish graphic designer and poster artist Kaja Renkas with musical accompaniment by the Bay Area’s own Megan Keely. RSVP on our Facebook page or on our Patreon page.

Take in the stunning artwork of Kaja Renkas while enjoying happy-hour between 6-7pm courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. This will be followed by an intimate musical performance by Megan Keely.

Kaja Renkas is part of the long tradition of Polish poster artists. After receiving her doctorate she moved into an area of poster creation loosely based around surrealistic collage, working in the digital environment. The work of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam comes to mind when viewing Renkas’ posters, a Surrealist collage, arising, in part, from the intellectual anarchy of Dada and related early twentieth century movements.

Megan Keely is a San Francisco-based songwriter and vocalist who has dedicated her latest musical efforts towards immigration and women’s rights, transforming personal calamity into transcendent growth on her latest studio album “Bloom.”

Howlin’ Rain + The Easy Leaves In Song & Conversation Thursday, October 4th

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Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up turns two and we celebrate with our Third Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Pre-Party at the Haight Street Art Center, Thursday October 4th starring Howlin’ Rain and the Easy Leaves.

We are charging a nominal fee of $8 to stop the rash of no-shows which have been a problem at our once free events. Money raised will go to non-profits Blue Bear School of Music and the Haight Street Art Center.

Purchasing a ticket entitles you to a complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. An original event poster by Marq Spusta will be available to purchase with the artist on-site to embellish it. These posters are collectors items and VERY special indeed.

If you are a patron of ours on Patreon at the $5 level there is no need to purchase a ticket. Simply RSVP here. Patrons get to bring a guest at no extra cost. Become a Patron!

Enjoy the amazing rock poster art exhibit “Family Devalues” at our happy-hour from 6-7pm before we take the party upstairs for performances and interviews with Bay Area bands Howlin’ Rain and the Easy Leaves.

Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain recently released The Alligator Bride, their fifth LP of swampy, ragged, unapologetic rock ’n roll. Led by Ethan Miller, it’s their first release on Silver Current Records, the artist-run label owned by Miller, and gleefully indebted to classic rock formations like the Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 and Free’s masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, 1969’s Fire and Water. “The guiding principle for The Alligator Bride was to create ‘Neal Cassady Rock,’” says Miller. “Which is to say, high energy, good-times adventure music, driving the hippie bus, shirtless and stoned, up for four days straight, and extremely fuzzy around the edges.”

The Easy Leaves are proud ambassadors of California Country & Western music; who over the course of 2 full length albums and 2 EPs, under the guidance of Merle Haggard’s music, and countless other barroom heroes, have released their own unique collection of poetry for the common man.

The pairing of these two acts is reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s in Austin, TX, essentially what Willie Nelson was creating there, as well as many shows at famed venue, the Armadillo World Headquarters – Where the outlaws, outcasts, hippies, honky tonkers, freaks, and forward thinkers converged in harmony for a plethora of music happenings; you could see Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Waylon Jennings and other Country troubadours playing shows alongside folks like The Grateful Dead.

Lee Conklin & the New Chambers Brothers

Throughout its remarkable 50-year span, Lee Conklin’s career has been well regarded as an essential contribution to the psychedelic poster art movement. Well known for imaginative vision and inventive lettering, this work demands and rewards prolonged, patient exploration. Perhaps his best known work is the cover of Santana’s first album but he also did posters for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Chambers Brothers.

These posters often offer voyages—visual trips—containing hidden messages, elements and value that reveal gradually and perhaps unintentionally. According to Conklin, “I just start drawing … and sometimes it turns into something.”

Lester and Dylan Chambers continue the tradition of the Chambers Brothers, a band best known for their eleven-minute 1968 hit “Time Has Come Today”. The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements. Their music has been kept alive through heavy use in film soundtracks.