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A really fun show recorded on Record Store Day at the Haight Street Art Center to celebrate all things vinyl and our collective love of music. With live performances by Four Year Bender and Jeff Desira PLUS fascinating interviews with Eric Christensen, director of “The Cover Story-Album Art” and the hilarious soundman to the stars Frank Gallagher.
Eric Christensen is the director of “The Cover Story-Album Art,” a fascinating look at the history of iconic record covers with Blind Faith’s controversial 1969 release at the center of the movie. Also in the film, an interview with the now grown-ass man man who was the baby on the cover of Nirvana’s iconic “Nevermind.”
Frank Gallagher is a Scottish bolix who has done sound for Buddy Guy, Talking Heads and currently works with the B-52’s. Some say he is the inspiration for the other Frank Gallagher, patriarch of the dysfunctional family that star on TV’s Shameless.
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This a benefit for the Blanket the Homeless compilation album being produced by Scott Mickelson featuring Whiskerman and the Coffis Brothers as well as Fantastic Negrito, Con Brio, John Craigie and many more.
Ticket includes 6-7pm happy-hour and the From Detroit with Love: Grande Ballroom poster exhibit.
Whiskerman is a rock-and-roll overture to the great unraveling. Over the last 7 years the Oakland band has developed an underground reputation for tackling the sublime with their ambitious songwriting, thunderous stage show, and acute lyricism. They have since emerged as an engine of the Bay Area’s revitalized psychedelic and festival scenes.
Scott Mickelson is an artist/producer from the Bay Area. His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance. His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life is receiving great reviews in the US and abroad. Mickelson will be playing his first European tour this Fall.
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains that have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense, melodic, rootsy and heartfelt. The songwriting duo of Jamie and Kellen show an obvious love for a bygone era of music and for groups like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young and The Beatles as well as a sense of maturity and experience beyond their years.
There was laughs, tears and just a few drinks as we enjoyed some craic agus ceol from the old country. Shaun O’Sullivan, from our sponsor 21st Amendment Brewery, was also on hand to regale all with tales of his angling prowess on Lough Mask in Mayo and we had our annual lesson on why it’s St Paddy’s Day and NOT St Patty’s Day.
Performing live will be the great Four Year Bender (duo) who’ll have some vinyl to sell and will be promoting their album release party at Cafe du Nord. Opening the show is the great Jeff Desira who also is releasing new material produced by Chris Manning of Jellyfish and Guster.
We’re thrilled that Eric Christensen will be on hand to discuss great album artwork and his wonderful documentary The Cover Story-Album Art.
Please enjoy this fun episode with the wonderful T Sisters, recorded at a private house-concert/Blue Bear School of Music benefit in a beautiful Victorian in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill. This one features a few gorgeous originals plus covers of the Beatles and a stunning opening number originally by Chumbawamba.
This is the sisters second appearance on the show, this time to talk about the upcoming release of their EP “We Are Bound” which was produced by Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers who also appear on the EP.
What a thrill to host the insightful, hilarious and very talented John Craigie as our latest guest on the podcast. John brought great stories, songs and bellbottoms to the Haight Street Art Center and delighted a SOLD OUT crowd with tales from the road and some beautiful music.
Special thanks to Peter Finch for co-hosting while Renee was on vacation.
Enjoy an evening of craic agus ceol as Sean Daly brings his kick-ass band from Galway, Ireland to start your Paddy’s Day weekend off on the right note. Details HERE
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Festive drink specials courtesy of sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and brewer/co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan will be the guest of honor.
The Shams first began in 2011 in San Francisco, lead by energetic and charismatic front man Sean Daly.
The Shams have sold out the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and shared stages with Irish performers such as the brilliant singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, Mundy, The Young Dubliners, and English punk legends, The Vibrators.
The Shams provide listeners with a new, hard-hitting perspective on the evolution of Irish music, unlike any you’ve heard before. With each fiery live performance, the group leaves listeners begging for more
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.