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.
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!!
Renee & Irish Greg's Pop UP!
Holiday Special w/ EllaHarp, Rick Hardin, Kendra McKinley
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).