Whiskerman, Mickelson, Coffis Brothers Blanket the Homeless Benefit

We had a total blast while raising some money for a worthy cause at our Blanket the Homeless benefit featuring Graham from Whiskerman, Mickelson and Jamie & Kellen of the Coffis Brothers. Great songs and stories on a stormy evening in San Francisco!

These bands and a bunch of others including Con Brio, Fantastic Negrito and the Stone Foxes will be part of the Blanket the Homeless double album that will be released on vinyl this Fall.

Watch the video!

To guarantee entry to our shows please become a patron on Patreon and for as little as $5 a month you plus a guest get to see amazing artists, enjoy world-class poster art and sip on delicious drinks courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Past guest include George Clinton, Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Jane Wiedlin, Chris Robinson, Nicki Bluhm and many others.All made possible with the support of 21st Amendment Brewery, Whetstone Wine Cellars and the Haight Street Art Center.

T Sisters

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.

The T Sisters will celebrate their latest offering with a show at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16th

To guarantee entry to our shows please become a patron on Patreon and for as little as $5 a month you plus a guest get to see amazing artists, enjoy world-class poster art and sip on delicious drinks courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Past guest include George Clinton, Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Jane Wiedlin, Chris Robinson, Nicki Bluhm, the Wood Brothers and many others.

John Craigie

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.

To guarantee entry to our shows please become a patron on Patreon and for as little as $5 a month you plus a guest get to see amazing artists, enjoy world-class poster art and sip on delicious drinks courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Past guest include George Clinton, Steve Earle, Bob Weir, Jane Wiedlin, Chris Robinson, Nicki Bluhm and many others.

Rob Hotchkiss & the Dolly Mamas

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

Free: The Dolly Mamas CD Release Party & Rob Hotchkiss. Iron Springs Brewery Fairfax Sunday January 27th 5-8pm

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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.

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!!

 

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.