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.

John Oates

What a total pleasure to have the legendary John Oates on our show. He treated the completely sold-out crowd to a few songs off his new album “Arkansas” including the title track, a Blind Blake cover and the classic folk tune “Stagger Lee.” John talked about the early days of Hall & Oates and played a few numbers from the duo’s earlier albums.

John Oates In Song & Conversation Monday August 6th 6-9pm

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John Oates is a legend. As half of Hall and Oates he has sold an estimated 40 million records, they are best selling music duo of all time and are members of the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Get your tickets HERE.

Join us for this rare intimate performance and interview at the spectacular Haight Street Art Center. What an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with one of music’s biggest hitmakers.

Enjoy a 6-7pm happy-hour looking at the work of famed San Francisco rock poster artist Lee Conklin before heading upstairs to take a peek at the permanent Grateful Dead exhibit on your way into the John Oates Q&A and performance.

As usual, patrons of our show at the $5 a month level get in FREE (plus guest) with one complimentary adult beverage. This is the best deal in town. Join us on Patreon NOW!

This is benefit for the Crown Guitar Music Festival and requires the purchase of a ticket for non-patrons. Due to the very regrettable amount of no-shows at recent events we have no choice but to charge a very reasonable fee to attend.

More about John Oates as a solo performer: He continues to tour with Daryl Hall, still selling out arenas, but he maintains a solo career as well, focusing mainly on his love of roots and country music. His latest album “Arkansas” started life as a tribute to Mississippi John Hurt but evolved into a broader ode to Southern music: “This great tradition…It’s the story of rural America. It’s the story of working people. It’s a story of heartache, and these are simple, direct stories that are universal. That’s what interests me so much – this is the dawn of American popular music before big band or rock n’ roll, and that’s what I think makes this period of time really unique.”

David Gans, Steve Parish, Roger McNamee Jerry Day Special

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.

George Porter Jr & Friends (Steve Kimock, Jason Crosby, Katie Skene, Roger McNamee, John Molo)

Please enjoy this podcast of our interview with and performance by George Porter Jr. and friends Steve KimockJason CrosbyKatie SkeneRoger McNamee and John Molo live from the recent First Responder Resiliency, Inc. benefit at the beautiful Whetstone Wine Cellars.

The Sam Chase, David Luning, Mickelson

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.

 

George Porter Jr. & Friends Benefit Concert May 24th Whetstone Wine Cellars Napa

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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
General Admission & VIP Packages Available

Space is limited, so buy your tickets now!

FREE: Jerry Day Benefit Featuring David Gans & Roger McNamee Tuesday June 19th

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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