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

The Family Crest + Mira Goto

The Family Crest have just released their latest album “The War: Act I” and we were thrilled to have them stop by the Haight Street Art Center to play some new tunes, some old ones and have a lovely chat. The seven piece band combine fantastic musicianship with energy and clever songwriting to deliver a captivating sound.

Mira Goto splits her time between Santa Cruz and Nashville though it’s clear from listening where her songs are born. They have Music City  written all over them with that southern knack for storytelling and melody.  Oh, and just try not crying while listening to the poignantly sweet “Crazy Cat Lady.”

We loved having all these wonderful musicians stop by and we hope you really enjoy.

 

FREE: Sam Chase + David Luning + Mickelson + Poster Art Exhibit

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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 the exhibit ARTIFACTS: The Rock Art of EMEK – A Career Retrospective. Emek has created much coveted posters for musicians such as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, The Pixies and Paul Simon. There is also a smaller exhibit of work by Ralph Steadman including the original art he drew to accompany Hunter S. Thompson’s Rolling Stone article “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

“After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area including Sam Chase, David Luning and Mickelson himself. We will pass a hat and sell CDs at the event and all sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.

Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.

Forestville singer and songwriter David Luning has been working long enough and hard enough that any day now, as the old show business joke goes, he’s about to become an overnight success.Luning, 30, born and raised in Sonoma County, gave his first performance at a piano recital when he was 5 years old, and music turned out to be his lifelong pursuit.Long popular on the local club and festival circuit, he drew national attention with his televised “American Idol’ audition three years ago, and while he didn’t win, he accomplished his goal. He raised his own profile and graduated to a new level of polish and professionalism.

Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a children’s book author and fine artist, Mickelson has persevered. In 2015, Mickelson released his debut full-length Flickering which made the Grammy Ballot in two categories, “Best Folk Album” and “Best Roots Music Performance”. His new full length album “A Wondrous Life” will be released May 4th.

Zoo Station + Eoin Harrington w/ Dick Bright – Paddy’s Day Special

Tons of wonderful music with a healthy dose of humor and lashings of 21st Amendment’s St Patrick O’Sullivan’s Irish Red Ale made for a great Paddy’s Day celebration at the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco.

Eoin Harrington kicked the night off, his soulful Irish voice given a lovely lift with the addition of the legendary Dick Bright on fiddle. They played a bunch of traditional Irish tunes, one original and finished with a rousing version of Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl”.

Headliners Zoo Station have been the Bay Area’s premiere U2 tribute band for over a decade. Bonalmost, the Sledge, Adamesque and Barely Larry treated the crowd to rare stripped down performances of favorites like “Desire”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Vertigo”. A perfect way to close out a perfect evening.

VIDEO: The Wood Brothers + Rock Poster Artist Emek

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After two sold out shows at the Fillmore we were delighted to be joined by the Wood Brothers for a completely jam packed show at the Haight Street Art Center. Brothers Chris and Oliver along with percussionist Jano Rix treated the audience to tunes off their latest album “One Drop of Truth” and two stunning covers including Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”

As a special added bonus we were treated to a guest appearance by renowned rock poster artist Emek who’s exhibit “ARTIFACTS: The Rock Art of EMEK – A Career Retrospective” is currently showing at the center. Emek is the poster artist of choice for bands like the Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age

SOLD OUT: The Wood Brothers in Conversation & Song 2/26

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This show is SOLD OUT. Become a patron on Patreon to guarantee access to at least 12 FREE shows a year with complimentary beer and wine (depending on venue.) In our first year and a half we’ve hosted Chris Robinson, Bob Weir & Steve Earle, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Nicki Bluhm, Jonathan Richman, Steve Poltz and many, many others.  21st Amendment beer and vino from Whetstone Wine Cellars is just a delicious added bonus!

Following two nights at the Fillmore, the Wood Brothers will treat us to an evening of conversation and song at the Haight Street Art Center. The band just released their sixth album, ‘One Drop of Truth,’ which dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. 
As usual we’ll have a complimentary happy-hour downstairs in the poster art gallery courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone WIne Cellars from 6-7pm. Guests will enjoy the brand new exhibit ARTIFACTS: The Rock Art of EMEK – A Career Retrospective.
This event is FREE to attend but guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Blue Bear School of Music at the show.
We can’t wait to share this special evening with you all.

T Sisters & Hillstomp

Taking our show on the road again, this time we landed at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael with Oakland’s own T Sisters and our old pals Hillstomp from Portland, Oregon. Fall in love with the T’s beautiful harmonies and wonderful covers of the Grateful Dead, Lady Gaga and Chumbawamba and rock out to the raw hill country blues stomp of Hillstomp, a band we first discovered playing in the bushes of Golden Gate Park some 10 years ago.

Thanks as always to our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars and our video partners Howlive. To benefit Blue Bear School of Music.

Next Show: T Sisters + Hillstomp Free Matinee Terrapin Crossroads Bar Saturday 1/20 4pm

Before their nighttime show in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads on Saturday 1/20, we’re thrilled to be hosting the T Sisters (trio) and Hillstomp in the bar for a FREE matinee at 4pm. RSVP here. If you’re not on Facebook please leave a message below if you plan on attending.

Oakland’s T Sisters embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood. You’ll be blown away by their effortless melodies and gorgeous tunes.

Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp.

Please join us in the afternoon, have some dinner afterwards and stick around for the show in the Grate Room that night. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Marin.

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Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson was the perfect guest. Charming, funny, self-deprecating and insanely talented. We laughed, we cried and just had a ball as Chris talked about his latest project the Chris Robinson Brotherhood as well the Black Crowes, growing up in the South and his love for the Bay Area and the Grateful Dead. Oh, and the tunes were spectacular too. Enjoy this special show.

Xmas Special: The Sam Chase, Matt Jaffe, Rabbit Quinn

Dubbed “Xmas in October” as that’s when this episode was taped, this fun show was recorded early to accommodate a TV special. Soundwaves Xmas 2017 is airing on various TV stations throughout the Bay Area thru December. On it you’ll find Renee and Irish Greg hosting some of it as well as wonderful performances, seasonal and otherwise, by the Sam Chase, Matt Jaffe and Rabbit Quinn.