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.

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.

The Wood Brothers + Rock Poster Artist Emek

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.

John Oates

Due to timing issues we couldn’t get John Oates to do a full audience show for our podcast this time around but he promises to do one (solo) when he returns to the Bay Area later this summer with Hall & Oates. Irish Greg did get to catch up with him backstage at the Great American Music Hall and they discussed the music legend’s new album “Arkansas” and John played a couple of tunes from it too. Thanks to Howlive for the audio/visuals and especially to Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival for help setting this up.

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.

Tsisters HILLSTOMP POSTER