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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Jimmy Dillon, Jay Blakesberg, The Quitters

We had a mighty fine evening at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette in the cool little venue that sits behind the store. A full house was treated to music by proprietor Stevie Coyle and his musical partner Glenn Houston under the moniker The Quitters. Then we were joined by famed photographer Jay Blakesberg who regaled us with stories about being the Grateful Dead’s official photographer and his Tom Petty picture that is currently on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s special on the late great rocker. Finally Jimmy Dillonclosed out the night and told us about life on the road with Clarence Clemons, playing Bill Clinton’s inauguration and making a record with John Lee Hooker.

Steve Earle & Bob Weir at Haight Street Art Center

 

We had a truly special night with Steve Earle who was unexpectedly joined by Bob Weir at the Haight St Art Center in a benefit for the Blue Bear School of Music. Steve played a couple of songs by himself including “Copperhead Road” and then Bob joined him for a few tunes that ended with the Grateful Dead’s “I Know You Rider.” Awesome!