2nd Annual Dog Dance Party & Crazy Canine Contest, Saturday July 21st, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro

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Rocco & Pirate cordially invite you and your well behaved human to Renee & Irish Greg’s Pup Up 2nd Annual Dog Dance Party & Crazy Canine Contest at the 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro, Saturday July 21st from 12:30-3:30pm. This a benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue. No pooch required but the more the merrier!

Music by Tom Luce AND the Jefferson Airdale (feat. Dick Bright + Al and Tommy of the Rubinoos.) Dance with your dog to such canine classics as “Fly Like a Beagle”, “I Want a New Pug”, “S-P-C-A” and many more. Tom will be performing the Luce tunes “Buy a Dog”, “Good Day” and many more.

Crazy Canine Contest with fabulous prizes for Best Tail, Cutest Nose, Highest Jumper and Worst Attitude.

Enjoy delicious beer and food truck eats and lots of cool water for the dogs.

FREE to patrons at the $5 level (+ guest.) Otherwise You must purchase a $5 Eventbrite ticket to attend. This nominal fee is to stop the increasing problem of no-shows.

 

Blue Bear School of Music Benefit With Elettrodomestico Featuring Jane Wiedlin Of The Go-Go’s Thursday May 17th

elettroA Special Edition of Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up featuring:
Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) & Pietro Straccia

Tickets available HERE

Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) & Pietro Straccia are psych-pop’s Elettrodomestico and they will be the featured guests on Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up on Thursday, May 17th, at the Haight Street Art Center in SF. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as HEAD OVER HEELS, the fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from music legends The Go-Go’s, will have just finished its run at the Curran Theatre. This will be a chance for you to enjoy an intimate evening of music and conversation surrounded by fantastic EMEK X Rock ‘n’ Roll inspired poster art in the gallery. Thanks to Blue Heron for providing the food, 21st Amendment Brewery along with Whetstone Wines will be free flowing, and we invite you to participate in an amazing silent auction featuring:

3 Day Passes to SOLD OUT Bottle Rock Napa Valley

3 Day Pass to Steve & Kate’s Camp

Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia

Fine Wine

The Evening:
5:30pm: doors
6:00pm: VIP reception with food, wine & beer, silent auction
7:15pm: Welcome, special guest performance by Blue Bear’s own Periodic Table of Hellaments!!
7:30pm: Intermission, silent auction closes
8:00pm: Featured guests Jane Weidlin & Pietro Straccia
9:30pm: Thank you, good night!

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

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Get your FREE tickets here

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.

Video: 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

Click here to watch our latest show in its entirety.

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

FREE: St. Patrick’s Day Special: Zoo Station & South Centra Thursday 3/15

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Celebrate the season with a fun evening of art, music, laughter and beer…does it get any more Irish than that?

Start the evening from 6-7pm with our complimentary wine and beer happy hour in the downstairs gallery featuring selections from Whetstone’s Wine Cellars and 21st Amendment’s special St Patrick O’Sullivan’s Irish Red Ale on tap. 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.

At 7pm we’ll take the party upstairs where you’ll be treated to the pioneers of traditional Irish West Coast gangsta rap, South Centra. Founding members Fifty Pence and Take ‘er Easy E not only explain how rap was really born on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland but how it was stolen by the likes of NWA and Tupac.

Our headliners are Zoo Station, the Bay Area’s premiere U2 tribute band who’ll be performing a rare stripped down acoustic set. Since 2002, this talented force has delivered the visual, musical and spiritual thrill of a U2 concert to bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, private parties and corporate events along the West Coast of America. Singer Bonalmost leads the show, flying high with the vocal strength and confidence of Bono’s The Joshua Tree days. The Sledge showers thick layers of effectual guitar work over crowd as Adamesque on bass and Barely Larry on the drums deliver the pounding heartbeat of some of modern rock’s most memorable songs.

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.

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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SF Music Tech Panel/Podcast Taping

We were recently asked to host a panel and at the same time tape a podcast at the SF Music Tech Summit in San Francisco. The topic was Patreon where fans of individual musicians or podcasters (cough, cough) can become patrons and help those creators by donating as little as $1 a month. Our guests were Carlos Cabrera who leads the Data Science team at Patreon and musicians Julia Nunes and Mike Baker (Radio Nowhere).

We talked about the groundbreaking membership platform that makes it easy for artists and creators to get paid and were also treated to performances by Julia and Mike.

Here’s the Facebook live stream of the event. Podcast to follow shortly.