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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
Jane Wiedlin is best known as the guitarist and songwriter for the Go-Go’s but her latest project is a band called Elettrodomestico that she formed with Pietro Straccia in Oakland, California.
We were delighted to have the duo as guests at a recent Blue Bear School of Music benefit show at the Haight Street Art Center where they treated us to four original tunes as well as a rousing version of the Go-Go’s classic “Our Lips Are Sealed.”
Jane talked about the legendary 80’s rockers upcoming tour and the musical “Head Over Heels” which features the Go-Go’s songs and is headed to Broadway this summer.