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.

FREE: Art, Music & Conversation with Kaja Renkas & Megan Keely Friday, September 28th

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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.”

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.

Lee Conklin & the New Chambers Brothers

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.

FREE: Lee Conklin + New Chambers Brothers in Song & Conversation

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Join us at the Haight Street Art Center at 6pm for happy-hour while enjoying the artwork of Lee Conklin. At 7pm we’ll move upstairs for an interview with Lee and a performance by the New Chambers Brothers.

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.

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

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.