Growing up listening to his dad’s enormous and eclectic record collection, Joshua
immersed himself in the sounds of doo wop, big band, folk and old-timey music. With
a deep appreciation for roots traditions as well as a fascination for the history
and culture that created such unique and varied styles of music, Joshua’s approach
to song writing is steeped in the history and legacy of American music and yet reflects
the experience of our modern times. In other words, Postmodern American Roots Music.
American singer/songwriter who digs the Kinks, Hank Williams and all those who blossom
between. Mike has toured Europe multiple times, has been featured on True Blood,
Justified, Big Love, and NPR's Car Talk.
The best Americana songs all have one thing in common: someone has to get shot. Singer/songwriter
Stephen Grillos took this to heart when writing the songs for Hang Jones’ debut album
The Ballad of Carlsbad County. What began as a collection of bluegrass inspired country-rock
songs evolved into a Western Outlaw-themed story album complete with hangings, gunfights,
love, sex, and revenge.
There’s a rare confidence to Emily Jane White’s songwriting: it’s at once generous
and tough-minded, reflective and unsentimental. Her work shares some elements with
folk music, but the term does not do justice to her ambitious songwriting and robust
arrangements. White possesses a singular voice inspired by the raveled threads of
the uncanny in American culture, including depression-era blues and classic works
of gothic literature such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s
The Yellow Wallpaper.
There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of
Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage—whether
she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or
a grand piano—is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore.
San Francisco-based pianist, vocalist and songwriter Rabbit Quinn crafts otherworldly
fables reminiscent of unconventional piano rock storytellers such as Kate Bush, Nina
Simone, Tom Waits and Tori Amos. History, myth and literature help Quinn transform
her footprints into compositions which are delicate, dark and romantic.
Emily Palen, violinist and composer, performs her tenaciously original style across
the Bay Area, constantly chasing the edge of new creativity. With a strong foothold
in her classical training, Emily ventures into new territory bringing her haunting
melodies and sense of experimentation into the realms of rock, jazz and electronica.
Lost Wednesdays- “An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mischief!”
Brad Barton, Reality Thief is bringing his original, brain bending show to The Lost
Two completely different sets with a continuous thread of mental gymnastics & playful
interaction. Because of the secretive nature of this show, we can't tell you too
much, but it's gonna blow your mind!
Last show was standing room only, and due to The Lost Church's intimate nature, we
recommend using the handy pre-sale button if you'd like to insure a seat. Tickets
are $15, Doors open at 7:30pm. See you there!
What began as two friends sitting down to play some music together has turned into
a beautiful (and busy) musical endeavor. The warm interplay of clamhammer banjo and
bowed cello, the easy blend of voices, and the inspiring original music have been
thrilling audiences around the United States.
Heart melting yet rejuvenating, plucky yet ephemeral, Addie Liechty and her band
of six combine folk, blues and bluegrass influences to create a show that engages
the audience to clap, sway, and often ruminate over the honest and exposed lyrics.
Dennis Lichtman - clarinet / Gordon Au - trumpet/ Jared Engel - bass/ SF's own Craig
Ventresco - guitar
Tamar Korn's personal vocal stylings evoke a great 1920's jazz singer wafting up
from a 78rpm record - reminiscent of an era, yet utterly unique. She's garnered
international acclaim through her work with the Cangelosi Cards, SF's Gaucho, fiddler
Mark O'Connor, and more, and tonight she leads her own formidable quintet.
Erma Kyriakos- vocals and guitar ; Andres Vera- cello
Miss Erma’s folk, jazz, and popular inspired music takes you on a journey from the
first note. With a whimsical quality to her voice, her songs remind us of how valuable
hope is in a world that can leave us hanging by a thread. Her biggest influences
include Ella Fitzgerald, Fiona Apple, Roy Orbison, Nina Simone, and Bob Dylan.
Inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, cajun, and western
swing, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music, shining up dusty
melodies with modern arrangements. They are currently working on their debut full
length album due out Summer 2013. The Vivants include Emily Bonn on lead vocals,
guitar, banjo and ukulele, Jody Richardson on fiddle, foot percussion and vocal harmonies,
James Touzel on upright bass and clarinet, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.
Alex's parents bought him his first guitar when he was 12 years old. Self taught
at an early age, he started learning to play songs he heard on the radio. It wasn't
until he started listening to local college radio in the mid 80's when he began to
take music seriously. A product of the Bay Area music scene, and Influenced by local
acts such as Blue Movie and Hugh, he got the bug and joined his first band. Currently,
he is enjoying a solo career, writing and playing his songs for anyone who would
like to listen, as well as promoting his own series of singer/songwriter showcases
featuring local artists.
Poetic and fierce, enlightened and elegantly brash, San Jose’s Sweet HayaH is an
impassioned blend of Rock and Soul music. Bringing funky unexpected World nuances,
hard-hitting rhythm and blues beats, and passionate, spirited performances, Sweet
HayaH is poised to take center stage as one of the Bay Area's premium independent
bands in 2013, and beyond.