Dan Blakeslee(photo: Michael Winters)

Once upon a time, when I first moved to California and still had a laminated license from Maine, a clerk at the Berkeley Bowl grocery store told me that if I was going to use a fake ID I should at least make it from a state that exists. Needless to say, Maine is a state, a beautiful one, and in addition to lobsters and blueberries, it also produces some great musicians including folk singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee. He'll be in San Francisco next week presenting his newest release The Alley Walker.

Combining the essence of early folk with a gritty Americana sound, Blakeslee is a true troubadour. He's honed his sound in coffee shops and living rooms, aside screeching trains and desert skies. He's also journeyed his way to that coveted folk music mecca, the Newport Folk Festival, and shared the stage with the Low Anthem, the David Wax Museum, Joe Fletcher, and Kimya Dawson, among others.

Next Wednesday he'll be joined by Long Gone John, a fellow songwriter who hit the road indefinitely in 2015 (not to be confused with this guy). Oakland born and raised Jeremy Lyon (Tumbleweed Wanderers, King Dream) will be there too at the most intimate and adorable of San Francisco's venues, the Lost Church.

Dan Blakeslee, Long Gone John, Jeremy Lyons
The Lost Church
March 28, 2018
8pm, $10

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