Simon says: Stop what you are doing and get tickets for this now! Simon Joyner is a national treasure, and a chance to enjoy his songs up close and personal is a rare and precious gift. This will be the only Bay Area show.

It takes place Sunday February 16 in a sweet Oakland living room. Doors and mingling at 7, songs at 8, BYOB, $10-20 sliding scale. PayPal simon@simonjoyner.net and Simon will then send you the address.

This is likely to be your favorite show of the year, but you don't have to take my word for itBeck listed Joyner in his top 10 albums when asked by Rolling Stone.

Gillian Welch had this to say: "Omaha has given us the reigning heir to Henry Miller's dark emotional mirror, Townes Van Zandt's three-chord moan, and Lou Reed's warehouse minimalism: his name is Simon Joyner."

Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) exhibits the most profound influences of Joyner and had these kind words: "Pound for pound Simon Joyner is my favorite lyricist of all time. He has shades of all the greats (Van Zandt, Cohen, Dylan) but exists in a space all his own ... He truly is an American songwriting treasure. It is my hope that more people will discover his music and share in the unique joy that it brings."

Kevin Morby is also a fan: "Simon's always been a secret handshake amongst me and my peers. He's a pioneer. He's helped pave the way for many people, myself included. He's an artist in its purest form--for his only concern is crafting a perfect song — which he's done time and time again."

For this unique living room tour, Simon is joined by Dennis Callaci who founded Shrimper Records in 1990 in Southern California, the same year as the formation of his band Refrigerator. Refrigerator is about to release their thirteenth LP (due out at the end of 2020). Dennis also will read from his debut novel 100 Cassettes, which features 100 meditations on music, commerce, and the abstract.

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