Loquat is now halfway through their month long Thursday night residency at Cafe Du Nord, but they’ve still got two great shows left with more bands and surprises in store. As she did before the first two shows, singer Kylee Swenson gave us a little preview of what’s in store for the remaining two dates. You can read that interview below.

[audio:https://www.thebaybridged.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/04-big-key-little-door.mp3] Loquat – “Big Key, Little Door”

We’re also giving away two tickets to each of the shows on Thursday, May 21st (with The Union Trade, Aim Low Kid and DJ AmpLive) AND Thursday, May 28th (with Malbec, Foxtail Somersault and DJ AmpLive). To enter the giveaway, send an E-mail to contest@thebaybridged.com by noon on Wednesday, May 20th and answer the following questions:

Overall, what is the single worst type of fruit? Why? As always, particularly ridiculous answers may end up quoted on our site.

Please denote if you have a show preference when entering. Both winners will also receive either a Loquat CD or T-shirt! The winners will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail.

Continue reading to find out more about the shows and bands from Kylee:

Kylee Swenson: “We’ve got one residency show down and three to go. During the first night, in the middle of Head Like a Kite’s set, I danced with a panda. I would like to dance with pandas more often, so we’re looking forward to playing with HLAK (and their panda) in Seattle later this summer.

“After our “LA LA Ladies” night (May 14) with two of our favorite L.A. bands, it’s on to the “Homegrown Show” (May 21) with fellow SFers/friends The Union Trade and Aim Low Kid. DJing that night is AmpLive from Zion-I (who, incidentally, will be releasing a solo album with his remix of our song “Sit Sideways” in September). And VJ Kernel Panik will be doing visuals during our set. It’s a pretty diverse night, and we’ll be adding a couple more rawk-ish songs to the set to go along with the indie-rocking-ness of the opening bands. As an added treat for the third night, the venerable Mark Eitzel will sing a couple songs with us. Mark is a national treasure. If someone told me on the night I saw Mark play with Everything But the Girl (in Minneapolis) that I would one day sing with him, I wouldn’t have believed it.

“For our final show on May 28, we’ll be joined by an L.A. band called Malbec and SFers Foxtail Somersault. It’s a bit more of a dancey and dreamy night. I’m excited to play with Foxtail again and to see Malbec for the first time. Malbec was a MySpace find, and I think they’re doing something really cool and original. Also that night, AmpLive will DJ between sets, our friend Raul Sanchez will play saxophone with us for a song, and Kernel Panik will do visuals again. The party continues….”