For the past four and half years, The Bay Bridged has been proud to champion the San Francisco Bay Area indie music scene through an innovative mixture of new media journalism and cutting edge live events. On Friday, July 23rd, 2010, we’re excited to present our second annual fundraiser party, Regional Bias 2010, a celebration of Bay Area music and culture to benefit The Bay Bridged.

This year, we’re returning to the historic Verdi Club in Potrero Hill for a huge celebration of the things that make living in the Bay Area special. There will be musical performances by four of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area artists as well as some great local DJs.

We’ll also be tipping our collective hat to the Bay’s vibrant visual arts and food scenes, with a happy hour art show and tasty bites from local chefs for sale before and during the show. In other words, this isn’t your typical fundraiser event. It’s a celebration of independent music’s vital place in Bay Area culture.

Regional Bias 2010

Thao Nguyen
John Vanderslice

With DJ sets by members of Vetiver, Or, the Whale, and The Dont’s

Friday, July 23, 2010
The Verdi Club
Doors open at 7pm for happy hour art show, food, and DJs. Bands start at 8pm.

General Admission tickets: $20/$25 donation (only a limited number of $20 tickets will be available)
VIP tickets: $50 donation (includes free beer, food, hand-screened show poster, and a Bay Bridged t-shirt!)
This event is 21+

Purchase Advance Tickets Here!

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down – “The Give” (New, Improved, LIVE version)

John Vanderslice – “D.I.A.L.O.”

Man/Miracle – “Above the Salon”

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About the Bands

With her band The Get Down Stay Down, Thao Nguyen has received widespread acclaim as a songwriter blending honest emotion and wit with extremely tight musicianship. She’s one of our favorite local artists, and a natural choice for Regional Bias. “Know Better Learn Faster mostly sounds like a young artist coming into her own—in music and life and love…

[T]hrowing herself headlong into suffering for our benefit—and the payoff is glorious. This is how we want it.” (Paste) “Behind all the hashing out Nguyen does, burning some bridges and rebuilding others, the music surges with life. Her guitar work here proves Nguyen as one of the more underrated guitar players out there. The riffs are bright and textured…but still subtly complex and coated fittingly in a morning-after haze.” (Prefix)

Seven albums into his career, John Vanderslice has solidified his reputation as one of indie rock’s most engaging songwriters and as one of the nicest members of the local music community. We’re pleased to call him a trusted adviser and friend, and are excited he’ll be playing at Regional Bias. “Not since Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago has there been such an accomplished album of torch songs…High praise indeed, but if you can spend a little time with Romanian Names and not feel duly captivated by its sun-kissed longing, West Coast harmonies and occasional krautrock minimalism, your heart’s probably made of stone.” (NME)

Six months in, Man/Miracle have had a breakout year, touring the US with Rogue Wave and basking in accolades for their superb full length, The Shape of Things. “It hits a comfortable sweet spot, but it doesn’t settle for giving you exactly what you expect. Nicely done.” (Fluxblog) “The whole album is great…My advice when you listen? Turn it up real loud. Man/Miracle started playing live long before the group recorded anything, and they put on a great show. ” (All Songs Considered)

Exray’s are the new band from Jon Bernson (Ray’s Vast Basement, Black Fiction), whose debut album arrives this summer. Their contribution to the In A Cloud compilation was one of the best tracks on an album full of great songs, so we’re excited for them to open the show.