The folk rock and bluegrass scene in San Francisco is no hidden treasure. As we stand on the brink of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, this genre sits at the forefront of our minds. The Easy Leaves are a real gem within the local Americana scene, shining a very clean and modern light on the usual sound without rinsing off any acoustic grunge.
If your music tastes are anything like mine, the Americana scene doesn’t always grab my interest the way other iconic SF genres do. The Easy Leaves are one of the few exceptions to this rule. The duo somehow manages to be both rustically authentic and totally fresh – a combination of raw and clean edges that is worth checking out.
In case you missed their set at Outside Lands earlier this year, or if you’ve just been ailing for a honky tonk, The Easy Leaves have you covered this Saturday with a headlining set at the Independent, appropriately titled “Honky Tonk in the Citay”.
The Sonoma County natives are kicking off the night proper with Western swing dance lessons taught by Grass Fed Dance at 8pm. The West Coast Ramblers will follow, and once everyone is riled up and ready to show their swing dance moves, The Easy Leaves will take the stage into the end of the night. Since SF is practically their hometown, it’s sure to get pretty wild, and not a bad option for a Hardly Strictly after party.
Easy Leaves, The West Coast Ramblers, DJ G. “Neato” Yanito
October 5, 2013
8pm, $15–$17 (21+)