About a month ago while inside of the historic Hyde Street Studios, I witnessed the ladies of The Wild Reeds make an entire Sofar crowd go gape-mouth. As is the Sofar way, the mini-set was all acoustic, and even without two of their band members the presence and charm of The Wild Reeds was staggering.
Tonight, drummer Nick Jones and bassist Nick Phakpiseth will be rounding out the full band while they headline Leo’s in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. Fittingly, creators of The Wild Reeds, Kinsey Lee on vocals and banjo and Sharon Silva on vocals and guitar, met while both attending a Lisa Hannigan concert (side note: Hannigan made her musical start in Damien Rice’s band). The unsigned Los Angeles act has released a debut album, Blind and Brave. Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission below:
We’ve raved a lot about local mainstay Travis Hayes and his band of cohorts, The Young Daze. Tonight they’ll be kicking the night off at Leo’s and excitingly enough, San Francisco singer Jenna Lavoie will also be harmonizing with Travis and Emily Whitehurst (Survival Guide).
Not only are they adding a new member for the night (perhaps permanently?), but The Deli Magazine recently premiered a live music video when they performed at Great American Music Hall. Jared Swanson (Abbot Kinney) filmed the band playing “Towns Like These.” Travis explains the song is about “traveling around the U.S.A. and constantly hearing people compare San Francisco to places like Austin, TX or Brooklyn, NY. I don’t believe that to be true. There’s no place like San Francisco. There’s no place like home.”
The Wild Reeds, The Painted Horses, Travis Hayes and The Young Daze
August 6, 2015
$12, 8pm, 18+