Photo by Kate Beever

Jeff Beam’s songwriting mixes the impulses of a recluse with a psychedelic attention to time and space. In other words, every song is a journey whether inward or far out. It’s a sound that is most at home here in San Francisco where psych rock has its roots, and artists like Ash Reiter (Sugar Candy Mountain) and The Fresh and Onlys have risen to some prominence. Beam’s writerly approach and falsetto singing bring a strange tenderness to the genre. He’s currently promoting the release of his Something Came From Nothing EP.

When he hits the stage of the Hotel Utah on Saturday, Beam will have traveled more than 3,000 miles from his home in Portland, Maine. His tour will have him crossing more than 7,000 miles in two weeks. Ah the good life! Filled with couches, neck cramps, and fast food. We’ll get him here in San Francisco halfway through this journey, so there’s plenty of time for things to have gone strange already and that can only benefit this show. He’ll share the night with fellow Maine band Afraïd and LA-based folk rock crooner Nick Shattuck.

Jeff Beam, Afraïd, Nick Shattuck
Hotel Utah
Saturday November 11, 2017
9:00pm, $10