Two and a half years ago, Quinn Deveaux uprooted, on a “songwriter soul quest,” to Nashville. Possessed of a smooth and polished style that can dip and twist as effortlessly as the Mississippi, Quinn is masterful at getting audiences out of their chairs. The loss of his voice in the SF scene meant, among other things, a lot less sweat on the dance floor.
But in June of this year, Quinn migrated back home in a triumphant string of performances. His band opened for Kool & The Gang at Stern Grove, headlined Hickey Fest and merged the two in a cover set as “Quinn Kool & The Gang” at the Starline Social Club’s infamous Halloween party. Now returning from 13 city tour, Quinn & Co. will be holding it down for two nights at Amnesia in the Mission District.
Amnesia is a tiny railroad-style venue drenched in red and dimly lit. It has been a beacon for live music and sweaty dance parties for more than a decade in the neighborhood. (Don’t forget to pour out a little whiskey for the recently passed Ralph Carney, who played many Wednesday evenings in the space with gypsy jazz group Gaucho.)
Both nights promise a psychedelic soul party vibe, but of NYE’s line up, the band teases: “Both supporting groups on NYE must remain a surprise. All I can tell you is that both groups are led by 2 of the most ferocious and talented woman in the Bay Area art community and they will blow your mind!”
Quinn Deveaux, The Spots (alias name), Stoney & The Bologna Ponies (alias name)
December 31, 2017