Music and Mortality: Arturo Rodriguez and Awesöme Orchestra, “Kyrie”

Like most of us, composer Arturo Rodriguez didn't know how to best express the magnitude of his sorrow when he first heard about the Ghost Ship fire in late 2016. Eventually, he turned to what he knows best — composing — to work out his feelings about the immense loss. Requiem Without Words is an orchestral work that tells the story of the Ghost Ship tragedy, and is dedicated to the memory of the 36 victims. We sat in on the premiere performance of the second movement, "Kyrie," at SFMOMA's Public Knowledge Library. The piece is performed by Awesöme Orchestra, [...]

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Artist To Watch: Wes Leslie, the Bedroom Player writes love songs for San Francisco

Meet Wes Leslie, the San Francisco troubadour quickly making a name for himself. A unique character in the city's social landscape, Wes Leslie incorporates his adoration of the city into his lyrics by referencing dive bars, streets, and lovers. This extends even to his livelihood, which is why he founded Wild SF Walking Tours in 2012, "alternative tours of SF's most iconic neighborhoods, led by passionate local artist-guides." Yep, they even have ghost tours. Watch this fun video about the company here. OK, back to his music. His songs are love letters with wit and candor — the sort you wish your college boyfriend [...]

UnderCover SF Presents Sly and the Family Stone's Stand!

This weekend, UnderCover SF pays tribute to Bay Area legends Sly and the Family Stone with a live reimagining of 1969's Stand!, the band's breakthrough album, at The Independent. Released in May 1969, the success of Stand! led to the band's appearance at a small-town music festival called Woodstock just months later, where they delivered a star-making middle-of-the-night performance. The record contains several classic entries into the Family Stone catalog, such as “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everyday People,” and "You Can Make it If You Try." The UnderCover project aims to take the music of Stand! in bold [...]

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