Bluegrass Pride announces 2021 Porch Pride festival lineup

Bluegrass Pride, the Bay Area's frontier nonprofit whose mission is to uplift and center LGBTQ+ musicians and creators in roots music, has announced their 2021 lineup for Pride Month. Now in its second year, the virtual festival and fundraising event will take place all month long in June. The month will feature performances by folks like Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Jake Blount, and Sunny War. Beginner players have a chance to join a jam session as well. In the COVID-19 era, vital discussions and hunger for equity and visibility in the arts has bubbled to the [...]

Giveaway: You’re Going To Die’s 10-year anniversary with Rainbow Girls + Whiskerman

A couple local favorites are playing the Independent on January 18 and we're pleased to offer you a set of freebies. Special shout-out to those harmonizing hunnies, Rainbow Girls, who are bringing their good vibes, lovely voices, and killer horns and keys. They're sharing the bill with Whiskerman, the Feelings Parade, Chelsea Coleman for You're Going to Die's 10-year anniversary. YG2D has been a fixture on the local music scene for the last 10 years, presenting programs of local performers (and, at their open mics, everyday people) confronting mortality through art. Check out Chelsea Coleman's installment of our 2017 series [...]

Best Of 2019: Derek’s favorite Wine Country releases

Pictured: The author. Look, from an artist's perspective, I get why y'all don't come up here all the time. Having grown up here, I'll admit that Sonoma County is pretty much just wine and expensive road bikes. And weed. Like, tons of weed. BUT. There are also musicians up here doing cool stuff! I swear. Check it — here's a bunch of cool musicians in no particular order whatsoever who dropped hot records in 2019. Eki Shola, Drift Did you know Eki Shola used to be a doctor? Makes perfect sense, since her songs and voice tap directly into the [...]

Genre-blending band boostive returns home to Santa Cruz

A trifecta of feel-good sounds is coming to Moe's Alley tonight, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The night features Santa Cruz original boostive at the intimate and rambunctious venue, offering a sure-fire way to cruise into the middle of the week. The show will open with the seven-member Los Angeles band TV Broken 3rd Eye Open. With a difficult-to-pigeonhole sound, TV Broken combines psychedelia-infused afro funk, jazz, groove, Indian, folk, blues, and even spaghetti western circus cabaret. While they're kicking off the Santa Cruz show, the group is headlining most of their nearly dozen dates with boostive this month. As if [...]

NYE Happening, Across The Bridges: Brothers Comatose, Lucero + more

Not in San Francisco, or wanna get out of town for the night? Here are some of the shows on our radar across the bridges. These events all have tickets as of writing. BERKELEY: Brothers Comatose + The Sam Chase @ Cornerstone Berkeley This is a new venue in downtown Berkeley, sized only slightly smaller than the Independent. Great location, pretty good sound, and a rowdy acoustic bluegrass-ish band promise a fun New Year's Eve. More info & tickets. OAKLAND: Lisa Light + Purple Heart @ Starline Social Club Lisa Light (the Lovemakers) covers Madonna and Purple Heart covers Prince [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Dec 2 – Dec 4

Magik*Magik plays tonight at Swedish American Music Hall with Frail Ophelias and Rose Droll. Friday, December 2 DonCat, We Arsons, Dogcatcher @ Milk Bar The two-night year-ender-bender in celebration of DonCat's LP release of Easy Cowboy starts tonight! Expect an all local crew of bands for this #EasyCowboy event. Sad13, Vagabon, Lisa Prank @ The Hemlock Tavern Sad13 is Sadie Dupuis' (frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz) entirely solo project. All production and composition is her own, and she lets things get weird (in a very good way) with the guitar effects. Also on the bill and worthy of a shout-out is [...]

Great American Spirit Ball comes to Great American Music Hall

Wildly described as "a pageant of bizarre and the occasion to channel the spirit animal inside of us all" by Be Calm Honcho band member Shannon Harney, this Saturday at the Great American Music Hall will feature The Great American Spirit Hall, with Royal Jelly Jive, Be Calm Honcho, Rainbow Girls and Brass Magic. Brass Magic, probably best known as the band who plays at Madrone Art Bar every Tuesday in the city (and who I've admittedly dropped important plans to go check out) will be opening the night, bringing their big, hip-hop-rap-soul-infused dixieland jazz band sound to open the night. Rainbow [...]

First ever all-female lineup hits The Fillmore on Saturday

For the first time in the history of the renowned San Francisco venue The Fillmore, an all-female lineup will take place, featuring local power houses such as Kendra McKinley, The She's, The Hot Toddies, and Isla Vista locals Rainbow Girls. The Rainbow Girls, who are presenting the show and headlining the night, are a folk americana band with gypsy style roots. Their sound is energetic, uplifting and catchy. Their most recent release, The Sound of Light, is a cross between modern indie elements and traditional folk roots. The Hot Toddies, Oakland's beach-indie-pop trio, will be supporting the touring band and bringing their surf [...]

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