Mixtape: San Francisco Twang — Sampling Local Americana, Country, and Bluegrass Bands

The Brothers Comatose (photo: Zack Sumner) http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SF_Twang_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: San Francisco Twang -- Sampling Americana, Country and Bluegrass Bands (Podcast #384) The San Francisco Bay Area's love for Americana, country and bluegrass music manifests most visibly during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which draws 750,000+ people to Golden Gate Park annually, but there are great twangy sounds coming out of the Bay all year round. Venues like The Plough & Stars, The Lucky Horseshoe, Amnesia, and Armando's in Martinez, as well as Twang Sundays at Thee Parkside, are a fertile incubator for local roots acts. Plenty of them, like The [...]

Review & Photos: Sleepless Nights — The 12th Annual Gram Parsons Tribute @ Great American Music Hall, 1/18/13

Eric Shea with Sweet Chariot Eric Shea looks like the nicest Hells Angel, or so declared Jill Olson. Jill played twice on Saturday. She kicked off the evening alongside Paula Frazer, and returned to the stage later with Red Meat. Red Meat's Smelley Kelley replied that if he was a woman, he would have sex with Shea. Eric is a long time fixture on the Bay Area music scene, a true soldier in the fight to keep live music alive. He currently plays with Sweet Chariot, but I first saw him at the Ivy Room in Albany with Mover long [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Gram Parsons tribute, La Luz, Ryan Hemsworth

To enter any contest, email contest@thebaybridged.com with the name of the band and date of the show you’re entering for in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Saturday, January 18th 12th Annual Sleepless Nights: a tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music featuring Midnight North (featuring Grahame Lesh), Red Meat, Sonny & The F*ckaroos (featuring Sonny Smith), Kelly McFarling, and more @ Great American Music Hall 9pm, $13, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Monday, January 20th Pure [...]

11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music at Great American, 1/12/2012

Sleepless Nights headliner Red Meat A long list of Bay area artists will honor Gram Parsons Saturday at the Great American Music Hall for the "11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music". Event organizer and member of Sweet Chariot Eric Shea explains what "cosmic American music" meant to Parsons. "Music writers wanted to call him country-rock, but he pushed back and challenged them to listen more closely so they can hear the soul, gospel, Americana, blues and rock that all blended together into one grand sound," says Shea. "Cosmic American music was his vision [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: 10th Annual Sleepless Nights Gram Parsons Tribute Concert featuring Red Meat/Chuck Prophet, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPU8Hw_OmpA&feature=player_embedded To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below. Thursday, August 25th Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside @ Cafe du Nord To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter! The show starts at 9pm, $10/$12, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here. Saturday, August 27th 10th Annual Sleepless Nights Gram Parsons [...]

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert @ GAMH Friday

Sleepless nights make for tired days, and a life without Gram Parsons would be a life without alt-country as we know it. The Sleepless Nights series here in San Francisco was started eight years ago by Eric Shea as a tribute to the late great musician. "Sleepless Nights" is the title of Parsons' 1976 posthumous album of covers and unreleased Grievous Angel tracks, as Parsons died of a drug overdose in 1973 at the age of 26. In his heyday, Parsons managed to bridge the gap between country and rock and roll, paving the way for bands and artists like [...]

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