Review + Photos: Royal Jelly Jive at Sweetwater Music Hall

Royal Jelly Jive (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy It’s my first time experiencing the Sonoma County jazzy-cabaret, soul-filled band Royal Jelly Jive. I have heard good things about them over the years but I was unfamiliar with their vibe, music, and sound until now. My initial thoughts on the first five minutes of their Sweetwater Music Hall gig are as follows: “Holy shit, they are so fun!” and “Horns! I love it when a band has horns!” and “What? Who is this badass singer? WTF?” The singer is Lauren Bjelde, founding member and co-songwriter for Royal Jelly Jive. My [...]

Premiere: Royal Jelly Jive, “Boomerang”

Get excited for Royal Jelly Jive's release show at Cornerstone next week with a new video: "Boomerang." "Boomerang" is the bonus track that comes when you pre-order their new record, Limited Preserve No. 3. The album officially premieres on June 14, but pre-order is already open. You can also come out to the release show at Cornerstone in Berkeley on June 1 to celebrate the new record. Pick up your very own jar of jelly (jam, if you wanna get technical) that comes with a download card at the merch table. Royal Jelly Jive, La Gente Cornerstone Berkeley June 1, [...]

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Profiles In Protest: How the Bay’s music community is responding to the inauguration

After the 2016 election, the nation seemed sharply divided. With inauguration day rapidly approaching, we wanted to give musicians from our community a space to voice how they felt about the election results. Some were upset that the candidate with fewer popular votes won the presidency, some were upset at others for not voting, and some did not accept the results. Vast groups of citizens took to the streets to protest, with a number of marches and rallies taking place in the Bay Area. As a nonprofit devoted to fostering music in the Bay, we celebrate the self-expression that 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 [...]

Premiere: Royal Jelly Jive – “Pterygophora” (album release party at Slim’s)

Our first introduction to Royal Jelly Jive came in the form of their slinky-noir music video debut for "Deep Dark Night" at San Francisco's Music Video Race. Now the throwback gypsy-blues outfit is preparing to release a debut self-titled CD, and they're celebrating by throwing a party at Slim's this Thursday. In case you're coming from Santa Rosa or Petaluma, you can purchase tickets to ride something called the Hootenanny Express, a traveling BYOB party bus that will take you directly to Slim's and includes admission to the venue. Presented by Bourgeois Productions, the CD release party also features a line-up of Bay Area talent such as the Highway Poets and [...]

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