Review + Photos: The Redlight District and Kingsborough rock the Boom Boom Room

The Redlight District (photo: Joshua Huver) The Boom Boom Room has a long and storied history within the city limits of San Francisco, and for a pair of fledgling rock and roll bands steeped heavy in the blues, it is an honor to perform. Last Wednesday was the fourth and final night of a Boom Boom Room residency for the Santa Cruz-based quartet known as The Redlight District. They showcased a different opening act each show, and, on March 1, welcomed Santa Rosa natives Kingsborough to kick the night off heavy. Kingsborough took the stage shortly after 9PM and treated the [...]

The Redlight District celebrate EP Release at Moe’s Alley

Santa Cruz’s socially-conscious psychedelic rock and roll quartet The Redlight District are looking to end 2016 strong with an EP release party this Friday, December 17 at Moe’s Alley. The new EP is titled One Hour Motel, and contains never-before-recorded songs "I Need Someone," "So Far Away," "Bohemian Girl," and "Should I Return." The band spent several weeks earlier this year recording in a home studio in Santa Cruz and have been writing new material as well. Earlier this month, vocalist Stephen Sams, guitarist Ravi Lamb, keyboardist Dan Leitner, and drummer Keoki Thompson put together an impromptu sidewalk performance in downtown [...]

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The Bay Abridged: Aug 17 – 30

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. The Redlight District, Bobcat Rob Armenti at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall (Felton) Aug. 17. On Wednesday the 17th, Santa Cruz’s favorite psychedelic hard rock and roll quartet The Redlight District kicked off a 4-gig mini-tour in Felton at Don Quixote’s. The boys took the [...]

The Redlight District announce live video, mini-tour with Steel Cranes

The Redlight District of Santa Cruz is gearing up for a week and a half long tour with their most recent release: a pro-shot video from their March 11 appearance at Milk Bar in SF. Compiled by Santa Cruz videographer Michael Thomas, the video of "What's My Name" is a soundboard-quality recording that allows a unique glimpse into the essence of the band's electric live performances. Check it out below and learn a little more about the band here. Notable upcoming dates include back-to-back shows with Oakland-based duo Steel Cranes, where each band will take turns as the supporting act [...]

The Bay Abridged: June 8 – 21

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples at The Greek Theater (BRK) Jun. 9. Amidst a bunch of so-so Sinatra covers, Bob casually threw in a mind-blowing version of "Tangled up in Blue." Mavis Staples stole the show with a high energy, passionate performance that included a [...]

The Bay Abridged: May 11 – 24

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of the Bay Area concert scene. Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Quiles & Cloud at The Fillmore (SF) May 13. Over the last six months, the Bay Area’s bluegrass favorite Hot Buttered Rum have released a series of six-song EPs recorded around a specific theme. Celebrating old influences, new collaborations and late night spirits, [...]

The Redlight District of Santa Cruz: Redefined and ready to rock

Psychedelic rock and roll has never really gone away since the sounds of the late 1960s introduced rhythmic melodies with unconventional sonic properties into the mainstream. Bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin paved the way early, tearing down and rebuilding classic blues standards into the drawn out and deep tracks cherished by millions today. A resurgence of this style of dirty blues reared its head in the mainstream again with the likes of G. Love and Special Sauce or The White Stripes, whose sound circles around pushing the limitations of minimalist resources. The Redlight District, a revitalized Santa Cruz, CA [...]

The Redlight District and Sweet Plot to rock the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz

Two Bay Area local rock and roll outfits will be performing at the intimate Santa Cruz hideaway, The Crepe Place, tomorrow, April 16. Far and removed from a physical red-light district, musicians of The Redlight District of Santa Cruz each embody a raucous attitude on stage, and the four-piece psychedelic blues outfit incorporates scorching guitar leads, powerful drum breaks and groovy choruses of keys to accentuate the large stage persona of front man Stephen Sams. Opening the evening will be SF's own Sweet Plot and their unique take on revitalizing the West coast funk scene. The Redlight District w/ Sweet Plot The Crepe Place April 16, [...]

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