Behind The Scenes: Live 105 BFD

Phoenix (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) With headliners like Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand Live 105's BFD is just what the name stands for, a Big F***ing Deal. While those bands alone are worth a $37- $90 ticket, the one-day festival also featured dozens of other amazing artists. Among the list of performers were Milky Chance, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, SWMRS, Dreamers, Picture Atlantic, Missio, Taking Back Sunday, and the New Up. I snapped pictures of musicians on each of the four festival stages (well, five if you count the two rotating Bud Light festival stages) and caught up with a few acts who made this [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

The Bay Abridged: Feb 3 – 16

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. Jessica Pratt, Luke Sweeney at Swedish American Hall (SF) Feb. 6 While downtown was abuzz with Super Bowl City fever, the quiet streets of the Castro remained a stark opposite to the fervor a few blocks down. Up the stairs of the Swedish, the once [...]

Photos: WATERS brings spirit to our party at Slim’s

WATERS (photo: Brittany O'Brien) Hope you had a great President's Day weekend!  If you were able to make it out to our very own party at Slim's last Friday, February 12, 2016, you were delighted by the sounds of some of the finest in Bay Area indie rock.  WATERS headlined the night and here are some great photos of the performance by our very own Brittany O'Brien.  Thanks to everyone who made it out!

By |February 16, 2016|Tags: |

Playlist: Cocktails yearn for the summer

We've been big fans of Cocktails here at the Bay Bridged for a long time. Their most recent LP on Father/Daughter, Adult Life, was a wonderful album full of catchy songs about growing into an adult in San Francisco that just felt like the right. Needless to say, we couldn't be more pleased that Cocktails is joining the bill for our upcoming show at Slim's with WATERS and GRMLN this Friday night. Cocktails has wrapped up recording at Tiny Telephone for their follow up to Adult Life, which should be out this summer. While we anxiously await new material, I [...]

By |February 10, 2016|Tags: , , |

Ticket Giveaway: The Bay Bridged Presents WATERS, GRMLN, and Cocktails @ Slim’s!

We're throwing a sweet party with WATERS, GRMLN, and Cocktails at Slim's and you're invited! Catch three stellar local power-pop/pop power bands take the stage as you kick off the weekend and perhaps knock back a few cocktails (in a couple senses of the word). We wrote more about the show in our official announcement, where you can get some updates about the bands on the bill and hear a few of their tunes, but we want you to know that you can also win tickets to the event right here! To enter for a chance to win tickets to WATERS at SLIM'S, email with [...]

By |February 8, 2016|Tags: , , |

WATERS’ Van Pierszalowski reflects on his career, the Bay, and more

I'm a relative latecomer to the WATERS bandwagon. After all, I listened to Chuck D when he told me not to believe the hype, and for the most part he's right because most over-hyped indie bands and pop music today are pale reflections of the '80s and '90s — regurgitated melodies and recycled beats. And even though I usually trust the taste of The Bay Bridged, they've championed the brainchild of Van Pierszalowski, plus early projects like the folky Port O'Brien, so much over the years I couldn't help but feeling the talent was getting blown out of proportion. Then [...]

By |February 5, 2016|Tags: |

The Bay Bridged Presents: WATERS, GRMLN and Cocktails at Slim’s!

2015 was a really big year for Van Pierszalowski and WATERS, one that saw the local group release the acclaimed What's Real LP and an EP, tour with Matt & Kim and Misterwives, and play Outside Lands. WATERS shows no signs of slowing down in 2016, with a West Coast tour in February that concludes at Slim's on February 12th! We're pleased to present the show, which is rounded out by GRMLN and Cocktails. That's a stellar lineup, guaranteeing a great night of music! Tickets are already moving quickly, so be sure to get yours right now! We'll be talking [...]

By |January 13, 2016|Tags: , , |

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Summer Music Festivals Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #363) That the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a rapid rise in the number of music festivals over the last decade isn't a distinctly local phenomenon, but there's something about the way the Bay does festival season that feels unique. In many cases, it's the use of beautiful public spaces, city and state parks that become part of the festival experience. Or maybe it's the way that our festivals invest more time and effort into making sure that the food and beverage offerings are compelling on their own. There's [...]

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