Check out these festive events and pubs around the Bay Area in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Most musicians don’t dream of being famous for peeing and puking while onstage.
Sadly, due to riotous early shows, the Atlanta-based Black Lips, who play the Great American Music Hall on Monday, have become saddled with that notoriety. It’s a shame, since the band deserves merit for its unique interpretation of swaggering garage-rock psychedelia. Read More
San Francisco may have the lowest proportion of children of any major city in America, but they are arguably the coolest kids, per capita.
For example, city kids and their stir-crazy parents have a tot-friendly dance outlet at Temple nightclub at noon Sunday, when the venue hosts Baby Loves Disco, which is likely to sell out.
The $15 to $55 afternoon family dance party is part of a series of monthly residencies this winter in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read More
Adelaide may be the capital of the state of South Australia, but it felt like the boondocks to Keith Jeffery, a singer-guitarist who grew up there and, out of boredom, formed the band Atlas Genius with his kid brothers.
“You’ve got the east coast, which is where most of the major cities are, then you’ve got the west coast, where there’s Perth,” he says. “And then Adelaide is out in the middle, and the closet major city is Melbourne, a good thousand kilometers away. So we’re pretty much in the middle of nowhere.” Read More
The last time Scottish multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook played the Independent in San Francisco was in 2007 with his old outfit Aerogramme, and it was a total disaster.“There was nobody there, only 30 people in a 500-capacity venue, the support bands were fighting, the drummer got angry and walked offstage — everything was just horrible,” he recalls. Back at his hotel that night, he and keyboardist Martin Doherty had a summit meeting. “We sat down and made a pact that someday, in the near future, we’d do something that people really wanted to dance to,” he adds. Read More
The world’s freshest soulful, funky, thumping deep-house music moves from the hard drive of tastemaker San Francisco DJ Miguel Migs to the packed dance floor of Mighty on Saturday.
Going strong for eight years, Migs’ monthly dance night “Salted” is one of The City’s most consistent and longest-running house music nights. This week, it features residents Migs and Julius Papp doing a pre-Winter Music Conference session of tasty beats. Read More
Bob Gaudio calls the creation and success of “Jersey Boys” the
“It was one of those situations where it just all came together — everything worked,” says the guy who, with Bob Crewe, wrote the songs in the 2006 Tony Award-
winning musical that tells the story of hitmakers Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Read More
Fans of idiosyncratic indie outfit The Hush Sound, dormant since 2008, can rejoice. After two albums with spinoff combo Gold Motel, frontwoman Greta Morgan reteamed with childhood chum Bob Morris for a new reunion tour and album. It started when they played their native Chicago last year. They sold out two nights, had fun, and decided to try playing other major cities to “see if there are people who still care.” The response was overwhelming. Morgan says the group feels lucky, and has reconnected as “calm, thoughtful, grateful adults.” Read More
James Hunter, a Colchester-bred Brit, celebrates his working-class past. After playing the pub circuit for years, then almost giving up on music entirely, the gravelly blues growler finally earned a Grammy nomination at 43 for his 2006 “People Gonna Talk” breakthrough.
But he laughs about the day jobs he took along the way, like rail-line signal locking fitter, where he was nearly crushed by falling steel girders. “Another time, I stepped out from behind the signal box and a train just missed me,” he says. “I’ve had a few near-misses, so I’m actually quite lucky to be here.” Read More
Flagellant songs and the “dancing plague” don’t exactly sound like a good time, but Bay Area early music group Cançonièr promises otherwise.
“Choreomania: Music for the Dancing Plagues of Medieval and Renaissance Europe” opens Thursday in Palo Alto, and added shows are in Berkeley on Saturday and The City on Sunday.
“Many people think the medieval period was depressing and full of religious guilt,” says Tim Rayborn, a Cançonièr co-founder. “But there was also a lot of joy. There’s a tremendous amount of fun in this music.” Read More