SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian's



SF Live Arts
at Cyprian’s

formerly the
Noe Valley Music Series

2097 Turk Street
San Francisco 94115

Tel 415.454.5238

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    The 28th Anniversary edition of:


    Saturday, July 26 7:30pm

    $17 door / $14 advance


    Since 1987, comic Merle Kessler and musician Joshua Raoul Brody have
    been inviting a few dozen of their closest friends to each sing a song they've always wanted to sing, but have never had the opportunity. The resulting show, called An Evening Of Song, is an embarassment -- some might call it a humiliation -- of riches, ranging from old chestnuts to new originals, jazzy instrumentals to a cappella Bulgarian folk songs, sublime ballads to ridiculous novelties, all accompanied by Brody's stalwart Experimental Love Orchestra.

    Most of the shows have themes (this one's is Save The Date); most of the singers ignore it, leaving genial host Kessler to try gamely to find a way to fit the song in. The singers run a huge gamut from seasoned professional to up and coming neophytes, with most falling somewhere in the middle. The result is a little bit Prairie Home Companion, a little American Idol, a little Gong Show, and a whole lot of something you've never heard before.

    Merle Kessler may be best known for his alter ego, fast talking social critic
    Ian Shoales of NPR fame, which he created while in the Duck's Breath
    Mystery Theater comedy group. He is also a seasoned author with three
    books and several plays under his belt; he currently writes for the radio
    shows Bluesmobile and Philosophy Talk.

    Joshua Raoul Brody, celebrating the 40th anniversary of his arrival in San
    Francisco this summer, is the go-to musician for most Bay Area improv groups, as well as Tango No. 9, the big band Orchestra Nostalgico, and singers like Mr. Lucky. He has accompanied Robin Williams, The Residents, Rick & Ruby, and many other acts that begin with the letter R.





    Friday, August 8 8:00pm

    $22 door / $20 advance

    Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.  A San Francisco based high-octane Americana band that performs an original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel, Billboard.com praised their “Wonderful original tunes;” Dirty Linen said “No one delivers the goods quite like Houston Jones… Houston Jones remains one of the West Coast’s most talented and entertaining bands.”  

    This “confluence of sublime talent" -(SF Chronicle) features Travis Jones (lead vocals, guitar),  who  began performing as a child accompanying his mother on gospel tours in the South; bassist Joshua Zucker, who has worked with The Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Caren Armstrong, David Gans, Randy Clark, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield and countless others.

    Glenn Houston (lead guitars) the founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks, was  voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.
    Peter Tucker (drums), who (along with Kee) was in the original rhythm section of the Waybacks,  has performed and recorded with wide array of Americana musicians, including Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, the Beau Brummels, Warren Zevon and Skunk Baxter.

    Henry Salvia (keyboards, accordion) has been featured with the Johnny Nocturne Band, Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones and Big Jay McNeeley.  www.houstonjones.com

    Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band are a lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals.  Featuring the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze, their debut CD "Blue Eyed Darlin” won the Just Plain Folks Music Award for Best Roots Album.  Presenting rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, their sound has been described as  “chamber music gone folk!”  With Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle and showcasing the songwriting of lead guitarist Carlson,  the band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage and the Hollywood Bowl.  A feature article was published in August 2013 in No Depression titled “Unsung Heroes of Americana Music – Jean Ritchie and Susie Glaze.” Susie’s dramatic version of Ritchie’s “West Virginia Mine Disaster” was featured on a tribute album “Dear Jean,” which also featured new recordings of Ritchie songs by Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, Janis Ian and Pete Seeger. www.susieglaze.com


    Doors open 25 minutes before the concert. And, YES! There is free parking!


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    About SF Live Arts

    Presented by Larry Kassin since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….

    Located at St. Cyprian’s Church, the series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.

    In the News…

    Noe Valley series' new home has familiar vibe

    Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011

    The Music Man

    Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006