Two great bands - One great night!
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HI LONESOME BAND
Saturday, September 12 8:00pm
$24 door / $20 advance
High octane Americana meets newgrass Americana folk fusion
Free Houston Jones "Calico Heart" CDs to all paid attendees while supplies last.
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. Houston Jones is a high octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a strong repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. “A confluence of sublime talent” – San Francisco Chronicle
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention blending classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! This is a lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. “…one of the finest and most original Americana groups in California (or in the country for that matter).” - No Depression
The 29th Anniversary edition of:
AN EVENING OF SONG!
Saturday, September 19 8:00pm
$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 Getting From Here To There: Songs of Transportation) 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 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.
The Best of SPIDER SALOFF Concert
Saturday, October 10 8:00pm
$23 door / $20 advance
“Slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal.”
"She is a dynamic, a powerhouse of passion!" -San Francisco Examiner
Beloved, Chicago-based vocalist Spider Saloff, returns for a rare appearance in San Francisco!
A lively evening of music and comedic wit, Spider’s concert includes a collection of jazz classics, American Songbook, including the works of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, plus Saloff’s original material, some of which is from her award winning musical The Roar of the Butterfly.
Spider will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist and Bay Area favorite, Ken Muir. The presentation will include her own personal twist in making the classic songbook have a contemporary feel, as well as stories about where the music came from and the composers. It will be an energized evening of pure entertainment.
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.
Nov 14 – Folk music legends KIM & REGGIE HARRIS, JAMES LEE STANLEY
Dec 5 - DIRTY SYMPHONY (Dirty Cello goes big)
Dec 19 - KRISTIN HOFFMAN (amazing vocalist with Bella Gaia)
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…
Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006