MISNER & SMITH
Saturday, January 31 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
Hailing from Ashland, Oregon, Patchy Sanders is a six piece “family band” of multi-instrumentalists, whose sound has been described as noir-grass, neo-folk, neo-Americana, or simply Alternative. Influenced by the broader folk revival of the last 70+ years, the band’s three distinct songwriters draw upon diverse influences to bring forth a new, yet familiar sound. “Great musicianship, harmonies, and feel… A really warm vibe that makes wherever you are standing, feel like the center of a Gypsy Caravan." –Mason Jennings
With their new release, “Seven Hour Storm”, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. Both actors & musicians, Sam Misner & Megan Smith met while doing the show “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and most recently starred in a production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Their love of folk, roots and Americana creates a contemporary, yet timeless quality in their songs. Each song is a story, a journey, a place, a time, an experience. There is nothing general in the songwriting, nothing vague. The imagery is sharp, and the lyrics plumb the depths of emotions with an ease and honesty that is personal and at the same time universal.
Live, in concert CD recording!
DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN with Bob Beach
plus Chris Ayer
Saturday, February 7 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s is proud to present the superb blues-roots vocalist/guitarist DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN with harmonica virtuoso BOB BEACH recording a live, in concert CD.
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon, as well as his clear, powerful voice. His music moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties him to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. He has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot and Blues to Bop in Switzerland and has toured with Boz Scaggs, Etta James & Lucinda Williams.
“David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes… his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom.” -Guitar Player
Opening the show & also performing with David & Bob is vocalist/guitarist Chris Ayer
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert. And, YES! There is free parking!
Sat March 21, 8PM - RAINBOW GIRLS and THE SHAPES
Sat May 16, 8PM - DIRTY CELLO and BROKEN SHADOWS FAMILY BAND
Sat May 30, 8PM - THE LADY CROONERS and MARY GOLD
Sat June 13, 8PM - QUILES & CLOUD and ANN & PETE SIBLEY
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