Join us for a night of out-of-this-world bluegrass and high-flying, death-defying artistry.
SUPERMULE (San Francisco)
The finest pickers and singers the Bay Area has to offer have joined
forces and formed thier very own supergroup called Supermule. The band
raids America's musical pantry to concoct a tasty blend of fresh, rootsy
ingredients. Liberal amounts of jazz, bluegrass, classical, and rock are
used in varying proportions. One song is a thick, rich gumbo, the next is
fluffier than Grandma's buttermilk pancakes. The fruitful collaboration
between members belies that old saw about too many cooks in the kitchen.
Mixing traditional bluegrass instruments like banjo, guitar, and fiddle
with keyboards, drums, and horns, Supermule focuses on those areas where
different musical strains intersect. The band continues the spirit of
innovation and experimentation to create - as did so many pioneers in
American music - a hybrid music that is simultaneously traditional and
The band is; Jim Chayka (banjo), Rich Armstrong (trumpet), Alisa Rose
(fiddle), Yoseff Tucker (guitar), Zach Sharpe (bass), Michael Carroll
Listen up: http://www.supermuleband.com/music
JAMES NASH & THE NOMANDS (SF)
James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie
Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix,
the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing
multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.
Nash’s broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a
genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead
guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana
ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for
both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil
acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.
BLIND WILLIES (SF)
﻿Blind Willies is a San Francisco based Americana rock band led by
singer-songwriter Alexei Wajchman. The band began at San Francisco’s High
School of the Arts as a duo playing covers of American folk songs and
Alexei’s originals which he began writing when he was 15. After their
professional debut at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival,
the band’s first two releases of all original songs, The Unkindness of
Ravens(2007) and Everybody's Looking for a Meal(2008), were highly
praised. The albums defined their sound and provided them the opportunity
to perform extensively at eclectic venues, from New York's Falcon Ridge
Folk Festival and San Francisco's Djangofest to Brooklyn's intimate back
room at Barbès. They shared stages with punk icon Penelope Houston
(Avengers), “Dawg Music” innovator David Grisman, and folk iconoclast
Peter Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders).
Listen up: http://www.blindwillies.net/#!