Monday, September 10, 2018

WEDNESDAY: Buck Curran (psych-folk) & Dillbilly (genre-queer) @ The Lost Church .... Kids Yoga @ Rock Band Land M, W, F after-school! .... Chris Garneau & Emily Ritz 10/3

Hi everyone,
Happy new moon.
It's been a busy and intense summer. I hope you all got to rest a bit and move in the direction of your dreams. 
I've taken the summer off from promotion, but am back, easing in a little, with three(ish) events I'm excited to announce.

In summary:
Wednesday is the new Friday! (This week at the Lost Church with Buck Curran & Dillbilly, 10/3 with Chris Garneau & Emily Ritz at the Verdi Club).
Kids Yoga is going to be after school at Rock Band Land, starting the week of Sept. 24th!

Hope to see you; and if you're not in town, or if you are, feel free to send an update.



This Wednesday
Seaweed Sway Presents:
Buck Curran (guitar maestro, on tour from Italy!)
& Dillbilly (Oakland genre-queer alt-country)

at the amazing, the beloved Lost Church

Get $10 tickets here, or $15 at the door: 

BUCK CURRAN (psych-folk)

"Guitarist Buck Curran, has woven his way deep into the folk and psych-folk worlds over the past decade. He’s best known for his work with Arborea, but just as instrumental is his organizing of the compilation Leaves of Life which included Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler and Alela Diane, and two Robbie Basho tributes that have helped to shed light on the vital artist in the past few years. He’s also given new life to live Basho recordings via his imprint Obsolete Recordings this year. In 2016 he broke out from Arborea to play solo works, though they leaned harder on the psych than the folk element. On his second solo outing he fully embraces his acoustic persona, drawing from a well of Takoma ‘60s and ‘70s inspirations, especially on the first side that plays out the full extent of the Afternoon Ragas referenced in the album’s title."

"He blends the wandering psych troubadour influences and mournful guitar divinations with some electric rumble as the record ekes into the second side, and though Curran still pulls stark sadness from the strings he marries his fingerpicked heartache to a spectral blues form on “Taurus.” The clouds part on the wistful “Dirt Floor,” in no small part due to the lilting vocals from Adele Papparlardo. She injects bit of sun to the album’s largely overcast emotions, though it’s easy to see how someone invested in Basho’s legacy would run a thread of somber sincerity through their own works. A lovely collection for those interested in the aforementioned Takoma period or latter-day pickers like Chasney, Bishop or Rose. Curran’s crafted a record that easily slots itself on the shelf next to any of those three."
- Raven Sings The Blues 

DILLBILLY (genre-queer alt-country singer-songwriter)

Dillbilly (pronoun they/them) is a genre-queer alt-country singer-songwriter based out of Oakland, CA.  Raised in a trailer park in the rural midwest near the Ohio River, Dill grew up surrounded by cornfields and grain silos going jug fishing and playing classical piano.  Born to a touring singer/guitarist father, Dill was introduced to the music world at a young age.  At 18, they won a piano scholarship that sent them to Berklee College of Music.  Feeling uprooted and homesick as a transplant in Boston, Dillbilly dropped out and went back to the Midwest to start a band with their high school friends.  Over the past 20 years, they have been performing and touring across the U.S. and Canada releasing 9 full length albums as well as contributions to soundtracks for movies and TV under their birth name, Denise Dill.  Most of those releases were self recorded and released. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, they renamed their musical self and chose a name that more accurately embodies where they come from, where they draw inspiration, who they collaborate with, and how they identify as a genderqueer person. Now, in the 2018, they are performing as a band and have teamed up with renowned musician and producer Julie Wolf to create their 10th full length record which will be released next year. 



KIDS YOGA at Rock Band Land! New Afterschool Classes Start Soon

*Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Sept/Oct*
3:30-4:15pm on Mondays, ages 3-7
4-4:45pm on Wednesdays, ages 4-8
3-3:45pm on Fridays, ages 3-7

Sign up here!


400-E Treat Avenue between 17th & 18th Streets
(just around the corner from the current location)

*If your child is older or younger and potentially interested, please get in touch to discuss whether it would be a fit!



Wednesday October 3rd:

Seaweed Sway Presents:
Chris Garneau & Emily Ritz (both on tour from NY!)
at the newly renovated Verdi Club

Tickets on sale soon, keep an eye out!


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Monday: WICKED WINDS, Lindsay Clark (PDX), & Sunshine (Brooklyn) + upcoming shows + dance week!

Hi everyone!

It's been a beautiful and busy week with two shows recently passed. 
THANK YOU to all who made it out Wednesday night!!! (Videos soon.)

Tomorrow night - I dare you to leave your home on a Monday - for good reason.

Seaweed Sway Presents: Lindsay Clark (Portland dream-folk), Sunshine (Brooklyn dream-pop), Wicked Winds (SF psych-folk! You know 'em!).

***Monday night never sounded so good.***

Tickets are $10 until midnight today. (Save $5.)

They become $15 at 12:01am. If you see this tomorrow/Monday-- I recommend going & paying that extra $5 to support the show! 

There are some good listening links for the bands below, and future shows to put on your calendars as well. 

Expand your musical horizons.

PS! It's Bay Area Dance Week- there's lots of free dance classes in SF. I am in not one but two flashmobs! Dirty Dancing one Wednesday at Crystal's ATA Window Display Reception (Queering the Classics) 7pm + Friday at City Hall with ODC's One Dance, 12pm (bring your phone and headphones if you wanna participate in the silent disco portion at the beginning.) Lmk if you want to learn the dances.


MONDAY! April 23rd:
WICKED WINDS (SF), Lindsay Clark (PDX) & SunSHINE (Brooklyn)
at The Lost Church

​Poster THANKS TO Mark Matos!




(Seriously listen to their songs!)

FRIDAY May 11th:
Brian Belknap Album Release with Sallie Ford & Mike Coykendall
at Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Read all about Brian's new album & music in The Bay Bridged (written by Annie Bacon!): 

Brian's bio: Brian Belknap is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in the mold of Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt. His music— a rough blend of broke-down folk, junk-country blues, and gut-bucket gospel, rendered on accordion, slide guitar, and mandolin—is a product of the rich cultures of San Francisco and New Orleans, the two cities he calls home. Belknap’s latest offering, In Lieu of Flowers, once again finds him in the capable hands of producer Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, She & Him, Bright Eyes, Blitzen Trapper). The record is about coping with loss (both personal and collective), and finding redemption in a world in its own time of reckoning. Never one to shy away from darkness, his own or other people’s, Belknap’s songs not only tell stories, but are able to convey a level of subtlety, nuance, and compassion that is the province of someone who has been down a long and difficult road and has lived to tell the tale.

*Beyond being an incredible musician who is not afraid to play on the street, Brian is one of the best people I know. I'm not alone in this belief:

Thank you to all who donated to our fundraiser! 

If you know people there (or if you are there and stuck it out on this list), here's our shows:

FRIDAY May 18th:
Conspiracy of Venus at Rockwood Music Hall
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm

SATURDAY May 19th:
We're singing our two David Bowie songs outside of the David Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, around 3pm.

Conspiracy of Venus with Peter Apfelbaum at the Cutting Room
Doors 1pm, Show 2pm

Then upon returning:

FRIDAY May 25th:
Seaweed Sway & Vandella Present:
Night of 1000 Stevies (SF Edition)

A celebration of the music of women x feminism x magic via the music of Stevie Nicks

Featuring Performances By:
Josiah Johnson (The Head and the Heart)
Everyone Is Dirty
Katie Day
Jeremi Rebecca Hush (of The Come Ups)

8PM doors -- music 8:30PM
$12 in advance / $15 at the door

Tarot by LouReads


& now for something different...
Movement Explorers Study Group:​We are meeting at Alonzo King Lines Ballet (on 7th near Market/Mission & Civic Center BART) - confirmed for Friday May 4th, from 7:30-9pm, to explore movement inspired by the Axis Syllabus, with ideas from Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centering, & yoga. Our focus for this next meet-up will be knees!

No experience necessary. Curious movers welcome. Get in touch if you'd like to be notified of future meet-ups. The general format: 1) free time for warming up, 2) gather to discuss focus of the day, examining anatomy books for relevant info 3) partner work re-sensitizing the zone where we are focusing 4) practice dancing/walking/moving with the awareness gained 5) potentially practice choreography using principles & awareness from prior work. Suggested donation $10-15.


Thanks for reading. 
hearts and magic,

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Blank Tapes 15 Year Party Tonite /// David Dondero & Annie Bacon Next Fri /// Vote for CoV /// Kids Yoga Sundays

Hi everyone!
A reminder that TONIGHT is the 15 year anniversary celebration for The Blank Tapes!!!

Come join us at Amnesia Music Hall. Not only will we hear some fave Blank Tapes songs, but we'll get a variety of fave songs from the medley of special guests (listed below). 

If you have 5 minutes, check out this beautiful tribute to The Blank Tapes for their 15 years of going strong, written by Mark Matos (New Weird West):

I'm also very excited that SF's progressive mayoral candidate, Amy Farrah Weiss, will be speaking between sets.

Scroll down for a couple more events.

See you tonight!

TONIGHT FRIDAY 2/2 (Groundhog Day!)

Seaweed Sway Presents:
at Amnesia Music Hall

featuring the following band members, joining Matt Adams:
Indianna Hale
Will Halsey (of Sugar Candy Mountain)
Jason Cirimele (of The Donkeys)
Sean Olmstead (of FpodBpod)

and special guests:
Josh Bruner (of Magic Leaves, JJAAXXNN)
Ash Reiter
Collin Ludlow-Mattson
Bryant Denison (of The Beehavers)
Joe Lewis (of Quinn Deveaux)
Chuck Gonzales
& more?!


THE BLANK TAPES is the moniker of Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of 1960’s inspired folk-rock-surf-psych-soul-pop on Volcom, Burger Records, Antenna Farm, Royal Oakie, White Noise, and others. Their latest album “Ojos Rojos” is out now in the USA, EU, & Brazil on vinyl/CD/cassette. Along with his band mates, The Blank Tapes have toured throughout America, Brazil (3x), Europe (5x), Canada, & Japan. Matt is also the artist behind his band’s posters & album covers.  Matt thought of the "The Blank Tapes" after recording an album on a cassette 8 track recorder. Most or all of the musicians playing this show have played in The Blank Tapes over the past 15 years, so this show is a grand Bay Area reunion as well.

DAVID DONDERO w/ special guest Annie Bacon
at the Lost Church
The last show David played there in June was one of my favorites of the year + sold out, so get your tix now! ($15 before/ $20 day of show)

PLEASE VOTE for Conspiracy of Venus 
You have to login w/ facebook or enter your email, then scroll down 'til you find "Conspiracy of Venus" and click the voting checkbox. You can vote once a day for the next few days. 

at Rock Band Land
This Sunday Feb. 4th as well as Feb. 25th
ages 2-7 welcome
sibling discount of 10%

to stay posted on future Bay Area events, follow this page:

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fire Relief TONIGHT w/ PapaBear, The WyattAct, JosiahJohnson, Mayya&theRevolutionary HellYeah + DJ JohnVanderslice @ RickshawStop //// +SocialEquity in SFcannabis THIS WEEK

Hi out there!
If you've been paying attention at all to Seaweed Sway land, you may have noticed it's been a marathon month. This show is the light at the end of the tunnel, getting close to the finish line.

Short version, I'm co-presenting this show TONIGHT/SATURDAY for North Bay Fire Relief. Come!

poster made by queer vegan pop-up, Vegan and Sara πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Poster design donated by Cat Brewer, poster logo by Ashley Folkman

I gotta say, this show has EVERYTHING going for it. 

*Money going to North Bay fire victims
*the most incredible live music by Papa Bear and the Easy LoveThe Wyatt ActJosiah Johnson (+ guests Chelsea Coleman & Rory Cloud), & Mayya & The Revolutionary Hell Yeah
*dj'ing by THE John Vanderslice
*delicious vegan food (from queer local pop-up Vegan and Sara!)
*awesome raffle prizes from local businesses, for those who get tix in advance
*and it's a Saturday 
*at one of our favorite venues in the city, the Rickshaw Stop
*It's only $10!
*Oh yeah, & it's the FINALE of the first From SF With Love series, which is/was 3 shows this month to provide relief for the North Bay fire victims.

I can't even completely believe how much has come together in such a short time, for this magic night.
The ONLY thing it's got against it is that so many folks are away for the holiday weekend. 
So ---- I ask any and all of you who are in SF today/SATURDAY, please make the effort to get to this show. Trust me on this one. πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’œ

Bands include: Papa Bear & the Easy Love, The Wyatt Act, Josiah Johnson, & Mayya & the Revolutionary Hell Yeah PLUS John Vanderslice DJ'ing through the night

Thanks to the Bay Bridged for shouting out this show:

Thank you...!!!!!!!!!


Secondly, a message from my partner Jesse Stout (who I met 6 years ago through this list!!) about something he's been working very hard on (in collaboration with many others), building Social Equity into SF's Cannabis Laws of 2018. Simple steps below on what we can all too help make the Equity Program a reality.

Hi everyone! The SF Board of Supervisors will vote next Tuesday 11/28 on the cannabis ordinance and whether it will include a meaningful Equity Permit Program addressing racial inequities in cannabis entrepreneurship. Here's how you can help:
1. 'Like' our brand-new facebook page here.
2. Call the SF supervisors (especially your supervisor!) ASAP and ask them to support the Equity Program (see script here on last page of slide deck).
3. Show up to the Board of Supervisors hearing, 2pm on Tues 11/28 at SF City Hall, to show physical solidarity and bear witness.
4. Ask your friends, fam, neighbors, and colleagues to do 1 + 2 + 3 above!


Thank you all!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chris Garneau, Foxtails Brigade, Rupa & the April Fishes, Conspiracy of Venus, Magic in the Other this weekend

Hi! It's been awhile since using this page. Just wanted to let you all know about these shows STARTING TONIGHT:


NOVEMBER SHOWS in priority order, not by date:

1) This Friday November 17th 
Chris Garneau and Foxtails Brigade (duo) at Amnesia πŸŒŒ

It's a rare presale ticket show:
Tickets are on the low side, get yours now.

The full press release is below + videos (not that far, just scroll down). 

I highly encourage you to check out both bands' music right away.

If you are anti service charges, I understand. I am too.
Get in touch, and we you can get your ticket via venmo ($15).


2) Sunday November 19th at Slim's, is our second FROM SF WITH LOVE show, featuring Rupa & the April Fishes, Down Dirty Shake, Magic in the Other (Ezra Lipp's new band!!!), & THE Sam Chase

Tix r on sale here:

ARTWORK donated by Hugh D'Andrade, prints for sale at the show!


3) Saturday November 25th at the Rickshaw Stop is the finale of the initial From SF with Love series, featuring Papa Bear & the Easy Love, the Wyatt Act, Josiah Johnson (of the Head & the Heart), Mayya & the Revolutionary Hell Yeah, and John Vanderslice as DJ for the night.

Get 'em!
We know a lot of you are away, so please tell friends who are here for Thanksgiving time.

Poster design by Cat Brewer, Logo by Ashley Folkman

4) This Saturday November 18th at Doc's LabConspiracy of Venus has our first show of the season, with our director Joyce Todd McBride's jazzy trio opening (& adding drums & bass on a few of our songs).

Poster Design by Clay Eugene Smith!



I am deeming November the month to show up. 
Again - if you were ever waiting for a time to physically get to one of these shows, this is it.

For Immediate Release:
Friday November 17th
Seaweed Sway Presents:
Chris Garneau (trio)
with Special Guest: Foxtails Brigade (duo)

at Amnesia
Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm
Join us for an intimate night at Amnesia in the Mission District of SF, with the beautiful soothing eccentric sounds of Chris Garneau (who will have a full band) and locals Foxtails Brigade (performing as a duo).
"The songs inhabit a bigger, almost stratospheric aesthetic-none more so than "Oh God"—which possesses a new sounds that positions him to a much larger audience." —VOGUE
“Haunting, melancholy, and utterly spellbinding.” –OUT
“It's soft, honest, and wholeheartedly intimate.” —VILLAGE VOICE
Chris Garneau's sound combines elements of folk, Americana, and pop. He has a new LP on its way, scheduled for an early 2018 release. Pre-order your copy of "Yours" here:
Chris has released Music for Tourists LP (2006), C-Sides EP (2007), and El Radio LP (2009) with Absolutely Kosher Records (North America), Fargo Records (Europe), Pocket Records (China), Lirico Records (Japan), and Leaplay Music (Korea). In 2013, he released Winter Games LP with Private Friend (North America), Clouds Hill (Europe), and Pocket Records (China). Garneau's cover of “Between the Bars” (Elliott Smith) was featured in Pedro AlmodΓ³var’s “The Skin I live In” (2011). 
The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her childhood activities included snail hunting and spying on celebrity neighbors like Slash, Ice-T, and Larry from Perfect Strangers. Laura’s upbringing is present everywhere in Foxtails Brigade, from the lyrical imagery to the hand-drawn artwork and sophomoric Instagram cartoons.
The band’s live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura’s trademark voice and classical guitar intricacies with an A-List ensemble featuring performing members of Bright Eyes, Van Dyke Parks, and John Kale.  The songs tackle subjects of substitute teaching in the Oakland and LA public school scenes, steak appreciation, and general unfairness awareness with a warped pop sensibility akin to influences like St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, The Smiths, and Spoon.
Seaweed Sway is a community endeavor intending to bring people together in the bay area, mostly thru *local music shows* and sometimes via yoga classes, dance, & ecological events.