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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

tonight! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet, with The Old Grey Whistle Test, Surf Bored, + special guests Jordannah Elizabeth + Jessi Adele & the Starling Curve.

Special Halloween Seaweed Sway Show. The Old Grey Whistle Test (Juliet & Capulets) & Surf Bored (Montague boys) team up to sing songs from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet (90's style, think Garbage, The Cardigans, Radiohead, and Everclear). Jordannah Elizabeth + Jessi Adele & the Starling Curve are both on tour, and will be playing their original songs first. Doors at 8, Show at 8:30. $10. at Amnesia. Pick a side! Costumes of any kind are encouraged, though not required. Co-presenting with Clay Eugene Smith. Read all about it here:

Next week we head back to Amnesia for Killer Whale's return, with Meernaa & Rose Droll supporting. / 8:30pm. $7-10. Co-presenting with Gaylord's Party Music. Gonna be an amazing night.

...More info for ToNight...
Friday October 28th
Seaweed Sway presents:
A Special Halloween Show
Music from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet
Performed by The Old Grey Whistle Test & Surf Bored (with members of Vandella)
Plus Special Guests:
Jordannah Elizabeth (Baltimore)

Friday, October 28 / 8 PM doors/ 8:30 PM show until 12:30am
Where: Amnesia, 853 Valencia St. @ 20th St.
Tickets: $10 at the door

The Old Grey Whistle Test & Surf Bored are joining forces to each take on half of the iconic soundtrack to the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version of "Romeo+Juliet," for a special Halloween show on October 28th at Amnesia. Each band has their own distinct sound (OGWT's got the psychedelic/noir/ethereal rock thing going on, while Surf Bored's described as Southern surf rock) and both will be giving their own unique treatment to songs that are pure 90s goodness, from artists ranging from Radiohead, to Garbage, to Desree. Costumes are strongly encouraged (extra points for those in the vein of the film!), and sides (Capulet v. Montague, you know it) will be chosen upon entry. Supporting acts are two artists that lived in the Bay Area not too long ago, and they’re making their way back on tour. We’re pleased to present the deeply soulful singer/songwriter Jordannah Elizabeth, traveling from Baltimore, and folk artist Jessi Adele and the Starling Curve, driving down from Portland. While we don't want to unveil all the surprises, this evening will be one for the books: eclectic, gorgeous, and nostalgic.


The Old Grey Whistle Test is the pseudonym for the solo musical musings of San Francisco-based vocalist, songwriter, and frontwoman Tracey Holland. Described as something of a "beaker-full of Nancy Sinatra-noir, Linda Perhacs' psychedelia, Stevie Nicks-mysticism, and Kate Bush-esque power set to a score of Ennio Morricone", the resulting collection of songs on OGWT's debut, Ouroboros, is a small treasure trove of richness. Both personal and cryptic,Ouroboros is Holland's debut record as a solo artist (she's normally one-half of SF-based rock/soul outfit Vandella), released in May 2016 and celebrated accordingly with a sold-out staged funeral for a release show. Ouroboros revels in this same unshakable draw to the subtler, darker aspects of life which are explored intently throughout the album. The complexities of identity & intimacy, the dark corners of our own selves to be reconciled; breakdowns, messiness, and what it means to take ownership of - and ultimately stand in the power of - one's own demons, sexuality, and self; even the unseen, mysterious, and metaphysical are all dragged out and sifted through from a decidedly-feminist lens with an almost-defiant honesty at times. There’s an unmistakable potency and vulnerability to The Old Grey Whistle Test's sound that hovers between sounds & worlds: haunting, strange, and beautiful.

Surf Bored was conceived in the hot, sticky Athens, GA summer of 2013 out of a need for evolution and migration. Singer T.J. Mimbs sought a departure from the jangly, indie-pop tunes of his former band, The District Attorneys, in favor of a looser, stouter style. After writing and recording demos for two songs that would eventually make it on to Surf Bored’s debut album, The Rehearsal, Mimbs discovered that hints of surf rock were creeping into the fold.

In the fall of 2013, Mimbs relocated from the comfort of his Athens indie rock roots to the uncertain waters of the San Francisco Bay Area. Already knowing locals Daniel Blum (drums) and Jeremy Lyon (bass), both of the Tumbleweed Wanderers, Mimbs set about looking for guitarists keen on playing long and loud -- and quickly lit upon Avi Vinocur (Goodnight, Texas) and Chris Tye (Vandella).

With all but Mimbs involved in other touring bands, Surf Bored congealed into a home base for each musician -- an outlet for experimentation, and a reminder of why they began playing music in the first place. Surf Bored is an avenue for escaping the harsh realities of adulthood -- a celebration of carelessness, however fleeting. Surf Bored stares life in the face and offers a sardonic smirk.

The band uses this juxtaposition to craft its own unique brand of surf rock with a Southern twang. With the release of its debut album in March of 2016,Surf Bored is primed to spread its message to the masses: worry less, rock more.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an American ​author​,​ music and arts​ critic, editor, music promoter, and folk soul musician.

Jordannah is also the founder and director of, a literary nonprofit organization that helps musicians, arts and culture journalists and creative writers find jobs and internships. The blog has featured contributors like Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Fritz, Cat Power music director, Gregg Foreman and film director, Lee Davis.
​ ​
S​he​ is the author of an anthology of 40 of her articles, "Don't Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As” published by UK based publisher Zero Books"

Jordannah has written for 7 Alternative Weekly Newspaper & released 3 albums, along with two upcoming albums (a single and LP), and her second book all under the title, The Warmest Low.

Jessi Adele & The Starling Curve are a harmony-driven country/soul three piece from Portland, Oregon.

On her first record (Lone Valkyrie), Jessi, often sparsely accompanied, sings about love and loss, the devil and Loretta Lynn.  Jessi's second album, The Wake, was released in 2014 under her own name.  Here, musicians from the songwriter's adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon add touches of bowed bass, banjo, and piano, telling tales of travelers and misfits.  More recently, Jessi has been collaborating with fellow musicians Adam McBride-Smith, Paxton Scott & Eddie Rogers, creating Jessi Adele & The Starling Curve.  This show is part of their West Coast Tour.

SEAWEED SWAY is a collaborative community project, attempting to share good music and create memorable events, using sounds as a glue for bringing people together. Next show on the horizon after this one is Thursday November 3rd, starring Killer Whale, Meernaa, & Rose Droll at Amnesia.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Making Americana Great Again (at Amnesia Tonight) + Lava Mae donations drive + Register to Vote + Lea's Bday

My friend and Seaweed Sway collaborator Joe Deakins booked this one, and thus we've got an incredible line-up. If you are just hearing about it now, I've gotta say, it's prooobably worth changing your plans. Poster below by Pete Fields, who is on first tonight!

Making Americana Great AgainSeaweed Sway Presents: Hardly Strictly Warm-Up Sessions
with TV Mike & the Scarecrowes
Eight Belles
& Slow Motion Cowboy(s)

at Amnesia
plus plus plus
Lea Troeh is celebrating her birthday this evening, which is an honor, as she's one of the best people in the world.
In Lea's true altruistic spirit, she invites you to REGISTER TO VOTE (8:30pm is when we'll start) + donate toiletries or socks to SF's homeless via LAVA MAE*. & there are cookies for earlybirds!

Learn more about LAVA MAE IN THIS VIDEO:
*For the Lava Mae hygiene drive, they could especially use:
Travel Shampoo**
Soap Bar
We'll have "C'mon Give a Sh!t" stickers for those who donate!
**preferred new/unopened, but clean&gently used socks + mostly full big bottles of shampoo will find good homes**

RSVP here: // $7-10 admission


On the new album "In Exile/On the Mesa" Pete Fields of the Slow Motion Cowboys has written songs to try and put down the feeling of a place changing before his eyes . Speaking the truth about the old neighborhoods and the vanishing characters of the bands home town of San Francisco, the album takes you on a tour with the folks who know it best.  Written in Field's new home of Oakland, CA and recorded live in an Airstream trailer in Taos, New Mexico, the songs ride between the two worlds, and lope with a rhythm that contradicts the fast changing world we live in today. As the name might suggest, the Slow Motion Cowboys push back against the money and technology disconnecting us from our communities and the creative bonds that create a feeling of place. Songs such as "Foggy Moon" and "Golden Gal" describe the wandering thoughts and nostalgia of someone looking and longing for someone or something that is not visible anymore, asking for a second chance to make it right.  In "Georgie" the traditional melody is layered with words sung only to the sleeping, an admission of dedication and love that could never be said during the light of day. On "In Exile/On the Mesa" SMC capture the infectious energy and good will that has come to define their live shows.  The lap steel dances behind the wavering vocal melodies, the rhythm section seizing the past with its traditional country music tempos, showcasing the cohesion of musicians polished from extensive touring throughout the South West U.S.  The pertinence is clear listening to the record, the Cowboys are inviting you to peek through the key hole and open up a feeling that has come to define Pete's songwriting.  Bearing the torch from the bottom of the Bay to the tip of the Mesa, these are country songs, story songs, desert shanties kicking up the dust before it settles into something none of us recognize.
Americana duo Eight Belles was formed in 2010 when guitarist Henry Aloysius Nagle met singer-songwriter Jessi Phillips at a backyard party in Oakland, California. Eight Belles creates inspired, subtle Americana music that pays respects to its influences but sounds like nothing but itself. If Harry Nilsson and Patsy Cline had a love child and left it in the forest to be raised by wolves, its cries would sound very similar to this music. 

Listen to Eight Belles new, self titled album here:
T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes are a Cosmic Twang Stomp band hailing from the West Coast via Indiana.  Their songs follow the aesthetic of the Great American Songbook.   The core of the group moved to California in 2007 and have been rolling up and down mountains and deserts since.
TV Mike aka Mike Klinge began playing music in Bloomington, IN in 1999 under The Pious Companion.   The group went on a tour and had the pleasure of opening up for The Constantines and My Morning Jacket.  In 2005, TV Mike met Andrea DelaRosa and gathered a backing band called the Scarecrowes. The group then moved to California and has rotated through a lot of members with the core of TV Mike, Andrea DelaRosa, Matt Lundquist, and Aaron Deer staying consistent.
TV Mike and the Scarecrowes have shared the stage with: The Avett Brothers, The Blank Tapes, Austin Lucas, Rev. Peyton's BDB, Horse Feathers, Beachwood Sparks, The Fruit Bats, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Easy Leaves, Dead Winter Carpenters, Hillstomp, Rose Windows, Love as Laughter, tUnE-YarDs and many more.

10/28 FRIDAY:
Halloween Show:
The Old Grey Whistle Test & Surf Bored play the songs of Romeo & Juliet
Jordannah Elizabeth on tour (Baltimore)


co-presenting with Gaylord's Music Party:
with Meernaa
& Rose Droll

at Amnesia

Also, KIDS YOGA at ROCK BAND LAND for ages 2-6 continues.
One more Friday in September 9/30 + new sessions in October, November, & December.
Tell all the weird silly kids and parents you know!
Sign up here:

Thanks to all who made it to our last show on 9/9, with Anne Carol Mitchell & Emily Shumway, Jeremy Rourke (with Vanessa Verlee & Dave Mihaly), & Lost Comet. We had a speaker on behalf of the Dakota Pipeline Resistance, Luta, as well as on Yes On Prop 64 - the Adult Use Marijuana Act and raised $150 for them!

Thanks for reading!! See you soon,
Whether you live near or far, I encourage you to listen to all the bands listed here!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Benefit for Standing Rock #NoDAPL & Yes on 64 with Anne Carol Mitchell & Emily Shumway, Jeremy Rourke, & Lost Comet

Hi out there,

Tonight, Friday 9/9, this is going down.

Seaweed Sway Presents:
Anne Carol Mitchell & Emily Shumway
(with Louis Vega)
Jeremy Rourke (with Vanessa VerLee & Dave Mihaly)
Lost Comet (ft. Sharon Pucci & Marc Nielsen, who are celebrating their anniversary!)

We will have two speakers on these issues:

AT 9pm SHARP, Wicahpiluta Candelaria (aka Luta), who just returned from the opposition efforts at the Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Site, and will give us an update.
Wicahpiluta Candelaria (aka Luta) is Native to the Bay Area, He is Rumsen Ohlone and Apache. He is a traditional clapper singer, a cultural preservationist, an active member of Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSPRIT), The American Indian Movement (AIM), a poet and composer in the Rumsen Ohlone Language. He has opened up for Native leaders such as John Trudell (Dakota), Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu (Quiche Maya) and has presented at the San Francisco Green Festival, the World Music Festival, The Yerba Buena Garden's Native Contemporary Arts Festival, the California Institute of Integral Studies, SF State on the ethnic studies panel, the San Mateo conference on Mental Health & Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and more. He is also a recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Native American Arts and Traditions Grant.
+ between sets, Jesse Stout will expound the virtues of voting YES on Proposition 64 - the Adult Use of Marijuana Act November 8th. Prohibition disproportionately impacts people of color, and $1B new tax revenues can fund education, public health, & other social services.

All at Amnesia, 853 Valencia St. between 19th & 20th in SF.
8:30 doors / 9:00 sharp, it all starts

$9, or more if you can spare it (the extra $2+ will go to the speakers' causes. if you're on a tight budget, $7 admission works too)

Also, it's the beginning of a new KIDS YOGA at ROCK BAND LAND (Fridays in September, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30)! Sign up here: / Tell friends:


MORE FUTURE AWESOME SHOWS with Slow Motion Cowboys, Eight Belles, TV Mike & the Scarecrowes, Jordannah Elizabeth, Killer Whale, Meernaa, Rose Droll, Gentle Spirit, & Plush

10/28 FRIDAY:
at Amnesia.
more artists to be confirmed soon!!


co-presenting with Gaylord's Music Party
KILLER WHALE with Meernaa & Rose Droll


11/18 FRIDAY:
co-presenting with Down Mouse Pleasures


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kyle Lesley Benefit Tonite with Mariee Sioux, Michael Musika, Future Twin, TV Mike & the Scarecrows

TONIGHT. Come celebrate Kyle. 
Come celebrate life, community, and spirit (Kyle's words). 

poster by Mark Matos

SeaweedSway & friends present
a benefit for Kyle Lesley
"fighting cancer loving living recording expanding exploding rocking & rolling"

7:30PM doors
8:30PM Michael Musika solo set - do not miss

Write-ups about the show! 

Thanks Hiya Swanhuyser @ SF Weekly

Thanks Annie Bacon @ SF Music Critic

Thanks Jordannah Elizabeth @ The Deli SF

Price: Sliding scale: $10-100, sky's the limit. No one turned away for lack of funds. If you are broke but wanna go, we also can use volunteers to help work the door for hour shifts. Let me know if that's you! (text is best -415 515 7604) There are sweet raffle prizes including merch from bands, for those who pay more than $10!

All $ from the door (minus $60 to pay the soundperson!) & a percentage of the bar will go to Kyle!! 
Thank you immensely to the bands for donating their time and songs, and to those who are helping to organize & promote! 


(photos of Kyle's awesomeness)

Last week's email is below, if you want to read even more all about it. 

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 1:11 AM, jessie woletz | seaweed sway <> wrote:
Dear friends near & far,

Happy MLK Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" 

This year, the first Seaweed Sway show of 2015 is an attempt to give back to the music community, with a benefit show for someone who is indeed always doing for others, within our community and beyond.

I met Kyle Lesley right before he moved out of SF. He was diagnosed with stage four metastic melanoma and left to begin treatments in LA. Before he left, a grand benefit show at El Rio happened where many friends gathered, and some bands I knew well + some bands I never heard of played. I got a sense of Kyle's wide-ranging community and the love that surrounds him.

I'm grateful to be getting to know Kyle now and the more I learn, the more I realize what an incredible person he is. Beyond being an awesome & kind human, he has donated his sound skills to many a good cause: Occupy SF & the Clarion Alley Mural Project, to name a couple, in addition to tirelessly running the sound at some of my fave places: Amnesia & Viracocha. 

Hiya Swanhuyser wrote a beautiful piece in the SF Weekly about how Kyle is a music hero: 

Please read it!

Here's a quote from Kyle to give you a sense:

"I wanted to help cultivate this community that I really grew up obsessing over, reading books and magazines and watching documentaries, dreaming about it. And I realized that it wasn't just going to happen to me. I had to work. I had to get in there and meet people. I had to say 'Hey, I want to record you,' or I'll come and run sound for free, or let's organize this festival, I have access to this gear, a couple microphones, let's make it happen. I really wanted to be a part of the music culture of San Francisco. I realized it wasn't going to be given to me, just because I played guitar, or smiled, or wore the right clothes. I actually wanted to be this reliable, dependable, talented person. People knew that my heart was in the right place, and I wanted to work. I wasn't just going to ask for things. I wanted to prove that I could contribute."

Jean of Future Twin says: "Kyle comes through huge and helps Clarion Alley Mural Project do our annual block party fundraiser, by lending a PA and running sound. He helped every year I asked him. He's a dope musician and engineer too! He helped Future Twin track some guitars at his studio."

Michael Musika says: "Kyle's that dude that remembers to bring matches and knows where to find firewood and doesn't lord it over you. Being a musician for so long, I've seen my share of sound people-- you need a crucifix, jewelry, menagerie, and the Tibetan prayer for the dead to navigate. But Kyle's always been calm and prepared and collected, like lakes in mountains where no people go...which is a trick because music venues have lots of people and often the most distracting sorts... all of it while it's dark and late and behind time. His stop watch goes backwards if need be, with no more charm than old fashioned unassuming smile."

We can use help with 
spreading the word - word of mouth, radio, write-ups, flyers, email, text, phone, etc. 
working the door for a shift (hopefully an hour max if we get enough people),
putting together a raffle,
hanging up posters 

If you want to help, just write back!

(when you RSVP & invite friends it helps spread the word)
Incredible poster by Mark Matos attached.

If you are unable to go, here's a site that Kyle's Mom set up for folks to donate $ toward Kyle's treatment:

Thanks and would love to see you on the 30th!

PS - Next show after this one, Sunday Feb 8th at Viracocha: Andrew Bancroft is flying into town from NY for his album release, with Olive Mitra's Eggplant Casino! Stay tuned for details.