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.

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.