Thursday, November 18, 2010

Conspiracy of Venus @ Milk Bar Tonight! Sunday Steve Taylor, DaMaDa, Ever Isles, & Devotionals' Chasing the Moon @ Make-Out Room! Friday Indianna Hale & Michael Musika Attic Show!

The next few days hold a few especially neat and exciting shows that I hope you'll consider attending... I say that every time, but it's true!

Tonight, I'm singing in the Conspiracy of Venus choir at the Milk Bar (and SeaweedSway is co-presenting the show w/ the Songbird Fest), in the middle of a bill with a goth-industrial band (The RaZor Skyline) and electronica-ambient Fuzzpod!! Friday, there's going to be a sweet attic show w/ favorites Indianna Hale and Michael Musika for my awesome friend Mikey's birthday (Hayes/Fillmore)!

Save some energy for Sunday, which is the Seaweed Sway Showcase at the Make-Out Room, and is also the Full Beaver Moon, which makes it a Chasing the Moon show too!! So we're releasing Devotionals' Chasing the Moon episode, and hearing live music from Steve Taylor, DaMaDa (with Dave Mihaly), and Ever Isles, with host Jeremy Dalmas. Please come out for what should be an amazing night of music and community.

Thanks to everyone who came to Amnesia last Friday for Benoit Pioulard and Lazarus, and thanks to those who have been making it to these shows in general. I hope you have fun and like the music so that you want to come to more shows! Or if you can't make it, check out the links to hear some new music. ~Jessie

Here is the very quick rundown, then the detailed rundown and full list (and announcements at the end) follow:

*TONIGHT Thursday Nov. 18th RaZor Skyline, Conspiracy of Venus, and Fuzzpod at the Milk Bar (venue switch), co-presented with the Songbird Festival! a neat and unique blend of genres! 7:30 doors/8:30 show starts.

*Tomorrow FRIDAY Nov. 19th Attic Show w/ Michael Musika and Indianna Hale in honor of Mikey's Bday / party 8 til it ends / music 9-11

*SUNDAY Nov. 21st on the Full Moon: SeaweedSway Showcase w/ Steve Taylor, Damada (jazz trio featuring Dave Mihaly), and Ever Isles at the Make-Out Room. Devotionals' Chasing the Moon episode will be premiered here! filled to the brim w/ musical goodness on the night of the full moon; will you come soak it up?

*Day after Thanksgiving Gentle/Restorative Yoga: I'll be teaching 9:30-11am next Friday the 26th, the day after Thanksgiving. The theme will of course be gratitude, and giving thanks through our practice. (The regular Sat/Sun classes I teach are canceled that weekend.)

SeaweedSway event recommendations:
go to and click "agenda" anytime through the week for updates... and go to for reminders. formatting ideas? let me know!

Thu Nov 18, 2010
7:30pm - 11:30pm   
SeaweedSway and the Songbird Fest Present: The RaZor Skyline, Conspiracy of Venus and Fuzzpod at the Milk Bar!
Where: Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., Across from Amoeba Records in Upper Haight; SF
Description: Doors at 7:30 pm, Show Starts at 8:30 pm sharp! Tickets - $10

The RaZor Skyline
In a world full of bands that find their sound and then go onto put out the same song and album over and over again, The RaZorSkyline reject that formula and strive to bring together disparatemusical influences to create new and original albums over and overagain. They’ve been labelled goth, industrial...

Conspiracy of Venus: 40 Ways To Be Fabulous- showcasing two new songs!
Conspiracy of Venus (CoV) is a women's community a cappella group based in San Francisco. Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the 40 women of CoV interpret McBride's daring and inventive arrangements of songs ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi) to the cutting edge (Bjork's Possibly Maybe) with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. The group's repertoire also includes works by Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Roger Miller.

Conspiracy of Venus has played to sold out crowds at many San Francisco venues, including The Palace of Fine Arts, The Independent, The Swedish American Hall, The Rickshaw Stop, The Make-Out Room, and others, sharing bills with John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats, Blame Sally, Emily Jane White, and Rupa and the April Fishes, to name a few. The choir is active in community service. They have performed at Dublin State Correctional Facility and played benefits for the Awamaki Peruvian Women's Weaving Collective, The Gulabi Gang, The Ursa Freedom project, In Search of Good Food, and the Fairmount Elementary FestiVal. Wherever the group performs, Conspiracy of Venus is hailed by audiences as a groundbreaking musical experience.


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Fri Nov 19, 2010
8pm - 12am (music from 9-11pm)
Attic Show w/ Indianna Hale and Michael Musika for Mikey Siegel's Birthday!
843 Hayes St. Apt. C between Webster and Fillmore.
Description: Nov 19th, The Rusty Nail is please to present our first Attic Concert!
Music from 9-11pm, Party 8:00 til it ends.
Bring $5-10 to support the musicians.
Home brew, fresh juice, gourmet blended cocktails... will be available as well - bring a little $ if you want some. All proceeds go towards the musicians.

Featuring Indianna Hale -

And Michael Musika -

Please come and feel free to invite your close friends that you think will enjoy a mellow folky musical atmosphere.

Sun Nov 21, 2010 - FULL MOON!
SeaweedSway and Chasing the Moon Present: STEVE TAYLOR, DaMaDa (feat. Dave Mihaly), EVER ISLES, + Devotionals' Chasing the Moon Episode premier ~ EARLYish Full Beaver Moon show at the Make-Out Room
Address: 3225 22nd St. between Mission and Valencia
Tickets: $7 at the door
RSVP on facebook and invite friends please!:
Time: 7:30 doors. 8-11:30pm show
1st time the SeaweedSway Showcase falls on a full moon, so we're doubling up and releasing a Chasing the Moon episode on the same night!

With a sound steeped in the sunlit tones of Laurel Canyon, the mid 60’s pop and RandB of the Brill Building, and the lo-fi synths of early prog rock, Oakland resident Steve Taylor makes heartfelt soul music that pushes the envelope of the singer/songwriter genre. A multi-instrumentalist with a surprisingly diverse background, including stints in black gospel churches, avant-garde psych-rock bands, and most recently as the keyboardist in Brushfire Records band Rogue Wave; he layers vintage organs, pianos, analog synthesizers, and dead drums, creating a sound that’s both modern and thoroughly informed by 70’s AM rock.

damada is a true musical child of two cultures, the melodies of china mixed with the improvisations of america. reharmonized chinese songs from folkloric, pop, and eastern opera styles mixed with instrumentation and musical dialogue from american sources and beyond, this is a uniquely accessible, exotic, and fresh take on the cultures bridged by the grand pacific. Band members: a very great singer from mainland china named Lourdana and her husband an amazing guitarist and composer/arranger Marc Schmitz. Dave Mihaly plays drums and Asian percussion.

San Francisco based dream folk duo, Kaitlyn Smith and Jeremy Harris - stream their new album!

Prayers.ruminations...plain existence. Devotionals is only a moniker set to represent the thing we all do upon our awakening. It is a statement of existence, and the rumination on the "how to" of the everyday breathe.

The band is Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants), Anton Patzner( Judgment Day), Jeff Blair, and recently has grown to include Andrew Maguire, Emily Ritz, and Lewis Patzner. Based around the guitar compositions of the Tyson, Anton invigorates the space with his inspired form of violin mastery and intuition, Jeff percussive sensitivity and heart. Giving a nod of reverence to what has come before in forms of Rachmaninov to John Fahey, to the unknown echos of the street musician, these songs, in form mostly instrumental, represent only the beat of the heart, and the ache to understand.

with your host JEREMY DALMAS!

Chasing the Moon is a monthly local music video podcast that is celebrated with a live show and screening of the new episode on the full moon each month. See past episodes and the current one of Thao and Mirah, at

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Mon Nov 22, 2010
8-11pmThe Cat's Pajamas at the Make-Out Room, Bali or Bust, featuring Eggplant Casino and more

Fri Nov 26, 2010
Gentle/Restorative Yoga ~ Giving Thanks ~ at the Yoga Loft.
The theme will of course be gratitude, and giving thanks through our practice. (The regular Sat/Sun classes I teach are canceled this weekend.) 321 Divisadero St.

Tues Nov 30, 2010
7:30pm - 11:30pm

SeaweedSway Presents: Sonya Cotton, The Red River (pdx), and Ayla Nereo of BeatBeat Whisper @ Viracocha. $7-10 suggested donation. 998 Valencia St. @ 21st. Get there early!!
RSVP/Invite People:

Sonya Cotton

The Red River (all the way up from Long Beach!)

Ayla Nereo of Beatbeat Whisper

Thu Dec 2, 2010
7pm - 11:30pm   
SeaweedSway Presents: A Benefit for the Liberation Institute with AnnieBacon's Folk Opera, AudiaFauna, and The Seedy Naturalists
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market St., San Francisco, CA
Description: Seaweed Sway Presents a benefit for the Liberation Institute: Annie Bacon’s
crowd-funded Folk Opera album release at the Swedish AmericanHall in San Francisco
December 2nd With audiafauna (Santa Cruz) and TheSeedy Naturalists Annie Bacon’s Folk
Opera – written and composed onthe ukulele, funded by its community via,
and recordedlive at The Tower Studios in San Francisco's Mission District – is setto release on Thursday December 2nd at the Swedish American Hall, as part of a benefit for the Liberation Institute. RSVP/Invite Friends/Re-Post:

Sat Dec 4, 2010
Peter Case, Sean Hayes, and Kasey Anderson at Amnesia.
$20 for a stellar line-up. or

Tues Dec 7, 2010
Fight Fire with Fire Benefit - a benefit for friends whose house burned down featuring Quinn Deveaux, Rupa and the April Fishes, Paper Dolls, Rob Reich, and more
RSVP/Invite Friends:
".....I'm an ordinary guy/
Burning down the house/
Hold tight, wait till the party's over/
Hold tight, we're in for nasty weather/
Fightin' fire with fire...."
---david byrne (talking heads)

BRONKAR LEE ( is the fabulous mc for the nite. Hailed as a “shaman of percussive voice,” he will dazzle you with body and vocal percussion, drumming, and highly skilled juggling mixed with humor to wash it down.

-PAPER DOLLS ( are a ukulele slinging, three-part harmony singing sensation who leave toes tapping and skin tingling wherever they appear.

-RUPA AND THE APRIL FISHES ( are still high from recently opening for Manu Chao at the Warfield and are certainly ready to bring the heat with their spicy global stew.

-GOMORRAN SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE CLUB( are the kinda band you wanna bring home to mom...that is, if your mom's in touch with her inner freak and likes neo-vaudevillian Dixie brass band tunes, jaw-dropping dance numbers and slapstick antics.

-QUINN DEVEAUX AND THE BLUE BEAT REVUE ( plays a highly danceable and concentrated potion of soul, folk songs and backwater blues, backed by a freakishly tall bass player and some seriously bad ass female backup singers.

-NON STOP BHANGRA DANCERS ( are gonna seriously heat up the stage with their handclapping, bangle-clanging, whirling celebrations of bhangra, the dance music youve heard in all those Bollywood movies you've watched.

-ROB REICH (, the accordion wielding genius we all know and love, fresh off of a European tour with Tin Hat, will pull some musical rabbits out of his magician hat, and is joined by the esteemed bellydancer DEB RUBIN ( who will delight us with her unique brand of tribal fusion bellydance.

Sat Dec 11, 2010
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Michael Musika and Andrew Bancroft acoustic night at the Yoga Loft!
RSVP/Invite Friends:
Songwriter Superfriends Michael Musika and Andrew Bancroft team up for one night of melodic medicine and creative crime fighting. Musika spins spooky lyrical magic, approaching the release of his new album The Musician’s Handbook of Spells. Bancroft is better known onstage as the gangsta-rappin Jelly Donut, but he’s getting sentimental in his old age. Both musicians will perform solo acoustic sets, interspersed with poetic musings and/or fart jokes.

Sun Dec 12, 2010
Anais Mitchell presents the music of Hadestown featuring Thao Nguyen, Sean Hayes, John Elliott and the Hadestown Orchestra + Michael Chorney Sextet at the Great American Music Hall
Ana├»s Mitchell's new album Hadestown is proof that music still has the power to surprise and delight. For starters, the guest list includes some pretty well-known names, including a certain Little Folksinger and a guy best known as Bon Iver . And it's an honest-to-god album, the kind whose songs tell a story from beginning to end—specifically, the ancient Greek myth of the poet Orpheus and his doomed quest to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld. In Mitchell's hands, the familiar saga is reimagined as unfolding in a version of the U.S. that simultaneously evokes our Depression-era past, the current financial disaster (though it was written before the stock market collapse), and a post-apocalyptic future. It's a land where people hide behind walls in a misguided attempt to preserve their “freedom” and protect their riches.

Fri Dec 17 and Sat Dec 18, 2010
Mother Hips holiday shows at the Great American Music Hall.
stay tuned for special opening band announcement!

Sun Dec 19, 2010
SeaweedSway Showcase, premiering Magic Leaves Chasing the Moon, with live music from The Beehavers and Sour Mash Hug Band at the Make-Out Room. One more band TBA.

If you’ve made it this far, here are a few more things I’d like to share:

YOGA CLASSES: I am teaching yoga classes weekly on Saturdays and Sundays at the Yoga Loft. Saturday is a Gentle Hatha class from 12:45-2pm and Sunday is a Restorative Class from 6:30-8pm. Each class is only $10! However, the schedule is different for the next two weeks. This week, Gentle Hatha is canceled for a workshop, and Restorative Yoga is being taught by Meg Whitbread so I can do the SeaweedSway show. (She's an excellent teacher.)  Next week due to Thanksgiving, the classes are canceled, and instead I'll be teaching a special day after Thanksgiving class on Friday at 9:30. Gentle/Restorative Yoga with a theme of Gratitude.  Check out and for more details. 321 divisadero st. @ page.

SEAN HAYES WEST COAST FALL TOUR: tell your friends! Sean is on tour now, just a few more days left! check the dates at or go to the facebook event page to invite your friends:

SEAN HAYES FREE SONG DOWNLOAD (via Subaru): "Help spread the word to new ears via the Facebook page for the 'Powerful Stuff' Subaru commercial. Download 'Powerful Stuff' for free from Nov 17th - 30th. Even if you already have the track, please help us by downloading it via this page and sending it to all your friends."

SUPPORT BETH CUSTER bringing her band to the Republic of Georgia to play "the Grandmother" via KICKSTARTER, 13 days left:

HOUSING LIST: if you're looking for housing in the sf bay, you can sign up to receive emails or browse recent posts at / it's a google group i started to make it easier to pass on housing announcements that i see. please send me any good room openings you see so i can pass them on to everyone who's looking! if you join the group, you can post your housing opening directly to the list.

JOB LIST: I also have a job list - let me know if you have job announcements that I should forward or join it if you'd like to get job announcements:

EVENT SUBMISSION: if you'd like to submit an event, please write to me at and send me the facebook link OR (if there is no fb page for it) send a short description (2-5 lines please), 2 weeks or more before the event. if i left your event out of this list, it usually just means i ran out of time to re-format it or i totally forgot! please remind me and i'll try to add it or possibly promote it in other ways...

thank you for reading and participating in community events !!
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thanks for spreading the word!
*this is a weekly or so list of bay area music shows, with some yoga and nature events*
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