Tenderfoot is the solo project of Seattle-based songwriter Adam Boehmer. Fueled by a year-long road trip across the US in a vintage camper-trailer, Adam's music is marked by sparse lyrics and loose, rhythmic guitar. His goal is to create an atmosphere for storytelling, lamentation and simple celebration.
DINA MACCABEE and THE EXCELLENT SPELLERS
"Dina Maccabee is a San Fran native with a very catchy and unique new CD under her belt. With "Who Do You Suppose You Are?", Dina manages to put the shoegaze/depressive-ness of Leona Naess, the quirky instrumental parts of Feist and the almost soulful singing of She & Him's Zooey Deschanel into a blender to create a smooth sound that's both light-hearted and heartfelt. And most importantly all her own." -- Stereokiller.com
HollyMae and the Painted Room is a Berlin-based, acoustic Art Folk band originating from California. The group's lyrics-oriented music and pre-polished, porch-swing sound aim to plumb the personal and ring harmonic with the universal. HollyMae draws inspiration from myths and tragedies, children's stories, outsider art, and science. Primary influences include Joni Mitchell, Neko Case, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, Daniel Johnston, and Bonnie Prince Billy. HollyMae was raised on an organic farm on the California central coast. Her childhood was steeped in folk music and she started writing songs as a teen. She began playing out in the 1990s in the acoustic side of the riot grrrl scene, where she opened for Sleater-Kinney at the Goleta Women's Festival, under the name La Sullen Teen in 1996. After college HollyMae assembled an acoustic folk band, the interludes, in 2005, and eventually formed HollyMae and the Painted
Room in 2007 in Detroit, Michigan.
Originally from France, Sylvain Carton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer currently residing in San Francisco. An accomplished saxophonist and guitarist, Sylvain tours and records regularly with John Vanderslice and a number of groups representing a variety of musical genres and traditions, such as The Mitch Marcus Quintet, Aphrodesia, The Japonize Elephants, Spaceblaster, Khi Darag, Lord Loves a Working Man, Beats Antique, and The Garlando Nonet.
The Carton Quartet succeeds in blending Sylvain's many influences into an unconstrained jazz format. Allowing the music to veer from balkan-esque metric changes to a subtle latin american Milonga or locking into solid grooves amidst hard-swinging melodic passages, the music of this quartet is anything but reserved. Utilizing the instrumentation to its fullest (tenor sax, guitar, bass, drums) the arrangements pass the lead and supportive roles throughout the ensemble keeping the listener engaged in the dynamic interplay within the music.
The Carton Quartet features Autonomous Rogers which is one of the Bay Area's most unique rhythm sections. Comprised of Mike Abraham on guitar, George Ban-Weiss on bass and Eric Garland on drums, this sub-section of the quartet is the driving force behind the music.
SEAWEED SWAY SeaweedSway is an evolving project by Jessie Woletz and friends, with an intention to encourage, cultivate, and support community through music, yoga, and nature events. SeaweedSway presents music shows and events, featuring musicians and artists who share similar creative intentions. SeaweedSway was a term first used by Karl Blau and Jessie to describe the awesome way people danced during BrightBlack Morning Light at a Great American Music Hall show, then it became a list of recommended events in the Bay Area, and now SeaweedSway presents shows of all kinds. Get updates of future events and stay connected through the links below:
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