Dia De Los Muertos, Day Of The Dead. A celebration of life and death. The one night of the year where youreallyhave to be in the Mission District, where San Francisco's Latin Mystic Heart glistens like candles in procession. A night of Altars, looking back and moving forward. And when the procession ends? when the last Altar has been looked at? where do we go from there?
What better way to cap off the night than to head to Amnesia Music Hall (The Mission District's favorite music venue) to witness the return of former Mission District High Priest Mark Matos and his weird and worldly Rock 'n' Roll collective, OS Beaches, a "band" that has died and been reborn enough times to know a thing or two about life and death. Matos is introducing his most recent re-imagining of the group, dubbed Novos Beaches (call it an updated OS) which features members of local Tropicalia tribute band Kill bossa, violin virtuoso Mathew Szemela, a couple members of Jolie Holland's original SF line up, and as always, he will be accompanied by long time bassist Joe Lewis (who has manned bass for everyone from Adam Stephens to Vetiver's Andy Cabic)
Having played and recorded over the years with the likes of Howe Gelb, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, members of Dr. Dog, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as Victoria Williams, Matos has a well deserved reputation for attracting talented players into his ever shifting congregation. With his current line up and a new batch of songs, Matos is venturing into a more worldly direction (albeit a weird world) with more songs in his native Portuguese and explorations of Nigerian High Life, Native American music, as well as something of a return to his Leonard Cohen on Mushrooms, Lo-Fi Art-Folk roots (with Tucson's Campo Bravo). Something of a Rock 'n' Roll Age Of Discovery, a sonic passport, a pow wow for the citizens of the world.
There will be a Lou Reed altar and tribute song, and there is talk of a psychedelic pinata, and an attempt to turn the whole of Amnesia into one giant altar. After the magic of Matos' Family Folk Explosion Residency (a month long attempt to turn Amnesia into a spaceship, or a Grateful Dead parking lot on the moon, depending on who you believe), there is little reason to doubt this enigmatic Native Son. Ash Reiter side project Sugar Candy Mountain (with Will Halsey, Bryant Denison, Tom Edler, & Michael Fortes), fresh off the release of the fantastic Mystic Hits, will open the festivities, and Brooklyn, NY's Jared Saltiel supports.
Monday Restorative, 7:30-9pm, regular price class ($17 drop-in or buy a class card for less $ per class, even less w/ groupon or studio deal that's going on now)
Saturday Gentle, 11am-12:15pm, $12 community class (or get a community class card, 10 for $100)
Friday Kids Ages 10-13, 3:45-4:45pm, tell all the kids you know please! drop-in $17, 10 classes for $100
Discounts for yoga classes at the Yoga Loft - there's a groupon deal of $45 unlimited for one month that ends soon... A good way to try a bunch of new classes! Or there is a fall deal where you get 5 classes + a one-hour thai massage for $100. Lots of ways to try a new studio or new classes! I'm teaching gentle yoga in the morning, 11am-12:15 - class schedule is below the show list.
Sign up at http://theloftsf.com or just show up 5-10 mins early - all are beginner-friendly & fine for those with injuries (feel free to email me if you have a concern).
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