December 2, 2011
The Verdi Club will be hosting fantastic events two Saturdays in a row. This Saturday, December 3rd, will feature the Bay Brewed (sorry, couldn’t resist). And next Saturday, December 10th, Dusty Stax and the Bold Italic have put together a very special event in the spirit of the holiday. This Winter Formal Dance will feature classy attire and a plethora of local garage rock musicians:
Over the summer, Dusty Stax’s “Let Her Dance” took San Francisco back in a time machine for a huge celebration of ’60s soul. Guests donned their vintage best and packed the Verdi Club as local garage rock greats offered their takes on timeless songs by Curtis Mayfield, the Bobby Fuller Four, and others.
This time, Dusty’s taking it up a notch for the holidays, and we’re joining forces to co-host a proper Winter Formal. Join us by dressing sharp and celebrating a night of shakin’ your stuff with a live soul revue supergroup with a 9-musician strong backing band. The lineup includes an All Star Girl Group featuring Turn Up Records Recording artist Heidi Alexander (The Sandwitches), Shannon Shaw (Hunx and His Punx), Noelle Cahill (Magic Trick) and Jen Snyder (Jonesin’).
A few fellas will sing along too, including Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz, and your host Dusty Stax, crooning out favorites by Ike and Tina, Irma Thomas, and The Crystals to name a few. Dick Vivian (Proprietor of Rooky Ricardo’s Record Shop in The Lower Haight) will work the turntables with classic soul singles. He’ll also be offering instruction on how to dance like a pro!
You can find out additional event details and purchase tickets over at the Bold Italic.
August 26, 2009
We were really heartbroken when Master/Slave ended, particularly because the band’s Scandal album ended up so criminally overlooked in the aftermath. In M/S leader Matt Jones’ new band Jonesin’, he joins with his fiancee Jenny to deliver a synth-laden pop that’s really catchy and fun. Check out the band’s new video for “Rollerskates” above.
May 26, 2009
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Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast includes music from nine great Bay Area bands with a bunch of newly released CDs. About all of the bands:
We kicked off the show with a song from the always entertaining Battlehooch (“Take The L-Train”), off their brand new full length Piecechow, out June 15th. They’ll be at 111 Minna on Thursday, May 28th and their official LP release party is June 24th at Bottom of the Hill.
Originally from Wisconsin, A B & The Sea (“Suzie”) were recently named “Best Beach Boys Worshippers of 2009″ by the SF Weekly. The band — who have been working on a new album — will be at The Independent on June 5th.
Jonesin’ (“Rollerskates”) is the duo of Matt Jones from Master/Slave and Jenny Jones. Although there’s a lighter pop touch here, Matt’s love of vintage synths thankfully remains. Head to the band’s MySpace page for more.
Local indie poppers My First Earthquake (“Cool In The Cool Way”) release their first full length this month, entitled Downstairs. They’ll be celebrating with a CD release show on June 20th at Cafe Du Nord.