Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Songwriter Shows in San Carlos and San Francisco

Two fun songwriter series' to check out in September, at Clock Tower Music and the Bazaar Cafe:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 
Jamie Purnell's 2016 Clock Tower Music Series
Clock Tower Music
676 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA 94070
8PM  $10
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 
Paul Griffiths Songwriter Residency
Bazaar Cafe
5927 California St
San Francisco, CA 94114
7PM  with Paul, Deborah, and Micheal McNevin

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beauty Everywhere New Record and Instagram Challenge

Two of the main things my dad gave me were an avid interest in the news, and a love of the natural world. A veteran of WWII who felt immense pride in his vet status, he passed away 15 years ago, and I can only imagine him shaking his head with dismay, as I've been doing, at the events that have been filling the media. So as much as I've been staying current, I've made a practice of looking for beauty to stay hopeful, that is, taking lots of walks on the beach and in open space, noting the tides and drawing up bird lists, gleaning inspiration from other creatives, and charting how much sheer beauty surrounds me, surrounds us all. It's what led to writing "Beauty Everywhere," the title track to my newest recording. Recorded earlier this year at Tiny Telephone with Art Khu (piano, organ, electric guitar), Mike Stevens (drums), Ben Bernstein (bass) and Kwame Copeland (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), I'm really pleased with how it sounds and am excited to share it with you!! I'll be releasing Beauty Everywhere in October, celebrating the record with a live show with all the players on the recording, at The Back Room in Berkeley on October 14, 2016. Please mark your calendars now and tell your friends! 
In the meantime, let me know how you find beauty by joining me on Instagram in an #instagramchallenge. Tag your photos #instagramchallenge and #BEhereDC and I'll post the best ones and send you a download of the #song "Beauty Everywhere."

You can listen to the title track and pre-order Beauty Everywhere by clicking the Bandcamp player (below).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Sailstice is This Weekend June 18-19

Ahoy! Bay Station is playing 2pm -3:30pm 'poolside' at the Encinal Yacht Club as part of this weekend's Sailstice in San Francisco (Sailstice is a national happening!). 

It's a free event with all sorts of boat stuff happening. Be there, there being Alameda, CA, this Saturday, June 18 11am-6pm

Encinal Yacht Club
1251 Pacific Marina
Alameda, CA 94501

Boat Building Contest I New EYC Lifejacket Pool Plunge l Visit Historic Schooner 'Alma' I Historic Classic Sailing Vessels I Plein Aire Paint Out l  Small Boat Racing l Exhbitors l Entertainment All Day l Sailboat Rides l Seminars l

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thursday June 9: A Night of Americana at The Ivy Room

This week's fun: Thursday, June 9 at the Ivy Room in Albany, Bay Station shares a with Kate Burkart and Nate Jones & The Sloe Sippers, it's going to be a fine night. Three bands, $7, good vibes; hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Bay Station (full band) at The Ivy Room

with Nate Jones & The Slow Sippers, Kate Burkart Band

858 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706
 Show starts at 8pm;  Price: $7. Bay Station plays at 10:30

Friday, June 3, 2016

San Francisco International Arts Festival: Peter Whitehead's Mini Music Marathon

One of my favorite SF artists, musician/composer/songwriter Peter Whitehead is doing something really cool as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival which wraps up this weekend, a mini music marathon! For eight hours, Peter will hold down Gallery 308, now filled with his instruments, and improvise with invited collaborators all afternoon and early evening. 

Musical Mini Marathon with Peter Whitehead


FORT MASON BUILDING A GALLERY 308             TICKETS $20 in advance, $25 at door. One ticket good all day,  re-admission allowed.
 Whitehead will remain on the stage throughout the performance with guests joining him every hour for half hour collaborations.

12.30 -1.00  David Samas - Instrument builder,collector - various unusual items & voice
 1.30 - 2.00  Bart Hopkin -  Renowned instrument builder and author - unique invented instruments
 2.30 - 3.00  Daryl Henline - Composer, choir master - Voice, various instruments 
 3.00 - 3.30  David Molina - Multi instrumentalist, composer, builder
 3.30 - 4.00  Patti Trimble -  Bay Area Poet and writer.
 4.30 - 5.00  Sudhu Tewari - Redesigned electronics, springs, looping, effects, noise.
 5.30 - 6.00  Norman Rutherford - Viola da Gamba, bass clarinet, sonar and other instruments
 6.30 - 7.00  Sarah Shelton Mann - Legendary SF Choreographer, teacher, performer, writer -     readings, dowsing
 7.30 - 8.00  Stephen Kent - Didgeridoo virtuoso, multi instrumentalist and radio host.  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

San Francisco Arts Festival: "HERE"

Several friends are featured in the San Francisco International Arts Festival taking place today through June 5. This weekend CALI & Co and Matt El bring there HERE show to Cowell Theater.

CALI & CO dance/
Matt EL
with guest collaborators
Kyoungil Ong and
Sooyeon Lyuh (USA, Korea)


Friday May 20, 7:00pm
Saturday May 21, 9:30pm
Sunday May 22, 2:30pm

Duration: 80 minutes (both companies)

Shared bill with Dana Lawton Dances

Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission
$20 in advance, $25 at door

HERE captures the rapture of existence through a new piece de resistance by CALI & CO dance/Matt EL music with guest collaborators Kyoungil Ong/Ong Dance Company and Sooyeon Lyuh. HERE is a rare, creative amalgamation of identity and culture through traditional Korean dance and music with American modern dance and rock music. Coursing shadow and light through its structure, HERE seeks to highlight the beauty and soften the pain of existence. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bay Station "Go Out and Make Some" Tour Recap

I wrapped up the Bay Station Duo Go Out and Make Some Spring Tour with Kwame Copeland a couple days ago. Wowza. Over the past three+ weeks, we drove more than 6000 miles to play 22 shows in 15 states (including two double-days, one radio station, and (at least) one former brothel). We crossed the Mississippi River multiple times, skirted the base of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and landed in the Mojave Desert. We ate tacos in New Mexico, hush puppies in Louisiana and fresh fruit pie wherever we could get it. Along the way, we happily gained a sense of the local music scenes in Nashville and San Antonio, connected with fellow touring artists in Dallas and Atlanta, and resumed old friendships in Austin and Chapel Hill. It was great to share our music with new ears, and get that much more inspired. Travel to different corners of the US is simply eye-opening.
Indeed, we experienced a sampler plate of what half the country has to offer: it's good, bad and ugly, red and blue. We were treated with the South's trademark charm while being constantly reminded of its oppressive and violent history. We talked to committed and aggrieved voters in Arizona, played the "only blue county" in Kansas, and were subjected to the gamut of political billboards in Missouri and Texas.
Mostly, we felt very fortunate to have music as our compass through such varied terrain, as it led us toward many warm-hearted and generous souls. I now feel much like I did when I finished a ride on the Big Dipper during childhood summer excursions to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: "when can we go again?"
While I figure that out, we’ve a whole bunch of fun shows lined up around the San Francisco Bay Area during the next few weeks. Find my schedule and Bay Station's, at our sites: