Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Friday April 28 2017
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES
----Me And That Man are off the bill
Pop / Alternative
The Running Mates
Rock n' Roll
Nikolaus Bartunek / Ryan Blair /
Daniel Martinez / Live Keys: Symeon Tzvetkov
-from Santa Clara, CA
-Picture Atlantic, the ever-evolving alternative rock band from Santa Clara, CA recently released their third album ASSOUF. With this new music, Vocalist/guitarist Nik Bartunek, bass guitarist Ryan Blair, and drummer Daniel Martinez are "more musically cohesive than ever before,” now playing to each others’ strengths as much as their own.
The band's catalog is defined by Bartunek's striking vocal style and range combined with the musical and rhythmic backbone of Blair and Martinez, the creative counterpoint to the haunting vocal melodies.
While the band once saw that not being similar enough to other groups secluded them from larger audiences, they now embrace the idea. “Our ‘sound' is that we don’t just have one type of sound.”
Since their debut album, Kleos (2008), the band have cultivated a passionate and devoted local fan base, becoming a staple of the Bay Area music scene. They have performed alongside Coldplay, The English Beat, STYX, Say Anything, Eisley, and Dan Black among many others.
The band describes the new material as "darker, but also more hopeful” and “heavier" than their previous album, Digital Tension (2012) - which The Owl Mag called, “an exquisite mix of thrilling, boppy synth highs and dark, heavy bass lows.”
As to why audiences should care, the band prefers the direct approach. “We know you'll love our music. We just need to make sure you hear it."
Josh Doty, Elliot Polokoff, Jesse Mancillas, Austen Butler, Matt Scarpelli
-from Sacramento, CA
-Extremes define life. There’s good and bad, day and night, and dark and light. The fun happens in the middle. “Cemetery Sun is where the darkness meets the light,” exclaims Josh. “You might be in a dark place, but you see that light and gravitate towards it. The name meant something to us, because that’s exactly what we would be doing with this band. It also sounds like some shit Batman would say,” he laughs. In 2016, Cemetery Sun completed its first national tour alongside Vinyl Theater and Finish Ticket. Along the way, they’ve garnered early acclaim from Alternative Press and California’s Submerge Magazine. Now, they’re ready to make a big mark on alternative music.
“This is the kind of band we all dreamed of being in,” Josh leaves off. “It’s a mixture of so many things. It’s nostalgic in a lot of ways. There are emo and alternative vibes. At the same time, it wouldn’t be out of place in the club. It’s who we are.”
The Running Mates
Spencer Broschard, Julie Lavery
-from Los Angeles, CA
-The Running Mates are a rock duo made up of Julie Lavery and Spencer Broschard. The pair met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Their strong musical chemistry soon became apparent and they began writing together. After a few years spent honing their writing and performance skills, The Running Mates were born. By mixing powerful, thought provoking lyrics with catchy guitar riffs and dueling melodies, The Running Mates are bringing back music with feeling.