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.
Saturday January 20 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• 21 AND OVER
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Eclectic ~ Screamy post-punk jazz
Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music, trance
Zhenya Kogan - vocals, guitars
Anya Kogan - keyboard, vocals, melodica
Rom Kuras - drums
Max Abelev - sounds
Mike Yeluashvili - bass
-from San Francisco, CA
-“A Part of Your Soul”, the fourth full-length album by the San Francisco-based band Varona, has been in the making for over a decade, and the songs that make it up have their origins further back yet, and have gone through many transformations. For all their tendency towards experimentation, Varona take a very meticulous approach to songwriting, arrangement and production. The result is a work of precise weirdness. W.H. Auden’s once suggested that poetry be defined as clear expression of mixed feelings. By that standard, “A Part of Your Soul” is nothing if not potently poetic, filled to the brim with emotional ambiguity and contradiction. The band’s stylistic influences are no less mixed than the feelings their songs evoke. Barely-contained anxious spasms of screamy post-punk; frenetic, cheerfully-destructive experimentation of Downtown jazz; literary melancholy of late-20th century Russian-rock songwriting, are not so much ingredients here as deep-set roots, and what results less a cocktail than an exquisitely strange hybrid mutant not quite like anything else springing from San Francisco’s fertile musical soil.
Kirk Peterson - Electric Bass
David Boyce - Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals
Kevin Carnes - Drums, Sampler
-from San Francisco, CA
-The most important thing about music is the way it makes you feel. Musicians are lucky enough to live a life of pure feeling if they can play their personal visionary music with as much integrity and energy as the spirit grants them.
For the last 25 years, the trio called BROUN FELLINIS have been doing exactly this. The Fellinis innovate and disseminate their "Brounsoun", a sonic expression inspired by the ancient to future traditions of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hardcore, Afrocentric Hip hop, Dub, film music and African/Indian trance sounds.
Notable performances include a tour with Ben Harper and co-bills with Gil Scott-Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Bad Brains, George Clinton, Rafael Saadiq, Mos Def, The Last Poets, Living Colour, Zakir Hussain, Bernie Worrell, Jimmy Smith, Galactic, Medeski, Martin, Wood, Ravi Coltrane and many more. Downbeat and Spin magazines as well as NPR, KCRW, and Radio Nova in France have profiled the group.
The trio has performed at the San Sebastian International Jazz Festival in Spain, the opening of the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts and the Stern Grove Festival both in San Francisco. The Independent, Yoshi's and the House Of Blues have hosted the group. In June of 2016, Broun Fellinis celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Great America Music Hall in San Francisco.
The Fellinis play this NOW music with passion, precision and soul in energetic performances that embrace freedom and structure equally. Out of nowhere, improvised themes and motifs morph into well-crafted songs with evocative melodies, exotic harmonies and infectious rhythms. It is music of the moment reflecting the lives of three exceptional musicians living and creating in the Bay Area, California.