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.
Sunday February 17,
2:30PM doors -- music at 3:00PM
••• ALL AGES
$10-$20 at the door [sliding scale]
$10 in advance
Afternoon Benefit for Lenny Gill
(of The Bye Bye Blackbirds, Jolly, Overwhelming Colorfast, etc)
Rock, blues, soul, pop
The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Indie Rock / Power Pop
featuring Lenny's former students
Rock Pop ...
Many of you know Lenny Gill has been battling with his heart for many years and underwent a double bypass surgery nearly a decade ago. Well, he finally won! Late last year he threw the baby out with the bathwater and got himself a NEW heart. His recovery is not only brutal but long and as an independently employed music teacher he is going to need our help. So, let's help him! There's going to be beer, bands, a silent auction and a record swap.
-from San Francisco, CA
-Veteran SF musicians join together to celebrate Joe Cocker, Leon Russell and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour/film/album of 1970.
The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Joe Becker,
KC Bowman & Lenny Gill
-from Oakland, CA
-Torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century, The Bye Bye Blackbirds have pooled their talents to create a sparkling blend of country and roots influences, classic 60’s guitar pop, 70’s power pop, contemporary indie rock and the college radio heroes of the 1980’s.
Their debut album, Honeymoon (produced by Beulah’s Bill Swan) was released in 2005. The first single, “In Every Season” earned heavy airplay on KFOG and was featured on the KFOG Local Scene Vol. 4 compilation. The follow up, Houses & Homes, was released on the American Dust label in 2008. In 2009, their cover of “There’s a Rugged Road” appeared on Crayon Angel: A Tribute to Judee Sill alongside songs from Ron Sexsmith, Bill Callahan, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and others. They also were guest vocalists on the debut solo album by Miles Kurosky (Beulah).The Blackbirds have also shared the stage with a wide array of bands including Mitch Easter, Title Tracks, Matt Nathanson, Tommy Keene and You Am I.
A third album, Fixed Hearts, was produced by Paul Tyler and released on Rainbow Quartz records in 2011. Their latest, We Need The Rain, was released on November 12, 2013 to great acclaim.
-from San Francisco, CA
-TRIP WIRE is an indie rock band from San Francisco favoring tight harmonies and 3-minute songs with memorable hooks inspired by The Beatles, The Replacements, Guided By Voices and Teenage Fanclub among others.
They have found a fan base in the resurgent Power Pop community and have had their songs included on the highly influential and widely regarded Power Pop compilations from Sweden’s ICE CREAM MAN and David Bash’s INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW (IPO). They have played the San Francisco IPO Festival three straight years to favorable reviews.
Their songs “Stay”, “She Handles Well”, “1973” and “Long Days Gone” have been played in heavy rotation on the radio show POP THAT GOES CRUNCH.COM with Jeffrey Raskin, PurePopRadio.Com with Alan Haber, and The Music Authority with Jim Prell, three of the Power Pop community’s strongest supporters.
TRIP WIRE’s first full length album “Get In & Get Out” on EVER UPWARD RECORDS is distributed via KOOL KAT MUSIK and is showing steady sales since its release in June, 2015. In January 2016 they made the best albums of 2015 list by POP THAT GOES CRUNCH.COM and were reviewed favorably in The Big Takeover by Jack Rabid.
Their second album “Seizureville” was released August 2016 via EVER UPWARDS RECORDS. The album is a departure from the first album with a decidedly more introspective, Psychedelic Americana feel. Contributing musicians included on the record are local favorites Tom Heyman (Go to Blazes, Court & Spark, John Doe) on pedal steel and Scott Young (Red Meat) on trombone.
Trip Wire just released their third album “Cold Gas Giants” in July, 2017 on the Kool Kat Musik label.
TRIP WIRE was formed by Marty Schneider and Bill Hunt who have contributed to the San Francisco Bay Area indie music scene for the past 20 years with bands Light Sleepers, The Midway Delta, The Campbell Apartment, Captain Fatass, and The Generous Grants. They recently replaced their rhythm section with Stu Shader (percussion) who has professionally gigged in the Bay Area music scene (On Broadway, Berkeley Square, Oasis, The Edge) for several years during the 1980's. At that time, he studied at Blue Bear School of Music where he had the opportunity to play with various members of Santana, Steve Miller, Chuck Prophet and Greg Kihn. He was also the drummer for John Hitchcock's big band. Jeff Shelton, the mastermind behind Power Pop stalwarts Spinning Jennies and The Well Wishers, joined the band on bass and guitar.
Over the last three years TRIP WIRE have performed at notable venues Bottom of the Hill, The Hotel Utah, The Makeout Room and Amnesia in San Francisco and have also played The Starry Plough in Berkeley and Winters Tavern in Pacifica.
-from the Bay Area, CA
-featuring Lenny's former students!