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.
Thursday July 25
7:30PM doors -- music at 8:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $15 at the door
Varona ----Paper Void off the bill
Rock, Jazz, Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Folk, Improv
Pop, Soul, Electrosoul, Motown
----Paper Void statement:
To our beloved fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we share this news:
While on vacation with his friends, our keyboardist, Betai, was involved in a tragic incident. He has been hospitalized with serious injuries and is in critical but stable condition. He has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him, and we are sending love to him and his family. Our hearts go out to all that have been affected.
This news has been heartbreaking and shocking for all of us, but we are holding each other close.
For the past 3 years, Betai has worked tirelessly with us on our new album, and we are incredibly close to the finish line. In light of this, we couldn’t imagine taking the stage on July 25th without him. We are sad to announce that we will not be playing the show at Bottom of the Hill. For those who have already bought tickets to this upcoming show, we will make sure that your ticket is refunded.
Thank you for understanding, and we look forward to sharing this album with you soon.
- vocals, guitars
- keyboard, vocals, melodica
-from San Francisco, CA
-“A Part of Your Soul,” the fourth full-length album by Varona, has been in the making for almost 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 once suggested that poetry be defined as a 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 the result is less a cocktail than an exquisitely strange hybrid mutant not quite like anything else springing from San Francisco’s fertile musical soil.
-from San Francisco, CA
-Varros is a project formed by San Francisco-based singer, songwriter, and sound artist Andrew Michael Berrios. He grew up on iconic soul music from the 60s and 70s, and is inspired by contemporary artists such as Amy Winehouse. Mixing Pop, Soul, Electrosoul, and traditional Motown, he believes music is an emotional journey of the soul. For him, it’s a deeply personal one; Varros likes to think of his work as his diary. Working within themes of vulnerability, passion, self empowerment and the pain of love, he hopes to share a little piece of himself with every song he writes and shares. Varros's debut EP releases 2019.
-from Berkeley, CA
-Berkeley-based MintJulep formed in early 2016 when Maya Morales (vocals/songwriter) and Tristan Burke (keyboard) met at a UC Berkeley jazz music club and started working on original songs. What started as a fun side project grew into a band when James Sud (bass/production) joined a couple months later, and Matt Fyke (drums) a year after that. The band’s extensive influence ranges from Hiatus Kaiyote to Ella Fitzgerald to Erykah Badu, but MintJulep is never anything but themselves, with unique musical chemistry, creative future R&B, and dreamy, original indie-pop melodies.