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Saturday November 2 2019
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
•••  21 AND OVER
Benefit for Cancer Research
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Panic Is Perfect
 quirky pop
Great Highway
 indie pop
The Minnesota Child

Panic Is Perfect    
Mike Hoffman, Ty Parker,
Bob Byers, Jorge Gonzalez, Sean Tannehill
-from San Francisco, CA

-At its heart, Panic is Perfect’s music is handmade quirky pop with a heavy dose of syncopated rhythms.
We started as a folk-tronica duo playing art openings in San Francisco’s Mission district. Over time, and in conjunction with our first record deal, the project evolved into a 5-piece band that toured the US extensively, playing a dance-y high-energy percussion-driven show.
After a few years with the label, I found that writing songs to fit the taste of music executives is just not for me. I would much rather make something raw, authentic and personally meaningful than chase down what someone else thinks will sell. After we moved on from the label, the other founding member of the band decided to go his own way. And so Panic is Perfect has managed to find its way back to where it started: my total obsession with writing, recording and performing music. ;)

I’ve always been a lot more interested in listening to someone bang out a beat on a drum set than hearing what they can program on a drum machine or computer. To me music is more than just what comes out of a speaker. Movement, energy and the imperfections of people playing instruments together can communicate something profound. So in Panic is Perfect’s latest iteration I am filming everything that I record, and putting together videos that show the songs as they’re created. Long-term band mate/drummer Ty Parker and I are collaborating on releasing new music and videos every month. There is a certain magic in seeing how all the parts of a song fit together, and we are super excited to share that with everybody. - Mike Hoffman

Great Highway 
Holly Kulm - vocals, keyboard
Jason Hunter - vocals, saxophone, bass
Meredith Whelan - DJ table, drum pads
Sean McAllister - guitars
-from San Francisco, CA

-Over six years and four albums, Great Highway has developed a signature brand of dark electropop that seamlessly blends pumping electronic sounds with analog instrumentation. Their earworm songs pack venomous and sorrowful lyrics together with lush, moody vibes similar to Rfs du Sol, powerhouse male & female vocals a la Chvrches, and dance-y yet sentimental arrangements similar to ODESZA.

The Minnesota Child  
-from Oakland, CA
-The Minnesota Child’s frontman Ethan Buckner picked up the guitar at 16 and started writing songs after he witnessed death for the first time. Ethan channeled his own grief and love into his newfound passion for poetry and melody. The raw and emotional spirit of Ethan’s songwriting is infused into the lush indie folk/pop sound of Fireflies, the 2018 full band debut of San Francisco Bay Area-based The Minnesota Child. Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie) and Ethan’s brother, drummer/producer Matt Buckner, the album is “a life affirming, joyful collection of songs that find the beauty in both the dark and the light” (Impose). For fans of Head and the Heart, Justin Vernon, and Ben Howard, Fireflies is a soundtrack for a hike in the woods or a cruise on the open road.

Since premiering Fireflies in 2018 by headlining San Francisco’s historic Great American Music Hall, The Minnesota Child is picking up steam. Ethan went on to tour solo across the US and Canada, promoting the band’s new record in between breathtaking visits to 12 national parks. Ethan’s full-time gig is with the nonprofit Earthworks, where he works with indigenous, working class, and communities of color to wage campaigns against big oil, gas, and petrochemical companies.  His work for social change seeps into his music, as his anthemic songwriting encapsulates “my belief that even in these dark times, a just, equitable, thriving world is still possible.” Ethan’s sometimes-astonishing juggle between full-time environmental justice campaigns and pursuing his musical dreams has landed him on stages across the Bay Area and beyond, supporting artists such as Jewel and Howie Day.

Fireflies imbued new powerful rhythms, intricate instrumentals, and lavish harmonies into Ethan’s songs, but the songwriting stays true to his Midwestern, singer/songwriter origins. Driving carefree through the redwoods along a cross-country road trip with close friends in 2011, Ethan chose the pseudonym The Minnesota Child because “the songs I write evoke a yearning for home, whether that lies in a place, a person, or by finding a sense of purpose in life.”

Ethan’s heart-centered ethos comes alive in Fireflies,  from the powerful choir-backed chorus of Home to the sentimental Stay With Me, “a luscious, earthy and uplifting exploration of struggle and hope, perseverance and recovery” (Atwood Magazine).  To Ethan, “There was no question when starting this record that Fireflies was the anchor and the anthem. The song – and the title – encapsulate the themes of light and darkness, hope and despair, from the personal to the collective and back.”