Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, the power trio known as Spoonful is gaining recognition on the West Coast for their soulful and down to earth vintage sound. Paying homage to the greats (T. Bone Walker, B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, etc.) and taking a lesson from those that followed (The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Cream, Humble Pie, etc.), Spoonful delivers a heavy electric, and at times psychedelic take on the blues, giving audiences something to really tune into.
Zach Doiron delivers tasty guitar licks and soulful and gritty vocals, while Eric White provides the explosive and groovy foundation on the drums. Geoff Levy rounds out the trio by concocting undeniably funky bass lines and belting out bluesy baritone vocals. Together the trio delivers some innovative and danceable music.
With a focus on unique, original compositions, improvisation, extended funky jams, occasional forays into jazz, spacey “out-there” jams, and everything in between, there is something for everyone in Spoonful’s music.
Spoonful released their self-titled EP in July of 2018, available on all online musical forums and is currently performing at venues, parties, and festivals in the Western US.
King Dream is an indie psych-rock project from Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon. With a soulful voice, roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and the discovery, time and again, that somehow there’s still plenty worthy of a love song.
Lyon, a Bay Area native, previously co-founded the folk-rock band Tumbleweed Wanderers, who toured the country for five years before disbanding in 2016. Inspired by songwriters like Jim James, Jonathan Wilson and Blake Mills, Lyon spent the next two years questioning and reinventing himself — and, thanks to his vocal ability and versatility, soon became one of the most in-demand sidemen in the Bay. Playing with different bands, he picked up a few things: new instruments and arrangement techniques; a love of darker textures and moody, atmospheric sounds on electric guitar. And then an invaluable collaborator- producer: Lyon credits Graham Patzner of Whiskerman with helping to shape and carry the new project from idea to reality.
King Dream’s self-titled debut, out now, is a reemergence of sorts. It’s also a good record for a long drive along the coast. It’s about places, relationships and empires crumbling, and the possibilities that announce themselves when the dust has cleared — when you find yourself alone for the first time in a long while, and you open your mouth and see what comes out.
CHEYENNE SKYE (with full band)
Cheyenne Skye’s soulful and timeless sound is inspired by such classic artists as Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, and Jim Croche. Ranging from easy going to soulful and energetic, Cheyenne Skye Band sends out a blend of humor and romance with a funky and groovy flavor.
Cheyenne released her first solo EP, Pruned For The Picking, in May of 2018. Percussionist, Brian Coe, has recently joined Cheyenne’s project, adding a danceable style to balance Cheyenne’s smooth soulful sound. The duo toured Southwestern US in September of 2018 together, and plan to continue touring the US as a duet for the coming 2019 season.
As a full band, Geoff Levy (of No Simple Highway and Spoonful), plays bass, and Arwin Hojjati plays electric guitar, making the show a full danceable experience of talent and personality. More info on their upcoming shows, and streaming links are at: www.cheyenneskyemusic.com
Oakland-based Waterstrider create introspective indie rock. Before starting their upcoming EP, frontman and writer Nate Salman’s life was turned upside down through a series of disasters that culminated into the optimistic, existential themes you’ll hear in Waterstrider’s forthcoming EP. Expect dark, lush soundscapes with sleek synths and mesmerizing percussion.
Quarteto Jacaré is a collaboration between international touring musicians flutist/ singer Rebecca Kleinmann, NYC based drummer Rafael Barata, bassist Scott Thompson and guitarist Rafael Amarante. This exciting new group features original music by all band members as well as new takes on Brazilian classics. Members of this group have toured and recorded with Brazilian Legends and Grammy Winners including Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira, Eliane Elias, and Chico Pinheiro.
Internationally acclaimed flutist and singer, Rebecca Kleinmann brings together the highest caliber Brazilian musicians in Quarteto Jacaré, performing original music by all members and reimagined arrangements of Brazilian Jazz gems. Featured on this premiere California tour is one of the finest Brazilian drummers on the planet, Rafael Barata, currently based out of NYC. Rafael’s exceptional subtle musicality has led him to perform with artists including Herbie Hancock, Elaine Elias, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Monica Salmaso, Moacir Santos and Joyce. Joining them will be Rafael Amarante, dynamic guitarist with a musical palate grounded in diverse influences including a deep knowledge of traditional Brazilian genres. In his solos you can hear the energy of his rock and metal background embedded with intricacies of Jazz language. Amarante combines virtuosic musicality, undeniable natural talent and mastery of his instrument to create his unique guitar voice. Scott Thompson’s jaw dropping agility on the bass and his relaxed deep connection with groove have him sought out by the top performers in Brazilian music and Jazz, including Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, and Toninho Horta. Flutist and singer Rebecca Kleinmann’s international career has taken her to perform on stages in Argentina, Brazil, Africa, Europe and Australia including Melbourne’s International Women in Jazz Festival, SESC São Paulo, Birdland New York City, bluewhale Los Angeles as well as being featured at the SF Jazz Center, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s and the Paramount Theatre. She has performed and recorded with great musicians including Carlos Oliveira, Jovino Santos Neto, Lionel Loueke, Airto Moriera, Ian Faquini and worked with world-class dancers including Rosangela Silvestre. Rebecca recently released her third solo album featuring music written for her by Hermeto Pascoal.
This is an evening not to be missed full of energy, surprises, and subtle musical intricacies. Reserve your tickets now!
Join us for an intimate night of original music ranging from traditional world sound, to modern folk songwriting with three local performers.
Doors open at 6:30pm/ Show starts at 7pm
Call in for dinner reservations to (805) 962-7776
Tickets available at: sohosb.com
MAZ KARANDISH (Mah-Ze-Tar):
Maz is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist covering grounds from Raga, Maqam, and Dastgah to Harmony, Jazz, and Opera. He has been studying music from a very young age and has spent extensive time exploring world music within each of their respective traditions.
Mah-Ze-Tar is the fusion project that Maz has been working on since 2015. His ultimate vision is to fuse traiditional music of the world with modern electronic composition as a form of cultural preservation. Maz feels deeply connected to these musical traditions and often recognizes that many people of his generation have a difficult time fully relating to and engaging with traditional music as it often feels “other”. Maz seeks to make familiar that which seems distant through his music and bring the sound of far away lands on a platter of familiar sound escapes.
Cheyenne Skye :
Cheyenne Skye’s soulful and dynamic sound is inspired by such artists as Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. Ranging from classic love ballads to energetic stomp-alongs, Skye’s performing style is a delicious blend of humor, romance, funk and feel-good grooves. She writes songs with a refreshing energy and gets through to your heart with relatable and pungent lyrics.
Skye released her first solo EP, Pruned For The Picking, in May of 2018. Streaming is available on www.cheyenneskyemusic.com
Chelsea is a singer/songwriter that is unafraid to dive deep into the melodies of vulnerability. Her songs that touch on death, love and strength are deeply rooted in the power of connection and are a taste of the depths of her emotional nature. A mixture of Americana and confessional alt-country, her sound resembles a combination of Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman and Florence Welch.
When Fruit Bats announced its new album and signing to Merge Records late last year, singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson did so by “Getting in a Van Again.” The 15-minute mockumentary presented a surrealist view of the music industry, while teasing the very real themes explored on Gold Past Life—due out June 21, 2019.
Joe Marcinek will be bringing along a star studded lineup of players from all over the country. His band will feature:
– Steve Molitz on keys from Particle, Phil Lesh and Friends
– Allen Aucoin on drums from the Disco Biscuits
– Nate Edgar on bass from the Nth Power
About Midtown Social:
Formed in 2012, this band’s mix of sass and brass is guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think. Continuing in the tradition of badass Bay Area family bands, Midtown Social picks up the beat from Sly & the Family Stone and takes off from where Jefferson Airplane landed.
Known across California for their chic and soulful sound as well as their epic dance parties, Midtown Social moved SF Weekly to declare that “An alabaster statue would have two-stepped to that magic.”
Violinist and composer Briana Di Mara is excited to share the music from her debut album “Haven”, with her friends and fans in Santa Barbara! The concert will include compositions from the album as well as newly composed originals and beloved traditional favorites. Joining her on stage will be Jim Grippo (qanun,oud), Miles Jay (bass), and Luke Notary (percussion)
Riorden is the project of psychedelic-tinged singer-songwriter, Alexandra Riorden Dwight. An old Irish surname, Riorden means “royal poet” and lends an accurate description to her emphasis on metaphor and wordy, thought-provoking lyricsm.
Born and raised in California, Riorden draws inspiration from the riffs and grit of 60s classic rock, raw vocal stylings of Woodstock-era folk, and unfiltered, stream-of-conciousness poetry of the beatniks.
Riorden recently released her debut 5-song EP, titled Weirdflower, in March, 2019 and is currently living in Santa Barbara, while working on producing her first full record.
THE ANNIE OAKLEY is a harmony based, Americana folk band. The twin duo GRACE & SOPHIA BABB who hail from Oklahoma City, delivers sparkling harmony vocals, gorgeous melodies, and brilliant lyrics. “Their combination of entertaining storytelling and dreamy melodies have led to Rising Star and Oklahoma’s Choice: Best Band awards in 2016 and a coveted official showcase at Folk Alliance International 2017,” according to press materials.
An independent musician from Santa Barbara, CA, JAMEY GESTON is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. The renowned area creator is one of our region’s most promising young performers. With her dark twist of earnest lyrics, haunting melodies and harmonies; Jamey represents a new generation of songwriters. Unlike many of today’s most interesting recording artists, her music can’t be easily categorized, she delivers her own blend of acoustic & electric sounds that create a dreamy, vintage feel with smart nods of current folk-pop that can easily throw you back to the sixties.
EMILY WRYN is a Santa Barbara County native who has been writing and performing since the tender age of 13. Her early demos were played on Nic Harcourt’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and in 2018 Emily’s song “Quiet” was selected by Marissa Lorusso of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest as one of her early favorites. She wrote: “Emily Wryn sings with a poignant weariness that evokes Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. Her [song] “Quiet,” recognizes the power old wounds can hold over us, and the bravery it takes to move past them.”
We are super pumped up about this upcoming show! Our Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at SOhO in Santa Barbara on Friday June 7th!!
Doors open at 7:00; shows starts at 8:30. $12 at the door