I love going to the SFBOT shows at Noe Valley. It's a nice intimate space and it's full seating, since it's a church. However, planning stuff for Fridays is always dicey because I could always get stuck late at work. Like I did last night. I ended up leaving the office at 7PM and having to get a cab out of the Financial District. On a Friday Night. I lucked out. Made a deal with a girl who was looking for one near Le Meridien. We worked together and shared the cab with another friend of hers who turned up. Fine with me. Although hearing about Girl #1's very expensive wedding plans and Girl #2's newly purchased house and upcoming trip to Maui made me feel a bit downtrodden in a class-warfare kind of way.
I got to Noe Valley and had to kind of push my in to get to where Hubby and our friend Charlotte were already inside with the tickets waiting to be let inside.
The line-up was Jackstraw, The Crooked Jades and Black Crown String Band.
Black Crown String Band opened and they were very good. Very ol' skool blue-grass, classic line-up with a great female fiddle player and kick-ass bass-player.
The Crooked Jades played 2nd, although they probably should have had the closing spot. I like them, but they have a very laid-back vibe, although Jeff Kazor is a total rock star at least in the Bluegrass/Old Time circles. It was great to see Lisa Berman playing banjo and dobrow. She usually plays with the Stairwell Sisters and I haven't seen them for awhile.
After the Crooked Jades finished, about a third of the audience left and took most of the energy in the room with them. Jackstraw were playing awesome classic, fast-paced bluegrass, but it just felt like the audience couldn't give them the enthusiasm they deserved.
Jackstraw's mandolin player was the spitting image of Daddy Dave from the Mint, only taller and with a soul patch. The banjo player look a bit like the Mario Brothers, but had the super-chilled out cool bass-player vibe.
It's also fun to see just how casual the bands are about who's in the line-up on any given night. Jackstraw was missing their lead singer and The Crooked Jades had various people from other bands sitting in.
It was a great show, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if it were tonight and I wasn't coming straight from work.
Hubby bought a shit-load of CD's so if anyone's interested, I can put some music up.
The best thing about the show was finding out that the George Cole Quintet is playing at Noe Valley in two weeks. VERY EXCITED! They're playing to celebrate Django Reinhardt's centenray with a band called Fishtank Ensemble and it all sounds amazingly cool.
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We're so pleased to tell you that LA based band Fishtank Ensemble is coming to the Bay Area to perform with us. Fishtank Ensemble is an explosive young band performing acoustic music. LA Weekly calls them cross pollinated gypsy music,one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.
Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers...and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!! Click here for a clip of Fishtank Ensemble: http://www.fishtankensemble.com/videos.php
We are going to be performing together at San Francisco's historic Noe Valley Ministry which is a 110 year old Victorian Church. This venue was chosen for its amazing acoustics and intimate setting. This is Django Reinhardt's centennial and anniversary. We're going to be paying homage to him with our performance. Look for some of his songs performed by The George Cole Quintet.
Tell your friends, this is a once in a blue moon opportunity to see amazing guitar and violin as they perform gypsy influenced acoustic music. Please support the band and tell your friends and family about the show. Buy your tickets today at http://www.noevalleymusicseries.com. George, Molly, Jimmy, Julian and Kenan will be available after the show to sign CDs. Hope to see you there!
PERFORMING WITH FISHTANK ENSEMBLE!
Saturday, March 6th 2010
Doors 7:30PM/ Show 8:15PM
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tickets $20 Advance/ $22 Door
(415) 454-5238 www.noevalleymusicseries.com
Two romantic, Gypsy-music inspired, genre-busting bands come together for the first time in San Francisco to celebrate Django Reinhardt's 100th birthday and centennial year. The two bands decided to come to San Francisco and perform together to celebrate Django Reinhardt in his centennial year and the influence of his fast gypsy music on their melodies and rhythms. Most of the music for the evening is original music but will also include a few of Django's famous tunes. The acoustic music includes jazz and gypsy vocals, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy guitar, violin, upright bass, and percussion in different combinations on stage. Django Reinhardt taught himself to play the guitar and performed in the 1930's and 1940's in Europe even though he only had the use of two fingers on his left hand. Django has inspired many guitarists to cover his songs and play guitar in the fashion that he conceived, fans and disciples include Jeff Beck, Charlie Christian and Les Paul. This concert is part of a music series at Noe Valley Ministry which is a 110 year old Victorian Church in the Noe Valley Area in San Francisco.