June 30 @ 9:45 pm
This local singer/songwriter/guitarist has been gaining momentum for years and is on the brink of busting loose. She commands a signature style built on crafty lyrics, irresistible melodies, funky guitar riffs and soulful scats. Her band’s joyous sound blends original soul and rock with flourishes of funk and sultry jazz.
July 1 @ 9:30 pm
In a very short time, DJ Fossil has established himself as one of the premiere turntablists in the Sierra Foothills. His recent collaborations with Congo Sanchez (featuring members of Thievery Corporation) and Analog Dragon have stirred up plenty of buzz among those with discerning musical palates. Prepare to feast upon the ear candy of an all-vinyl throwdown which will seamlessly blend funk, soul, hip hop and reggae. It’s gonna get prehistoric!
July 6 @ 9:30 pm
This New Orleans duo inevitably draws parallels to The Black Keys. Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Weekes burns so hot, he’ll command your sole focus once he sets the stage ablaze. Tearing through hill country blues and rock, he infuses everything with a funky swagger. His original material makes it clear this is a songwriter oozing with rare talent.
Opener: All the way from Galveston, Texas, Matt Mejia (aka Los Dientes) has been gifted with a soulful blues voice which is so beautiful, it could potentially heal the sick or wake the dead. The lush tone of his guitar harmonizes gloriously as he unleashes one bone-chilling composition after the next. Accompanied by drummer Matt Mandella of Black Star Safari, you might find it hard to believe that two men are producing so much sound.
July 7 @ 10:00 pm
San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock achieve that ultimate balance of performance art and musicianship. Step into their exotic world where explosive melodies take you on a Mr. Toad’s Wild Road of aural decadence. Imagine the sounds you’d hear emerging from an alley in old world Eastern Europe, wading through hookah smoke in a Persian bazaar and waking up in the middle of a raging loft party with a bunch of burner-esque hipsters. Long story short…this is going to require delving into your auxiliary tank of dance moves.
July 8 @ 10:00 pm
Wil Blades and Scott Amendola have been generating a tidal wave of buzz over the past ten years. Their shows around the Bay Area have become the stuff of legend. They are regarded among the best Hammond B3 organists and jazz drummers in the world. What they accomplish as a duo transcends the sonic capacity of most imaginations. Their live performances push boundaries as they navigate everything from funk to bebop to rock, sometimes within one song.
July 9 @ 3:00 pm
A coalition of local DJs unleash their vinyl arsenals for an eclectic listening session, dance party and warm community gathering. Float down a river of sound as many different styles of music blend together effortlessly. Soak up the relaxed setting as your sonic horizons are expanded. This event usually happens on the last Wednesday of each month. That isn’t possible in July so we are doing this one on a Sunday to celebrate the birthdays of DJ Matty K and our sound engineer extraordinaire – Casey. It’s starting early and going late!
July 12 @ 9:30 pm
Led by Doug Stein, charismatic vocalist and guitarist of Swamp Zen, this band from Chico is committed to keeping the party going after Summer Nights is over. Prepare for a thorough, sonic indoctrination to Americana soul-grass, outlaw country, funk ‘n roll. Mixing powerful originals with classic covers, it’s the kind of music and dance vibe that leaves you no choice but to throw caution to the wind.
July 14 @ 5:00 pm
This Portland duo is the sonic equivalent of a defibrillator. These crazy cats go 0 – 60 faster than a Ferrari and then careen down blind curves like a toboggan with no brakes. Brace yourselves for a blood-curdling dose of country blues, stomp-grass, raging rock, moonshine punk and dance-disco-folk. And yes, buckets, cans and slide guitar may be harmed in the process.
Opener: Black Star Safari
This explosive Sacramento duo holds nothing back with its cutting edge take on indie rock, gritty folk and soulful funk. The guitar and vocal presence of Dan Green is a force of nature and the drumming of Matt Mandella is a thunderstorm of pulsating rhythm.
July 15 @ 9:30 pm
Angelica Rockne is a local talent rapidly on the rise. She possesses a complex grit, belying her hypnotic beauty. Drinking from the well of classic country and desert rock, this is transportive mood music. She and her band might take your imagination to a place where Stevie Nicks is backed by Crazy Horse or Mazzy Star has delved into country.
Opener: Vandella is a love child of rock & roll, roots & soul, helmed by two enigmatic front people and distinct songwriters. A modern-day Buckingham-Nicks, vocalist Tracey Holland and guitarist Chris Tye mix up a potent potion of sexy 70’s rock and San Francisco indie soul. Holland is a powerhouse of a frontwoman, whose vocal prowess is matched only by her insistent command of the stage. As writers, Holland is at times intense and bewitching; tempered by the understated, perennially-cool air of her counterpart in Tye. The result is a sound that feels both exciting yet effortlessly vibey – evocative of that hazy sheen of their native California.