Years later you'll say,
"I saw Ezra Furman at the AFC."

Sorry for the late notice, but one of the music underground's most provocative new voices is coming to the Arlene Francis Center this weekend.

Ezra Furman and his band are bringing their upbeat, socially-aware, body-positive, psych pop, garage rock sound all the way from blustery Chicago to headline an incredible night of music, art and culture at, yes, Santa Rosa’s own  intimate little community theater, the Arlene Francis Center.

Here's the tune that has the emerging new music world buzzing:

Inspired as a young teen by The Velvet Underground, Furman has embraced and championed the gender fluidity and ambiguous nature in much of today’s indie/pop music, creating a sound which welcomes any and all, and keeps those toes tapping along the way. Described by The Guardian as “the most compelling live act you can see right now,” Ezra Furman is an artist not to be missed.

ezra2 (1)Leading up to Ezra’s Santa Rosa debut is an eclectic lineup of local musicians, performers and visual artists, including a brand new masked-art performance by Santa Rosa’s Quenby! To get a sense, music-wise, listen to our very own Corner Store Kids, who always put on a danceable show with their mix of blues, punk and folk tunes. As can be expected at an Arlene Francis Center show, other acts will be peppered in throughout, including a multi-artist visual gallery by local Sonoma County independent artists. Some of the many featured artists will be Amanda Mae Blackmore, Angelina Rodrigues, Last 1123, Mary Roll, Ruth Donovan, Tonea Parlo and many more!

ezra (1)The all-ages show is this Saturday, December 5th at 8pm, at (as we may have mentioned) the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth Street, Santa Rosa. There is a suggested donation of $7 - $12, which helps the venue run and bring in great shows like these, and helps the artists continue making amazing art for us to enjoy. That being said, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring your positive vibes and your love of music, art and good times. See you Saturday!

Socialize about it here: www.facebook.com/events/1678964005683687


Eight Belles, One Can't Miss Album Release Party

Get your kerchiefs and cowboy boots out, friends: the new Eight Belles album has been released and it is everything we were hoping for.

 Not only that – Santa Rosa just happens to be the luckiest gal in Sonoma County because this Saturday, December 12th, Eight Belles is having their record release party at The Last Record Store from 2:00 – 4:00. The swoony-voiced Jessi Phillips of Oakland and Santa Rosa-born wonder guitarist Henry Nagle make up this indie-folk duo. To hear them live is to experience a full range of emotions and to leave feeling better able to breathe than before, all while contemplating life, love, and guitars.

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Sometimes everything works out exactly as it should. This was the case on the day Henry and Jessi heard each other performing at a backyard party and knew they could make something special together. That being: music. Since that time they’ve written and performed all over the country, become great friends, released a critically-acclaimed first album, Girls Underground, and as of December 8th are the proud releasers of the aforementioned second album, Eight Belles. Engineered by Santa Rosa’s Ross Harris, the self-titled album has been in creation for three years with the help of many other wildly talented local and bay area musicians. The result is a record filled with Phillips’ signature melancholic range along with catchy, upbeat instrumentals underneath. There is more sonic variance to the Eight Belles Americana-rich sound than in their first release, which I personally listen to on every rainy evening, often while wearing a very large sweater and baking. Don’t ask me why; it just happens.

Kicking off the party will be local singer/songwriter Ashley Allred, who uses guitar, flute, and her sweet, ethereal voice to create a softly folk-infused dreamy and hopeful sound.

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Show up early to shop from The Last Record Store’s vast selection of music (tis the season and all), stay late to give some love to the musicians (verbal only, please). Either way, be there, and be ready to feel.

The Last Record Store – 1899 Mendocino Avenue 707-525-1963 www.thelastrecordstore.com

Eight Belles Record Release Party at The Last Record Store: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524919874472280/

Eight Belles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EightBellesBand/?fref=ts

Ashley Allred on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashley.allred.391

 


RR Square Unplugged:
Bad Apple String Band

Before Bad Apple String Band wowed this summer's Railroad Square Music Festival, they stopped by the SR Out There Welcome Wagon for an intimate performance. Thanks to Josh Windmiller and the North Bay Hootenanny for a great day:

About the Bad Apple String Band

Based in Sonoma County, Bad Apple String Band is a boot stomping helluva good time. Strongly rooted in Americana and Bluegrass music, the band kicks out their own version of acoustic string music with original songs and melodies that put smiles on their audiences’ faces. This is a grass roots band that started out in 2012 busking on the street and playing farmers markets. Look for this irreverent bunch at a variety of venues around Sonoma County in the near future.


RR Square Unplugged:
T Sisters

This summer saw Santa Rosa's first Annual Railroad Square Music Festival.  Not only did Josh Windmiller and the North Bay Hootenanny put together an incredible day of live music, he even coaxed a few of the bands to perform an intimate set in the SR Out There Welcome Wagon. Here's the amazing T Sisters:

About the T-Sisters

An actual trio of sisters (with a difficult to pronounce last name starting with “T”), from Oakland, CA, The T Sisters draw heavily on country, gospel, R&B and fellow sibling bands like the Andrews Sisters. Their arresting a capella harmonies are peppered with some sisterly sass for engagingly fun live shows. These talented women are on a real musical adventure together having only formed the band last year and already producing a full length album, appearing at festivals and singing with the likes of Amos Lee and the California Honeydrops.