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Saturday, January 13
 

8:00pm

Rachel Bloom and Friends (SOLD OUT)
Creator and star of the critically-acclaimed CW hit "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Rachel Bloom returns to SF Sketchfest for a one-show-only evening of comedy and music in this very special event. Featuring special guests Vincent Rodriguez and Gabrielle Ruiz! $30
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Performers
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Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom currently stars in the network musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which she co-created and executive produces alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, driven, and arguably crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything... Read More →
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Vincent Rodriguez

Vincent Rodriguez III currently stars as Josh Chan in the critically-acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe winning CW musical comedy "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." As a musical comedy, Rodriguez showcases his musical theater chops throughout each season through its many original songs and dance... Read More →
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Gabrielle Ruiz

Gabrielle Ruiz is currently enjoying her series regular role on CW's one-of-a-kindtelevision musical "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. " Gabrielle portrays the character ofValencia Perez, former nemesis now loyal friend to Rebecca Bunch (RachelBloom) with flair, style and originality. If you know the show, lots of excitingunhinged fun ensues as characters intertwine the story with song, which makes itas fun as it is unpredictable.A theater darling, Gabrielle was inspired to become a professional performer at12 years of age after seeing her first Broadway show, “A Chorus Line.” Theimpact the show had on her was immeasurable. One can only imagine the joyshe felt when she got the call after college that her her first big break would be asDiana... Read More →



Saturday January 13, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114

9:00pm

The Music of Twin Peaks
Join us for a night of music from "Twin Peaks" with an all-star group of musicians and singers, and special appearances by cast members from the show. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite "Twin Peaks" character and participate in the Audrey Dance Contest. $25 advance / $30 door

Performers
avatar for Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres, guitarist, fan of guitarist, mountain watcher, ex-surfer, record producer and player of records, multi-instrumentalist apart from woodwinds, mentalist, expert at long relationships with foreigners, father, loving son, Uncle Fun, semi-retired California Resident, grew u... Read More →
avatar for Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albu... Read More →
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Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers, The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians... Read More →
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Toby Dammit

Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving at age 20. His website (http://www.tobydammit.com/) documents his appearances on 235 published recordings & 1,893 live concerts (2017). His work on numerous television & film soundtracks, notably including “School Of Rock”, was highlighted by a premier at the Cannes Film Festival with Johnny Depp for his film “The Brave” in 1997. He's been a member of Iggy Pop's band, SWANS, The Residents, Iggy and The Stooges and currently Nick Cave... Read More →
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Karina Denike

San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way”.(KQED’s California Report... Read More →
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Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. In the early 1990's, Tom began playing with a band that played a prominent role in the swing revival, St. Vitus Dance, while also performing with his own jazz quintet, the Section 8 Project. In 1997, he joined the New Morty Show, a local swing band, as their baritone saxophonist. His tenure with the New Morty Show included regular performances at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas as well as three national tours and a performance on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Hollywood.Soon after leaving the New Morty Show, Tom joined the highly-acclaimed Marcus Shelby Orchestra and was an original member of Brass Monkey Brass Band. He continues to perform with both groups. With Marcus Shelby, he has performed on alto, tenor and baritone saxes and on Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, recording on four albums with his orchestra. With Brass Monkey, Tom has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for the Meters and the Neville Brothers.Tom has performed and recorded with Marc Capelle for over 15 years, and has been a member of Marc and the Casuals for almost a decade.In addition to these ensembles, Tom has a jazz organ quartet, B3B4, a jazz trio, the Tom Griesser 3, and performs regularly with the Cottontails, a group that plays jazz and early... Read More →
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Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationa... Read More →
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Karla Milosevich

Karla Milosevich is a San Francisco based artist from Texas. Milosevich was in the band The Helen Lundy Trio and has joined or formed other Bay Area bands since the 90s. Recently, she co-wrote a Poets Theater play with Kevin Killian and Craig Goodman, Seth Speaks, and exhibited i... Read More →
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Todd Roper

Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately known as Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.



Saturday January 13, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Sunday, January 14
 

7:30pm

Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm and "Friends"

In the Venn diagram of music, comedy, and geek culture, you will find this show sitting squarely in the intersection of all sets. Join the inimitable Jonathan Coulton, kings of geekdom Paul and Storm, and their rhythmically gifted friends for an unforgettable night of music, laughter... and maybe even a sing-a-long. $35

Performers
avatar for Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is the in-house musician for NPR's Ask Me Another.In 2005, Coulton dropped out of a perfectly good software career to write music on the Internet. He embarked upon a bold experiment called Thing a Week, in which he home-recorded and released a new song every week... Read More →
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Paul and Storm

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce JoCo Cruise. The duo’s original webseries musical, "LearningTown," debuted on YouTube’s Geek... Read More →



Sunday January 14, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94114
 
Thursday, January 18
 

7:30pm

The Music of Rushmore: A Live Performance of the Soundtrack
Join an all-star group of musicians under the direction of Marc Capelle as they pay tribute to the soundtrack to Rushmore and recreate the music live. Bandleader Marc Capelle leads an all-star group of musicians including Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Bart Davenport, Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Devin Hoff (The Nels Cline Singers), Yuka C.Honda (Cibo Matto), Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney (The Flamin’ Groovies), Jon Langford (The Mekons), Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), John Roderick (The Long Winters), Todd Roper (Cake), Pete Straus, Chris Von Sneidern, Laura Weinbach (Foxtails Brigade), a string quartet featuring Dina Maccabee, Helen Newby, Alisa Rose, and Irene Sazer, and a horn/reed section featuring Carroll Ashby, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, Tom Griesser, Scott Larson, and Amber Lamprecht.  $42 advance, $47 doors 
Co-Presented by Noise Pop, Tricycle Records, and SF Film 
This show is dedicated to the memory of Ralph Carney

Performers
avatar for Peter Asher

Peter Asher

Peter Asher, CBE was born in London June 22, 1944, the son of a doctor and a professional musician. He was educated at Westminster School in London and at Kings College, London University, where he studied philosophy. Peter’s entry into the world of the performing arts was as a child actor. At the age of eight he starred in his first film, “The Planter’s Wife” as the son of Claudette Colbert and Jack Hawkins. He went on to act extensively in various film, TV, radio and stage productions. His legendary music career began in 1964 as one-half of the singing duo Peter... Read More →
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Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres, guitarist, fan of guitarist, mountain watcher, ex-surfer, record producer and player of records, multi-instrumentalist apart from woodwinds, mentalist, expert at long relationships with foreigners, father, loving son, Uncle Fun, semi-retired California Resident, grew u... Read More →
avatar for Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albu... Read More →
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Sheldon Brown

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. In June of 2014 he premiered his extended composition "Blood of the Air" at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Based on the speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia, "Blood of the Air" was made possible with the help of Chamber Music America's 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble program (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and with additional support from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums. While with Sosa he performed at many famous venues, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo and many others. Brown performs with many groups in the S.F. Bay Area... Read More →
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Andy Cabic

Andy Cabic is a Bay Area singer-songwriter with the band Vetiver.  
avatar for Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers, The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians... Read More →
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Toby Dammit

Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving at age 20. His website (http://www.tobydammit.com/) documents his appearances on 235 published recordings & 1,893 live concerts (2017). His work on numerous television & film soundtracks, notably including “School Of Rock”, was highlighted by a premier at the Cannes Film Festival with Johnny Depp for his film “The Brave” in 1997. He's been a member of Iggy Pop's band, SWANS, The Residents, Iggy and The Stooges and currently Nick Cave... Read More →
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Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He’s been a mod, a blues singer and a softrock troubadour. He’s an eccentric guitarist and singer with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and writes songs in Los Angeles. His work transports us to an imagined past or future that is curiously both the 80s and the 60s. Like most speculative fiction, Davenport’s stories might just be a reflection of now, taking place in a fantasy world but conveying personal and universal truths. He performs and records with his band The Bedazzled, featuring bassist, Jessica Espeleta, guitarist Wayne Faler (Dream Boys) and drummer Andres Renteria. The group recently spent 11 days at a studio in Boyle Heights with producer, Aaron Olson (L.A. Takedown) recording ‘Blue Motel’ the latest Bart Davenport record scheduled for release in February 2018 on Lovemonk Records.A native of Oakland, California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of... Read More →
avatar for Karina Denike

Karina Denike

San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way”.(KQED’s California Report... Read More →
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Ben Goldberg

Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), Ben has shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across many genres and styles. In 2012 he premiered Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman, released on CD and LP in 2015. The New York Times has noted that Ben’s music “conveys a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling... Read More →
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Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. In the early 1990's, Tom began playing with a band that played a prominent role in the swing revival, St. Vitus Dance, while also performing with his own jazz quintet, the Section 8 Project. In 1997, he joined the New Morty Show, a local swing band, as their baritone saxophonist. His tenure with the New Morty Show included regular performances at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas as well as three national tours and a performance on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Hollywood.Soon after leaving the New Morty Show, Tom joined the highly-acclaimed Marcus Shelby Orchestra and was an original member of Brass Monkey Brass Band. He continues to perform with both groups. With Marcus Shelby, he has performed on alto, tenor and baritone saxes and on Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, recording on four albums with his orchestra. With Brass Monkey, Tom has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for the Meters and the Neville Brothers.Tom has performed and recorded with Marc Capelle for over 15 years, and has been a member of Marc and the Casuals for almost a decade.In addition to these ensembles, Tom has a jazz organ quartet, B3B4, a jazz trio, the Tom Griesser 3, and performs regularly with the Cottontails, a group that plays jazz and early... Read More →
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Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flamin’ Groovies

The Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when theband began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco,California.  After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called"Sneakers", which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention ofColumbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a bigbudget to record their first real album, "Supersnazz", on the Epic label.Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin'Spoonful): "Flamingo", and the now revered classic "Teenage Head".Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that (in 1971)and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with ChrisWilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man... Read More →
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Devin Hoff

Devin Hoff (bassist, composer, arranger) grew up in a musical family in Colorado, exposed from a young age to rock, jazz, country, and eventually metal and punk. He began studying the bass in his early teens, and soon fell in love with the upright bass, waking up in pre-dawn darkness to practice before going to school. In high school he was fortunate to study with renowned bassists John Patitucci and Edgar Meyer, as well as play with internationally recognized local musicians such as Hugh Ragin and Ron Miles. While balancing classical bass studies, jazz gigs and playing in high school metal and punk bands, he developed an appreciation for a wide range of musical processes and environments.Foregoing college, he moved to San Francisco in 1994 to be a part of the city’s then thriving punk scene. A few years later, after many gigs, countless drummers—and stories no one would ever believe—Hoff decided to refocus his energies on the jazz world. Relocating over the bridge to Oakland, he discovered that several older and revered jazz musicians had settled in the East Bay after they had quit the road. This meant direct oral tradition connections to many heroes of that musical style, from Dinah Washington, Charlie Mingus, Duke, and Bird, to Ornette and the AACM! He found himself immersed in a multi-generational community of dedicated people keeping jazz alive and vibrant. These were his University years after all, playing with great musicians such as John Handy, Faye Carol, Hal Stein, William Stewart, E.W. Wainright, Idris Ackamoore, and also younger players such as Vijay Iyer, Liberty Ellman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Kito Gamble.In 1999 Hoff and drummer/co-writer Ches Smith (the two met on a Bay Area jazz gig) formed the influential punk/jazz duo Good For Cows... Read More →
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Yuka C. Honda

Yuka C. Honda (C is for Cline) is a musician/producer/composer/performer. Born in Tokyo, Honda spent part her childhood in Dusseldorf, Germany and in a small village in Denmark. She feels that having lived in different countries and learned different languages before her foundati... Read More →
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Amber Lamprecht

Woodwind player and vocalist, Amber Lamprecht  has performed with Rodriguez,Robebert Smigel, Vocal Arts Ensemble and Mark Eitzel as well as the legendarybig band, SemiRet. Admiral Brinkley’s Jazz Argosy.  She is also an educator and is the co-founder and director of the Literacy and Language... Read More →
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Jon Langford

The L'homme de Renaissance of indie rock. The prolific Welshman-cum-Chicagoan has done it all in his time. Founded the Ground Zero UK art/punk collective The Mekons (who, many suggest, went on to inadvertently turn a bunch of punk rock snots like Bloodshot Rob into country fans with their seminal albums Fear and Whiskeyand Honky Tonkin') , noise rock progenitors The Three Johns and countless collaborations with greats, near-greats and unheard of cult figures.For Bloodshot, he's been an indefatigueable presence in our shoddy offices since day one. In addition to all his musical contributions as a solo artist, he's created lots of cover art, produced lots of records, lent his ham-fisted guitar stylings to recordings by the Old 97's, Roger Knox, Rosie Flores, Kelly Hogan, Andre Williams, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon, Alejandro Escovedo, among others, draws a comic strip, writes books, appeared as the backing band on This American Life and acts as a reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago's musicians looking for direction and reassurance in this vicious racket we call the music industry.Since the man creates more music than any one band could possibly hold, he's also the guiding force in the Waco Brothers, the rarely convened collective of the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Skull... Read More →
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Scott Larson

Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger,composer and bandleader in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been performing in the Bay Area for over two decades now, performing a variety of genres of music, and has played with such Jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria Muldaur, Dizzy Gillespie... Read More →
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Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationa... Read More →
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Helen Newby

Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers, composers and artists. Helen's passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to work with a number of b... Read More →
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Thao Nguyen

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down—the San Francisco−based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen—releases their fourth album, A Man Alive, on March 4, 2016. Following the critical success of We The Common (2013), which was largely inspired by Thao’s volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women’s Prisoners, A Man Alive is an evolution in both subject matter and sound. Thao says: “I wanted A Man Alive to be beat- and bass-driven—rather than guitar-based—extending and elaborating upon the hip-hop influences of the previous record. A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric, and has more manipulated sounds.” The Get Down Stay Down are at their best on this record, and Thao herself experimented with programming drumbeats for several tracks, although live drums are also played on every song.Mostly recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, A Man Alive was produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards. Collaborating with Garbus, who is a close personal friend, allowed Thao to achieve the sound she had been striving for on previous releases. “Looking back,” she says, “I was less sure of what I wanted. With this record I had clearer vision and aspirations. I wanted emotion. I wanted power. I wanted beats. Merrill’s priority was that I take songs and ideas and run with them; she pushed us all over the place. She carved out time and space for us to experiment at will and fostered a very supportive, creative environment. Everyone was compelled to go beyond what they were comfortable doing. Musician-wise we kept it tight knit because the songs were so personal and vulnerable, and it was such an intense process, I only wanted those who know me well.”A Man Alive finds Thao exploring darker and more personal territory than in her earlier songwriting. She grew up in Northern Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington, DC. When Thao was young, her father left the family. She helped out in her mother’s laundromat as a teenager, sitting at the counter with a guitar, making change for customers, working on her first songs, and playing at open mics in the evenings. Her father drifted in and out of their lives.“The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory. It’s a document of my life inconjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other. Some are optimistic and forgiving, some are the opposite. There are songs from his perspective: I imagined what it would be like to have kids and choose to exist without them, or feel like you have to save them from yourself. I realized there was this relationship that I never really talk about, realized it’s defined so much of me. So it was a point of reckoning. The record wrote itself. Painstakingly, of course.”The emotional center of A Man Alive is the gorgeous, plaintive “Millionaire,” a song about a waywardfather. While the song could have ended up as a folk ballad, its instrumentation and atmosphere is of a piece with the rest of the album, pushed along by heavily reverbed synthesizer, a simple guitar riff, and subdued drums and bass. “That’s a sad fucking song,” Thao said. “I remember walking out of the vocal booth, and I saw Merrill tearing up. It’s uncompromisingly sad, which I don’t traffic well in. It took a lot.”Much of A Man Alive is vibrant and danceable—including standout tracks such as “Astonished Man,”“Slash/Burn,” “Nobody Dies,” and “Meticulous Bird”—and the juxtaposition of that exuberance with thedark themes explored in the lyrics is one of the album’s great achievements. The songs are oftenpunctuated by handclaps, sing-along choruses, and ass-shaking beats. While these songs come from a deeply personal origin, they have such an accessible quality that it is easy to imagine an engaged and participatory live audience. “I suspect that’s always been my motive,” Thao says, “but this is the most actualized that it’s ever been. I wanted to make a record that was very introspective and personal, but it would also seek to communicate. And we would have fun performing it—not just fun, but I wanted a kind of crazy, rabid, animal energy. That’s my favorite thing about performing—you can tap into this frenzy. We want people to dance and feel. And I want to do that every night, too.”A Man Alive is undoubtedly a new career highlight for Thao... Read More →
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John Roderick

John Roderick is an accomplished musician, the front-man for indie-rock favorites The Long Winters, as well as a writer, politician, and podcaster.
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Todd Roper

Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately known as Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.
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Alisa Rose

Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose, www.arosefiddle.com is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin... Read More →
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Irene Sazer

Irene Sazer: Known internationally as a founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet, violinist Irene Sazer has won acclaim as a soloist, concertmaster, recording artist, and respected educator. Sazer is an in-demand genre-hopping violinist and fiddler of many styles. She foun... Read More →
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Laura Weinbach

The Hollywood Hills-born daughter of a horror filmmaker and sister of a cult comedian, Foxtails front-girl Laura Weinbach grew up in a household that embraced eccentricity. Her next-door neighbors were circus contortionists with emus and fang-toothed monkeys as pets and her child... Read More →



Thursday January 18, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110

8:00pm

Comedy Music Night
It's a night of music and comedy with San Francisco's Death Ray Astray, JR De Guzman, Eric Rubin, Anthony Veneziale; Seattle's Bhama Roget; Los Angeles' Megan Simon; and Portland's Paul Schlesinger! $15

Performers
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Death Ray Astray

Death Ray Astray is an up and coming hip hop group that won several awards in France, Germany and all of Australia. They have received no awards from their home countries of England and America. They infuse Baha Men with a little Wu Tang with a side of Grilled Cheese. Their hit... Read More →
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JR De Guzman

Born in the Philippines and raised in California, JR De Guzman began performing comedy while working as a music teacher, which he quickly learned just meant teaching Taylor Swift songs to teenagers. He has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and RO... Read More →
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Bhama Roget

Originally from Garland, TX, Bhama has spent most of her performance career in Seattle, double-fisting comedy and theatre with a music chaser. She has a 30-year background in Improvisation and is Co-Director of The Edge Improv in Seattle, of which she has been a member for 18 yea... Read More →
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Eric Rubin

Eric creates original musical comedy in a variety of genres/characters utilizing multiple instruments, beatbox, all mixed and looped LIVE using a RC 300 looper. Genres include hip hop, R&B, blues, metal, singer/songwriter, etc.He has performed at SF Sketchfest '17, Sacramento Comedy Festival, Sac Comedy Spot, Tourettes without Regrets, w/ Chinese Ballroom, Dragon Theater Productions, Pianofight and many other venues throughout the Bay Area. He has also toured his musical comedy in Asia and doing bilingual shows in MexicoHe is an actor in SF sketch group Killing my Lobster. He is a 2017 RAW resident artist at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco where he created a one man musical/storytelling performance called The Troubadour's Mustache to sold out audiences at SAFEhouse Arts... Read More →
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Paul Schlesinger

Paul Schlesinger is an tall comedian with a guitar living in Portland, OR. He was a finalist in 2017 Portland's Funniest Person Contest and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Fest, Bumbershoot and Pickathon. Hopefully by the time you are reading this his public access show &... Read More →
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Megan Simon

Megan Simon is a comedy musician from Austin, TX living in Los Angeles, CA. Her songs range from folksy to emo and everywhere in between, with a common theme of self-deprecation.She has performed in festivals all around the country, including Hell Yes Fest (NOLA), New York City S... Read More →
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Anthony Veneziale

Anthony Veneziale (aka Two-Touch) has been performing and teaching improv for over twenty years and is a leader in the field of musical improvisation. He is a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme (NYC), The Freeze (SF), and American Immigrants (SF). He has used these techniques to help create endeavors with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights, The Electric Company), Daveed Diggs (The Freeze) and numerous networks (HBO, TBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS) and companies (Radical Media, Google, etc). Veneziale co-founded Speechless in 2013 with Sammy Wegent... Read More →



Thursday January 18, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111

10:30pm

The Music of The Royal Tenenbaums: A Live Performance of the Soundtrack
Join an all-star group of musicians under the direction of Marc Capelle as they pay tribute to the soundtrack to The Royal Tenenbaums and recreate the music live. Bandleader Marc Capelle leads an all-star group of musicians including Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Bart Davenport, Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Hether Fortune (Wax Idols), Devin Hoff (The Nels Cline Singers), Yuka C.Honda (Cibo Matto), Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney (The Flamin’ Groovies), Jon Langford (The Mekons), Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), John Roderick (The Long Winters), Todd Roper (Cake), Kurt Stevenson, a string quartet featuring Dina Maccabee, Helen Newby, Alisa Rose, and Irene Sazer, and a horn/reed section featuring Carroll Ashby, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, Tom Griesser, Scott Larson, and Amber Lamprecht. $42 advance, $47 doors
Co-Presented by Noise Pop, Tricycle Records, and SF Film
This show is dedicated to the memory of Ralph Carney

Performers
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Peter Asher

Peter Asher, CBE was born in London June 22, 1944, the son of a doctor and a professional musician. He was educated at Westminster School in London and at Kings College, London University, where he studied philosophy. Peter’s entry into the world of the performing arts was as a child actor. At the age of eight he starred in his first film, “The Planter’s Wife” as the son of Claudette Colbert and Jack Hawkins. He went on to act extensively in various film, TV, radio and stage productions. His legendary music career began in 1964 as one-half of the singing duo Peter... Read More →
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Tom Ayres

Tom Ayres, guitarist, fan of guitarist, mountain watcher, ex-surfer, record producer and player of records, multi-instrumentalist apart from woodwinds, mentalist, expert at long relationships with foreigners, father, loving son, Uncle Fun, semi-retired California Resident, grew u... Read More →
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Allyson Baker

Allyson Baker is known for two things, playing guitar and being Canadian. She only does one of those things well. Dirty Ghosts is her main musical vehicle and when flagged down will hop out and join others on their musical adventures. Amongst them have been playing guitar on albu... Read More →
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Sheldon Brown

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. In June of 2014 he premiered his extended composition "Blood of the Air" at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Based on the speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia, "Blood of the Air" was made possible with the help of Chamber Music America's 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble program (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), and with additional support from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums. While with Sosa he performed at many famous venues, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo and many others. Brown performs with many groups in the S.F. Bay Area... Read More →
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Marc Capelle

Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native musician, composer, arranger, and producer.He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers, The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians... Read More →
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Toby Dammit

Larry Mullins (Toby Dammit) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving at age 20. His website (http://www.tobydammit.com/) documents his appearances on 235 published recordings & 1,893 live concerts (2017). His work on numerous television & film soundtracks, notably including “School Of Rock”, was highlighted by a premier at the Cannes Film Festival with Johnny Depp for his film “The Brave” in 1997. He's been a member of Iggy Pop's band, SWANS, The Residents, Iggy and The Stooges and currently Nick Cave... Read More →
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Bart Davenport

Bart Davenport might be a multitude of things, depending on whom you ask. He’s been a mod, a blues singer and a softrock troubadour. He’s an eccentric guitarist and singer with the timeless voice of a real crooner. He lives and writes songs in Los Angeles. His work transports us to an imagined past or future that is curiously both the 80s and the 60s. Like most speculative fiction, Davenport’s stories might just be a reflection of now, taking place in a fantasy world but conveying personal and universal truths. He performs and records with his band The Bedazzled, featuring bassist, Jessica Espeleta, guitarist Wayne Faler (Dream Boys) and drummer Andres Renteria. The group recently spent 11 days at a studio in Boyle Heights with producer, Aaron Olson (L.A. Takedown) recording ‘Blue Motel’ the latest Bart Davenport record scheduled for release in February 2018 on Lovemonk Records.A native of Oakland, California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of... Read More →
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Karina Denike

San Francisco's darling Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way”.(KQED’s California Report... Read More →
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Hether Fortune

Hether Fortune is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & producer best known for her work in the band Wax Idols.
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Ben Goldberg

Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), Ben has shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across many genres and styles. In 2012 he premiered Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman, released on CD and LP in 2015. The New York Times has noted that Ben’s music “conveys a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling... Read More →
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Tom Griesser

Tom Griesser is a saxophonist and a clarinetist who has been performing on the San Francisco music scene for 25 years. He first became interested in jazz from hearing his father's record collection, which included works by Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. In the early 1990's, Tom began playing with a band that played a prominent role in the swing revival, St. Vitus Dance, while also performing with his own jazz quintet, the Section 8 Project. In 1997, he joined the New Morty Show, a local swing band, as their baritone saxophonist. His tenure with the New Morty Show included regular performances at the New York, New York Casino in Las Vegas as well as three national tours and a performance on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Hollywood.Soon after leaving the New Morty Show, Tom joined the highly-acclaimed Marcus Shelby Orchestra and was an original member of Brass Monkey Brass Band. He continues to perform with both groups. With Marcus Shelby, he has performed on alto, tenor and baritone saxes and on Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, recording on four albums with his orchestra. With Brass Monkey, Tom has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for the Meters and the Neville Brothers.Tom has performed and recorded with Marc Capelle for over 15 years, and has been a member of Marc and the Casuals for almost a decade.In addition to these ensembles, Tom has a jazz organ quartet, B3B4, a jazz trio, the Tom Griesser 3, and performs regularly with the Cottontails, a group that plays jazz and early... Read More →
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Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney of the Flamin’ Groovies

The Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when theband began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco,California.  After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called"Sneakers", which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention ofColumbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a bigbudget to record their first real album, "Supersnazz", on the Epic label.Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin'Spoonful): "Flamingo", and the now revered classic "Teenage Head".Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that (in 1971)and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with ChrisWilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man... Read More →
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Devin Hoff

Devin Hoff (bassist, composer, arranger) grew up in a musical family in Colorado, exposed from a young age to rock, jazz, country, and eventually metal and punk. He began studying the bass in his early teens, and soon fell in love with the upright bass, waking up in pre-dawn darkness to practice before going to school. In high school he was fortunate to study with renowned bassists John Patitucci and Edgar Meyer, as well as play with internationally recognized local musicians such as Hugh Ragin and Ron Miles. While balancing classical bass studies, jazz gigs and playing in high school metal and punk bands, he developed an appreciation for a wide range of musical processes and environments.Foregoing college, he moved to San Francisco in 1994 to be a part of the city’s then thriving punk scene. A few years later, after many gigs, countless drummers—and stories no one would ever believe—Hoff decided to refocus his energies on the jazz world. Relocating over the bridge to Oakland, he discovered that several older and revered jazz musicians had settled in the East Bay after they had quit the road. This meant direct oral tradition connections to many heroes of that musical style, from Dinah Washington, Charlie Mingus, Duke, and Bird, to Ornette and the AACM! He found himself immersed in a multi-generational community of dedicated people keeping jazz alive and vibrant. These were his University years after all, playing with great musicians such as John Handy, Faye Carol, Hal Stein, William Stewart, E.W. Wainright, Idris Ackamoore, and also younger players such as Vijay Iyer, Liberty Ellman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Kito Gamble.In 1999 Hoff and drummer/co-writer Ches Smith (the two met on a Bay Area jazz gig) formed the influential punk/jazz duo Good For Cows... Read More →
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Yuka C. Honda

Yuka C. Honda (C is for Cline) is a musician/producer/composer/performer. Born in Tokyo, Honda spent part her childhood in Dusseldorf, Germany and in a small village in Denmark. She feels that having lived in different countries and learned different languages before her foundati... Read More →
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Amber Lamprecht

Woodwind player and vocalist, Amber Lamprecht  has performed with Rodriguez,Robebert Smigel, Vocal Arts Ensemble and Mark Eitzel as well as the legendarybig band, SemiRet. Admiral Brinkley’s Jazz Argosy.  She is also an educator and is the co-founder and director of the Literacy and Language... Read More →
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Jon Langford

The L'homme de Renaissance of indie rock. The prolific Welshman-cum-Chicagoan has done it all in his time. Founded the Ground Zero UK art/punk collective The Mekons (who, many suggest, went on to inadvertently turn a bunch of punk rock snots like Bloodshot Rob into country fans with their seminal albums Fear and Whiskeyand Honky Tonkin') , noise rock progenitors The Three Johns and countless collaborations with greats, near-greats and unheard of cult figures.For Bloodshot, he's been an indefatigueable presence in our shoddy offices since day one. In addition to all his musical contributions as a solo artist, he's created lots of cover art, produced lots of records, lent his ham-fisted guitar stylings to recordings by the Old 97's, Roger Knox, Rosie Flores, Kelly Hogan, Andre Williams, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon, Alejandro Escovedo, among others, draws a comic strip, writes books, appeared as the backing band on This American Life and acts as a reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago's musicians looking for direction and reassurance in this vicious racket we call the music industry.Since the man creates more music than any one band could possibly hold, he's also the guiding force in the Waco Brothers, the rarely convened collective of the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Skull... Read More →
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Scott Larson

Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger,composer and bandleader in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been performing in the Bay Area for over two decades now, performing a variety of genres of music, and has played with such Jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria Muldaur, Dizzy Gillespie... Read More →
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Dina Maccabee

Dina Maccabee is a composer, songwriter, and violinist/violist/vocalist who works in variety of styles, from traditional music to pop to experimental composition. An original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and half of Bay Area duo Ramon & Jessica, she has toured internationa... Read More →
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Helen Newby

Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers, composers and artists. Helen's passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to work with a number of b... Read More →
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Thao Nguyen

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down—the San Francisco−based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen—releases their fourth album, A Man Alive, on March 4, 2016. Following the critical success of We The Common (2013), which was largely inspired by Thao’s volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women’s Prisoners, A Man Alive is an evolution in both subject matter and sound. Thao says: “I wanted A Man Alive to be beat- and bass-driven—rather than guitar-based—extending and elaborating upon the hip-hop influences of the previous record. A Man Alive is more instrumental, more riff- and loop-centric, and has more manipulated sounds.” The Get Down Stay Down are at their best on this record, and Thao herself experimented with programming drumbeats for several tracks, although live drums are also played on every song.Mostly recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, A Man Alive was produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards. Collaborating with Garbus, who is a close personal friend, allowed Thao to achieve the sound she had been striving for on previous releases. “Looking back,” she says, “I was less sure of what I wanted. With this record I had clearer vision and aspirations. I wanted emotion. I wanted power. I wanted beats. Merrill’s priority was that I take songs and ideas and run with them; she pushed us all over the place. She carved out time and space for us to experiment at will and fostered a very supportive, creative environment. Everyone was compelled to go beyond what they were comfortable doing. Musician-wise we kept it tight knit because the songs were so personal and vulnerable, and it was such an intense process, I only wanted those who know me well.”A Man Alive finds Thao exploring darker and more personal territory than in her earlier songwriting. She grew up in Northern Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington, DC. When Thao was young, her father left the family. She helped out in her mother’s laundromat as a teenager, sitting at the counter with a guitar, making change for customers, working on her first songs, and playing at open mics in the evenings. Her father drifted in and out of their lives.“The record is essentially about my relationship with my dad, its trajectory. It’s a document of my life inconjunction with his, even though we’ve always been leading our lives away from each other. Some are optimistic and forgiving, some are the opposite. There are songs from his perspective: I imagined what it would be like to have kids and choose to exist without them, or feel like you have to save them from yourself. I realized there was this relationship that I never really talk about, realized it’s defined so much of me. So it was a point of reckoning. The record wrote itself. Painstakingly, of course.”The emotional center of A Man Alive is the gorgeous, plaintive “Millionaire,” a song about a waywardfather. While the song could have ended up as a folk ballad, its instrumentation and atmosphere is of a piece with the rest of the album, pushed along by heavily reverbed synthesizer, a simple guitar riff, and subdued drums and bass. “That’s a sad fucking song,” Thao said. “I remember walking out of the vocal booth, and I saw Merrill tearing up. It’s uncompromisingly sad, which I don’t traffic well in. It took a lot.”Much of A Man Alive is vibrant and danceable—including standout tracks such as “Astonished Man,”“Slash/Burn,” “Nobody Dies,” and “Meticulous Bird”—and the juxtaposition of that exuberance with thedark themes explored in the lyrics is one of the album’s great achievements. The songs are oftenpunctuated by handclaps, sing-along choruses, and ass-shaking beats. While these songs come from a deeply personal origin, they have such an accessible quality that it is easy to imagine an engaged and participatory live audience. “I suspect that’s always been my motive,” Thao says, “but this is the most actualized that it’s ever been. I wanted to make a record that was very introspective and personal, but it would also seek to communicate. And we would have fun performing it—not just fun, but I wanted a kind of crazy, rabid, animal energy. That’s my favorite thing about performing—you can tap into this frenzy. We want people to dance and feel. And I want to do that every night, too.”A Man Alive is undoubtedly a new career highlight for Thao... Read More →
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John Roderick

John Roderick is an accomplished musician, the front-man for indie-rock favorites The Long Winters, as well as a writer, politician, and podcaster.
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Todd Roper

Master trap drummer, Todd Roper performs with CAKE, Gregory Loiacono, and Virgil Shaw . He also has worked with Chuck Prophet, Lee Bob Watson, and Sean Hayes. He is affectionately known as Mr. Pringles for all the right reasons.
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Alisa Rose

Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose, www.arosefiddle.com is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin... Read More →
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Irene Sazer

Irene Sazer: Known internationally as a founding member of Turtle Island String Quartet, violinist Irene Sazer has won acclaim as a soloist, concertmaster, recording artist, and respected educator. Sazer is an in-demand genre-hopping violinist and fiddler of many styles. She foun... Read More →
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Kurt Stevenson

Kurt Stevenson is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, slide guitar, dobro, fiddle, banjo, and has hired out his whistle on silent film, television and video game scores. He has been a member of countless bands in San Francisco since the late 80’s including The Old Jo... Read More →



Thursday January 18, 2018 10:30pm - 11:59pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110
 
Saturday, January 20
 

8:00pm

Skinner Box

Eliza Skinner (Late Late Show with James Corden, Adam Ruins Everything) will perform a totally improvised musical with a different guest every show. Joining Eliza for this SF Sketchfest edition is Erin Whitehead (Wild Horses). Accompanied by Avery Pearson.
Musical Director: Sam Johnides
"Definitely one to watch" - TimeOut New York
"Eliza Skinner is too hilarious to pass up. Simple, straightforward, and effervescent with comedy flowing right through her." -RADAR"
No bullshit, every time I see her work I'm truly amazed." Todd Glass
"Eliza Skinner is one of my favorite comedians and people. She is an absolutely charming performer who can do it all: joke, sing, write, act, improvise, rap, goof with the best of 'em. You will be truly delighted and magically surprised by her inner comedic world, as I am constantly!" - Aparna Nancherla $20

Performers
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Avery Pearson

Avery Pearson has quickly become the go-to guy for comedy music in Los Angeles. 'The 88 Show with Avery Pearson' is a sold-out monthly staple at the Hollywood Improv featuring original comedy songs in a late night format. He recently co-hosted COMEDY CENTRAL DIGITAL's 'After Jam... Read More →
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Eliza Skinner

ELIZA SKINNER is an LA based comedian who TimeOutNY described as “definitely one to watch.” She has recently worked as a staff writer at FUNNY OR DIE and as both a staff writer and correspondent on FX’s TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL. She also appeared on the new version... Read More →
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Erin Whitehead

Erin Whitehead is a Los Angeles based writer and performer originally from Massachusetts. She's performed on Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Night and guest performed/written on multiple UCB shows including her monthly show Wild Horses: The Perspective. TV credits include HBO's... Read More →



Saturday January 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
PianoFight Mainstage 144 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA 94102
 
Friday, January 26
 

7:30pm

Epic Rap Battles of History Live
The record-breaking digital series “Epic Rap Battles of History” created by Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD), features comedic rap battles between historical and/or pop culture figures - such as Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking, James Bond vs Austin Powers, Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates and Jim Henson vs Stan Lee. The series, which airs on the YouTube channel /ERB, is currently the most viewed format on YouTube on a per episode basis. The series has garnered over three billion views and more than 14 million subscribers and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Emmys.Musician, comedian Nice Peter and actor, comedian, and emcee EpicLLOYD first met freestyling on a porch in Chicago. EpicLLOYD recruited Nice Peter to join the improv comedy group Mission IMPROVable, which he helped found at the University of Massachusetts and later expanded across the country. In 2009 the improv group began the M.i. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA and after separate moves to Los Angeles, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD connected again in the comedy circuit performing at the club.In 2010 Nice Peter, already a well-established YouTube personality, suggested that one of the live segments he, EpicLLOYD and MC Mr. Napkins (Zach Sherwin) were performing—an improv rap show that featured comedic, poignant altercations between two characters suggested by the audience—was better suited as a digital format. Tapping into his growing YouTube fan base, Nice Peter went to his channel subscribers for potential matchup ideas. Premiering on Nice Peter’s channel in September 2010 as “Epic Rap Battles of History,” John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, the first battle in the series, was an instant hit. It was Episode #2 though, Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader that became a viral sensation—with now over 96 million views. “Epic Rap Battles of History” has since featured appearances from hugely popular stars including Weird Al Yankovic, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Key & Peele, Rhett and Link, George Watsky and DeStorm Power, among others. In addition to the /ERB YouTube channel, the series’ behind-the-scenes channel /ERB2 features vlogs, bloopers, extra footage and more. The series has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Wired Magazine, Forbes.com, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post, among others, and generates an unprecedented average of 30 million views an episode. $30 Co Presented by Eye Heart SF and Amoeba Music

Performers
avatar for Drennon Davis

Drennon Davis

From his elaborate characters and sketches, to his provocative songs and animation, Drennon has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative minds in today’s comedy scene. His live performances of the Imaginary Radio Program combine live music and beat-boxing with one-man sketches into a show that the Los Angeles Comedy Bureau writes "not only lives up to its name, but exceeds expectation in what you could possibly think it is." Drennon recently appeared on TBS’s "Conan," and has previously appeared on Comedy Central's "Adam Devine's House Party," NBC's "Last Call" and was a semifinalist on "Last Comic Standing." His animated show "The Long Legs" can be seen on MTV's "Liquid Television." He was featured in LA Weekly's Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014 and 2015 Best Comedy Duo (with Karen Kilgariff), as well as Splitsider's Top 10 Up... Read More →



10:00pm

Smells Like the 90s: A Night of 90s Music and Comedy

Remember the 90s? Take a trip down memory lane with a night of music and comedy celebrating that love-it-or-hate-it decade, with Undone Sweaters, a Weezer-cover band made up of comedians, and Chris Garcia's 1995 Forever, playing the best 90s cover songs, with special 90s-themed comedy sets sprinkled in. 
$22 Co-Presented by Popscene and Amoeba Music

















Performers
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Chris Garcia

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chris Garcia started his comedy career in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was named “A Comic To Watch” by the San Jose Mercury News, “One of the 7 Funniest People in San Francisco” by 7×7 Magazine, and a “Rising Comedic Star” b... Read More →
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Undone Sweaters

The Undone Sweaters (Danny Tamberelli, Andrew Short, Jim Tews & Reid Faylor) are Brooklyn’s number two Weezer tribute band. They would’ve been number one, but they refused to learn the entire catalog. They’re rule breakers, punk rock, if you will. Their live show is one of... Read More →



Friday January 26, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94114

10:00pm

Epic Rap Battles of History Live
The record-breaking digital series “Epic Rap Battles of History” created by Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD), features comedic rap battles between historical and/or pop culture figures - such as Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking, James Bond vs Austin Powers, Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates and Jim Henson vs Stan Lee. The series, which airs on the YouTube channel /ERB, is currently the most viewed format on YouTube on a per episode basis. The series has garnered over three billion views and more than 14 million subscribers and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Emmys.Musician, comedian Nice Peter and actor, comedian, and emcee EpicLLOYD first met freestyling on a porch in Chicago. EpicLLOYD recruited Nice Peter to join the improv comedy group Mission IMPROVable, which he helped found at the University of Massachusetts and later expanded across the country. In 2009 the improv group began the M.i. Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA and after separate moves to Los Angeles, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD connected again in the comedy circuit performing at the club.In 2010 Nice Peter, already a well-established YouTube personality, suggested that one of the live segments he, EpicLLOYD and MC Mr. Napkins (Zach Sherwin) were performing—an improv rap show that featured comedic, poignant altercations between two characters suggested by the audience—was better suited as a digital format. Tapping into his growing YouTube fan base, Nice Peter went to his channel subscribers for potential matchup ideas. Premiering on Nice Peter’s channel in September 2010 as “Epic Rap Battles of History,” John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, the first battle in the series, was an instant hit. It was Episode #2 though, Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader that became a viral sensation—with now over 96 million views. “Epic Rap Battles of History” has since featured appearances from hugely popular stars including Weird Al Yankovic, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Key & Peele, Rhett and Link, George Watsky and DeStorm Power, among others. In addition to the /ERB YouTube channel, the series’ behind-the-scenes channel /ERB2 features vlogs, bloopers, extra footage and more. The series has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Wired Magazine, Forbes.com, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post, among others, and generates an unprecedented average of 30 million views an episode. $30 Co presented by Eye Heart SF and Amoeba Music

Performers
avatar for Drennon Davis

Drennon Davis

From his elaborate characters and sketches, to his provocative songs and animation, Drennon has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative minds in today’s comedy scene. His live performances of the Imaginary Radio Program combine live music and beat-boxing with one-man sketches into a show that the Los Angeles Comedy Bureau writes "not only lives up to its name, but exceeds expectation in what you could possibly think it is." Drennon recently appeared on TBS’s "Conan," and has previously appeared on Comedy Central's "Adam Devine's House Party," NBC's "Last Call" and was a semifinalist on "Last Comic Standing." His animated show "The Long Legs" can be seen on MTV's "Liquid Television." He was featured in LA Weekly's Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014 and 2015 Best Comedy Duo (with Karen Kilgariff), as well as Splitsider's Top 10 Up... Read More →



Friday January 26, 2018 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94109

10:30pm

Kevin McDonald's Cheaters In Love: A Rock Opera
Cheaters In Love is Kevin McDonald's rock opera about, love, cheating, Kids in the Hall, New York and the 90s. And it's funny. And Kevin sings! Oh, that's a bad thing. But Kevin will be joined by several fellow performers who can sing, along with live musical accompaniment, and that's a good thing.  $25

Performers
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Joey Avery

After starting his career in Cape Town, South Africa Joey Avery received the Jimmy Gunn award for Best Newcomer to the Bay Area comedy scene in 2014, and landed a top 10 video on Reddit. Since his arrival he has become a paid regular at every major club in San Francisco and sever... Read More →
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Calum Grant

Calum is a Bay Area-based writer, director and actor who's been living and performing in SF here since the late 20th century. His award-winning feature film "Ever SInce The World Ended" was shot in San Francisco and premiered at the lovely and talented Castro Theatre. Calum was a... Read More →
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Ally Johnson

Ally Johnson has spent the last three years on the radio co-hosting the top rated morning show Kevin Klein Live on LIVE105.3. She trained at The Groundlings improv school in Los Angeles, the People's Improv Theater in New York and was a company & board member with San Francisco's Premier sketch group Killing My Lobster. Recent stage credits include "Debbie Does Dallas" at SF Oasis and "Elephant... Read More →
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Carey McCray

Carey McCray is Co-Founder of FOGG Theatre in San Francisco, a musical theatre company devoted to producing Bay Area-relevant musical theatre. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carey has worked as an actor, educator, dramaturge and producer for more... Read More →
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Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo... Read More →
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Paul Myers

Born in Toronto, Canada, and based in Berkeley, California, Paul Myers has worn many hats over the years, including journalist, author, broadcaster and musician, and has been a frequent guest and participant in SF Sketchfest, previously hosting Sketchfest events with David Byrne, and... Read More →
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Steven Westdahl

Steven Westdahl is an Oakland-based actor, voice-actor, writer, artist, director, and producer making his first appearance at SF Sketchfest. Previous performance partnerships in San Francisco include the EXIT, SF Fringe Festival, Custom Made, Un-Scripted, SF Shakespeare Festival... Read More →



Friday January 26, 2018 10:30pm - 11:55pm
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Sunday, January 28
 

7:30pm

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
With film credits including "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day," "The Fly," "The Big Chill," "Igby Goes Down," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Le Weekend;" theatre performances including "The Pillowman," "Speed the Plow" and "Domesticated;" and television appearances including “Portlandia” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Will & Grace,” Jeff Goldblum now brings his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, with whom he performs regularly at Los Feliz's Rockwell Table and Stage, back to SF Sketchfest for the third year in a row. Goldblum will take your questions, ask you trivia questions, and play classic jazz.The evening will feature Goldblum on piano, John Storie on guitar, James King on tenor saxophone, Tim Emmons on bass and Kenny Elliott on drums. $55

Performers
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Jeff Goldblum

With film credits including "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day," "The Fly," "The Big Chill," "Igby Goes Down," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Le Weekend;" theatre performances including "The Pillowman," "Speed the Plow" and "Domesticated;" and television appearances including “Portlandia” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Will... Read More →



8:00pm

Off Book: The Improvised Musical (SOLD OUT)
It takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but on Off Book: The Improvised Musical, you get a brand new original musical every week! Each episode, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest or two create a new musical on the spot. With special guests John Michael Higgins and Arden Myrin, featuring keyboardist Jacob Russell-Snyder. $25
This show is SOLD OUT. Tickets may be available at the door night-of.

Performers
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John Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins is a double hyphenate: he’s sort-of well-known for being a member of the Christopher Guest “company,” starring in such films as "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." But before becoming a disreputable light improvisational comedic actor he spent twenty years o... Read More →
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Jessica McKenna

Jessica was born in Richard Nixon's hometown, Yorba Linda, CA and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL -- that sweet John Hughes suburb of Chicago. She can be seen regularly performing at UCB with improv juggernaut, ASSSSCAT and the musical improv team Magic to Do. She has also toured and performed with ASSSSCAT at notable comedy festivals including SXSW and SF Sketchfest. Jessica starred in the 2016 Fox/Lonely Island sketch series, Party Over Here as well as the 2017 ABC pilot Jalen vs. Everybody (which aired on ESPN... Read More →
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Arden Myrin

Actress, writer and comedian Arden Myrin became a new cast member on Showtime’sShameless Season 7, and will be on the upcoming Netflix series Insatiable. She recentlyappeared in the world premiere of Steve Martin’s new play Meteor Shower. As a comedian Arden headlines in clubs and festivals across the country and co-hosts a comedy... Read More →
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Zach Reino

Zach Reino is an Actor/Writer from the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California. Zach is a member of the Harold team Cardinal Redbird, the UCB musical house team Magic To Do, The UCB Touring Company, the Quick and Funny Musicals company, Kid Grift, and the freestlye-rap improv... Read More →
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Jacob Russell-Snyder

Jacob Russell-Snyder is a musician and comedian originally from Oakland, California. Jacob studied improv at UCB in NY and LA as well as ImprovBoston. He has created improvised musicals with ImprovBoston, Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS), The Un-scripted Theater Co, the Boston Unsc... Read More →



Sunday January 28, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Gateway Theatre 215 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94111