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December 2016
$20 - $25

StringQuake: Electric Harp Meets Cello & Percussion

December 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
StringQuake
Thurs, Dec 8 @ 8:00PM

Bay Area trio StringQuake uses unusual instrumentation–electric harp, cello, and percussion–to explore far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas. With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, the group boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous. Featuring: Amelia Romano - electric harp Misha Khalikulov - cello Josh Mellinger - cajón, tabla, frame drum Composer/arranger Romano, Uzbek cellist/educator Khalikulov, and versatile percussionist Mellinger released their first album together, Take 15, in 2013. The…

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$10 - $20

La Mixta Criolla: Latin-Caribbean Grooves

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
La Mixta Criolla
Fri, Dec 9 @ 7:30PM

Hard-swinging Bay Area ensemble La Mixta Criolla returns to the Red Poppy with music rooted in the criollo culture of Puerto Rico and the Latin-Caribbean. Performing both originals and funky renditions of classic tunes, the quintet combines a variety of swinging Afro-Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, seis, and aguinaldo to merengue, son, cumbia, and salsa.   Featuring: Héctor Lugo - congas, barril, panderos, vocals Ayla Davila - bass, vocals Sandra García Rivera - vocals, güícharo Roman "Ito" Carrillo…

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$20 - $25

Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet: Classic Bebop Saxophone

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Patrick Wolff/Grant Stewart Quintet
Sat, Dec 10 @ 7:30PM

Two highly acclaimed jazz saxophonists, Patrick Wolff and Grant Stewart, light up the night with dexterous and exhilarating renderings of the classic two-tenor groups. Alongside a vibrant trio of experienced musicians, Wolff and Stewart pay tribute to the time-honored compositions of Charles Mingus, Al Cohn, Freddie Redd, and Duke Ellington, brought to life in a magnetic convergence of East and West Coast virtuosity. Featuring: Grant Stewart – tenor saxophone Patrick Wolff – tenor and alto saxophone Adam Shulman – piano…

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$10 - $15

Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis: Vintage Inspirations, Soulful Voices

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Nicole Stromsoe & Amber Gougis
Sun, Dec 11 @ 7:30PM

Songstresses Nicole Stromsoe and Amber Gougis co-headline an evening of original material intermingled with old-school classics. Accompanied only by acoustic guitar and double bass, Stromsoe and Gougis aim to captivate audiences with enchanting vocals inspired by jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Featuring: Nicole Stromsoe - vocals Amber Gougis - vocals Dorian Michael - guitar Ken Hustad - double bass With a voice that has been described as “nourishing,” “sensual,” and “rich,” Nicole Stromsoe specializes in her own blend of eclectic…

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$10 - $20

Charles Xavier: Jazz Standards and the Music of SATORI

December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Producer, composer, electronic musician, and percussionist Charles Xavier performs jazz standards, as well as compositions by his former band, ’70s jazz ensemble SATORI. Join Xavier and his quartet, who specialize in “unconventional music for unconventional minds,” as they touch on jazz, new age and ambient music, and holiday classics. Featuring: Clifford Brown III - trumpet Terry Rodriguez - piano Richard Saunders - bass Charles Xavier - drums A jazz drummer from the age of 16, Bay Area resident Charles Xavier…

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$15 - $20

Miles Jay ft. Axon Orchestra: Post-Punk Balkan Marching Band

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Ready to forget everything you thought you knew about marching bands? Don’t miss the eight-piece Axon Orchestra’s dazzlingly electrified Red Poppy debut, which promises to use urban and rural musical styles of the Balkans and Middle East to take listeners on a post-punk, postmodern sonic journey like no other. Featuring: Miles Jay - buzuk, bass Paul Bertin - saxophone Fabrice Martinez - violin Morgan Nilsen - clarinet Dusty Brough - guitar Andrew Cohen - tuba Marco Peris - tapan Ian…

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$10 - $20

Makrú: A Night of Rumba Flamenca, Ska, Reggae & Cumbia

December 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Makrú’s unifying ethos is more than just talk: This pan-cultural five-piece uses Spanish and English lyrics to blend reality and fiction, and their signature mix of rumba flamenca, reggae, cumbia, and ska promises to bring everyone to the dancefloor. Featuring: Jenny Rodriguez - vocals Raúl Vargas - cajón, vocals Haluk Kecelioglu - oud, violin Bob Sanders - guitar OriAche - percussion Learn more: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $10-20…

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$10 - $15

Alex Hand Band: A Balkan Jazz Quartet

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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With a setlist that ranges from Bulgarian wedding tunes to hot club jazz, the Alex Hand Band mines the common ground between swing and Eastern European folk dance music–the soundtrack of Western music moving across Balkan borders and being changed by European village music. Featuring: Alex Hand - guitar Kevin Gerzevitz - keys, accordion Gabe Case - bass Valentino - percussion Alex Hand, who has traveled to the Balkans to study folk music, is involved with various projects in the…

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January 2017
Free

FRESH Festival 2017: Dis[rupt]·co·theque

January 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Get down, get loose, and get refreshed at the start and end of FRESH 2017, plus Sundays in between, with live music, parties, and performativities. Hosted by FRESH artists notorious for creating unique gatherings, spectacle, noise, and revelry, Monday's program features Berlin-based band Vagittarius Rising. Vagittarius Rising is a feminist fake band duo. Since 2015, they have been performing regularly throughout Berlin and recently in Finland and Lithuania. At moments a rave, a mosh pit, a sanctuary, and a girl’s…

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$20 - $25

Lavay Smith: Celebrating the Lady Day Songbook

January 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Lavay Smith, best known as the sultry vocalist and bandleader of the acclaimed Red Hot Skillet Lickers, rings in the first weekend of 2017 by bringing an all-star piano/bass/trombone trio to the Poppy for a night of songs made famous by jazz icon Billie Holiday. Featuring: Jules Broussard - saxophone Danny Armstrong - trombone, vocals Chris Siebert - piano Ron Belcher - bass Lavay Smith’s vintage style and sultry vocals–influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips,…

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$10 - $20

Conspiracy of Venus: 30-Member Female Vocal Ensemble

January 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Three days after the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death, 30-woman vocal ensemble Conspiracy of Venus hits the Poppy for an extravaganza of beloved songs by Tom Waits, Björk, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, the Pixies, and the Thin White Duke himself, as well as original compositions by artistic director Joyce Todd McBride. Drawing inspiration from medieval chant, jazz, funk, and new music, Conspiracy of Venus aims to take vocal music into territories not often explored by more traditional choirs or…

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$10 - $20

Peter Whitehead: Handbuilt Instruments, Heartfelt Vocals

January 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Among Peter Whitehead’s many custom-made instruments are the Heart Banjo, made from a baking tin; the Lawn Lyre, made from an old lawnmower and a metal oil pan; and the Spoonharp, made from a five-gallon metal drum, a eucalyptus branch, and kitchen spoons. Whitehead’s Red Poppy debut promises to feature vocals, instruments, and sampling for an evening of richly textured soundscapes, minimalist electronics, and dry English humor. Featuring: Peter Whitehead (special guests TBA) British-born Peter Whitehead, a longtime Mission resident,…

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$20 - $25

Roxy Coss: “Restless Idealism” CD Release Celebration

January 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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New York-based saxophonist Roxy Coss brings her feel-good take on contemporary jazz to the Red Poppy for an evening of selections from her latest album, Restless Idealism. Coss, a rising composer and experienced educator who’s considered one of the most innovative saxophonists of her generation, is credited with a sound that DownBeat calls “intelligent yet accessible.” Featuring: Roxy Coss - tenor and soprano saxophones (Full lineup TBA) Originally from Seattle, Roxy Coss has performed extensively around the world with her…

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$10 - $25

Amie Cota & the Liberation Project: American Folk & Soul

January 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Amie Cota’s sound, which melds American folk and soul, has been described as “Billie Holiday raised by hippies.” The vocalist formerly known as Amy LaCour returns to the Poppy accompanied only by bass and piano for an evening of music that’s not quite jazz, soul, or folk, but a delectable combination of the three. Featuring: Amie Cota - vocals Ruthie Dineen - piano t.d.a. - bass Over her nearly 20-year career, vocalist/composer Amie Cota has independently released four albums and…

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$15 - $20

Guarandinga: Afro-Venezuelan Pop for the Dancefloor

January 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Weaving together Afro-Caribbean beats and fueled by folklore, pop, and gritty East Bay funk, Guarandinga descends on the Poppy for an infectious electronic dance party that promises to help you forget the cold, wet weather. Featuring: TBA Oakland’s Guarandinga is led by singer/lyricist Rowan Jimenez and bassist/producer Jeremy Allen. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum, subverting expectations of what fits together. Learn more: Facebook | Facebook | SoundCloud   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM…

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$10 - $15

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel ft. Sandra Garcia Rivera: Latin Jazz Meets Spoken Word

January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Nuyorican poet/cultural worker Sandra Garcia Rivera joins the Grammy-winning musicians and educators of Brian Andres’ Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel for a special performance of original compositions and exciting arrangements of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and U.S. classics. Featuring: Brian Andres - drum set Javier Cabanillas - congas Aaron Germain - bass Christian Tumalan - piano Sandra Garcia Rivera - spoken word Inspired by the Bay Area’s deep Latin jazz heritage, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel features Grammy-winning musicians and esteemed music educators…

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