Alex Hand Band / Three For Silver: Balkan Folk-Jazz Meets Apocalyptic Folk Noir

AlexHandBand_ThreeForSilver_Feb2018
A staple in the Bay Area Balkan and gypsy swing scenes in recent years, Alex Hand’s current project explores the common ground of influence between western art music and jazz with folk music of Eastern Europe. The repertoire features uptempo and high-energy dance tunes from Bulgaria and Romania with a progressive edge. Sharing the night is post-folk/rock band Three For Silver, who is currently on tour supporting the newest album, The Way We Burn, released September 2017 on Foggy Night Records...
More

Sheela Bringi: Hindustani Harp Project

SheelaBringi_Feb2018
An evening of rare and beautiful artistry, Hindustani harpist, singer, and bansuri flautist Sheela Bringi performs classical Indian music reimagined for harp and voice, plus soulful devotional ballads (bhajans), Indian folk melodies, and original songs.   FEATURING: TBA   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Indian American musician Sheela Bringi has been exploring the connections between her ancestral and actual homelands her entire life. The singer and instrumentalist plays the harp, harmonium, a...
More

Max Minardi / Little Shrine: Melodic Storytelling & Folk-Pop

MaxMinardi_LittleShrine_Feb2018
Singer-songwriter Max Minardi opens the show with folk songs reflecting his experiences and humorous stories on the road. Folk-pop trio Little Shrine then closes the night with music from their newly released mini-album, Wilderness, as well as several brand new tunes that have never been shared publicly. The songs, written by vocalist and bassist Jade Shipman, explore a rich, emotional landscape with thoughtful instrumentation from violinist Ryan Avery and guitarist Tony Schoenberg.   FEA...
More

Drómeno: Folk & Urban Music of Greece

Pasatempo Rebetika: Soulful Greek Blues
Saturday, December 30 @ 7:30PM
Drómeno is a traditional ensemble presenting authentic regional music from the Greek mainland and beyond, overlapping into the surrounding regions and finding the musical legacy that connects the traditions of the Balkans. Featuring wide-ranging instrumentation, the group is able to span the sounds of Greece, from Western Macedonia and Ipiros, through Thessaly and Thrace.   FEATURING: Christos Govetas - clarinet, bouzouki, vocals Ruth Hunter - accordion, vocals Eleni Govetas - double b...
More

Taraf de Akácfa: Eastern European & Balkan Folk Music

TarafdeAkacfa_Feb2018_updated
Drawing from many Eastern European musical traditions, Taraf de Akácfa performs a broad set of music ranging from danceable Macedonian coceks and complex odd time Bulgarian melodies, to Romanian horas and heart-wrenching Transylvanian songs.   FEATURING: Lulu de la Rue (USA/ France) - violin Johannes Olsson (Sweden) - accordion Isaac Misri (USA) - guitar Ábel Dénes (Hungary) - double bass   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Taraf de Akácfa is an international six-piece ensemble based out of B...
More

gina Breedlove & Beautiful Friends: Spirit Through Song

ginaBreedlove_Feb2018
Folksoul artist gina Breedlove casts and breaks spells with her powerful blend of folk and soul music with an undertone of Red Dirt blues.   FEATURING: gina Breedlove - vocals Julie Wolf - piano Ruth Price - percussion   ABOUT THE ARTIST: gina Breedlove is a singer, songwriter, sound healer, and medicine woman from Brooklyn, New York. Recently, gina returned from her U.S. tour to play Yoshi's in Oakland, her fourth sold-out performance. An actress as well, gina originated t...
More

Michelle Alany & The Mystics: Sephardic Soul & Balkan Music

Michelle Alany & The Mystics: Sephardic Soul & Balkan Music
Saturday, December 16 @ 8:00PM
Michelle Alany & The Mystics brings fresh interpretations of ancient melodies, hypnotic strings, and wild improvisation with their energizing soulful music. The band consists of seasoned jazz, classical, and globally folk-minded musicians with diverse musical backgrounds in Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Klezmer music.   FEATURING: Michelle Alany - violin, vocals Gregory Masaki Jenkins - clarinet Misha Khalikulov - cello Travis Hendrix - upright bass Faisal Zedan - percussion Andrew Co...
More

The Kilbanes & Voci Angelica Trio: Rock Opera & Haute Folk

The Kilbanes & Voci Angelica Trio: Rock Opera & Haute Folk
Friday, October 27 @ 7:30PM
The Kilbanes kick off Halloween weekend with songs from the forthcoming record of their rock opera, Weightless, which has played to sold-out crowds in several Bay Area theaters. Voci Angelica Trio debuts at the Poppy with a set that straddles Western classical and folk music from around the world, aiming to reinvigorate traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Featuring: The Kilbanes Kate Kilbane - vocals, electric bass Dan Moses - vocals, piano Voci Angelica Trio Jodi Hitzhusen -...
More

Adrienne Shamszad: American Folk/Soul & Traditional Persian Songs

Adrienne Shamszad: American Folk/Soul & Traditional Persian Songs
Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30PM
Oakland-born Iranian-American artist Adrienne Shamszad blends folk, soul, and singer-songwriter elements with traditional Persian music and lyrics that are as inspired by the mystic poets of Iran as they are by the folk poet-songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s. At her Red Poppy debut, expect to hear songs from her recent EP, which features her Persian songs. Featuring: Adrienne Shamszad - vocals, guitar Schuyler Karr - bass TBA - percussion Adrienne Shamszad has traveled extensively, stu...
More

Highest Ani: Armenian Folk Rock

Highest Ani: Armenian Folk Rock
Friday, October 6 @ 7:30PM
Highest Ani plays traditional Armenian songs blended with diverse musical influences. Committed to paying homage to Armenian music, while incorporating musical identities taken from rock, jazz, indie, blues, and others, Highest Ani is a band that strives to carve out its own sound. Featuring: Mark Sarkis Ohanesian - qanon Avo Chalaganyan - drums, vocals Marina Hovhannisyan - vocals, guitar Aaron Kruziki - saxophone, duduk, clarinet Learn more: Facebook   EVENT DETAILS   ...
More

Maracujá: A Musical Journey Around Latin America

Maracujá: A Musical Journey Around Latin America
Saturday, September 23 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/multi instrumentalist Caitlin Belem and guitarist Terrence Rosnagle take you on a trip through Latin America, playing music from Brazil to Cuba and everywhere in between – samba, bossa nova, cumbia, son, and more. It’ll be a Saturday night for listeners and dancers. Featuring: Caitlin Belem - vocals, saxophone, guitar, fiddle, hand percussion Terrence Rosnagle - guitar Caitlin Belem grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming, fell in love with the fiddle at a young age...
More

Homenaje: Different Cultures, Universal Emotions

Homenaje: Different Cultures, Universal Emotions
Friday, September 22 @ 7:30PM
Los Angeles trio Homenaje invites special guest vocalist (and Red Poppy all-star) Dina Zarif to the stage for an evening that incorporates heavy influences of Cuban and African music along with jazz, classical, and folk. Expect to hear selections from Homenaje's new album, La Mariposa y el Mentiroso ("The Butterfly and the Liar"), which tells the story of a spirit’s journey through life, complete with joy and sadness. Featuring: Will Brahm - guitar Chris Wabich - percussion Ross Schodek - ...
More

Zona Blu with Suzanne Kramer: Soul Jazz

Zona Blu with Suzanne Kramer: Soul Jazz
Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30PM
Bay Area jazz quartet Zona Blu, who specialize in Latin, funk, and swing grooves, returns to the Poppy with singer Suzanne Kramer, renowned for her alt-pop country/folk vocals with indie band Sugar Ponies. Featuring: Suzanne Kramer - vocals Jim Wasco - piano David Kaufer - guitar Steve Teich - alto sax/flute Greg Galli - drums Learn more: Zona Blu | Sugar Ponies   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will not be sol...
More

Jessica Fichot: French Chanson & Shanghai Jazz

Jessica Fichot: French Chanson & Shanghai Jazz
Sunday, September 3 @ 7:30PM
Drawing from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American upbringing, chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot returns for a night of chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, and international folk. Her accordion, toy piano, and multilingual vocals will be accompanied by a fiery trio of clarinet/saxophone, upright bass, and guitar. Featuring: Jessica Fichot - vocals, accordion, toy piano Adrien Prévost - guitar Mike Bjella - clarinet, saxophone Ippei Ichimaru - upright bass LA-based chanteuse/songwriter J...
More

La Mandanga & Banda Sin Nombre: Rumba & Folk Music from Around the World

La Mandanga & Banda Sin Nombre: Rumba & Folk Music from Around the World
Friday, September 1 @ 7:30PM
Mission-based street band Banda Sin Nombre and six-piece rumba group La Mandanga come together for an evening of world folk music, combining rumba, flamenco, cumbia, chicha, and americana. This will be a send-off party for Banda Sin Nombre’s upcoming, month-long tour of Spain, so come out and dance for a good cause! Featuring: La Mandanga: Alberto Gutiérrez - guitar, vocals Javier Jiménez - lead guitar, vocals Mark Bell - cajón Luis Jiménez - cajón Joe Nemzer - bass Steve Gardner - vio...
More

Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues

Nathan & Jessie: Travellin’ Blues
Thursday, August 17 @ 7:00PM
World travelers Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith bring their signature blend of jazzy folk and blues to the Poppy for an evening of resonator guitars, accordion, and well-honed vocal harmonies. Featuring: Nathan Rivera - resonator guitar, accordion, clarinet, beatbox, vocals Jessie Andra Smith - resonator guitar, vocals Trevor Mulvey - upright bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:00PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will no...
More

The Creak and John Steven Morgan: Original Indie Folk

The Creak: Original Indie Folk
Saturday, August 12 @ 7:30PM
Five-piece string band the Creak, who blend folk, pop, and Americana with intriguing songwriting, makes their Red Poppy debut with mostly original music from their latest release, You Got Eyes, as well as select covers. Joined by composer/pianist John Steven Morgan, the evening includes a hard-swinging rhythm section and memorable melodies, along with instrumental interplay honed on San Francisco's vibrant street-corner busking circuit. Featuring: John Steven Morgan - piano Joe Readel - gui...
More

Honey Whiskey Trio: Folk, Bluegrass, and Melody

Honey Whiskey Trio: Folk, Bluegrass, and Melody
Friday, July 21 @ 7:30PM
The Honey Whiskey Trio celebrates the release of their new album, Rye Woman, by exploring harmony in folk, bluegrass, and melody on a Friday night at the Poppy. With body percussion, haunting melodies, and powerful yet sweet harmonies, this show promises to be a special one. Featuring: Courtney Politano - vocals, mandolin, body percussion Ann Louise Thaiss - vocals, guitar, body percussion Christina Wilson - vocals, banjo, body percussion In 2013, after singing together for only five...
More

Eileen Torrez/Maya Hall/Dyllan Hersey: Acoustic Night

Eileen Torrez/Maya Hall/Dyllan Hersey: Acoustic Night
Thursday, July 6 @ 7:30PM
Local singer/songwriter/guitarists Eileen Torrez, Maya Hall, and Dyllan Hersey present a night of soulful, folky acoustic originals. Featuring: Eileen Torrez - guitar, vocals Maya Hall - guitar, vocals Dyllan Hersey - guitar, vocals Eileen Torrez performs a powerful and unexpected blend of folk-pop and neo-soul. Her music builds on themes of resilience, community, anti-capitalism, and women's empowerment. Vocalist Maya Hall, born in Fukuoka, Japan, moved to San Francisco in 2014 in...
More

Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music

Molly Holm and Her Trio: Extended Jazz & Improvised Music
Saturday, June 24 @ 7:30PM
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with her all-star jazz trio, makes her Red Poppy debut exploring the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes, and traditional folk songs. Molly's music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora. Featuring: Frank Marti...
More

Kylland/Cinnamon Lips: Cinematic, Soulful Singer-Songwriters

Kylland/Cinnamon Lips: Cinematic, Soulful Singer-Songwriters
Saturday, June 17 @ 7:30PM
Kylland and Cinnamon Lips present a night of all-original music that promises to take listeners from the green knolls of Ireland to the golden hills of Laurel Canyon. These two singer-songwriters blend flavors of traditional folk music with harmonically rich songwriting and cinematic storytelling, beautifully buoyed in the velvety sea of their strong vocals. Featuring: Kylland - vocals Lila Oleszkiewicz - vocals Kylland is an American-Norwegian-Japanese composer, singer-songwriter, and m...
More

Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey

Mari Black & the World Fiddle Ensemble: A Fiery Fiddle Odyssey
Friday, June 16 @ 7:30PM
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black comes to the Poppy with a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Featuring: TBA Mari Black’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of ...
More

Ali Dineen & Hannah Sassoon: Resistance & Healing in Shadow Puppetry & Song

Ali Dineen & Hannah Sassoon: Resistance & Healing in Shadow Puppetry & Song
Sunday, May 28 @ 7:30PM
New York City-based musicians and visual artists Ali Dineen and Hannah Sassoon present an evening of music and shadow puppetry, telling personal and historical tales of healing and resistance. They will perform original music, including new songs from Ali's recent album Light Comes In, as well as selections from different folk music traditions with guitar, accordion, cello, fiddle, vocal harmony, and harmonium. Featuring: Ali Dineen - vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonium Hannah Sassoon - vo...
More

Josiah Johnson + Friends: Intimate Songwriting, Community Collaboration

Josiah Johnson + Friends: Intimate Songwriting, Community Collaboration
Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30PM
Best known for being co-frontman of The Head and The Heart, Josiah Johnson heads an evening of songwriting based in a folk tradition that emphasizes connection to the internal source while recognizing the importance of communion and the connection to the light of others. Featuring: (Full lineup TBA) Southern California native, current Bay Area resident, former Seattleite, one-time Torontonian, and longtime tour-bus resident Josiah Johnson’s solo performances highlight a stripped-down, em...
More

Kathleen Grace: American Song

Kathleen Grace: American Song
Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30PM
Ready for authentic storytelling, original compositions, and selections from the Great American Songbook? Globetrotting Arizona native and Los Angeles resident Kathleen Grace brings a pure sound and her honest and soaring voice to the Poppy for an evening of jazz, folk, and Americana. Featuring: Kathleen Grace - vocals Storm Nilsson - guitar Jeff Denson - bass Kathleen Grace’s latest album, No Place To Fall, is a sun-drenched landscape of music rooted in her desert upbringing and elegan...
More

McKasson & McDonald: A Modern Take on Traditional Folk

McKasson & McDonald: A Modern Take on Traditional Folk
Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy warmly welcomes Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald, masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, the duo creates a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. Their new album focuses on the relatability of music hundreds of years old, weaving new ideas and tunes with the old to create a timeless sound. Featuring: Ryan McKasson - fiddle, vocals Eric McDonald ...
More

Kristine Barrett: Songs of Sanctuary

Kristine Barrett: Songs of Sanctuary
Sunday, April 30 @ 7:30PM
Kristine Barrett presents an evening of experimental folk melodies exploring the concept of refuge: a place that nurtures, extends, bridges; that asks us to appeal to our highest selves, to seek deeply the difficult questions and to be brave in the face of them. Her setlist: traditional music and ritual song from Norway, Iran, Estonia, Ireland, Sephardic Spain, Hungary, Brazil, and the Republic of Georgia. Featuring: Kristine Barrett - vocals, harmonium, piano David Robert Johnson - guitar ...
More

Soul y Agua: Latin, Soul, and Folk

Soul y Agua: Latin, Soul, and Folk
Sunday, April 16 @ 7:30PM
With an all-acoustic sound, rich harmonies, and soul-soothing rhythms, Soul y Agua blends influences from Mexico, Cuba, and Spain with jazz, R&B, and pop. The Bay Area-based quartet promises truly authentic original compositions along with select favorite traditional pieces. Featuring: Monica Maria Fimbrez - vocals, jarana, guitar Angelica Rodriguez - vocals Daniel Fabricant - bass Marlon Aldana - percussion Learn more: Website | Facebook     EVENT DETAILS   Tim...
More

The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony

The Muted Jewel Tones & Anne Carol Mitchell: Folk, Jazz, and Three-Part Harmony
Sunday, April 9 @ 7:30PM
Guitarist/singer Anne Carol Mitchell and violinist Nissa Gustafson perform beautiful melodies that invite listeners to reconnect with the natural world. The Muted Jewel Tones, a vocal harmony trio, perform songs from the sophisticated to the ridiculous, bringing a little jazz, a little folk, a little pop–and hopefully, a little smile–to the audience. Featuring: Sandy Lindop - guitar, ukulele, vocals Raena Frohlich - guitar, ukulele, vocals Rose Koron - ukulele, vocals Anne Carol Mitchell ...
More