Rob Reich Quartet--Saturday, November 3
Rob Reich is one of the Bay Area's most innovative and myriad-genre musicians. At this week's concert, he'll bring clarinetist Ben Goldberg, Seth Ford Young on bass, and Jon Arkin on drums, to play sensitive, spirited world music tinged with jazz and American roots. Or jazz and American roots flavored with global music. Or... you get the picture? We're partial to the accordion here and Rob is one of our favorites. Don't miss this show. Listen to ...
April Verch & Joe Newberry – Sunday, October 28
Joe Newberry and April Verch each bring superb musicianship from their respective Ozark/Appalachian and Canadian Ottawa Valley roots. While they never lose sight of their own unique traditions, their work together also builds an entirely new musical aesthetic, one with its own melting pot integrity.
April, best known for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and Joe, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The ...
Upstate--Friday, October 12
The last few years have been a time of genuine exploration and self-discovery for the band formerly known as Upstate Rubdown. As the group knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and their name all underwent dramatic changes. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those transformations culminated in the septet’s dazzling new single that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll. Dedicated, talented, good-humored ...
John Whelan & Haley Richardson--Friday, September 28
Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded ...
Aallotar--Saturday, August 4
Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland--speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen's ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku's family remained in Finland. Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and ...
Sylvestris Quartet -- Friday, May 25
This month we're pleased to host the Sylvestris Quartet. We heard them for the first time at last year's SF Chamber Music Day and were blown away by their talent and creativity. Their programs are unlike most string quartet performances. For one, they play on gut strings, though they play music written as late as the 1940s. They play themed concerts, where you'll hear individual movements of pieces by a variety of composers and the members of ...
The Lowest Pair -- Saturday, March 17
The Lowest Pair (Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee) have performed at Fifth Street more than any other band. Kendl helped start the house concerts here almost twenty years ago, and she's still one of our favorites. A banjo duet (they both play guitar too) isn't the most obvious pick to click, but this duo's killer harmony singing, sensitive musicianship, technical skills, and wonderful tunes make them heroes of ours. Check out a tune here.
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Paper Wings -- Saturday, March 10
Paper Wings is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo: Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. They’ve joined forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, classic sounds, and the compelling need for both classic and original music. The duo features wonderful vocal harmonies over a rotating arsenal of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them ...
Western Centuries -- Friday, January 5
The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at the crossroads of country band, early R&B and the spirit of The Band. Three lead vocalists, careful harmony and witty lyrics, the music introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Upbeat dance numbers, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between.
Cahalen Morrison played here a year or two ago with his vocal partner Eli West. The two of them ...
Aviary Players -- Saturday, December 16
Just in time for the holidays, we’re thrilled to be presenting the Aviary Players, an international group of chamber musicians currently based in San Francisco. Founded by bass player Megan Adie, with violinists Monika Gruber and Akiko Kojima, the Players' repertoire spans four centuries, brought to life with both passion and historically informed perspectives.
Whether playing violone in groups specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries, double bass in symphony orchestras, or bass instruments in renaissance ...