Communion In San Francisco

Every First Wednesday of the Month

Communion In San Francisco

The Dunwells, Magic Magic Roses, Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society, The Redlight District, Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!), Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!)

Wed, November 7, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

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Communion in San Francisco
Communion in San Francisco
Communion was born in the Summer of 2006 at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), former Cherbourg bassist Kevin Jones, and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble, it quickly grew into a flourishing community of musicians and fans alike, providing a first independent platform for the freshest young artists on London’s circuit and beyond.

The monthly night has now seen the likes of Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, JJ Pistolet and Peggy Sue all grace the stage from the very start of their fledgling careers. It has also helped spawn the first steps for a diverse range of artists from Kurran and the Wolfnotes to Alan Pownall, The Holloways to King Charles, and Example to Josh Weller, all in keeping with the eclectic ethos that Communion has come to stand for.

Since its humble beginnings from a West London basement bar, Communion has branched out across the UK to Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, York, Oxford, Dublin and Belfast, and internationally to Sydney and New York City. Communion is now working closely with the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, The Camden Crawl, HMV’s Next Big Thing series, The NME awards, Belfast’s Open House Festival, and many more clubs and companies who all have a hand in promoting exciting new music to as big and broad an audience as possible.

Taking the blueprint of what has made Communion work so well, Communion Records was founded in September 2009 priding itself on creating a close working family in which to allow artists to develop at their own pace. Production on most releases is handled by Ben, Kevin and Ian themselves, involving other artists from the roster in the recording process for that community vibe. Communion has released, or is currently primed to release records by Marcus Foster, Matthew and the Atlas, Matt Corby, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Pete Roe, Rachel Sermanni and Andrew Davie. The label’s debut compilation record was released in April 2010 on beautiful gatefold vinyl, featuring rare recordings by Mumford and Sons, Johnny Flynn, Alessi’s
Ark, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, JJ Pistolet (now of The Vaccines), and many, many more.

Looking for fresh ways to compile music that involves everyone, Communion took over the infamous Flowerpot venue in London’s Kentish Town in July 2010 to create a week-long series of collaborative recordings. Beyond the regular pool of young Communion friendly artists, established acts such as Angus and Julia Stone, Sarah Blasko, Mt. Desolation, Lissie, Damien Rice, and Kill It Kid alongside scores of other artists all wrote and performed together – The resulting opus is due for release on triple CD in March 2011, and is the finest example yet of the open-door policy of Communion’s creativity.

Continuing to evolve out of the sometimes faceless vacuum of the music industry for honest, independent champions of good music, Communion endeavours to fill that gap and push the boundaries of music well into 2011 and beyond.
The Dunwells
The Dunwells
Striking an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music, The Dunwells’ songs arrive both ready for the fight and the fallout. Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo) along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and longtime best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). “We are genuinely best mates,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.” Their stellar musicianship, classic roots songwriting and soaring harmony vocals have already made instant but lasting impressions on scores of fans.

The group is two brothers, two cousins and totalling five best mates who simply love to sing and play music, and do so together. "We are genuinely best mates," explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. "We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink."

When they make music, the results exemplify the equation that the sum of the parts can be even greater than the whole. Striking an organic blend between acoustic and electric roots music laced by luscious vocal harmonies by all five members, their songs and sound feel both bracingly fresh while at the same time as warm and familiar as a dear long-time friend.

Blind Sighted Faith, the debut album on Playing In Traffic Records, is a timeless yet contemporary collection of 11 captivating and indelible numbers that transcend genres to offer a fresh, richly rooted harvest of listening pleasure. From its opening track, "I Could Be A King," a regal rocker with splashes of modernist Britpop shine, the set is a sumptuous banquet of musical modes. One moves from moments of graceful reflective repose like "Only Me" to the swirling mesmerism of "Follow The Road." The band offers a panoramic collection that seamlessly melds elements of Celtic and American folk, rock, blues, pop and soul into a trademark sound all their own. Whether it's the majestic prayerful plaint of "Oh Lord" or the haunting bristle of "Perfect Timing," the disc displays a dead aim for profound and affecting feeling matched by abundant musicality. Blind Sighted Faith is a stunning first bow that invites all that hear it to join The Dunwells "In The Moment," as one song title declares.

The album plays like music that was meant to be, and in an all but destined alignment, it was produced by John Porter, who also hails from Leeds. A schoolmate and bandmate of Bryan Ferry, he played bass with Roxy Music before stepping behind the recording console to produce that group, solo Ferry projects, and a spectrum of other artists like The Smiths, B.B. King, Ryan Adams and Los Lonely Boys. With nine Grammy winning albums to his credit and 10 nominees, Porter proves to be the ideal collaborator to help bring the artistic richness within The Dunwells to brimming fruition.

From the first time The Dunwells hit American shores at the 2011 International Folk Alliance conference, their impact has been nothing short of astounding. "Anyone that's seen them has just been 'Oh My God!' They're mind boggling!" raved Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers to Voice of America radio. "The quality of the songs, the quality of the playing, the quality of the vocals, the harmonies. Man, they're like Mumford and Sons times 10."

No Depression was equally impressed: "People were buzzing about them and the music business folks in attendance were all clamouring for a chance to work with them." Playing In Traffic Records won out, and four months later The Dunwells were recording with Porter at Willie Nelson's famed Pedernales Studio in the Texas Hill Country just outside Austin.

All five members hail from the same part of Leeds and earned their stripes as musical entertainers in local pubs and clubs before uniting as a band. Brothers David and Joseph Dunwell grew up in a home plentiful with music thanks to their father's extensive record collection. Weaned on such artists as The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac as well as countless other classic musical acts from the 1960s onward, both began playing guitar at an early age, inspired by their father, a talented classical acoustic player. David and then Joseph both started writing songs, and individually made their initial marks at open mike nights, playing in and around Leeds. When a booking agent suggested that they unite as an act it made perfect sense.

Bassist Rob Clayton and David Dunwell are long-time friends who spent many hours in their youth listening to music together. Drummer Jonny Lamb is Clayton's cousin. Guitarist Dave Hanson heard Joseph Dunwell singing in a pub and, duly impressed, befriended and started playing with him. "We all made music for a living before we became a group," notes Hanson. "It's not just a band that formed. It's organic and it comes from sharing the same roots, and everybody growing up, listening to and learning music together." Once they united as The Dunwells, they all knew that something special was brewing.

The Leeds Telegraph & Argus agreed. "With their easy-going nature, their sheer enjoyment of playing and supreme musicianship this band looks set to burst onto a much wider scene. You can almost taste the expectancy."

The buzz spread to London when the band booked a gig at The Bedford, a noted showcase venue where acts like Paolo Nutini and KT Tunstall began their rise. The Dunwells nearly missed it when their van broke down on the outskirts of London. But they piled into a taxi with their gear and hit the stage just in time to be seen by Tony Moore, the influential music promoter, BBC radio air personality and singer- songwriter who immediately became a key supporter.

The band spent 2010 touring Britain and Europe, playing such top festivals as Hop Farm (with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison), Edinburgh's cutting-edge Fringe fest, Triumph Live (with Mumford and Sons) and the Fete De La Musique in Paris. Following the release of their debut EP in October 2010, The Dunwells were named Artist of the Month by Caffe Nero coffee chain — the British equivalent of Starbucks — and played a 20 day/40 show tour of its shops in England and Scotland to win over a growing U.K. fan base. To help spread their music further, The Dunwells frequently busk on the streets of the city's they visit.

Now with their first album under their belts, The Dunwells are primed to take their music as far and wide as they can. And one can hear that solidarity in the music they create together. "We're all in it for the same reason," concludes David Dunwell. "We just love making music."
Magic Magic Roses
Magic Magic Roses
Magic Magic Roses make dreamy, meditative folk music in San Francisco. Kate Sweeney (vocals, guitar) and Sarah Simon (vocals, guitar) deliver raw, stripped down, and warm folk songs that are as intimate as they are intoxicating. Their sound brings to mind a lot of our favorite tender records that were coming out of the Pacific Northwest in the late '90s by folks like Rose Melberg, Kaia, Sarah Dougher, and Lois, as well as displaying hints of a darker disposition, sort of like a more twee Cat Power or Edith Frost.
Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society
Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society
San Francisco based Chelsea TK and the Tzigane Society is a boisterous and swirling amalgamation of style and soul infused with layers of instrumental loops, driving drum work, clever electronic bits, and Chelsea’s expansive, entrancing vocals. The band is: Chelsea TK (vocals, keys, Neil Wadawan (drums, tablas), Kerry Wing (guitar, vocals), Pat Schlickling (bass), and Adam Dainowski (doumbek, djembe). Their debut ablum Terra Terra Attero has touches of neo-soul and indie rock peppered with electronica and world music, with dashes of jazz and 60’s psychedelic beat poetry, and a twist of 80’s goth sexuality. Efforts to label Chelsea’s work often draw comparisons to Florence and the Machine, Beth Orton, and late Radiohead, but not finding an exact fit, asserting the notion that something very original is unveiling itself on.
The Redlight District
The Redlight District
The Redlight District is a psych-rock outfit from Santa Cruz, California. The band is comprised of Stephan Sams (vocals), Nano (lead guitar), Dan Leitner (keyboards), and Tyler Walicek (drums). Their frenetic live performances blend elements of delta blues, jazz rock, and soul, weaving meticulously embellished, percussive guitar lines with dynamically intricate rock-organ. These provide a backdrop for Sams' baritone croon, which moves from tranquil melody into manic wails. Their first single, "In the Street" is slated for release in November 2012.
Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!)
Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!)
As a kid riding horses and chasing coyotes, singer/songwriter Lauren Barth became captivated with the idealized American West. Those images and sounds bleed through her music, yet her sound is uniquely her own. A guitarist and poet since an early age, her craft is delicately reminiscent of the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. Lauren’s music nods to her muses – Neal Cassady, Gram Parsons, Big Sur, the California desert, and the many roads that lead from here to there and back again. She is as much inspired by the sounds of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as by the many stories from lifes often twisting and lovelorn road.
Born in Los Angeles, and growing up on the beaches of Southern California, the 25 year old singer has a style that lies somewhere between Nashville and Lauren Canyon, western swing and psychedelia. Her lyrics are disarmingly refreshing with an unforgettable clarity. Her guitar picking and vocal subtleties are wise beyond her years.
Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!)
Lauren Barth (SF farewell show!)
As a kid riding horses and chasing coyotes, singer/songwriter Lauren Barth became captivated with the idealized American West. Those images and sounds bleed through her music, yet her sound is uniquely her own. A guitarist and poet since an early age, her craft is delicately reminiscent of the singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. Lauren’s music nods to her muses – Neal Cassady, Gram Parsons, Big Sur, the California desert, and the many roads that lead from here to there and back again. She is as much inspired by the sounds of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as by the many stories from lifes often twisting and lovelorn road.
Born in Los Angeles, and growing up on the beaches of Southern California, the 25 year old singer has a style that lies somewhere between Nashville and Lauren Canyon, western swing and psychedelia. Her lyrics are disarmingly refreshing with an unforgettable clarity. Her guitar picking and vocal subtleties are wise beyond her years.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/