Brad Brooks

Brad Brooks

Jay Trainer, Felsen, Robin Applewood

Fri, March 15, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

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Brad Brooks
Brad Brooks
Brad Brooks is that rare quadruple threat of writer, player, singer, and performer.

His songs combine the melodic sensibility of Elvis Costello, the best instincts of Wilco and Brian Wilson, along with the orchestral sophistication of Queen.

Brooks is rooted in a kind of Victorian California romanticism; and with the release of his record "Harmony Of Passing Light" Brooks joins his peers with the best work of his career.
His gift for melody and his soaring vocals remain the most immediately impressive traits of his music. Brooks' voice can wail like a blue-eyed soul singer, whisper plaintively, croon with just a touch of twang, or soar through the most demanding melodic acrobatics, and he pulls off all of these different guises on "Harmony" without the record sounding disjointed. Rather, it's an album with multiple textures that still feels unified.

Brooks has found the essence of his own unique voice, and been one of the Bay Area's best-kept secrets for years. This album should change all that.
Jay Trainer
Jay Trainer
Trainer combines thick, prolific guitar riffs and stark lyricism, while drawing on the traditions of funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia to craft a modern classic. The singer/songwriter possesses a unique ability to effortlessly negotiate tone and volume, moving from a quiet, almost jazzy timbre to a booming thunder at any given moment. The effect calls to mind the masters of several genres of rock music.

To achieve this, Trainer pulls from his roots: blues revivalists, folksy protest songs, classic songwriters and classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. But the aspect that grabs both music lovers and critics is the additional elements ranging from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper, Chris Whitley and Joe Bonamassa. His unique combination of genre-defying compositions and free-form jams have been causing a stir in the local Bay Area scene over the past 3 years.

Having recently shared the stage with national acts including North Mississippi All Stars, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts, Robert Walter's 20th Congress (founding member of The Greyboy Allstars), Eric McFadden (former touring member of George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars), Cowboy Mouth and Vinyl, Jay Trainer has created a new foothold in the West Coast music scene with a rare combination of infectious backbeats and guitar driven grooves.

Of course, the live show is what Trainer is known for. His performances are raw, personal and uninhibited. It is clear from his latest release, Of The Sun, that he has brought this same energy to the studio. Tracks like "By Cover Of A Great Lie" and "Of The Sun" capture the emotion and expression of his live performance. The tracks "Better To Breathe" and "Even More" show Trainer's ability to use the studio like an additional member of the band. A veteran of countless recording sessions, his "get it in the first take" approach has paid off and is bringing back a great sense of honesty to Rock 'n' Roll.

"Jay Trainer performs with a raw intensity that took me back to the classic rock days...His guitar playing is some of the best out there - a must see!"
- David Ferraris, Indie Reviews
Formed in 2009, Oakland based indie rockers, Felsen have just finished their 3rd album Breaking Up With Loneliness which was released December 9, 2011. The album is the culmination of 2 years of constant performing, touring, wood-shedding and songwriting and now they've clearly produced their finest effort to date. The new album's producer, Jonathan "JP" Parker (who has worked with Wilco, the Fray, Andrew Bird, the Redwalls & Liz Phair) early on in the process said "the new songs may very well be the best batch of raw songs that I have encountered since Wilco's Summerteeth (period)".

"Breaking Up With Loneliness is an instant classic, presenting a non-stop string of smart and memorable songs...almost all of which sound like hits you've never heard before."

Frontman Andrew Griffin started Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis. Less than five months after his diagnosis, Griffin's first and only child was born. As he balanced the responsibilities of fatherhood with ongoing cancer treatment, Griffin turned to songwriting as a coping strategy, which led to the release of Felsen's first album, Accidental Drowning in 2009. Felsen Loves You, an EP on the Ninth Street Opus label, followed in 2010.

Griffin wrote the title track, "Breaking Up With Loneliness," about his young son. The somber, personal tone of that track is balanced by the Casio-infused pop whimsy of BFF OMG and the sugar-coated social commentary of tunes like Oscar Grant (named for the man shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police on New Year's Eve, 2009) and The Secret Life of Guns. Felsen is known for being able to engage even distant audiences through Griffin's dry humor and stage antics, and frequent "visitations" from a giant dancing bunny.

Felsen (Griffin-vocals and guitar, Dominic Henri-bass and vocals, Justus Dobrin-keyboards, and Art McConnell-drums) were joined in the studio by legendary drummer Michael Urbano (Smashmouth, 3rd Eye Blind, Sheryl Crow, Cracker, CAKE) and slide guitar virtuoso Johnny Vernazza (Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo, Marshall Tucker Band, Van Morrison) and was mixed by Chris Brickley (Wilco, Mary J. Blige, Smashing Pumpkins). On stage, Felsen has recently been joined by guitarist Jonathan Devoto (of Bird By Bird and formerly of the Matches). Breaking Up With Loneliness was 100% funded by Felsen's fans through Kickstarter.

Felsen has toured all over the great state of California and are about to embark on a full West Coast tour this fall to coincide with the release of their new album. They have opened for National acts: Camper Van Beethoven, Marcy Playground, One Eskimo, Stone Foxes and Luce. They were honored by the readers of the Deli Magazine and voted band of the month in Nov 2010 and performed at this year's Noise Pop Festival. Felsen also has 3 songs on the Rock Band Video Game!

"Marvelously witty pop", East Bay Express

"This is music full of originality while staying rooted in some of the best of classic rock."

"Witty lyrics, solid hooks, and great production are all here."

Stream our new album Breaking Up With Loneliness at
Robin Applewood
Robin Applewood
Three time honorable mention on VH1's Song of the Year, Robin Applewood sees his music career as giving back. His songs tell a tale of Love and the struggle of everyday living, tempered with an "everything's gonna be alright" attitude. Such a positive vibe is combined with a healthy mixture of Rock, Reggae, Pop, Soul, Funk, Folk, Disco and Electronic music to offer an upbeat sound that appeals to a wide audience.

Robin, formerly known as Dogman Joe has now unleashed his third full length album "Struck By Lightning." This brand new electrified 15 song album is written, arranged, produced and performed by Robin himself and features collaborations with many of the Bay Area's hottest talents.

An active member in the Bay Area music community, Robin founded Bay Vibes - a trusted hub for favorite local musicians. Bay Vibes has produced over 350 live-music events, including 4 large Festival’s and has been closely involved raising money for Cancer research, AIDS, Diabetes, Hurricane Katrina, and Surfrider Foundation. When Robin’s
not putting on events, touring and recording, you may happen across him on a remote beach, or in a local joint sharing tales and music or catching the perfect wave in his beloved home town of San Francisco.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103