The 29th Anniversary edition of: AN EVENING OF SONG! Saturday, September 19 @ 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 19 8 p.m.

$17 door / $14 advance                                                                                                                                                                              Presented by SF Live Arts @ Cyprian’s 

Since 1987, comic Merle Kessler and musician Joshua Raoul Brody have
been inviting a few dozen of their closest friends to each sing a song they’ve
always wanted to sing, but have never had the opportunity. The resulting show,
called An Evening Of Song, is an embarassment — some might call it a
humiliation — of riches, ranging from old chestnuts to new originals, jazzy
instrumentals to a cappella Bulgarian folk songs, sublime ballads to ridiculous
novelties, all accompanied by Brody’s stalwart Experimental Love Orchestra.

Most of the shows have themes (this one’s is Getting From Here To There: Songs of Transportation)  Most of the singers ignore it, leaving genial host Kessler to try gamely to find a way to fit the song in. The singers run a huge gamut from seasoned professional to up and coming neophytes, with most falling somewhere in the middle. The result is a little bit Prairie Home Companion, a little American Idol, a little Gong Show, and a whole lot of
something you’ve never heard before.
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Houston Jones

Houston Jones with Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band In Concert Saturday, Sept. 12, @ 8 p.m.

Houston Jones

BROWN PAPER TICKETS Saturday, September 12 8:00pm $24 door / $22 advance                                                                                                  Presented by SF Live Arts @ Cyprian’s


High octane Americana meets newgrass Americana folk fusion Free Houston Jones “Calico Heart” CDs to all paid attendees while supplies last. Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley. Houston Jones is a high octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a strong repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel.

“A confluence of sublime talent” – San Francisco Chronicle

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band L to R: Steve Rankin, Mark Indictor, Susie Glaze, Rob Carlson, Fred Sanders

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band
L to R: Steve Rankin, Mark Indictor, Susie Glaze, Rob Carlson, Fred Sanders


Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention blending classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! This is a lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze.

“…one of the finest and most original Americana groups in California (or in the country for that matter).” – No Depression

DIRTY CELLO, THE LITTLEST BIRDS – Sat. May 16, 8 p.m. – SF Live Arts @ Cyprian’s

Dirty Cello…cello like you’ve never heard before. 
Starting with a bang and never stopping, Dirty Cello features the virtuosic cello stylings of Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco bay area’s most exciting cross-over cellists. Dirty Cello takes you on a wild tour of up tempo music featuring down home blues, Eastern- European dance music, a bit of bluegrass, and some classic rock.

With a truly unique voice, Dirty Cello presents a high energy performance of everything a cello can do. Having wowed audiences in numerous tours throughout the U.S., plus acting as cultural ambassadors to China and working the European festival circuit, Dirty Cello has a unique voice that’s resonated around the world. Tickets here.

The Littlest Birds are a dynamic cello and banjo duo presenting a unique, warm, and dynamic style of Americana music that has been thrilling audiences across the United States, Canada, and most recently a two three week tour in Europe with Joe Craven and Cafe Musique. They’ve performed at such renown festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in B.C., and the Oregon Country Fair, as well as regional festivals such as the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Beartrap Summer Festival in Casper WY, Live Oak in Santa Barbara, CA, the C.B.A.’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, Pickamania in Silver City NM, and the Millpond Music Festival in Bishop, CA. Since 2010 they’ve released three albums, and their last album “Live and Lucky” was hailed by Gideon Thomas of No Depression Roots Music Magazine as “a wonderful record — full of life, love, and ideas, and a band who love what they do and give that love to audiences, whether live or on record.”

Coming up:
May 30 – The Lady Crooners, MerryGold
June 13 – Quilles & Cloud, Kelly McFarling

FREE PARKING! At Blood Centers of the Pacific lot. Two blocks away, N.E. corner of Masonic & Turk. Please do not park in the loading dock.
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert
Information:, (415)454-5238
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Sat March 21, 8 p.m. the  RAINBOW GIRLS and THE SHAPES are coming to SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s. Here’s a sample from their current preview reel:



Feb. 13: Open Folk Jam & Song Circle

SF Folk Music Club Open Folk Jam & Song Circle • 8 p.m. Feb.13 & 27. Join the folk jam or share/request a song in the folk song circle. Jams are open to all, free, and held on the 2nd & 4th Fridays. Donations are appreciated. Bring your instrument or come to listen • Info: