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3/12: BOX SET in concert

Saturday, March 12 8 p.m.

$25 door / $22 advance

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Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as “a cross between The Grateful Dead and the Smothers Brothers” Box Set (Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson) has been entertaining audiences with powerful songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and incredible vocal harmonies that warm the senses. Always a favorite of our music series (going back over 20 years) their award-winning songs feature flowing melodies and catchy hooks, highlighting witty lyrics written about timely subjects ranging from politics to relationships to everything in between.

They have released 12 albums of original music and their upcoming lucky thirteenth is an actual box set! Presenting their own, contemporary genre of folk music, they have expanded their sound with the addition of Ben Landsverk, who plays Mandolin, Viola and stand up Bass. The versitle musicians have also been busy persuing other endevours the last few years with Jeff as the lead singer of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s band Furthur and Jim owning and operating two major Portland venues, Mississippi Studios and Revolution Hall, plus producing the nationally syndicated radio show LiveWire. We’re happy to have this reunion with one of our all-time favorite bands.


1/23: DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN & MEGAN KELLY celebrate the release of their new CDs with a very special concert

Saturday, January 23 8 p.m. Buy tickets: $22 door / $18 advance 


DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon, as well as his clear, powerful voice. His music moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties him to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. He has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot and Blues to Bop in Switzerland and has toured with Boz Scaggs, Etta James & Lucinda Williams.

“David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom.” -Guitar Player
Tonight he celebrates the release of his new, live cd (much of it recorded at our venue) with harmonica virtuoso BOB BEACH.
David Jacobs-Strain

With the release of her new album, Ready or Not, MEGAN KEELY is again breaking new ground with songs celebrating life and strength. Her songwriting first caught the attention of producer T Bone Burnett, who selected Megan’s song, Rules (co-written with her brother Brandon) for inclusion on The Hunger Games Soundtrack Companion Album. “Megan Keely is a stunning young woman with a voice that will break your heart and heal it all in one sitting.” – Annie Bacon -The Folk Opera


The Best of SPIDER SALOFF Concert October 10 @ 8 p.m.

SF Live Arts Concert Saturday, October 10 8 p.m.

$23 door / $20 advance  

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“Slyly sophisticated, easily accessible, Saloff stands as a kind of ideal.”
Chicago Tribune

“She is a dynamic, a powerhouse of passion!”San Francisco Examiner



Beloved, Chicago-based vocalist Spider Saloff, returns for a rare appearance in San Francisco!
A lively evening of music and comedic wit, Spider’s concert includes a collection of jazz classics, American Songbook, including the works of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, plus Saloff’s original material, some of which is from her award winning musical The Roar of the Butterfly.
Spider will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist and Bay Area favorite, Ken Muir. The presentation will include her own personal twist in making the classic songbook have a contemporary feel, as well as stories about where the music came from and the composers.  It will be an energized evening of pure entertainment.


QUILES AND CLOUD; KELLY MCFARLING @ Cyprian’s Saturday, June 13 8:00pm

The lilting balladry, deft songwriting and gentle thrilling songs of:



Saturday, June 13 8:00pm
$18 door / $15 advance

Modern troubadours with a timeless blend that beckons to be heard, Quiles & Cloudperform graceful and honest music that reflects upon the vast landscape of existence with heart and humble sensitivity. Poetry and emotion are carried soft as feathers on a wind-like current of acoustic sound. When Quiles & Cloud take the stage, there is no mistaking the dual nature of music as it exists balanced between sound and silence. Each breath is every bit as meaningful as the notes they fall between. Much credit for this is due to the synergetic relationship between the group’s core members; Maria Quiles (voice and guitar), Rory Cloud (voice and guitar) and Oscar Westesson (upright bass) making up the key elements that support this rich tapestry of song and storytelling. It’s in the way they listen to one another, swaying and resting together with an ease only found in the best of circumstances and mutual regard. -An experience worth discovering in our acoustically ideal venue.

Kelly McFarling originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where she hung out in church choirs and baseball stadiums, and somewhere along the way picked up clawhammer and traditional banjo. Nowadays she calls San Francisco home. Like McFarling herself, her music occupies a place between places. She pays homage to her southern roots using her signature banjo playing, while giving new life to old sounds. With her band (Jonathan Kirchner, bass; Andrew Laubacher, drums & Tim Marcus, pedal steel and guitars), she explores territory outside her clear influences of folk, old-time, bluegrass and country, creating a sound equally at home by a fireside or at a large festival. She weaves wistful, carefully-observed vignettes full of remembrance and loss. McFarling’s stories are yours and her music stays with you.
Co-presented with Ricebo. 
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.



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: