4/9 @ 8 p.m. MISNER & SMITH, JEFFREY HALFORD & The Healers

4/9 @ 8 p.m. MISNER & SMITH, JEFFREY HALFORD & The Healers in concert!

4/9 @ 8 p.m. MISNER & SMITH, JEFFREY HALFORD & The Healers                                                                                                                                                     Tickets here

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SF Live Arts continues their 35th Anniversary Season by presenting Misner & Smith, whose music is a search for meaning. The songs yearn for connection, ache for understanding, relish in mystery, and rejoice in creation. In a world that often feels to be crumbling down around us, they dig deep, and find hope in simple things, in the beauty that surrounds us all.

With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. Working with producer Jeff Kazor (The Crooked Jades, Richard Buckner) and engineer Bruce Kaphan (David Byrne, REM, The Black Crowes) they have penned an album with lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.

Seven Hour Storm has the same timeless quality as some of the classic albums in folk and rock, and while there are certainly stand out songs on the record, this is an album that begs to be listened to from start to finish. Each song is a story, a journey, a place, a time, an experience. There is nothing general in the songwriting, nothing vague. The imagery is sharp, and the lyrics plumb the depths of emotions with an ease and honesty that is personal and at the same time universal. But this isn’t an album of words only—it is filled with melodies and harmonies that at once sound familiar and new, matching the lyrics every step of the way. The voices lock in together, and without disappearing into each other, they soar with power.

With more fleshed out arrangements, and added instrumentation, the new record is a logical progression for Misner & Smith. Their music has never been easy to classify or pigeonhole into one genre or another. They’ve lived in between the lines for years. In many ways, this is continuing what they have done from the beginning, and listening to Seven Hour Storm will only make the listener want to hear what came before.

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Join us for a free community dinner on Thursday March 3 or Tuesday March 3 – both meals start at 6 p.m. and are presented by USF’s sustainable agriculture class in cooperation with Cyprian’s Center and St. Cyprian’s Church.

plus Vikki Lee & Russ “The Muleskinner” Whitehead

$25 door / $22 advance – buy at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2484149

“Ramblin’ Jack Elliott has been a towering influence on a generation of folk and rock musicians, most notably Bob Dylan.” –The Boston Globe

Jack, By Chris Felver

We are honored to host Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, one of the legendary foundations of American folk music. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree. The three-time Grammy winner (in both Folk & Traditional Blues categories) is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts award and was honored with a special dinner at the White House.
A character based on Jack (Al Cody) was featured in the Coen Brothers movie, Finding Llewyn Davis. Vikki Lee & Russ “The Muleskinner” Whitehead will open the evening.




Saturday, March 12 8 p.m.

$25 door / $22 advance

Buy tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2480358

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.

Saturday, February 13 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance – Buy here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2484145

With amazing chops, quiet soul, diverse compositions, and a somewhat twisted sense of humor, this trio, hailed as “the world’s most sophisticated jam-band,” features three top virtuosos on their respective instruments.
Separately, Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and John R. Burr have extensive, multi-faceted careers as musicians. Together they play provocative, complex compositions – music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized – echoes of jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, and world music – something completely new: extemporaneous-jazz-chamber-fusion-music for this century. Tonight they celebrate the release of Kassin’s new cd, Travels With Dad.

Hailed as “a master of the fretless bass without rival” by Guitar Club magazine, Michael Manring is known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts. He has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.

“Kassin exhibits an awareness of tonal possibilities in the tradition of Roland Kirk, an authoritativeness that sometimes recalls Hubert Laws and the freedom of expression of Paul Horn.”–Neil Tesser, Chicago Sun-Times
Flutist and SF Live Arts founder, Larry Kassin’s wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, The SF Klezmer Experience, Sonia, Kristin Hoffmann, Kwaku Dadey, Tom Darter, John Santos and Claudia Gomez, plus two CD releases with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure. “Manzarek and McClure are brilliantly abetted by Larry Kassin throughout the album.” –Kevin Ring, Beat Scene

John R. Burr (piano). After years of touring with such artists as Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring, and Kathy Kallick , and recognition including a feature spot on Windham Hill’s Piano Sampler II, Burr has received much critical acclaim for his recent solo album, Piedmont Avenue. John R. is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. The Philadelphia Weekly said, “Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell.”