Come taste “Strait” from the tap.
Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.
Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for folks like Mavis Staples and Wilco), and co-written with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.
With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Irving Plaza and has just released his third album of original material, “The Spirit Catches You”, another installment in his campaign to bring the Guitar Gospel back to the masses.
Loveangelists is the Bay Area-based duo of Nathan Dennen & Lisa Dennen-Young. Strapped with an acoustic guitar and occasional percussion, the colorful folk pop & rock duo uplifts audiences through an interactive exploration of bold, reflective, and soulful harmonies. Songs range from toe-tappin' hand-clappin' fun to deeply moving ballads and empowering anthems as they sing about nonconformity, love, and living life to the fullest. Their sound invokes likes of The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, JohnnySwim, and Paul Simon with splashes of Americana, soul, vocal freestyling, beat dropping, and rhythm & blues.
Zak Fennie is an indie singer-songwriter based out of the Napa Valley with over a decade's worth of experience singing and performing in professional environments. Zak’s performances are stimulating and engaging, creating an intimate emotional experience with his audience through his original music and personal stories.
Son Chévere is a quartet from the San Francisco bay area that plays a distinctive blend of traditional Cuban son, bolero, changui, timba and cha cha cha.
Nate Nathan is an artist who lives and creates music in the small town of Murphys CA. He grew up in a musical family where gospel and jazz were the driving forces. His original music explores rich vocal melodies and catchy hooks while being submerged in heavy experimental textures. His love for heavy grooves and pop styled choruses is apparent. The voice is the epicenter of the compositions. The exploration of dark and light can be heard through the waves of his music as well as the lyrical content. Synth and folklore find a happy medium in these creations.
Rooted in folk with influences of Texas outlaw country and southern R&B, B.R. Lively hypnotizes listeners with a sound that is effortless. Along with a comparable songwriting style to that of Sammy Walker, Neil Young, and Sam Beam, Lively brings to the stage a confident yet warm laid-back presence. His rhythmically percussive guitar chops and voice fill every inch of the room with powerful control and seasoned grit. Lively has been on the road the past three years touring the country dedicated to fine-tuning his craft as a performer and artist. Ranging from coffee shops to theaters and festivals, he has been tirelessly developing his nuanced position along this path he is laying down for himself one day at a time.
Pulling from a wide array of music influences, PTI has been winning over audiences with their strong 4 part vocal harmonies and infectious rhythms. Club owners and concert goers alike have been highly responsive to PTI’s ability to consistently deliver fun, danceable, and electrifying performances. Get ready to get down and shake your tail feather!
Late for the Train is a modern string band that feels both fresh and familiar. Drawing heavily from bluegrass and old-time, the San Francisco-based 4-piece weaves elements of folk, funk, and jamgrass into powerful and articulate arrangements of original and traditional music.