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Free Tickets to Muscle Shoals Documentary

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 10, 2013 05:02pm | Post a Comment

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Amoeba customers can see MUSCLE SHOALS Friday through Sunday, October 11 - 13 at the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley or Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco for free, while ticket supplies last. Visit the following link and use the group code Amoeba to request your tickets HERE!

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
 

Return to Grey Gardens, October 12!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 7, 2013 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Is your style icon Little Edie? Think dilapidated is the new black? Then YOU need to join Peaches Christ at grey gardens peaches christthe Castro Theatre on Saturday, October 12th for a special screening of the Maysles brothers' seminal 1976 documentary film Grey Gardens. Preceeding the film will be the premiere of an original stage-show called "Return to Grey Gardens" starring Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and special guest Mink Stole!

The stage-show is set forty years into the future and documents the lives of an aging drag mother and her bitter drag daughter who continue to perform for an empty house at the now dilapidated and run-down Castro Theater. How did this happen? What will become of them? Will their famous and successful royal drag cousin Lady Bear step up and help out? Find out when we return to Grey Gardens on October 12th! Two shows: 3pm & 8pm! 

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Treasure Island Music Festival, 10/19 - 10/20. Win VIP Passes!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2013 11:08am | Post a Comment

treasure island music festivalTreasure Island Music Festival, that magical musical weekend in the bay, returns for its seventh year October 19th - 20th! This year's line-up is a real treasure trove with performances from Beck, Animal Collective, Major Lazer, James Blake, Little Dragon, Sleigh Bells, and so many more!

Don't miss the festival's spectacular 60-foot Century Ferris Wheel, surrounded by an ever-changing eclectic mix of interactive art installations and roaming performers.

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival right here on Amoeba.com! Click HERE to enter!

 

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The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Wrap-Up!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 24, 2013 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music once again had the honor to be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival this pastamoeba music monterey jazz festival weekend (September 20 - 22nd) and to be on-site at the Monterey County Fairgrounds with a mini-Amoeba store! It was our third year in attendance, offering signings with many of the festival's most exciting acts in our Amoeba tent.

The festival, in it's 56th year, was ablaze with eight stages and 500 acts ranging from emerging artists like Roberto Fonseca and Davina & The Vagabonds, to jazz vets such as David Sanborn and Bob James, to superstars such as Gregory Porter and Ravi Coltrane. From Friday to Suday evening, we held 12 signings in the Amoeba tent and -- thanks to Monterey Jazz Festival Talent Coordinator Bennett Jackson -- we even got to sit down for a few short interviews. For full coverage of each signing, check out all of our Monterey Jazz Fest blog posts HERE. Below are the highlights from our whirlwind weekend of way-out jazz signings.

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Sunday Night at Monterey Jazz Fest: Along Came Betty, David Sanborn & Bob James, Tammy Hall, and Davina & The Vagabonds

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2013 10:02pm | Post a Comment

The last night of the Monterey Jazz Festival is always bitter sweet. We hate for it to end, but we leave bursting full of positive experiences, the memory of amazing music, and a couple of fried artichokes. Sunday was a full day at the mini-Amoeba tent with signings from Joe Lovano (see previous blog post), Along Came Betty, David Sanborn & Bob James, Tammy Hall, and Davina & The Vagabonds

Along Came Betty celebrates the spirit of hard-bop, a seminal movement of '50s and '60s jazz music. But the quintet has become much more than a homage to an important era of jazz history. Pianist and prolific composer Biff Smith's sophisticated yet highly accessible compositions blend elements of that era with modern sensibilities. The rich sound of harmonized sax and trumpet backed by the classic piano, bass, and drums rhythm section result in fresh, straight-ahead jazz.

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Next we welcomed not one but two legends to our signing table, alto saxophonist David Sanborn and keyboardist-composer-arranger Bob James, who were celebrating their second creative collaboration Quartette Humaine (available on CD and LP). This collaboration comes a quarter century after their first, the million-selling GRAMMY® Award-winning Double Vision.

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