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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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Sunday at Monterey Jazz Festival: Joe Lovano

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2013 05:10pm | Post a Comment

It's the last day of the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival and the eight stages are blazing with the sounds of jazz throughout the Monterey Fair Grounds. We have a full schedule of signings today at the mini-Amoeba tent...five to be exact!

We just had the honor of sitting down to a signing and interview with GRAMMY Award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano. Since 2009, Lovano has been with Us Five, a dynamic young band that features drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and pianist James Weidman. His latest album Cross Culture is an 11-track tour de force that presents ten of Lovano’s original compositions along with a stunning interpretation of the Billy Strayhorn ballad “Star Crossed Lovers.” Augmenting his core group with the daring West African guitarist (and fellow Blue Note artist) Lionel Loueke, Lovano delivers his most fully realized representation of a career-long quest to explore the notion of universal musical language. MJF talent coordinator Bennett Jackson spoke with Lovano today:


Stay tuned for updates on our signings with Along Came Betty (4pm), David Sanborn & Bob James (4:30pm), Tammy Hall (5:30pm), and Davina & The Vagabonds (7:30pm).

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