Saturday Afternoon at Monterey Jazz Festival: Signings with The California Honeydrops, Claire Daly, and Big Sam's Funky Nation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is on the scene at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival with our mini-Amoeba tent full of great deals and amazing signings with some of the festival's best musicians. Friday night was a blast with signings from Roberto Fonseca, Gregory Porter, and Snarky Puppy, and today (Saturday) has been epic indeed as we got to sit down for signing with The California Honeydrops, baritone sax player Claire Daly, and Big Sam's Funky NationLater tonight, we'll welcome The Relatives and Ravi Coltrane!

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of blues, gospel, Second line New Orleans jazz, and early R&B. Plus, they're a hilarious bunch. We captured some of the fun on video:


When we caught up with Claire Daly and North Coast Brewing's Doug Moody, we discussed Baritone Monk, which was released by North Coast Brewing in October of 2012.

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Gregory Porter, Roberto Fonseca, and Snarky Puppy at the Amoeba Monterey Jazz Fest Tent

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2013 11:47pm | Post a Comment

The opening night of the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival is coming to a close and the final notes of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club's set are drifting through the crisp sea-side air from the Jimmy Lyons stage to our mini-Amoeba tent.

It's been an action-packed day of celebrity signings at our tent, starting with pianist Roberto Fonseca, who opened the festivities today on the Garden stage.

Then GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter graced the mini-Amoeba signing table between his two shows (Jimmy Lyons stage and Dizzy's Den). He charmed fans and signed autographs on his major label debut, Liquid Spirit, which is out now on Blue Note Records. This year we are lucky to once again have the help of Monterey Jazz Festival talent coordinator and musician Bennett Jackson, who jumped in and conducted a swift interview with Porter before Porter had to dash off to his next set. Check it out:

And as a special bonus surprise, Snarky Puppy dropped by for an unplanned signing! Genre-busters for sure, Snarky Puppy lands somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. Bennett Jackson sat down with the three core members (including award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League) and talked insider tips on Texas, New York, and their new album Family Dinner.

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Opening Night at Monterey Jazz Festival and Amoeba is on the Scene!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 20, 2013 07:35pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the beautiful Monterey Fair Grounds! We are Amoeba Music Monterey Jazz Festblogging LIVE from the Mini-Amoeba tent and will be here everyday of the festival (September 20 - 22), while offering rare and popular CDs and vinyl, special edition jazz t-shirts, books, posters, AND signings with some of this year's line-up of amazing artists!

Tonight, Friday, is opening night of the festival and the shows started roaring at 6:30pm. We have two stellar signings at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight, so stop on by and meet these jazz luminaries!

Signing at the Mini-Amoeba tent tonight:
Roberto Fonseca – 8pm

When pianist Roberto Fonseca plays, the music seeps from yo roberto fonsecaevery pore in his body, at times on stage he stands and hammers the piano as if it were a percussion instrument or he grabs a drum and transforms his group into a comparsa – the Cuban carnival groups that parade the streets once a year . YO, Fonseca’s new album, continues this party like never before. Recognized as a major influence on modern Cuban jazz, and jazz in general, he proves that his horizons are not limited by the subtleties of jazz, nor to just the Caribbean.

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Chuck Palahniuk & the SF Cacophony Society: Creating Culture from Mayhem, 9/23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2013 06:43pm | Post a Comment

Ever wonder how Chuck Palahniuk came up with the idea for Fight Club’s secret society of recreational fighters? Or how a giant wooden “man” ended up on fire in the desert, inspiring one of the world’s most radical gatherings? Welcome to the Cacophony Society, an underground group of pranksters whose antics have helped shape the contemporary zeitgeist for the past three decades. Now -- from flash mobs and SantaCon to groups like Improv Everywhere and the Yes Men -- new generations of instigators are taking a page out of the Cacophony book, driving pranks and events with social media tools.

On Monday, September 23rd, immerse yourself in the full Cacophony experience at the Castro Theatre as society founders and celebrated members (including Chuck Palahniuk, John Law, Carrie Galbraith, and Brad Wieners) take you through the society’s origins, the importance of play in adult life, and how to kick-start your own culture. Plus, check out some society spinoffs including: bartending robots from RoboGames, a blessing from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “Hugging Machines” from artist Kal Spelletich, Art Cars, Doggie Diner heads, video shorts, and more!

Get your tickets HERE!

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Help Save the Historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment
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Balboa Theatre, 1941

Many small theaters have adopted the rallying cry of "Go Digital, or Go Dark," and though that sounds dramatic, it is all too true. After 100 years of movies being screened from film, Hollywood is converting to digital. Every theatre must upgrade its projectors and associated equipment by the end of this year.

The Balboa Theatre opened in 1926 and has served San Francisco's Richmond district continuously since then. Every year, thousands of residents of all ages visit the Balboa for screenings of new films and well-curated programming such as music documentaries, classics, and "Popcorn Palace" kids fare! But now they need your help.

The Balboa is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign so they can upgrade the projection and sound equipment in both of their two auditoriums. It will cost close to $150,000 to do both. They have just raised enough to convert one auditorium, but you can help them reach their stretch goal so they can go all the way. With digital projectors in place, they will be able to keep the Balboa alive offering a modern, first-class movie experience in a classic neighborhood theatre. Plus, they are giving away some great reward incentives. Donate now!

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