Right-e-oh. So, we Brazillionaires have a had a busy few months since our last post, as we toured LA and went to Vegas in June: We started out on June 15th at Villains Tavern
1536 Palmetto St., LA CA, Kicking off the Band Tour in style! On June 16 we played a Private Party
, and on June 18th we were at TRiP
2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 11:45pm There was a soul/folk band and a gypsy rock band on the bill as well. Good times! On June 19th, we played the Sassafras Saloon
1233 No. Vine St, LA, CA. It's a very stylish venue specializing in artisan cocktails and great acoustic music. Super swank, right up our alley. On June 21st, we played the Ambassador Lounge
at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville, CA 15494 Palmdale Road, 6pm Opening for karaoke, featuring some of the best voices west of the Mississippi. Seriously, that karaoke is off the hook. If you ever find yourself in Victorville... And finally, on June 23 we played the Commonwealth Club
, 525 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 8pm. It was our last gig on the tour, in a super cool joint in downtown Vegas. Rollin' in style!
And Furthermore, fully half of the Brazillionaires (Erin, Johnny, and Joe) have been involved in not one, but TWO musical theater productions at The Lost Church since we last spoke. You may remember the "Bloody Valentine" show from last February? Well, we followed that up with the next iteration of The Lost Church
's Murder Mystery Musical Madness & Mayhem Theater Production: "The Sound of Music, 30 Years After: Von Trapped in the Mansion!" Closing night was August 10th
. This wondrous little affair took place at The Lost Church
, located at 65 Capp St.
in our fair city, just a few footsteps away from 16th and Mission. The Lost Church presents live music Wednesday through Saturday, and it's a hidden gem in the pulsing heart of the city. We've played gigs at the Lost Church many times, and it's always been fantastic. We love The Church, oh yes we do, and it's quite possibly the greatest little venue in the world.... Yeah!! And just now, we're finishing up another theater production at the Lost Church as well, "The Young Frying Rabbit's Traveling Twilight Revue" featuring Erin and Johnny, as well as a few other massively talented performers in starring roles, with Joe on piano. Closing night is November 2nd
. It's a remarkable partnership, and it's wonderful to be involved in underground theater in SF. Thank you Lost Church!!
We've also played at The Starry Plough
in Berkeley on August 11th
at 4pm, located at 3101 Shattuck, and at ye olde Noe Valley Farmer's Market
on August 17th
at 11:30 am, located at 3861 24th St. in Noe Valley. Thanks for coming out and supporting us; both gigs were all ages! We performed at Amnesia Bar
in the Mission on August 31st
; it's a great little venue on Valencia St., and we performed with The Yellow Dress, who were sensational. Joe played a bit of Old Timey Piano, too: ragtime and standards on the in-house acoustic piano they have there. Fun! Amnesia is located at 853 Valencia St. b/w 19th and 20th streets.
Upcoming, we've booked a band gig on November 23rd at The Lost Church 65 Capp St, 8:00pm $10, with our good friends Rusty Stringfield, and on January 4th we'll be at Cafe du Nord 2170 Market St. 8:00pm $10 with Fleeting Trance and Miss Erma. Com on out and say howdy! There's a couple other things going on as well, so check out our Gig Page for more info. And in February, we'll be returning to the studio to record our Hitchcock Suite in all of it's glory, with an EP and perhaps even some precious vinyl for you to enjoy as well. Stay tuned!!
Yes indeed, it's our Nation's birthday today. And what a fine day it is; the sun is shining, the weather is perfect, the skies are clear... which means that we here in San Francisco may very well get to actually see the fireworks tonight! Almost every year, it's foggy on the Fourth, so the normal routine is to shiver in the cold and damp wrapped in a blanket while watching the glowing fog, since the fireworks shoot up into the cloud layer and light it up in a series of glowing crayola hues. But no-one gets to see the explosions per se, but rather we view a succession of softly lit pastels in the clouds. Which is kind of pretty, sure, but it's just not the same as massive explosions. This year, however, the skies are crystal clear. So, hooray explosions in the sky! And from certain elevated vantage points in the city, one can manage to view the firework shows from all over the bay, from Oakland to Fremont, down to Foster City and over in Sausalito, too. It's the first time in a while that the weather's been clear, so we're excited. Also, even though fireworks are illegal, the Mission goes nuts every year with civilians setting 'em off, some of which are darn impressive. It gets pretty crazy down there. So this should be a good one.
And just as a quick aside, we wanted to point out that even though we all say that the 4th of July is "Our Nation's Birthday", really all that happened is that in 1776 the Founding Fathers sent a letter to England saying, "We're not English anymore!" To which the English responded, "Like Hell you're not!" and thus, the Revolutionary War began. But it wasn't until June 21st, 1788 that the Constitution was ratified, so really June 21st should be Our Nation's Birthday. Which would've made the REAL 225th anniversary of Our Nation's Birth a few weeks ago, when we Brazillionaires were on tour. And in fact, we played a gig in Victorville, CA on June 21st; what more fitting way could there be to celebrate our freedom than to play a gig? Indeed. We'll have a blogpost & recap of our tour forthwith... it was super fun and very productive. Good times.
Hey there!! So we played our gig at the Bazaar Cafe
at 7:00 pm
on June 1st.
It was really cool, and a nice contingent of fans came out to see us. Since it's a cafe, kids showed up with their parents and enjoyed the music; it's a lovely little spot in the Richmond, and a thoroughly pleasant evening was had by all. Because it's primarily an acoustic venue, we were playin' an unplugged show with Joe playing the acoustic piano instead of his usual keyboard and Tony was on the Cajon instead of rocking the full drumkit, so the sound was a bit more delicate and expansive. It was a grand success, and we'll be returning to play again later this year. We also played a gig earlier that same morning at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market
at 10am, in our fair square
in Noe Valley. We performed bright and early for the birdies at the Farmer's Market, sweet and shiny for the kiddies and organic food lovers, and we really do love playing the Farmers Market. It's quite special.
In some very encouraging news, the long and laborious process of converting the parking lot on 24th Street (where the farmer's market is held) into a city park is underway! On Tuesday, The Board of Supervisors approved the plan for the City to buy the lot and for the process of conversion to begin. An actual park is still a couple of years away, realistically, since as we all know, the wheels of civic improvement spin ever so slowly, but the biggest hurdles were overcome in this last month. Someday soon, Noe Valley will have a small park on 24th Street to call it's own. So Hooray for grass roots activism!
And remember, we're touring down to SoCal and Vegas from June 14th til the 24th, so if you happen to be in the sunny southern climes in mid-June, check out the schedule on our Gig Page
, and we hope to see you there. Cheers!
Okay, just a quick post to say that we're playing at the Bazaar Cafe
next Saturday, June 1st, at 7:00 pm. It's an all-ages venue in the Richmond district of San Francisco, and it's well known for presenting some of the best acoustic music in the bay area. Located at 5927 California Street between 20th and 21st, it's a swell little place to see live music, and we Brazillionaires will be tearing it up, acoustic style. Kids are welcome, and there's a lovely little garden out back as well. Come on out and join us! Cheers.
Okey-dokey, artichokey. Just a brief update as to what's new: we've got a little acoustic show at the Noe Valley Farmers Market
on Saturday June 1st, at 10am. Located at 3861 24th St., it's your go-to location for all things organic and leafy. Plus, your favorite Vintage Swing Noir ensemble will be shakin' it up and playin' your favorite tunes. Come on out, enjoy the sun and fun and bask in all the splendid music and deliciousness! Farmers rock.
We also have a few dates lined up for our So.Cal & Vegas tour in mid-June, and we'll have more info on that directly (or just navigate on over to our Gig Page
). We have a couple of upcoming gigs here in the city as well, including a show with the talented and charming chanteuse Miss Erma
on July 12th. Located at 998 Valencia St., it's got the feel of an underground speakeasy, with redwood walls and decorative washboards hung about, and it's where we shot our video "Theories About You", as you may remember. It's always a swell ol time playing at Viracocha, so be sure not to miss it!
Also, we played The Lost Church
recently, and it was oh-so-much-fun. Brett and Lizzie, husband and wife co-owners of The Church, recently had a beautiful little baby boy, Ulysses, and yet they've never missed a beat with the running of their lovely little venue, hosting live music Wednesday through Saturday night. Rock and roll, indeed. In July and August, The Lost Church will be presenting another night of Musical Murder Mystery Madness and Mayhem, and you may remember that a few of us Brazillionaires were involved in the "Just Another Bloody Valentine" show over Valentine's day. Which was awesome. For that Valentine's production, Brett Cline wrote a show around the music of the Brazillionaires, incorporating a selection of our favorite tunes into a plot set in 1950's suburbia, starring the lovely and talented Erin Brazill herself in the lead role. As a string of murders rips through a quiet community, a bored housewife seeks to solve the murders while escaping from her droll existence (as well as her two-dimensional husband and self-absorbed daughter) with fantasies of being a lounge singer... Quite the show, we must say. Next up, however, is "The Sound of Music 30 Years Later: Von Trapped in the Attic!!" Let your imagination run wild with that one. And again, a few of us Brazillionaires will be involved in some capacity; keep your eyes on this space for more excitement and information.
In the meantime, get out there and enjoy that weather! It's San Francisco, after all. Make the most of it, people. Cheerio.
So it is indeed Easter today, a bit earlier than usual this year perhaps, but we here at Brazillionaires Central are thrilled to see the trees and flowers in bloom in our fair Ci-tay By the Bay, the sun ascendant in all of it's glory, and the general awesomeness abounding. Let's get Sprung. Also, baseball season is about to start, which is terribly exciting, but that's a whole different story. Yes, we have gigs on the horizon, most notably April 27th
at the Lost Church
, 65 Capp St. in SF. Don't miss it, it will be kick-ass. Also we've got a date upcoming at Viracocha, exact details TBD, and a couple other things on the radar. For example, we'll be playing the Senior Center in Pacifica on April 14th (seriously, we love bringing the joy of music to the elder generation -- it's beautiful and amazing to see, and very gratifying.) Also, we're planning an epic SoCal tour, down to LA and over to Vegas, so brace yourselves. Seriously, hold tight, cus it's gonna be a bumpy ride. More info forthcoming. BAND TOUR!
Indeed, your favorite Vintage Noir ensemble visited our dear Mendocino
over Martin Luther King Weekend for two very unique and special shows. We played a free happy hour show at The Stanford Inn
on Saturday, January 19th at 5:00; 'twas a wonderful set, with a grand piano and all the associated awesomeness that goes along with that situation... We were semi-acoustic and sparkling darkly in a beautifully mellow mode. This cozy and warm festival of love was located at 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, just outside Mendocino proper. The following night, we pulled out all the stops and tore down the house full throttle at The Caspar Inn
. Ah, yes, we do so love playin' Ye Ole Caspar Inn, located in the town of Caspar at 14957 Caspar Rd... That was at 8:30pm on Sunday the 20th of January, and 'twas only $5 at the door -- so affordable! Next time we're up in Mendoland, you should most definitely come on out and join us for our shimmering wintery-sweet wonderland of sound, where dancing, singing, memories and surprises abound. It was decidedly awesome. BAND TOUR!!
But wait, there's more! We played a most excellent show the other night at The Lost Church
(located at 65 Capp St., in lovely SF). And we have to tell you, The Lost Church is one of the most amazing performance spaces you'll ever experience. We love it so much, in fact, that we managed to get ourselves involved in a Valentines Day Theatrical Extravaganza, involving a couple of Brazillionaires in featured roles. "Just Another Bloody Valentine" was definitely the high water mark for Theater
in San Francisco in February. Seriously, it was the killer diller, to the hilt. Very attractively built. But if you missed it, tragically, well, you just go ahead and Stay Tuned, cus we'll be right back with more after this brief message, and there's gonna be EPIC collaboration going forward. Brett and Lizzy, the owners, proprietors and caretakers of the Church are the BOMB. Those two are pretty dern special, and as awesome human beings go, they're at the top of the list. And believe us, we know from awesome humans.
Also, we played the Opening Night Gala for the NOIR CITY
film festival on January 25th, and we played the Noir City NightClub at The Regency Lodge (1290 Sutter St., SF) on February 2nd to close the festival as well. Those were tip top hip to the hop. Let's do it again next year, and let's get dark. Also, just for the record, we love Christmas, and when it's the holidaze, ya gotsta represent, yo. Go forth in Merriment, Toss back some Eggnog and Flock the Tree, ya dig? Make the Yuletide Gay and Spread the Love Far and Wide.
It's the Most Wonderful Time of The Year, after all, so let's get jiggy with Jesus and sing some carols 'round the piano, shall we? Yes, we shall.
Hello Bloggers and Bloggettes. We're just popping in for a brief update on our latest goings on. We played the Noe Valley Harvest Festival a couple of weeks ago for the second year in a row, and it was stellar. We really do enjoy playing outdoor festivals, with children and pets running about, booths and vendors of all varieties selling their wares, locals wandering around and enjoying the atmosphere, drinks and food being consumed, and the sun shining in all it's glory as our sweet melodies waft over the crowd. Lovely stuff indeed. At the moment, we're rehearsing a bit, working up a couple of new songs for your pleasure, and getting ready for a few parties and private gigs that are coming up. We've got another show at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market on December 15th, and a club gig here and there on the horizon as well. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, take a look at our most excellent video in HD by clicking here
to watch it on Vimeo, or by clicking here
to watch it on our video page. Cheers!
p.s. also, for all you sports fans out there, don't forget to check out our blog devoted to The San Francisco Giants
and to Arsenal
, a team in the English Premiere League. It's called, "The Pitch
& The Diamond
" and can be found by clicking here
. It mostly revolves around sports, specifically Baseball and Soccer and the two aforementioned teams, but occasionally ventures off into uncharted territory. It's quite the entertaining little read, or so we've heard. Check it out! As Sergio Romo would say, "That's what's up!"
So yes, Summer was awesome, Fun was had, Adventures were adventured, Music was written, Videos were edited, Parties were thrown, Sports were viewed, Beverages were consumed, The Sun was worshiped, Weddings were enjoyed, Hotsprings were visited, Erin and Ryan got married (which was unbelievably beautiful and incredibly fun), Travel was traveled (to the South East US as well as to Italy), Many more Beverages were consumed, Restfulness was restful and now we return to you fully re-energized, with open arms and fiery amps, ready for action. We've got a few gigs on the immediate horizon, and we've played four since our little summer hiatus ended. Are you as ridiculously excited as we are to be back on the path? Well, you should be. We're not booking a ton of gigs in the next few months, but we are playing out. The NVHF, Off The Grid, an art opening, a private party... We'll certainly let you know if we're playing something special that you won't want to miss. We know we've been a bit remiss in our Blog Updates, and we apologize. But fear not, we are back, in full effect. Much more info is soon to come regarding future awesomeness, so stay tuned.
We've had a few great gigs in the last month; On September 9th at 6:00pm, we played The Surf Spot
in Pacifica, located on Highway 1 next to The Sea Bowl. It was a smashing success at a great venue, and we'll be back down in Pacifica soon, talkin with the seagulls and rockin with the waves. Then on the following Sunday, September 16th, we played with Polkacide in SF at Thee Parkside
for a mid-day Fundraiser from 11:00am -3:00pm. The fundraiser was for Dawn's school, and we managed to raise some money to help Dawn educate those kiddies! There was a face-painting station and an arts and crafts table and some tasty food and snacks; we had a really lovely time. Then the following weekend, two good friends of ours were married on September 22nd, and we played their reception at an antique shop in Potrero Hill. Which was fantastic. Weddings are wonderful, indeed. Of course, the most recent Brazillionaires explosion was our rockin, stompin, big old hoe-down of a party at Amnesia Bar
in the Mission. Man, do we love playing at Amnesia. The evening began with Joe playing an hour or so of Acoustic Piano. He played mostly old blues and some rags, and it was quite special. It's always a treat to hear live piano played in a bar, after all. We then Premiered our new video Theories About You;
It was very well received, and it's rather impressive, to be perfectly honest. (Not too shabby for our first try at a truly professional video, and we know you'll enjoy it. We'll have a new blogpost about that directly.) After the Video, the Always Thrilling Hang Jones
played a great set, and then we hosted a Lingerie Fashion Show (for which Joe was persuaded to play live piano at the last minute, because it's Amnesia, and Joe will inevitably play some old-timey piano at some point in the evening, that much is certain. He really cannot be contained, So we figured, "Hey, why not let him add 'Lingerie Fashion Show Accompanist' to his resumé?") After all the sexy hotness diffused a bit, We Brazillionaires played our set, and it was one of those nights where everyone onstage was locked in, totally connected as a band, playing with exceptional focus, energy, and expression, and we just killed it. Not to toot our own horn ("toot toot"), but we do play remarkably well. (Let's be honest; we're one of the best bands working in the San Francisco Club Scene right now, and we'd maintain that level in any city in the world.) But this night at Amnesia was special
. One of the best shows we've ever played, hands down. And then, as we'd look out at the audience, it was just one sweating, throbbing, pulsing, grooving, swinging hot mass of positive energy. Amnesia gets HOT when it gets crowded, and the whole joint was jumpin, dancing their asses off. Such a great show, so many wonderful people showed up, we had such a great time... it was So Bloody Fantastic. We can't wait to do it again.
Anyway, it's great to be back. Life is unbelievably awesome
Greetings, fellow travelers. (As always, hypertext in this post is in bold red
.) This here is just a little post to update y'all on some of the new developments in the world of the Brazillionaires... last weekend, we went into tiny telephone
studios here in our beloved San Francisco, and we recorded the first two songs of our latest effort, "The Hitchcock Suite." We worked with Ian Pelicci, who also engineered our EP "Last Night In Town." We had a most excellent time, and we successfully recorded a fine new version of our song "Theories About You" parts 1 & 2. (We'll be shooting a video to accompany the track on May 19th at Viracocha
, one of our favorite SF venues, and we'll have the final product up on our website, on Facebook and on YouTube in June. More on that to come!) Interestingly, we were in Studio B, the (slightly) smaller recording studio at tiny telephone, and in the studio was a Story & Clark upright grand that the folks at t.t. have been refurbishing. It's not quite totally up to 100% refurbished, but it had a magical, almost there, in-tune/out-of-tune sound that the piano tuner was supposed to correct the next day, but the quality of the piano was absolutely perfect for the brief piano outro that Joe recorded on the tail end of the track... kind of a minor kismet moment, when we just happened to be in the studio when that piano was in a perfectly imperfect state. 'Twas a fleeting moment of slightly flawed beauty, and we just managed to catch it before it drifted away... And now that we think about it, perfectly imperfect is an accurate description of our sound, generally; our sound is real, it's gritty, and it's noirishly torn and blemished. Perfect beauty is just so... boring, right? Which is why we record to 2" tape and use minimal overdubs, thereby capturing the essence of a live performance. None of this track-by-track, futuristic high-tech songbuilding for us, no sir! And definitely no synths or (gasp!) drum-machines. Not that that there's anything wrong with all that (Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk kick ass) but No, we prefer to play it straight though on acoustic instruments in one take, thanks. It's how we roll. And as for the piano, as Ian was mixing on Sunday, Joe played a bunch of old blues and ragtime tunes and recorded it on his little handheld recording device; he's promised to get all those tracks sorted and up on the website soon. We're looking forward to sharing it all with you, and we should have some videos of our session up soon. Good times!
Also, since you asked, we've got a few gigs lined up in the near future, and besides, we thought you might like to know. :-) First off, on Friday May 11th, Erin's playing a solo show at The Center for Sex and Culture,
located at 1349 Mission Street between 9th & 10th Streets. Then the following morning, May 12th, we'll all be at the Noe Valley Farmers Market
at 9:45am for an acoustic hoe-down. We really do love playing the Farmers Market; it's an SF institution and it's a great place to get all your organic fruits and vegetables (as well as tasty Samosas and Quesadillas!) Then Towards the end of the month, on May 27th, we'll be playing a special event at The MakeOutRoom
at 3225 22nd Street, to be known hereafter as "Crafternoon" ...or at least, that's what we're calling it. It's at 2:00pm in the afternoon, and it will feature local arts & crafty types doing their thing (knitting, letterpress, sewing, etc...) as well as local bands rocking out and a few novel surprises to boot. It should be a nifty little event, kind of unusual and perhaps unique, but that's just the sort of thing that gets us all riled up. We do love the unusual. We've also got a couple of gigs booked in June as well, playing Saturday June 9th at Noon for an OffTheGrid
foodtruck event at McCoppin And Valencia, and then we'll be supporting our good friends Tidelands
at The Hemlock Tavern
on June 14th, located at 1131 Polk Street between Post and Sutter. So put 'em in your calendar, and come on out and join us!
And Yes, indeedy, we played the Listening Room at The Lost Church
on April 21st, and it was an exciting evening of Music, Theater, and Enlightenment. It's a cozy and warm new space in the heart of the Mission at 65 Capp Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. With incredible sound, an eclectic yet refined aesthetic and musical sense, and a suspended walk-way twisting and undulating through the air above the seats and the stage, it's one of the coolest new places to see live, acoustic music in San Francisco. We played there earlier in the year, on February 17th, and we were pleased to discover a very hip, but kind of under-the-radar new venue; we performed there most recently as part of an evening of music and performance, "Another Rock & Roll Nightmare!"
There was, in fact, an Alien invasion, as well as the appearance of an interstellar bounty hunter (complete with shotgun and eye patch) and more than a few clever references and allusions... The Lost Church hosts a variety of different types of bands and performances, from Bluegrass Bands to Local Theater Productions to Experimental Music to Improv to Jazz, Funk, and Punk to Vintage Noir Pop with a Swing from yours truly, the fantastic and oh-so-charming Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires!! We had a great time, and we're looking forward to the next opportunity to grace their space. Seriously, though, you should check out The Lost Church
and see what they're all about; it's tops.
All righty then. That's about it for now; we'll get some new photos and videos and audio tracks up in the near future. Stay tuned, and keep on rockin in the free world, peoples!!