Eliza Rickman (with strings) + Jacob Metcalf + comedy by Natasha Muse - Private Parlor Show (($15 before & $20 day of show))
65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
This event is 12 and over
There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage- whether she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano- is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore. It has been three years between Rickman's first album, O, You Sinners, and her newest effort, Footnotes for the Spring. In those intervening three years, Rickman added the autoharp to her repertoire, fought illness and heartbreak (and won), and turned 30. But mostly, she toured. She is a frequent featured musical act for the live rendition of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she joined the band Rasputina for a handful of dates, and she organized her own successful solo European tour.
During those three years, Rickman’s vocal delivery has also developed a new breathlessness. She wrote all the string arrangements on her debut. But friend Jason Webley produced and orchestrated Footnotes. Here, Rickman’s voice casts its shadow against Webley’s shimmering strings and a Phil Spector style wall of sound, flecked with melancholy and nostalgia. This clutch of songs comprises, among others, “Lark of my Heart”, written to commemorate the wedding day of Margaret Rucker, an unknown poet whose scrapbook was found in a dumpster many years after her death; “Now and Then”, whose opening lines encapsulate the juxtaposition at the heart of the album- Oh, to be young again/blood is on my hands- and “Wax Nostalgic”, whose title speaks for itself. But this is nostalgia without sentimentality. Rickman’s voice has the power to hold the smallest grain of sadness, an intimation that the longed-for innocence depicted in her lyrics has slipped just below the glow of the orchestra and out of sight.
Natasha Muse is like the C3P0 of San Francisco comedy: a bunch of small bears once mistook her for a golden god but in reality she’s a bumbling robot (as well as a mom, a transsexual, and a firm agnostic). The SF Weekly once declared her a “Comedian to Watch” in 2014, and in 2016 they upgraded her to an “Artist to Watch.” Natasha features at the SF Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club, and has worked with such comedy luminaries as Maria Bamford, Roseanne Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Wyatt Cenac, and God. Natasha’s comedy is so good, it’s not even funny.
Jacob Metcalf is a postmodern composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas, recognized for his inventive guitar work and warm singing voice. He performs solo, with a band, and occasionally alongside a symphony of winds, strings, and brass.
Metcalf's debut album Fjord (2016) received pleasant responses from the international press community and music lovers alike for its breathtaking collection of art-folk compositions that range from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic orchestrations, sometimes within the same song, and all set to Metcalf’s inviting vocals and non-linear story-telling.
The material for the record was pulled from hand-scrawled journals written over a decade and spanning five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America). More recently, Metcalf lived several years out of his car and inside a four foot crawl space between a vintage store and loft apartments in order to save enough from his day jobs to complete the album. Recorded in Austin, Ft. Worth and Dallas with more than 30 talented musician friends, the singer-songwriter and band saw every theater, dive and city street as the ideal stage to prep the songs before further dressing up the arrangements in the studio.
“Metcalf’s solo debut is exquisite, its beauty both on the surface and further down — his reedy, emotive voice rests atop intricate instrumentation, full of flickering strings, plucked guitars and dry percussion — making songs like the gorgeous title track or Ein Berliner lodge firmly in the mind.” Preston Jones, Star Telegram
$15.00 - $20.00
$15 before and $20 day of show online and at the door.
Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.
Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.
Online sales are active until 9:30pm the night of show (unless sold out). You can purchase tickets right at the door using a card via your phone and the above Ticketfly.com link. That old-fashioned cash is also accepted, of course.
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