SF Porchfest Kickoff Party with Jerry Giddens and Colonels of Truth - Private Parlor Show (($10 before & $15 day of show))

Jerry Giddens

Giddens is a singer-songwriter, poet, and teacher, born on the banks of the Red River, in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised at a crossroads six miles from Ringgold, Louisiana, a small town of 1500 people. His earliest memories of pop music are "the Fats Domino records my older sisters smuggled out of New Orleans where us kids spent many Mardi Gras and summer vacations at my Aunt Nina Ruth's home." But his earliest memories of music are those housed at Springhill Baptist Church, a little country church down the road from his home. There, Jerry first sang from the stage, at age six. As a teenager he would direct the church's youth choir for Sunday services and appearances around North Louisiana. On Saturdays he and a local guitar player would sing Everly Brothers tunes for the new coffee houses springing up in the 60s.

"When I finally escaped that lonely crossroads, I headed for the university and freedom. On many weekends, I would head to New Orleans to see a show at the old Warehouse." In the late 70s Giddens would relocate to Southern California. He would be a part of the vibrant 1980s and 1990s indie music scene in Los Angeles and the imagination behind Walking Wounded with whom he recorded four records: The New West, Raging Winds of Time, Hard Times, and artificial hearts. The band toured nationally. "We even headlined Tips one TUL night and Better Than Ezra opened. After that we worked with Jack Gretsch at The Howling Wolf. He was always great to us. He would even let my underage cousins from Metairie slip in for the evening. When the band broke up and I began touring solo, Jack was one of my key supporters and I opened shows for Tim McLaughlin, Snooks Eaglin, Dash Rip Rock, and the wonderful Alex Chilton." Giddens' discography also includes The Ballad of Gaucho Gil and four solo records: Livin' Ain't Easy, The Devil's Front Door, For Lydia, and little demons.

He left California after a thirty-five year fling with "show business" and returned to Louisiana to take a teaching position at Southern University at New Orleans. "Now, I teach a class at Tulane, Jazz Biography and Storyville. The class is a product of my lifelong love of The City That Care Forgot. I guess like Jimmy Buffet, New Orleans was my Paris." Giddens has stayed busy in the studio. He has recorded and now released Damn it Abby! with Killeen Foundry, a project with Rod Hodges of The Iguanas. "The sessions with Mark Bingham at Piety Studios were the beginnings of a Jerry Giddens record. John Fohl, Tom Marron, Michael Skinkus, and Spencer Bohren began the sessions. Spencer introduced me to Rod, he brought in the rest of the Iguanas, and we recorded a few more tracks. One of my old fans even commented on the New Orleans influence on the new material. That's a real source of pride for me." Today you might catch a rare Killeen Foundry show when Rod is in town and Jerry has begun a residency, of sorts, at The St. Roch Tavern in New Orleans on Tuesday nights. His new cd/record continues the artist's evolution, with a combination of acoustic and electric sounds that challenge the notions of folk music and as Jim Beal from The San Antonio Express News comments, stomps "all over the line that separates alternative and the mainstream."

Colonels of Truth

What started as a late night Easter Eve text conversation, most likely fueled by alcohol and the Holy Spirit of Charlton Heston’s Moses flashing across the TV screen, and culminating in a living room strewn with guitars and a small flask of whiskey tucked neatly behind a table leg, has officially evolved into Colonels of Truth.

Rick Santos of South Bay honky tonk heroes Longliner joined with Peter Dominguez, David Sands & Robert Scott Mueller of San Francisco’s cow punk outfit GEN 11 in an attempt to strip everything away and return to their acoustic roots.

Their brand of Northern California Country Folk Americana was captured on a 'live in studio' debut EP in late 2013. Since it's release Songs of Love, Blood & Redemption has received steady play on college, independent & community radio, as well as having two songs featured on FX Network's brilliantly twisted comedy Legit. The EP also earned CoT opening slots on national tour stops for Jon Dee Graham, Pert' Near Sandstone, Austin Jenckes, Cody Beebe & The Crooks and sets at The 38th annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, NapaPorchfest and SFPorchfest I & II.

SF Porchfest

SF Porchfest 2017 will be on May 20, it is an afternoon of music on the porches, backyards and stoops of the Mission. SF Porchfest celebrates community, fun and music of every genre, all for free and all created by YOU. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether as performing artists, porch hosts, volunteers, or members of a roving audience.

SF Porchfest reflects the creativity and diversity of the city we all love, with musical acts across many genres, ages, and backgrounds. The annual SF Porchfest is an incredible day, and we're excited to bring the event back to San Francisco’s Mission District for a third year.

SF Porchfest 2017 is coming together rapidly, so please follow our FB page and check our website for updates. We’ll ultimately publish a map and schedule so you can plan your day’s wander through the festivities.

We can’t wait to see YOU on the Porch!

$10.00 - $15.00


$10 before and $15 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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