The Guggenheim Grotto
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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The Guggenheim Grotto
Following a year consumed by writing and recording new songs for their upcoming album, Dublin alt-folk duo The Guggenheim Grotto will return to the road playing headlining dates across the nation. The band continues to promote the release of its third album, The Universe Is Laughing, but is showcasing plenty of new material as well.
The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Happy The Man, The Universe Is Laughing didn’t take long to catch the attention of critics far and wide, receiving praise from outlets like American Songwriter, LA Weekly, AOL Spinner,Venus Zine and being chosen for a Paste CD sampler. The band’s success continued when it was invited to play 20 dates on a national tour with Ingrid Michaelson.
Released on United for Opportunity, the album is a lyrical journey through life’s beautiful mysteries with equal amounts melancholy and jubilance. Largely written and recorded in hotels and living rooms while crossing this wide country on tour, it sees Kevin May and Mick Lynch further develop themes of self-discovery and enlightenment while maintaining their signature mix of timeless alt-folk, soaring melodies and emotionally intelligent lyrics with a hint of electro-pop.
The Guggenheim Grotto emerged in 2005 to critical acclaim in Ireland with its debut album …Waltzing Alone when the first single “Told You So” reached No. 12 on the Irish National Airplay Charts. Later, the band found success abroad much in part to early champions like David Dye at WXPN in Philadelphia, XM Radio’s “The Loft” and Nic Harcourt at KCRW in Los Angeles. Both previous releases have made it to No. 1 on the iTunes Folk Chart and seen placements in major primetime TV programs like Brothers and Sisters and One Tree Hill. The band’s sophomore record, 2009’s Happy The Man, saw the band tour with They Might Be Giants and Ani DiFranco, and received tremendous support from Triple A radio, warm embraces at press, and a YouTube featured video for the first single, “Her Beautiful Ideas,” that garnered over 300,000 views in just a few days.
Visit www.tggband.com for more information and a list of all tour dates.
Justin Farren is an acclaimed yet unassuming singer songwriter from Sacramento California where he lives in a house that he literally built with his own two hands, about which he says, "it's like living in a museum of my own mistakes".
When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman. With a humble and humorous perspective, Justin paints lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day to day life, often expressing his own doubts and experiences. His songs are real, thoughtful, undeniable, fun and often compared to those of Dan Bern, Greg Brown, Paul Simon, and Jack Johnson. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless. The Sacramento New & Review describes him as "The storyteller with an impeccable voice, a guitar and a head full of funny, tender and engaging observation".
Justin has played numerous shows on California's west coast and has been honored to open for national artists including Bret Dennen, Hot Buttered Rum, Matt Costa, Jackie Greene, Bhi Bhiman and Amber Rubarth. He was voted "Best Lyricist" in 2010 by Sacramento Magazine and and "Best Musician" in 2009 and 2010 by the Sacramento News and Review. Justin's song "Midnight at The Fair" was voted the "2012 SONG OF THE YEAR" at The West Coast Songwriters, Berkeley Chapter Playoffs. He'll be heading back to the Freight & Salvage to participate in the state-wide GRAND PLAYOFF event this August Justin recently wrapped up a spring tour which included shows in Sacramento, Carson City, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Ana and Stockton. He will continue to perform regionally through the fall.
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