LUCE, Victoria George
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Luce began in 2002 when a young house painter named Tom Luce decided he would pursue a life long dream of writing and recording his very first CD. What he never imagined what that this CD, featuring the song Good Day, would begin a career that would take his band and him on thirty-three national tours, earn a Bammy for best debut album, end up in two major motion pictures and several television shows, and receive airplay on almost every Triple A radio station and on countless Hot AC stations across the country. Tom Luce decided it was time to put down his paintbrush.
Since that beginning Luce has been touring constantly and has put out three full-length CD's as well as an acoustic EP that rediscovered the fan favorite, "Good Day" as well as introduced new LUCE songs. "We wanted to push ourselves by recording live" says singer Tom Luce. "Recording a song acoustically opens the door to new ideas and crazy experiments". Luce has also reworked their live show and is now back in the studio working on new material for the fourth album. "This business forces you to keep reinventing yourself," says Tom, "there is always a feeling like something creatively great is just around the corner". And as far as painting houses goes, "I miss that sometimes" he says. "But I guess I've really just switched from paint brushes to guitars".
"Victoria George has the enviable skill of sounding effortless at everything she does, be it country, rock or breezy pop music...this North Bay native simply knows her way around a good tune." Irish Greg- KFOG
Combining the country-flavored vocals of the Dixie Chicks with the tone of Alison Krauss and the roots of Bonnie Raitt, at the end of the day Victoria George has her own sound. One where commercial appeal meets personal commitment. Building her fan base the old-fashioned way, Victoria has spent years growing a grass-roots following here in the Bay Area and beyond. In 2005 she released her first EP, Far As I'm Concerned, which was followed in 2007 by her self-titled full-length effort, Victoria George. These records, and a string of high-profile shows opening for the likes of Junior Brown, Willie Nelson and the Doobie Brothers, landed her a management deal out of Nashville. Reluctant to leave the Bay Area but excited to try her luck in Music City, Victoria moved everything in 2008, where for two-and-a-half years she polished her craft as a songwriter and performer.
With a "been there, done that, what's next" attitude, Victoria is back living in the Bay Area and promoting her new release, Lately I, recorded at Mission Bells Studio in San Francisco. This long awaited release showcases a maturity in her songwriting and a definite honing of her sound. It is simply- California meets Tennessee. "Forever", the first track off the EP was recently chosen by KFOG for their Local Scene 8 compilation.
Northern California based singer/songwriter David Luning is of a new generation of indie musicians whose genre blurs the lines of Americana, Alternative Country, Folk, Rock, and Blues. Audiences laugh at his charming stories, tear up with his heartbreaking country and Americana ballads, and then dance, whoop, and holler with his rock and blues. With insights well beyond his years, David’s poignant songwriting and warm, rich timbre voice captivate audiences and draw them into a musical world that is familiar yet completely fresh and new.
Luning’s debut album “Just Drop on By”, which he personally recorded, mixed and produced, has been called "a gritty, joyful, soulful piece of Americana", and "an album you'll want to revisit again and again". Johnny Bazzano from KRCB praises "Just Drop On By is the best Americana Music album I've heard..”. David also acted, produced and co-directed the music video “Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright.
While studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Todd Snider, and The Band. “Something just clicked. It was like a slow bolt of lightning that struck my soul. It was honest. The kind of music that spoke of real life, heartaches and loss, but also of heartwarming humor and foot stomping sing-alongs. It was simple and it was real. …Like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country – it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice.” That’s when David decided to relocate back to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist.
In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am”, which appeared on American Idol’s January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying, “you have stanch originality, no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy.”
David writes, records, and performs all of his original songs. "He can entertain and delight large crowds, using only himself, his guitar, and his harmonica". For events calling for a band, David most often plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin, and Linden Reed. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist.