12th Annual Murder Ballads Bash with Loretta Lynch, The Alegre Sisters, Pope Paul Pot, Heartache Sisters, Chonk and the Ghostfiddler, The UnReal Band, Mugg Muggles, Rockzilla, The Phantom Limbs, Mike Glendinning, Flaming Telepaths and MC Crissy King
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Loretta has blazed trails, having played San Francisco's acclaimed Great American Music Hall and Slim's nightclubs, live radio performances (including twice on NPR's West Coast Live), multiple appearances at England's famed Glastonbury Music Festival, and performances on the second stages at the Sleep Train Pavilion and Shoreline Amphitheatre opening for Alabama. Loretta Lynch appeared on NPR's 'Marketplace' website as one of the "Great Pop Music Artists of Today", and has lassoed a devoted and steadily growing local fan base.
Let this city quintet with the country heart break yours into tiny jagged pieces and lift it up again with the ease of a shot glass. It's a little bit front stoop, a little bit backwoods, it's the art motel on a long stretch of highway…it's Loretta Lynch!
"Loretta Lynch plays the sort of California country-lover's country that has no past, as if it rolled in on a wave one day and set up shop. Buttery vocal harmonies and wary rhythms convey timeless tales about heartbreak, coming home, and growing old that still manage to sound utterly modern."
- East Bay Express
The Alegre Sisters
We're a singing/songwriting/strumming sister-collaboration.
Pope Paul Pot
Since the release of his EP, “Plastic TV Land on Acid”, in 1981 and numerous DIY music releases to KALX in the early 1980s, Pope Paul Pot has been playing music in a number of bands: Gail & the Fudgepackers, Don't Mind Us (nobody did), Poor Impulse Control, and the Happy Clams .
Adventurous Americana duo, Heartache Sisters, is the excitable younger sibling of Laura Benitez and the Heartache that was built streamlined for the road. In 2013, the Berkeley/Oakland, CA pair sprang from the magic created by the 5-piece electric band to showcase their close female harmonies and let songwriting shine through unadorned. Their music cuts to the core with lyrics that resonate and melodies that shine.
Heartache Sisters are multi-instrumentalists and fashion lovers, Laura Benitez (ex-The Cottonpickers) and Michele Kappel-Stone (ex-Kirby Grips/Tippy Canoe). They bring their guerilla-style acoustic guitar, ukulele, and snare drum driven sound to nightclub, house concert, festival, and street corner alike, spreading the gospel of classic country and folk.
Look for Laura's songs filled with hard truths and feisty declarations and endearing, hook-filled tunes from Michele's lockbox. Plus you'll hear passionate takes on Country, Early Rock and Roll, and Pop by artists such as Buddy Holly, Dolly Parton, and The Drifters. They're currently making pilgrimages to a secret Blackhawk Recording Hideaway to ready their Double Digital Single release for early Spring 2014 and their 7-song EP CD to follow this Summer.
Chonk and the Ghostfiddler
Gritty and infectious, Chonk & the Ghostfiddler create an experimental yet accessible- hell, even enjoyable soundscape, ranging from footstompin' country blues, to bootyshaking soul funk, to mindbending folk tunes.
The UnReal Band
The Eastbay's longest running psychedelic band, these Starry Plough stalwarts will arrive in some physical form to alter your peaceful reality.
Mugg Muggles has been delighting Bay Area audiences on street corners, in sundry bars and dives, as well as radio and television for over 3 decades with his eclectic repertoire, irreverent demeanor and mellifluous bass/baritone. Simply accompanied by his pulsing acoustic guitar (or 1 stringed Gutbucket Bass) and awesome homemade kazoo, Mugg evokes distant eras of Prohibition Speakeasies, Minstrel Shows, Juke Joints, House Rent Parties, Barn Dances and Sock Hops.
"It's kind of like my version of Rockpile..you know, heavy rhythm rock and roll and features songs I've always wanted to do which lay down that Chuck Berry meets Dave Edmunds groove as well as a few originals combined with some of my major influences like Peter Green." - Harlan Hollander
The Phantom Limbs
Not to be confused with a defunct punk rock band, Amy Zing, Aislinn Harvey, and Eric Saxby hail from Oakland and are actually very nice people who hardly ever enact their elaborate plans of revenge.
Named Best Local Musician in this year's Eastbay Express readers poll, Mike is one of a kind, a guitarist whose anger and sense of beauty run close to the surface, exploding from amplifiers or CDs a unique, edgy, fluid style he calls grunge jazz. It's outsider music finding its roots in two distinct zones: the intuitive, soulful poetry of jazz improv, and the edgy, dirty attitude of a metal guitar survivor flipping off the universe.
$6.00 - $8.00
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