Bonnie and the Bang Bang, Growwler
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Guy Fox is an Oakland based band that effuses dancy high life vibes with carefree indie vocals and hints of old soul. Combine the energy of alternative rock with big band arrangements and funk beat breaks, and you have the rare and impassioned music of Guy Fox.
The band is made up of Northeastern transplants drawn to the Bay Area by the romance of San Francisco. They played together throughout college, jamming at house parties and cultivating the free flow groove that makes their complex arrangements feel effortless.
A year after friend and band-mate, Pete Granquist (drums, vocals), relocated to the West Coast, Nate "Noodle" Witherbee (guitar, vocals, synthesizers) and Greg Waters (guitar, saxophone, vocals) packed up their car and moved to the Bay Area on a whim; an epic cross-country road trip ensued. The three friends were introduced to Charlie Moore (bass, vocals) at a house party, and Guy Fox was born.
After a year of playing warehouse parties and tapping into local creative spaces, Guy Fox's debut EP was released in early 2012, followed by sold out shows at top SF venues like Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord and the Rickshaw Stop. The band also picked up accolades such as The Deli SF's "Artist of the Month" and Rasputin Music's "Buzz Band of the Week".
Their second EP "The Wild" is further evidence of Guy Fox’s wide range of influences and inspired musical talent. The trajectory of the EP rolls out with tracks ranging from the candied vintage rock of "San Francisco" to the spirited electric funk of "Too Late." Though they cover a lot of ground, their trademark big band arrangements replete with brass, rich soaring harmonies, and garage-rock-meets-electronic-indie hit the surface on every track.
Pair this with their commitment to putting on a show that invites audiences to dance as if any venue were a living room, and what materializes is an earnest and unrestrained love of music that defies any cultural tropes of irony and aloofness.
Bonnie and the Bang Bang
Bonnie & the BANG BANG is a force you soon won't be able to ignore. They are a breath of fresh air in a sea of musical derivatives. With simple song structures, cutting lyrics, rich bluegrass textures and grooving rhythms, their sound is cleverly pop, a fresh take on the folk aesthetic.
The Summer of 2013 has seen the arrival of Bonnie & the BANG BANG as big time players in the SF music scene. The Bay Area’s premier aggressive indie-folk outfit has been on some of the Summer’s biggest stages, including BottleRock Napa Valley, Live105’s BFD, and a set at the America’s Cup Pavilion. They completed their two week West coast tour with a sold out record release show at Cafe Du Nord. The Dark Dream is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, YouTube and Spotify.
The band's core is currently composed of Davis IL & Paddy Weber. Both long term companions & musically simpatico, they started out banging piano chords together in a South Bay Area high school.
The group initially formed in 2008 as King Kongress, a 6-person ensemble from UC Santa Cruz. Upon a move north to San Francisco in 2009, the group emerged as a power trio & dubbed themselves ladyfinger. Their debut recording ("Burnt Sienna Brown") was released in 2010; recorded in the hills of Eugene OR by ex-bandmate-turned-exclusive-producer Ben `Schaaff.
After a glowing reception to their debut, the band temporarily relocated to the Whiteaker District in Eugene. The single "How can you be so Sure", a finalist slot in Eugene's "Next Big Thing, artist sponsorship via Ninkasi Brewery & a remix collaboration (with Brooklyn-based Vinegar Hill Studios) followed in 2011.
The band permanently relocated their song craft & musical errantry back to SF in 2012. Not content at national delusions of pop music grandeur, these days Growwler is unpardonably happy making beautiful things, even if nobody cares. Made for & by the San Francisco Bay- Grr is here to stay.
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