The San Francisco Great Society presents :  The Gathering of the Tribes : Psychedelic Art & Music Happening

As active members of San Francisco's music community, Scott Franklin, Jesse Olswang, Eric Alonzo, and Chaz Anton found in each other an instant musical connection, recording their first song together the first time the four ever found themselves in a room together. Like a chemical reaction each member a catalyst for the others creative drive. Logging in hours and hours of recordings over 2011, they have selected a batch of songs for a record to be called Static in the Minds Eye, chapter 1.

Static in the Mind's Eye, Chapter 1 is the first full length album from SF's experiemental noise rock band Buzzmutt. Lyrically, The songs in this album unfold from one into the next as a cryptic tale, a modern, urban Hero's Journey. Musically, the album itself is also experienced as a journey, complete with dark and winding paths, a few thunder storms, strange characters, some pleasant surprises and at least one or two alien beings.

The journey begins from a place of shedding the past and moving forward. Themes of newness and higher awareness take us further into the story as things get more complicated; exploring ideas of language and dreams, until we are delivered at the end of the sonic adventure- perhaps, seeing and hearing things just a little differently than before.

Reflected in the album, as well as in Buzzmutt's live performances, Franklin's Vocals call out to us from the ocean of sounds, offering fragments of poetry to guide the journey. Jesse and Eric's intricate and pounding rythm section allows scott and chaz to explore the elements of feedback; noise; and chaos, employing circuit bent electronics and exploring the elements of feedback all weaved within and around buzzmutt's unique style of tightly structured songs.

Most of this album was recorded in early April 2011 in Emerville, CA by Varun Kejriwal. The rest of the album was recorded by Jesse Olswang at Off Deep End Studios in San Francisco, where the band pieced together and meticulously layered the richly textured sounds of the album over an 8 month period.

Mastered by Varun Kejriwal.
Released July in 2012.

The Spiral Electric

Interstellar intercourse. Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. Keeping music evil. Following our own instincts. Swimming against the stream. Kicking over velvet ropes and leading the bum-rush.growing exponentially. The spiral is spinning faster and faster.

Annie Girl & The Flight

The Mynabirds first album, 2010's What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, produced by Richard Swift, was a masterful collection of indie-pop songwriting channeling the emotion of old soul, gospel and classic rock, with echoes of Dusty Springfield, Carole King, and Neil Young. Their second album, GENERALS (2012), also produced by Swift, was a percussive, politically charged album filled with stomps, claps, and sweeping orchestrations, and moments that ranged from intensely personal to shout-out-loud protest. The Mynabirds toured extensively in the US and Canada in 2010 and 2012 around the release of their albums, headlining and also opening for Bright Eyes, AC Newman and others. In between, Burhenn also toured globally as a member of Bright Eyes (2011) and The Postal Service (2013). She has also toured solo, opening for Conor Oberst in the fall of 2012, and most recently touring South Africa in July of 2014.

Down And Outlaws

Rock and roll isn't a sound. It's not an attitude. It's a need, it's a fight, it's the saving grace in the wake of a broken heart or something lost.

If you ask what Down and Outlaws sound like, someone might mention The Stooges or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But at some level, such comparisons miss the point. Call these San Franciscans bluesy, rootsy, dirty; it doesn't really matter. Down and Outlaws are a rock and roll band, pure and simple.

These days, when the definition of rock and roll is increasingly uncertain, the tight-knit quartet's energy, authenticity, and blistering live performances are impossible to ignore or forget.

With strong collective songwriting, Kyle Luck's guitar work, Jon Carr and Chris Danzig's gut-busting rhythm section, and Peter Danzig's howling vocals, Down and Outlaws play because they've got no choice. Music has saved the D&O, and they hope to return the favor.

Cellar Doors

Taking San Francisco by storm, fresh from opening for BRMC, The Cellar Doors are not to be missed.

"A true rock & Roll outfit, born into the slums of digital downloads and Facebook feeds. They're bringing the smoke and strobes and psychedelic reverie to this current scene from the one that's lived underground from the 60's til today. Laced with pounding bass and rhythm and reverberating guitars, this trio's unique sound it sure to pull any modern listener from their laptop and back to a live show. - Jewel King

Down Dirty Shake

The Down Dirty Shake is a Rock & Roll band based out of San Francisco, formed in 2005 by the founding four members. The group is deeply influenced by the soul that was the 60's, touching on Latin, Psych, Soul, Pop and Garage rock. The live shows are a trip of energy and raw emotion. Making all the Soul Mamas and Papas of the crowd feel good.

The Love Dimension

Psychedelic garage punk country surf may not be the most typical combination of genres that comprise a band; but then again, The Love Dimension is not your typical band. Formed in September 2008 around the Bay Area, their time together has been more than fruitful with at least one new release each year, their last spurt in late 2012 came after teaming up with SF label Warrior Monk Records and the London-based "Smoky Records" for the releases of "Forget the Remember" and "Not Until All Beings Are One." With gigs and festivals on both coasts under their belts, their twangy, ethereal sound's fan base is expanding rapidly, and for good reason. As their influences span the world over, The LD's sound nestles into a midway point between classically secure and radically inventive. Their aura radiates a feeling that strongly fits their name; every track has a musically adept top layer with an underlying foundation of positivity.

Each member of the quintet contributes a crucial component of their multi-faceted, über talented sound; Jimmy L. Dias boasts a wide background of band experience, citing 90s grunge and 60s psychedelia as influences. His knowledge of hypnotherapy and shamanic healing elevate his guitar and vocal skills to master levels. Celeste Obomsawin's familiarity with music is evident in her dexterity with percussion, flute, harmonica, megaphone, and vocals, as well as her wide-spanning background of performing. Her Native American heritage is apparent in the group's music, with airy, dancing vocals and gently piercing flute lines woven in amidst electric guitars and warbly keyboards. Devin Farney on synth helps bring the funk in, and his loops keep the aforementioned funk going. Sonny Pearce's wild drum fills and clean backing add the extra oomph to each LD track and maintain a well-fit consistency within the band's sound. Tommy Anderson's bass lines frame each song and pull the music together with a deep, rich baritone.

The band's newest album is a shining tribute to their development in sound. "Create and Consume" is a commentary on consumerism in society, delivered in a sweet, clean package, bursting with depth and layers of sound. "Who's To Say," the fourth track, starts off slow and somber only to explode in a firework show of electricity and wild drum backings. Exciting is the best word to describe "Foggy City" as it bursts out of the gates with crazy tight drums, upbeat bass lines and warbly synth organ effects in a track that seems more sunny than foggy. The broadness of the band's skill shines through as sitar segues into wild and grungy electric guitar leads in "Like the Feeling of the Sun," where alien-esque effects pair up with vocals in a way that just works.

With an unmatched sound, and a message well presented, predictions can only match their affirmative aura; if you're a fan of good music and positive vibes, be sure check out The Love Dimension.

Mark Nelsen

MARK NELSEN & THE MUTINY are a smug team of quick-fix half wits, exercising the strange in San Francisco rock lore and indie junk. Formed in 2014 as a heavier outlet for his solo music, frontman Mark Nelsen (also of Electric Shepherd) soon realized he could not control his own band. His colorful Mutiny quickly took shape and grew. The power-alt. rock quartet are preparing a fuzz-ridden debut EP for Spring 2015 as a follow up to Nelsen's 2014 solo effort, "Homeward".

Mystery Flavors

Creating sonic waves with our electric instruments. Jangling our way from one song to the next.

California Raga Association

Psychedelic Raga for the 21st Century

The She's (Empty Cellar Records) are here to contribute to the soundtrack of your summer daydreams with sun-dazed beach-pop harmonies, catchy hooks and captivating emotional honesty.

It is the mid-1990s in San Francisco California. Four baby girls are crying in their cribs shaking their little baby fists at the heavens lamenting the fact that fate has not yet united them. So begins this tale. Fast forward. It is 2007 and these same four girls are playing Ramones covers in Hannah's basement with studded belts around their waists and braces on their teeth, algebra homework strewn across the floor. Jump ahead. It's November 2011. "The She's" have just released their first full length record Then It Starts to Feel Like Summer. It's an album that captures their youthful spirits and deep-seeded friendship with tight three part harmonies, sparkling, sunny instrumentals and smart, catchy songwriting. The she's sing songs that reflect their environment, their heartache, their relationships and aspirations. It's infectious. The Grinch smiles when he hears it. People start to notice the noise these four best friends are making. The She's gain momentum in the local music scene and support bands like Girls, Surfer Blood, Fresh and Onlys, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Tomorrow's Tulips, Best Coast and Yuck. They keep writing songs. Fast forward to present day. The She's are making their most mature, honest and enchanting music to date.

"…the girl-group sounds of the 50s and 60s with modern day garage pop; the end result is undeniably infectious and sunny" –Bay Bridged

Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah

San Francisco based singer Lee Gallagher writes songs ranging from dreamy and lilting to stratospheric rock sizzle, but they are always grounded on an honest foundation of American roots music with lyrical heft and a vintage attitude.
Gallagher has rapidly risen to the top of San Francisco's rock scene thanks to his electrifying performances fronting "The Hallelujah", an organ/guitar driven rock band whose shows transport the audience out of a traditional music venue and into a hazy, hip shaking, psychedelic tent revival.

The Green Door

"Blending raw, rhythmic desert sounds with driving 60s, acid rock, The Green Door beckons the listener into a landscape evocative of the wild, uncompromising West themes of the 1960s with a mind-bending, psychedelic twist. Formed in San Francisco in 2008, the band is comprised of Mike Carnahan on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Di Lillo also on vocals and guitar, Devin Triplett on bass, and drummer, Vanessa Wolter. The Green Door's atmospheric strumming juxtaposed with formidable signature riffs that coast atop pounding, driving beats send the listener's mind spinning off to the badlands beyond the border of sonic civilization. The result is a melodic reckoning force of American myth and counter culture ideology.
Deriving their name from a Bob Dylan comment in the 1967 documentary "Don't Look Back", the concept of a green door stands as an image of mystery enclosing the individual's perception of the outside world. The Green Door takes reference from throw-back genres and low-fi records as well as American western iconography and legends, but looks forward in its artistic song writing approach, as is evident on their first full-length album titled The Green Door released in 2011. In this way their music has an avant-garde aesthetic, yet still feels familiar."
Blending raw, rhythmic desert sounds with driving 60s, acid rock, The Green Door beckons the listener into a landscape evocative of the wild, uncompromising West themes of the 1960s with a mind-bending, psychedelic twist. Formed in San Francisco in 2008, the band is comprised of Mike Carnahan on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Di Lillo also on vocals and guitar, Devin Triplett on bass, and drummer, Vanessa Wolter. The Green Door's atmospheric strumming juxtaposed with formidable signature riffs

Carlton Melton

The band CARLTON MELTON formed along the Mendocino County coastline in Northern California on the weekend of July 17th, 2008. The idea to play live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelic music in a geodesic dome had been discussed for many years prior to this date. The opportunity came to fruition after the dome was completely rebuilt and the acoustic sounds inside were fully realized.

The music is recorded live inside the dome to analog and digital sources using omni-directional microphones. All music is improvised in the sense that no one really knows who or what is going to be played at any given time. There are no rehearsals, practices, demonstration tapes, second takes... what you hear is the first take... " Hit It And Quit It " as Funkadelic would prescribe. There are no studios. We record in Brian's house and Brian happens to live in a geodesic dome.

It is understood this music is not for everyone. If you prefer top-notch, modern day production and crafty songwriting you may want to stop here. If you prefer old SST label cassette tapes or an early Spaceman 3 cassette you recently found wedged in the back seat of your car you may dig some of this... or perhaps you like to listen and gaze at an old David Crosby LP now and then. We dug it enough to strike up our own label Mid-To-Late Records so we could share our favorite jams on vinyl.

Electric Shepherd

"The Seventies are back with a vengeance. And jam-rock trio Electric Shepherd is perhaps the most staggeringly talented outfit in the local revivalist scene. Its members are innovators, rather than mere imitators, and their work vacillates from gnarly art-rock to loping, minimalist blues. "Mildred Harris" could hold its own against any Zeppelin tune."-East Bay Express

$12.00 - $18.00

Tickets Available at the Door

The San Francisco Great Society (SFGS) is a collective of musicians that are creating the first psychedelic music and art festival in San Francisco, SFGS: Gathering of The Tribes. Our goal is to bring bands, artists, and the local community together each year under one roof to celebrate music and art. This year we honor the first Human Be-In created forty-eight years ago by artist Michael Bowen because we are a gathering of the tribe who is proudly carrying on the tradition of celebrating music and art the San Francisco way.

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