The Sam Chase & the Untraditional

The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you'll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.

Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, California, Sam and his band whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought their battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. Norse literature notes that they would work themselves into a rage before battle, consuming drugged foods, and dressed in nothing but their enemies blood. The Sam Chase and The Untraditional do maintain that spirit, but leave the drugged foods and enemies blood up to the discretion of the crowd.

In 2012, came the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY. It took the group all across these United States and back to their home in the Bay Area. The cry came for more, so the band dove head first into writing and preparing a new album. In late May of 2013 THE SAM CHASE WILL NEVER DIE was released. Many children have been conceived to this album since it's release and all of the children who are now born are showing higher than normal levels of intelligence and immunity to most diseases.

As of the early hours of 2016, Sam and the band have gone back into the studio and laid down 13 brand new tracks. The new album is slated to drop on April 29th, 2016. Many sages and religious fanatics believe that it will bring about the end of days. Stay safe. These are troubled and unpredictable times.

M. Lockwood Porter

M. Lockwood Porter’s songs toe the line between country-tinged Americana and straight-up rock-and-roll, with poetic storytelling front and center. A SF Bay Area transplant from rural Oklahoma, Porter’s sound recalls his birthplace and a childhood spent exploring the far reaches of the rock canon. The result is something close to timeless - reminiscent at times of Neil Young, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen.

Porter first caught the attention of many fans and critics with the release of his home-recorded debut LP Judah’s Gone in July 2013. At the time, Independent Clauses called him “a talent to watch”, and The Bay Bridged wrote that he was “poised to join… the national Americana scene with the release of his debut LP, Judah’s Gone.” In October 2014, Porter followed up his promising debut with 27, the bold, carefully crafted work of a talented young artist.

On 27, we find Porter (who himself turned 27 just before the al) wrestling with a growing awareness of life’s limited possibilities with a mixture of melancholy and defiance similar to that of Carter-era Springsteen, describing failing relationships with a nuanced poignancy reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams, and eulogizing Big Star founder Chris Bell - who died at age 27 (like Kurt and Jimi, as Porter reminds us) – while name-checking Paul Westerberg and arguing with Neil Young on “Chris Bell”.

In other words, 27 is a confident-sounding record. That’s a bit ironic for an album that - half breakup record, half quarter-life crisis – is all about the disillusionment and sense of “Is this really all there is?” characteristic of one’s late twenties. But Porter’s willingness to write and sing about the travails and uncertainties of life with courage and honesty is exactly what makes 27 such a compelling album.

27 was primarily recorded in San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studio C - where classic albums like CCR’s Cosmo’s Factory, Grateful Dead’s American Beauty, and CSNY’s Deja Vu were recorded. Showcased on these songs is Porter’s new live band. The band is both tight and spontaneous – sounding something like a cross between Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, The Band, and Wilco – bringing a rawness and intimacy to the performances that a home recording never could. Porter’s vocals, too, are stronger and more confident – honed by a year of gigging in support of Judah’s Gone.

The Dixie Giants

For the past 3 years the Sonoma County-based group, The Dixie Giants, have brought their own special version of New Orleans music to the Bay Area. Whether they’re playing in clubs or on the streets, The Dixie Giants are infamous for radiating an infectious energy and always having a blast. While playing the music of their heroes (Louis Armstrong & The All Stars, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Thelonious Monk, Jackson 5), they have also been writing original music in an effort to continue to evolve the idiom of Traditional New Orleans Jazz.

The Dixie Giants have shared the stage with such acts as Bonnie Raitt, Rebirth Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans Suspects, Tuba Skinny, The Brothers Comatose, Glen David Andrews, and many more. Their sounds have been heard at Strawberry Music Festival, Petaluma Music Festival, San Jose Jazz Fest, Healdsburg Jazz Fest, Sausalito Arts Festival, Lagunitas Beer Circus and Honk Fest West, and have appeared at events and in commercials for the San Francisco Giants. Winners of the North Bay Bohemian's "North Bay's Best Jazz Band" award in 2014, The Dixie Giants recently released their sophomore album, "A-Salted", featuring 6 original tunes and modern interpretations of 4 trad jazz classics

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