Paula Frazer and Tarnation and Karina Deniké Band - Private Parlor Show (($10 before/$15 day of show))

Paula Frazer and Tarnation

There aren't many American singers possessed of a fine country twang who are actually from the Deep South, but such is the case for the talented Paula Frazer, who far from being any sort of clone also brings the same wide range of influences to bear on her own work, from punk and blues to cabaret and gospel, for her own striking musical visions. Raised in both Georgia and Arkansas, her musical influences readily came from both parents. She sang in the church choir, where her father was a preacher, while her mother taught her piano and introduced her to music from George Gershwin and Billie Holiday to the contemporary music of the 1960s and 1970s. After various youthful experiences in local bands, Frazer moved in 1981 to San Francisco to seek her wider fortune.

While initially bopping around in a variety of bands, including a stint with the undeservedly obscure Frightwig, Frazer's big break came with Tarnation, a band that admittedly was essentially Frazer through and through. The initial lineup recorded two albums, coming to wider attention thanks to the excellent Gentle Creatures, appearing in 1995. Earlier that year, however, the other three members departed to pursue their own work, leaving Frazer to assemble an initial touring lineup that, after a further change on bass, became the unit that recorded the band's last album, Mirador. After various touring appearances, including dates in Europe with her hero, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Frazer found herself once again without a band.

Having already made a name for herself on other projects, most notably a striking collaboration with the Anglo-Indian act Cornershop on their When I Was Born For The 7th Time album, Frazer decided in 1998 to drop the Tarnation name in favor of her own. She again assembled a backing group drawn on Bay Area musicians, with her inspired choices being vocalist/keyboardist Patrick Main, Sister Double Happiness veteran Jeff Palmer on bass, and Oranger member Jim Lindsay handling the drums. The result, with the further assistance of drummer Matt Torrey and a variety of guests, was Indoor Universe, appearing in 2001 — her solo "debut," but more accurately the next in a series of excellent releases. The 2003 retrospective A Place Where I Know gathered four-track versions of songs from both her Tarnation and solo albums; two years later she returned with a new album, Leave The Sad Things Behind. In 2007, Now It's Time was credited to Paula Frazer and Tarnation, and continued in the same vein as her solo work and output with the group.

San Francisco's Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse to soul singer, to punk powerhouse. "Deniké possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way". (KQED’s California Report).

Her original pieces are made up of snippets of torch songs, doo-wop drama, sailor songs, spaghetti Western soundtracks and Eastern European lullabies. Deniké has released over 30 albums as solo artist, band member or guest, been on major and independent labels: ( MCA, Warner, FatWreckords, Discovery, Moon, 510, Pink and Black, Portofranco, Hellcat), toured extensively worldwide, had her work on soundtracks and countless compilations. She is known for her past work in SF Bay Area groups: Dance Hall Crashers, Stara Nova, Jezebelle among others, and is a current member of bands NOFX , her own self- titled sextet, The Cottontails, The Bluebelles, Marc and The Casuals. Deniké and her band have performed in New York, Los Angeles, atdOCUMENTA 13 arts festival in Kassel Germany, London and Japan and locally have been presented by SF Jazz, The Flower Pianos series, the centennial celebration of SF City Hall, Noise-pop, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Undercover Presents among others. Her acclaimed 2015 release "Under Glass" was named one of the TOP 10 JAZZ ALBUMS of 2015 -by KQED, and her song Musee Mechanique was on the 2016 compilation by Fat Wreck Chords.

$10.00 - $15.00


$10 before and $15 day of show online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

Online sales are active until 9:30pm the night of show (unless sold out). You can purchase tickets right at the door using a card via your phone and the above link. Old-fashioned cash is also accepted.

Ages 12 and over are welcome. (Parental discretion is advised for some events).

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