Emily Yates

Emily Yates is a native of Syracuse, New York, and has lived in Oakland, California, since 2009. It’s become the perfect place for her to develop her plethora of interests, such as:

Emily has always loved to sing, dance and otherwise perform in public, but it wasn’t until 2011 that her well-meaning husband taught her to play an instrument: the ukulele. She started writing songs (such as “Try Not To Be A Dick,” a finalist in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition) and playing them for people, who usually applauded. The applause led her to pursue more performance opportunities, and although she’s still in the beginning stages of Eventual Ukulele Superstardom, she is sure that soon she will be able to drop the “Eventual” and just move on to total world domination. Especially since she now also plays the tenor banjo – everyone knows how effective a communication tool banjos can be. Her debut album of entirely original material is called I’ve Got Your Folk Songs Right Here. In summer 2013, you can find her on cross-country Eventual World Domination Tour of the U.S. (as good a place as any to get started).

Austin Quattlebaum

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Austin Quattlebaum's sound is tinged with southern low country marsh land blues. It wasn't until attending college in the hills and mountains of the southern Appalachians that traditional bluegrass and old time music began to push its way into his work.

Offering rowdy singer/songwriter type solo shows, he is sure to leave the crowd stomping for more. With a blend of gritty originals and tasteful covers, he weaves both 3 finger bluegrass banjo, clawhammer old time banjo and flat-picking guitar songs into his sets. Often switching between mandolin and dobro as well. Sung with a bit of gravel in his throat, his sultry tunes are sure to keep the crowd aroused.

Shareef Ali


Based in Oakland, California, Shareef Ali performs songs of love and struggle. Poignant and revealing verse reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Conor Oberst is set against a backdrop of American traditional music from folk to jazz to country to rock and roll.

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Shareef Ali studied music composition at Oberlin College and moved to the Bay Area in 2007. In 2009 Shareef assembled the Radical Folksonomy and began performing at such venues as SF’s Bottom Of The Hill, the Make Out Room and the Hotel Utah Saloon and Berkeley’s Starry Plough. Shareef Ali & The Radical Folksonomy released their debut EP The Once & Future Boyfriend in 2010 and the full-length Holy Rock & Roll the next spring. In summer of 2011, Shareef recorded and released his solo EP How To End The War.

Shareef Ali has done several tours both solo and with his band, visiting Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, Bellingham, St. Louis, Amsterdam, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, Tucson, Los Angeles and many other cities. Shareef is currently working on his first full-length solo release A Place To Remember The Dead, due out by the end of 2013. He also sporadically blogs about politics.

RAD. - Amanda Palmer

Cute, funny, frustrated lyrics…Ali is a master of charm. - East Bay Express

With their plaintive harmonies and barroom vibe, they’re reminiscent of a highly textured (and refreshingly non-cloying) Bright Eyes, or more rollicking version of The Rentals. - Pete Kane, MSN

Honest, endearing, well-arranged, and interesting – with a sound built to showcase Ali’s heartfelt songwriting but with enough dynamics and edge to keep even a casual listener engaged. - MidByNorthwest.com, Seattle, WA

$5.00 - $7.00


Advanced Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day of the show and a reserve of tickets are generally available at the door that night, unless posted on the Starry Plough website, Facebook and Twitter pages as sold out. http://www.starryploughpub.com

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