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Songs of Love and Hate: A San Francisco Tribute to Leonard Cohen feat. Conspiracy of Beards

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Songs of Love and Hate: A San Francisco Tribute to Leonard Cohen feat. Conspiracy of Beards

Sylvie Simmons, Mark Kozelek, Chuck Prophet, Christopher Owens, Tim Bluhm (of The Mother Hips), Sean Hayes, Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets), Tim Cohen Duo, Paula Frazer, James Finch Jr., Bob Reed (of the Titan Ups), Marty O'Reilly, Greg Ashley, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Matt Baldwin, Rusty Miller, Marc Capelle, Conspiracy of Venus, Renee Wilson

Sun, November 27, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$14 - $20

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This event is all ages

Benefitting the San Francisco Community Music Center

Personal reflections by Sylvie Simmons (author of I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen)

Conspiracy of Beards
Conspiracy of Beards
San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards is a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.

Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of the churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. With influences ranging from jazz and gospel, to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music, and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing, and spirituality.

Formed in 2003 through the inspiration of the late performance artist Peter Kadyk, the choir has become an integral part of the San Francisco music scene with performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Jewish Music Festival, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco City Hall and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as dozens of bars, bookstores, galleries, hospices, and various other community centers. The choir has also been featured on several radio programs including NPR’s “West Coast Live,” “The California Report,” “Weekend Edition,” KQED, KFOG, KPFA, KALW, KWMR, WFMU, and on PBS television.

As a non-profit organization (501c-3) and with a commitment to contributing to civic progress, Conspiracy of Beards also performs in support of many charities, fundraisers, and, other non-profits.
Sylvie Simmons
Sylvie Simmons
Sylvie Simmons will share personal reflections on her time spent with Leonard Cohen and sing a few of her favorite Leonard Cohen songs.

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We have a reputation for unearthing rare lost gems – but Sylvie was never lost.

Recorded in 2014, it’s the haunting, magical debut of a singer and writer who’s spent her whole life in music but hasn’t gone public until now. Devendra Banhart calls it “Fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, absolutely beautiful.”

Sylvie Simmons was a young girl when she bought her first guitar in a junk shop. One night she took it onstage and, paralyzed by stage fright, chose to play only at home. For Sylvie home was a malleable concept. Born and raised in London, she had a habit of running away, starting with L.A, where she became a renowned music writer. She went on to write books (Serge Gainsbourg; Neil Young; most recently, Leonard Cohen) and kept on moving, including three years in a tumbledown French chateau.

Sylvie was living in San Francisco and her guitar in England when an enigmatic Japanese man gave her a ukulele. From the moment she played it, it was love. Ukes continued to appear in her life under mysterious circumstances and she forgot all about her guitar. “I’d always thought of the ukulele as a toy, a little handful of happiness,” Sylvie says, “but it has a sad, fractured sweetness, like a broken harp, and a modesty; it almost apologizes for being there. And yet these songs kept coming through this tiny instrument with all their heartbreak and truth intact.”

The first person to hear them was Howe Gelb. He lured her to the Arizona desert and she recorded direct to tape, with Howe and of Giant Sand’s Thøger Lund as her band. The sound is dreamy, intimate and timeless – think Sibyll Baier meets Vashti Bunyan on the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film. Or as Brian Wilson sums it up: “Sweet music, just like Sylvie.”
Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek
Born : January 24, 1967 // Massillon, OH, United States
Chuck Prophet
Chuck Prophet
Christopher Owens
Christopher Owens
Born July 13, 1979 in Miami (Florida), Christopher Owens is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Was part of the San Franciscan band Girls, until 2012 in which year he decided to pursue a solo career.
Tim Bluhm (of The Mother Hips)
Tim Bluhm (of The Mother Hips)
Sean Hayes
Sean Hayes
Low Light, the eighth album from independent recording artist Sean Hayes, captures his distinctive sound at its most intimate. Recorded both at home and in the studio, Low Light webs its way through genres, incorporating the pulse and yearning of R&B with the low-fi grit and crackle of folk. From the gauzy, beat-driven title track to the aching, old-school country “Sing Me Your Love Song,” Hayes’ voice glides between a growling purr and seductive vibrato, transporting the listener into a rich, sensual late-night world.

In his twenty -year career as a San Francisco-based musician, Hayes has won acclaim from fans and critics alike. He’s duetted with Aimee Mann, toured with Ani DiFranco and the Cold War Kids, been covered by The Be Good Tanyas and re-mixed by DJ Mark Farina, and had his music featured in a variety of television shows, films, and commercials. Raised in North Carolina and honed as an artist in Northern California, Hayes crafts music that, as the SF Weekly puts it, “succeeds on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour’s coo.” In the track “Home I Left” Hayes sings of leaving San Francisco--“headed north with my young family/needed space to grow”--and this album is structured to represent snapshots from his life in the four years since. Low Light thrums with songs of desire, sanctuary, and the redemptive power of love.
Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets)
Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets)
Tim Cohen Duo
Tim Cohen Duo
In addition to singing for San Francisco psych band, The Fresh & Onlys, Tim Cohen fronts Magic Trick, and cultivates his own personal material on the side. His newest solo effort, Luck Man, is out January 20 on Sinderlyn. Today, Cohen has shared “John Hughes,” a warm and bouncy psych pop track. Listen to it below.

Cohen wrote Luck Man in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, and recorded it in his attic and at El Studio in San Francisco. In a press release for the album, he said, “I like to think I’m leaving bits of wisdom behind, but I don’t possess the wisdom for longer than it takes to make a song. I inherit it momentarily, write it down, attach a melody that fits the words in rhythm, and then record it.”
Paula Frazer
Paula Frazer
There aren't many American singers possessed of a fine country twang who are actually from the Deep South, and who would specifically name Australian Nick Cave as the main influence on their work.

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.
James Finch Jr.
James Finch Jr.
Bob Reed (of the Titan Ups)
Bob Reed (of the Titan Ups)
Marty O'Reilly
Marty O'Reilly
This four-man orchestra seamlessly weaves trance based blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits’ darker works.

Marty O’Reilly hail from Santa Cruz, California. In addition to O’Reilly on the electrified Resonator guitar and vocals, the band features Chris Lynch on the Fiddle, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff joining in on the drums. Within the three years since this project started, the band is already touring nationally, internationally, and selling out venues along the West Coast and throughout the United Kingdom.
Greg Ashley
Greg Ashley
Sarah Bethe Nelson
Sarah Bethe Nelson
Lost in the chorus of those lamenting the death of San Francisco’s music scene is the small detail that, really, SF is doing just fine. Singer-songwriters like Sarah Bethe Nelson help to ensure the Bay Area’s continued vibrancy, and her songs are an intriguing condensation of the city’s contradictions. Though tethered to the simple, sun-kissed melodies more commonly associated with Southern California, Nelson’s sound is undeniably the product of countless evenings tending bar in the Mission District. It’s a bit weary from all those late nights, but there’s a finicky energy to it, as well — a sense of adventure buried beneath all those drawn-out minor chords.


Nowhere is this more apparent than on Nelson’s new single “Hazy”, which succeeds on its own terms without trying too hard. “I think of ‘Hazy’ as elements of doo-wop and adult contemporary hanging around together,” Nelson tells Consequence of SOund. “But mostly, it’s a simple little love song.” If Nelson doesn’t seem much like the self-aggrandizing type in person, she’s even more modest on record, preferring to let the listener search for the jewel of a melody at the center of each song.

With “Hazy”, that search is a pleasure. Listen to the song below; it will appear on Nelson’s forthcoming album Oh, Evolution, which drops February 24th on Burger Records.
Matt Baldwin
Matt Baldwin
Rusty Miller
Rusty Miller
Marc Capelle
Marc Capelle
Conspiracy of Venus
Conspiracy of Venus
Renee Wilson
Renee Wilson
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com