777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 - Map

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents


Danny James, DJ sets by Andy Cabic (of Vetiver)

Sun, July 2, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$22 adv / $25 door

This event is all ages

high noon n. : The most advanced, flourishing, or creative stage or period.

NRBQ n. : An endlessly creative band on a 50-year high that continually amazes and delights its listeners.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — There aren’t many bands that have lasted for 50 years, and the list of those still at the top of their creative game is even smaller. High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective will offer a fascinating look at one of the best. Street date for the set is November 11, 2016.

Over the past half century, NRBQ has proven to be a group of peerless and unique musicians, songwriters and performers, continuing to prove it with each new album and live performance.

Omnivore Recordings will celebrate this legendary band with the release of High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective consisting of five CDs of classic recordings all carefully remastered along with many rare and previously unissued gems in an attractive package featuring extensive notes and previously unseen photos.

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High Noon contains 106 songs and offers a new and fascinating look at a great band, with each disc a unique listening adventure unto itself. The set provides a unique perspective for devoted fans as well a for adventurous newcomers who might only know of NRBQ through other artists’ versions of originals like “Me and the Boys,” “Ridin’ in My Car” and “Christmas Wish” or from hearing their music on TV shows such as The Simpsons, Weeds or Wilfred.
Formed in 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky, NRBQ has always been fueled by a deep, far-reaching love of music ─ from Sun Records to Sun Ra, as founding member Terry Adams told the New York Times in 1969. That abiding and unwavering “music first” philosophy, mixed with joy, spontaneity and a playful, unpretentious virtuosity, has served NRBQ incredibly well over the last 50 years ─ whether at the Fillmore East, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the New York Folk Festival, the Grand Ole Opry or in countless clubs, colleges, concert halls and recording studios; as a quartet or quintet; with or without the Whole Wheat Horns; alone or with rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, country singer Skeeter Davis or wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano. And the band’s well-known fans throughout the years are an equally diverse group, including Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, the Replacements, Elvis Costello, John Sebastian, and Penn and Teller.

Of High Noon, Adams says, “I’m very happy to have taken part in this project with Omnivore Recordings. We had a lot of fun putting it together and in doing so, we had to go back to the beginning. It has enabled me to come into direct contact with the original intent. Not only that, but I can feel the spirit of every year of the 50. The band started hot and the band keeps getting hotter!

“NRBQ fans are both brilliant and demented. This music has introduced people who are now lifetime friends. There’s been romance, marriage and babies. We’ve seen it all. Just about everything you can think of has been said about NRBQ and it’s all true…all of the good, all the bad and all of the in between. I think it might be all evident in this box set. Thanks to all involved. We’ve got a lot of living to do, don’t we?”
Danny James
Danny James
"Last year's Pear, the latest from soul/garage/pop genius Danny James, is an prime example how just how fruitful genre schizophrenia can be. Lying somewhere between Joe Jackson, The Brothers Johnson and The Move- James surprises the listener at every turn with his versatility/pop sensibility. Its also a great example of just how on-fire Burger Records has been over the past few years. I mean, where do they find all of these pop savants? My guess is some sort of satanic blood pact. Its astonishing just how many 'true originals' the label has uncovered for the benefit of us all. While the cassette is no longer in stock, you can still pick up a digital copy off of his bandcamp page. And hey, maybe if we're lucky Burger will run off a few more." - Why Pick On Me
Friday, February 22, 2013

"Perhaps unexpected from a contemporary underground rock act come tones and grooves that could just as easily fit in with '70s funk and soul. Singer/bassist Danny James has an ethereal voice that rises above the mellow cotton candy clouds of sound and continues on into space. Add to that harmonies and guitar work with an affinity for glam rock, and you have something that redefines the concept of retro. "
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Danny James was doing the garage rock thing nearly a decade ago, making Arthur Lee-inspired psychedelic pop with his band the Cuts on the stellar LP 2 Over Ten in 2003. From the sounds of his debut solo album Pear, it seems like James has spent the interim period holed up in a home studio tripping balls and existing solely on a diet of ELO, Queen, and Todd Rundgren records pulled from the dollar bin. This is fussy, well-produced rock music, with each track having so many parts and ideas stuffed in that it can’t help but be overwhelming.

Pear is an album that straddles the line between the smooth MOR pop you hear in the doctor’s waiting room and the batshit-crazy drama of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and it’s a shock to the senses to hear music with this kind of sonic detail when so much new stuff is minimal, loud, and blurry. A ballad like “Without Reluctance” lopes along with little wah-wah funk guitar chops before busting into a furious analog keyboard solo, and the whole thing is drenched in massively overdubbed harmonies. Things open up with more traditional guitar pop near the end, but even a rocker like “(That’s Not) The Plan” is impressively weird.

Pear is out on cassette now from Burger Records. There are plans for a vinyl reissue later in the year." - Zach Braun, Get Bent

"PEAR is the quantum entangling of atomized mental ephemera,
Dancing about an ecosystem of plastic plantations....
Danny James' music occupies city hall, loitering in teapot shanties with time released viagra femme boost steroids like a Mr. Tea drag queen. "
- Ariel Pink
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110