A Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Benefit with Brendan James + Mia Dyson

EBH Presents

A Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Benefit with Brendan James + Mia Dyson

Gregory Douglass

Sun · May 20, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00 - $75.00

This event is all ages

100% of proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund

Brendan James
Brendan James
“Simplify represents me finding a clarity I have been searching for for years,” says critically acclaimed piano-based singer-songwriter BRENDAN JAMES of his new album Simplify. His fifth album, it is also his most elegant and emotionally direct album to date.

An active supporter for all levels of equality (he has spoken out for Marriage Equality and is considered a “Straight Ally”) and a supporter for the men and women in the military (he’s performed for the USO and troops), his advocacy is well-known and widespread. Larry Flick, influential host of Sirius XM's OUTQ, says of James, "The remarkable thing about Brendan is that he is an active, creative citizen of the world. His songs do more than reflect his experiences in typical singer/songwriter style. He weaves his views and stories into a musical framework that triggers empathy from a wide array of listeners. He's proof that, in the right hands, music can truly be universal."

James is a man who sings with conviction and isn’t afraid to speak out, as is evidenced on his new album, Simplify. For example, the plaintive ballad “The New Plan” tackles our violence-obsessed culture unflinchingly. “It’s no secret that this country has an unhealthy obsessions with guns,” he explains. “I wrote this song as a conversation piece, begging for an end to violence for the sake of violence. It’s in our culture, and it's starting to 'backfire'. We're beginning to look ridiculous on the world stage, and I care enough to address it. Very few civilians I know NEED guns. They simply choose to have them around.”

Tackling his personal history as a child of divorce, he wrote the song “He Loved”, which actually had origins in the divorce of his musical heroes, Carly Simon and James Taylor. The song was written years ago at Simon’s home in Martha’s Vineyard where he was invited to a private mentor session that didn’t go quite as planned - Simon had to leave for a last minute engagement just as he arrived, leaving him with the keys to her mansion. When she returned six days later, he played this song for her and she gave him her stamp of approval. It took him a few years to be confident enough as a songwriter to release it, and the song appears on Simplify. “Back then, I think Carly saw in me the ability to be a mature and credible songwriter, but I wasn’t that guy until now. I finally grew to be the songwriter she believed me to be,” James confides.

The album’s title track and first single is a melodically driving jam that American Songwriter calls “a piano-fueled pop/rocker that feels like a mission statement for the entire record.” “The process of evolution, especially technological evolution, is occurring at such blinding speeds these days that we must take collective moments to breathe together, find calm together,” Brendan explains of the song, “or we will forever leave behind our real essence as animals in paradise.”

The Derry, NH native has had his songs featured in television shows such as Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. His first three albums climbed the iTunes Top 10 pop charts—James’ sophomore album, Brendan James, climbed to #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. He’s toured the country nine times over and played alongside such diverse artists as John Mayer, Paula Cole, Keb Mo, Parachute, and Green River Ordinance. The Kickstarter campaign for Simplify netted nearly double its projected goal. And in May of 2013, James had the honor of giving a TED talk, in which he spoke of the importance of consciousness in his art.
Mia Dyson
Mia Dyson
Mia Dyson is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter who has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and many more. A multiple ARIA & APRA award-winning artist, Dyson was recently named one of Australia’s top 25 guitarists of all time. Her albums have been widely praised.

In January of 2017, Mia headed to legendary music mecca Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record a new album with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes, St Paul & The Broken Bones) behind the controls. Joined in the studio by longtime drummer Erin "Syd" Sidney, original 'Swamper,' David Hood, on bass and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) on background vocals. As the first of Dyson’s albums to be released through a label (White and Tanner’s Single Lock Records), “If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back” is the latest addition to a catalog including 2014’s “Idyllwild” (praised by such outlets as Rolling Stone Australia) and 2012’s “The Moment” (an ARIA Music Awards nominee for Best Blues & Roots Album).

Throughout “If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back,” Dyson adds a stylistic unpredictability to her soulful, introspective strain of rock music. The result is an album offering her most frenetic guitar work and delicate vocal performance yet—a dynamic that echoes her examination of conflict and acceptance.

“In the past few years I’ve gotten into meditation and studying philosophy, and through that I’ve found that whenever I’m against something, I suffer,” Dyson says in discussing the album’s themes. “My mission now is to be open to the world as it is, especially at a time where there’s so much division. Which isn’t to say I don’t want change—but in the moment I’ve got to be open to what’s really going on, instead of always fighting against it.”
Gregory Douglass
Gregory Douglass
Gregory’s evocative, alternative sound blends "Rufus Wainwright's opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake ́s accessible soulfulness," (OUT Magazine). His recent spotlight on NPR's Morning Edition has coined him "one of New England's best- kept secrets." Douglass has shared the stage with artists like Regina Spektor, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies, Jason Mraz, and Margaret Cho. According to Pandora's founder, Tim Westergren, Gregory is one of the top independent artists on Pandora radio today. Gregory has sold 200,000+ songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over one million views on his YouTube channels. His music videos have also charted numerous times on MTV Network's LOGO TV.

His latest album “My Hero, The Enemy” speaks directly to this crucial paradigm which Gregory describes as “The blessing and the curse of creativity in the age of information.” Gregory explains, “It’s also an ode to being a creative person in the digital age, and what a dichotomy it can be. At the same time, every song on ‘My Hero, The Enemy’ explores the polarity of such emotional struggles, and attempts to expose the underlying truth behind many of life's misconceptions.”

Gregory’s own patrons are currently funding his “Live From The Chapel” project – a live album and full length concert video to be released soon. Every song from “My Hero, The Enemy” was performed live at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA in January 2016 specifically for this project.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com