August 14, 2015




Latest News!!
September... I've been invited to do an Inspiration Series Event at Mountain Yoga near the Oakland Hills. Come for a hike and then for a show:

inspiration series
fire & water
ART remodeling CHAOS
Benefit for Heather Normandale
featuring Heather Normandale, Paul Martin and other surprise guests.
Friday, September 25 - 7 to 8:30 PM, Potluck to follow.

Singer songwriter and beloved Vak Choir Manager Heather Normandale has experienced not one, but TWO fires this year — and turned those experiences into this art. 

Get tickets HERE!! $20 in advance and $30 at the door
Proceeds go to the Heather Normandale Fire and Water Fund

EVENT INFO: 
Heather Normandale - accomplished singer songwriter, bandleader, music educator and beloved Vak Choir Manager - has experienced not one but TWO fires this year (yikes!), displacing her from her home and taking a toll on her music instruments and her independent music business work. Never one to miss an opportunity for inspiration, Heather seizes these unfortunate events with an alchemical, Siva-like enthusiasm to creatively revisit her relationship to the art of expression through music. 
The result: this special evening of original music, "Fire and Water: the Art of Remodeling Chaos," featuring songs and stories about making peace with loss, love and self discovery. 
Heather's melodic and rootsy "mermaid folk" features emotive vocals and rolling fingerpicking rhythms on banjo, guitar and mandolin with a rich and satisfying groove. Her original music is imprinted with the landscapes of nature and cultures of India, Africa and South America, laced with lyrics of rare sensitivity. Heather will be joined by Vak Choir member Paul Martin on double bass and other surprise guests. 
Potluck to follow the performance !



May 12, 2015

Awaken Cafe THIS SATURDAY!!

We are just about to go into the studio to record some new stuff!!

So you might not see us around playing as much this summer, so be sure to come on out to Saturday's show to hear some new songs, surprise special guests and a great line up of music with talented Mindy Dillard and the lovely Amanda West .

We have another Awaken Cafe woman power night coming at you right after mother's day, BRING YOUR MOTHERS!!!! Please, and thank you to all the strong women out there making life happen ;0) The world is indebted to you in ALL the ways you care - not just making babies but in sustaining life, friendships, community, plant and animal life.



April 24, 2015

Revelations and Revolutions: May is HAPPENING!



The big news of the moment is what is in store for the month of May! I've got shows of various shapes and sizes in a few different places.
May 1
In the first days of May, I'll be doing a short duo performance with Kate Fritz at an art show for Audra Bauchera.  Then that weekend on May 2-3, you might also catch me performing in the Sacramento Rolling Bicycle Music Festival! I'll post a map with more info and times as we get closer to the event.

Audra's Art                                                                                                                  Vancouver Bicycle Music Fest Throwback




May 16 

At one of my favorite Oakland Music establishments, Awaken Cafe, I'll be supporting the CD release party of Mindy Dillard. Ill be doing a special Throw-Down-My-Heart inspired Banjo and Balafon set with Craig Miller, quite possibly with a familiar special guest who graced our presence with her sitar at our last Awaken show. Lets make it a tradition. 



Also on May 16!
On the theme of Bicycle Music Fests - Last year at Maker Faire - Rock the Bike recorded a live CD of the weekend's bike-powered music. Well, its all happening again this year at the Maker Faire: I'll be performing on the Bike Stage at 4pm on Saturday with Craig Miller and Kari Field. throw-back of an artsy video montage I made from clips of Bicycle Music Festivals here in San Francisco and all over Europe that were filmed in 2010-11 with the song As One. 


More to come!!
Stay tuned for the next update where I'll be posting the details of my performance at Lightning in Bottle and a Santa Cruz show at the Crepe Place with Kasia Moon!







March 12, 2015




We have a great show in store for you March 27 - here's a little banjo "herstory"


I have a link here to an article by Pete Seeger called "In Praise of Banjo Picking Women" ... I appreciated his accounts of banjo history and commentary that there was a shortage of visual and textual evidence of the history of women with banjos - but in fact there were quite a number of women pickers despite their lack of representation! Above on the left see "Cousin Emmy" from the 1940s and below Lily May Ledford. 
 

All of this inspired me to put together a show of lady banjo pickers at Awaken Cafe.

Join us for a night of lady-fronted bands featuring both traditionals and original avant-garde banjo music!!





March 6, 2015

Trembling Water featured in an Oakland Water Benefit


I know the word FREE may look misleading for a fundraiser but the restaurant Abura Ya has generously chosen to donate a large percentage of the income from food sales this night to the water benefit. 
Join us and order some dinner to help Oakland's supply of clean water.

In addition to the night's music, the organizers of this event are putting together a CD of music dedicated to water and my song Trembling Water will be featured on this upcoming CD. 



February 22, 2015

Songs on Nature at Studio Grand

Feb. 22. 2015

Studio Grand will be hosting a night of music with Diana Gameros and I




I have a limited number of "Live at Maker Faire - Pedal Powered Music CDs" available for those who walk or bike. My band and a number of talented bay area artists were featured on this CD, which was made at last years Maker Faire in San Mateo and sponsored by Rock the Bike. Listen Here 

Check out who else is going by RSVPing to our FACEBOOK Event

December 1, 2014

Pleasant Revolution - 2014 Make Hawaii More Bike-able Campaign
Its official. 
The crew for the 2014 Make Hawaii More Bike-able Campaign is complete and the Indiegogo Campaign is up and running. You can read below about the our intentions for creating this initiative and hear samples of the music that will be brought to celebrate in the bike festivities around Oahu. These 4 musicians, including myself, will be both sharing individually and collaborating in shows around Oahu's perimeter. Click on performer's names below to visit their websites, and listen to some music samples to the right of each name. I just added a new recording, Mother Sorsene, that will be featured on the Live at the Maker Faire 2014 Bike-Power CD... Check it out first here!!
Diana Gameros - Listen to Ligerita
Maren Metke - Listen to Reaching
This Bicycle Music Tour around Oahu is primarily to encourage more people to bike on the island. Check out the campaign page for more details about whats happening now on Oahu roadways, but its not much biking and its really effecting life on the island for everyone (major traffic jams, hovering smog, more cars than people!). As you will note in the campaign, the entire project is self funded, we are doing it regardless, but your support GREATLY helps us make our efforts go further and really make a difference (for example, getting better promotion, outreach, reaching more people and increasing the possibility of returning with an annual bicycle event every year). We are working with the Hawaii Bike League on music events that aim at influencing the transportation habits of Honolulu to become a little more bike friendly. In time, and with continued efforts to make Bicycle Music events a yearly celebration, we hope that Honolulu will gradually get more bike lanes and bike culture. Even the smallest contribution to our campaign means so much to us!! Your change can help make change!! Throw in a dollar to help keep our wheels spinning!




July 14, 2014

You Are Already Free...


The Passion Co pressents

July Edition of the Passion Celebration

On July 23, from 6- 9:30pm, SHINE will be celebrating the completion of the July Edition of their program where 15 pursue their passions in Shine's support your dreams program. There will be local food, champagne and an exciting line-up of speakers and a musical offering by me!
The key-note speaker for the event is Marian Goodell, CEO of Burning Man.

J Rusten Furniture Studio
2815 23rd St
San FranciscoCA 94110


Buy Tickets Here: TICKET LINK