Art Beat Bazaar
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Scott Mickelson (5:45pm)
Scott Mickelson is the singer/songwriter for Bay Area band, FAT OPIE, whose first four CDs brought them national airplay and press. This included the song Bullets in My Briefcase which won a national band search sponsored by 7UP/SONICNET(MTV) and included a prize of $15,000.
Mickelson’s songwriting continues to reinvent music that is termed “Americana” while accompanying himself with banjo and guitar. Alternative Press Magazine described his music as “American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.”
He will be performing songs from the upcoming FAT OPIE full-length Victoryville and his first solo CD both to be released this year.
Marina Lazzara is a musician, poet, herbalist, gardener and mother. Though she hails originally from Pennsylvania, she has called the Bay Area home for more than 20 years. She has toured throughout the U.S. with several musical projects, including the all-girl rock band, Blue Gum Art, her indie-folk solo project, Poetiks, and her current band (with partner, J. Lee) The Rabbles. Marina has also had numerous published works of poetry with such journals as Processed World Magazine, Big Bridge, Fence, Amerarcana, and most recently in Occupy SF: an anthology of voices for social change with Jambu Press. She has published a Chapbook, Backdrop Line (2001, Aboriginal Press), and in 2008, she was the editor/publisher of the poetry journal, Plastic Ocean. Throughout Marina’s quite diverse work is a running thread of activism and a deep connection to the natural world. She has an MA/MFA in Poetics from the New College of California and currently resides in San Francisco with the musician J.Lee and their daughter, Maizie Jade.
Melody Walker’s soulful songwriting and Jacob Groopman’s picking prowess join together in a duo that is creating it’s own genre: “Americali”. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, Melody and Jacob represent a real fusion of ideas and sounds, with the literacy and musicianship to pull it off. Their voices harmonize earnestly over intricate textures of banjo, guitar and mandolin, as they sing of ancient truths and futuristic myths, bringing their eclectic influences to life in traditional forms.
They describe their “Americali” sound as Americana with a California twist. Both Jacob and Melody have extensively studied and performed not only bluegrass and American folk music, but also rock, jazz, classical, afrobeat, samba, and balkan styles. Despite such diverse tastes, their arrangements tend toward simplicity and stay close to their well-studied American folk roots, striving to usher them into a new age of relevance.
And our May Pop-Up Indie Craft Mart with:
Hand-Pulled Woodcut, Linocut & Drypoint Prints
Miniature decorative tile jewelry and books
Prints, comics and buttons inspired by vintage illustration and sassy Pin-up girls
Star jars and other unique hand made goodies.
A hodge-podge of crafty hipness including felt animal masks, felt leaf ornaments, printed bags and tees, zipper pouches