Summer is here and we celebrate all of the sparkling art and music the Bay Area has to offer. Our June 17th edition of Art Beat Bazaar shines a Berkeley ray of sunlight on globe-trotting, pop glamourpuss Uni & her Ukelele (celebrating her newest recording Lover’s Cliche and it’s her Birthday Month), spinner of mysteries and published poet Owen Hill, and catchy folk-rocker, the politically passionate Shareef Ali.
June’s Bazaar will also have $1 off Trumer Pils specials, thanks to our sponsor, Trumer International, as well as the Starry Plough’s new full kitchen menu!
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
3-7pm, FREE All-Ages
Tax Deductible Donations Welcome
Kitchen Open and Wheelchair Accessible
Uni & her Ukelele (East Bay CD Release Party)
with special guest Garrett Gray (from The Perpetual Drifters) (5:45pm)
Heather Marie Ellison began singing in nightclubs in a country band at the age of fifteen (grandpa chaperoned). Then later, during the Swing resurgence of the 90′s, sang in a Northern California swing band by the name of The Savoy Swingers. She caught the eye of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnny Otis and was soon back up singing in the Johnny Otis R&B Revue, opening up for such legendary artists as Koko Taylor, Tower of Power, The Four Tops, Ray Charles and James Brown. So confident was Johnny Otis of Ms Ellison’s potential, he produced a solo album with her entitled Heather Marie With The Johnny Otis Band, Got My Mojo Workin‘
During the early 2000′s Heather Marie worked at all three locations of legendary independent record store Amoeba Music before hanging up her name tag to tour the world as Uni and Her Ukelele. From 2007 to 2008, Heather hosted the wildly popular San Francisco variety night “Club Unicornbread”. In a similar vein, being a big fan of Christmas, Heather Marie has brought international acts such as Caga Tio and The Yule Logs to the bay area for six consecutive years with the most craptacular Christmas show in San Francisco Christmas Is The Best in collaboration with Dr Trucker and “friends”. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, she released her fourth full length album Lover’s Cliché in April 2012.
Having accomplished the impossible task of making New Zealanders Oil Wrestle, making cocktail hats for the rich and famous and making it through Canadian Customs, the future is wide open for Heather Marie as she travels the globe dancing with friends, eating increasingly exotic foods and writing music. New projects are on the horizon for the betterment of us all.
Owen Hill was born and raised in an industrial suburb of Los Angeles. He knocked around a fair bit– baggage service at LAX, union rep, warehouse drone, janitor, “paid” political volunteer, ice cream maker—and other forms of boredom (as a poet said) advertised as poetry.
Landed in the Bay Area where he worked in several bookstores, finally settling into Moe’s in Berkeley as a buyer and events coordinator. He had written poetry since puberty but had been shy about calling himself a poet. After taking a workshop with Tom Clark at UC extension he came to believe that poetry was his calling. He has since published seven slim volumes of poetry and read his poems at various venues around the country.
His first novel, The Chandler Apartments, was written in Berkeley, in the building so named. At the time he was convalescing from a life-threatening disease in the confines of The Chandler. The novel began as a satire, poking fun at the characters that inhabit the Bay Area poetry scene. It morphed into a murder mystery and became the first of the series featuring poet detective Clay Blackburn.
Currently in good health, he is working on the fourth Clay Blackburn mystery. The second, The Incredible Double, is just out from PM Press.
Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Shareef Ali studied music at Oberlin College and moved to San Francisco in 2007. In 2009 assembled his outstanding backing ensemble, the Radical Folksonomy, and began performing regularly in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area
In summer of 2011, Shareef recorded his first solo EP How To End The War, which was released in advance of his first solo national tour during September and October. Traveling mostly by train, Shareef visited the Northwest again, as well as making debut appearances in Amsterdam, Chicago, Oberlin, Baltimore, DC, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Bellingham. During this tour Shareef took advantage of the opportunity to participate in and document the Occupy movement unfolding across the country.
And our June Pop-Up Indie Craft Mart with:
Felt animal masks, felt leaf ornaments, printed bags and tees, zipper pouches
Yoga mat bags from reclaimed materials
Natural, organic, handmade face, bath and body products
Feather earrings, paintings, essential oils
Adorable handmade goods