SF Offside Spark Series

This month, Alex Pinto and I are presenting four shows in four different venues in the Bay Area. It’s all part of the SF Offside Spark Series, a little taster before our three-night festival in May.

SF Offside logoThe series kicks off this Thursday, March 7, at the Red Poppy Art House with saxophonist Marcus Stephens’ Markstep Trio and drummer Eric Garland’s Hodge Podge Ensemble. Check out my recent interviews with both Stephens and Garland on the SF Offside site. I’ve been having a lot of fun with those and will continue to do features on each of the composers we present this month as part of this series.

On Friday, March 15, at Cafe Royale, we present reed master Aram Shelton’s brand new Golden Age quartet. Included in that program is Shelton’s Kodachrome Music, a suite inspired by the sparse, enchanting landscape of southern Utah.

Then on Saturday, March 23, at the Revolution Cafe, we’re having the Spark Series Jazz Jam. This show opens with the Sonny Sharrock Experience, a new collaborative project featuring saxophonist David Boyce that grew out of last year’s festival. After the first set, we’ll open things up to our many talented friends in the jazz community. The Rev show is also a fundraiser for SF Offside, so a $5-10 donation in the tip jar is greatly appreciated.

The series closes with a show on Wednesday, March 27, at Awaken Cafe in Oakland, which will be our first East Bay show (and certainly not our last!). We’ll be presenting two guitar trios—Roger Kim’s First Day and the Alex Pinto Trio.

Click on the links above or just visit SF Offside for more details on each show. You can also get the full line-up of musicians in the Spark Series here.

I hope to see some of you there!

SF Offside Presents: Secret Sidewalk and the Alex Pinto Trio with David Boyce

Last Friday’s show with Klaxon Mutant Allstars and These Are Our Hours was a great success. We had a packed house and, of course, fantastic music. Thanks to everyone who came out to support, and to both ensembles for bringing it.

This Saturday, November 17, we’ve got another Offside show.

Secret Sidewalk are returning to Viracocha to bring their genre-bending sound, combining electronic music and experimental jazz. To give you taste of their music, here’s their set from the third night of Offside, courtesy of Bay Taper. Can’t wait to hear them perform live again! 

Opening the show will be the Alex Pinto Trio with special guest David Boyce on sax. They will be performing Sonny Sharrock’s seminal album, Ask the Ages. Here’s a track from that album to whet your appetite. 

Coincidentally, November 17 is also the one-year anniversary of the incredible Kneebody show at Viracocha, the first collaboration between me and Alex, which ultimately led to us founding SF Offside together. That was also Alex’s first time playing at Viracocha, so it’s a real pleasure to get to present his trio again, one year later on the dot.

I’m really excited about Saturday’s show. We’re expecting another packed house for this one, so come early, especially if you want to get a seat!

Doors open at 8pm and the show will start sometime around 8:30pm.