Hey Friends far and wide!
It’s been awhile, but a lot has been brewing here at Vivants headquarters in SF. Back in May, the band recorded a 6-song EP at Prairie Sun and we just received the final product last week! Bluegrass Special is a feisty lil’ bugger packed with traditional and original tunes and will be available at our local shows very soon.
The other big news is we will be taking our brand new EP with us as we journey out to the East Coast for our first New England Tour!
NYC here we come on Monday Sept 1, then heading north to Providence, RI, then to Burlington, VT and CROSSING THE BORDER to Montreal! Dates and info on where we are playing are below. If you know anyone in these cities please let them know we are coming to town.
For all the armchair geographers, will be sharing our adventures via our Faceplace and Instawham. So if we don’t see you on the road, please sign up for our posts which we promise won’t be just Waffle House food! More news about our upcoming CD Release show will be coming down the pike when we return in mid-September. Stay tuned!
CROSSING THE BORDER TOUR! * SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 7
EAST VILLAGE, NYC
RAINBOW LAKE, NY
SWEET AFTON BAR
We had an amazing weekend up at CBA’s Grass Valley festival last weekend. Saw lots of old friends and made lots of new ones too! Highlights included the reunion of Kathy Kallick’s band, the David Grisman Experience, Molly Tuttle, the Evie Ladin Band and jamming till the wee hours at the Handsome Ladies camp.
Back in SF, the chilly winds blow but we still have so many warm memories from last weekend! This Sunday, June 28 the sun will be out for our debut show on ANGEL ISLAND! If you’ve never been out to this beautiful rock floating in the SF Bay, now is your chance to come and take hike, enjoy the city views and enjoy some free music. Show starts at 2p-5p.
This Monday, June 29, The Vivants will be hosting one of our favorite SF traditions, Bluegrass Monday at Amnesia. We are delighted to have joining us, the initimable Larry Chung on banjo and and mandolin. 9p-1130p. FREE.
Wed. July 1
San Francisco, CA
w. The Dixie Giants!
Sun. July 26
Julliard Park Concert Series
Santa Rosa, CA
Summer is here!
We are heading east to Kansas City tomorrow where it’s 21c! The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees are blossoming here in San Francisco so it will be an acclimation for sure, but we are ready to hit the road nonetheless for Folk Alliance 2015! We’ve added some additional showcases to our Official Showcase on Sat. Feb. 22.
Our personal favorite showcase is the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center (AFC) invitation to perform our own version of a Lomax-collected song. This year marks the 100th birthday of influential folklorist and musician Alan Lomax (1915-2002), who collected folks like Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Woody Guthrie.
We won’t say what song we are doing but let’s say everyone
from Aerosmith to Randy Travis have sung it!
Well, we are just so over the moon to be selected to be an Official Showcase Artist at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO this February! We will be attending the conference from Feb. 18-22! Our official showcase date is Sat. 2/21/2015 at the Westin Hotel, Pershing Ballroom at 8p-8:25p. If you happen to be in the area come and say howdy!
Our next local show is coming up next Friday, Feb. 6th in San Francisco at the Plough and Stars, with Jon Emery and the Dry County Drinkers! Hope to see you!
Happy New Year One and All! 2014 was an amazing year for the band and we already have some BIG news to kick off 2015! We are proud to announce our musical compadre, Kalei Yamanoha will be permanently joining The Vivants! He has been playing with us for the last few months on accordion, guitar and trombone while we searched for a replacement for Isaac Bonnell, our former badass accordionist. Isaac bid farewell last year to focus on his academic pursuits and we knew finding someone to fill his shoes would be tough! But we are SO delighted to have discovered such a multi-talented musician for our upcoming tours, performances and recording projects.
Come on out!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18:
Lagunitas Brewery / 3p / FREE / Petaluma, CA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20:
Cha Cha Cha – /7p-10p / FREE / Mission St. / SF, CA
Folk Alliance Conference / Kansas City, MO
SATURDAY, MARCH 14:
Thee Parkside w. THE CRUX
ST. PATRICKS DAY! TUESDAY, MAR 17:
Cha Cha Cha – Mission St. / SF, CA
The Vivants had an amazing time in the Southeast and we are so excited to be back on California soil and playing shows all over the Bay Area till the end of 2014!
Hope to see you out there!
SEPT 21: PLYMOUTH BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – EMERGING ARTIST BAND COMPETITION – Plymouth, CA
SEPT 25: FREIGHT AND SALVAGE w. Whiskey and Women + Familia Pena Govea – Berkeley, CA
OCT 16: AMNESIA BAR – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
OCT 17: MYSTIC THEATER OPENING FOR WAYNE HANCOCK – PETALUMA, CA
OCT 25: STARRY PLOUGH w. The Crux – Berkeley, CA
OCT 26: RANCHO NICASIO BAR – FREE! – 4-6P – NICASIO, CA
SWEET SUNNY SOUTH TOUR
“Take me back to the place, where I first saw the light
Take me back to my sweet sunny south
Where the mockingbird sings me to sleep every night
Oh why was I tempted to roam…”
We are so excited to be hitting the road for our maiden Sweet Sunny South Tour!
If you know anyone in any of these cities, please let them know we will be traveling through.
Hope to see you on the road!
Tues 7/29 : ATLANTA, GA/ The EARL / 9pm/$7
Also on the bill: the Villain Family/Book of Colors
Wed 7/30: GATLINBURG, TN / Sugarlands Distilling Company/ 7pm
Yes, a genuine moonshine distillery in the Smokey Mountains, and it’s a FREE show!
Thurs 7/31: KNOXVILLE, TN / WDVX Blue Plate Special / LIVE ON-AIR / 12p
Listen in at noon to our live on-air performance with a live audience at the Historic Knoxville Vistors Center! Listen on line at www.wdvx.com
Thurs 7/31: CHATTANOOGA, TN / LIVE ON-AIR / WUTC /3p
Listen in at 3p to our LIVE on-air performance at the public radio station
at UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSESS. Listen on line at www.
Thurs 7/31: CHATTANOOGA, TN/ Rhythm and Brews / 9pm
We will be sharing the stage with local band, Rye Baby and our buddy, Megan Saunders, formerly of The Driftless.
Fri 8/1: COLUMBIA, SC/ Delaney’s Music Pub / 9:30pm / FREE
HOMECOMING SHOW! Jimmy’s home turf of South Cakalaki!
Sat 8/2: NORTH CHARLESTON, SC/ The Mill / 8p / FREE
Last night of the tour!
Hope to see you all at one of our upcoming shows!
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 / HOPMONK TAVERN
SEBASTOPOL, CA / 8P
SUNDAY, MAY 10 / SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL
MILL VALLEY, CA / 11a-2p / NO COVER
FRIDAY, MAY 23 / MYSTIC THEATER / OPENING FOR WAYNE HANCOCK!
PETALUMA, CA / 8P SHOW
FRIDAY, MAY 31 / STARRY PLOUGH / w. SUPERMODAL + HARKENBACKS
BERKELEY, CA / 9P SHOW