2014 Dates Announced!

The sun continues to shine here in SF – it’s confounding to enjoy sun and then read headlines of salmon struggling to begin their spawn cycle up Lagunitas Creek.  We are
praying for rain! Slight chance for this Thursday!

While we conduct our raindances, we look forward to you and your dancing feet at our upcoming shows all over the Bay Area!

THURSDAY. FEB 14 / AWAKEN CAFE
OAKLAND, CA / / 8P START

SUNDAY, FEB 23 / RANCHO NICASIO / IN THE BAR
NICASIO, CA/ 4P-6P /ALL AGES + FREE!

FRIDAY, FEB 28 / PLOUGH + STARS
SF, CA / 8P DOORS / W. HARMED BROS.

SATURDAY. APRIL  5 / TWIN OAKS TAVERN
PETALUMA, CA / 8P w. JOSH WINDMILLER + CHURCH MARCHING BAN

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Feliz Ano Neuvo to all y’all!

Warm thanks to all our fans far and near for your generous community support in 2013! Your love bolstered our Kickstarter goal and the ball just kept rolling from there!
We released “Western Addition” in August, our first full length album and

we played new and favorite venues – Great American Music Hall, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, The Lost Church, Slim’s, The Independent and our new fave, Twin Oaks Tavern. We are setting our sails outside the SF Bay Area in 2014 – so keep a lookout! Best wishes to all y’all and to another orbit around the sun!

Upcoming Shows!

Thanksgiving Weekend we are heading up to the mountains of Yosemite!

Friday, November 29 / 9p
Evergreen Lodge
Groveland, CA

Saturday, November 30 / 9p
Hideout Saloon
Mariposa, CA

Then back down the mountain for some shows in San Francisco and
our Sonoma County CD Release at the Twin Oaks!

Thursday, December 12 / 8p
Amnesia Bar w. Arann Harris and Supermodal
SF, CA

Friday, December 20 / 8p
Sonoma County CD Release Party!
Twin Oaks Tavern w. The Dixie Giants

Penngrove, CA

Album Update + Upcoming Summer Shows!

Oh mercy me!  The last few months have been a whirlwind of writing songs, all night recording sessions, editing with our fearless engineer, Alex Cory at Forest Floor Studios and mixing the final product Memorial Day weekend at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA.    We were in the best of hands with our mixing engineer, Matt Wright at Prairie Sun.   We can’t wait for you to hear the final product!

In the meantime, here are some photo highlights from the recording and mixing
studio and shots of some of the amazing players who perform on the new album:  Greg Stephens (trombone), Ray Green (trumpet), Mylos Sonka (pedal steel), Tom Lucas (banjo uke, banjo), Ray Wilcox (drums), Josh Yenne (pedal steel). Without them we wouldn’t have this amazing album that has somehow been completed!

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The Vivants have some big plans in August for a CD release party which we
will be sharing with you all soon once the details have been ironed out.

After being inside all these weeks it’s  exciting to get back in the saddle and start performing all these new tunes for you!  We will debuting many of them at some of our upcoming summer gigs.

See you on the dance floor!

VIVANTS BAY AREA SUMMER TOUR 2013:

Saturday, JUNE 22 – San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival /  2-4p

Friday, JUNE 28 – Freight & Salvage, Berkeley / w. Evie Ladin + Molly Tuttle / 8p

Friday, JULY 5th – Great American Music Hall, SF / w. The Mountain Men + Windy Hill + The Creak / 9p

Friday, JULY 12th – Bluxome Street Winery, SF / 5p-8p / FREE

Saturday, JULY 20th – Rivertown Festival, Petaluma / Time TBA

 

In the Studio + New Shows

The last few weekends The Vivants have been holed up at Forest Floor Studios recording our new full length album.  13 songs are slated to be completed by the end of May, and we have completed 10!  The end is near!  Look for a CD Release Party sometime this summer…

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All work and no play?  Hells no!  We took some time out from the studio in April and played a Sunday afternoon show out in beautiful West Marin at the Rancho Nicasio.   The hills were alive with the sound of music….

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We are back performing in May and are looking forward to getting out and playing some live music next month and into the summer.  Here is an update on our upcoming shows including The Great American Music Hall July 5th! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 9, 9p
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Utah
w. The Driftless

Thursday, June 6
San Francisco, CA
The Lost Church

SHELBY ASH PRESENTS: RED, WHITE & BLUEGRASS
w. Windy Hill, The Mountain Men & The Creak
Friday, July 5th

San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall

Saturday, July 20
Stinson Beach, CA
The Sand Dollar

In Like a Lion….

Happy Spring Everyone!  It is officially the first day of Spring and it has been raining
most of the day here in San Francisco.    What is the saying?  March..in like a lion, out like a lamb? Well, we hope you can come and bring your inner lion to one (or both!) of our shows THIS WEEK.  Nice kitty….

First up:
THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 21, San Francisco
Hotel Utah
w. Rin Tin Tiger + Dull Richards + Denim Wedding

and then for our West Marin fans, we are hitting the road and playing a FREE afternoon show in the bar at a great historic roadhouse:
The RANCHO NICASIO
Sunday, March 24 4p-6p

February was a great month for The Vivants. We had an AMAZING time at the SF Bluegrass + Old Time Festival (SFBOT), performing at our favorite watering hole and then
as featured performers at the SFBOT Volunteer Party at Cafe du Nord with The Earl Brothers & The Trespassers!


SFBOT, Feb 13, 2013 at Amnesia Bar, SF.

We’ve also been recording tracks for our new upcoming album every spare moment and  are SO looking forward to busting out some of these new tunes at our upcoming shows.

Hope to see you out there!

NEXT UP:

Thursday, May 9, 9p
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Utah
w. The Driftless

Thursday, June 6th
San Francisco, CA
The Lost Church

In other news:  look for deets about our upcoming CD Release party THIS SUMMER! We got some plans in the works for a big show in the Bay Area.
We’ll keep you posted once we get ‘er done!