NEW SHOWS + San Francisco Bluegrass + Old Time Festival 2013

Greetings from Vivants headquarters!

The last couple months we’ve been busy bees working on our new album (thank you Kickstarter community!), designing a new t-shirt and we just posted a bunch of  upcoming performances, including the 2013 San Francisco Bluegrass + Old Time Festival!

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Starting Feb. 7th there will be a heap of great music being played all over SF, the East Bay and Marin County.  The Vivants will be joining in Monday, Feb. 9th with Toshio Hirano and The Black Crown Stringband at Amnesia Bar.    Hope to see yawl out there soon!


Monday, February 9th 9p
San Francisco Bluegrass + Old Time Festival 2013
w. Black Crown Stringband + Toshio Hirano

Friday, February 22nd, 9p
Berkeley, CA
The Starry Plough
w. Evie Ladin Band + Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys

Thursday, March 21, 9p
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Utah
w. Dull Richards + Denim Wedding

Sunday, March 24 4p
Nicasio, CA
Rancho Nicasio

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


 What can we say?  You all ROCK!

The Vivants want to thank you from the bottom of our boots our
heartfelt gratitude for the support we received from all our fans and family
during our Kickstarter campaign.

MERCI BEAUCOUP to all who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign and helped
spread the word! We popped a bottle of champagne and got to work planning our
next studio dates to finish up all our new tunes.

In the following weeks, we will be in touch on how the project is
progressing and will keep you updated when the new album is completed
which we plan to finish in Spring 2013!

Thank you ALL again for your support!
2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for music making!

In other news …we are performing a FREE SHOW TONIGHT
at the historic Mystic Theatre in Petaluma:

Mystic Theatre, FREE! December 11th with JD McPherson, 8:30p

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You can get FREE tickets just click HERE.

See you on the dance floor!

hillbilly hugs + klezmer kisses,
Emily Bonn & The Vivants

New Album is 25% funded!

We are almost a quarter of the way funded for our Kickstarter goal of $5,500!
Thank you all for donating already to help fund our new full length album.

The clock is ticking however, and we have only 9 MORE DAYS till the campaign is over.
December 8th is the deadline to raise the funds.  If we don’t reach our
goal we won’t receive any of your generous donations!

We made a new video that illustrates what we are reaching for
as a band and how far we’ve come in the last three years!

If you are a fan of American roots music with an original twist, please consider
pre-ordering your Vivants CD by December 8th. 

$25 gets you the new CD + digital download + t-shirt + more!
Donate here:

The Vivants have a lot of great rewards in addition to the CD including:
accordion serenades, house concerts, homemade pies, music lessons and more!
It’s all here:

NEXT SHOW:  Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito, 3-6p.

Thank you to our first 10 backers!

We are almost at 10% of our goal of $5,500!  Many thanks to our first 10 backers!

Our first fundraising show at the Presidio Yacht Club was a great success. 


We have another fundraising show this weekend in Santa Cruz at the Crepe Place. 
Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be down that way to come on out!

26 more days and $5100 to go!


The Vivants


Dear Friends, Fans & Family,

The Vivants are SO excited to be launching our Kickstarter Campaign TODAY!

We have spent some time preparing for this big day by creating a campaign
that outlines our project and the AWESOME rewards we are offering in exchange for
your generous donations.
If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, in nutshell, it’s a way for creative
projects such as albums, comic books, sriracha flavored ketchups and films
(to name a few) to get funded and launched into the world!
The Vivants are campaigning for 30 days:  November 9 through December 9 to raise
$5,500 big ones to complete our FULL LENGTH ALBUM.

All the details are here: one catch with this campaign is we HAVE to meet our $5,500 goal by DEC. 9th or we get don’t get nothing!  We hope you can find something you would like in our REWARDS packages: banjo lessons? accordion serenade?  home baked pies?  Lil’ Jimmy’s mullet?

To help get the word out, we will be performing several shows this month starting TOMORROW night, Sat. Nov. 10th at The Lucky Horseshoe in SF.
9pm – 12a. $5

Also, November 16th at The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz
and November 24th at The Plough & Stars in SF w. Whiskey + Women!

Can’t wait to invite you all to our CD RELEASE party in 2013!
hugs + kisses,

Emily Bonn & The Vivants

Mill Valley – San Francisco – Santa Cruz

August 24th was a momentous night at The IndependentThe Easy Leaves brought the Sonoma County peeps down from the north to help fill the joint.  TV Mike & The Scarecrows made a kickass poster.  Many thanks go out to  Maggie Mae for taking some great photos from the night!

In other news: We took a little time off from performing and have been in the studio working on our new full length album!  Lots of new tunes are coming your way hopefully by early 2013.  Stay tuned for our Kickstarter campaign.  It’s time to start raising some serious cash for this next big endeavor.  You can start following the campaign HERE.   We will let you know when it’s live and you can help us start funding this bad boy!

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Hope to see you out at one of our upcoming shows!


Saturday, September 15th, 2p
Mill Valley, CA

2012 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
FREE for kids under 12
$10 adults
$5 students

Tuesday, September 18th
Classical Revolution Presents: Bluegrass at The Brick
with Supermule & Jugtown Pirates

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
San Francisco, CA
Brick and Mortar
$10-$20 donation

Friday, November 17th, 9p
Santa Cruz, CA
Crepe Place
with The Driftless

Friday, August 24 come join us for an action packed night of music from Sonoma County and San Francisco.  Two great tastes that taste great together!  The Vivants kick off the night at 8pm sharp…4 bands only $10!

If you are coming from the North Bay there is a party bus, “Thunderstar”  leaving Santa Rosa at 5p and then Petaluma at 530p.  $25 gets you to transpo to and fro to the show, ticket price and you can bring your own booze on the bus.  What a deal! For more info:

August 4-5: Caspar – Healdsburg

We are rosining up our bows and shining up our boots to hit the road this weekend for two shows in Northern California.  SAT. AUGUST 4th, we head up to Mendocino to the historic Caspar Inn.  The town of Caspar, a few miles outside of Mendocino, was a booming logging town with a population of around 800. The Caspar Inn has been providing the coastal community with live music and dancing since 1906! We are happy to soon be part of this long history of raising a ruckus on the road.

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th we are heading back down to Sonoma County via Healdsburg to  Bergamot Alley, self-described as “inspiration, community, elbow grease, love, and shenanigans. Great wine and beer too.”  FREE SHOW!

Hope to see you out there on the road.  Tell your Mendocino and Sonoma County friends!

Sat. Aug 4
Caspar Inn

Sun. Aug 5
Bergamot Alley

Summertime 2012 Shows!

This summer we will be heading out of Foggyland to feel the warmth of the sun and hopefully see you all out on the dance floor!  (Check our show listings for details.) We got some new tunes that can’t wait to get out on the wide open road (even if it’s just north of the fogbank).

But first, Sat. June 9th we will represent in our hometown at one of SF’s oldest music festivals.   The San Francisco Free Folk Festival was conceived in 1976 by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, which staged it for the first two years at the Hall of Flowers.  And now they take over the Presidio Middle School in the Richmond.  There will be lots of jamming in the halls, workshops and live music.  And best of all, it’s FREE and ALL AGES!

THIS Sat., June 9th, 3pm
San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Presidio Middle School, SF
Woody Guthrie Stage