Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – Songbird Presents – Winter Solstice Live Music Show


 9:00 pm      Fuzzpod

9:45 pm Drum Stringer 1manbanjo

10:30 pm    Seth Augustus

Reaction Restraunt – Food fusion Art & Culture in the Mission 

$5-$8 Cover


2183 Mission St
(between Sycamore St & 18th St)

Join us for an evening over silver lined fuzzpodness, dasher and dancer hobo funk from 1manbanjo and Dada Soul from Seth Augustus.


Electronic artists Fuzzpod are a trio from San Francisco consisting of Maki, Momo and Captain Electrik. They combine the energy and playfulness of Deee-Lite, the lyrical insight and pop elements of the Pet Shop Boys and top it off with a soulful twist akin to that of The Supreme Beings of Leisure. They’ve also been compared to Morcheeba, Autechre, Tricky, and Depeche Mode.

 Drum Stringer 1manbanjo

A ! 1manBanjo ! show is energetic, incites movement, dancing, the clapping of hands, participation & a couple of sing alongs. Combines old time tunes in a unique rhythmic fashion which is (though at times dark) a vibrant experience. A.K.A. Sean Lee, 1mb has been in developement for over a decade and offers a wide variety of songs, from it’s roots in what we call the zig zag blues to banjo funk, swamp glam: progressing into gobbelin music ( ), and selections from Cheshire rock opera & what we call the Harlequin theory at work. S.Lee sings and plays the banjo in a sloppy rag time rhythm to the beat of a bass drum kick & a tamborine shoe.

 Seth Augustus


“Every tune here is a gem; sharp, black diamonds flicking with their own sinister twinkle. If Howlin’ Wolf wrote a song for T. Rex it might come out sounding like ‘Slim Sam.’”
— J. Poet, Crawdaddy Magazine

“This is urban swamp music for which dark alleys and basement speakeasies were surely invented, pure and simple. It is at once strikingly original whilst also hugely evocative of some of the great characters of American rhythm and blues and leftfield blues rock music – a distillation of Howlin’ Wolf, Don Van Vliet, Tom Waits and Mac Rebennack [Dr. John] laced with hallucinatory snake venom. However, Augustus is clearly his own man and channels his influences smartly into something distinctively his…What Augustus has created is something uniquely old and new and is this month’s contender for ‘the best thing I’ve heard all year (so far)’”
— Ian Fraser, Terrascope (UK)

“So let’s dispense with the obligatory comparisons, Seth Augustus is as original a sound as I have yet encountered in 2010. This is intelligent, imaginative, and uniquely American music, Tuvan fiddle and banjo not withstanding.”
— William Gillespie, Smile Politely

“Augustus has sealed his fate as an excellent modern bluesman.”
— Sarah Moore, Pop Matters

“These dark, snaky, moody pieces may be based in the blues…but they are injected with a decidedly twenty-first century mindset. ”
— Babysue/LMNOP

“With a sly folk swagger and gravely chops to match the masters, Seth Augustus has created an album somewhere between the laid back ramblings of Tom Waits and the kooky vocals of Captain Beefheart. Opening with “To The Pouring Rain”, Augustus’s dust-bowl folk styling is fit for a wanderer or vagabond from near a century ago.”
— Fense, FensePost

“The apprentice of bluesman Paul Pena has concocted an unusual musical mix influenced by both tradition and experimentation.”
— M Music & Musicians( March/April 2010)

“Seth Augustus sounds like a late career Tom Waits or even Leonard Cohen, straining to convey the imaginative thoughts streaming from his cortex …. The album sounds like the inspiration to half-a-dozen David Lynch flicks, sexy Americana folk with notes of early jazz and a more blues experimental Captain Beefheart.”
— J-Sin, Smother Magazine

“A little bit of Howlin’ Wolf, a little more Captain Beefheart, Augustus sounds on “Trickeries of the Great Emptiness” the way I’d like to imagine the Kurt Cobain who sang his desperate version of “In the Pines” would sound a few decades later, with most of the demons exorcised and a relaxed acceptance of what came and was still to come.”
— Justin, Citizen Dick

…’Trickeries of Great Emptiness’ where a simple drum track, a melancholic vocal, a fricassee of guitar and some slide guitar that’s as graceful as a Kingfisher plucking its prey out of the water. It’s a simple lesson of how to make something good out of so little, Augustus does everything and he’s produced a song of simple elegance.
— David Cowling, Americana UK

“There is a surprising amount of variety to be found on this disc and it is clear that Augustus has a lot of skill as a songwriter.To the Pouring Rain is an album that listeners will find themselves returning to on a regular basis, as the instrumental variety and slightly eccentric lyrical content are sure to grab their attention. Seth Augustus is off to a great start and it seems likely that he could become a name that people know if he continues to release material of this quality. If you’re looking for a new blues artist that is close to being on par with some of the bigger names, definitely give this disc a shot.”
— Chris Dahlberg, Cosmos Gaming





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