Amnesia Music Hall 853 Valencia Street – Doors at 915 pm – Close
San Francisco based izzy*wise aka Isaac Weiser first started performing music in his Dad’s Klezmer band as a teenager. As the multi instrumentalist began learning new instruments and collecting records, so came the influx of different styles and cultures of music. Having played in many bands performing reggae, afrobeat, funk, rock, hip hop, klezmer, drum n bass, and latin styles this versatile performer began producing his own music and djing in 2007. Combining his knowledge of multiple instruments, sound reinforcement, and his love of mixing music from different cultures, we now have the electro world dub mashup that is izzy*wise’s music.
A member of the legendary Afrolicious party crew, izzy*wise plays and collaborates with many different musicians and groups, and is tending a growing discography including 11 vinyl releases. He has performed internationally in Spain, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, United States, and Canada. Some notable groups are: LoCura, Afrolicious, MC Rai, Lucky Brown and the Funk Revolution, Pleasuremaker Band, Ocote Soul Sounds, Makru, Mophono Halftone Society, Sureshot Symphony, J Boogie, Nickodemus, and DJ Smash.
He has also had the pleasure of opening for many heroes and talents including: Novalima, Culture, Arrested Development, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ocote Soul Sounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many more!!
In Fall of 2007, Timothy Vickers, Lynn Gentry, Dylan Swift and Reuben Anziani meet in a hallway of San Francisco State’s Creative Arts Building while waiting to audition for a Guitar Ensemble. The next semester Vickers and Gentry begin collaborating after ditching Guitar Ensemble to build bikes. The early collaborations use songs Gentry largely tested at Hotel Utah’s Open Mic. The band would be called The Lynn Gentry Disposition, a folk rock band, its early arrangements would include Gentry on Guitar and Vocals, Swift or Anziani on guitar, and Vickers on Bass.
At SFSU in 2009, Timothy Vickers, Lynn Gentry, and Dylan Swift meet Lemme Adams in the Creative World Ensemble. Tim & Lemme’s early collaborations would lead to LATV, an Experimental Electronic Group, which features Rob Mills on Drums. At the same time The Lynn Gentry Disposition features an arrangement of Lynn, Tim, Alex Ferrari on Guitar, Lemme on Accordian and Andre Poulin on Drums and Robert Pera on Saxophone. During this time, Gentry and Ferrari meet producer Charles Gonzalez, at Cafe Revolution, before tragedy is struck at Gentry, Anziani and Ferrari’s Sunset home.
It is this time that Lynn Gentry leaves to Oregon, where he meets poet Jacqueline Suskin at Oregon Country Fair. Upon his return he borrows an Olivetti Typewriter from friend Matthias to write poetry on demand at the corner of Haight & Ashbury and begins writing songs for Requiem for the Living (debut album to be released in July).
In late winter of 2010, Dylan returns as The Lynn Gentry Disposition start early recordings of what would later go on RFTL, with Charles Gonzalez at Mission Bells and Radical Sound. In the studio the band would gain a better understanding of their sound and create what they call Electric Freak Folk. Though the sessions only produce three tracks for the debut, it would lead to Timothy Vickers collaborating with Gonzalez to engineer on the recordings of bands like Jugtown Pirates, The Blank Tapes and Lemme Adams.
In January 2011, The Lynn Gentry Disposition would see it’s height and ultimate end playing before an audience at The HUGEwhisper, an underground Art & Music Festival founded by Matt Welde(Family Folk Explosion) and Lynn Gentry. With the former band fizzling out Gentry begins a residency at Kaleidoscope. Toward the end of the residency Vickers and Gentry begin playing with Jay Lee on Guitar. After three months gigging The Disposition go into the studio to continue Requiem for the Living, with Rob Mills on Drums. Now comprised of Lynn Gentry on Guitar and Vocals, Jay Lee on Guitar, Timothy Vickers on Bass, Lemme Adams on Accorgan and Brent Hutchinson on drums. The Disposition continue to establish themselves amongst San Francisco best playing what they call Electric Freak Folk. The lucky ones have seen them at Yoshi’s, Brick and Mortar, The Phoenix, Hotel Utah, Blue Lagoon, The Stork Club, Vitus, The Makeout Room, Amnesia, Viracocha, Cafe Revolution, and Walk Like An Egyptian, but the wise will see them in the future.
Lynn Gentry – Guitar & Vocal
Timothy Vickers – Bass
Lemme Adams – hammond organ, Nord, Accordion., accorgan
Jay Lee – Lead Guitar
Brent Hutchinson – “Drums”
Conspiracy of Venus is a women’s community a cappella group based in SF. CoV sings original arrangements of contemporary music. Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the 40 women of CoV interpret her daring and inventive arrangements of songs ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi) to the cutting edge (Bjork’s Possibly Maybe) with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. The group’s repertoire also includes works by Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Roger Miller.
Conspiracy of Venus has played to sold out crowds at many San Francisco venues, including The Great American Music Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Independent, The Swedish American Hall, The Rickshaw Stop, The Make-Out Room, and others, sharing bills with John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats, The Mother Hips, Blame Sally, Emily Jane White, and Rupa and the April Fishes, to name a few.
The choir is active in community service. We have performed at Dublin State Correctional Facility and played benefits for the Awamaki Peruvian Women’s Weaving Collective, The Gulabi Gang, The Ursa Freedom Project, In Search of Good Food, and the Fairmount Elementary FestiVal. Wherever the group performs, Conspiracy of Venus is hailed by audiences as a groundbreaking musical experience.
Wildhawk is the brainchild of San Francisco-based musician Matthew Welde. Exploring the realms of psychedelic soundscape, and propelled by adventurous songwriting, the group intends to guide the listener through a storytelling trance. Welde is the songwriting force behind the band. A lover of abstract findings in the natural world and a guiding light in the ‘strange, imagined future’, this troubadour sings with wings; shedding a new shine on ancient and impossible stories. He is joined by warriors of the primordial cosmos: Connor Hill(guitar), T-Rexx(bass), Danny DeMento(drums), and Joe Miller(drums). Wildhawk is currently working on its first, full-length studio record due out in September. Catch the bird as it touches down throughout the Bay Area this summer before taking off on a West Coast tour in the fall