The Neighborhood Concert Hall
Since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s (formerly Noe Valley Music Series) has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area.
The series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Academy Awards, Mac Arthur “Genius” Grants and Guggenheim fellowships) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality. Founded by jazz flutist, Larry Kassin, SF Live Arts depends on grants and donations to bring their special blend of international and local musical talents to San Francisco.
Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business; both are late founding members of The Waybacks. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston’s well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity.” –Strawberry Music Festival
Dazzling guitar, scorching harmonica, soulful singing and spellbinding stories are all delivered by Doug Adamz with insight and a terrific sense of humor. Between bawdy blues, exquisite instrumentals or hilarious story songs, he makes the phrase “wide-ranging talent” sound woefully inadequate. Thanks to a great deal of airplay on alternative and community radio stations, three songs from his “National Steel” CD held the #1, 2 & 3 spots for eight weeks on RMR’s Acoustic Blues Chart.
He has recorded nine albums of original, instrumental music and songs. The range of his writing and musical skill lends his shows an epic quality; as his compositions have been used by The Joffrey and San Francisco Ballet, were featured in a film by Robert Altman (The Company), heard in a PBS documentary soundtrack (Jim Thorpe, World’s Greatest Athlete) and in two Spanish television series (La Frontera Herida, Sahel). The Kronos Quartet also commissioned Doug to write several short pieces.
Tickets available soon!
Great Blues and Americana with David Jacobs-Strain, hauntingly gorgeous Persian Music with internationally hailed vocalist Mahsa Vahdat and award-winning composer/instrumentalist Atabak Elyasi, more Notes Against Trump’s Travel Ban, Balinese Shadow puppets with ShadowLight Theatre, Kitka- Eastern European Women’s Choir, stellar improv with Manring Kassin Burr, and much more!