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.
Great songwriting meets indie folk, bluegrass, Americana and fine vocal harmonies!
Bohemian Highway is an Americana band based in Sonoma County playing original music. The band is fronted by the husband and wife songwriting duo of Doug Blumer and Nancy Irish. Their influences range from Buck Owens and The Beatles, to bluegrass, gospel, Americana and folk. Doug had a long and productive musical career in San Francisco for over 30 years, touring and recording with the Westerlies and Honky Tonk great Dallas Wayne before he and Nancy recently relocated to the North Bay. Nancy, a long-time songwriting collaborator, joined the live show a decade ago. Since then, they have gained an enthusiastic audience and radio airplay all over the Bay Area. Their music is joyous and uplifting with an emphasis on harmonies and captivating arrangements. They will be joined on this performance by band members Kent and Jane Fossgreen on electric bass, saxophone & percussion.
Ira Marlowe, who writes across a wide range of styles and themes, has been compared to everyone from Tom Waits to Tom Lehrer. With material that swings from funny to moody to poignant to political, he’s taught songwriting at UC Berkeley and penned the tunes for four shows by the Tony-winning SF Mime Troupe. In 2012 he opened the The Monkey House, an intimate performance space in Berkeley. His latest project is The Unseen World, a stage musical currently in pre-production.
This is the last of a series of 4 concerts dedicated to our assistant director, community activist beloved friend and extraordinary artist, Marlene Aron. A big thanks to Hilary Perkins (Nell Robinson), Jim Nunnally and the East Bay Foundation for making these concerts possible.