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Date:Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tickets:n/a

Berkeley Poetry Slam

Hosted by Betsy Gomez 

featuring 

local and touring poets and live music by Three Blind Mice. 

8pm   $8 

$150 in cash prizes every week

Berkeley Poetry Slam: Hosted by Betsy Gomez

2

8:00pm

Hélène Renaut Liz Isenberg & Vio/Miré (Providence RI), and Hate Factory

Date:Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Flyer:Download flyer

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

Lilting Folk with Smart Lyrics Anchored by Aching Melodies

Hélène Renaut (http://www.helenerenaut.com)

Renaut is French by birth and that influence, that sound – that idea of the chanson is something that carries over distinctly into her own songwriting. She’s married this with a hopeful, wistful air that is more akin to American folk – and still there’s this hint of the sweet primroses from the British Isles. It’s all one.

Her newest release, The Deer Convention, fights in its own way against jaded sensibilities and rises up for the purity of songwriting. “Bumblebee” is pop song best appreciated among the wildflowers, while other tracks touch on the ease in which love can come (“To Be A Child”) or the difficulties when it doesn’t (“Wisdom Of the Dove”). There are moments within that switch up mysterious travelogues with the most subtle of backdrops – putting Renaut in the role of navigator (“February’s Daughter”) aided by an electric guitar lead that is akin to Richard Thompson’s Fairport work  – but diffused, like a film in slow-motion. “The Way You Looked At Me” sounds as if you took your favorite song by The Shirelles and threw it in the ocean and waited for it to return – battered and beaten into a new natural form. Old forms give new forms. Similar words could be typed out for “Keep Your Garden Clean” – a spin on an Appalachian ballad, or “Orpheus” – where the Greek myth serves as metaphor for the uncertainty of love in our modern world.

If there’s a constant in her musical routes, it’s the forever and always influence of artists like The Beatles and Nick Drake – impeccable pop music but with introspection at every turn. Beyond that, Renaut cites the lyricism of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, the vocal work of ’20s and ‘30s female jazz singers like the Boswell Sisters or Bessie Smith, Karen Dalton, Bert Jansch, Donovan, the Kinks, and the Zombies’ lush harmonies as key chapters in her development.

with

Liz Isenberg & Vio/Miré (Providence RI) (http://www.lizisenberg.com/) (http://www.viomire.com)

Liz Isenberg and Vio/Miré are coming to Berekeley with their little songs on synthesizers, guitars, cassette tapes, voices, and electric pianos.

“Vio Mire’s folk lush pop beckons attention and exposure. His tenor vocal range whispers, hushes, lulls and then fully opens to relay his written stories in song that hold deep resonance. They ebb and flow between cliff hanging whispers and timing.” Obsession Collection Music

and

Hate Factory (http://hatefactoryband.blogspot.com/)

Katelyn Sullivan and Sierra Frost both play ukulele and guitar and sing songs like all the time. “Hand sewn stuffed animals and proudly displayed posters of their latest show, the home of mission locals Hate Factory immediately gives off a sense of warmth and humility much like their music. The complacent, calm Katelyn Sullivan who has never been in an ‘official’ band before provides a great juxtaposition for well seasoned local songstress Sierra Frost’s bubbly, rambunctious antics. Together they take on the world of twee Hate Factory have found a steady medium between sickeningly sugary and magically mesmerizing. Their recent EP, Tecatepocalypse has a surprising depth, with a raw honesty that some current big names seem to have lost in translation with overwrought lyrics. Hate Factory is to the point- no frills, no theatrics; just two girls on ukes emanating everlasting friendship…you know, friendship.” – Owl Mag

Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm  //  $8  //  21+

Lilting Folk with Smart Lyrics Anchored by Aching Melodies

Hélène Renaut Liz Isenberg & Vio/Miré (Providence RI), and Hate Factory

8:00pm

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8:30pm

featuring SWEET JANE & the FAT BLONDE ACTRESSES (Misisipi Mike, Cree Rider, Vandella, Camilla Lombard, Tony Sales, Smith Dobson, Erik Ian Walker, Tippy Canoe, Emily Lee Coreris, and Jeff Zittrain) 

Date:Friday, June 3, 2011

Time:8:30pm

Flyer:Download flyer

Tickets:n/a

One-night-only, special tribute to Velvet Underground by playing the album Loaded in its entirety, from start to finish.

Complete with heroin-induced vocals along with a cacophony of background vocals, it’s a rockin’ 8-piece band featuring Misisipi Mike Wolf on the geetar and vox, Camilla Lombard on keys, Cree Rider and Tony Sales on vocals and general rowdiness, and Vandella, rounding it out to make The Fat Blonde Actresses.

Special guests include: Smith Dobson (Grand Lodge), Erik Ian Walker (as Erika von Valkyrie), Tippy Canoe, Emily Lee Coreris (Lance Burden), and Jeff Zittrain.

Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9:30pm  //  $10  //   21+

LOADED: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground

featuring SWEET JANE & the FAT BLONDE ACTRESSES (Misisipi Mike, Cree Rider, Vandella, Camilla Lombard, Tony Sales, Smith Dobson, Erik Ian Walker, Tippy Canoe, Emily Lee Coreris, and Jeff Zittrain) 

8:30pm

4

8:30pm

AUDIAFAUNA (Santa Cruz), BLUE RABBIT, and the T-SISTERS (Chthonic Theater)

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time:8:30pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

Acoustic Indie-folk, Electronica & Americana Soul with

AUDIAFAUNA (Santa Cruz), BLUE RABBIT, and the T-SISTERS (Chthonic Theater)

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time:8:30pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

Acoustic Indie-folk, Electronica & Americana Soul with

AUDIAFAUNA (Santa Cruz) (http://www.audiafauna.com)

Audiafauna is the result of a true collaboration of minds and hearts. What they’ve created is arrestingly genuine – combining the genres of indie-folk, pop, electronica, and soul to name a few – and can be likened to the powerhouse vocals of Florence & the Machine, the impassioned hunger of Cat Power, and the curiosity of Cocorosie. What they’ve created is uniquely their own however, and the striking sincerity with which it’s delivered transcends whatever personal preference listeners might cling to. Front-woman Kelly Koval is enrapturing, and her heartfelt words are matched by the powerful sound that springs forth from her lips. The band provides a dynamic canvas for Kelly’s magic. Violin and cello deliver rich melodies and chunky chops, upright bass solidly fuses melody and groove, reverb-drenched keys and gritty guitar flush out the sound, while a motley mix of drums and electronics flow as a single instrument. The resulting sound is uncharted yet nostalgically familiar; speaking directly to our human experience, and arriving like a long-awaited breath of fresh air.

with

BLUE RABBIT (http://www.bluerabbitmusic.com)

San Francisco’s Blue Rabbit is an eight-piece piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses alternative indie pop with baroque elements, modern rhythms, and a hint of cabaret. Fronted by a close-harmony singing trio, grounded by intricate drum and cello grooves, and adorned with the syncopated pulsing of a Celtic harp, Blue Rabbit has been described as “The Andrews Sisters playing with Portishead,” or “Nick Cave songs with a touch of The Supremes.” Blue Rabbit’s lyrical imagery and haunting, minor-key melodies evoke a sense of magical melancholy akin to that of UK contemporary, Bat for Lashes. However, their penchant for counter-melodies, atypical time signatures, and Kurt Weill-like chord progressions, sets them apart and lends their sound a timeless, theatrical appeal.

and

T-SISTERS (Chthonic Theater) (http://chthonictheater.com)

The T Sisters are an Oakland-based singing trio composed of Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen. These three sisters, accompanied by their father Ramsey’s guitar stylings, produce authentic sibling harmony, an ethereal and enchanting sound thanks to their unique familial blend. 

The T Sisters sing and play original music in a style influenced by blues, folk, bluegrass, americana, gospel, country, rock and more. Their soulful a Capella numbers will leave you haunted, and their upbeat barroom melodies will inspire you to grab some whiskey and tap your boots.

Doors at 8:30pm  //  $10  //  21+

Acoustic Indie-folk, Electronica & Americana Soul with

AUDIAFAUNA (Santa Cruz) (http://www.audiafauna.com)

Audiafauna is the result of a true collaboration of minds and hearts. What they’ve created is arrestingly genuine – combining the genres of indie-folk, pop, electronica, and soul to name a few – and can be likened to the powerhouse vocals of Florence & the Machine, the impassioned hunger of Cat Power, and the curiosity of Cocorosie. What they’ve created is uniquely their own however, and the striking sincerity with which it’s delivered transcends whatever personal preference listeners might cling to. Front-woman Kelly Koval is enrapturing, and her heartfelt words are matched by the powerful sound that springs forth from her lips. The band provides a dynamic canvas for Kelly’s magic. Violin and cello deliver rich melodies and chunky chops, upright bass solidly fuses melody and groove, reverb-drenched keys and gritty guitar flush out the sound, while a motley mix of drums and electronics flow as a single instrument. The resulting sound is uncharted yet nostalgically familiar; speaking directly to our human experience, and arriving like a long-awaited breath of fresh air.

with

BLUE RABBIT (http://www.bluerabbitmusic.com)

San Francisco’s Blue Rabbit is an eight-piece piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses alternative indie pop with baroque elements, modern rhythms, and a hint of cabaret. Fronted by a close-harmony singing trio, grounded by intricate drum and cello grooves, and adorned with the syncopated pulsing of a Celtic harp, Blue Rabbit has been described as “The Andrews Sisters playing with Portishead,” or “Nick Cave songs with a touch of The Supremes.” Blue Rabbit’s lyrical imagery and haunting, minor-key melodies evoke a sense of magical melancholy akin to that of UK contemporary, Bat for Lashes. However, their penchant for counter-melodies, atypical time signatures, and Kurt Weill-like chord progressions, sets them apart and lends their sound a timeless, theatrical appeal.

and

T-SISTERS (Chthonic Theater) (http://chthonictheater.com)

The T Sisters are an Oakland-based singing trio composed of Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen. These three sisters, accompanied by their father Ramsey’s guitar stylings, produce authentic sibling harmony, an ethereal and enchanting sound thanks to their unique familial blend. 

The T Sisters sing and play original music in a style influenced by blues, folk, bluegrass, americana, gospel, country, rock and more. Their soulful a Capella numbers will leave you haunted, and their upbeat barroom melodies will inspire you to grab some whiskey and tap your boots.

Doors at 8:30pm  //  $10  //  21+

Acoustic Indie-folk, Electronia & Americana Soul with

AUDIAFAUNA (Santa Cruz), BLUE RABBIT, and the T-SISTERS (Chthonic Theater)

8:30pm

5:00pm

THE POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS

Date:Saturday, June 4, 2011

Time:5:00pm

Tickets:n/a

About the Possum Family Singers

(http://possumfamilysingers.wordpress.com)

With Celu as “Fluffy” , Steve and Laurie started out in summer of 2009 as the Silver Kittens (because we were old and cute) out of “Celu and Friends” playing weekly at Chester’s Bayview Cafe, adding Matt and Ann along the way.  Each of us had Kitten names–Scruffy, Possum, Fritz and Muffy (and Gail–Dash!)

Steve, Laurie and Matt had been playing with the Cavepainters at the Starry Plough, Berkeley on Thursdays for about four years, when Steve was invited to take on the Saturday happy hour.   In November of 2009 Celu split off with the “Friends,” and also began booking Chester’s four nights per week, of which we took one Thursday each month.  Meanwhile, we needed another animal to name ourselves after, and the Possum Family was born.

The band is:

Ann Wright – Cello, Banjo, Guitar, and Vocals

Laurie Miller – Martin Bass, PJB, ZT Acoustic, and Vocals

Steve Soliah – Guitar and Vocals

Matt Parker – Mandolin, Guitar, Audio Devices, and Vocals

“Laurie Miller sings a country ballad better ‘n anybody.  Her voice is right up there with Hank Williams” – Jean Hooker

5-7pm Every Saturday  //  Free  //  All-Ages

Weekly Happy Hour Acoustic Music with

THE POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS

5:00pm

5

3:00pm

LENNY GILL’S STUDENT SHOWCASE 2011

Date:Sunday, June 5, 2011

Time:3:00pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

LENNY GILL’S STUDENT SHOWCASE 2011  (http://lennygill.com)

3:OOpm //  All-Ages Matinee //  Free!!

Lenny Gill has been teaching guitar, bass, and drum lessons in the east bay since 1980.  Twice a year, he forms student rock bands (think Jack Black  in School of Rock, only more sane), and prepares each of them to perform a 20 minute set.  

You’ll get to see students ranging from pre-teens to 50-somethings rocking out onstage, some for the first time in their lives!   Occasionally, Lenny will add a surprise or two to increase the entertainment value.  For example, when a group of 12-year-olds with a boy on drums and girls playing guitars and bass ripped into Purple Haze, Lenny couldn’t resist adding a fog machine to get the proper atmosphere.  Rock and roll was never cuter!

An All-Ages Free Matinee with

LENNY GILL’S STUDENT SHOWCASE 2011

3:00pm

8:00pm

Date:Sunday, June 5, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Irish Session 

Every Sunday Come join Shay Black and friends for a couple of pints and an evening of traditional Irish music and song! 

Open session to all – singer friendly!

8pm  Sliding Scale Cover Charge

The Starry Irish Session led by Shay Black

8:00pm

6

7:00pm

Date:Monday, June 6, 2011

Time:7:00pm

Tickets:n/a

Come Join us Every Monday night for the Starry Plough Traditional Irish Dance and Music Session. 

Dance Lessons start at 7pm 

$5 

and 

Dancing commences at 9pm 

FreeCheck out Starry Plough Céilí atwww.starryploughceili.com

Starry Plough Irish Dance and Céilí Session

7:00pm

21

7:30pm

Date:Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time:7:30pm

Tickets:n/a

Starry Plough Open Mic with Joan Pez Sign Up at 7:30pm

Free A new featured artist every week

“The Starry Plough has welcomed Tuesday open mic crowds for 13 years as of 2011. One of the most characteristically ‘bay area’ of all the open mics, in 1996 The Plough earned the prestigious title, ‘the best open mic in the bay area’ and has been keeping the fires lit ever since.

There is a feature at 10.30pm who plays for 20 mins – the feature is often the performer with the best crowd response from the previous week. There is trivia to win a free beer (free beer!) between acts for correct or humorous answers.

Very popular and welcoming, this playful open mic is not for the faint of heart or short of patience. In the 90’s I used to head down to the Plough every Tuesday. It remains one of the most eclectic and enthusiastic open mic experiences in the bay area.

2007 was the 35th anniversary of The Plough and the 7th of which Joan Pez has been at the helm of the open mic night. The pub has just finishing renovations and the Irish republican decorations are back up on the walls!”  BayAreaOpenMics.com 

Starry Plough Open Mic, Hosted by Joan Pez

7:30pm

22

8:00pm

Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

Berkeley Poetry Slam

Hosted by Betsy Gomez 

featuring 

local and touring poets and live music by Three Blind Mice. 

8pm   $8 

$150 in cash prizes every week

Berkeley Poetry Slam: Hosted by Betsy Gomez

8:00pm

23

8:00pm

TRACORUM with special guest KATE GAFFNEY

Date:Thursday, June 23, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

High Sierra Music Festival & the Starry Plough present…

Rock, Soul, Blues and Cosmic Thunder Funk with

TRACORUM (http://tracorum.com/)

and special guest

KATE GAFFNEY (http://www.kategaffney.com/)

join us for a night of intermingling and one-of-kind collaboration between the two.

Doors at 8pm  //  Show at 9pm  //  $10  //  21+

High Sierra Music Festival & the Starry Plough Presents

TRACORUM with special guest KATE GAFFNEY

8:00pm

24

8:30pm

VICTORY & ASSOCIATES, VIRGIN ISLANDS (Seattle), and ECONOMEN (Tribute to the Minutemen)

Date:Friday, June 24, 2011

Time:8:30pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

Last Wave Punk and Indie Rock with

VICTORY & ASSOCIATES (http://www.victoryandassociates.net/)

VIRGIN ISLANDS (from Seattle http://virginislandsband.com/)

and

ECONOMEN (Tribute to the Minutemen http://www.facebook.com/pages/Economen/180941425262165?sk=wall)

Doors at 8:30pm  //  Show at 9:30pm  //  $10  //  21+

Last Wave Punk and Indie Rock with

VICTORY & ASSOCIATES, VIRGIN ISLANDS (Seattle), and ECONOMEN (Tribute to the Minutemen)

8:30pm

25

5:00pm

THE POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS

Date:Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time:5:00pm

Tickets:n/a

About the Possum Family Singers

(http://possumfamilysingers.wordpress.com)

With Celu as “Fluffy” , Steve and Laurie started out in summer of 2009 as the Silver Kittens (because we were old and cute) out of “Celu and Friends” playing weekly at Chester’s Bayview Cafe, adding Matt and Ann along the way.  Each of us had Kitten names–Scruffy, Possum, Fritz and Muffy (and Gail–Dash!)

Steve, Laurie and Matt had been playing with the Cavepainters at the Starry Plough, Berkeley on Thursdays for about four years, when Steve was invited to take on the Saturday happy hour.   In November of 2009 Celu split off with the “Friends,” and also began booking Chester’s four nights per week, of which we took one Thursday each month.  Meanwhile, we needed another animal to name ourselves after, and the Possum Family was born.

The band is:

Ann Wright – Cello, Banjo, Guitar, and Vocals

Laurie Miller – Martin Bass, PJB, ZT Acoustic, and Vocals

Steve Soliah – Guitar and Vocals

Matt Parker – Mandolin, Guitar, Audio Devices, and Vocals

“Laurie Miller sings a country ballad better ‘n anybody.  Her voice is right up there with Hank Williams” – Jean Hooker

5-7pm Every Saturday  //  Free  //  All-Ages 

Weekly Happy Hour Acoustic Music with

THE POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS

5:00pm

8:30pm

BLACK BALLOON, ELECTRIC CHAIR REPAIR CO., and WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE

Date:Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time:8:30pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

WICKED ANNABELLA PRODUCTIONS presents

BLACK BALLOON (http://www.reverbnation.com/blackballoon)

ELECTRIC CHAIR REPAIR COMPANY (http://www.reverbnation.com/electricchairrepairco)

and

WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE (http://www.weaponsofthefuture.com/)

Doors at 8:30pm  //  Show at 9:30pm  //  $10  //  21+

WICKED ANNABELLA PRODUCTIONS presents Noise Rock and Garage Meets Experimental Breakdowns with

BLACK BALLOON, ELECTRIC CHAIR REPAIR CO., and WEAPONS OF THE FUTURE

8:30pm

26

2:00pm

MISISIPI MIKE’S MIDNIGHT GAMBLERS, THE MUTINEERS (Santa Barbara), and CALAFIA

Date:Sunday, June 26, 2011

Time:2:00pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

PINTS & PICKIN’ AT THE PLOUGH: The downhome Honky-tonk, Western Swing, Americana & Rockabilly Series with

MISISIPI MIKE’S MIDNIGHT GAMBLERS (http://www.misisipimike.com/)

THE MUTINEERS (from Santa Barbara  http://www.reverbnation.com/themutineers)

and

CALAFIA (http://calafiaband.com/)

Doors at 2pm  //  Show at 3pm  //  $8  //  All-Ages

All-Ages Matinee: Pints & Pickin’ at the Plough: The downhome, pub-style Honky-tonk, Western Swing, Americana & Rockabilly Series with

MISISIPI MIKE’S MIDNIGHT GAMBLERS, THE MUTINEERS (Santa Barbara), and CALAFIA

2:00pm

8:00pm

Date:Sunday, June 26, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Irish Session 

Every Sunday Come join Shay Black and friends for a couple of pints and an evening of traditional Irish music and song! 

Open session to all – singer friendly!

8pm  Sliding Scale Cover Charge

The Starry Irish Session led by Shay Black

8:00pm

27

7:00pm

Date:Monday, June 27, 2011

Time:7:00pm

Tickets:n/a

Come Join us Every Monday night for the Starry Plough Traditional Irish Dance and Music Session. 

Dance Lessons start at 7pm 

$5 

and 

Dancing commences at 9pm 

FreeCheck out Starry Plough Céilí atwww.starryploughceili.com

Starry Plough Irish Dance and Céilí Session

7:00pm

28

7:30pm

Date:Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time:7:30pm

Tickets:n/a

Starry Plough Open Mic with Joan Pez Sign Up at 7:30pm

Free A new featured artist every week

“The Starry Plough has welcomed Tuesday open mic crowds for 13 years as of 2011. One of the most characteristically ‘bay area’ of all the open mics, in 1996 The Plough earned the prestigious title, ‘the best open mic in the bay area’ and has been keeping the fires lit ever since.

There is a feature at 10.30pm who plays for 20 mins – the feature is often the performer with the best crowd response from the previous week. There is trivia to win a free beer (free beer!) between acts for correct or humorous answers.

Very popular and welcoming, this playful open mic is not for the faint of heart or short of patience. In the 90’s I used to head down to the Plough every Tuesday. It remains one of the most eclectic and enthusiastic open mic experiences in the bay area.

2007 was the 35th anniversary of The Plough and the 7th of which Joan Pez has been at the helm of the open mic night. The pub has just finishing renovations and the Irish republican decorations are back up on the walls!”  BayAreaOpenMics.com 

Starry Plough Open Mic, Hosted by Joan Pez

7:30pm

29

8:00pm

Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

Berkeley Poetry Slam

Hosted by Betsy Gomez 

featuring 

local and touring poets and live music by Three Blind Mice. 

8pm   $8 

$150 in cash prizes every week

Berkeley Poetry Slam: Hosted by Betsy Gomez

8:00pm

30

8:00pm

VOWS, THE LOVE DIMENSION, and THE LOST LIBRARY

Date:Thursday, June 30, 2011

Time:8:00pm

Tickets:n/a

The Starry Plough Welcomes…

Psychedelic, Garage, and Folk-Rock with

VOWS (http://www.facebook.com/pages/VOWS/195603907121804?sk=info)

THE LOVE DIMENSION (http://www.thelovedimension.com/)

and

THE LOST LIBRARY (http://www.myspace.com/thelostlibraryband)

Doors at 8pm  //  Show at 9pm  //  $8  //  21+

Psychedelic, Garage, and Folk-Rock with

VOWS, THE LOVE DIMENSION, and THE LOST LIBRARY

8:00pm