Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Paula Frazer and Tarnation, Chelsea Coleman

Thu Jan 25 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

Ages 18+

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  • Laura Benitez and the Heartache

    Laura Benitez and the Heartache

    Country

    Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. A product of the collaboration between songwriter and lead singer Laura Benitez and her talented band of musical creatives, their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood to mean drunks, with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. The band has played festivals and clubs up and down the West Coast and nationally, and they recently finished their new album, "With All Its Thorns," to be released in January 2018. On this album they delve deeper into country music's tradition of storytelling with songs about betrayal ("Secrets"), murder ("In Red"), and grief ("Ghostship"). Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

  • Paula Frazer and Tarnation

    Paula Frazer and Tarnation

    Music

    There aren't many American singers possessed of a fine country twang who are actually from the Deep South, but such is the case for the talented Paula Frazer, who far from being any sort of clone also brings the same wide range of influences to bear on her own work, from punk and blues to cabaret and gospel, for her own striking musical visions. Raised in both Georgia and Arkansas, her musical influences readily came from both parents. She sang in the church choir, where her father was a preacher, while her mother taught her piano and introduced her to music from George Gershwin and Billie Holiday to the contemporary music of the 1960s and 1970s. After various youthful experiences in local bands, Frazer moved in 1981 to San Francisco to seek her wider fortune.

    While initially bopping around in a variety of bands, including a stint with the undeservedly obscure Frightwig, Frazer's big break came with Tarnation, a band that admittedly was essentially Frazer through and through. The initial lineup recorded two albums, coming to wider attention thanks to the excellent Gentle Creatures, appearing in 1995. Earlier that year, however, the other three members departed to pursue their own work, leaving Frazer to assemble an initial touring lineup that, after a further change on bass, became the unit that recorded the band's last album, Mirador. After various touring appearances, including dates in Europe with her hero, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Frazer found herself once again without a band.

    Having already made a name for herself on other projects, most notably a striking collaboration with the Anglo-Indian act Cornershop on their When I Was Born For The 7th Time album, Frazer decided in 1998 to drop the Tarnation name in favor of her own. She again assembled a backing group drawn on Bay Area musicians, with her inspired choices being vocalist/keyboardist Patrick Main, Sister Double Happiness veteran Jeff Palmer on bass, and Oranger member Jim Lindsay handling the drums. The result, with the further assistance of drummer Matt Torrey and a variety of guests, was Indoor Universe, appearing in 2001 — her solo "debut," but more accurately the next in a series of excellent releases. The 2003 retrospective A Place Where I Know gathered four-track versions of songs from both her Tarnation and solo albums; two years later she returned with a new album, Leave The Sad Things Behind. In 2007, Now It's Time was credited to Paula Frazer and Tarnation, and continued in the same vein as her solo work and output with the group. 

  • Chelsea Coleman

    Chelsea Coleman

    Folk

    Oklahoma grown singing-songwriting powerhouse, Chelsea Coleman, creates sanctuaries out of songs, wherein her audience is moved, humbled, and exalted. A courageous and vulnerable storyteller, she invites you to endure open heart surgery, skillfully mending your heartache with strands of golden thread. Each listener leaves more integrally woven in to the tapestry of humanity.

    Ms. Coleman got her start in the church halls of Tulsa, Oklahoma and her adventures have planted her firmly in the SF Bay Area arts community. Her heart, brain, and hands work hard, waking and sleeping, to bring you pleasing, intriguing, honest music.

Album Release

Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Paula Frazer and Tarnation, Chelsea Coleman

Thu Jan 25 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall San Francisco CA
Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Paula Frazer and Tarnation, Chelsea Coleman
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$12 ADV / $15 DOS Ages 18+

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.