Brad Parsons Band, The Giraffe Dodgers

Brad Parsons Band

The Giraffe Dodgers


Tue, August 28, 2012

8:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Brad Parsons Band
Brad Parsons Band
When Brad Parsons steps out on a stage, it’s not long before he overpowers a roaring crowd. With little but his voice and an acoustic guitar, Parsons channels raucous energy into original songs that are as hopeful as they are heart-wrenching. Parsons is a Portland-based singer-songwriter with folk-rock roots extending to Idaho. After collaborating on albums with several bands in the Northwest, Parsons released his first solo EP in June 2012. The EP, "Anywhere the River Runs", showcases Parsons’ vocal power, vivid lyricism, and infectious melodies. After picking up guitar and drums in his early teens, Parsons studied creative writing in college along with the songwriting of Jeff Tweedy, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. “I’m not an art house songwriter. I try to make my songs simple,” Parsons says, citing influences from the early Beatles. “I try to write songs that are as real as possible, songs that people can understand.” Parsons’ discography includes The Bellboys’ eponymous 2009 EP and their 2011 album, "I’ll Be Here All Night". Parsons also wrote and performed with The Villains (now known as Rose City Thorns) on "Meat" in 2009. Parsons will also be featured on "Hole-Hearted Fools", a full-length southern rock album that is in production with Fruition String Band.
The Giraffe Dodgers
The Giraffe Dodgers
We are the Giraffes! Born on a steamy summer night in Portland, OR in 2011, The Giraffe Dodgers came together with the goal to progress the acoustic music we all know and love into a hybrid of bluegrass, funk, jazz and folk. Mandolin player Ben Larsen and guitarist Austin Moore began playing music together in 2006. Over the past few years they have grown together musically in a number of setting culminating with the Giraffes, their most recent project. Bass wizard Rowan Cobb expressed interest in working with the two early in 2011 and after a few exciting jams, drums were on the mind. Drummer Forest Carter, known for his tasty fills and impecable good looks was the obvious first choice and thus the Giraffe Dodgers we're born.

The Giraffe Dodgers music focuses on instrumental newgrass (a term coined by Sam Bush and Bela Fleck in the Newgrass Revival), the song writing of Ben Larsen, and the instrumental composition of Austin Moore. They also play a range of covers from the likes of Paul Simon to traditional melodies arranged for an electric style band. The Giraffe Dodgers are sure to get your feet moving, your heart warming and your face smiling!
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107