sami.the.great, Adios Amigo


Adios Amigo

Fast Heart Mart

Wed, March 28, 2012

8:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Sami Akbari, known musically as sami.the.great, had a unique musical upbringing. As a child, her family exposed her to popular artists of their time like Otis Redding, Bob Marley, John Denver, and...Googoosh.

For anyone who hasn't heard of Googoosh, her level of pop-stardom is comparable to the likes of Madonna. However, Googoosh is a celebrity whose iconic status and undeniable fame is not common knowledge in America. Her career reached great and admirable heights in the Middle East, specifically, Iran.

Sami's father was born and raised in Iran, and Sami spent many months there growing up. After a short stint living in Iran's capital city, Tehran, during fifth grade, Sami returned to the United States. As an adolescent she was somewhere between American and Iranian cultures, causing her to feel out of place among her peers. It was around this time that she started listening to The Beatles. Sami connected to the music, and in it she felt like she finally found somewhere that she belonged.

Even though Sami had been singing and writing poetry for most of her life, it wasn't until college that she finally had the courage to sit down and combine the two into writing songs. Once she did this, there was no turning back. Sami was driven by her overwhelming desire to play music, and she began performing around Roanoke, VA, where she attended school. Immediately after graduating, Sami moved to NYC to pursue her aspirations with music.

Today, Sami's music is a sonic portrayal of emotion and wit, of melancholy and humor. Her songs reflect the notion that great things come in small packages. The music showcases a small-framed singer whose impassioned voice fills the spaces and lives around her.

Check out sami.the.great's EP Nothing Left to See, and stay tuned for her first full-length album praised by early listeners as a throwback, dark, indie-pop hit, slated for release in January 2012 with a single due out in fall 2011 through Bold Love Music Company.- Jezebel Music
Adios Amigo
Adios Amigo
Adios Amigo was founded in summer of 2011 by San Francisco native, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Major.

Current members include Johnny Major (guitar, lead vocals), Rahi Kumar (guitar, vocals), Claire Grinton (keys, vocals), Stephen Wills (drums), Alex Cohen (bass), and Catalina Atria (percussion, vocals).

Influences and parallels include Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Elliott Smith, Phoenix, The Strokes and The Shins.

The genre can be described as “indie-pop”
Fast Heart Mart
Fast Heart Mart
"Fast Heart Mart" was a name given to a 17 year old boy named Martin. Martin was diagnosed with a heart defect after passing out in high school and knocking out his front teeth. The heart defect made his heart beat so fast it did not pump blood and Martin died a few times! Not to worry though, Martin now has a defibrillator implanted in his chest to shock his heart back into rhythm. Thereby, we arrive at the name Fast Heart Martin or "Fast Heart Mart" for short and sweet.
1999, Fast Heart Mart has recorded ten albums, and traveled all over the United States and New Zealand. He sings songs and plays guitar and banjo, mostly. He has played with acts as varied as Beck, Calexico, The Melvins, The Handsome Family, Bob Log III, Maria Muldaur, New Monsoon, Ed Begley Jr., Kasper Hauser Comedy Troupeand even 999 Eyes Human Oddities Freak Show. Chances are pretty good he'll be coming your way soon!
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107