Night Hikes, Shawn Brown Trio, Cactus Portal (closing)

Shawn Brown Trio

Night Hikes

Ages 21+
Night Hikes, Shawn Brown Trio, Cactus Portal (closing set) at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco ! Show begins at 9pm.

Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell were once kicked out of a chapel at the University of Notre Dame for recording a music video instead of praying. Unfazed by the rigid campus attitudes, the two took Night Hikes to the blossoming local scene to develop their sound. In their pensive songwriting, they immediately prioritized balance, not only between dark synth and glimmering guitar, but also between Godby’s imaginative storytelling and Farrell’s keen ear for melodies and production. After finishing school in 2016, they rented a house and spent the summer recording their first release, The Blue Hour, which was mixed by New York based engineer Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Beach House).

The band then moved to Seattle to focus on refining their songwriting in 2018. On the resulting record, Chalice, the pair strive to recover the long silenced feminine principle, refusing to accept that violent power dynamics are inherent to human nature. Godby and Farrell each float seamlessly between guitar, keys, and vocals amidst the ghostly natural reverb of the old Catholic church in which they recorded, this time with permission. Lush guitars reminiscent of Slowdive find their counterpart in bellowing synth and organ melodies. Over carefully crafted and sampled drums, the pair create space for their intimate, introverted vocals, making for a record that delivers as much rainy-day shoegaze as beachy dream pop.

On stage, the two alternate lead vocals, eager to display the dynamic partnership that is so integral to their songwriting. Godby and Farrell often switch instruments mid set, like two best friends quietly exchanging a secret. Following a string of summer shows in Seattle, the band is planning a West Coast tour for the fall to promote Chalice.

Noted by music fans for his blue-eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies, and earthy charm, singer-songwriter Shawn Brown is ecstatic to once again be appearing at San Francisco’s own Hotel Utah. Known largely for his 2007 full length LP, Just in Case, and several EPs, Shawn’s recording output has always been a potent mix of upbeat, radio friendly pop and Shawn’s soul-drenched voice. His sound has fueled comparisons to artists such as Marc Broussard, Gavin Degraw, and Jason Mraz. (“This guy gives Rob Thomas a run for his money!" Away Team. com.) Brown first received national attention for his 2005 single ‘Lucky Boy’, which was featured in several television shows, as did his 2007 single ‘The Risk’.  He’s toured both nationally and internationally in the past, as well as spending time away from touring to write for other artists through numerous publishing deals. His newly minted Shawn Brown Trio boasts a weighty rhythm section featuring Thomas McCree (drums) and Rafael Lima (bass).

"Somewhere along the line Shawn Brown turned from a kid with an acoustic guitar into a soulful troubadour of the human condition…these are modern day spirituals, played with fire and heart." 

-Alex Green, Editor/Stereo Embers Magazine

“Shawn Brown's songs have got soul. Not to mention a little rock, pop and a bit of garage grunge in the repertoire of this San Francisco singer-songwriter…His sound is infused by the soulful crooning of Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, whose songs had been banging around in his head since childhood.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

Venue Information:
The Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107