James VIII, Lonesome Pine, Alex and the XO's

James VIII

Lonesome Pine

Alex and the XO's

Tue, February 27, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

James VIII
James VIII
James VIII (James Gray Dawson VIII) has been making music since he was 10 years old, pulling influence from artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, and many more, most of whom he was introduced to while sitting in the back of his mom’s minivan.

With such a wide range of influences, James VIII’s sound is not easily categorized into any one genre, but he defines it simply as soul music. In his own words, James VIII defines soul music as “music made with conviction and passion. You can hear someone’s heart when they wear it on their sleeve and that’s what I pursue every time I step on stage. I close my eyes, let my face look as ridiculous as it feels inclined to look, and lose myself in expression. I’m not trying to sound like anything or anyone in particular really, I’m just trying to get a feeling across in a way that will resonate.”

His inspiration comes from his experience of the human condition. Tales of love, struggles with faith, political/social frustration, loss of loved ones, all things that can be related to regardless of specific life experience. This is why countless audiences, from his hometown crowd in Utah to the millions of viewers of American Idol’s 15th season, have found themselves making the “stank face” right along with James VIII’s powerful vocals and guitar virtuosity, simply because it connects with them on a guttural, and almost instinctive level.
Lonesome Pine
Lonesome Pine
Lonesome Pine is the solo project of Martin Malloy. From Philadelphia by way of New York City, he found his way to the Bay Area, firmly rooted in Oakland where he began writing songs in earnest. Equally influenced by the likes of Nick Lowe, The Louvin Brothers, and James Carr, "Deciduous Dreams" is his first collection of original songs.
Alex and the XO's
Alex and the XO's
Far from Normal, Illinois; the transplanted bay area band, Alex and the XO's, mixes lively, fresh, open indie guitar pop augmented by a folky edge of ukulele; quirky, eccentric arrangements that incorporate a jubilant hint of chaos; and the immediately recognizable childlike sensuality projected in the breathy power of Alexandra Fisher’s uniquely addictive vocals. Alex and the XO’s play songs which gently twist the melodies to grow in unexpected directions as they interact with and respond to the unusually intricate subtleties of Fisher’s voice. It’s a celebratory playground of eclectic and passionately exuberant pop music.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/