Newsletter - July, 2015

Welcome to the SF Bay Area Acoustic Guitar Society (SFBA AGS) newsletter. See below for recent news, upcoming events, and random speculation. Please contact me (Rich Morin) with news items, comments, or suggestions.

News

I started the meetup on June 22nd and we already have more than 50 members. I'm really pleased by this response and expect our numbers to grow rapidly, at least for a while. I also expect the group to provide an increasing range of services and benefits as our membership grows.

Our fundamental service, of course, is the shared online calendar. This gives performers, venues, and audience members a convenient way to keep in touch. So, I encourage everyone to list (and sponsor!) events, make comments, etc. If you need help getting started, just send me an email...

However, that's only the beginning. As our membership increases, we'll be able to influence and support the growth of live acoustic guitar music in the area. We can initiate events, help performers to find venues and audiences, etc. All of this will help to increase the number and visibility of local events.

New Venues

Although large concerts can be a lot of fun (and are the only way most of us will ever see a top-ranked performer), I prefer the intimacy and informality of house concerts and small-venue events. Sitting a few feet away from the guitar, I can see and hear everything perfectly. I also like chatting with performers, buying their CDs, etc.

Although there are quite a few venues for large-scale events, finding small to mid-size venues can be quite a challenge for performers. So, we can always use more guitar-friendly venues! I'm delighted to report that we've been offered the use of two interesting venues.

  • Dolores Corner is a large, comfy bar in San Francisco's Mission District.
    It's largely a sports bar, but the new owner (Lee) is a fan of acoustic guitar.

If you're interested in performing at either venue, please send me a note. I can introduce you to the owner, help to schedule and publicize your event, etc!

Touring Guitarists

Quite a few guitarists pass through this area on their performing tours. I'd like to make it easier for them to set up pleasant and rewarding gigs. If we can offer comfortable venues and appreciative audiences, many of these performers will be happy to add us to their itinerary.

So, I'm compiling a list of performers that I'd love to see and hear. I plan to email them, telling them about the hospitality we can offer. Please let me know if you have any favorite guitarists I should add!

Luthier Showcase

I've been talking with local luthiers about setting up a monthly series of "Luthier Showcase" events. The exact content and format are up to each presenter, but guitars will certainly be demonstrated and discussed (:-). We're having a planning meeting in late July and expect to have the first "real" event in mid-August. Stay tuned for details.

Upcoming Events

The online calendar is the definitive resource for schedule information, because events may be added, changed, or even removed at any time. However, the following tables may be handier than the calendar for a quick scan...

July

Date Time Venue Locale Performer(s)
5 (Sun) 1400 A Member's House San Jose Fingerstyle Guitar Circle
8 (Wed) 1930 Yoshi's Oakland Oakland Larry Coryell
10 (Fri) 2000 Schoenberg Guitars Tiburon Noctambule
17 (Fri) 1900 The Monkey House Berkeley Teja Gerken, et al.
18 (Sat) 2000 Mighty Fine Guitars Lafayette Adam Miller
19 (Sun) 1400 Keith Holland Guitars Los Gatos Nicole Maguire
19 (Sun) 1400 Mountain View Cemetery Oakland Yuri Liberzon
19 (Sun) 1500 Art by the Bay W.G. Marshall Doug Adamz
24 (Fri) 2000 Studio 55 Marin San Rafael The Gothard Sisters
25 (Sat) 1930 Lighted Window Conc. Campbell Claudia Nygaard
26 (Sun) 1400 A Member's House San Jose Fingerstyle Guitar Circle
26 (Sun) 1600 Hopmonk Tavern Novato Matt the Electrician
27 (Mon) 1915 Dynamic Energy Crystals Sausalito Luthier Showcase (planning)

August

Date Time Venue Locale Performer(s)
6 (Thu) 2000 Schoenberg Guitars Tiburon Howard Alden
7 (Fri) 1930 Vintage B-E Berkeley Eric Skye & Mark Goldenberg
7 (Fri) 2000 Mighty Fine Guitars Lafayette Bill Mize
8 (Sat) 1900 Windsor A.G.S. Windsor Bill Mize
9 (Sun) 2000 The Forte House San Francisco Trio Balkan Strings
11 (Tue) 2000 The Forte House San Francisco Trio Balkan Strings
12 (Wed) 2000 Throckmorton Theatre Mill Valley New Flamenco Trio
16 (Sun) 1400 Mountain View Cemetery Oakland Eric Symons
16 (Sun) 1930 S. Bay House Concerts Santa Clara The Gaslight Tinkers
17 (Mon) 1915 Dynamic Energy Crystals Sausalito Geoff Luttrell (Showcase)
21 (Fri) 1930 Keith Holland Guitars Los Gatos Muriel Anderson Clinic
21 (Fri) 2000 Throckmorton Theatre Mill Valley Led Kaapana & Fran Guidry
22 (Sat) 2000 Mighty Fine Guitars Lafayette Ed Gerhard
23 (Sun) 1200 M. Woodlands Camp Mendocino Guitar Festival (8/23-29)
23 (Sun) 1400 Studio 55 Marin San Rafael Muriel Anderson
23 (Sun) 1400 A Member's House San Jose Fingerstyle Guitar Circle
23 (Sun) 1600 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio Doug Adamz
27 (Thu) 1930 M. Woodlands Camp Mendocino Preston Hall Concert
29 (Sat) 2000 Schoenberg Guitars Tiburon David Grier
30 (Sun) 1615 Island Yoga Alameda Brian Gore
30 (Sun) 1800 FogHouseConcerts San Francisco LTW (Leslie, Tice, Witcher)


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