Megan Slankard--SOLD OUT

KC Turner & Sweetwater Music Hall Present

Megan Slankard--SOLD OUT

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, Caroline Sky

Sat, March 7, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$17.00 - $22.00

Sold Out

This event is all ages

Megan Slankard
Megan Slankard
"The new album has a healthy mix of stories about the end of the world, bank robberies, prison escapes, failed relationships, and other adventures.” - Megan Slankard

As the days warm with fall in San Francisco, indie alt-rock artist Megan Slankard and her band sweat through the final tasks involved in a brand-new album project. With the help of producer Alex Wong (Vienna Teng, Delta Rae, Amber Rubarth), Megan and her band are creating an edgy, spirited rock record, full of raw, sometimes sassy, often dark emotion: the sunny, exuberant singer-songwriter’s new album is her Dorian Gray picture from the attic. The album, entitled Running on Machinery, will be released and revealed at a full-band show at San Francisco’s venerable Great American Music Hall on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Also this year, Megan created inDIYe, a new comedic talk and sketch webshow that provides a light-hearted “behind the scenes” look at what it’s really like to be an indie musician. (See below for link.) The show features musicians and others in the music biz from all over, many from the SF Bay Area; in the first episode, Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Poltz, known among other things for his collaborations with Jewel, was a guest star.

Megan has already sold over 35,000 copies of her four previous independently released CDs. Her last CD, A Token Of The Wreckage, is "an edgy alt-rock release that is a breath of fresh air" (Maverick Magazine), “gleaming, grooving, and gritty” (Minor 7th), with "thoughtful construction and clever wordplay" (Performer Magazine). That release, which was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train), held a spot in the 10 Best-Selling Albums on CD Baby for weeks. Her songs have also won several awards: in 2013 alone, she was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC), and a finalist in the Show Me the Music Contest. She was also a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA).

Touring does not take a back seat to Megan’s love of writing, recording, and performing. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe–tens of thousands of miles–having performed in every U.S. state but seven. She gathered many adventures along the way, as indie artists do: rental cars breaking down in the wee hours in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, being surrounded by a gang in a parking lot in Denver after a show, lost luggage and a trip to WalMart for performance essentials. On better days, she opened for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Fillmore, played electric guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as part of the Jeff Campbell Band, belted the National Anthem to a crowd of 45,000 Giants baseball fans, sang duets with Pat Monahan of Train, and toured with Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler–even co-writing the title track to his album Ship of Dreams.

Other adventures include singing the part of Mia in the new Google/Bill Keane (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) short film “Duet” and singing for a Nature Valley commercial. She even dabbled in musical theatre, playing a dizzy blonde in one of San Francisco’s own Thunderbird Theatre Co. productions. And last, but not in the least bit least, she appeared in TLC’s fashion makeover reality show What Not to Wear. Twice. And that was before the WalMart fashion essentials trip.
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions is a rock 'n' roll band based out of San Francisco, CA. After Jerry Harrison, keyboardist of Talking Heads fame, discovered now-19-year-old Jaffe performing solo at a local open mic, the two worked together to produce his first set of studio recordings. Following this first taste of the music industry, Jaffe put together his own band of Alex Coltharp on drums, Sammie Fischer on bass and Alex Newell on guitar. Inspired by the pop, punk and rockabilly mixtures of groups such as The Clash, X and Elvis Costello, the young group recorded their first album of original material with producer Matthew King Kaufman (Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn) and A&R vet Michael Caplan, slated for release in 2015. After a brief educational stint in Connecticut, Jaffe is back in San Francisco with the group, ready to take the world by storm with their unique brand of California rock. Keep a weather eye for upcoming releases and tour dates!
Caroline Sky
Caroline Sky
Caroline Sky is a 14 year-old singer/songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs her folk, blues and pop-influenced music frequently at regional venues, festivals and benefit events. Caroline has shared the stage with legendary artists Joan Baez, Arnold McCuller (James Taylor band), Vicky Randle (The Tonight Show band), Jose Neto (Stevie Winwood band), Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Jeff Beck band), members of Santana, and Jeff Watson (NightRanger). She is set to release her first EP, produced by Bay Area musician, Jeff Campbell.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/