Moroccan lentil soup, beer, San Francisco's own Wright's popcorn lathered in coconut oil, friends old and new, and the sweet tunes of Tyler Matthew Smith made the inaugural Soup and Sounds everything it was supposed to be.
Votives and funky bowls filled to the brim with popcorn decorated the wooden tables, usually housing pints of coffee, lavash wraps, and laptop computers. Steaming soup was washed down with cold beers. Glowing bulbs hung from the piano, rolled out from its normal corner spot to a place more worthy of its presence. Progressive Grounds had transformed from corner coffee shop to a corner gathering for lovers of good music, good food, and good vibes.
Many people that night told me it was the perfect Thursday alternative to either hitting the sheets (too) early or regretfully drinking one too many beers out at one of the many iconic mission bars. Soup and Sounds gave them a chance to get social without feeling guilty (or hungover) Friday morning at work.
Local musician Tyler Matthew Smith played almost two hours worth of original songs, filling the room with guitar, piano, flute, and sax accompanied by stirring lyrics. Some of his more popular tunes like Hamdullilah or Enough Of Your Love had the crowd singing along. You can follow up on Tyler's future shows by visiting his Facebook or website: http://tylermatthewsmith.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/tylermatthewsmithmusic. Rumor has it he'll be releasing a new album this summer.
And that's only the beginning. Progressive Grounds will be ringing in the third Thursday of every month with the music of a local artist, testing out new sounds, experimenting with old sounds, and mostly enjoying the company of the vibrant mission 'hood. Come show your support and enjoy a cup of soup and beer for a $5.50 steal. This month, March 21st, we'll be featuring Chelsea Coleman and Dane Ohri who will be performing solo acoustic sets. Expect finger picking and soothing voices at a minimum.
SOUP & SOUNDS
with Chelsea Coleman and Dane Ohri
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
7PM to 9PM
Progressive Grounds Mission District
2301 Bryant Street, SF