ABOUT THE HOST
Photo of Lucy coming soon.
Lucy has been across the country and around the globe over the last decade working with musicians like Dave Matthews Band, U2, and Jack Johnson on their social and environmental initiatives. When she wasn’t touring, she would regularly set up shop at the familiar tables of Progressive Grounds, a pint of coffee on one side, a lavash wrap on the other. Progressive Grounds gave her the sense of community that she often missed while out on the road. A year ago, she hung up her “roadie” shoes, and has since been exploring the myriad of talented and hardworking musicians here at home in the Bay Area. When Progressive Grounds opened its doors for evening affairs and libations, she couldn’t resist the idea of bringing together both regulars and non-regulars for good music, good eats, and good feel. Soup and Sounds combines two of her favorite things at one of her favorite local joints to celebrate what a community should feel, look, and sound like.
Soup & Sounds
THURS: FEB 21, MAR 21, APR 18| 7pm to 9pm
Hosted by Lucy August-Perna
At Progressive Grounds Mission District (2301 Bryant Street, SF)
Imagine you're at home nestled into your favorite chair, warm lights, soup on the stove, and the San Francisco fog slowly letting down its hair. You hear the familiar scratch of a needle on vinyl, and your favorite song starts to play. That feeling is what turns people into fans, and musicians into artists. At Soup and Sounds, we seek to create an environment where fans know they can go to hear great music, and where artists know they can play their music to adoring ears. We’ll provide the soup and the beer to make you feel right at home! Now let’s clink our spoons and raise our cans to hardworking musicians and the fans who love them. This is Soup and Sounds.
DINNER SPECIAL! Cup of Soup and Bottle of Beer $5.50
Suggested donations of $5-$10 at the door
THURSDAY, April 18 | 7pm to 9pm
TOTONOKO and GHOST & GALE
The music of TOTONOKO (Mateo Lugo, Nika Aila States) grew out of empty hallways and crowded, doorless houses, and the ways we depart from them. The songs are ones to travel to; Follow the sound and you'll find yourself in a foreign place, forgetting that you once belonged elsewhere, humming a tune just halfway out to nowhere.
Ghost & Gale is the happy collision of pine trees, dirt roads, smoky fires and apple blossoms; a whiskey-warm baritone blended with a buttery alto. We are a boy and a girl who make music, together.
THURSDAY, March 21 | 7pm to 9pm
CHELSEA COLEMAN & DANE OHRI
Chelsea Coleman, singing-songwriting machine, was raised in a house that had a ‘piano room’ by parents who painted pictures and played folk songs. She was never not surrounded by good art, and she never had dreams that weren't extraordinary. She has many passions, some have come and gone- she farmed organic vegetables, she roasted coffee, she helped catch babies born in bedrooms, she sold fruit, she builds fine furniture, but the one that has been with her all her life is music. It is like an organ (no pun intended) inside her body, like her heart or lungs, that she’d probably die without and almost did (she might be exaggerating). She got her start in the church halls of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and through a long series of adventures ended up in the great city of Berkeley, California which she now calls home. Her heart, brain, and hands work hard, waking and sleeping, to bring you pleasing, intriguing, honest music.
Influenced by rootsy folk styles and solid rhythmic finger picking, Dane Orhi's guitar playing provides a connatural backdrop to his quality lyrics. Dane’s songs cover all bases of the emotional spectrum, from the completely joyful to the downright melancholy, depicting stories of lost love, new love, farewell finales, new beginnings, friendship, heartbreak, regret, laughter, and tears. Ohri's writing is impressive, as he uses metaphor and simile to communicate deep emotional themes with the listener. Dane’s similarity to a Dylan-esque style is not only apparent in the instrumentation of his music, but also in the depth and quality of his words.
THURSDAY, February 21 | 7pm to 9pm
TYLER MATTHEW SMITH
Through the dynamic use of harmony and horn, Tyler Matthew Smith has created an inspiring blend of Folk, Soul, and World music. As a horn player turned troubadour, his songwriting comes from a unique perspective, with influences ranging from Steven Stills to Stevie Wonder, Bruce Hornsby to the Boss, and Jackson Browne to the Jackson Five. Tyler has coupled an eclectic musical style with rejuvenating lyrics that can't help but stir the soul.
Born in Nevada City, CA, Tyler grew up in a family and community that embraced the music and message of the 1960’s. Though trained in classical and jazz styles, he cut his teeth playing along to family records, learning from Bobby Keys, Chris Wood, the cast of Blood Sweat and Tears, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Later he would pick up sounds from more contemporary horn players like Leroi Moore, Jeff Coffin, and Karl Denson.
After leaving the music industry for a stint in New York City politics, and a subsequent period of personal upheaval and reflection, Tyler was moved to create his first original compositions. Inspired by these new songs, he moved out of his apartment and into a van to pursue music full time.
Tyler released his first LP in 2011, titled Hamdulillah. In early 2013, he completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to produce a second full-length album, due out in summer of 2013.