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1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
415-923-0925http://www.hemlocktavern.com

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April 2018
$8

Toner, Kal Marks (Boston), Nopes, OVVN

Thursday, April 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

TONER “a penchant for concise and efficient pop songwriting.” – East Bay Express KAL MARKS “For years, Kal Marks was the loudest band in Boston. Though it’s hard to fathom, as bands like Pile hammered away on post-hardcore songs and Guerilla Toss shrieked through electronics-driven art-rock, Kal Marks charged through songs of exhaust and hopelessness from behind a wall of amps, a fervor that other artists couldn’t match. The trio prioritized volume over all else — it’s been their shtick,…

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$8

Hi Tech Boys, Whateverglades, David and Co. (Burger Records)

Friday, April 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HI TECH BOYS Oakland California’s fastest moving storm this summer will be henceforth known as a guitarnado called “The Hi Tech Boys” Drum man and vocalist Tony Bald once claimed he could play a three minute song in two and a half minutes. Jay “Keep Rockin”Rosen who plays bass guitar and sings has been seen at times carrying two guitars. Six String wizard and singer Billy Ribak takes the high diving approach to life and music and hits the Bull’s…

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$8

KnightressM1, Neurotrash, Sick Pigeon

Saturday, April 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

KNIGHTRESSM1 is the hard-driving, violin-fronted, power-rock trio formed by Emily Palen. This dream child of a musical force was born from her passion for epic hard rock and the heartbreaking harmonies of her classical music training. Proving the violin is a viable and natural front instrument for the heaviest of rock and roll, Palen brings a refreshing take to the typical band landscape. Built on a solid foundation of bass and drums, these gritty and gorgeous violin sounds finished with…

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$6

Turquoiz Noiz, Speck (LA), Sana

Sunday, April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

TURQUOIZ NOIZ The reigning kings of pow-wow punk. SPECK SANA

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$8

The Penske File (Ontario, Canada), Decent Criminal, Linguo

Tuesday, April 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

THE PENSKE FILE have been playing punk rock together for more than half their lives. Which is a quite a feat considering that they are all, just now, collectively entering their mid 20s. Growing up together in suburban Burlington, Ontario, James Hall, Travis Miles & Alexander Standen have been through a lot together. This becomes evident the moment you see them on stage as they feed off each other’s every cathartic note with harmonious ease. No strangers to life on…

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$8

Jonah Sun, Steve Ward Moore, Ana Lete (Boise)

Wednesday, April 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

JONAH SUN is an indie-electronic artist based out of San Francisco, CA. Utilizing his unique setup of keyboards, midi controllers, vocal effects and drum machines, he creates powerful, emotionally charged music that blends cinematic, piano-driven melodies with dreamy synths and captivating vocals reminiscent of The Postal Service, Cursive, and Built to Spill STEVE WARD MOORE ANA LETE is an Experimental Indie Folk artist from Boise, ID.

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$10

Hot Lunch, Painted Doll (Tee Pee Records, members of Autopsy and Cobra Verde), Feral Ohms

Thursday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

HOT LUNCH is a punk ‘n’ roll band from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area that specializes in getting loud, getting weird and getting rad. The quartet’s unique blend of brown-acid skate-rock and wah-fuzz proto-metal was born in the bowels of skatanic rituals, biker beer busts and wizard staff meetings. With a head-bludgeoning sound that refuses to take sides (and showers), Hot Lunch are on a hell-bent mission to create the best party soundtrack in the history of all music. Their…

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$8

Reptoid, XDS, Rip Room, The Tunnel

Friday, April 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

REPTOID One man noise rock aneurism from Oakland. Loud, heavy, noisy, weird, all performed live. XDS The guitar bends to the breaking point. Drums crack pump and coo. Synthesizer samples crisp & crackle. A voice howls. A sea of bass over a lake of pedals. Nerdy dirty Jazz punk? vintage garage pop? psychedelic world music?,, synth fractured dance beats? Pretty? yes. Ugly? yes. Shoko Horikawa & Jesse Hall started playing music together in 1998 as band called Meyow. They became…

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$10

Van Goat, The Green Door, Space Banquet — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Saturday, April 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

VAN GOAT takes the tradition of fun, fast, eclectic surf rock started by bands such as Agent Orange, The Pixies, and The Minutemen, mixed with their own brand of swing punk reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Fast, crass, and extremely catchy, Van Goat’s music is defined by constant hooks and changes. “Masterfully mixing Swing, Surf, Punk, and Pineapples into a magical concoction.” – I Heart SF Bands “Spectacularly catchy and exciting and addictive” – The Bay Bridged THE GREEN…

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$8

New Candys (Italy), Moon Daze

Sunday, April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

NEW CANDYS “Mixing brooding psychedelia with post-punk stylings, the record captures the full intensity of their live show with devastating results.” Drowned In Sound MOON DAZE Dream pop / psych rock / garage rock based in San Frandisco, CA.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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May 2018
$8

Smiles, Casper Skulls (Toronto), April Magazine

Tuesday, May 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

SMILES Laugh now, cry later: here is the debut 7″ EP from San Francisco’s own SMILES. This record continues the Melters cult of GERARD LOVE worship, but you can listen closely and catch some nods to PRIMAL SCREAM, the Paisley Underground or even ELLIOTT SMITH’s later electric work. CASPER SKULLS Casper Skulls emerged from the Toronto exurbs in 2015, bursting onto the local scene with a studied sound and supercharged live performances. Following an early 7” on the band’s own…

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$8

Wax Statues, Pete RG (feat. Dave Krusen formerly of Pearl Jam), Oceanography

Wednesday, May 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:45 pm

WAX STATUES is a San Francisco trio performing mello-psychedelia. Songs are a blend of jangly surf inspired guitars, lush 70’s and 80’s synth performances, and melodic bass lines held together by catchy psych pop rhythms and punctuated by harmonies and dreamy lead lines. Wax Statues’ debut album, “Exclusive / Reclusive” is set to be released in April of 2018. PETE RG “Speckled with hints of Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen and Matt Berninger, RG is blessed to have a voice so…

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$7

Rooftop Love Club (Toronto), Nu Normol

Thursday, May 3 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

ROOFTOP LOVE CLUB Crack rock doom blues from Toronto. NU NORMOL

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$8

Nyre, Pink Mexico (Burger), The Laytcomers, The Laughs

Friday, May 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

NYRE is a psycho candy pop group from San Francisco formed in 2014 by four armenian boys. The 4 members contribute to the group in various ways but as a live outfit they present themselves as a trio with a rotating lineup. With a knack for drugy melancholic melody and aggressive thumpy drums nyre makes catchy sonic beam, break beat tunes. After putting out a couple singles and an ep to local excitement they are currently running around the city…

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$8

Coalition of Aging Rockers presents: Nubs, Frisco, Virginia Dare — Doors 7:30pm, show at 8pm, over by 11pm!

Saturday, May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

NUBS “Raw punk rock with hard riffs, squealing short leads, all played short and to the point. The vocals are snotty and full of attitude and defiance. It’s teenage angst at its finest. “Little Billy’s Burning” is the B-side is similar in its presentation but with a bit of an earlier punk influence from the southern California scene of the late ’70s. It is every bit as enjoyable as the first which makes this single about as good as it…

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$7

Captain Flapjack, Broncin Mello, Bellyfruit

Sunday, May 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

CAPTAIN FLAPJACK Born at Pancake Playhouse, the premier BRC Pancake and Soft Rock camp, Captain Flapjack seeks to rock you more softly than you’ve ever been rocked before. BRONCIN MELLO San Francisco group injecting indie-rock with their own brand of soulful crooning and psychedelic panache. BELLYFRUIT Are you a fan of spiteful songs about exes and unnecessarily long guitar solos?? Well friend, you are in luck! Bellyfruit is here for you. FACEBOOK EVENT

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Porchlight Open Door

Tuesday, May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
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Every month on the second Tuesday until June 12, 2018

Porchlight, SF’s premiere storytelling series, is back at the Hemlock with their monthly “Open Door” event! Audience members sign up to tell a 5-minute story having something to do with the month’s special theme and the teller of the best story will be awarded a slot on Porchlight’s big stage event.

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10 adv./$12 door

Noise Pop presents Collapsing Scenery, Glaare, Anthony (of Ceremony) — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

COLLAPSING SCENERY With thrashing synths and pounding beats, Don De Vore and Reggie Debris’ experimental industrial outfit is equal parts abrasive and haunting—but it always leaves you wanting more. Their brand of electronic hardcore may not be totally enjoyable, but it’s definitely addicting. With their debut EP, God’s Least Favorite, and a handful of singles, Collapsing Scenery is one of LA’s most exciting bands. A radical contrast to the mediocrity of commercial pop, Debris spits hyper-political lyrics atop De Vore’s…

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$10

Bye Bye Blackbirds, Thunderegg, Sea Dramas

Friday, May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

BYE BYE BLACKBIRDS Torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century, The Bye Bye Blackbirds are a five piece from Oakland, California. They create a sparkling blend of country and roots influences, classic 60’s guitar pop, 70’s power pop, contemporary indie rock and the college radio heroes of the 1980’s. THUNDEREGG is the band and longtime recording project of Will Georgantas, based for many years in Brooklyn, now operating out of San Francisco/Oakland, with Alex Jimenez on bass,…

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$15

X_X (Cleveland, w/John Morton of Electric Eels), Rays, Musk — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Saturday, May 12 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

X_X “Led by the guitarist John D Morton, X__X was a spiritual heir to Mr. Morton’s more infamous group, the Electric Eels, whose unruly noise and penchant for mayhem provided inspiration for future punks, despite playing only five shows during their existence from 1972 to 1975 and never seeing the inside of a proper recording studio. When I eventually heard it, “Adult Books” turned out to be rather conventional. The record I’d brought home, on the other hand, was wild:…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, May 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$10

Sun Valley Gun Club, Slugger (Santa Rosa), No Sun (Salt Lake City), Quiet (LA)

Thursday, May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

SUN VALLEY GUN CLUB “A hook-heavy hybrid of languorous twang and noise pop crunch, each song impossibly catchy on its own, but even more compelling as part of the whole. Like with the previous album, I had to fight the urge to simply listen to individual songs over and over and over endlessly. But honestly, I didn’t really fight all that hard…The opening track “If You Would Only Wait” perfectly encapsulates the Sun Valley Gun Club sound, a galloping blast…

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$8

Redwood Sound, Stranger Than Fact, City Heat

Friday, May 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

REDWOOD SOUND Folk/Rock/Americana and more abstract elements. A mixture of Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Paul Simon, Guided by Voices, Kurt Vile and others. STRANGER THAN FACT Xaina is a multi instrumentalist weirdo with a tendency to dive into strange sonic contortions with a firestorm of heavy strumming and finger spasms. CITY HEAT “A group that sounds and looks straight out of an MTV video circa 1984, produces songs that rival Spandau Ballet and ABC. – SF Gate

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$8

Brian Glaze & Tiffany’s, The Aerosols, Anna Hillburg

Saturday, May 19 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BRIAN GLAZE AND TIFFANY’S “Brian Glaze’s notoriety as the original drummer in the Brian Jonestown Massacre is forever eclipsed by his status as a singer/songwriter. On his previous solo release, Glaze collaborated in the studio and on the road with Greg Ashley of Gris Gris, here Brian has constructed every recording by himself and the result is his most focused effort to date best evidenced in what proves to be the definitive take on “Bad News.” This moody atmospheric demo…

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$8

Qui (LA), Wild Powwers (Seattle), Constant Lovers (Seattle, w/Ben Verellen of Helms Alee), Future Hair (ex-Triclops)

Sunday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

QUI Rock duo based in Los Angeles mixing punk, noise and experimental rock. WILD POWWERS Last September, Seattle’s Wild Powwers quietly released a booming, potent, and intelligent rock record. Doris Rising boasts heavy, crunching guitars and sinewy percussion, all expertly tempered by gorgeous, forceful vocals. The latter are mainly courtesy of guitar player Lara Hilgemann (formerly of the Peeping Tomboys), but backup vocals throughout the record enhance everything they touch. Bass undercurrents are handled by Jordan Gomes (Sailor Mouth), and…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, May 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$7

Yogurt Brain, Jock Tears (Vancouver), Humid

Wednesday, May 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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$8

Las Sucias, Group Rhoda, Cube

Thursday, May 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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$8

Andy Human and the Reptoids, Michael Beach, Brain Bagz, Preening

Friday, May 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

His Majesty’s Voice, Monsoon, Slow Torpedo

Saturday, May 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

An evening of spaghetti surfwave, stoner sludge and power garage! HIS MAJESTY’S VOICE is a San Francisco duo creating washed-out spaghetti western music for the future. MONSOON We’re a rock and roll band. We play vicious riffs to blow your head off, and soothing grooves to sew it back together. SLOW TORPEDO Two piece rock band from the East Bay. FACEBOOK EVENT

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$12 adv., $14 door

Richard Buckner (Merge Records), Sarah Bethe Nelson (featuring Rusty Miller) — ADV. TIX NOW ON SALE!

Sunday, May 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

RICHARD BUCKNER There are three kinds of American folk artist: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America’s landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. This [latter] is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994. — Sylvie Simmons, The Guardian SARAH BETHE NELSON A rare duo outing…

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, May 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$8

Steakhouse, Fake Your Own Death, Tremor Low

Thursday, May 31 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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June 2018
$8

Blurred Out, The Veers, Sprains

Friday, June 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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$7

Electric Machine Gun Tits

Wednesday, June 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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$7

Hangtown, Palm Fire, Schlotman

Thursday, June 7 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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15 adv., $17 door

Big Business (Night 1) — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Friday, June 8 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

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15 adv., $17 door

Big Business (Night 2) — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Saturday, June 9 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

BROWN PAPER TICKET LINK

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, June 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Porchlight Open Door

Tuesday, June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every month on the second Tuesday until June 12, 2018

Porchlight, SF’s premiere storytelling series, is back at the Hemlock with their monthly “Open Door” event! Audience members sign up to tell a 5-minute story having something to do with the month’s special theme and the teller of the best story will be awarded a slot on Porchlight’s big stage event.

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$10

Ice Balloons (NYC, members of Samiam and TV on the Radio)

Thursday, June 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$10

Geld (Australia, Iron Lung), Long Knife (Long Beach)

Friday, June 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Silent Pictures, Tremor Low

Saturday, June 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, June 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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10 adv./$12 door

Amy Rigby

Thursday, June 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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$8

The Boars, The Bushrods

Friday, June 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$8

Asteroid #4, Natural Pear, The Ugly

Saturday, June 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$10

Traffic Death (ex-Black Market Fetus), War Bison

Sunday, June 24 @ 8:00 pm
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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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Pit Stains, Jerry’s Timeshare, Meant to Bend

Tuesday, June 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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$12 adv.

Peach Kelli Pop, Toner, Moon Daze — ADV. TIX ON SALE!

Thursday, June 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm

PEACH KELLI POP “Miminalist bubblegum/pre-Chysalis Blondie/Japanese cartoon pop/zero-grit sandpaper punk perfection! PKP is more thrilling than PCP!” – Roctober “Best lo-fi punk popper going now!” – Goner Records BROWN PAPER TICKETS LINK

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July 2018
FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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FREE

Open Stage Mondays

Monday, July 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Every week until July 30, 2018

Comedy, poetry, music, art and more. Sign up at 8pm, show at 9pm. Instruments provided: Acoustic guitar Piano Bass guitar Small drum kit/brushes and bundle sticks only. 10 minute sets for music, 5 minute sets for comedy and spoken word.

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