Weekly shareables of May 23

NEWS

9 days and 1,100 to go for Erik Jekabson’s album Kickstarter

Anti-Mass is an awesome album by trumpeter and composer Erik Jekabson. It’s already recorded, and now Erik needs help in getting it out to the world. The fundraiser goal is $6,000, and it’s almost there, but unless Erik raises the entire amount by the deadline, he won’t receive anything. Help him out. The album features playing by Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Smith Dobson V (drums), John Wiitala (bass), Charith Premawardhana (viola) and Mads Tolling (violin).

Here’s a track from the album.

Tango Workshops with Tomas Howlin and Shorey Myers

This weekend one of my favorite tango teachers and my fiancé’s dance partner Tomas Howlin is teaching a series of workshops. Check out the Facebook event for more information. Most workshops are for dancers with at least some experience. He will also be teaching a class on tango and meditation that is completely beginner-friendly. Send me a message or leave a comment if you’d like more info.

SHOWS

Offside Festival

The MOSt DEFinitive event this week is the San Francisco OFFSIDE festival organized by friends of Porto Franco music blogger and booker Laura Maguire and guitarist Alex Pinto. The festival runs from Thursday to Saturday night. Here’s the complete lineup.

THURSDAY MAY 24 – “EXCURSIONS”

El Valenciano, 1153 Valencia Street, San Francisco

We kick off with three ensembles that share mastery of traditional techniques coupled with fearless commitment to exploring innovative territories.

LISA MEZZACAPPA’S BAIT & SWITCH
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Aaron Bennett, saxophones
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Vijay Anderson, drums

REMPIS/OCHS/JOHNSTON TRIO
Dave Rempis, saxophone
Larry Ochs, saxophone
Darren Johnston, trumpet

THESE ARE OUR HOURS
Aram Shelton, alto saxophone
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Kim Cass, bass
Sam Ospovat, drums

FRIDAY MAY 25 – ”ONWARD”

50 Mason Social House, 50 Mason Street, San Francisco

The second night takes a decidedly contemporary look at straight-ahead jazz and presents three Bay Area composers and their respective trios.

ALEX PINTO TRIO
Alex Pinto, guitar
Scott Brown, bass
Shaun Lowecki, drums

ERIK JEKABSON TRIO
Erik Jekabson, trumpet
Peter Barshay, bass
Greg Wyser-Pratt, drums

MARCUS SHELBY TRIO
Marcus Shelby, bass
Joe Warner, piano
Tiffany Austin (Martin), vocals

SATURDAY MAY 26 – ”JUNCTION”

Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco

The festival closes with an evening of genre-expanding music that intersects jazz in distinctive ways.

SECRET SIDEWALK
Mike Boo, turntable, sampler
Pu22le Abalo, mpc, modular synth
Asonic Ragaton Garcia, sampler, synth
Mike Reed, drums
Marcus Stephens, saxophone/electronics

KLAXON MUTANT JAZZ ALL STARS
Henry Hung, trumpet
Kasey Knudsen, saxophone
Eric Garland, drums
George Ban-Weiss, bass
Colin Hogan, keyboard

THE SUPPLICANTS
David Boyce, saxophone
David Ewell, bass
Hamir Atwal (special guest), drums

Visit the festival’s website for more information and like them on Facebook. We want them back next year.

Other shows

Wed. May 23 Gaucho at Amnesia (info)
Sun. May 27 HowellDevine at Revolution Cafe (info)
Mon. May 28 Classical Revolution at Revolution Cafe (info)
Mon. May 28 Mike Olmos hosts a jam session at the Union Room (info)

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