Happy holiday season to all our friends and readers! If you're looking to fill up your seasonal social calendar with amazing art, music, education, and creativity, the Lady Brain Collective has you covered for fun things to do in San Diego in the coming weeks:
Saturday, November 30 - Creativi-Tea With Jill Badonsky at Liberty Station
Get a creativity high over high tea with author, artist, and creativity coach Jill Badonsky. New ideas, fresh approaches, and a more authentic voice are not easy when we overthink our writing and admonish our attempts with harsh self-talk. We will defy these obstacles with the use of visual images, storytelling, multimedia triggers, and off-beat beginnings over high tea, champagne cocktails, and delectable high tea delicacies. 1-4pm. More info/Register
Tuesday, December 3 - WTF is Happening When I Sing? Live Online Training with The Bold Vocal
This free, live training event from The Bold Vocal covers the basic science of singing. You'll learn about the three systems of singing in the human body and how they work together to produce rich, supported and powerful sound. Every singer should know this stuff -- it's how we increase range, energize tone, and prevent injury. 12-1 PM, Free, no experience required. Registered participants will receive a video playback via email that is theirs to keep. More info/Register
Sunday, December 8 - Lady Brain Presents: Home is Where the Art is Holiday Party at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach
Lady Brain Presents will host its first annual holiday party and winter clothing drive titled “Home is Where the Art is,” with performances by Chloe Lou and The Liddells (retro rock/soul), Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres (South Americana), Miki Vale, (hip-hop) and special guests including emcee Tori Roze. In addition to musical performances, the event will feature a raffle, a collaborative art activity for all attendees, and a winter clothing drive to benefit North County Lifeline’s LifeSpring Program, which offers transitional housing for former foster youth and youth experiencing homelessness. Guests are encouraged to bring (preferably new) beanies, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets. Free, 4-8pm, 21+. More info
Tuesday, December 10 - Acceptance: A soulsong.life Transformative Songwriting Workshop with Astra Kelly at The Lotus Room in Hillcrest
Experience growth, healing, and connection through music by tapping into the creative source. As a group, we will explore the theme of “acceptance" in depth and write a song together that reflects our shared perceptions and experiences. No musical skills necessary! 6-9pm, $60 (Special holiday rate to make it easier to give yourself this gift!) Advance registration required. More info/Register
Friday, December 20 - Tori Roze and The Hot Mess SPECIAL Xmas Show at Bar Pink in North Park
This funky jazzy neo-soul brings you a SPECIAL Xmas version of themselves, including soulful holiday mashups and funky non-denominational tunes to put a smile on your face through the New Year. There will also be a limited edition EP available for purchase by Tori Roze and Johnny Alexander called “Classy Xmas” to stuff those stockings at home! Free, 7-10pm, 21+. More info
Sunday, December 22 - Carissa's Birthday Show ft. Golden Howl at Sycamore Den in Normal Heights
This Lady Brain-laden event will be headlined by Golden Howl (featuring collective members Marlo Smith, Rachel Riba, and Jules Stewart). Birthday girl Carissa Schroeder will open the evening with a solo set of original music on the beautiful (albeit slightly out of tune) piano at Sycamore Den. Situated nicely between Carissa's birthday (12/20) and the end of year holidays, CS invites you to celebrate with an evening of goddess-y, all-the-feels music, perfect cocktails, delivery ramen, and skeeball. It's a win-win-win-win. Free, 8-10pm. More info
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We had a feeling last night's community gathering would be pretty special, and we were right! Special thanks to Marlo Smith and Barbara Rutherford for doing all the heavy lifting (as well as our host Buck). And a shout-out to Mr. Moto Pizza for donating pizza so food proceeds could go toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We're so grateful to all of our artists, musicians, and community members for coming together in this space to share art and be vulnerable around the topics of death and dying. Grief is such a universal experience, but it's all too often experienced in solitude. We hope events like this can help make it easier to connect with each other and foster more compassion in our community.
photo credit: Darci Fontenot
Lady Brain members are busy this month - please add these dates to your calendar and go out to support these creative folks who are working hard to bring excellent art and music to the San Diego community!
Wednesday, September 4 - Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres at The Holding Company
Local band showcase. Come on out and party with us! Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres starting at 9 pm sharp. More info
Thursday, September 12 - Golden Howl at Til Two with The Strawberry Moons and The Powerballs
Friday, September 13 - Chris Avetta & Golden Howl at Moose Lodge in Oceanside
Saturday, September 14 - Kinship Cafe Singer-Songwriter Showcase at Eve Encinitas
This showcase at Eve Encinitas will feature short sets from six acts, each of which includes at least one woman, and four of which feature Lady Brain members: The Banduvloons, Dixie Maxwell and Lee Coulter, Mayzie Jean, and The Spiritual Motels (plus The Shift and Dulaney and Company). 7-10:30pm, $10, all ages. More info
Sunday, September 15 - Lift Me Up 2019
The Banduvloons and friends are hosting their 3rd annual community benefit show: Lift Me Up! This event seeks to bring together a community of artists and musicians who are working together to combat white supremacy and an inequitable capitalist society. Two local POC artists are chosen to be the beneficiaries of this event, and all money collected will go directly in their pockets. Expect dope live music, comedy, dance, vendors, food, drinks and a family friendly environment! 2-6pm | $5-$10 sliding scale entry free. More info
Saturday, September 21 - The Bold Vocal Launch Party / Adams Avenue Street Fair Pre-Party
Come celebrate with Carissa Schroeder as she officially launches her vocal coaching business,The Bold Vocal. Event highlights include a raffle for free voice lessons and other goodies, website unveiling, live demonstrations on mindfulness, mic technique, and stage presence, performances by students ranging from six years in age all the way to professionals — including Joshua Taylor, Amanda DaRosa and Nick Crook. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light bites and dessert, and start your street fair partying early! Event runs from 12pm-3pm at Jayne’s Gastropub. Free and open to the public. More info
Saturday, September 21 - Calamity at Artwalk Carlsbad
Don't miss the gals from Calamity playing originals during Artwalk Carlsbad from 3:15 to 4pm. No cover, all ages. More info
Sunday, September 22 - Tori Roze and the Hot Mess at Coronado Music Festival
This inaugural three day music festival kicks off on Friday September 20, with Tori Roze and the Hote Mess headlining on Sunday, September 22. The family-friendly weekend features local and regional musical talent of all genres and visual art. This marks the first event for Coronado Music and Arts Foundation(CMAF), a nonprofit, whose mission is to provide cultural music and art experiences for at risk and homeless individuals including youth and special needs adults through a variety of settings in Coronado and San Diego. More info
Thursday, September 26 - Lady Brain Presents Community Gathering In Celebration of Life
Lady Brain Presents is back with a special art/music/spoken word showcase centering around the topics of death, dying, and existence. Join us at a private Ocean Beach residence around 6:30pm for sunset, social hour, and art viewing. Performances will kick off around 7:30pm. $10 Suggested Donation, proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. More info
Saturday, September 28 - Lindsay White (Full Band) at Frogstop House Concerts
Join Lindsay White at the intimate Frogstop House Concert series. This is Lindsay's first full band show since returning from her 2019 summer tour, and likely her last full band show of the year. Limited seating, don't miss it! More info
Please Join us on Thursday, September 26 for an evening inspired by death, dying, grief, and existence. This special gathering will feature a variety of music/spoken word/visual art from many of our Lady Brain members, including:
Jacqueline Jax Silva
$10 Suggested Donation - Private Sunset Cliffs Residence- RSVP here
Beverages/small bites available for small donation
(A portion of proceeds will benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
Folks are encouraged to stroll to Sunset Cliffs to enjoy a 6:30 sunset. Then join us for social hour/art viewing. Performances begin at 7:30pm
Guests are welcome to bring:
-Blanket or chair (there will be some will be available)
-In addition to beverages/small bits provided, folks are welcome to BYO
-There will also be an interactive community art installation. If you'd like to participate, please bring a photo, trinket, or offering of sorts in memory of your loved one(s). You can take these items home with you at the end of the night. There will also be some supplies available to leave a message/make an offering if you forget, or are unable to bring something.
Please dress appropriately for a beachy autumn eve!
We know, we know, we say it every month, but July's meet-up was SO GOOD! Maybe it was because we were riding the wave of a successful inaugural Lady Brain Fest. Maybe it was the full house, the artsy space, or the nachos. It was definitely the inspiring and collaborative presentations from our host Astra Kelly, Carissa Schroeder, and Sandi King - all Lady Brain members, talented creatives, and compassionate entrepreneurs.
Carissa kicked things off with a chill mindful vocal meditation/warm up. It was exactly what we needed on a Monday night to center and connect with ourselves and each other.
Next, Sandi talked about her new venture, Backseat Booking. No matter the tour route or style of music, Sandi is a wealth of information when it comes to touring. She can help indie artists book entire tours, or give them the tools they need to successfully plan their own routes.
Astra of soulsong.life rounded out the evening with a songwriting workshop demo that resulted in some pretty special goosebump moments - once we found the right melody (thanks, Jessica Lerner) and hook, magic energy was swirling all around the room. Looking forward to next month's meetup!
July is a HUGE month for Lady Brain members (scroll down to find out why). Here's a rundown of some fun member events happening throughout Southern California!
Saturday, July 6 - Lindsay White at SheFest in North Park
Start your Pride partying early with this woman-centered event! Lindsay White will play a full band set at 12:30pm, but the full event runs rom 11am-6pm. No Cover. More info
Sunday, July 7 - Lady Brain Fest at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas
Twenty female-fronted acts on two stages. You don't want to miss this Lady Brain/Listen Local Radio production of the year! 12-7pm. $10-12 Presale, $15 Door. More info
Monday, July 8 - Julia Sage at Bar Pink in North Park
Julia Sage will be playing solo and sharing the bill with Wes Hawkins and Blake Dean! 9:30pm. Free.
Wednesday, July 10 - Lizzie Wann at The Ugly Mug in Orange, CA
This is also an open mic, so bring your own work to read too! 8pm. $3 Cover. More info
Friday, July 12 - Tori Roze and The Hot Mess, Chloe Lou & The Liddells, Ginger Cowgirl at Winston's OB
ALL Lady Brain bands on this bill! 9:30pm, $8 Cover. More info
Saturday, July 13 - Calamity at The San Dieguito Heritage Museum
31st Annual Deep Pit BBQ, using the same cooking method as the Olivenhain Colony did back in the 1890's. The Encinitas even features nonstop Americana music from 2pm to 7pm on 2 stages, as well as a Kid's Zone, vendors, silent auction, exhibits and more! $10 general admission, kids 12 and under get in free. $15 BBQ dinners available at 4pm. More info
Saturday, July 13 - Golden Howl and Cardinal Moon at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach
Another all Lady Brain-fronted lineup! This is Golden Howl's first show back in action since January's EP release/band baby birth. The Holding Company is re-opening after major reconstruction - and it's dooooooope! It's pride weekend - parade, party, nap, beach for rad tunes. 8pm, No Cover
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Thanks to Unison Colthurst for hosting the June member meet-up! This workshop was an awesome overview of publicity strategies, shared by our guest Jennifer Borba Von Stauffenberg, President of Olive Creative Strategies. She gave us so much great information on topics such as identifying your overall brand and purpose, the best ways to go about contacting the press for media opportunities, and not being afraid to ask for help. A special shout out also goes to Chuck Lapinsky, who attended the meeting and featured Lady Brain Presents in his recent blog! Thanks to all who attended - see you next month!
Shout out to Heather Marie for hosting the March meet-up in her lovely home! This month, we talked about working with audio techs to capture the best sound at live events. (Thanks to John Mcconnell for taking our questions and to Heather for presenting his answers to the group.) We also received a stellar presentation from Lady Brain member Sharisse Coulter. We learned so much! It's so wonderful to see this group growing. Thanks to all who attended!
Here are some live, local happenings from Lady Brain members going on this April! We hope one of these listings will inspire you to be physically present for some soul-inspiring, heart-healing art and music!
Saturday, April 13 - The Spiritual Motels on Fallbrook Live Lineup
The Spiritual Motels (Amy Day's duo project with songwriter Omar Musisko) will be performing a Fallbrook Live event at the Pala Mesa Resort on Saturday, April 13th. Other acts on the lineup include SDMA winner Casey Hensley, Julia Othmer, Nick Crook, and Grace & Jesse Batey.
Saturday, April 13 and Thursday, April 18 - Tori Roze & Johnny Alexander at Bella Vista Caffe
Some more awesome duo action for your ear holes - catch Tori and Johnny not once, but twice this month at Bella Vista Caffe in La Jolla from 5:30-7:30pm.
Sunday, April 14 - Marlo Smith and Ren Diversa at Makers & Music Vintage and Handmade Faire
Hang out with Marlo Smith and Ren Diversa from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, April 14 at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas for the Makers & Music Vintage and Handmade Fair.
Wednesday, April 17 - Lizzie Wann Poetry Book Release Party
San Diego poet Lizzie Wann will be releasing her latest published work “The Hospice Bubble & Other Devastating Affirmations" on Wednesday, April 17 at Whistle Stop in South Park. (Pre-order copies now!) The event will include readings from Wann, Judy Reeves, Julie Corrales, Sharon Elise, and Robt O'Sulliven, with musical guest Lindsay White (full band, including fellow Lady Brain member Jules Stewart on drums).
Friday, April 19 - Astra Kelly at The Rabbit Hole
This great venue in Normal Heights supports live, local artists with free nightly showcases - come out Friday, April 19 from 6-9pm to enjoy some tunes from Lady Brain member Astra Kelly.
Sunday, April 21 - Lady Brain Presents 1st Community Gathering & Easter Brunch
Join us for the first Lady Brain Presents Community Gathering and brunch, featuring music from Lindsay White and Jean Mann (on tour from Seattle). The gathering will take place at a private residence in Hillcrest - limited seating available. Click here for more info and to RSVP!
Friday, April 26 - Chris Avetta Band at Moose Lodge
Chris Avetta Band (also featuring LB member Jules Stewart on drums) will perform Friday, April 26th at Moose Lodge in Oceanside, starting at 8pm.
Saturday, April 27 - Chloe Lou at Riviera Supper Club
Chloe Lou will play with her cover band Ron & The Reapers at Riviera. Show starts at 9pm!
Saturday, April 27 - Adams Avenue Unplugged in Normal Heights
You can watch several Lady Brain performers at this year's Adams Avenue Unplugged free musical walkabout. Make sure to catch:
12:00pm - Marie Haddad - Kensington Cafe
1:00pm - CalAmity (ft. Cathryn Beeks) - The Ould Sod
1:00pm - The Banduvloons (ft. Karina Frost & Lillian Lefranc) - El Zarape
2:00pm - Rosa's Cantina (ft. Carissa Schroeder) - The Rabbit Hole
7:00pm - Dixie Maxwell (w/ Paige Miller on percussion) - Lestat's West
7:00pm - Corina Rose - AC Lounge
8:00pm - The Spiritual Motels (ft. Amy Day) - Polite Provisions
Saturday-Sunday, April 27 & 28 - Mission Federal Art Walk in Little Italy
Just like Adams Avenue Unplugged, this (also free!) April event in Little Italy features an amazing lineup of local creatives. While at Art Walk, don't forget to check out some of our Lady Brain members!
11:00am - Allegra Duchaine
3:30pm - Marie Haddad - India & Fir St. (playing w/ band and special guests)
3:30pm - Jessica Lerner duo - Second Stage
5:00pm - Corina Rose - Cedar & India
Welcome to Boss Ladies, a blog series dedicated entirely toward featuring and promoting our talented Lady Brian Members and their creative work. Keeping with our mission of collaboration and service, each article in this series is written by a member about a member. We encourage you to discover and support not only the subject of each review, but also the writer! This week, Jules Stewart reviews Blue Space, the latest EP from Golden Howl (featuring Lady Brain members Marlo Smith and Rachel Riba).
It’s often difficult to appreciate the depth of another person’s experience, to empathize with the extent of either their joy or sorrow. But Golden Howl’s latest EP Blue Space envelops listeners in a whirlwind of emotion, from awe to heartbreak, rolling out an invitation into the band’s heart. The second project from the band in the three years since they formed, Blue Space is a collection of richly-crafted soundscapes that raises an already high bar set by the band’s first EP, Mighty Mighty.
Blue Space starts triumphantly with “CO,” a song that pays just enough homage to the bluegrass and country music Colorado is known for with guitarist Dimitry Zingerman’s ascending riffs and thrumming low end from bassist Jeff Johnson. The band tips its hat to the wild west, never losing touch with the gilded layers of harmony and percussion that define the band’s sound. Horn swells provided by Andy “AG” Geib (Wise Monkey Orchestra, Slightly Stoopid) impart the elation that comes with discovering an unknown place with an expanding heart. When vocalist/guitar player Christopher Balcom admits “you left me thinking about a different life, far from the city lights,” it evokes the surprise of falling in love with a landscape and the compelling need to return felt even before leaving.
Before the first words are heard, heartache is apparent in “Hold Tight.” Here, again, the lyrics and instrumentation communicate a single message, as the song gains solid footing only after vocalist and drummer Marlo Smith strongly ties hope to struggle with a convincing promise that “the cold is where you’ll find your soul.” The complex and soaring harmonies are at once stirring and melancholy, evoking a cathartic palette of sorrow, expectation, and optimism. The refrain “memories that we once had, they turn to sand” relay the almost universal pain of dissolution at the end of a relationship, but assurances of healing are so intertwined with adversity that the listener ends the song feeling restored and hopeful.
Rachel Riba’s percussion carries the momentum of “Waterfall” with a rhythmic nod to the flow of water in the band’s interpretation of a poem by Stephen O’Shea. The glassy, high-motion keys from Shannon O'Shea help create the glistening tapestry that turns the poem into an auditory monument. At the song’s peak, the band harnesses space and simplicity to ramp up the emotional impact to a level rarely achieved, particularly in a studio recording.
Throughout Blue Space Golden Howl imparts energy, authenticity, and emotion that refuse to be ignored. The brilliant musicality and production (by Jeff Berkeley of Berkley Sound) work in tandem with the lyrics to create a nearly endless array of points of connection and empathy from the listener. Blue Space sits comfortably as a spectacular second chapter in Golden Howl’s story.
Find Blue Space:
iTunes - Amazon - Spotify
Meet the Writer: Jules Stewart
Our Lady Brain blog writers work on a volunteer basis in support of their fellow members. If you enjoyed this article, please consider making a small donation to Jules via Venmo, which will help support her creative endeavors.
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