Monday, June 22, 2015

Dinner and a Show with Maurice Tani, Pam Brandon and Mike Anderson

Club Ave 9 presents

*the Dinner and a Show Series*

A very special afternoon with 
Maurice Tani and Pam Brandon
with Mike Anderson

An Oakland Summertime menu by Chef Jeff

Come join us for our fave tunes, great food and great friends.

WHEN: Sunday, 7-12-15    *** 3:30 PM
WHERE: The Moss House, Oakland
(address sent after booking)
WHAT: $40 per person.
HOW: Click the PayPal link below to confirm your space!

 ***BYOB please....Bottled water will be available***



*Seared Hawaiian Ono sliders with Asian slaw and sriracha aioli

*Bruschetta of Sonoma heirloom tomatoes, burrata, capers and basil

*Baby Mixed lettuces with grilled white nectarines, Cypress Grove Cowgirl Creamery Wagon Wheel, glazed walnuts and champagne vinaigrette

*Romanesco with quinoa, red lentils, Meyer lemon, chile flakes and evoo

*Smoked Marin Sun Farms brisket with blistered Padron peppers and a wild mushroom and caramelized onion pan sauce

*Blossom Bluff Summer stonefruit cobbler with olallieberry sauce and creme chantilly



Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic, supercalifornigraphic" singer-songwriter specializing in a cinema-for-the-blind style. His band, Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering in the Bay Area for over 10 years.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Tani was just a bit too young for the Summer of Love, but was still profoundly influenced by the California culture that gave the world surf guitar, the Bakersfield sound, psychedelic rock and songwriters like Randy Newman, Merle Haggard and Brian Wilson

Barely into his twenties and hungry for experience, he moved to central Texas to work the hardcore country, blues and rock circuit between Austin and Dallas, playing five sets a night, seven nights a week for months at a time, eventually making connections that led to his moving on to New York City just as the punk rock scene of CBGBs and Max's Kansas City was exploding in Lower Manhattan. By 1977 he was back in San Francisco and began a stretch of five years and four critically acclaimed albums with ex-Flamin' Groovies front man Roy Loney's band, The Phantom Movers.

Through the '80s and '90s, Maurice was the lead guitarist and a featured vocalist for Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat, both large, (12-18 piece) dance bands that gained worldwide exposure from a 2 hour PBS New Years Eve tri-mulcast(2 television stations with different views and FM stereo radio audio all broadcasting simultaneously) that was ran annually for many years on public TV in the US and Europe. ZPMO won the Bammy Award for Best Independent Album of 1985. After 15+ years of touring, Tani was ready for a change and made the decision to return to his roots in original music.

Since making the shift back to songwriting in 1999, Maurice has spent the past 15 years as an active part of the California alt-country/Americana scene. Fronting his own bands, Calamity & Main, then 77 El Deora, he has produced a series of albums for himself and others and constructed a repertoire of “rye” humor and romantic rumination. Tani now has 7 albums to his credit. The two latest are the studio produced “Blue Line”, and an album of acoustic duos and trios with bassist Mike Anderson, “Two Stroke”

“This is thoughtful, heart-wrenching stuff about human asteroids that wonder where and how they lost their way and if there is a GPS that works. …darkly funny comments on power, desire, adrenalin, ambivalence, and narco squad surveillance.” -Jeep Rosenberg, Freight Train Boogie

“Tani's songs sound like buried treasures. ...He has a quality to his singing that is closer to a Raul Malo or a Roy Orbison, almost a classic cabaret voice, that brings a haunting feeling to many of his songs. His vocals on “Radio City” build on a form that Tani describes “as cinema for the blind”. You can imagine driving along a desolate road when this song comes on the radio “ a lost-love song where the protagonist is an all night disc jockey who laments that he has squandered his chance at love and finds himself alone and lonely in a one way conversation with thousands of people who only know his voice." -Robert Sproul, No Depression

Pam Brandon is a Vocalist, Bassist and a 25-year veteran of the San Francisco music scene. Over the years Pam’s vocal talent and performing style has won over audiences both in the US and in Europe, from intimate café performances to festival stages, and has collaborated with artists within a broad range of genres from bluegrass to symphony chorales, from Peter Rowan to Lavay Smith. Originally from England, her early influences in folk, jazz and bluegrass music can be heard in her voice as she weaves her unique style through varied material. She currently fronts the San Francisco bluegrass band, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys as guitarist and vocalist, and is band leader and bassist in her jazz combo The Monroe Trio and local blues and rock & Roll ne’er do wells, The Luxomatics, appearing weekly at San Francisco’s historic Club Deluxe. Her career includes a ten-year tenure with legendary local swing bands, The Chazz Cats and Lost Weekend Western Swing Band, and over the past seven years she been a musical muse and sparring partner for Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora.

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