This Sunday night, Eric Shifrin and Ralph Carney lead the eclectic and rollicking quartet they call EaR Candy… with Joe Kyle, Jr. on bass and Randy Odell on drums.
EaR Candy operates on the principle that to steal from one artist is plagiarism, but to steal from everyone is research! Â Music from Duke Ellington to Gene Autry — obscure gems polished or just roughed up, it’s all the same to these guys! Grist for the mill.
Eric & Ralph are both facing the realities of San Francisco economics– Ralph’s already shifted his base up to Portland or thereabouts, and Eric’s lingering uncomfortably while they Ellis Act him and his wife out of their abode. Â
The same economics are staring drummer Randy Odell in the face.Â Randy is scrambling to find a way to stay in the apartment he shares with his partner, the west coast blues guitarist GG Amos, over by Precita Park. The building is for sale, and if the sale goes through, they expect to be hit with an Ellis Act eviction, along with Precita Eyes, which has an operation in the same building. The building’s current occupants are mounting a campaign to raise money to buy the building with help from theÂ Mission Economic Development Agency and the San Francisco Community Land Trust. You can help! To find out how, visit
ABOUT THE CANYON MOONLIGHT SERIES:
We started this weekly Sunday night series several months ago, in September 2015, when everybody’s favorite surfside bar out on Taraval — The Riptide — was gutted in a two-alarm fire that left a lot of musicians scrambling to replace their steady gigs. Rather than run a benefit, we thought it best to offer up our venue. Until The Riptide is back up and running, we’re presenting some of those displaced musicians — including the ones in this fabulous band, EaR Candy!
EaR Candy, Eric and the In Crowd, the GG Amos Band all counted on that great venue, and all share drummer Randy Odell, who we’ve asked to coordinate our first-Sunday bookings. Second Sundays go to The Seducers, a terrific classic country outfit; while third Sundays are the stomping ground of rockabilly guitarist extraordinaire Jinx Jones, and the last Sunday bookings go to Misisipi Mike Wolf who most often mounts a musical hayride featuring a cavalcade of Riptide talent.
Keep in mind that January has five Sundays, so on the fourth Sunday in January, the 24th, we’re bringing in the fantastic trio called HowellDevine – Joshua Howell, Pete Devine and Joe Kyle, Jr.Â – to rip it up with their unrivaled juggernaut of rural blues.
Sunday nights at Bird & Beckett are not to be missed! Do come!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site