The Mountain Men – Misisipi Mike’s Southern Comforts – Fret Not

  • July 11, 2019
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An Evening with the Mountain Men, Misisipi Mike’s Southern Comforts, and Fret Not $2 off adv ticket price for kids, seniors & students with I.D. (At the door or online only)

Yes, there is free PARKING! at the Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) lot, located at Turk and Masonic. On-street parking is often available on Turk or on Nido, the small local street north of Turk Street one block west of Cyprian’s.

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The Mountain Men are an old timey stringband revue lead by tarantula (guitar, banjo, songwriter of the Trespassers). Born from the dust, booze, and unspoken truths of the late night campground jams of the strawberry music festival and the california old time, bluegrass, and acoustic music scene, the Mountain Men are a group of rugged, renegade musicians ready to take their songs and visions into the unforseen future, electricity or not. Steeped in tradition and overflowing with original songs, the mountain men will have you hootin’ and hollerin’, laughing and crying, searching the night sky for aliens and on your knees praising the lord, all in one performance.

Misisipi Mike’s Southern Comforts  The Southern Comforts are Misisipi Mike Wolf’s latest music project, a small acoustic country outfit that combines his wistful songwriting with the beautiful vocals of Margaret Belton (The Patsychords) and fiddle/violin from some of the Bay Area’s best bluegrass talents.

Fret Not plays boot-stomping old-time roots gospel. Lead by Lori Arthur’s fiery singing, with songs from the traditions of America’s black and white rural churches, it’s as if the Whitstein Brothers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe held a barn dance together. In fact, Lori’s grandparents did just that on their New Mexico ranch during the Great Depression, with Eugenia, her grandmother, on rhythm guitar just like Lori is now, and her great-uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather on banjo and twin fiddles. Most everyone else in Fret Not also leads or at least plays lead in church worship bands, or fronts their own gospel bands of two-timing pickers, or teaches true and right music to kids. So it’s in their blood. It’s also in their calling.Fret Not brings the old-time gospel to the dispirited and disheart-ened of modern life, with most appearances in prisons, recovery missions, funerals, and at benefits. There is something in the old songs — borne out of the suffering of slavery and company towns, failing farms, and untimely death — that prepares the heart to hear in the Word the only Uplifting Gospel there is.