Thrilled to announce that three of the finest musical forces in the SF Bay Area will be converging in one living room on Saturday, March 24!
Join us for a rare, intimate house concert music party featuring Madeline Tasquin, Graham Patzner, and our most excellent host for the evening, Mike Rufo.
This show will take place in the living room of a private home, the ideal listening space to hear singer-songwriters performing acoustically—but that means space is limited.
So please be sure to reserve your spot with an advance donation here on Tickeleap. Address and details will be sent to you after you make your Ticketleap donation. Suggested donation: $20. All donations go to the musicians.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MADELINE TASQUIN: Accompanying herself on piano, guitar or ukulele, often with an excellent band behind her, BC-born singer-songwriter-performer Madeline Tasquin delivers her intricately-crafted music with a radiant stage persona, with spontaneity, humour and vulnerability in all the right moments, guided by a voice that doesn’t seem it could possibly emerge from her small frame.
She was raised by the creeks, rivers and lakes of the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of BC in a home where there was always a song being sung from the kitchen, or a Joni Mitchell record being played at full volume, or tipsy party singalongs at the piano, her two younger sisters holding the melody while she practiced harmonizing. After abandoning a successful career as a soprano performer in London, Madeline’s mother (née Patricia Schreiber) toured across Canada with her then-project Sarabande, toting baby Madeline along with her. Madeline’s father, though not naturally musical, is a performer and storyteller around the clock. Werner Streicek found his way from a poor upbringing in post-war Austria to the BC gold fields after traveling the world as cargo ship-hand (and learning how to talk his way out of trouble along the way). It’s no wonder that, after a 6-year detour to Sydney where she completed a degree in architecture, Madeline was drawn back towards music and the stage.
Madeline’s sound is distinctly her own; each song having its own life, and the story that gave birth to it. Whether it be a Joni Mitchellesque jazz-folk song on piano about losing the log cabin home her Dad built to the bank at age 5, or a playful prog-pop tune “written at the best picnic ever,” or bilingual waltz on ukulele about a dangerous brush with a wind god, its all woven together with a nimble and powerful voice, her gentle harmonic and rhythmic twists and turns, and a palpable presence with her audience.
GRAHAM PATZNER: Lush instrumentation combined with front man Graham Patzner's profound lyricism and unflinching delivery culminate in a sound that is soulful, mythical, and raw. Patzner’s voice, both smokey and soaring, leads a passionate live show as the band’s classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration.
MIKE RUFO: Mike Rufo is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Mike's music is gripping and eclectic, reflecting his impassioned engagement with the world. His musical language builds upon powerful lyrics, soaring vocals, driving rhythms, and melodic riffs that explore emotional depths and transformation. He mixes things up with a knack for the pointed parody, like his popular civil liberties single, “Spyin' Eyes” and Phil Och's update “Small Circle of Friends, Revisited.”
Mike's recent CD, Nothin' But Now, features a return to his early folk roots. As expressed in The Prelude Press: "The songs on Nothin' But Now weave together in deeply resonant and beautifully conveyed stories of uplift, loss, transformation, and connection."
Mike's songs have been featured on a variety of radio programs including San Francisco's KALW, (A Patchwork Quilt, Bluegrass Signal, Cross Currents), KPFA's Across the Great Divide and Project Censored, Berkeley's KALX, Boston's Radio BDC (The Oedipus Project), Portland's KBOO (Folk Espresso), and Asheville's 103.3FM (Political Alchemy), among others.
Streets of Plenty, Mike's 2012 CD, captures his alt-rock-focused repertoire. Mike plays his rock songs, and those written by band-mate, David Johnson, with the Bay Area rock group No Exit.
Mike has performed at a wide variety of venues including the Freight & Salvage, Doc's Lab, Yoshis, Rockwood Music Hall (New York), Columbia City Theater (Seattle), Al's Den (Portland), Blue Plate Special Radio (Knoxville), The Mint and Cinema Bar (LA), Oberon's (Ashland), Haight-Asbury Street Fair, Awaken Café, The Monkey House, The Yard at Mission Rock, Oakland First Friday, DNA Lounge, Piedmont Jazz/Harvest Festival, the Solano Stroll, and many other locations.
Mike has performed at numerous peace, civil liberties, and other activist events including Codepink's Creech Air Force Base Anti-Drone protests in Nevada, Tri-Valley Cares anti-nuclear vigils at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Let Our People Go protest at Richmond Detention Center, Folk Fights Back, and many others
Looking forward to seeing you on March 24!