The Belfry is a converted church built in 1914. They host many events from science club lectures to fundraisers, weddings to proms and, of course lots of fabulous music from many different genres.
DENNIS MCGREGOR AND THE SPOILERS
January 22, 8– 11pm
The Spoilers play Dennis McGregor’s songs, which are often wryly twisted, making them pretty much impossible to call normal. That’s what people like most about them. They are plenty musical though, and at times rather hookish, finding permanent homes in many a listener’s mind. You’ll go from head-scratchin’ to leg-shakin’ in three songs or less with Peter Heithoff, Benji Nagel, Dennis McGregor, Justin Veloso and Patrick Lombardi.
January 29, 7–10:30pm
The big band era comes alive whenever The Notables Swing Band plays the great swing music of the 1930s – 50s. They are a 17-member band in Central Oregon that provides rousing live big band music for dancing and entertainment. The playlist includes a big variety of more recent favorites, all played with the traditional full sounds of a classic big band.
TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAIN KILLERS
February 17, 8– 11pm
Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”
Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”
Now, with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch.
BROTHERS COMATOSE WITH THE EASY LEAVES
February 27, 8–11pm
Despite their name, The Brothers Comatose have become known nation-wide for lively, high-energy performances. This 5-piece string band from San Francisco blends Americana, Folk and Bluegrass with concise song writing to create a unique experience that leaves audiences wanting more.
The Easy Leaves are very top of the Country heap here in San Francisco, headlining and filling big rooms (Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Mystic Theatre), main stage set at last year’s Outside Lands Festival (Willie Nelson told them ‘We should play together again).
CMT premieres their videos… but more to the point, they write, record and perform incredible songs. Songs that are meticulously crafted, and have great capabilities of (just plain) moving people. Under the guidance of Merle Haggard’s music and countless other important poets, The Easy Leaves have written their own great collection of poetry for the common man.