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The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents Rupa and the April Fishes Opening: Grease Grit and Grime
Friday, June 14th • 7:30pm
North Star House
Presented in Partnership with NORTH STAR HISTORIC CONSERVANCY
Join us at the historic North Star House for an evening under the stars
Food & Drink sales begin at 6PM. Enjoy local treats from Sheri’s Hand-dipped Ice Cream and more TBA!
Rupa and the April Fishes create a sound that pulsates with the pluralism of Bay Area culture, celebrating life and the art of resistance through a wide musical palette that pulls from over a decade of playing street parties, festivals, and symphonic concerts through 29 countries with songs in 5 languages. Under the direction of composer, front woman, activist and physician Rupa, the band creates a live experience which is a manifestation of a world beyond nations, where the heart of humanity beats louder than anything that divides us. This is Liberation Music.
The group’s first album eXtraOrdinary rendition (2007) examines love and loss from many angles, with lyrics mostly in French; the second Este Mundo (2009) follows their journey from Tijuana to Texas, tracing the plight of migrants crossing borders, largely in Spanish; the twelve songs of BUILD (2012) examine the road from solitude to solidarity in both directions and arise from a particularly tender moment of global awakening—from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements around the world. Their LIVE at the Independent (2013) album was produced at the request of fans and has become a historic document at the center of a lawsuit which liberated “Happy Birthday To You” back to the commons where it belongs. Their most recent release OVAL (2015) is a luscious collection of string quartet Rupa’s most intimate love songs arranged by composer Mark Orton for Quartet San Francisco.
The band consists of drummer Aaron Kierbel, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpeter Mario Alberto Silva, electronics artist/duduk player JHNO, bassist Daniel Fabricant, violinist Matt Szemela and guitarist/vocalist Rupa.
On April 19th, 2019, the group will release its sixth album Growing Upward in a plastic-free, plantable format–as a set of seed packets. These songs come from a time of Rupa’s deep engagement as a physician in places where the social underpinnings of what ails us becomes starkly clear, working closely with groups struggling for dignity, health, and sovereignty in a time of climate catastrophe. Laced with love, optimism and unflinching analysis and inspired by direct conversations with Gil Scott Heron, families who have lost their loved ones to police violence and the indigenous grandmothers at Standing Rock, this album is a document of where we are today and where we can focus our gaze in order to rise to the challenges that face us on planet earth. The album features artwork by a longtime collaborator, the art-ivist and muralist, Mona Caron.
“Laced with love, optimism and unflinching analysis”
“For years, Rupa Marya led a double life. She spent half her year wearing a white lab coat, working as a physician and an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. The other half, she was on the road in flowing flower skirts performing at places like the Montreal Jazz festival and Outside Lands as the lead singer, songwriter and musical director of the genre-bending world music outfit Rupa and the April Fishes…” [read more]– San Francisco Chronicle (4/19/2019)
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Learn more about Rupa and the April Fishes www.theaprilfishes.com
Grease Grit and Grime
In the cracks, under the floorboards, and down a deep dark alley, you will find Grease Grit and Grime. Embodying the expression “dirty blues,” this group is schooled in Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues. The meat of the band’s sets is comprised of originals and standards from Chicago, Delta and Swamp Blues greats. The band’s specialty is getting folks out of their chairs and keeping the dance floor hot! They choose to perform songs that don’t give you the blues, but they lift the blues up “offa ya.”
The band started in 2007 in Nevada County and by musicians with experience in a variety of professional acts such as the local band Organic Flood, Bay Area acts Lisa Kindred and Ascension, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Luther Tucker, L.C. “Good Rockin’” Robinson and Curtis Lawson. Highpoints for the band have been opening for Johnny Winter, opening for and performing as “house band” for Excello & Alligator recording artist Lazy Lester – as well as performing in the Polk Street Blues Festival in San Francisco in 2011, propelling the band into other San Francisco dance venue gigs.
California law prohibits consuming, smoking, eating, or vaping cannabis in public places.
No outside Alcohol or glass containers allowed at this event.