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Three Times Bad / Bio

CONTACT DIRECTLY: threetimesbad[at] gmail[dot]com // GO TO OUR WEB SITE TO STREAM OUR NEWEST RECORDINGS: http://threetimesbad.com THREE TIMES BAD is “a hot new San Francisco string [band] born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel badbadbad” (Hood River News) by bandleader Jesus Angel Garcia. The group plays “dirty American roots music” (The Register-Guard). Think: “Epic moustaches and bent bluegrass” (The Source Weekly), backalley blues, outlaw country, hillbilly swing, Appalachian rags, Gypsy jazz, old-time gospel, murder ballads, honkytonk, folk punk, story songs, and hot singalongs.

The band's debut album, AMERICAN SOJOURN, was released in May 2014 with an epic multimedia (music/dance/film) event at Slim's, one of San Francisco's top venues. The CD was named "ALBUM OF THE WEEK" on Mike Morrison's American Roots radio program. Videos are in production for all 15 songs on the CD. Video #5 premiered on DeliRadio, and Video #4 was "VIDEO OF THE DAY" at Oregon Music News. Throughout the summer, the band toured all of California and the PacNW, including the San Francisco Free Folk Fest, Bend Summer Fest, Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Fest, and Brews on the Bay.

Many of the lyrics on AMERICAN SOJOURN come directly from scenes in the novel, which trains its high beams on 21st century Americana, where sex, God and rock ‘n’ roll meet the social web. In his five-star review of the book, James Greer (Guided by Voices) said, “Garcia aims to unsettle your assumptions about class, about gender, about sex, about religion, about identity: in short, about yourself, and what it means to be human in an inhuman world.” Three Times Bad carries on this artistic exploration with a Southern Gothic approach to songwriting and dynamic live performances in the family of the Devil Makes Three and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Led by unrepentant freak preacher/transmedia artist Jesus Angel (on acoustic guitar, banjo, and lead vocals), the THREE TIMES BAD collective performs in various configurations, from quartet to duo, and often welcomes guest players on the stage. The current core bandmates include virtuosic mandolinist Doubting Thomas Romero, French Gypsy fiddler St. Jean-Pierre Duboucheron, upright bassist St. Megan McDevitt, and American Heartland fiddler St. Claire Grinton. In the great American roots tradition, everyone in the group sings.

Although relatively new on the scene, Three Times Bad has quickly made a name for itself, gigging regularly all over Northern California. The band has appearead at festivals in San Francisco, Oakland, Humboldt, Long Beach, Bend, Yakima, and Coupeville, and successfully toured the Pacific Northwest five times, performing with Sinferno Cabaret, Samuel James, Renegade Stringband, McCoy Tyler Band, and many others. At the 2013 Ink n Iron Festival (with headliner Iggy & the Stooges), the group shared a sweet side stage with Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, and in its two appearances at the Humboldt Hills Hoedown, the band opened for world-class roots combos like Hellbound Glory, the Brothers Comatose, the Pine Box Boys, Hillstomp, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Polecat.

Three Times Bad once contributed to a series of sold-out performances at University of San Francisco, pairing its music with the modern-dance choreography of Megan Nicely. Teaming up with local bluegrass concert promoter Shelby Ash, Jesus also co-produced the inaugural Boograss! Halloween Hoedown & Burlesque Show at Slim’s in San Francisco, partnering Three Times Bad with the Pine Box Boys, Salacious Underground Burlesque, Coffin Hunter, and Jesus’ latest video (on a side note: badbadbad, the documentary film based on themes of his novel, was an Official Selection of the 2012 Indie Fest USA International Film Festival). He produced a similar program for a festive 420 weekend at Brick & Mortar and Aubergine After Dark, teaming Three Times Bad with Jugtown Pirates, Salacious Burlesque, and Krysta & the Wild Things. These shows were documented on the live download album Goodbye Taxes, Hello Mary Jane!

Here are some venues the band has played: The Queen Mary (Ink n Iron Fest), Great American Music Hall, Slim’s, Bottom of the Hill, The New Parish, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, Café du Nord, Dante’s Inferno, Mateel Community Center (Humboldt Hills Hoedown), Yakima Folklife Fest, Coupeville Arts Fest, Place for Sustainable Living, Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort, The Hideout Saloon, El Cid, TRiP, Sam Bond’s Garage, The Horned Hand, Aubergine After Dark, Caspar Inn, Pacific Coast Brewery, Berryessa Brewing Co., Russian River Brewery, Six Rivers Brewery, Ukiah Brewing Company, Paso Robles Pour House, Gilbert Cellars Tasting Room, The Laurel Thirst, Center for New Music, Hotel Utah, Elbo Room, Starry Plough, Milk Bar, Brotzeit Biergarten, Cafe Royale, Viracocha, Awaken Cafe, Actual Café, Trillium Cafe, Alberta Street Pub, Frog & Peach Pub, Green Frog Acoustic Tavern, Top of the Notch, McMenamin's Old Church & Pub, McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon, McMenamin's Boon's Treasury, Skyway Bar, Der Hinterhof, Backstage Lounge at the Rio Theater, Red Rock Coffee, Forbidden Island Tiki Bar, Grant & Green Saloon, Bayview Boat Club, Off the Grid @ Fort Mason/Proxy/McCoppin/Berkeley/Belmont & Hayward, The Layover, The Riptide, Surf Spot, Club Paradiso, University of San Francisco’s Lone Mountain Theater.

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Three Times Bad
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Bluegrass / Dirty American Roots / Indie ... Oakland &

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