Doors 6:30p, Show 7p.
Hassan El-Tayyab, band leader of established Bay Area act American Nomad, writes original heartfelt songs and delivers them with a smooth voice that has been compared to that of James Taylor, John Mayer, and Tracey Chapman. He has been recognized time and again for his musical stylings, including best vocal performance in the 2013 Berkeley Old Time Music Competition, as a finalist in the 2011 International songwriting competition, and were recognized in the 2013 and 2011 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and a 2 time winner of Performance of the month by West Coast Songwriters in 2015. Rooted in Americana and soul, his carefully crafted music maintains a modern relevance that has people feeling the entire spectrum of human emotions. Bay Area songwriter Jamie Purnell blends folk, pop, rock, jazz, and soul into a heady brew he calls "Acoustic Music With Heart". Nina Jo Smith likes to make an old folk song sound like she just wrote it, and a new song sound like its been around forever. She enjoys a song that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. We think you will, too!
Sounds Like: Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Eva Cassidy
Label: Redwood River Music/Musik and Film
Bio: Nina Jo plays 6, 12 string guitars and ukulele with clean, inventive picking. She sings in a voice that ranges from city smooth to mountain plain. Her first full-length studio album, the successfully Kickstarted "People, Places and Sings" released 4/29/13 is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Bab...See Full Bio
“Our Hear Here community storytelling team has been asking San Francisco and Oakland residents the question: what’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why? Local musician Nina Jo Smith responded that a significant place to her is the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco’s SOMA district. The Hotel Utah is important to Smith for lots of reasons, one of which has to do with her brother. The last song featured in this story is from Nina Jo Smith's forthcoming album, People, Places, and Sings. It was recorded live at the Hotel Utah. To learn more about Smith's music and upcoming performances, visit her website.”