Well, we’re not finished programming the East Bay Mini Maker Faire yet, but we can at least reveal a little of what we know will be coming to our stages…it’s really fun to see the range of talented performers who apply to participate in the Faire.
I have to say that I wish we had more stages and more time—so we could include everyone. That said—let us tantalize you with a few of the exciting acts we’ll be bringing you on Sunday, October 16…
…if you haven’t been following us on facebook or twitter, you are missing out…you might not have heard the inimitable Chicken Paw—it sure don’t taste like chicken! (click now so you’re in the know…)
Conspiracy of Beards
The Bay Area’s Conspiracy of Beards is a 30-man choir that performs gritty, original arrangements of the songs of Leonard Cohen. Formed in 2003 through the inspiration of the late Peter Kadyk, this a Capella group has become known for their live performances at Bay Area venues such as the Cafe du Nord, the Great American Music Hall, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as in bars, bookstores, hospices and various other community centers. Transforming Cohen’s simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, the group achieves a sound that is both robust and tender, with influences of indie rock, jazz, gospel, barbershop, classical and doo-wop in the unique arrangements the choir creates. Using the genius of Cohen’s words, the Beards inspire audiences to ponder romance, politics, sex, longing and spirituality, all amid laughter and cheers.
Old Tunnel Road
Well here we are, Old Tunnel Road. Our music is as varied as the expressions on our faces and covers a little bit of loving, some gospel, loose women, looser men, and a whole lotta fun.
The Blondies are a group of Berkeley/Oakland natives that have been rocking the stages of Freight and Salvage, local clubs, school concerts, and benefits in the Bay Area music scene for the past 4 years. They love writing and playing their own music but also play The Beatles and Rolling Stones covers. They are currently in the studio with Santana guitarist Chris Solberg recording their own music.
The eurostache group is a project centering around electro-acoustic real-time collaborative experiments in sound. Membership is open to anyone as our sonic concept is flexible and allows people from diverse sonic backgrounds to participate. Our key experimental technique is using unique hand-built and circuit-bent instruments in unusual combinations with traditional ones. The instruments are amplified (often with hand-built transducers) and blended with digital effects to produce a raw organic/electronic sound. Performances often include visual elements, audience participation, and improvisation, to convey story, mood, or emotion.