San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Gary Wilson emerged from New York's DIY movement with 1977's proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go. Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.
In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary's small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes Beck, who shouts him out in "Where It's At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)", The Roots’ ?uestlove, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and of course, Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf.
The re-release You Think You Really Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles. Gary Wilson has continued making music in the years following his "disappearance." His music continues to chronicle his obsessions and angst that his followers would expect from him. His songs have been compared to everything from Prince to Talking Heads–bursting with electro-funk, synth rock, lounge, soul, and avant-garde jazz. And yet nothing has been released until now with his a new album, 12" single, and Fan Club 45 on Stones Throw.
"Lucky for me, I stumbled into the Constellation Side Stage just in time to catch Danny James and his Once and Future Band. Even their soundcheck was entertaining, backup Vocalist/Keyboard player Joel Robinow checking levels was funnier than your average stand-up comedian, and he was just being himself. Frontman Danny James, rocking a fringe-jacket and prog-sideburns, has a voice like a caramel s’more-- it’s warm, familiar, but in a wonderful surprise, a little salty. The best way to describe their sound is to imagine ELO, Steely Dan, and Yes going on a cruise ship, getting silly on Mai Tais and falling asleep under a palm frond. Their collected dreams would sound just like Danny James and his Once and Future Band. They’ve got everything you’d wanna like about Prog, but you can also dance to it. I also cannot stress enough how fantastic their stage presence is, especially Robinow’s. I want to have a beer with him so much that If he ran for president, I’d vote for him 69 times." - Noisey
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Starline Social Club
The Starline Social Club is a historic 3-story Victorian ballroom, located in Oakland operating as a restaurant, bar and 400 person capacity multi-use space that facilitates artists, musicians, and community-based entrepreneurs in the exhibition of music, performance, literary, culinary and visual media.