Drummer Eric Garland is no stranger to SF Offside. In our first outing, last May, we featured Klaxon Mutant Allstars, a quintet that crystallized at Amnesia’s tenacious Wednesday night jazz jam, which Eric currently leads. While all five members of that ensemble compose, most of their material comes from Eric (and trumpeter Henry Hung). Known for his playful, grooving rhythms on the drums, Garland’s funky compositions have a thoughtful, timeless quality to them.
For SF Offside’s Spark Series, Garland is bringing his Hodge Podge Ensemble, a sextet for flute, clarinets, violin, accordion, bass, and drums. As he says, “This group is a chance for me to try out a part of my composing and playing as a drummer that requires a quieter touch, and that’s a great area to explore on the drums, especially in an intimate setting like Red Poppy.”
We talked with Eric to learn a little more what makes him tick, musically speaking.
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Oh yeah! That’s right—we’ve added one more show to our Spark Series! That means we’ll have a show every week in March, including this, which will be the third of four.
3248 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Spark Series Jazz Jam featuring the Sonny Sharrock Experience
Because this show is a fundraiser for SF Offside’s second annual festival, which takes place this coming Memorial Day weekend, a $5-10 donation in the tip jar is greatly appreciated.
Opening the jam will be the Sonny Sharrock Experience, a brand new collaborative project, born out of last year’s SF Offside Festival, featuring David Boyce on sax.
Then we’ll open things up to our many talented friends in the local jazz scene.
Come on down and find out who will be playing!
SF Offside is the creation of local jazz guitarist Alex Pinto and Laura Maguire, formerly curator of music activities at Viracocha…
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After the resounding success of the first ever San Francisco Offside Festival in May, we are working hard on our second annual festival. But you don’t have to wait till Memorial Day weekend to sample the best of the Bay Area’s innovative jazz scene. Coming in March, SF Offside presents three exciting shows at three different locations in the Bay Area, including (for the first time!) an Oakland show.
2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Eric Garland’s Hodge Podge Ensemble + Marcus Stephens’ Markstep Trio
$10-20 sliding scale
800 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Aram Shelton’s Golden Age
1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Alex Pinto Trio + Roger Kim’s First Day
$5-20 sliding scale
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