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| NOW | Cass McCombs Tickets on Sale

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03-04 Washington, DC – Union Stage
03-05 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03-07 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Theatre
03-08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-09 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
03-15 Indianapolis, IN – HiFi
03-16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
03-18 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03-20 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
03-23 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
03-26 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
03-27 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
03-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
04-05 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

| Save the Date | Skiffle Players Piffle Sayers July 20

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Out July 20. PreOrder here.

Supergroup, side project, high-school-garage-band-of-brothers-from-other-mothers, whatever you wanna call it, the band formed to play a one off show in Big Sur and had so much fun they’re still at it. On guitar, Neal Casal (Circles around the Sun) sticks mostly to the acoustic allowing his elegant affinity towards melodic craft to shine. Cass McCombs’ guitar wizardry and acclaimed compositions are at their peak, and his raw, mostly first take vocals bring the core of the song to the forefront. And when you ask yourself – “What the hell was that sound I just heard!?” – it was probably Farmer Dave, the official leader and founder of the band, his keyboard/lap steel/harmonium work is the glue that holds the flotsam together. Dan Horne’s bass (Circles around the Sun) and Aaron Sperske’s percussion (Beachwood Sparks) are so intertwined it sounds like each of them are both playing drums and bass at the same time.

After the instant classic and record store rare find “SKIFFLIN’” (2015), The Skiffle Players are ready to release two new works. On July 20th, the “PIFFLE SAYERS” EP. The “PIFFLE SAYERS” EP is made up of a few gems from the SKIFFLIN’ sessions, a can be considered a companion piece to their debut LP. This foreshadows the release of a new full length album scheduled for this fall.

STORY OF THE SKIFFLE PLAYERS.

Once upon a time, Mollusk Surf shop asked Farmer Dave Scher to put together a band for a concert in Big Sur. Thus the Skiffle Players were born, selected from both Californias – Northern (Cass, Dan) and Southern (Dave and Aaron) plus a New Jersey transplant to Ventura County (Neal) – each meeting at the metaphorical heart of the state, the mythical SUR. The origin concept of the band was to create a new folk fabric from the ashes of tradition – whatever the ashes of tradition means to you.

WHAT IS SKIFFLE?

A matter of debate. Although The Skiffle Players approach the definition as, broadly, ‘street music’. Busking. Singing for one’s supper. Entertaining the passers-by. Make em dance all the way home. The term may have its origin in Memphis jug band music of the 20s. It seems to have emigrated to England with the US soldiers during WW2, and was taken up by a new generation, beginning with Lonnie Donegan, ending with The Quarrymen aka The Beatles. The term then somewhat disappeared.

SO, THEN, WHAT IS WEST COAST SKIFFLE?

The Skiffle Players are the very ash to explore that question. From the beginning, no rules. No song off-limits. Everybody sings. No idea is silly enough, for sometimes the absurd is the very device for a cataclysmic rift in the fabric of sound. Of course, it can also end in hilarious catastrophe, and often does – a necessary, cosmic comedic consequence to this fearless approach. Like Kurt Vonnegut and Bo Diddley sharing a surfboard, something interesting is going to happen.

Personnel:

Neal Casal
Dan Horne
Cass McCombs
Farmer Dave Scher
Aaron Sperske

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releases July 20, 2018

| Save the date | Benefit for Keep Families Together July 5 in SF

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Keep Families Together

Charities we will be donating to:

KIND ​​- ​(Kids In Need of Defense) ​works to ensure that ​children​ do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests​, including reuniting them legally with their family​.

RAICES – the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families

Al Otro Lado – a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.

Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights – works to protect children from harsh immigration laws and recently announced a project specifically dedicated to helping children separated from their parents at the border.

Boder Angels – California-based volunteer organization. Its primary efforts focus on tackling immigration reform and promoting social justice at the US-Mexican border.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – represents families crossing the border and connects them with support systems they wouldn’t normally be able to access.

Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com

| SSWTR & Friends | The Leakers at SF Eagle June 14

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https://www.facebook.com/events/453114485144633/
THE LEAKERS are a new music project featuring:
Sonny Smith
Cass McCombs
Sami Perez (The She’s)
Ava Lynch (Sonny & The Sunsets)
Meg Webb
Doug HilsingerAll new songs! SF debut show!COOL GHOULS are effing RAD!!https://www.facebook.com/coolghouls/
https://www.facebook.com/sonnysunsets/
https://www.facebook.com/CassMcCombs/
https://www.facebook.com/theshesmusic/

| SSWTR & Friends | Cass McCombs Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk

Sunday Reading.

Wave A Flag For Harvey Milk, is such a treat to see. Greg still has the creative and unique perspective that I have always known him to posses since the first days that I spent becoming his friend.”
Wave A Flag For Harvey Milk 
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is a sing-along coloring book that introduces young children to the inspiring life of the late, great Harvey Milk.
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Each book contains a link to download Mr. Greg and Cass McCombs’ recording of the song Wave A Flag ForHarvey Milk.
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“Each year, my preschool class in San Francisco leads an assembly in honor of Harvey Milk. After searching fruitlessly for an age appropriate book or song about Harvey Milk to share with my preschoolers, I decided to write and illustrate one myself. I wrote Wave A Flag ForHarvey Milk as a way to introduce the preschoolers to the positive things that Harvey Milk did for San Franciscans in particular, and the LGBT community at large. The words of the book are the lyrics to an accompanying song that I sing with my students.” -Mr. Greg #cassmccombs #harveymilk #mrgreg
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$10 to purchase