Jay Trainer Band

Spirit Vibrations Presents

Jay Trainer Band

Segue, Jeff Zittrain Band

Thu, July 19, 2012

7:00 pm

Red Devil Lounge

$5.00 - $8.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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Jay Trainer Band
Jay Trainer Band
Trainer combines thick, prolific guitar riffs and stark lyricism, while drawing on the traditions of funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia to craft a modern classic. The singer/songwriter possesses a unique ability to effortlessly negotiate tone and volume, moving from a quiet, almost jazzy timbre to a booming thunder at any given moment. The effect calls to mind the masters of several genres of rock music.

To achieve this, Trainer pulls from his roots: blues revivalists, folksy protest songs, classic songwriters and classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. But the aspect that grabs both music lovers and critics is the additional elements ranging from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper, Chris Whitley and Joe Bonamassa. His unique combination of genre-defying compositions and free-form jams have been causing a stir in the local Bay Area scene over the past 3 years.

Having recently shared the stage with national acts including North Mississippi All Stars, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts, Robert Walter's 20th Congress (founding member of The Greyboy Allstars), Eric McFadden (former touring member of George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars), Cowboy Mouth and Vinyl, Jay Trainer has created a new foothold in the West Coast music scene with a rare combination of infectious backbeats and guitar driven grooves.

Of course, the live show is what Trainer is known for. His performances are raw, personal and uninhibited. It is clear from his latest release, Of The Sun, that he has brought this same energy to the studio. Tracks like "By Cover Of A Great Lie" and "Of The Sun" capture the emotion and expression of his live performance. The tracks "Better To Breathe" and "Even More" show Trainer's ability to use the studio like an additional member of the band. A veteran of countless recording sessions, his "get it in the first take" approach has paid off and is bringing back a great sense of honesty to Rock 'n' Roll.

"Jay Trainer performs with a raw intensity that took me back to the classic rock days...His guitar playing is some of the best out there - a must see!"
- David Ferraris, Indie Reviews

Additional Info:
Jay Trainer is a founder and active member of Artful Change, a social action network that uses the power of art and music to help raise awareness for environmental causes. www.Artfulchange.org is run by Trainer and several local Bay Area artists from San Francisco who are working closely with several local environmental non profits on issues such as sustainable living, global warming and wildlife conservation.
Segue (pronounced SEG-way) is an American rock band that formed in San Rafael, California in 1994. The band’s current line-up consists of Justin Achziger (lead vocals), Ralph Barsi (drums), Mark Fassler (bass), Stefan Mayo (guitar, harmonica), and Bill Taylor (guitar).
Jeff Zittrain Band
Jeff Zittrain Band
"To understand Jeff Zittrain you have to understand his roots. He grew up in Pittsburgh, home of the rough and tumble Steelers, listening to the sounds of Blue Oyster Cult, The Who and The Doors. Then along came the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Band...and Zittrain went on the road. Along the way he met T.S. Eliot, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. He followed the Dead into the Rockies, left his body and went jumping for joy with “The Mighty Quinn”, and hit the ground running in the promised land - San Francisco.

There Zittrain began shaping his ragged, psychedelic and soulful rock and roll sound. Blending his gritty roots with poetic lyricism and improvisational inspiration he performed with the alt-country rockers Absent Iris, the jamband Shirking Violet, the roots rockers Personal Demons and the genre-bending power trio Famous Last Words (FLW). As the primary songwriter in FLW he released two critically acclaimed albums, garnering an All Music Guide 4 Stars and a CD Baby Editors Pick as well as features and reviews in Relix Magazine, Hittin’ The Note, An Honest Tune, HearMusic, West Coast Performer Magazine and KyndMusic, a song on NBC TV and a streaming slot on The Rex Foundation website.

But Jeff Zittrain is not content to rest on his laurels. Stepping out as a solo artist with the Z-Trane Electric Band, he has taken his expansive and raw music to the next level. The response has been incredible.

In the first 9 months of 2007 Zittrain was invited to perform as a featured artist at:

Neil Young Living With War Hootenany
The San Francisco Folk Festival
The British Invasion Showcase
The prestigious Music & Dance Collaboration Project, where he graced the program’s cover
In the midst of all that excitement Zittrain, who's shared a bill with Steve Kimock, Carlos Santana, Mike Gordon, Leo Kottke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, Derek Trucks and Eliza Gilkyson, has continued playing select shows throughout the Bay Area with the Z-Trane Band and side project Flaming Telepaths "the thinking person's psychedelic Blue Oyster Cult jam band." He is represented by Spirit Vibrations Booking in CA and KyndManagement out of Washington D.C..

As 2010 races into winter Zittrain is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming live album. Recorded over three nights in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA it promises to highlight classics and introduce new material to his ever growing legion of fans."
Venue Information:
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109