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$18.00 – General Admission (Advance)
$20.00 – General Admission (Door)
*plus applicable service fees
Tickets available at The Independent box office (628 Divisadero, SF) with no service charge.
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Sweet Plot is an independent funk rock music group from San Francisco, California. The band’s genesis began in 2011 at Don’s home studio in the Sunset after a late night jam session turned into an epiphany and everyone in the room realized that there was a greater purpose at stake: to bring funky and danceable party music to the masses. From this humble beginning, the group began to gig relentlessly around the Bay Area music scene while cultivating an evolving cast of dedicated musicians, friends, and artists who have gracefully joined along the way.
With little more than a shoestring budget, Sweet Plot mixed, mastered, and produced their first EP release titled Interstate Plot in 2015. Interstate Plot contains some of the early cornerstones of Sweet Plot’s live set, such as the rock anthem, “Fields of Green.” The name of the EP came from a notorious Spring Break RV tour that took the band all the way from San Francisco up to British Columbia, Canada.
In 2016, the group independently released its first studio album titled: California Feeling. Some songs, such as “Saturday” and “Jesse James” drew heavily from the group’s earlier Rock and Blues influences. In other funk-driven songs, like “Greenbacks,” you will also hear that the lyrical content and themes of their music offers an imaginative and refreshing look at 21st-century social issues. In 2017, Sweet Plot followed up California Feeling with their second independently released album aptly titled The Plot Thickens. The Plot Thickens showcases the band’s ability to utilize the studio as an instrument to achieve a new type of sound. The second album’s experimental nature offered the band a new level of flexibility when adding in layers of horns, percussion, synthesizers, and audio EFX. Still, the group remained true to their friendly, down to earth and indie roots with the album’s closing tune reminding us that that everybody’s just gotta’ “Tell it Like it Is.”
Sweet Plot’s infectious movement energizes and connects with the audience which makes the show bigger than just the band itself. Their emotions, values, and attitude are truly authentic to the city of San Francisco, and they are genuine people who wish to give back to the community. Behind the group’s upbeat music and thoughtful lyrics is a dedicated family of musicians and artists working together with the single goal of creating connection in our world through music.
It’s time to stretch, hydrate, and double-knot your dancing shoes, because The Bay Area’s favorite soul party band, Midtown Social, is back with their first full-length release. Midtown Social’s freshly squeezed blend of California soul, funk, and rock is downright irresistible. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. But it’s more than just a band. Together, these nine musicians are a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. When they’re on stage, they invite you into the family.
The Midtown mission is to spread the message of positive social change through art and music. As rates of eviction and homelessness soared due to technology-driven corporate gentrification across the Bay Area, Midtown Social began hosting charitable fundraisers following the release of their debut EP Down On Sixth, including one for the Homeless Youth Alliance.
With San Francisco and Oakland flush with tech money but wracked by police violence and deepening social tensions, the band decided their next release should stand as a voice for the people. Midtown Social documents the struggle to make art in a city and a society divided against itself. The record is inspired by the determination to push onward: Midtown Social serves up food for hungry souls—fuel for a revolution of free, open and creative thought.
Written and recorded as the Bay Area artistic community continued its exodus amid evictions and club closures, Midtown Social speaks with the voices of a generation that understands the power and beauty of its diversity. Each track represents a sound or aesthetic representative of that community by drawing upon the colorful musical impulses that compose it.
Recorded at John Vanderslice’s magical, all-analog Tiny Telephone in Oakland with engineer Jamie Riotto, the record captures Midtown Social’s raw live sound without any unnecessary ornamentation.
Deeply inspiring and guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think, Midtown Social presents a message of solidarity and hope, voiced by a community of people who are as diverse, bold, authentic, and vulnerable as the community in which they were forged. Midtown Social asks us all to come together, to find common ground, love and camaraderie, to fight for our communities, way of life, and rights—and to stand together as one.