SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian's



SF Live Arts
at Cyprian’s

formerly the
Noe Valley Music Series

2097 Turk Street
San Francisco 94115

Tel 415.454.5238

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  • Upcoming Events





    Saturday, January 10 8:00pm

    $25 door / $22 advance

    The legendary troubadour, two-time Grammy winner and direct link to Woody Guthrie and the first generation of American folk music, returns to start our concert year. A character based on Jack (Al Cody) was featured in the Coen Brothers movie, Finding Llewyn Davis.  Vikki Lee & Russ “The Muleskinner” Whitehead will open the evening.


    A Duo of Award-Winning Duos with




    Saturday, January 24 8:00pm

    $20 door / $17 advance

    The nucleus of Front Country, the award-winning young alt bluegrass band, Melody & Jacob truly shine as a duo.  With Melody’s thunderous-but-heartbreaking voice plus great harmonies and Jacob’s Grisman-like mandolin, their award-winning original songs exhibit great clarity & depth while their eclectic covers, ranging from Blondie to The Band are true crowd-pleasers.

    Young rising stars Molly Tuttle and John Mailander have combined amazing instrumental virtuosity with Molly’s expressive voice to capture features in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar Magazines plus two million you tube viewers!  Both graduates of Berklee College of Music in Boston, they play many different instruments and styles, while respecting their bluegrass, folk and contemporary influences.  Molly’s blazing flatpicking is reminiscent of James Nash and other guitar slingers.  In recent years she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition





    Saturday, January 31 8:00pm

    $20 door / $17 advance

    Hailing from Ashland, Oregon, Patchy Sanders is a six piece “family band” of multi-instrumentalists, whose sound has been described as noir-grass, neo-folk, neo-Americana, or simply Alternative. Influenced by the broader folk revival of the last 70+ years, the band’s three distinct songwriters draw upon diverse influences to bring forth a new, yet familiar sound.  “Great musicianship, harmonies, and feel… A really warm vibe that makes wherever you are standing, feel like the center of a Gypsy Caravan." –Mason Jennings
    With their new release, “Seven Hour Storm”, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around.  Both actors & musicians, Sam Misner & Megan Smith met while doing the show “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and most recently starred in a production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Their love of folk, roots and Americana creates a contemporary, yet timeless quality in their songs.   Each song is a story, a journey, a place, a time, an experience. There is nothing general in the songwriting, nothing vague. The imagery is sharp, and the lyrics plumb the depths of emotions with an ease and honesty that is personal and at the same time universal.


    Live, in concert CD recording!  

    DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN with Bob Beach
    plus Chris Ayer


    Saturday, February 7 8:00pm

    $20 door / $17 advance

    SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s is proud to present the superb blues-roots vocalist/guitarist DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN with harmonica virtuoso BOB BEACH recording a live, in concert CD.

    David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon, as well as his clear, powerful voice.  His music moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties him to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.  He has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot and Blues to Bop in Switzerland and has toured with Boz Scaggs, Etta James & Lucinda Williams.

    “David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster.  But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes… his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom.”  -Guitar Player           

    Opening the show & also performing with David & Bob is vocalist/guitarist Chris Ayer


    Doors open 25 minutes before the concert. And, YES! There is free parking!


    Coming up…


    Sat Jan 31, 8PM  -  PATCHY SANDERS, MISNER & SMITH     $17adv/$20door  



    About SF Live Arts

    Presented by Larry Kassin since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….

    Located at St. Cyprian’s Church, the series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.

    In the News…

    Noe Valley series' new home has familiar vibe

    Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011

    The Music Man

    Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006