Go Van Gogh at Madrone Art Bar Wednesday 11 February 10pm-12am

January 30, 2015
oh my GVG at Madrone Art Bar 2/11/2015

oh my GVG at Madrone Art Bar 2/11/2015

The recording has started, and going well straight out the gate, but things are going to take a while. There is a lot of new material to work through, consequently Go Van Gogh will not be playing many shows until this next release is ready to promote.

And, with so much new material, a number of older numbers will no longer be added to set lists, so our show at Madrone Art Bar Wednesday February 11th (10pm-12am) may very well be your last chance to hear some of your current favorites.

Just saying!!!!

The deet’s

Who Go Van Gogh
Where Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St, SF
When Wednesday February 11th from 10pm to 12am
What 2 sets of dance music you can listen to
Why Cause its fun

For the social media mavens, feel free to join our facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/643941309051472

Our latest LP “Now We Know” is available for free streaming or purchasable as a download through our web page, or at http://govangogh.bandcamp.com/

Just a little rehearsal clip of a nicely stretched out and relaxed Go Van Gogh. The tune “soulstice stripper” comes out of our fond memories from backing up Margo Slinger’s Burlesque troop, way back in the Odeon Bar days. Though we only wrote it early this year.
The usual crew is in the house (or studio in this case) of Connie, Rick, Brad, Jesse, Jesse, Jason, and Joe. Hope you love it.

The Mission In Revolt Tour

December 21, 2014
Mission in revolt

Mission in revolt

Somethings cooking in the Mission down at the Revolution Cafe. Local bands from the neighborhood have been coming together, bringing a variety of blends of Cumbia, Surf, Ska, Jazz,Classical, Rock, and other rich recipes of international and American sounds.

In order to spread the word, and increase the enjoyment, we are taking a handful of these bands out onto the road, to show our pals around the bay what heating up in our neighborhood.

Unlike the the carpetbagger hierarchical world that San Francisco is becoming, the Mission Internationalist Underground does not believe in headliners or openers. So no matter when a band is on the bill, its equal billing all around. So come early, and stay late, as you wont want to miss a note.

starting off the night we have Pickpocket Ensemble (http://pickpocketensemble.com/). Here is what they have to say about themselves. “From the street corner to the concert hall, the Pickpocket Ensemble create a contemporary chamber cafe music that moves both body and soul. To listen to the Pickpocket Ensemble create is to embark on a journey. Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the music of the Pickpocket Ensemble create remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate and ongoing conversation.”

Sandwiched mid show, Go Van Gogh (http://govangogh.net/) will provide plenty of meat and mustard to satisfy the dancing and listening public. Playing hot, fast, and loose with an ocean liners worth of musical flavors, Go Van Gogh takes classic Americana, mixes it with Ethiopian melodies, Afro Cuban rhythms, Bakersfield twang, Balkan brass, and whatever falls to hand

Of course we need a dance band as the night’s dessert, to send you all off hot and happy. Pangea Futbal Club (http://www.reverbnation.com/pangeafc) fits the bill perfectly, bringing music and people from around the world to dance to one festive heartbeat. Pangea FC was born from a group of guys from Argentina, Italy, Turkey, Madagascar, Iran, Cuba, and the Bay Area who share a passion for soccer and music. With a latin euro middle eastern hybrid sound, infectious beats, and super lively performance style, PFC will kick out your jams, leaving you at nights end, happy and dancing your way all the way back home.

$7 adv $10 door

For the social media mavens, feel free to join our facebook event at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1965407296931587

Our latest LP “Now We Know” is available for free streaming or purchasable as a download through our web page, or at http://govangogh.bandcamp.com/

Just a little rehearsal clip of a nicely stretched out and relaxed Go Van Gogh. The tune “soulstice stripper” comes out of our fond memories from backing up Margo Slinger’s Burlesque troop, way back in the Odeon Bar days. Though we only wrote it early this year.
The usual crew is in the house (or studio in this case) of Connie, Rick, Brad, Jesse, Jesse, Jason, and Joe. Hope you love it.

Hope to see you at the show.

Its a wonderful life with Go Van Gogh, Saturday 12.20 at Revolution 9pm

December 16, 2014

12.20.2014.revolutionAs we creep day by day, closer and closer to the big C. Chanukah tonight for some of us, followed soon by the Winter Solstice on Sunday, culminating on December 25th in “Consumer Day” , there is one date we really need to keep in our sites, as it is the pinnacle of American emotionalism concerning this holiday season. Of course I am alluding to that joyous day in 1946, on the 20th of December when “Its a Wonderful Life” was released.

This Frank Capra paean to the primacy of love and community over evil and avarice, so artfully told in the splendors of soft to stark black and white, fills this Bobo’s heart with warmth and wonder. So to celebrate this amazing accomplishment of human vivacity, Go Van Gogh will be quoting their favorite lines from the film throughout their 3 sets this coming December 20th at their home away from home, the fabulous Revolution Café.

So the details as they are

Who     Go Van Gogh
When   This Saturday December 20th from 9pm to past Midnight
Where  Revolution 3248 22nd St, SF
What    3 sets of music and frolic
Why     Because it really is a wonderful life

For the socially cyberly augmented, please join our facebook event linked below

https://www.facebook.com/events/653330748109745

Today’s poster is just plain silly

Our latest LP “Now We Know” is available for free streaming or purchasable as a download through our web page, or at http://govangogh.bandcamp.com/

Here is a link to a video of GVG live, edited by our very own Brad Bechtel.

Hope to see you at the show.

3 smokin hot bands from the Mission Internationalist Underground @ The Ivy Room 12.06.2014

November 20, 2014

12.06.2014.IvyRoom.6Somethings cooking in the Mission down at the Revolution Cafe. Local bands from the neighborhood have been coming together, bringing a variety of blends of Cumbia, Surf, Ska, Jazz,Classical, Rock, and other rich recipes of international and American sounds.

In order to spread the word, and increase the enjoyment, we are taking a handful of these bands out onto the road, to show our pals around the bay what heating up in our neighborhood.

Unlike the the carpetbagger hierarchical world that San Francisco is becoming, the Mission Internationalist Underground does not believe in headliners or openers. So no matter when a band is on the bill, its equal billing all around. So come early, and stay late, as you wont want to miss a note.

starting off the night we have Pickpocket Ensemble (http://pickpocketensemble.com/). Here is what they have to say about themselves. “From the street corner to the concert hall, the Pickpocket Ensemble create a contemporary chamber cafe music that moves both body and soul. To listen to the Pickpocket Ensemble create is to embark on a journey. Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the music of the Pickpocket Ensemble create remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate and ongoing conversation.”

Sandwiched mid show, Go Van Gogh (http://govangogh.net/) will provide plenty of meat and mustard to satisfy the dancing and listening public. Playing hot, fast, and loose with an ocean liners worth of musical flavors, Go Van Gogh takes classic Americana, mixes it with Ethiopian melodies, Afro Cuban rhythms, Bakersfield twang, Balkan brass, and whatever falls to hand

Of course we need a dance band as the night’s dessert, to send you all off hot and happy. Los Nadies (http://losnadies.com/) fits the bill perfectly, bringing a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. Their unique blend of rock, nueva trova, South American folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms follows and expands on the tradition of celebration and protest put forth by musicians like Silvio Rodríguez, Manu Chao, and Santana.

Los Nadies http://losnadies.com/
Go Van Gogh http://govangogh.net/
Pickpocket Ensemble http://pickpocketensemble.com/

For the social media oriented, join this event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/1478621152403915/

The Mission comes to NOPA. Go Van Gogh @ Madrone Art Bar Weds November 19th 10pm – Midnight

October 23, 2014

11.19.2014.madroneContrary to the hype, somethings cooking in the Mission beside tech bro life. Music is breaking through the cracks in the sidewalk, and blooming into strange and beautiful expressions of a culture that even “that much money” cant kill.

Local bands from the neighborhood have been coming together, bringing a variety of blends of Cumbia, Surf, Ska, Jazz, Klezmerl, Rock, and other rich recipes of international and American sounds. In order to spread the word, and increase the enjoyment, we at the Mission Internationalist Underground are taking a handful of these bands out onto the road, to show our pals around the bay what heating up in our neighborhood.

Go Van Gogh is the prototype for this new musical movement. The unofficial house band of the Missions legendary Odeon Bar, they cut their teeth there on a 2 year weekly residency. Only to resurface 3 years ago at the irrepressibly innovative Revolution Café, where thy bounce the house every 3rd Saturday of the month. The band is the perfect ambassadors of the scene, with a sound described as the soundtrack for a middle eastern western with a Latin twist. Their Cumbia Ska Balkan hybrid is full of instrumental pyrotechnics, entertaining lyrics, delivered as beautiful vocals, along with wild antics, such as sax goddess Connie Walkershaw playing two horns at once.

So if you love to dance, and need a bit more “stick to your soul” in your dance music feast. If you party like you mean it, and want to experience a night that you wont soon forget (for all the right reasons), come on down Wednesday November 19th, ) from 10 pm to midnight.

Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St SF CA

For the social media oriented, join this event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/336004056580582/

Go Van Gogh overthrows the old musical regime @ Revolution Saturday 9.20.2014 9pm

September 19, 2014

09.20.2014.revolutionHey y’all,

As of this writing, Bobo is still missing, and we are starting to be concerned. He’s not a cat, whom we could have implanted a GPS chip into. So if anyone should hear of his comings or goings, please let us, his concerned band, know.

Onward to the business of the day, or in this case the business of this Saturday, September 20th, when Go Van Gogh will be performing from 9 to just past midnight at our favorite haunt Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St in SF.

Now I know we play here every month. Perhaps you think this event will continue on into eternity. But life is full of twists and turns. Bobo’s disappear, condos cost million of smackeroos, and Go Van Gogh might move on, under its own steam, or by more nefarious means.

So don’t assume, and don’t take one of the better entertainment resources in the city for granted. Just saying.

PLUS…..have you heard the band with our new trap drummer Jason Conn who absolutely kicks ass. I thought not. Don’t miss him, Grab the gusto.

PLUS PLUS….. It’s our Trombonist Rick Brown’s birthday. There will be cake, if you are in the know, and come to this show.

That’s all the blather I have for now.
For those who must have a social media fix, please join and share our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/1426107077609953/

Go Van Gogh is on a mission in the mission 8.16.14

July 20, 2014

Go Van Gogh returns for our 3rd Saturday each month residency at Revolution in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Revolution is at 3248 22nd St SF (@ Bartlett)

For those who must have a social media fix, please join and share our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/1503217863246913

Go Van Gogh Plays With Fire @ Revolution Sat July 19th 9PM

July 11, 2014

07.19.2014.revolutionWhile Go Van Gogh may have no Nero like figure, nor do we have any fiddlers left in our mix. But to commemorate that which was Rome, we salute the city that almost burned to the ground on July 19th, a mere 1950 years ago, Go Van Gogh will be playing with fire and chanting BURN BABY BURN for our 3rd Saturday residency show at Revolution (3248 22nd St in SF). Never short on pyrotechnics, expect this Go Van Gogh show to kindle a raging flame of love for our crazy balkan cumbia country western surfin ska mix.

Revolution is at 3248 22nd St SF (@ Bartlett)

For those who must have a social media fix, please join and share our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/454316141372136

Go Van Gogh’s Summer Time Round Up at The Old Western Sallon June 28th 9pm

June 11, 2014

06.28.2014.oldwesyernsaloonNo way are we celebrating the untimely demise of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie, who were assassinated in Sarajevo by Bosnia Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, on this date exactly 100 years ago.  That shit wont even fly for my twisted sense of marketing aplomb.  Beatles break ups are one thing, but starting world wars is quite another.

It was also a bad date for mass murder with chemical weapons, being the anniversary of Saddam’s gassing the Iranian town of Sardasht in 1987, and the Aum Shinrikyo cults sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway

We could get  some traction out of the Stonewall Riots, but  1969 has been cropping up all too frequently around my circle, so I would hate to be considered trendy, or as jumping on the band wagon.

So the hell with it. Every nights a party with Go Van Gogh, so lets celebrate Go Van Gogh’s return to the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station for a night of mid summer fun and frolic. Put on your dancing shoes, and welcome the changes that are afoot.

The Old Western Saloon
11201 state route 1. Point Reyes Station

Full bar, we start at 9pm.

For those who must have a social media fix, please join and share our facebook event  https://www.facebook.com/events/278058869043022

Go Van Gogh celebrates a talking mouse 5.31.14 at Revolution 9pm

May 8, 2014

05.31.2014.revolutionYes my dear readers, Go Van Gogh, San Francisco’s own hot band playing cool music, is helping out (picking up the slack for) our colleagues down in the south land. We will be doing what some great Los Angelino or amazing Orange County band band should be doing.

Celebrating the 85th anniversary of the talking mouse.

I can only be speaking of the great Mickey Mouse. Mickey appeared in The Karnival Kid, his first talkie, released May 31st 1929 . Not only did Mickey finally rise above mere whistling and guffaws, but The Karnival Kid lays all the ground work for what might be considered the first hip hop short. Check out Mickey rapping, scratching, and beat boxing in his first scene. This twisted tale from Walt’s ID, filled with psychedelic lunacy, builds to a grand finally of post modernist mayhem, where Mickey and his Cat buddies deconstruct Sweet Adeline. A rendition that would be at home in any Terry Riley or Steve Reich piece.

You can see The Karnival Kid in it’s entirety at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=605ArxuoVX8

This short (linked above) is not to be missed, nor should you miss the surprises in store at our 1 time only 5th Saturday Revolution show (back to every 3rd Saturday in June).

So Saturday May 31st, come on down to Revolution at 3248 22nd St in San Francisco. We will be rocking the house from 9 till past midnight. It’s free to come in, but you have to pay to leave.

JUST ADDED TO THIS SHOW, TWO MINI SETS BY BRIAN WOODBURY (solo) http://brianwoodbury.com . His mini’s go alongside our Mickey. It all works somehow someplace sometime.

For those who thrive on social media, please do join our facebook event, and invite anyone else you care to  https://www.facebook.com/events/288157861345908/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1447036902203284


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