Update from BISS

09 March 2023

BISS List 3.9.23: Golden Road Gathering (5.12-5.14) + Best of BISS this Week

Greetings & Salutations BISS Listers!

#LastWeekend, Galactic played two full nights at the Fillmore, and I was lucky to attend both shows. Both nights were followed by epic funky jams going late into the night. Friday night @ BBR we got down with Oakadelic with special guest Robyn Jackson. Saturday, the late set at Boom Boom Room was on fire with Lantz Lazwell and the Vibe Tribe featuring Lady Chi + special guest Kelly Costello! It was amazing and yes I am biased but for good reason!

#ThisWeekend, there are so many great shows to see that you will not be able to choose just one. Tonight,Thursday, I would probably go to North Miss at Sweetwater if it wasn’t sold out (+ I do have another chance on Friday in the city).  It would be great if I could be in five places at the same time onFriday so that I could attend North Miss @ The Indy, China Dolls Empowered @ Ashkenaz (*WIN*), Lyrics Born at SWMH (*WIN*), & Soul Ska, Angelo Moore, & Beso Negro @ The Chapel (*WIN*), & Fix Up, Look Sharp with my friends DangerAte at Drop 84 in Berkeley (*WIN*). Saturday, I am torn between my friends Minglewood Boys at Finnegans Wake right here in the city vs. my boys Monophonics playing at Sweetwater (*WIN*). As always, check out the Best of BISS section and Win Tickets page. And don’t forget there is always more on the Full Calendar.

#MarkYourCalendar for Golden Road Gathering coming up in May! More on this amazing festival below…

But wait, there’s more! Be sure that you check out this week’s Listen To This with ‘More To Learn” by Swatkins featuring Eric Krasno & Allen Stone!

~ Pamela aka Miss BISS



The Golden Road Gathering

May 12-14 @ El Dorado County Fairgrounds

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Golden Road Gathering is Northern California’s premier funk and soul festival! Featuring 3 days of music with 30 bands on 3 stages, family friendly, camping, kids zone, craft vendors, food vendors, yoga, heath and wellness workshops. There’s something for everyone. Located at the El Dorado County Fair and Event Center in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, the Golden Road Gathering is sure to be a good time for all who attend.

Lineup for this first inaugural year, includes California Honeydrops, Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew Remain in Light, The Floozies, Melvin Seals & JGB w/ John Kadlecik, Dirtwire, Orgone, March Fourth, Five Alarm Funk, Cool Cool Cool, Scott Pemberton, Boot Juice, GrooveSession, Smoked Out Soul, Ideateam, + more. With multiple stages, craft vendors, camping, RV camping, Kids Zone, craft beer, and late night shows (included in the cost of a multi-day pass!).

And we’ve got a big giveaway for this one – a pair of Golden Ticket VIP packages. This is a full VIP package (!!) so this will require a little extra effort on your part to win. You all have one full month before we pick our winner to spread the word about this festival in as many places and as many times as you can, be sure to tag the festival and at least three of your fave bands in your posts, shares, emails & texts. Quality & Quantity of shares will increase your chances to WIN! Enter via the form or email biss@bisslist.com to let us know each time you share.

***Check out all of our Featured Shows.



Listen to “More to Learn” by Swatkins from his album, Friends & Other Necessities. Swatkins composed the original seed idea for this song at a studio retreat in Cabo San Lucas with Eric Krasno and Allen Stone. Years later, they revived and reworked the idea with Jans Ingber and his daughter Wren. The album version was then recorded at Jackpot! back in Portland with the best damn band in the land.  A song for friends, celebrating our differences.

Check out Swatkins when he comes to town to play in the band Scary Pockets at The Fillmore on 3/24.

Why should you “Listen to This”? – BISS (Because I Said So).  
*Got some new music we should listen to? Submit it for review!



03/09 Pokey Lafarge @ The Guild Theatre  Win Tickets

03/09 An Evening with North Mississippi Allstars @ Sweetwater Music Hall

03/09 Get Off Your Brass: West Grand Brass Band, Miss Hits @ Boom Boom Room

03/10 (((folkYEAH!))) Presents Soul Ska, Angelo Moore, Beso Negro @ The Chapel  Win Tickets

03/10 An Evening with North Mississippi Allstars @ The Independent

03/10 China Dolls & Women Empowered Dead:  Anna Elva, Elliott Peck, Sunshine F Becker, Jen Rund andRichelle Scales Neely with Matthew Hartle+ Special Guests: Pamela Parker, Cheryl Rucker, Jeannette Ferber and more @ AshkenazWIN TICKETS

03/10 Fix Up, Look Sharp: Berkeley Edition ft. Lil Flower Nasti with DangerAte, Z-Man, Vocab Slick, True Justice and Total Devastation @ Drop 84  Win Tickets

03/10 Lyrics Born w/ Lespecial @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets

03/10  Chill Clinton + Super Greens @ Boom Boom Room  Win Tickets

03/11 An Evening with North Mississippi Allstars @ Felton Music Hall

03/11 San Geronimo @ Peri’s

03/11 Monophonics @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets

03/11 The MingleWood Boys (No Cover) @ Finnegan Wake

03/11 Oscar Myers STEPPIN (“James Brown Funk”) + Special Guests @ Boom Boom Room  Win Tickets

03/12 Mark Karan’s Buds @ Rancho Nicasio  Win Tickets

03/15 (((folkyeah!))) presents Titus Andronicus on The Chapel’s Outdoor Stage, Country Westerns @ The Chapel  Win Tickets

03/15 G. Love & Special Sauce, Nat Myers @ Great American Music Hall

03/15 Soul Mechanix @ Yoshi’s Oakland


Want more shows from BISS?
Check out the Best of BISS & BISS Full Calendar.