Update from BISS

08 May 2024

BISS List 5.8.24: Spotlight on Afrolicious (5.18) + Best of BISS this Week

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing BISS List Moms!

This week, I am sticking close to my home office as I prepare to head off to work at The Golden Road Gathering taking place next weekend, May 17th-19th in Placerville. Spreadsheet frenzy, bag & bin packing, and a dive into my storage unit await me. Time is ticking, so let’s dive right in!

Musical Moments from Last Week: Before we jump into jams of this week, let’s take a moment to share the good vibes from last week’s shows! Did you witness an epic guitar solo? Feel the dance floor erupt? Tell us about it! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook (@bisslist) or shoot us an email (biss@bisslist.com) – your musical memories fuel our collective groove!

Here are just two of my highlights…

  • 5/1  Violent Femmes @ The Warfield * FB Pics & Vids * IG Reel *
  • 5/2 John Popper w/ Scott Guberman @ Forest Fete at GGClub * FB Pics & Vids * IG Reel *
  • 5/3 And as a bonus highlight, we have a Special Review & Photos from Gabriel Barkin, Straight from the Bayou Rendezvous in NOLA last week! We’re so excited to share these AMAZING photos of a night with a ridiculous lineup featuring The New Orleans All-Stars (Johnny Vidacovich, John “Papa” Gros, Papa Mal, Terence Higgins, June Yamagishi, Kevin Scott), Cool Cool Cool, The Rumble, Adam Deitch, Good Enough for Good Times (Rob Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Joe Ashlar, Simon Lott), Robert Walter, Simon Lott, Reed Mathis, Will Bernard, Sgt. Splendor (Kate Vargas, Eric McFadden, Norwood Fisher, Terence Higgins, Stephen Perkins), Wil Blades, Ari Teitel, Jamison Ross, and Sunshine Breakfast Jam (Kevin Scott, Eddie Christmas, CR Gruver + Lantz Lazwell) * Check out The BISS List Review *

Lucky Winners for Mill Valley Music Festival (5/11-5/12): Congrats to our winners Chris & Dee-Ann who each won a pair of tickets for both days! I am super excited for this event and hope to make it for both full days! Musical tastes of all types will be on full display at Mill Valley Music Festival, from indie rock to soul-filled blues to folk, Americana. Thank you to all who participated in this contest. Hope to see you there.

Lucky Winners for Golden Road Gathering (5/17-5/19): This has been a really really fun contest! Thank you to everyone who participated. Congrats to our final winner of a pair of GA tickets, Walt! Congrats to last week’s winner, Nathan. And a huge congrats to our VIP winner Sarah! I look forward to seeing you all next week at Golden Road Gathering! This premier spring music festival promises a lineup of headliners, up-and-coming bands, and everything in between. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking to discover new sounds, the Golden Road Gathering has something for everyone.

Upcoming Musical Adventures: What’s on your live music radar this week? With our Best of BISS recommendations, the options are endless! Feel free to chart your course and let the melodies guide you.

Here’s a glimpse into my own ambitious agenda: 

As always, check out the Win Tickets page and don’t forget there is always more on the Full Calendar.

But wait there’s more! Check out this week’s song selection, “C’est Si Bon” by Say She She, in the #ListenToThis section below.

A Quick Heads Up: If you haven’t already figured it out, I’ll be away next week for Golden Road Gathering and likely in re-entry mode the week after. But fear not! My dear friend & Social Media Maven, Ms. Jenni will be getting BISS out to you in my absence. And everyone’s friend Phillip will be taking care of the contests and calendar. Be nice to them while I’m gone! Until then, let the rhythm carry you, immerse yourself in uncharted melodies, and sense the music blending in flawless harmony. Looking forward to catching up on all the Golden Road Gathering fun with you in a few weeks.

~Pamela aka Miss BISS




May 18th @ Boom Boom Room

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The genuine passion, love, funk and energy at an Afrolicious event is something folks feel during and long after the event itself. It is a kind of feeling one wants to go out and spread around because it feels so good! This collective transcends continents and genres, fusing infectious grooves with electrifying live performances. Imagine a vibrant tapestry woven from Afrobeat, funk, reggae, and global rhythms, where classics are seamlessly blended with original creations. Whether you’re a seasoned music globetrotter or a curious newcomer, Afrolicious promises an immersive journey that ignites your senses and moves your soul.

These days the members of Afrolicious are spread out in Kansas City, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Austin. They hope to continue coming back to SF and the Bay to do their thang regularly, but it takes more to make it happen these days — make sure to take any opportunity to catch them when you can!!



Locomotion Festival
ft 3 Nights of The String Cheese Incident

Aug 2nd – 4th @ Roaring Camp

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All aboard for the Locomotion Festival! Three great days of music and joy. Featuring three nights and six sets of The String Cheese Incident — plus Railroad Earth, ALO, Dirtwire, Brokedown in Bakersfield, Midnight North, Hot Buttered Rum, Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters, and more! Held at the historic Roaring Camp Railway Park in the foothills of Santa Cruz. In addition to the incredible music, there will be train rides, art vendors, camping, food & libations. Come on out to Felton where the Redwoods meet the Sea. Three and single day tickets are available now. And you can enter to win a pair of three day passes from the BISS List ~ remember that Quality & Quantity of shares will increase your chances to win!

*Check out all of our Featured Shows.



Listen to “C’est Si Bon” by Say She She, from the album Silver (Released 2023)

Say She She is a female-fronted force serving up a potent blend of disco and 70s funk, seasoned with a dash of modern flair. Led by the powerhouse vocals of Piya Malik, Sabrina Mileo Cunningham, and Nya Gazelle Brown, all classically trained singers, the group delivers a sound, self-described as “discodelic soul.”

“C’est Si Bon” is a vibrant dance anthem that throws a disco party across continents and eras, taking you from a Parisian street fair to a glamorous 90s LA mall, all dipped in the cool of 70s New York and the glitter of London nightlife. We spoke with vocalist Piya Malik and she told us that the song is “our discodelic love letter to the global dance floor.  Seize the day, let’s work hard and play hard…and make our time count!”

You can catch Say She She live at BottleRock festival in Napa on 5/24th, The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on 5/25, and HopMonk Tavern Novato on 5/27.

Why should you “Listen to This”? – BISS (Because I Said So). Check out the complete Spotify playlist with all weekly songs! #moretocome

*Got some new music we should listen to? Submit it for review!



05/08 6Roses ft Michael Cavaseno, David Boyce @ Madrone

05/09 Yellowman + DJ Spleece @ Moe’s Alley

05/09 Get Off Your Brass ft. Brass Bands (No Cover) @ Boom Boom Room

05/09 Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Warfield

05/09 SF is Dead Allstars ~ *Phil Lesh Afterparty* + SmokeDaddies, West Grand Brass Band  Win Tickets

05/09 SF Jazz Gala 2024 After Party ft Dumpstaphunk, John Michael Rouchell, Jane Monheit, DJ Soul Sister & more! @ SF Jazz

05/10 AJ Lee & Blue Summit @ HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol

05/10 Smoked Out Soul: The 510 Spring Fling! @ Ivy Room  Win Tickets

05/10 Marcus King @ The Masonic

05/10 Bob Schneider, Fastest Land Animal @ The Independent

05/10 Big Mountain w/ DJ Sep @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets

05/10 The China Dolls ft. Jon Chi & Jen Rund @ Peri’s

05/11 El Radio Fantastique w/ Milk for the Angry @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets

05/11 The SticklerPhonics ft. Scott Amendola + The Jim & Joe Show. ft Jim Campilongo, Joe Gore @ Hopmonk Tavern Novato

05/11 AJ Lee & Blue Summit w/ Never Come Down @ Moe’s Alley

05/11 Mill Valley Music Festival (Day 1) ft Fleet Foxes, Thee Sacred Souls, Fruit Bats, Danielle Ponder, Asher Belsky & MORE! @ Friends Field  Win Tickets

05/11 Litty Debungus, Floratura, The Mad Archaic @ Elbo Room Jack London

05/11 Gitkin (Brian J of Pimps Of Joytime) w/ Tony Glaser and the Party + The Grease Traps @ Ivy Room  Win Tickets

05/11 Mill Valley Music Festival (Day 2) ft Greensky Bluegrass, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Margo Price, Eric Lindell, Rebirth Brass Band & MORE! @ Friends Field  Win Tickets

05/12 Orchestra Gold w/ Makuru @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets
05/12 The High Hawks @ Moe’s Alley

05/12 Joe Marcinek Band @ Peri’s

05/14 John Craigie performs The Beatles “Lonely Rubber Soul” (Three Nights) @ Hopmonk Tavern Novato

05/15 Sons of Champlin w/ Bill Champlin @ Yoshi’s Oakland

05/15 John Craigie performs The Beatles “Lonely Rubber Soul” (Three Nights) @ Hopmonk Tavern Novato

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

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