Update from BISS

15 May 2024

BISS List 5.15.24: Spotlight on High Sierra Music Fest (4.4-4.7) + Best of BISS this Week

Hello BISS Listers 🙂

Jenni here while Pamela is en route to Golden Road Gathering. Let’s dive right in!

Last Week in Photos: Have we mentioned how thrilled we are to have photographer Gabriel Barkin on the BISS team? I know we have — but it definitely bears repeating. We’ve got another on his reviews for you, this time supergroup The High Hawks at Hopmonk Tavern Novato, featuring members of Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Hard Working Americans, and other notable jam bands. We also used Gabe’s photos to create an IG reel of some great moments from Mill Valley Music Festival, and you can see even more of Gabe’s MVMF photos at Grateful Web. And as a bonus, we’ve got a review with an enormous gallery of photos from the 2nd weekend of NOLA Jazz Fest.

On to This Week: Don’t forget to consult the Best of BISS for a full list of options, but here’s a roadmap to get you started. For those of you who aren’t headed to Golden Road Gathering, you can still get a taste with Polyrhythmics (*WIN*) at Ivy Room on Thursday 5/16 before they make their way to GRG. Later that night head back over the bridge to get your free music fix with DangerAte at Boom Boom Room. Friday 5/17 you can catch Litty deBungus with Fourth Position at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. And Saturday 5/18 it’s all about Afrolicious (*WIN*) at Boom Boom Room.

Looking Ahead: Next Wednesday 5/22, I hope to see you at the Black Tie & Tye Dye Gala (*WIN*). I’m so excited for Bone Diggers (celebrating the music of Paul Simon) ft Reed Mathis, Lebo, Mookie Siegel, Steve Adams, and Scott Rager. I love Paul Simon and can’t wait to see their take on some of my faves. The BISS List is a sponsor of this event, and we are thrilled to work with HealthRight 360 who support thousands of low-income clients and people experiencing homelessness with nonjudgmental, compassionate health care.

Summer Plans: It’s that time of year, and though it might not feel like it so much now, we had some hot days last week to remind us that summer is approaching. Which means festival season! We’ve got a couple of festival spotlights for you below, keep scrolling!

As Always: Check out the Win Tickets page and don’t forget there is more on the Full Calendar.

But wait there’s more! Check out this week’s song selection, “Rollin’ (Love Will Be Here)” by Brooklyn Funk Essentials, in the #ListenToThis section below.

~ Jenni, BISS Social Media Maven



High Sierra Music Festival


July 4th-7th @ Plumas County Fairgrounds

Get ready for a musical journey curated and guaranteed to delight the senses. There’s something for everyone from the reggae royalty that is Ziggy Marley, to the artistic soundscapes of Talking Heads alumni Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew with their “Remain in Light” project, to longtime festival favorites Greensky Bluegrass with special guest Holly Bowling. Not to mention the grand return of Primus after an eight-year hiatus, while ALO returns for the 10th time! Plus The Allman Betts Band, The Floozies, The Polish Ambassador, Say She She, Bombino, Steve Poltz, Eddie Roberts and The Lucky Strokes, Cool Cool Cool, ORGŌNE, Scott Pemberton Trio, and much much more.

High Sierra offers an experience that goes far beyond the stage. It’s a chance to connect with nature, music, and a community that celebrates the joy of self-expression. As you may have seen, the producers of High Sierra have found themselves facing a new economic reality that threatens the future of the festival. If you cherish High Sierra, please consider joining this year to ensure it’s survival and evolution. Bring your loved ones and invite friends who’ve never been for what’s sure to be an unforgettable gathering.



Santa Cruz Mountain SOL

Aug 24th & 25th @ Roaring Camp

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Santa Cruz Mountain SOL Festival returns to the stunning Roaring Camp Railway Park this August 24th and 25th. Immerse yourself in a weekend of live music nestled amongst towering redwoods. It’s the perfect escape for a memorable summer experience. Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tower of Power, The California Honeydrops, Ozomalti, Con Brio, Floratura & more! Two and single day tickets are available now. And you can enter to win a pair of two 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 “Rollin’ (Love Will Be Here)” by Brooklyn Funk Essentials, from the album Intuition (Released 2023)

Brooklyn Funk Essentials have been presenting their unique brand of eclectic funk to ecstatic audiences around the world since the early nineties. “Rollin’” is a single from their most recent album, Intuition, which was written and recorded by the group in Stockholm during the pandemic. Understandably the lyrics are about freedom and euphoria of movement and celebration, looking ahead to the return of social gatherings with optimism and hope.

We spoke with the band and they told us that the song is “a favourite from our Intuition album, released last year. The song is a celebration of all manner of ways we can roll with our friends – especially after having been locked away during the pandemic. We have some roller skaters, skateboarders and bikers in the band, so we all good. Nothing like rolling in the park with your friends on a summer afternoon. Love will be here!”

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!



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

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

05/16 Afroman + Glass Tung @ Great American Music Hall

05/16 John Craigie performs The Beatles “Lonely Rubber Soul” (Three Nights) @ Hopmonk Tavern Novato

05/16 BUCKETHEAD @ The Catalyst

05/16 Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express @ Moe’s Alley

05/16 Polyrhythmics w/ Banshee Tree @ Ivy Room  Win Tickets

05/16 Joshua Tree Music Festival (5/16-5/19) ft Fantastic Negrito, Moon Hooch, Steve Poltz, Funk You, Object Heavy, Orchestra Gold, Telmary & HabanaSana, Bongo Sidibe & TonTons + many more! @ Joshua Tree Lake Campground

05/16 DangerAte (No Cover) @ Boom Boom Room

05/16 Nature of the Beast plays Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters (7 & 8:30pm) @ SF Jazz

05/17 Golden Road Gathering (5/17-5/19) ft Beats Antique, Railroad Revue w/ Lindsay Lou, Dirtwire, Lotus, Lebo & Friends, Lazwell, The Nth Power, Ryan Montbleau Band, Mike Dillon Punkadelik, Diggin Dirt & lots more! @ El Dorado County Fairgrounds  Win Tickets

05/17 Litty Debungus, Fourth Position @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

05/17 Polyrhythmics @ Moe’s Alley

05/17 Mr. Big @ The Fillmore  Win Tickets

05/17 Funk Fatale @ Vintage Space  Win Tickets

05/18 Cedric Burnside @ The Chapel

05/18 Gipsy Kings ft Tonino Baliardo @ Meritage Resort

05/18 Fruition @ Felton Music Hall

05/18 Afrolicious @ Boom Boom Room  Win Tickets

05/18 Super Greens w/ Dad’s LPS + Casachanclas @ Ivy Room  Win Tickets

05/18 Mark Karan’s Living Dead ft Scott Guberman, Mark Murphy, Anna Elva @ Mac’s at 19 Broadway

05/18 Ozomatli @ The Guild Theatre

05/19 Nate Smith and Friends @ Yoshi’s Oakland

05/19 Fruition @ The Guild Theatre

05/19 Latin Fusion Night: The Hogan Brothers ft Mario Silva and Ahkeel Mestayer (7 & 9:15pm) @ Black Cat

05/20 Har Mar Superstar, Top Secret Robot Alliance @ Bottom of the Hill

05/21 Stiff Little Fingers, Ricky Warwick @ The Fillmore  Win Tickets

05/22 Big Richard @ Sweetwater Music Hall  Win Tickets

05/22 Black Tie & Tie Die Gala | The Bone Diggers: Celebrating the music of Paul Simon ft Reed Mathis, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Mookie Siegal, Steve Adams, and Scott Rager @ Bimbo’s 365 Club  Win Tickets

05/22 BottleRock Presents: Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters + Grace Bowers @ Cafe Du Nord

05/22 Radio Veloso, The Crooked Stuff, and The Scalps @ Kilowatt

Want more shows from BISS?
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