Scary Little Friends outdid themselves in 2014 and as it was our second year as a band, we did a lot growing and learning along the way. This year was exciting because we started getting some national press and opened for some really amazing bands. Here are the highlights:
2/22: Opened for the Coffis Brothers at their CD Release party. They just played the Fillmore (twice!) last month so big things for those guys on the horizon.
5/17-5/25: Spring Tour was a blast. We played Davis, Sacramento, Oakland, Big Sur, and topped off with our first appearance at Terrapin Crossroads for Charlie’s Birthday! Thanks for letting us crash in your backyard, everyone!
6/26: Opened for the incredible Mr. Jimbo Mathus. He is truly a southern gentleman and an amazing soul. Check him out. Dave Streit on sound for one of his last SC gigs. Thanks to Adam at the Crepe Place for all he has done for us.
8/3: Our first show at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. What an amazing club and the best hospitality anywhere!
8/31: Featured in the SF Chronicle’s Bandwidth page. A rite of passage for any Bay Area band.
8/26: Getting a month-long residency at Amnesia was a huge honor from Loving Cup Presents. Our final show with Go By Ocean and the Stone Foxes was definitely a highlight, but every show and every band was spot on.
August/September: We were voted “Band of the Month” on SF Deli Magazine. Cool.
10/31: Played our first Halloween Show! Fright Night at the Miner’s Foundry was an incredible experience. Huge thanks to Gretchen Bond for her support! Is it gloating to say that our costumes were incredible?
11/9: Played our second show at Terrapin. We thought, “How are we ever going to top the last time we played there?” That’s when Jason Crosby and Elliott Peck (Midnight North) sat in with us and blew our minds. It was also special guest Dan Beaulaurier’s birthday, and Randy Turley happened to be there, too. One of the best moments of the year by far.
11/13: We were featured in both Monterey County Weekly and BAM Magazine on the same day. Our best pieces of press yet. We owe Nick Schneider such a huge debt of gratitude for believing in us and writing such great things. He is a super guy in our books!
11/14: Kuumbwa now features local rock bands! We got to play one of the best jazz venues around with the Coffis Brothers. Jamie sat in on keys.
11/15: Played Fernwood in Big Sur one last time in 2014 and it was our most rocking crowd of the year, thanks to the Canadian wedding party:)
12/6: We might make playing Bottom of the Hill in December our annual ritual:) This show with Say Hi and Forget Your Friends was one of our top performances of the year, and it’s mostly because Paul Thomas is the best live sound engineer in the City. Cheers to him and Ramona for being so good at what they do!!
12/28: Our second show at Sweetwater was a great ending to an amazing 2014. Thanks to Pete Weston Smith for joining us on stage, and thanks to Marie and Anna for dancing it up!
1/3: OK, so this isn’t technically 2014. But is was a great way to cap off such a busy year. The Penzes family reunion at Fernwood was a great night for us because we got to have Patrick Blizinski AND Deren Ney join us for the second set AND everybody there was so incredibly awesome (except for that weird guy on shrooms:) Ending the show with “Try a Little Help From My Friends” in tribute to Joe Cocker was a necessity, as we felt all the love of all our scary little friends out there this year. We appreciate all your support and love and we can’t wait to finish our next album and play some more shows in 2015.
Happy New Year, errbody!!