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.
3/14: Played Chico for the first time with the amazing JP Gutierrez, with Deren Ney from Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers sitting in on guitar. Magic!
3/22: Shared a bill with Split Screens and DonCat at Bottom of the Hill. Deren also sat in with us for that one.
4/8: Opened for Boy & Bear and Wildlife for a sold out show at Bottom of the Hill. We loved meeting and performing with these bands! Totally a highlight.
5/8: Opened for Soft White Sixties at Fernwood for an amazing pre-Hipnic party. Thanks to FolkYeah! for inviting us down.
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.
8/2: Played Jerry Bash Festival in Nevada City with Achilles Wheel and others. This is a very special place and a very special event. Nowhere else have we felt that kind of energy before or since.
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.
9/1: Played Sleepy John’s show on KPIG radio and then rocked Music at Sky Park outdoor show with the Coffis Brothers. Great family atmosphere and the most beautiful weather on the planet.
9/6: The Mission Creek Music Festival’s New Oakland Block Party was a blast. Thanks to TV Mike for having us play!
9/18: Opened for The Dig at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. Seriously one of the best bands we’ve ever heard out of NYC!
9/23: Our music video for Devil’s Heart premiered on CMT’s the Edge. Huge thanks to David Lawless for his amazing camera work and editing!
10/7: Song premier for “Everything at Once” on Relix Magazine. We grew up reading this magazine. Thanks to Maggie Poulos for working her magic on this!
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:)
12/3: Filmed an ad spot for Dysonics at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. How can you say no to an opportunity like that? Thanks to Sydney and Garrett for making it happen:)
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!!