The new music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen, has created a collaborative council to do, uh, something.
Garrett Harris 3 p.m., Feb. 20
RIYL: Beirut, Mattson 2, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Inception: San Diego, 2013
Influences: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Mulatu, Edith Piaf
Based in North Park, Mockingbird features pianist Derek Shaw and drummer Josh Fraire, who performed locally for over a decade in bands like the Doomsday Device and Doves & Desperados.
“Our sound is best described as cabaret noir, blending literary, cinematic, and theatrical elements,” says Shaw. “Evoking the spirit of beat poetry, the showmanship of vaudeville, and the vibe of a jazz lounge, it's experimental and avant-garde in the catchiest possible way.”
After making their live debut at the Tin Can Ale House, the band's premiere EP Kids of the Summer was released in early October, 2013.