CC’s Acoustic Underground Showcase – - Debuts Popular Mid-West Duo 'Story Hill' with 3 Local Duos at a Party to Activate Voters September 20 in San Francisco

August 30, 2004 -- CC’s Acoustic Underground Showcase (CAUSE), presented by Sunset Promotions on the third Monday of each month at the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. in San Francisco’s Mission district,
has been consistently well-attended. CAUSE features cream-of-the-crop acoustic artists who are becoming popular, but are still under the radar for most people.
CAUSE continues Monday, September 20, at 8 PM, marking the local debut of Story Hill, who regularly sell out shows in the West and Midwest. They’ve independently produced 11 CD's, selling over 45,000 copies to date. Billboard Magazine describes them as having "the harmonious interplay of Simon & Garfunkel; the pained, plaintive sound of Cat Stevens; and the acoustic juice of the Indigo Girls." This will be the first time CAUSE has featured touring artists at the showcase, which usually features local musicians, and benefits a different progressive cause each month. “The evening will highlight the importance of doing more than simply casting one vote on November 2nd” says the organizer of the event CC, “we are getting folks organized to vote in ways that have been proven more effective, and to ‘adopt’ voters in ‘swing states’ like Montana, to make sure that Bush is defeated.” Local organization will be at the event helping voters to fill out the forms to become permanent absentee voters and explain why this strategy is so important.

CAUSE also features three acoustic duos in September who have all been leaders in the local scene, fusing live music with political and voter activism. Charles Gonzalez and Liz Ross, who were instrumental in organizing musicians to support Matt Gonzalez in his run for Mayor last year. Their lo-fi pop sound is so fresh, they've enticed Jonathan Richman of Modern Lovers and Something About Mary fame to play drums in their band Sun of Mercury, described by the editor of local music magazine Mesh as "one of the best new local bands he's seen in quite some time". Adding eclectic diversity to the night will be a duo featuring two members of world fusion music pioneer Ancient Future: Alan Tower, creator of Octave Alliance, an organization that helps non-profits raise money and inspire action, will be performing on a variety of eclectic percussion instruments along with Mark Deutsch who will play an instrument he invented known as a Bazantar Known for songs like “World Without War,” a song that Global Exchange’s Medea Benjamin calls “the peace movement’s new anthem” and for his influence on the creation of the campaign to save the Headwaters Forest, Mokai will be performing as a duo this month, adding the magic of upright bassist, Joshua Zucker (Garrin Benfield trio) to his world and blues-influenced finger-style guitar sound.

Each month, more and more people come out to enjoy some of the Bay Area’s most-loved acoustic artists who are still underground at CC’s Showcase, including Garrin Benfield, Erika Luckett, Shelley Doty, Austin Willacy, Mokai, David Jacobs-Strain, Teja Gerken, Copper Wimmin, David Hopkins, and Rachel Garlin.

Save the DATE: October 18, CAUSE will feature Etienne de Rocher and more great artists!

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