Little Nicky's is a monthly series curated by Noah Phillips and Chuck Johnson. Each installment features a set by a Bay Area artist or group whose sound will complement the special atmosphere of Studio Grand, a multi-use arts space with intimate and lush acoustics. Guitarist and composer Chuck Johnson will open each show with a solo performance. 


Laura Steenberge

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Laura is doctoral student in music composition at Stanford University. She moved to the Bay Area in 2011. Prior to that, she was based in Los Angeles for many years.

She writes music and words: notated songs, folk songs, lectures, performance lectures. She also does some visual work: shape metaphors of sound phenomena; and she's a science fan,  currently learning how to be friends with crows. She used to be a linguist: psycholinguistics research with infants and toddlers.  This had big influence on her work. Now she thinks about how musical terminology affects how we parse sensory information; view the origins of vocabulary and of stories and mythologies, in general; how we look back and how the past reaches forward; and how the study of music affects how we perceive time.

Instruments // contrabass / piano/  guitar / viola da gamba / voice.

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Chuck Johnson


Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. Recordings of his work have been published by Three Lobed, Strange Attractors Audio House, Merge, Communion, and Amish, among others.

In 2010 he was featured on the Tompkins Square compilation Beyond Berkeley Guitar and in 2011 his solo acoustic guitar debut A Struggle Not A Thought was released on Strange Attractors Audio House. His follow-up solo LP Crows In The Basilica was released to critical acclaim on Three Lobed Recordings in May of 2013, and he will be featured on Volume 7 of the Tompkins Square series Imaginational Anthem in the summer of 2014.


Doors 9pm, Show at 9:30pm


Eventbrite - Little Nicky's Presents Chuck Johnson and Laura Steenberge

$10-15 Sliding Scale