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. 


Andrew Weathers Ensemble

Andrew Weathers Ensemble is the long-running project of Oakland-based composer and guitarist Andrew Weathers. The project places fingerstyle guitar playing within an improvised chamber group, referencing American folk music, punk, & beyond. Since 2012, the revolving-door Ensemble has toured the US extensively and released three full-length studio albums. June 2015 marks the release of AWE's latest LP, Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything on Full Spectrum Records.

Andrew Weathers, guitar
Blaine Todd, guitar
Aaron Oppenheim, m'lordion
Shanna Sordahl, Cello

Website | Bandcamp


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.

He has been featured on the Tompkins Square compilations Beyond Berkeley Guitar and Imaginational Anthem, 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. He is also active in soundtrack composition and sound design for film and television, and is the composer for the popular PBS series A Chef's Life.



Doors 9pm, Show at 9:30pm
$10-15 Sliding Scale

** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **