All the way from New York City, SLV performs music from their debut album, This Kind. Maria Jose Montijo will open the show with her personal brand of Puerto Rican diasporic music, Esoterica Tropical, a mix of atmospheric textures and bass heavy island rhythms. 



Multi-instrumentalists Sandra Lilia Velasquez and Sean Dixon make original songs using a rich sonic palette of beats, samples, and seductive bass lines all while Velasquez uses her deep voice to bind all the elements together with honest lyrics. 

"A wonderful collection of love songs with a band the shares her musical vision. It is so perfectly executed. It is so perfectly played." -NPR Weekend Edition

"This Kind is a down-tempo confection of 80s-inspired synthpop and new wave, with Velásquez showcasing her continued growth as a songwriter and dreamy vocals that recall Sade’s smoky sensuality…SLV is here to stay.” - MTV Iggy

"SLV channels minute fractions of the spectrum between boudoir seduction and full-blown angst and every emotion in between." - New York Music Daily

SLV is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist songwriters Sandra Lilia Velásquez and Sean Dixon. Velasquez is the founder of the critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera, which released three studio albums and toured extensively in the USA and abroad. Sean Dixon is the drummer for the experimental electronic band Zammuto. Together the pair recorded the SLV debut EP, Dig Deeper, produced by ten-time Grammy nominee and legendary bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, who plays bass on three of the songs and co-wrote one.

SLV debuted at Joe’s Pub in New York City in early 2013 of which music site Feast Of Music hailed, “SLV transported the audience to a different time and place… her energy blanketed the audience… Leaving the deepest impression was SLV’s absolute authenticity.” The band has been featured on NPRWNYC, and USA TODAY and toured the west and east coasts in support of their EP. The band performs as a duo or trio and listeners can expect what the Brooklyn Academy of Music described as, "moody, intensely personal pop songs with a subtle electronic edge." Debut album This Kind will be released on May 5, 2015. 

Sandra Lilia Velasquez, Vocals/Keyboards
Sean Dixon, Drums/Bass/Beats

Photos by Shirley Rodriguez

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María José Montijo’s life changed in 2009 on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, where a friend gave her a used Celtic harp. She began writing hypnotic, haunting songs for harp and voice that incorporate her eclectic musical interests.

María José’s songs grow out of an intuitive process of deep listening and the condition of being fully human in a confusing world. Her lyrics speak of paradoxes: mystery and certainty; doubt and faith; love and solitude; sorrow and connection; exile and feeling at home. Her music is informed by the images and rhythms of the natural world in all its vastness.

María José regularly performs throughout the Bay Area, both as a solo artist and with her band. In 2013, she was a featured new artist at Acción Latina’s 32nd Annual Encuentro del Canto Popular at the Brava Theater. In 2014, on the strength of her song “Estrellas” her band played Oakland’s Mayhem Festival, a juried music competition and performance series at the Awaken Cafe. She has headlined at the Red Poppy Art House, been a consistent presence at the Mission Arts Peformance Project (MAPP), and played at venues ranging from the Mission Cultural Center to the Hemlock Tavern to the Art in Nature Festival in the Oakland redwoods.

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$10-$15 sliding scale

All ages


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