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. 

On this night, Chuck will play the opening set followed by a set by EFFT. 


EFFT is the singular dream-folk project of Sarah Palmer and Noah Phillips. Possessing an uncanny musical chemistry, these two empaths have faithfully collaborated over the past eight years. With its own rules - its own pace - its own way of filtering energy - EFFT is atmospheric, and reflective; their songs comprised of wistful wordplay and fastidious harmonic structure. In these, they remember lost heroes, tormented love affairs, fallen angels, internet-sexuals, ironic belief systems - and make salutations to the holy stories that meta and micro have to offer.

Listen to EFFT's newest album The Spinters Came Out Stars




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. **