Something Borrowed, Something New is a curated event where musicians and writers perform their newest song or poem and a “borrowed” piece that has influenced their work.
DOORS 9:00 PM, MUSIC 9:30 PM
$10 - 15 sliding scale
* no refunds or exchanges permitted *
Multi-talented member of San Francisco’s folk psych band Tarnation, Jacob Aranda was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where he played the guitar and wrote songs as early as his teens. His songs are in the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar to name a few. Jacob’s music features a solemn gravity that weaves melancholy with beautiful, haunting, often cinematic images of traveling through landscapes both external and internal.
Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, Copperhead (2011) and Hundred-Year Wave (2016), both selections in the Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series. Her poetry and prose appear in The New York Times, Guernica, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, the Poetry Foundation website, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the Co-Founder of Left Margin LIT, a literary arts center in Berkeley, California, and she also directs poetry programming for the Bay Area Book Festival.
Hannah Moriah is a Napa-born vocalist, songwriter, and collaborator currently residing in Oakland. She has been described as "the voice in your dreams" by the SF Examiner and has lent vocals to acts such as The Lumerians and Sleepy Sun. Trained as a cellist in her youth, she began composing early in life. Her two self-released albums can be heard at hannahmoriah.com and she can be found performing as one half of folk duet, Whitethorn Singers.
Owen Adair Kelley hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he studied classical and jazz guitar. After moving to the bay area in 2010, he quickly established himself as adept guitarist and performer. He is a member of Cash Pony, Fine Points and Sleepy Sun. His first album, Even Still, was released in August of 2016.
Jessi Phillips is a fiction writer, freelance journalist, and lead singer-songwriter of the Americana folk band Eight Belles, which released its self-titled sophomore album in 2015. If Harry Nilsson and Patsy Cline had a love child and left it in the forest to be raised by wolves, its cries would sound very similar to her music.
Marguerite Muñoz writes on the border of Berkeley & Oakland and co-curates the multilingual reading series Voz sin Tinta at Alley Cat Books in SF. Her poems and creative non-fiction have been featured at Get Lit, Liminal, Poems under the Dome, Jingletown Reading and Open Mic, City Limits Gallery and the Cante Jondo Series, and she is honored to have poems published in The Haight Asbury Journal and Cipactli, the Latina/Latino Studies Arts and Literature Journal at SFSU. She also organizes a sporadic women's group with Chicana poet, educator and cultural activist Naomi Quinonez — because let's be honest, the future is female.
Raised in a small mountain town the youngest of 10 children, Ed Masuga plays a highly personal yet sophisticated country blues-enriched folk that reaches into a reservoir of emotional depth beyond his years. His own signature style, characterized by lightning, yet refined, acoustic guitar fingerpicking and strong, mellifluous vocals, is the swift and sturdy vehicle for his songs--simultaneously old-fashioned, timeless, and timely.
Alison Niedbalski spearheads the audio outfit Qualia. Born in Alabama and raised in the dirty South (Bend, IN), her devotion to music became apparent early on by the hours she spent spinning records, playing classical piano, and arguing with other children who "loved" the Beatles but had never heard of Harry Nilsson. After coming of age in the Chicago scene, she moved West to teach philosophy and found herself forming a band.