Add this name to the list of S.F. musicians who are departing our fair city for points south: Mark Matos. The longtime Os Beaches leader, Mission folk-rock singer-songwriter, residency-holder, and occasional film critic is leaving town, moving to Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert with his partner after seven years in S.F. Before he goes, though, Matos and his musician pals are throwing one last big show, Friday, March 28 at Rickshaw Stop. Dubbed "Last Waltz in Little China," the show will include a special lineup of Os Beaches, plus support from locals Love Dimension and Mexico City's Risin' Sun, along with some celebrated light projections and unnamed special guests.
Here's Matos' statement on leaving S.F.:
In 2007 I returned to my native Bay Area after thirteen years away. I gathered a collective of Bay Area art rockers, jazz cats, and songwriters and coined them Os Beaches. Less a band and more a talent pool (or ocean) that would take many forms over the next seven years and provide the vehicle for my songs and ideas. Many of the Bay Area's greatest musicians joined the ranks of the OB, a list that includes Steve Makay of Iggy & The Stooges, Josh Pollock of Citay and 3 Leafs, Dave Mihaly and Roger Reidlebauer of Jolie Holland's band, Matthew Szemela of Lana Del Rey's group, the precocious songwriter Annie Girl, Matt Adams of The Blank Tapes, Jeffrey Davies of Brian Jonestown Massacre, as well as members of Sonny & The Sunsets and American Music Club. It has been a good run. I have no complaints, The City was good to me, but after seven years we have decided to go our separate ways. We want different things, San Francisco and I, It's time to move on, it's time to get going.
That's a sentiment we seem to hear way too often these days. Anyway, the Mark Matos & Os Beaches farewell show is Friday, March 28, at Rickshaw Stop. 9 p.m., $10-$12.