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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Go Do This Thing Tonight: Celebrate 3 Years of Free Wood Shoppe Shows With Astronauts, Etc.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 2:01 PM

click to enlarge Astronauts, Etc. performs (for free!) tonight at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.
  • Astronauts, Etc. performs (for free!) tonight at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, right? That's feeling especially true these days in San Francisco, where, hell, there's barely such a thing as a lunch under $14 — unless you're down with taking a date to Taco Bell [slowly raises hand].

Luckily, there is still such a thing as a free show, and some of the best ones in the city are thrown by Wood Shoppe, a music series that's hosted free shows the first Tuesday of every month at Brick and Mortar Music Hall for the past three years. Tonight's anniversary party is headlined by the chilled-out sounds of Astronauts, Etc., aka Oakland's Anthony Ferraro — who, incidentally, premiered a lovely collaboration today with "romantic funk" artist Harriet Brown over at IndieShuffle (listen below).

Brown will be in attendance tonight, as well as Minneapolis-based chanteuse Caroline Smith, while Oakland's Trails and Ways will round out the evening with a DJ set.

Wood Shoppe began as just the spark of an idea between five friends — all serious music-lovers with various connections to the industry — who decided to organize liquor sponsorships for shows, with the bar paying out Wood Shoppe at the end of the night; Wood Shoppe in turn pays the bands for their time and talents. In its three years in existence, the event has hosted some names that you'd normally be hard-pressed to find playing for free: Foxygen, Pure Bathing Culture, The She's, Tumbleweed Wanderers and more. 

Basically, it's celebration of the local scene, and an all-too-rare way to hear live music for free without actually stiffing the artists. Not bad for a Tuesday night. 

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