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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tumbleweed Wanderers: Show Preview

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Tumbleweed Wanderers hit the Indpendent tomorrow, Feb. 6.
  • Tumbleweed Wanderers hit the Indpendent tomorrow, Feb. 6.

Oakland's Tumbleweed Wanderers are basically the musical equivalent of a feel-good story on Oprah — especially in today's economic climate in San Francisco, it's nice to know that it's possible for a band to go from busking for change outside clubs to headlining those same clubs in just four years. 

 It wouldn't, of course, be possible with out a shit-ton of hard work and talent, to boot: With a healthy handful string instruments (guitars, banjo, mandolin), keys, and a killer rhythm section, the five-piece has built a reputation for putting on a solidly soulful Americana/indie-rock dance party. (Most recently, we had the pleasure of seeing them do Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" at UnderCover Presents' funk-fest at the Fox.) Their forthcoming record, Realize, is the result of fine-tuning that sound into 11 songs, recorded at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, with layers of added pedal steel, vocal harmonies, and even a string quartet.

Though that won't be released for a couple months, you can catch a good number of the new tunes tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 6, when the band headlines the Independent to kick off a West Coast tour. This should be a special show for another reason: It's the band's last with drummer/percussionist Daniel Blum, who's definitely worth seeing in action. Expect emotions to run high. 

Oh, and if you need an appetizer, here's a video of the band performing one of their new songs at Panoramic. Friday's show starts at 9 p.m., $16-$18, with City Tribe opening;

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