CHUCK PROPHET and THE MISSION EXPRESS w/ special guest THE OLD CEREMONY
CHUCK PROPHET and THE MISSION EXPRESS
with special guest THE OLD CEREMONY
$15 advance / $15 at the door
8:00 doors / 8:30 show (The Old Ceremony at 8:30 / Chuck Prophet at 9:30)
For most of his life, San Francisco has been Chuck Prophet's muse...or more accurately,
his drug of choice. "It can suck you under. That first hit. It really does a whammy to
you. And if you're like me you can find yourself chasing the San Francisco dragon for
the rest of your life. That's what the record is about."
Named for the ill-fated rock club of the same name, Temple Beautiful was "made in San
Francisco, by San Franciscans about San Francisco." Roy Loney, vocalist and wildman in
legendary Bay Area band The Flamin' Groovies contributes guest vocals to the title
One of the driving forces behind cult heroes Green on Red and the influential L.A.
Paisley Underground scene in the 1980s, Prophet's creative mold was actually cast in
San Francisco. Recalls Prophet, "Temple Beautiful is the name of a long closed rock and
roll club which was between Bill Graham's iconic Fillmore Ballroom and the tragic
storefront church founded by the Reverend Jim Jones. It's where I saw my first gigs."
Inspired by current San Francisco artists, Prophet felt compelled to pay tribute to the
history and weirdness that brought him to the city nearly 30 years ago. "There's a kind
of rock and roll psych renaissance going on in this town at the moment with bands like
Thee Oh Sees, Girls, The Fresh and Onlys, Kelley Stoltz and Sonny and the Sunset's. I'm
very encouraged by all this stuff going on here."
Part love letter and part unsentimental tour, Temple Beautiful attempts to capture San
Francisco in all it's forms: romantic port-of-call, bohemian utopia, but even more so,
an often unforgiving pioneer outpost filled with the freaks and characters not welcome
in America's heartland. And musically, there is no doubt that San Francisco is one of
the country's most enduring scenes, home to decade after decade of classic artists and
albums. Temple Beautiful is at once a look back at the inspirations that spawned them
and the next installment in its discography.
In addition to releasing two amazing albums in Soap & Water and ¡Let Freedom Ring!
over the past several years, Chuck's music has been heard in hit television series True
Blood (HBO), Californication (Showtime) and Sons of Anarchy (FX). Prophet also co-
wrote all the songs on Alejandro Escovedo's critically-acclaimed album Real Animal.
The Old Ceremony draws plays lush, literate rock.
With nine years of touring the US, Canada, and Europe and six albums under their belt, the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC band occupies its own darkly lit corner of the musical world. It is a corner filled with ominous rumblings and world-weary but hopeful characters.
They have played with lots of well-known bands. Rock critics have written about them in their publications. TOC's newest album, Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide, was released Aug 21, 2012 on Yep Roc Records.
TOC is led by songwriter Django Haskins, and includes drummer Dan Hall, vibes/organist Mark Simonsen, bassist Jeff Crawford, and violinist/keyboardist Gabriel Pelli.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|