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A garage rock diva whose music merges the sounds of doo wop and '60s rock with the bold attitude of indie and underground sounds, Shannon Shaw first gained an audience as the leader of the group Shannon & the Clams. Born and raised in Northern California, Shaw grew up on a musical diet of '50s and '60s oldies, and while studying art in the 2000s, she fell in with like-minded musicians to form Shannon & the Clams, rising through the indie rock underground on the strength of albums like 2013's Dreams in the Rat House and 2015's Gone by the Dawn. An alliance with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys led to him producing 2018's Onion, as well as Shaw's solo debut, a country-accented set titled Shannon in Nashville.
AWAHNICHI AND TALKING GHOSTS
Awahnichi & Talking Ghosts is the new project lead by songwriter RC (El Olio Wolof / Awahnichi)
After a decade with El Olio Wolof, RC began performing solo as Awahnichi, playing shows along side (Frank Black, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Mirah, Cave Singers etc.) RC formed Awahnich into a three piece band. With RC on vocals and guitar, partner Vanessa Hofmann on organ and drummer Dante Johnson (The Band Ice Cream.) Awahnichi released their debut record, 500 Seeds. The three piece played shows in support of their new record sharing the stage with some great acts (Pinback, The Donkeys, Islands etc.) After Johnson moved to the Bay Area the band fizzled out and RC again began tromping around playing solo shows with some old friends (Willy Tea Taylor, David Dondero, Y La Bamba, Shana Cleveland, etc.)
In March of 2020 RC completely wrote and recorded the second Awahnichi record at his home studio in Merced, CA. However, before he would release the record he became distracted while on a road trip by the yearning to once again work collaboratively.
The result is AWAHNICHI AND TALKING GHOSTS that combines Awahnichi bandmate Vanessa Hofmann, El Olio Wolof bandmate Brian Strong, Eye of Aquila drummer Joey Neves, and long time friend Nicole Butticci-Weston.
With the goal of combing RC’s native roots (Yosemite Valley/ Southern Sierra Miwuk) and his dark narrative as a songwriter, the band created a haunting California sound with upbeat organs, moving bass and tribal influenced percussion. The group booked a show and began writing songs that they debuted to a sold out crowd in Modesto CA and another sold out crowd at The Partisan in the bands home town of Merced CA.
Date & Time
Fri, Jan 12, 2024 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM