Showbams Exclusive: Tuesday’s Spirits May schedule

Fred Torphy and The Spirits

Fred Torphy and The Spirits

Written by Kevin Quandt //

Tuesday’s Spirits, a free, weekly showcase of some of the Bay Area’s rising musicians held at Doc’s Lab in North Beach, returns in May with another compelling lineup of local talent.

Hosted/curated by Fred Torphy, Tuesday’s Spirits has steadily built a reputation as a go-to event for local music fans and artists alike. Since it’s inception in January, the residency has gained a stellar reputation as a place for fans and musicians to congregate midweek.

“Lots of new faces in May- it’s going to be a blast”, predicts Torphy. “We’re bringing in a bunch of artists we’ve had our eyes on since starting this series, and I’m tickled we were able to get The Coo Coo Birds and Quinn DeVeaux on the same night.” (May 12th). “We also have Scary Little Friends playing the opening night with my pal Ryan McCaffrey from Go By Ocean.”

Aside from curating the series, Torphy also anchors each show with a set from his new band, unofficially named The Spirits. “When we started the residency, we had to pad the set with some covers and older material. We were still getting our sea legs. Last month was a benchmark for us- I had started writing songs specifically for this band, and we committed to adding new material every week of the March run. Those tunes have become the centerpieces, and we’re working on more new stuff for May.”

Showbams is proud to roll-out Tuesday’s Spirits’ May schedule:

May 5th: Scary Little Friends, Fred Torphy & The Spirits, Ryan McCaffrey (Go By Ocean) // DETAILS

May 12th: Coo Coo Birds, Fred Torphy & The Spirits, Quinn DeVeaux // DETAILS

May 19th: Fred Torphy & The Spirits, Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green), Drunken Barn Dance, Tim Tyson (Mahgeetah) // DETAILS

May 26th: Midnight North, Fred Torphy & The Spirits, Charley Paul // DETAILS

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Tuesday’s Spirits announce a stellar March schedule at Doc’s Lab

(left to right) Dave O'Dell, Fred Torphy, Cochrane McMilan, Eric DiBeradino

Dave O’Dell, Fred Torphy, Cochrane McMilan, Eric DiBeradino (left to right)

Written by Kevin Quandt //

Former Big Light frontman Fred Torphy returns to Doc’s Lab in March for Tuesday’s Spirits — a free, month-long weekly residency. In addition to anchoring each Tuesday with his own band, Torphy will also act as curator, bringing an exciting mix of both up-and-coming artists as well as Bay Area staples to the intimate North Beach venue each week.

“Tuesday’s Spirits was conceived as an excuse to bring together a bunch bands and solo artists I’ve worked with or have wanted to work with, but with no agenda other than to play music and try new things,” Torphy explains. “It’s fitting this is happening at Doc’s Lab, since it’s felt a bit like a laboratory over there. We’ve had punk, avant-garde and dream-pop bands in the past, all on the same night, and we’re trying to keep things a little bit weird and unpredictable in that regard.”

That said, Torphy has also been working hard to ensure variety doesn’t supersede quality.

“This month we have Alexi Glickman from Sandy’s and Alan Sparhawk from Low both playing solo sets as the openers on different shows,” he says. “You won’t see that anywhere else in town, let alone for no cover charge.”

March 3rd: Midnight North, Fred Torphy, Alexander Nelson (of Walking Spanish) // DETAILS

March 10th: Fred Torphy, Sioux City Kid, HOLLY with Alan Sparhawk (of Low) // DETAILS

March 17th: The Over Overs (feat. members of Tea Leaf Green), Darren Nelson (solo), Drift Control // DETAILS

March 24th: Fred Torphy, Banditos, Hunter S. Thompson Twins // DETAILS

March 31st: Peachelope, Fred Torphy, Sandy’s // DETAILS

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