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SFO3 1996 

July 25-28 San Francisco
Four days of music business how-to, four nights of nightclub whoop-de-do
Welcome to SFO3

San Francisco is a great music city with a rich heritage, so it's fantastic to see the Bay Area's music scene come alive during SFO3.

The clubs are full of talent, A&R execs are in town, and there will be plenty of chances to mingle with music business experts and aspirants from the Bay Area and beyond at the Press Club this week.

This year is slightly different as there will be many alternative radio programmers and record label people in town for GAVIN's first Alternative Boot Camp, which is taking place simultaneously across town. We are delighted also to be involved with NARAS and the Multimedia Development Group for the first time for Music & Multimedia Day on Sunday.

As always with a complex event such as SFO3, there are many people to thank on behalf of GAVIN. In particular, I would like to thank our organizers Bonnie Simmons and Queenie Taylor, all the performers, the club owners and bookers, the panelists, the Press Club, Chip Conley at the Phoenix, Bob Galliani and Natalie Duitsman and all the staff at GAVIN, local and national media and music business friends who have given us their encouragement, and our sponsors listed below.

Work hard, play hard, and enjoy yourself.
David Dalton, CEO, GAVIN

Dear SFO3 Celebrants,
Welcome back to music business summer camp! What we're trying to do here is combine several potentially divergent streams of interest while celebrating and enjoying the best music that the West Coast has to offer. Many thanks to GAVIN for believing in SFO and in us. You make it happen!

SFO3 presents 1) nuts and bolts: how to do things, learn facts, hear music; and 2) art: a multitude of shows, by all sorts of musicians, in 35 nightclubs throughout San Francisco.

This is as much a local music celebration as it is an exploration of the "big time," as much a Bay Area party as a means to that elusive A&R signing.

Thank you for being with us here in beautiful San Francisco. We are proud of the Bay Area tradition of combining a healthy community, art, and education. And don't forget: Have fun! That's definitely an SFO tradition.

Yours in O,
Bonnie Simmons & Queenie Taylor

GAVIN presents SFO3 in association with Live 105 and SF Weekly on July 25, 26, 27, and 28 throughout San Francisco.

The Goings-On
Wednesday 24
SFO3 Pre-Show
Club Cocodrie
1024 Kearny, 986-6678

8 p.m. -- Hard combines potent lyrics, dedicated musicianship, and seasoned songwriting to generate something so honest that its message alludes to a higher meaning

8:40 p.m. -- Ded Neyber plays powerful original metal à la early Metallica

9:20 p.m. -- Pornstar performs West Coast alternative pop
10 p.m. -- Immortality performs groove-oriented, progressive death metal
10:50 p.m. -- D-Train performs aggressive, loud, fast, in-your-face thrash-metal

11:40 p.m. -- Level performs heavy, alternative post-grunge
12:30 a.m. -- Alphabitch is fronted by the "Goddess of Neurosis," and is a hard-edged, post-punk band from Oregon that is propelled by a perpetual nervous breakdown

Thursday 25
Second Annual SFO3 Open
Presidio Golf Course
Arguello & Finley, 561-4653
11:30 a.m. -- Opening Festivities
12:30 p.m. -- Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. -- Awards Presentation and Party

Hosted by the law firm of Simons & Stein; sponsored by BMI, GAVIN, Music People, In-A-Minute Records, and Orbit Copy. Proceeds benefit H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education & Awareness for Rockers). Additional $100 entry fee. For information call (415) 249-0800.

Noon-10 p.m. Lobby.
Music Showcases
4-6 p.m. Oak Bar.
4 p.m. -- The Girl and I
5 p.m. -- Elin Jr. performs urban acoustic rock

5:30 p.m. -- Jackson Griffith is a solo singer/songwriter who also happens to be the senior editor of Pulse

For Your Ears Only II
6-8 p.m. Tapestry Room.
Musicians talk things over in the privacy of their own kind. A summary of their questions and issues will be brought to subsequent panels. Hosted by Dean Del Ray (2 Lane Blacktop) and Connie Champagne (The New Morty Show).

Writers Soiree
6-8 p.m. Oak Bar.
A chance for all journalists to hang out, network, talk, and schmooze. Hosted by J.H. Tompkins (San Francisco Bay Guardian) and Bill Wyman (SF Weekly).

Open Your Golden Gates Invitational III
8-10 p.m. Tapestry Room.
SFO's third annual unplugged song night is co-hosted by Kurt Wolff and Tom Erikson. Hear songs by, for, and about San Francisco artists and the city. Guests include:Stephanie Finch, Sonya Hunter, and Patrick Winningham.

Everyone is welcome in the Press Club on Thursday. No registration required!

SFO3 by Night
Blue Lamp
561 Geary, 885-1464

10 p.m. -- Coyote Pudding is an all-original modern rock band with a bit of the Irish to its sound

11:30 p.m. -- Peeps are a loud, exotic rock band that presents more than just music

1840 Haight, 387-2996
5 p.m. -- I Am Your Conscience features members of Pere Ubu

6 p.m. -- Telto performs edgy, song-oriented music that draws fans of Patti Smith and the Throwing Muses

7 p.m. -- Capsule features members of happygoingnowhere, Hoodlum Empire, and Bunny performing anthemic American space pop

8 p.m. -- Mutilators perform original psychobilly that will drive you insane with fiendish glee

9 p.m. -- Nukes New Red Archives recording artists draw on early punk influences such as the Clash, the Stooges, and the MC5; they play high-energy, heavy, fast rock 'n' roll

10 p.m. -- Ain't za ovaj male/female kvartet iz San Francisca; za koje bi se uvjento moglo reci punk rock

11 p.m. -- Creeps in Exile offer the chance to see what music journalist Johnny Angel looks like: His band plays a sweaty amalgamation of punk, greaseball groove, and straightforward rock 'n' roll


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    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

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