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The Life of Music Playing Sports Fans

We aren’t a band who likes to brag. Mostly because we don’t have anything to brag about, but when you are named the MVP’s of the annual Comatopia Kickball game, it becomes very hard not to. Comatopia was a blast and one of the highlights was the Saturday morning kickball game.

Sports is often a divisive topic in our band as three out of the five of us are huge sports fans, while the other two members would often rather (insert any activity) than watch whatever sporting event that is happening at the time. But being a sports fan and musician isn’t always easy to navigate. With the Olympics occurring, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most memorable times our lives as musicians have blended with sports. (Warning. If you don’t care about sports this will not be very interesting to you.)

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ALL PRO TEAM (The Most Ridiculous of circumstances)

Men’s FIFA World Cup 2014– With a ten hour drive to Eugene pending, we thought it best to watch 3pm kick off of the US vs Ghana soccer game in Ben Lomond. After arriving in Eugene at 5am, we briefly slept before performing on KLCC Radio in Eugene at 11am. Getting back to sleep was put on hold briefly as we searched for a breakfast spot to watch the Mexico vs Brazil game. (It is of note that this Oregon tour concluded in Bend where we woke up early on a Sunday to drive to Redding in time to watch the US take on Portugal.)

2013 NFC Championship Game 49er’s vs Falcons– Being lifelong 49er fans, we were as excited as anyone when their dream season saw them just one game away from Super Bowl XLVII. Instead of being on a couch in front of a TV, we found ourselves in Gadgetbox Studios recording the guitar intro to Trouble Town. We spent three and a half quarters of  the game recording but wrapped up just in time to witness the 49er’s close out the game and advance to the Super Bowl before playing in one of the most memorable Super Bowls in which the 49er’s defeated the Ravens 65-3 (I’m pretty sure that was the score. No need to Google that.) Go Niners!

Golden State Warriors 2015 NBA Champions– We found ourselves in another predicament on June 16, 2015 when the Warriors looked poised to win their first NBA Championship since, like, I don’t know, a super long time. Jamie was sitting in with Scary Little Friends who were opening for Delta Spirit at the Lagunitas Amphitheater in Petaluma and the rest of us tagged along. Certain members of the band may or may not have run back and forth between Lagunitas Brewery and Beyond the Sports Bar and Grill which was conveniently located a half mile down the street during Delta Spirit’s set to see the Warriors clinch the championship.

SLV vs Soquel Women’s Soccer– Before heading to Hollywood for a seven day recording stint at Barefoot Studios, the band sat in the bleachers under the lights at Soquel High while Kellen coached the San Lorenzo Valley Varsity Girl’s Soccer team in their final game of the season.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (The times shows interfered with what we considered to be enormously important sporting events.)

GSW vs OKC Game 6 2016– Show at lille aeske, Boulder Creek. (In case you forgot which game this was, it was the really really really good one where the Warriors won.)

SF Giants vs Stl Cardinals Game 5 2012– Sound check at the Crepe Place, Santa Cruz. (The Giants were down in the series 3-1 to the Cardinals in the NLCS with Barry Zito on the mound. We won the game and eventually the World Series. Remember that?! We were down to Zito!)

GSW vs Cavs Game 7 2016– Show at Poster Room of The Fillmore for Mudcrutch. (The “We never ever ever speak about this game” game.)

There are countless other examples of games we’ve missed due to driving, playing, rehearsing etc but it’s a very small price to pay (except when it’s game six of the Western Conference Finals with the Warriors and Thunder! I can’t believe we missed that game!)

Back to California

After three weeks of sitting in our van and driving around the country, we’re back in our home state with a month full of California shows ahead of us. We are certainly grateful to be back in this California weather but we can’t say enough about how much fun we had on this tour. In those two and a half weeks we played 10 shows, drove through 12 states, received 7 cases of beer from Lagunitas, watched a 20 foot tall wooden cow burn, and put just 1 dent in our van. We got to experience the “Big City” (Chicago, Il) as well as the small town (Sturgeon Bay, WI) and everything in between. Big thanks to everyone who helped us along the way. We can’t wait to do it again.

Here’s how our August is shaping out. We are looking forward to seeing our Californian friends this month.

August 6- Harlows Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento (supporting The Stone Foxes) http://www.harlows.com/event/1206033-stone-foxes-sacramento/

August 11- Bret Harte Hall, Felton (supporting Jackie Greene) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackie-greene-band-coffis-brothers-bret-harte-hall-thurs-aug-11-tickets-25880000779

August 12-14- Comatopia, Calpine http://comatopia.com/

August 21- Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival http://svartfest.com/

August 26- Myers Manor Music Festival, Morgan Hill http://www.myersmanormusicfest.com/

August 27- West End Celebration, Sand City http://www.westendcelebration.com/

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The Coffis Brothers Comatopia

We often get confused for the Brothers Comatose. For what reason? We do not know. We have drums. They do not. They are a string band while we have a keyboard and electric guitars. Nevertheless, it happens regularly. Although we don’t share the same instruments, we’ve shared the stage several times and will  again when the Brothers Comatose host us at their second annual Comatopia festival this August in Calpine, California at the Sierra Valley Lodge (http://comatopia.com.)

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Our history with the Brothers runs all the way back to 2012 when their mandolin player, Ryan Avellone began sitting in on with us on guitar while Kyle Poppen was finishing his schooling on the East Coast. Since then, the Broco has been gracious enough to have us open for them on several different occasions: The Crepe Place, Don Quixote’s, Lagunitas Amphitheater, and of course the unforgettable Halloween show at The Catalyst that ended with both bands on stage playing With a Little From My Friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQjW84I8iIU.)

We’re very excited to be part of this festival along with Fruition, Steve Poltz, Royal Jelly Jive, Quiles & Cloud, The Little Fuller Band, and of course our band big brothers, The Brothers Comatose! Thanks for keeping your loud and annoying little brother around for all these years, dudes.

 

Comatopia- August 12-14

Sierra Valley Lodge- Calpine, Ca

Tix: bit.ly/comatopia

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Back Back Back to The Catalyst

A reoccurring theme to these posts have been how time keeps flying by. Last Summer we celebrated our fifth year together as a band. In December Aidan Collins turned, not 21, but 22 (he’s getting so old!) And two years ago as of  March 22nd, we performed on the main stage of the Catalyst for the very first time. On Friday April 15th we return to the Catalyst to open for Blackberry Smoke.

Friday night will mark our third time playing the main stage at the Catalyst. On March 22nd 2014 we opened for one of our favorite artists, Jackie Greene. Later that year we joined our friends, The Brothers Comatose for a Woodstock themed Halloween. On April 15th we will join Blackberry Smoke, who is quickly becoming one of our favorite Rock and Roll bands.

The Catalyst holds a certain prestige for us and has been somewhat of a landmark venue in our short careers. We’ve heard the stories of Neil Young dropping in to play unannounced shows, we’ve witnessed some great shows (Jackie Greene March 2013,) and when we played with The Dirty Knobs, Mike Campbell even shared a story with us about how he accidentally locked himself in the backstage bathroom minutes before a show with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers back in 1978. The place has some serious history and we couldn’t be more excited to be playing at the Catalyst. Join us April 15 at the Catalyst on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, California.

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Friday April 15th Catalyst

Doors 8pm

Show 9pm

Blackberry Smoke (Charley Overbey and the Broken Arrows, and The Coffis Brothers open)

Tix $25 adv $30 door

16 and over

http://www.catalystclub.com/event/1090855-blackberry-smoke-santa-cruz/

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2015 Recap & Weekend at Don Quixote’s 2016

2016 is here but before we know it, we’ll be talking about 2017. So as quickly as we can, we’ll remember 2015 one more time.

Time flies when you’re having fun and 2015 went by way too fast so that must mean we had some fun. We played to a sold out crowd at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we headlined Slim’s for the first time, we sweated through our set in the 105 degree heat at the Kate Wolf Music Festival, we lit a speaker on fire on stage at the Petaluma Music Festival, we learned and played 30 Everly Brothers songs, we replaced the alternator in our van, and then did it again, and again…, there was that time we celebrated a birthday at Moe’s Alley, and finally when it all came to an end by leading the countdown to the new year with a bundled up crowd on the streets of Monterey. We had a lot of fun. But enough with 2015, let’s talk 2016.

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2016 will begin right back where this whole journey started; at Don Quixote’s in Felton. Don Quixote’s has been the site of some of our biggest and most memorable local shows. It’s been the venue where we’ve tried out new songs for the first time and where we’ve released our 3 albums. We couldn’t be more excited to be kicking off 2016 with a weekend at Don Quixote’s. But here’s the twist. And there is a twist… We have two stellar bands opening the shows each night. On Friday, January 8th, T Sisters from Oakland will be opening and on Saturday, January 9th, The McCoy Tyler Band from Santa Cruz will be opening.

So it’s settled. You’re coming to Don Quixote’s on January 8th and 9th. Dig in your pockets for a $10 bill and we’ll see you on January 8th, 2016 in Felton.

Friday January 8th- 8pm $10 T Sisters open

Saturday January 9th- 8pm $10 McCoy Tyler Band open

2015: The Year of Moe’s Alley

On a Sunday night in May of 2011, just a month before the release of our self-titled debut album, we took the stage at Moe’s Alley for the first time. On October 16th we will be back at Moe’s Alley, for what we believe to be our 12th time, playing on a newer bigger stage, through a newer bigger sound system, to a bigger crowd (we hope) on a night that is NOT a Sunday (turns out people go out more on Friday’s. How were we to know?)

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The Soft White Sixties, from San Francisco, will be joining us for this night and they will just add to the growing list of great bands that we’ve shared the stage with at Moe’s. In 2015 alone we’ve played with Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs, our long time best band friends, The McCoy Tyler Band, our new best band friends, Hot Buttered Rum, and the guys who brought us to the Fillmore, Poor Man’s Whiskey. Other bands we’ve shared the stage with at Moe’s include The Mother Hips, The McCoy Tyler Band, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Dead Winter Carpenters,  Junk Parlor, The McCoy Tyler Band, Spurs, Buster Blue, and last but not least, The McCoy Tyler Band.

The bands have changed, the stage has changed, we’ve changed, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that we always have a great time at Moe’s Alley. Join us Friday, October 16th 2015 at Moe’s Alley with The Soft White Sixties opening.

PS October 16th may or may not be a birthday of one of the Coffis Brothers, and we may or may not be celebrating such birthday that night. Come find out on the 16th.

Friday October 16 Moe’s Alley

8pm doors 

9pm show

Tix $9 adv/ $12 door

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502767500035469/

http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2181&artist=The_Coffis_Brothers_+_The_Soft_White_Sixties

Coffis Brothers Do Everly Brothers

On Friday August 28, 2015 we will be performing our second Tribute to The Everly Brothers show at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz. We had such a good time doing this show last September that we knew we had to do it at least one more time. In the past 11 months we’ve had a great time playing these Everly Brothers songs wherever we go. On November 28 we played “Wake Up Little Susie” during our debut at the Fillmore opening for Jackie Greene. On February 7th we were back at the Fillmore and played “Love is Strange” to a sold out room, and on June 29 we encored with “Gone Gone Gone” to a raucous crowd at the Kate Wolf Music Festival. We never knew we would have so much fun learning and playing these songs and we are very excited to be back at the Kuumbwa playing the music of some of the pioneers of Rock and Roll Music. We hope you’ll join us for this special night.

http://kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/the-coffis-brothers-the-mountain-men/

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Summer Preview 2015

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for our Summer Preview for 2015! (And yes, we know this is the first time we’ve done one of these but just act like this is an annual thing you look forward to reading every year. Thanks.)

We have a lot to look forward to this Summer including playing at some new festivals, returning to some of our kate wolf posterfavorite’s, and playing with some of our favorite musicians and bands.

We are very excited to be making our debut at both the Kate Wolf Festival (June 25-28, Laytonville) and the Petaluma Music Festival (August 1st, Petaluma.) Artists at those festivals include The Wood Brothers, ALO, Smokey Robinson, Lukas Nelson & POTR, and our good friends Sherry Austin and Henhouse. We are also really excited to be making our return to the Redwood Mountain Faire (May 30-31, Felton). This takes place in our hometown of the San Lorenzo Valley at the beautiful Roaring Camp and is a local event that we look forward to every year. This will be our first time playing at the faire since 2013. You can catch us there on Saturday May 3oth along with The Meters Experience, Birds of Chicago, and Edge of the West, among others.

petaluma music festival posterIn addition to these festivals we have to highlight a couple shows we are particularly excited with. On Sunday May 31st we will be at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco opening for Jackie Greene. Jackie has been one of our favorite songwriters, guitarists, and performers for the past five years and it’s a huge thrill for us to be able to play with him on another legendary stage in San Francisco. Tickets are still available so we hope you’ll join us. (http://tickets.gamh.com/events/500480/jackie-greene/)

While we’re on the topic of our favorite guitarists, on June 10th we will be opening for the rocker, hall of famer, and heartbreaker, Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. We really can’t say enough about much we look up to Mike Campbell and how much his music has influenced us. This is a rare treat to have Campbell, and the Knobs, in Santa Cruz and at such an intimate venue like Moe’s Alley. We played with the Knobs last April in Santa Barbara so it comes with the greatest pleasure to be able to open for them in our hometown. You won’t want to miss this one! (http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2144&artist=The_Dirty_Knobs_with_Mike_Campbell,_Jason_Sinay,_Matt_Laug,_Lance_Morrison)

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San Francisco: Slim’s March 15th

Our last three visits to San Francisco haven’t been bad. On February 7th we played to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore opening for Poor Man’s Whiskey. On November 25th we celebrated Jackie Greene’s Birthday, also on stage at The Fillmore, when we opened for him on night one of his two nights there; and on October 25th we just enjoyed a Rock and Roll show by Delta Spirit, also at The Fillmore. Oh, and we watched the Giants beat the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series. That was cool, too. Our next visit to San Francisco comes this Sunday, March 15th, when we make our debut at Slim’s as the headliner.(http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2015-03-15/the-coffis-brothers/.)

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We will be making our headlining debut at Slim’s on March 15th where we will be joined by The Lady Crooners, and Karmen Buttler. We are very excited to be playing this legendary venue so DVR The Walking Dead (or whatever your Sunday night program is,) and come join us at Slim’s on Sunday March 15th at 7pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/411987868968958/

The Fillmore! Again…

On February 7th, our buddies, Poor Man’s Whiskey will be headlining The Fillmore and WE will be opening the show. We’re excited. It seems that every time we run into PMW it happens to be somewhere spectacular. We met PMW in 2013 at The Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring Camp in Felton. Since then we’ve run into them in Bend, Oregon on the Summer Solstice at the 4 Peaks Music Festival, and again on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska at Salmonstock. And although those festivals put us in some of the most special places we’ve ever been, for us, The Fillmore tops just about anything.

kyle, jamie, kellen fillmore

On Saturday February 7th we will be returning to The Fillmore for our second time when we open for Poor Man’s Whiskey! In addition to PMW’s set of originals, they will be covering Paul Simon’s Graceland album, which we’ve heard is like a pretty alright album. Oh, and Hot Buttered Rum will be joining PMW for their two sets. The point is we want you to be there with us. Show and ticket information is below.

February 7th- The Fillmore, San Francisco, (supporting Poor Man’s Whiskey)

Doors- 8pm

Show- 9pm

http://thefillmore.com/event/poor-mans-whiskey-with-the-coffis-brothers/?instance_id

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