SONNY & THE SUNSETS with Luke Sweeney and Max Gardener

Sonny & The Sunsets

Luke Sweeney, Max Gardener

All Ages
SONNY & THE SUNSETS Luke Sweeney Max Gardener 8 pm $16 adv / $18 doors All Ages

Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that have included Shayde Sartin, Ryan Browne, Kelley Stoltz and Tahlia Harbour. Adopting a range of sounds Smith’s sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals.

San Francisco poet, composer, and guitarist Luke Sweeney picks up a variety of stylings from forebearers such as Marc Bolan, Al Green, and Stephen Malkmus like pieces of pavement bubblegum to build a bridge into new, unforged territories of psychedelic pop. This journey is sustained by a palpable substance in the hapless escape artists, hopeless romantics, and enduring spiritual images he embraces and celebrates along the way.

Max Gardener makes his self-described “bedroom theme music” amidst the solitude of his bedroom, and he intends for you to hear it in the solitude of yours. Except for on this particular evening, where you’ll hear it out in the wild on Fell St.

Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102