Great Shows for Mother’s Day Weekend

Drone at Funzone, EDM at Velvet Jones, and Bluegrass at SOhO

Pete Yorn
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Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you’re in the mood for some good bonding this weekend, why not take her to a concert?

For a very non-traditional experience, consider taking her to the Drone Zone. For 24 straight hours, Funzone will host 20-plus musicians for 24 hours of ambient, drone, and noise soundscapes, providing a solid block of prolonged, hypnotic waves and washes of tones and timbres from synths, guitars, computers, and more. Many of the musicians hail from the S.B. region. The event boasts the stated goal of “inspiring, provoking thought, and providing a meditative listening experience and working art space for attendees.” Bring open ears, an open mind, and perhaps an open journal or sketchbook page, allowing your thoughts to meditate in the midst of massive musical mists. The droning begins Friday, May 12, 8 p.m., and continues through Saturday, May 13, until 8 p.m. inside the East Beach Batting Cages (226 S. Milpas St.).

You and Yorn’s

Your mother may also be happy to know that Pete Yorn is coming to Velvet Jones (423 State St.) on Thursday, May 11, with his You & Me solo acoustic tour. Yorn is known to deal in pronouns, as one of his first projects was to make the score for the Jim Carrey film Me, Myself & Irene. He rose to musical prominence with 2001’s Musicforthemorningafter, and he most recently released ArrangingTime in 2016. Hear the man and his music starting at 7 p.m.

You Gotta Garuda

Hotel Garuda, the EDM sensations who found success on SoundCloud, will make Velvet Jones a great place to dance on Saturday, May 13, starting at 8:30 p.m. Formed by deejay/producer duo Manila Killa & Candle Weather, who met in middle school in Indonesia, the group’s unique take on house music has tallied millions of listens and multiple Hype Machine picks. Brooklyn’s Wingtip will join.

Pour Me Some Poor Man’s Whiskey

If dancing to banjos is more your style, you’re in luck, as Poor Man’s Whiskey is back in town. Like whiskey, known for its simultaneously invigorating and relaxing burn, the good time provided by Poor Man’s Whiskey will fire you up and ease your worries all at once. It’ll kick up the jams once again at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.) on Friday, May 12, at 9:30 p.m. in a near-yearly tradition for the homegrown act. For those who have followed the storied troupe of bluegrassers, they’ve continued their Californian kind of Appalachia ever since beginning in the Isla Vista environs, covering Paul Simon’s Graceland and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Catch them at SOhO, and hear what new kinds of good times they’re whipping up.

Head to Headless Household

Speaking of recurring regional acts, the always fascinating Headless Household will return to SOhO on Sunday, May 14, with a 1 p.m. afternoon performance presented by the S.B. Jazz Society. What makes them so compelling is their daring decision to continually forge forward with nonstop, unbounded creativity, genres and confinements be damned. Theirs is an unusually inventive kind of music in a town sometimes known for its comfortable cultural complacency. Hear what new tunes they’ve cooked up as a post-brunch repast, and enjoy an inventive afternoon.

A Map to Music

Hump Day is always something to be gotten over, and thankfully, We the Beat will help you get over any midweek blues with a performance by Bay Area–based band Geographer. With bright synths and bright colors, the band has made a creative cartography of indie-rock themes around kites and animal shapes. May it be a welcome return to innocence in the midweek mire of work and responsibility at SOhO on Wednesday, May 17, at 9 p.m.


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