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Rubber Souldiers in SF March 13

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Britgrass Invasion: An All-Bluegrass Tribute to The Music of The Beatles!

A bluegrass BATTLE OF THE BANDS featuring:

Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum), Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum), Chris Haugen (The Sleeping Giants, Newfangled Wasteland, Poor Man’s Whiskey tour…), & Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe)
T Sisters
Belle Monroe & her Brewglass Boys
Rusty Stringfield
The Beauty Operators
Emily Yates, Eventual Ukulele Superstar

Special celebrity guests Bill Evans Banjo and Rubber Souldiers!!!! (David Gans, Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, withJoshua Zucker)

MC’d by Chuck Poling.

Rubber Souldiers appear as non-combatants

Thursday, March 13, 7pm
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street, San Francisco

link to Facebook event

Rubber Souldiers northern California gigs in June and July

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Rubber Souldiers, the “Beatle Jam Band”:

Saturday, June 4, 9pm: Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato CA. Advance tickets here.

Thursday, June 9, 9pm: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA with Galen Kipar

Galen Kipar is a brilliant young singer-songwriter from Asheville NC. I want everyone to come hear him!

Saturday, June 18, 2pm: Marin Art Festival 2011, by the Lagoon at the Marin Center Fairgrounds in San Rafael, CA 

The Marin Art Festival is our county’s lawn party for the arts and “one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation.” The event, now in its 15th year, features work from over 200 artists from across the globe who are eager to share their work and discuss their creative process. The festival will host an artist preview and silent auction as well as continue its popular hourly raffle for “art bucks”, $100 towards the purchase of art with participating artists. The festival is full of color and surprise and offers a unique line up of entertainment including whimsical stilt walkers, hands-on art projects for children, and live music featuring some of the best Bay Area bands headlined by Mark Karan and Rubber Souldiers on Saturday and Houston Jones on Sunday. As is tradition, Taiko drumming starts off the festival each morning. Back by popular demand will be the Marin Dance Showcase Stage featuring many dance styles from Hula to Hip Hop!

This year’s Master Artist is Tom Killion of West Marin.  His woodcut prints of California and the Sierras are internationally celebrated.

New this year: Marin Oyster Fest with Drakes Bay Oysters.  They will shuck them and you can suck them!

Tickets are $10.00.   Children 14 and under are free. The event has ample free parking.
The Festival happens Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, from 10am to 6pm.

On the radio Saturday, June 25, 10am-noon PDT: Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live, broadcasting from the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Tickets and more info here. Station list here.

Saturday, June 25, 6:30pm: Children’s Fairyland, Oakland CA – All ages show!

Saturday, July 9, 8:30 pm: Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio CA

Rubber Souldiers’ big day: June 25

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Rubber Souldiers will perform (10 am to noon Pacific Time) on Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live on the morning of Saturday, June 25, and then we’ll head over to Oakland to play an all-ages show at the wonderful Children’s Fairyland, on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Please join us for both!

Rubber Souldiers play Berkeley this Thursday 4/21

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Rubber Souldiers – the “Beatles jam band” – play Thursday, April 21, 9pm at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA. Admission is $10.

Rubber Souldiers studio recordings

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Just finished a three-song Rubber Souldiers demo, with engineer Jeremy Goody at his Megasonic studio in Piedmont CA.

It Won’t Please Me Long
Norwegian Boy
Here Comes the Sun

Please post a comment here – let us know how you like the music, and please spread the link around,too! We’re looking for gigs, a record deal, management, investors – whatever it takes to get this joyful music out into the world! Come hear us play and sing, and please spread the word and the music!

Betty Cantor-Jackson and “All Things Must Pass”

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Betty Cantor-Jackson, longtime member of the Grateful Dead production team, tells of meeting George Harrison in a London recording studio in 1970. She gave him a bit of advice that worked out well for all of us.

Gans gig update – plus

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Hello, friends –

This is a gigspam message with some extra stuff in it.

It’s been a busy and musically rewarding summer despite the weird and somewhat depressing state of the music business. Although gasoline prices have come down from their alarming peaks of last summer, the cost-benefit analysis of doing club dates is not terribly encouraging, so I have largely stuck to the festival gigs rather than strings of one-nighters. I passed up an opportunity to play A Bear’s Picnic for the third year in a row in order to spend my wife’s birthday with her in one of her favorites places: Point Reyes National Seashore. I had a fine time at Grateful Fest (Nelson Ledges, Ohio) and Gathering of the Vibes (Bridgeport, Connecticut), and I’ve been playing a lot in the Bay Area in various solo and ensemble configurations. And Rubber Souldiers have had some swell times, too, in between the Rowan Brothers’ and my own musical commitments. We are gearing up for more adventures with our “Beatles jam band,” including a return to MagnoliaFest in October and (we hope) more touring in 2010.

In September I will play Schwagstock, my second appearance at Camp Zoe (Missouri) this year; October will see my much-anticipated (by me!) debut at Shakori Hills in Pittsboro, North Carolina – hosted by the wonderful band Donna the Buffalo. I’ll tour in the east between Shakori Hills and Magnolia Fest; I am hoping to fill in the mid-October stretch with performances in several southeastern towns I’ve been missing for way too long; I’ve already got 10/20 confirmed in Cullman, Alabama, and I am working on other possibilities in the region. I’ll post the gigs at as they’re confirmed.

Okay, now here’s the “extra stuff.” On June 21, my longtime friend and musical partner Alan Feldstein died at home from a heart attack. The news hit our old Berkeley crowd hard; to me, it feels like a major thread of my life’s tapestry has been yanked out. Al and I had what you might call a tumultuous relationship over the years; his wife, Caryn, told me recently she called me “Al’s other wife” – undoubtedly because we fought like a married couple a lot! But we made a lot of music together, and I have been laughing and crying through an extensive audio archive of our history since we got the news.

Our friendship and musical relationship began when I moved to Berkeley in 1973. We bonded over Grateful Dead music but shared a love for many styles, and we played each other’s original music in various bands, most notably The Reptiles, off and on for more than thirty years. Many of the highest moments of my life had Al in ’em, and I’m having a hard time getting used to the idea that we won’t have any more.

You can read about Al, hear some of the music we made together, and see some of his own words from online posts, on my blog – – and I would especially like to direct your attention to the comments section of this post, where several dozen others who loved Al Feldstein have shared their thoughts and stories.

You might also enjoy looking at these photos from our mutual history: on my flickr page and, from Rich Burgdorf.

We’re getting the old band, and gang, together in Al’s memory on Friday, September 4, at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. I’ve been performing two of Al’s six Reptile originals for several years, and I am working up the other four because I can’t imagine not playing them ever again. Anyone who attends the four solo shows I’m doing in the next week and a half (details below) will hear these works-in-progress.

Friday, August 28: House concert in Salt Lake City. Email for info & reservations.

Saturday, August 29: Private event in Moab UT

Sunday, August 30, 6:00 pm: Dolores River Brewery, Dolores CO with The Lindells. No cover!

Tuesday, September 1, 7pm: The Rim Rock, 2523 East Utah Highway 24, Torrey UT. No cover!

Thursday, September 3, 7:30 pm: Rubber Souldiers in the Parking Lot at Adele’s, corner of Curry & John Streets in Carson City

Friday, September 4: Reptiles reunion in memory of Al Feldstein. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

September 18-19: Schwagstock, Camp Zoe MO. The Schwag, EOTO, Panjea, Nailhouse, and more.

Saturday, September 26, 1:10-1:55 pm: Rubber Souldiers @ Rock’n’Blues By the Lake, Stafford Lake, Novato CA.

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm: Celebrating Songwriters with DG, Garrin Benfield, and host Caren Armstrong. $10 donation. Left Coast Cyclery, 2928 Domingo Ave, Berkeley CA.

October 8-11: Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Pittsboro NC

Tuesday, October 20: Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House, 304 1st Ave, Cullman, AL.

October 22-25: MagnoliaFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. DG will play solo and with Rubber Souldiers

Friday, October 30: Chico CA – benefit for KZFR community radio. Details TBA.

Saturday, October 31: DG opens for The Waybacks in Mt Shasta CA

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Rubber Souldiers 7/9/09 download

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Courtesy of Rich Selleseth, an excellent recording of a fairly decent Rubber Souldiers set (see below for links):

Rubber Souldiers
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Todos Santos Plaza, Concord CA

You’re Gonna Lose That Girl
This Norwegian Boy
All My Lovin’->
Rain Within You
If I Fell Across the Universe
Things We Said Today->
No Reply
It Won’t Please Me Long
Doctor Robert
Here Comes the Sun
I Should Have Known Better
The Word
Eight Days a Week

Download the audio here or here.

Rubber Souldiers at the Freight tonight!

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Rubber Souldiers top the bill at a “60s British Explosion Unplugged!” extravaganza at the Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison Street in Berkeley CA.

Also appearing at the Raveups (Yardbirds tribute); Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings; Steve Emerson; and Al Chan of the Rubinoos.

Rubber Souldiers fancy ourselves as “Beatles jam band” rather than a tribute or clone. We take these great songs, stretch them out, improvise, and reinvent. We’re having a blast doing it, and we hope you’ll join us. We’d like to play The Freight again, and so we need a good turnout tonight. Showtime is 8pm.

Rubber Souldiers at SpringFest: the videos

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Geoffrey P. Stevens has posted a collection of videos of the backstage jam after the close of the Suwannee SpringFest March 29. This was Rubber Souldiers and Friends, including Jim Lauderdale, Jeb Puryear, Tara Nevins, Bobby Miller, Randy Judy, and others. Chris and Lorin and I gave up at around 3 am, but we heard that it went on til around 6 in the morning!

Rubber Souldiers rehearse 12/13/08

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Chris and Lorin’s niece, Amanda Rose, caught us backstage preparing for our performance at the Rex Foundation benefit.

Upcoming Rubber Souldiers shows

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Upcoming Rubber Souldiers gigs:

  • March 26-29: Suwannee SpringFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak FL (just across the Georgia line). David Gans plays solo and with Rubber Souldiers! Plus Donna the Buffalo, Emmitt Nershi Band, The Duhks, The Lee Boys, Darrell Scott, Darol Anger & Mike Marshall with V sen, Blueground Undergrass, Dread Clampitt, more TBA.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 6-10pm: Rubber Souldiers perform at the Annual Kickoff Dinner/Fundraiser for the 20th Larkspur Flower and Food Festival. American Legion Hall, 500 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur CA (Formerly the Larkspur Cafe Theatre). Tickets $30 including dinner, wine, and live music. No host bar. For reservations Call Joanie Connor LCA President: 415-924-3808
  • Thursday, April 2, 9:00pm: Rubber Souldiers Revue at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA. $10. 510-525-5099
  • Thursday, April 23: Rubber Souldiers (acoustic) open for Greensky Bluegrass and Great American Taxi at the Mission Rock Cafe, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco
  • Sunday, May 17: Rubber Souldiers, the Raveups, and others perform “’60s British Explosion Unplugged!” at the Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley
  • Gans on tour: southwest and beyond

    Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

    Still trying to fill in a Las Vegas play for Tuesday, March 3. Stay tuned…

    Friday, Feb 27, 7pm: House concert in Placitas NM. Email for details & reservations

    Sunday, March 1, 7pm MST: “House” concert at KZMU in Moab, Utah. Live performance at the radio station (1734 Rocky Road, Moab) and streaming online at It’s the Kokopelli Coffee House with host Backofbeyondananda. Suggested donation $10 and some food to share.

    Monday, March 2, 6:30pm: House concert in Salt Lake City. Suggested donation $10 and some food to share. Email for more info.

    Wednesday, March 4, 9:00 pm: Flagstaff Brewing Company, 16 E. Route 66, Flagstaff AZ. No cover!

    Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market at Splash Pad Park (across from the Grand Lake Theater) in Oakland CA. Free! Great produce, crafts, and prepared foods.

    Saturday, March 7, 6pm: Rubber Souldiers and Batacha play a benefit and auction for the Nonesuch School. Masonic Center, 373 N. Main, Sebastopol CA. $20, or $15 if you bring 3 cans of food for the food bank. 707-696-6800.

    Saturday, March 14, 3-5pm: Saturday Casual & Cozy winter time Music Series at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax, CA. No cover!

    March 26-29: Suwannee SpringFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak FL (just across the Georgia line). DG plays solo and with Rubber Souldiers! Plus Donna the Buffalo, Emmitt Nershi Band, The Duhks, The Lee Boys, Darrell Scott, Darol Anger & Mike Marshall with Väsen, Blueground Undergrass, Dread Clampitt, more TBA.

    April 17-18: SpringJam 5 at Camp Zoe, Salem MO. The Schwag, NRPS, Donna Jean Gochaux, Moonalice, DG, and more.

    Sunday, May 17: Rubber Souldiers, the Raveups, and others perform “’60s British Explosion Unplugged!” at the Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley

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    Beatles interview 8/19/64

    Monday, February 9th, 2009

    Amazing. An 8-minute interview with Paul and George by Hilly Rose of KCBS in San Francisco.