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A captivating journey of psychedelic, electric blues, improvisational free jazz, and noise that features female vocals, electric auto harp, analog synths, effects, and a driving rhythm section, all fueled by a Dali-esque Cabaret sensibility. Tri-Cornered Tent Show is a carnival of madness, a freak show phantasmagoria, a circus of controlled chaos, and an electro-acoustic alien funhouse.

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TRI-CORNERED TENT SHOW. . .what an odd name. . .

In the early 20th century “tent shows” created multiple stages of interest vying simultaneously for attention.  They could be selling you medicine, salvation, entertainment or war. Drawing on combined influences in R&B/dance, classical, multi-cultural folk, progressive rock, 20th century avant garde and free jazz, TRI-CORNERED TENT SHOW pushes the envelope of melodic groove and arrhythmic improvisation, evoking echoes of the classic San Francisco sound of the Summer of Love fractured through the post modern view of the new millennium.

 

TRI-CORNERED TENT SHOW – Live! Compilation

Psychoville

CD Cover for “Welcome to Psychoville Population: 4″ released March 2014 on Edgetone Records

#6 on the Asheville charts / #2 Reverbnation San Francisco Experimental

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TCTS at the Luggage Store, San Francisco

“This unusual band has been together since the mid-70s.  .  . Each song is part of a concept of an avant-psych blues freak-out. . . The overall effect is supreme weirdness and eerie coolness, much as you would expect from a tent show.”  – Humana for KFJC Radio 2014

 

We are talking here of a bunch of experienced musicians. Valentina O is of a younger generation, an eclectic vocalist working as a opera singer, actor, performer, etc. They present an unusual blend of blues-rooted psychedelica and avant garde. Loosely constructed and played pieces. With an important role for the electric lapharp. The vocal performance by Valentina O however is the crucial element. Her acrobatics and expression give flesh and blood to their weird excursions.”   Steve Mecca, Chain DLK

LIVE STILLS:

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Tony and Ray 3

TCTS 6

PRESS REVIEW SAMPLING:

CHAIN D.L.K. 2014 Reviewed by Steve Mecca Rated: 4 Stars out of 5 VITAL WEEKLY April 2014 Reviewed by DM “Tri-Cornered Tent Show: Welcome to Psychoville, Population 4″ ‘Psychoville’ by the Tri-Cornered Tent Show. It has Philip Everett on electric lapharp and clarinet; Ray Schaeffer on electric basses; Anthony Flores on drums and Valentino O doing vocals and FX. Tri-Cornered Tent Show is an improvisation group that explores music inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Everett started his first group in 1967 and many were to follow. Also Flores and Schaeffer started in the 60s. So we are talking here of a bunch of experienced musicians. Valentina O is of a younger generation, an eclectic vocalist working as a opera singer, actor, performer, etc. They present an unusual blend of blues-rooted psychedelica and avant garde. Loosely constructed and played pieces. With an important role for the electric lapharp. The vocal performance by Valentina O however is the crucial element. Her acrobatics and expression give flesh and blood to their weird excursions. http://www.vitalweekly.net/936.html

Reviewed by Craig Allison, Craig Allison  is a career hi-fi specialist/musicologist/former professional musician who is deeply involved in music appreciation and the powerful rewards of attentive listening to music reproduced with low distortion. Psychoville is an excellent CD. I have very wide musical tastes, but it really isn’t a stretch to say that it fluidly combines so many elements that are normally poorly juxtaposed . Most folks write songs that are either happy or sad, bad or glad, up or down, etc. The songs on the disc move through all these normally quarantined-off moods and associated sounds as if they were obviously meant to flow together; it’s a beautiful thing, and that’s no stroke. Craig Allison is a career hi-fi specialist/musicologist/former professional musician who is deeply involved in music appreciation and the powerful rewards of attentive listening to music reproduced with low distortion. LAVISH HI FI April 24, 2014 “This is grade A bona-fide avant-garde with a cap’tal A . . . 4 Stars.” – Steve Mecca for Chain D.L.K

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“The overall effect is supreme weirdness and eerie coolness, much as you would expect from a tent show.”

– Humana for KFJC Radio

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ARTIST BIOS:

Flip-300-TCTS-Phil-1Philip Everett: Electric Lapharp and effects, percussion, and clarinet

Philip began music study at the age of 9 on clarinet, quickly moving to drums, Bartok, Debussy, and Gershwin, as well as New Orleans style 2nd line marches. Armed with an array of teachings, Philip became the leader of various groups over the years: His first group Ice, in 1967, was a psychedelic R & B ensemble that performed music in the style of Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. The band toured the Midwest in a beat up, old, black city bus, and opened for bands like Canned Heat and Sweetwater, until the group members went their separate ways in 1972, some of them going on to play with Peter Frampton, Tommy Bolin, Cannonball Adderly, Luther Tucker, members of the Eagles, and for other lesser known artists in the one minute of fame category. read more

 

Ray Schaeffer: Bass guitars and effects, audio engineering, roadie, Instrument repair, Chief wire thug. After studying music theory and upright bass in school, Ray worked in a diverse array of musical situations from full classical orchestra to Top 40 night club bands, folk rock bands, and experimental rock/improv groups going back to the early 70’s. read more

Anthony Flores: Drums, percussion, and handmade noisy things
300 TCTS Tony 1Anthony started playing at a very early age, banging on his mother’s pots and pans with wood stirring spoons. He got his first drum set in his teens.

Mostly a self taught musician, Anthony played in various garage bands in the 1960’s, and after moving to San Francisco in the 70’s, performed and recorded with a number of bands in multiple genres. His influences are, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey,Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, and Sun Ra.

 

Valentina O: Vocals and vocal effects200 Valentina 1

Valentina O is an eclectic and multifaceted vocalist who has not only appeared throughout the United States as an opera singer, actor and performer for companies such as San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera, but whose voice has also been heard in numerous soundtracks for television, film and commercials for Time/Life Warner, IMAX, and Garfield, as well as on multiple CD projects for recording artists, and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. read more

 PROMO POSTERS:

Tri-Cornered Tent Show and Pachuco Cadaver share the bill at Winters Tavern

Tri-Cornered Tent Show and Pachuco Cadaver at Winters Tavern

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TCTS CD release w/ Amy X at 50 Mason Social Club, SF

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Strictly Hardly Personal Festival, Berkeley Arts

SHOW SCHEDULE:

Valentina 9

August 11, 2017/Stork Club, Oakland, Ca

May 16, 2017/Hotel Utah, San Francisco, Ca

March 24, 2017/Stork Club, Oakland, Ca

August 1, 2016 / Makeout Room, San Francisco

June 4, 2016 / Next Now Festival, Berkeley Arts, Berkeley

November 19, 2015 / Winters Tavern , Pacifica

May 23, 2015 / Berkeley Arts, Berkeley

February 6, 2015 / Winters Tavern, Pacifica August 22, 2014 / Winters Tavern, Pacifica

July 26, 2014 / Stork Club, Oakland

May 29, 2014 / Next Now Festival, Berkeley Arts, Berkeley

March 29, 2014 / CD Release Show w/ Amy X Neuberg, 50 Mason Social House, San Francisco

August 8, 2013 / Stork Club, Oakland

July 15, 2013 / Luna’s Café and Juice Bar, Sacramento

January 4, 2013 / The Starry Plough, Berkeley

November 15,2012 / 50 Mason Social House, San Francisco

December 18, 2011 / The Simm Music Series, San Francisco

July 21, 2010 / Outsound New Music Festival, San Francisco

 

 

CONTACT INFO:

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For all things Tri-Cornered Tent Show:

Web: www.tricorneredtentshow.com

www.facebook.com/TriCorneredTentShow

www.reverbnation.com/tricorneredtentshow

CD’s and downloads available on:

www.edgetonerecords.com

Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes, Emusic

Email:

Info@TriCorneredTentShow.com

Phone: Ray Schaeffer 510-407-8033