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Bear Market Riot & Arthur Watership

Songwriters at Play presents a concert featuring two of the Central Coast's top bands: Bear Market Riot (pictured here) and Arthur Watership. 7Sisters is an intimate venue, so advance tickets are strongly recommended. Buy your tickets here, and we'll reserve seats for you! 7Sisters is a craft beer maker, also serving wine and food.

Bear Market Riot is the “Power-Folk” duo of Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil. They met at Songwriters at Play events five years ago. Their energetic blend of sounds from folk to funk resonates with audiences of all ages. They are two heartfelt voices singing in harmony playing five instruments with their hands and feet, telling tales of adventure, equality, and romance. With a driving beat and layers of melody, Motil and Nordby create a sound greater than the sum of its parts. Bear Market Riot won SLO New Times readers poll pick for “Best Band” the last two years in a row! In 2017 they were runner-up in the High Sierra Music Festival Band Competition. As the emcees of Whale Rock Music Festival and frequent radio guests, they’ve earned a reputation as energetic hype-men. They’ve opened for the Brother’s Comatose, Fruition, The Lil’ Smokies, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lukas Nelson, and Nicki Bluhm.

Over time laced with an array of musical influences and experiences, Arthur Watership has cultivated a unique sound and style that is often compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Scout Niblet. Arthur Watership is the name given to the spirit that comes from the passion in performance; the ghost at the helm of life's journey. Arthur Watership songs are centered around a love of nature and a longing to return to it, and the human mishaps that bring us back. The band is built of a small and sturdy crew of musicians on a variety of instruments ranging from pedal steel to the rare Viola da Gamba.

Earlier Event: February 6
SLO Songwriters Circle
Later Event: February 8
Salty Suites Live