The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Lonnie Holley / Sun Foot

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performances
$15 Guests / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

The seventh of twenty-seven children, Lonnie Holley grew up working odd jobs, such as digging graves, cleaning up trash at a drive-in, and picking cotton. He survived a near-fatal car accident as well as a stay at a notoriously brutal juvenile detention facility, the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs. In 1979 his niece and nephew were killed in a house fire, and when his family could not afford tombstones, Holley carved them himself using salvaged industrial sandstone. Sculpting with found materials opened Holley to a new creative outlet, and he continued making art—the two-acre yard around his home was eventually filled with artwork. Holley combines recycled materials to construct stories, and each finished sculpture has a definition. Each element—from a piece of wire or twine to a small button or stone—is rich with meaning and is intended to be educational. Holley’s art and music invite audiences to engage with his personal philosophy: “My thing as an artist, I am not doing anything but still ringing that Liberty Bell, ding, ding, ding, on the shorelines of independence. Isn’t that beautiful? Can you hear the bell I’m ringing? And will you come running?”

Portland/Los Angeles-based three-piece outfit who play low-volume tunes through small amps and a drum set that consists of a hand drum, cymbal, pan lids, and electronic drum pad. All three sing, maybe play random cheap electronic keyboards, and probably switch off instruments. Good to listen to if you are interested in the sun and tired of negativity.  Sun Foot is Ron Burns (Smog, Hot Spit Dancers, Swell), Chris Johanson (visual artist, The Deep Throats, Tina Age 13), and Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Deep Fried Boogie Band, Jewelry Rash).

Earlier Event: June 7
Keith Hennessy: Crotch
Later Event: August 4
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