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The Invisible Hands الأيادى الخفية, Alvarius B, Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 Members
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The Invisible Hands - الأيادى الخفية
Debut San Francisco Performance
Alan Bishop (of the legendary underground outfit Sun City Girls) has spent the better part of the past decade based in Cairo on a number of critical missions, but perhaps most notable is The Invisible Hands – the band he formed in 2011 with Egyptian musicians Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda. Via blues-rock, desert-psych, and the irresistible conjure of cinematic flourish, their 2013 debut album audaciously features an Arabic and English version of each song. Indeed the idiosyncrasies of Bishop’s own songwriting and that in collaboration with El Masri, transcend languages, as the band is apt to emote in a number of tongues in concert. Already familiar as a live act to the adventurous music scenes in Europe and Egypt, in July of 2019, the group embarks on their first tour of the U.S. with the quartet of Bishop, El-Masri, Hemeda, and Adham.

Alvarius B
In addition to his recent work in The Invisible Hands, our bard of the sardonic, Alvarius B. (aka Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls) has managed an appreciable expansion of his singer-songwriter and six-string strangler oeuvre, much of it cataloged on 2017’s bodacious Triple LP "With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven." His salty solo performances pull from a now easily triple-digit songbook that stretches back into his quarter century with Sun City Girls, and forward epochs.