ECSP #20
Press Release - Announcement

MÄELSTROM, Mushroom and Species Being to perform at the Boathouse

FREMONT, CA (March 18, 1999) Exposé Concert Series Promotions (ECSP) announced today the first show in their 1999 concert series. Local bands Mäelstrom, Mushroom and Species Being are scheduled to perform Saturday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Boathouse in San Francisco.

The concert is general admission (21 and over) with tickets available via, at CD Warehouse in Sunnyvale and Newark, and from ECSP directly for $10 advance, $12.50 at the door. The Boathouse is located at 1 Harding Road near Lake Merced and the San Francisco Zoo, and can be reached at 415-681-2727.

Opening the show will be local act Species Being, the brainchild of Frank Grau. The group's first CD, "Yonilicious," has been available for several months and is receiving favorable international reviews for its complex arrangements and multi-instrumental dexterity. At times the group shows an intensity reminiscent of Univers Zero combined with the rhythmic foundation of Japan's Ruins and a whimsical sense of humor.

Please refer to for more information.

Mushroom, the second band of the evening, is another local act breaking into the international music scene. The following is taken from press release information from the group's new album, "Hydrogen Jukebox":

Since the release of their debut 12-inch, The Reeperbahn, and two European CDs, this San Francisco sextet has been turning a few heads. The most impressive commendations have come from Soft Machine founder Kevin Ayers and Daevid Allen of Gong. In May 1998, Ayers selected Mushroom to be the backing band for his first San Francisco concert in many years. Then in October, Daevid Allen performed with Mushroom as lead guitarist and invited various Mushroom members into the studio to do some recording with him.

Although Mushroom's first recordings centered around total improvisation, the band is now structuring their extended workouts. The first song on Jukebox is a two part epic titled "Elliot Smith" that is similar to the melodic dreamy soundscapes of the French band Air. Track five, "Still Waiting," recalls Eno-produced Talking Heads and mid 70's Can. Less studied than some of their Chicago-based "post rock" peers, Mushroom is also capable of complex arrangements as shown on the sixteen minute "McDonald and Giles." Perhaps an acid tinged Martin, Medeski and Wood would be a good comparison as well.

Last and not least, Mäelstrom will be returning for their fourth ECSP appearance in 3 years. Concert attendees have seen the band refine their guitar and sax duo attack despite major personnel changes that would have thwarted less confident lineups. The band opened for international act Deus Ex Machina last year in one of the finest gigs of the 1998 ECSP series. The group is close to completing their first CD release, and continues to produce an aggressive mix of jazz, rock and progressive styles that is unique in any music scene.

Jeff Melton, ECSP 510-796-5186 ECSP website: