Upcoming Gigs!

September 28th – Asiento with “The Big Bang Surfers”: Japa on Accordion, with Sam Frangiamore on guitar and Maksim Pugach on ukulele. 2730 21st Street @ Bryant Street, San Francisco. 7pm

October 1 – Rock, Roll & Ride with us at China Camp 10am for bike ride and outdoor concert 3pm. Details here. Down in Front!

October 9th – The Big Bang Surfers play at the Burning Man Decompression Party, 19th Street Stage. Entrance at 19th St & Minnesota St. 2pm

October 18th – Japa performs solo at Songwriters in the Round: a trio of performers at the Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St. SF. 7:30pm

October 29th – Another gig with “The Big Bang Surfers” at Building Resources 701 Amador St. SF. 5-7pm


Donut Day is a huge success!


June 3rd, 2016 – Julie and I take the Bay Area donut shops by storm in celebration of “National Donut Day”. Half a dozen pop-up concerts on the back of a pickup truck at donut shops in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Of course, our title track, “The Donut Shop,” opened every show we played.

Japa’s song, “The Moth”, wins “Best Song of the Month” at San Francisco Songwriter’s Competition


Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 –

At the San Francisco chapter of the Westcoast Songwriters, Japa wins the monthly competition with her acoustic solo performance of her song, “The Moth”

Japa is now qualified to play in the yearly playoff competition in July.

“The Moth” is inspired by a dear love of mine who passed away in 2007. Michael and I shared the practice of Kundalini yoga. In this tradition, we chant the word “Akal”, which means “undying” or “deathless” to help the departed soul return home.

One day after Michael passed, I sat down with my guitar, “Rio” in a field of tall grass, which Michael referred to once as “Yogi Bhajan’s beard”. As soon as I sat down and started playing, a white moth flew down, landed on a piece of grass in front of me and stayed there the entire time I played.

As soon as I finished, The moth lifted off and flew away. This song is dedicated to you, Archangel Michael.