During the ’90s, before I left Tampa for Ann Arbor, Berlin and Los Angeles (a long story), my favorite bay area band was Halcyon. Deb Hunseder and Steph Callahan’s harmonies, their original songs and great covers, quickly built a strong local following. It didn’t hurt that they also had big personalities that made you feel like a friend, even if you were a first-timer at their show.
Returning to the bay area a few years ago I noticed a lot of the places where I once heard Halcyon have closed, but I was happy to know that Deb and Steph are still making great music.
I’ve been hoping to get them into our Side Door Cabaret and finally, it’s happening this Friday, Aug. 10 at 8. One of the best bands in town deserves a showcase in the best listening room in town.
If you haven’t caught the group, here’s some background:
Deb and Steph met in 1989 and had their first gig two weeks later. The harmonies were magic. Halcyon has opened for John Mayer, India, Irie, Joan Osborne, Tabithas Secret (now Matchbox 20), Sister Hazel, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joan Bias, Cheryl Wheeler, Wynona Judd, Patrice Pike, Sarah Bettens, Melissa Ferrick and Koko Taylor.
Based in Tampa Bay, the band built an iron-clad fan base by touring the U.S. and abroad, Halcyon has played mainstage Pride events, Olivia cruises, and festivals across the globe.
Look for me at the Side Door this Friday night. I’ll be the guy with the big smile on my face.
For tickets and more info visit: www.mypalladium.org
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