The Meaty Ogres are a Berkeley, CA-based sextet with a mission to revive rock, funk, and soul favorites while introducing our own sounds from the Ogre creative archive. The band’s unique blend of musical backgrounds has created one of the Bay Area’s fun new groove-tastic forces. We are Dave Mackay (Harmonica, Percussion, vocals), Tommy Sasso (Keys, vocals), Chris Kemp (Drums), Andre DeRussy (Guitar, vocals), Joe Vittoria (Lead Guitar), and Joshua Kaplan (Bass).
The Fell Swoop pays homage to classic funk, soul, and rock n’ roll through a mix of originals and covers. Though they hail from all corners of the country, the band has called San Francisco home for the past 8 years. Whether playing on the street of the Mission or burning down the house at a wedding, The Fell Swoop is known to elevate any occasion. They have performed at such Bay Area venues and events as SF Pride, August Hall, The Boom Boom Room, Rickshaw Stop, Cornerstone, Starry Plough and more.
Their new album Swoopstakes is a tapestry of modern and classic sounds, touching on themes of mental health, psychedelia, and love and lust. The ten original songs will take you on a journey from cruising the open road of California’s coast, to cozying up next to your favorite cocktail at a local haunt or letting loose on the dance floor. Written collaboratively among the core five members, the album was crafted alongside veteran engineer and producer Nino Moschella at Bird and Egg Studios in Richmond, CA.