Down Dirty Shake on Its July Residency at Milk and How To Support the Local Music Scene

Down Dirty Shake take a month-long July residency at Milk Bar.
When the members of Down Dirty Shake look at the state of the San Francisco music scene, what they see is opportunity. The Beauville Boogie EP, released earlier this year, boasts a polished sound that blends old-fashioned crooning with hypnotic rock. The S.F. group has spent nine years maturing its brand of psychedelic soul, and now hungers to be at the forefront, building a community around the local music scene.

Down Dirty Shake's month-long July residency at Milk Bar in San Francisco, Milk Was A Bad Choice, is the latest iteration of the band's efforts to make this happen. It consists of five shows, four of which are free with RSVP. Starting this Wednesday, July 2, Down Dirty Shake headlines a weekly rotating four-band show, along with DJs, artists, projectionists, and Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen. Also, a compilation featuring one song from each band on the residency, Calcium Compilation Volume 2, will be available for free. Participating bands include surf-rockers The Love Dimension, the garage-psych outfit Coo Coo Birds, and a grand finale performance with psych-rock veterans Spindrift. Guitarist Kyle DeMartini sat down with SF Weekly to discuss jaded scenesters, why residencies are important for the local scene, and how to put S.F. back on the map. Stream The Beauville Boogie below while you read.

Not Dead Yet Fest was an important event for the S.F. music scene. Did it end up meeting expectations?

It surpassed my expectations. It was one of the best shows I'd been to, honestly, and for multiple reasons: Thee Parkside is fun, but the people that went to that show, the people that I've seen support the music scene here, all got together in one place to get behind the festival and support these bands. It was fucking magical. I guess I was just as skeptical as the next person as far as, "Is the music scene fucking dead? Did all musicians move away? Is this going to be a good turnout?" It inspired me to put even that much more into this residency, because there's still people that care and want the S.F. music scene to thrive. My hat's off to Down and Outlaws for putting that together.

A lot of residencies are sprouting up around the city at venues like Amnesia and the Chapel. Why do you think residencies and shows like NDYF are happening?

Everybody's favorite topic right now is the tech boom versus the artist's mecca, and there's a lot of people bitching. People are just putting on the same shows and are disappointed by the turnout, because they're not offering new things to more people. The whole trick with building this music scene is getting more people involved, and not being so jaded and so scenester, which turns people off from going to shows. [Residencies] are outlets for people to get involved and do something, support the local S.F. artists in each genre.

Speaking of supporting local artists, another group you're apart of is the San Francisco Bay Area Psychedelic Collective. What does this group do?

The S.F. Psych Collective is me and Clay Andrews (The Spiral Electric) who run that on Facebook and Twitter. The purpose was to bring people together: Everybody was out for themselves putting on their own shows. Everybody had their own fan base, and nobody was collaborating. If you're in a band in San Francisco and you don't go to any other shows except the ones you're playing, that's bullshit. We're over 500 members deep now. I would challenge people: If you are a member of the S.F. Psych Collective, you should go to one of these shows at Milk Bar.

So what is the Milk Was A Bad Choice residency all about?

The first ever residency [at Milk Bar] was with Down and Outlaws and they asked us to play. Mac Walker, who is a promoter at Milk Bar, he saw us play and he was like, "Man you really need to do one of these residencies. You gotta do the next one." At first it was really intimidating, because you have to put on like four or five shows in one month. That's a lot of work. But it was a nice challenge. I don't know if Mac is doing it every month, but it's at least one every two months. This is our second yearly July residency.

More specifically, what is this July residency going to offer that is unique, that separates it from any other show?

The main objective is creating a community of like-minded souls. I want people to think of this as a month-long festival. Every Wednesday should be like a Saturday now. It should be like, "Fucking, let's go party, it's Wednesday. There's a good show going on." One thing that I really want people to realize is that it's free to get in if you RSVP online. And when you get in for free, you get extremely good food at a low price. You get four local bands that are going to put on a great show. You have a great DJ spinning awesome tracks between sets. You have a visual artist doing projections. You have local artwork to check out. If it was me -- not putting this on -- and I just saw this, I would be there. There's no way I wouldn't.

Also, there are a few things to note about the finale, the July 30 date?

[That's] the only night that it's not free to RSVP. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. This is Spindrift's first date kicking off their U.S. tour. They just made a full movie called Ghost of the West and they're going to do a live screening. It's like an old spaghetti western-style movie. And then after the movie, KP, the lead guy of Spindrift, is going to do a Q&A about the movie and the tour. The bands start at 9 p.m. the Spiral Electric, Down and Outlaws, Down Dirty Shake, DJ Al Lover between, and then Spindrift is going on around 11:15 p.m. $8 online and then $12 at the door. That whole show is going to be filmed. There's going to be a drink special called the Down Dirty Shake, one called Spindrift. There will be a projectionist from White Light Prism. That night's just going to be epic.

Each night is free with RSVP on or $5 at the door, excluding the final night, which is $8 on or $12 at the door.

NIGHT 1 - July 2
Down Dirty Shake
The Love Dimension
Talk of Shamans
DJ Neel Boyett
Catbreast artwork Shannon Gluyas
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen

NIGHT 2 - July 9
Down Dirty Shake
Lemme Adams
Mark Nelsen (music page)
silent pictures
DJ Liam Caton
Artwork by Scott Franklin
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen

NIGHT 3 - July 16
Down Dirty Shake
Coo Coo Birds
Void Boys
Trendy Dad (formerly SFPD)
Art by Shannon and the Void Boys
DJ Moses Montalvo
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen

NIGHT 4 - July 23
Down Dirty Shake
The Electric Magpie
The Autonomics/ Mufassa
DJ Bazooka Joe ( Joe Finkel )
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen

Down Dirty Shake
Down and Outlaws
The Spiral Electric
Art by White Light Prism
DJ Al Lover
Arwork by Nina Theda Black
Beer Belly Pop Up Kitchen Victor Tence

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