Jeff Pehrson, Maurice Tani, Jim Bruno
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

stellar songwriters in-the-round

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Jeff PehrsonJeff Pehrson is a marvelous songwriter, singer, and guitarist who has been wowing Freight audiences as half of Box Set Duo and also plays with the bands The Fall Risk and Furthur. Jeff enjoyed considerable success with Box Set in the 1990s, recording seven albums and winning Bay Area Music Awards for Best Club Band and Outstanding Americana/Roots Band, and a “Group of the Year” award from the National Academy of Songwriters. After a stint working in San Francisco in mergers and acquisitions, he founded The Fall Risk in 2009, joined Furthur in 2010, and recently reunited with Jim Brunberg for a series of shows as Box Set Duo. His songs are intricate and imaginative, and he performs with great jam band spirit.

Maurice TaniSan Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat. The San Francisco Chronicle has praised his “twangy modern country sound” and called his songs “wry yet romantic, tender but aggressive.” In the past year, he has released two albums—a studio recording with 77 El Deora called Blue Line, and Two Stroke, a collection of acoustic duos with his bassist, Mike Anderson. The website No Depression calls the sound “hillbilly noir” – “at once familiar, ethereal and beautiful.” Maurice calls it “cinema for the blind.” His music paints vivid pictures of the darker side of human relationships – but even at its darkest, it swings.

Jim BrunoJim Bruno is a singer and songwriter from Chicago, now based in the Bay Area, who teaches songwriting at Foothill College as well as at the Freight. Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Mary Lou Lord, Thad Cockrell, and Laurie MacAllister have recorded songs that Jim has written or co-written. He has a new album, The Patron Saint of Lost Causes, and that title conveys the feel of his music – clever lyrics and catchy tunes that often evoke a bittersweet, nostalgic mood. “May he continue to write songs long into a brilliant future,” says the website And may we continue to hear them!

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