Penelope Houston w/ Tom Heyman // Paul Pot's Two Old & Then Some @ The Monkey House, Berkeley [8 July]

Penelope Houston w/ Tom Heyman // Paul Pot's Two Old & Then Some

19:30 - 22:30

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The Monkey House
1638 University Ave, Berkeley, California 94703
An intimate and early evening of song with PENELOPE HOUSTON accompanied by TOM HEYMAN. And Paul Pot's Too Old etc.
All Ages. BYOB.
sliding scale $10-20

The first thing you’ll read in any overview of Penelope Houston’s career is that she fronted the seminal San Francisco punk band, The Avengers. While her involvement in that band and the power of the music she helped create with them should never be diminished, it seems odd that the two short years she spent in a band while barely out of her teens could overshadow a long, award-winning career as a pioneering singer-songwriter. Any serious examination of her work should not put the emphasis on the fact that she was in the Avengers, but instead on why she was in the Avengers. Her fearlessness made her willing to take the creative plunge into the nascent and exciting world of punk rock in the late 70’s without much experience as a writer or performer. The subsequent series of battles, successes and disappointments would provide her with the courage to take risks in everything she’s produced since.

PAUL POT'S TWO OLD AND THEN SOME presents the quieter, quirky pop stylings of Berkeley's own Paul Pot, once a pope and now host of the Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic. A songwriter who, after having played since 1980 as a solo performer and in bands (Gail and the Fudgepackers, Poor Impulse Control, and currently The Happy Clams), has so successfully avoided fame that he doesn't even recognize himself when he looks in the mirror. He is joined by Roger Brown on lead guitar to make the Two Old and then some Leslie Thorne on stand-up bass is added in for good measure. Roger and Leslie perform regularly as «Yankee Gumbo» at Caffe Trieste in Berkeley.
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