"...Kilbanes could fly endlessly into space on a single, hypnotically executed chord."
- Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle 

"When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I’m pretty certain my ideal afterlife will be an ongoing concert by The Kilbanes" - Chad Jones, Theater Dogs

"The sisters’ journey is violent and cathartic and transformational.
At the end, it soars, weightlessly." - SF/ARTS

Art Photo  Emily Sevin |  Live Photos  Julie Schuchard  

Art Photo Emily Sevin | Live Photos Julie Schuchard 

Z SPACE and piece by piece productions present


February 23 - March 18, 2018 on Z Space's Main Stage

A New Rock Opera by The Kilbanes
Sisterhood. Love. Betrayal.

Part Concert, Part Play, Part Dream, Weightless weaves together ancient myth with evocative indie rock to tell a story of sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. Inspired by the tale of Procne and Philomela from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Kilbanes have crafted an evening of intimate storytelling infused with the raucous energy of a rock show and the imaginative spirit of raw experimental theatre.

Featuring Lila Blue, Julia Brothers, Dan Harris, Kate Kilbane, Dan Moses and Josh Pollock | Directed by Becca Wolff  

For this unique offering, Z Space is transforming itself into a deluxe rock and roll nightclub with the intimacy of a speakeasy. To add to the experience, The Kilbanes are curating full evenings of the best in Bay Area Indie music; inviting special musical guests to perform before performances of Weightless<  BACK


Join us for a celebration of new work at the Weightless benefit performance on Saturday March 10! A smokin' hot set from Rafael Bustamente Sarria will kick off the evening, followed by Weightless, and an after party with the cast and crew! 

THE kilbanes

The Kilbanes are a captivating voice in the Bay Area music and theater scenes. This Oakland-based, theatrical rock band is the musical experiment of Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses, a songwriting duo (who happen to be married). The Kilbanes have created a performance style that blends the raucous energy of a rock show with the mesmerizing storytelling found in raw, experimental theater. Weightless, the Kilbanes' second rock opera, is getting its world premiere production at Z Space in February and March of 2018. The SF Chronicle named a 2016 concert-version of The Kilbanes' rock opera, Weightless, as one of the "Top Ten Theater Picks of 2016". Commissioned by Z Space, Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called it "One of the best shows of the year" and named Kate one of the Bay area's 11 Theater Artists to watch in 2013.  More >>

Opening Acts

All shows except Sunday matinees have an opening act, chosen personally by the Kilbanes to add to the night's experience. 


Friday, FEB 23 - Monica Pasqual "There is a rare elegance and subtle drama to her lyrics.  The melodies sway and soar, haunting in one moment, majestic in the next….every track is a gem.  Pasqual is a very special artist, exploring love, loss and life in profoundly moving ways.  To know her music is to love it.  Far more people should know it.”  —Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics • • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW                    


Saturday, FEB 24 - Madeline Tasquin Accompanying herself on piano, guitar or ukulele, East Bay-based singer-songwriter-performer Madeline Tasquin delivers her intricately-crafted and uplifting music with a radiant stage presence. With spontaneity, humor and vulnerability in all the right moments, and a voice that doesn’t seem it could possibly emerge from her small frame.  •  • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Tuesday, FEB 27 - Graham Patzner  Patzner’s voice, both smokey and soaring, leads a passionate live show as the band’s classic rock sound seamlessly cascades through realms of bluesy devotion, psychedelic melancholy, and twangy celebration.



Wednesday, FEB 28 - Meisner and Smith Soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting - Misner & Smith's sound harkens back to the bedrock of modern american rock & folk. Paying tribute to strong influences like Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, and Buffalo Springfield, they invent a sound all their own, seducing listeners with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Their partnership in music is a search for meaning. •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW 


Thursday, MAR 1 - Rabbit Quinn San Francisco-based pianist, vocalist and songwriter Rabbit Quinn crafts otherworldly fables reminiscent of unconventional piano rock storytellers such as Kate Bush, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Tori Amos. History, myth and literature transform Quinn’s footprints into compositions which are delicate, dark and romantic. •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Friday, MAR 2 - Scott Mickelson Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mickelson has lived in the Bay Area since the 80’s. In San Francisco, Mickelson can be seen performing at the top venues including The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall. When not on tour, Mickelson produces from his Marin studio. • • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW 


Saturday, MAR 3 - Rafael Sarria is a singer songwriter, band leader of the San Francisco based, international recording group LA GENTE. He has created his own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Salsa. Rafael fuses together rhythms and cultural influences from all over the Caribbean with his distinct Bay Area flavor and style to create an infectious, high energy sound. •  LISTEN • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW 


Wednesday, MAR 7 - The Alegre Sisters are a harmonizing, ukulele-strumming sister band.  Mama Alegre taught sisters CJ and Lauren to harmonize when they were knee high to a grasshopper, and today their precise, intimately blended vocals conjure the one-of-a-kind magic of homegrown music. •  LISTEN •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS NIGHT 


Thursday, MAR 8 - The Sam Chase (solo performance) blends rock n roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. He is a natural storyteller with a voice that sounds as if it has weathered many an epic tale. With boot stomping music and lyrics that have been immortalized on the tattooed skin of his fans, The Sam Chase doesn’t mess around.   •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Friday, MAR 9 - Andrew St. James
San Francisco native, Andrew St. James’ outlook may seem contrary to his generations unwavering optimism and the idea that the best is yet to come…that what we have done before is only setting the stage. His music is complex and introspective and sometimes dark."There are obvious comparisons to Bob Dylan to be made but that might downplay St. James’ ability." –Surviving the Golden Age •  LISTEN •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS NIGHT


Wednesday, MAR 14 - Jeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have found him sharing stages with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, The Grateful Dead, and opening for Train. After being crowned winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Competition his 2013 EP Release, “In Spite of Everything”premiered at #1 on the iTunes rock EPs and singles charts.   •   BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Thursday, MAR 15 - Kat Robichaud From Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret, please welcome Kat and her darling right hand man, Brendan Getzell. Kat writes two original songs for each new Misfit Cabaret and weaves them seamlessly into a magical theatrical show with soaring aerialists, burlesque darlings, puppets, and drag queens. Kat and Brendan will perform a special set of Misfit Cabaret songs, as well as songs from her first solo album, Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits.   •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Friday, MAR 16 - Jesse Brewster Fast or slow, heavy or soft, there’s an infectious pull in Brewster’s songwriting that is impossible to ignore. Brewster and his guitar perform with a symbiotic grace, both in the studio and on stage, and as a songwriter he has reached a point in his creative arc where a bad day would be a good day for most other writers.    •   BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW


Saturday, MAR 17 - Owen Robertsmusic has been described as "visceral" (San Francisco Chronicle), "perfectly Californian" (KQED), and "explosive" (NBC San Diego). As frontman and songwriter for the Berkeley-based band Shady Maples, Roberts has toured the coasts as a solo artist and band leader.


*Saturday, MAR 10 - Z Space Fundraising Event TBA


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