Z SPACE and piece by piece productions present

Weightless

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  <  BACK

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

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.


THE kilbanes

photo EMILY SEVIN

photo EMILY SEVIN

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. 

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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
monicapasqual.com • facebook.com/monicapasqual • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW                    

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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. 
tasqu.in  •  facebook.com/madelinetasquin  • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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Tuesday, FEB 27 - Foxtail Brigade's live show is a clockwork of junkyard beats, warped orchestral sonics, and Laura Weinbach's trademark voice and guitar intricacies with an ensemble featuring performing members of Bright Eyes, Van Dyke Parks, and John Cale. The songs tackle subjects of substitute teaching in the Oakland and LA public school scenes, steak appreciation, and general unfairness awareness with a warped pop sensibility akin to influences like St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, The Smiths, and Spoon.
hungryflies.org  •  facebook.com/foxtailsbrigade  •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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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.
rabbitquinn.com •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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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.
mickelsonmusic.com •  facebook.com/mickelsonmusic • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW 
 

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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.
lagentemusicsf.com •  LISTEN • BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW 

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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.
thealegresisters.com •  LISTEN •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS NIGHT 
 

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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.
thesamchase.com   •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW
 

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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
andrewstjames.com •  LISTEN •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS NIGHT

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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.
jeffcampbellmusic.com   •   BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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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. 
katrobichaud.com   •  BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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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.
jessebrewster.com    •   BUY TICKETS TO THIS SHOW

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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.
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MORE ACTS COMING FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES!
Wednesday, FEB 28 Opening Night TBA
Saturday, MAR 10 - Z Space Fundraising Event TBA


Press

Press contact: Mona Baroudi, Public Relations - Arts & Culture

415.615.2735 | email: mona@monabaroudipr.com