Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
The Shapes, Papa Bear & The Easy Love, Brian Gallagher
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Thursday, December 19th
Live Music Showcase
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $7 advance, $10 day of show,

Moe's Alley presents THE SHAPES & PAPA BEAR & THE EASY LOVE, & BRIAN GALLAGHER (Wooster) for a live music showcase not to be missed.

Hailing from Surf City Santa Cruz, The Shapes are an Americana beach-folk band that features singer/songwriter duo Ashley Lloyd Thompson and Alex Thompson, Ron Work, Lisa Edberg, and occasionally Damon Danielson.

Formed in Spring 2012, the band incorporated local musician friends and new instrumental collaboration for the release of their first self-titled EP, delivering deep ocean blues, soulful rhythms, and relaxing yet upbeat lyrics.  Inspired by blues and soul singers and Malibu surf legends, Lloyd Thompson began her musical career performing at surf festivals and beach parties.

“I had a few friends at the beach that I would hear play, and I thought it was so amazing when they would improvise lyrics so freely,” she says. “I loved that, and just figured that's how music should be done.”  As a solo musician, she released her first album, True To Myself in 2004. She released her second album The Serenata Road Recordings, in 2008, while her first band, The Ashley Lloyd Situation was forming. That same year she met her husband, and musical soulmate Alex Thomspon

“Now I am influenced by Alex’s songwriting and velvet voice,” Lloyd Thomson says.
Likewise, native San-Franciscan Thompson is inspired by his wife, surfing sand points, and the music of JJ Kale, among many others. He lends his vocals and plays guitar, adding a smooth rhythm to the bands playful songs. Together the dynamic duo has learned to switch around instruments, adding versatility and strength.

Ron Work is on of the most talented Bay Area guitarists as well as the The Shapes lead guitarist. He is also instrumental in the band’s sound production. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Work traveled to Santa Cruz with another band before joining The Shapes. He began playing music in his teens, inspired by the great rock gods and eventually “all things funky and fresh.” Today you can find him playing in several different bands including Wasabi, a funk trio.

After Lisa Edberg discovered her father’s guitar in the closet she packed it with her and headed west from Colorado. She met Lloyd Thompson eight years ago after Work introduced her as a possible upright bassist for the band. Today, Santa Cruz keeps her happy and smiling and when she’s on tour with other bands, Work or Lloyd Thompson fills in on bass.  Separately, The Shapes are made up of talented and unique musicians, each continuing their own melodic journey. Together they create a collage of human experience, composing music from the heart, inspired by Santa Cruz’s natural environment: clean air, good vibes, and the waves.

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