Moe's Alley presents a live music showcase with Travis Hayes, Kai Killion, Rob Bobcat Armenti & Chicken Mama.
TRAVIS HAYES BIO: Travis Hayes isn’t the type to wear emotions on his sleeve. He saves that for his songs- brutally honest most of the time, and endearingly heartfelt all the time. Hayes continues the timeless tradition of soul-bearing songwriting to interpret our shared human experience into music.
Love, heartbreak, fading friendships, fraught relationships – they’re all expressed achingly through his impassioned voice and melodic guitar lines. Hayes echoes the earnestness of Springsteen, the pop sensibility of Petty, and the raw emotion of Ryan Adams.
July 2014 marked the release of Hayes’s debut album Young Daze. The album received critical acclaim from print and online media alike. The Deli Magazine praised Hayes’s ability to “…blend quintessential American music styles that nod to artists like Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp, while creating his own spin on his ballads, bringing a fresh and modern sound…” Infectious Magazine declared, “Travis Hayes’s Young Daze will entrance you and prove to be the refreshing, crisp sound you’ve been looking for.”
March 2015 brought a new feel for Hayes with the release of his acoustic EP Love Songs, featuring Emily Whitehurst (Tsunami Bomb / Survival Guide). SF Weekly dubbed the release “a heartfelt EP of acoustic folk-pop.” San Francisco TV and print contributor Broke Ass Stuart suggested, “If you want your girlfriend to miss you while she’s on vacation send her Love Songs, sung by a vocal duo whose harmony sounds as natural together as it is brutal on the ol’ heart strings.”
While Young Daze was a coming-of-age tale, and Love Songs touched on matters of the heart, Travis Hayes’s sophomore LP Sleepless explores a darker reality. Hayes delves into the challenges that inevitably come with growing older- themes that keep him awake at night. Now accompanied by a full-time backing band, Hayes’s sonic arrangements are grander, his vision is greater, and his words don’t just ring now, they soar. In his career, Hayes has shared the stage with acts such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Langhorne Slim and Chuck Ragan. In addition, he’s made appearances at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival, SXSW, Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival and embarked on many extensive tours around the United States. Simply put by Music Junkie Press, “If you are from the Bay Area and haven’t been to a Travis Hayes show, then you are missing out.”
KAI of GETAWAY DOGS
BOBCAT ROB ARMENTI - Bobcat Rob Armenti is an American Songwriter with a hankering for real, boot stomping, feel good, sometimes hard hitting but mostly uplifting music straight from the soul. Off the stage, the music never stops. Bobcat is known for his alternative shows, passion driven musical engagements for whomever happens to be around. From the streets of Santa Cruz and San Francisco to backyard campfires and gatherings all over the country.
After touring the country in a beat up RV with his band in 2013, Bobcat set up camp in the secluded mountain town of Lee Vining, CA where he wrote and recorded his debut solo record "The Cat's in the Saddle." An album full of Country Soul and Gritty Folk music, from heartwarming ballads to full fledged barn burners. "Pass Me That Whiskey" is an irresistible campfire ballad. "Shadows" is a haunting banjo number while still maintaining an uplifting message. "The Ticket" is an upbeat number that tells the tale of an unfortunate stranger looking for direction. The story is told and then summed up with, "As the story goes, you never know, who'll you'll come across or where you'll go. But there's a little bit of comfort in the unknown and I think that's a good state of mind."
Now, based out of Santa Cruz, CA, Bobcat continues to tour both as a solo act and with a full band. His second full length album is set to be released in 2017
"In general, Bobcat's stories are damn straight relatable and inspiring. Bobcat is an artist worth supporting." - Drew Fisher, Co-Founder, Lost Sierra Hoedown
CHICKEN MAMA- Chicken Mama is Kasia Kugay, born and raised in San Francisco by Polish and Turkish parents. Her original folk songs evoke the traditional music of the Black Sea, jazz, and lyrical themes of land and love. Listeners have praised her velvety tone of voice, rhythmic guitar work, and clever lyricism. Listen: Watch: