the ivy room improv/experimental hootenanny

initially 2008 - 2011 :: revived in 2017

The brainchild of Lucio Menegon, the Ivy Room Hootenanny started, we believe, in the summer of 2008 as a musicians hangout and, for fans of the less than ordinary, a wet dream. Crazy music, shifting sounds, living room ambiance. The tiniest slice of Berlin right in the San Francisco east bay. Every third Monday featured one featured act and three curated sets with five minute overlaps creating a seamless night of improvised outside music and spontaneous collaboration. Visual experimentation was encouraged, and circuits were routinely blown. The mantra: comfy couches • delicious beverages • NEVER a cover • many musicians • total surprises The Monday scene took root through the creative energy of Aram Shelton, Gene Baker, Andrew Conklin and CansaFis Foote supported by the free-thinking Ivy Room bartenders Ken McCown and Eric Leppo. In 2010, the scene grew up to Wednesdays, and any given Wednesday featured the best of outside music in a civilized setting, with occasional contemplation from the local press. In May 2011, the Hoot ended its series at the Ivy.

Initially all about comfy couches • delicious beverages • NEVER a cover • many musicians • total surprises, the 2017 edition of the Ivy Room Improv Experimental Hootenanny and Social Club convenes once a month to see to put ten pounds of music on a five-pound stage. We're also inspired by the now never-celebrated Ushi-matsuri festival, which the New York Public Library informs us includes: "...the Buddhist-derived deity Matarajin rode to the temple on a black ox. Once outside, he read nonsense verses from a sacred book, being interrupted all the while by devils (oni) who capered about and made noises to try to spoil the ritual. At the end of the ceremony, god and creatures all went together into the temple. This festival is no longer celebrated." ( That's inspiring. So we'll perform this ritual in the second set each time we convene: "The Matarajin deity (摩多羅神) dressed in white appears from darkness riding on a black ox. He climbs onto the altar in front of the temple accompanied by four oni. All of them wear paper masks. Matarajin starts reading prayers. The mantra is very long with a deliberate slowness. The oni and audience try to disturb reading. Nobody have any idea what it means, but if Matarajin makes a mistake, he has to read it all over again. Finally, Matarajin and the oni run down the altar and rush into the temple. The Japanese Tendai monk Ennin (794-864) introduced Matarajin to Japan from China as a protector deity of the Amida Sutra (ref Hiraizumi, Ennen-no-mai). " (

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Live Webcast - Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Swan/Towers Of Gold Stage

tune in now y'all :: Ornette's Prime Time Band Reunion featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Al MacDowell, Charlie Ellerbe, Badal Roy, Denardo Coleman with Special Guests David Murray, Wallace Roney & Marc Ribot Please note that in true HSB spirit, we allow each artist to decide if they would like to be streamed. This means not every artist from these stages will be included. We will do our best to keep an updated schedule of confirmed artists clearly listed here so check back to see updates. Don't forget t...

[06/15/17]   hoot rebooted! thanks Ivy Room and New Zombies! thanks good people of the Yay Area! see you next month!

[01/05/13]   Thanks, everyone, for liking us recently. Bit of a back story: the Hoot walked out of the Ivy back in June 2011 (yes, the screen door did hit us on the ass on our way out).

Now with the New Ivy in effect, shall we start something up again?


[06/17/11]   annnnnd we’re done! :: thanks for the dramamine!

[05/30/11]   A stick in the eye of the Ivy Room. The Hoot is dead, long live the Hoot.

[05/19/11]   hoot with us tonight :: 9pm free :: ivy room for the last time

[05/05/11]   on the air with crack o dawn tonight :: ivy hoot rareties! tune in at kpfa 94.1 or listen online at

[01/08/11]   cannot stop creating horrible puns based on its own name :: 2011 calendar now available

Zachary James Watkins Live @ IvyRoom 11-17-10 by BlackSpirituals "Zachary James Watkins Live @ IvyRoom 11-17-10" by BlackSpirituals. Live Electronics: Amplitude and Frequency Modulation Vocals with DOOM bass... I am digging my li... >> Shared via SoundCloud


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