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Portland bands Small Souls and Shoeshine Blue at Shell Cafe

  • Shell Cafe 1351 Price St Pismo Beach, CA, 93449 United States (map)

Two bands from Portland OR -- Small Souls and Shoeshine Blue -- will share the featured set on our weekly showcase.

Small Souls' sounds is hailed as "elegant, near- symphonic folk." (Portland Mercury). The band began three years ago as a collaboration between singer-songwriter Brian Rozendal and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Daste. Christian McKee joined the band, adding mandolin and layered harmonies. Small Souls is touring this winter to raise money and support for their second studio album. Preview their music at

Lo-fi, literary, blues, folk, gospel, and weirdly doo wop: Shoeshine Blue is songwriter Michael Apinyakul (pictured here), and a talented ship of pirates who follow him into the great sea of song. Says one reviewer, “Imagine a lovely ghost singing at an old bluesman’s funeral.” Shoeshine Blue's website is

Special guests on Dec. 18 include San Francisco’s Maurice Tani,

Also in the showcase: a duo called Gypsy Starfish, and newcomer PJ Robertson.

Songwriters At Play is held Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm at the Shell Cafe, 1351 Price Street, Pismo Beach, (805) 773-8300. The showcase includes one featured act and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but a tip bucket is passed during the featured artist's set. Our Thursday showcase is a co-production with Madeline Royal of Love Live Music.

Earlier Event: December 15
"An Irish Christmas" at the PAC