Novato Live is a free concert series that takes place inside Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue the second and fourth Saturdays in February and March.
Bay Area native Devon Baldwin is a singer and songwriter who creates dreamy, sensuous pop songs with forward-thinking electronic production. A daughter of musicians, Baldwin sang since her youth, fronting several bands as a teenager, and even created her own independent study curriculum for songwriting with her music teacher in high school. She then moved to New Orleans to study as an opera singer at Loyola University, where she met producer Christoph Andersson and rapper Gerald Gillum (aka G-Eazy), and began creating music with both. Just before graduating from college, Baldwin wrote a chorus for Gillum titled “Let’s Get Lost”, which they recorded in their New Orleans apartment, and later became one of the most streamed songs on his debut album, These Things Happen. Soon after the early success of "Let’s Get Lost", Baldwin suffered a collapsed lung requiring several major surgeries leaving her temporarily unable to sing, but the hiatus gave her time to focus on writing lyrics. After successfully recuperating, she released her appropriately titled debut EP, Lungs, and resumed singing and touring, and appeared at festivals such as Austin's SXSW and the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Baldwin has since moved to Los Angeles, and continues to work with Andersson as well as Hayley Kiyoko collaborator, Jono Dorr. She’s released several singles following herLungs EP, including her popular original ’Dead of Night’ and a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’, both of which exceeded over a million streams on Spotify. Baldwin is currently finishing her next project, which is expected to be released in the top of 2020.
Roberto Aguilar studied classical guitar at City College of San Francisco. His interest in Flamenco began in 1996, studying with guitarists Jorge Liceaga and Manolo Fernandez. After a few years of playing for dancers he began taking dance lessons with Carola Zertuche. He has spent time in Madrid and Seville studying guitar with El Entri, Jesus Torres, Juan Antonio Suarez ‘Cano’ and dance with Maria Magdalena, Antonio Reyes, Manuel Betanzos, Alicia Marquez and Ramon Martinez.
He began his professional career at ‘La Bodega’, one of the first flamenco venues in San Francisco where he was a featured artist for many years. He was invited to participate in the International Culture and Tourism Festival in Beijing, China. Roberto has performed with Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco for several years is regularly selected to take part in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. He performed with the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company in the 7th Annual International Cultural Festival in Doha, Qatar.
He is a founding member of ‘The Flamenco Room’ at The Thirsty Bear and was musical director of La Tania production of ‘Despertar es un Color’ which premiered at the Cowell Theater to a sold out audience, and ‘Esencia’, performed at the Houston Spanish and Flamenco festival. Roberto works regularly with the best flamenco talent in the San Francisco Bay Area such as La Tania, Carola Zertuche, Kerensa DeMars and Melissa Cruz.
Los Angeles, CA - Lean has all but skipped through the baby steps of a band’s first year. 2017 started with a widely acclaimed first single “Come Back”. The video premiered with Nylon Magazine and was dubbed “The perfect make-out song”. The record quickly showed up on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlist and Apple’s “Breaking Alternative”. By the year’s end, the song had found praise once again as “Fresh Finds: Best of 2017” and bumped to Apple’s “A-List Alternative”. After appearing on the radar of tastemaker Kevin Bronson’s radio show and blog BuzzbandsLA the band garnered the attention of French indie label and playlist gurus Kitsuné. They released their second single “Years” on Kitsuné’s Hotstream playlist and again received acclaim on the label/playlist best of 2017.
The duo originally met after Kyle McCammon relocated from New York City. Shortly after meeting Stephen Johnson in Los Angeles, the two began writing and producing as Lean. “I had this concept of making a bunch of ‘90s hip-hop beats and then trying to build indie rock songs on top of them. With Stephen’s ear for hooks it came together effortlessly” McCammon said of Lean’s conception.
With their first year not even over yet, Lean is already poised to make a bigger splash in year two. Their their forthcoming album Years is set to be released in May 2018. Along with the album that was self-produced by the pair in their Los Angeles studio, they will release a single and video for their song “Inaction” and continue cutting though the fat of the music industry.
Phoenix, Arizona native Leeann Skoda moved to Los Angeles in2012 and quickly found herself part of a vibrant roots music scene. A few years later she was the winner of the Topanga Folk Festival singing award in and was featured on Record Store Day’s Like A Drunk in a Midnight Choir tribute album to Leonard Cohen. She has toured the country with musical collaborators and on her own in addition to playing hundreds of shows across Southern California. Her first full-length album Call Me Back Home was recorded in Long Beach, CA and released under BIG EGO Records in 2018