FAT OPIE Performs at Artist Reception for Scott Mickelson

San Francisco's FAT OPIE will be performing at a.MUSE Gallery, 614 Alabama St. This is in celebration of the solo exhibition, PlasticWorks by SF artist Scott Mickelson. Mickelson, who is the singer/songwriter, has reunited FAT OPIE after an 8 year hiatus specifically for this event. Based in San Francisco, FAT OPIE began recording and touring in 1994. Their debut CD “Biscuits” led to a management deal with Lookout Management in LA. In 1996, they released “Hipsters, Freaks, Fags & Homeboys”. The “HIPSTERS” record introduced the varied instrumentation including banjos, mandolin, accordion and Moog pedals. The band toured extensively for the record and gained West Coast airplay and national press including an article in ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE. The “Airstream” CD in 1999 was the most ambitious project and they brought in a co-producer/engineer named Arjan McNamara. A more complex record both in songwriting and production, it gave FAT OPIE their two biggest successes. The song “Bullets in My Briefcase” won a national band search sponsored by 7-UP/SONICNET which included a prize of $15,000. The song “Mouth Like a Trucker” was featured in the motion picture ALONG THE WAY. FAT OPIE disbanded amicably in 2001. In 2003, Scott Mickelson, Robin Hildebrant and Dave Tavel reunited without the former guitarist and created OTIS, which was an acoustic trio. Soon after, Mickelson became ill and the music stopped until 2007 when Hildebrant began building his own recording studio. Inspired by the new possibilities, Mickelson began writing their strongest material to date. Now utilizing the same varied instrumentations and far-reaching production they are back as FAT OPIE. In 2009, FAT OPIE has signed a worldwide distribution deal with BLUE PIE PRODUCTIONS. The first new track “New Orleans” has received 1,000’s of Internet and FM radio plays. Music is available on iTUNES. For more info:www.fatopie.com
Mon 3/22/2010 2:43 PM