15th September 2022
JUMP TO: Santa Rosa | San Francisco | Meet Team TLC

Celebrating the 1 Year RE-Opening of

TLC Santa Rosa

Thursday, September 15th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

TLC Song Service w/ Mel Baker, Tim Dixon, Alex Margitich

Every third Thursday The Lost Church Santa Rosa features three songwriters sharing the spotlight with insights into the craft of the song from inspiration to final form. Thursday, September 15th features multi-instrumentalist Mel Baker (from psych rock band, SAMVEGA), Tim Dixon (founder of CRUX, Semi-Evolved Simians) returning from a 10 year hiatus and Alex Margitich, songwriter/composer of dreamy sonic landscapes. 

Recommended If You Like: SAMVEGA, The Crux, Waters, Tom Waits, Geographer

Friday, September 16th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

Jason Eady (Fort Worth, TX) + Ben Danaher (Nashville, TN)

Jason Eady is touring with a new release on his belt, The Passage of Time, his most lyrically complex and compelling work to date, exploring aging, loss and the fragility of life.

Ben Danaher channels stories through unforgettable melodies with sincere and impactful intensity.

Recommended If You Like: Merle Haggard, Buddy Miller, Band of Heathens

Saturday, September 17th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

The Sam Chase Trio

Sam Chase is a natural storyteller, treating crowds to evenings of soul-baring ballads. Devon McClive and Chandra Johnson simultaneously create an enchanting atmosphere and astound with their passionate musicianship.

Recommended If You Like: John Prine, Tom Waits, Nirvana Unplugged, Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, Nick Drake

Sunday, September 18th | Matinee. Doors at 2:00 Show 2:45-5:00pm – MUSIC

Hippititti and Sally Haggard

HippiTitti gets seriously silly, musically painting stories of the human condition, harboring community and a fun, free, good’ol time through sounds of jazz, folk, funk, and psychedelia.

Sally Haggard’s folk and blues style portray songs about heartfelt love lost, Zombies, and humorous breakup songs. 

Recommended if you like: Roxy Music, Phish, Ten Thousand Maniacs, Dolly Parton, Jefferson Airplane, ABBA, Florence and the Machine, Tenacious D

The Lost Church Santa Rosa is located on Ross Street (between Mendocino & B) in Downtown Santa Rosa

(23-min from Petaluma, 40-min from San Rafael, 1 hr 6-min from San Francisco, 1 hr 9-min from Oakland)

Matinee performances end at 5pm | Evening performances end at 10:30pm

We’re offering full refunds for non-attendance or cancelations due to COVID exposure, so there is no risk in showing your support by getting advanced tickets.

ADA Accessible.

Just Announced at The Lost Church


Friday, October 14th: Nick Gamer & The Midnight Angels (Nick was formerly the guitarist with Japanese Breakfast) + Clementine Darling 

Friday, November 4th: Garrett Pierce and Petracovich

Sunday, November 13th: Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues | Gary Vogensen


Seating is First Come, First Served.

All Ages are welcome

(Except for babies, children, and adults who cannot focus for two hours and enjoy the performance)

Our Current Safety Protocols

Vaccines, boosters, and masks are strongly encouraged, but are not required as per local Public Health Policy.

Thursday, September 15th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

Jason Eady (Fort Worth, TX) + Ben Danaher (Nashville, TN)

Jason Eady‘s music combines contemporary country with traces of bluegrass and Americana, and he found an eager audience for his work after settling in Texas. https://www.jasoneady.com/

A native Texan now calling Nashville home, singer/songwriter Ben Danaher created his own sound mixing elements from Country, Blues, and Americana to help illustrate his stories.

Recommended If You Like: Merle Haggard, Buddy Miller, Band of Heathens

Friday, September 16th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

The Sam Chase Trio + Zoë Winter

Stories, strings, and a voice like wrought iron… The Sam Chase Trio blends epic arrangements with hard-living poetry and a dash of rock and roll spirit.

Coastal Sonoma County singer-songwriter Zoë Winter lulls the heart with lilting and enchanting melodies akin to Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell & Nick Drake.

Recommended if you like: John Prine, Tom Waits, Nirvana Unplugged, Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling, Nick Drake

Saturday, September 17th | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

Hip-Hop Night with Krimzon and G-Ro

Krimzon might look like just another white college grad making stoner rap, but he writes intense, intellectual rhymes that reflect real life. He can be that party-animal emcee on the weekends, but also a real-world storyteller speaking on matters such as politics and Black Lives Matter. Rapping for over a decade, Krimzon prides himself on his originality, unique flow, and intimate performances.

G-Ro is the textbook example of a hiphop underdog. From his speedy flows and cadences to his wordplay and confidence, he is able to catch a listener’s ear while also telling story within his songs. G-Ro carries an emphatic energy within his music that is unique and second to none, and with his versatility and willingness to try new sounds and genres, he is sure to capture the attention and win the hearts of many.

Recommended if you like: Mac Miller, Jack Harlow, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Logic

Sunday, September 18th | Matinee. Doors at 2:00pm Show 2:45-5:00pm – MUSIC

Aireene Espiritu and Hal Marcus

Aireene Espiritu plays a mix of stompin’, swayin’ and timeless Americana reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. 

Forged in the eclectic East Village clubs of his native New York, Hal Marcus’ songwriting skills became a centerstone of the burgeoning Bay Area acoustic scene of the late 1990s. With his percussive 12-string guitar playing and oft-ethereal vocals, Hal delivers melodies that delight, stories that amuse, and lyrics that provoke and celebrate.

Recommended if you like: Norah Jones, Etta James, Wanda Jackson, female Willie Nelson, Suzanne Vega, Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie, or Mumford and Sons

Wednesday, September 21st | Doors at 7:30 Show 8:15-10:30pm – MUSIC

Goh Nakamura and Starry Eyed Cadet

Goh Nakamura is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor. A fortuitous 2007 feature on YouTube’s front page brought his music videos over a million views and earned him a new fanbase from all over the world. His work has been featured in films directed by Ridley Scott such as “A Good Year,” “American Gangster” and “Body of Lies” and most recently scored the ESPN 30 for 30 Bruce Lee documentary “Be Water,” directed by Bao Ngyuen which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and is currently showing on ESPN.

Inspired by Sarah Record’s heyday with a touch of the shoegazing bliss of Creation Records, Starry Eyed Cadet formed in San Francisco in the Spring of 2013. This Bay Area group is a mix of members from various musical backgrounds, as well as from established bands as Marine Life (Elefant Records), Julie Plug, The Parties (Rainbow Quartz) and Sweet Trip (Darla Records). Having been long time friends and fellow indie music lovers, it wasn’t until an impromptu jam session on an uneventful Sunday evening that brought the band together. With all band members as active songwriters and composers, they describe themselves as “all over the place” but remain glued together by everyone’s similar sound sensibilities. The band is Gil Castro (keys/vox), Rob Uytingco (drums/vox), Sally Jati (vox/guitar) and Ray Lee (bass).

Recommended if you like: Elliot Smith, Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, Rocketship, Heavenly, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Velocity Girl, Sweet Trip

Just Announced at The Lost Church


Wednesday, October 5th: Brad Barton, Reality Thief – Magic, Mentalism & Mischief

Sunday, October 11th: Cuchulain with Ollella (Seattle)

Sunday, December 4th: Jesse Daniel Edwards & Landon Pigg (Nashville)

The Lost Church San Francisco is located at 988 Columbus Avenue at Chestnut Street in North Beach.

(26-min from Oakland, 33-min from San Rafael, 52-min from Vallejo, 1 hour and 6-min from Santa Rosa)

Matinee performances end at 5pm | Evening performances end at 10:30pm

We’re offering full refunds for non-attendance or cancelations due to COVID exposure, so there is no risk in showing your support by getting advanced tickets.

ADA Accessible.

We’re offering full refunds for non-attendance or cancelations due to COVID exposure, so there is no risk in showing your support by getting advanced tickets.

Meet Team TLC by Dawn Mermer

Local writer, musician, public school teacher and Board Member of The Lost Church .Org, Dawn Mermer will be introducing you to a member of our staff in this new series.


Operations Director

The Lost Church Operations Director Michele Kappel is an integral part of the organization, a building block in its DNA for most of its 11 years of existence. Up until just a few years ago, it was just her and founders Brett and Elizabeth Cline running the operation. Kappel has helped take TLC from being a 50-seat theater in San Francisco to adding a Santa Rosa theater and being a non-profit whose mission is to create, sustain, and defend live performance spaces. 

“What’s so great about Michele is her dedication to maintaining the brand and the aesthetics of The Lost Church and she just gets it and I just have totally entrusted her to just run with it,” said Brett Cline. “She keeps the brand on point on all things. And she does it with such sensitivity and caringness. I just feel totally comfortable with everything she does.”

As Operations Director, Kappel is the point person for the team of eight that supports and runs the Santa Rosa and San Francisco theaters. “Everyone on the team is phenomenal,” Kappel said. She also does everything from booking to managing ticket sales to general oversight of Lost Church Free Radio and creating TLC Stage Sneak Peek each month. She also composes the weekly Lost Church Bulletin, manages the website, and leads the public relations team. She showcases the aesthetic through graphic design and helps with the End-of-Year Fundraiser and the Anchor Donor Drive in May. “I’m here to support the team and make sure we’re all communicating about what everyone’s doing…coordinating basically, and making sure that the parts are moving in tandem as they should.”

The Lost Church owes much of its success to assembling a team that not only is highly competent, kind, and talented, but who understands what it’s like to be a live performer and who wants to create a space that they would be excited to play. “We all have such similar backgrounds in that we’re performers ourselves of some type. Even the hosts and bar staff. Everyone knows what it’s like to be an artist and to be on stage, so we all come from that background. We all strive to make The Lost Church the kind of place we want to play,” Kappel said. 

That understanding is the cornerstone of how she books the two venues. “With booking, I feel like it’s such a privilege to be kind and respectful to the people who want to perform at The Lost Church. Because I’ve been on the flipside where you get these curt one word answers or these people rudely demanding you sell a certain amount of tickets. We are very clear and direct with our expectations of our performers and are clear in letting them know what we’re going to do. We work together at it. It’s a team effort. I love that. So, all of us coming from performing backgrounds know how we’ve felt either in situations or at venues where we were treated really well and also remember the bad ways in which we never want to be treated like again. So we treat performers in the way that they should be.”

“She is just amazing with how she interacts with the bands and does all of the bookings with such a caring attitude,” Cline said. “It’s what The Lost Church is all about. Below all of the burgundy we bring the love. And that’s what Michele brings to everything. She’s always looking for how can we bring the love to this situation.”

Kappel first became involved with live performance and playing music in her native Baltimore before moving to the Bay Area in the early ‘90s. She’s played a number of instruments, mainly drums, guitar, and ukulele, in numerous bands including The Kirby Grips, The Frisky Frolics, Laura Benitez & the Heartache, Heartache Sisters, and, currently, Secret Emchy Society, and has headed her own bands Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen, and Yours Truly, Michele.

She and the Clines share and foster the vision The Lost Church is built upon: building community, spreading the love, and creating something that is giving and lasting for years to come. “We’ve got huge generational plans. We’re creating a legacy. It’s a big job. It’s a big joy,” Kappel said. She and the Clines continue to build this community and organization around the shared experience of live performance and the founders know how essential Kappel is to it. “I can’t imagine doing this all these years without her,” Cline said. “She is just amazing. I don’t know where The Lost Church would be without her.”

TLC Stage Sneak Peek where you can hear the artists coming to our stages before they perform!

September 2022 Episode of

TLC Stage Sneak Peek


  • Jason Eady (TLC San Francisco on September 15th and TLC Santa Rosa on September 16th)
  • The Sam Chase (TLC San Francisco on September 16th and TLC Santa Rosa on September 17th)
  • Aireene Espiritu (TLC San Francisco on September 18th)
  • Hal Marcus (TLC San Francisco on September 18th)
  • Goh Nakamura (TLC San Francisco on September 21st)
  • All Your Favorite Music Is Probably…Black with Mark Montgomery French (TLC San Francisco on September 22nd)
  • Joshua James Jackson (TLC San Francisco on September 23rd)
  • Laura Benitez & the Heartache (TLC San Francisco on September 24th)
  • Jaeger & Reid (TLC San Francisco on September 25th)
  • Kray van Kirk (TLC San Francisco on September 25th)

And past performers this month: Justin’s Case and Rachel Garlin.

Tune in and “try before you buy!”

We hope you find something new to take a chance on.

From Your Everlovin’ Editor


It’s been a helluva marathon, but here we are with two theaters up and running. It’s so good to see people smiling in their seats and performers sharing their art on stage.

Thanks for all of your support in making this a reality.

There is a new chapter ahead and some more changes coming up, but we’re survivors and so are you.

Can’t wait to see you at the theaters this week!


Michele & The Lost Church

Email us at hq@thelostchurch.org with your questions and comments.

The Lost Church Free Radio

Featuring John Elliott!

You're Going to Die featuring John Elliott

Hosted by Ned Buskirk

Sundays at 4:30pm PST


Lost Church Free Radio


Rainbow Rodeo with Rachel Cholst featuring Sylvia Rose Novak — Sundays 10-11am

Hangover Sessions with DJ Webbles feat. M Jones and the Melee 9/4 & 9/11 – Sundays 11am-1pm

Music Mamas with Laura Benitez feat. TBA 1-2pm

You’re Going to Die: I’ve Died Several Times with John Elliot in conversation with Ned Buskirk – Sundays at 4:30pm

Village Green Radio Hour with Maurice Tani. Music from the Little Village Foundation.  – Sundays from 6-7pm

The Contagion Collection with The Tourist “I’ll Have the Lunch Special, Please” Drum & Bass and Jungle  – Mondays at 4:30pm

Mitches Brew with Mitch Rocket – Synthtember.  Mondays 6-7pm

In Search of the World’s Funniest Story with Toby Dixon – uncover the depth of the human condition through insane stories  Tuesdays 5-6pm

Johnny Tripod Happy Hour – Episode 12: Seattle Songs with The Murder City Devils, Carissa’s Weird, Visqueen, Tacocat, The Long Winters,  and more – Wednesdays 5-6pm

A Color Coded Symphony On the Air with Aireene Espiritu featuring American Soul, Folk, Rock, and Traditional Iranian Music with Adrienne Shamszad – Thursdays 6-7pm

***See Adrienne Shamszad with Zoe FitzGerald Carter live at TLC San Francisco on Friday, October 8th: TICKETS HERE

Spongebath Heavy Medical Hour (Radio Show)  – A Special Encore Edition of their debut radio show in honor of their upcoming TLC San Francisco Live Performance – Thursdays 7-8pm

***See Spongebath with Space Banquet live at TLC San Francisco on Friday, October 7th: TICKETS HERE

All Your Favorite Music Is (Probably)…with Mark Montgomery French featuring TBA – Fridays 2pm PST

West of Twin Peaks Radio with MJ Call feat. an interview with Mark Montgomery French (9/2 & 9/9)  – Fridays 12-2pm

***They’ll be talking about our live and in person show with Mark at TLC San Francisco on Thursday, September 22nd: TICKETS HERE

Tranimal Radio Hour a gender and genre free audio blitz with Shawna Virago – Fridays from 6-7pm

Lost Church Free Radio 2022 Schedule SEPT 2022

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We feature a mix of original conversations about music and motherhood or about your favorite songs and their deeper meanings or about our shared mortality and love of living. Our station also features uniquely curated travels through the world of local and national new music of all genres, hilarious true storiesaudio memoirsinterviews with world renowned artists, film reviews and opinion, plus music from artists who have graced our theater stages or are about to, and much more!


Talking about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


Hosted by Sean M. Sanford and Brian Oliver

Wednesdays at 6pm PST


Volunteer Needed

Female Scientist

We have an admin/research project in need of a clever, curious, and brilliant volunteer.

TASK: Create a spreadsheet of local San Francisco Hotels for postcard distribution.

HOURS: approximately 3-5 hours total.

Please reach out to Michele at hq@thelostchurch.org if you’re available and interested.


We STRONGLY RECOMMEND MASKS be worn while inside our theater to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are no longer mandated by the State of California and are no longer required for entry.

Private Event Rentals at TLC Santa Rosa and TLC San Francisco

Now Booking Holiday Events!

Private Events at The Lost Church Theaters are fun.

Looking for a charming, easy, memorable, and fun place for your  Birthday, Anniversary, New Year Party or Holiday Company Party?

Contact us to find out more about our  Private Event Rentals at either of our  theaters.

A private event in our beautiful and rather eccentric theater is a party or event that your guests will really remember.

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