To celebrate painter Laurie Shapiro’s latest solo show at Grease Diner, the North Oakland restaurant is hosting an opening reception that features three musical guests: Yoko O.K., Maya Songbird, and Jon Jon Cassagnol. Maya Songbird is a San Francisco native who creates danceable, disco-inspired tracks that evoke post-riot grrrl electro pop artists, such as Le Tigre. While Yoko O.K.’s left-field folk music departs from Songbird’s sonically, both artists champion a similar ethos of self-acceptance and quirkiness. O.K.’s album, Menahan Tree, is a collection of mumblecore, bedroom acoustic songs with a slightly off-beat sense of humor. Jon Jon Cassagnol, co-owner of Grease Diner, creates music in a similar vein, except with a rougher sound that has a noticeable punk influence. This show, which takes place on November 13, will be the first time Cassagnol performs his new, electronic material.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Grease Diner as a restaurant when it is actually an art gallery, shop, and screenprinting studio.
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