Recently named the best up-and-coming act in San Francisco by Deli Magazine, The Frail has already been featured on MTV, won the viewer’s choice award in Owl Magazine’s “Video Makes The Radio Star” contest, and played alongside the likes of Justice, Moby and Goldfrapp. Of course, momentum like this doesn’t happen over night.
Over the past four years, velvet-throated vocalist Daniel Lannon and hyper-prolific producer Kevin Durr have pushed the group from a Craigslist collaboration to a stage-shattering electro-pop act worthy of national acclaim. Pop-indie hybrids, the group’s electro-tinged cuts now toe the line between falsetto homage to Michael Jackson and the hyper-literate electro experimentation of DFA acts like LCD Soundsystem.
"The Frail won’t be San Francisco’s secret much longer." -Spooonful
DJ Aaron Axelsen (Live 105 and Popscene)
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Aaron Axelsen has been the music director of Live 105 since 1997, and has been responsible for bringing some of the best up and coming music to the Bay Area through his radio shows and through Popscene.
His favorite artists include The Smiths, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Justice, Blur, New Order, Cut Copy, Pulp, Bowie, Crystal Castles, Calvin Harris, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Tiga, Metric, The Cure, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, White Lies, The Limousines, Matt & Kim, Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Fake Blood, M83, Joy Division, Grizzly Bear, The Clash, etc.
Our fearless leader in all things "One Step," Stan was the visionary behind opening a dance club in the industrial section of Santa Clara that became a home to many of us. He was the inspiration, majority owner, general manager, DJ, booking agent and chief toilet unblocker.
Stan brought some amazing bands to One Step, including The Ramones (the unofficial house band since they played there so often), The Buzzcocks, Deborah Harry, A Flock of Seagulls, Gene Loves Jezebel, Iggy Pop, Jane's Addiction, Motorhead, PiL, The Psychedelic Furs, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, The Stray Cats, Suicidal Tendencies, The Untouchables, etc... In his free time, Stan is a rocket scientist. No, really.
Since his days spinning at One Step Beyond, Sean has been a staple in the South Bay music scene, being a regular DJ for Backlash at The Cactus Club, Club F/X and The Usual.
Sean still spins regularly across the Bay Area… and if you have a request, a Jameson's on the rocks will increase the likelihood that he'll play your song.
READ UP ON THE NEXT DJ - DIEGO CISTERNAS
Diego played keyboards in the pioneering Silicon Valley band Bolero from 1986-1990, infusing Latin flavor into the Modern Rock of the 80's. Bolero had a big following in the Bay Area, had significant national radio rotation with songs like "Gypsy (Catch My Soul)" and "Better than the Real Thing," and opened for groups including A Flock of Seagulls and Men without Hats. In the 90s, he embarked on an Indie Rock project called Paper or Plastic, releasing the singles “Play with Me” and “Something To Tell Me," receiving critical acclaim nationally and in Europe. Paper or Plastic shared the stage with Third Eye Blind, Berlin, Susanna Hoffs and Garbage, and was included on compilations with artists like Green Day and Tori Amos. Diego also composed Electronica music for designer Gianni Versace and his fashion shows.
Diego continues to work in the music industry as an independent producer, composing and producing original songs for advertising, film & television, as well as discovering & developing new talent/artists. He will soon publish a new SynthPop Alternative/Electronica project called Brain Dead Symphony with three singles to be released by mid-summer/early fall.
"So if you've come in off the street, and you're beginning to feel the heat... Well listen buster, you better start to move your feet... To the rockinest, rock-steady beat of Madness... One Step Beyond!"
Many of you in 1985 heard those spots on radio stations, already knew the song, saw the ads in the newspapers and magazines, or just caught the buzz from some friends and made the trek to an industrial area in Santa Clara to move your feet in a club that promised something different. And different it was. From the music it played to the bands it featured, to the ever changing decorations (the washing machine, the risers, the forever trashed bathrooms), but through it all – one thing was constant – you – the fans who made the place truly One Step Beyond, and the staff and management and creative forces that worked through some crazy situations to keep the doors open.
Back when we opened One Step Beyond, Silicon Valley was an entertainment wasteland with kids being forced to hoof it to San Francisco to see shows... continue reading
OSB History (continued)
We were the first big nightclub in the South Bay that drew major acts (The Ramones, Erasure, Iggy Pop, Simply Red, Deborah Harry, Public Image, Psychedelic Furs plus many local bands and a few older big ones like Cheap Trick, and destined to become big ones like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction). We squeezed in 1500 fans and presented bands from 8-10pm and dancing afterwards – often until the unheard of time in suburbia of 4am in the morning. And as you can guess from the One Step Beyond name, we were a big ska/mod venue – we even had scooter parking. Goths loved the darkness and punks pogoed and we were a magnet for anybody who just wanted to dance, be that your best 80s arm swing or a Siouxsie-sway, or just moving around on your own; you didn’t get hassled. Lasting friendships were forged in that sweaty oven of 1500 people moving their feet to the good, alternative music of the 80s.
And here we are some 20+ years after we closed all grown older but not grown up. It’s time to celebrate the One Step Beyond of the past by looking to the future. You’ll see some old friends, make new friends, remember friends who have passed and raise a glass or two to the soundtrack of your lives. We’ll feature a band that symbolizes all that was good about the club, and the DJs that worked the original One Step Beyond booth will play the songs you’re familiar with and throw in some new stuff too, and yeah, we will take requests because this night is all about the fans who called One Step home.
We didn't choose this place on accident...
Club Illusions is located in the building previously occupied by The Keystone, The Vortex and The Edge nightclubs. While a smaller venue than One Step Beyond was, bands that have graced the stage include Adam Ant, Fishbone, The Grateful Dead, The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, and so on...
Club Illusions is located at 260 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto, CA.
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The Sheraton Palo Alto is the official hotel for One Step Beyond: 2012. To make a reservation please click on the "Make a Reservation" link below or call The Sheraton at (650) 328-2800 and mention One Step Beyond to receive a discounted rate of $119/night (while rooms last). The rate is good for Friday and Saturday nights and must be booked on or before June 29, 2012.Make a reservation
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