Eat like a Psychedelic Soul Band

San Francisco’s Monophonics, playing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, give us the lowdown on where to go after the show.

The first weekend in October, San Francisco becomes America’s hotspot for bluegrass and soul. People and picnic blankets stream into Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass from October 2 to October 4. Open air, open to the public, open for free, and openly awesome.

HardlyStrictlyCrowdPhoto by Nicolle Bratt

One of the bands playing is the Monophonics, which categorizes its music as psychedelic soul. The newest album, Sound of Sinning, is groovy and cool, even as tracks like “Lying Eyes” proclaim words of love gone wrong. If anyone knows what the San Francisco backdrop means to bluegrass and soul, it’s these guys. We caught up with Ryan Scott, one-sixth of Monophonics, about where the band likes to play and eat.

What’s your favorite venue in the city?

RS: The Fillmore for sure. The history of that place and the musical giants that have graced that stage are undeniable. You can literally feel it when you step on stage or walk through the poster room.

What’s your go-to place for a slice?

RS: Little Star Pizza might be the best pizza in the city.

What about the other food groups?

RS: Tommy’s Joynt is great comfort food. Also, there are a few Mexican spots in the Mission District that are amazing. I love El Farolito.

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