Spencer Day to Return to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 5/15-17
Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are proud to welcome the return of singer-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day to Feinstein's at the Nikko for three performances only - Thursday, May 15 (8 p.m.); Friday, May 16 (8 p.m.); and Saturday, May 17 (7 p.m.). Day will perform tracks off his two critically acclaimed albums - The Mystery of You and Vagabond - as well as tracks off his as-yet-untitled upcoming album due out in May 2014. Tickets range in price from $40 - $55 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com.
Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein's at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein's at the Nikko by Executive Chef Philippe Striffeler, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available in the showroom.
Day has been a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area since exploding on to the music scene as a performer at the 2007 San Francisco Jazz Festival. Since then, he has performed at some of the nation's most prominent venues, including Joe's Pub and Town Hall in New York City and Yoshi's and the Great American Musical Hall in San Francisco. Day has headlined at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, and the Dakota in Minneapolis. Recently, he opened for Rufus Wainwright at the Napa Valley Opera House and appeared at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, by the invitation of Jazz legend Marian McPartland in celebration of her 90th birthday. Day's creativity also includes composing musical theater. In 2005, he collaborated with Rafe Chase on a full-length musical, "Someday, Love," which was performed at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theater. Spencer starred in the show in addition to writing its score.
Day has earned rave reviews throughout the United States, as well as overseas, for his easy-listening voice, versatile piano playing, unpretentious original compositions and charming personality. His 2004 debut album, Introducing Spencer Day, was primarily a collection of standards, but the title track from Movie of Your Life, released the following year, won the San Francisco Academy of Art University's 2005 competition for best original song. The resulting video was selected by Dolby Laboratories as a demonstration video for the global launch of the Dolby 7.1 system. Vagabond, released in 2009, was a musical hybrid that drew from the Great American Songbook, but also maintained an alternate aesthetic that sidestepped easy categorization by borrowing from influences like Burt Bacharach, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. His latest release, The Mystery of You (2013), also draws from a range of sources but is Day's most personal album. Filled with stylistic nuances that range from smoky noir and Latin jazz to surf guitar and Middle Eastern and Asian melodies, the album tracks the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes harrowing arc of a romantic relationship from passionate beginning to painful demise and onto enlightened aftermath.
All seating at Feinstein's at the Nikko is cabaret style and available on a first-come, first-served basis within the section purchased. Guests who purchase the prix-fixe dinner at Restaurant Anzu will receive a complimentary section upgrade (subject to availability) and get to choose their exact seat locations within the upgraded section.
Guests of Feinstein's at the Nikko can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options before performances. Kanpai Lounge, located in Hotel Nikko's lobby, offers light cuisine, a full bar and specialty cocktails. Restaurant Anzu, Hotel Nikko's intimate restaurant located on the second floor, serves sustainable California cuisine enhanced with Asian flavors. Restaurant Anzu will also offer Feinstein's at the Nikko guests a special three-course prix-fixe dinner ($45 per person) prior to all performances. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 394-1100.