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Eileen Torrez is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, CA performing a feisty blend of folk-pop and R&B. Her music builds on themes of community resilience and women's empowerment.

Eileen writes sharp, engaging lyrics and delivers them with sweetness and style - often twisting melodies and fusing genres into combinations that entrance and inspire, leaving listeners on repeat.

Check out Eileen's debut album Honey and Zest or click to view her latest video on YouTube below.


Previous events

Hamilton Porch Concert

Hamilton Place, Oakland

Join Oakland bands Eileen Torrez, Coraza and Tangled Arms for an evening of live music, as part of Coraza's socially distant porch concert series. Bring a chair and a friend.

Emily Zisman & Band with Eileen Torrez at the Back Room

The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA

We're doing a really special show in Berkeley on Saturday April 28th at The Backroom.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2184701158424227/

We will be showcasing the songs the way they were always intended to be heard: Up close and in your lap!

Mark your calendars, stock up on your favorite beverages, and pull up a couch! This show is ALL-AGES so bring the family.

Have a listen to some of the tunes if you like! https://emilyzisman.bandcamp.com/

The fabulous Eileen Torrez opens the evening for us.

Eileen's aim is to create songs that are intimate and life-changing, but that also speak the truths of oppression and have a political impact. She believes that music from the heart, with both calming melodies and lyrics that are genuine and vulnerable, can heal us as individuals and as a society.

Check out her beautiful music at https://www.eileentorrez.com/

Grab 'Em By The Songs Songwriter Showcase

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The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

First Tuesdays at The Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA), Grab 'Em By The Songs is a FREE monthly songwriter series featuring Bay Area songwriters performing songs in the round. November lineup:

Emily Zisman is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. As a writer, she takes her cues from artists like Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. She sings of our vulnerabilities and fears, love and fight, crafting her lyrics into song with her soulfully-folk voice evocative of Emmylou Harris.

Willa Mamet hails from Vermont and lives with her piano in Oakland. She likes all the words and long walks on the beach. Oh, and music.

Born and raised in Corrales, New Mexico, Eileen Torrez has made the Bay Area her home and the artist-activist community her family since 2013. Her music blends folk, pop, R&B and jazz into unique melodies layered over the sweetness of her nylon-stringed guitar. She released her debut album, Honey, and Zest, in 2016. As an organizer and social worker, Eileen weaves themes of resilience, community, anti-capitalism and women's empowerment into her songwriting. She is a poet mentor with Youth Speaks and is passionate about building strength and community through art. You can learn more about Eileen on her website, www.eileentorrez.com, or follow her @eileentorrezmusic.

Little Spiral @, a.k.a. Suzanne Yada, is a piano-pop singer-songwriter who writes at the intersection of technology and heart. She mixes her indie pop, classical, blues and electronic influences with her background in poetry, media, and the internet to create clever little piano pop songs for the digital age. Fans of Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer, Mary Lambert, Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor will feel right at home in the @ Little Spiral @ galaxy.


Breaking Ground

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We Work Mid-Market, 995 Market Street , San Francisco, CA

Come out to our intimate Halloween Eve Showcase in San Francisco, CA, for a night of live performances from four local womxn, in costume! Enjoy wine, themed desserts, and more.




WeWork Mid-Market (Powell St. Bart is the closest bart stop & in walking distance to the WeWork Mid-market location).



Until Unity is Woven

Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

"Until Unity is Woven" is an ode to the textile weaver, as well as to all workers, laborers and peasants of the Philippines and around the world who often experience unjust conditions to become the backbone of our economy.

As the workers and peasants continue to toil, and with clear elements of fascism exercised by the current administration of the wealthiest imperialist country in the world, threading resilience continues to be fundamental, and finding the common thread to weave unity is of paramount importance. This event is part of USAAF's festival "Threading Resilience."

Online Tickets are only available up until 12 hours before event start time.

Pre-Sale- $5-20 (sliding scale) At the Door- $5-20 (sliding scale)

Purchase Advance Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2915251?change_country=1&show_widget=1


Songwriter-In-Residence E.G. Phillips, Andy Mignano, and Eileen Torrez

Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St, San Francisco, CA

Price: FREE Location: Bazaar Cafe, one of San Francisco's sweetest places to chill on a weekday night.

RSVP on Facebook (not required): https://www.facebook.com/events/101034457099566/

Eileen Torrez is an indie folk-pop singer and songwriter based in San Francisco. Her music builds on themes of resilience, community, anti-capitalism and women's empowerment. She writes sharp, engaging lyrics and delivers them with power and style - often twisting melodies and fusing genres into combinations that entrance and inspire, leaving listeners on repeat. Her album “Honey and Zest” is available on http://www.eileentorrez.com/

E.G. Phillips is a singer-songwriter who combines wordplay and whimsy with his own distinct harmonic stylings. His music is an eclectic mix of folk, rock and jazz. E.G. released his first album. "Fish from the Sky" earlier this year, available at http://egphillips.bandcamp.com/

Know to the denizens of Cafe International’s open mic as “The Man With The Levels” singer/guitarist Andy Mignano has busked the streets of China and in addition to being a captivating solo performer, Andy’s soulful guitar work has been an instrumental part of groups fronted by Markese Ezra Trunnel and Domo Alexander Medlock.


Womyn's Creative Collective Open Mic & Sistar Cypher

The Alan Blueford Center for Justice, 2434 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Peace Fam!

This Saturday we're back again for our monthly collaboration- Tatu Vision's Second Saturday Open Mic with the Sistar Cypher.

https://www.facebook.com/sister.cypher Theme: Growing Season

We'll be featuring Eileen Torrez, an indie folk-pop singer songwriter from San Francisco.

If you are getting on the mic, please arrive and sign up at 7pm! We can't wait to hear you and build with you.

If possible, bring instruments for a cypher/jam session. ♥