Talent Moat presents an array of top-shelf live events booked, assembled, and *cough* curated by Tony Bedard, former talent buyer for San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern from 2002-2018. During his 16-year run at the Hemlock, Tony B. booked nearly 5,000 shows involving 15,000 up-and-coming local, national, and international bands across a spectrum of genres, subgenres, scenes, and microscenes He’s also worked as a talent buyer for the Great American Music Hall and Slim’s, guest curator of local bands for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, and a co-producer of events in conjunction with Noise Pop, SF Sketchfest, and Litquake.
Named after a reference from The Larry Sanders Show, Talent Moat had an initial shelf-life as a comedy imprint arising out of the Hemlock’s long-running monthly comedy series, Club Chuckles. The label released albums by Brent Weinbach, Bucky Sinister, Nick Flanagan, and Theme Weavers LLC (The Best Show with Tom Scharpling). Following the Hemlock Tavern’s demise in October 2018 (due to the inexorable forces of real estate development), Talent Moat has since been rebooted and relaunched as a new brand entertainment entity bringing together all of Tony’s live show-related activities, interests, and expertise resulting from his 30 years at the collision-strewn intersections of the local and national music and comedy undergrounds.
A lifelong musician who once performed at Disney World’s Tomorrowland Terrace, Tony has played drums and guitar in bands such as Icky Boyfriends, The Leather Uppers, Resineators, Hank IV, Theme Weavers LLC, Buck Biloxi, feedtime, and Wounded Lion.
“To anyone obsessed with live music, Tony Bedard is a San Francisco treasure.” - KQED Arts
Some of the artists that Tony has previously booked and worked with include:
A-Frames, Animal Collective, Jay Reatard, Fucked Up, Okkervil River, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Joanna Newsom, Six Organs of Admittance, Beach House, Ariel Pink, Smog, Cat Power, Moris Teper and PJ Harvey, Damo Suzuki, Gillian Welch, Wolf Eyes, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Carla Bozulich, Deerhoof, Ty Segall, Sun City Girls, Jack Rose, Country Teasers, Tyvek, TV Ghost, Puffy Areolas, Chrome, Bassholes, King Khan and BBQ Show, Deaf Wish, Total Control, UV Race, Billy Childish, Japanther, Human Eye, Timmy’s Organism, Intelligence, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Andre Williams, Shannon and the Clams, Hunx and His Punx, Gravy Train!, Nobunny, XBXRX, Total Shutdown, Nels Cline, Growing, Monotonix, Kid 606, Afrirampo, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Big Business, Helms Alee, Monoshock, Liquorball, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Meg Baird, Entrance, Daniel Higgs, Jad Fair, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Neil Hagerty, Fuck, Strange Boys, Wounded Lion, XBXRX, Laundry Room Squelchers, Mayyors, Davilla 666, Jolie Holland, Architecture in Helsinki, Follakzoid, Rakta, White Magic, Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Parquet Courts, Downtown Boys, Protomartyr, Earthless, Yacht, Kimya Dawson, Dean Wareham, Comets on Fire, Glass Candy, Thrones, Ruins, Kid Congo, Guitar Wolf, Tony Molina, Bodega, Dylan Carlson, Roy Loney, The Urinals, Honey Radar, Weyes Blood, US Girls, and thousands more.
Arj Barker, Todd Barry, W. Kamau Bell, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Cantrell, Blaine Capatch, Dragon Boy Suede/Howard Kremer, Drennon Davis, Donny Divanian, Dynasty Handbag, Jesse Elias, Epic Rap Battles of History, Will Franken, Chris Garcia, Caitlin Gill, Nato Green, Neil Hamburger, Hard n’ Phirm, David Liebe Hart, Emily Heller, John Hoogasian, Moshe Kasher, Louis Katz, Sean Keane, Laura Kightlinger, Alex Koll, Tig Notaro, Pleaseeasaur, Jasper Redd, Schaffer the Darklord, Amy Schumer, Rory Scovel, Bucky Sinister, Something with Genitals, Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser, Chris Thayer, Mary Van Note, Sheng Wang, Reggie Watts, Brent Weinbach, Wham City Comedy, and Ali Wong.