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Band leader of The Live Oaks, Evan Lanam started his musical days with his elementary school choir and every year they would perform at San Francisco Giants games and compete in local and State wide competitions. Over the years, incorporating the drums and original songs became an essential pairing with his voice. About 20 years later, and a lot of bands--later,  Evan is still performing, but now as the soulful lead-singing-drummer of The Live Oaks, a throwback folk & roll band that was started under an old oak tree in the hills of Oakland, California.  Surrounded by some of his best friends, as well as some most undoubtedly prolific musicians in the Bay Area, The Live Oaks put together a really fun night of rock & roll, americana-roots and soul and can take any stage, room, event, you name it, and make it a perfect evening.  
Some notable acts they have played with are The Baseball Project (members of REM), Norman Greenbaum, Larkin Poe,  Jackie Greene,  Chuck Prophet, Shinyribs, Rainbow Girls and many many more at venues like The Independent, Guild Theatre, Felton Music Hall, Cornerstone Music Hall, and Sweetwater Music Hall.
Past Festivals 
Sheather Fest 2019
Solaura Fest 2019
North Beach Fest 2021
Real Neato 2021
Woollystar 2023
Blackberry Jam 2021-23
Fremont Festival of the Arts 2023
Just to name a few! 

Check out their new original
"You Can Always Stay with Jini" 

Upcoming Shows

5/24 5/25 5/26 Moody's Residency in Truckee, CA

6/8 - Knights Ferry Music Festival 8pm

6/14 - Crazy Horse Saloon Nevada City, CA 8pm 

6/15 - Torch Club Sacramento CA w/ Lillian Frances 8pm

6/19 Pengilly's Boise ID with Turtle Poppers

6/20 Sawtooth Valley Gathering (late night set)

Buy tickets on venue's website or at the door! 


"Evan Lanam's voice is what Bob Dylan wished his voice sounded like." - Maria Muldaur
(Grammy Nominee and #1 hit song) 
"The Live Oaks, what an amazing band."
 -Larkin Poe

"They Remind me of bands that I was in growing up."
- Norman Greenbaum
(Spirit in the Sky)

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