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The Looters were a socially active San Francisco CA group fronted by Mat Callahan that were popular in the city’s music scene of the 1980’s. They were a popular club band regionally, and signed to several record labels including Alternative Tentacles, Island and later Monster Music. They played an intelligent, energetic, political and passionate blend of rock with funk and latin overtones, becoming the first US band to be invited to play a Managua stadium in Nicaragua after the ouster of Somoza. In the late 80’s, their growing regional popularity earned them shows in the Bay Area opening large arenas for the Grateful Dead and Ziggy Marley, but they failed to gain support from radio or the industry at large.

They kept an independent spirit, and played a fundamental role in establishing the artists collective which was a recording studio, performance space and creative spawning ground utilized by numerous artists including Penelope Houston, Michael Franti, Sister Double Happiness, Cheb i Sabbah, Primus, Limbomaniacs, Bedlam Rovers, A Subtle Plague, Citizen Fish.

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