Paul Keim is a seasoned musician, songwriter, and community organizer who has been living, performing, and serving in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years. Paul has worked with, taught, and learned from musicians and artists of different ages, backgrounds, and traditions. His unique approach to songwriting comes from his appreciation for many different forms and styles of music, along with his passion for justice and social change.
Paul launched the Smalltown Society Project in 2016, with a desire to tell a better narrative that combines a shared societal vision with genuine art from different traditions, in order to offer hope, raise awareness, encourage dialogue, and inspire creativity.
Paul is currently pursuing a M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and lives in Castro Valley CA with his wife Catherine and their four boys.
Matt grew up in the San Francisco East Bay, where from an early age he had a love for all kinds of musical instruments. Although Piano and Acoustic guitar were the first instruments he played, he always had a fascination with drums. At the age of 13, Matt joined the youth group band playing drums at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, where he met his wife Sarah. During that time he also played trombone, electric guitar, and drums in a couple of bands at Redwood Christian High School.
Matt has performed with local band Homespun Royal and singer-songwriters Jeff Zabel, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Chaya and AJ DeGrasse, among others. He is a versatile drummer with styles ranging from punk/rock/classic metal to funk and folk.
Matt currently plays drums with the 6:13 band at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley and has recently begun designing his own line of guitar pedals in his spare time.
Born and raised in the S.F. East Bay, Sarah discovered a love for music at the age of 3. Sarah had 3 years of classical piano training from the age of 7 and studied jazz piano in college. Sarah has been singing and playing piano/keys at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley for the past 14 years, including with the 6:13 band.
Along with her involvement in the church musical ministry, Sarah enjoys singing, songwriting, recording, and jamming with her husband, Matt. Sarah has performed vocals and keyboard at various concerts and for professional albums with artists such as singer-songwriter Jeff Zabel, and local band Homespun Royal. Sarah also dabbles in other instruments such as guitar, electric bass, banjo, fiddle, and drums.
I am a musician and music educator originally from New Orleans now living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. My credits as a musician include working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters), American Idol finalist Latoya London, Jon B. , Ron E. Back (Tower of Power) and R&B singer Will Russ Jr.
I have played upright and electric bass for host of Broadway scale musical theater productions including West Side Story, CATS, Dream Girls, Cabaret and Hairspray. Over the years I have had the honor of sharing stages with or opening for many well-known artists and bands such as Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Evanescence and the Dave Mathews Band.
My name is nico chavez, and I'm a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in the san francisco bay area.
among other things, i like kombucha with seeds in it, surprise dance scenes in movies, breakfast foods, and telling stories- both real and made up.
Aaron lives in Cull Canyon, Castro Valley, where he works for an internet marketing start up, studies for the MA in theology and philosophy (University of Nottingham), and contributes to a shared ranch property in the Canyon.
Among his many disorganized interests, he particularly enjoys thinking about the interrelationship of religion, secularism, and politics. His projects include researching new agrarian movements in the United States, as well the Roman Catholic tradition's attempts to develop a "theology of the family" for postmodern culture. He is also working to develop a website that will serve as a public forum that promotes informed ecumenical dialogue between Catholic and Protestant traditions.
When not focused on these projects, he enjoys sharing fine espresso with this two year old son, working on the land with his wife, and finding ways to organically increase the ranch hens' egg output. To him, Smalltown Society represents a courageous and rare attempt at forging strong, local bonds of neighborliness in the face of a politics of power that tends to flatten the importance of community.
More than just a dancer. Singer. Songwriter. Fitness Instructor. Travel Blogger. Husband. Human.