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Bass player Tiki Houseman formed Epiphanette, a blues prog rock ensemble, in 2009 with keyboard player Mike Chase met while workshopping their songs at a San Francisco open mic.

Since then, Epiphanette has performed around San Francisco and added guitar to their instrumentation. The band is known for its powerful rhythm section, powered by Tiki Houseman’s aggressive attack on the bass, and emotively broad vocal range.

Houseman comes from a musical family, but her talent comes from hard work she has channeled into her experience playing electric and upright bass including blues, alternative, country, jazz, R&B, in original and cover bands. She has been a music coach for Skips' Music "Stairway to Stardom" program for five years.

Houseman’s Epiphanette lyrics are not typically intellectual faire. Besides writing about the struggles of relationships, she writes from an outsiders’ perspective. Funky and bluesy “Freaks” has become an anthem among San Francisco artists and is Epiphanette’s signature song. Said one local San Francisco promoter: “Tiki is an expressive artist who puts a microphone up against her soul. Who can resist THAT?"

Klaus Floride, bass player for the Dead Kennedy's says of Houseman's playing: "Your bass playing is sure to inspire lot's of folks ( let's hope women) to pick up the bass and see if they can do it too. That in and of itself is a gift."

Kelly Child is a San Jose percussionist and drummer who is steeped in early ‘60s Brit-pop/psyche sounds and has a passion for the topographic patterns of progressive rock. Playing for mod and garage bands in his early years and then moving into more complex and unconventional rhythms he has found a unique playing style and that expression culminates with Epiphanette. Kelly also plays with Tomorrowes, Hobby Horse, The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream: The Virtual Band (a side project headed by Steve Nardelli of the U.K. prog rock band The Syn).

Epiphanette puts on an energetic show. Houseman, who performed comedy for two years, draws that background to add levity to the seriously intellectual songwriting style.