The Kilbanes are a captivating voice in the Bay Area music and theater scenes. This Oakland-based, theatrical rock band is the musical experiment of Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses, a songwriting duo (who happen to be married). The Kilbanes have created a performance style that blends the raucous energy of a rock show with the mesmerizing storytelling found in raw, experimental theater.
The Kilbanes' third rock opera, Eddie the Marvelous Who Will Save the World, began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in August of 2016. The Kilbanes returned to Theatreworks for their Writers Retreat in 2017, where they began a collaboration with New York-based playwright Lynn Rosen on a new musical, Gurley!, about Helen Gurley Brown. They will continue that collaboration at the Theatreworks' Writers Retreat in 2018.
Weightless, the Kilbanes' second rock opera, is getting its world premiere production at Z Space in February and March of 2018. The SF Chronicle named a 2016 concert-version of The Kilbanes' rock opera, Weightless, as one of the "Top Ten Theater Picks of 2016". Commissioned by Z Space, Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called it "One of the best shows of the year" and named Kate one of the Bay area's 11 Theater Artists to watch in 2013.
Their first rock opera, the medea cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. SF music critic Alan Monasch called the medea cycle "A masterwork of theater," and SF music blogger Bill Chapin named the song "Chariot Rise" as one of his top 30 tracks of 2012. The Kilbanes have also collaborated with award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Gunderson, composing music for her plays Ada and the Engine and By and By.
In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States including: Ars Nova and Littlefield in New York City, Room 5 in Los Angeles, The Red Poppy Art House, Lost Church and Viracocha in San Francisco, The Dragon's Den in New Orleans, as well as venues in Portland, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Boulder, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Nashville.