Live Shows

I’m a bit of a recluse. In recent years I’ve been focusing more on developing myself as a songwriter and less on live performance. I hope you’ll join me for those rare times when I do leave the house and venture out into the night with my guitar. Sometimes I’ll be playing solo, sometimes with a band and sometimes with a string ensemble.


I may be playing some secret house concerts here and there. If you want to be in the know about these shows in intimate and strange settings throughout the area, be sure to sign up for my mailing list and I’ll whisper in your ear!


Noe Venable CD Release with special guest Odessa Chen (I will be playing 2 songs to open the show & singing background throughout)

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8pm (door open at 7) album release party for “Cascadia” $17 advance / $19 door Tickets Available at 

Switchboard Music Festival
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 2-10pm
Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble will be a part of this years day long genre bending classical music SwitchBoard Festival. Visit for concert information and schedule.   Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble Friday, April 12th at 8pm, at 998 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 Tickets will be available at the door: Virachocha NOVEMBER 2012

  • APRIL 12th, 2013 (THIS CONCERT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF WE SUCCEED WITH OUR KICKSTARTER FUNDING) +  +  + Odessa Chen & The Invisible Stories String Ensemble Kickstarter Concert & EP Release with John Vanderslice & clarinet ensemble & Jeff Anderle founder of the Switchboard Music FestivalPLEDGE & BUY TICKETS AT http://www.Kickstarter.comSee the show at Virachocha



YOU’RE GOING TO DIE Thursday, August 23rd @ Viracocha 998 Valencia St. 8pm show starts, I play SOLO 25 minute set at around 9:30, then play another song at the end of the night around 11pm.

There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door & NO ONE will be turned away. Half the proceeds go to the venue & the other half to the future YG2D.There will be a set list of performers [guaranteed lovelies] to take up part of the night… & for this particular night, they arrrrrre:Nic Alea Scott Mickelson [of FAT OPIE] Michelle Nayeli Bouvier Mana Maddy Kevin Gautschi [of Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony] Kaylo Griot& featuring the special guest of the night: Odessa Chen

A Quiet Night At The Vortex Room with TAMARIND FREE JONES! ODESSA CHEN! PAIGE & THE THOUSAND! LUCIA COMNES! UNI & HER UKELELE! —Saturday, June 23 at 8:00pm at The Vortex Room. The Vortex Room HAS NO SIGN! PLEASE BRING EXACT ADDRESS:

1082 Howard St (between Moss St & 7th St) San Francisco, CA 94103 Neighborhood: SOMA

The CD release for Archives of the Natural World! Sat, March 31st at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Geary in the Chapel Doors at 6:30, Show 7:00-9pm BYOB or wine!! Alchohol is permitted ————— All Proceeds after costs will go to the NRDC and the National Key Deer Preserve. ADVANCE TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED though there will be some tickets avail at the door. $10-20 no one turned away for lack of funds paypal with your names to reserve seats ————– I’m incredibly excited to share the night with Christopher Smith He’s an amazing songwriter and just a good guy. I can’t wait to hear him. ————– KALX LIVE Odessa will be playing KALX live on March 10th at 9 or 9:30 for about 45 min with an interview to follow.   KZSU STANFORD LIVE Odessa will be performing on KZSU live from 9-10 Wed March 28th.






Saturday, July 24th 8pm, $10-15 at the Lab 2948 16th St. SF, CA What: GREEN SOUND Project Soundwave Festival 4: Archives of the Natural World in the Illuminated Forest When: Saturday July 24 Location: The Lab Time: 8pm Price: $10-15 Odessa Chen with Rich Douthit on drums, Craig Adams on guitar and Jason Schwartz on bass, featuring sound artist [ruidobello], artist Samuel Leshnick, and animator Bob Smolenski. ——————————————— We Return to the Yerba Buena for happy hour! New Frequencies Unplugged @ ART TAP Friday, Jul 23 6–7:30 pm • Grand Lobby, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts FREE ———————————————-

ALL SHOOK DOWN FESTIVAL sponsored by the SF Weekly. A ton of bands take over North Beach for this festival!
We play at Savoy Tivoli
1434 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133-3304 –
(415) 362-7023
Sunday, July 25th Set time: 3-4pm
Doors time: 2pm
 with Tiny Television and Sonny and the Sunsets.


May 19th 7-9pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church 1187 Franklin Street $10-20 sliding scale

The Knitting Factory NYC Sat, Feb 13th with Two Loons for Tea, Noe Venable and Lee Moretti   The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Premiered in April 2009, The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories played to sold out houses at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Following on this success, the piece returned for six encore performances in January 2010. This taut, visceral work features a cast of 24 dancers, 8 musicians and singer/songwriter Odessa Chen, and floods the stage with movement, sound, and dramatic action in a dynamic exploration of individual and collective transformatio


Project Soundwave (featured on KQED’s Spark) 2008 MOVE>SOUND series on Friday, August 08, 2008 One time night of music with Roger Riedlbauer on guitar we performed on a double decker bus while it drove along a special route through Golden Gate Park chosen to complement the music. Our tour began at the de Young Museum on a Friday night during Friday Nights at the de Young. ———–   The Bottom of the Hill, Wednesday, June 11th with Carta and Society of Rockets ———– Amnesia Thursday, June 19th with Goh Nakamura, Grand Hallway and Drew Victor ———– + Northwest Tour 2008 + Tuesday, July 1st, Seattle, WA: The Tractor Tavern with Grand Hallway, Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden, Husbands, Love your Wives Wednesday, July 2nd, Portland, OR: The Rererato with carcrashlander ———– Thursday, May 8th,
Café Du Nord
with Brittany Shane (CD Release Party)
and Recliner ———– Sat, May 17th, 4th Annual Asian Heritage Street Festival ———–

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