Covers, B-Days and Rock Faces

Here are some highlights from Tuesday June 19, 2012 Red Devil Open Mic:

Tuesday June 19th was a very special night!  Not only was it “cover your friend” night, but it also happened to be regular open mic’er, Benjamin Brown’s birthday/feature set!  If you make your rounds of the San Francisco open mics, you for sure have heard Ben.  With his vintage Gibson guitar and graveled voice, he has really made a name for himself.  We were proud to feature him on his birthday!

One of the sweetest moments of the evening came right before the birthday boy’s featured performance. As a surprise, his lovely girlfriend Sarah came up and performed the song “Sea of Love”.  He was in awe and the audience was mesmerized.  Uber cute doesn’t begin to describe the moment.

Tim Brochier, who is relatively new to the Red Devil Open Mic had an interesting performance – He is a bass player/rapper, but had problems with his instrument.  When he was unable to find another bass guitar to use in the audience, he abandoned his original plan and instead took advantage of our house drummer to perform freestyle hip-hop songs. It was a great performance and the fact that it was impromptu made it even cooler!

When it was time for Toy Yamaji to perform, I had Will from Thunderegg introduce her.  After all it was “Cover Your Friend” night so I had him cover me as host.  He told a fun story about how he first heard of Red Devil Open Mic that went a little something like this – He originally was in the neighborhood because he had a hankering for roasted chicken and potatoes. He had everything but the chicken, and he was on his way to buy one when he saw the line for our open mic. He decided to ignore his chicken cravings and waited in line to sign up instead.  Toy was right in front of him, and subsequently became his first open mic buddy. She explained the dynamics to him and helped him get settled in which we are thankful for because he’s been such a great addition to our community!

One of my absolute favorite things about the Red Devil Lounge open mic is that the performers are so diverse.  Sure, 9 out of 10 are singer/songwriters with an acoustic guitar (which I LOVE)…but, we are often graced with hip hop, spoken word and even heavy metal.  It really makes it a fun night to have a wave of different genre talent.  Below is a photo of one of our regulars, Addison Nimrod.  Judging by this photo and his sound, you probably wouldn’t guess that he is one of the kindest musicians we get on a regular basis….well he is and he fucking rocks!

Lastly, as I said, it was a “Cover Your Friend” themed night and a handful of performers took part in the fun. Mario Di Sandro, who is not only a talented performer/rock star, but also an awesome friend, covered one of my songs called “I Wanna Be Your Guy”.  You can hear it HERE

TUESDAY JUNE 26:  Gumbo Dave is back so come hungry for some Cajun cuisine!  Featured is musician/music enthusiast extraordinaire Alan Monasch.  He is truly one of the nicest people in this music community and we are psyched to feature him!

Anna’s joke of the week:

What do you call potato chips that wear sandals?

Answer: Free toes! (fritos!)

Bring the answer next week to Anna for $1 off 1 drink.

Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

P.S. – Thank you to Jasmine Pritchard who is 86% the reason these highlights make it to your eyes.

Recordings of the night can be heard at KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM

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