The 80s were rad, Banh Mi wins, Everyone knows the “Cheers” song

Here are some highlights from Tuesday July 24, 2012 Red Devil Open Mic:

Tuesday Night was 80’s night and we had a RADICAL time! We had a full list and some fun retro outfits…some were just ridiculously awesome.  About an hour into the night, I had sound man Dan put on the “Cheers” TV show theme song. Everyone sang along.. ”where everybody knows your name..and they’re always glad you came..” it was epic!

Our wonderful sound man, Dan Foldes, (who was decked out in a RUN DMC cropped tee, to rep 80’s hiphop and a Maribou Boa, ala David Bowie!!) was on hand to keep the 80’s music flowing in between performances. (eternal flame, anyone?) Who knew he was such a great D.J.?!

Red Devil open mic regular Peter Chung was also dressed in the category of “ridiculous” 🙂 – I asked him where he found pink flip flops and his answer… “Old Navy, Women’s size 11…bi*ch”.

We had a handful of Red Devil open mic newbies, yay! Here’s a bit about a couple of them.

First off, we had one half of the band Tree Fort the Family, Amanda Barrick. She came on stage all smiles, simply happy to be there and rocked our socks off with a couple of originals that were both catchy and with substance. She usually plays with her younger brother, and as soon as he’s old enough, (he turns 21 in December!) we hope he comes out and performs too!

Another newcomer to watch out for is Will Cotter, of the band Day Later. They come from Sonoma, CA and with his sweet words and smooth tunes, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of him and his band. Although he was unaware that it was 80’s night, he stayed from beginning to end and supported all of the performers. It was great to meet him!

Speaking of those who travel from far away, we had Rebecca and Gary, who came from San Jose. We were glad to hear them, and really enjoyed their songs. One of their songs was about a trip they took to Egypt! How is that not cool?

It was nice to welcome back Michael Steven who has been M.I.A. while working on his new album.  Here is his new single/music video, “Do Your Thing”.

We had Richie Cunning along with DJ Bad DJ featured and they seriously rapped our socks off! My favorite lyric was “You can’t get up to my level in a mother f*cking spacesuit”.  Nice.

Count Z-bop, tore it up on the keyboard.  Seriously, a jaw dropping performance.  He also was really sweet and supportive of everyone performing.  Someone told me that he was once the drummer for James Brown…Can anyone confirm this?

Finally, one of our last performers Ellisa caught the crowd’s attention with her very descriptive song about a hangover.  Her lyrics included “Its too much – don’t get to close cause I could throw it up”.  Clever song, but I’m glad dinner was over.

Our beloved sandwich girl Jessica, A.K.A. Banh Mi Love You Long Time, won her way into the San Francisco Street Food Festival with 650 votes! Thanks so much to our open mic crew who voted.  Enjoy her sandwiches this coming Tuesday!

Coming up next week we have Ali Handal as our featured performer.  Her music has been heard in countless movies and TV shows, and her performances have taken her around the world, from L.A. to Japan; she’s performed at Neverland Ranch, danced with Janet Jackson, sung on a Neil Young album, written with Paul Williams, had her hands filmed playing guitar in a Playboy video, and even demonstrated guitars several times on “The Price Is Right.” Seriously, “The Price is Right”…SEE HERE

Also joining us next week, is professional photographer Emily Sevin. She’ll be taking photos of the whole night, so get your smile ready 🙂

If you would like to see photos of each performer, please friend Red Devil Open Mic on FACEBOOK.  If you want to hear/download the recordings of the night please visit KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM

Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

Trent on Drums, Out of Towners, Jasmine Sings, Dan has a beard

Here are some highlights from Tuesday July 17, 2012 Red Devil Open Mic:

 Hello there fine people!  KC Turner here, host of Red Devil Lounge open mic Tuesdays!  This past Tuesday was killer!  We had a few of touring/out of town folks come through and it made the night extra special.  These travelers felt right at home and it’s because of the amazing group of regulars we have.  Everyone was so welcoming 🙂 I am so proud to run an open mic that is filled with such great people, so thank you for representing!

Backing everyone up on July 17th was the AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, house drummer, Trent!  Guess what I just found out?  Trent wants to come back more often!! Check the SPECIAL EVENTS tab for his upcoming dates at Red Devil open mic!  Oh man this makes me happy.  Seriously, one of the best drummers ever and we get him!  Follow Trent on Twitter/check out his website HERE.

Sonya Jevette was one of the final performers of the night and she was well worth the wait! She is currently on tour, originally from Dallas, Texas and we’re glad she stopped in. She has a booming, jazzy voice and some bluesy tunes. It was a pure joy to see her do her thing!

Patrick and Kyle cruised up from San Jose, CA (I’ve been noticing a lot of San Jose folks lately, yahoo!).  These guys brought the house down with their saxophone and sing-a-long howling song, “Howl at the Moon”.   Honestly I think this may have been our first Sax/Duo performance.  They had just the right amount of grit with the right amount of blues in their music…add Trent, our house drummer and you get dance your ass off amazing!

Robin Lovejoy has been to our Open Mic many times before with her project “Amalgamation”.  However, last night, Robin gave us a solo performance with our house drummer and she rocked it!

The Illusionists, an energetic rap duo from Eugene, are currently on the last leg of their mini tour with The Masked Avengers. They are really nice guys with really awesome music! From the first line of their first song, the room was filled with excitement and energy. They added some variety to the end of the night and definitely got the house rockin’ out…actually rappin’ out!

Kenny Schick drove all the way from Boulder Creek, CA to be with us on Tuesday!  This guys is sooo good.  He has been playing guitar and singing songs all of his life.  He is such a class act and a very talented recording engineer!  He mentioned to the audience that his skills are for hire, so if you would like to learn more then check out his website.  I highly recommend him!

We had a surprise appearance on Tuesday.  Jasmine Pritchard, who I think is everyone’s best friend, sang a song!  She is preparing for her big show at Acoustic Bistro this Monday July 23rd!  She sounded wonderful and we all can’t wait to support her on Monday!  For details GO HERE.

SNEAK PEAK FOR NEXT WEEK!

Our featured performer next week, July 24th is bay area rapper Richie Cunning. Richie is a good friend of all of us at Red Devil Open Mic, and though he rarely performs, he is actually really good! He has lyrics you can relate to, creative and real, and beats that get you swaying and dancing in no time. He transforms on stage from a lovable goofball into this hip hop mogul that lays down tracks that are sure to stick in your head!

Also, prepare for a TRULY OUTRAGEOUS good-time because this Tuesday is 80’s night!  Grab your friends, prep your side ponytail, plastic jewelry and leg warmers and sing some 80’s tunes!  Performers are encouraged to cover a song from the 1980’s.  Combo that with dressing the part and you get a shot of your choice for $1.

Upcoming Special Events:

Tuesday July 31st – Professional photographer, Emily Sevin will be on sight!

Tuesday August 7th – Cover The Song You Hate The Most Night

**Tuesday September 11th – 2 Year Anniversary**

SOUND MAN DAN GOTS HIMSELF A BEARD AND A TIP

“At your next big concert, DO NOT have confetti.  This is what it does to the stage monitors and guess who has to clean it out?” – Dan Foldes

If you would like to see photos of each performer, please friend Red Devil Open Mic on FACEBOOK.  If you want to hear/download the recordings of the night please visit KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM

Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

Emily Sevin Photos, Garden Band, Kilbane, Detour

Here are some highlights from Tuesday July 10, 2012 Red Devil Open Mic:

LINE OF MUSICIANS WAITING FOR SIGN- UPS

Well hello there!  KC Turner here, host of the Red Devil Lounge Open Mic which takes place every Tuesday!  Last Tuesday, July 10th was yet another fun night!  As usual the talent was vibrant and so were the smiles!  To add some special spice to the night, I invited one of San Francisco’s BEST photographers to shoot the night.  Her name is Emily Sevin.  Such a doll to work with and man does she know how to use a camera.  I can’t wait for her to come back.  I’ll list her next Red Devil appearance in the Special Events section.  The photos of the performers below were all shot by Emily.

EMILY SEVIN

There were so many great performances on the 10th.  I wish I could just blog about each one, but it would be a very long post.  The featured performer was The Garden Band!  These guys have created a sound of their own and everyone really seems to dig it.  With their tie-die image and 1970s attitude, they really rock.

FEATURED PERFORMER: THE GARDEN BAND

Detour has been rapping at the Red Devil open mic EVERY Tuesday for months now.  He gets there right at 7pm, signs up and hangs out the whole night.  It’s so great to see someone give it their all and to be so supportive of all the other performers.  Thanks Detour!

DETOUR OWNING THE MIC

Cochese and the Bean Burritos had a great sound, a cool name + I just had to show this photo.  Pretty rad huh?  I hope these guys come back next week because they had a nice energy.

Cochese and the Bean Burritos

A personal highlight was hearing Kate Kilbane and her husband Dan.  They are so freaking good.  It had been awhile.  Kate is for sure considered a regular, but it wasn’t long after I first saw her at Red Devil Open Mic that her calendar all of a sudden filled up with gigs week after week.  If you haven’t heard them live, then do yourself a favor and get your ass out to a show!  Thank me later!

KATE KILBANE

Next week’s featured performer is our good friend Mick Shaffer!  He has the best stories and can shred the guitar!  I’m pretty sure that everyone loves this guy 🙂  We will also have Trent on house drums!

MICK SHAFFER

Singer Songwriter Performance Tip

If you would like to see photos of each performer, please friend Red Devil Open Mic on FACEBOOK.  If you want to hear/download the recordings of the night please visit KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM

Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

HOST: KC TURNER

Mandolin is cool, Tips, Vote

Here are some highlights from Tuesday July 3, 2012 Red Devil Open Mic:

I’ll have to admit.  I was nervous that everyone would be out of town on July 3rd because of the holiday.  Never have I been so wrong!  We had over 100 people hanging out, enjoying great live music, cheap drinks and good eats.  The night could not have been more rad.  I’ll never doubt you again Red Devil Open Mic’ers, I promise!

Peter Chung was our featured performer.  He has been a regular for a few months now and it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing his name everywhere.  His voice is on par with John Mayer, Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz, etc.  What I’m trying to say is that it’s wonderful.  He is very enthusiastic about songwriting and performing.  You can tell he works really hard perfecting his craft and we are lucky to get to hear him week after week!

Another plus to having Peter featured was that he brought a good songwriting buddy with him that goes by “A Bird and The War“.  This guy’s songwriting melted my socks off.  Look him up and “like”, but in real life!

Another debut performance was that of McClain & Cole.  They where here to show us how great they sound and to promote their new CD, “Step Into Now“!

Yet another debut performance (I guess it was that kind of night) was made by Vallejo, CA band, “Junkyard Academy”.  These guys are doing a fantastic job of sounding good and having a ton of fun at the same time!  They were so excited to be part of the night and so was I.  It’s a haul from Vallejo, but I hope they make it back soon.  The lead singer, Lewis, even wrote a blog entry on their experience.  Check it out via Facebook Page.

The final performance of the evening goes down in Red Devil Open Mic history as one of the most fun.  Joel Mahan closed us out with 3 instrumental mandolin pieces.  He is FREAKING AWESOME.  Everyone in the crowd was clapping, dancing and smiling.  For a moment I though I was at a pub in Ireland.  The energy was perfect and left everyone wanting more.  Bottom line, mandolin is cool!

Tip for RDL’s Open Mic, courtesy of Peter Chung

 “Briefly preface your songs. Briefly. KC introduces you, not your material. Tell us the sad story, message, whatever you think might entice the onlookers to listen; at least give the title. This appetizer may get the audience to listen to you not just hear you. There is a big difference.” – Peter Chung

Motivational Advice from Brett Dennen

Singer Songwriter Performance Tips : Stage Presence Tips: Giving Heart

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Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

Recordings of the night can be heard at KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM