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


Our beloved sandwich girl, Jessica needs your vote!  Here is a message from Jessica to YOU!

Bánh Mì Love You Longtime is in this contest to serve at this year’s SF Street Food Fest. It’d be cool to win…but it’d be COOLER to beat those rice paper scissors girls.  Please VOTE! and spread the word! VOTE HERE.

Thank you for reading!

I like you,
KC Turner (your host)

Recordings of the night can be heard at KCTURNERPRESENTS.COM

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  1. Thanks KC for being such a gregarious host!! Looking forward to more Red Devil nights!


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