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Red Devil Lounge open mic 09/11/2012

KC Turner (above)

Photo Credit: Christopher Howard – Rolling Stone Mock Up: Lewis Sparky Nowosad

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Highlights/Review by Alan Monasch

To celebrate featured performer Jasmine Pritchard is to celebrate the Red Devil Open
Mic itself! What better way to mark the second anniversary?

I heard that over 150 people attended, and I know that Jessica Nguyen of Banh Mi
Love You Long Time brought three times the sandwich-fixings she usually brings and
sold it all out. Here is a list of people who came but did not play, and what an
incredible list this is!: Peter Finch, Brianne Lucke, Trick Stephens, Andrew
Guevara, Anna Elizabeth, bartender Josh Schiaretti, Suzanne Kramer and Michael
McGovern of the Sugar Ponies, Scott Mickelson, Brentando, Kate Kilbane and Dan
Moses, Johnny Nash, Brian Bergeron, Sam Whitehouse Gibson, David Polo, Aaron Ford,
Dean Harlem, Christopher McMahon, DJ BadDJ, Lori Kober and Jasmine’s contingent
including JoJo Arcilla Anya Javellana, Sam Whitehouse, JP Pritchard, Beverly Rama and Molly Kozma. And this is only the people I saw and noted,
so it is not an exhaustive list.

PHOTO: IRAN RAMIREZ

Ryan Clark enjoying his Banh Mi Sandwich (above) PHOTO: Emily Sevin

And there were the photographers, Emily Sevin and Christopher Howard and Iran
Ramirez, who honored the evening and the event by capturing it with their cameras
and gracing us with their view of the proceedings.

And there was KC Turner himself. Because I am writing this blog entry, I get the
pleasure and honor of thanking KC on behalf of the entire music community, this
friend I love so dearly, this man I respect and admire so much, for what he has done
for music in the Bay Area (and for music altogether) by way of the Red Devil Open
Mic, for the way he has forged community and built a music scene, artist by artist,
fan by fan, with his keen mind and his immense heart. Thank you, KC, for this two
years of hosting the open mic that has given so many of us our start in music and
made a strong community that sustains us. You know you have our very best wishes,
today and every day!

Alan & KC (above) PHOTO: EMILY SEVIN

There was so much music! The feature was an hour later than usual and we went until
1:30 AM, so there was room on the list for more performers than ever. Trent
Boeschen, who re-impressed even the people who were already so impressed with his
playing, stayed all night and elevated the playing of all; his name will come up
again later. Now here we go:

Before the break: The night was kicked off by a songwriter who shall be nameless
(but who oddly responds to my own name), assisted and elevated by Trent Boeschen,
master drummer. Peter Chung’s wonderful and skillful jazz vocal and guitar styling
was augmented by Trent’s drumming. Salem continued to show his great versatility
with a nice turn on bass. Tommy (last name unknown) attracted attention with his
fingerpicked folk followed by an engaging modern tune, playing off Trent’s
percussion. Alex Jimenez put his clear, strong voice and acoustic guitar to “Devil
in the Wishing Well” and a stirring cover of “Wichita Lineman,” to the loud delight
of the crowd. Elizabeth Anderson scored with a reggae tune on ukulele that used
Trent’s percussion perfectly. Patrick McCauley and saxophonist Kyle  nailed both their songs (the Los Angeles one and the police one) decisively
and the crowd exploded at the end. Susan Heffelfinger honored the event and KC with
a sweet anniversary song (even taking a turn on kazoo) after doing her smoky blues
song, with Trent on the smoky blues drums and with the accompanist, this time on
guitar, whom I sometimes think of as “myself.” Mick Shaffer acquitted himself really
well on his inaccurately self-described “irony-free love song” followed by the
rocking “So Far Away.” Johnny Lawrie, whom I am happy to say will be playing at the
Human Be-In, put Trent through a festival of tempo changes, which Trent handled with
ease and grace, on Johnny’s two energy-infused tunes. Max Walker impressed with his
tone on the Fender Jaguar through the miked Marshall amp.

Trent On Drums (above) Photo: Iran Ramirez

Susie Heffelfinger (above) PHOTO: EMILY SEVIN

Max Walker (above) PHOTO: Emily Sevin

Patrick & Kyle (above)

Donovan Plant, once again with master bassist Nick Gutierrez and anchored by the
ever-incredible Trent on drums, galvanized the crowd, particularly with his
“Invisible.” On both her tunes, “With You” and “I’m There,” Julie Mayhew continued
to hone her performing skills, backed, for the first time, I believe, by Trent.
Julie also spoke about the open mic and what it has meant to her and to the
community. Nick Guzman told us that he would be playing at the prestigious Bridge
School event, then whipped off great versions of a Ray LaMontaigne song (thank you,
Sean Burke!) and The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 MIles).” Newly-engaged Melissa
Lyn, backed on drums by newly-engaged-to-her Ryan Clark, did her jazz-edged personal
music, to huge crowd acclaim. Then, Addison Nimrod took the stage; I showed him that
there was only one possible response I could make in my notes to his incredible
metal assault, and it was this: “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” Pam Bennett was a perfect act to
follow Addison, and she got a good response to her well-written and well-played
songs, the first of which was an energetic and upbeatish number I assume is called
“I Choose To Love You” (and Pam, please correct me if I am wrong and I will say so
in my next blog entry.) The Homey Nolte did his thing on “Do My Thing,” a rap
extravaganza that definitely won him fans. Emily Rath tore it up on piano with two
songs, the second of which, her cover of “Let’s Get It On,” had everyone moving,
grooving and cheering. Then Brent Shinn closed out the first part of the show and
wowed the crowd by reprising his wonderful “Mother Nature” and then playing and
singing the hell out of his “You Know Me.”

Nick Guzman (above)

Emily Rath (above) PHOTO: Emily Sevin

Melissa Lyn & Ryan Clark (above) PHOTO: Emily Sevin

Jasmine Pritchard: Yes, Jasmine is KC’s assistant, and she manages the band Sage,
and she knows and is loved by those whom she has met, which is almost everyone in
the universe. But did everyone know that Jasmine could sing, and not just sing but
cause breath to catch and hearts to stop with her one-of-a-kind voice and with
strong, emotional ballads rendered dramatically and perfectly? All while managing a
cast of collaborators, including Donovan Plant (superb guitar work), surprise guest
soundman-turned-performer, guitarist and harmony singer par excellence Dan Foldes,
sensationally-sensitive singing revelation Sean Burke and a
previously-obliquely-mentioned keyboardist who shall remain nameless but whom I like
to think of as “me.” She got every ounce of emotion from each of the songs she
presented, from “Can’t Be Love” to “Somebody That I Used To Know” and everywhere in
between, and the crowd was in the palm of her hand, so connected to her and hanging
on every word, cheering in the midst of songs when Jasmine hit particularly poignant
phrases so sure-voicedly. Jasmine is everything the open mic is about, community,
uproarious fun, humor high and low and just plain musical joy! Jasmine has a singing
future ahead of her, to be certain, and her people, meaning all of us, are lucky and
proud to be here to witness the launch and rise.

Jasmine Pritchard (above) PHOTO: EMILY SEVIN

Dan Foldes (above) PHOTO: Iran Ramirez

Sean Burke w/ Jasmine Pritchard (above) PHOTO: Iran Ramirez

After the break: I am going to restrain myself from saying everything I want to say
about Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell showing up (heh, heh) for this event; I am
just glad to have heard Megan and Jeff play with Trent for the first time. That
stars of this magnitude play just like any other open mic participants, and to have
them stay to hear other performers, is a tribute to KC and the Red Devil Open Mic
and to Jasmine, and by extension, to our community. I believe Megan’s CD “A Token Of
The Wreckage” changes the very nature of pop and rock music, and that the song she
and Jeff did Tuesday, “Show Up,” the last song on the CD, is a perfect example of
why and how. Of course Megan and Jeff nailed it, of course Trent elevated it, and of
course the assembled went crazy.

Megan Slankard & Jeff Campbell (above) PHOTO: Iran Ramirez

Onward: Alejandro Adam charmed with his melodic rap. Ryan Clark, here playing with
the animated and very proficient Brendan Getzell on keys and aided by Trent’s
energizing drumming, rocked his two numbers and got a roar from the audience. Liz O,
backed by tambourine girls Julie Mayhew and Susie Heffelfinger. did the magic that
only Liz O can do. Chris (last name unknown) rocked his tunes. Kara Gosling got the
crowd going with her country styling and her wine sing-along (“Rose, chardonnay, cab
sauvignon…”) Rebecca, on piano, with Gary singing, did two uplifting numbers, the
first with the line “Your freedom is your right” and the second a Sept. 11 song
(thought it was, as she said, already Sept. 12 when Rebecca sang it.) Kevin, from
Alabama and on his way to play Portland, transfixed us with moody, delay-enriched
tunes on his Les Paul.

Alejandro Adam (above) PHOTO: EMILY SEVIN

The last five performers: Thunderegg (Will Georgantas), playing at the open mic for the
first time after being away in Greece and on the East Coast, reprised his very
popular “Not What I Meant.” Maria and Ben, with Maria holding down the bass and Ben
on acoustic, gave a sweet rendering of their tune, “Backpack.” Mario covered a Pearl
Jam tune in his engaging style. Courage did a notable and jangly tune called
“Distant” that I really hope to hear again. And Brian from Sacramento closed the
night with a rap tune with his partner.

Thunderegg (above)

In honor of the three-dollar beers that were available all night, I offer the
following two trivia questions, which may appear on a future version of this blog,
and which will let people know for certain that you were here for the second
anniversary:

1) What body part, suggested by a piece of Red Devil Lounge decoration,
was KC obsessed with all night?

2) By what double-entendre (that’s a hint, by the
way) term did Jasmine refer to her accompanists, Donovan Plant and Dan Foldes?

This night was about who we are and what we do, about the sheer joy of music and
connecting with each other. Next week features Mario Di Sandro and the first night
of the new lottery system, with the club opening at 6:00 PM. If you weren’t here for
tonight’s extraordinary show, please be here next time, because it is always fun,
the music satisfies and the people are warm and welcoming! Thanks again, KC, for
making and hosting this open mic, for gathering this community and for all you do,
May our third year be the best yet!

Bloggishly,
Alan

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2 Comments

  1. Correction: Nick Guzman is not playing at the Bridge School benefit, but he did play Ray LaMontaigne’s “Beg, Steal or Borrow.” Thank you, Christinna Guzman, for the information!

    Reply
  2. Or Ray LaMontagne…

    Reply

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