Halloween Open Mic Party with house drummer + More themed nights!

Hello Open Mic’ers!

First off, to see the photos from last week’s open mic, find us on Facebook.  The recordings of the night are up at kcturnerpresents.com

Tuesday October 30th will be our Halloween Costume Party.  Everyone is encouraged to dress up and play a scary song!  Maybe the ghost(s) of Red Devil Lounge will come out for this one.  Of course you aren’t obligated to take part, we would love to hear you either way!

To add to the radness of the Halloween theme, our good buddy Trent will be on house drums!  He is one of the best drummers I know and has some tasty beats to add to your set.  You are going to freak when you see/hear how amazing he is.

Featured this Tuesday is Patrick McCauley!

We have added some more themed nights in the coming weeks!  See the schedule below and CLICK HERE to learn more!

Tuesday November 6 – Cover a Willie Nelson song

Tuesday November 13 – Cover a Elvis Presley song

Tuesday November 20 – Collaboration night. Play as a duo or trio with someone you met at Red Devil open mic.

Tuesday November 27 – Cover Your Friend

Cheers,
KC Turner

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We now have a house keyboard!

Red Devil Lounge open mic Tuesdays now has a HOUSE KEYBOARD! Yamaha P-105 88 weighted keys. I made this purchase out of pocket because I like you. Thanks to Genevieve Conaty and Junkyard Academy for chipping in some of the costs. Tuesdays just got a little more rad.

Cheers,
KC Turner

 

Debates, Sugar Ponies, Addison’s Birthday Feature Next Tuesday!

Red Devil Lounge open mic 10/16/2012

The results are in: Red Devil patrons who had come to see the presidential debate and stayed for the open mic were clear winners! After an unconventional but intimate and effective (thank you, KC) lottery in the green room behind the stage as the debate finished up, the open mic started pretty much on time. And what a time it was!

Notable faces in the crowd: Aaron Whyte, Susan Heffelfinger, Michael Vincent, Tina Helland, expert sound man Dan Foldes, bartender supreme Josh Schiaretti, doorista David Polo, Brian David, Bahnmísta to the stars Jessica Nguyen.

New to the Red Devil stage: Distance, Leigh Rodgers, Jeff Turner, Allen-Michael Turner (it’s a Turner revolution, I tell you!), Vanessa Bates.

Two outstanding performances I want to mention: David Colón continues to cause eyes to lift and heads to turn when he starts singing and playing, delicious almost-jazz acoustic guitar (this guitar will be seen again later in the blog) and a clear, confident and utterly effortlessly captivating voice. This time around he gave us a hip-hoppy tune I was told was a cover of a Will Smith song, and he nailed it to the wall.  Bill Fried got our attention with his first song, which I believe is “Anything Goes,” but it was his second song, his hit, as he called it, “I’m Sorry,” with its big, memorable, radio-worthy chorus, that truly broke through. Audience members actually remembered having heard him do it previously, which says a lot about it, and Bill’s clearly heartfelt performance earned the cheers it got.

David Colon (above)

Bill Fried (above)

Before the break: Nolte is committed to doing his thing, on his rap song called, uh, “Do My Thing,” which was a perfect way to transition the crowd from the presidential debate to the open mic. He followed with a second rap piece called “Let’em See Ya.” Peter Chung, fresh from his recent performance at the Great American Music Hall, for which we congratulate him big time, again delivered two polished, professional, attractive tunes. Salem was on nylon string guitar tonight, playing Spanish-inflected classical pieces with skill and sensitivity. Toy Yamaji covered U2’s “Running to Stand Still,” then did her poignant tune about an older friend who died, accompanied by Salem on violin(!) (I do not quite know how to include the fact that during this sensitive, bittersweet, personal song, a couple in the audience danced in front of the stage, if by “danced” I mean “attempted mutual sexual gratification of the kind usually reserved for private spaces.”) Mick Shaffer gave us a cover of “Fisherman’s Blues” by Waterboys, then hushed the audience with a strong and lively reading of a great song of his, “I’ll Take The Blame” (a phrase Mick said we would never hear from a politician!)  Brent Shinn slowed the pace of his wonderful “Mother Nature,” and the lyrics really popped! He then played the second of the instrumentals he has written in honor of his cats, this one called “Pepper.” The audience heard and responded loudly and positively. Going into the break, Johnny Lawrie was again all young punk passion, attitude and radical tempo changes, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Toy Yamaji w/ Salem on Violin (above)
Mick Shaffer (above)
Brent Shinn (above)

The Sugar Ponies: Pony Time at the Red Devil is always a treat, and when the Sugar Ponies are the featured performers, three things are true: The crowd will be drawn to, and loudly supportive of, Suzanne’s sensuous and edgy rock, pop and country stylings, the band will be tight and professional, and the Ponies will be bringing up members of the community to play their hearts out with them. This was all in evidence on Tuesday night, when Suzanne Kramer, lead vocalist and Michael McGovern, principal guitarist, were joined first by Donovan Plant on the Danelectro electric lead, then Mick Shaffer on slide on his National Steel, then by Brent Shinn on the electric/acoustic Taylor T-5, and the guests all brought it. What was new was the growing confidence and skill of the already-solid group (which includes superior pros Peter Mrdjenovich on bass and Tim Vaughan on drums) and the easy and engaging interaction on stage between Suzanne and Michael. Michael was on fire in his instrumentals, driving covers like “With Care From Someone,” covers of friends, like Ryan Clark’s “Please Pull Over” and originals like “Lately” and the very popular “Blueberries.” Every song was met with the wild enthusiasm it so assuredly merited.

Sugar Ponies (above)

I should mention that Michael broke a guitar string during one song and called out to borrow a guitar, and David Colón answered immediately by lending his; we support each other. And that couple I mentioned danced throughout the Sugar Ponies’ set, only a tad more appropriately given the heat of Suzanne’s performance!

After the break: Jesse Montes defined right-hand technique again for us with his rasgueado strumming, his hand seeming to fly and dance (where by “dance,” I mean “dance.”) Mario Di Sandro, in keeping with the tone of the night, did a political sort of song, “You Say,” which was, according to Mario’s Facebook post, “dedicated to Mitt Romney’s lying corporate haircut,” and then, continuing a beautiful community tradition that started three weeks ago, gave up his second song so that David Colón could play one. MRD, also known as Peter Mrdjenovich, bass player of the Sugar Ponies, favored us with two folk pieces on acoustic guitar. The first had him playing harmonica as well, a political song that I suspect is called “Immaterial.” He was accompanied on the second by Mando Mike on guitar-shaped mandolin. Pam Bennett again went a cappella on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” making it her own and imbuing it with a fierce passion. Kara Goslin touched hearts with her clear, sweet voice and sterling guitar accompaniment on a new folk-style tune that must be called “Photographs Of You.”  Addison Nimrod, with his friend Aaron again handling vocals, rocked the house much the way a nuclear device gently shakes things up, reprising last week’s new song, “Boilermaker.” And then the clock struck and I headed for the last train home.

Jesse Montes (above)

Mario Di Sandro (above)

Performers I did not see: Vanessa Bates, Aldo Noboa, Grasstones. Please accept my apologies and I look forward to hearing you and writing about you in the future!

The fortunes of political parties and candidates may rise and fall, but the Red Devil Open Mic community remains a consistent force for connection, joy, good music and good times! We’ll see you next Tuesday!

Featured Next Week: Addison Nimrod!  It’s also his Birthday!!

Bloggishly,
Alan
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90’s night rocked, Liquid Television rocked, This Tuesday will rock too!

Red Devil Lounge open mic 10/9/2012

Dear Nineties:

If you were looking for some of your best songs (and some of your outfits) on
Tuesday, they were here celebrating “Cover a Song from the Nineties Night!” with us!

Signed,
Red Devil Open Mic

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Spirits were high for this event among the performers and the appreciative and large
audience! KC was at his charming hostly best, holding impromptu contests of Nineties
trivia and clearly enjoying the proceedings.

Notable faces in the crowd: Jasmine Pritchard, Tracy Shaun Ruggles, Susan
Heffelfinger, Michael McGovern, Tygerlily McKenzie, her parents Susan and Steve,
and, of course, Yogi. Always notable staff: Bartender Josh Schiaretti, sound
engineer Alejandro and doormaster David Polo.

New to the Red Devil stage: David Robertson (all the way from Australia, punk/alt
stylings), Chris Hatfield (extraordinary keyboardist), Tom Unger (he accompanied
Aldo Noboa and was to be accompanied by him as well), The Mustachios.

Chris Hatfield (above)

David Robertson (above)

Two outstanding performances I want to mention: Brendan Getzell, covering Counting
Crows’ “Recovering the Satellites” with palpable sensitivity, then blowing the doors
off the place with a frenetic reading of “Popular” by Nada Surf, which had the crowd
screaming! And Jefferson Bergey tore it up with an attitude-perfect song that must
be called “Blackout,” which highlighted his prodigious theatrical skills and
showmanship as well as his musical and lyrical gifts; the crowd roared their
approval!

Brendan Getzell (above)

Jefferson Bergey (above)

Before the break: Jeff Desira covered the Lemonheads, then launched into a song
which highlights his writing skill (that chorus!) and ability to connect with an
audience, his “When I Let Go,” with Jefferson Bergey jumping in to reprise his sweet
harmony part from the video of the song (and play virtuoso shaker.) Keeping with our
Nineties theme, KC issued a challenge for someone to perform the opening song from
“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” which was met more than ably by David “Flash Pants of
San Francisco” Colón. Thunderegg regaled us with his lyrically rich and evocative
“We Kissed Again, Then Ran Some More” in addition to his era-appropriate cover of
Wilco’s “Passenger Side.” Andrew Guevara did lovely guitar/harmonica covers of
Whiskeytown’s “Sixteen Days” and “LA” by Elliott Smith. Julie Mayhew put her sweet
voice to Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” then kept up a beautiful new RDOM tradition by giving
up her second song to Addison Nimrod, who, as always, caused pandemonium, with his
friend Aaron taking the vocal, on his new song “Boilermaker.” Next on the menu,
Brent Shinn took on the Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush,” then did his “The Sandwich
Lady Song,” a paean to Jessica Nguyen, whose personage and work are truly deserving
of being celebrated in Brent’s tasty and tastefully-rendered song! Peter Chung, star
on the rise, covered Radiohead and then gave us his lovely folk/almost-country
“Estelle.” Collective W took us into the break with passion and pulsing beat on a
sinuous song about a spider and a masterful rendition of a new song that sounded to
me like a melding of Rachel’s solo work and her work with Ian, all power and
vulnerability, now new and improved with pounding backing track.

Jeff Desira (above)

Liquid Television: I think that if you asked them about their set, Liquid
Television, my dear friends from Marin, would tell you that they had a really good
time on stage, and I am certain they did, but I want you to know that when three
gifted, talented and technically superior musicians apply themselves to cover songs,
especially to some of the most musically challenging songs of the nineties, magic
happens. Raw technical competence and confident, laid-back sure-handedness put
across the material with across-the-stereo-spectrum power and emotional grace.
Ruthie Elsom (also known as “Clicktrack”) anchors each tune with authority and
solidity, building songs from the bottom up, while giving the band so much to work
with rhythmically in terms of syncopation and nuance. David Fairchild has quite
simply the best touch on bass that I have ever seen or heard, and his natural
musical sense, his fine-tuned ear and listening ability and his sheer musicality let
him place himself perfectly in every song in a way that elevates it. And oh, Dennis
Haneda, clearly one of the Bay Area’s finest guitarists, who somehow manages to play
the lead and rhythm parts of all these songs while. doing. the. lead. vocal. I am
honored that these three accompanied me on one of my songs on Tuesday and made it
shine; I am even more glad that the Red Devil crowd got to hear them do what they do
so well in the featured slot. Here is their set list, inspired and inspiring:

“Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots
“Santa Monica” by Everclear
“Everlong” by Foo Fighters
“Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Possum Kingdom” by Toadies
“Big Me” by Foo Fighters

Liquid Television (above)

After the break: Who better to follow the powerful feature than Brentando, one of
the most powerful singers in the Bay Area and beyond! He shone as usual on his first
tune, then reprised crowd favorite “Bona Fide,” such a tour de force of writing and
delivery! Tommy Phan followed with a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two-Headed Boy”
and his beautiful and memorable “One and One.” Torfi Gunnarsson wowed us again with
his star quality, haunting vocals and personal approach to guitar on his “Fragile
Mind” and a new song. David Colón, seen above covering Will Smith, rocked the
aluminum pants and applied his acoustic jazz sensibility and mellifluous voice to
Sir MixALot’s “Baby Got Back,” which you would have had to hear to believe, and to
Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova,” which was invigorated by Ruthie Elsom’s turn on drums
and David Fairchild, as soon as he recognized the song, slipping onto the stage to
nail the bass part and bring the song home! Aaron Ford chose two covers that
responded so well to his vocal and guitar style, one by Elliot Smith and the other
“Waiting On An Angel” by Ben Harper. Aldo Noboa, with a strong voice, a command of
the (left-handed) acoustic guitar and support from Tom Unger playing acoustic guitar
lead, covered what I was told was a Black Sabbath tune. Dave Trevors was the last
performer I saw, giving virtuoso performances on nylon-stringed acoustic of two
iconic songs of the Nineties, REM’s “Losing My Religion” and “Smells Like Teen
Spirit” by Nirvana. I left on a very high note to catch the last train home.

Brentando (above)

David Colon (above)

Dave Trevors (above)

Performers I did not see: Tom Unger, The Mustachios, Johnny Lawrie and Nick
Alexander. Please accept my apologies and I look forward to hearing you and writing
about you in the future!

Nineties night was uproarious fun for us! The audience was really involved, and I
think we all got to play some inspiring music, and some of that inspiration is going
to find its way into the music we do in the weeks to come. I’ll be here for those
exciting and creative nights and I look forward to seeing you here, too!

Bloggishly,
Alan

Alan Monasch (above)

Liz O, Boppity Bear, 90’s Night is next…

Red Devil Lounge open mic 10/2/2012
by Alan Monasch
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Please bear with me (ahem), grab your blowpop, your pony, your wig and your party hat and come inside the bigtop that is the Red Devil Lounge for open mic night featuring The Liz O Show!
Liz O. (above)
The list of notables who attended and did not play was headed by Boppity Bear himself, whose stage presence set the tone for this rollicking affair. Also seen in the crowd were Donovan Plant, Tina Helland, Tygerlily Mckenzie and Yogi (yo, dog!) and Fernando the bird, whom I am sure was just winging it. And I hasten to mention bartender Josh Schiaretti and ambassa-door Brian David, both of whom always make open mic night the joy that it is. Jessica Nguyen was on hand to dispense restorative banh mi (Will Georgantas said he favored the tork combo, where the tofu absorbs the juices from the pork. Will also alerted me to the “special special” at the bar, where your choice of beer with the Jamison’s is split into two glasses!) Performers new to the open mic were Trey Kulp, of Oracle and Baltimore, punk rocker Paul Durias, Leify Green (some fine alt tunes; I want to hear him again), Kate Torralba (from the Philippines, with a nice turn on keyboard on excellent songs) and Kidney Punch.
Bar tender Josh with Fernando the bird! (above)
Banh Mi (above)
Julie in her Liz O Wig (above)
Along with the celebration and party that is the Liz O Show, there was a clear theme in the music this week: Superior alt band songs. Greg Lamboy offered a very touching “Watching You Walk Away” and it’s a great solo piece but it’s easy to hear it as a band hit. Leify Green sounded great, first with Trey Kulp on drums, then with secret nuclear weapon Trent Boeschen on a’Lost At Sea.” Sean Tabor did it again, this time with Trent (hello, Zildjian Oriental Crash of Doom cymbal!) on Sean’s new song, the very appealing and radio-worthy “Curtain Call.”  I’m so glad I got to hear and see Bill Fried this week; he rocked out big time on two clear, winning band tunes, complete with effective and intense distortion on his acoustic-with-pickup guitar, assisted and elevated by house-drummer-of-all-our-dreams Trent. Alex Jimenez used Trent so well, showing me that his solo originals (“Voices” and “Elena,” with its strong chorus) really work as band tunes. And Thunderegg’s exquisite originals (here, he offered “They Kissed” and “Not What I Meant,” on which he was assisted by Mario Di Sandro on lead guitar) have already proven to be perfect band tunes.
Greg Lamboy (above)
Trey Kulp (above)
Leify Green (above)
Before the break: Nick Grishkoff made me want to reserve a table for his Acoustic Bistro turn this coming Monday with two delicious jazz-kissed songs. Tommy Phan struck again, this time with the keen lyrics of “Estelle” and some more excellent fingerpicking, then a cover of Conor Oberst’s “Tourist Trap.” The Sugar Ponies nailed the brooding, steamy tune that I assume is called “Runaway Train,” with Suzanne Kramer at her sultry best and Michael McGovern’s beautiful touch on guitar. Julie Mayhew gave us her brand new “The Drive” and a version of her “I’m There” that mentioned Boppity Bear in honor of Liz’s feature (and her friendship with Liz.) Oakshott, on guitar again though she is known for her wonderful piano playing, gave us what I think of as a very Kurt Weill dramatic number of hers called “Magic Class,” with Trent perfectly handling the subtlety of the song’s style. And Brent Shinn impressed again, this time with his instrumental “Ix” and a particularly effective “By Me.”
Nick Grishkoff (above)
Liz O: Any performance that causes KC to put on a jester’s hat is a rollicking, joyous clarion call to merriment! It’s all about the fun, and about getting us all involved in that fun! Ably assisted by wig-sister Julie Mayhew on tambourine and the remarkable John Wilson (“he also plays electric bouzouki, ladies”) on electric mandolin, Liz romped through a set of her best material, delighting with tunes like “The Highwayman,” “The Train Song,” “Magical Mist,” “The Bird In Norwegian Wood,” (actually a poignant and lovely tune), the more serious “Break Me Down” (“There once was a girl with flowers in her heart”), crowd favorite “Hot Damn” and the signature “Mule Named Sal.” If you loved Liz’s performance tonight, and I know you did, because of the audience reaction, you will want to be at her Halloween show at 50 Mason Social House, and every other iteration of this rolling party!
KC Turner introducing Liz O (above)
After the break: Special mention must be made of Addison Nimrod’s frontal assault on supreme good sport Boppity Bear, whom Addison appeared to murder (it was acting, acting I tell you!) during his metal extravaganza “Scream in Space.” I hope a picture of this marker moment makes its way into this account; it had to be seen to be truly appreciated, with Liz O watching in horror and concern (when she wasn’t laughing!) I think Addison’s performance helped to make everyone’s night! Onward: Johnny Lawrie continues to bring it with his eclectic punk, supported in every tempo change by hyperlistener Trent on drums. Cloning Dolly covered the hell out of Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones” and Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl.” Susan Heffelfinger applied her lush voice to Pam Bennett’s “I Can Choose,” with Pam on guitar, after which Pam effectively and emotionally delivered her haunting “Amber.” Finally, it was good to see Mario Di Sandro back from Chicago, and he gave us a heartfelt version of the bittersweet yet infectious “A Lover’s Dance,” and his cover of Tom Waits’ “Picture In A Frame,” at which point I had to leave to catch the last train home, sorry to miss Patrick McCauley, Kate Torralba and Paul Durias.
Addison singing to Boppity Bear (above)
I want to mention that the Sugar Ponies might not have played tonight if Peter Chung had not called them from the stage to play in place of his second song. Peter and Trent lit the place on fire with a straight-up blues song that Peter said was a Ray Charles cover. Yet it is Peter’s kindness that distinguished him tonight, and later he said that he was echoing a similar open-mic playing-opportunity offer made to him in the past by Julie Mayhew. I love our music community, our Red Devil family, and this kind of caring for each other is one of the reasons.
Sugar Ponies (above)
Peter Chung (above)
What our family and friends new and old will remember from this night is the atmosphere of warmth and huge fun, the Liz O carnival, with KC as genial host and ringmaster of our free-wing circus, complete with bird act! The revels continue next week with “Cover a Song From the 90s Night” and a featured performance by my dear friends Dennis Haneda, David Fairchild and Ruthie Elsom, together known as 90s cover band Liquid Television! I hope to see you at the Red Devil next Tuesday!
Bloggishly,
Alan

Alexis Harte, David Colon rocked, Addison is ready for Halloween

Red Devil Lounge open mic 09/25/2012

Hello music community, and welcome to another edition of the Red Devil Open Mic blog by Alan Monasch

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As always, there were notables in the house, including Brendan Getzell, Jasmine
Pritchard, Susan Heffelfinger, Michael Vincent, Donovan Plant and Saam Nomad’s
friend Bebe (giving another meaning to the term “four on the floor.”) New to the RD
stage tonight were Ghosts N Shells, a rap duo originally from Chicago and Vermont,
Rachel Thom, Saam Nomad, Nick Von Liphart, Elliott Naschmeyer and Dr. Dreame.

A point of information: Kara Goslin, who had first pick of time slots in which to
play this week, chose 8:50 PM, just before the featured set. And I want to apologize
to the performers I could not stay to see: Johnny Lawrie, Elliott Naschmeyer, Pam
Bennett, Bill Fried, The Garden Band, Newself and Sean Tabor. I hope to catch them
all next time they play.

Kara Goslin (above)

Dr. Dreame (above)

Before the break: Salem started the night with an acoustic version of his
usually-electrified metal tune “Rose of the Night,” which put the focus on the
lyrics, which shone. Mick Shaffer touchingly presented Todd Snider’s “New York
Banker” in tribute to a friend in the hospital. Collective W hit hard once again,
with Ian Vianu skillfully playing the backing tracks perfectly, so musical as a DJ,
doing so much to build the structure and energy of Rachel W’s remarkable songs,
which she sings so soulfully and adeptly. Addison Nimrod again induced metalepsy
(now new and improved with face mask!) and delighted the pushed-forward,
appreciative crowd.

Salem (above)

Mick Shaffer (above)

Collective W. (above)

Addison Nimrod (above)

It was clearly folk music night at the Red Devil, with a block of performers around,
and including the first song by, the featured performer. Toy Yamaji did two songs so
heartfelt that I tracked her down afterward to get the lyrics to the choruses. Nick
Von Liphart, singing while accompanying himself on cross-harp harmonica(!), gave us
some delta honk-and-shout blues that immediately made me want to point him and Ben
Brown at each other (and it turns out they’ve played together before.) Greg Lamboy
did new songs and was the very definition of the confident and polished
singer/songwriter, with a strong, clear voice and expert guitar work (what lines!:
“Saying goodbye is not the same as letting go” and “My road leads back to you.”)
Tommy Phan again impressed with new song “Roots” and the spirited and deep travel
song “One and One” (“I’m far too gone”) and Kara Goslin took us into the feature
break with the striking “Creative Fears” and “Devil Makes Three,” which she played
at her first appearance at the Red Devil open mic; Tuesday night was the one-year
anniversary of that performance.

Toy Yamaji (above)

Greg Lamboy (above)

Alexis Harte: Featured performer Alexis Harte announced his strong songwriting and
performing skill with his solo first tune, “Temporary Tattoo And A Candy Cigarette,”
which captured and quieted the crowd. Then he brought up his band, the Lemon Hammer,
and brought up the energy level and the heat as well. The band is the very solid
Aaron Brinkerhoff rocking the standup cocktail drum kit, bassist Fergus Lenehan
(showing some nice bass harmonics), and the very-very-engaging Damond Moodie sharing
lead vocal duties with Harte. Alexis played excellent electric lead throughout, on
songs that profited mightily by the ensemble treatment. Some funk and some modern
singer/songwriter/alternative made the feature very attractive to the crowd, who
showed their obvious appreciation (I saw David Colón dancing!) during the set and at
its end.

Alexis Harte and Lemon Hammer (above)

After the break: Last paragraph’s dancer, David Colón, proved more than up to the
task of following the feature with a strong pair of songs in his rhythmic and
jazz-inflected style, with his lovely voice, to great approval from the audience for
his cover of Black Street’s “No Diggity” and for his original, “On the Phone.”
Junkyard Academy showed that strong songwriting (“Standing in the Rain” and “Don’t
Say Anything”) underlies their showmanship and playing skill, with a Buddy Holly
vibe emanating from the pounding cajon. Julie Mayhew reprised her “I’m There” and
“With You” and got them across with passion and growing skill. The last performer I
heard, Courtney Nichole, scored with her reinvigorating reworking of Oasis’
“Wonderwall” and her original, “Don’t Look Back.”

David Colon (above)

Courtney Nicole (above)

I didn’t look back on my way to the bus to the train, but I was conscious of the
fact that I was missing a portion of a notably good music night and leaving a really
good time with my incredible friends, secure in the knowledge that more than one
hundred people had been present to hear San Francisco’s best and to enjoy the weekly
celebration that is the Red Devil Open Mic!

Bloggishly,
Alan