Can’t believe it, and extremely honored to be singing for the S.F. City Hall Centennial Celebration this Friday June 19th in front of City Hall with Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, performing Journey’s “Lights” with strings and the vocal choir “Inspiration Music Collective” and Nona Brown. Rehearsals have been a must see and getting to her Sal Valentino sing “Laugh Laugh” and the Tubes song “White Punk On Dope” with the vocal choir has been a pure joy. Can’t wait, and if you miss it, then its your own damn fault because it’s free from 6-9pm on the Grove Street stage in front of City Hall. A big thanks to Chuck Prophet, Brad Jones, and the Mission Express for letting me be part of something historic.
Here’s Chuck’s description:
I was asked to reach out into the community and put a couple of sets of music together. To tap into San Francisco music history – and I dug deep with a sharp spade, even with my hands when necessary. Some “people” were busy, but others weren’t, and there will be a lot of talent on the stage. Maybe even a few ego collisions.
AND…Lavay Smith will be hosting a second jazz & blues stage featuring legends like Jules Broussard, Denise Perrier and Freddie Hughes.
We’re totally excited to be backing original Flamin’ Groovie Roy Loney and original Beau Brummels vocalist Sal Valentino, along with many other well-knowns and lesser-knowns you’ll be happy to hear. We’ve got the Kingston Trio, Kelley Stoltz singing Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Wanna Dance?” Amoray will be doing a tribute to underground disco icon Sylvester. Jorge Santana – original member and leader of Malo – will perform Mission District lowrider anthem “Sauvecito.”
We’ve also got Bill Kirchen from Commander Cody with members of Red Meat, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon, Tim Bluhm from The Mother Hips, and Andy Cabic from Vetiver. I’m even starting a rumor that I’ll be singing “Willie Mays Is Up At A Bat”.
There will be a tribute to 415 Records with Steve Barton from Translator, Debora Iyall from Romeo Void and Mark Pistel from Consolidated. We’ll re-imagine Journey with a choir and re-imagine the Dead Kennedys with a classical string octet. And yes, Jello is singing “Let’s Lynch The Landlord.” Penelope is doing the Avengers anthem “American In Me.” That’s a lot to melt down. I’m not too handy with the bullet points but I hope this gives you some kind of idea. Oh yeah, also on board as MC is Ben Fong-Torres.
There also promises to be a courtyard of carnival chaos with circus performers, magicians, stilters (is that a word?), marching bands, contortionists and much more. After dark, the DJ’s will take over. Expect light wand acrobats, a burlesque revue and an over the top light show. Plus all manner of cabaret weirdness.
100 Years of San Francisco music. A lot to sink your gums into.
Guest Performers Also Include:
Adam Beach, Applejack, Big Bones, Bob Reed, Brad Brooks, Celia Harris, Ivo Bokulic, Joanne DeMars, Karina Denike, Keith Lawrence, Mike Olmos, Nona Brown & I.M.C., Novena Carmel, Oona Garthwaite, Pat Spurgeon, Paula West, Prairie Prince, Rebecca Roudman, Sarah Dabby, Shaina Evoniuk, Shannon Koehler, Spike Slawson, Thaen Rasmussen, Yuri Kye, Zach Rogue
Silent Disco by HUSHconcerts:
Local San Francisco DJ Heros and Music through the Decades: 1920 – 2020 including: DJ Delachaux (Trapeze) • DJ Carnita (Hard French) • DJ Apollo (Triple Threat DJs) • DJ Dials (Sound Pieces) • Jimmy Love (NonStop Bhangra) • DJ Icon (Opulent Temple) • Zach Moore (Space Cowboys/Armory Podcast) • Frisko Eddy (Pura SF)
Food Trucks from Off the Grid
AND IT’S ALL FREE!