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Astro Bowl: Rock & Roll Light Show @ Sea Bowl

Sea Bowl

Every Friday night, the bowling alley presents Astro Bowl, a multicolored laser show with musical beats from the DJ, along with video screens that will have you moonwalking up and down the shiny lanes. It's entertainment for people who yearn for the club scene atmosphere—without the club. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Fridays, off Highway 1 just south of Rockaway Beach and Fassler Avenue in Pacifica. Call 650-738-8190 for information.

Pacificans Power Mike Galisatus Big Band

Original and contemporary compositions and some 
hard-swinging standards led by Mike Galisatus,

freelance trumpeter in the Bay Area and Director
of Bands at the College of San Mateo.
Band member
credits include Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete
Escovedo, Frank Sinatra,
Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Louis
Walker Jr., and many more.

Native San Franciscan
Duane Lawrence’s rich baritone
voice croons a smooth ballad, swings with the best,
and belts out R&B tunes, too, as heard in his group
Lawrence Expressway Band.

For more than 13 years,
he was one of the featured
vocalists with the 16-piece Contemporary Jazz
Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl’s
and a featured vocalist
with the fabulous Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band. He
also credits more than 500
performances with the
Starlight Orchestra at the historic Starlight Room.

Pacificans Norm Dutton, Jim Kerwin, and Lionel
Emde are regulars with the band. Sometimes, Ruben
Salcido lends his playing skills on alto or tenor

(Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)

Libraries Offer Free Music Downloads

Along with many public libraries nationwide, San Mateo County Library (including Pacifica's Sharp Park and Sanchez branches) now offers free e-music to its library cardholders. Customers have access to their favorite music on smart phones, tablets, and/or computers.

There are more than 6 million song titles to choose from, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. The collection includes music from 28,000 labels, originating from more than 85 countries. There is no software to download, and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. E-music is available 24/7 to check out via Best of all, there are no due dates.
Visit SMCL with a San Mateo County Library card to start enjoying music today. E-music is easily listened to on most electronic devices. Powered by Freegal, San Mateo County Library’s e-music site has intuitive navigation with the ability to search by album, artist/composer, song, or video.

Once customers log in with their library card, they can download up to three songs a week, or download one video and one song a week to a device—and the songs are theirs to keep until they choose to delete them. Customers can also stream entire albums, up to three hours of commercial free streaming per day.  

Nomi Harper on Singing and Songwriting

Our friend Tom Edminster told us long ago about Pacifica singer/songwriter Nomi Harper. Since then we have posted notices of her gigs but have never caught her until just this past week when she performed at A Grape in the Fog.

Unfortunately, the place was full and people were chatting so loudly that we couldn't hear Nomi. But no matter. We have her CD. Then we had a brainstorm: Why not ask Nomi to talk a bit about what's involved in singing and songwriting. Here are some of her thoughts:

"It's important to know what you want to say in such a way that you can present a visual picture of it; it's about showing, not saying, what you want your listener to hear. It's about condensing your thoughts and rhyming, and rhythm, and creating emotion in the music. I work hard on lyrics; to me the lyrics have to be strong. But the music needs to be equally strong. It's about evoking emotions in people and being able to create something a person can relate to. Yes, there are many aspects needed to create a good song. It's about movement in the music. There is a lot to it. I very much edit what I write to condense my thoughts into the fewest possible words in my songwriting."