We recently lost our friend and bandmate Ken, who was our spectacular "Keith" in The Unauthorized Rolling Stones. He would have agreed that the show must go on. If you know of a professional, responsible, rocking guitarist in the Bay Area, we are accepting auditions.
Requirements: * Must live within an approximately 60-mile radius of San Francisco. * Must be a strong guitarist and showman with a strong blues background and love for Stones music. * Must be responsible, and pass background check and credit check.
A "Keith" look-alike is a plus, but we are first searching for a standout guitarist and performer who can seamlessly blend in with the personalities of our band. We "do the Stones" but also play original material.
The right person would take precedence over any look, race, or ethnicity. For instance, we would consider an African American blues player with the right qualifications.
Initial auditions are by video only. Email video auditions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
This afternoon, the alternative/country music band Secret Town played at The Surf Spot and I shot these photos. I thought some Pacificans would enjoy seeing them.With sun, great music, good food, and fun for all, The Surf Spot was THE place to be this afternoon in Pacifica!
Grantham Jazz Quartet plays every Thursday night from 7:30 to 10 at
Monkey Forest Road, 3265 Grand Avenue in Oakland. No cover. Wine bar. Coffee bar. Indonesian art gallery. Riptide's favorite jazzmaster Jim Grantham says, "Everyone seems to like the new venue. It is very nice and the music is hot. Hope you can swing by sometime. The music will be real, interesting, and varied. We'll feature different musicians and guest artists. No Thursday will be the same." Check them out online at Nightbird Music.