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.
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 saxophone. (Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)
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 smcl.org. 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.
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!