TURN IT UP, BRING THE NOISE..POP

It’s been a hot minute since I posted on music so here is my lead for you this week.

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San Francisco is ever morphing and ever changing. San Francisco’s music scene is ever- morphing and ever changing. And happening this week  NOISEPOP is celebrating its 25 year run.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Noisepop Festival, it’s a Festival that takes over different venue showcasing bands, art, and film. It’s kind of a Where’s Waldo adventure in a way because you are the one with the pass or show ticket and you show up to the venue. Festival goers who have the week long passes make their way and venue hop checking out the different NOISE POP makers. This is a time to take in what the current San Francisco scene is music + culture+ ole skool + tech  + people reacting = This year’s Noise Pop has grown. I find it cool that it offers free and paid shows, this is always cool. So people can at least go do stuff on the cheap, you just have to get to the showcase spots. It’s also a special time in a band’s career to be playing at festivals like these because they are still accessible and there is a high probability you may be able to get a quick meet n’ greet. You get the new record and an autograph and support the band it’s a win win. The best part is that you may see a band you never heard of or had an impromptu experience of some kind that really blows your mind. (EVEN BETTER)

Upon perusing the Noisepop handbill of all the shows there was the film stuff, of course they were one day one off you had to be there showcases or podcast answer / question lectures that is something I am gonna need to get on top of for next year.

Bands on the bills are on touring, local, a mix bag of tricks. A good number of them are making their way to SXSW which happens in Austin, TX in March. So if you cannot make your way to SXSW and you live in the Bay this is a good showcase festival.

Noisepop also is connected and for those who are far away never fear they have a website, and I know that live podcasting of shows and interviews are happening so go and GOOGLE.

The rain has finally let up get out and go to something fun with your friends, make new friends. San Francisco will always be a potluck of music genres and experiences it’s what we each bring to the table to share. My wish for all of you this week is MUSIC + RAINBOWS + AND REALLY LIVING THE SAN FRANCISCO EXPERIENCE.

This week I have worked some shows and worked for a band or two, and it really always amazes me that the San Francisco stop is such a hi-light on tour. I can’t tell you that bands no matter what level they love playing San Francisco. There will always be something energetic, nostalgic, and memorable that this city offers artists. There is something that happens when you cross one of our two iconic bridges, and then making your way through the city, driving through the different neighborhoods finally making it to sound check.

http://www.noisepop.com/2017/

Other cool sites you should check out

http://www.jasonmyersexitheremedia.com/

https://www.bendersbar.com/events

http://juanitamore.com/

www.brokeassstewart.com

 

 

TECH-LEECH

 

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CHECKMYCOAT BLOG ON WORDPRESS  ARE SOLEY OF THE AUTHOR AND MAY BE OFFENSIVE IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED THEN STOP READING

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For the Checkmycoat readers all over the world following my blog, seems as if I have encountered a BITER in my midst. What is a BITER you ask? Someone who is a leech an art leech, in my case I am claiming this person is a TECH-LEECH: someone who codes and steals ideas. (you know who you are)

Let me refresh you on this. ART is all encompassing inspiration it pushes you to have an opinion. When you are inspired by a piece of art and you create something INSPIRED. Then there are those LEECHES that steal ideas without permission or for whatever personal gain. With that being said I am pissed.

I started to talk to different people about this situation I have found myself in.

One person I recently met who was in his 20’s said I got API’d. It sounded similar to a KO punch. Of course, I had no idea what this meant so I was like what is that? Basically, coder trolls from whatever rock they live under scour the internet and find IDEAS that creative people come up with and develop whatever shit they want to market. Companies pay creative types for this kind of work, and then it gets translated into code.  To be honest I was stunned and then I became pissed. I get it we live in a world where respect, reverence, and being decent has taken a back seat. It’s the insta – everything without looking up; mow everything down to get what you want THE WILD WILD WEST online (I get it) but at the end of the day you got to call a spade a spade and there is a difference between right and wrong. That is called short term satisfaction, and will give you the minimal quality of life experience, but to each his/her own. (You do you)

I spoke to some other friends who are also artists and we all agreed that YES it is FUCKED UP! But, if you put it out on the internet without LEGAL protection artists and/or anyone is basically at the risked of getting FUCKED by a TECH-LEECH, a BITER. All these rules and laws and permits and licenses have their place in business and politics because it is $, and it’s just how the NON-ARTISTS justify a place for the creatives with a whole bunch of paper rules.

FUCK THE RULES

FUCK TECH- LEECHES

FUCK PEOPLE WHO STEAL TO GET AHEAD

*It doesn’t get you there any faster

I was also reminded by my fellow artist friends that I am hyper creative and come up with shit all the time, but projects are like kids it gets personal when some outsider you don’t know messes with your stuff there will always be the reaction, and that is where I am at with this (THE REACTION). For now I am reacting on my blog, it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds on this and I will be keeping you all aware.

To all artists out there keep creating no one can be YOU! No one can be in your head! Stick up for each other, and if need be throw some digital molotovs.

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BY SHEPARD FAIREY

 

COAT CHECK N.Y.E. 2017

New Year ! New Energy, back to the Blog!

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s not todays news but a pretty first memorable moment bringing in the new year! I have to endulge in my celebrity sweet tooth especially when it’s a crash and burn.

TAH DAH ….. IT’S MARIAH! Working in this type of environment here is my 2 cents check out the video.

So I came home to this news all over the internet. It was a slow moving trainwreck from the get go. Seems like the production behind the performance had some unavoidable holes that could not be patched up.There are all kinds of blame being issued from both sides.

Kudos Mariah  She wore a coat!  She did a burlesque type of entrance with the feathers and the feather coat – here is the beginning of the mishap

Mariah probably did have a dress rehersal with this group of dancers at somepoint. My question is: Mariah did you practice with that exact coat? The reason why I bring this up is that by practicing with the garment and being familiar with how it handles. This would certainly played into the ease of the costume change. This is where the production people can see if this shit is going to work EDIT EDIT EDIT.

Notice the feather fans close, and then they open and BAM no coat. What you do notice is the dancer struggling with the removal, trying to quickly replace something. My spidey sense tells me that during the removal somthing disconnected or some thing was triggered that messed up the in ear monitor . She also comes across agigtated when being escourted down the stairs and mumbles something to her dancer on the right.

       For those who have never handled an in-ear monitor. THEY ARE FUSSY! Expect error at anytime. Pros  pay the big bucks for this shit to work right. No one working such a large gig,  wants to be on the audio crew that did Mariah’s sound that night. How embrassing. Who knows who put it on…it could have been one of her staff, or the staff of Dick Clark Productions! These are the questions we need answers too.

And by the looks of the video bring on the rest of the trainwreck.

Performing artists should always try and surround themselves with pro’s and if you are working with crews you don’t know replay back soundcheck and see where the flaws are. Big shows like these need YOU the  artist to do whatever it takes. Channel your inner James Brown, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, even Cyndi Lauper she will cut you if she doesn’t have her soundcheck down ( I have seen it happen). These artists were in total control of every aspect of the show; James Brown was such a perfectionist that every mistake made the musician got fined for the mistake. Mariah- Girl you got too many YES people.  

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The New Year is here, and yes I was coat checking on N.Y.E.

The weather that night was mild rain.

This year I found the crowd attending were not bogged down by the extremely heavy bulky wool coats. (which was a nice surprise) People came out with the small puffys, windbreakers, fashion furs, a few light coats. A coat checker is subject to the crowd’s fashion sense. So what does a coat checker / checkers go through on NYE. Well first off, it is one of the most important holidays of the year for a coat checker. It’s definitely going to be a night where you will checking them in and as fast as they came in, then you have the pickup so there will be straight non-stop coat checking action. Prices for coat check may fluctuate that night because of special event pricing, very comparable to world of Valet parking. And any seasoned coat checker knows that this is an “amateur” crowd. This is when the masses come out that normally don’t get out.  Multiple levels of partying experience all under one roof waiting for the balloons to drop, all being woo woo’d by the open bar. Yes, people do not mess around on this holiday they have invested a couple hundred dollars for the ticket to enter and to drink . They arrive early to take advantage of the spirits, and to get pumped! It is a night  for singles, daters, the married, the divorced, the cheaters, all walks of life partying under one roof. Everyone getting lit within a 3-4 hour span. And us coat checkers are witnessing our own version of slo motion party cam, as people get loose, and down right sloppy. All par for the course. We are the beacons of light in the sea of faded partygoers. A light to find your wallet, your party favors, your lipstick, your cigarettes, and your people, and strangers that happen to be there when you are lit and divulging your “truth= gossip”.

GIVEN: There is always one guarantee of some type of argument, and someone who ends up in tears.

Stats: 1 set of tears reported

I ended up packing up around last call and all my hard work paid off. People were very cool and tipped which made my night. Tips are not mandatory but if you really did get someone who is super cool and awesome and got you what you needed droppin’ a little something in the tip jar is always a nice gesture. Cheers to my fellow COAT CHECKERS, may your TIP buckets run a plenty in 2017!

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PSA

It’s been cold, I hope everyone out there knows how to get a coat in your neck of the woods. For those people out there who have bought new duds.. Awesome! Be mindful and if you keeping or discarding your coats do the right thing and donate to your gently used coats to a worthy organization in your local community.

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

http://outofthecloset.org/

http://www.onewarmcoat.org/

Friends how many of us have them?

 

It’s that day the group decides to get together and hit up a show or a festival. You all have made plans for a few weeks and the posse is back to make some memories happen. Deep inside you know that this is gonna be one of those nights of partying that you all will be talking about because you all came ready to party. 

I get these kinds of group outings all the time coming to coat check, I think it’s great. You can’t have enough good times with your crew.

Here’s where it gets interesting, you got the core group and along the way new folks get added by date, new girlfriend/boyfriend status,  co-worker , friend of a friend, blind date etc. So the entire group has grown in size and you don’t know how these new people hang in terms of letting lose. 

So the night goes on and you are well on your way after a few drinks through the first 5 songs in the concert, everyone is feeling great. Then someone busts out the pills, and or a strong ass blunt and the combination of the whole party package sets all you all in a great party time atmosphere and then…

Cue THE HOT MESS… you have one person in this group going down. It’s so loud that the MAYDAY call is not being heard by the group because people are partying and scattered throughout the concert. And you happen to know that it’s someone newer to the group, you don’t really know. T he million dollar question is DO YOU CLAIM THEM?

All kinds of decision-making skills are required and you’re having fun and loaded.

DAMN GINA what to do?! 

Of course, the expectation is to help… or do you send them to the school of LIVE and LEARN the school of hard knox, that’s life?

Claim your friend? or Not. That is the double barrel loaded party question of the night.

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I actually had this happen the about a week ago, in a group of 4 people going out. Luckily, the girl needing assistance had a strong backup because THEY CLAIMED her. Her friend was partying but was able to somehow get her coat check ticket and get her coat for her, and the whole group ended up leaving the show right about hitting the middle set. 

It was a group decision but none the less they all made the ‘E’ for effort to help their friend.

The not so cool version/ bad date version – The entire group comes drops off their stuff…the person is so trashed  but still able to barely, the entire group is doing their own thing and the person that is closest to the fucked up person gets the person’s belongings and says I’ll be right back I’m gonna get this person out and put them in a cab and I’ll be back for the rest of the show. ( true story it was a first or second date and he sent her off wishing her well.)  So this was a partial claim but a diss in the same way. Actually, she was lucky that she got the cab service to take her. 

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There is no true right answer. It boils down to the group, and an individual’s basic moral principles. The group will always have some like minded streams of thoughts and actions. But at the end of the night, it’s also YOUR common sense. 

It’s times like these that I am reminded of my friends and the crazy party times we have all had. You will at some point be in the company of a group, a few , or just one person, or alone. 

Advice: Claim yourself.. (know how you party; if you’re new to the group figure out how they party and go from there.) 

If your alone have your shit straight before you go crazy especially if you’re traveling to some other country where the language is different… that is another level of partying.

Give Karma back if Karma is kind to you… if someone has claimed you,  claim someone else too when you can… you can never have too many “GOOD” party points.

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It’s April and the festivals are about to take off! There are so many cool events and shows about to pop, bust out that calendar and get your money and go! Life it way too short not to.

COACHELLA

https://www.coachella.com/lineup/

OUTSIDE LANDS

http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

STERN GROVE

http://www.sterngrove.org/

SF COMIC CON

http://sanfrancomiccon.com/tickets/

BONNAROO

http://www.bonnaroo.com/

PUNK ROCK BOWLING

http://punkrockbowling.com/

MUSICAL AND COMEDY ACTS TO SEE

GUNS N’ ROSES

AURORA

TOO MANY ZOOZ

LUSH

BRIDGET EVERETT

MELT BANANA

DITA VON TEESE 

  • ALSO don’t be snotty or disregard your local casinos… check out your local casino or Indian casinos because there are some entertainment acts that you may want to see and you may be highly surprised at who is on tour. 

 

Also, if you like my coat check blog tell a friend! I am always looking for new people that enjoy slice of life blogs!

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

LGOYW

SHARING IS CARING

 

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The land of Coat Check has been pretty consistent lately, the weather is of course a friend to us coat checkers because it makes people wear more layers and accessorize. And people are definitely antsy to get out and do something. I have been seeing familiar faces and meeting new people and having cool conversations with them.

My most recent cool conversation topic was with a patron name Emily. She and I got to talking she had also been a coat checker at some point in her life and we got to talking about “coat check”, I get some of my best insights with other coat checkers. I shared with her that what I noticed the most was the newly turned 21 patrons approach coat check. I told her that there is definitely a social divide because 75 percent of them are unsure how coat check works, so I have to give the quick instructions on how it works. I definitely think that since I was 21 this new crowd of night owls is not getting the true “how to go out” instruction. When I was about 21 and going out I was so lucky to have friends that varied in ages. My group of friends was multiple circles of people in their 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s, so going out with them was not only a good time but I was also learning how to go out.

The conversation steered into talking about younger people. I told her honestly that I didn’t really have a frame of reference of interacting with younger people because I just didn’t really know any because they are not in my immediate circle, and to be honest I really don’t want to interact because most of the younger people that I see on a daily basis are actin’ a fool in large public places they don’t know how to control themselves and be chill in public; or the other spectrum is that their faces are buried in their phones.

Emily shared that she did work with young people, and all I could think was whoops! my perspective was not so happy Hello Kitty. BUT, the other part of me was like “Good for you.” Really, truly, I was taken back by her choice to work with youth, people that work with youth I totally Salute you.

The last part of the conversation was quirky coat check stories that had recently happened of blind dates gone wrong on Tinder… and how these big online digital dating platforms are showing up and morphing the social dating scene. And what do you have left is someone like me experiencing some off the cuff drama from something that was started through an app. Life is crazy like that. ( check out my last blog installment on that topic)

 

Patrons always ask what is the best show you have seen here in the coat check. DRUM ROLL!! I have a few but I am going to be really specific and what my brain fires off too first.

DIE ANTWOORD – this show made me LOVE them I had no idea who they were

M.I.A – This show was amazing

TURQUOISE JEEP – This was group I had never heard of, later on to find they are a YOUTUBE sensation they went on tour showed up to our location and it was all that some crazy booty nasty dancing and lot of ladies was screaming.. something for everyone

X – Had never seen them and I was blown away!!

BRIDGET EVERETT – Okay, brace yourself when you go to her comedy show. GO TO HER SHOW! she is not holds barred knock ya in the teeth funny, provocative, smart, and WOMAN!

BIG FREEDA – As my home girl put it, it was the OLYMPICS of twerking. Yes! Yes! Triple YAAAASSS! You want to get schooled , scream your ass off, see a bomb ass visual show then GO SEE BIG FREEDA! GURL!

I will work on getting what is the worst show I have seen for next time.

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Shows that I have been to recently and that are on tour somewhere in the world

MEGADETH! OMG BECKY! this is a MUST see show.. so visually AMAZING! THE BAND so PRO!

SHELLAC – This is a rare one if you get to see it, but I caught them on tour opening up for Neurosis

NEGATIVE APPROACH – Loved this show they were also on tour with Neurosis

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES – YES!! They opened up for MEGADETH all the ole skool memories relived so amazing!

MELANIE MARTINEZ – This is something your young kids would be into. She was on THE VOICE she is awesome her show is amazing super sold out, and her merch is amazing. This girl is making it happen on her own terms, and she has her own lipstick to boot Crybaby!

DWTS TOUR – I took my mom to this tour and it was awesome. Just like the show showcased your favorite dancers 90 mins of great live performance and they are actually a funny group great sense of humor.

UB40- We decided to go on vacation and caught UB40 in Hawaii because we were going to PROBOWL, they sound the same and gave 2 hour performance a great holiday/ date night

HEART, JOAN JETT, and CHEAP TRICK – This is happening in my area in AUGUST I cannot wait to 3 of my favorite bands ever! And if your lucky troll the internet you might get a deal on GROUPON

APINK – THIS IS YOUR K-POP FIX ; Fun interactive show lots of young K-POP fans. They are so popular and have the VIP meet n greet option.

Until Next Time,

LGOYW

All I got is a Twomp

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All I have is a a twomp/ a $20… 

All I have is a $20, This has been the phrase I have been hearing all week in the coat check. 

And it’s always delivered in the same tone followed by some huge inferred thought.. of possibly a free coat check. And then here is my response popping that thought bubble… I am totally okay with $20s, and I am okay with coins, I will take any United States currency that is legitimate and in circulation. Money is money, even when you scrape the bottom of your purse and wallet for those titbits of coin.

It leads me to think that the patron has been reprimanded in some way for paying with a $20, and by uttering this monotone statement is waiting for some sassy coat check comment. By stating the obvious..$20  they might get some type of hook up, and kudos if you do get hooked up, also a nice gesture of gratitude i.e. tips are always in fashion. 

Oh, nightlife people.. how the four letter words free/comp/list/vips do a number on your brain and start firing off all kinds of excitement. Here is the reality, if you go out to the same spots enough you most likely will get to know folks that are working, and maybe you’ll get the hookup. But the big advice here is don’t get used to it like it’s going to happen every single time you decide to go out. If you do get the hook up, do the return favor and tip graciously. Always be prepared to pay for the service, that way you hold on to your street cred. 

And for the coat checkers that read people the rights having to break a $20, get off your ass and get your manager to get you more change. GEEZ, it is really that simple. The people coming up to the coat check have all kinds of things going on, but paying with a $20 bill shouldn’t make you want to throw yourself off of a cliff because you had to give away your change pile. Think back.. way back to your Brownie and Girl Scout Days

” Always be Prepared.”

On that note, the holidays are here and shows are coming to your town here are some suggestions in no particular order

  • Billy Gibbons touring with new material he is just a classic
  • Zappa plays Zappa
  • Brian Setzer Orchestra 
  • X
  • Erykah Badu
  • Metallica (AT&T) Park
  • Cage The Elephant
  • El Mariachi Bronx – The White Lines Tour
  • Rancid/ English Beat
  • Morrissey
  • The Cure
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Shin Yun Chinese Ensemble
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Local Holiday plays
  • NYE outdoor firework

Also, check out your local listings for concerts coming to town. 

“Tips are always in fashion”

  

Winter Wear and Shows

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Hello,

I am back and it feels right.. because it’s the weather has changed and so another seasonal blog about The Coat Check. I have been busy working at shows, going back East, going to sporting events. And I am ready to entertain you with stories from the coat check.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the other colors matched with days upon us. The retail industry have their starter guns in the air and are doing the ready, set go! The soft starts are already happening…and trust me things out in retail land are pretty enticing already.

So what are you going to buy? In person or online.. what is on your target list. 

Well now would be the best time to get that warm winter coat or sub layer going on. Living in N. California thank God for El Nino… we are getting some rain and snow, and the ski places that have suffered for a bit are finally open for the season. 

So let me tell you what has been coming into the coat check… Styles of coats.

Leather Jackets 

Classic fitted leather Jackets for men and women, mostly black with the occasional colored leather. The Brand that is hot to trot and is really stylish right now is the OBEY PROPAGANDA brand. If your stylish, young, urban, and about quality, dropping some coin on this brand is gonna make you feel like a rockstar. The brand has Men’s and Women’s stuff but no plus size stuff so boo hoo on that. Come On Shepard hook us up.!

Levis Trucker Jackets

Classic Denim; Classic Cut comes in various shades. I prefer the black and dark indigo. Also, buy this jacket off the internet and Ebate that shit! it’s worth it. (you gotta work it)  What I love about this jacket is the customization you can do anything to this jacket and you will look cool. You can put patches on it, cut the sleeves off, dye it. Go Levis! I am pleased to say that they have a plus size presence online. I was impressed by this since before there was not going past a size 14. Now there is a section. It’s not a big section but it’s there, I have seen it only for women, have to check if they have Plus size men. 

The Puffy Jacket

Just roll it up and shove it in your backpack to avoid paying double at coat check. For this puffer/insulator jacket I give it a 10 for for warmth and utility and how light weight this is. Made popular by Patagonia, Any Mountain, North Face and now it seems like there are more companies with their own versions. And colors wise it’s pretty diverse. And if you are on the hunt for one in a bigger size they are out there. 

The Peacoat 

Oh the Peacoat, you are a good wool staple friend. It seems like everyone has you as a staple in the store if they sell jackets. Lots of colors and lots of cuts. Many sizes. 

The Oversized Sweater 

It’s like an oversized long sweater, or a poncho thang, with some type of Santa fe /Triangle/ hipster pattern. You can find these anywhere Forever 21, H& M type of stores. I don’t know about the heat quality but for going out on a fall day and looking cool you will be set. Oh don’t forget that oversized hat and sunglasses to complete the look. Also, since I did mention the f21 & HM they may have plus size. Also, check out Torrid, Lane Bryant, Sears, JCPennys for more size options. 

The Military Jacket 

Ahhh this classic jacket style does not go out of style either. You can get the real thing at your local army surplus store. Customizable just like the Levi’s trucker jacket, and durable. It’s up to your style but most of the time you may have to wear a sweater or thermal underneath. It’s class and you look cool. 

Lastly, I would like to recognize the fashion world for recognizing the Plus Sized fashion community. The fashion world is moving into real sized fashion and everybody wins.

That is my coat report….

Now let’s talk about music….

I have worked a lot of shows as of late some good, some not so good. 

Who to look out for highly recommended holiday concert action (in no particular order)

Leon Bridges 

Andra Day

Borns

Erykah Badu

Missy Elliot

Elle King

X

Faith No More

Metallica

Bad Cop/ Bad Cop

Mad Mamma and The Bona fide Few

I have also worked the EDM shows for the most part they are very visual the music is pumping and so are all the party favors. Expect to see lot of bad lingerie, and young adults who look like teenagers, and then the solo creepy older guy with a camera. The ticket price is gonna set you back between $35-$100 bux. This crowd will arrive in an Uber or Lyft and be really messed up. Plus points: the major commercial parties don’t go all night. Whew! And note: I used to go to Raves back in the day so don’t get huffy. Karma is funny now I work them.

Don’t forget to be communicative with each other and your coat checker, and if they did a good job do tip, especially if the coat checker charges your phone. Also, if you know you are partying take a photo of your ticket to avoid being upset at the end when you have lost all your stuff.

America What happened! Summer List of Choice Shows

About a few weeks ago, I happened to be working a show with Unwritten Law and opening is Ten Foot Pole bands from the 90s. The room was less than half sold. I think Mercury in Retrograde is definitely fucking with this show..oh well you can’t change nature.
The atmosphere at the show is interesting older folk who are cool and ready to hear some tunes. Bandwise, the bands are geared up, older, and the energy is there, the crowds have thinned out, lets face It is definitely harder to get out these days; but sometimes you just gotta do what it takes to get to the show. The two bands I mentioned above were part of my teenage generation, Generation X,  people born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s..BEFORE the Internet. I guess I was reminiscing about what the 90’s and what was happening around me. Lots and lots of local underground shows and parties, high school was pretty kickass after I got my wheels.
What is noticeable these days, are bands you heard of or not reforming and going on tour – large tour/ small tour it’s happening. Pop bands, hip hop, funk. And it’s awesome! There is that mysterious layer of bands that are underground infamous, you probably have not heard of them  or if you do know of them you have that light bulb moment OH YEAH, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THEM? moment; because they never made the internet! There are a ton of bands, artists, writers that all of us never heard of, well now is your chance to witness a piece of history if you are lucky.
Sure, the internet has evolved how we communicate; and it’s the “modern day I can’t live without you tool,” but don’t be the Tool and assume that there was no life or art in the world pre – internet. There was more real shit, raw energy, and interaction than you could imagine. You couldn’t make this shit up and put it on a shelf at Urban Outfitters.

Tonight’s show definitely, has inspired me to question music and America’s perception.. I found this quote “punk is only hibernating, not dead!” Here is my two cents: I personally think it’s not dead, but bands that make it on the radio, playing medium to large sized venues yeah or festivals, I have to concur American Punk is tired and relaxing at some jacuzzi in a trailer park somewhere in the middle of the Nevada heat. Recently, I have witnessed some kickass bands and guess what NONE were American.. Yes, the UK, AUSTRALIA, NORWAY, SOUTH AFRICA even CANADA is kicking’ ass and takin’ names. The shows are packed and the bands are performing like their lives depended on it..and trust people’s eyes were as big as pies and so stunned they couldn’t turn away…America what happened?

BANDS AND ARTISTS ON TOUR COMING THIS SUMMER

CULTURE CLUB 25-Jul THE GREEK THEATER BERKELEY, CA
DANZIG 30-Jul THE WARFIELD SF, CA
SCREECHING WEASEL 7-Aug REGENCY BALLROOM SF,CA
THE WAILERS 13&14 -Aug THE INDEPENDENT SF, CA
MOTORHEAD 24-Aug THE WARFIELD SF, CA
DURAN DURAN 25-Sep GRAND SIERRA RESORT RENO, NV
AC/DC 25-Sep ATT PARK SF, CA
GRACE JONES 26-Sep FOX THEATER OAKLAND,CA
Outside Lands Festival 7-8-9 Aug SF, CA
Burger Boogaloo 2015 4&5 – July OAKLAND, CA
LGOYW

A Night In the Coat Check

Check out the latest video featuring MOI, going to work. It’s been an awesome week as well, one of the best weeks to go to shows.

This past week I saw Helmet, Dwight Yoakam, The Main Event featuring Nelly, TLC, and New Kids on the Block, and Ministry. The weather has been getting good so coat check has lightened up a bit, more backpacks than normal. What is also nice to see are the older bands that I grew up with going back out on tour, so I am on a concert kick to see some of the legendary bands that I have never seen before. I got my tickets already for Culture Club and AC/DC, and going to Outside Lands to go see Sir Elton John, headlining.

And for the first time ever going to check out the infamous Las Vegas weekend of Punk Rock Bowl.

YAY! Summer Fun has begun!

Good times at a Reggae show

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Bob Marley would have been 70 years old, this past Feb. 6. And yes, people the celebrations, new articles, music, limited edition and never released music and photos to be had. His music and lyrics, ideals, and way of life have influenced the world in many ways. His band The Wailers, and members of his family are still playing shows. And as luck would have it, they are playing for 3 days in a row at the spot that I work at. Last night’s show was just a good time. Sold out of course but there was a mixed crowd of people who were ready to listen, dance, and smoke to 2 hours of live Bob Marley and The Wailers. The only original member who toured with Bob was there (the bass player) the rest of the people were fill in, but the music was why everyone was there. It’s timeless.

Back in the day when I was a teenager, partying with my friends until the sun came up, whenever there was rain, We’d always say “don’t worry Bob will make it better.” (referring to Bob Marley) and maybe we were trippin’ too hard, but when anyone  said this, the weather that would clear up. It did truly happen on multiple occasions and even when when were sober too. It’s funny the things you remember from your past especially what you tie in with listening to Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Back in the coat check..

A sweet 74 year old man, with a strong accent started telling me that he had only been to 2 concerts in his life. Jimmy Hendrix, and Death Cab for Cutie (which he didn’t care for) and now a Wailers show can be added to his concert list, this gentleman was so excited to be at the show, he told us he had just found out about it 2 hours before. He was unaware that the show was sold out, and you know that is a double edged sword. But no matter the man showed up and got in. It made my night to hear his story, this is the kind of interaction I love especially when it’s heartfelt. I chalk one up to the power of Bob.. ha ha

Bob  Marley in 2015 would have ICON status like Paul McCartney, Prince, Cher, Neil Young, Madonna. After the show I thought to myself , What  if Bob Marley was still alive would he have played the club I worked at? I would like to think so, but that would have been some secret show stuff. Hey it’s totally possible Garth Brooks just did a pop by last month.

So if you love Reggae Music, you love music, you love dancing, and singing along to your Bob Marley tunes.. Go see The Wailers you will not be disappointed; sharing is caring.

Until Next time,

LGOYW