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I've gone to the Hillside Club twice now on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday evening @ 7 - 7:30 for the Peter Brown Satsang, but it isn't happening. Please tell him to stop advertizing at the East Bay Express about these events if they are somewhere else or not happening any more. Thank you.
I went last week for "Metal Night" to check it out, and the attitude in there was shit. The sleazehole checking ID said "I can tell you're legal, why don't you just come in before handing me your ID?" (I would have, but his fat ass was blocking the doorway) There was no metal playing, just some Tears for Fears, and the energy was reeking of a bunch of washed up lowlifes. As I walked out, the same douche made a last attempt to keep us by warning us the last call was @ 1:30...
If you're in the area, don't bother going here, go instead to Beer Revolution or Vitus. Or just head out to Eli's Mile High, a great example of a neighborhood dive bar with people who are gritty but amiable and just want to help you have a good time.
A Doctor In Spite of Himself: Do yourself a favor and save your money for this one. Whoever gave this a good review has got to be a paid shill and should be ashamed of themselves. Saw this on preview night - I've been a season subscriber to Berkeley Rep for nearly 15 years - this was by far THEWORST production I've ever seen there. I don't mind the low brow humor -- but the "humor" implies funny. It wasn't funny. Lots of masturbation and dick innuendos but that's only funny if you are 12. A few half-hearted chuckles from the audience doesn't a comedy make. Patooey. I've seen this get good reviews and I have one thing to say: The emperor has no clothes, people. Don't waste your money on this huge stinker.
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Thanks, but I don't shop anti-gay organizations! The Salvation Army activiely opposes gay rights and believes that gay people should be celibate!
I've been to the Fox Theater in Oakland many times. I've seen many, many bands in this lovely theater. I know the acoustics aren't the best but this is the worse sounding indoor show that I have ever been to.
I've also seen the Pumkins a few times, once in the Fillmore in SF and that was their last tour, they were amazing, high energy and the sound was the best that I could ever have imagined. Now think the exact opposite at the Fox. Awful sound, I couldn't even make out what Billy was singing, the bass was heavier then anything I've ever heard. It sounded like the band was stuffed inside the trunk of a old Cadillac, muffled and just plain awful sounding. The mic must have been picking up some sort of echo from the acoustics above and behind the band, it was just plain awful.
The song selection also sucked. I have listened to their latest album Teargarden By Kaleidyscope and I expected them to play their latest songs but the combination of not being able to understand the lyrics and then the terrible sound left me truly disappointed. There were maybe a handful of songs that they played from previous albums (this was yet another massive disappointment).
Truly one of the worse concerts I have ever attended. The fans left listless and humbled by the fact that a great band in a beautiful venue does not equate to a great show.
This would be a ZERO star show if it were up to me, but one star is the minimum I can give.
Why no address? come on! thanks
Elizabeth Thottam aka Lyz Luke is the producer and promoter of this abomination. I hear she is a millionaire who had to leave LA after a nasty estate battle with her brother's. If she is load, as court transcripts reflect, then she should fund this project fully instead of having bands play for free or very little money.
I feel anyone working on this project is quite foolish.
Now hold up. I hear the music scene is bad, mostly because there aren't enough venues willing to support local musicians. BUT Lyz, the main person putting this together is running a scam. She is playing off the musicians in the SF Scene. She is loaded, and could afford to pay everyone if she really meant to do something good. Instead she has a bunch of bands working for free, or for nearly nothing, while she makes money off this.
Support the music scene, yes. I belive whole heartedly in doing that. But, what we have here is a little rich kid playing fast and loose with the music scene. You are here play toy, until she gets bored I suppose.
A better showcase of the SF Music Scene would be YOU making your own kind of music. Quoting the Mama's and the Papa's! And then figuring out the hows and whys of what it takes to create a movement. Your music, or anybody's for that matter, only works when you leave people moved, touched and inspired. You aren't doing that by playing someone else's stuff.
I won't go into any personal attacks, as some would frown upon that. But for those of you who work hard and want your material to be appreciated you are making a big mistake. Those of us in the music scene are watching this. Anyone who signs up for this, can just go right ahead and hope something will come of it. We won't help you if you continue being used in this way. The way we see it, you will have chosen your path and you should keep right on going with it. Why should we help you? You are signing up with someone who is only interested in getting their ya, ya's at your expense. If you are going to be a dup, then we can't see any reason to suit up and help you.
Venue was too small - if you had a reserved seat you were out of luck because standing room was sold in front of you. The concert itself was disappointing - seemed a better fit for a rave than a concert with audience participation. It was like going to a club and listening to an anonymous house band jam. They didn't play some of their better known hits like Do That Stuff, and Atomic Dog should have been renamed Anemic Pup. One of the few times I ever wanted my money back.
As for Yoshi's restaurant, the menu is extremely limited, so if you aren't into sushi and sashimi, oh well. We specifically asked if the Kobe burger was available, and were told no. Until we went to our seats in the concert hall, and guess what was on the menu...do they really have two separate kitchens? The menu there was more diverse than the one in the main restaurant - and better priced, too.
This wasn't my first experience with Yoshi's - I usually go to Jack London Square - it was the first experience in SF, and I doubt I'd return, or recommend it to anyone.
EB Express listed Dawn Drake as playing, then I drove all the way out there and the only thing happening was a DJ. When I asked about it they didn't know anything about Dawn Drake. Not sure whose fault this is, but if they don't feel like keeping theIr band listing up to date I don't feel like wasting my money there. Sorry if this comes off as snarky, but I don't live in that part of the Bay Area and it was quite a drive to get there. Waste of a night. (Also, sorry for the spelling in the previous post, I was doing it from my phone)
Don't go here! Aweful. Who likes 19 piece big bands with no cover charge? Ewww and those aweful $3.00 PBRs? Just to make sure its so bad, I've been going every week for 2 months now, and this band can't even play the same song twice! Pathetic.
They should have canceled this event. We just got back and there was not a single person there. We were among the few performers who set up on the sidewalks with no. tables, no chairs, no staff, no stage or infrastructure what so ever, and most important no audiences. Quite a depressing scene. We should have just gone to play at Bart station we would have been much more appreciated there. To call this a festival is an extreme stretch.
This was an event that was bare bones at it's best last year anyway. But at least we had a table a tarp and there were people who knew about it. They made no effort to get the word out, they didn't even bother posting the lineup on the Laurel Association's website.
My message to the organizers "Next year don't sucker musician's into showing up to a street fest that doesn't exist!!!!"
OIGC rehearsals are "open" during most of the year, but that is only to sit in back and listen. It is not a chance to actually rehearse with the choir or to join the choir. Auditions are held once a year, in February. For more info, visit the choir website for more details - www.oigc.org.
couldn't wait to get out of the theater although i left partially blinded. this play was as hackneyed as they come. dabbling in post-modern orientalist BS, it goes nowhere, the characters caricatured, the dialogue (although it was mostly monologue) wildly uneven ("blue as a summer sky"), the geographical references unresearched (We're going to see the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Kyoto). The grand finale painfully tied together all of the insipid points of this thing (If you missed that she ran off with the tattooed rickshaw driver, you must have been asleep; I wish I had been!) Couldn't wait to get out and I won't get supermarket sushi for a month. I'm sworn off.
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