Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rockin' at Rebecca's

Photo by Rory Bloch
I played Charlie California's Tuesday Night Open Mic at Rebecca's Coffee Shop in the South Park part of San Diego last night.  To my absolute delight, I got to open the whole evening, playing first at 7:00pm PT.

I played three songs, starting off with "Fly, Baby, Fly," continuing with "Pretty Blade Trickster" - which again felt really good to me live - and finishing with "Junk."  "Junk" is a song I worked up and recorded with my former band Victor Bravo.  It's always been a favorite of mine and lots of people have mentioned to me that they enjoy it.  I think I only played it a handful of times live with Victor Bravo, and that would have been the very loud, raunchy, punk rock version of it.  So it was great to play the gentler-but-still-rockin' solo version live.  I saw heads bobbing to it in the crowd so I think it was well received.

The people in the audience were really great last night.  The place is fully lit, and it was great to be able to see people and really play to them from the stage.  Thanks so much to the Emcee and Host Charlie, and the musician Kimo, who sets up all the equipment, runs the sound board and helps keep things running smoothly.  He mic'ed up my amp that I brought with me at literally the last minute, which I'm very grateful for.

Thanks to my new friend Rory Bloch for taking my iPhone and snapping the photo of me above while I played.  

I'm going to the 710 Beach Club in the Pacific Beach area tonight (Wendesday night), at 710 Garnet Avenue, with hopes to play their open mic for the second week in a row.  That goes from 9:00-11:00PM PT.  Martin Newman of the band Plumerai has voiced support on my Facebook page to play my songs "Binge" (see the music video HERE) and "Motherfucker" (see a LIVE from The Basement performance of it HERE) live, so I'm planning to play those tonight if I get the chance, along with "Pretty Blade Trickster."

I shot video of a couple of performers I saw at Rebecca's last night that I enjoyed, and thought you might also.  This first one is of Eric Bender, playing his song "This Song's for You," which was his set-closer last night and really had everyone in the place bouncing in their seats.

This second one is the first song by an amazingly talented young woman, 17-year-old Raelee Nikole.  In this video she's playing her song "On Your Own," and is joined by Kimo on percussion.  She has a show at Lestat's West (the same place I finally got to play the open mic at two nights ago) tomorrow (Thursday) night.  If you're in the San Diego area I'm sure she would love your support in coming out to see her.  Thanks so much for reading!


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