Archive for July, 2010

First Friday, August 6 @ 118 Coral Street

July 29, 2010

So far we have collected some gems from over forty local bands including:

We are still raiding closets and merch bins all around town so look for the full show starting next Friday, August 6 as part of the First Friday evening tour.

BENEFIT CALL FOR BANDS – Save Our Schools – Saturday, August 14

July 27, 2010

Santa Cruz Parent Nursery School, Soquel Parent Education Nursery School and Westside Parent Education Nursery School are looking for bands to donate performance time to their upcoming Save Our Schools benefit on Saturday, August 14.

If your band is interested in supporting the event, please email  Kierstin Testorff, SPENS Events Coordinator at or call her cell at 239-7353.

Due to massive budget cuts to California’s Adult Education program our schools are facing a financial crisis. We are taking it upon ourselves to help these magical little schools. So we offer to you a FUN way to help!

The Britannia Arms
8017 Soquel Dr.
Aptos, CA
Saturday, August 14th
Beginning at 12:00pm

Confirmed performers include: Benssis, Aivar, Ghosts at Sea, El Cuarto Verde, Funky Dosage and Vincent’s Ear.

If a good cause isn’t enough motivation, for those of you looking for an “in” at Britannia Arms this would be a great way to make a good impression on the owner..

Meet the Other Hammond

July 23, 2010

She may not be a B3, but our new Hammond H-143 is no less beautiful. We have officially inherited our first 500 pound beast of an instrument. She got no love on Craig’s List and needed a new home. What can we say, we’re suckers for a pretty face. No we don’t have the matching Leslie amp (yet) so right now this beauty is more eye candy than keyboard crack.

However she is available for glamour shots, dance parties, Halloween spectaculars, film appearances, and the occasional Christmas card photo.  We would like to thank Will Kahn over at Paradise Recording for making our dream of owning our first kind of  cool, campy piece of furniture that you can play come true.

We’ve also got nothing but love for Butch Rider over at Terrapin Designs whose Hammond expertise and consultation has already taken the sound to beautiful new heights.  Contact him at 

Reading is Cool

July 20, 2010

For the past month we have had a book list posted at the studio to collect titles for the upcoming Santa Cruz Public Libraries Teen Battle of the Bands this Saturday, July 24 from 1- 4 PM at the Cruzio Parking Lot beside the Central Library (224 Church Street).

Here is the final book list for your summer reading pleasure:

  1. Off the Rails: Aboard they Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz by Rudy Sarzo.
  2. Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick.
  3. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil.
  4. Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead by David Gans.
  5. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
  6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.
  7. Smile, You’re Traveling (Black Coffee Blues Part 3) by Henry Rollins.
  8. Across the Great Divide: The Band and America by Barney Hoskyns
  9. Motley Crue: The Dirt – Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Neil Strauss.
  10. T.A. Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (Autonomedia New Autonomy Series) by Hakim Bey.
  11. Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan.
  12. Last Train from Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick.
  13. Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick.

WANTED – Your Band T-Shirt

July 15, 2010

SCRS has been participating in the First Friday art tour for the past few months. Next month our show will feature the “Band T-Shirt As Art” and we are busy collecting local band T-Shirts to feature.

I have been trying to email bands directly, but there is a lot of ground to cover in just a few short weeks so if you are a band reading this and have a T-Shirt we could borrow for the month of August – please email me at so we can set up a time for me to pick it up or have you drop it by the studio.

All T-Shirts included in the show can be sold at the opening night reception and throughout the month of August.

Pass the Open Mic

July 12, 2010


I was thinking about all the Open Mic nights around the Bay Area and the fact that technically a band could do an “Open Mic Tour”  – granted there would be no pay involved, but the booking would be easy (just show up!) and there might even be some new fans to convert. You could be playing SF tonight!

For those looking to get on stage, any stage, this is a viable option that could open some cool new doors. Here is my totally un-comprehensive, non-scientifically proven list of Bay Area Open Mics. Things change, so please confirm with venues before you drive all the way out for an open mic event.

Oops – just did some Google searching and what do you know – there is already a totally awesome, comprehensive Bay Area Open Mic Calendar… so check out my baby list, then go to the REAL site.


Danville/San Ramon – Every Monday night, Meenar in Danville hosts an Open Mic. They provide all the sound support, you provide your instruments and your talent. Note, this is not “jam night”, if you sign up to play, you will get your chance to play however and whatever you want. We’re providing P.A. for vocals and acoustic instruments (8 channels), 2 vocal mics and time for you to wow the crowd. If you need more mics, make sure to bring mic, stand and cable. Performances start at 9:00 and go until at least midnight. If we don’t have a large number of acts, we run through one rotation and then everyone else gets another chance to get up and play again if they choose. Meenar Music Club, 349 Hartz Ave., Danville, CA (look for the green awning out front). Hosted by Chris Estes. Note: Everyone will get a chance to perform, but due to some management concerns, you are only guaranteed ONE song. After your first song, the manager has the discretion to move on to the next performer.  21 and older only.

Marin/Novato – Open Mic @ Finnegan’s Marin, hosted by KC Turner, attracts performers at all stages of their careers for the past 3 1/2 years!: from seasoned veterans to first-timers. Sign up between 7 & 7:30, show start @ 8pm, each performer gets 2 songs. In addition they have a ‘featured performer’. The featured artist goes on at 8pm and plays for a half an hour. If you’d like to be a feature, just come and play the open mic a bunch of times and at some point you’ll be asked to feature.

San Francisco – Monday night open mic – The Hotel Utah Saloon (SOMA / south beach). Winner of “Best open mic” in the Bay Guardian’s “Best of Bay” awards. Every monday night, we have an open mic at the historic Hotel Utah Saloon here in San Francisco. sign-up by 7:30. The Hotel Utah is located at 500 4th St. (at Bryant), SF, CA. The Utah has a house guitar, a piano, and a PA. So, if you want, you can come empty-handed and still play us your songs.

San Jose – Open Mic Night at Philz Coffee. We are always welcoming musical artists, poets, or comedians to play at Philz Coffee’s Open Mic Night! These are scheduled every Monday night. Sign ups begin at 6:00pm (first come, first serve, so be there to get a spot!), and Philz closes at 8:30pm(for the summer; Philz closes at 10:00 during the rest of the year). Two microphones, speakers, and a PA system are available. If you need a quarter-inch cable, please bring your own. 10-12 minute sets. Philz Coffee is located in Downtown San Jose, at 118 Paseo De San Antonio Walk.


Brisbane – First Tuesday of each month at the Historic 23 Club. Open mic with PA and backline. Historic venue, sleepy little town tucked away in the hillside between SF and SSF. Sign-up in advance or show up by 8pm. Club is at 23 Visitacion Ave in Brisbane. A short walk from the Samtrans busline 292, or plenty of parking.

Santa Cruz – Conscious Open-Mic at Asana Tea House Tuesday Nights
Every Tuesday 6:30-9:30. Bring talents – music, poetry, bands, dancing, collaborations.

Santa CruzVerve Lounge in Aptos every Tuesday night. Big stage, custom lighting, professional sound system. Sigups at 8 PM, starts at 9 PM.

San Francisco – Open Mic Tuesday’s @ Red Devil Lounge (starts Tues. Sept. 7) – Come share your musical talent on stage at the Red Devil Lounge, one of San Francisco’s most highly esteemed music venues! Doors/sign up at 7pm Must be present to sign up # of songs per sign up will depend on how busy it is. Show starts at 7:30pm No Cover charge – 21+ In addition we have a ‘featured performer’. The featured artist goes on at 7:30pm and plays for a half an hour.

San Jose – Open Mic Acoustic Jam…Every Tuesday…At The Poor House Bistro 91 S. Autumn, San Jose 95110. Come on down to the Poor House! It’s acoustic open mic night every Tuesday 6 pm – 9 pm!

Stockton – Stockton  Borders Presents Singer/Songwriter Night. Tuesday Nights 7-9 PM, 10776 Trinity Parkway, Stockton, CA.


Corda Madera – Brand New* Open Mic @ Max’s Cafe in Corte Madera hosted by KC Turner – Every Wednesday. Sign up @ 7pm – Show starts at 7:30pm. All Ages, House PA, 2 Songs per performer.

Redwood City –  Open Mic @ Angelica’s Bistro at 6:30 PM with Randy Bales – Annex Room. Music is generally acoustic but we can run an electric bass through our board. There is also a piano available. Many performers who have played the open mic have been recruited into playing regular gigs. With three stages for live performance and the spring season kicking in, we are always on the lookout for new talent.  Angelica’s Bistro, 863 Main St. Redwood City, (650) 365-3226, within walking distance of Caltrain.

Santa CruzGadgetbox Recording Studio hosts a new open mic every other Wednesday night. 7-9:30 PM.

San Francisco – On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, Axis Cafe 1201 8th St in San Francisco, hosts an open mic event from 7-9PM.  Sign up starts around 6:30PM and the performers will begin in order of sign up at 7PM. Sets will be determined by the number of performers, and as usual, no covers please. We also ask that performers limit their group to 3 people and no full drums (we might make exceptions – email us). Singers, solo performers, duets, instrumentals, electronic music on a laptop, poetry, spoken word, you get the idea…


Santa Cruz – SubRosa Weekly Open Mic, Thursday 8-10pm, (signups at 7:30), $3-7 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations directly benefit this community-supported space. Music, poetry, and performance. From the mundane to the jaw-droppingly inspirational.

Sunnyvale – Every Thursday night there is an Open Mic held at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery called “THE CANVAS”. Sign-ups start @ 7:30 PM; performances starting around 8:00. Whether it be music, poetry, stand-up or spoken word, all forms of artistic expression are welcome! Come as a performer or part of the audience and enjoy the great atmosphere of this gallery cafe. Feel free to check out the Facebook group “The Canvas” or Youtube Channel “TheSunnyvaleCanvas” for more info and videos.


San Mateo Borders Books in San Mateo open mic night every third friday of the month from 9-10pm. If your interested, contact Chris at 650-483-3456.


Petaluma – Musicians wanted for outdoor Open Mic once a month. If interested contact Linda –

The Rising Tide on KZSC

July 9, 2010

KZSC really is the best thing since sliced bread and one of our favorite shows is The Rising Tide on Friday nights from 8:30 – 10:30 with DJ Passive Theory. In a beautiful display of community building, DJ Passive Theory has generously offered to host interested SCRS bands on his show for a live interview/performance. Get your feet wet in the station by emailing him at with “Attn: Playing on The Rising Tide” in the subject line along with your band’s name.

DJ Passive Theory also happens to have a super cool blog that can help you stay up to date with who is who and where they are playing. Check out The Rising Blog for rising musical minds…

Black and Blue

July 7, 2010

Tips on How to book a show at The Blue Lagoon
923 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz CA
(831) 423-7117

21+ with ID

Full text of this blog is available on the Good Times Making Noise blog.

  • Booking contact:  Cory Atkinson
  • Preferred method of contact:
  • Timing: 2-3 months in advance
  • Days: Monday – Live Rock N Roll, Tuesday s – DJ Spinning Hip Top/Top 40, Wednesday – Live Rock N Roll, Thursday – 80’s Dance Party, Friday – Live Rock N Roll, Saturday – 2 Dance Floors, Sunday – Goth Night
  • Capacity: band room is 250, entire bar is about 400
  • Typical show start time? 9 PM
  • Food/Drink: Hospitality is provided
  • Booking mostly local or touring bands? The Blue Lagoon puts local bands first but also books touring bands when appropriate.

Friday @ The Blue Lagoon – Swingin’ Utters, the complaints and Los Dryheavers

July 6, 2010

This show is too good not to share.

Numbskull Productions presents Swingin’ Utters, the complaints and Los Dryheavers this Friday, July 9 at the Blue Lagoon.

Tickets are available at Streetlight Records or TicketWeb.

Fast and Loose in the Good Times Today

July 1, 2010


Fast and Loose: Local Rock Photography
Sometimes the best action isn’t in the mosh pit but, rather, in the photography pit. If you’re lucky enough to get close, or you’ve got a mighty camera that takes you where you want to go from a distance, onstage antics can be frozen for your reminiscing pleasures. But technology or not, it’s the eye of the maestro manning the camera that matters most. Check out the work of local rock photographers who’ve transferred the adrenaline and emotion of live concerts to film. A collection of images spanning local stars to musicians around the Bay Area, “Fast and Loose” exhibits the power of photography as a silent bridge between performer and audience. Catch the steely snaps of Peter Angelo Saporito, Vanessa Lucas, Cat Johnson, Brian Crabtree and Tim Cattera on the walls of the Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios throughout the month of July. Opening reception with tastes and tunes is Friday, July 2. Rock out with your zoom lens out. | LK
INFO: 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 2. Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios, 118 Coral St., Santa Cruz. Free. 425-7277.