All photos by Kaitlin Layher and Mat Dara
Words by Tarin Muir
On Sunday, September 19th 2010, a magical event took place at Milk Bar on Haight Street in San Francisco. This event is know only as AMOEBAPALOOZA! Since the beginning of time... or at least Amoeba Music's birth those 20 years ago in Berkeley, California, Amoebapalooza has been our annual celebration of music and entertainment produced and played out by Amoeba employees. One night a year, the hard working, talented folks that work at the greatest record store in the world get to gather together and show off their musical skills. Amoebapalooza is always open to the public, and on Sunday the 19th the public came out en masse to enjoy a night of music, drinking, and dancing with the Amoeba Music San Francisco crew.
At 8pm on Sunday evening, the doors at Milk Bar opened and the beer began to flow. We had two fantastic DJs, DJ Kindle & DJ Vinnie, start out the evening and spin tunes in between each band. This year we had 7 bands perform total, including a singer song writer, an old fashioned cabaret act, a metal band, a Sting cover band, and so much more. Each band was able to perform for almost 30 minutes, which made Sunday's showcase really fulfilling for the audience and the artists. I could attempt to write out a description of each band and try to give you a visual myself, but I'm a full believer that photos speak louder then words.
Our fantastic MC for the night was our very own RW Hessler! RW worked the mic all night with witty banter, poetry, and information about the bands. Great job, RW! "You wanted the best, we brought you the best!" - RW
Van Der Berc's Cabaret was our first band to perform this year, and as always, they wowed us with their modern day interpretation of old time cabaret. The Amoeba employee in this act was our very own Emily Ramsey, aka, Trixy Grace!
Gabi Beck, singer songwriter extraordinaire, entertained the crowd with an emotionally charged performance... there's just nothing like a man and his guitar.
Gordon Sumner's Lonely Hearts Club Band was, in a nut shell, fantastic! This Sting cover band gave a new standard to all Sting cover bands. Allen Leong is one of the most talented people at Amoeba SF ever to stand on the Amoebapalooza stage!
Evelyn Taft Is Gone was our fourth band to perform and for those of you who don't know who Evelyn Taft is, well, apparently she's gone. Bay Area KRON 4 News lost their famous weather woman Evelyn Taft to another channel in Los Angeles... Evelyn Taft, you are missed! Our E-Bay prince Dave McCoy headed up this super fun band.
Vanishing Breed melted down the house with their powerful metal set. The headbanging was strong and beer flew through the air while everyone rocked out to the unforgettable group. Mr. Kindle P. not only rocked out in Vanishing Breed but also kicked some major ass in helping organize this year's Amoebapalooza and helped run the sound all night! Thanks, Kindle, for your hard work!
The Sidehackers... if you've never heard of this band, well, it's about time you checked them out! The Sidehackers have a sound that Kurt Cobain would be proud of, and an onstage presence that the White Stripes would be jealous of! Our very own Chris Marotta was on lead vocals while our head photographer Kaitlin Layher banged away on the drums. Another special thanks to Kaitlin for also helping with the organization of this year's event, and for taking such amazing photos all night long!
Last, but not least, we ended the night with a power band of Amoeba employees that rocked the stage -- The Sally Fields! We had one of our managers, Tony Green, on drums, his lovely wife Sonya on vocals, guitarists Andrew Kerwin & The Fresh and Onlys' Shayde Sartin, and on bass we had our own Steve Whitwill.
This year's event was co-sponsored by Milk Bar and Studio Instrument Rentals. Amoeba Music San Francisco would like to thank everyone for all their support in making this year's event a huge success and always ROCK'N!