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SF Sketchfest 1/22 - 2/8: Weird Al Yankovic, Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Hardwick & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2015 02:19pm | Post a Comment

The 14th annual SF Sketchfest takes over San Francisco January 22th through February 8th with shows featuring major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world.

Amoeba is delighted to sponsor the following amazing nights full of comedy and music:

SF Sketchfest Tribute to "Weird Al" Yankovic in conversation with Chris Hardwick, with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Hard 'n Phirm, and Jonah Ray
February 6, 7PM, Castro Theatre
This tribute to the king of comedy rock "Weird Al" Yankovic includes clips; musical tributes by Garfunkel & Oates, Hard 'n' Phirm, and more; and audience Q&A! Special bonus awesome: it's all moderated by Chris Hardwick!



Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt and the Reigning Monarchs with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Hardwick, Natasha Leggero, Joe Sib, and Brendon Small
February 7, 10:30PM, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Greg Behrendt brings his wildly popular Bring The Rock show back to SF Sketchfest. A staple of LA’s Largo theater, comedians tell a story about a song from their past - sometimes embarrassing, sometimes sentimental, always funny - and then Greg’s fantastic band The Reigning Monarchs covers the song, often led by the comedian in question. It’s what karaoke should be.

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5 Famous Dads Shop at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, June 12, 2014 02:52pm | Post a Comment

what's in my bag fathers

It's almost Father's Day and we wanted to pay homage to all the rad fathers of the world, particularly the ones who share their love of music with their kids. Here are our Top 5 What's In My Bag? episodes featuring dads at Amoeba. Two episodes feature dads shopping alongside their kids and the others are fathers trying to navigate that potential minefield of picking out music for their children. 

5. Jay Bentley of Bad Religion and his son, Hunter, demonstrate what happens when the generations listen to very different musical styles. Unlike his punk rocker dad, Hunter is an aspiring rap artist and picks up underground hip hop. Watch as Jay reacts to his son giving Bad Religion some praise. (Start at 2:37 for the conversation between father and son.) 

Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - What's In My Bag?

 

4. Comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic, in our very first episode of "What's In My Bag?" back in 2008, was at Amoeba Hollywood shopping for his five year old daughter. (Side note: We are talking to him near the entrance to our parking garage as he was on his way out the store. Oh, how far we've come in 6 years!)

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Music History Monday: October 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 21, 2013 11:05am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: October 21, 1957 - "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for seven weeks, also topping the Country singles chart for one week on December 2, 1957 and peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the eighth chart topper for Presley in under a year and a half. Recorded as the title song from his third film, the track recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on April 30, 1957. The song name checks a number of real people including musician Shifty Henry and the 1920's mobsters The Purple Gang. "Jailhouse Rock" is backed with the song "Treat Me Nice," which is also included in the film. It will peak at #18 on pop singles chart on October 28, 1957. The film will also open on the same date and top the box office charts simultaneously. Presley will also make history as being the only artist to ever dominate the top of the singles chart for 25 weeks during one calendar year. He will do it in both 1956 and 1957.
 


On this day in music history: October 21, 1967 - "To Sir With Love" by Lulu hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. Written by Don Black and Mark London, it is the biggest hit for the Scottish-born singer and actress (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, Scotland). It is the theme song to the Sidney Poiter film about a teacher dealing with social and racial issues in a tough Secondary school in East London. Also co-starring in the film, Lulu will introduce her friend Mark London to the film's producers after they cannot find a suitable song for the main theme. London will write the music in just five minutes, with lyricist Don Black penning the lyrics the next day. When the single is released in the US, Epic Records will place "To Sir With Love" on B-side of "The Boat That I Row" (written by Neil Diamond). American radio DJ's will prefer the flipside and "Sir" will take off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #74 on September 9, 1967 it will race up the chart, hitting #1 six weeks later. Certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, "To Sir With Love" will be ranked the top single of 1967 as determined by Billboard Magazine.
 

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WEIRD AL-STRAVAGANZA! All Weird Al Burlesque Show & Look-A-Like Contest! August 13, Oakland.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 7, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment
Calling all Al Heads! It's time to bust out the checkered Vans and don the aloha shirts for what couldweird al al-stravaganza possibly be the first ever all Weird Al-themed burlesque show. Seems overdue, right? Well, finally Mr. Yankovic is getting his due on Monday, August 13th at Oakland's Uptown as The Hubba Hubba Revue and Pickles Kintaro present The Al-Stravaganza!

It doesn't matter if you are a "My Bologna" purist or just "White and Nerdy;" the hits will be dropping as fast as the clothes at this burlesque bonanza. And make sure you dress for success to enter the Weird Al look-a-like contest! Can you believe that you get all this quality entertainment for just $5! Cheap!

Hosted By Weird Kingfish & Weird "Kevin" Hancock
With: Honey Lawless,Pickles Kintaro, Lady Satan, Odessa Lil, Lola Martinet, Pearl E. Gates, Mistress Marla Spanks, and JD Limelight.

Doors 9PM -- Show 10:15PM
21 & Up w/ID

THE UPTOWN CLUB
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just 1 block from 19th Street BART!)

Here are some of Al's finest moments in no particular order, so says the Amoeblog!



















A Special Edition of "What's In My Bag?" with Numero Group's Rob Sevier

Posted by Amoebite, December 22, 2011 02:03pm | Post a Comment
WIMBWe have been shooting What's In My Bag? episodes for about three and a half years, but in our latest video with Numero Group founder Rob Sevier, he turns the tables on us a bit. His vision was to give our series the Numero treatment: research its history, interview some of the integral players, and compile his favorite moments and videos from the series.

Rob shadowed us for about a full day, even serving as a host in a separate WIMB with Cheech Marin. He spoke with Brently Heilbron, the host for our very first What's In My Bag? video (an impromptu shoot with Weird Al Yankovic at the end of the registers at Amoeba Hollywood). He interviewed one of the current series producers, and dug deeper into our videos with sketch comedy troupe Human Giant, musician Dave Grohl, Pinky of TV Carnage, internet video sensation Leslie Hall, comedian Neil Hamburger, hip-hop producer/MC Large Professor, and cartoonist Joe Matt

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