Monday, January 25, 2010

Music Outreach Program gets Shout Out from Jim Moriarty!

This is a belated post, but on December 10th the Surfrider Foundation's CEO Jim Moriarty spotlighted the Music Outreach Program on his blog, Oceans Waves Beaches!

I found out about the post indirectly through Twitter - didn't have anything to do with it:)

Coming Up - Oceanroyal @ Red Devil Lounge - Wed Feb 10

Thanks to Nick, one of our awesome San Francisco Music Outreach Program volunteers, we have just added a new band to our list of supporters - the Bay Area band Oceanroyal.

photo: Left to Right: Kurt Seefeld, Brian London, Chris Garber, David Chen

Their bio states that they are influenced by a range of artists, from Tom Petty and Oasis to The Beatles and Hall & Oates. Oceanroyal self-released their debut album, "Sympathetic Vibrations" last year. I love their music - for a preview, check out their website.

Our first show with Oceanroyal is Wednesday, February 10th at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door.

The San Francisco Chapter will be represented by Brooke and Nick. If you go to the show then please stop by the Surfrider outreach table to say hello!

Thanks again to Oceanroyal and Nick!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kapakahi - Slim's - 1/22/2010

By Nicole Parisi-Smith, San Francisco Chapter

Last night Zachary and I represented the San Francisco Chapter at Kapakahi's first show of 2010, at Slim's in San Francisco. It was Zachary's first Music Outreach Program show, and he did a great job! He's an active member of our Chapter's Education Committee. Last night I learned that he has a passion for the trumpet. He is in good company; some of our other active MOP volunteers are also musicians:)

Thanks to Steve, Kapakahi's Drummer and Manager, Zachary and I were given a prime spot for Surfrider's materials at the Merch Booth, which is located to the left of the stage. We were in the middle of the Merch Booth, with Still Time's Manager Jill and Still Time's merch on our left, and Kapakahi's Merch Coordinator Steve and Kapakahi's merch on our right. Zachary and I had a great time hanging out with Jill and Steve during the show.

photo: me hanging out at the booth

The members of Still Time and Kapakahi also stopped in regularly to hang out, too. It was really fun to get to know them, and we really appreciated their enthusiasm for Surfrider!

photo: Mike from Kapakahi and Zachary

DJ Deedot got the party started shortly after the doors opened at 8pm last night, and then the San Francisco-based band Jahlectrik played a reggae-inspired set including some fun Bob Marley covers.

photo: Zachary surveying the crowd

Fans continued to trickle in; it was noticeably crowded in Slim's by the time Still Time took the stage. Hailing from San Luis Obispo, about a 5 hour drive south of San Francisco, this musically-talented band also happens to be a big Surfrider supporter!

photo: Jill and I, with Still Time on stage

Jill told us that Still Time had performed at a recent benefit at the awesome live music SOhO in downtown Santa Barbara for a fundraiser event organized by the Surfrider Santa Barbara Chapter! Nick, who plays guitar for Still Time entered our Surfrider San Francisco Chapter t-shirt raffle, and joined our Chapter's email list. I was excited to hear that Still Time will be touring the country soon.

Zachary and I did some great outreach. We got to introduce Surfrider and our 2010 Beach Cleanups to some new fans, provided a returning beach cleanup volunteer with our new schedule, and even helped a Santa Barbara native re-new her Surfrider membership. She told us that her parents are huge Surfrider fans, and had attended the benefit with Still Time that Jill had told us about. Awesome! It was also sweet to hear from at least 2 fans that they remembered seeing Surfrider at other shows, and were happy to see us at Slim's last night.

However nothing tops the FOUR separate Surfrider Foundation shout-outs that Lansky and Mike Dayao of Kapakahi gave us from the stage last night. Mike made a nice heartfelt statement about ocean stewardship, too.

Kapakahi played my favorite song "She Could Be The One" and debuted some new songs last night, which they hope to record this spring. It was a great set! Zachary loved the new horn section. I also really appreciated that Kapakahi donated proceeds from last night's show to the Haiti relief effort. They are so awesome!

photo: Kapakahi on stage

Thanks to Kapakahi and everyone at Slim's for hosting us last night! Thanks again to Zachary for all of his help.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coming Up - Kapakahi @ Slim's - Fri Jan 22

The San Francisco Chapter will be conducting outreach at this upcoming Kapakahi show.

Friday, January 22, 2010
333 11th Street
San Francisco, CA

note: the "click here" option does not work; please see below for show details.

Kapakahi is headlining the show. The openers are Still Time, Jahlectrik and DJ Deedot.

Showtime: 9:00 PM (Doors: 8:00 PM)
Ticket price: $13 in advance, $15 if you purchase your ticket the night of the show
Tickets available on-line here.
This show is All Ages (note that the minimum age is 6)

Here's Kapakahi's write up about the show:

Reggae-Rock band, KAPAKAHI, returns to Slims in San Francisco to debut new songs and a new direction at their 2010 Kick Off Party, Friday January 22nd, 2010!

In 2009, Kapakahi released their Light Up EP, which was featured on the iTunes US Reggae home-page under “What we’re listening to”. Their self-produced music video for the title track reached homes in over 17 countries through channels like MTV, Channel V and ABS-CBN. Following the release, Kapakahi rocked shows with bands like Ozomatli, Blondie, UB40, Iration and SOJA in support of their album….2009 was a good year, but was only a foundation for the future.

Recently, the five members of Kapakahi have added 2 horns (trombone and trumpet) as well as keys to the group to give them a new, fresh, full sound: “We are meant to be an 8 piece band with a full horn section and keys…that’s the sound that we have always heard in our head and to realize it is really something special” states drummer/manager Steve Salta.

The new songs are more uniform, hit harder and involve their emcee, Lansky, more. “He’s become a full-time member of the band,” says Mike Dayao, lead singer and guitarists, “and our music reflects that,” adding, "the new songs better reflect the members of the band and who we are as a group."

“We’re really excited about the new direction of our music. We think it’s catchier, edgier and we think people will respond to it more than our old stuff….of course, we’ll still play our old songs,” comments Chris Jones, bass player and vocalist.
What’s this new direction Kapakahi keeps talking about? Come to Slims on January 22nd and find out. Along for the show will be SF’s Jahlectrik opening the night, friends of Kapakahi from San Luis Obispo, Still Time, and co-producer of Light Up, DJ Deedot on the 1’s and 2’s.

Also check out this great promo video for the show:

We hope to see you there!