School of Rock, Tribute to the Grateful Dead
Cafe Du Nord, SF, Ca
May 5, 2007
Box of Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Playing in the Band
One More Saturday Night
Uncle John's Band
Fire on the Mountain
Friend of the Devil
I went to this gig knowing only that a friend's student was going to be playing. It was a fun and funny afternoon and it's an organization worthy of my concert dollars.
Most of the kids were very little. 2nd and 3rd graders. I was amazed that they could even hold guitars, quite a few of the kids were shorter than their instruments. Lots of girls, always good to see that! They were all really cute, decked out in their best rock star attire. There was at least one 'flock of seagulls' haircut, one girl who's style said Janis, a couple of studded leather bracelets, lots of tie-dye, some camo and leather outfits and even a blues for allah t-shirt. To really set the mood, I was greeted at the door by girls handing out daisies
Some of the songs were really good! Like Shakedown and Don't Ease-no bass bombs- but were both sung by an older girl, with a really nice voice, she had a case of the nerves, but she'll get over that! The beginning of the 1st set was pretty good, I was so impressed. Especially when the little girl who played keys on Golden Road, sang Box of Rain and then picked up a bass on Casey Jones! The beginning of St. Stephen was pretty good, they kinda lost it by the end but two thumbs up for even trying!
There were a few songs, like friend of the devil and ripple, that were awful. They restarted FOTD 3 times and still didn't get it. It's okay though, I'm amazed by their talent anyhow! For many of the kids, it was their first time on stage in front of an audience, and they made it through with no drama, no one really got upset when they screwed up. When the singers forgot words, they just subbed with blah blah blah at the appropriate tempo...which was just as good, the kid who sang st. stephen had no idea what he was talking about anyhow
There was some confusion with the program, I was expecting Zappa as the second set, but it turns out that's the older kids and it'll be at 12 G's the same weekend as the zoner jam. Not too upset about missing it but I am curious...
I'll have some pictures later this week, ya gotta see how cute these kids were
sounds interesting. thanks for the review.
>When the singers forgot words, they just subbed with blah blah blah at the appropriate tempo...
good for them, just like our beloved Jerry used to do.