Jon Kanis, Tucker’s Corner, San Diego, CA [10.30.11]

Jon Kanis • Tucker’s Corner • San Diego, CA 10.30.11

1) Folsom Prison Blues/Johnny Cash
2) Tangled Up In Blue/Bob Dylan
3) The Waiting/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
4) The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades/Timbuk 3
5) Marie’s The Name (His Latest Flame)/Elvis Presley
6) House Of The Rising Sun/The Animals
7) Summertime/George Gershwin
8) Hey Good Lookin’/Hank Williams
9) I’ve Just Seen A Face/The Beatles
10) The Joker/Steve Miller Band
11) Hey Ya!/Outkast
12) You Don’t Know How It Feels/Tom Petty
13) What I Like About You/Cherry, Cherry/The Romantics/Neil Diamond
14) Follow Up/Jon Kanis
15) I Melt With You/Modern English
16) Some Kind Of Wonderful/Grand Funk Railroad
17) Comes A Time/Neil Young
18) Light My Fire/The Doors
19) The Letter/The Box Tops
20) You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away/The Beatles
21) Stuck In The Middle With You/Stealers Wheel
22) Brown Eyed Girl/Van Morrison
23) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?/Jon Kanis
24) We Can Work It Out/The Beatles
25) Five O’Clock World/The Vogues
26) Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)/The Swingin’ Medallions

Today was an exercise in public performance to capture a video for promotional purposes. It appears to be high time for Jon Kanis to have an acoustic performance reel and today is the day to make it happen.

Spent two hours performing at Tucker’s Corner in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. My good buddy Steve Laub (who is an superb videographer) came out to capture me in all my glory. Our friend Dave Foster is editing together 30 second snippets from 10 of the performances into a composite reel to put up on YouTube. I want to get out and see the world and earn my keep by singing for my supper. Coming soon to a living room, barroom, theater, pool side or cafe terrace near you…

Oh! and muchas gracias to Tucker and Paul at the North Park Nursery for their hospitality.

Jon Kanis, The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA [10.17.11]

Jon Kanis • The Ruby Room • San Diego, CA 10.17.11

1) Tangled Up In Blue
2) Jimmy Burke The Newsboy
3) I’m Eighteen
4) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
5) White Rabbit
6) Below The Fold
7) The Waiting
8) The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

9) Quick!
10) Stuck In The Middle With You
11) The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)
12) We Can Work It Out
13) Comes A Time
14) Squeeze Box
15) House Of The Rising Sun
16) Think It Over
17) Hey Good Lookin’
18) Brown Eyed Girl
19) Sympathy For The Devil
20) Mr. Tambourine Man
21) The Letter
22) You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away/ New Amsterdam
23) Welcome To The Working Week
24) I’ve Just Seen A Face
25) Shape Of Things To Come
26) (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
27) Five O’Clock World

I received a call from Brittni to perform at this evening’s Midnight Oil show at The Ruby Room 48 hours before the event and when I showed up to play my 10:30 PM set it turned out that the other two acts on the bill (Corey Cottrell and Zack Kingsley according to Facebook) were a complete no-show. I told Paul behind the bar what Peter Buck of R.E.M. used to say back in the ’80s: “It’s amazing how far in this business you can get just by showing up for your appointments.” I guess that’s true of ALL businesses, but particularly the music biz. Musicians are already rightly regarded as a bit on the flaky side; not showing up for a gig kind of seals the deal. Instead of playing one set I was invited by Paul to play “as long as I liked.” Since my motto tends to be Go Big or Go Home I ended up playing two and a half hours…suffice to say that I had a blast. A guy named Bons came in with a small posse around 11:30 to celebrate his birthday and he and his date danced up a storm in front of the bandstand for several numbers. Talked to an extremely interesting computer engineer named Steve throughout the night and had a fantastic conversation with him around politics and religion…two of my favorite subjects. Sometime after midnight a duo of percussion (a guy named Jay) and acoustic guitar (a female whose name I didn’t catch) came in and asked to play when I was finished, so they ended up taking over at 12:40. Good times all around. Still need to replace that 10th panel on A Royal Flush…