The San Diego Troubadour Holiday Party, Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, San Diego, CA [12.22.12]

The San Diego Troubadour Holiday Party, Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, San Diego, CA [12.22.12]

It is the eleventh anniversary for The San Diego Troubadour magazine and Saturday evening they had their tenth annual holiday party at the Queen Bee Art & Cultural Center on Ohio Street in North Park. The party has become such a popular tradition amongst the local musical community that it has grown too big to be housed at Kent Johnson & Liz Abbott’s residence any longer and this is the second year that they had to go outside of their home to host. It was my great pleasure to act as Master of Ceremonies and to stage manage the open mic on the main stage where we seamlessly managed to usher on and off thirty-six different musical acts between 6:15 and 11:00 PM.

My thanks to Liz & Kent for hosting the party of the year and to Alma and her staff at Queen Bee (especially Papa Shawn behind the soundboard and his awesome assistant). Thirty-six acts in less than five hours…once you do the math it adds up. This night was special for many reasons. A thousand acts of gratitude for being introduced to the Foregone Francesca and being whisked away to Planet Xena for the very first time. One world ends and a new one begins. Happy holidays and I can’t wait for the next party in 2013. Peace everyone!

1) Jon Kanis
2) Ensemble Les Femmes
3) Eddie The Blade
4) Bass Clef Experiment [Mike Alvarez, Greg Gode]
5) The Lacemakers [Miss Darla, Kim Donaldson, Heloise Love + percussionist]
6) Jackie Austin Singer & Mich Fritzpuhing
7) Wood ‘N’ Lips [Tim Woods, Bari Zwirn, Gregory Gross]
8) Coco & Lief [with their Christmas Beagle]
9) Beird & Silva [Tom Beird, David Silva]
10) Bob Pruitt [with Ric Lee on drums]
11) Jim Wakefield
12) Liz Abbott & Kent Johnson
13) Steve Anderson
14) Peter Filacio [with Steve Anderson]
15) Paul And Tiffany
16) Cindy Lee Berryhill & Alexander Berryhill-Williams
17) Lou & Virginia Curtiss
18) Oak Palace
19) Alan Ladd with Annie Rennick
20) Chris Carpenter
21) Carl Durant
22) Jeff Boyer
23) Podunk Nowhere
24) The Comeuppance
25) Skid Roper & His Mandolin [with Ric Lee on drums]
26) Hugh Gaskins
27) Sweet Joyce Anne with Annie Rennick
28) Dusty & Indian Joe [with Floyd on violin and Ric Lee on drums]
29) Jeffrey Joe
30) Rusty Jones
31) The Panache Orchestra [with Ric Lee on drums]
32) Jeff Lee
33) Cowboy Jack
34) Raelee Nikole
35) Happy Ron Hill
36) Finale with Jon Kanis, Kent Johnson & Ric Lee