Category: The Gig List

Summer Of Love South Park Walkabout, San Diego, CA [07.14.12]

The community of South Park here in San Diego, CA has an event called The Walkabout that happens four times every year. It is a goodwill gesture sponsored by all the businesses in South Park to help promote awareness of what is going on and to share and create community with one another. Friendships are formed and business is promoted and it is always a fun time with free giveaways, free food and drinks, lots of music and general celebrating. This summer we had the theme of Summer Of Love [it is the 45th anniversary of the original SOL] and in honor of that I set up my mobile DJ gear in front of Kwan Yin Holistic Center and together with Teresa Hall we put together a wonderful vibe that had tons of people dancing in the streets in front of Grape Street square. Next Walkabout is Saturday, October 6th and I hope to see you there for Art-toberfest. Here is a complete list of the songs that were spun on July 14th:

) Light My Fire/The Doors
2) Third Stone From The Sun/The Jimi Hendrix Experience
) Magical Mystery Tour/The Beatles

) Rock N Roll/Velvet Underground

) I Feel Free/Cream

6) Happy Together/The Turtles
7) Pushin’ Too Hard/The Seeds
8) In The Basement/Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto
9) Simmer Down/The Wailers
10) Que Ondo Guero/Beck
11) Summer/War
) Hot Fun In The Summertime/Sly & The Family Stone
13) Wasn’t Born To Follow/The Byrds
14) Dear Mr. Fantasy/Traffic
15) Pre-Road Downs/Crosby, Stills & Nash
16) Feats Don’t Fail Me Now/Little Feat
17) Mr. Spaceman/The Byrds
18) The Memphis Train/Rufus Thomas
19) Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)/The First Edition
20) Love You To/The Beatles
21) Soulful Strut/Young-Holt Limited
22) Am I The Same Girl?/Dusty Springfield
23) Move Over/Janis Joplin
24) Do It Again/The Beach Boys
25) That’s The Way Love Is/Marvin Gaye
26) Cissy Strut/The Meters
27) Don’t Bring Me Down/The Animals
28) Livin’ It Up/Lady Dottie And The Diamonds
29) Circle Sky/The Monkees
30) Come On Up/The Young Rascals
31) The Word/The Beatles
32) Too Many Fish In The Sea/The Marvelettes
33) You Got A Hard Time Comin’/The Remains
34) Jumpin’ Jack Flash/The Rolling Stones
35) Pretty Little Angel Eyes/Curtis Lee
36) Substitute/The Who
37) Hit It And Quit It/Funkadelic
38) Power To The People/John Lennon
39) Living In The U.S.A./Steve Miller Band
40) Are You Experienced?/The Jimi Hendrix Experience
41) Time Has Come Today/The Chambers Brothers
42) Sweet Sweet Baby/Aretha Franklin
43) You Never Can Tell/Chuck Berry
44) Something In The Air/Thunderclap Newman
45) All You Need Is Love/The Beatles
46) Summer In The City/The Lovin’ Spoonful
47) Nobody But Me/The Human Beinz
48) Land Of 1000 Dances/Wilson Pickett
49) Juke/Little Walter
50) Lucifer Sam/Pink Floyd
51) Truckin’/Grateful Dead
52) Heavy Music/The Bob Seger System
53) Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag/James Brown
54) Chest Fever/The Band
55) Rock And Roll Soul/Grand Funk Railroad
56) Foxy Girls In Oakland/Rodger Collins
57) Plastic Fantastic Lover/Jefferson Airplane
58) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking/The Rolling Stones
59) Barefootin’/Robert Parker
60) Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You/Lauryn Hill
61) Badge/Cream
62) Know Your Rights/The Clash
63) Pusherman/Curtis Mayfield
64) Sleepwalker/The Kinks
65) Dixie Chicken/Little Feat
66) Chicken Strut/The Meters
67) Jungle Boogie/Kool & The Gang
68) Express Yourself/Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
69) Got To Give It Up Pt. 1/Marvin Gaye
70) Boogie Shoes/KC And The Sunshine Band
71) Brick House/The Commodores
72) Funkytown/Lipps Inc.
73) Funky Nassau/The Beginning Of The End
74) Play That Funky Music/Wild Cherry
75) Yeah!/Usher
76) Super Freak/Rick James
77) Mother Popcorn/James Brown
78) Funky Broadway/Wilson Pickett
79) Who’s Making Love/Johnny Taylor
80) See Saw/Aretha Franklin
81) Let’s Get It On/Marvin Gaye
82) Brass Monkey/The Beastie Boys
83) (Get Up, I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine/James Brown
84) Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Sly & The Family Stone
85) Soul Makossa/Manu Dibango
86) Get Down Tonight/KC & The Sunshine Band
87) There It Is Pt. 1/James Brown
88) Red Hot Mama/Funkadelic
89) What Is Hip?/Tower Of Power
90) I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby/Barry White
91) Skin Tight/The Ohio Players
92) Cosmic Mirror/Cosmic Mate/Jon Kanis
93) Dalai Lama/Alex Chilton
94) Jamming/Bob Marley
95) Drift Away/Dobie Gray
96) What A Wonderful World/Louis Armstrong
97) I Only Have Eyes For You/The Flamingos
98) Harlem Nocturne/The Viscounts
99) Wooly Bully/Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
100) Tequila/The Champs

Jon Kanis, Private Party, Art Produce, San Diego, CA [06.22.12]

Jon Kanis [guitar, vocal]
Baby Shower @ Art Produce for Amy, San Diego, CA [06.22.12]

On Monday [June 18th] I received a text from Sara Morrison asking if I could come and “play baby songs” on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours. Amy (from North Park Music Thing) is expecting a girl August 28th (two days after my birthday…lucky little Virgo to be) and some of her good friends threw her a shower and a going away party (she is also taking leave of her post at NPMT). My calendar was surprisingly free (been SUPER busy thank you Universe keep those phone calls coming!) so I had the pleasure of singing a bunch of songs relating to parenthood, fathers/mothers and sons/daughters. A really wonderful vibe at Art Produce (thank you Lynn). A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Sara Morrsion and Angie Piro Landsberg for enlisting my services. A pleasure and a privilege. Here’s to the next generation…

1) Tangled Up In Blue/Bob Dylan
2) You Don’t Know How It Feels/Tom Petty
Think It Over/Jon Kanis
4) Wild World/Cat Stevens
5) Cry Baby Cry/The Beatles
6) I’m So Tired/The Beatles
7) Stay Up Late/Talking Heads
8) Cosmic Mirror/Cosmic Mate/Jon Kanis
9) The Waiting/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
10) The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades/Timbuk 3
11) Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)/John Lennon
12) Younger Generation/Lovin’ Spoonful
13) Surrender/Cheap Trick

14) I’ve Just Seen A Face/The Beatles
15) Sweet Child Of Mine/Guns N Roses
16) Forever Young/Bob Dylan
17) New Amsterdam/Elvis Costello & The Attractions
18) You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away/The Beatles
19) You Don’t Mess Around With Jim/Jim Croce
20) Growing Up/Bruce Springsteen
21) Merry-Go-Round/Jon Kanis
22) Cats In The Cradle/Harry Chapin
23) Follow Up/Jon Kanis
24) Five O’Clock World/The Vogues
25) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue/Bob Dylan

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA [05.25.12]

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA [05.25.12]

The night started out cold and blustery this past Friday evening down in Chula Vista when The Beach Boys began their “50th Anniversary” show with the 1968 classic “Do It Again” but by the time the group hit its trademark harmonies in the first chorus with lead singer Mike Love intoning about “the warmed up weather” it felt like the clouds parted and for the remainder of the evening the sold out amphitheatre danced and sang along to one classic after another as the current incarnation of The Beach Boys ripped through two generous twenty song sets, emphasizing all of the expected chart hits as well as offering up quite a number of obscurities. Hell, they even played a brand new number “That’s Why God Made The Radio” that didn’t pale amongst the classics.

It’s hard to believe but this November it will be fifty years since Hawthorne, California’s most famous sons released their debut single “Surfin’.” In the half century that followed those humble beginnings The Beach Boys literally redefined American popular music throughout their 1960s heyday with a spate of classic singles and LPs emphasizing innocence (and its subsequent loss), summertime, girls on the beach, surfing, cars and teenage amusement. Even as the “boys” grew into middle-aged men they still continued to have Top 40 chart hits all the way up through 1989.

After founding members Dennis Wilson and youngest brother Carl Wilson succumbed to mortality (in 1983 and 1998 respectively) that leaves three-fifths of the original group with leader Brian Wilson, cousin Mike Love and “friend” Al Jardine. When Jardine took a hiatus from the group in 1962 (for four LPs worth of material) he was replaced by guitarist David Marks until Jardine came back to the fold. And when Brian Wilson deemed that live gigs were an unnecessary impediment to writing and producing the group’s material he was replaced on stage by musician Bruce Johnston. These are the last men standing and for a group of seventy year old men they sounded pretty fantastic with a crack band of support musicians as they take their legacy of these timeless compositions round the globe for one last spin in what will undoubtedly be the last time that The Beach Boys get out and celebrate the news. My only disappointment was the absence of circa 1972-74 Beach Boys members Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin (who sings lead on the original “Sail On Sailor”). Foster The People opened the show.

1) Do It Again
2) Little Honda
3) Catch A Wave
4) Hawaii
5) Don’t Back Down
6) Surfin’ Safari
7) Surfer Girl
8) Please Let Me Wonder
9) Marcella
10) Then I Kissed Her
11) Why Do Fools Fall In Love
12) When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)
13) Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)
14) Be True To Your School
15) Kiss Me Baby
16) Don’t Worry Baby
17) Little Deuce Coupe
18) 409
19) Shut Down
20) I Get Around

21) Add Some Music To Your Day
22) In My Room
23) Sloop John B.
24) Wouldn’t It Be Nice [with Foster The People]
25) I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
26) Sail On Sailor
27) All This Is That
28) Heroes And Villains
29) That’s Why God Made The Radio
30) Forever
31) God Only Knows
32) Good Vibrations
33) California Girls
34) Help Me, Rhonda
35) Rock And Roll Music
36) Do You Wanna Dance?
37) Surfin’ U.S.A.

38) Kokomo
39) Barbara Ann
40) Fun, Fun, Fun

Jon Kanis with Brad Smith, Unplugged Festival, San Diego, CA [04.22.12]

Jon Kanis with Brad Smith, Unplugged Festival
Blind Lady Ale House Brewed Locally Stage
San Diego, CA [04.22.12]

Big thanks to Harpo for having the good taste to book so many great local artists for the Adams Avenue Unplugged Festival…grateful to finally play this annual event after 29 years. Kudos as well to the absolutely wonderful Brad Smith my “human drum machine.”

1) Jimmy Burke, The Newsboy
2) Follow Up
3) Below The Fold
4) Turnaround
5) The Waiting
6) Cosmic Mirror/Cosmic Mate
7) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
8) 23 skidoo! [the hot wheels song]
9) Campfire
10) Solicitude
11) [The Human] Race [Is A] Riot
12) Think It Over

13) Quick!

Jon Kanis, Peace Conference, City College, San Diego, CA [04.14.12]

Jon Kanis, Peace Conference @ City College
San Diego, CA [04.14.12]

Received a last minute invitation to perform acoustically at a Peace Conference at City College. Thanks to Jeremiah Byerley and Andrea and Sue for making the experience such a pleasure. It’s always great to gather with like-minded folk who are interested in creating positive change in the world. That’s what these songs are all about.

1) Street Fighting Man
2) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
3) Follow Up
4) Below The Fold
5) Working Class Hero
6) 23 skidoo! [the hot wheels song]
7) [The Human] Race [Is A] Riot
8) Think It Over

Peter Case & Paul Collins, Bar Pink, San Diego, CA [03.08.12]

Peter Case & Paul Collins

Bar Pink

Thursday, March 8, 2012

“All right, welcome to The Nerves Plimsouls Beat Breakaways show…” so announced musician Peter Case as a piece of rock and roll history went down in San Diego last night as Case and Paul Collins, co-founders of the seminal power pop punkers The Nerves, took the stage together at Bar Pink for the first time in over 30 years.

Along with guitarist Jack Lee the trio were responsible for the self-titled 1976 The Nerves EP that brought the world “Hanging On The Telephone” (later covered by Blondie). After Case and Collins split from Lee they formed the short-lived Breakaways before Collins formed The Beat and Case formed The Plimsouls. By 1985 both groups would be history — albeit a history with one of the richest songwriting legacies in the whole of rock and roll and it was wonderfully on display as the two old sparring partners ripped through a set of 25 songs with one classic tune following another. The place was packed elbow to asshole with every San Diego hipster worth their salt in attendance [including O, Gar Wood, Davey Graham, Bart Mendoza, Dennis Borlek, Louis Mello, Hector & Victor Penalosa, Joe Camacho, Peter & Teresa Barosso, Rob Bird, A.J. Larue, Brandy Bell, Chris Nelson and Layne Sterling]. The vocals were occasionally ragged (but right) and the rhythm section of bassist Timm Buechler and drummer Amos Pitsch kept the set tough and taut. Summer Twins opened the show.

These songs prove that great compositions never die, they’re just waiting for someone to breath life into them once again. One of my favorite moments of the show: Case stating that the first time he went on the internet and did a Google search on The Nerves the bio said Paul Collins, born 1956 drums. Peter Case, born 1954 bass. Jack Lee, born 1922 clarinet.” Peter was riffing like a mad man between songs relating about how he wrote his first song at the age of eleven (title: “Stay Away From Me”). Also there was quite the riff on “I’m sick of getting fucked. I’m sick of getting fucked, that’s the name of this tour.” Collins: “Oh Peter when we broke up I cried like a baby.” Case: “Bullshit!” Wow, you wonder why they ever stopped. I’m sure that these 28 gigs that they have lined up will serve as some form of therapy or at least as a reminder of why these songs were so great in the first place and why maybe they had to each pursue their own path because a ship can only stand the authority of one captain at the helm and neither of these gentlemen are suited to be junior officers. Not by a long shot.

1) How Long Will It Take?
2) Don’t Wait Up For Me
3) Great Big World
4) Little Suzy
5) House On The Hill
6) Work-A-Day World
7) Women
8) I Don’t Fit In
9) Oldest Story In The World
10) Zero Hour
11) Give Me Some Time
12) Working Too Hard
13) When You Find Out
14) Let Me Into Your Life
15) Now
16) Rock N Roll Girl
17) A Million Miles Away
18) U.S.A.
19) Hanging On The Telephone
20) Many Roads To Follow
21) One Way Ticket
22) Paper Dolls
23) Do You Want To Love Me?
24) Everyday Things
25) Walking Out On Love

They Might Be Giants, Royce Hall/UCLA, Los Angeles, CA [01.28.12]

They Might Be Giants [a special family show]
Royce Hall @ UCLA, Los Angeles, CA [01.28.12]

1) Meet The Elements
2) E Eats Everything
3) No! [Children’s National Anthem]

) Nonagon
) Boss Of Me

) I Am A Paleontologist

) Pirate Girls Nine

) Dr. Worm

) Clap Your Hands [They Might Be Giants National Anthem]
10) Particle Man

11) Apartment Four
12) In The Middle, In The Middle, In The Middle [with Robin Goldwasser]
13) Four Of Two
14) Shoehorn With Teeth [with The Avatars Of They]
15) Why Does The Sun Shine?
16) High Five
17) Birdhouse In Your Soul
18) Seven Days Of The Week (I Never Go To Work) [Musician’s National Anthem]


19) Fibber Island
20) Alphabet Of Nations

Jon Kanis, The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA [01.23.12]

Jon Kanis [guitar, vocal]
The Ruby Room Midnight Oil, San Diego, CA [01.23.12]

1) Tangled Up In Blue/Bob Dylan
2) Think It Over
3) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
4) I’m Eighteen/Alice Cooper
5) Jimmy Burke The Newsboy
6) The Waiting/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
7) White Rabbit/Jefferson Airplane
8) It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me/Billy Joel
9) The American Dream/Time To Get It Right
10) My Friend Jack/Brownsville Station

11) Welcome To The Working Week/Elvis Costello
12) We Can Work It Out/The Beatles
13) Lawyers, Guns And Money/Warren Zevon

Listening To Rocks, Viva Apollo, The Real Brew at The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA [01.15.12]

Listening To Rocks with Viva Apollo & The Real Brew for MLK’s birthday
The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA [01.15.12]

1) 2010
2) Kiss Me Again
3) Quick!
4) I Didn’t Ask For This
5) [The Human] Race [Is A] Riot
6) Below The Fold
7) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
8) Doorbell
9) Come Correct
10) Capitalist Plot

11) Think It Over
12) Wail

Jon Kanis, North Park Main Street, San Diego, CA [11.26.11]

Jon Kanis [guitar, vocal]
North Park Main Street, Cirello Gallery, San Diego, CA [11.26.11]

1) Arlington
2) Tangled Up In Blue/Bob Dylan
3) Jimmy Burke The Newsboy
4) My Friend Jack/Brownsville Station
5) You Don’t Mess Around With Jim/Jim Croce
6) Things We Said Today/The Beatles
7) Merry-Go-Round
8) Cruel To Be Kind/Nick Lowe
9) House Of The Rising Sun/The Animals
10) Follow Up
11) All I Gotta Do/The Beatles
12) It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me/Billy Joel
13) I’m Eighteen/Alice Cooper
14) Quick!
15) Sweet Home Alabama/Lynyrd Skynyrd
16) We Can Work It Out/The Beatles
17) Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy/Elton John
18) The Waiting/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
19) The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades/Timbuk 3
20) Where Is Joe Strummer When You Need Him?
21) Daydream/The Lovin’ Spoonful
22) White Rabbit/Jefferson Airplane
23) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Gene Autry
24) Like A Rolling Stone/Bob Dylan
25) Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)/Swinging Medallions
26) Bye Bye Love/The Everly Brothers
27) Oh Boy!/Buddy Holly
28) Take Me Home, Country Roads/John Denver
29) Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy/Elton John
30) King Of The Road/Roger Miller
31) Cruel To Be Kind/Nick Lowe
32) You Don’t Know How It Feels/Tom Petty
33) Maggie May/Rod Stewart
34) Lawyers, Guns And Money/Warren Zevon
35) So Sad About Us/The Who
36) Cynthia Mask/Robyn Hitchcock
37) Melissa/The Allman Brothers Band