Great people, great venue, great tunes. Good fun was had by all. Roll out the Barrell! and Polka on. Can’t wait for the next gig with The Big Bang Surfers!
September 28th – Asiento with “The Big Bang Surfers”: Japa on Accordion, with Sam Frangiamore on guitar and Maksim Pugach on ukulele. 2730 21st Street @ Bryant Street, San Francisco. 7pm
October 1 – Rock, Roll & Ride with us at China Camp 10am for bike ride and outdoor concert 3pm. Details here. Down in Front!
October 9th – The Big Bang Surfers play at the Burning Man Decompression Party, 19th Street Stage. Entrance at 19th St & Minnesota St. 2pm
October 18th – Japa performs solo at Songwriters in the Round: a trio of performers at the Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St. SF. 7:30pm
October 29th – Another gig with “The Big Bang Surfers” at Building Resources 701 Amador St. SF. 5-7pm
Thanks to her win at the San Francisco Songwriters’ event in May with her song, “The Moth,” Japa performed among the winners of other months at the yearly playoffs at the SF Westcoast Songwriters’ event on July 25th. Although she didn’t win, it was a wonderful experience, great company, terrific music and a good time was had by all.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 –
At the San Francisco chapter of the Westcoast Songwriters, Japa wins the monthly competition with her acoustic solo performance of her song, “The Moth”
Japa is now qualified to play in the yearly playoff competition in July.
“The Moth” is inspired by a dear love of mine who passed away in 2007. Michael and I shared the practice of Kundalini yoga. In this tradition, we chant the word “Akal”, which means “undying” or “deathless” to help the departed soul return home.
One day after Michael passed, I sat down with my guitar, “Rio” in a field of tall grass, which Michael referred to once as “Yogi Bhajan’s beard”. As soon as I sat down and started playing, a white moth flew down, landed on a piece of grass in front of me and stayed there the entire time I played.
As soon as I finished, The moth lifted off and flew away. This song is dedicated to you, Archangel Michael.
Hear the song on Down in Front’s Bandcamp Page
Thank you Point Arena and Sierraville! We had a blast! Good times, new friends, new fans, lots of happy people saying we sounded great and glad we had come!
As a special bonus on the way home, we made an unplanned stop in Sacramento for the Bernie Sanders rally that just happened to be going on as we rolled through town. So of course we stopped and entertained the crowd with our newly modified version of “Fallen for You” switcharoo into “Voting for You”…have a listen…
Go Bernie Go!