Sordid Humor (Reunion!), Mental 99
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
LADY ZEP is the premiere all female tribute to the legendary group Led Zeppelin. Established in 2009 and based out of Los Angeles, Lady Zep has performed shows across Southern California. The Sunset Strip has been the home of many Lady Zep shows, places that include the House of Blues and the Key Club. Melissa Jane, Leanne, Miiko, and Marija have banded together to play the eternal heavy jams of one of the greatest bands of all time. This is a line-up of strong professionals with band member stints alongside the likes of Gwen Stefani, and Dave Navarro on their resumes. From the first side of Led Zeppelin I, to the final grooves of In Through the Out Door, these four women will lay it down and make you remember Lady Zep.
Sordid Humor (Reunion!)
Sordid Humor was a musical band formed in 1987 by the duo of Tom Barnes and Jim Gordon. Barnes' unique vocal style was the trademark of Sordid Humor, and he went on to lend his vocals and alt-rock guitar style to Engine 88. Sordid Humor played what, at the time, could best be classified as college rock, releasing several independent releases before breaking up in 1992. The only album now available, Light Music For Dying People, was released posthumously by Capricorn Records in 1994.
Mental 99 is a new instrumental rock duo from San Francisco. The group consists of guitarist Joe Gore [Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, DJ Shadow, Courtney Love, Oranj Symphonette, Eels] and drummer Dawn Richardson [Four Non-Blondes, Tracy Chapman, Martinis, Angel Corpus Christi].
Mental 99 is a mere duo, but they conjure vast panoramas of sound. Their music can be eerie or funny, abrasive or beautiful, and sometimes all those things at once. Gore and Richardson are world-renowned instrumentalists, but wankers they ain’t — their songs are tight, tuneful, and always entertaining. Audiences even dance to them, albeit with a certain wariness.
While Joe and Dawn use no prerecorded backing tracks, they employ “live looping”— recording passages of music as they perform them, and then improvising new layers over them. They’re like ambitious trapeze artists: Sometimes they fall on their asses, but when they’re good, they’re breathtaking.
Mental 99’s self-titled, self-produced debut album is available via the iTunes store.
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