These are short video clips of all of the performers who have played at the three Open Mic Showcase events in San Francisco. All of these clips were recorded in front of a live audience at The Canvas Gallery in San Francisco in 2004.

Jay Hinton
Micah Jason
Marja West
Salem & Dan
Robby Hecht
Juliana
Joan Laqui
Marzipan
Jeff Cotton
Bryan Harrison
Regi Harvey
Christiana Martin
Mike Gibbons
Katie Bursk
James Moore
Jen Walsh
Sparlha Swa
Olga Salamanca
Paradise Hills  
   
   

 

 


 

 

Jay Hinton

Jay Hinton was born in Coast Rica and grew up in a family of musicians, and it shows! The already traveled and seasoned young songwriter is out there right now playing playing his special gutsy alternative folk rock up and down the Pacific coast.

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Marja West

Marja West's (pronounced mar'ya) songs are a intensely reflective, moody blend of piano/rhythm guitar based alternative rock/pop/dance/classical music styles. This is a multi-faceted/multi-instrumentalist who is not afraid to bleed all over the place in her quest to be brutally frank.

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Robby Hecht

Robby Hecht hails from Knoxville, TN and his music is a smooth melodic blend of Americana, folk and roots. Robby Hecht's song, "Along The Way" just won honors in The UK Songwriting Contest! You get to see and hear him right here.

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Joan Laqui

Joan Laqui was raised in the Phillipines and has more recently been writing and playing in the San Jose area. Her music has strong Brazilian and Bossa Nova influences and is soulfull, emotional and playful.

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Regi Harvey

Regi Harvey, also known as "The Colonel of Bernal" is a native San Franciscan, growing up in the Haight Ashbury. He has been playing drums and guitar all around SF for 30 years and is currently the Musical Director at Skip's Tavern in Bernal Heights

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Mike Gibbons

Mike Gibbons has grown up seeing more of the world than most people his age, having been raised in Thailand, Kenya, Egypt, Belgium, and various US cities. Mike is steadily building a steady following, performing regularly at the historic Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley.

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Bryan Harrison Band

In the heart of the open mic scene since the summer of '99 has been guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bryan Harrison. Out of his initial intent to utilize the forum to hone his songwriting craft, Bryan has played in a variety of band configurations with top artists and musicians, taking him to such places as performing at the High Sierra Music Festival. His current configuration, "The Bryan Harrison Band", varies in sound and style to fit the occasion. With the exception of his bass player, who is his son Chris, the band members consist of friends from this open mic scene."

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Marzipan

Born out of New Jersey night at Nickie's in the summer
of 2002, Marzipan brings together the eclectic musical
talents of Brandi, Deirdre and Kim. Known for their lush three-part harmonies and captivating lyrics, Marzipan is thrilled to be performing their compositions at venues all around San Francisco.

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Micah Jason

Micah Jason, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii recently brought the sounds of the islands mixed with Reggae and Funk with him when he moved to San Francisco.

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Salem & Dan

Salem, from Oakland, CA and Casino Dan from Boston, MA met at an open mic and started jamming because of a mutual affinity for Stone Temple Pilots. Salem handles the writing and rhythm and Casino Dan lays down a mean lead guitar. Their style is a mix of "aucoustic headbangin rock", catchy pop, soulful blues and a pinch of jazz.

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Jeff Cotton

Jeff Cotton has been involved in the San Francisco Open Mic scene for many years, not only as an outstanding songwriter and musician, but also as the host and sound man at such infamous music venues as The Lost & Found Saloon, The Tempest and the notorious Nickie's BBQ. as well as playing in his own band, he is also the lead guitarist for Toy House. Jeff is a founding member of San Francisco's thriving musical community.

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Juliana Sabina

Juliana Sabina's style is raw, sweet, edgy and real. With lyrics that state "this is me, stripping myself before you" the transpanency of her life in song is truly reflected. Her ecclectic sound has quite a range. Many have made comparisons: from Natalie Merchant to Dave Mathews, from The Indigo Girls to Creed. Her Songs are a refreshing reminder that there's always hope amidst life's true stories.

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Christiana Martin

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Katie Bursk

Katie Bursk, originally from Portland, Maine, moved to the bay area in September of 2002. She has been writing and playing music since she started in 1995 at the age of 16. Since arriving in California she recorded her third album The Cost of apples currently featured on the international web based music library Rhapsody. She is the first unsigned artist to be featured on Rhapsody and has reached number 13 in the Urban Folk category. Her music is a brand she likes to call “Dark Folk.” Katie is known for her haunting vocals, at times angelic and deceptive of her lyrics. She creates sardonic, sensual and at times dissonant originals about the journeys of self-doubt and regret and the complexities of human relationships.

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Jen Walsh

With soulful lyrics and rich vocals, Jen Walsh is making her mark on acoustic rock. Jen has been featured at such venues as ICAN Gallery, The Canvas Gallery, and The Brainwash Cafe, and is a regular on the open mic scene throughout the Bay area. She placed 3rd in the San Francisco Pride Idol Competition. Originally an East Coast girl, (New York City to be exact), Jen has made her way across the U.S. to establish herself in the San Francisco Music Community. Most importantly, Jen is now working on her first album.

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James Moore

James Moore is a singer/songwriter who moved to San Francisco from New Jersey in March of 2003 and since has been writing songs and playing the open mic scene.

He started recording his acoustic songs at Last Stop Records in 2004. 'Barely In Love' features Open Mic Showcase producer Jeff Belbey playing mandolin and can be heard on the Good People radio show. James has been featured at JJ Schultz's Beer Drinkin Acoustic as well as The Canvas Gallery. He has a feature performance scheduled for October 25th at The Hotel Utah Saloon.

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Olga Salamanca

Olga Salamanca, originally from the Mid-west, moved to Southern California to attend college where she began writing and playing guitar. She played her first open mic 5 years later upon arriving in San Francisco and has been a featured performer at many of the Bay Area's open mic venues.

Her music has a moody melodic feel and tone influenced by PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, Edie Brickell, Coldplay, Radiohead, and Portishead just to name a few. She hopes that the listener feels the expression, emotion, and meaning behind each song, the way that she feels it when she sings. She recently finished recording her first full length CD for release in December!!

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Sparlha Swa


Since July 2002, when Sparlha Swa first began gracing Bay area audiences with her silken melodies and powerful lyrics, she has developed a following that is rippling out in broader and broader rings around California. If you haven't yet had the blessing of hearing her music live, you can be sure that you're in for a performance you won't soon forget. Wrapping folk and Neo-Soul around subjects such as how personal, internal negativity is the root of global strife, the process of creating and performing music is a ritual for Sparlha. This 22-year-old is concerned about struggles of the world, yet she is also devoted to internal exploration and the evolution of the individual spirit.

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Paradise Hills

Paradise Hills members and long time friends, Lyman Villaraza and Lee Cabuhat from San Diego have, after many years of marinating in their own musical sauces, collaborated to produce meaningful music that fuses acoustic rock guitar rhythms, driving groove beats and catchy melodies just too genuine to ignore. Now, with a drive to create music that will, hopefully, radiate their passion and desire to evoke thought and positive change within the listener, Paradise Hills is ready to be heard throughout the Bay Area...and far, far beyond!

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