Archive for October, 2012

Prince and MJ 10 Year Anniv.

October 29, 2012

On November 3rd Prince and Michael Jackson fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor at Madrone Art Bar for six hours as dj Dave Paul mixes album cuts, remixes, rare tracks and hits from the two artists to celebrate the 10 year anniversary.

The Prince and Michael Experience @ Madrone Art Bar
10 Year Anniversary Celebration with DJ Dave Paul
500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
8pm / $10 / 21+ with ID

In addition, the party will be hosted by the one and only Jerome Benton of The Time. Benton appeared in the 1984 film Purple Rain in the role of Morris Day’s bodyguard and valet. He also appeared in Prince’s second film Under the Cherry Moon. When The Time dissolved Prince retained Benton for the short-lived project The Family. Jerome Benton has also toured with Prince for three years from 86-88.

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Dec 15th – FREE party

October 28, 2012

80s new wave, rare extended remixes, hip-hop, funk, soul and rock n roll with DJ Dave Paul. December 15th at Red Devil Lounge – 1695 Polk Street @ Clay, San Francisco, CA 94109. No cover, free admission. Planning a birthday celebration or holiday party, have it on this night! VIP Table reservations available.

B O O K S

October 28, 2012

A few books that I’ve added to my collection recently – Who I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townshend, Make Your Idea Matter: Stand out with a better story by Bernadette Jiwa, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne, The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood by Thomas R. King

Photos from the Oct. events

October 28, 2012

Oct 03 Girls Rule w No Duh in San Francisco

Oct 06 PR+MJ in San Francisco

Oct 12 PR+MJ in Seattle

Oct 13 PR+MJ in Portland

Oct 14 PR+MJ at Treasure Island

Oct 19 80s in San Francisco

Oct 20 Funkytown in San Francisco

some good Seth Godin quotes

October 28, 2012

“The alternative is to compete against nothing but yourself. To excel merely because the act of excelling without boundaries or incentives thrills you. And the good news is that once you find that, you’ll always have it.”

“We now live in a society with more people more willing to change more often. And that means your customers are restless, and more likely to walk away if you don’t treat them the way nerds want to be treated. Amaze, delight and challenge…”

“Surround yourself with people in at least as much of a hurry, at least as inquisitive, at least as focused as you are. Surround yourself by people who encourage and experience productive failure, and who are driven to make a difference. What’s contagious: standards, ethics, culture, expectations and most of all, the bar for achievement.”

“when we rely on a wish to get where we want to go, we often sacrifice the effort that might make it more likely that we get what we actually need. Waiting for the prince to show up is a waste of valuable time, and the waiting distracts us from and devalues the hard work we might be doing instead. If you can influence the outcome, do the work.”

“If you are selling tomorrow, be very careful not to pitch people who are only interested in buying things that are about today. It’s virtually impossible to sell financial planning or safety or the long-term impacts of the environment to a consumer or a voter who is relentlessly focused on what might be fun right now. Before a marketer or organization can sell something that works in the future, she must sell the market on the very notion that the future matters.”

You too?!

October 28, 2012

When surrounded by pirates… have two beers

October 20, 2012

That’s $30 worth of beer there. And I was worried about the highwaymen and pirates robbing me at the Adam Ant concert – ha!

I enjoyed the Adam Ant concert on the 18th, it was good to see Stuart back on the stage. But being in the biz you are always analysing an event. Let’s talk about the music first. Having two drummers was cool and they were definitely busy all night, but without horns some of the songs didn’t sound right. Stuart sounded great on Wonderful and I was happy he sang that song. The sound at the Regency, let’s just say it sounded much better when it was a movie theater and I saw Raiders of The Lost Ark there. Concerts at the Regency just never sound right to me. The show was sold out, but I kept thinking, “hey, I could fit 300 more people in here.” Tall cup of beer – $15. Vegas/NY prices right there, and even in Vegas or NY it’s not that expensive. I’m sure they must have it down to a science – still make bank from bar sales without dealing with super drunk people. Merch – one guy, one credit card machine – and everyone was paying with credit cards which made it take forever. I was the only one that busted out with cash. The line for merch was too long and I’m sure they missed out on some money there.