Musician’s Showcase –

The showcases started in Houston, Tx in 1994 as an outlet for students to get real-life performing experience in real-life clubs. It has continued every year (except 2009) and evolved into a highly respected forum for up and coming performers – thousands of players, future-signed bands, and world-famous guest musicians.

Many of the over 100 showcases (1994-2018) were tightly scripted 8-hr multi-art/multi-discipline productions. Non-stop stage & floor acts w/up to seventy five (75+) performers. From 1999 thru 2008, these marathon events were held quarterly. 30+ showcases alone held at the Red Devil/Polk St/SF from 2001-2002. Everyone came, famous & not.

San Francisco venues that hosted Musicians’ Showcase include Slim’s, Bottom of the Hill, Thee Parkside, Red Devil Lounge, Tupelo, Grant&Green, OmniCircus, Pyramid, Storyville, Conn. Yankee, El Rio, The 23 Club, BATS theater… Here’s a Myspace link!

Here is a list of some of the great players who ‘threw down’ over the years:
Kai Eckhardt – John McLaughlin, Garaj Mahal
Osam Ezzeldin – Dave Weckl, Zakir Hussain
Deszon Claiborne – Don Cherry
Pat Johnson – Iconic Rock Photog
Atma Anur – Journey, Cacophony, Shrapnel
Stu Hamm – Joe Satriani, Steve Vai
Jude Gold – Jefferson Starship, GuitarPlayerMag
Brooklyn Layla Allman – daughter of Gregg Allman
Tal Morris – CCR, Huey Lewis
Steven Winter – Montrose
Jimmy Sage – Lee Rocker Band (Stray Cats)
Clayton Gibb – Keb Mo’ Band
Marcelo Nicoli – bass Cremona, Italy
Doug Doppler – gtr SF
Ray Sayre – gtr SF
Marc T – Dirge (the band)
Jason Muscat – TaintedLove
Roger Roche – 4 Non Blondes
Ariane Cap – Cirque de Soleil
Uriah Duffy – Whitesnake
*(bottom/bottom right) Marcelo Nicoli -bassist & me onstage between acts. We’d play upto 6 straight hours every Tues’ Musicians Showcase at RedDevilSF 2001-2002. DotCom era packed. Marcelo & I played the “NovemberToDismember” SoCal MetalFest with Atma Anur & the troupe that year. Marcelo Nicoli, an immensely talented player from Cremona, Italy; a musical brother, beautiful soul, sacrificed all to play in the U.S., died 2012 – the embodiment of resourcefulness and guts.

A very special thanks to all of you who have participated
and performed in these shows thru the years!