Gig Archives: 1999


(Disclaimer: this may be incomplete or inaccurate)

Thursday, February 11th, 1999
The Stork Club, after being evicted (their old building was sold to be turned into a noodle factory), they reopened in an even seedier part of downtown Oakland. So we had to play there, and we did. Dawn opened with a pleasing solo set.
Saturday, February 27th, 1999
A weird night at the Bottom of the Hill for Mumble & Peg - we played with Grand National and, of all bands, Three Day Stubble. Talk about a motley crew. Stubble played a great, unoffensive set, especially difficult for them after being written about in some local rag about being an offensive band.
Friday, March 19th, 1999
with JOB:
In order to celebrate the release of Zenflesh's CD compilation, "Amduscias," JOB performed, along with a million other bands at the poorly named Tehama Alley Clit Stop in SF. Great sets by Turk Knifes Pope and Petit Mal. In fact every other act except for us were quite appealing. We kinda stunk up the place, I think. Made me want to quit music. Even worse at the end of the night we had an all-star jam as if.
Thursday, March 25th, 1999
with JOB:
JOB made their rounds in the standard improv venues by playing a gig at the Luggage Store Gallery. We played a good simple set. Very short, actually. Maybe even too short. Jai Young's parents were in the audience and very polite. Opening up was some string trio including Damon Smith and guest addition, Henry Kaiser. I left my Nord at the gig but realized this quickly and drove back to get it.
Saturday, March 27th, 1999
We headed south to Santa Cruz to play at the delightful space called "What is Art?" which is run by Matthew Embry of E if for Elephant fame. His two-man performance included the gut-splitting "Bubbles for Iraq." Some dude read misogynist poetry. Another dude sang and played guitar in a Neil Young sort of way. We played a quiet set. It was nice to play somewhere out of dodge without much effort except for the 90 minute drive. The only bummer was we missed the Vaccination Record rock lotto, which featured all our friends in random conglomerations performing at the Starry Plough. We actually made it back to Berkeley in time to see most everybody left the Plough already.
Tuesday, April 20th, 1999
with Herb:
Lunchtime Herb gig at a law firm in downtown SF. I threw up on stage. This was such an historic event that I wrote a painfully descriptive essay about it.
Saturday, May 1st, 1999
with Herb:
Back on the Herb train, actually playing at the voluptuous Bimbo's in SF, opening up for none other than Nancy Sinatra!! What a high-profile show, though we did get treated like dirt by some of the staff. I think they were on high alert given the stature of the headlining act. Still, it's nice to play to hundreds of people sometimes.
Wednesday, May 5th, 1999
with Herb:
Yet another Herb gig, this time playing a Cinco de Mayo party at Bruno's in the Mission. Nobody came except for my brother who just moved into town, Jenya, her friend Linda-Marie, and a few scant others. Still got paid, though we had to do two long sets for the meal ticket.
Thursday, May 20th, 1999
Mumble & Peg goes back on tour - and another bullshit tour where half the gigs got cancelled and the other half were pointless. It started at a frat-boy sports bar in Chico called Harrington's. We played with a slew of other random acts, including fellow Oakland songsinger Hansi and some band from back east somewhere called Fudge Gun. We played well, and the place had people coming and going all night, but we're certain the doorman stole a bunch of the money and we basically got nothing.
Friday, May 21st, 1999
Made it to Seattle the next day for a show at Jules Mae's with Suicide Jack. I got to borrow their keyboard for the gig (they borrowed my keyboard when they played in Oakland a couple weeks ago). But they also borrowed Jenya's drums, and the singer/drummer beat it to shit. Washers and lugs were scattered around the stage when he was through. Jen was pleased that two old Santa Cruz friends randomly showed up to see us play. How about that? Since the rest of the tour was basically canned, we headed home, stopping in Arcata the next day to stay with Jenya's mom.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 1999
with the Moe!Kestra!:
Sat in once again with this crazy large ensemble - structured group improv as conducted by Moe himself. I think I was playing bass through my crappy keyboard amp so nobody could hear me. It was at Newberry's in downtown Oakland (an ex-department store where such music events were held for a brief period of time back then). Also on the bill was Grand Nat'l and the grand, historic public debut of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (I say "public" because they played a gig the previous night to a single banana slug).
Wednesday, June 30th, 1999
with JOB:
Got to deliver our wacky brand of noisy improv to the patron of Cafe du Nord in SF. Also on the bill were the Two Dimensions (back before they became Faun Fables) and Moe! doing a solo set - and then he sat in with us on guitar. Extra noisy!
Saturday, July 10th, 1999
CD release party for "This Ungodly Hour!" It was a party at the Starry Plough, with all kinds of solo or semi-solo singer songwriter acts starting the evening. Had a really good crowd, and some guests sat in with us: Dan Plonsey, Carla Kihlstedt, and Ashley Adams. They helped round out the sound on clarinet, violin, and contrabass, respectively. We were also supposed to have David Gleason on guitar but he couldn't make it at the last minuteThe irony is we have more than half the next album written at this point, and played a lot of those tunes.
Monday, July 26th, 1999
Played at the Cocodrie in San Francisco. Honestly I don't remember much about this show. It probably sucked like most shows I ever played thereIf anything it was good practice before the upcoming European tour.
Tuesday, July 27th, 1999
with the Moe!Kestra!:
Another large ensemble gig with Moe! and a zillion others all crammed into the Starry Plough, leaving very little room for actual paying audience members. I played baritone guitar on this one for no other reason than it looks cool, and there's always a lot of music geeks at these geeks showing off their gear/chops.
Friday, August 20th, 1999
@ the Underground in Koln, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Saturday, August 21st, 1999
@ FKK in Minden, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Sunday, August 22nd, 1999
@ some random stage at an outdoor festival in Berlin, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Thursday, August 26th, 1999
@ Roter Salon in Berlin, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Wednesday, September 1st, 1999
@ Objekt 5 in Halle, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Thursday, September 2nd, 1999
@ Leipzig, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Friday, September 3rd, 1999
@ BDP Jugendcafe in Babenhausen, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Saturday, September 4th, 1999
@ Liege, Belgium (check out this tour story for more details.)
Sunday, September 5th, 1999
@ Klampfe in Witzenhausen, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Tuesday, September 7th, 1999
@ Graz, Austria (check out this tour story for more details.)
Thursday, September 9th, 1999
@ Vetternwirtschaft in Rosenheim, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Friday, September 10th, 1999
@ Culture Factor Y in Lustenau, Austria (check out this tour story for more details.)
Saturday, September 11th, 1999
@ Hirscheneck in Basel, Switzerland (check out this tour story for more details.)
Sunday, September 12th, 1999
@ the Swamp in Freiburg, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Wednesday, September 15th, 1999
@ Kuz Gaswerk in Winterthur, Switzerland (check out this tour story for more details.)
Thursday, September 16th, 1999
@ Festung in Traunstein, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Friday, September 17th, 1999
@ Scheune in Dresden, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Saturday, September 18th, 1999
@ Singwitz, Germany (check out this tour story for more details.)
Wednesday, October 13th, 1999
with Herb:
First (and last) Herb gig for a while. And I was back on playing bass, so I had to re-relearn the material yet again, or at least remind myself how it all went. It was some formal event at the Regency Ballroom in SF. Big venue, nice stage.

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