Author: Mark Paniagua

Mark Paniagua is a bay area native who grew up on the SF music scene as a musician and sound engineer. Playing local clubs since the late 80's in bands such as Ringchildren, Sorrow Town Choir, and Fuzzbucket, Mark is an accomplished bassist and vocalist. He has also played and performed in a number of rock musical productions with Buzz Skycastle crew, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Abigail the Rock Opera.

Smashing Pumpkins Shoreline Amphitheater, Mt. View August 31, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner Purveyors of the 90s, and especially fans of the music and movement that ultimately became labeled as ‘grunge,’ got an early trick or treat as the Smashing Pumpkins closed out a busy August at the Shoreline Amphitheater by dialing back the clock for a spectacular night of glittery rock. Sporting three original members (Billy Corgan – guitars / vox, James Iha – guitars, and Jimmy Chamberlin – drums) in the lineup for a ‘reunion tour’ aimed at re-building the Pumpkins’ iconic brand image, the Chicago band took…

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Wu-Tang Clan Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View June 22, 2019 Photos by Paige Parsons “Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nuthin to fuck wit!!” they said it, and they proved it….tigah style. If you were at the Shoreline to see the Wu re-enter the 36 Chambers you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, you are probably wondering WTF am I talking about?  Well then, let me ‘splain. Wu-Tang Clan, the forefathers of hardcore underground East Coast hip-hop rolled through the south bay and delivered a fiery set focusing on their now 25-year old masterpiece Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). If that…

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Prince 4U Masonic Theater May 14, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince swept through the Masonic Theater in San Francisco and lived up to every bit of its name. Toting with it plenty of purple anticipation, there was definitely a feeling of celebration in the air, propped up by the intriguing prospect of the musical genius of Prince (RIP) being reimagined through the lens of a symphonic musical presentation. The fact that the show was billed as the only Prince show that is officially endorsed by the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, that the set list…

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Journey Through Time Fox Theater, Oakland February 23, 2019  Seminal Journey members Neal Schon and Gregg Rollie, and their new project Journey Through Time (JTT) turned the Fox Theater in Oakland into a time warp, with an impeccable two hour and forty-five minute odyssey of predominantly pre-‘Escape’ era Journey that left a capacity crowd spellbound and yelling for more. The only complaint of the evening was that they were so good and played for so long that there was no good time to make a needed bathroom break. The diehard fans crammed into the Fox eagerly anticipating a set of…

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Lettuce SF Jazz March 23, 2019 Photos by Paul Piazza Lettuce, the six-piece chameleon of a band that can on a dime morph from funk to jazz to rock (sometimes all in the same song), stormed through San Francisco for a four-night run at the SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium. For those who have not had the good fortune to see a show at SFJAZZ, it is a jewel of a venue just off Fell at Franklin, boasting perhaps the best sound of any live music hall in the Bay. Playing in such an auspicious setting, Lettuce took the opportunity to share…

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Peter Murphy The Chapel March 22, 2019 @ Photos by Pollen Heath Peter Murphy, the vampire baritone who catapulted to cult stardom during his tenure as the fiery front man of legendary underground death rockers Bauhaus finally made it to the stage at The Chapel in San Francisco. After re-scheduling his dates at the Valencia St. music hall three times over the past 18 months due to a series of health and visa issues, Murphy actually touched down in the bay area poised for a monthlong residency. The plan was a series of shows to celebrate his 40-year career spanning…

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Graveyard, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Twin Temple Warfield Theater March 16, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner Ominous clouds settled over the Warfield on a Saturday night, bringing an eerie foreboding of things to come. The sense of a dark happening was not due to the weather, but rather the ritual of rock that was about to take place. Using the Warfield stage as a cauldron, Graveyard, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, and Twin Temple swirled their unique flavors of occult streaked rock into a sweet tincture to be savored and imbibed by the congregation. Headlining what has been dubbed…

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Justin Timberlake Oracle Arena, Oakland March 15, 2019 Photos by Pollen Heath Many are familiar with the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and her trials of making it through the woods. Justin Timberlake (JT) decided to put a twist on that fairy tale by luring throngs of screaming girls into the woods during his recent performance at Oracle Arena. Reprising the big bad wolf role of dangerous tempter with his mischievous and playful innocence, JT mesmerized the captive audience that trekked to Oakland to finally see him get down with his Man of the Woods (MotW) tour. Shaking off…

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Dead Meadow The Chapel March 1, 2019  Photos by Elizabeth Gohr Dead Meadow (DM) played The Chapel in San Francisco this past week, and though it seems like they were just here yesterday to assault the grey matter of those sharing physical space with them, it had actually been nearly a year. Therefore, the opportunity to experience them again was embraced as being long overdue. A fascinating psychedelic stoner rock monster from Washington D.C., Dead Meadow (Jason Simon – vocals and guitar, Steve Kille – bass, and Juan Londono – drums) came in the same sparkly wrapping that they usually do, complete…

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ZZ Top City National Civic, San Jose January 13, 2019 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top blew through the City National Civic to perform for a sold out house in what amounted to a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” quickie of a 75 minute appearance. Celebrating the advent of 50 years of rock, the band kicked off their 2019 slate of live performances by playing a truncated set of hits from their stalwart career.  While their performance was full of energy, and kept the majority of folks standing (despite the fact it was a…

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Dead Kennedys  UC Theater Berkeley December 9, 2018  Photos by Raymond Ahner. The DEAD KENNEDYS (DK) showed up at the UC Theater loaded for bear to celebrate forty years of fucking things up. Taking aim at the usual suspects (politics, religion, and society), DK headlined a lineup that was a history lesson of raising a middle finger at the establishment, using punk rock as the platform to do so. Never mind that this was not the version of DK that put San Francisco on the punk rock map in 1978 with incendiary performances throughout the bay area underground (including some legendary shows…

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Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra Fillmore Auditorium December 2, 2018 Photos by Elizabeth Gohr.  Rock legend Perry Farrell and his new project Kind Heaven Orchestra (KHO) touched down at the Fillmore in San Francisco for a festive show fueled by music, religion, politics, weed, and wine. For the inaugural Festival of Lights concert, Farrell, whose claims to fame are many (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Lollapalooza), and his crew took a crowd that was already in high spirits even higher by delivering an energetic 90-minute set comprised mainly of new material from Kind Heaven Orchestra. Running at times thirteen deep…

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Ministry Warfield Theater November 21, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. It’s been a long and winding road for Industrial metal visionaries Ministry and their mercurial front man and founder Al Jourgensen. From the early beginnings in 1981, emerging from the Chicago underground club scene, to 2018 with the politically charged release of AmeriKKKant, Ministry has continuously led the charge for alternative and industrial music. That charge stormed through San Francisco’s Warfield Theater to remind us of where Ministry has come from and to shine a bright light on where they are going. For both tenses, Jourgensen and Ministry seem intent…

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Ghost City National Civic, San Jose November 15, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Throughout the history of popular music, an anticipation and anxiety has been felt by denizens of unsuspecting towns when ‘dangerous bands’ set up camp for local concerts. The delicious anticipation usually comes from fans who hope to go to these ‘forbidden’ shows and emerge somehow changed from the experience. The creeping anxiety is usually sensed by city authoritarians who cringe at the thought of how the miscreant entertainers will rouse their fans to rise up and challenge established norms on topics like sex, politics, and religion. Because…

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Lenny Kravitz Bill Graham Civic Auditorium October 4, 2018 Photos by Pollen Heath. Despite a hiatus away from the music scene that helped to create the mega-media celebrity that is now Lenny Kravitz, he is still every bit the patchouli-infused rock star that burst on the scene back in 1989. The funked-up hippie that drew his musical influences from Prince, Hendrix, and Curtis Mayfield , and his fashion sense from his uptown New York roots and Beverly Hills upbringing, reminded everyone of that very fact on his recent stop through San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic. To some, the…

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Clutch Regency Ballroom October 11, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Clutch is like the character actor that you see in every big movie but can’t name. Unassumingly famous to the point that if it weren’t for the fact that they have their band credentials they would probably be told to wait in line to enter their own shows. Despite writing and re-writing the book of how to be underground rock legends, Clutch still flies under the radar. Though their preference likely is to keep storming ahead as the anti-heroes of corporate rock success, the recent release of Book of Bad…

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Ringo Starr and his All-Starrs City National Civic, San Jose Sept 20, 2018 Photos by Aron Cooperman. The marquee of the City National Civic in San Jose read Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band….rightfully so. Being a member of arguably the most important band in music history pretty much guarantees top billing. However, it would have been more accurate if the name were inverted for this evening’s performance, a stew of very different musical flavors, only some of which included ingredients from Ringo Starr. That’s not meant to harsh the 78 year-old former Beatles drummer, but while he was the…

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The Eagles AT&T Park Sept 20, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Typically the only birds sighted at AT&T Park are the scores of pigeons that descend upon the stadium around the eighth inning of a Giants game, looking to take whatever scraps remain from the departing crowd. On this evening instead of looking to avoid the birds at AT&T, an admiring crowd came 40,000 strong because of the birds….in this case to see the legendary Eagles. Playing against the backdrop of a very pleasant next-to-last evening of summer in San Francisco, the Eagles put an exclamation point on a fabulous…

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Greta Van Fleet City National Civic, San Jose September 18, 2018  Photos by Pollen Heath. No rock band of recent vintage has created a stir quite like Greta Van Fleet (GVF). The mere fact that their claim to the keys of the rock and roll kingdom is under debate is a win of sorts for the band and for the health of rock itself. But once you peel back the layers of hot flash and hype that currently surrounds GVF, it is apparent that many a rocker wants to pump the breaks on anointing the foursome from Frankenmuth, Michigan the…

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Dave Matthews Band Shoreline Amphitheater, Mt. View September 8, 2018 Photos by Raymond Ahner. Of all the stars that shine in the rock music universe, the ones that burn brightest aren’t always the ones you would think. Quick, who currently has the longest streak of consecutive album releases to go to number 1 on the United States Billboard charts?  It’s not U2 or Taylor Swift or Jay Z or any of the other mega-stars that might initially jump to mind….it’s the Dave Matthews Band (DMB). That fact might even be a surprise to the diehard fans that packed the Shoreline…

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