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.

Guns N’ Roses AT&T Park August 9, 2016 All photos by Katarina Benzova. Patience is a virtue. That old saying has never met a more appropriate application than in the case of the mercurial and transcendent band Guns N’Roses. On a Tuesday night at AT&T Park, patience was rewarded as G N’R appeared in San Francisco sporting the star studded duo of front man Axl Rose and axe-slinger extraordinaire Slash for the first time in over 20 years. The anticipation has been building for decades. GN’R, having skyrocketed from the LA Strip scene to superstardom on the strength of their…

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Snarky Puppy SFJAZZ Center August 4, 2016 In today’s ubiquitous, always-on society, it’s pretty tough to keep anything ‘underground.’ Despite being a Grammy-winning band of musical savants with thousands of fans, and millions of YouTube hits, Snarky Puppy is the biggest ‘underground’ band going. Formed in 2005 by band leader/bassist Michael League at North Texas University, Snarky Puppy (SP) is a rotating collective of master musicians (aka ‘the Fam’) who lace together moments of brilliance in their live performances. That brilliance was on display recently at the impressive SFJAZZ Center, with SP playing a series of shows for their rabid…

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Peter Gabriel and Sting SAP Center, San Jose July 14, 2016 Throwing conventional concert presentation out the window, Peter Gabriel and Sting brought their Rock Paper Scissors Tour to the jam-packed SAP Center in San Jose. This unique tour breaks the mold of typical concerts. There is no opener or headliner, only a fabulous rock show put on by two true innovators of rock music. For Rock Paper Scissors, Gabriel and Sting share the stage simultaneously, trading off songs and bands. Logistically it is a deft demonstration of stage management and it went largely un-noticed by the capacity crowd Thursday…

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Fishbone The Independent December 19, 2015 All photos by Jeff Spirer. Fishbone, the fantastic, iconic, neurotic, schizophrenic, and immensely influential band from southern California took over The Independent in San Francisco on a cold Saturday night with an energetic performance that reinforced their reputation as a remarkable live act, and tested the stamina of their fans. The band has persevered through a revolving door of lineup changes (20 members and counting), legal issues, band in-fighting, and record label changes. However at the core, their leaders (singer/sax player Angelo Moore and bassist extraordinaire John Norwood Fisher) keep pushing forward. Though they…

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Scorpions SAP Center, San Jose October 1, 2015  All photos by Raymond Ahner. It has been a true time machine of hard rock this past week. And Thursday night the Teutonic terrors known better as Germany’s rock juggernaut the Scorpions effortlessly flipped the switches and levers to transport the rapt SAP Center audience of 17,000 strong back and forth through the 70s, 80s, 90s, and to the present. Between the Scorpions show and the epic AC/DC show a few days earlier in San Francisco, it is clear that the bands that laid the foundation of hard rock/metal throne are loathe…

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It is amazing to think of any band lasting 50 years, especially one that is still making new music and influencing new fans and musicians worldwide, while playing large arena and stadium venues. And no, I am not talking about the Rolling Stones or The Who. The Scorpions, Germany’s hard rocking legends, charged through the Bay Area in 2015 doing all of the aforementioned; bringing their 50th Anniversary party to the SAP Center in San Jose. I had the opportunity to visit with Matthias Jabs, the longtime guitarist of the Scorpions to ask him about the evolution of the band,…

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