Prairie Prince & Chris von Sneidern Present TOMMY
Tom Ayres, Dan Eisenberg, Marc Capelle, Peter Straus
Wed · October 24, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Chapel
$20 adv / $22 door
This event is all ages
Drummer Prairie Prince has joined with his San Francisco friends to bring the music of The Who, in a faithful performance of the 1969 album Tommy. Sharing the stage will be singer songwriter Chris von Sneidern, a pop wizard with 13 albums to his name. Supporting them will be Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Danny Eisenberg (Mother Hips), Marc Capelle, and Pete Straus, founding member and songwriter of The Dwarves, who also wrote some of the most beloved songs for Spongebob Squarepants.
The show will open with songs from another classic Who album Live at Leeds.
I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with two older sisters (Leslie and Helen) who gave me a constant source of musical influences, including: swing, jazz, blues and early rock and roll. Both parents were music lovers and my father, Charlie, played drums in his youth. My mother, Louisa, was an artist and encouraged pursuing music and art my entire childhood, which I did and still do.
During high school, I started a band with my friend Roger Steen called “The Mouth,” later becoming “The Red, White and Blues Band” which in turn led to joining forces with founder Bill Spooners’ Band “The Beans,” eventually evolving into “The Tubes.” We all moved from Phoenix to San Francisco after my acceptance to the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship. There I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in painting. My interests in stage design began there with my friend and colleague, Michael Cotten, who I continue to share a 40+ year partnership with in number of branches of art.
My earliest drummer influences were Gene Kruppa and Buddy Rich in swing jazz, Stevie Wonder and Clyde Stubblefield in funk and soul, Sandy Nelson and Dick Dale in surf music, and Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, and John Bonham in the British Invasion of Rock. Later John French, Billy Cobham, Lenny White and Jack Dejohnette were inspirational in fusion and more avant-garde styles of drumming. My early trap sets began with a Rogers snare (1961), a four piece Slingerland (1963), a five piece Ludwig (1965), a five piece Rogers (1966) a six piece Flatjack (1967), a six piece Zicko (1971). In 1976 Mr. Hagiwara introduced me to his new Yamaha drums, which I’ve endorsed and played with pride ever since.
During the course of 40+ years, while continuing to record, perform and tour the world with The Tubes (15 albums and world tours) I also performed and recorded with many of my heroes and fellow artists alike, and have fulfilled my desire to execute many various drum techniques in a wide variety of musical styles. In the early 70’s I worked with the legendary pianist, the late Nicky Hopkins, recording two albums with musicians such as George Harrison, Mick Taylor, Ron Wood, Ray Cooper and Klas Voorman, among others. I started the band Journey with Neal Schon and Greg Rolly shortly after, and recorded the demos that got them their first contract, but opted for my dedication in The Tubes. After session work with Tommy Bolin, Brewer and Shipley and others in the 70’s, the 80s’ brought work with Chris Isaak and I played drums on his first four albums.
I was honored to record with Brian Eno and David Byrne on the innovative album “My Life in a Bush of Ghosts” in the early 80s. I have worked extensively with Todd Rundgren recording 7 albums and touring the world with him several times. I played drums on XTC’s “Skylarking” LP in the mid 80s, then again on their 2 CDs “Apple-Venus Vol I” & “WaspStar Vol 2” which was released in 2000. Also in the 80’s I recorded with Glen Frey, David Pack, three albums for Richard Marx and taped a Showtime Special with John Fogerty. The 90’s brought live performances with Tom Waits. I was the drummer on legendary “King of the Surf Guitar” Dick Dale 3 CDs. Then I became the full-time drummer for the re-formed “Jefferson Starship” featuring original members Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jack Casady and Papa John Creach. After 4 CDs and several world tours I bowed out as their full-time drummer in 1998, but I continue to perform at their international gig drummer.
I have done studio work with renowned producer Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads.I continue to do a lot of session work in studios all over the US with established and up-coming talent.
I performances on a double/live CD with Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh. I recorded a CD with longtime friend and former Tubes and Grateful Dead member, the late Vince Welnick (Missing Man Formation), which brought acclaim from a unique base of music fans. I also performed with guitarist extraordinare, Steve Kimock, in “SKB,” as a part-time member with Bobby Vega and Pete Sears, and continue to explore and expand on the improvisational themes this musical form takes on.
In 2006 I toured with The New Cars featuring Todd Rundgren as the lead singer, bassist Kasim Sulton , and original The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes.
I continue to perform and tour with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren.
Deemed #6 of the all-time Greatest Power Pop Albums in Shake Some Action, by John M. Borack, CvS’s 2nd CD,Big White Lies, remains a strong seller worldwide. He regularly performs in the Bay Area as well as in Europe and Japan. He toured Spain in tribute to UK band The Clash, recreating the London Calling album in its entirety to sold-out crowds with Chuck Prophet.
Born in Syracuse, NY, Chris spent countless hours playing guitar and dissecting the pop music of his youth. Upon moving to San Francisco at 19, he joined the band Flying Color. Two years later CvS was writing, recording, and performing his own songs, and left Flying Color. From then on, recording became a daily event for CvS, acquiring equipment and teaching himself to make his own demos, which were released in 1993 by Heyday Records as Sight & Sound.
Averaging one CD per year, CvS remained at home, ensconced in his basement studio, primarily alone. That continued until the peak of the Internet boom of 1999, when his rented house was sold and the studio was bulldozed. He ended up in Seattle for an 18-month exile, and spent his time writing and recording California Redemption Value. The songs are introspective, yet also a joyful celebration of his eventual return to San Francisco.
Why Isn’t Chris von Sneidern Famous?, the Academy Avenue Films documentary, is structured around six sit-down interviews that show the relationship and trust that gradually develops between the flattered but-reluctant subject, and the novice filmmaker. CvS looks back through the lens at the filmmaker and audience, questioning our assumptions about fame and success. The film premiered in the festival circuit, and aired on PBS in San Francisco in November 2010.
On TV, CvS songs are heard in “Line Of Fire” on ABC, “The Hills” on MTV, and “Mercy” on NBC.
CvS currently operates out of Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco. CvS has worked with a variety of artists, such as E (Eels), Ryan Adams, Paula Cole, John Wesley Harding and Jewel. CvS joined Neko Case on guitar in her kitchen for a track on the homespun CD, Canadian Amp. He lent his expertise to Golders Green, and 7 Park Avenue, adding instrumentation to demo material from the late Pete Ham of the ‘70s band Badfinger.
He also made a cameo appearance, playing himself in Lynn Hershman Leeson's 1997 independent film Conceiving Ada. CvS continues to tour as a solo act, with his 12-string guitar. He has entertained audiences with his music in Japan, Spain, and throughout the UK and USA.
He’s played with 100’s of acts including Virgil Shaw, the Fresh & Onlys, Jason Lytle, American Music Club, Tommy Guerrero, Kelley Stoltz, Third Eye Blind, Margaret Cho, and quartet-style gospel pioneers, The West Coast Spiritual Corinthians. He is the bandleader of "Marc & the Casuals," a soul pop collective in its 15th year.
A Sketchfest regular, he has previously performed with Bruce McCulloch, Robert Smigel’s "TV Funhouse," and "The State."
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