Bop City Beyond the Notes
San Francisco Bay Area neo-funk icons Bop City Pacific present:
Bop City Beyond the Notes. The 30 minute music variety show
will delve into the lives of real working musicians and artists
trying to make it in the entertainment business. The show
will feature live performances by the hosts and their guests,
as well as comedy skits, fomercials, rants/commentaries and
street art reviews. Although distinctly urban, the show will
feature a cross-section of music and art reflecting the rich
diversity of the Bay Area and the world.
The Show, hosted by Bop City's Mic Blake and Martin G. Reynolds,
is all about access. Bop City Beyond the Notes brings you
inside the Bay Area's music and art scene. Through the eyes
of Martin, Mic and a variety of associates, the viewer will
meet the people who drive the soulful, heartfelt jazz, blues,
rock, funk and hip-hop rhythms that bump clubs and cars from
coast to coast and around the globe. The viewer will be granted
access to studio sessions, concerts, and rehearsals, even
into the homes of the musicians, producers, artists, and collaborators
who make the Bay Area such a great place for music, art and
The show endeavors to be journalistic, with indepth interviews
of guests, funny, educational and enjoyable—in essence
a cross between Dave Chappelle and Charlie Rose. Martin G.
Reynolds, an editor at the Oakland Tribune, will oversee the
journalistic content of the show.
I. Introduction - Usually a live performance
II. Guest Artist - An indepth look at a
specific artists of the week, including interviews, live concert/performances
(or footage), rehearsal footage and music videos.
III. Comedy Skits, Street reports and Rountables
(not all segments will air each show):
The "What Dan Can't Stand" Report - DJ Dan Turman
has been spinning records in San Francisco and beyond for
more than a decade. He also is demented and exceptionally
opinionated. We will feature him with his periodic "What
Dan Can't Stand" reports that will touch on popular
culture and politics.
Al K. Duh - Martin G. Reynolds will be featured in his
alter ego, Al K. Duh, a country bumpkin whose name sounds
like that of the terrorist organization, Al Qaida, who will
poke fun at world events.
Man in the Field - Bop City managing partner David Kiyoshi
will be our man on the street. We will give him a camera
and let him loose to see what's happening on the streets
of Oakland, San Francisco and other Bay Area cities. It
will not always be (or more likely rarely) serious…more
in the vein of Jay Walking on the Tonight Show or Howie
Mandel with a hidden camera. Comically educational.
The Little Chris Report - Hip Hop street promoter Chris
Riggins takes viewers on a tour of underground hip hop clubs,
rap ciphers and lyrical street battles. A true view of what
people are listening to and what the hip hop culture is
Sista' Girl - We feature an informal roundtable with the
talented women of Bop City. Award winning singers/songwriters
Caitlin Cornwell and Zoe Ellis will interview Bay Area divas
about their work and issues important to them. There will
also be a beauty shop sort of vibe, where the viewer is
treated to the conversations and vibe of women getting their
nails done and hair "did."
IV. Fomercials - A parody on late night infomercials
and the Home Shopping Network with a distinctly urban flavor.
For e.g. Heads for Dreds.
V. Rants (similar to Bill Mahr but with a
panel of ranters) - This will be a panel that addresses a
particular subject matter that is posted on the Grand Lake
Theatre marquee. The Grand Lake is locally famous for it's
social and political commentary posted on its highly visible
VI. Street Art/Local Murals - Mic Blake's
periodically occurring segment where street art or murals
of significance are highlighted and discussed. The discussion
will include the artist and perhaps a local politician/bureaucrat
responsible for the placement o the art or mural.
VII. Calendar of Events