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Make-Out Room Hosts Annual Holiday Food Drive And Fundraiser

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- The Make-Out Room in San Francisco's Mission District hosts it's annual Holiday "Craptacular" Thursday with an array of local talents to raise money and collect canned food for the SF Food Bank.

Hosted by Make-Out Room booker and cantankerous scene gadfly with a heart of gold Parker Gibbs, the event brings together an impressive line-up of local luminaries to perform a range of holiday classics and non-Christmas tunes. Though it was canceled last year due to the pandemic, the fundraising show returns with a vengeance, this year featuring the talents of all-star R&B revue high-powered local rock n' soul heroes Harold Ray and East Side Dynamite and a long list of guest vocalists and musicians.

Harold Ray and East Side Dynamite
Harold Ray and East Side Dynamite (Dave Pehling)

Fronted by kinetic singer Jason Morgan (who had previously wielded the mic with similarly minded punk/R&B crew Harold Ray Live in Concert and early Bob Seger tribute band Total BS), the group of seasoned scene veterans and Mission District ringers deliver sweaty, swaggering takes on '60s soul classics and raw rock chestnuts that have been regularly filling dance floors on both sides of the Bay for a number of years.

Harold Ray and East Side Dynamite - Lovin' Machine by Brian Mello on YouTube

For this year's marathon of yuletide entertainment, the Craptacular will feature performances by guitarist Chris Guthridge's reunited early 2000s blues-rock combo Ride the Blinds, Make-Out Room regulars Westward Ho! -- who take the stage in their roots-rocking holiday guise Westward Ho Ho Ho with special guest guitarist Johnny Hickman of Cracker -- guitarist/recording engineer Eric Moffatt's instrumental project Equinox featuring members of loud electric jazz group Deep Space bassist Pete Schmitt and guitarist JC O'Donnell and all-star punk crew the Re-Volts featuring singer/guitarist Spike Slawson of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and One Man Army leader Jack Dalrymple.

Bob Reed Everyday Is Like A Holiday Craptacular Makeout Room Sf 2018 by Douglas Hilsinger on YouTube

Also appearing will be guest singers Bob Reed (Overwhelming Colorfast, The Titan-Ups, Cocker Power), Lydia Walker (This Train Don't Stop, Lydia and the Projects, Big Blu Soul Revue), producer/rapper Phil Crumar, celebrated tunesmiths Virgil Shaw, and perennial favorites like singer Paula Frazer (Tarnation, Virginia Dare), frontman Bart Davenport (Loved Ones, the Kinetics, Honeycut, Marc and the Casuals), songwriter Tom Heyman (Chuck Prophet, John Doe, Alejandro Escovedo) with his wife Deidre White and Enorchestra mainstays Doug Hilsinger and Caroleen Beatty.

The 2021 Gibbsmo Holiday Craptacular
Thursday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. $20 and one non-perishable food item
The Make-Out Room

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