Gretchen King and the Phantods are the subject of a new feature length documentary releasing later this month! Meet the Phantods follows the band over more than a year as they perform and tour, honing their act.
Meet some of the musicians that are part of Pinball Donut Girl, like Ten Ton Mojo, above.
Guitarist Scott Lano is huge into pinball (he put together the fantastic NY launch party for Stern’s Tron) and is working with the band to create and record original music for PBDG.
Clint Baker, member of Hot Club San Francisco and veteran jazz musician, is a great friend of mine and has contributed and recorded original music for past film projects. I’m so lucky to have him on this project as well. If you are in the bay area, stop and see Clint and his All Stars at Cafe Borrone on Friday nights.
I’m excited to share that Jane Wiedlin will have a starring role in Pinball Donut Girl.
Jane is just back from an amazing tour with The Go-Go’s. This summer was the 30 year anniversary of “Beauty and the Beat,” and she crisscrossed the country, performing live.
When released, “Beauty and the Beat” was the first number one album on the Billboard 200 by an all girl group that wrote and performed their own material. The album stayed at number one for 6 weeks and ultimately went multi-platinum, opening the door for many other new bands. No wonder Jane and the girls were honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this summer.
I was lucky enough to catch Jane at The Go-Go’s sold out show at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco. I had a great time!
Working with Jane again will be an intergalactic treat for me. I first met her on the set of Billy Clift’s I Want To Get Married (premiering this week in Palm Springs). The beautiful Ms. Jane is a great actor and a blast to work with.
On the set of I Want To Get Married, photo by raymond doan
The crazy talented Brian J. Patterson, who stars as Matt in Pinball Donut Girl, is on stage now in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier.
Brian J. Patterson on stage in Heart of a Soldier
The opera is based on the story of Rick Rescorla, hero of September 11.
Rescorla in Vietnam, 1965
The story of Rescorla’s heroism during the World Trade Center attacks is the stuff of opera, a hypertheatrical medium that holds a magnifying mirror up to nature. So it’s not entirely surprising that Rescorla’s story will materialize on the stage of the San Francisco Opera in the form of “Heart of a Soldier” beginning on Saturday, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Read more from the NY Times article…