S.F.'s Hot Pocket Covers Jay-Z and Kool & The Gang, Doesn't Dig the Sunset
|Jay-Z and Kool & the Gang get equal attention from San Francisco cover band, Hot Pocket|
How the band got together: When the rhythm section of Bayonics started performing a couple of covers at every gig, they got unexpectedly positive responses. "People liked it, so we decided to stay tight and form a side project."
Inspiration for band name: Whenever the group was grooving and meshing really well, they would call it "getting into a tight pocket."
Favorite songs to cover: "Usually my favorite song is the last one we learned." In this case, it's "Let's Stay Together," by Al Green -- look for them to play it tonight at 1300 Fillmore.
Last song that you could not get out of your head: Frankie Beverly and the Maze - "Before I Let Go"
If you could play as the backup band for any of the artists you have covered who would it be?: Mos Def. "We opened for him as Bayonics and would have loved to back him up."
What instrument not normally found in funk would you like to see more of?: Recalling Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, a live string section.
If you had to choose a new genre to do covers of: Brazillian-style bossanova.
Favorite venue to play: Jairo defends Pier 23. "We have really good vibes with the owner, staff and audience. Folks really dig what we do there."
Day jobs: Jairo has major contempt for office jobs, having experienced more than a few lousy ones through his old temp agency. However, he's now made music his full time job by teaching during at-risk youth at Glen Park Elementary School.
Favorite San Francisco Neighborhood: The Mission. "I'm biased because I grew up there."
If you could blow up one San Francisco neighborhood: "I've never been very fond of the Sunset."
Favorite Taco Spot in the City: Taqueria Vallarta at 24th and Valencia.
Worst Movie you've ever seen: El Mariachi
Catch Hot Pocket tonight at 1300 Fillmore and every Thursday at the Blackthorn on 834 Irving St. in the, uh, Sunset.
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