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Being jokesters at heart and always attempting to lighten a mood with a smile, it only felt natural to have a Comedy Station on Our City Radio! With so many truly funny people out there, the talent will never run dry here, except for the dry humor that is! With production plans to include skits, performances, pre-recorded and live shows and so much more, the laughs are sure to hurt your belly! Join me now as I attempt to share with you some of the funniest things we have heard in the past few years!
So Funny, So True!
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. And dealing with those people usually tends to lead to the next funny one liner. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. I learned this very lesson as a small boy when I asked God for a bike, I waited and waited and still no bike. After a few Sunday School lessons I realized God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. I wasn’t allowed back in Sunday School and that’s when Church started reminding me of the Evening News, where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut-up. And that is because most of us never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. Like when my mother used to say,”What have I told about acting in public!” Yes mother. She never saw the irony in calling me a son of a bitch.
Just like almost everything here has been said before, To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. Really right, If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
Humans are so stupid, did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says “In case of an emergency, notify:” I put “A DOCTOR”. What the hell is my mother going to do?
Never, ever, wonder what happens if you take a sleeping pill and a laxative in the same night, even if your friend is just begging for a horrible prank to be played on him! Because I really need you to ask yourself this; If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea… does that mean that one enjoys it?
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On Saturday 19 October 2013 I took another small road trip. This time I traveled south to Gilroy, Ca. Gilroy doesn’t border San Jose, but many people commute to and from there during the week for their jobs and other reasons.
Gilroy is home to the annual Garlic Festival which is usually held during the summer months. There are many other attractions and events held in Gilroy that Bay Area residents flock to during the year.
Gilroy is a fast growing community.
I went to watch and support my friend Terilynn and her band mates of a Mötley Crüe Tribute band, Crüella, once again. This time at a club called 9Lives.
March 10, 2012
hard rock/heavy metal
San Francisco Bay Area
During the Crüella set, I was approached by Jorge, the lead singer of Steel Horse. Steel Horse is a Bon Jovi Tribute band and they opened the show for the night. I had taken a few photos of Steel Horse to make sure my camera settings were dialed in. Jorge was interested in obtaining those photos, which I was happy to provide. I asked if he was in another band that played original music, but he said no. Jorge then told me that he and his wife Joyce are the owners of 9Lives. Steel Horse did a great job motivating the lovely ladies in the audience to get up and dance. Although we were not able to conduct a live interview due to time constraints, Jorge was gracious enough to answer some written general questions about 9Lives that I later e-mailed to him.
This was a special night for Crüella because the drummer, Windy Wild, was celebrating her birthday. I can’t say enough about the musicianship of the members of Crüella. Windy is an awesome drummer as are Terilynn Bench on Bass, Mary Cary on Guitar and Cindy Lynn on vocals.
Please enjoy this interview with the co-owner of 9Lives, Jorge.
San Jose Our City Radio: What is the name of your business?
San Jose Our City Radio: What is the name of the primary person that is connected to the business?
Jorge: Jorge & Joyce Briones
San Jose Our City Radio: Where are you located?
Jorge: 9Lives is located at
7430 Monterey Street
Gilroy, California 95020
Map and venue image source: Google
San Jose Our City Radio: How long have you been in business?
Jorge: 3 years
San Jose Our City Radio: What is the main service or product?
Jorge: Concert venue. Live music. Showcasing local, regional and national talent
San Jose Our City Radio: What are your main hours of operation?
Jorge: Weekends 8:00pm – 1:00am. We have a comedy show on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm
San Jose Our City Radio: Do you have a web site/e-mail?
For booking information, please refer to this page on their website.
San Jose Our City Radio: What sparked you to get into this business?
Jorge: The club is actually Joyce’s dream. Joyce shared her vision/desire to own a night club with me 24 years ago. After 20+ years of performing myself and an additional 15+ years in the event and event production industries the planets aligned and the opportunity to buy a struggling business presented itself. The rest as they say is history.
San Jose Our City Radio: When you initially bought the club, was there a lot of renovation needed before opening as 9Lives?
Jorge: We did a total remodel of the venue. With the exception of keeping the stage and bar where they were originally built we changed the look, feel and quality of the venue. Total renovation of the bar area including tiling the back wall, painted the entire interior, installed a new sound and lighting system, repainted the restrooms to tie into the main room and a ton of other stuff.
San Jose Our City Radio: Do you spend a lot of money for advertising to get exposure?
Jorge: 9Lives is really a destination venue. We are only open when we have shows so you can’t just stop in any day or night of the week and get a drink at the bar. That makes what we do even more challenging. We spent a ton of money early on to try to gain exposure and build an audience for the venue. We learned that many of the traditional media avenues are not effective for us as a business. We spend the bulk of our advertising/marketing budget in targeted social media advertising, posters and distribution and building trade agreements with various media (mostly print) to promote larger regional/national headliners. Our local band shows (over 100 per year) are marketed primarily by the bands performing. When you produce an average of 130 shows per year you just can’t put money behind every one. We get lots of online postings in multiple calendar listings and we are also on Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation. Our web site and our e-mail list are probably our most effective tools for us. That and of course word of mouth.
San Jose Our City Radio: Have you found it hard to get attention about your business?
Jorge: Not by the bands but from the general public yes.
San Jose Our City Radio: What is the name your flagship service or product?
Jorge: Excellent live music.
San Jose Our City Radio: Do you have any deals going on at the moment?
Jorge: $3.00 mixed drinks and $15.00 buckets of beer (5) during the first hour of operation.
San Jose Our City Radio: Is there a time of day or week you are the slowest and need more exposure?
San Jose Our City Radio: What is your busiest time?
San Jose Our City Radio: Have you ever had radio airplay? If not, have you ever considered it?
San Jose Our City Radio: Let’s talk a little about Steel Horse. Does Steel Horse have a web presence? What are the band members names?
Jorge: The band consists of Dave Kester (guitar), Forest Wilson (bass), Brian Gibbs (drums), Ian King (keyboards) and Jorge Briones (vocals). Yes, you can find Steel Horse on the web at a few places. Our official website is undergoing a major overhaul right now but here are the places you can find the band online.
www.steelhorsebonjovi.com (Official website)
San Jose Our City Radio: How long has Steel Horse been together?
Jorge: The band was formed in 2012 and has been performing for the past year.
San Jose Our City Radio: What first brought you to the music scene? How did you get started?
Jorge: I got started in the local music scene right after high school, in the mid 80’s. I performed as a drummer for about 8 years and then made the switch to being a front man for Aces High, Razors Edge, Frenzy, Silent Chaos and Mach V. I kept at it through the 90’s and “retired” in 2000. Then in 2009 Silent Chaos did a 20 year reunion tour and that got things started I guess. Dave (Kester) played bass for the bands return and then after we wrapped up tour, Joyce and I announced that we were opening 9Lives. Didn’t intend to get back in another band but would occasionally do a “guest spot” with bands on cover tunes. I got asked by a friend who books major acts why I didn’t do a tribute band and after a few months of him hounding me saying he could book the band if I formed it I caved. I asked Dave and it just went from there. Dave and me pretty much handpicked the band members. There really was no “audition” process to speak of. We got the guys that we wanted. Truth told, it’s the strongest band I’ve ever been in and we have a ton of fun.
San Jose Our City Radio: Growing up, what bands influenced you the most?
Jorge: Too many bands and styles to list but the big ones for me were, Boston, Journey, Styx, Dokken and Bon Jovi. Growing up it was everything from Frank Sinatra and Elvis to Willie Nelson. I have pretty diverse musical tastes.
San Jose Our City Radio: Have you had a good deal of success with Steel Horse?
Jorge: We’ve had great success with Steel Horse. Over this past year we have performed in front of over 20,000 people and headlined shows like Redwood City’s Concert on the Square, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Hollister Motorcycle Rally, Sunnyvale’s Summer Concert Series and some other great shows. Plus we’ve got to play with some of the best tribute bands out there including Evolution and Cruella.
San Jose Our City Radio: Where would you like to see your music and business career go in the next five years?
Jorge: You know Steel Horse if a fun outlet for all of us in the band. We take it very seriously and we are professional in our approach. We are a concert band meaning that’s what we give our fans and the venues that book us. We are all focused on being the best tribute band that we can be and performing at large-scale festivals, fairs, clubs and doing corporate events. I’m not going to lie, we are money band. We play to have a great time, put on a great show, build fans and make good money doing it. For 9Lives it’s about continuing to grow and be recognized as the best small live entertainment venue on the west coast. Our staff works hard, very hard to be the best and they are. We’ve got a tough market that we are located in, lots of competition and the people in San Jose seem to think that we are located on the back side of the moon but as long as we can keep growing and maintaining a high standard of excellent customer service and entertainment we will be around.
San Jose Our City Radio: Do you have a stage name?
Jorge: No, it’s funny because I introduce all the guys during the set but I never introduce myself. Sometimes people ask who I am when I introduce the band and I just say that I am Jon. J
San Jose Our City Radio: How would you describe your stage persona/ image as opposed to the real-life, day-to-day businessman and husband? Do you have children?
Jorge: When I’m on stage I give it everything I’ve got. I love being up there and having people react positively to what we do. I believe that when you are in a band that it should be a party feel, fun. As the front person I am the ring leader. I also believe that if people gave up their time to come see my band then I owe them a show. I owe it to them to look like I am in a band, act like a performer and give them an energetic show. It’s a show after all. That’s what a lot of these kids in bands today don’t get. If you look like the roadie or the guy standing next to me at the bar what makes you special on stage? The band is a business and just like with 9Lives, I/we take that very seriously. We aren’t there just to be there, we are doing what we do to be the best and be successful. I’m one of those people who knows only one way to do things and that’s all in. Otherwise don’t waste yours or others time. Joyce and me never had any kids but we have a couple of nephews and a niece that are like our kids. If we did have kids we probably wouldn’t have 9Lives. Plus she already has a kid in me and four other guys in Steel Horse. She’s our Yoko in a good way, she grounds us when we get inflated egos and think that we really are rock stars.
San Jose Our City Radio: Any last words?
Jorge: Man, really? Like I haven’t already talked your ear off? I’d just tell your listeners to come check out a Steel Horse show when you can. You may not like Bon Jovi but face it, you will be singing before our set is done . . . “Wanted!”. And to support the local music venues and original music bands that are out there busting their asses to make music and try to succeed in this crazy industry. It won’t kill you to get out of your house, find a baby-sitter and take in a band that plays live music. Stop bitching about having to pay $5 to see 3-4 bands in a night and support your local venue and community. Even if they aren’t great musicians or it’s not your style of music, show some appreciation for what musicians put out there for your to take in.
San Jose Our City Radio: Jorge, we look forward to hearing more from Steel Horse and 9Lives. Good luck and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with our listeners and viewers at San Jose Our City Radio!
Jorge: Thanks for the opportunity! We are telling everyone about San Jose Our City Radio.
I had issued Jorge a challenge to write and record some original music to play on our Rock Station. He has accepted the challenge and Steel Horse will do their best to bring original content to San Jose Our City Radio in the future.
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The Robots Are Coming
It was another beautiful day in the San Francisco Bay Area as I traveled north. This time to a small town called Crockett.
The residents there playfully call themselves crocodiles. I went there to meet with one of my art professors of ceramics when I attended Cal State University Hayward, now East Bay. I traveled there to review his museum and to interview Clayton Bailey. I had not seen him in decades but we have continued to corresponded over the years since I discovered his webpage at
I would like you to read Part 1 and then watch Part 2 and 3 of this interview.Please give Clayton’s website a look. You won’t be disappointed. He has a very whimsical attitude about art and life in general. Clayton has always been one of my favorite professors from my time at University. There have been others, and I have been wanting to give something back to them for a long time. Clayton and his artwork have really been an inspiration to me to create artwork that people might see as odd or funny. My goal has always been to make people laugh with my artwork.
Clayton works with many different types of media. Since 1979 he’s been working with metal to create robots.
He creates them from found materials and hand worked steel. He has also been working with some copper that he rolls by hand. He was a professor of ceramics when I met him at Cal State Hayward in 1975. He has since retired.
Clayton has the distinction of having created the world’s longest sculpture. He did this with the help of a fellow artist by the name of Lowell Darling.
They once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for this achievement. The sculpture ran all the way from California to New York. He and Lowell filled a water truck with liquid ceramic slip which they let drip out as they drove across country, but I can not find confirmation for this from the Guinness Book of World Records web page.
I’ll continue to search for confirmation.
Clayton’s robots were showcased in a Sylvester Stallone
movie called Cobra
in which there’s a scene where actress Brigitte Nielsen
poses with them.
I talked to Clayton about many other subjects as well and I try not to get too serious. Please enjoy the interview here.
The first part of the interview was transcribed from video as there was some rather loud music and other noise in the background that acted as a small distraction.
Me: We’re talking with Clayton Bailey at the Bailey Art Museum. Clayton was a Professor of mine at Cal State Hayward. Cal State East Bay now. One of my favorite professors. You always made me laugh with the stuff that you did. I was always happy I got to be a part of your class. I have some out-of-the-box questions but I do remember that you, you were in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest sculpture of the world. You did that with Lowell Darling?
Me: Do you guys still hold that record?
Clayton: I haven’t heard of anyone that broke that record.
Me: I don’t think anyone would even try.
Clayton: No. The trail was from California to New York and it was how many miles? Four thousand?
Me: All the way from here to New York? I thought you had done one from all the way down Highway One. Hadn’t you done that?
Clayton: Yeah. That one too.
Me:That was the first one?
Clayton: Right, with Lowell Darling.
Me. So you guys did another one all the way to New York?
Me: So how many times did you have to load that truck up?
Clayton: It was just a small leak and it was like leaving a track of crumbs all the way across the country.
Me: That’s pretty cool. Um…you started out with ceramics and then you went on to making these metal robots here. Um, what prompted you to do the robots?
Clayton: Well, I was making kind of like sensationalist mad Dr’s. laboratory things in the 70′s and we had a museum in Port Costa at that time, and so I decided to build a robot suit so we would have a Barker so that we would have it walk around on the streets.
Me: That was On-Off.
Clayton: That was On-Off. He’s standing out here in the middle of the room.
And so that was the beginning of making robots out of metal. I tried making some out of ceramic as sculptures for a mad doctors laboratory, and would be doing things there, but I decided you know working in the metal instead of trying to imitate metal with clay is what I wanted to do.
Me: With the glaze and all that.
Clayton: Yeah, and It introduced me to a new way of problem-solving. Clay has a certain…you start with a lump of clay and decide what to make out of it. Whereas, you know, if I started with a pile of junk, I had a, a whole different problem-solving process. It was an interesting and you know, complementary way of working.
Me: Well, since I’m with a radio station I want to ask you about music and how you think it’s influenced you in any way. Like when you were young, what was the kind of music you enjoyed most and you know, before you got into art and within that, what prompted you to go into art? I’m just interested in what kind of music you were listening to.
Clayton: You know, when I was in, until I got out of high school, I didn’t really listen to much music, except the rock and roll that would be on the jukebox in the local joints. But, through out my life my wife and I have gotten into different kinds of music. World music, or whatever you would call it…psychedelic type music of the 60′s. Um, we’ve gone through different phases of listening to things. Um, but, I’ve never been able to hear the words.I think that is one of my shortcomings. Whenever I meet a musician and listen to his work, I just don’t know what he’s talking about.
Me: That’s part of the charm of rock and roll is…What?
Clayton: It’s not necessarily rock and roll. There’s a guy who’s really signing a message and I’m just listening, putting it in as background music. I think that’s probably what I do.
Me: So, ah per sea, music didn’t really have a big influence on your work at all? It was just part of the background?
Clayton: I think so, yeah. I like to have music in the background, but I always feel like I should be keeping my hands busy.
Me: Right, yeah. You ever try to play music in any way shape or form?
Clayton: Yeah, I make Jews harps.
Me: Those are fun.
Clayton: I play them kind of privately. I always wish that I could be a musician, but maybe it’s my Methodist bringing up. It inhibited me. Although I wish I did.
Me: Well your artwork isn’t inhibited at all. It’s pretty fun.
Clayton introduces me to his wife Betty who also displays her drawings at the museum.
Clayton: Betty, this is Jeff
Me: Nice to meet you.
Clayton: This is my wife Betty. Jeff’s from the San Jose Radio Station.
Me: Getting a little exposure. Giving him a new audience here. I’ve always enjoyed you work. On my Facebook page, I’ll post a link to your site. Some people will say, “Oh I like that”. A lot of people will ignore it and I just want to get people to look at your stuff. I think it’s really exciting and it’s really unique. You don’t see this kind of thing just anywhere you go. So I’m really interested in giving you some exposure. You know, like I said, when I was a student of yours you gave me a lot of inspiration and I was really happy for that, to see what you were doing and it gave me a chance to expand my horizons.
Clayton: That’s good to know. Yeah.
Me: I’ve gone back to many of my teachers like you. I went back to grade school teachers and thanked them for pushing me in the right direction. I’m really happy to come back and let you know about that. Um, let’s talk about a little bit about you know I have a little controversy with my little web page. They tell me not to speak about politics or religion. But it’s been my experience with music. Politics and religion are inherent within music. The first inkling of music were the drumming of the Shaman to get the spirit world in there and I also think the art world is the same way. You know, a lot of the artwork was made to appease the supernatural or to communicate with the supernatural. You know, the 60′s there was political art and everything like that. Politics or religion ever come into play with your work?
Clayton: Yeah. I’ve done some religious things and some political things. I try to keep a sense of humor about it, so that whatever I’m saying is gonna be amusing maybe while saying it, but I’ve attacked Satanic possession for example in one piece that I made. To help people fight against Satanic possession by looking at burning Holy books to get an immunization you know, inoculation against demonic possession by getting a small injection of it through your eyeballs .
Me: Well, there’s certainly a lot to make fun of religion these days.
Clayton: Yeah, it’s pretty dangerous.
Me: I think it’s organized religion. I always tell people, “Don’t blame the faith for the acts of the faithful. I think the acts of the faithful are what bring down the religion
Clayton: Yeah, you got extremists…
Me: …every side
Me: I always think the faith, the message you get from Christianity. How can you beat that message of ‘Love your neighbor as you would love yourself’? But some people take it all the wrong way and they do things that have nothing to do with that message. And in some ways I think that’s the same way with the Muslim religion. They have their ways of doing things and you have the extremists are taking it to way extreme. So yeah, I think religion and music play a part in everything everyone does.
( I had meant to say Religion and Politics. Ooops.)
Clayton: Yeah, I have to agree with you on that, but I try to have fun. I could get involved with political thinking or religious thinking, but it would keep me awake at night, and I don’t want to let it do that to me. So yeah, I do try to have fun and find interesting problems to solve, novel things to talk about. To me that’s what creativity is all about.
Me: You had your robots in that movie, that Sylvester Stallone movie where they…
Me: Cobra Yeah. I always remember seeing Brigitte Nielsen posing with them.
Clayton: They saved her life by telepathically communicating with Stallone and warning him that she was in danger.
Me: In the movie?
Clayton: Yeah Cobra.
Me: It’s been a long time since I saw that. That always kind of stuck with me. Hey I know that. I’ve seen that stuff. I always waited till the end to see the credits and look for your name there.
Clayton: No. Never showed. No. My dealer in San Francisco worked out that deal and screen credits wasn’t part of the compensation. I learned a lesson there, but…
Me: Yeah but your work got seen and I’m sure if people were interested and were like, hey what is that, they had a way to find out I suppose.
Clayton: I don’t know, but I think anyone who knew my work recognized it.
Me: Yeah. I definitely did.
Me: Well I didn’t really prepare for this, but I did have those few questions I wanted to ask you. Is there anything you want to tell me about how you’ve ah done since you’ve been out of Cal State Hayward and anything new that you’ve done other than the Jew harps? Anything like that?
Clayton: You want to walk around with the camera and…
Me: Yeah, let’s do that.
Clayton: …we’ll show you a few things?
Me: Yeah, let’s do that.
From here we will let the video part of the interview take over.
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THE SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET, SAN JOSE, CA
WRITTEN BY JD
Join The Party
October is here again, and this October there is something special going on at The San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose. It is called OKTOBERFEST. Live music, good food, oh and yes LOTS of BEER. This event will happen on Saturday October 12th from 12 noon to 11:30 pm. Enjoy traditional German food, beer, and music. Mingle with the locals from around the area because this will be a top destination for many people on a beautiful day in San Jose. The location is prime. After you have had your fill, you can continue the party at any downtown bar or club you prefer. Here is the actual line up of what is scheduled at The Market. Stop by and be ready for an eventful evening. You never know what will happen at The Market’s OKTOBERFEST 2013!!
Buy your tickets, @ http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/, you can buy your ticket ahead of time with an early bird special price!!
12:00PM: Oktoberfest officially begins! Pick up your steins and drink tickets at our side gate off of St. John St.
12:00PM-2:00PM:Mingle between 5 German beer tents and enjoy the amazing German Culinary options that The Market has to offer
2:00PM: San Jose's Largest Chicken Dance
3:00PM-4:00PM: Dachshund Races & Costume Contest
3:00PM-5:00PM: Roaming Polka Player Performance
5:00PM: Official Games begin with the Crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest
5:30PM: Stein Hoisting Contest
6:00PM: 2-minute Brat Eating Contest
7:00PM -10:00PM:Sharks Game Starts! Oktoberfest T-Shirt Toss!
8:00PM-10:00PM: Live Music performed by Fossil
For those who don’t know, the market is located at 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, near the Old Spaghetti Factory. Buy Your tickets now!
This is how you will feel.
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