By Dave Pehling
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While session veteran and keyboard/trumpet player Marc Capelle is usually setting backsides in motion at the helm of his all-star R&B revue Marc & the Casuals, the busy musician still manages to make time for other projects. While the versatile player frequently performs with groups paying tribute to specific bands or songwriters, on Friday he convenes an all-star aggregation to salute the music of ‘Twin Peaks,’ the surreal television show by iconic director David Lynch that has seen a recent revival with ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ on Showtime.
Lynch’s films have always put music in the spotlight, from the singing Lady in the Radiator from the director’s 1977 debut and the bizarre visage of Dean Stockwell lip syncing to the Roy Orbison hit “In Dreams” in his Oscar-nominated breakthrough Blue Velvet through his use of both ’50s and modern rock in Wild at Heart and Lost Highway during the ’90s. Lynch made music a cornerstone of ‘Twin Peaks’ and its 1992 cinematic prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, collaborating with his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti on original songs like the hit “Mysteries of Love” sung by Julee Cruise (who would release a full album of Lynch/Badalamenti tunes and appeared in both the series and film).
The revival of ‘Twin Peaks’ has continued to spotlight music, featuring a variety of artists performing during episodes including Nine Inch Nails, Sharon Van Etten and Au Revoir Simone. On Friday night, Capelle gathers a high-powered group of San Francisco musicians at the Chapel to pay tribute to the music of ‘Twin Peaks’ and more Lynch-related offerings with an ensemble that has been christened the Red Room Orchestra.
The group features plenty of familiar faces from the Casuals’ stable of regular players including Persephone’s Bees guitarist Tom Ayers, drummer Todd Roper (Chuck Prophet, Cake) and saxophonist Tom Griesser as well frequent guest vocalists Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Karina Denike (NOFX, Dancehall Crashers) and Karla Milosevich (Helen Lundy Trio). Additional auxiliary members include percussionist/drummer Toby Dammit (Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Swans, Residents), Dirty Ghosts guitarist Allyson Baker and the She’s bassist Sami Perez. For this show, Capelle and company are joined by DJ Angel Baby (aka Shannon Shaw of Shannon & The Clams) and DJ Blue Rose (Meg Low) spinning ‘Twin Peaks’ appropriate tunes before and between sets by the live band and a planned Audrey Horne dance contest. The Chapel will also be offering discounted admission for those attending in ‘Twin Peaks’ costumes.
The Music of ‘Twin Peaks’ And Beyond Performed by the Red Room Orchestra
Friday, July 28, 8 p.m. $7-$10