Boom Boom Room

San Francisco, CA



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(Funk Punk Allstar Show in Celebration in memory of the Legendary Steve Mackay of Stooges, Iggy Pop, Banyan)

Willie Waldman – Trumpet, Banyan, Snoop
Norwood Fisher – Bass, Fishbone, Banyan

Terry Saffold– Drums Isaac Hayes , Bradley Leech – Percussion, Drums  

 Vinnie Paternostro -  Radon
Third Thursday Band 
(featuring members Dead Kennedys)

 (September 25, 1949 – October 10, 2015)
was an American tenor saxophonist best known for his membership in the Stooges. His performances are showcased on three songs on the band's second album, Fun House (1970)

The Stooges
In 1970, Mackay was familiar to the Stooges from his work with the Detroit avant-rock pioneers Carnal Kitchen. After sitting in with the Stooges on several occasions, he formally joined the group at the behest of lead singer Iggy Pop two days before they left Detroit for Los Angeles to record Fun House in May 1970. Mackay remained with the Stooges for five months before being fired by Pop in October 1970. As the band had been deteriorating from drug abuse and a dearth of professional opportunities, Mackay later recalled that he was "somewhat grateful" for being dismissed.

In 2003, Mackay rejoined the Stooges when they played their first show in twenty-nine years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He remained with the group until his death in 2015. During this period, he appeared on the live Stooges releases Live in Detroit (DVD) and Telluric Chaos (a live album; 2005),and two studio albums, The Weirdness (2007) and Ready to Die (2013).He also contributed to James Williamson's solo studio debut, Re-Licked (2014)

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mackay played and recorded with a highly diverse cross-section of underground musicians, including Violent Femmes,[2] Snakefinger,[3] Commander Cody,[3] SmegmaZuAndre Williams, the Moonlighters, Clubfoot Orchestra, and Van Rozay from San Jose, California. He was based in Ann Arbor (where he continued to work at Discount Records and perform with Carnal Kitchen and the Mojo Boogie Band, a blues rock ensemble) until 1976, when he initially relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. During this period, he supported his musical endeavors by working as a stationary engineer at various San Francisco sewage treatment plants.[5]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mackay performed in a reconstituted lineup of Carnal Kitchen with then-wife Annie Garcia-Mackay, a blues singer and bassist. In 2001, they divorced due to mutual differences; later that year, he was remarried to Patricia Smith.

By the 1990s, Mackay's profile had gradually lowered as he took up residence in Pacifica, California (following a sojourn in Amsterdam)[5] and began work as an electrician. The wider perception was that Mackay was dead. In 2000, Stooges biography pages on websites for MTVVH1, and Rolling Stone included an item indicating that Mackay had died as a result of a heroin overdose in the 1970s. The origin of this story is unknown, but music journalist Nick Kent reported the "fact" in a piece on Pop in the mid-1970s. According to Alexis Petridis, "Kent had apparently misheard the lyrics of Iggy Pop’s 'Dum Dum Boys,' which mentioned the death of Stooges roadie and bassist Thomas 'Zeke' Zettner."[3][4] A second rumor circulated following the AIDS-related death of a San Francisco-based marathon runner and author who shared Mackay's name.[5] Scott Nydegger from the small record label and noise collective Radon disproved the rumors by contacting Mackay and arranging to release his first solo recordings.

Radon released the "Death City" single in 1999, and Mackay began to perform and record regularly with a revolving line-up of musicians associated with Radon. The first full-scale tour of Steve Mackay and the Radon Ensemble was mounted in July 2003; with a percussion-heavy lineup that featured bassist Marlon Kasberg (Liquorball), drummer Sam Lohman (Nimrod 36), multi-instrumentalist Travis McAlister (Nequaquam Vacuum), scrap percussionist and vocalist Noah Mickens (also Nequaquam Vacuum), and drummer and band leader Scott Nydegger (Sikhara). Other musicians who have performed and recorded with the Radon Ensemble since then included the multi-instrumentalist Tyler Armstrong, projectionist Ed Cooper, bassist Giovanni Donadini, Nyko Esterle, multi-instrumentalists Kamil Kruta of Koonda Holaa and Dan Kauffman, bassist Jason LaFarge, saxophonist Vinnie Paternostro, Fabrizio Modonese-Polumbo, saxophonist Shane Pringle, Frank Pullen, Suzanne Thorpe (Mercury Rev), John Wiese (Bastard Noise), and drummer Ed Wilcox.

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1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, 94115

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Norwood Fisher / Steve Mackay / Steve Mackay's Memorial Circus Band / Willie Waldman / Terry Saffold / Third Thursday Band / Vinnie Paternostro

Bruce Slesinger