DOZENS OF BAY AREA MUSICIANS TO PERFORM IN TRIBUTE TO BENEFIT PRODUCER, ENGINEER AND MUSICIAN TOM MALLON
Performers at TomFest include artists and musicians Mallon recorded at his historic SOMA studio, including Flying Color, Toiling Midgets, members of American Music Club, The Muskrats, Frightwig, Blue Movie, Ugly Stick, Penelope Houston and the Honey Badgers, Peter Case, Chuck Prophet, and special guests to be announced.
In the 1980s, few musicians could record music in their living rooms, and inexpensive recording devices were primitive and inadequate. iPads hadn’t been invented. It was difficult to get affordable studio time; recording was expensive, and bands saved for months – or years – just to be able to scrape together enough money to record a demo or an album.
Tom Mallon, a native New Yorker who opened his own studio in San Francisco in 1976, changed that for dozens of Bay Area bands and hundreds of musicians. At his Tom Mallon Studios, until 1998, he provided the highest quality equipment, a welcoming environment, professional production, and his own sage, valuable advice and feedback for musicians at the lowest cost he could possibly afford. Tom’s ethos and generous approach enabled hundreds of Bay Area musicians to pursue their music, their passion, and their dreams, and to develop as musicians.
On Sunday, dozens of these musicians, who formed the core of San Francisco’s seminal punk and pop music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, are gathering from all over the country to perform and pay tribute to Tom Mallon, in TomFest, a benefit for Tom and his family, and the SF Brain Tumor Support Group at UCSF.
Performing at the Great American Music Hall will be a who’s who of bands Tom produced, recorded, worked, or played with: Toiling Midgets, members of American Music Club, Flying Color with Chris von Sneidern, Blue Movie, The Muskrats, Ugly Stick, Frightwig, Peter Case, Penelope Houston (of the Avengers) and the Honey Badgers, Chuck Prophet, James Wilsey, and special surprise guests to be announced. Several of the bands are reuniting for this single gig, and this single reason. Proceeds will be shared to pay outstanding medical bills, along with a donation to SF Brain Tumor Support Group to help the patients and families affected by this uniquely aggressive disease.