About SarahJayn Kemp

SarahJayn is a writer, photographer, and teacher from Tampa, Florida. She graduated from New College of Florida with a B.A. in Humanities. How she ended up teaching in Oakland is one of life's great mysteries. She loves her dog Twiggy, manatees, punk rock, a good meal, discovering new places. Her most prized possession is an original pressing of The Replacements' 'Let It Be.' Check out her photography at https://sarahjayn1980.myportfolio.com/
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    Jackie Greene to raise money for Blue Rose Foundation at the Fillmore

Jackie Greene to raise money for Blue Rose Foundation at the Fillmore

The Blue Rose Foundation will be holding its sixth annual Blue Rose Benefit on Saturday, June 8 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The event will raise to provide [...]

Review + Photos: Junk Parlor at the Ivy Room

Junk Parlor (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

I first saw Junk Parlor at the Uptown in Oakland some months back. Performing as part of a cabaret, Junk seemed very at home being [...]

  • The Bobbleheads at The Makeout Room, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room

Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room

The Bobbleheads (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Saturday night at the Make-Out Room, the place was nearly empty save for the bands performing, their friends, and their families. I'd never been to [...]

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    Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

Interview: David Brookings on the the release of ‘Scorpio Monologue’

David Brookings and the Average Lookings recently released their second album, Scorpio Monologue, and a documentary of the making of the record. I recently sat down to talk to [...]

New Release: James Lanman’s ‘Mosaics’

Photo courtesy of James Lanman

James Lanman is no stranger to the road. Fed up with the concrete jungle of New York City, Lanman embarked on a cross-country tour with [...]

Review + Photos: Swervedriver at the Fillmore

Swervedriver (photo: Patric Carver)

"Oh, man, look how young Jerry is," breathed a young woman as she pointed at one of the Fillmore's archival photographs of the Grateful Dead.

"They're all [...]

Review + Photos: Kabarett Dekadenz at the Uptown

I was a tourist in the Bay Area the first time I ever attended an event at The Uptown, Oakland's little night club that could. All I remember about [...]

By |April 29, 2019|4 Comments

Review + Photos: Copeland at Slim’s

Copeland (photo: Patric Carver)

In Florida, the border between civilized and wild territories is often imaginary. Concrete jungles mask a hidden sampling of flora and fauna, with herons and egrets [...]

By |April 9, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Copeland at Slim’s

Video Premiere: Rob Jamner, “Holding Stones”

(photo: Kersh Branz)

In support of his new EP, Holding Stones, recording artist Rob Jamner has commissioned five video artists to create music videos that he hopes will be seen [...]

Review + Photos: Bob Mould at the Fillmore

Bob Mould (photo: Patric Carver)

Bay Area, what did we ever do to deserve Bob Mould? The seasoned premier foster parent of the Midwest punk scene returned to his current [...]

By |March 10, 2019|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Bob Mould at the Fillmore

Music beats at the heart of the OUSD teacher’s strike

(photos: SarahJayn Kemp)

The schools in Oakland have been virtually empty this past week as the majority of the teachers exercise their right to strike, and some big names have [...]

A Bye Bye Blackbirds benefit show kicks off at 3pm Sunday

I first met Lenny Gill at a Bye Bye Blackbirds show at the Ivy Room a few years ago. Compared to his bandmates, Lenny was quiet — almost coming [...]

By |February 13, 2019|1 Comment
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