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/
  • Turn It Around at Alamo Draft House, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ premieres at SF Docfest

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ premieres at SF Docfest

Turn It Around (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

The Wednesday night premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse of Turn It Around: the Story of East Bay Punk seemed a little like a punk [...]

By |June 5, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ premieres at SF Docfest
  • Hippo Campus at BottleRock Napa 2017, by Patric Carver
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    BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs

BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs

The Roots (photo: Patric Carver)

It’s day one of BottleRock, and I am planted on the bleachers at the Lagunitas stage trying to wrap my head around this massive event. Seated [...]

By |June 1, 2017|Comments Off on BottleRock 2017: Three days of excess, enthusiasm and a need for earplugs
  • Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at the DNA Lounge, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge

Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge

Amanda Palmer (photo: Patric Carver)

If you’ve ever folded origami, you probably have a pretty good handle on the type of magic that Amanda Palmer weaves. In origami, you take [...]

By |May 25, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel at DNA Lounge
  • North Bay Cabaret - Sin Peaks at The Whisky Tip, by Patric Carver
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    Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’

Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’

North Bay Cabaret - Sin Peaks (photo: Patric Carver)

There’s something to be said for an outfit that hosts a David-Lynch-themed cabaret. It’s not any easy feat. Sexuality is often [...]

By |May 23, 2017|Comments Off on Photos + Review: Damn fine show at North Bay Cabaret Presents ‘Sin Peaks’
  • Eliza Rickman at The Lost Church, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Eliza Rickman (photo: Patric Carver)

The Lost Church defines itself as an “intimate” venue. From the moment you walk in, you realize that the Lost Church not only defines itself [...]

By |May 2, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Eliza Rickman provides sanctuary at the Lost Church

Review + Photos: Miracle Legion romances fans at the Chapel

Miracle Legion (photo: Patric Carver)

The Bye Bye Blackbirds played a very solid opening set for the Miracle Legion concert at the Chapel on April 29. The Oakland power pop rockers [...]

By |May 1, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Miracle Legion romances fans at the Chapel

Final Tour: Miracle Legion at the Chapel

College Rock veterans Miracle Legion are coming to San Francisco for their first Bay Area concert in 20 years and is being hailed as their last ever, the final [...]

By |April 27, 2017|Comments Off on Final Tour: Miracle Legion at the Chapel

PRF BBQ shakes up East Bay for the fourth time

Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends (photo: Patric Carver)

PRF BBQ is a traveling music festival that hits cities around the United States each year. Born from discussions on Steve [...]

By |April 27, 2017|3 Comments
  • Guided by Voices at Bimbo's, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: Guided by Voices played to fans at Bimbo’s 365

Review + Photos: Guided by Voices played to fans at Bimbo’s 365

Guided By Voices (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

“We cannot fucking believe we are opening up for GBV.” said Zach of Rogue Wave. There was a breathlessness in his voice that made [...]

By |April 18, 2017|3 Comments
  • Subhumans at Oakland Metro Opera House, by SarahJayn Kemp
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    Review + Photos: Subhumans tear down the walls at B O B Fest 2017

Review + Photos: Subhumans tear down the walls at B O B Fest 2017

Subhumans (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

“Want some?” I turned around to see a young woman holding up a can of frothy Colt 45 a few inches from my face. Her bullet-casing [...]

By |April 17, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Subhumans tear down the walls at B O B Fest 2017
  • The Damned at The Fillmore, by Patric Carver
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    Well, I’ll be damned: The Damned destroy audience at the Fillmore

Well, I’ll be damned: The Damned destroy audience at the Fillmore

The Damned (photo: Patric Carver)

1976 was a bleak year in some ways. The Eagles released the lyrical mush "Hotel California" – the soupy go-nowhere tune that’s been over-celebrated by [...]

By |April 13, 2017|1 Comment
  • Hubba Hubba Review Presents "Crime and Punishment" at the DNA Lounge, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: Crime and Punishment rewards burlesque audience at DNA

Review + Photos: Crime and Punishment rewards burlesque audience at DNA

Hubba Hubba Revue presents "Crime and Punishment" (photo: Patric Carver)

When I was a kid, I loved the television show Cheers. The idea of a bar where everyone knew my [...]

By |April 11, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Crime and Punishment rewards burlesque audience at DNA
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