Thao Nguyen - The Music Of Rushmore at the Chapel, by Kate Haley
Thao Nguyen at The Music Of Rushmore at the Chapel, by Kate Haley (photo: Kate Haley)

Words by Kate Haley

“I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore,” said Max Fisher in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore.

So many of us came of age with Max, and stepping into the Chapel was like going back to a high school reunion party where no one managed become dreadfully boring. SF Sketchfest took to the stage, performing live The Music of Rushmore soundtrack. It was phenomenal.

An all-star group of musicians, under the direction of Marc Capelle, paid tribute to the soundtrack to Rushmore and recreated the music live. Preforming musicians included Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Bart Davenport, Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Devin Hoff (The Nels Cline Singers), Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto), Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney (The Flamin’ Groovies), Jon Langford (The Mekons), Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), John Roderick (The Long Winters), Todd Roper (Cake), Pete Straus, Chris Von Sneidern, Laura Weinbach (Foxtails Brigade). Additionally there was a string quartet featuring Dina Maccabee, Helen Newby, Alisa Rose, and Irene Sazer and the the horn/reed section featuring Carroll Ashby, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, Tom Griesser, Scott Larson, and Amber Lamprecht.

I can honestly say that “it was the shit.” What an incredible show.