Free Show Tonight!!: Tommy Rickard & Friends, Pat Jordan Band, Clay Bell

Free Show Tonight!!: Tommy Rickard & Friends, Pat Jordan Band, Clay Bell

Fri, November 23, 2012

8:00 pm

Red Devil Lounge



This event is 21 and over

Tommy Rickard
Tommy Rickard
Tommy Rickard is a musician born and raised in Northern California. He is a singer/songwriter, drummer and guitarist, currently rooted in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

He started playing drums young and spent his early days in local punk bands, opening shows for the likes of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sea Hags, Victim’s Family, and Agent Orange. He constantly sought musicians or musical situations that would challenge him.

This restless search for a challenge, combined with his knack for playing exactly what a song needs, eventually landed Rickard on the road and in the studio with Vain , Linda Perry, Eric Martin, and many others, as well as a long list of independent singers, songwriters, and producers. All the while he kept at his studies with Bay Area teaching legend Chuck Brown.

While working with Perry, Tommy recorded her Grammy winning song “Beautiful”, which became a #1 single for Christina Aguilera.

Rickard has been touring to promote his new CD "Dream California." He recently completed a successful tour of Europe with his bandmates from Vain.

Tommy has recently spent time in the studio or stage with:

Michelle Shocked

Linda Perry

Courtney Love

Tone Loc

Naughty By Nature
Pat Jordan Band
Pat Jordan Band
Pat Jordan Band started in a garage, in living rooms, backyards, by lakes and on beaches and has grown into a powerful five-piece acoustic-rock band based in Northern California. With a sound carved from hundreds of live shows, and constant drive to evolve and progress, Pat Jordan Band has developed a devoted following spanning from coast to coast, and a style all their own.

Pat Jordan first picked up the guitar as a hobby, and quickly found it his passion. An outlet for his creativity at first; songwriting and performing have proven to be his calling. While he started performing on his own, and continues to enjoy it, he was inspired to find a away to appropriately take his songs to the next level, and formed a band. The line-up has gone through some changes over time, but friendships were forged and relationships built that have come to make the band what it is today.

On acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Pat Jordan deftly maneuvers from deeply personal ballads to much-better-than-average party jams, and sings with a clarity and presence that can get you off your feet, or move you in those places you’re soft. Drummer Rob Matteri is a sleeper force in the back, and he’s joined by Josh Barrett’s playful passion on bass to fill out the rhythm section. Simon Melrose’s distinct tones and understated solo work fill the spaces with electric guitar, and Brendan Buss rounds out the band’s sound with soulfully crafted work on the saxophone.

There is a joy and passion in watching Pat Jordan Band perform live; an interplay between the musicians, and a power greater than the sum of its parts that flows freely from the stage. This band truly enjoys what they do, and it’s fun to watch them do it.

In 1996, the band recorded and released their first album “April’s Fools,” a tight collection of eight original tracks that has since been sold to, and downloaded by thousands of fans. In mid-2010, the band began work on their second studio album - emphasizing new and never-heard-before material - and look forward to releasing it in the fall. In the meantime, the band continues to play shows in Northern California at venues such as Slim’s and The Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), The Last Day Saloon (Santa Rosa), and at numerous other clubs, wineries, and bars.

There’s a place where sincerity and musical creativity meet, and it’s where Pat Jordan Band and its diverse members have made their home. After years of shows and parties, rehearsals and relentlessly fighting for every last opportunity to play and improve, the band has reached a high-note and is earning their exposure on a scene that could use their presence.


It started in a smoke-filled garage in northern california. it started at the beach, by a lake, and in living rooms and backyards. it started... with pat.

Pat grew up in a large and loving family. his house was (and still is) a home; always filled with friends who found it to be a welcoming environment. a home away from home. it was in this house, surrounded by those who knew him best and loved him most, that pat began to play.

at first he played what he knew. artists he connected with, and songs that challenged or touched him... or both. it's often frustrating to teach yourself how to play guitar, and there were times when it looked as though he might give up. he didn't. over time, pat started to build confidence, and realize his potential as a guitarist, and a writer. in the beginning there were brief glimpses of something raw and unrefined, yet powerful. these moments would appear, and quickly pass, but eventually developed into vivid and lasting periods of beautiful and honest music. pat was beginning to show us the singer-songwriter he had become... or always was.

As he started to write and follow the path that has lead him to where he is today, he became dissatisfied with his songs rarely escaping the walls of his garage, and his circle of friends. pat needed a band. knowing what he wanted, and what he needed, it took some time and experimentation for him to put together a band. a team of other musicians that would compliment his musical style, and more importantly, his personality. with the blazing beats and complex rhythms of drummer steve toomey, and the subtle yet strong grooves provided by bassist justin bordessa, the pat jordan band has found it's niche in the north bay, and has defined itself as the band to see. having built a solid following, and a faithful fanbase, the pat jordan band is poised for their inevitable explosion upon the national music scene.

It is every musician's nightmare to have someone attempt to describe their sound... understanding this, it makes most sense to be brief. a pat jordan band concert is more than just music. it's more than just a good time. it's seeing, and getting to know a man with a guitar. hearing his words, finding his melodies, and letting it take you over.

Also? it's about getting drunk. No, it's about me getting drunk. Me, Pat, kids? Don't ever buy a guitar and start a band. It will be cool for about an hour a week. The rest of it? Will bleed your emotion, wallet, patience, and dignity.

-kainoa raymond - 2005
Clay Bell
Clay Bell
Venue Information:
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk St
San Francisco, CA, 94109