On a dark street in San Francisco’s Mission District, just a few steps from the fancy restaurants and bars yet light years away, a locked, unmarked door leads across a jigsaw-puzzle floor and up into the Secret Alley. I had never heard of this place until a few days ago when it became the venue for my album launch party. That wasn’t the original plan – there was talk of doing it in a club in Martinez then that fell through, and so did the second place, an old sailors club down by the bay, But sometimes plans have a way of changing for the better, and nothing could have been more perfect than the Secret Alley. I knew that from the moment I walked past the machine by the entrance that promised to stamp the Lords Prayer on any coin you fed it and into a small, magical space. A tiny skateboard ramp had been built into one corner, and in the opposite corner a minature marquee, next to a stage. There was also a tree – and a tree-house – and, in the middle of the room, a wooden swing. And all of this indoors, upstairs, in a room that held maybe 45 or 50 if they didn’t mind sitting up close.
My band that night was Josh Pollock on guitars and a suitcase full of pedals and effects, and Joe Lewis on upright bass and the show was streamed live on Pressuredrop TV. I’ve been told that the show is going to be edited and archived and they’re going to tell me when it’s up. I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile here’s their event page – http://pressuredrop.tv/portfolio/sylvie-simmons/ – and some photos