This is Neighbor Odin. He lives with his parents on Montcalm in Bernal Heights, and as you might have guessed from the photo, he ROCKS.
Specifically, he rocks with Rock Band Land, a ridiculously awesome music education and storytelling program based in The Mission. Odin’s mom is Neighbor Kristen, and she tells Bernalwood:
Odin is a master shredder. He’s a guitar player and super-duper positive vibe-giver. He loves Rock Band Land. Listens and plays guitar to the program’s songs all the time. After every class my son is on cloud nine. Full of energy and happy.
Neighbor Odin is not the only Bernalese to rock at Rock Band Land. Bernalwood’s own Cub Reporter also participates in the program. She gravitates toward the vocals, though she’s also dabbling with keyboards:
This Sunday, March 2 at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa at Hampshire), the Rock Band Land crüe will host a glamorous party and live show to celebrate the galaxy-wide release of the program’s new album, which was performed under the guise of a band called Rainbow Beast:
Rainbow Beast is a band born from the minds of children, embodied in the lives of professional musicians, and straddling the border between the imaginary (but very real) world of Rock Band Land and the real (but often fantastical) city of San Francisco, California. The band consists of Marcus Stoesz (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Brian Gorman (Drums), and Jen Aldrich (Bass). The members of Rainbow Beast act as interpreters, mentors and curators for Rock Band Land, and all of the music that the band records and performs was written with the Rock Band Land rockers. To date, the band has produced over 150 original songs and stories with kids 4-8 years old.
Tickets for the big show on Sunday are selling fast, so rockers of all ages are encouraged to buy quickly before they’re all gone.
If you want to hone in on the contributions from Bernal’s Rockers, we’re told that Odin helped helped write and played on “The Little Big Easy,” “Fish Wife,” “Cracking Up at the Goat Joint,” and “The Ballad of Annabelle and Sam.”
Meanwhile, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter helped write and sings on “Party Killer.” It’s a song about a monster who stumbles into a rowdy party in South America, then tries to break it up because he mistakenly thinks the celebration is a form of fighting. It’s also a song which, I can honestly say, I still love to hear, even after several zillion listens.
Hope to see you rocking on Sunday, but until then, here’s a little taste: