By Dave Pehling
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While session veteran and keyboard/trumpet player Marc Capelle is frequently setting backsides in motion at the helm of his all-star R&B revue Marc & the Casuals, the busy musician still manages to make time for other projects. While the versatile player frequently performs with groups paying tribute to specific bands or songwriters, he has partnered with SF Sketchfest for two special nights of music at the Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission District for the festival.
This Saturday, he reconvenes his all-star aggregation the Red Room Orchestra to salute the music of ‘Twin Peaks,’ the surreal television show by iconic director David Lynch that saw a revival with ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ on Showtime last year. Lynch’s films have always put music in the spotlight, from the singing Lady in the Radiator from the director’s 1977 debut and the bizarre visage of Dean Stockwell lip syncing to the Roy Orbison hit “In Dreams” in his Oscar-nominated breakthrough Blue Velvet through his use of both ’50s and modern rock in Wild at Heart and Lost Highway during the ’90s.
Lynch made music a cornerstone of ‘Twin Peaks’ and its 1992 cinematic prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, collaborating with his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti on original songs like the hit “Mysteries of Love” sung by Julee Cruise (who would release a full album of Lynch/Badalamenti tunes and appeared in both the series and film). The revival of ‘Twin Peaks’ has continued to spotlight music, featuring a variety of artists performing during episodes including Nine Inch Nails, Sharon Van Etten and Au Revoir Simone.
Last summer after an initial more stripped-down performance at the Chapel bar with a smaller ensemble, Capelle gathered a high-powered group of San Francisco musicians to pay tribute to the music of ‘Twin Peaks’ and more Lynch-related offerings at the music venue, taking the stage with an expanded group that was christened the Red Room Orchestra in front of a packed hour for a transporting night of atmospheric music.
The musicians reprise that performance for this SF Sketchfest-sponsored show (co-presented by Noise Pop and Jay Siegan Presents) this Saturday. Plenty of familiar faces from the Casuals’ stable of regular players including Persephone’s Bees guitarist Tom Ayers, drummer Todd Roper (Chuck Prophet, Cake) and saxophonist Tom Griesser as well frequent guest vocalists Mark…