I Barack Roll’d the Rickshaw Stop

A few days ago I had the privilege of performing at an Obama fundraiser in San Francisco. Obama-Rama was organized by Rick Zegri, from 5 Cent Coffee, and featured a eclectic mix of oddball performers. I wanted to do something unique for the show, so I decided to “Barack Roll” the crowd by pretending I was going to give a lecture on the economy (“which has it’s ups and downs”) but instead performing a yo-yo routine to a modified version of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” where I mashed up Barack’s voice over the chorus, but left the rest of the song alone. You can download the modified version of the song here. Thanks to Jay Hathaway for the audio rip from the original Barack Roll video.

The show was a blast and I really enjoyed watching some acts that I don’t get to see too often. Especially enjoyed Mark Growden‘s haunting performance, The Whistelaire’s oddball schtick, Kitten on the Keys‘s reveailing set, and 5 Cent Coffee‘s oh-too-short set. I’ll post some videos of Mark’s set tomorrow, but for now enjoy 5 Cent Coffee’s rendition of “St. James Infirmary Blues“… oh, and Barack a leg everybody!