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A Musical Seance with Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer
Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome
San Francisco, CA
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A Musical Seance with Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer
The performance on Saturday, October 11 is now sold out.

NOTE:  On-line ticket sales end at 4:00 pm on the day of each performance, please call 415-377-4202 to check on ticket availability and make reservations in the event that online sales have ended.  

About SEATING OPTIONS at Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome:
Our intimate venue seats only forty-five guests, so we do recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.  "General Admission" seats are filled on a first-come basis and we A encourage patrons to arrive early (the doors open at 7:30 pm).  For couples seeking privacy and an extra jolt during Thrillpeddlers famed blackout spook show finales, the Hypnodromes signature "Shock Box" seats are well worth the higher ticket price of $69 per couple.  Winner of SF Weekly's "Best of San Francisco 2008" Award for "Best Bonus Theater Experience" Hypnodrome's "interactive audience-invading" Shock Boxes are themed love seats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh's Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock), that offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol - thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth.  A "Shock Box" couple can see the show, but the show cant see them!  In our "Turkish Lounge" for two, couples may bask in decadent languor and kick back among oriental carpets and silken pillows while enjoying the show.

Channeling spirits, science, and seduction...

Just awarded the prestigious Best of the Bay 2008, our favorite noir chanteuse Jill Tracy returns home to Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome for her latest incantation - "A Musical Seance", an intimate collaboration with Atlanta cult composer/violinist Paul Mercer, and featuring master percussionist Randy Odell. These three special nights, Oct 9, 10 and 11, officially launch Thrillpeddlers "Shocktoberfest 2008, Elemental Horror" and  are the only chance Bay Area audiences have to ring in the Halloween season with Miss Tracy, as she is venturing to New Orleans with The Malcontent Orchestra, performing for Anne Rices official Halloween Masquerade Ball!.  

Audience members are asked to bring small objects of special significance to them, such as a photo, talisman, jewelry, token.

Since joining forces on Halloween 2007, Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer are becoming widely known for their astonishing duets on piano and violin, mostly improvised or channeled. The pair affectionately refer to their duets as spontaneous musical combustion. Their uncanny ability to conjure spirits through unsettlingly lavish compositions has led to spellbinding results, eerily transporting the room and its rapt audience into a musical seance.  Legendary scribe V. Vale of RE/Search publications described a Jill Tracy/Paul Mercer  seance as "Sheer magic! Perfection. Improvised... If you're lucky enough to be there, you realize you've just had a hint of something extra-mortal, uber-human, transcendent - maybe the concentrated ghosts of Shakespeare's Globe Theater or the Commedia Dell'arte of the past are swirling around the room . . . and you think that THIS is the new avant-garde: live, un-censored, living theater."

"These compositions are delicate and glorious living things they materialize, they transport, and in the same second they vanish," explains Jill Tracy of the Musical Seance. "They embody the fragile essence of Time. No two shows are ever alike, we have no control, that is the rare beauty of it."

Thrillpeddlers open the evening's bill with Rob Keefe's electrifying grand guignol comedy "A Slight Tingling" and the company's notorious Blue Hour variety acts as part of this unique prelude to Thrillpeddlers ninth annual pageant of terror and titillation, "Shocktoberfest!! 2008- Elemental Horror" (playing October 16 - November 22).

The evening will also feature songs from Jill Tracy's brand new release "The Bittersweet Constrain", with her percussionist Randy Odell and guest musicians. "The Bittersweet Constrain" is Tracy's fourth CD, and has been described as devastatingly beautiful. "Liar Society" hails it:  "... a mesmerizing example of a musical endeavor that lives and breathes its own atmosphere...Jill Tracy is irresistible even in the face of the beckoning downward spiral.  Though the record contains paeans to the barbarity of torture devices and other metaphoric references to the torments of love and lust, the raw emotional hunger of Tracy's voice indicates that the agony of 'the bittersweet constrain' is, inevitably, all we have. But with music as compelling as this, it is a proposition difficult to argue against."

Mercer, whose collection of ages-old violins each tells its own story the whispering in the wood-- was the impetus for his highly regarded "Ghosts" CD and lecture series. "A Musical Seance" brings it one step further-- harnessing the energy of the audience, a synergistic  summoning of what dwells within each of us.

Jill Tracy info: http://www.myspace.com/jilltracymusic
Paul Mercer info: http://www.myspace.com/paulmercer

HEAR samples from the new Jill Tracy CD The Bittersweet Constrain: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jilltracy4

WATCH the new music video for Jill Tracy's Haunted by the Thought of You:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyd1XUNQUNQ

Hailed by critics as a "femme fatale for the thinking man," sultry San Francisco pianist/vocalist Jill Tracy has audiences worldwide captivated by her elegant netherworld--- In fact, Anne Rice personally invited her to perform at this years 2008 New Orleans Halloween Masquerade Ball; she was just written up in the New York Times; her song "Evil Night Together" is prominently featured in the new film remake of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", as well as CBS-TVs hit "Navy NCIS" --- and lets not forget her now-legendary performance as guest on Twisted Sister Dee Snider's Sirius Satellite nationally syndicated radio program. (Dee outrageously crammed a grand piano into the tiny radio studio so Miss Tracy could perform live on his New York City show. Not to mention her on-air discussion of the finer points of ancient torture devices.)


Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome
575 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: The Hypnodrome
On BPT Since: Mar 04, 2006
Russell Blackwood

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