While You Were Working

Local rockers Live Evil take the day off with "Walk Out to Rock Out."

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Live Evil plays hooky to party.
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SF rockers Live Evil took to the streets on a recent Thursday in July to encourage people in San Francisco to play hooky with them for the day.
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The band rented a Mexican Party Bus and drove around the city beckoning strangers to come aboard and join the party.
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Once aboard, a can of beer and foam metal fingers were promptly handed out.
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The trip started at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m., a full work day. This shot was taken around 10:30 a.m.
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Strict 80s rocker attire was requested for the adventure.
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Live Evil guitarist The Purge gets into the spirit of things.
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You never know who will be partying down next to you on the bus, like Bay Area celebrity protester Frank Chu of 12 Galaxies fame.
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The day started bright and early at 9 a.m. at biker bar Zeitgeist, where people gathered and drank before heading across the street and into the bus that left at 10 a.m.
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Live, aka Laurent Martini, is the lead singer and ringleader of Live Evil, a "heavy metal playground that exists only in the mind of wannabe rocker Laurent Martini, whose love of Motley Crue drove him to pen over 100 song lyrics during his teen-aged years as he tried (albeit in vain) to evoke the rocker lifestyle: loose women, boozing, and life on the road."
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First stop, Dogpatch. Judd (right) gets picked up from work by the rocking Mexican Party Bus saying, "I told my boss, 'I think there might be a Mexican tourist bus picking me up today.'"
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Back on the bus lumbering towards Ocean Beach, the sound-system cranked 80s rock bands like Def Leppard, complete with one-handed-air-drumming (and simultaneous drinking) to the sounds of Pour Some Sugar on Me.
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Band photographer Jeff Spirer was on-board documenting the day's events, like Indigo's "Rockover" of Maura (left).
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Martini wanted as many people as he could get to come hang out with the band, even if they were in cars traveling alongside the bus on the streets of San Francisco.
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Even the groupies have stage names, like Sake Bomb.
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Mona found a fantastically entertaining way to shake maracas to the music. The lawyer started the work day on the bus, by calling up her office and saying, 'I think I'm going to be a little late today.'"
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Rocker fashion was in rare form.
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Tamara and Danger at the back of the bus.
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In addition to getting people to leave work, Martini also wanted to capture random strangers off the street to hop aboard. Dalano Rhyne was the first to oblige.
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"I was waiting for the bus with my girlfriend and you guys rolled up," said Rhyne.
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Just then, Motley Crue's song "Wild Side" hit the speakers and Rhyne, beer in hand, dangled from the railing singing the lyrics to the song. We were officially underway.
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It should again be pointed out that this is around 10:45 a.m. on a Thursday morning and some crazy guy is hanging out of a bus window, handing out cans of unopened beer to neighboring cars on the road. Ah, San Francisco, how I love thee.
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Poetically, the one guy to take us up on the free beer hand-off was on the job.
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Live Evil drummer Boner continually updated the band's facebook feed with 20 minute reports for people to follow along with bus shenanigans.
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Next stop, The Cliff House at Ocean Beach.
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Videographer Blair Kelly was also on the trip documenting the days events.
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Kitchen invaded? Check.
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Bathroom Break? Check.
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New passengers? Check. Raul and Kelly from Houston, TX were looking at the ocean and decided to hop aboard.
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"They rolled up and started the party, and we love to party," Raul said. Here, Live greets the new passengers amid a paparazzi of four camera guys - one for the web, one for video, one for stills, and one for news.
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Pastry Chef Angie gets a high-five after leaving work to join the group.
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Back on the bus. Next stop, Market Street.
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First random pickup Dalano Rhyne beat boxes, while new pickups Raul and Kelly sign the poster on which all riders were asked to write something.
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Cliff House Pastry Chef Angie and co-worker and all-day bus rider Maura confirm this is much better than working.
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Bus driver Richard drove for the band last year when they did this same event, "Walk Out to Rock Out."
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"I got a driver to relieve me later so I could have a beer with the guys," Richard said, although I never saw that happen.
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As the bus rolls on, so do the tunes, air guitar, and rising blood alcohol levels.
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A SF Muni worker shudders at the thought of having to drive this bus.
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Tourists Raul and Kelly have settled into the fold nicely, and got a free ride downtown.
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It was now about 11:45 a.m. and the bus was headed straight down Market Street with passengers hanging out of windows, trying to convince more people to get aboard.
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Bus population goes up by one. Welcome!
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I can totally understand why people would be hesitant to get aboard, but chances are this bus was going to be much better than the one they were eventually going to get on.
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Are you going to get this on the SF Muni you are waiting for... well, you actually might. The Purge hangs ten.
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After chasing the bus for about a 1/2 block, Kevin Groves finally makes it aboard.
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Groves, a teacher on summer break, said, "I just got out of the gym and swam a mile. I heard all this screaming and they said 'free beer,' so I said 'What the Hell?'"
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Another one rides the bus! A guy can get used to this - instead of paying $2 for a bus ride in the city, you are greeted with a can of beer.
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Martini (black shirt) is in heaven in the middle of strangers brought together with tongues wagging. The bus party is in full swing and it is just coming up on noon.
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First work leaver Judd watches as a local non-profit is raided and women are carried away from work and onto the bus.
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Dana Textoris Walked Out to Rock Out last year and was eager to do it all over again.
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This was the view from the sidewalks of Market Street. Note, the most eager beavers are the ones who left work, or, a few hours ago, had no idea this was even happening.
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Ksenia, living here for the summer from Russia, was on her way to her job as a cashier in Ghirardelli Square when she hopped aboard and had a seat next to Kenneth Thomas, who moved to SF from LA just two weeks earlier.
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High-fiving passing motorists on Market St.
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Larry Santy calls out to the people of Union Square as the bus circles the block at lunch time.
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Just after 12 p.m. the bus stopped at Union Square and let everyone off for two hours.
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Helen Isaacson with Grandmothers Against The War lit up when she saw everyone disembarking the bus. She eagerly got her message out to the passing rockers.
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The band grabbed their guitars and headed to their afternoon stop.
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The Gold Dust Lounge on Powell Street was a scheduled stop on the itinerary for the group between noon and 2 p.m.
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The bus passengers quickly took over the bar.
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The band, with newest member Dalano Rhyne, played a short set at the Gold Dust.
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Some, like editor Steve Courtney, couldn't leave work long enough to ride the bus, but still managed to briefly meet up with the group for some liquid lunch.
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Pizza was purchased and lunch was had to help soak up some of the suds.
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As the group left the bar at 2 p.m. to get back on the bus, the sexy quotient went way up, with Christina Velasco helping to turn it up to 11.
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Personal trainer Lark Miller brought some peace and love onto the bus for a few hours between busting the humps of his clients in the city.
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SF Weekly photographer Jenn Farmer joined the bus after the Gold Dust. I think she and I were the only two who were actually "working" on the "Walk Out to Rock Out" bus. Cheaters!
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I saw my buddy Frank Chu in his usual Market Street haunt and got him to hustle up to the bus to join us, knowing that his presence would delight all who were aboard, not to mention what a kick he'd get out of it.
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In the afternoon run, people were much quicker to get on the bus.
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There also was a group of rocker chicks, like Marissa Kelly seen here, that joined us in the afternoon, helping even out the estrogen/testosterone levels.
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Estanisla just got off work and hopped aboard.
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The bus drove down to 16th and Mission Streets, where riders handed empty cans to the dudes who have shopping carts full of 'em.
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Maura cares about the environment.
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Lark Miller pours the empties into a cart.
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All those empties can mean only one thing... refills are needed stat!
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Ladies seduce pedestrians attempting to entice them aboard.
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Sir, we're going to need to see an ID to make sure you are allowed to buy the last of our Tecate.
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Who wants to get shot?
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Waiting for beer.
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Yeah! It's back on!
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Kristine Kurtz (left) and Marissa Kelly looking the part.
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Love is in the air. And, at this point, around 4 p.m., people who've been on the journey since 9 a.m. are losing inhibitions.
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Live Evil dancer Venom soaks it in.
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Bathroom break! Hotels are the best place to relieve oneself in mass.
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The ladies room fills with hair tussling.
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At the pit-stop the last member of the band, Deathbone, joins us.
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Frank Chu gets further indoctrinated.
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Back on the road, louder, drunker and more obnoxious than ever, the bus population continues to climb.
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Puzzled looks followed the bus around town. That lady on the right really should have joined us, that outfit is meant for the bus.
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Chris Topher looks happy he hopped aboard.
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The Purge (right) says of Susanna Chase (center), "She's my sister. Don't try to f- my sister... And you can print that!"
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At this point the bus is pretty much at capacity, and still totally rocking!
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It's true, Sake Bomb, it has been a long day. At least you are skilled enough to keep your beer upright as you snooze.
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Venom is all about the Cisco. ("Snow cone syrup meets Everclear" ~ John John)
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Deathbone, better late than never.
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Dance party ensues.
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Live Evil dancer Indigo says, "I just got flipped off. That was awesome! That's Rock n' Roll!"
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Another pit-stop at SOMA rehearsal studio to hit the bathroom and pick up the equipment for show.
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Live Evil grabs gear for the 6 p.m. Make Out Room show.
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Katie said, "I was trying to get a job and they called me from the bus and it looked like fun!"
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Loid Mongoloid was texting "trying to get more people on the bus. I need help with this Jameson."
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Here's a taker.
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Lark Miller said, "This reminds me of being on the California 1" bus-line.
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LA transplant Kenneth Thomas says, if buses in SF are like this, I'm taking public transportation all the time!
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Indigo hands out reinforcements.
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Cheers
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This was the second annual "Walk Out to Rock Out," with the event happening on a work day mid-July. http://www.walkouttorockout.com/
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The sexy contemplative look.
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Playing along to the music.
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Live looks very pleased.
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Surprisingly, there is still beer to be had after hours of consumption, and Elcer Rivas is doing a good job of protecting it.
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If you've actually made it this far in my slideshow, you were either on the bus, or you wish you were. I don't know how you can look at this picture and not want to be there.
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Variation of the Eskimo Kiss.
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The final destination was the Make Out Room in the Mission, where the bus pulled up at 5 p.m.
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Another satisfying bathroom break.
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At the show, $4 Maker's Mark lemonade drinks were being sold and the proceeds went to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. So the whole thing was fun, and for a good cause.
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At 6 p.m., the band took to the stage.
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I'm not sure how those guys did it after drinking all day... oh wait, they are rockers, that's their job.
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The remaining people from the bus trip, including some who had no idea about any of this until a short while ago, soaked up the sounds of Live Evil.
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One of the bus riders was spotted passed out in Dolores park after the show as the sun set on the city, still wearing a hat from the bus with a foam finger koozie. What a day!
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