Jordan Wilson, aka “The Lone Sound Ranger”, is shown in this video performing for the tourist crowd at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Along with his guitar, he uses a very elaborate and impressive mechanical rig (he calls it “MMII” ~ for Mechanical Multi Instrument Interface”) with individual foot pedals to control drumsticks to strike drums, cymbals, and other percussion devices.
More about Jordan, his mechanical rig, and performance schedule at his website: jordanbwilson.com.
As we were walking down Grant Street returning to Union Square from Chinatown, we stumbled upon this street performer playing his trumpet. The area was fairly deserted, with sparse foot traffic, and he was hunched over his case yelling “ahhhh… finally!” because somebody had finally thrown some money in for him. We were quite perplexed that he would choose this spot to play, because if he had ventured another three or so blocks to Powell Street, there is heavy foot traffic there and he would have wound up with a big fistful of cash.
We stopped to talk and listen for a little while. He was somewhat incoherent, babbling variations of “I’m 69, and you know how that goes… I know all the songs but I can’t remember anything”, then he’d say “let’s see if I can find something to play” and he’d improvise for a bit. He said his name is “Satch” but, ummm… well, you know 😉 There were no other people in sight so we pretty much had our own private concert, and he sang “You Send Me” (Sam Cooke) for my daughter. He seemed genuinely surprised that we knew the song!
The clock was spinning and we were very tired after a long day of urban adventure, so after a while we gave him a few dollars, wished him a good night, and were on our way to rest up for the next day.
Satch plays his trumpet near union square in san francisco