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San Francisco Medicine Ball Band / Press

“I’ve had the joy of hearing the music of the Medicine Ball players many times. They raise high the spirits of the crowd with their wonderfully tight harmonies, irresistible and energetic rhythms, amazingly broad repertoire and skillful musicianship. Their playful banter between pieces adds to the enjoyment of their performances. They are wonderful and a joy to hear. I hope that many others will have that joy.”

Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, - Temple-Beth Israel Eugene, OR

“As Terrie (Odabi) said "57th Street Gallery will never be the same!" I am so blessed to know and work with each of you! David, thanks for all you do! You're ability to bring people together is one of your many gifts! Thank you!”

Janice Maxie Reid - 57th Street Gallery Oakland

“The warm feeling you helped create in such a real way on Christmas day is still in our memories and within our own hearts. We thank you for your devotion and the giving of your talent.”

Nick Gabriel - The Salvation Army

“You did a fine job and were very well received and it was through your support that our event was a big success.”

United Way

“I would like to thank you for the great contribution you made to the Amnesty international benefit..the show was a great success is due to your talent, energy, and boundless charm. Ms. Joan Baez Sr., and many others join with me in expressing our profound gratitude.”

Jack Essex - Chez Jacques

“We really appreciated your time and talent..for a rewarding evening of such a superb success.”

K. Baegle - Amnesty International

“Your music was a highlight of the afternoon and judging from the faces and response of the people around us, was enjoyed by all. I want to personally thank you.”

Nancy Van Norman - The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

“There was David Sturdevant and his San Francisco Medicine Ball Band..delighting brown baggers and assorted capitalists with their New Orleans style Jazz - you know, loose and dirty - bringing a modicum of pleasure to otherwise business-filled days..later safely housed at Lucifer's every Wed..”

Lois Smith - City Jazz Beat

“Also kicky; Mimi Gina, the sexiest drummer around singing her own local-angled "Lady Is a Tramp" lyrics with the S.F Medicine Ball Band in the Hilton's new Cable Car Bar...More good publousity for our town.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“We haven't had any true "street artists" since Robert Shields, John Stafford, the Medicine Ball Band, and Mimi Gina..What we "little San Franciseans" want is for tourists to go home saying that they saw free what they'd have to pay a cover charge for back home.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“..and that really good street band, the San Francisco Medicine Ball (with the fetching girl drummer) sounded off in front of I Magnin, banjoes plinkin' in the good old strummer time.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“The augmented Banjo Medicine Ball Band outside I. Magnin's - definitely the I. Magnin's of street bands - whose music is at recording quality level.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“For me it's a Dixieland band [San Francisco Medicine Ball] playing "Georgia Brown" outside Liberty House on a sunny Friday afternoon”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“..while that excellent Dixieland group was entertaining the slaves along "Crocker Beach"..those guys who play good time Jazz..”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“Listening to the Medicine Ball's perky rhythms and watching the smiles on passersby, I reiterate that only jazz should be allowed on public streets. The police shouldn't give a bad time to those guys who play good time jazz at Montgomery and Market; the S.F. Medicine Ball Band.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“It's a lucky day when you catch the Medicine Ball against the marbleous wall of I. Magnin.”

Herb Caen - San Francisco Chronicle

“..served loud, lusty sounds of New Orleans music..as the musicians sometimes parade around the restaurant New Orleans style..lively eye-opener, and the overall experience is one of fun.”

Bea Pixa - S.F Examiner

“The fabulous music [of this group] played with such talent and infectious spirit that it was hard to sit in your seat.”

Stan Sesser - San Francisco Magazine

“I love playing with the Medicine Ball and I've known David for years. Whenever I'm in the country and on the West Coast I always play with these guys.”

Pee Wee Ellis - Musician, Former Bandleader & Arranger for James Brown

“Everyone loves the Medicine Ball!”

Russ Jennings - KPFA Producer

“[San Francisco Medicine Ball] must be one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay Area music scene. Their excellent music far exceeds the notoriety they have been accorded. Led by guitarist David Sturdevant..MBB delivers a versatile repertoire with everything from swing standards to R&B with a distinct New Orleans flavor.”

“David is an incredible musician and a very wonderful guy. He is able to "connect" with our residents by not only playing the tunes they love but also just chatting and enjoying their company.”

Elisa Reutinger, Community Enrichment Director - AgeSong at Bayside Park

“Holly, my first client of the day went and [they] were great. My second client, Freda, said his versatility was incredible and the performance was outstanding. She said Cassandra was there (head of Bread & Roses - her mother lives there) and she was chair dancing and really enjoying herself.”

Amy Turner - Harmony Personal Assistance

“Medicine Ball is fantastic! It’s exciting to work with a group who engages an audience with great music, quick wit and the joy of performance.”

Stuart Kandell, Executive Director - Stagebridge Theatre Company, Oakland, CA

“One of the best programs we’ve ever had!”

Betty Clark, Program coordinator - San Francisco State University

“I saw the biggest smile on the face of one of my most customarily grouchy patrons...kids went wild when Dave changed the lyrics for their benefit during the Grand Finale...It really made both of our days.”

Rosalind Kutler, Programming & Adult Services Librarian - Redwood City Events - Fireside Room E-Newsletter

“You have been the driving force behind the holiday musical performances for the last 24 years. I just can not thank you enough for being so giving of your time (and talent!) for so many who may not usually be so blessed.”

K. Iremonger, Administrator - Silvercrest Residence

“You and your fellow musicians were so generous. Your combination of professionalism and home spun vibes really made our party an "EVENT".”

Valerie Gold, Program Manager - Marin Housing Authority

“This isn't your average club band. MBB delivers a versatile repertoire with everything from swing standards to R&B with a distinct New Orleans flavor..that is at once sophisticated and continental...truly enchanting.”

Baum Biem - The Music Scene