Mari and her husband invited me to provide cocktail hour music for her birthday bash in the San Francisco Fairmont’s penthouse suite. It’s an absolutely gorgeous venue. Multiple rooms with spectacular views of the city in all directions, a domed library room that looks out onto a patio and doubles as a very nice room for the bar, and a very nice baby-grand piano in the main salon made for quite the setting for a party. Mari was looking for upbeat, modern songs that would fit in with the feel of the party. I brought along a set that included Coldplay, Foo Fighters, REM, Rolling Stones, and U2. It was a great night and I had a lot of fun at this gig.