Day of show: for Ms. Gauthier

I guess its an auspice that Frank Sinatra is at the piano as i rise
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Small 23

That’s 26 people, although seven of them are me.

Ill end up with 23 shows this year, despite not starting until July 31.

Earthwise hosts a three show residency with Caroline Davis in late Januar, twenty twenty two.

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Sharon Benitez lucha va voom take down of John and Vince

I met the Benitez sisters at Palo Alto World Music Month, directly after hearing Ledisi at Stern Grove, where Cecilia Pena Govea and her father Miguel Govea were the opening act.

That they had a jaw’s ass (oops: jaw of an ass) naturally led to a discussion of John McCrea and Vince Difiore of Sacramento’s Cake (who feature vibraslap, and in fact i sat in on such in 1995;

Trumpet: Joseph RamirezVihuela, vocals: Tanya BenítezViolin vocals: Sharon BenítezPercussion: Rodrigo Serna LópezGuitarron, guitar, editing: Carlos Barba

Months later, and after barely making it back over the summit from Mary and Jaimee at Don Quixote, here is their version of “Mexico” (I think it has a weird Charles Ives quality):

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David Boyce Philip Greenlief Duo of improvised tenor sax plans show Saturday at Lytton Plaza three p.m. sharp

I don’t have a permit but I am paying two musicians, David Boyce and Philip Greenlief, to play a concert at Lytton Plaza on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

If for some reason the plaza is not available for such an event, we are likely to both the whole show, two men and their instruments, across the street to the foyer of The Stanford Theatre which is resonant yet has been uneventful since March of 2020.

David Boyce and his trio Broun Fellinis played Earthwise’ The Cubberley Sessions twice, back in the day. Once with New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, once with some rappers in EPA led by Heru Hall.  They were advertised in a poster for a third show,  opening for Oliver Lake but pulled out at the last minute and were replaced by Noe Venable. I saw David Boyce more recently in a sextet that played along to the silent film “Hands of Orlac” in October, 2019.

Philip Greenlief I know thru his collaboration with Scott Amendola. He did a show in 2019 at Palo Alto Art Center. Or maybe at The Mitch. I think with Trevor Dunn. He did a solo show at Mitchell Park outdoors on July 31, 2021, my first concert in many months. It was supposed to be with Amendola, but the drummer felt ill and decided against coming. Philip did jam a bit with Motoko Honda but mainly just did one long improv of about 30 minutes duration.

Atlhough they will not perform together, Jonathan Lagunta Bautiista of Palo Alto will perform on alto sax at 2:45 Saturday. Notably, Jonathan will play an instrument that I bought after seeing an ad in a local newspaper a few years ago, 2019. The seller lived on Portola Street in Los Altos. I paid $250 for it. It was 250 years before that that Portola noticed an alto. Lagunta also played with John Santos and Melicio Magdalayo a cameo in 2019.

David and I have known each other for quite some time, but we didn’t start playing together until 2006, when I began teaching at the San Francisco Waldorf High School (where he teaches World Music). I realized then that I had never really had a duo with another tenor player – and it’s so good because we have such a deep love for the instrument. We have never talked about using compositions, it was just understood without ever saying anything that we would be an improvising unit and so the music has evolved naturally.


Our music has a range – both in the way that we lead and accompany each other, but also in the way that we use the duo to explore the horn and it’s rich history. We have spent many hours listening to tenor players together – something that doesn’t seem to happen a lot in our fast paced world – and have enjoyed an ongoing conversation about the instrument over the past 15 years, both on stage and off.


No, Mark. And again, you need a permit to be there.

From: mark weiss <>
Sent: Friday, October 8, 2021 1:45:04 PM
To: O’Kane, Kristen <Kristen.O’Kane@>
Subject: Marco Peris band at Cogswell plaza 5 pm TODAY
CAUTION: This email originated from outside of the organization. Be cautious of opening attachments and clicking on links.

Any chance the power at Cogswell plaza, we discussed yesterday (per Mark Ribeira-?-) will be restored by 4 pm today?
Mark Weiss
169 Bryant— as failsafe I might pull power from own home
(kind of a random or obscure past is prologue for this show, which actually does not require amplificationn or eleclaljdslkfaljadlfjasulate

The business community has also complained that “people seeking the free power are ‘camping out’ at the plaza, creating a mess and creating an unwelcoming environment for other visitors.”

The city has tried cutting off power at the plaza and even locking the outlets, but those efforts have been met with vandalism.

One outlet would be available and the power would be turned on during the permitted hours.

The outlet could be reserved ahead of time for $90 and used outside the permitted hours for the same cost. Musicians without a reservation would be limited to playing for three hours.

The penalty for violating the new rules would be $250, or the cost of issuing and processing a citation, according to the report.

Altogether, up to 47 hours of free amplified music would be allowed at the plaza during the week.

In developing the new rules, the city met with musicians and merchants, who for the most part agreed they were a good compromise. Visitors to Lytton Plaza were also surveyed between March 27 and April 5 (2012). Of the 60 interviewed, 33 said they were in favor of limiting amplified music.

According to (Daren) Anderson’s report, it will cost the city $250 to design, fabricate and install new signage advising plaza visitors of the changes to the municipal code and open space regulations. (Jason Green, San Jose Mercury, 2012); to wit:


Lytton Plaza was renovated in 2009. During the park renovation several electrical outlets were added to the plaza for the production of City-sponsored events and activities. The electrical outlets were intended to be used primarily for special events. Shortly after the renovation, Lytton Plaza became the site of a City-sponsored Farmer‟s Market. Live, electric amplified music accompanied the Farmer‟s Market events. In addition to their playing for the Farmer‟s Market, musicians also played at Lytton Plaza on other days (without authorization or permits). The Farmer‟s Market was discontinued in 2010, however, the unpermitted live music has continued and expanded. Individual musicians, as well as groups, utilize Lytton Plaza to perform amplified music at all hours of the day and night.


lastly: this is likely the lastly event I produce at Lytton Plaza this year, although I do have Mary Gauthier at Mitchell Park the next day, Sunday October 17 at 2 pm. Sylvie Simmons will be mistress of ceremony. Two doctors from Stanford’s “Med Muse” program, Tamara Dunn and Terrigal Burn, open the show. Jaimee Harris also appears, with Mary Gauthier. I, Mark Weiss of Earthwise Productions and Plastic Alto, will do next to nothing. Maybe nothing at all. I.e. let Sylvie run the show. Sylvie appeared in fall, 2019 at Cubberley H-1 with Matt The Electrician (who might have been helpful last week at Cogswell Plaza). Sylvie Simmons returns to Palo Alto for an Earthwise Productions event at The Mitch, A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. On November 20 at The Mitch is a triple bill with Barbara Manning SF Seals, The Corner Laughers and Clean Girl and The Dirty Dishes. Then maybe just glorious John Cage like pregnant poise and pause and silent and found sound until the weekend of January 28, the next year when a jazz musican from New York named Caroline Davis will play a show, two shows, perhaps three shows or more. With her band. More sax. Very saxy, even. 


I’m watching “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson, from 2003. Should be good for a few liffs — which is a cross between “laughs” and “riffs”.

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Joc Pederson first since Bernie Carbo with two pinch homers in playoff series

Filed this under big shoulders, la la, sports, and ethniceities because he’s Jewish. 

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Gunn grad Strausser leads NFL Colts to Monday Night Football excitement

Palo Altan Chris Strausser of the Colts

The Colts are in a doozy down in Baltimore. It is knotted at 25, going into overtime. The Colts were up by 17 before Lamar Jackson pulled a few rabbits or birds out of his proverbial hat.

I was toggling back and forth between Giants-Dodgers and NFL/MNF but did catch the announcers lauding Chris Strausser’s leadership of the offensive line.

Chris was Gunn’s quarterback in 1981. He says he was co-MVP of the league along with Jim Harbaugh (future Bear and Colt and current Wolverine NCAA head coach).

Chris was a friend since 7th grade, 1976. He came to my bar mitzvah. I played flag football both 7th and 8th grade at Terman but he played full-contact tackle football for Palo Alto Pop Warner. 

Injuries and the lack of a growth spurt made him a late comer for the Titans. He played behind: Nick Sturiale, Joe Oliveira, Phil Wessels, John Corbett, Danny McCalister, Shapur Taleghani, Bill Parker. Reminds me, excuse the digression, that Geoff Gibbs ’79 claims plausibly that he might have been Gunn’s QB were it not for the 9th graders and 8th graders joint promotion his year. I.e. he never had the chance to lead Terman 9th graders and had to compete with Danny McCalister a year younger without ever leading his team. 

Chris has coached for San Jose State, Boise State, Washington Huskies, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. I am guessing he has as many seasons as a pro coach as Harbaugh, and remind me: who is still competing in the NFL?

I hope the Colts pull this one out.


edit to add: 31-25 Ravens in OT; Jackson to Brown, not to be confused with Jackson Brown. 37-for-43 442 yards for Lamar Jackson. Has 34 victories before age 25 tied with Dan Marino for greatest start for a young QB. Which is 140.5 rating on 100 point scale. 


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Diunna does Dallas, I mean Houston, I mean Greaseland and Palo Alto

Diunna Greenleaf Houston legend soon to be worldwide

I don’t believe I had heard of Diunna Greenleaf until I walked into San Jose’s Greaseland Studios last Monday, one week ago and kissed her cheek. I might have been my first kiss, exceptin’ my wife and my hound since before the bad times. It was her birthday, I also bought her flowers from a nearby CVS and a book on the history of Santa Clara County, that had a band on the cover, circa 1900.

Terry asked me to drive her to the clinic to get the Phizer booster. I didn’t realize we were going to San Jose, to the Stanford clinic near Good Sam until we were turning the car around in the driveway.

We got there about 40 minutes early and rather than idling in the lot I decided I’d look for a coffee shop. But then it hit me that we were near Greaseland, Kid Andersen’s secret locale where more than 100 blues sessions have been cut, to quite an effect.

I went by Wells, withdrew a handfull of bills, like a Michigan bandroll by way of South Side of Chicago by way of Downtown North Palo Alto — land of unicorns – and said “let’s do Palo Alto on Thursday”.

The rest is her story.

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Stupidly as a religion in Pullman

Coach nick of the cougars will be fired mo

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Earthwise Monthly Totals January thru October

BLUF: I’m on pace in 2021 for 400 posts on Plastic Alto and 32 shows, my all time record, at Earthwise Productions. 

Trying to recall
Trying to

I have 3,159 published articles on Plastic Alto, a wordpress format. On the internet. Despite hating the internet. I know, cognitive dissonance. Some of those posts have just a headline, like 10 words. Some have 10,00o words, like the treatise on the history of jazz in palo alto, which i admit, is experiental and repeats sections, like in a music compostion.

Today I am merely totally the number of posts each month this year. Then adding one photo per month. Like the Jimmy Buffet song about taking a week off to try to recall the whole year.

I have four or five shows left this year. I  might break my career best which is 32. In about 1999. I’m somewhere around 20. The four shows left are Mary Gauthier at Mitch Bowl, a week from today October 17 at 2 p.m. Also the day before with David Boyce Philip Greenlief Tenor Sax duo, at Lytton Plaza, unless the cops are there with guns drawn in which case we will use the overhang from the shuttered Stanford Theatre, or somewhere else on Uni. At 3 pm. With Jonathan Lagunte Bautista doing a quick preceding segment on alto, at 2:45, but not sitting in. Actually, the Mary Gauthier (“go shay”) has Jaimee Harris either sitting in or preceding or both. And also Sylvie Simmons will introduce Mary and Jaimee and do one or two or at most three songs on uke.  And I will do next to nothing, say closer to 10 words and not 10,000. There might also be a doctor or two or at most three from Stanford checking our temperatures no that’s a joke; there will likely be a doctor who signs, stay tuned. And stay masked and vaxxed. Sings not signs. And then, if I can extend this graph Sylvie Simmons comes back three weeks later, to perform and host and help curate A Leonard Cohen Tribute. Which will go on sale tomorrow or later today. With or more acts added. And then entonces after than November 12 Thursday hit there is eight nights later, eight crazy nights no doubt, a Friday, November 20 concert featuring Barbara Manning, a fav. Barbara Manning and the SF Seals played the Cub on May 5, 1995, google says 9,655 days ago. She is playing head of three-act bill with The Corner Laughers featuring one of my favorite people what is her name its early on a Sunday and i am kind of peot beet like the poets beat the like poets Karla Kane. Our first work together after a pretty long courtin’ period. She and her hubby I think his name is Koi. And maybe baby, too. The perscussionist. (Who I saw doing some Bonzo Bonham licks a whiles back at Palo Alto World Music Day which I call Palo Alto World(wide) Music Day or Make Music Palo Alto or Fete De La Musique but is not world music even if you have a 4-y0 half-Vietnamese percussionist. Anyhoo I digress. Twenty-twenty one. Almost done. And about 100 days before my berfday. Fiddyeight. Okay, where is the spirit line of this parenthetical riff?)

Tommy Foley, former Gunn wrestler and track star, and Dar’s nephew, busking at bagel stop

Then I am likely not doing any live shows until my birthday weekend of January 28, 2022 wherein I am doing three shows on consecutive nights with Caroline Davis a reeds player and her quartet which is latin cognate for three others like maybe a bass, a piano and maybe guitar or horn. A residency. Which is a first for Earthwise. In 2020, before the troubles, I had Patty Barber doing home and away, Earthwise Palo Alto and also Earthwise Occidental up near Marin or Sonoma, but not as far as Sea Ranch Sonoma Medicino line Gualala. Earthwise is both adapted to its niche and creepy. In the sense of a vine extending along side our home, but also sinosphere or whatever that Laura Veirs song I was tripping on a whiles back which was just in the New York Times the creature not the Laura Viers song or my 10 or more tributes to it. But my wife, Terry Acebo Davis likes to throw away all my clippings. I can update with the tame of the tubular thingy. Tommy Jordan one of my favorite musicians and believe you me worth falling into a fountain over, just sent me a picture of his father coincidentally also named Tom and I wrote back “Chico and the Man”.

So I mean to update this

oh I also wrote to Matt Merewitz apropos of Charles Rumback, Caroline Davis, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Gauthier a list of 216 artists I’ve worked with including 10 who are his current clients, he has about 60. Maybe he will help get the word out about my three big shows with Caroline Davis, despite his being thousands of miles away, I don’t even know where, Philly or New York I think

Terry Acebo Davis Bernardus Carmel Valley

to put up some photos likely more than 10, closer to 20 that sum up the old year whole year rather synecdoche or whatever and a few ringers or red herrings, mostly things I’ve show and not just ripped. I admit that out of the 42,336 photos on my phone there are 10 or so that are porn, I’m only human. My wife has about that many that she sneaks of me, like on the john. Again, only Holman. K? C? (that’s a jokey reference to Karen Holman thought I am not sure whey I thought of her in reference to toilets or porn…I also have a lovely portrait of Margo Davis shot in front of Bell’s Books recently, but I keep looking for it to no avail. Here in Plasty, which is a Ornette Coleman reference

I also have 3,568 videos mostly of my dog and then of music.

In February we snuck away to Sea Ranch near the Sonoma – Mendocino border, where we also, on a previous trip, saw a house concert featuring Chronos Quartet


February: 17 posts

Terry modified Alice Neal

Kind of a random place for this but when Quarantunes came out — the music service produced by local preppy students, I bookmarked some images of Julia Rose Segal of Palo Alto who is now a Stanford ’25 and was profiled in the Stanford Daily. Her song “Maybe Its A Sign” reminds me of Laura Nyro at the same age, Swing Out Sister and “Both Sides Now“. And she’s certainly more Olivia Rodrigo than Doja Cat, despite being the latter’s coreligionist, we infer. NJGat she is. 

Jazz singer we met at the new courtyard bar in Menlo Park, the Oak Room I think, is his name Nate Pruitt of Primary Colors?


March: 10 posts

April: 22 posts

May: 26 posts

Steve Cohen is in Vegas this week and had Maria K the biggest bluffer at his table — he’s a dealer but to Duffy his like a second daddy. Steve and Eric passed a lot of the pandemic on campus, where they were born and therefore here in downtown north with Terry and I.

June: 27 posts


My $1,000 European glasses and detail of a $500,000 Lobdell I think we were at Cantor.

July: 30 posts

This museum guard said she wants to be an artist, but did not respond to my invitation to create content for Plastic Alto

August: 33 posts


My sound vendor Andy and I went to the Giants and were standing only, while Fannie Mae here was dance the night away

September: 41 posts

A lot of my photos are reacting to other media, very post modern, yes?


October (first 10 days): 13 posts

Beautiful European woman and friend of Axon Orkestra on Ramona last Friday, an encore from the Mayor’s Together Again Palo Alto tapas series produced by Earthwise


edit to add: a partial score from Fantasy Football the GFL, Gunn Football League formerly Gunnational Football League a tribute to Gnational Football League which I saw as a pun or coined term on “national” but I may not have noted “gnat” as in “small”:

DuffyDogs 5, GoldBlooded 8 and I forget if my oponent is my Gunn and Dartmouth classmate and 9th grade hoops teammate Gregory Sterling Nerland Esq or his spawn who looks, acts and goes to the hole in hoops like Lynn Tracy, my Dartmouth classmate. GoldBlooded which I think is a Warriors reference versus Maple Laners which is beyond me, formerly Jack Russell Terriors. Davante “Da Bag of Nuts” Adams of Barron School but Paly not Gunn so far is 1 point 4 targets 2 rec 51 yards if you believe what you read on the internet.


Terry and I took Aleta and Fanny to the Gregory Porter show
, You’ve come a long way, baby

edit to add:

I’m sure she’d rather have fans her own age but I’ve been tracking the underground Palo Alto music scene, including CoHo and current undergraduates for many years, so I look forward to discovering Julie Rose Segal ’25 — reminds me of Vienna Teng who was also known as Cynthia Shih at Stanford. There’s some women from Palo Alto making waves in music like Remi Wolf and Molly Tuttle, 23 and 26. There’s a great grad student just arrived from LSU called Taylor Goss, plus Frost is bringing amazing music, which is inspirational. The first rock star from Palo Alto was Grace Slick, maybe JRS will be the next. (post to Stanford Daily)


What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow

Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,

You cannot say, or guess, for you know only

A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,

And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,

And the dry stone no sound of water. Only

There is shadow under this red rock,

(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),

And I will show you something different from either

Your shadow at morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

andandand: a reality check is that I keep nodding off at 10:13 on a Sunday night between couting the number of posts in February and updating the post…

I am at 257 posts and about 60,000 visitors this year.

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Axon Orkestra pop up Old Pro, Giants playoff pre-game

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