33: Can you hit Uncle Charlie?

Charlie Hunter poster for upcoming show at Goldenvoice Regency Ballroom lounge.

That should be the name of my blog. Not “Plastic Alto, not “The Entire Farrago,” but “Can you hit Uncle Charlie?!” Maybe with the interrobang at the end?!
I spied this very cool Charlie Hunter poster on the window of Frijjtz Dutch-style french fries et cetera shop in Hayes Valley yesterday. She show is coming up next month in the lounge area of Regency Ballroom; booked by Goldenvoice — the people who put on Coachella Festival AND bought The Warfield theater. (He also has some shows, as always, at Yoshi’s).
The poster depicts two plugs for amps…Not sure what this means, something about his dual nature playing two parts — lead and rhythm simultaneously on his guitar. But poster is very cool nonetheless. I will have to check on where the general public can get the poster before I decide whether to hunt around to steal one off of a telephone pole or beg promoter or artist management to hold me one.

Charlie is touring with Eric Kalb drummer and a new trio member, Michael R. Williams on bass trumpet. I had to searchinjun a little to figure out who he is, but sounds very cool. (Besides the fact we have the same initials. MW. )
I was pleased recently to see Charlie Hunter in the music credits for the  newer Ken Burns baseball movie on PBS.  I wish I could say that I heard the music — only that I liked the music I was hearing and then paid keen attention to what the music credits were. (It was an older performance, with Leon Parker on drums).

I thought it was cool that there was also a snatch of dialogue in the baseball movie about whether a prospect “could hit Uncle Charlie.” That’s slang for “curve ball” apparently. So if I want to rename this blog “Can you hit Uncle Charlie” that would be referencing the elliptical nature of this. Like a funhouse mirror. Things start one direction and go


Charlie is in New York tomorrow night at Le Poisson Rouge and then makes his way out west.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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3 Responses to 33: Can you hit Uncle Charlie?

  1. markweiss86 says:

    Terry and I also met two young artists from Philadelphia who were selling their little panels on Hayes Street. We could not resist walking away with two mini masterpieces, mine depicting a baseball player, hers with striped little tableaus of SF citylife –that according to Crockett and Sarah who collaborate as SCUBA is also the basis for a t-shirt.

    Although we chatted them up at length — enough that we missed the first scene of “West Side Story” — we did not get them to divulge that they have a show coming up at FM Gallery in Oakland.

  2. Mark Weiss says:

    Charlie appears on Sedge Thompson’s West Coast Live this Saturday somewhere’s between 10 and 12 a.m.

  3. Mark Weiss says:

    Regarding Mark Christman’s Ars Nova Series in Philadelphia, beyond the Amendola, Nels Cline, ROVA show there is also something upcoming on his schedule called Jooklo Duo from it looks like Finland: http://jooklo.altervista.org/ featuring Virginia Genta on reeds — inching closer to my “1,001 Saxophone Nights” list goal of identifying 1,001 sax players.

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