Finding Jupiter at CoHo this Thursday, May 5

I met the dude from Patch (AOL Palo Alto bureau), Aaron Selverston today — he had the word PATCH in big green lettering on his maguffin — and sniffing around his site led me to post a review of Stanford’s student union (but open, I think, to us townies) The CoHo (coffee house) and then noticing that SCON (Stanford Concert Network) is producing a free show there this Thursday, May 5, 2011 (Cinco de Mayo), free (and open to us townies, right?) featuring what it took me a minute to affirm is a local campus band called Finding Jupiter. After 35 seconds in their video, I could, like Cee Lo or Adam Levine on “The Voice” punch the button and say “check this out” (if not “I want to work with you…”).

Here is what I posted there, on Patch, about shows I have brought to CoHo independently, as if from another planet or possessing of a smiley golden voice.

With the Stanford Jazz workshop and concert series coming up, especially this summer, I like to check out the jams featuring students (high school and college age) and staff (mostly musicians in their twenties). Last year I saw a jam that featured Pascal LeBouef on piano, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Matt Wilson on drums, who were teachers but also headliners in the concert series — the jam sessions at CoHo have always been free. I also have seen Gunn High graduate (way back when) Akira Tana — the drummer — leading jazz jams there off-season.
Stanford Concert Network over the years has produced weekly serie there — mainly publicized on campus but I think open to the whole community. Years ago I produced some free concerts there, as a public service and or to make friends with or pay tribute (in the “Goodfellas” sense of the word) to artists, their managers, their labels and their agents, with artists like Ama Ofosu-Barko (Nya Jade), Tim and Greg of the Mother Hips, Matt Nathanson, MXPX side project Arthur, Moxy Fruvous and probably most successfully Freedy Johnston. I recall then-SCON director Bryan Perez (who went on to work for Madison Garden) describing how Jewel did a residency — three weekly shows — there when she was a new artist. Go, CoHo!!!

Like the lady from “Romper Room” I am looking into my (stupid box of lights) and seeing former Stanford Concert Network staffers like Bryan Perez, Wesley Radez, Jim Haljun, Corky Gainsford of Peel, Mark Mitchell who went to Law School and sat next to me at “Top Dog Underdog” on Broadway featuring Mos Def, Seeta Gangadharan (is that right? — I actually got that right, the last name, although I had her first name like the Nina Paley film), Jason Colton. Srini Kumar? Was he on SCON? (Unamerican).

Edit to add, May 3: Dean from Finding Jupiter saw my post and wrote to say the show is being postponed. Also, updating my post gives me opportunity to mention that when Terry and I (and this is a digression) visited with filmmaker Les Blank a few weeks ago I noticed one of Srini Kumar’s stickers on Les’ file cabinet. Srini was a Stanford grad, in bands like Cain and The Aquamen, who would come to my shows (and even hosted one, in “Alma Street Warehouse”, Seam and Spent, and cooked for the bands!), then created this awesome sticker company — pre World Trade Center collapse, of course — called Unamerican. I think he is involved in applications for the popular hand-held computer-phones now, and may have gone to the big bad B School in the South.

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, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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2 Responses to Finding Jupiter at CoHo this Thursday, May 5

  1. Hey Mark,

    This is Dean, the guitarist in Finding Jupiter. Really cool to find your blog and see the “Do It Again” video! I hope you enjoyed it!

    I wanted to let you know that we unfortunately had to cancel our Thursday night show at the CoHo due to an unexpected family emergency–I have to fly home tomorrow and won’t be back until the weekend. We’re trying to reschedule and will definitely be playing a free show on a Thursday night later this month at the CoHo. We can keep you posted.

    Anyways, I saw that you’re a concert promoter and found your Earthwise Productions page on MySpace. If you like our stuff, I’d love to meet up with you sometime! Feel free to shoot me an email at



    • markweiss86 says:

      Hi, Dean. I hope everything works out. Look forward to catching you later. I am tempted (partially because blog-world is new to me, being a Ludditte and a little too old to really “get it” here) to re-title this post “(Good luck) Finding Jupiter this Thursday at CoHo” which works two ways, ironically and sincerely…

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