Marcus Shelby and Howard Wiley at Cafe Claude

Marcus Shelby at Cafe Claude in San Francisco, September 1, 2011

Terry Acebo Davis and I met and regaled Terry Allen with our Sled Allen baseball card sets (featuring work by Mark Weiss, Terry Acebo Davis, Rob Syrett and Mia Ollikainen — honorable mention to Grant Kosh and Steve Cohen; raspberries to the others of you who ignored the RFQ). We also met Robert Hudson at the show and schmoozed with Paule Anglim’s able, helpful and generally lovely staff: Christine, Travis and Monica.

We were not invited to the post-party dinner, alas, so wandered into the Union Square night looking for grub. The syren calls of what turned out to be Marcus Shelby Trio with Howard Wiley

Howard Wiley, tenor sax

lured us into a lovely light supper at Cafe Claude; we sat at the bar and talked Uruguayan football with Enrique, plus got insight into Metallica’s show at a large corporate event by one of the event’s caterers. (She finished my sentence when I was pontificating that for Metallica to play a trade show meant buku books — I said “one million” and that the fledgling high tech company not so much wanted their followers to understand metal as much as that he wanted to show that he could make them… his bitch).

Marcus Shelby and I traded bits and bytes on the DeYoung, John Corbett in Chicago, his Port Chicago piece, Stanford, Mingus and more. He said he was commissioned by the DeYoung to write a companion piece to Edward Hicks “Peaceable Kingdom”.

Later he was joined by a fledgling female vocalist who nailed some Cole Porter standards, and made me regret having to go home so early.

Maybe we can get Marcus Shelby to play some tunes at the dedication of the Mildred Howard “Clear Story” next week in Palo Alto — by nine today I had put in to calls on that topic, we’ll see, clearly.

Not to completely ruin the mood but here is someone’s home video of the Metallica appearance at a trade show, purportedly their first corporate gig.

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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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6 Responses to Marcus Shelby and Howard Wiley at Cafe Claude

  1. markweiss86 says:

    I also left a voice mail for Jordan Kurland asking if the Alden Van Buskirk tribute that Matt Gonzalez and I are producing in October, featuring Jack Hirshman, could be some kind of Treasure Island satellite event; Christine Ancalmo of Paule Anglim’s staff moonlights as a concert lighting artist under the name Dubbo Studios which gave me the idea. We would be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Lami” Alden Van Buskirk’s poetry tome; he was Jack Hirshman’s student at Dartmouth in the early 1960s. We are planning an event possibly at Highsmith’s “Books and Bookcases” store and gallery, on 14th Street north of the Castro. Details tba.
    This following having left a voice mail for Jordan’s co-worker Justin Little about “a promotional appearance for Matt Nathanson” — see my previous post “Matt et Mark”.
    And yes I am self-commenting again.

  2. markweiss86 says:

    Okay so although I am a Ludditte about high tech generally, and refuse to name here the corporation that hired Metallica, and admittedly cannot hire Metallica to play any of my events or initiatives (not even with help of CC or MF), I admit that Marc Benioff is a mensch for donating $100 million to UCSF pediatrics. Maybe I should change my name from Mark Bennett Weiss to in his honor Marc Benioff Weiss. Although as Alissa at the bar said, they would have had a better show with Empire of The Son, or Joanna Newsom for Alanis. Ie. “Outside Lands” and Folkyeah! bands, not the new dinosaurs.

  3. markweiss86 says:

    come to think of it the fledgling vocalist — reading the language between the four artists told me that this is a new acquaintance to one of the musicans who saw in her the potential and asked her to sit in — Howard and Mark clearly would rather be leading groups of their own mostly instrumental compositions and not backing vocalists, although Howard plays with Lavay Smith and Mark played on Rupa Marya’s first cd — sang “the way you look tonight” which is by Jerome Kern and was in, according to the search-injuns, 1936 Fred Astaire film “Swing Time” and won the Oscar for best song. I wrote in the wrong box here at wordpress that i thought said unnamed vocalist could, if you can base it on only two songs, win the Monk competition for vocalists — and this is coming from a guy who met Jane Monheit at her first show and saw Gretchen Parlato at a small club in Philly — Chris’s I think — and went to a movie with Luciana Souza and Danilo Perez (and Donny McCaslin and Adam Cruz) in fall, 2000.

  4. markweiss86 says:

    Marcus Shelby reported back that the mystery singer is Tiffany who he met in Japan and that she is actually a law student.

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