Lardner and Hermosilla Free Show Wednesday at Lytton Plaza

First of all, it would not be un-American to hear great Spanish folk music and tape or skip the World Series Games 6 and 7. Second, Sam Lardner said he wants to make sure that if people check out the impromptu just-added Wednesday “hora feliz — happy hour” show in Palo Alto — 5 pm at Lytton Plaza on University Avenue in Palo Alto that it would not mean they could or would miss the actual show Thursday in SF.
And I also wanted to say that Mary Morgan Finegan and I had the chance to catch up by phone Sunday — she was concerned that I had RSVP’d but missed the show at her home Saturday. We talked about gossip about the 12 or you but also recalled that it was in 1981 that we first met in that her family hosted some people from the Oaxaca Sister Cities Exchange to swim and hot tub — this was a year before we met again as Dartmouth admits; relevant because of the Spanish-language theme here, and because out of the blue the same Oaxacan — my exchange brother Guillermo — called last week  to express lament over the loss of Steve Jobs and say he is visiting me for the first time in 30 years next month.
So in honor of all of this I want to invite all comers to check out Lardner and Hermosilla “busking” (playing in the streets, as troubadours have done for centuries, unplugged, without amps* rain or shine) in Palo Alto tomorrow at Lytton Plaza.
I work in the music business — Stretch and Hulberts for example caught I show I did with the then-unknown Train years ago — and hung with Senor Lardner years ago when he played Freight and Salvage. I think checking him out in these contexts is not just being a good ’86 or Green — his music ranks with people I’ve known such as Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Martin Sexton, Bloque and Rupa Marya.
They are planning to play for about an hour — until the third inning or so. Some of us might retire to nearby Old Pro to drink and eat and talk about how great we were as Little Leaguers. Actually there is a Wednesday jam at Lytton Plaza with a sound gear and I just might be coaxed into doing my 25-minute tribute to Allen Ginsburg called Beat Hotel Rm 32 reads Howl — I don’t wear a beard or chase underage boys but let the formerly banned text of “Howl” perform itself, as musicians improvise a background. I’m just the wave not the ocean.
I asked Sam and Pedro to play partly to support my ongoing advocacy for music programming here in Palo Alto (where Melissa is on the school board not incidentally, and I ran for City Council but lost).
Nos vemos espero que si y wah hoo wah,
Mark Weiss
*actually it turns out although Sam is ready to play old school and without amps the people I am representing in their fight to bring music to Lytton Plaza were planning their weekly jam session that day anyhow and will set up their stage and gear early to fit Sam and Pedro’s schedule, if Sam and Pedro want to be amped…speaking of which, maybe our classmate Diarmuid “Doc” O’Connell of Tesla and them can take a cue from the buskers and  can come up with an unplugged car that is not gas-guzzling or electric but is solar and man-powered like Fred Flintstone used??? Actually I surprised myself after a Tesla test drive how good it sounded to become a “team member”: only $15,000 down and $2,000 per month if I give up my apartment and move in with my girlfriend; it’s like the Woody Allen bit about working in burlesque for $50 per week — its all he can afford. My high school friend and former client Dan Adams– the Oxbow bassist  and jazz drummer — is, like O’Connell big at Tesla; and I was Chris Paine’s driver when his “Revenge of The Electric Car” played the Palo Alto International Film Festival, if you excuse the plasticity of going from Lardner and Hermosilla to Tesla.
Earthwise Productions presents Lardner and Hermosilla, Wednesday, October 26 , 2011, 5 p.m. free concert at Lytton Plaza, 200 University Avenue (at Emerson), Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A, Sam Lardner and Pedro Hermosilla, on tour from Spain, will perform one set before Sue Webb’s ongoing acoustic jam session at Palo Alto’s version of People’s Park. RIYL: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Martin Sexton, Bloque, Rupa Marya, Center for Ocean Solutions, Chico Carrasquel.
edit to add: Concert went great, and although I showed the musicians a photo of police brutality in Oakland and warned that there was a slim chance we would be shut down here in Palo Alto, the event went sin hitch.
I suggested to Lardner that he might want to do a whole album of Steve Wonder with flamenco accents — lke Robbie Fulks and his Michael Jackson cd “Happy.”

P.J. Hermosilla y Sam Lardner en Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto, California E.U.A, miercoles el 27 de octubre de 2011

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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3 Responses to Lardner and Hermosilla Free Show Wednesday at Lytton Plaza

  1. markweiss86 says:

    You Know Me, Al by Ring Lardner meets “Confession” by Richard Shindell, who played not Lytton but nearby Johnson Park (“Hey Doc” which his kid calls “Hey Duck” or Pato Alto):

  2. markweiss86 says:

    de lo mejor tambien se los conocen comp PJ Hermosilla (come PJ Harvey pero con cajones pues):

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