Mexican wrestling mask: or, hero with two or three faces

Hear Music, the retail chain that became part of Starbucks, underwrote a pilot series of Sundays in the Park at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto; the first show featured Los Straitjackets, the second Maria Muldaur, who actually replaced Blind Boys of Alabama who agreed to play and then backed out to join a Tom Petty tour, call them petty if you will — and thanks again for Danny Scher flipping through his flights book to try to convince the agent that the band could be all places at once. Anyhow, we also got a Femi Kuti show at Cubberley as part of the make-up so it’s relatively cool.

I think it was Herschel Yatovitz who took this snapshot of me wearing a Mexican wrestling mask that Los Straitjackets were trying to sell.

I thought to dig this out of my archive after viewing the Mexican photography exhibit at SFMOMA. Also, here is a link to a great book you can buy here or there (SFMOMA), of “Lucha Libre” by Lourdes Grobet.
http://www.amazon.com/Lourdes-Grobet-Lucha-Carlos-Monsivais/dp/1933045051

The other artists who played in that short-lived series included Kary Walker and Holcombe Waller.

I also wish to point out that I am wearing one of the Cubberley Sessions t-shirts, from Cinder Block, and Jon Hess, that featured Cubby the Cub Bear our logo, that I lifted from a 1909 Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown trading card — it’s a quasi-official Chicago Cubs logo, from what I can gather, but it looks more like Tlingit art that official MLB iconography, mixed with Edgar Allen Poe “Gold Bug”.

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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2 Responses to Mexican wrestling mask: or, hero with two or three faces

  1. bmoore2 says:

    I went to a Los Straighjackets show in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1998 at Mark Weiss’s suggestion. One of the best musical events I’ve ever been to.

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