Those mother palo alto hips

timgreg2011-lgAbove photo by Andrew Quist in 2011 courtesy of Fast Atmosphere Mother Hips website. Hips are celebrating 20 years as a rock and roll band, and extended family or brotherhood.

Off the top of my head, I can think of four places I did shows with the Hips in Palo Alto: two shows at Cubberley, one duo show at Stanford CoHo and a biggish free show at City Hall Plaza as part of the post-race festivities of the Chronicle Classic 5-mile run.

Mother Hips play tonight at Oakland at Fox Theatre — Terry and I are opting for something less interesting, burritos or Chinese take-out at some friends’ house and perhaps not sleeping thru a screening of “The Hobbit-2”.

Mother Hips also played the Edge several times, produced in-house by the club.

Dave Schwartz of Fast Atmoshphere had sent me archive tapes of the two Cubberley shows; he may have a complete set of all Mother Palo Alto Hips events.

I have some posters by Jon and I, and abstracted photoshopped nude by Ruth Bernhard.

(“Stet” to mis-identifying the web host company two graphs above)

The other Palo Altism that comes to mind is that Tim and Greg were originally in a band with Ali Weiss, Ali and the Cats — she is from here and I met her by phone for the first time about a year ago and chatted her up about all this. The four-disc retrospective the band put out recently includes a radio interview back in Chico from that period.

Not that I am that down with Gov. Jerry Brown, but I am sometimes tempted to write him a letter about some cultural protocol for honoring Mother Hips and “california soul”. I worked on his 1992 campaign for U.S. President when we both lived in SF.

Here’s a selfie back when you used a disposable camera with actual film, from that Stanford CoHo event, of Tim Bluhm and myselfie.timbluhm-1

Another funny Earthwisism about the Hips is that I met Stanford basketball great 6’9″ Joe Kirchofer recently at a football game and he told me that he first discovered the band at that CoHo show I organized. (Seeing him at a Hips show I imagine is like seeing Bill Walton at the Dead).

Here are two posters from those days. motherhips-mbw

Now that I am adopting the digitized protocol of music and using this fairly functional lapdance thingy, I am taking advantage of their free download offer. (but believe me, no matter how many more $10 billion dollar app deals there are, music and otherwise, you got to see Mother Hips live or you just don’t get it)

This one was for a run of shows that included Mother Hips and Train

This one was for a run of shows that included Mother Hips and Train

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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