Alex De Grassi part of The Varsity Theatre guitar pantheon

Eric Hanson, who appears most often in Plastic Alto as the baseball poet and Cleveland Indians fan, is now an agent with Baylin Artist Management in Philadelphia, an agency whose clients include Matt Haimovitz, Christopher Riley, Kaki King and Rani Arbo’s Daisy Mayhem.

The above video is part of the library of performances amassed by Randy Lutge when his family owned and ran the beloved and historic Varsity Theatre in Palo Alto. The list of guitar players who played there included: Alex De Grassi, Will Ackerman, Stanley Jordan, Michael Hedges — those were all local guys. Hershel Yatovitz, who has been Chris Isaak’s axe man for 10 years tells me that H used to play at Gaylord’s Ice Cream all night for tips, that meet up with Hedges in the alley behind the Varsity to exchange deep philosophies and yucks.

Good luck to Eric in this new venture.

Matt Haimovitz is also a Palo Altan, by the way.

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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