Garage Mahal w. Garage Mahal w. donkey poop news


Local band garage Mahal

Local band garage Mahal

I was likely the only one expecting to see Fareed Haque at the Father’s Day street music festival (“World Music Day”).

Nothing against cute local kids rocking out.

This is from June, two months ago, but I re-visted it in reference to Josh Code’s story on Palo Alto Weekly about the local Donkey fan club selling fertilizer under a name that in my opinion is too close to name of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I think there is risk of the local group getting challenged by the better known mark, especially since the friendly Vermont group was sold to a not-so-friendly multinational.

But what got the cherry poppin’ in my Garcia is that I tried to adend my previous two postings and the “moderator” said I could not post; so I sent my words to local reporter, Gen Sheyner. (Trigger warning: the context is donkey dung and I use words like “shit”)

I know that its not about me but during the time that I was running for City Council i was endorsed by Manilla Bol a relative of the people Bol Park was named for. She is living down near Santa Cruz and running an alternative school.

But I think the donkey bag thing would work just as well without trading on Ben and Jerry’s good will.

But if a lawyer type already worked thru this then I’ll shut my pie hole.

(My context is the numerous times I’ve found rock groups using names that were not researched properly. I recall also fighting with a party about each of our use of Sound Check. Also, my company here is Earthwise and there is another Earthwise in Atlanta. There is nothing new under the sun).

But I support the donkeys, in spirit. I like them better than the stuffed donkey fetish we were trotting around for a while. Gnome saying. )

Good story, Josh. Good luck in school!

There was a group of local young musicians at the recent Father’s day concert on Uni Ave using the name Garage Mahal not knowing that Fareed Haque has been using that name for years. I was likely the only one who turned up looking for Fareed. Also, I once went to a John Zorn show put on by city of Palo Alto only to learn that another John Zorn was using the name of John Zorn.

I shit you negative.

Dear readers, do you want local “paper of record” to protect you from vulgarity or tell it like it is and leave posts warts-and-all?


back when I presented Charlie Hunter five times at Cubberley, Blue Note sent me Fareed Hague’s version of Crosby Stills Nash classic album, which I gave to Helena Sol of Palo Alto Sol food monger.

insert your own donkey image here: ( )

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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