Big week for Earthwise Productions, The Mitch, and me. Eight days that is, today, Monday, September 23 thru midnight September 30. One hundred eighty or so golden hours.
Mark Kozelek, performer known as Sun Kil Moon, has an evening at Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room (“The Mitch” — the moniker is actually a nod to Mitch Okmin, his uberagent) on Friday.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, we have an even 100 sold and 100 available.
Three days later, in the Jewish New Year, High Holy Days, we have Molly Tuttle band, in what might be her first big hard ticket show since becoming, well, almost famous.
As of getting out of my car and strolling over to my office, there are 189 sold and 11 extant.
Karla Kane has an interview with Molly in the Palo Alto Weekly upcoming and I told her I would check back on whether to say “sold out” or give ticket information. Past performance is not indicative of future success, so maybe there are only 189 Molly Tuttle fans available on a Monday school nite for $20 at a community center to see the top Bluegrass Guitarist and a pretty decent songwriter — at least when she collaborates with her friends Steve Poltz and Jewel Kilcher (“Million Miles”).
In addition to putting up my two weird flyers for Sun Kil Moon today, and my typical stack of things I will never actually get around to reading, I am sketching out my intro to each act.
For Mark I will say something about how he’s been around for 20 years and on my radar, but a series of coincidences or serendipity caused the show to happen here, five months after seeing him again for the first time at Kuumbwa in April, by FolkYeah.
For Molly I will say something about reading a story in the Weekly about her when she was a teen, forgetting about it and then a series of coincidences or serendipity brought the bandwagon within my leap and I was able to get Palo Alto and The Mitch on her itinerary in between, loosely Telluride and Australia. (“The Mitch” but I have already started floating the idea of petitioning to rename the room “The Tuttle Family Hall”).
Meta-interlude: if you read Plastic Alto — and it now has 100,000 hits — you might know the various categories but not their meanings. In this case this post is filed under: Plato’s Republic, Sex, Sports and Words. Because the room is part of the public sector, We The People approved in 2010 a Bond Issue to build the $50 M facility, and I am fundamentally an advocate of arts being part of the public space, I tag this type of post — that includes actual coverage of actual government functioning, public hearings and the like – -and I did attend a press conference at Santa Clara chambers last week, on the brouhaha with the 49ers and The Stadium Authority — although ironically Molly’s show conflicts with Palo Alto City Council – -I texted several of them to suggest an early adjournment. “Sex” is a provacative way of saying “gender”. Molly Tuttle is the first woman named guitar player of the year by the bluegrass association. Twice. “Sports” in that Sun Kil Moon is a boxing reference; one of his or their best songs is about the death of the boxer Duk Koo Kim. My posters feature Pernell Whitaker — an actual boxer — and Bill Burroughs posing shirtless and brandishing his fists. “Words” — I forget why; unless I mean lyrics and or the naming of the group. (If I think of it, I will sift thru the archives — of more than 2,000 posts — to see how I’ve used this tag previously. The nine most used tags are: Plato’s Republic; media; sex; music; “uncategorized” which in this case means I forgot to specify, its the default; art; ethnicities which means “jewish”; words; sports and filthy lucre which means money.
I will update this with visuals and the ticket counts and the actual draft of my short intros.