Elvin Bishop, Friday December 20, at The Mitch

Strutting our stuff, ya’ll: Earthwise welcomes Elvin at the Mitch

Tickets now at Eventbrite.


Did I mention anywhere here in plastic alto that when I was Henry Butler’s manager we did 30 dates with Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite and others under the name front porch blues starting in San Diego finishing in Maine?


As a teen I knew “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” and “Struttin’ My Stuff” but didn’t know who they were by, or that both were by Elvin Bishop; the first sung by Mickey Thomas.

His most recent hit, 30 years later, I first heard, with Bobby Cochran on vocals, in Cambridge, Mass, at the House of Blues, stop 26 of 30 for Front Porch Blues tour:

Not to lick a gift salt with the tongue — which is something they used to let us eat back in the meat yards of Chicago where at one point I had more than 100 Levi cousins — well they were cows, of course, fixing them to eats — but I will be glad if the band includes of course Bobby but also Ruth Davies — who I met for the first time recently at Stanford Jazz Workshop and also Mitch Woods, a piano player who recorded with Elvin recently.

Also, sort of reminds me, in a Plastic Alto way, that I once bought a bus load of blues musicians dinner at McDonalds, somewhere between New Haven and University of Maine — the bus rolled straight thru the restaurant, only slowing enough to toss a couple bags of burgers thru the driver side window. I guess that meant that Front Porch Blues tour briefly became Side Window Burgers Bus. Know what I mean!?

Anyhoo, we will not likely have burgers on the bill December 20 but vittels from Ada’s Cafe of Palo Alto, open special until 9 when Palo Alto moves earth-wise.

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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