Trevor Dunn, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan appear within 4 miles and 80 hours of each other in separate shows produced by the Big 4 of Another Planet, Golden Voice, Stanford Live and Earthwise Productions of Palo Alto.
First up, Friday, October 11 — tonight — basisst Trevor Dunn, along with drummer Scott Amendola and reedsman Philip Greenlief play Mitchell Park Community Center at 8 pm with tickets $20 at EventBrite.
Saturday, at 6:30 at Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford campus, Texas troubadour Willie Nelson appears, tickets $40 at AXS. His son Lukas Nelson opens the show. (Motoko Honda, a Japanese jazz pianist, opens the Dunn show)
After a brief respite for sports fans to take in a 49ers Rams clash on tv, the music lovers fantasy continues with singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (“blowing in the wind”, “masters of war” “Hurricane”) making a rare local appearance, to celebrate that Jewish holiday about the makeshift housing and the lemon and the palm fronds – Sukkot — 7:30 Monday, which even more intriguingly is also Indigenous Peoples Day (earthwise productions was founded in 1994 by Palo Altan and Dartmouth grad as a spin off from an Earth Day indigenous people’s initiative; he also studiend with Michael Dorris at Dartmouth). Tickets were $70 but are sold out. Tickets remain for Amendola, Dunn Greenlief.
Weiss points out that a former Stanford student Bryan Perez, a Latino, is now CEO of AXS, the Golden Voice AEG ticketing service and answer to TicketMaster, who are generally regarded as EVIL.
Weiss also claims, plausibly, that his Jewish lay rabbi, Danny Scher, who promoted Grateful Dead concerts at Frost in the 1970s before becoming Bill Graham’s right hand man, tried to get BGP leadership to buy out Weiss, based on a run of jazz shows in the 1990s at Cubberley, that included Scott Amendola (with Charlie Hunter). Further Weiss claims that Greg Perloff’s assistant at the time, D_ , told him that Greg kept a file on Weiss and considered buying him out when he launched Another Planet Entertainment but opted for Allen Scott and Bryan Duquette of Mystery Machines when he needed Gen X input to his venture. Weiss said he confronted Perloff on these rumors, after the Dylan show at The Regency on Van Ness a few years ago. Weiss’ guest that night, he recalls, was half Jewish scottish teacher activist and singer songwriter Rachel Garlin of Berkeley and Harvard.
Hold on to your hats, fans, this is going to be a bumpy 4 nights!
ed note: I guarantee that music fans for $20 at The Mitch Friday for Trevor Scott Phil and Motoko will be as satisfied as the people (including myself) who paid $70 each to see Dylan and Willie Nelson at Frost. Here is Andrew Gilbert weighing in:
Before Trevor Dunn relocated to Brooklyn at the turn of the century, the bassist was a whirlwind of activity on the Bay Area music scene, touring relentlessly with influential experimental rock band Mr. Bungle while also exploring variously structured and unstructured situations with improvisors such as pianist Graham Connah, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, guitarist John Schott, drummer Scott Amendola, and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief. Dunn doesn’t make it back to the Bay often, scarcity that heightens the anticipation of this reunion with the inveterately creative Greenlief and consistently inspired Amendola, who also contributes buzzy textures and unsettling blips on electronics. Encompassing furious flights, low down grooves, and spacious soundscapes, the trio’s music is volatile, protean, and delectably unpredictable. They also perform Friday at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park Center.