Old Davis band circa 1970


I got a call from Greg Brown one day saying that he wanted to show me a flyer he did for Old Davis. He said it was a band featuring a member of what would become Journey, either Gregg Rolie or Neil Schon. We did not sent up a meeting and when I asked him about this some time later, he forgot where he put it.

I tried to find this band by Google and could never remember the name.

By the way, I am starting to use the term “Google” as a verb, because Alan Eagle talked at my Andy Dolich sports marketing class and said it was “okay”. (Previously and various I used a coined term, “search-injun” as a verb and noun).

When I tried to find cites about my own Charlie Musselwhite concert, coming to the Palo Alto JCC, I found a flyer for the bluesman playing the Big Beat of Palo Alto which was on San Antonio near Charleston. Old Davis was on the bill.

For some reason, my Elvin Bishop show is selling much better than my Charlie Musselwhite show. I tried to get them to appear as a duo but they would not. (They are playing together in Berkeley I think). My Elvin show features Mitch Woods with Maria Muldaur as a support act. My Charlie show features the emerging artist Valerie Troutt of Oakland and Howard Wiley.

Other groups or acts to appear in upcoming shows, mostly at the Mitch, include: Matt the Electrician and Sylvie Simmons (at Cubberley, room H-1 — hey that reminds me: maybe I should have “Beat Hotel Rm 32′ to a 12 minute opening set, or Sussman Can’t Sleep; Dave Douglas Engage; Larry Ochs Dave Rempis; Mother Hips Duo; Patricia Barber; CJ Chenier; Marta Sanchez; Wayne Horvitz Sara Schoenbeck – -I’m actually doing a set of piano duo co-bills; Johnny A.

So much for Old Davis: anybody?


The art for this Charlie Musselwhite Old Davis Big Beat flyer looks like the Day on the Green logo, right? (I’m not saying that Greg Brown did the Day on the Green art – its likely a different flyer…) seems to say “Martin”


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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1 Response to Old Davis band circa 1970

  1. David. D. says:

    It was Schon… I went to high scholl with him. Old Davis were the biggest band on the mid peninsula at the time.

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