Celebrating 25 and a half: or, half celebrating

Belated thanks to Sal Pizarro of the Merc for plugging my concert series — I don’t think I noticed it until months later while doing a little subtle self-googling. 
THE SHOW GOES ON: It’s been 25 years since Mark Weiss started Earthwise Productions, but he’s still going strong bringing music to Palo Alto. You might remember the shows Earthwise staged at the old Cubberley High School in the 1990s (after the school closed in 1980), but Weiss kicked off a new series this summer at the Mitchell Park Community Center — aka The Mitch.

A couple of noteworthy shows on the calendar are Engage, with trumpet player Dave Douglas, on Nov. 21 and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop on Dec. 20. Earthwise is also hosting a free show with sax player Larry Ochs on Dec. 12 at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com by searching for “Earthwise.”

Matt Nathanson, Tuck and Patti, Bertrand Russell, Cheese Board, Beth Custer, Chris Isaak,Eric Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, a South African potter,The Dead, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, Terry Acebo Davis, Chris Strausser, Krist Novalesic’s green stained shirt, Elvis impersonator, Bleachbear eating a crocodile, Shelly Doty, Jerry Hannan, Rachel Garlin, Ed Gilbert, Bill Frisell

since the scope of truth is infinite there will always be unanswered questions…

and1: taking a hint from Terri of hudba pr in Richmond, CA there is a sax player to keep my ears open:

Saxophonist/composerJacám Manricks marks his arrival as a full-fledged auteur on the splendid Samadhi, set for a September 4 release on his own Manricks Music Records. Already an accomplished composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and improviser, Manricks’s sixth album adds recording, engineering, producing, and mixing to his overflowing skill set. Thus it stands as a vision entirely of the leader’s own making—albeit with input from his high-caliber colleagues, pianist Joe Gilman, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Clarence Penn.

I met Clarence last November with Dave Douglas. Manricks is from Australia but moved to Sacramento a while ago. His ethnic heritage is complex. Reminds me that I heard from my former Gunn school mate the artist Nina Kathadourian who referencing one of her documentary art films says her father is Armenian from Beirut while Mom is Swedish from Finland, which reminds me I am late for lunch leftover Chinese from Kwan and lasagne from Barrone, after I walk the dog who has an Irish name but is part Chinese and part Cuban. He has hair and not fur. When people ask his gender I say he is modern metrasexual left lifter. Would that it were so simple. Mere surmise sir. Sit. I mean. 

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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