La Doña in The Chroñ


As a journalist turned concert promoter, I am quite often pitching stories to writers, not exclusively about my own shows. And a lot of my booking ideas come from print sources like the Chronicle, the Mercury, the New York Times the online Los Angeles Times, Downbeat or The Rolling Stone.

As I am waiting for my on-sale for my first concert in 17 months, it is reassuring that jazz scribe Andrew Gilbert profiles convincingly Cecelia Cassandra Peña-Govea, pka La Doña, who performs at the Palo Alto Art Center 2 PM Saturday, August 7 for EarthWise productions my company. The article is pegged to her free larger show Saturday 1 PM Yerba Buena Gardens near the San Francisco Museum of modern Art. I will be there passing out hand-bills, although it’s possible my show will be already sold-out by then. 
I sent Andrew Gilbert notice of my show (which is a subtle pitch for publicity or to promote my artists) around midnight, Tuesday and 24 hours later I noticed the online version, then got up today, and Duffy and I walked to Mac’s Smoke Shop to buy the hard copy. Terry for whatever reason likes to throw away all my clippings and tear sheets.

I approached Dr. Jacob who was trying to read a Rob Reid novel and pitched him this story. Even with the billions of social media users I still believe a lot of artist development is word-of-mouth and person-by-person.

Viva La Doña  Y sus cuates. Buddies can you spare, dime, talkin’ bout a revolution. Whisper . This is my 3,052nd post –not all is about music, or maybe it is.

edit to add: I went back to the coffee shop and shot another picture, this time focused on the artwork in the form of art-knots made by Windy Chien, the former owner of Aquarius Records on Valencia in San Francisco. 

And1: Steve, Duffy and I are off to see Robert Glasper at Frost. 


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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