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.