Vetiver joined the show when David James‘ project was moved from the cozy interior of the Palo Alto Art Center to Mitchell Park, at the suggestion of his agent, who is also the agent for a Laura Veirs show that was originally scheduled for Mitchell Park indoors, and is about to go on sale for November. Got that? I believe that the plan is to play with three musicians, i.e. guitar, keyboard and drums/percussion – -Vetiver is doing a show at The Ivy Room the night before, I believe.
What’s funny, if you excuse a bit about the promoter and not the bands, is that while fixing to re-start my concert series after more than a year hiatus, I was wanting to bring my series to the Mitchell Park Bowl, which is about a two minute walk from the ballroom, but I didn’t know which forms to fill out to do so. It took a bit of a row about the whole “mask mandate” before landing on this series. (which actually commenced three days ago, with Motoko Honda on keys and Phillip Greenlief on tenor, then alto).
I still recommend the art show called “the Black Index” at the museum another 12 days but not sure what that has to do now with these two upcoming concerts.
Also, I told David James that I would continue to work with him as he tried to develop his project called “Mission Rebel” which has to do with his relationship with his father, the Reverend Jessie James who was a labor leader and civil rights activist in the 1960s and 1970s in San Francisco, where David is from. Actually, Cecilia Peña Govea of La Doña is also someone who grew up in SF, slightly after David James, but with a family of activists and musicians. I don’t know as much about Andy Cabic of Vetiver but look forward to meeting him.
Please join us, for both shows.
dba Earthwise of Palo Alto (and Plastic Alto blog)
PS David wrote to say Lisa Mezzacappa will be joining the show on bass. She, too, was scheduled to appear at the community center in 2020, leading a band. It’s great to have a project where you try to keep track of all the great musicians, and bands and then get them to pass through these parts, the 650.
Scott Amendola and Ben Goldberg are set to perform a happy-hour show at Lytton Plaza downtown, Emerson and University, a tribute to Thelonious Monk, who recorded an album here in 1968. This show is part of Mayor Tom Dubois‘ “Service Week” which is roughly a response to the destruction of the World Trade Center in September, 2001, which is 20 years ago now (whereas I started Earthwise in 1994 in reaction to the Gulf War, Rodney King riots, the Earthquake and the Berkeley Hills Fire. I was trained as a journalist, wandered off into the rough of advertising then pulled myself up by the boogie-straps to become a concert promoter and artist manager. I just made up the word “boogie-straps” a mix of “boot straps” meaning self-starter and “boogie” meaning you can dance to it.
Did I mention that La Doña y Su Cuate (and her buddies) has six musicians including I think 3 horns or reeds and her father Miguel Govea on either trumpet or accordion? So, all in I am wrangling about 16 musicians in the next month or so. Eighteen if you add back in Greenlief and Honda, to life, l’chaim.