1) Dayna Stephens Quartet – Monday noon;
2) Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s with special guest saxophone Nancy Wright (“There is Something on Your Mind” single release party) — Tuesday, 5 p.m.
3) Ben Goldberg and Scott Amendola (members of Plays Monk — celebration of Danny Scher’s historic Palo Alto concert with Thelonious Monk circa 1968 and cd release); Wednesday, 4:30 – sundown
4) Eden Edell — singer songwriter busker — Thursday after dark, break the fast, maybe some “TAPA”s
5) Will Bernard and Beth Custer — I sort of forget just when, just added, et cetera; TBA
6) Jeremiah Lockwood, solo guitar and blues and maybe voice; especially in memory of Jewlia Eisenberg his bandmate and my friend;
7) Amendola VS Blades VS Jeff Parker VS Skerik, which is drums, organ, electric guitar, effects, saxophone — early show: they are playing that night in Santa Cruz but stopping here on the way for Together Again Palo Alto; noon Saturday.
8) Amendola Scott VS Blades Will — drums vs organ; Tuesday or Wednesday stay tuned the following week; had a gap in their tour so why not? By some count not part of the Mayor Tom Dubois’ or Chamber of Commerce’s or City of Palo Alto’s “Together Again Palo Alto” which is listed in various places as “September 10-18” — and I like “18” in most cases since its a lucky number to we Hebrews — “to life” — but being earthwise means sometimes letting the chips, musical, computer and poker, fall where they may. Feel me?
9) Hawktail — October 2 Saturday at 2 p.m — they were going to play either at Ray Sliter’s house concert or at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass but I think in this case mother nature is on my side and we are going outdoors and local but not for 600,000 more like for 60 people. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Featuring Jordan something, two others who I am sure are excellent and mostly, local thinking, Brittany Haas, violin or fiddle, from Menlo Park, former child prodigy now based in Nashville and on the road.
10) last but not least Zach Moses Duo featuring Zachary Moses Ostroff on bass, voice and maybe some other stuff and Adam Nash – they play together sometimes as Big Butterfly; celebrating the single release of “Venus as A Boy” a Bjork cover for my Lions With Wings label. Friday, noon. Jeremiah is Friday at 5 but, again, it’s possible the plates shift such that Lockwood is closer to Ostroff.
a) on Bandcamp you can stream for free and download for a reasonable price my Lions With Wings compilation that has quality, “bubble” recordings of Mitch Woods with Nancy Wright, Dayna Stephens in fact a four song suite based on the archetype pop sociology writings of Cubberley grad Neil Howe, Strauss and Howe, Zach Ostroff, Scott Amendola — with Zach on the recording but not live;
b) I may be buying a new rug from “Midcentury Modern” or whatever its called, near Uni and Bryant, and especially if Jackie is there Monday morning or today; that is, Dayna Stephens will be standing on a rug and not brick when he plays; if you go to a lot of Earthwise shows, for example at Mitchell Park, indoors and out, you might notice on stage a Persian rug, also procured on Uni in Palo Alto, but taking the week off. It’s a magical and flying carpet but is taking a pit stop, pity that. Or as Othello would say, it has passing several dangers and needs a pit stop but not pity party nor pitter patter of giants of jazz.
c) Mayor Tom, not a Bowie character but the Mayor of Palo Alto, Dubois – -and not a cartoon character on tv and “Boondocks” will speak to us, and introduce Dayna Stephens and maybe count in the band, take a congo solo or wiggle an egg shaker — that in itself is worth the price of admission, free. Tom’s bona fides besides being “da Mayor” is that he owns the Monk cd referenced above and has a son who was in the Gunn band.
d) not to confuse you — and only to partially unconfuse my self — but a Balkan brass band featuring four or five horns and a tupan which is a drum you can carry or march with or dance with and features a snare on only one side and tom on the other named Inspector Gadje Sextet — and I don’t know if that is supposed to be provacative in any way but off the record and between you and me the band leader is from Europe — very sexy — and has a hot pregnant wife or baby mom, who sings, just not for us or not for the scale we are paying. Hot, pregnant, Yale-educated, putting the eel in my Eli, feel me? Actually he is not Eli, he is Marco, and he is here to ride your polo. Yolo? (not sure what that means but peaked at a young persons twitter feed, LOL). They play Monday, back on Cali Ave, where Steve Poltz made love to about 100 people right in the streets yesterday, including with Maureen Roddy, Jack Tuttle, Melissa Baten Caswell, Ellen O’Brien, a guy named Shaken, maybe a fiddle player friends with Tim Flannery of the Giants; Mr Caswell, Nia Taylor of the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and her dog; Rich Corny of European Cobblery who provided “the best green room ever” according to Steve; Kent Williams; a woman named Amanda from Uganda and her nephew Malachi – -actually she’s from Zimbabwe and promises to dance her little tookas off for Mitch Woods; and is married to a well-known musician locally; somebody named Burden who does Steve’s first website and amazingly the founders of Google, Adobe and Salesforce, on the down low, out of pocket, on the QT, between you and me, and the great big or grate big Cheese. Or as not Jason Mraz, not Adam Duritz and not the late great — not Eddie Vedder or Jewel Kilcher or some lucky I almost wrote “licky” young dude named “Kech” — but Mark Stew Stewart would say “just ask the song”.
Every body knows that he’s really daddy feel good yeah.
e) I just cant sop wont slop but it is still unresolved here on my football sabbath and 3/7th of the way through my on Rosh HaShanah it is written on Yom Kippur it is sealed holy week what we are going to do with the gear between the noon shows and the happy hours shows at Lytton Plaza — it is possible we might add some walkups or have music continuously between 12 and 9 p.m. each day this week, save the high holy day doughnut. I know I have parking continuity for those hours, thanks to Kirsten O’Kane and Cayla Koga of City of Palo Alto COPA. Thanks!
f) Beaumann Edwards and Equator project perform, perhaps with guest vocals by Eden Edell 9 to 11 on Friday and are quasi-sponsored by Earthwise and Plastic Alto — though they were officially and unequivablly excluded from TAPA so as not to compete with a fucking road race; but go see them, and shake your butt and maybe try to sit in. Like read an Al Young poem from your handheld into the mike, Mike. He is from Palo Alto, lives next to Claude Ezran the founder of Palo Alto World Music Day, played Palo Alto World Music Day, went to fucking Berkelee School of Music for Jesus’ Sake, and has played Lytton Plaza 100 times; he deserves a Mayoral Proclamation just for that.
G) “G” for Gunn and I know this is not really music but I met Gunn Coach Jason Miller at Friday’s games. Gunn beat Hill of San Jose 35-7 and the Frosh-soph won 49-0 I think it was. Maybe 56-0 plus they took a knee on the 1-yard line. I don’t believe in Gunn’s 57 year history that Frosh-Soph has ever won 56-0. Miller has a doublewide portable near the gym as a team room, which is what you get when you go undefeated even in a short spring season. I gave him the portrait of Danny McCalister and Javier Gil created by Stacy Carter in 2008 after Danny died. There was no band there, however so I did not hear “Peter Gunn” the tv theme song. Ok, it is music.
h) is for “hi” like “hi, Gretchen and Kari” who are part of the family of Steve Berndt the leader of the defunct rock band called Johnny Deathwagon, from our high school glory days. I saw Steve at or near my La Doña show at Mitchell Park a few weeks ago and he reminded me that although Dead Kennedys DK did not DN play Gunn High in 1982 or 1983 there is still a persistant rumor or false memory that this was discussed by some kids and that Steve Cohen interviewed Jello Biafra and myself Mark Weiss of Plastic Alto and Earthwise — who did bring Jello Biafra to Cubberley in 1999 or so, if that explains it — edited the story of greenlighted it, for the Gunn Oracle. Andy by the way kudos to Mrs Kathy Blackburn who is Gunn’s longest running Oracle Advisor at 18 years and if she makes it to 20 I will hird Matt Nathanson — yes “hird’ a cross between “herd” and “hire” — I will hire Matt Nathanson who I think did play Gunn’s Center Quad a nooner or I know asked to play and did play perhaps at Menlo nooner I will hire Matt Nathanson to visit Blackburn’s Oracle lab and play “Pull Me Down Hard” just for her. And her husband, I guess. And kids, about 40 of them, some of whom or most of whom are minors. He would do, hypothetically speaking the PG version that is just cute suble pun and innuendo and not full frontal promise of man on woman pleasing Journalistic edification friden justowriter kind of t h a n g. Or, maybe Matt Nathanson will be our surprise guest Friday at 7 at Lytton Plaza and not the fucking moonlight mooning or whatever.