I appreciate comments about live music during these strange times by Cate Armstrong in SLO as told to Stephanie Zappelli for Cal Matters and printed in the Quran today




We started (the band —Purple Hibiscus) in the end of June. The first show that we had was at my house. We planned it, but I was like, I’m nervous about this because we’re entering a new realm of, “Is it acceptable to do this? How many people can be there? Is this outside? Masks or no masks?” What we want is for everybody to be safe and happy and healthy. The COVID anxiety hasn’t necessarily gone away, (but) I think the route that we have been able to follow has been safe. 

My favorite moments are when I get to kind of step back and witness my bandmates in their flow moments. I’ll look to the side and I see Tim just absolutely ripping a riff, and you can tell he’s just so connected with what he’s doing. Getting to watch those organic moments of just absolute bliss is really special.

(We’re) just embracing the need for this music. We’ve been isolated for over a year and a half, and it’s just like this craving is being met of being around other people and experiencing music together. Just the genuine smiles of people in the crowd, watching people get down and dance — it’s just a different way of expression that we haven’t been able to access in the last year and a half. Watching people connect with a different part of themselves that has kind of been locked away for a sec is really beautiful. 

I actually listen to five or six posts by this person mostly covers directed towards her grandparents but sort of fantasize about inviting her to Lytton Plaza someday and then also to cover Frank Turner reasons not to be an idiot and then I watch the pixies on tiny desk I tried to assign that Frank Turner song to another person wanting to transition into a songwriter and it didn’t go well . Frank Turner has done shows with Eric Finali and Laura Thomas and my friend Tim Harris became a busker and a bread and roses regular and also playlist in Plaza words and only knew the more recent Frank Turner stuff it was on Cape Cod

I am such a weirdo about serendipity or John Cage or postmodernism and David Shields that rather than editing this I’m going to continue and have a corrected version I like “Quran” for the “Chron”

I actually listened to five or six posts by this person, mostly covers directed towards her grandparents, but then sort of fantasized about inviting her to Lytton Plaza someday and then also to cover Frank Turner “reasons not to be an idiot”and then I watched the pixies on tiny desk; I tried to assign that Frank Turner song to another person wanting to transition into a songwriter and it didn’t go well . Frank Turner has done shows with Eric Finali and Laura Thomas; and my friend Tim Harris became a busker and a bread and roses regular and also played Lytton Plaza, only knew the more recent Frank Turner stuff it was on KFOG.

On my way to Chef Kwan for Chinese takeout I snapped a few shots of the Guild theater about to open and met a guy walking his dog who said he had been to my Bill Frisell show at the Cubbererly years ago and was looking forward to Ambrose Akinmusire. I said I have tickets for Ambrose a month earlier at SF Jazz. there are five acts on their first schedule that I have worked with. Not to sound like a hater but if you have $25 million for poured concrete and chrome do you have to charge $91 for a jazz concert?

 

 

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, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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