Jerry Hannan ‘Society’ VS Johnny A doing ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Palo Alto, January, 2020

Friday night I likely will have my first concert of the new year, lord willing and the infections rates don’t rise. We are spiking in terms of cases of the “om” variant of the dreaded death, yet potentially if you are vaxed and masked and have $20 you can check out Johnny A at The Mitch. Tickets are available here.

Johnny wowed us all in January, 2020, just before we got shut down. On that night a highlight was his version of the Beattles “Strawberry Fields Forever”. I taped a bit of that here.

Jerry Hannan opened for Johnny A. I don’t remember what I was thinking in terms of the match. I taped a bit of his most famous song “Society” here.

The opening act Friday – January 14, 2022 – -is Anna Konstantopoulos and Billy White. I admit that part of my rationale for the booking is that Johnny is Greek and so is Anna. I figure putting two Greeks on the bill will at least hermetically or mercurially as it were push back the “Omicron” variant. I met Anna on September 14, 2021, singing on University Avenue with Billy and Lukas Vezley — Jacob Savage’s crew.

We shall look deeper into the crystal ball for 2022 in terms of music, life and death. As a Janus birthday, I am of course looking back to 2021 and forward to 2022.

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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