I’ll be sitting by myself in the balcony of the Fox Theatre to see Bob Dylan in Oakland in about six weeks (after about eight shows of my own)

I was there and took pictures but only took this one in the sense that it was published on the internet, fair use

I’m medium cool on Bob Dylan but bought a ticket just on principle. There are VIP seats for $400 each – -and I bought some very expensive tickets to see Counting Crows in Saratoga – -I like the ring to that, “counting crows in saratoga” — but opted for $67 seats or seat singular for Dylan. See also, Walker Percy the Moviegoer. I saw Bob at Stanford and he was alright. Lionel Ritchie was better. I bought a single ticket for bob in the balcony in Oakland for $67 plus enought twenty or so for fees plus all the following rules (and I print this because I am still enforcing Covid protocols for my next few shows at The Mitch, including tomorrow Amendola Goldberg Sickafoose, and May 13 Meklit Hadero et al):

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I think I wil have fewer rules in place for my shows. But if you are coming to Palo Alto please be vaxed and wear a mask inside the venue. And by the way, my tickets cost less than the add-on fees from Another Planet with Ticketmaster. I’m going to do a Miles Davis show at Lytton Plaza, Cogswell Plaza and Pardee Park under the name “All The Miles are Free” which I think was the slogan of an airlines. Or a rental car company, rather.  And I think Dylan was in town last time that Amendola did a jazz trio show — with Trevor Dunn not Todd Sickafoose. And I know for damn-sure that when Dayna Stephens played a matinee at The Mitch it was August 18, 2019 because the Rolling Stones played that night in Santa Clara and it was my nephew’s birthday.

edit to ad: I had to look it up, to confirm my hunch but the line “all the miles are free” which I claim will give birth to a jazz concert or series in Palo Alto parks was written and voice by Hal Riney circa 1994 for his client a me-too rental car company (me too in the sense of it not being Hertz or Avis, not in the sense of whether the dominant sex or gender abused the less dominant ones). Hal Riney likely made tens of millions in advertising but he was also a right wing duche bag. He helped Reagan get elected or re-elected. I remember reading in a trade pub that he was on an airplane that was being hijacked but refused to be held so he jumped out of the plane and scurried to the jungle as they fired machine guns at his footprints. I lived two blocks from him, me at Montgomery and Vallejo, he, above a wall, at Montgomery near Green. I remember he had a very young son and I saw them walking hand in hand once. So he’s not all bad. But he’s not all Bob, either. 

Never finished this book but I checked the spelling of the author and I think he is Jewish – the guy sitting by himself.

 


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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