I am buying two ads in the upcoming editions of the San Francisco Chronicle, that is actually the Examiner in drag. I recall buying at ad for Dar Williams in 1995 and a handful of times during Earthwise’s “The Cubberley Sessions” era — I did about two shows a month at the old high school auditorium and cafeteria.
This little ad — 1/16th of the full tab and 1/8 of the Sunday insert — will appear on Friday, May 13, day of show for Meklit et al, and Sunday in the Pink, The Datebook they call it.
I didn’t pick the pink and black color schemes. But I did chose. the fact that all three featured artists are Black.
The May 13 show – -Friday the 13th — this Friday — in exactly 82 hours if you are counting — actually has Wayne Horvitz Sara Schoenbeck duo, Meklit Hadero full band and Inspector Gadj featuring Frank London and Ismail Lumonovski which is close to a total of 20 musicians or I have lost count.
The May 21 and 22 shows, one indoors at the Mitch then Sunday at two at the Mitch Bowl, feature Gaye Adegbalola but we are likely or highly likely to have an opening act.
The June 5 is indoors not outdoors on a Sunday – -someone rented the bowl out from under me — and is actually billed as DaShawn Hickman Sacred Steel featuring Wendy Hickman voice and Charlie Hunter electric bass (yes the same Charlie Hunter who headlined same room in December and at the Cub five or six times back in the day, although he insists he is playing an electric bass just like a normal person — your Victor Wooten, your Jaco Pastorius and NOT your weird and mindboggling 8-string Novak or 7-string fanned fret doohicky although typical of Charlie he is simultaneous a sideman, the producer, the manager and likely the driver of the van. There are some percussionists in that set tho I am not liberty to name them — or I’m just a beat slow, to my own show. And I am booking DaShawn and the Doohickeys or the Not Doohickeys both at Palo Alto on the Sunday and two nights prior at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz on Friday 6/3. (And they are part of a five act showcase in Berkeley for Little Village Music Foundation Thursday, June 2).
And back to the big shoe Friday: it is definitely the most musicians I’ve had on the payroll at once. I could go on.
And I will explain later how it came to pass that Gaye Adegbalola of Fredricksburg, Virginia is doing two shows for Earthwise.
But for the sake of the Chron and Pink it is 20 words and not 100 email messages between Gaye and I since 2020.