June swoon

DaShawn Hickman, a sacred steel (guitar) player from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, headlines Sunday June 5 at The Mitch, with a band featuring Charlie Hunter on electric bass, Vicki Randle on drums; short sets by Rome Yamilov (guitar) and Nikita Manin (sax) open the show.


Upcoming concerts via Palo Alto’s Earthwise Productions:

Friday, June 3, DaShawn Hickman Sacred Steel featuring Charlie Hunter bass and Wendy Hickman vocals; 8 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA. Tickets at EventBrite, $22. (This is Earthwise’s first show in Santa Cruz);

Sunday, June 5 DaShawn Hickman Sacred Steel featuring Charlie Hunter bass and Wendy Hickman vocals; 7  p.m. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets at EventBrite, $20. Special guests Rome Yamilov, Nikita Manin.

Thursday, June 9, Sony Holland Plays the Music of Linda Ronstadt; 7 p.m. Lytton Plaza, 200 University Avenue, Palo Alto; Free, advance registration available at EventBrite.

Saturday, June 11, early show, nooner, Russian Telegraph Band (Beth Custer – Clarinet, Voice; David James – Guitar, Voice; Chris Grady – Trumpet; Jordan Glasgow – Keyboard; Keith MacArthur – Bass; John Hanes – Drums; Note: we will not, contrary to rumors circulating, be serving American-made vodka shots although it is no coincidence that Earthwise started a concert series very near The Old Pro a popular sports bar that Earthwise founder Mark Weiss frequents and which is known to pour a strong Tito’s and Tonic. The band’s name denotes a region in San Francisco bounded by Russian Hill and Telelgraph Hill and does not indicate a proclivity towards Putin — Russian Hill was founded by people who fled the Tsar. In the way that Starbucks is not really a literary reference to Herman Melville:

David James and Beth Custer played Earthwise’s summer in the parks series last August:

Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. Will Bernard and Freelance Subversives with Will Bernard guitar, Adam Klipple, keys; Eric Kalb, drums; Victor Little, bass; Josh Jones percussion. Free, advance registration or tickets available at EventBrite (some people like to sign up for things, or get things and make transactions that are free; during the worst of the pandemic, if I can say that without jinxing the matter and condemning hundreds more to cruel fate, requiring registration seemed important for tracking purposes, contract tracing. And yes its ironic to comment on the health policy under the band calling itself freelance subversives). 

Monday, June 20, Mary Gauthier. Reprise of her 2021 concert here, but moved to Lytton Plaza, 7 p.m. Jaimee Harris opens the show. Earthwise aficionados and stalkers might search the alfresco dining of Palo Alto earlier that evening or late lunch hours because I promised Mary, a renowned chef and restaurateur a decent meal, our finest finery — Mark Weiss, blogger, pomo mofo. 

Saturday, June 25 Marta Sanchez Quintet, 7 p.m. Lytton Plaza, free. Two shows in a row where the artist is repeating a previous season’s show — Marta played as a duo in January, 2020 and returns with her full band. Playing material from a new and acclaimed cd. 

Marta Sanchez

So the lucky numbers for June music fans are: 3, 5, 9, 11, 14, 20 and 25

The City of Palo Alto has announced that its World Music Day — Fete De La Musique — Make Music Day — which occured ten times on either Solstice or Father’s Day will be merged with its Twilight Series and annual Beatles cover band show and be moved to Rinconada Park — perhaps in the bowl perhaps on a stage. The event runs from 12:30 to about 7, details coming (beyond Drew Harrison’s The Sun Kings). Check back these same Bat channels to see if the Marta Sanchez Quintet show announced from about 7 to 8:30 somehow morphs into a full day of music at Lytton Plaza. Earthwise’s Mark Weiss reports that his permit actually runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The more awake of the earthlings might note that Make Music Day started in France and deliberately took advantage of the long hours of daylight, for the concert experience. Sunset today is 8:22 but on June 25 is continued to 8:33 and those 11 minutes make all the difference. 

coda: The Waybacks mark Earthwise’s return to Mitchell Park Bowl, Sunday July 10, at 2 p.m. 

codacoda: Palo Alto Jazz Alliance which is not affiliated with Earthwise of Palo Alto but has a loose alliance — in the way Earthwise sometimes interracts or co-mingles with Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJazz, Freight and Salvage, KPFA, Dartmouth’s the Hopkins Center — has a 2:30 pm. show today Sunday May 29 featuring Akira Tana, Tammy Hall and vocalist Kenny Washington. at First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road.


I shouldn’t even be doing this but I am looking forward to meeting Anna McNulty a budding journalist at Stanford writing about the nexus of technology and culture – -I’m somehow a source. McNulty is the daughter of my Dartmouth classmate Lanie Bertsche also known as Lanie McNulty who graduated Phi Beta Sigma Kappa and has a Harvard MBA and worked on big deals for a few years before becoming a globetrotting art photographer: 



I generally prefer the local coffee shops or local chains (Peet’s, Coupa et al) but today I am at the Starbucks on Cali Ave, because there is also a farmer’s market here, with music, and the occassional find but I am noticing how excellent it is to sit on the bench in the west side of the store and look east, up from your drink or your conversation or in my case the instant matter my computer and behold the triptych featuring David Huffman, Chris Johanson and Joey Piziale. Probably the high mark of Palo Alto’s public program. I added a cheap flyer to the bulletin board in the store:

Starbucks in Palo Alto near murals by Chris Johanson, David Huffman and Joey Piziali. 

detail of previous and I’m proud o fmy collage flyer featuring DMX and some shows from a catalog I boght in the mission

Charlie Hunter says he thinks DaShawn and Wendy are going to be huge but so far there is scant info about them on the internet:

Last words:

Remember to get enough rest\remember to eat enough food\also make sure the meals have a lot of good nutrients \communicate with people because if you or someone is lonely the loneliness may go away when you connect and coexist \also it is good to help people out and support small business first. Chris Johanson, detail of his 2002 Palo Alto mural

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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