shows coming up and therefore on my mind:
Pablo Cruise at Mitchell Park bowl — this is a rock concert, although the rock is soft rock not hard rock, from the 1970s. “Love Will Find a Way” and “Find Your Place in the Sun”. Two post Meridien at the park which is about 15 minutes by car or bike from Stanford Stadium – the Cardinal – color not the bird — play Colgate at 5 or so. The first of three events Earthwise is doing that overlap with football tailgates; one;
Johnny A at Lytton Plaza Friday night following Pablo Cruise. Johnny A is about the same age as Cory Lerios and they are both Greek, but give Johnny credit for coming up with an act recently: he reworks classic rock songs of the 1960s and 1970s with solo guitar, looping and effects. He also had a touch of Top 40: his “Oh Yeah” might be the last instrumental to chart on AAA. On KFOG, whereas Pablo Cruise was on the best music KYA. two;
Tammy Hall at Johnson Park at 2 pm at Johnson Park downtown, near where Clay Carson and his wife Susan frequent the one-buck basketball court. I met Clay there and in between games of “H-A-L-L” we hatched a plan to bring a favorite musician to town. Clay and friends are also working on an Martin Luther King Day event perhaps at Memorial Church in January. Actually I plan on going to football games directly after Pablo Cruise, Johnny A and Tammy Hall. Gunn plays Paly for the first time in 11 years at Gunn at 7 pm on Friday September 3. three;
Steve Poltz at Lytton Plaza on a Wednesday. four;
Mads Tolling group the next night, same place. Someone named Chase Elodia and friends, from NYC, might be playing before or after Mads’ men. five;
Marley’s Ghost, is more like folk or Celtic. six;
On October 6 at Lytton Plaza I have a trio with drums, bass, sax; the bass is from Mexico and is a woman and might also sing. seven;
I just added something called Green Mitchell with reeds, drums and bass, featuring Lisa Mezzacappa who has something of a residency for Earthwise this year. eight;
I just added the duo of Ben Goldberg clarinet and Liberty Ellman guitar for Lytton Plaza on Friday October 14. This duo was part of a trio (with a drummer) slated for Stanford this summer but somehow never materialized. nine;
I want to mention Jenny Scheinman who did two secret pop up shows at Lytton Plaza on a Saturday as a quintet and Monday at a duo. She also had shows at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, Bach Dancing in Half Moon Bay and Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz. Then Caroline Davis did a reprise of her January residency, popping up at Lytton with Hannah Marks and Paul Cornish during her lunch break at Stanford. I also created content for terrestrial radio 90.1 on the dial with Ernie Rideout for about an hour last month plus a spun songs by: Dayna Stephens. Total of 4.
Lastly I am excited for my friend DaShawn Hickman of Mt Airy, North Carolina who will play Sunday, October 2 at Golden Gate Park as part of the Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass event. He plays sacred steel; his band will feature himself, Charlie Hunter on bass, Wendy Hickman on vocals and percussion; Scott Amendola on drums and Vicky Randall on percussion and vocals. Its possible that I trek to Sf and only see that one act at HSB.
School of Rock is at Palo Alto Players and I sort of want to cross-market that with Cory Lerios Pablo Cruise (I hear, if you follow me, that Cory was a star sophomore running back at Paly).
Gretchen Menn of Palo Alto plays at the Menlo Guilded but not guilted — she plays guitar not guilt-tar. Friday I think with Zepperella. Also, Fox in RWC has a funny lady named Angelah Reyes who my friend Steve Cohen likes to mimic: something about a service worker inquiring about the sex life of her clients. The Anish Kapoor comes because I was reading in The New Yorker online a long article about the artist, who is part Jewish.