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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; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32

Bob, Jimmy, Andy, Terry, Mark & Mitch

Bob Margolin and Jimmy Vivino headlined a show at Mitchell Park, for Earthwise on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with Mitch Woods opening then sitting in. Afterwards, Terry and I, along with our sound guy Andy Heller, posed for this photo. … Continue reading

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Old Davis band circa 1970

I got a call from Greg Brown one day saying that he wanted to show me a flyer he did for Old Davis. He said it was a band featuring a member of what would become Journey, either Gregg Rolie … Continue reading

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Tool of The Times

Today is Veterans Day and I thought of my father, a mug Ehren Tool made, then noticed this article from May featuring Berkeley veteran artist Ehren Tool, who Dad, Terry and I befriended during his Palo Alto Art Center residency … Continue reading

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Upcoming Earthwise showcases for Troutt, Simmons and Rothwell

Valerie Troutt is a composer, teacher, leader and singer out of the East Bay. Her ensemble supports blues legend Charlie Musselwhite at the Palo Alto JCC on Dec. 29. Sylvie Simmons is a ukelele based singer-songwriter, also internationally known for … Continue reading

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Repertory bands VS Tribute bands VS cover bands

Two cases: case one Tom Harrell took ill two weeks ago in Palo alto and his Trio played on without him; Raises the question is Harrell’scomposition so well regarded by his peers that future generations will play his music; Did … Continue reading

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Journalism is dead

“Doonesbury turning 50”

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Sharks nip Preds in shirt out

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