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- Day of show: ghost of Lisa Fay Beatty at Bottom of the Hill today, Sunday, November 28, 2021
- It was 20 years ago today, Maya Ford told the band to play
- Good luck, Kaya the ally of children; Kaya1 VS Kaya2
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BLUF: BARBARA MANNING HAS 17 CDS OUT AND THIS IS ONLY HER SECOND EARTHWISE OF PALO ALTO SHOW, GO FIGURE
Heather Zimmerman and or her headliner in the Palo Alto Weekly were correct in calling “This Perfect Green Blanket” 1991 by Barbara Manning a solo record and I was wrong to have them edit to the current wording. The fact is that tonite’s show featuring Barbara Manning and the SF Seals — with Brentley Pusser, Corey Porter and Melanie Clarin — will play the album in semi-entirety on its 30th anniversary — and Barbara’s first show post-Covid, and my 3rd rock from the sum show — at The Mitch — and EventBrite says I have 45 shows on the books with them, in the books, rather, past tense. I’m going all in and saying that this is my 500th show, if you include both Earthwise Productions concerts — Palo Alto and GreaterPaloAltoLandia – and shows where I’ve merely managed the headliners. And there’s a further math theme for the fact that —and your entitled to your own opinions not your own facts — that tonite will be the world debut of “Cantor’s Mind Was Rockin” a 2020 song about Paul J. Cohen and the Continuum Hypothesis in 1963 and the Fields Prize and the fact that Bacon wrote Shakespeare and have you tried the passably good bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich at Peet’s? I’m actually sitting outside Peet’s write now, as I right my wrongs and reserve my turn — my very first stop was to put my sandwich sign EARTH WISE at The Mitch, and confirmed with Mr. Hughes that Ada’s Cafe will stay open from 4:30 to about 8:30 or thru the first intermission or inter-action or interstitial interstitial – I’m outside a Peet’s — Duffy and Me — with no coffee yet inside me so I’m not firing my synapses — did I mention that twin prime sons of Paul J. Cohen with special help from Cristina Karl Steve and Eric Cohen pka Flying Cohen Brothers are opening for the other CH — Charlie Hunter, himself primed or pinned to Scott Amendola at The Mitch on 12/3/21 or that Barbara’s birthday is 23 days form now on 1212 and 47 days ahead of mine? [no, 365 minus 47 behind me…]
Anyways I wanted to make good for Ms Zeta landscape Zimmerman that I was wrong and she was right and did you know there is infinite space between 0 and 1 or between 1 and 2? And between 1 and 2 rather. Infinite of infinite.
I had to wait for Wayne and Ms. Wayne to come by and buy my coffee — dog rules – and so if you keep reading or I keep writing you will notice me going that much deeper.
Hits different. Something deeper than these changes just don’t call me your near growth. Linda. Wayne and Linda, Joe and Chris. Four PhDS about the lot. Among the lot. Well, the son is working on a master’s. Only time will tell. And speaking of which I am both going to call Steve and Eric they are i
n Vegas dealing poker and placing 100$ bet on the Big Game either side — with or without points — and going to let them listen to “Cantor’s Mind Was Rockin’” for Lions with Wings my quasi label but I’m going to ask Barbara to play the song twice, like a timequake in a Vonnegut book or like a wrinkle in time or the Matrix.
Christgau has bits about Barbara and The Seals.
And all music dot com does but my hard copy version of same does not.
1. Home, Toni Morrison;
2. Race Against Time, Keith Boykin;
3. African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, Kevin Young, editor;
4.Sing For Freedom, Carawan;
5. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison;
6. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin;
7. Pollstar (Yola);
8. NYT Magazine (Questove);
9. Pollstar (Brittany Howard);
10. Pollstar (“The London Invasion” — interior article by Dina LaPolt who represented the estate of Tupac);
11. Pollstar Artist Management Director, 2019;
12. Time special edition (Simone Biles);
13. Sports Illustrated (Floyd Patterson, cover art by Ralph Weaver, March, 1961);
14. Greatest Rock Bands of the 1960s (American Media Specialists — Supremes, Jimi Hendrix et al);
15. Living Blues 50th Anniversary (interior articles on Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Thornetta Davis, Bettye LaVette and Carol Fran;
16. American Songwriter (Felice and Boudreaux Bryant);
17. Rolling Stone (Nirvana special edition: Corporate Magazines Still Suck);
18. Acoustic Guitar (Molly Tuttle);
19. Maggot Brain (February, 2020 — Third Man Records, Alice Coltrane; interior article on Mia Zapata);
20. Tape Op (article on Greg Kurstin, Ebonie Smith);
21. Pollstar (Ari Lennox sic);
22. Pollstar (Ben Gibbard; article on John Prine);
23. Rolling Stone (Issa Rae);
24. Billboard (R&B Hip Hop Power Players 2021 — Usher);
25. Downbeat (Carla Bley, 69th Critics Poll: Nubya Garcia, Angel Bat Dawid, Cecile McLorin Savant, Shemekia Copeland, William Parker, Ralph Peterson, Matthew Shipp, Veronica Swift, Jon Batiste, Regina Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith; Bobby Watson, Christian McBride, Billy Childs, Thelonious Monk Palo Alto, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald the lost Berlin Tapes, John Coltrane Giant Steps 60th anniv edition, Julius Hemphill, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels, Terri Lynn Carrington, Shabaka and The Ancestors – -I’ve never heard of[Hutchings, yes]; Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah, Sun Ra Arkestra, Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band, Wadada Leo Smith, Ron Miles, Marquis Hill, Trombone Shorty, Curtis Fowlkes, we all break:
Kudos to Professor Nicole Mitchell Gantt for being selected top flutist by 170 critics in Downbeat magazine August, 2021 ahead of Charlies Lloyd, Hubert Laws and Henry Threadgill; greetings to William Parker from Palo Alto, home of Aleta Hayes, senior lecturer in dance — i am blowing across the top of the straw in my fresh squoze juice here in a cafe in town, in your honor.
26. Pollstar Booking Agency Directory 2020 (Frank Riley, High Road Touring, agent for Brittany Howard and more);
27. Pollstar Artist Management Director 2004 sic.
Bonus tracks, ephemerea:
28. Angelo Rossi, Realtor, 650.245.XXXX; (he’s a musician who went to Cubberley, played in Pablo Cruise and performs as A.J. Crawdaddy, attended Diunna’s show at The Mitch last night;
29. Reggie Jackson, Topps 1971;
30. Fernando Tatis Jr., Topps 2021;
31. wow fifty years of collecting cards, or collectible cards although in truth I started in 1972 and there’s no way to tell where or when I procured this black-border Reggie; I showed it to Jimmy Pugh last night and he scolded me for not keeping it in a protective plastic sheath;
32. Oscar Gamble, 1975 traded, just for the hair;
33. MC Hammer, Yo MTV Raps, ProSet Music Cards, circa 1991 — the print is too small to read and my cell phone which has a magnify effect is back in the car, resting – it says his real name is Kirk Burrell but I always thought it was Stanley. Hammer part is because he looks or looked like Hank “Hammer” Aaron as a child as a Oakland A’s mascot or bat boy; although James Ward by trainer says Burrell also hit a lot of home runs, quite plausibly; see also Sonny Rollins and Don Newcombe;
34. Walt Frazier, Topps 1975: “Walt is a mod style dresser” The first player to lead the Knicks in every offensive category except rebounding, Walt had his greatest season in 1971-1972 when his 1,788 points (23.2 ppg) represented the most scored by a Knick since Richie Guerin’s 2,303 ten years earlier – and can I go off script, way off from Diunna or 400 miles to mention my teammate Kent Lockhart who held the UTEP — formerly Texas Western — record for most games in a career and was drafted by the 1985 Knicks but never played in the NBA, same class as Patrick Ewing who I saw on tv coaching Georgetown in a loss to my Dartmouth just last week.
35. Ralph Simpson, Nuggets, 1976 Topps Super because back on point he is the father of Indie.Arie.
36. Darnell Hillman, Pacers, who went to San Jose State and also served our country, missing at least two seasons, 1976 Topps super. “After being in the Army I hated having to have my head bald, and when I got out I saw Angela Davis who was wearing a beautiful afro, and decided I wanted one just like it,” said Hillman. “So I grew it out, and it just kept on growing. To keep it how I wanted it I had to brush it at least seven times a day. But I was very proud of it, and it was definitely the best around, and it was certainly bigger than a basketball.” [Pike, 2003]
Diunna said backstage and I think I repeated this on mic or to the musicians that B.B. King had a premonition that Diunna would be the next person to sell a million copies of a blues record, from his mouth to God’s ear.
Days of show with Diunna Greenleaf (performing tonite in Palo Alto, 8:30 at The Mitch, presented by Earthwise)
If, fifty years into the future, in November, 2071, nothing is known about I, Mark Bennett Weiss, except that I had something to do with the video above, that would be enough. It would be wrong, but nearly true. I did meet Diunna Greenleaf, the Houston-based blues singer and songwriter, on October 5, 2021 at Greaseland Studios in San Jose, but the video was shot slightly before I arrived.
Two days later, however, and more to the point, Diunna played a pop-up blues show in Palo Alto, at Cogswell Plaza. I produced that.
And tonite, at the new Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto, at 8:30 p.m she plays another concert, this one slightly more polished, yet still bluesy, I’m quite certain.
I’m writing this at Peet’s Coffee, near Stanford University and counting down the hours until the show. Twelve hours exactly. Ok, eleven hours and 54 minutes. [Update: 10.5 hours –ed; seven hours from now–ed]
I’ve got nine or ten shows on my books to wrap up 2021 and to engage and initiate 2022 — my twenty-eighth year in the music biz – but I am hoping to focus the next two days, Thursday and Friday on Ms. Diunna. Check back next year, when her new album comes out, or if you are reading this in 2071, you may have a whole catalog of Diunna Greenleaf studio and live sessions, and she may be in your pantheon alongside Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, certainly, or a slightly lower echelon, you will put Diunna with Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland and Beyonce Knowles. I’m trying to get her in with the agents of Patti Cathcart (Tuck and Patti, from here in the 650– and Mary J. Blige — a guy named Keith Naisbitt of APA in Nashville; I don’t know him but I know Bruce Solar, especially from his Absolute days in San Francisco). Beyond tonite, I am hoping to be a Diunna-Greenleaf-evangelist, maybe Team Diunna, even.
Tickets are available for Diunna at EventBrite, and likely at the door. They are only $20. She is doing an “evening with” which means no opener, she’s the headliner. Kid Andersen, whose San Jose studio, Greaseland, is hosting the creation of her new album, is the technical producer of the show, bringing the sound; plus he will play. Diunna is in town for three days mostly to finish the recording, but will break away to release these live songs into the universe, for a small but appreciative audience, if I can look into a crystal ball that refracts or reflects only that much. But really, although she is relatively obscure, known mostly in blues circles, she may go down in history as an all-time-great, if the rest of this session sounds like these four-and- a-half minutes. Meeting her five weeks ago has certainly changed my life.
This is my second hard-ticket show after 18 months off. My Leonard Cohen Tribute with Sylvie Simmons and Bhi Bhiman, plus Aleta Hayes, Charith Premawardhana, Joey Chang and Caroline McCaskey, as Classical Revolution string section, went very well, though business was slow. My mission as Earthwise is to put on great events; not sure how to explain the consistent — through 20 or so shows at The Mitch, 2018 to present — social distancing, beyond the fact that, indeed social media disrupts traditional media and, frankly, knowledge, and the fact that I started producing events as a countervailing social construct in reaction to media and social media. People also used to say I’d draw bigger crowds if I moved my shows to Berkeley. But my charter is to de-colonize Palo Alto, free it from the corporate hegemony and groupthink and nihilistic media-rich capitalism. Three chords and the truth, yo.
PAST IS PROLOGUE, POWER TO THE PEOPLE
I met Diunna because my wife Terry had an appointment for a booster vaccine at Good Sam’s in San Jose, and I was killing the wait by checking on Kid at Greaseland; I walked in, and there she was, Diunna. Truth be told, I had not heard of her. But something about her presence tripped me out. It was her birthday — October 6, same as my late father’s; I kissed her on the cheek and took a knee – she was seated. We talked a bit and soon it was arranged that the band would break away two days later for an impromptu show at Cogswell Plaza. I had just produced a run of 15 free shows at Lytton Plaza, three blocks away, University compared to Lytton Avenue, but there was already an art show booked into the space, plus also at City Hall /King Plaza. Cogswell is fine– the trees frame the band nicely – -minus the fact that for whatever reason the City of Palo Alto would not let us use the power grid, or claimed the socket was out and they could not fix it. All in all the music was resplendent, but there was a weird tone set by the bureaucracy; hopefully that set of facts does not jinx or impair tonite’s permitted gig, indoors, hard-ticket, at the Mitch. It is a true fact, and a searchable public record, that in the heat of the discussion about producing this Diunna Greenleaf free concert, and the City’s role, I said that if they would not give us a permit or let us tap the grid that they would at least not shoot us, either. (The name “Diunna” sounds like the name “Breonna”, feel me? Three of us were Black. I sent this info in a note to City Manager and Director of Community Services, maybe the mayor. As my former client Stew says, in a song called “Florida” slightly different context but same overall milieu “Florida, Florida, you kill me; …it don’t matter if the weather is great if I gotta wear a bulletproof vest”). The people in the photo are Barry Simons attorney, with the camera, who literally was on the job just in case Florida and Atlanta ARE Palo Alto, and only posing as a videographer; Greaseland tech and harmonica wiz Nick Adams, Jimmy Pugh, of Village Music Foundation, funding the cd; Diunna; June Core, not on the album and not visible here – he’s Charlie Musselwhite’s drummer; Kid Andersen, of Greaseland Studios, from Norway, and the producer of 100 blues albums; Jerry Jemmott, likewise new to me as of five weeks ago but has a career spanning decades creating rhythmic basis for Diunna, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, people like that. People really like that, I should say.
Andand: later that day, T minus seven hours: I think its a good omen I’m eating hamhocks for lunch, my wife made; it might be a filipino recipe not Texas, but soul food methinks. Or close enough for Plastic Alt0 – the name references her fellow Texan, Ornette Coleman, who had an acrylic sax, a plastic alto. Whereas “earthwise” references the fact that the leaf mulch today is slightly different than the ones or such from October, so Diunna will sound slightly different tonite than she did on October 7. Which makes it worth seeing again.
LIST OF TEAMS WITH SEVEN OR MORE WINS, ACCORDING TO MAXPREPS RANKINGS 11/14/21
Hill -San Jose (7-4)
Los Altos (8-3)
King City (7-2)
San Mateo (8-2)
Gunn – Palo Alto (7-2)*
St. Francis – Watsonville (8-3)
North Salinas – Salinas (7-3)
Pioneer – San Jose (8-3)
Scotts Valley (9-2)
Aragon – San Mateo (7-4)
Leigh – San Jose (9-2)
Santa Teresa – San Jose (7-4)
Hillsdale – San Mateo (9-2)
Live Oak – Morgan Hill (7-3)
Santa Cruz (9-1)
Leland – San Jose (9-2)
Palma – Salinas (7-4)
Wilcox – Santa Clara (7-4)
San Benito – Hollister (9-1)
Menlo School – Atherton (11-0)
Los Gatos (10-1)
Menlo-Atherton – Atherton (9-2)
Bellarmine – San Jose (8-3)
Serra – San Mateo (9-1)
Saint Francis – Mountain View (10)
Total: 30 teams (of 93 total) i.e. top third or tertius
*Gunn is actually 8-2 having been awarded a forfeit against Mona Lisa on 11/4/21, according to coach Nat King Cole:
She also spits, here last night at Stanford Bing
JAZZ MUSICIAN RETURNS DECEMBER 3 FOR EARTHWISE DATE
I am wrirting from Coupa Cafe Pao Alto my normal hang and 40 feet from me is a stranger who says he is Mike Sly yet too busy to finish this off, had to jump on a zoom. His computer says NEVER FORGET TONY SLY.
When I heard Molly Tuttle do “Olympia” I was psyched. She is from Palo Alto, her dad Jack Tuttle teaches fiddle; She is the best guitarist in bluegrass, twice in a row. That the song lyric mentions “Lars” even better. Four-oh-eight in the house!
She was The Hazel Dickens Scholarship at Berkeley for shits sake!
I played Mike (Sly) — the Santa Cruz Skate goofy monster on his cap was a tell — 58 seconds on my handheld, fighting against “Two of Us” Just the two of us we can make it iff we try on the house system. I have enough “made” here that I might have asked them to cut the house music, more bass in our monitor.
Anyhow, I think Molly Tuttle should could or would, though she is in Nashville now and has Ken Levitan as pm — big time — she already had WME as her agents — go one further and show her South Bay flag or 408 –its near 650 — pride by doing a whole EP of NUFAN in honor of the dearly departed Tony Sly.
I may or may not have already run this by Mike Park, Asian Man.
These are strange times. I say there is “white noise” I hope I don’t get cancelled for using the phrase “white noise’ — noise cancelling white noise. Chaos. In our entire civilizaiton.
By the way, irony: I startd EArhtwise in 1994 as a reaction against media. Which it 1994 menat TV. Televisin drug of a natoin. Now its even worse. I don’t use social media. This is a blog, sure, its wrodpres. but I dont use (I wont event use their names. no use).
Anyhow, call me. Or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 650 305 07 01.
Mr Sly said his brother is from Los Altos, even better, I was thinking Sunnyvale. I remember meeting Gus Spanos at a print shop, Alphagraphics, I was actually there fro a few weeks slack mother fucker until the boss man fired me for alleged workers comp fraud — longer story. Not true. Or not on purmpose. Gus and a partner not Greg St. Claire something waspy like that — I get the two guys mixed up. Eaton? They bought the old Murphy Street Theatre and had plans to make a club. They also bought the old MV theatre, where Neil Young recorded once. Not sure whcih building it even is. I remmeber the Gaslight, inCampbell and Gilroy. I think I saw Papa Roach there. I like to call The Edge Keystone Palo Alto to sound more OG. Jerry Garcia played there 67 times. I saw the dead like 10 times, not sure if that makes you disinclined to work with me on this. I ate cookies spiked with hashish made by the future Obama Administration National Security staff and ambassador, at my first dead show, The Greek, 1982. He was a frosh at Stanford — he’s a professor there now – and he was dating my homegirl. I was her wingman. I took a hippie chick butnot a nose ring girl – this was Reagan era, fell me? – -named Jenny Baumann. I was stoned or weirded out and either slept thru half the show or tried to hide behind my own eyelids. Wake up and find out that you are the what? I thought ‘dead-head” meant the world was so bad that better off being a zombie.
I was not cool enough to see DK’s although I was cool enough as the editor of the Homestead Epitaph Nick Ferrantinos I mean to approve Steve Cohen and David Carnoy’s interview with Jello. 1982. Ok, years later, in the Cubberley sessions Jello came and spoke, my show, my house. My dime. Weoversold the house but then got approval to put 50 chairs on stage, the old high school Cubberley had or has a proscenium stage and pit. Room for orchestra and Jello in the round Mmmm. As Bill Cosby might say. Or is he pudding us on?
AFI played the Cub for 412 people, 300 seated and 100 in the throw and 12 suspended in mid air between stage and first row. No one was crushed. Stupidy I had Eugene Robinson of Oxbow on security protecting the band but for him it was like training for the Hammer Throw at the Moscow Olympics. (Great veiled or masked or unmasked Michael MCFaul reference, that.).
Anyhow, sorry for your loss.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.
Sunnyvale Music Club, baby!
dba Earthwise – just yesterday I wore a t-shirt DK “Erase Racism” i bought at Nordstrom for two zuzim feel me?