Better call up the plumber!
As if a couple Midwest solo shows, and a 2 night stand in Austin during the SXSW Film Fest isn't enough, we've got a cluster of West Coast Spring dates to announce with the one and only Garland Jeffreys.
We're thrilled to be backing Garland as well as doing our own thing on these shows. What can I tell you about Garland? (People get a kick out of hearing he was Lou Reed's college roommate. Who swept the floor? With who?) How about that he made one of the hands-down greatest Rock and Roll singles of all time? "Wild In The Streets," people! AND he's been out there doing it ever since. (By the way, that's a fact about W.I.T.S. I'm in no mood to argue. I've been sucked dry by 11 days in the Mexican sun and I just want to get you up to date, then watch Chopped for a few hours. Trust me, just this once.)
Hear for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RzBZsOeqOQ
Advance tickets are available. Scroll down for the deets.
Meanwhile, as I may have mentioned, I was just in Mexico, where Peter Buck's annual Todos Santos music festival just keeps growing. Aside from the the cool bands, good times, laughs, Bowie covers, and tacos - a whole LOT of tacos, and at any hour - the festival raised money for the Palapa Society. With the help of Peter Buck and Chloe Johnson, it has provided educational scholarships for local children, and (I could probably use a fact checker here), has sent more than 100 kids to college. Pretty amazing. I have nieces and nephews and from what I gather, higher learning isn't like it was. Going to college actually takes some real doing these days. The Palapa Society is doing righteous work.
If you want to learn more (or even donate), you can do that here: http://palapasociety.org
I know what you people out East are thinking. "We're freezing our nut sacks off in Rochester or some such and he's going on about lazing in the Mexico sun. What a jerk." Okay, slow your roll, haters. It wasn't all nude sun bathing unicorns and Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt. There were a couple nights where the temperature dropped (it's a desert, you know), and it got COLD. One time I had to go back to the hotel. It was probably a five minute walk, but still, I had to grab a sweater. A scarf too. And there were also a few mornings where I had to get up before noon. To eat a fish taco.
And, as great as the vibe between the musicians was, it wasn't all sticky sweet camaraderie. At one point Gary Louris from the Jayhawks, who I felt pretty close to, turned on a dime and got all hostile and started accusing anyone within earshot of being "Olson guys." He had to take a walk on the beach to calm down. When he got back, I was like, "I dig Mark. Does that make me an Olson guy?" He screamed at me (I looked around but there was no one else there), "You're ALLLLLL Olson guys!" So I took a walk on the beach. I'm still not sure if he was kidding.
Maybe I made that up.
Speaking of shirt-tails hanging out and Caine Mutiny paranoia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlV3oQ3pLA0
Kidding aside, I had great time playing with Stephie and throwing a band together with Josh Kantor, Dave Depper, and Kevn Kinney. And it was a treat to see The Autumn Defense, Mike Mills (AKA @LordMillsey), La Santa Cecilia, Peter's Filthy Friends, Torreblanca, Mark Eitzel, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy, Old 97's, Drive-By Truckers, The Jayhawks, Steve Wynn and Linda Pittman, Joseph Arthur, Fernando Viciconte and Chet Lyster too. If that wasn't enough, John Paul Jones was more than happy to sit in and burn on mandolin or steel guitar or whatever.
Before I crank up the cable TV, this just in: The Poetry Clown (klipschutz to you) has a new book out, A Visit to the Ranch & other poems. Every copy made by hand in Olympia, Washington. Plus he's gone all multimedia with this Lil Mike ("the Antonioni of YouTube") directed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rec7D3Dq4Xw&feature=youtu.be&a
THU MAR 10 SUNDOWN AT GRANADA DALLAS TX USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express. Tickets $15. Show at 10:00 PM.
FRI MAR 11 CONTINENTAL CLUB AUSTIN TX USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express. Tickets $15. Show at 10:00 PM.
SAT MAR 12 CONTINENTAL CLUB AUSTIN TX USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express. Tickets $15. Show at 8:00 PM.
THU MAR 24 THE B-SIDE - ONE LUCKY GUITAR FORT WAYNE IN USA Chuck Prophet (Solo) "An Evening With". Tickets $12. Doors at 8:00 PM.
FRI MAR 25 UPTOWN GRILL LASALLE IL USA Chuck Prophet (Solo) "An Evening With". Tickets $25. Doors at 6:30 PM. Show at 7:30 PM.
FRI APR 15 GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL SAN FRANCISCO CA USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express with Garland Jeffreys. Tickets $19.
FRI APR 22 BOOTLEG THEATER - BAR STAGE LOS ANGELES CA USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express with Garland Jeffreys. Tickets $13, $15.
SAT APR 23 LOBERO THEATRE SANTA BARBARA CA USA Chuck Prophet & Mission Express with Garland Jeffreys. Tickets $39.