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BETTER CALL UP THE PLUMBER

Thanks for being here. It beats going around from city to city with a staple-gun hanging posters all over the place. And it's better for the planet too.

We've got tour dates all over creation with the Mighty Mission Express starting today at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA. I'll get to those in a hot minute.

But first, in other news...

THE RUBINOOS

Over the past months I produced a new RUBINOOS [rhymes with two canoes] LP "FROM HOME" for Yep Roc Records. I probably saw the Rubinoos like 20 times in high school. Although I'm not a power pop bubblegum nerd or whatever, I loved how they were true to their school. Be it Spaghetti Western soundtrack music or the Archies, The Beach Boys, The DeFranco Family, or the Jackson 5, they knew what they loved. And wore it on their sleeves. Rubinoos AF.

After those first couple LP's, The Rubinoos took the hero's journey and it wasn't all glorious. Sure they opened 56 shows for Elvis Costello during the Armed Forces tour. Appeared on American Bandstand. Made the pages of Tiger Beat. But before too long Tommy and Jon moved to LA, and Donno and Al took other gigs.

Jon went on to appear as the Doo Wop singing/pizza delivery boy on a number of Sitcoms. Tommy eventually got a Tux and the Real Fake Book and played his share of society gigs. Tommy and Jon did ghost vocal sessions with Kim Fowley for drag queen records. [Or "Fowl Kimley" as Jon calls him.] There were new records with session drummers. Along the way they sang the demo for the Revenge of the Nerds theme song and it was so good ended up in the movie which just further confused people.

But now they're back. Getting all the original guys back together to make this new record was a big deal to me.

And you can read about this new record and hear the premiere and watch the video for their new single "Do You Remember" over at Billboard Magazine. Bring Pop back to the common man!

LINK: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8511493/the-rubinoos-do-you-remember

Or jump straight to this video starring Salvadoran dancing sensation Aranivah.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re88FR9rxKc

BETTER CALL UP THE PLUMBER!

Be with us on June 29th at The City Winery NYC to celebrate beloved New York icon Garland Jeffrey, who is doing his last shows. The sexiest man in Scandinavia! The poet laureate of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn! is retiring from the stage. Stephie and I will be guesting on a song or two. Also on the bill, David Johansen and more. Some tickets still left for the early show. What can I tell you about our old friend Garland? (People get a kick out of hearing he was Lou Reed's college roommate. Who swept the floor? With who?)

THEY GAVE DUDE A BEEPER

Oh, and another thing. File under: "They gave the Dude a beeper". Yessir, they gave me a radio show on the Gimme Country Network. I'm spinning lots of 50's, 60's country. Nashville cats, Wrecking Crew side streets, yodeling cowboys, honky-tonkers, swampers, truckers, rockabilly cats and more. You name it. All that stuff, that funk, that sweet, that funky stuff [Say what].

MORE HERE: https://www.gimmecountry.com/#/radio

Onwards,

-CP

GIGSVILLE: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express:

6/7/2019 Sonoma CA Huichica Music Festival

7/12/2019 St. Louis MO Off Broadway

7/13/2019 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads Saloon

7/14/2019 Omaha NE The Sunday Roadhouse Presents

7/16/2019 Fort Wayne IN Welch's Ale House

7/18/2019 Ferndale MI The Magic Bag

7/19/2019 Chicago IL City Winery-Chicago

Masterclass

Still don't understand Bitcoin? We've got you covered. Ever wonder what became of that shrink who sorted Metallica out? We're on it. Want to know if the Temple Beautiful Musical is really happening? You've come to the right place.

After last month's newsletter, I've been getting e-mails from folks who are like, "Am I to understand this correctly? You're putting on a Temple Beautiful Musical?" Sort of, and sort of yes, and yessiree, and yes ma'am, and just plain yes, and hell yes too. Newsflash: You heard it here: In late August, Temple Beautiful: The Musical will be mounted(!) at the Alcazar Theatre in S.F. for three-count-em-three performances, before we take Manhattan and Berlin (figuratively speaking) in 2020.

Meanwhile, I've been watching a lot of these Masterclasses online. Hoping to hone some new skills. I mean, I've only been watching 30 seconds or so of each of them. [I'm on a budget!] Some of them are pretty great. Ron Howard? Yes. David Mamet? Very intense. And Santana is right on the money. It's easy to get cynical about Guitar Center noodlers and that whole crowd but when Carlos applies his `wisdom of the centuries' and describes guitar playing as "bringing light into the darkness," I'm not going to lie, I buy it. He's also a big believer in guitar face: "The ugliest face creates the most beautiful note." And: "If you don't stand like that, it ain't gonna sound like that." After those pearls, I can't imagine anyone asking for their money back.

I love it.

Then again, as Jim Dickinson use to say: "The best records never get recorded." And so the Masterclasses I want to watch will never get made. I wish GG Allin had lived long enough to do one. Or Malcolm McLaren. How about Iggy? I'd like him to help me with my golf swing.

We at CP and the Mission Express would be happy to entertain offers for a Masterclass pilot. Cooking in your room. How to load that van. Kevin T. White may or may not be willing to divulge his trade secrets for the right way to load. [And yes there is a right way, just ask Kevin T.]

Or imagine Lou Reed teaching jazz guitar. Dropping names like Ornette Coleman with total conviction. And then playing some ham-fisted barre chord. I'd watch it. Speaking of Lou (who is huge around here, so don't get up in my grill and send me emails about under-appreciated geniuses, okay?], the producer Roger Moutenot told me that once while recording Lou, after the umpteenth attempt at a simple overdub on guitar, Lou just collapsed, hung his head and said, "Can you believe they give me money to do this sh*t?"

Okay, enough filibustering from me. And yeah, I hear you Lou. I often ask myself the same question. Come out and see for yourself. There's gigs and more gigs listed below.

Onwards,

-CP

PS: More on the musical here: https://www.templebeautifulthemusical.com

PPS: Here's Carlos Santana's Masterclass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnaEs7yPXW8

WEBSITE ((((IN FULL-COLOR SOUND)))) http://chuckprophet.com

GIGSVILLE:

Chuck Prophet SOLO:

5/13/2019 Baltimore MD Function Gallery (An Evening With)

5/14/2019 Washington DC Pearl Street Warehouse

5/15/2019 Harrisburg PA Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

5/17/2019 Northampton MA The Parlor Room Workman Song to support

5/18/2019 Cambridge MA Atwood's Tavern Jay Walsh to support

5/19/2019 Pawling NY Daryl's House

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express:

5/24/2019 Central City CO Grand Z Casino Hotel

5/25/2019 Central City CO Grand Z Casino Hotel

5/26/2019 Colorado Springs CO MeadowGrass Music Festival

6/7/2019 Sonoma CA Huichica Music Festival

7/12/2019 St. Louis MO Off Broadway

7/13/2019 Kansas City MO Knuckleheads Saloon

7/14/2019 Omaha NE The Sunday Roadhouse Presents

7/16/2019 Fort Wayne IN Welch's Ale House

7/18/2019 Ferndale MI The Magic Bag

7/19/2019 Chicago IL City Winery-Chicago

NIXON WALK REVISITED

I've got some solo shows out East to announce. I know the following might be one of the cruelest things someone can say to an audience, but here it goes: I might be trotting out some new songs. So there. You've been warned. And also there's some Mission Express festival dates and the like come summer. Dig in below.

Meanwhile, here in San Francisco, I'm still checking the surf report every morning out of habit, even if a shoulder injury has kept me out of the water. I'm back to spending my mornings doing the Nixon Walk along Ocean Beach. You know the walk: Hands behind my back, slow and pensive. Here's a PRO TIP: If you want to feel like you're starring in your own AARP commercial, if that's your thing, try the Nixon Walk on Ocean Beach in the morning. Maybe we can even walk together, side by side, not saying anything, brooding about the Washington Post and New York Times and how they have it out for us. (Sound familiar?)

Meanwhile, me and klip have been pushing around the songs and script for Temple Beautiful: The Musical (that's not a typo), which has been in the works for going on six years believe it or not. (Actually, the script is called a libretto, but we can never say "libretto" without having to look it up afterward to make sure we're using it right.) Last November we had another workshop culminating in a one-night-invitation-only showcase at PianoFight (former site of the original Original Joes) in the heart of the heart of the Tenderloin. With Clay David producing and Emilie Whelan directing nine, count-em nine actors, and a five-piece band led by Matt Jaffe (with yours truly out in the audience soaking it all in). A lit-up crowd gave the performance a Standing O. Excitement in the air. (Confusion too!) So, in the spirit of Save That Date, you heard it here first. We're gearing up for three performances at the Alcazar Theatre in late August. Get ready to cash in those airline miles(!). More on that to come.

Watch this space: https://www.templebeautifulthemusical.com/

Meanwhile, for those of you who made it out - or didn't - to our annual Austin residency at the Continental Club, we've got commemorative souvenir T shirts and posters for sale in our on-line store: theconnextion.com/chuckprophet

Onwards,

-CP

P.S.: ONE MORE PRO TIP FOR THE ROAD: Pour a jar of salsa into a bag of tortilla chips and shake it up. [It's like a salad but without all the annoying salad stuff.]

WEBSITE ((((IN FULL-COLOR SOUND)))) http://chuckprophet.com

GIGSVILLE:

Chuck Prophet SOLO

5/13/2019 Baltimore MD Function Gallery

5/14/2019 Washington DC Pearl Street Warehouse

5/15/2019 Harrisburg PA Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

5/17/2019 Northampton MA The Parlor Room

5/18/2019 Cambridge MA Atwood's Tavern

5/19/2019 Pawling NY Daryl's House

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

5/24/2019 Central City CO Grand Z Casino Hotel

5/25/2019 Central City CO Grand Z Casino Hotel

5/26/2019 Colorado Springs CO MeadowGrass Music Festival

6/7/2019 Sonoma CA Huichica Music Festival

6/8/2019 Sonoma CA Huichica Music Festival

7/12/2019 St. Louis MO Off Broadway

7/13/2019 Kansas City MO Knucklehead's

7/14/2019 Omaha NE The Sunday Roadhouse Presents

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GIGSVILLEmore »

Wed Jun 19 Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3
San Francisco, CA
Fri Jul 12 Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO
Sat Jul 13 Knuckleheads Saloon
Kansas City, CA
Sun Jul 14 The Sunday Roadhouse Presents
Omaha, NE
Tue Jul 16 Welch’s Ale House
Fort Wayne, IN