the Mission Express is gearing up for TEMPLE WITH STRINGS. On November 24 – we'll be playing Temple Beautiful in sequence with an eight piece octet.
And folks, this isn't Public Access TV. It's all going down at THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL itself, in the heart of the heart of the city. At one time we were thinking hey, A MUSICAL! Yeah, why not? Well, it turns out musicals take years to make happen. That's why not. You'll need real money - Venture Capital money (and cases of Pepto Bizmo) to pull a musical together (There Will Be Ulcers).
Before you taze me bro, think about it, there's still something to that musical idea. For a heroic lead we've got pre-steroid era greatest center fielder of all time Willie Mays, then gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk and the People's Mayor George Moscone for tragic martyrs/sacrificial lambs. Add in the brutally annoying shrieks of Laffing Sal, impresario & blowhard Bill Graham, Devil Incarnate Jim Jones, San Francisco treat Carol Doda, and Ruler of Yerba Buena and the Seven Spheres Emperor Joshua Norton . . . plus Red Man, legend of the Mission, and a cameo by the ghost of the Albion Bar . . . and even my head starts to spin a little.
Maybe we'll just have to settle for costumes. [Don't hold me to it, I'm sewing with one hand and typing with the other right now]. Either way, it will still be a circus. That's a promise. Wait a minute. How about this? How about a dunking booth? We could put our Supervisor Scott Wiener in there. Mr. "Condo! Condo! Condo!" himself. Is that something you'd be interested in? I don't know. That might require a permit or something....
Whatever. We don't want to over promise. All we know for sure is that the stage will be really crowded and San Francisco will be the star of the show. That and Kelley Stoltz is also on the bill.
I think that's more than enough to get you out on a Sunday night. Also, it's a seated show.
*(Temple producer and Brad Jones informs me that "8-piece octet" is redundant. For us kids who never took school band, that's an 8 piece string section – which Brad says is how they recorded Eleanor Rigby. Got it?)