Damon Wood

Shows, Autumn 2013

December 6th, 2013

For my own records, a retroactive list of shows from this Fall. Makes this slow Winter seem less idle.

  • October 4: ZZ Topless, Starry Plough, Berkeley, with Cat People and Physical Graffiti
  • October 5: ZZ Topless at Oaktoberfest in Oakland’s Dimond District
  • October 11: Curtis Bumpy at Jupiter, Berkeley
  • October 20: Curtis Bumpy at Bernal Heights Fiesta on the Hill, San Francisco
  • October 26: Curtis Bumpy at Sonoma Raceway, private function
  • November 17: A Secret Rose, Craneway Pavilion in Richmond

Also, on 11/8 I had the honor of sitting in with Will Bernard and his Motherbug reunion at Jupiter. Which was great fun and also pretty funny, because the Motherbug rhythm section was Keith McArthur and Jan Jackson, along with Josh Jones and a keyboardist whose name currently escapes me (sorry, he was great). Also present were Scott Jensen and David Agretelis. And Jerry Kennedy. And Omega Rae. Basically, Curtis Bumpy. For a few songs it was a bit like Will was sitting in at his own gig. Of course, Will melted faces in due fashion. Special thanks to Len Patterson for letting me use his rig.

Will Bernard and MotherBumpy

Will Bernard and MotherBumpy

A Secret Rose

December 6th, 2013

A few weekends ago I had what I’d have to call a peak experience. I wanted to share it and try to do it some justice although, as the recorded version of this event will probably pale in comparison to the actual performance, my notes will only paint a part of the picture. But I’ll do my best.

Earlier this year a friend gave me a tip that a local organization, Other Minds, was soliciting applicants for an ambitious musical project to be performed at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond this fall. The event would be the West Coast premiere of a composition by Rhys Chatham, the third time the piece has been performed world-wide. Chatham is a well-known minimalist composer who has mixed it up with members of the musical intelligentsia ranging from Glenn Gould to Terry Riley to the Ramones. The piece – called A Secret Rose – was written to be played by 100 electric guitar players. (more…)

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