Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I find this Article on a Grateful Dead Quilt inspiring.

News from The Flying Other Brothers-

*********************** Saturday, October 21, 2006 ***********************

The Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Opening for Great American Taxi

Doors at 8:00 p.m., FOBs at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets $14 -- (415) 885-0750

************************* Sunday, October 22, 2006 ***********************

333 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Benefit for Little Kids Rock (
Featuring the Greg Rolle Band

6:30 p.m.
Tickets $50 -- (415) 255-0333

Thanks. Here's hoping we're in your ears soon!


The Flying Other Brothers are:
Roger McNamee, vocals, rhythm guitar
Ann McNamee, vocals, percussion
Pete Sears, keyboards, vocals
Barry Sless, lead and pedal steel guitar
Bert Keely, guitar, vocals and trumpet
T-Bone Tony Bove, harmonica, vocals
Bill Bennett, bass, vocals
Jim Sanchez, drums

The FOBs crew:
Howard Danchik, live engineer
Stacy Parrish, studio and live recording engineer
Pat Morrow, Road Manager
Carmelo Paul LoManaco, crew
Dawn Holliday, spiritual advisor

The Flying Other Brothers Management:
Michael Nash, Tritone Artist Management:
Bookings: Michael Weinstein, American Artists:
The Latest on Kepler's:
Bookstore's survival marked a year later, but fate uncertain
San Jose Mercury News
October 15, 2006

We were shocked when we came up to the store the day it closed and it was totally dark inside
If anyone had forgotten the fall and rise of Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, he got a rousing reminder Saturday as hundreds of people poured into Burgess Park to celebrate one year since the store's remarkable rebirth.
'The fact everyone came out to save Kepler's last year and they're here today, it really says how much people care about this place,' said Natalie Cowan of Atherton, who regularly takes her children to peruse the crammed shelves of the rescued store.
Kepler's had built a regional reputation over 50 years in Menlo Park as a feisty independent seller offering eclectic books and readings by controversial authors. It was a hangout for the likes of Joan Baez and Jerry Garcia in its heyday and became a center for the 1960s anti-war movement.
But then, the store abruptly shut down in August 2005. The unexpected loss of what had become a social and intellectual hub of the Peninsula triggered an outpouring of grief and even protests in the community. It spawned an unprecedented effort by a hastily assembled band of loyal patrons and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who came to the rescue of the store. They pledged $500,000 in capital support, created a new business plan and came up with volunteer assistance from some of the region's best business minds.
Six weeks later, the store reopened. On Saturday, book lovers and curiosity seekers young and old poured out to celebrate the revival, with Kepler's Day in the Park, an homage of music, carnival games, storytelling and book swaps.
But the biggest story retold on Saturday was the saga of Kepler's.
'We were shocked when we came up to the store the day it closed and it was totally dark inside,' recalled Kevin Kiser of Palo Alto, a children's book author. 'For us, not having Kepler's in the community would be like not having any literary life here.'
The store was so important to Kiser and his author wife, SuAnn, he said, they considered moving if Kepler's didn't reopen.
Even 7-year-old Avery Cowan of Menlo Park said 'it was so bad' when Kepler's closed. 'All the books I like are in there, and when it closes, you can't find them.'
As part of Kepler's revival, the store implemented a unique membership plan in which patrons pledge support much as supporters do for public television. About 2,000 have signed up, and Kepler's hopes to add 1,000 this year.
Kepler's also has stepped up its author events, such as one next week, when former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will give a reading there.
In spite of the community outpouring, store owner Clark Kepler said sales are about the same as they were when the store closed last year and he expects to break even in the coming year.
Hut Landon, director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, said at least three other independent stores have adopted Kepler's membership strategy.
The struggles at Kepler's mirror those of other independent stores as they compete with the likes of Amazon, Borders, Costco and Target, he said. The number of independent stores nationally dropped from 4,000 in 1990 to about 1,900 today, he said, although in the Bay Area, the numbers have remained flat at about 240.
Will the storied Kepler's survive 50 more years, or even the next year? It appears the patrons will have to wait for the sequel.
'The key is that if people buy 10 books a year, eight of them have to be from Kepler's, not just four,' Landon said. 'It's really all up to the customer.'
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The Waybacks Newsletter:

Hola, Compadres!

Foolishly left external laptop power supply in other briefcase. Leaving for tour at crack of dawn. Battery dying, perhaps ... odd screen flickering and freeze-ups. Mac; probably not virus ... still, seeing Spinning Beachball Of Death every few minutes. Must be brief.

Colorado: Thank you. Had lovely time. Loved UFO Lookout Station. Loved landlocked gator farms. REALLY loved giddy high at 12,000'. Apologize for apparent invasion of California culture into CO over last several years. Wabes don't know what tofu is either, and we sure as shootin' don't eat products marketed by size of curd.


Spinning beachball again! Grrrr. Sorry. Battery dying? Spyware? Malware? Infernal machine! Must update virus defs soon. Must hurry.

Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska. Thank you. Had lovely time. Feel distinctions area legislators currently making btw. Republicans & NeoCons more than balance out clear judgment lapse in allowing area chain restaurant to list "Blue Fluid" as an ingredient in specialty cocktail.

Canada: Thank you, had lovely time. [I'M SORRY, DAVE. I'M AFRAID I CAN'T DO THAT.] Hmmm .. did not type that ... augh. Onward. Faster. Marveled at Canadian advances in dead animal preservation and display. Loved how they've moved right past taxidermy into bronzing animals whole. Gives new meaning to term "sheep dip."

San Francisco: Hardly Strictly crazy-fun. TYVM to Bob Weir. Video here. 500,000 thank Warren Hellman. Only problem: decisions too tough. One young fan: "What this festival needs is more bands that suck!"

Great Lakes: T.Y., H.L.T. Decline Of Western Civilization Alert: motion-activated eye-level video advertising in men's restrooms. Laughed hard. Squirted milk out nose. Odd ... hadn't had milk in years.


What th'?!? Okay, okay. Gigs:

Thu, Oct 19
Lake Worth, FL
25 South J Street

Fri - Sat, Oct 20 - 21
Live Oak, FL
Sam Bush Band, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jim Lauderdale Band, The Duhks, The Greencards, Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, Herring Rodgers & Sipe with Mark Van Allen & Neal Fountain, Drew Emmitt Band, Joe Craven, The Lee Boys, Oteil & The Peacemakers, Old School Freight Train, Blueground Undergrass, David Gans, The Overtakers, Dread Clampitt, Redheaded Stepchild, Big Cosmo & The New Traditionals, Scramble Campbell.

Tue, Oct 24
Burlington, VT

Wed, Oct 25
Boston, MA

Thu, Oct 26
Westbrook, ME

Fri, Oct 27
Brookfield, NH
A Wolfeboro Folk event. High Range opens.

Stevie Coyle
New album "From The Pasture To The Future" available online at