Saturday, August 30, 2014
Recorded at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, California.
Well, last night was the kind that if I stayed out of the performance’s way and just rode it, it would go much further than I could have planned! Strong characters came ready to play! Well, except for the NO GIRL! There has to be at least one! Ok! I planted her! Nobody would really say she came to see nude people playing, but, no, she wasn’t willing to play nude, although she was a nude model…. That’s for moneymaking, not for being intimate with people… So when will people get nude?
If I had a guy say this trash, people would have smacked him down for being a sleazo voyeur. But my plant [was she a plant?] was a diva in a see-through blouse and a very remote bra yammering about how she was so shy! But she was a girl and girls can say dumb controlling things!
If she was a plant, she was for contrast to the rest of the performance! We floated on the live music from one goose bump dance to kick-ass duet to who knows where it all exploded into depth of fun experiments in moving sound, moving poem as narration, moving sexy warm juicy bodies in rhythm dance, dancing within aroused vocal duets getting dirty tasty down to the gritty titty, arm wrestling anger out, going into the difference between being hurt and being harmed through all of this! Strong characters in music experiments of Kene-J and Tomek playing, dancing, singing, reading! Musical ecstasy experiments that Miles Davis was searching for! Other musicians came ready because they have been here before, so they could join right in! We are building subversion powerful nexus of expanding twisting art through having an on-going series!
Hey, come to think of it, I have had at least one series going for the last thirty-five years!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Recorded at Burnt Ramen Studios, Richmond, California on September 28, 2006
Ah well, another week, another great show and jam. It was a part of our monthly music series at the historic Burnt Ramen. This one was guest booked by the invisible Jesse Townley … which is like having an invisible midwife! Of course there was the usual stress of producing a show…like getting an e-mail an hour before we were leaving for ramen from Jesse saying that two of the bands … hey, let’s name names … Triclops and Monster Squad … had just canceled (the depth of non-professionalism!) … but Jesse got another band. I wrote back that I was looking forward to seeing [being with] him. But he turned out to be invisible.
The first band, Salem Lights, was your basic good rock’n’roll band. And I did your basic rock’n’roll interview with them. But after their powerful set, they embarrassed themselves by packing up and sneaking out within 5 minutes after saying they would play in the jam. A lot of people just do not get community building, being physically there to support one another … which is basic to the Ramen philosophy … which John the Baker and I took the opportunity to discuss on camera. Damn, one reason why I always show up is not to give people an opportunity to trash me behind my back on camera!
Then I turned my attention to the band Jesse just got us that morning, The Sweet Nothings (Dddave, Adam, The Rev. Dusty Danger, and Rob-ot). They are rather cute, sweet guys playing what they call “drive-by/country punk.” The interview turned out to be a deep hour-long exploration as they guided to Ramen, via a cell phone, their lost drummer, Danger. It turns out they have grown up seeing our fliers around town. So they were excited to be finally playing with us. They were determined to jam with us … especially after Salem Lights flaked … even after finding out they might have to be nude for the jam. They are pure addicts of playing music! They did an hour set, extremely high energy and just plain fun! And during their last song they all stripped to their underwear in preparation for the jam! (They dressed for the jam.)
To start the jam, Dr. Gruve on harmonica, John the Baker on the roto-toms, and I doing vocals set down the concrete for the jam for a few minutes. Then The Sweet Nothings charged the stage (hey, I’m still playing with 20-year-olds!) … as Linda, Erika, and I started singing together … nude skin rubbing me between them warm friction turn-on arousing as the Ramen dwellers Jaren and Sierra drummed arousal into reality. It didn’t let up for an hour.
What I can say? Everybody was blown out! The last time we saw The Sweet Nothings, they were listening to the cd of their set in their van … which can be fatal in that neighborhood! And Da Boyz are going to weather-proof the space … foreseeing a long run for the series. Oh, what people miss when they don’t show up … or stay!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Recorded at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, California.
This one is hard for me write about because it was mostly under the surface level. It was preparing for the private performance between Ava and me later this month, plowing the field for potential depth. And also there was inter- personal trash going on, making doing the performance like driving a truck! [And I don’t mean between Ava and me.] But I am a professional and people [except for one or two] came ready and willing to risk, and go deep into the unknown. And this was what the performance was. So I will let the others below write about it.
But since when did “performance artists” [for that matter, “actors”] develop such active distasteful vomit fear of improvisation? It is to the point where they deny that an improv performance is in fact a real performance. They run away in fear… where everyday Jane and Joe jump lustily in!
Photos and more here: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/reality_playings/reality_playings_sep09/index.html
Posted by Michael LaBash at 6:05 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A MUSICAL DANCE JAM CELEBRATION FOR FRANK MOORE!
November 2, 2013, Temescal Art Center, Oakland
Saturday night’s Musical Dance Jam Celebration for Frank Moore was an amazing and wonderful opportunity to gather people together who knew and loved Frank, and really to continue that feeling of intimacy, depth and wide open possibilities that was Frank’s life work, and that now lives on in all of us. It was really so much like many of Frank’s performances at the Temescal Art Center, his performance home for the last 4+ years. We were always amazed at the wide range of people that would attend those performances, and it was really in keeping with the way Frank was with everyone in his life. He loved and was loved by so many different kinds of people, from so many different walks of life. So we had everyone from labor activists, micro-radio revolutionaries, neighbors from the block, long-time students and ex-students, friends from the SF punk scene, photographers, fans and attendees of Frank’s performances young and old, and even some young Greek musicians travelling through who just heard about Frank and this event, and wanted to join the jam! Not to mention Frank’s ENT doctor and friend of three decades, Rich and physical therapist and friend for just as long, Francine.
Linda, Erika and Megan went around the room, which quickly filled, asking everyone how they knew Frank and what he meant to them ... the responses were powerful, deep and funny! Frank’s impact was deeply felt. It seemed also a way for all of these different people in Frank’s life to experience firsthand the impact Frank made on such a wide range of people, and through so many different avenues ... Frank’s internet station, LUVeR, his performances, his running for President in 2008, his live music jams in punk clubs, his trips to the doctor and hospital stays, etc.! We were really happy that the spirit of Frank’s performance and life flowed on seamlessly into this celebration.
And of course then there was the music jam and dance! The music really started with Tomek and Kene-J (aka Frank’s “Son”) laying down a beautiful deep track of music throughout the entire night as people talked about Frank. And after Kene-J said some words of his own about Frank, Linda asked him to do two songs, the first a rap that we had not heard before, which seemed to be about or inspired by Frank, and the second a recent favorite, “To Be Free”, which Kene-J said was inspired by his experiences of Frank’s performances, and which we first heard at the August 2012 “Risk For Deep Love” performance. We felt Kene-J’s deep love for Frank in these songs. At some point, the Greeks joined Tomek and Kene-J in this ongoing jam. And after Erika read Annie Sprinkle’s audience-participation message for Frank, in which Annie had everyone in the room doing a short eroplay ritual tickling each other’s arms, the dance jam began!
It was a beautiful erotic jam of melting bodies and rhythmic soft waves of music ... Almost everyone picked up an instrument to join the jam and play along as Linda, Erika and Megan took off each other’s clothes and danced nude erotically as slides of the history of Frank’s performances projected on their bodies. Some of the others in the audience also took off their clothes. And after an erotic tickling session, the three went and “got” the audience, holding and rocking each person in the room. This amazing jam then segued into a sing-a-long led by Captain Fred, a long time friend and collaborator from the micro-radio movement. He passed out the lyrics to “With A Little Help from My Friends”, and the whole room sang it together, backed up by the musicians. It was a great way to “end” the night, although of course as Kene-J pointed out earlier when everyone clapped for his performances, “Frank always said ‘No clapping’!” ... because clapping is as if something has ended, and Frank always talked about how the performances don’t really “end”. We all feel that here.
Theremin Barney of Fluff Grrl, who was there with Annie and Mike, said at one point that he felt that Bob Madigan and Frank created “environments” ... they created around them a space in which people could come together and be together in ways that were outside of the normal, and that didn’t seem possible without them, and that he missed this so much with Bob’s passing, and now Frank. But as the night went on, and so many people asked for the performances and Frank’s work to continue, it was even more clear that there really isn’t an end ... that Frank’s work continues in us. This was a confirmation of what we have already felt. As Frank told Linda a few days before he died, kicking all of our asses to enjoy everything, even the idea of him dying ...“We have an amazing life, and it will just continue!”
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:58 PM
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Recorded March 21, 1997 at 848 Divisadero, San Francisco, California.
Here's what Frank wrote for the poster for this performance:
STRAWBERRY DANCE JAM BENEFIT PARTY to celebrate the Moore-LaBash art show at 848 and to benefit 848’s mission! Bring your dancing bodies and musical instruments…and a donation from 50 cents to $50. It’s cheap, almost free…so you be too…cheap and free! Friday March 21, starting at 8 PM.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:37 AM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Friday, September 15, 2006
Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band. Also on the bill that night Novi Split, Justin Shay, +DOG+
Il Corral, Los Angeles, CA
More info, videos of the other bands and photos: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/LA2006/index.html
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Photographs by David Steinberg.
Music: "Thee Cherotic Warrior (For Frank)" by Instagon
Obituary in SF Examiner:
"Iconic Bay Area performance artist Frank Moore dies; tribute planned in Oakland " By Vince Echavaria
Tribute by Dr. Susan Block:
"R.I.P. Frank Moore June 25th 1946 – October 14th 2013: American Hero, Revolutionary Artist, Shaman, Poet, Wounded Healer & Great LUVeR"
Posted by Michael LaBash at 11:56 AM
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Recorded at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, California
These are the instructions that I wrote up for Megan and Erika for this performance:
Megan and Erika, I have double pneumonia… So Saturday sit where I sit and greet people, etc. Talk about how you met me, etc. Half hour into it, undress each other slowly. Talk about how you use gestures at work [with a P.G. version]. Then you two do the regular gestures together for at least a half hour, getting more and more erotic. Do not read the gestures aloud, read them silently together. Then if Kene-J is there, have him sing a few songs. Then get dressed. THE END!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:46 AM
Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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