Photograph by Lisa Predko
Anyone who had a harp: Joanna Newsom performed her new 'Ys' album at a sold-out Rio show.
Wide World of Misfits
By Bill Forman
WHY AM I SUCH A MISFIT? If a Danzig show comes to the Catalyst, and Glenn Danzig isn't there to play it, does anybody care? Apparently not, judging by the response to the heavy metal dwarf's no-show in Santa Cruz last week. The story going around town is that the former Misfit's equipment took a little detour en route to the Catalyst. A source involved with the show says that, two nights earlier, the tantrum-prone Danzig fired his tour manager, whose loyal road crew subsequently drove Danzig's equipment "to Timbuktu." Meanwhile, Danzig's website continues to insist it was all simply a case of influenza. In either event, all was not lost. Catalyst promoter Eddy Dees says a quarter of the fans who showed up turned down a refund because they were there to see Danzig's Blackest of the Black tour mates Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino and couldn't care less about seeing Danzig anyway. Anyway, you can always catch Danzig himself in that YouTube clip where North Side Kings singer Danny Marianinho decks him (www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmhjoituM7s).
GET OUT OF THAT KITCHEN Friends and fans of Gillian Harwin will want to catch her homecoming gig next week at the Kuumbwa. A singer/songwriter who also plays upright bass and--like most Santa Cruz artists--a mean musical saw, Harwin is a longtime Kuumbwa Jazz Center volunteer who recently set out to make a name for herself in New York City and has been gigging there regularly. You can check out her website at www.whiskey-sandwich.com and witness her rise from the kitchen to the stage at Dec. 7 at the Kuumbwa, where she will no longer be asked to wash dishes.
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