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ROCK AND ROLL INDIAN DANCE

Welcome back. Right now I'm lying around with the laptop. Listening to the [Highly recommended] Fools Paradise show on WFMU and they're playing "Rock And Roll Indian Dance" by Butchie Saunders & The Buddies. I just felt a burst of energy and had to reach for the lap top and grind out a blog post. Have you ever heard this song? Of course not! It's something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNfoAwNr2JI

While Butchie & The Buddies are buffering, I want to thank everyone (if that's the right word) who wrote to me or stopped me on the street after the last newsletter to weigh in with an opinion or a story about airline etiquette. Especially as it relates to middle seats and just who owns the rights to both armrests. I had no idea people were so passionate about it. At the end of the day flying hasn't changed that much, right? If you don't count the outlet wars flaring up in the boarding lounges and the extra bag add-on fees, it hasn't really changed all that much. You get checked in. You sit next to a guy picking his ear. . . . and just when you think you're home free, it's the baggage claim that really brings out the worst in people. Oh, the humanity!

Hope you're having a great summer. We've got another tour to announce. And for Bay Area folks to get it all started we've got a pop up solo gig in Martinez, CA at the legendary Armando's in less than two weeks.

And of course, our annual two nights at the Make Out Room during #HSB. The Friday night is a Chuck and Stephie duo show and the Saturday a full Mission Ex (with special guests) blow out.

Personally I'm ready for The Fall. No, not the Mark E. Smith Fall. I mean the season. Autumn. Outdoor festivals are great and everything. [27 different flavors of veggie burgers!] But I am looking forward to playing some inside shows which means that not only will the music bounce of the walls like it's meant to, but on most of these club dates you won't have to wait in a long line for one of those nasty portable toilets. And me and the band will save a lot of money on duct tape as we won't have to tape our set list to the stage in the event of tornadoes or severe thunderstorms or whatever.

See you out there.

*Speaking of Instagram. A shout out to my nieces Molly and Norah for helping me locate my Instagram account. Pswrd hint: When my family moved to Cleveland I was six years old. We rented an old house that came with a dog. I loved that dog. Armed with that knowledge Molly and Norah were able to locate my Instagram account that I set up years ago and somehow lost like a ghost ship adrift in cyberspace. We're happy to say that the crew is alive and well and the ship wasn't infested with cannibalistic rats. Yessir, I am back in the Instagram business. Join me here: https://instagram.com/chuckprophet/

WED AUG 26 ARMANDO'S, MARTINEZ, CA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN AUG 30 SUMMERSHADE FESTIVAL, ATLANTA, GA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

TUE SEP 01 THE FAMILY WASH, NASHVILLE TN USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 3 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI SEPT 4 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT SEPT 5 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN SEPT 6 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

WED SEPT 9 KIKI'S HOUSE OF RIGHTEOUS MUSIC, MADISON, WI USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 10 DAKOTA, MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

FRI SEPT 11 FITZGERALD'S, BERWYN, IL USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SAT SEPT 12 THE BLACK SWAMP ARTS FESTIVAL, BOWLING GREEN, OH CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SUN SEPT 13 THE BLACK SWAMP ARTS FESTIVAL, BOWLING GREEN, OH CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

MON SEPT 14 BEACHLAND BALLROOM, CLEVELAND, OH USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

WED SEPT 16 SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL, NEWPORT, KY CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 17 NATALIE'S, WORTHINGTON, OH USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI SEPT 18 CLUB CAFE, PITTSBURGH, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT SEPT 19 HUNTINGTON HILLS HOUSE CONCERTS, ROCHESTER, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN SEPT 27 HOPMONK TAVERN NOVATO, NOVATO, CA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI OCT 2 MAKE OUT ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA CHUCK PROPHET & STEPHANIE FINCH

SAT OCT 3 MAKE OUT ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

FRI OCT 9 DARYL'S HOUSE, PAWLING, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT OCT 10 THE PARLOR ROOM, NORTHAMPTON, MA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN OCT 11 CLUB PASSIM, CAMBRIDGE, MA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

MON OCT 12 CITY WINERY, NYC, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

WED OCT 14 HARRISBURG MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER, HARRISBURG, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS OCT 15 TIN ANGEL, PHILADELPHIA, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI OCT 16 NORTH SHORE POINT HOUSE CONCERTS, NORFOLK, VA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT OCT 17 PRIVATE, WASHINGTON, DC USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

MON OCT 19 JAMMIN' JAVA, VIENNA, VA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FOLDING UNDERWEAR AT MERVYNS

Hello Friends,

Stephie and I are on our way back from our two-person folk rock rampage, on the heels of a one-off full band gig in Norway near the Arctic Circle where among other things, like playing a great set for example, we enjoyed some whale meat, which I realize is a controversial meal in certain quarters.

Stephie and I had a ball rampaging through Ireland and Montenegro. We were actually a trio act, if you count the Roland 808 we dragged along.

This morning we had to head out at 5 AM to fly home. In the Balkans, hotels aren't as common, so often you stay in an "apartment," and ours was near the airport in Dubrovnik. The attractive gal that let us in the night before was there to see us out - except she'd changed into a Police uniform. When we got out the door in the wee hours of the morning she was standing there. Looking at me. In that uniform. I didn't quite freak out, but I was on the verge. Hey, I guess its her day job.

Anyway, it's great to be headed home. Hard to say goodbye though. We were totally charmed by Montenegro, the people, the place and the history. And we enjoyed a rare day off. After the SeaRock festival, after a home-cooked meal courtesy of the promoters mom, we found ourselves on a fishing boat with our host Ivan taking a tour of the secret spots. Hard to remember what all the worry was when you're jumping off cliffs into the salty brine.

Kotor was pretty magical. For the most part it has remained unchanged - well, at least it hasn't turned into one big McDonalds. There's still some reminder of Yugoslavia's Communist days. It's more European than I ever remember Europe being. Although it was sweltering hot while we were there, you can cool off by jumping into the Adriatic sea at any hour. I did have to break my no-short-pants-on-the-bandstand rule but only for the soundcheck. Also of note, the gig itself was surrounded by a 1000 year wall. Not 1000 years standing. More like it took a thousand years to build. That gig takes the expression "Getting-all-midevil-on-yer-ass" to new levels.

So now I'm wedged into a middle seat headed home. Stephie got the window seat. The aisle seat is occupied by a very large man, natch. How does this always happen? In my own subtle way, I'm trying to not give up any ground on the arm rest. Dan Stuart once told me that as far as airline etiquette is concerned, middle seat losers are entitled to both armrests. I'm proceeding on that basis, but it's hard to enforce.

ANYHOO: I've been surfing the in-flight entertainment system on the back of the seat in front of me on because my reading material got left behind when our erstwhile Tour Manager Tom dropped us off after our last gig in Kilkenny. Where, incidentally, we caught up with Mission Express Mascot John Murry alive and well. For some reason I never watch movies on planes. I generally prefer to read and spin down the internal hard drive when I can. But right now I'm watching "Broad City." Have you seen it? One character has been arguing about Bed Bath and Beyond coupons for like 20 minutes, and now her BFF drops by and pulls a bag of weed out of her vagina. I'm hooked.

Personally, I'm a little banged up after a 10-day run. Can't speak for Stephie. But she's watching something and laughing out loud. She's always been the strongest one in the group anyway. But really, it takes time to get over these tours. And by the time you finally wash one off there's another one looming. Which brings me to my point. (Hey, I didn't know I had one either!)

Banged up or not. At its worst, touring still beats folding underwear at Mervyns, right? I've said that so many times I believe it. Roly Salley taught me there really isn't much of anything more beautiful than a kiwi fruit. Once when my 9 volt was running low he encouraged me to open a kiwi fruit. He said, "Cut it open. Admire it. Someone went through the trouble to bring that there and set it in that bowl. Pick it up. Check out the beauty of it. Dig the flesh. It's green and studded with tiny black seeds. But the inside part is totally over the top psychedelic. Edible too. Even the seeds."

Okay, I might have embellished his advice, but he had a point.

For the most part it's all working out. "Don't be denied," wrote Neil. "Fight the power," said Chuck D. "That's life," sang Frank. "Working hard or hardly working?" Now, who said that? It wasn't me. In fact, if you ever hear me say that you have my permission to kick me in the nut sack, okay?

I can't wait to get back in the USA. We've got a bunch of shows to announce. Some band shows. Some solo.

If we ever get back. I want to do something fun. Remember when people used to meet you at your gate? No? Oh well. It happened once upon a time. I was going to suggest to Stephie that maybe we pay an Uber driver to honk his horn though the Broadway tunnel on the way home.

Here's a dispatch from Ireland where we ran into our old team Mascot John Murry who's been adopted by the good people of Kilkenny.

"We're made it back to Kilkenny! And look at what the cat dragged in. [Post Killkenny group hug]

https://www.facebook.com/chuckprophetofficial/photos/a.397498590422.182449.10029785422/10152979281405423/?type=1&theater

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* GIGSVILLE: "beats folding underwear at Mervyns"

* MERCHVILLE: "If you're not busy being born, you're busy buying"

* FACEBOOK: Like me!

* TWITTERVILLE: "Tweet-tweet-twiddle-dee-deet"

http://twitter.com/ChuckProphet/

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GIGSVILLE: "6 billion people in the world and you want to be among

those who will never seen The Mission Express live?"

Show details: http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

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THURS JULY 30 SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES, WINDSOR, CA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SUN AUG 30 SUMMERSHADE FESTIVAL, ATLANTA, GA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 3 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI SEPT 4 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT SEPT 5 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN SEPT 6 HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL, HALIFAX, NS CANADA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

WED SEPT 9 KIKI'S HOUSE OF RIGHTEOUS MUSIC, MADISON, WI USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 10 DAKOTA, MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

FRI SEPT 11 FITZGERALD'S, BERWYN, IL USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SAT SEPT 12 THE BLACK SWAMP ARTS FESTIVAL, BOWLING GREEN, OH CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SUN SEPT 13 THE BLACK SWAMP ARTS FESTIVAL, BOWLING GREEN, OH CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

MON SEPT 14 BEACHLAND BALLROOM, CLEVELAND, OH USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

WED SEPT 16 SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL, NEWPORT, KY CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS SEPT 17 NATALIE'S, WORTHINGTON, OH USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI SEPT 18 CLUB CAFE, PITTSBURGH, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT SEPT 19 HUNTINGTON HILLS HOUSE CONCERTS, ROCHESTER, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN SEPT 27 HOPMONK TAVERN NOVATO, NOVATO, CA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI OCT 2 MAKE OUT ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

SAT OCT 3 MAKE OUT ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS

FRI OCT 9 DARYL'S HOUSE, PAWLING, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT OCT 10 THE PARLOR ROOM, NORTHAMPTON, MA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SUN OCT 11 CLUB PASSIM, CAMBRIDGE, MA USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

MON OCT 12 CITY WINERY, NYC, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

WED OCT 14 HARRISBURG MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER, HARRISBURG, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

THURS OCT 15 TIN ANGEL, PHILADELPHIA, PA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

FRI OCT 16 NORTH SHORE POINT HOUSE CONCERTS, NORFOLK, VA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

SAT OCT 17 PRIVATE, WASHINGTON, DC USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

WED OCT 21 PRIVATE, BROOKLYN, NY USA CHUCK PROPHET SOLO

UPCOMING DUO SHOWS

UPCOMING DUO SHOWS (Plus one show w/Mx):

July 18th - Tromso, NO - Bukta Festival with the Mission Express

July 20th - Cork, IE - Coughlan's Live

July 21st - Galway, IE - Rosin Dubh Galway Arts Festival

July 22nd - Dublin, IE - Whelans

July 23rd - Kilkenny, IE - Cleeres

July 25th - Kotor, Montenegro - Sea Rock Festival

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CUT ALONG DOTTED LINE

Folks,

We're still resting up after our action packed SF City Hall Centennial blowout. "White Punks on Dope" with 100 U.S. mayors eating pheasant under the rotunda behind us. It doesn't get much better than that. With a "Willie Mays Is Up At Bat" chaser. But soon enough we will be refueling the Econoline with just enough gas to get us to the airport.

What's next? Funny you should ask. (I don't see dead people but I do hear imaginary questions.)

A short run of rare Chuck and Stephie acoustic duo shows on the Other Side of the Pond in Ireland and beyond. Plus a full band show in Norway. According to the calendar on my watch in my phone which always goes dead at the wrong moment ("I see dead phones"), these shows are soon enough that I should really be rehearsing right now. (But, priorities. The newsletter first!)

That's right. Stephie and I are embarking on a two person folk rock rampage! There will be no fighting on the dance floor! But there might be some fighting on the stage. So get your tickets now! Or then. Better yet, both.

Meanwhile, I hope some of you were able to make it to SF's City Hall Centennial. I can't remember the last time there was an atmosphere like that in Civic Center. Jello Biafra and my mom, getting the old band back together! It was pretty cool.

We squeezed alot in. Honestly, I was just hoping the show would be half as good as the rehearsals. When after we ran down Laugh Laugh with Sal Valentino, one of the string players tapped her music stand with a pencil and said, "These charts are good," I was thrilled. Because I know those conservatory nerds are judging us measure by measure. So, big thanks to Brad Jones for his beautiful charts and arrangements. So many performers and every one of them brought the ineffable IT. Dawn "The Commissioner" Holliday used the word "magic" more than once after the show to describe it. And honestly, I never get tired of that word.

Onwards,

-CP

UPCOMING DUO SHOWS (Plus one show w/The MX):

July 18th - Tromso, NO - Bukta Festival with the Mission Express

July 20th - Cork, IE - Coughlan's Live

July 21st - Galway, IE - Rosin Dubh Galway Arts Festival

July 22nd - Dublin, IE - Whelans

July 23rd - Kilkenny, IE - Cleeres

July 25th - Kotor, Montenegro - Sea Rock Festival

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* GIGSVILLE: "NO FIGHTING ON THE DANCE FLOOR DUO TOUR"

* MERCHVILLE: "If you're not busy being born, you're busy buying"

* FACEBOOK: Like me!

* TWITTERVILLE: "Tweet-tweet-twiddle-dee-deet"

http://twitter.com/ChuckProphet/

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GIGSVILLE: "6 billion people in the world and you want to be among

those who will never seen The Mission Express live?"

Show details: http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

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NORWAY

JULY 18 BUKTA FESTIVAL - TROMSO, NO - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

IRELAND

JULY 20 CORK, IE - COUGHLAN'S LIVE - Chuck and Stephie duo show

JULY 21 GALWAY, IE - ROISIN DUBH - Chuck and Stephie duo show

JULY 22 DUBLIN, IE - WHELANS - Chuck and Stephie duo show

JULY 23 KILKENNY,IE - CLEEERES - Chuck and Stephie duo show

MONTENEGRO

JULY 25 SEAROCK FESTIVAL - KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

US:

THURS JUL 30 SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES - WINDSOR, CA - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

SOLO US DATES:

FRI OCT 9 DARYL'S HOUSE - PAWLING, NY -Chuck Prophet solo

SAT OCT 10 THE PARLOR ROOM - NORTHAMPTON, MA - Chuck Prophet solo

SUN OCT 11 CLUB PASSIM - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Chuck Prophet solo

THURS OCT 15 TIN ANGEL - PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106-2802 - Chuck Prophet solo

FRI OCT 16 NORTH SHORE POINT HOUSE CONCERTS - NORFOLK, VA 23505

Chuck Prophet solo

SAT OCT 17 PRIVATE - WASHINGTON, DC - Chuck Prophet solo

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TWITTERVILLE: "Tweet-tweet-twiddle-dee-deet"

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The Internet is dangerous. Know the warning signs. I'm on Twitter, kids. Unbelievable! Strange but true!http://twitter.com/ChuckProphet/

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Get up to the minute details on live shows here:

http://chuckprophet.com/gigs/

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FACEBOOK: "Let's be friends. I want to be your pal. Like me!"

https://www.facebook.com/chuckprophetofficial

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Let's do it. Really, I'm probably the coolest, funnest, most obsessive, self-centered, hot-headed, narcissistic, unhappy, judgmental, insecure, self-righteous person you'll ever get to know. You ready? Let's get started!

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  • Hell Yeah

    "See you in a couple months!

  • John

    "Thanks so much for the article.Much thanks again.

  • IRISH TOUR

    "Galway - Brilliant. Dublin - Amazing Kilkenny - A

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    "we're the house band. backing some 30

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    "Chuck will you and the mission express be doing a