Q Can you talk about getting ready for this tour? I know you describe it as grassroots–Did you book it yourself? and are you touring with anyone?
DG: Yes, indeed. This is a lone-songbird enterprise. In terms of booking and promoting the concerts, plotting and planning all of the logistics, communicating with concert hosts and venues, driving the open road, etc. Essentially, I’m the source of things happening, and am responsible for ensuring that everyone involved with the adventure’s needs are met, including my own. However, I must say, once the tour-manager wheels start turning from the home office, I have the joy and fortune of connecting with amazing, gracious people without whom my journey would not be as successful. Or fun. For example, by reaching out to an incredible artist friend of mine in NYC who has performed in California, I met a fabulous person in SF who books house concerts in the Bay Area. They then kindly booked me for a sweet double-bill home concert in Redwood City, and also referred me to Bay Vibes, the music event company that produces the series I’m performing as part of this Sunday at Yoshi’s. Or, to give you a more personal example, in Seattle, a woman referred me to a great and reasonably priced hotel to stay at in Ashland, Oregon, and explained that if I could get that far on my drive down to San Francisco, it would be a great place to stay over, to see the gorgeous mountains I’d be driving through, in the sunrise. Both tips of which I took, and savored. So, I am not really alone in the driver’s seat of this voyage.
DG: Hmmm… Perhaps, the chance to escape the dust of daily life and share some intimate musical moments with a profoundly inspired songbird who has been told by at least one person at every concert along the troubadour trail that she reminds them of Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and/or Carole King?… I have to say, I am beyond excited that I’ll be sharing my songs with the fine music-lovers of San Francisco for the very first time in such a gorgeous, world-class venue, as part of such an incredible series as “Songwriters Unplugged.” Two other fantastic artists will be performing as part of the night, and some musical collaborations will take flight between us. I’ll also be joined on a song or two by a very special guest, brilliant San Francisco based singer-songwriter, Brad Brooks. Plus, there’s wine. And might I add, one gloriously radiant full moon, shining up above. Honestly, if you can find a better way to spend $7, I’d like to know about it!
Danielle Gasparro performs Sunday, Nov 21, 2010 at Yoshi’s Songwriter Lounge in San Francisco, at 8pm