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On Being a Western Territorialist

August 8, 2013

Lot’s of things happening in August so let’s get down to it.

I am honored and excited to be part of Adam Theis and the Western Territory Project tomorrow (Friday) night at the de Young Museum of San Francisco.  If you don’t know, Adam is the don of SF’s Jazz Mafia, though now he’s an Oaklander (thump, thump, thump thump thump). Word on the street is I’ll be seen holding a trombone to my face for part of the evening. From the de Young site: 

Tonight’s ensemble is led by award-winning composer Adam Theis, whose work is rooted in the jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and classical genres. Join us for a very special evening as Theis launches his new project, “Adam Theis and the Western Territory Project.” Adam Theis on trombone, sousaphone, electric bass, and electronics; Alisa Rose on violin; Matthew Szemela on violin; Lewis Patzner on cello and trombone; Aaron Kierbel on drums and percussion; and special guests.”

Show’s at 6:30pm and its FREE! 

Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive • San Francisco, CA 94118

Next week is busy. Wednesday the 14th The Town Quartet is playing at the Mission Cultural Center in SF for the opening of an exhibit titled UNTITLED. MCCLA is a Latino heritage arts organization, so we’ll play the first Ginastera quartet along with some other stuff by white people. 7:13pm, $5.

Thursday the 15th is a double show day for me. First, the Haydn Enthusiasts will play the opus 54 quartets for part 2 of our complete Haydn cycle at Vessel Gallery in Oakland. Then I’m playing with my brother Graham at the Lost Church in SF. This a Graham Patzner solo show, but some of my Town Quartet colleagues and I will join him for a few tunes, probably at the end because I’m seeing here that we’re opening. YIkes! Vessel show is at 6:30, Lost Church at 8.

Saturday the 17th Judgement Day is acoustically opening up for the Little Lost Boys’ record release show at Le Qui Vive Gallery in Oakland. 1525 Webster st. Acoustic means violin and cello only. We play 2nd, and I think the show starts at 8pm.

Sunday the 18th I’m helping to host a Classical Revolution chamber jam at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Town Quartet will play probably play Ginastera. If you’re a classical musician please come and jam with us! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have something special you want to play. $5-20 suggested donation, 7:30pm. 

Now the listing:


9th Adam Theis and the Western Territory Project at the de Young Museum. 6:30pm, FREE. Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive • San Francisco, CA 94118

14th Town Quartet at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. 7:13pm, $5.  2868 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

15th Haydn Enthusiasts at Vessel Gallery in Oakland. 6:30pm, $5-20 suggested donation.

15th Graham Patzner at the Lost Church in SF. 8pm, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. W/ Yonat and Whitney Myer.

17th Judgement Day acoustic at Le Qui Vive Gallery in Oakland. 1525 Webster st. With Little Lost Boys, Eagle, and Ghosttalker.

18th Classical Revolution Chamber Jam at Ashkenaz with the Town Quartet. 7:30, $5-20 suggested donation. 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

24th Chabot Chamber Society at St. Joseph of Arimathea in Berkeley. 4pm

28th Musical Art Quintet at The Music Box in Half Moon Bay, 6:30-9:30, FREE. 315 Main Street | Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


5th Musical Art Quintet at People in Plazas, Mint Plaza, 1-2pm FREE

6th Musical Art Quintet and Telegraph Trio at Vessel Gallery for 1st Friday! 6pm, FREE

7th Judgement Day at Rickshaw Stop, with Death Valley High, Black Map, and King Loses Crown. Minus Head Records Showcase! $10 ALL AGES, doors at 8pm. 155 Fell st. SF.

27th Musical Art Quintet at the DeYoung Museum Friday Night Series. Free!

27th La Dee Da at Vircocha.

Every Sunday, Town Quartet in some capacity at the Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 1pm.


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  1. Hey Lewis, cool that you are playing in so many different projects. Thanks for keeping everybody posted. I will try to make it out to see some of these.

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