FROM THE PRESS
“The Dark Bob has opted for passion over distanced irony, emotional intensity over conceptual cool, and the formality of ‘classic’ performance art over high-tech production. He has a deeply appealing, romantic idealism and a popular appeal because of his undaunted optimism and his belief in people. He has been dubbed a modern tribal voice for a global family.”
– Jacki Apple, LA Weekly
“His music is as hybrid as his stage persona. Middle Eastern chants, country western music and avant garde mannerisms are tied together by Brian Ferry-esque vocals that owe as much to the pathos of Merle Haggard and the crooning powers of Dean Martin as to the strident edge of the Clash.”
– Colin Gardner, Santa Monica Evening Outlook
“Prophet, poet or performance artist? One of the brightest lights I’m aware of shines through an artist who calls himself The Dark Bob.”
– Cindy Lamb, LA Weekly
MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON
MORE PERFORMANCES was performed at the following venues. Group shows and collaborations are indicated in parenthesis.
2005 through the Present
In 2005 The Dark Bob essentially stopped doing live performances to focus more on his music and visual art practices.
Notable exceptions include:
FRIENDS OF THE LOS ANGELES RIVER, Celebrating Founder Lewis MacAdams, Hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti,
2009 and 2014
HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE’s “25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee, In 2009 and 2014, The Dark Bob collaborated with Highways Performance Space where he curated A Recipe for Disaster, a two part celebration of the community of alternative artists that flourished in Los Angeles during the late ‘60s and ‘70s. Participants included Nancy Buchanan, Bob & Bob, Llyn Foulkes, Cheri Gaulke, Gronk, George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, Rudy Perez, Rachel Rosenthal, Ilene Segalove, Barbara T. Smith and Jeffrey Vallance.
HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, Life in the Fast Lane, an extension of The Dark Bob’s A Recipe for Disaster project with Highways Performance Space, Life in the Fast Lane cast a wider net and featured performance art that incorporated elements of experimental choreography, music, comedy and theatre. Participating artists included Jacki Apple, Weba Garretson, Simone Gad, Michael Intriere, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Dan Kwong, Josie Roth, John M. White and others.
TRACK 16 GALLERY, Santa Monica, CA. Monkey Do! (solo performance)
McCABE’S GUITAR SHOP, Santa Monica, CA, (with Peter Case, Dave Alvin, Stan Ridgeway, Van Dyke Parks and others)
THE ART GUYS JUBILEE, Houston, TX, (with Terry Allen, Joe Ely, Jad Faire, Ralph Carney and others),
THEATRE OF NOTE and the CAST THEATER, Hollywood, CA, (with John Fleck and Phranc)
HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, Santa Monica, CA
ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Whose Who’s California, Pasadena, CA, (with Marnie Weber, Cheri Gaulke, Richard Newton, Susan Mogul and others)
CHURCH OF ART, Brewery Arts Colony, Los Angeles, CA, (with Llyn Foulkes, George Herms and others)
EARJAM NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA