Simple Music Video Series: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express' "Willie Mays Is up at Bat" | Music

Simple Music Video Series: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express' "Willie Mays Is up at Bat"



Three years ago at another of her roots shows in the damp and dark Berkeley Cafe, local promoter Marianne Taylor turned me on to Chuck Prophet. At the time, he was on tour with his backing band The Mission Express, supporting the then-new Let Freedom Ring. Since that evening the album has not left my car.

In doing this series, I had a list of "stretch" artists that I hoped might participate; Chuck Prophet and company were nearly at the top. When they agreed to come in, we had planned for him to only play a few songs solo, but that soon changed. He brought out the entire Mission Express—Stephanie Finch, Derek Brown, Kevin T White and James Deprat—to join. So a very stripped-down version of Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express played several songs off of the outstanding 2012 ode to their native San Francisco, Temple Beautiful. Today, in honor of the massive Yep Roc 15 celebration next week as well as the first day of the Major League Baseball playoffs, we present "Willie Mays Is up at Bat." Go Braves—and, I suppose—go Giants.

The Yep Roc 15 kickoff is Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Local 506 featuring Los Straitjackets, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones and the Countdown Quartet. Tickets are sold out.

From Thursday to Saturday at the Cat's Cradle, a stacked lineup celebrates Yep Roc. Just to sample, Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock, Dave Alvin, Fountains of Wayne, Jukebox the Ghost, Liam Finn, Josh Rouse, Sloan, Mayflies USA, Cheyenne, John Doe, Tift Merritt, Chatham County Line, Jim White and The Sadies will be on hand. All three nights are hosted by John Wesley Harding. Tickets are still available and for more info, visit

The purpose of the Indy Week's Simple Music Video Series is to capture local and touring musicians who we feel are producing something special. The hope is to capture something very simple in order to mirror the experience of viewing a performance as if you were in a small crowd watching a quiet set. We hope for content of the music to be the primary focus of the series, not multiple camera angles meant to keep the viewer guessing and entertained.

Most bands featured in the series will be a sample of the deep pool of talent in the Triangle, while others will represent some of our touring favorites.

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