In 2012, Chuck Prophet released the critically acclaimed “Temple Beautiful” album – named after a now-defunct punk rock club that was located next door to the Jim Jones temple. The album is a collection of songs paying tribute to San Francisco and all of its infamous characters and neighborhoods.
"The occasional luridness of the material may give the stiffs at the Chamber of Commerce pause, but Temple Beautiful paints a vivid, romantic picture of the San Francisco demimonde.” – San Francisco Magazine
“Temple Beautiful is overstuffed with songs worthy of repeat listens….definitely one of the most invigorating” (of Chuck Prophet’s career) – Washington Post
“Ultimately, you can listen to Temple Beautiful for the superficial catchiness of its tunes, Prophet's slashed guitar chords and his searching, keening vocals and have a good time. And if you want to, you can listen more closely to what he's getting at on this album, and experience the album as one man's alternative history of three decades of West Coast culture and politics.”
- NPR’s Fresh Air
Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express will be performing a very special show this November!
“We're playing the Temple Beautiful album in sequence with an octet. For folks like me who weren't exactly in school band, Temple producer Brad Jones informs me that a good shorthand reference for an octet is Eleanor Rigby. Basically an 8-piece string section.
“At one point, we were thinking of doing a musical. Like with costumes and a real production. Imagine the players decked out as the characters? Pre-steroid era hero Willie Mays, martyr for gay rights Mayor Harvey Milk, Laffing Sal, Jim Jones, Carol Doda, Emperor Norton… and more. But you know, that started to look a little daunting. And we didn't want our grandiosity to turn on us. Again. So we settled for a string section. It'll still be plenty epic, trust me.” - Chuck Prophet
All that, PLUS Kelley Stoltz opens.
And we’re still working on a few other surprises.
Did you hear that? EPIC.
** Please note that we will be videotaping this performance.
In 2012, Chuck Prophet released the critically acclaimed “Temple Beautiful” album – named after a now-defunct punk rock club that was located next door to the Jim Jones temple. The album is a collection of songs paying tribute to San Francisco and all of its infamous characters...