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Who's the Bearded iPad Busker in the Sports Car Downtown?

A guy who says he's a science fiction author and the owner of the Paintball Jungle in American Canyon has been drawing lots of attention in recent days outside the Sweetwater.

To some, he's been an amusing lunchtime novelty.

To others, he's an annoyance worthy of calls to the police.

Still others (ok, us) find him odd fodder for our Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? feature.

So who exactly is that bearded guy sporting a beret who has been parking his green convertible sportscar outside the Sweetwater Music Hall in recent days, sitting atop its back seat, plugging his iPad into his car stereo system to play instrumental music and belting out tunes like Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence," drawing smirks and glares in the process?

He's Forest Fox a Napa-based singer and performer whose real name, if he's to be believed, is Robert Barrett D'Elia, the author of an "epic science fiction adventure trilogy for family fun best read aloud," according to his website. Fox says he's the owner of the Paintball Jungle facility in American Canyon and has performed at the Sweetwater before on the Monday Open Mic night, though Sweetwater officials couldn't confirm that to be true.

"I've gotten pretty burnt out on clubs and sports bars and all that - I just like to sing," Fox says. "It seems very appropriate that I be here."

Jack October 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Wow! Real living, breathing, singing art - and all without committee and overbearing oversight. My favorite! Welcome to my town, Forest Fox, whoever you may be. I look forward to experiencing your joyous self expression. Sing on!
Forest Fox November 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Thanks, Jack! I love singing for the good people of Mill Valley. I'll be there on fair weather days in front of the Sweetwater or down at the Depot. Stop by and I'll sing you a tune.
iam he November 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Great voice. Very creative. all the world is s stage, sing on brother.
Janet November 19, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thank you
Andrew November 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I saw Forest in his shiny convertible parked in front of Sweetwater on Monday afternoon, singing from his perch on the boot to the background music driven by his iPad over the car's speakers. It was hilarious - made my day! He has an absolutely gorgeous voice, and sang Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" with such passion that I was utterly captivated. What a pleasure. Thank you to Forest!
Michael A D'Amato November 28, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Keep doin what you love best, and believe in! I am doing the same. Barely working, Enjoying being on social security, driving my little sportscar, and shooting at the elusive clay! I took your advice, and stopped listening to the news. Life is a lot more peaceful . Just keep in mind that you are only alive because of me. Remember when I. took one in the face when you and I were doing paintball? You told me that I died a good death, because I died for the queen! Keep it up Bobby. Please let me know when you come back east. Mike D'Amato

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