December 15, 2008

Musings and Ramblings North Bay CALENDAR of Events

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Howlin' Wolf & Willie Dixon with another masterpiece: "Smokestack Lightning"


Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working (1963)Sonny Boy Williamson II (Harmonica), Otis Spann (Piano), Matt Guitar Murphy (Guitar), Willie Dixon (Upright Bass), Bill Stepney (Drums)

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December 2008

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Mon 12/15

6:00 pm-10:00 pm *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sausalito Cruising Club, Sausalito

7:00 pm-11:00 pm Open Mic at Pink Elephant, Monte Rio

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at Peri's, Fairfax

9:30 pm-1:30 am Shuffle Bros at Tradewinds, Cotati


Tue 12/16

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-12:00 am Open mic at Jasper's, Sebastopol

9:00 pm-12:00 am *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax

9:00 pm-12:00 am Saul Kaye (blues) at Downtown Joe's, Napa


Wed 12/17

7:00 pm-11:00 pm *Pro Jam hosted by Donny Mederos at Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-11:00 pm Infamous open mic at Black Cat Cafe, Penngrove

8:00 pm-11:00 pm Sonoma County Blues Society Jam at Rita's, New China Restaurant and Bar, 138 Calistoga Rd, Safeway Shopping Center, Sonoma Hwy & Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa

8:30 pm-12:30 am Open Mic at Calistoga Inn.

9:00 pm-10:00 pm "Fog City Blues" on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco http://www.kalw.org

9:00 pm-11:00 pm "Blues With a Feeling" with Scott Nickel on KGGV FM 95.1 FM, Guerneville

9:00 pm-12:00 am Ralph Woodson (solo acoustic) at Downtown Joe's, Napa

9:30 pm-1:30 am *Mick Overman solo at Tradewinds, Cotati


Thu 12/18

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Blues Up the River KGGV 95.1FM, Guerneville http://www.kggvfm.org

8:00 pm-11:00 pm *Shade at Aroma Roasters, Santa Rosa

8:30 pm-12:30 am Eugene Huggins and Cole Tate at the no name bar, Sausalito

9:30 pm-1:30 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax


Fri 12/19

1:00 pm-3:00 pm "Two Steps from the Blues" Fridays, 1-3 pm on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

4:30 pm-8:00 pm Willy Holtom at The Juicery, San Rafael

4:30 pm-6:30 pm Otis Scarecroe Happy Hour at Peri's, Fairfax

6:00 pm-9:00 pm Raymond Victor Trio at Gracie's BBQ,--Sonoma Blvd and Virginia Street, Vallejo

7:00 pm-10:00 pm Open Mic at Ace-in-the-Hole Pub, Graton.

7:00 pm-9:00 pm Richelle Hart & John Youngblood at Fitch Mountain Eddie's, Healdsburg

7:00 pm-10:30 pm *Matt Silva & Ron Lacey at Main Street Station, Guerneville

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Rhythm and Roots- on KRCB 91 FM http://www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html

8:00 pm-10:00 pm "The South Side" on KHUM Ferndale 104.7 / 104.3 FM http://www.khum.com/fsetstr

8:00 pm-12:00 am ***The Christmas Jug Band w/ Norton Buffalo at Mystic Theatre, Petaluma $22

8:00 pm-12:00 am *Leon Russell at Hop Monk Tavern, Sebastopol

8:30 pm-11:30 pm *Maria Muldaur Cool Yule Party at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio

9:00 pm-12:00 am "Crazy About the Blues" on KCSM San Mateo http://www.kcsm.org

9:00 pm-1:00 am *Soul Shine Blues Band at Sweet Spot Pub, Santa Rosa

9:00 pm-1:00 am Johnny Tsunami at Forestville club, Forestville

9:00 pm-1:00 am *Bonafide Blue at the Bullpen, Guerneville

9:00 pm-1:00 am Saul Kaye at Downtown Joe's, Napa


Sat 12/20

2:00 am-6:00 am ****Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

9:00 am-12:00 pm "Blues with a Feeling" w Byrd of Paradise KSZU 90.1 FM, http://kzsu.stanford.edu

11:00 am-2:00 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

12:00 pm-2:00 pm ****Tom Mazzolini's "Blues By the Bay" on KPFA 94.1 FM, http://www.kpfa.org

1:00 pm-4:00 pm Open Mic w/ Richelle Hart at Ruth McGowans Brew Pub, Cloverdale

4:00 pm-6:00 pm "Rollin' and Tumblin' Radio" on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Eugene Huggins at Saylor's, Sausalito

8:30 pm-11:30 pm ***Lydia Pense and Cold Blood CD release party at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio

8:30 pm-11:30 pm Leeza Gomez and the Bluesbreakers at Black Rose Pub, Santa Rosa

9:00 pm-12:00 am *Hellhonds/Powerglide at Hydro Grill, Calistoga

9:00 pm-1:00 am Poyntlyss Sistars at Forestville club, Forestville

9:00 pm-1:00 am Sorrentino's country pop Xmas party at Tradewinds, Cotati


Sun 12/21

2:00 am-6:00 am Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

7:00 am-11:00 am "Breakfast with the Blues" on KVMR, Eugene OR http://www.kvmr.org

11:00 am-2:00 pm Carolyn Dahl at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

11:00 am-12:00 pm ***Charlie Musselwhite's Backroom on KRSH FM 95.9 http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

5:00 pm-7:00 pm Singer/songwriter showcase, Black Cat, Penngrove

7:00 pm-10:00 pm ****KRSH "Blues with Bowker" 95.9 FM http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

7:30 pm-10:30 pm *Matt Silva & Ron Lacey at Main St. Sation, Guerneville

8:00 pm-11:00 pm Goose's Blues Jam at Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

8:00 pm-12:00 am Open Mic with Chris Brown at Smiley's Schooner Saloon, Bolinas


Mon 12/22

6:00 pm-10:00 pm *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sausalito Cruising Club, Sausalito

7:00 pm-11:00 pm Open Mic at Pink Elephant, Monte Rio

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at Peri's, Fairfax

9:30 pm-1:30 am Bobby Voltage birthday at Tradewinds, Cotati


Tue 12/23

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-12:00 am Open mic at Jasper's, Sebastopol

9:00 pm-12:00 am *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax

9:00 pm-12:00 am Saul Kaye (blues) at Downtown Joe's, Napa

9:30 pm-1:30 am Twise as Good at Tradewinds, Cotati

9:30 pm-1:30 am High Tops at Peri's, Fairfax


Wed 12/24 Christmas Eve

5:00 pm-10:00 pm ***Dorothy Morrison Kingdom Travellers & Xmas Eve Dinner at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-10:00 pm "Fog City Blues" on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco http://www.kalw.org

9:00 pm-11:00 pm "Blues With a Feeling" with Scott Nickel on KGGV FM 95.1 FM, Guerneville

9:30 pm-1:30 am Diamond Ortiz at Peri's, Fairfax


Thu 12/25 Christmas

Almost all venues are closed.

Fri 12/26

1:00 pm-3:00 pm "Two Steps from the Blues" Fridays, 1-3 pm on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

4:30 pm-8:00 pm Willy Holtom at The Juicery, San Rafael

4:30 pm-6:30 pm Otis Scarecroe Happy Hour at Peri's, Fairfax

6:00 pm-9:00 pm Raymond Victor Trio at Gracie's BBQ,--Sonoma Blvd and Virginia Street, Vallejo

7:00 pm-10:00 pm Open Mic at Ace-in-the-Hole Pub, Graton.

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Rhythm and Roots- on KRCB 91 FM http://www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html

8:00 pm-10:00 pm "The South Side" on KHUM Ferndale 104.7 / 104.3 FM http://www.khum.com/fsetstr

8:30 pm-11:30 pm Rancho Allstars at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio

9:00 pm-12:00 am "Crazy About the Blues" on KCSM San Mateo http://www.kcsm.org

9:30 pm-1:30 am *Brenda Reed and the Bonified Blue at Tradewinds, Cotati


Sat 12/27

2:00 am-6:00 am Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

9:00 am-12:00 pm ****"Blues with a Feeling" w Byrd of Paradise KSZU 90.1 FM, http://kzsu.stanford.edu

11:00 am-2:00 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

12:00 pm-2:00 pm ****Tom Mazzolini's "Blues By the Bay" on KPFA 94.1 FM, http://www.kpfa.org

1:00 pm-4:00 pm Open Mic w/ Richelle Hart at Ruth McGowans Brew Pub, Cloverdale

4:00 pm-6:00 pm "Rollin' and Tumblin' Radio" on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-1:00 am George Heagerty at the Bullpen, Guerneville

9:00 pm-1:00 am **The Pulsators and L'Fiasco at Hop Monk Tavern, Sebastopol


Sun 12/28

2:00 am-6:00 am Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

7:00 am-11:00 am "Breakfast with the Blues" on KVMR, Eugene OR http://www.kvmr.org

11:00 am-2:00 pm Carolyn Dahl at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

11:00 am-12:00 pm ***Charlie Musselwhite's Backroom on KRSH FM 95.9 http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

4:00 pm-7:00 pm SCBS Youth Jam at The Phoenix Theatre, Petaluma

5:00 pm-7:00 pm Singer/songwriter showcase, Black Cat, Penngrove

7:00 pm-10:00 pm KRSH "Blues with Bowker" 95.9 FM http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

8:00 pm-11:00 pm Goose's Blues Jam at Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

8:00 pm-12:00 am Open Mic with Chris Brown at Smiley's Schooner Saloon, Bolinas


Mon 12/29

6:00 pm-10:00 pm *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sausalito Cruising Club, Sausalito

7:00 pm-11:00 pm Open Mic at Pink Elephant, Monte Rio

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at Peri's, Fairfax

9:30 pm-1:30 am Bobby Voltage at Tradewinds, Cotati


Tue 12/30

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-12:00 am Open mic at Jasper's, Sebastopol

9:00 pm-12:00 am *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax

9:00 pm-12:00 am Saul Kaye (blues) at Downtown Joe's, Napa


Wed 12/31 New Years Eve

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:30 pm-12:30 am **Zydeco Flames New Year's at Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio

9:00 pm-10:00 pm "Fog City Blues" on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco http://www.kalw.org

9:00 pm-11:00 pm "Blues With a Feeling" with Scott Nickel on KGGV FM 95.1 FM, Guerneville

9:00 pm-1:00 am ***Tommy Castro at Mystic Theatre, Petaluma $50/$60

9:00 pm-1:00 am Richie Blu New Years Eve at Hwy 101 Casino, Petaluma

9:00 pm-12:00 am Phatty old school funk at Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa

9:30 pm-1:30 am ***Pulsators New Year's Eve at Tradewinds, Cotati

9:30 pm-1:30 am Diamond Ortiz at Peri's, Fairfax


Thu 1/1

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Blues Up the River KGGV 95.1FM, Guerneville http://www.kggvfm.org

8:30 pm-12:30 am Eugene Huggins and Cole Tate at the no name bar, Sausalito

9:30 pm-1:30 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax


Fri 1/2

1:00 pm-3:00 pm "Two Steps from the Blues" Fridays, 1-3 pm on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

4:30 pm-8:00 pm Willy Holtom at The Juicery, San Rafael

4:30 pm-6:30 pm Otis Scarecroe Happy Hour at Peri's, Fairfax

6:00 pm-9:00 pm Raymond Victor Trio at Gracie's BBQ,--Sonoma Blvd and Virginia Street, Vallejo

7:00 pm-10:00 pm Open Mic at Ace-in-the-Hole Pub, Graton.

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Rhythm and Roots- on KRCB 91 FM http://www.krcb.org/listen/listen.html

8:00 pm-10:00 pm "The South Side" on KHUM Ferndale 104.7 / 104.3 FM http://www.khum.com/fsetstr

9:00 pm-12:00 am "Crazy About the Blues" on KCSM San Mateo http://www.kcsm.org

9:00 pm-1:00 am *Sonny Lowe & 100 Proof at the Bullpen, Guerneville


Sat 1/3

2:00 am-6:00 am Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

9:00 am-12:00 pm ****"Blues with a Feeling" w Byrd of Paradise KSZU 90.1 FM, http://kzsu.stanford.edu

11:00 am-2:00 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

12:00 pm-2:00 pm ****Tom Mazzolini's "Blues By the Bay" on KPFA 94.1 FM, http://www.kpfa.org

1:00 pm-4:00 pm Open Mic w/ Richelle Hart at Ruth McGowans Brew Pub, Cloverdale

4:00 pm-6:00 pm "Rollin' and Tumblin' Radio" on KUSP http://www.kusp.org/

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-1:00 am *Hell Hounds at the Bullpen, Guerneville


Sun 1/4

2:00 am-6:00 am Blues before Sunrise on KRCB 91 FM http://krcb.org/listen/listen.html

7:00 am-11:00 am "Breakfast with the Blues" on KVMR, Eugene OR http://www.kvmr.org

11:00 am-2:00 pm Carolyn Dahl at Mama's Royal Cafe, Mill Valley

11:00 am-12:00 pm ***Charlie Musselwhite's Backroom on KRSH FM 95.9 http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

5:00 pm-7:00 pm Singer/songwriter showcase, Black Cat, Penngrove

7:00 pm-10:00 pm KRSH "Blues with Bowker" 95.9 FM http://www.krsh.com/listen.html

8:00 pm-11:00 pm Goose's Blues Jam at Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

8:00 pm-12:00 am Open Mic with Chris Brown at Smiley's Schooner Saloon, Bolinas

9:00 pm-1:00 am Peri's Blues Jam at Peri's, Fairfax


Mon 1/5

6:00 pm-10:00 pm *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sausalito Cruising Club, Sausalito

7:00 pm-11:00 pm Open Mic at Pink Elephant, Monte Rio

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at 19 Broadway, Fairfax

9:00 pm-1:00 am Open Mic at Peri's, Fairfax


Tue 1/6

7:30 pm-10:30 pm Frederick Nighthawk at Villagio Inn & Spa, Yountville

9:00 pm-12:00 am Open mic at Jasper's, Sebastopol

9:00 pm-12:00 am *Billy Dunn's Blues Jam at Sleeping Lady Cafe, Fairfax

9:00 pm-12:00 am Saul Kaye (blues) at Downtown Joe's, Napa

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September 28, 2008

Bill Noteman and the Rockets at Last Day Saloon 8-29-2008

Bill Noteman and the Rockets go back a long way. I’d seen them years ago and I wanted to see them again to refresh my memory. The Last Day show was a perfect opportunity with a great dance floor.



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August 28, 2008

Donny’s Pro Jam at Last Day Saloon, a photo essay. August 27, 2008

I almost didn’t go, it had been a day of hassles and missed connections, but in the end I had a feeling. I also had concerns about writing about the Jam too often. However, when I got there late at a break, there in the bar was the supernatural bass player Robert Watson with his friend the excellent conga player Richard Hanson, and the great keyboard player Mike Emerson. Up in the hall itself, the core players of the Jam, Donny Mederos, Matt Silva, Dave Scott, Mike Rippee, Jeff Piche, Ron Lacy, plus drummer Louis Rodriguez were sitting or getting ready for the next set. Later, Carl Bowers with his trombone would join us.

I was sad to see an assemblage of some of the finest musicians in the North Bay with so few in the audience. Folks, this is a for real musical event and it needs to be patronized.

Donny immediately dragooned Mike Emerson into being on keys and away they went into a funk excursion with Donny snapping the bass strings and Dave Scot honking and Matt Silva chanking. Mike went into a long piano solo and went to very funky places right away. Matt also went to some very wild places in a solo. It was big time music and on the highest level.

In my history of taking demented photos of Mike Emerson this is a new high or low
Vlad the keyboard player sizes up his next victim

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August 25, 2008

Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Hop Monk Tavern, Sebastopol, August 16, 2008

The announcements for this show said explicitly 7:00 pm. Since this was a national act out on tour, it was hard to know what their timing was and I showed up relatively on time. When I arrived the members of L’Fiasco including Matt Silva were all there. Peering into the music room from the outside courtyard I saw they were all set up and waiting.

In the courtyard a full crowd was Friday after work drinking and socializing and the restaurant had a gumbo line set up. Inside the restaurant every table was filled and people were doing fine with dinner. The courtyard was convivial as the there was a very funky band playing jazzy tunes with the assistance of two tuba players, one on traditional tuba, and the other on marching band sousaphone. Part of the time there was a sort of hip-hop vocalist with them. It gradually dawned on me that the sousaphone player and the vocalist were members of Dirty Dozen and just having fun. The band was the newly formed “Pots and Pans” which had a much thinner Johnny Downer in it on guitar and had some real tasty players in it.

The Music room was closed and they wouldn’t let us in and the waiter guarding the door said it would start now at 8:00. “Pots and Pans” started back up in the courtyard sounding good. At 7:40 a dysfunctional ticket operation was set up with a cardboard box holding the money and a confused person doing the ticket taking. When I finally was able to get a ticket the person stamped the back of my hand with an unseen ink. “Don’t worry, it’s invisible!” The ticket taker began to wander in search of customers or something, so utilizing the power of the hat I simply opened the door and walked in and arrived to find members of L’Fiasco having dinner. ‘Hmm, this is going late.’

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August 19, 2008

Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer’s Guide by Bill Anschell

Ready to check out your first jam session? There’s much more to jazz music - and to the “session” in particular - than meets the eye. This primer will help you better appreciate the intense psychodrama being played out on stage. Special “Insider’s Hints” (“I.H.”) highlighted throughout the text will help you make the most of your maiden voyage.

I.H.: Although your food and drink dollars are the lifeblood of the jazz economy, remember that to the musicians, you’re irrelevant. Don’t make requests. Don’t start dancing. And don’t try to sing along. The last thing the session needs is another ego. Things are complicated enough already.

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August 18, 2008

Donny’s Pro Jam at Last Day Saloon August 13, 2008

I wandered into Donny’s Pro Jam late at a break as I’d been to my class. There was a fair turnout for the show, a lot more than had been at the much smaller Tradewinds. In a hall the size of the Last Day Saloon there was still a lot of space left. The core/house band was Donny on bass, Mike Rippee on drums, Matt Silva on guitar, Ron Lacy on keyboards, Jeff Piche on vocals and harmonica,and the stable group of horn players Dave Scott, “Ari”, and someone whose name I don’t know yet. Joining them for the beginning of this set was Joel Rudinow doing some fine New Orleans style piano and a couple of his own tunes. “I Love Money (But money don’t love me)” made the band laugh. Then “Lisa” joined on guitar and played some good blues, with Chris Cain sitting in on bass.

Switching around the musicians L’Fiasco members (Jeff Stevenson, Bradley Leach, Bassist with great name I've forgotten) joined Matt Silva. Someone said “I wouldn’t have named a band Fiasco!” They probably didn’t know that this band is one of Martin Fierro’s old bands and that the name is a classic Martin Fierro (R.I.P.) joke: At the end of a tune Martin would say things like “What a Fiasco!” and “Chut up!” L’Fiasco played some great jazz fusion with a strong blues base to it. Matt Silva simply shone in this and turned in a great solo. They turned to that old Jazz Crusaders tune I can never remember the right name of-- I think it is “Put It Where You Want It” and they really made it have some funk and took it through a lot of permutations. Very soulful and dance able too. They did a nice set of bluesy soulful tunes that was a lot of fun.

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Charlie Musselwhite at Windsor Town Green, August 7, 2008

It was a sharply lit evening at Windsor town green when I walked in hearing what sounded like an opening song.. The slanting sunlight was strong and clear and there was a hint of coming ocean cool breeze up the lower Russian River in the air in the warm summer evening. The Green was full of picnickers and the lawn chairs and blankets were solid for many rows back. Full food concessions were up and running along the east side and wine kiosks were strategically placed around the perimeter.

About half the usual Blues scene suspects were there among the dancers on the central walkway in front of the stage. The dancers were already jamming the walk and the working out. I joined them and had a lot of fun dancing. I didn’t bother taking notes and let the music wash over me. It was fun dancing in a tight narrow crowd with room to step out on th grass for a second. After a few songs I went and did some photo shooting and came back into the dancers and shot a few from there.

Charlie Musselwhite has long since stopped trying to be the top harp player or anything competitive like that. Charlie has matured as an artist and he’s involved with artistry and good songs rather than the hottest licks. He also continues to do the very best of his songs over the years while adding newer ones. It’s the song that counts.

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August 17, 2008

Rock for River Benefit at the Tradewinds, and Daniel Castro at Julliard Park, August 10, 2008

Due to family responsibilities and a very hot day I was late arriving and missed the jazzy Pyrotones set that people raved about to me. I also missed the Trailer Park Rangers set which was well spoken of.

I arrived at the beginning of Levi Lloyd and the 501 Band’s set to find that Levi had the horn band to dream of with two trumpets (Steve Long, Glenn Sullivan), three tenor saxes (Dave Schrader, Doug Clifford, and Jane Fossgreen), and a trombone (Carl Bowers). All this and “Chip” Roland Conden on organ as well as the regular 501 band of Steve Guerrero on drums and Sweet Lou on bass. This was a stupendous wall of sound and Levi had his ultimate show band as they powered through songs. Horn solos were at the fore and they went after their opportunities full tilt. The horn section seemed to be thrilled to have the chance for the big section sound and were constantly adjusting their parts together for the greatest sound.

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August 13, 2008

Donny’s Pro Jam, the last one at the Tradewinds 08-04-08

I was late as I’d been to yoga and had made dinner for the large hungry teenage boy. As I walked into the Tradewinds a full horn section was blowing the tail end of a song and there was a Latin tinge to the sound. I don’t know what the tune was (probably Santana's "Europa"), but it signaled that the Pro Jam wasn’t about boundaries and that the level was high. They moved right into “The Thrill Is Gone” done as a New Orleans rhumba and then a jazzy thing of the New Orleans second line rhythm kind on “Bring It On Home To Me” with parade style drumming by Mike Rippee. I began to catch on that the Jam used fairly well known tunes as an opportunity by the musicians to experiment.

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August 12, 2008

Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band at KRSH Backyard Concert, July 22, 2008

Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band at KRSH Backyard Concert, July 22, 2008

A solid, though less packed, audience setup on a slightly breezy afternoon in the KRSH backyard as the afternoon Ocean breeze fought back against the smokey air spread down from the forest fires in the Mendocino mountains. People set up lawn chairs and blankets and hit the beer, wine, and food concessions.

First up was Rude Notes Galore, Joel Rudinow’s emerging band. Dr. Joel is known as a busy person and this past year has seen him with his own band, record label, and CD. Naturally, since I expected an energetic opener they surprised me with a slow powerful blues. From that they went to a rocking New Orleans beat and “Rocking Pneumonia” which got people up dancing with something other than standard rock blues rhythm. The good New Orleans feel continued with a surprise, the Alan Toussiant-written Little Feat classic “On You Way Back Down” with its great lines about, “The same people you misuse on your way up, you might meet up on your way back down.” It had molasses tone.

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July 21, 2008

Johnny Rawls at Healdsburg Plaza 7/15/08

I arrived early and had time to talk with the band and Johnny and the Park and Rec guy in charge. Drummer Michael Skinner was setting up his drums resplendent in turquoise on black gig shirt and turquoise alligator shoes with steel edges. The sound engineer’s voice came over the monitor and the stage guys were checking on any last minute details. “Now do your kick drum and I’ll put some in the monitor.”

The crowd was settling in on their chairs and blankets, and the food and wine was out and getting eaten. The Park and Rec guy said, “Yeah they used try to put them down in the morning before they went to work, some even overnight. It was killing the grass. We don’t let them do that anymore. Now they have to wait until four o’clock.” “OK, now I’ll put a little of Johnny’s guitar and some bass in your monitor.”

I had time to take pictures of the band and Johnny with Lynn and Donny Mederos. The after work crowd was beginning to show up. I checked out the remaining farmer’s stalls, there was some very nice produce. As I came around back through the park the wine bottles were open and the libations to the goddess of music were under way.

Johnny Rawls "busts" the photographer with Jerome Engelberts. Johnny and Lynn Mederos. Johnny and Donny Mederos

Johnny opened with “It’s Getting Late In The Evening” starting easy and smooth and setting the mood. Then it was the signature riff of “Help Me” (the same riff as “Green Onions”). The band ran through the changes really setting the groove and the first dancers (Barbara and Marilyn) were out on the grass-protecting felt nailed down into the ground. Johnny did “Help Me” his way and the groove was going and the crowd was loosening up. More dancers were turning out and the soul show was under way. “You got to help me, Mama, I can’t make all by myself.”

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July 19, 2008

Sonoma County Rambles: Brother Cat at Hop Monk Tavern

Some rambles around Sonoma County.

Brother Cat at Hop Monk Tavern, Sebastopol July 12, 2008

The hard working roadhouse band from Healdsburg/Geyserville, Brother Cat, leaves no stone unturned in letting you know they are around. I’d been impressed with their promo campaign and the volume of emails and press releases.

But I’d never been to see them as this last year’s dedication to getting my son graduated from High School and entered into college, my daughter, and re-starting my law practice used up my time. There were plenty of weekend nights when I didn’t want to go anywhere and my guitars and CDs called to me.

I finally made it to a Brother Cat show when they were a last minute replacement due to a cancellation.

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Sonoma County Rambles: Blues Defenders at Tradewinds

Some rambles around Sonoma County.

The Blues Defenders at Tradewinds Friday July 11, 2008

Having heard about Donny’s Pro Jam Monday Nights at the Tradewinds, I was interested to see what the Blues Defenders would be like and who would be playing with them. Donny has several types of shows he plays and he has some personnel changes. I walked in and there was Donny on bass, Mike Rippe on drums, and Jeff Piche on harp and vocals. New to me was fiery Matt Silva on guitar.

Wonder of wonders, a great musician I hadn’t seen in a long time, Ron Lacy, was on keyboards. Ron used to be one of the leading musicians around in the 90s, but has played out seldom in recent years. I see he’s now playing out with two or three bands again and I’m glad. The guys a wizard, and he knows a million songs which he can play like the recording, or even better, like Ron Lacy. The night would show he’s lost nothing of his melodious touch and ability to play playful variations on the song’s rhythm.

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Sonoma County Rambles: Janiva Magness at KRSH

Some rambles around Sonoma County

Janiva Magness Backyard Concert At KRSH Studios, Santa Rosa, Ca June 19, 2008

I resolved to go early this time and get a parking spot close to the concert. As I arrived I found people were out in force and I had to park (as always) in one of the empty parking lots of the vacant warehouses off to the west. The KRSH parking lot had people streaming into it and around the back corner into the back yard. I wandered in and found about half of the usual suspects in attendance.

I really wasn’t in the mood for taking notes and getting names and all the other stuff needed for full reviews and articles. I wanted to see the show and be with the music and dance my butt off and have a good time.

Janiva Magness has worked and worked for years to get to be a national act and she’s finally getting the attention she deserves and a contract on Alligator, the only slightly “major” label in the Blues field. We’ve seen her tour through here before and she always does a fine show.

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July 15, 2008

Volker Strifler Band at Healdsburg Plaza 7/8/08

The City of Healdsburg has a big Farmer’s Market on Tuesday afternoons which really caught on and it’s a big event now. The City of Healdsburg has added a Concert Series in the new big gazebo on one end of the park and it’s taken off the last couple of years. I don’t know how the booking is done, but somebody is booking good acts

The Volker Strifler Band was just chugging into “Shuffleupagus” the inspired upbeat opener Volker came up with a couple of years ago as I arrived at the downtown Plaza having been at the tail end of the Hwy 101 traffic jam coming north. I wasn’t sure how full the Plaza was going to be and found it comfortably packed with wine drinking parties and picnickers. For sure this wasn’t a “Beer and a Shot” bar, this was full sunny California with Palm trees and Redwoods in the same square, cheese and the finest local wines. People appeared to have brought lots.

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