Who 8 the Mayo?

Did you know that "Cinco de Mayo" is a manufactured celebration, like a Hallmark Holiday, designed to sell more Corona beer?  It's true -- I happen to personally know the Corona Beer family - they owned a hotel in Cabo that I liked to stay at, and I got to know them, and the story. [...]

By | May 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|4,136 Comments

Two shows you won’t want to miss!

Show #1 On Saturday May 15th, the fabulous Ms. Elaine Lucia comes to the Petaluma Arts Center  - not only does she have an amazing voice and captivating presence, but she has gathered a stellar band to accompany her -- featuring Jonathan Alford on Piano, Pierre Archain on Bass,  Alan Hall on Drums, Gerry Grosz [...]

By | May 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|4,465 Comments

Live and Learn!

My most recent blog,  voicing opposition to the proposed Roblar Road gravel quarry, has been a stick stuck into a hornets nest! I've had people exclaim that "Cotati has no jurisdiction" in this matter -- as if the destruction of Cotati's air quality along with the destruction of the central Sonoma County watershed were some [...]

By | April 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|4,117 Comments

This has got to stop NOW!

I remember back in the day - "protest" and musical performance went hand in hand.  Sometimes the music was the window dressing for speeches - and sometimes the musicians themselves were protesting. For example?  Remember Country Joe at Woodstock?   GIMME AN "F"! I protested back then - and as you are guessing, I'm about to [...]

By | April 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|1,409 Comments

Taku Benefit Tickets now on sale!

Tickets for the Taku Sakashta benefit on May 23rd at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center are now on sale -- call the Box Office at 588-3400 (Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00 to 5:00pm) -- they're $55.00 each. The show will feature Robben Ford, Tuck & Patti, and special guest Box Skaggs -- along with Volker Striffler, [...]

By | April 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|2,788 Comments

100 Years In Cotati…

Sounds like the title of one of those deeply mystical books by a South America author, that mixes indigenous traditions with women's rights with psychedelic tribal celebrations, followed by the solemn reading of ancient texts, in consideration of the sacred within all things, and in all places. And, you'd be right, because the celebration "10 [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|Uncategorized|4,807 Comments

Required listening

How often do you come across artists who make you smile at the outrageous whimsically ingenious sheer fun of their music? I feel this way about Jeff Beck's playing -- and, I was this amused when Leon Redbone's first album came out (remember?  It had a "Looney Tunes" cover). So, for me to throw a [...]

By | April 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|3,611 Comments

Music Flea Market Saturday the 17th!

Jimi said it best:  "Have you ever been experienced?"  Well, the Zone Music Community Flea Market is your chance to experience the biggest collection of used musical instruments, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and p.a. and recording gear you have ever seen! Remember the ski swap meets of many years ago?  The ski community used to be [...]

By | April 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|3,395 Comments

Coming Home

Yesterday, Gary Grubb stopped by Zone - Gary is one of the guitarists for the Petaluma based band D'Bunchovous. He's more than just a really good guitarist, though, he's also a very fine songwriter, a humorist, a partner to music activist Peg Grubb, and, he's a dad. A few weeks ago, Gary mentioned that his [...]

By | April 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|5,273 Comments

Can I get a Sherpa?

 Who would think that musicians would organize a musical instrument and equipment flea market and swap meet that sets up at 7:30 AM and opens to the public at 9 AM? Could it be the lure of the pizza?   Fresh, hot pizza by the slice, from Giovanni's in Cotati -- a musicians breakfast.  Nice, but [...]

By | April 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|2,294 Comments