The sun’s still above Cobb, but it’s steadily easing behind it, stretching the light into the four-car garage, where, tucked in a corner and surrounded by sound-dampening cloth, Breaker One-9 finishes up a song. A few thumps and bass notes fiddle around, then quiet as the band takes a break from practicing their first set. In an empty bay of the garage, papers, a tablet, and Diet Coke spread across the pool table. Mike Mendenhall sits at its edge in a foldup chair, his knees pressed against the table.
It’s Halloween weekend and there are some live music events happening in the County. Here’s another mini-music guide for the last weekend of October/first weekend of November. Please let me know if I’ve omitted anything. Please bear in mind, masks and social distancing is required at all live music events.
While you may not know musician Mike Guarniero personally, odds are you’ve seen him play. For years he has been involved in the Lake County music scene and played with over twenty different bands. You might have heard him play with his band, Dr. Groove, which regularly has performed in the county. Or you might have caught his Lake County Music Guide, which posts on Facebook and in The Bloom (when there is live music). Sitting in the courtyard of Pogo’s Pizza in Kelseyville earlier this week with Mike felt as if we were seated with a long-time friend we haven’t seen in a while. You might feel the same if you are a music lover in Lake County; Mike’s friendly personality makes conversation easy.
Okay – there’s good news and there’s bad news… The Good; those uber-cool elbow bumps are really catching on. The Bad; as we have probably all expected, many of the Lake County venues that provide live music will be limiting service until further notice, which means most of the scheduled live music events have been canceled.
It’s nine in the evening at Robinson Rancheria. The Kentucky Jugglers have finished warming up and kick into their first song, “Keep on Rockin’ me, Baby.” On the left of the stage, Danny Hogan, a black cowboy hat on his head and cowboy boots on his feet, plucks away at his bass. It’s been a while since he’s played; over a year ago, he was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. But now he’s back, and stands tall, thumping away to the beat. Tonight is special, and not just for Danny. Once the band found out about Danny’s illness, instead of replacing him, they decided to stop their gigs and wait until he got better. Tonight, they are playing together for the first time in over a year.
Valentine’s Day can best be described in a song. Local Upper Lake singer/songwriter John Paul Hodge has written a song that should be the national anthem for Valentine’s Day. It’s called “Smoochie Song”. Look it up on Youtube. Give it a listen. Then try telling me that I’m wrong… As we all practice our puckers for this coming weekend, just know that there’s lots of Valentine’s Day live music events scheduled in Lake County starting Friday. Check it out!…
PROFOUND REVELATION ALERT!!! I was just looking at a map of Clear Lake, (the lake itself…), and realized that it’s shaped like a Do-rag. What that has to do with the price of tea in China I’ll probably never know, but thought I’d share anyways… Here’s the live music guide for the week of 2/4 thru 2/11…
Okay, since we all survived the Great Blizzard of 2020, it’s now time we got back to normal, whatever that might be… (It’s relative, after all – my normal could be your worst nightmare:) This Saturday marks the start of the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year to us Occidentals. Either way, it’s a time for every family to thoroughly clean out their house in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck, (a metaphor?…). Fat chance of that getting done in my house… I gotcha fung shway right heah… fagitaboutit! Here’s the live music guide for the week of 1/21 through 1/28
Okay, just tying everything up before posting. Now I’m staring blankly at my monitor. My process is to gather all the info on Monday, then put it all into words on Tuesday, then post it in the afternoon. Seems simple enough, right?! Not always… Thank you. Anyways, here’s the live music guide for the week of 1/14 through 1/21.
Mark Twain said about New Years, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”