Lake County Music Guide – 1.10.23

The actor who rode rodeo style atop a nuclear bomb dropped from a B-52, yee hawin’ all the way in the Stanley Kubrick serio-comic masterpiece, “Dr Strangelove”, went by the stage name Slim Pickens. One only has to read this week’s live music guide to see why this scene even crossed my mind – slim pickin’s, indeed… But maybe we can consider that what this brings us is quality, not quantity. Well, maybe… Here’s the “Slim Pickens” inspired Live Music Guide plus sage advice for the week of 1/9 through 1/16…

There’s gonna be brews a plenty at the Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville on Tuesday when Buskin’ for Brewskis take the stage from 3 to 6:00 – At least 10 handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers plus the best live music you’re gonna hear on a Tuesday afternoon. Then there’s a special Sunday afternoon event featuring excellent pizza from Doughbaby Pizza and great music from the Fargo Bros Band from 3 to 6:00. And remember, Ladies, never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco…

The Blues Invitational Jam at the Hopland Tap is back on after a week of Christmas and New Years revelry. Wendy, Kirk and Pierre, plus whichever brand name Bay Area Blues sodbuster they round up for the gig, are ready to rock the joint once again on Wednesday from 7 to 10:00. And don’t worry about bitin’ off more than you can chew – your mouth is prolly a lot bigger’n you think…

Thursday evening at the Saw Shop Public House one can ‘spect some darn good grub, enough whisky to skin a cat and some pretty good music from Phil ‘n’ the Blanks from 6 to 9:00. Then on Sunday get a taste of New Orleans when singer, pianist and raconteur Andy Rossoff does his thang during the brunch hours, 11 to 1:30. It’s recommended that you make reservations. And it’s better to keep yer mouth shut an’ look stupid than to open it and prove it…

Kelseyville’s got it goin’ Friday when the Hip Replacements play at the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room from 6:30 to 9:30. And they ain’t got no Angelica Wine – but there’s plenny award-winning wines available for sale by the glass or the bottle. And the only reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse…

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown will feature slots, shots and the hot music of American Mile on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1:00. FYI, the quickest way to double yer money is to fold it over and put it back in yer pocket…

On Saturday evening at O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport it’s another evening of acoustic guitar brilliance when Austin and Owens show off their mastery from 6 to 9:00. And if you find yerself inna hole, the first thing to do is stop digging…

A night of great Classic Rock awaits you on Saturday at the Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera when they feature the Fargo Bros Band from 6 to 10:00. And these guys’ll tell ya lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in…

Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport will feature the music of Bill Vanderwall on Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30. Come see what Andre’s done with the place. And always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s crucial to know what it was…

Up in Nice it’s Comedy Night in the RBar of the Robinson Rancheria Casino Lounge starting at 8:00. This night will feature the yuks inducing humor of Tobe Hixx and Dave Bressoud. And we all got pieces of crazy in us, some bigger pieces than others…

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake always has a passel of good music every weekend, and this weekend is no exception. On Friday catch the musical wonder of the Majide Trio from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday the Serendipity Duo will perform for your dining pleasure from 6 to 8:00. For their Sunday Brunch come check out the Back Porch Trio from 11:30 to 2:00. And Sunday Supper just wouldn’t be the same without your’s truly, Mike Guarniero strummin’ and a singin’ from 6 to 8:00. And Monday Blues is happy to bring back by popular demand Stevie and the Shufflenuts layin’ down the 1,4,5 from 6 to 8:00. Reservations are strongly suggested for all of these shows. And just remember, an onion can make you cry, but there ain’t never been a vegetable that’ll make you laugh…

And, (yes I do have to go there…), in the movie Blazing Saddles, Slim Pickens and company answered the ages long question, “What did the cowboys do while eating beans an’ sittin’ around the campfire”… So, if and when you go out this weekend to do some dancin’, have fun – but please be safe… Oh, and remember, any cowboy can carry a tune, but the trouble comes when he tries to unload it…

Mike Guarniero

Mike has been playing professionally, both acoustic and electric, for 40+ years. He paid his dues in a robust Sonoma County music scene during the '80s and '90s, then DJ'd for 10 years after moving to Lake County in 1996. After retiring from his job of 26 years, because he recognized a growing local music scene, he decided to devote his time to playing live music again. He's never looked back. Along with his regular band, Dr. Groove, he has filled in on lead guitar for local bands, (Fargo Bros, Blues Farm, C.A.M. Band, Borrowed Time, Time Travelers). He's played acoustic guitar at a some of our local wineries, restaurants, farmers Markets and art galleries. He's also a semi-regular supporting various local Open Mics around Lake County. He writes and records original songs and has recorded original demos for other performers as well. For the last three years, he has posted on Facebook a local music guide called the Lake County Music Guide.

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