Lake County Music Guide 1.12.22

I woke up this morning overwhelmed by a profound revelation – there’s not much live music going on this week. Kind of a “duh!” moment, but no worries, my fellow Lake Countians, because there are many legitimate reasons for this, and all are in preparation to the upcoming music seasons, (sorta like Spring cleaning, only it’s not yet the middle of winter). One could call all it a blessing in disguise – with Covid cases spiking throughout the County, maybe it’s a good time to take care of other business while this new outbreak naturally diminishes. And, besides, we can all expect the music scene to get bigger in the weeks to come, so please be patient…In the meantime, here’s the live music guide for the week of 1/12 through 1/17…

The Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville startz off the weekend on Thursday with Beatz Werkin’ playing from 6 to 9:00. Same great menu, same full bar, but with Beatz Werkin’ rockin’ the house, you might want to put on your seatbeltz! Reservationz are recommended.

Stevie and the Shufflenuts are, by popular demand, back at the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville on Friday. The Blues and R&B these guys play will have you harkening back to those days of old when the bars were smokey and the vibe was groovin’. And they do it with love, so reciprocate in kind from 6:30 to 9:30.

On Sunday, musicians should head out to the tasting room for the Jam session hosted by Margo and Friends from 2 to 5:00.Twin Pine Casino in Middletown will offer twice the fun, twice the excitement, (who knows – maybe twice the winnings…) as Twice as Good take the stage, TWICE! Both Friday and Saturday come get a taste of Lake County Royalty as Rich and Paul Steward do their magic from 9 to 1:30. One only has to go to their website and read the long list of accomplishments, accolades and bona fides these guys bring. WOWZA!!! Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Robinson Rancheria in Nice is happy to bring from Sacramento, Jayson Angove to the Lounge. Go to his website and view his vids, see what this artist has to offer, then head out to Robinsons to check him out live. Good stuff, Maynard! Music will be from 5 to 9:00.

On Saturday the Sons of Rock & Roll will rock the joint from 9 to 1:00. These guys have been making the scene for quite a while, but I can’t find anything about them – so it’s Kamikazi Saturday night at Robinsons. You might just be in for the surprise of the new year…

On Saturday evening, go see Those Guys who are playing at O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport. Everyone likes Those Guys, I like Those Guys – even the O’Bros like Those Guys! Check ‘em out from 6 to 9:00. You’ll like ‘em, too…

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera will feature the R&B, Soul, Funk, Blues and Classic Rock of Dr. Groove from 6 to 10:00, Saturday evening. And when the Groove Doctors rock the joint, you’re gonna wanna dance – so bring your dancin’ shoes. Reservations suggested…

AND THE BIG WINNER FOR THE WEEK: Ukiah Brewing Co will have live music all week starting off with tomorrow, (Tuesday), when Hilary and Christiane play starting at 6:30. On Thursday evening Steve Woozie Smith will play starting at 6:30. On Friday expect the band Redbud to play starting at 7:00. On Saturday afternoon Helene Eve will play starting at 1:00. Later, Clay Hawkins will play starting at 6:30. That night, the Blue Luke Band will play at 10:00. Sunday at noon the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Wendy DeWitt will rock the house. From 5 to 7:00 come see the Jazz Dudes.

Yesterday Dwayne Hickman died. Hickman, who starred in the late ‘50s-early ‘60s sit-com, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”, played Dobie, a character who coined the phrase, “Good stuff, Maynard”, (later used in Malt-O-Meal commercials), which I have gratuitously stolen and used several times during the years I’ve been posting this music guide. The significance of this show was that it introduced to a mostly young audience the emergence of a counterculture, especially when you consider his best friend, Maynard G. Crebs, was a “Beatnik”. Hickman once claimed in an interview that the show represented “the end of innocence of the 1950s before the oncoming 1960s revolution”. Safe travels, Amigo. You’ve helped mold many of us into the people we are today.Now, onto some very unpleasant stuff, Maynard, there’s been a spike in Covid Omicron cases in The LC, which will not bode well for those among us who like to go out where the live music is. So, I’m here to remind all of you that masks and social distancing should be strongly considered for the next few weeks, at least until the case numbers work their way back towards zero. So, if and when you go out this weekend to support our local music, have a fun time, but please be safe. Cuz it’s all good stuff, Maynard…

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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