Lake County Music Guide – 11.15.22

Just before the start of the last weekend, I caught a cold – my first in 5 years. So, I immediately set out to prepare my usual cure; homemade and hardy chicken broth with lots of garlic and habaneros. The idea was to burn it all out of me, and this certainly did the trick. But just for good measure, the next day, I bought a super spicy burrito at the local market, then chowed down on that. But later that evening, I started farting so much that I set off all my Co2 detectors. I’m thinking maybe I over did it… Speaking of gas, next week we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, a day of overindulgence and, you got it, farting and burping. Um…, maybe I should get off this theme. Sorry, I have no idea what got into me… oh yeah…, habaneros and burritos!… Here’s the live and windy music guide for the week of 11/15 through 11/21…

On Tuesday, the new first day of the week, Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville will provide their excellent handcrafted beers, ales, and seltzers – all with funny names – while Buskin’ for Brewskis provides the live music from 3 to 6:00. What else is there to do on a Tuesday afternoon?

The Hopland Tap, with its hand-built Tom Carter bar, welcomes everyone to a historic building with 1880s brick walls and stamped tin cladding from 1906. A beautiful venue that features every Wednesday from 7 to 10 one of the most fun weekly events you’ll find north of the Bay, the Blues Invitational Jam Session featuring Wendy DeWitt, Kirk Harwood, and Pierre Archain. With just these three fantastic musicians, it’s a great show, but they often invite a name-brand Bay Area Blues musician to fill the bill, and it’s nothing short of awesome. You. Will. Not. Be. Able. To. Keep. Your. Feet. Still!…

Things are gonna be rockin’ at the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville on Thursday when Beatz Werkin’ take the stage from 6 to 9:00. And why not?!? They have an excellent menu, a full bar, and a great waitstaff, and with BW’s rockin’ good music, how can you go wrong? Then on Sunday morning, yours truly, Mike Guarniero, will be strummin’ and singin’ while you munch a bunch of Sunday brunch from 11:00 to 2:00. It don’t get much bettah… Reservations are suggested…

Thursday evening at Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport is one of the more majestic nights in The LC when Kimistry and Tones – Kim Thomas on Grand Piano and Anthony (his friends call him Tony…), Neves on vocals – when they take you through the classics from 7 to 9:00. Come see what Andre’s done with the place…

If it’s Friday evening, it’s the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville where TC Culp and the Blue Reptiles will be layin’ down some jazzy Blues from 6:30 to 9:30. Filling in on guitar will be yours truly, Mike G. And while their excellent award-winning wines will be made available by the glass or the bottle – the 1,4,5 is free. Salute!

The Barn in Clearlake Oaks and the Still Kick’n Band are hosting an Open Mic starting at 8:00 on Friday. All musicians that want to attend are welcome. Fun times and a good band to back you up. You’ll wanna RAWK!!!

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown will feature on both Friday, and Saturday nights the restless leg-inducing music of the Hill Street Band from 9 to 1:00. Just gotta check ‘em out! And also on Saturday, DJ Benny Blanco will be kickin’ out the jams in the main concert hall celebrating the Twin Pine’s Anniversary Club Party from 8 to midnight. Cost is $10, (with a $5 replay rebate…). You’re gonna wanna dance!

All day Saturday, a historic event will take place that only happens once every 150 years – The Brick Tavern in Kelseyville will block off 3rd St in order to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of their historic building as well as Patti Lyndall’s much more attenuated birthday starting at 10 AM. There will be food and music and an outdoor stage featuring The Hip Replacements and Beatz Werkin’. Afterward, DJ RKiE will spin tunes inside from 7 to 2:00. Should be a bash, folks!

The Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile Building on Hwy 29 in Finley will feature fresh, locally grown fruit, veggies, plants, and flowers along with an assortment of wonderfully handcrafted items, knick-knacks, tie-dye clothing, essences, balsamic, hand-woven baskets, beard oils – even hummus! With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas not far behind, there’s something for the table and something for the stockings. Plus, the Mercantile opens at about 11:30ish, and you can stock up on whatever goes best with turkey. While you’re there, check out the music of Andy Rossoff, who often has a couple of horn players with him. All this and more takes place from 10 AM through 1:00…

It’s time for the Lakeport Dickens Festival, which network TV hasn’t yet figured out, always ushers in the Holiday Season. Get into the spirit of things and come down to the 6th Annual Dickens’ Festival on Saturday in downtown Lakeport from 11 AM to 6:00 pm. This family fun event has something for everyone. First, check out the local stores and vendors that line Main Street starting at 11 am to 6:00 pm. The Pet Parade begins at 12 pm. My Divas will be caroling us at 11:15 and 1:15 with their enchanting voices while Austin and Owens enchant us with their acoustic guitar mastery at 12:15 and 2:00. There will be fun and games for all and activities for children and even a sledding hill! The tree lighting will be held at 5:30 pm. This is a Lakeport Main Street Association event.

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera will feature the R&B, Blues, Soul, and Funk of Dr Groove on Saturday from 6 to 10:00. Get there early, grab a meal, some libations, and watch the last of the sunset trailing across the western skies – then get ready to dance! Be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes…

Also, on Saturday night, Konocti Harbor Resort on Soda Bay Rd in the lower Riviera will feature the dance grooves of Howard Dockens from 8 to 11:00. I’m so happy the KHR is back at it again. Can’t wait for the concerts to resume…

Robinson Rancheria Casino in Nice will feature the Sons of Rock & Roll on Saturday night from 9 to 1:00. I hear the slots are hot when a hot band like this one is playing…

On Sunday afternoon at the Soper-Reese Theater in Lakeport, they will feature the Lake County Symphony Orchestra performing “Amadeus in Autumn” conducted by John Parkinson and starts at 1:30. Cost will be $25 to $30, and tix can be purchased on the SRT’s website. Or, if you’d prefer, there will be a viewable rehearsal at 10:30 – only $5.00… If you can, I’d encourage everybody to support the Soper-Reese Theater by checking out this wonderful music event…

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake rounds out the week with good food, a full bar, and a full weekend of musical events starting on Friday when the Majide Trio starts off the Holiday Season with their renditions of popular Torch Ballads, Blues Classics, and other wonderful songs from a bygone era from 6 to 8:00. Then on Saturday music will be performed wonderfully by From the Heart from 6 to 8:00. Sunday Brunch will taste so much better when Noteworthy plays from 11:30 to 2:00. Sunday Supper will feature the lovely and talented songstress Hillarie Wilt from 6 to 8:00. For the Monday Blues you’ll find Hardly Strickly Blues rockin’ the house from 6 to 8:00. Reservations are strongly suggested for all shows.

Mendocino County

On Friday, you can catch the quaintness of Boont and the quality of handcrafted beers and ales when Margo and Friends play Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville on Friday from 4 to 6:00. Bahl hornin’!…

Ukiah Brewing will feature the rockin’ good Piano Blues from Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood on Sunday starting at NOON.

I’m all set for the Holiday Season, having purchased one bottle of Pappy van Winkle Very Extra Old Fitzgerald Bourbon, one bottle of McCallan M Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, and a case of Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck. Ain’t nuthin’ stopping; me now! If you’re ready, remember that the nights are getting pretty cold, roads close if too icy, so if and when you go out this week to bring in the spirit of the season and support our local music scene, have fun, but please be safe. Dang! Just set off another Co2 detector!…

(Oh, by the way, I didn’t really buy the bourbon and scotch. Are you kidding me!…).

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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