It’s the most fattening time of the year! Yup… dig in, folks! There’ll be snacks at work, parties to attend, samples at the shopping malls, friends bearing fruitcakes, friends bearing fruitcakes, SHEESH!… But that’s okay because there’s gonna be plenty of good local live music that should give you a chance to dance it all off. Here’s the live music guide for the week of 12/17 through 12/24.
The Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks will feature me, Mike Guarniero, on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7:00. It’s Taco Tuesday, (but the quesadillas are the bomb!). Non-members welcome. On Wednesday enjoy one of the best dang burgers in the county while listening to the music of Scotty J from 5 to 7:00
On Tuesday at Drinx Bar and Grill in Lakeport, why not join Jon Wynacht as he hosts an Open Mic starting at 8:30. It’s Taco Tuesday here as well and this open mic seems to be attracting players from all over the lake. Check it out.
The Saw Shop Bistro in Kelseyville on Thursday will feature the piano mastery of David Neft from 6 to 8:30. David will be a busy guy this weekend and here’s a chance to grab an excellent meal, libations from a full bar and enjoy some fun music from Lake County’s own “Piano Man”, (perhaps a smattering of Christmas Carols for your dining pleasures…).
On Friday evening The Hip Replacements will be partying it up at The Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville from 6:30 to 9:30. Get into the holiday spirit with some award winning wines and a fun, casual atmosphere to enjoy some Blues and Classic Rock from one of the Lake’s more popular bands.
It’s another fargin Fargo Friday when Robinson Rancheria Lounge lets loose The Fargo Bros Band from 9 to 1:00. One could easily go into negative calories while these guys are playin’. Come get in on the fun with Mike, Russ, Joost and Mojo. Speakin’ of Mojo, on Saturday night The Lounge will present The Mojo Rockers, (no, Folks. Larry’s not in yet another band…), from 9 to 1:00.
On Friday evening The Soper-Reese Theater will present its Christmas Party featuring one of the liveliest bands in Northern California, The Funky Dozen! And you get to enjoy them in the biggest and best music venue in The LC. This rockin’ good band offers the perfect blend of Funk, Soul and Dance-Ability. How cool is that?!?… Show starts at 7:00 and tix run $15 – $20 – $25. On Sunday the Soper-Reese will present it’s Christmas Celebration Christmas Concert featuring soloist Jude Darrin. First show will be a Dress Rehearsal at 11:00 and will cost only $5, under 18 free. Then starting at 2:00 the Main Concert will take place and the cost will be $25 and $30, depending on seating. (discounts for members). Go to the Soper-Reese Theater’s website for more info.
Twin Pine Casino will feature Flat Busted both Friday and Saturday nights. These guys will be encouragin’ hollers and swallers from 9 to 1:30.
The Riviera Hills Lounge will feature on Friday from 7 to 11:00, Dr. Groove. Get in all the Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Classic Rock plus a couple Christmas songs that you’re gonna need to get through the crazy season. Get there early and enjoy a meal. On Saturday it’s time for The Fabulous Furry Freakin’ Fargo Bros to bring you some of the best Classic Rock, Christmas Classics and Originals you’re gonna hear around here. Also 7 to 11:00.
On Saturday evening McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley is hosting a “Naughty or Nice Christmas Pajama Party” from 8 to 12:00 with music by The Fat Chance Truckin’ Band. A $100 prize will be given out for the best “Naughty” and best “Nice” Christmas pajamas! (I wanna see photos, folks…).
On Saturday, if you’d like a KPFZ 88.1 FM Benefit, live music and political humor from a Left point of view – all in one neat little package, come to the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday and experience Roy Zimmerman’s one man extravaganza as he features songs from his 10th CD called “RIZE UP!” from 7 to 10:00. Tix are $25, ($22 if you’re a KPFZ member).
Fresh ‘n’ Bangin’ in Lakeport will feature the music of Chris Forshay on Saturday. Celebrate the Holidays at one of Lake County’s best kept secrets… well actually 2 of Lake County’s best kept secrets. Please call to get times.
O’Meara Bros Brewing Co in Lakeport on Saturday will feature the music of Majide from 6 to 9:00. Enjoy a selection of Old Standards, Torch Blues Classics and maybe even some popular Christmas Carols with your meal. The O’Bros also feature some of the best handcrafted beers and ales you’ll find north of Alcatraz. It’s gonna be a pleasant evening filled with smiles and satisfaction…
The Loch Lomond Roadhouse will host a Christmas Party Saturday evening with Slightly Damaged, (my rockin’ good house band for the uber popular 1st Sunday Open Jam at The Roadhouse) Come for a meal around 6:00, enjoy some spirits, good friends and then dance the night away from 8:00 on. Take a step up to the mountain.
The Blue Wing Restaurant will feature for their Sunday Brunch, homegrown Jazz recording artist Alycin Yaffee from 11 to 2:30. Later for the $25 Special Supper Sunday evening, The Majide Trio will perform with special guest Alycin Yaffee from 6 to 8:00. For Monday’s Blues, the ever popular Twice as Good Duo will play from 6:30 to 9:00. For Tuesday Supper enjoy a special Christmas Eve supper with Majide. As always, it’s strongly recommended you make reservations for any and all events.
KARAOKE KORNER; Drinx in Lakeport will host Karaoke on Wednesday starting at 8:30. On Thursday at Twin Pine Casino, a Karaoke Contest with cash prizes will happen from 7 to 11:00. On Saturday at The Barn in Clearlake Oaks, Grand Illusions Karaoke will be handing out the mics starting 8:00. On Sunday, The Riviera Hills Lounge will feature Grand Slam Karaoke from 5 to 9:00. Tons of Karaoke action going on this week…
I’d like to give a special SHOUT OUT to KPFZ’s Ron Green who saved me a ticket to the incredible Big Brother and the Holding Co concert at The Soper-Reese last Friday night. What an amazingly good show! Thank you, Ron! With less than 8 more days until Christmas there’s still more presents to buy and live music events to attend, still gotta figure out your NYE plans. (Priorities…? Hmmm… live music, of course…). Be aware, there’s going to be a lot of people out this week on our highways and byways, which means last minute shopping. Do it with much cheer, have a fun time, but please be safe.