Lake County Music Guide – 3.14.23

It’s got to be some sort of phenomenon! Walmart, all the LC Boutiques and thrift stores are reporting that all their green clothing items have completely sold out. One would think something like St. Patrick’s Day is somewhere on the horizon!… Shiver me timbers! Okay, Friday really is St. Patrick’s Day, and there’ll be more St. Patrick’s Day music-related events in both the LC and MC than you can find petals on a dozen Shamrocks. Ar fheabhas!!! Just so nobody misses out I’m gonna list them all, (well, at least all I’m aware of…). Here’s the live music guide for the week of 3/14 through 3/20.

Because Tuesday is now the official first day of the week, Kelsey Creek Brewing is proud to offer some excellent handcrafted beers, ales, and seltzers, all with funny names, plus the equally as satisfying music of Buskin’ for Brewskis from 3 to 6:00. Music on a Tuesday afternoon? Check it out – they might be onto something…

The Blues Invitational Jam at the Hopland Tap could very well be the Pre-Pre-Party for a big event happening later at the Soper-Reese Theater. Here on Wednesday night, Wendy DeWitt, Kirk Harwood, and Pierre Archain, plus surprise special guests from 7 to 10:00, welcome one or more of those listed for the aforementioned gig to round out another night of Blues magic. It should be a night you won’t easily be able to forget. Man, my restless leg syndrome is already kickin’ inta overdrive!

Thursday is the day when the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville, purveyor of fine dining, a full bar and excellent live music, is happy to bring back, by popular demand, the Hip Replacements from 6 to 9:00. Everybody loves the Hip Reps… Then for their uber-popular Sunday Brunch (check out Weston’s inventive new takes on Eggs Benedict…), munch a bunch of brunch to the songs performed by The LC’s favorite new acoustic tunester, Randy Hood from 11:00 to 2:00. Reservations are recommended…

On Thursday, the Soper Reese Theater in Lakeport will feature the Ben Rosenberg Trio starting at 7:00. The cost is $25-30. (more SRT music later in the guide…).

Can’t resist… Los Lobos will be rockin’ the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on Thursday evening. If interested, best call LBC for info, tix, etc… Love this band!

The Shannon Ridge Mercantile in Finley on Friday will feature excellent wines, a cozy atmosphere, world-class pizzas from Doughbaby (which, coincidentally is what Barry White said in one of his hits, er… um… never mind…), and the music of the LC Diamonds from 4 to 7:00. Pizza on St. Patty’s! Whadda fun time! Rock your green, folks.

The joint is gonna be on fire on Friday at the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville from 6:30 to 9:30 when Blues piano master Ricky Nye is joined in a pre-party extravaganza of either or all Boogie Woogie Kings and Queens in their own right, Wendy DeWitt, Sue Palmer, and Greg Rahn join in a preview of the Night of the Living Piano. Also featured will be the equally excellent Kirk Harwood and Pierre Archain on drums and bass, respectively… Way too much fun!… Way too much green!

A big welcome is to the live music schedule, the new Hot Cow Bar and Grill in Clearlake (formerly The Spot), will feature the timeless song list of the Time Travelers on Friday evening from 7 to 10:00, (indoors, I believe…). Glad to include the HCBAG into the mix of Lake County music venues. Good food and a full bar makes this the newest, HOTTEST music/food, and drink venue in the Southeast County. As a Clearlakian, I’m excited! (is that redundant?…).

Richmond Park in the Riviera will start the Friday night Rockfest by presenting a Shamrockin’ good show featuring Mudfish, One Down and Nada, starting at 7:00. Good to see the Park representin’!

Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport on Friday is excited to present the funky, rhythmic, and percussive acoustic style of Randy Hood from 7 to 9:30. Then on Saturday, the A-L is excited to bring to you the CD Release Party of Gloria Scott, mistress of R&B masterpieces, featuring Victor Hall and Margo Fleming from 7:30 to 9:30. Opening the event will be a drum circle.

If you feel like you wanna RAWK on Friday night, head on up to the Barn Jam in Clearlake Oaks from 8 to midnight and rawk out to house band Still Kick’n. All musicians are welcome, back line provided. Full bar and great loud fun! Do you wanna rawk? Be sure to rock yer green!

If Rawk is what you want more than life itself, break out your spandex and vintage cut-up concert shirts and head over to Twin Pine Casino in Middletown as they feature the epitome of Rawk when Rawk savants Aqua Nett take the stage both Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1:00. It’ll be the night of the living big hair band! RAWK!… Then on Sunday from 10 to 2:00, Jayson Angove will strum and sing from 10:AM to 2:00.

On Saturday morning from 10:AM to 1:00, the Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Mercantile parking lot in Finley will feature the best in local seasonally grown homegrown plants, fruit and veggies, plus an assortment of wonderful locally created arts and other handcrafted items such as knick-knacks, baskets, jams ‘n’ jellys, Balsamic Vinegars, Tie Dye clothing, floral items, etc. Plus they always feature the best in local musical entertainment, this time featuring balladeer Dennis Purcell. Please support our local farmers, musicians and craftspeople.

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera will feature sublime sunset views, great food, a full bar, and the exciting music R&B, Blues, Funk, and Rock music of Dr. Groove from 6 to 10:00. St. Patrick would give belated props to this event!

In Lakeport, expect the O’Meara Bros Brewing to bring to you on Saturday the excellent food, an assortment of wonderfully handcrafted beers and ales, plus the music of the Hip Replacements from 6 to 9:00. Bring out the Irish in ya!

The Soper Reese Theater in Lakeport will bring to you an extravaganza of Boogie Woogie and other Blues piano styles when Ricky Nye, Wendy DeWitt, Sue Palmer and Greg Rahn, with help from Kirk Harwood and Pierre Archain, rock the stage in what will forever declared, “The Night of the Living Piano”. An all-star cast performing music that’ll rock your world from 7 to 9:30. Cost will be $25-30.

Robinson Rancheria Lounge in Nice will bring lucky 7’s plus the music of American Mile on Saturday night starting at 9:00. Only the luck of the Irish can make you the big winner…

The Blue Wing Saloon, where I’m headed right after concluding this week’s music guide, will feature a great menu, a full bar, and good live music. On Friday, expect a special St. Pat’s dinner featuring the music of Uncorked from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday for Supper, the Majide Trio will entertain you from 6 to 8:00. From 3 to 4:30, here’s when a special “Concert with Conversation” featuring guitarist Alex DeGrassi and the Real Sarahs will enthrall you with stories and great music. Then for their Sunday Brunch, get a special treat as the Noteworthy Trio entertains you as you enjoy a hearty brunch from 11;30 to 2:00. Then, on Sunday for Supper, local singer/songwriter/blogger Mike Guarniero, (hey, that’s me), makes the meal digest better with music from 6 to 8:00. The Monday Blues Series will happily present the 1,4,5 magic of Stevie and the Shufflenuts from 6 to 8:00. Go check these guys out! All music events recommend you make reservations.

Mendocino County Friday St. Patrick’s Day Events…

The Anderson Valley Brewing Co in Boonville will feature the music of Joel Martin’s Vintage Soundz starting at 4:30.

McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley will feature a St. Patty’s Day gig on Friday, featuring Those Guys from 5:00.

Ukiah Brewing in Ukiah will present a St. Patrick’s party featuring Bobby Daley and Keny Oster on Friday evening.

The Thatcher Hotel in Hopland will present a night of Irish music from Lions of the North, (Celtic Music), starting at 7:00. $5.00.

The Thirsty Axe in Ukiah will present, as part of a local Pub Crawl, is happy to present Weird Year on Friday starting at 7:30. Then again on Saturday for another St. Pat’s Party they will feature the Funky Dozen starting at 7:30.

I’ve developed a floater. No, Mojo, not a dead body in my pool. It’s something I can see in my peripheral vision, an object that won’t let me look directly at it. Each attempt results in it instantly moving away from my line of sight. It’s like trying to watch a UFO as it darts this way and that, defying inertia while changing directions throughout the skies. Guess it’s time to see an optometrist… Hey, folks – St. Patty’s Day is not all about drinking. The real success stories from St. Patrick’s Day come from those who safely survived. It’s definitely a fun event, but it should also be a safe event. So, if and when you go out this week to get in touch with your Irish, have a fun time, but please be safe…

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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