Lake County Music Guide 6.2.22

As I predicted last week, after the Memorial Weekend the floodgates have opened and live music is gonna be happening big time here in The LC. Won’t be hearing too many complaints from here on out about nothing to do in Lake County. And every week after this one we should see something new happening which just adds to the stressful situation of making a decision on where to go. There’s just gonna be too much fun stuff happening this week, Maynard! And I mean it, Peanut! Here’s the live music guide for the week of 6/2 to 6/6…

First of all, I want to start off by letting you all know of an important and exciting event happening on Sunday afternoon. Cache Creek Winery, (a great venue for both live music and wine), east of Clearlake Oaks is hosting an event featuring lawyer, activist and legendary guitarist, Barry Melton and his Band from 2 to 5:00. Cost will be $20 at the gate, (no advanced tix sales…) and the concert is a benefit for our local radio station, KPFZ 88.1 FM – Lake County Community Radio. Barry Melton was the guitarist of the popular ‘60s band, Country Joe and the Fish and later with The Dinosaurs, and his current band of legendary musicians includes Peter Albin from Big Brother and the Holding Co, Roy Blumenfeld from The Blues Project, (can you hear the crowd screaming yet?), and Banana from The Youngbloods – plus with a little help from their friends, special guest, and preeminent sax player Nancy Wright and the inclusion of a superb guitar slinger, (and longtime friend), David Aguilar, (THIS GUY IS SO GOOD!). This should be a “must see” event for anybody who has a lot of love for the music of San Francisco in the mid to late ‘60s, and with this line-up of excellent musicians expect nothing less than a stellar performance. On a more personal note, Barry and I happen to make use of the same dog park in Clearlake where our dogs enjoy a special relationship that involves sniffing each other’s back side. Of course, Barry and I tend to be a bit more dignified…

In Kelseyville on Thursday, the Saw Shop Public House will present THE VOICE! In that I mean, Tony Neves, lead singer of the Funky Dozen, from 6 to 9:00. Come get a preview of what he does for when the BIG JAM happens on Sunday, (more on that later…). Great singer, excellent food and a full bar – YOWZAH! On Sunday morning, a great brunch awaits with the music of Randy Hood from 11AM to 2:00. You’ll like his music – just like the brunch!

Adams Springs Golf Course Clubhouse in the Cobb area will feature piano wizard and vocal specialist, Kim Thomas on Thursday from 7 to 9:00. She is IMHO among the top 5 musicians in Lake County – maybe even beyond those boundaries – she’s that good!

The First Friday Fling at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport is back in the scene, starting off with one of the most impressive performers Lake County has to provide. From 5:30 to 7:00, come see the acoustic magic from virtuoso Travis Rinker. You too will be impressed by the music of TR, you’ll be impressed by the local art hanging on the walls and you’ll be impressed by the entire event! Do try to make it…

Middletown’s First Friday Maker’s Faire and Open Jam is happening Friday at the Middletown Arts Center starting at 6:00 with the Dead Rabbits, followed by the Open Mic, which runs until 9:00. Big time rock on!

On Friday at the Happy Gardens Restaurant in Clearlake Oaks, expect with some of the best Chinese/Asian food in the County, plus the even better, more easily digested music of Randy Hood from 6 to 9:00. Let’s welcome the HGR to our list of live music venues!!! Woohoo!!!

Konocti Vista Casino in Lakeport will present on Friday evening “The Bay Legends Summer Jam” featuring Rappin 4 Jay, San Quinn, Celly Cel, Da Unda Dogg, RBL Posse and others from 8 to 12:00. Tix are $40-50, all ages are included and it’s best to call for further info…

Robinson Rancheria in Nice will have on Friday the rockin’ good stuff of The Time Travelers from 5 to 9:00. On Saturday you’ll be flying by the seat of your pants when the Ariel Jean Band take the stage from 9 to 1:00– ( okay – a bad pun for those who get it…).

Richmond Park in the Riviera will have Tommy Rox rockin’ the joint on Friday starting at noon. Not sure of the rest of the weekend…

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport will feature an assortment of handcrafted beers and ales, plus an excellent menu, but on Saturday you get to hear the music of Jay Bird from 6 to 9:00. Hey, the O’Bros offer the best for a date night…

Saturday evening at The Spot in Clearlake expect Dr. Groove to be rockin’ away from 6 to 9:00. Always a fun time when the Doctor rocks…

Dave Broida and Blues Farm will be getting the toes tappin’ and the legs shakin’ on Saturday at the Riviera Hills Lounge from 6 to 10:00. Great food, full bar and sublime sunset views pretty much spell out what’s in store for you all who get in on the Riv action. On Sunday, (try to control yourselves), THE 1st Sunday BIG JAM is coming from 5 to 10:00! This event speaks for itself – great music – great times – great performances from musicians from all over Nor Cal as well as the best Lake County has to offer. THIS EVENT IS THE BOMB! You owe it to yourselves to experience it at least once…

Cache Creek Casino, (not to be confused with the winery) in Brooks on Saturday is proud to present The Jacksons! Remember Michael before the nose job? These guys were his brothers who did much more than backing him up. Come listen some of the J5 classics as well as other songs by the Jackson Bros starting at 8:00. Ooo ooo Baby!

The 1st Sunday Fiddlers Jam is on again at the Ely Stage Stop on Soda Bay Rd near Hwy 29 from noon til 2:00. If Bluegrass is your music, this is the place. Some of the best pickers make this event – you should also! Family-friendly and always exciting, make it a picnic, check out the museum and stomp to some good ol’ music!

On Sunday afternoon from 3 to 7:00, Howard Dockens will be playing at the Boathouse in Nice.

So many folks wanna know what’s going on at the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake… Well, there’s lots going on. Check this out… On Friday the Majide Trio, featuring Machiko Shimada, Paul Kemp and Pierre Archain performing from 6 to 8:00. Come enjoy the timeless Torch Ballads, Blues Classics and other songs from a later era… On Saturday evening, Stephen Winkle will bring out the smile wrinkles from 6 to 8:00. Sunday Brunch will feature the music of Samba Namba from 11:30 to 2:00. Should you be prepared to dance during your brunch?… Sunday Supper is happy to make room for piano cognoscente, Carolyn Hawley, from 6 to 8:00. Monday Blues is excited to present an amalgamation of over-the-top musicians who call themselves the BW Allstars – these guys will blow you away!!!!! (hint – NANCY WRIGHT on sax, JULES LEYHE on guitar and Paul Kemp on Keys – ooooh baby baby!).

All Blue Wing Saloon events suggest reservations be made…

On next Monday, 6/6, The LC Diamonds will be rockin’ the Boatique Winery. Please call for times…

Mendocino County

Rivino Winery in Ukiah is happy to present The Mark Weston Band on Friday evening from 4 to 7:00. Mark has a way of pleasing even the most hard to please and leave them smiling.

The Shanachie Pub in Willits will feature on Thursday the music of Mitchell Holman. On Friday expect Steven Bates and Jake Forrest to be doing their thing starting at 8:00. On Saturday you’ll find Eric McFadden with Kate Vargas, Paulo Baldi and Aaron Ford showing how it is starting at 8:00.

Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley has two exciting events for you. First; a night of the best music from south of the border when on Friday night starting at 8:00 Guerra De Bandas presents Banda La Misma Tierra, Banda Los Costina and Banda Puro Mazatlan. On Saturday get ready for the best of The Eagles when The Boys of Summer come play all their classics starting at 6:30. Cost is $20-30.

Ukiah Brewing usually has a pretty good line-up of music for the week. This time all I can find is Sunday when Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood kick up the boogie woogie starting at noon. Then on Sunday at 6:00, The Jazz Dudes will be playing some Jazz.

The Sports Attic II in Ukiah will feature on Saturday the music of Mike Saliani and the Canyon from 6 to 9:00. What a fun place to check out local music.

McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley will host an Open Mic event on Saturday evening starting at 7:00. Musicians, actors, poets – here’s your chance to play and be heard…

With a week of good weather and good spirits, isn’t it a good time to get out and dance to some good music? Lots to choose from, folks… And if and when you do go out to support our local musicians and the venues that hire them, 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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