Lake County Music Guide 6.9.22

There was so much going on last week I barely had a chance to catch my breath! Now I’m hyperventilating when I see what’s happening this week. And that ain’t nothing compared to what’s happening next week – GASP! – it’s never-ending, folks! There’re some old venues re-adding to the mix with some changes, and lots of other exciting live music events. Don’t plan on going out of town if you don’t wanna miss anything! Also, since I’ve got your undivided attention, I’ve been posting live music events from the Eastern Mendocino County areas and haven’t gotten any feedback from Mendo locals. Should I continue posting Ukiah/Willits/Hopland events? I don’t mind, but things are heating up here in The LC so much that it has become a time-consuming effort to include both Counties. Any input, Mendo denizens? In the meantime, here’s the live music schedule for the week of 6/9 through 6/13…

The Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville on Thursday will present Margo and Friends from 6 to 9:00. Excellent food and a full bar make for a fine dining experience. For their Sunday Brunch from 11 to 2:00, the LC Diamonds Duo will be the perfect pairing for your breakfast pleasures.

Adams Springs Golf Course in the Cobb area will feature on Thursday evening the lovely and uber-talented Kim Thomas playing the Grand Piano from 7 to 9:00. She will also reprise her performance during their Sunday Brunch from 11 to 1:00.

On Friday the Happy Gardens Restaurant in Clearlake Oaks will feature fine Asian cuisine, a full bar and moi, Mike Guarniero playing solo acoustic from 6 to 9:00. Their bar is comfortable, food is excellent and the music is gonna be pretty dang good, so North Lake Peeps, come on down…

The Spot in Clearlake will present Scotty J on Friday evening from 6 to 9:00. Should be a nice evening to watch music, have a meal, some libations, and check out the views. The Mark Weston Band will play on Saturday from 6 to 9:00. Mark is a veteran Lake County musician who transcends musical boundaries – playing a little of this and a little of that. You’ll like him.

Richmond Park in the lower Riviera will have a party every day with Tommy Rox providing most of the music. On Friday he starts at 7:00, on Sunday he starts at 2:00. No idea who plays Saturday. Should be fun anyways…

Robinson Rancheria Lounge in Nice is happy to bring back, by popular demand, John Paul Hodge on Friday evening from 5 to 9:00. If you’ve never seen him, you owe it to yourselves to get on up to RRC and see just how good this guy is. Pull some handles, play some cards – you’ll be a winner either way. On Saturday, come dance the night away to the Hill Street Band from 9 to 1:00.

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown will feature the music of Rockhaven both Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1:00. Winnah winnah, chicken dinnah!

The Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile in Finley, an event where one can find locally grown fruit and veggies, plus some beautiful, handcrafted items that range from incredible baskets to pomegranate balsamic vinegar – and so many other in-between must need products. Plus, the wine tasting room will be open, so why not make a picnic out of the event. Music will be provided by balladeer Scott Serena from 10 to 1:00.

The Lake County Symphony Assn will be presenting as a fundraiser The Lake County Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival on Saturday at Library Park in Lakeport from 12:00 to 5:00. There will be food vendors, crafts vendors, and libations from many local vintners and brewers. Tix are $30 advanced and $35 at the gate, can be bought from EVENTBRITE, or else go to the event’s website for more info. There won’t be live music, but it is a benefit for the Symphony, so that counts, don’t it?

The Konocti Women’s Service Club are throwing a Barn Dance at the Gaddy’s Barn, (4595 Gaddy Ln in Kelseyville), on Saturday from 4 to 9:00. There’ll be food, dance, silent auction, raffle baskets and lots of merriment – with music from the Andy Skelton Fiddlers and K&J Music. Put on your best duds, dust off your boots and join in the fun. This event will benefit local children’s organizations, and the cost is $60, but it’s for a special cause. For more info, call Sharon at 707-900-1486.

On Saturday evening at the Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviarea, The Fargo Bros Band are back from 6 to 10:00 and bringing their usual blend of excellent music and the kind of memorable antics you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren for many years to come. Good food, full bar and just about the darndest pretty sunsets you’ll ever see here in The LC.

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport, where the food is scrumptious and the excellent O’Bros handcrafted beers and ales flow, get ready for the outstanding acoustic instrumentals performed by Austin and Owens on Friday from 6 to 9:00.

On Sunday the Clearlake Chamber of Commerce will present the “Cruisin’ Into Summer” Car Show at Highlands Park, Clearlake, (right next to the Chamber of C office), and the car show is from 11:30 to 4:00. There’ll be food, beer and wine, and crafts vendors, with music from Howard Dockens from 11:00 to 1:00, and then from 1 to 4:00, my band, Dr Groove will rock your socks off. Big time fun in the sun – and you can all come enjoy it!

Cache Creek Winery east of Clearlake Oaks on Saturday will feature the music of The RevTones starting at 1:00.

Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, (no relation to the afore-mentioned listing), Boy George will be asking once again, “Do you really wanna hurt me” on Friday starting at 9:00.

I know it’s a bad idea to rock the boat, but what if it’s the Fargo Bros rockin’ the Boathouse (in that nice little town of Nice)? C’mon out on Sunday and have more fun than a barrel full o’ monkeys from 3 to 6:00. While you’re there why not check out the new adds to their menu, with a more Asian flair. Big time YUM!

Drinx in Lakeport will present the Open Mic/Jam featuring host Margo Fleming and her band from 3 to 6:00. This is open to all musicians – don’t ever say there’s no place to play!…

Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake will feature on Sunday, Beatz Werkin’ from 5 to 9:00. Fun band, nice venue and it could be your lucky day, who knows?

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake always takes the leading edge when it comes to dining, lodging and live music. This weekend will be no different. On Friday, come enjoy a meal while listening to the Torch Ballads, Blues Standards and other delightful tunes from the Majide Trio from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday evening Mike Guarniero, (hey, that’s me!), will be performing for your dining pleasures from 6 to 8:00. Their Sunday Brunch will feature the lively music of the Back Porch Trio from 11:30 to 2:00. The Sunday Supper will present the one and only, David Neft tinkling the ivories from 6 to 8:00. And last but not least, Monday Blues will feature 12 bar faves from The Hip Replacements from 6 to 8:00. It is always a good idea to make reservations for any and all of these events.

Mendocino County

Ukiah Brewing will have SR Laws playing on Friday starting at 6:30. On Sunday at noon, Wendy DeWitt will be banging her piano and singing. Sunday at 6:00, the Jazz Dudes will show you all about difficult times…

Shanachie Pub in Willits will feature on Friday evening The Runabout starting at 8:00. On Saturday they will feature the music of Fruit Leather Jacket starting at 8:00.

On Thursday evening Barra of Mendocino will present “Grab a Bite Night” from 5 to 8:00 and featuring the music of Blue Luke.

Anderson Valley Brewing will present 3 Point Hitch on Saturday at 4:30.

If reading this week’s music schedule is causing you eye strain, what’ll you see what’s up for the next week after! Here’s what’s in store – The Kelseyville Street Dance, The Lakeport Friday Concert Series, The Fults Family Concert Series, The Ukiah Sundays in the Park Concert Series and we’ve already experienced the first in The Konocti Vista Summer Concert Music Series – all starting on the week of 6/14. Whew! Okay, okay – let’s stick to the present. If and when you go out this week to support our local musicians, have a fun time, but please be safe.

Oh, I forgot – on Saturday there’s a “Hike For Hospice” hike happening at Highlands Spring Park at 8:00. Good cause, good people, good exercise. Just sayin’…

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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