Lake County Music Guide – 9.14.22

What a wonderful and welcome surprise!

I always put together the music guide on Monday, then post it on Tuesday. It was maybe around 3:00 Monday afternoon when I heard the distinctive sounds of rain dropping on my roof. So, I went out to investigate and, lo and behold, it was indeed raining. My first reaction was to race back inside to grab my keys so to close the windows on both my vehicles. Then, having taken care of that, I stood out in the rain with my face towards the clouds until it ceased 10 minutes later. Once done, I stood where I was until my clothes dried, maybe 15 minutes after that. Sometimes the simplest event can be most cathartic. Please allow me a moment to enjoy the memory…

Here’s the live music guide for the week of 9/14 through 9/19…

On Tuesday (now declared the first day of the week), Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville will present Buskin’ for Brewskis, featuring Danny Prather, Mike Guarniero and friends. But please keep your excitement down just a tad… the fun doesn’t stop there, there’s some really good handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers, enough to keep you all yelling for more, (it’s hard to decide which is more addicting, B4B or the brews… maybe both!). But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself… music is from 3 to 6:00.

The Pine Grove Farmer’s Market in Cobb will offer some of the freshest locally grown fruit and veggies you’re gonna find, plus many handcrafted items, plus live music. Not sure of times…

Today, Tuesday, the Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the gazebo in Library Park, Lakeport, will feature the best in locally grown fresh fruit and veggies along with a plethora of handcrafted items for your shopping pleasure from 10 AM to 1:00. And the music will be provided by Andy Rossoff. On Saturday morning the Market moves to Shannon Ridge Mercantile off Hwy 29 in Finley from 10 AM to 1:00, where Dennis Purcell will perform for your shopping pleasure.

The Smiling Dogs Ranch will host its final Humpday Howler music event at the ranch for 2022, saving the best for last. On Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30, the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Wendy Dewitt, and her drumming pardner, Kirk Harwood, will get you boppin’ from the first intro to the final ending. You won’t be able to sit still. Be sure to check out their indoor tasting room music events coming soon.

The Hopland Tap in H’land hosts one of the best open jams going on in the Bay Area when on Wednesday, the Invitational Blues Jam is in full swing from 7 to 10:00. The house band, featuring Wendy, Kirk, Pierre and Skip are exceptional, but they often get some name brand Bay Area Blues artist to join in on the fun. And what fun it is!

On Thursday evening, the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville will present the Hip Replacements from 6 to 9:00. These guys are always a crowd pleaser at the SSPH, and the food is just about the best in the county – plus a full bar – come join in on the fun… Then on Sunday for Brunch, the breakfast creations are second to none, especially when Mike Guarniero handles the guitar and sings from 11: AM to 1:30.

Sadly, Folks, the Kelseyville Kickin’ in the Country Street Dance is coming to a close for 2022, but don’t let that keep you away from the grand finale featuring Cajun masters Tom Rigney and Flambeau. I guarantee they’ll have you yearning for some jambalaya, some crawdads, some rice and beans, some shrimp –maybe even for something with okra in it, (ew!). And it’s gonna be about the most fun you can have standin’ up and dancin’. Opening will be The Greg Rahn Trio. All this in downtown K’ville between 6 and 10:00. What fun!

On Thursday evening Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport will feature the outstanding keyboard music of Kim Thomas plus the even outstanding singing of Anthony Neves from 7 to 9:00. It’s gonna be an evening of greatness… Then on Friday, the Andy Rossoff Trio featuring Paul Farley and Marc Roberge from 7:30 to 10:00. A lot of real good feedback is coming from Andre’s – go check it out…

The Middletown Farmer’s Market at the Senior Center will feature fresh homegrown fruit and veggies, plus an assortment of handcrafted items you just can’t live without from 4 to 8:00. Musical guests will be none other than Dave Broida and Blues Farm from 5 to 8:00. Any okra?

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Soper-Reese Theater and the Lake County Theater Company will present once again the Play production of Driving Miss Daisy, all three evenings at 7:00. Cost is $25 and tix can be bought through Please support the Soper-Reese.

Twin Pine Casino is bringing back the Mike Furlong Band on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1:00. Mike is well known for his Tom Petty and Journey Tribute Bands. I hear this guy is pretty good.

The Valley Long Farms on Mt Konocti will host on Saturday afternoon the Goddess of the Mountain Festival, featuring music from the Higher Logic Project, Lavender Fields, and the Dead Rabbits – all happening from 3 to 10 PM.

Richmond Park in the bayside Riviera on Saturday will feature the excellent Classic Rock from the Fargo Bros from 3 to 7:00. Prolly the most amazing high-energy event you’re gonna find here in The LC.

Saturday afternoon, around 5:00, the Clearlake Farmer’s Market will sell produce, wares and provide live music.

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport will be my Saturday evening destination when the O’Bros feature the Kentucky Jugglers from 6 to 9:00. I ain’t seen the K-Juggs in a coons age, and I wouldn’t miss their return. Pretty dang good eating and a mess o’ real good handcrafted brews to boot. Wait a minute – the K-Juggs ain’t really from Kentucky, and they play some of the best ‘90s Alternative Rock as well as many other songs you’ll definitely remember. And they’re really good! See you all there…

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera is happy to bring back Ventura band Hot Roux on Saturday from 6 to 10:00. Music will be outdoors on the patio where the views of the lake are second to none. Also, they have good food and a full bar.

Hidden Valley Lake’s Concert on the Field will take place on Saturday evening at the ballpark on Hartman Rd and will feature the Mark Weston Band starting at 7:30. Should be the perfect evening for a concert.

Robinson Rancheria’s Lounge will feature the excellent Blues sound of the Black Horse Blues Band on Saturday from 9 to 1:00. Could be your lucky night…

Cache Creek Vineyard and Winery east of Clearlake Oaks is excited to bring to you all, Moonalice on Sunday afternoon from 4:30 to 7:00. This fun, this exciting band has been knockin’ ‘em dead all over the Bay Area since 2007. And the name brand Bay Area stars in their line-up are too many to list. Tix are $25, and there should be snacks and wine for sale at the event. And I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be dancin’ into the next month after seein’ them – that’s how fun they are. This event is a benefit for Lake County Community Radio KPFZ 88.1 F.M and the winery has graciously offered the venue. Please, no outside food, alcohol, or dogs are allowed…

The Boathouse in that nice little town of Nice on Sunday will present those purveyors of Classic Rock, Beatz Werkin’ from 3 to 7:00. What a perfect way to wind down your weekend…

Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake will bring back by popular demand the Fargo Bros. These guys deliver some of the best, most entertaining shows, and you get to see them on Sunday between 5 and 9:00. Oh what fun!

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake provides some of the best dining, a full bar, a great outdoor ambiance, and excellent entertainment all weekend long. On Friday evening, expect to find the Majide Trio playing from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday evening Steve Winkle takes the mic from 6 to 8:00. Sunday Brunch will feature the Andy Rossoff Quartet (Andy must lay awake nights thinking about what he’s gonna call his bands…) from 11:30 to 2:00. Sunday Supper will feature the music of Chris Forshay from 6 to 8:00. Then on Monday, the Blues will be provided by Hot Roux from 6 to 8:00. As always, it’s recommended that you make reservations for any and all of these shows.

Open Mics, Open Jams, and Karaoke

On Friday evening at 6:00, the Riviera Hills Lounge will host Karaoke.

On Friday, the Barn in Clearlake Oaks will host an Open Jam with the house band, Still Kick’n, starting at 8:00.

Summer’s almost over, folks. It won’t be too much longer before you’re adding another blanket to the bed, bringing the sweaters and sweatshirts out of mothballs, and planning comfort food meals for the coming months. Things start to slow down; the mornings light up later, and the evenings darken earlier. Even our much-loved live music scene feels the changes. As we all wax poetically over the coming Autumn and beyond, just remember – there are venues that provide music all year round. All is not to be lost. In the meantime, if and when you go out this weekend to support our local musicians and the venues that provide live music, maybe bring a sweater in case it gets cool, but have a fun time, and please be safe… Go Niners!

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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