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.

Lake County Music Guide – 5.30.23

Me and my big mouth! I had to mention in last week’s guide to all the folks “leaving town ‘n’ goin’ campin’” that it was gonna rain, and guess what? My band, Dr Groove got caught in the middle of an unexpected deluge, something electrical shorted out and we were left without power. We tried doing the Woodstock anti-rain dance song, but to no avail. Dang! And were having so much fun! Oh, well… That was last weekend, and this is this week! It’s June, and I now want to remind you all of the upcoming concerts and other celebratory events happening during the month starting next week, (that’s the week after this coming Sunday, Mojo!). I’ll give you the breakdown sans details:

Lake County Music Guide – 5.23.23

Holy Toledo, Andy! It’s Memorial Weekend and it’s on! Good thing I woke up early this morning, there’s a lot to cover – starting with Bottlerock 2023 in Napa County. Among the artists in the line-up are Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil NAS X, Smashing Pumpkins and Moonalice, (more on Moonalice later…). Locally you’re gonna find Lower Lake Daze, a great fun family event showcasing the Southeast County. Of course, if you plan on going camping it’s probably gonna rain on us all, so I suggest you all stay home and enjoy all the bounty of live music this county has to offer this week. Hoowee! Here’s the music schedule for the week of 5/23 to 5/29…

Lake County Music Guide – 5.9.23

Okay, I mean it this time – break out the tanning butter, stow away the thermals, extra blankets and put on the shorts and tank tops, it’s finally Spring and it’s gonna get progressively hotter this week, offering a really nice weekend to get the boat out on the lake, ride a bike or take a nice hike somewhere. There’s also lots of musical events happenin’ this week so here goes – this is the live music schedule for the week of 5/9 through 5/15…

Lake County Music Guide – 5.2.24

Talk about news in briefs! I believe this recent period of Spring will go down in history as the briefest on record. After packing away all my thermals, removing that extra quilt from my bed, shaving off my winter beard, and turning off the heater, it all goes sub-zero again. (I know, you’ve told me a billion times not to exaggerate… Sheesh!). But there’s always a silver lining. There’s so much live music going on this week I’m compelled to offer my used ACME Clone-a-Matic once again for sale. Cheap! (Needs work). But think about it! For the rest of your life, you can attend every musical event you want to just by simply cloning yourself. It’s really that easy! Did I mention cheap? Anyways, here’s the live music schedule for the week of 5/2 to 5/8…

Lake County Music Guide – 3.29.23

Seems there’s a National Day for just about everything. Case in point, just yesterday, March 27th was declared National Quirky Country Song’s Title Day. I mean, how goofy is that? RIGHT?!? Well, this upcoming Saturday has been declared “National Haiku Day”, a day when everybody is supposed to come up with a Haiku poem. For the uninitiated, Haiku is a poetry style from Japan that involves three lines; the first has five syllables, the second has seven and the third has five. For example, here’s one I just came up with –

Lake County Music

Is a privilege indeed

It’s good for the soul.

Now, how poetic is that? So, you all have until Saturday to come up with your own Haiku. In the meantime, here’s the local live music guide for the week of 3/28 through 4/3…

Lake County Music Guide – 12.20.22

The good news: it’s gonna be a pretty busy week in terms of holidays and observances, where Hannukkah started two days ago on Sunday, Winter Solstice happens on Wednesday, Christmas is on Sunday and the doubleheader of Kwanzaa and Boxing Day occurs on Monday. The bad news: because Christmas eve is on Saturday and Christmas Day is on Sunday, many places will be closed for these observances. But despite those days being sans live music, there’s at least one joint each day from Tuesday through Saturday to go out and get your live music fix. WOOHOO!!! Here’s the schedule, plus an updated NYE rundown for the week of 12/20 through 12/26.

Lake County Music Guide – 12.13.22

“Eenie weenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak!” Anybody out there remember where this famous quote came from? Here’s a hint… Boris Badenov referred to this dynamic duo as “Moose ‘n’ Squirrel.” Okay, times up! It’s a line from the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, which aired from 1959 through 1964. Like most kids, I would watch cartoons, but this was pretty much the only one I really liked because it was silly in a Three Stooges sort of way – full of puns, sarcasm, self-referential dialog, and other socially unacceptable wordplays, especially so for impressionable children like I was. I would watch the show with friends, laughing hysterically – but they didn’t really get it. I could relate to the patience and empathy of Rocket J Squirrel, marveled at the perseverance of Bullwinkle J Moose, who never stopped trying despite his constant failures, and sneered at the comic depiction of Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader. This, to me, was cartooning at its comic best. Okay, maybe I’m entering into my second childhood, but I hope you don’t mind me including references to the show throughout this music schedule. Here’s the live music guide for the week of 12/13 through 12/19…

Lake County Music Guide – 5.12.22

This week’s activities should run the gamut between Shredding and a Car Show, with lots of live music events scrunched up in between. With Friday, Saturday and Sunday predicting good weather, the outdoor events are stacking up, while the indoor ones are gonna be just as busy. Enough prattle – here’s the live music schedule for the week of May 12th through May 16th…

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