Lake County Music Guide – 10.31.23

I just read how there are quite a few slang words many of us Boomers and Millennials still use that have become so outdated it’s embarrassing to some to just hear them used. Words like; groovy, rad, fo shizzle, tubular, cowabunga, righteous, bitchin, bogus, cool beans, word and psyche. Bummer, Dude, that eliminates most of my vocabulary… Slang is for the most part a regional expression and much of it is embedded in the lexicon associated with certain eras. Well, maybe I’m just getting senile, but I stand by the slang words I grew up with. Who’s with me?!?… Um…, okay, here’s the live music guide for the week of 10/31 through 11/6…

If it’s Tuesday, we music be talking about Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville where fine handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers flow while the music of Buskin’ for Brewskis adds to that flow, all from 3 to 6:00. Hey, it’s Halloween day, so if and when you come on down for a midafternoon brew, why not come in costume?

And speaking of Halloween, the Clear Lake Grange Hall in Finley will present the “Scary Clever Adult Halloween Party” tonight, Tuesday, from 6 to 9:00 and features the scary tunes of Dave Broida and Blues Farm. As always, it’s a potluck/byob affair. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow… er… Come in costume – let’s have a party!

The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge will have another Wimpy Burger Wednesday featuring one of the best burgers you’re gonna find here in The LC, and from 5:30 to 7:00, you can catch the fun music of Fidler and Marsha. Then on Friday, you can enjoy the catch of the day Fish and/or Shrimp Fry while digging the tunes from Steven Murray from 5:30 to 7:00. Good to see the Moose offering music again…

Over in Hopland at the Hopland Tap ‘n’ Grill the Blues Invitational Jam Session continues to keep toes tappin’, legs shakin’ and heads boppin’ on Wednesday evening from 7 to 10:00. Wendy, Kirk, Pierre, Dave and John have made this event one of legends, and sometimes a future legend pops in to make it that much better…

Adventist Health Clearlake will present at Boatique Winery in the Kelseyville area “Every Beat Counts,” an intro to the latest Cardiac Technology. This informational event will feature an interactive dueling piano performance from the Kelly Twins. The event starts at 5:00and the cost is $125 each. Call Boatique Winery for more info…

Back in Kelseyville, the Saw Shop Public House, the center of the musical universe, has put the “Backyard” music on hold until next Spring, but please don’t fret – on Thursday, balladeer Anthony Neves, (his friends call him Tony) will croon ‘til you swoon from 6 to 9:00. Then, while you munch a bunch of Sunday Brunch, pianist Paul Kemp will be tinkling the ivories from 11:00 to 1:30.

On Friday afternoon, the Middletown Farmers Market situated on the grounds of the Senior Center/Library still offers fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables, plus a plethora of wonderful hand-crafted items that’ll make excellent stocking stuffers. While you shop ‘til you drop, Garrison will be providing live music starting about 4:00.

The Smiling Dogs Ranch in Kelseyville will move the live music back over to the Tasting Room on Main St with the fun Blues music of Dave Broida and Blues Farm from 6:30 to 9:30. Come celebrate the birthdays of a couple of famous local musicians, (both have made the covers of Back Stage Magazine), plus a number of other Scorpios having b’days. What flavor b’day cake pairs with wines…

Out in Lakeport, the Soper Reese Theater will present “9 to 5, The Musical” on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00, and then on Sunday afternoon at 2:00. This event will repeat next weekend as well, so if you miss it this weekend, you have more chances to catch it on the next. Cost is $30. Thank you for supporting the Soper Reese…

Richmond Park in the Bayside Riviera will feature on Friday the triumphant return and going away party featuring Howard Reggie Dockens from 8 to 12:00. Howard will be moving out of the area, so come wish him well.

On Saturday morning, the Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market over at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile in Finley will offer fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables, plus a boatload of wonderful hand-crafted items, just in time for your Christmas shopping, and as a special treat, you get to hear the piano music of David Neft from 10: AM to 1:00. Plus, the tasting room opens at 11:00 so you can stock up on some very good wines. It’s definitely a one-stop-shop!

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera on Saturday will feature a good meal, a full bar and, if you’re feeling groovy enough, Groovy Judy will take you back to 1968, give or take a couple years… All this and more from 6 to 10:00. Wearing Bells, Batiks and Boots will be optional… Then on Sunday evening, the 1st Sunday Open Jam will deliver its “swan song” performance from 5 to 9:00. After eight years, give or take a few months, John, Mojo, Kim, Ryan and Mike have decided to take a break, who knows for how long. This has always been one of the best jams north of the Bay Area, drawing musicians from as far away as Marin County and Sacramento. This will be a special performance, so please stop by to say “See ya for now”…

Wine in the Willows in Lakeport, that little gallery that features local art, local wines, local brews and local musicians will bring you none other than Cowboy Johnson and Chris Rovetti, with some help from Kraig Jillson on Saturday evening starting at 7:00. You will love all the local attractions here. Check it out!…

If you’re heading on up to the mountain on Saturday, or you’re already there, why not drop by the Loch Lomond Roadhouse & BBQ and check out guitarist Jay Bird. This guy is pretty fantastic. Starts at 7:00. Just sayin’…

Up in Clearlake Oaks at the Happy Garden Restaurant, come for the excellent Asian cuisine, a full bar, but especially come for the music from up-and-coming guitarist James White playing on Saturday evening starting at 7:00. It’s so good to see that the Happy Gardens is having live music again…

At the Lower Lake School House Museum on Saturday, the Park Study Club, (a local organization dedicated to community service), will host a fundraiser Masquerade Ball from 7 to 10 and will feature the music of Dr Groove, (playing their final gig). There’ll be wine and Hors d’oeuvres, and the cost will be $65. Tix are still available, just call 707-995-3646.

Also up in Clearlake Oaks at The Barn, they will have a Spooky Halloween Costume Party with food, prizes, DJ music and Karaoke from 8 to midnight. Then on Saturday, come get your RAWK on when Still Kick’n hits the floor starting at 8:00. The Barn is now under new management, so feel free to welcome the new owners and have a fun time while you’re at it.

And last but not least, the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake always brings you five days of live music, starting with Friday when Boogie Woogie Piano great, Ed Reinhart is joined by vocalist Dawn Sentfin from 6 to 8:00. Then on Saturday evening, the Jazz Dudes are back displaying some of the most otherworldly music you’ll ever hear from 6 to 8:00. And of course, Sunday Brunch just wouldn’t be right without the Andy Rossoff Quartet, (Marc Roberge, Jim Leonardis and Paul Farley), bringin’ that NOLA musical influence from 11:30 to 2:00. Later on for Sunday Supper, guitarist/vocalist James White will make the meal so much better from 6 to 8:00. This guy is pretty good, folks… For the Monday Blues night, the Hip Replacements will handle the 1,4,5 from 6 to 8:00. And finally, the 2-Course Tuesday Supper Special will feature 2-Course Pauly, (famous musician Paul Kemp) on keys – such a deal… Reservations are recommended for all events.

Karaoke Korner

There will be Karaoke on Thursday at Andre’s Lounge and Drinx, call for times.

Also on Thursday at Robinson Rancheria from 9 to midnight.

On Friday at the Riviera Hills Lounge from 6 to 10:00.

On Sunday at the Brick Tavern from 6 to 9:00.

Also, on Sunday at the Loch Lomond Roadhouse from 7 to 10:00.

I got a kinda late start putting the guide together because I needed to buy new tires and get an alignment. They were so slammed it took 2-1/2 hours. So, I’m cutting things short this time. But if and when you go out this week to celebrate Halloween or any other live music event, have fun but please be safe. And do watch out for the kiddies trick or treating…

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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