Lake County Music Guide – 5.16.23

It seems appropriate as I open a fine bottle of 2 Buck Chuck Cab Sauv to remind you that this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, the Lake County Winery Association will sponsor its annual Lake County Wine Adventures. Never heard of it? It’s only one of the biggest and most fun events in The LC, dudes! It’s sorta like a pub crawl or a bar hop, only it’s hosted by many of our local wineries.

There are charter buses, limousines and other modes of transport available for the revelers, and many of these wineries have live music! WOOHOO!!

Simply look up Wine Adventure 2023, then click “Visit Website” to get a list of participating wineries – then get on the horn and ask your listed favorite if someone’s playing there. How cool is that?!?

In the meantime, here’s the live music schedule for the week of 5/16 through 5/22…

Being as it is the new official 1st day of the week, on Tuesday afternoon the Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville will supply you with wonderfully handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers while Buskin’ for Brewskis supplies you with the tunes from 3 to 6:00.

Then on Sunday afternoon, come get your USRDA of R&B, Blues, Funk and Rock when Dr Groove takes the stage from 3 to 6:00. Brews, Brewskis and Groove Doctors – whatta week!

After their monthly meeting, the Big Valley Grange in Finley on Tuesday evening will feature a potluck, BYOBeverages and the music of Dave Broida and Blues Farm from 6:30 to 8:30. It’s always very casual with good vibes there and maybe a small contribution for the band will be requested, but a fun evening had by all…

Wine in the Willows in Lakeport is happy to present the Larry-David Show, (Larry Platz and Dave Broida) on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30. At W.I.T.W. it’s all about local art, local wine, local brews and local musicians. Come join the fun…

Richmond Park in the bayside Riviera will feature Margo & Friends, plus a drum circle Wednesday evening from 7 to 10:00. On Saturday night, Howard Reggie Dockens will get you dancin’ starting at 8:00. It Should be warm, and there are plenty of boat slips if you’re out on the lake.

The Hopland Tap continues to bring the uber-popular Invitational Blues Jam on Wednesdays from 7 to 10:00. With a house band featuring Wendy DeWitt, Kirk Harwood, Pierre Archain and Dave Baas, they can always keep your feet tappin’ and heads boppin’, but when an occasional brand name Bay Area Blues artist joins them, it’s completely over the top!. Hoowee!

The Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville always has one of the best menus, a full bar, and live music to offer. On Thursday evening, local faves Dave Broida and Blues Farm will bring you all the 1,4,5 you could possibly handle from 6 to 9:00. Who doesn’t love these guys?!? Then on Sunday, everyone’s favorite new singer, Randy Hood will strum and sing while you munch a bunch of brunch from 11:00 to 1:30. It’s Mimosa Central here on Sundays, folks! Come get yours… Reservations are recommended…

The Middletown Farmers Market is back and cookin’, Jack! This Friday, they will feature, along with locally grown fruit and vegetables, hand-crafted items and food trucks, the 12-bar magic of Dave Broida and Blues Farm from 5 to 8:00. Fun for the whole fam damily…

Mountain Meadows Restaurant at the Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb will host an Open Mic with Jim Williams on Friday evening from 6 to 9:00. Then on Saturday afternoon, they will host the “Cars on the Green” Car Show from 4:30 to 7:30 and featuring the live music from Walt Gaffert, (his friends call him Wally G…). Come check out these cars!!!

On Friday, local acoustic guitar savants Austin and Owens will unleash their mastery from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville. These guys are just amazing! The award-winning wines are amazing…

It’s gonna be especially hot on Friday at the Hot Cow B.A.G. in Clearlake, (formerly The Spot), when local groovesters Dr Groove lay down that R&B, Blues, Funk and Rock from 7 to 10:00. Pleasant evenings make this the right place to be. Kick back and groove…

The Soper-Reese Theater in Lakeport has on Friday evening, The LC Diamonds starting at 7:00, cost is $10. Then on Sunday, they will present another Pianist Benefit Concert featuring Spencer Brewer, Elena Casanova, Elizabeth MacDougal, Barney McClure, Tom Ganoung and Ed Reinhardt. “The finest pianists from Lake and Mendocino Counties join up to benefit the Soper-Reese Theater and Lake County Friends of Mendocino College”. Showtime starts at 3:00 and tix are just $25-30. Thank you for supporting the Soper-Reese Theater.

You’re gonna RAWK at The Barn in Clearlake Oaks when Still Kick’n hosts an Open Mic/Jam from 8 to midnight on Friday. These guys are great fun, and it’s open to all musicians…

At Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport on Friday, everybody’s favorite singer/strummer Randy Hood will take the mic from 8 to 10:00. Then on Saturday, back on schedule is Bill Vanderwall from 8 to 10:00. Go see what Andre’s done with the place, then say hidee to Heidi while you’re there…

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown is happy to bring back, by popular demand, DJ Benny Blanco in the Big Tent Concert Hall on Friday at 8:00. Cost is $15. In the Grapevine Room they have both Friday and Saturday nights, the Night Owls rockin’ the joint from 9 to 1:AM.

The Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile in Finley on Saturday morning is happening from 10:AM to 1:00. Come stock up on fresh locally grown fruit, vegetables and plants, along with an assortment of excellent hand-crafted items you just can’t live without, plus the featured entertainment from pianist/singer/raconteur Andy Rossoff. Plus, the winery’s tasting room opens at 11:00. It’s a “One Stop Shop”. Folks… Later that afternoon stop by and enjoy some of the Shannon Ridge Family wines while listening to Tom Drinnon starting at 4:00.

It’ll be like a breath of fresh air, (no – not really), this Saturday when the Middletown Senior Center hosts its 6th annual Chili and Salsa Cook-off from 10:AM until 4:00. Featured entertainment will be provided by local Country sensations, Breaker One-9. Now that’s what I call an event!

Cache Creek Winery east of Clearlake Oaks will do their part with Wine Adventures on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 when my band, Dr Groove proves they’re the perfect pairing for your favorite wines.

Then on Sunday, the Wine Adventures continues with the LC Diamonds from 12:30 to 4:30. Whatta fun way to spend your weekend!

Chacewater Winery in Kelseyville on Saturday will feature Anthony “Tones” Neves for Wine Adventures from 2 to 5:00. Good wine and great voice – gonna be a good day…

The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviarea will be rockin’ it up outdoors on the patio with the Mark Weston Band on Saturday evening from 6 to 10:00. While enjoying a nice meal and libations from a full bar, the sunsets and vistas are pretty spectacular this time of year – just sayin’…

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport on Saturday will feature the music magic of singer/strummer Randy Hood from 6 to 9:00. Add to that a fine menu plus an assortment of the O’Bros excellent hand-crafted beers and ales, it might just turn out to be the perfect date night…

Robinson Rancheria Casino in Nice will feature the great harmonies and excellent music of the Ariel Jean Band on Saturday from 9 to 1: AM.

Sunday afternoon should be the perfect time to catch those freakin’ fabulous fantastic fargin’ Fargo Bros when they play at The Boathouse in that nice little town of Nice from 2 to 6:00. Come by boat if you’re out on the lake, enjoy a meal and your choice from a full bar, then dance the afternoon away to the FFFFFB’s.

Saving the best for last, the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake will feature a fine menu, a full bar and live music all weekend. On Friday, expect the Majide Trio to be playing Torch Ballads, Blues Classics and other wonderful songs from a bygone era of music, from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday, come enjoy a meal while enjoying the music of Serendipity from 6 to 8:00. For Sunday Brunch the music from TC Culp & will make your brunch just that much better from 11:30 to 2:00. For their Sunday Supper you can find David Neft tinkling the ivories from 6 to 8:00. And then Monday Blues will feature Stevie and the Shufflenuts from 6 to 8:00. Reservations are strongly suggested…

Just a little reminder that on Memorial Weekend, along with all the usual great music this county provides, a special event benefiting Lake County Community Radio KPFZ will take place at Cache Creek Winery and features the music of the ever-popular band of music legends, Moonalice. Tix are on sale via EVENTBRITE, and did I mention this is a benefit for Lake County Community Radio KPFZ?… I’ll remind you again next week…

Mendocino County

Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville will feature the music of SR Laws on Friday from 4:30 to 7:30.

The Thirsty Axe in Ukiah will get heads bangin’ with Embryonic Devourment, Sledge, Violent Opposition and Goreskin Coffin on Saturday starting at 8:00.

Ukiah Brewing will feature the music of the Back Porch Trio on Saturday at 7:30.


Robinson Rancheria Casino will host Karaoke on Thursday from 9 to midnight.

T-Up Ukiah will host Karaoke on Friday at 6:00.

The Riviera Hills Lounge will host Karaoke on Friday from 6 to 10:00.

The Hot Cow B.A.G. will host Karaoke on Sunday from 5 to 9:00.

The Brick Tavern in K’ville will host Karaoke from 6 to 9:00.

With Summer just around the corner, one would think that all the live music you’ll find in this week’s live music schedule should serve as somewhat of a preview of what’s to come for the next 4 or 5 months. But actually, it’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There’s so much more to come, which is one of the best reasons to be living in The LC. And this wouldn’t be nearly as possible if not for you. Thank you all!

This weekend, whether you head off to our local wineries for Wine Adventure or partake in our bounty of live music, have a fun weekend, but please stay safe…

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