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…

If it’s Tuesday, it’s the new official first day of the week. And it all starts at Kelsey Creek Brewing in Kelseyville, from 3 to 6:00 when Buskin’ for Brewskis plays while some fine handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers flow. If you think about it, there’s a certain synergy in this; KCB, B4B and all those brews – this is where the perfect trifecta truly happens! Then on Sunday, if you love REAL Country Music this is the place to be when Cowboy and Rovetti take the stage from 3 to 6:00, (Cowboy Johnson, (not a porn name), and Chris Rovetti, (who puts the ITALinto music)… Ooo, so perfect!…

The Wine in the Willows in Lakeport on Wednesday really likes to focus on local wine, art, beer and musicians for their “Wine Down Wednesdays”. Margo and Friends will play music from 3 to 6 while you enjoy the other three. Too cool for school! Then on Saturday evening Tom Drinnon will play from 5:30 to 7:30.

The Blues Invitational Jam at the Hopland Tap on Wednesday from 7 to 10:00 is always a rockin’ good time when house band, Wendy DeWitt, Kirk Harwood and Pierre Archain offer the best rhythm section for a thousand miles to local Blues players, but with the addition of a name brand Bay Area Blues artist, they take it all to the next level. Take it from the top!

If it’s Thursday evening, it’s Anthony Neves, (his friends call him Tony), at the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville from 6 to 9:00. Also awaiting you is an excellent menu and a full bar – just sayin’… Then on Sunday morning from 11:00 to 1:30 you’re in for a treat when the Aiken/Baird Duo play some light Jazz while you munch a bunch of Brunch. You’ll react like you’ve been starving for food and music… Reservations are recommended…

If you’re looking for an Open Mic, a Farmer’s Market or an incredible Crafts Faire, well Friday evening in Middletown is the place to be from 4:30 to 9:00 where the “Open Mic and Maker’s Faire” takes place. Come visit Middletown and see what’s going on…

Cabos Restaurant in Clearlake will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with acoustic instrumental wizards Austin and Owens on Friday, (call for times).

The 1st Friday Fling at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport will feature local wines, local art and the local music of Dennis Purcell from 5:30 to 7:00. Lake County can boast about being home to excellent artists, and many of their works will be on display Friday evening.

The Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville on Friday is happy to bring back, by popular demand, Cross Currents from 6:30 to 9:30. If you love Jazz, this band is the real deal. With Carlos Hernandez, Gabriel Yanez, Lincoln Andrews and Andrew Louden, they could possibly change your lives…

Mountain Meadows Restaurant at the Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb will host along with Chris Grant the 1st Friday Open Mic Night from 7 to 10:00.

Cinco de Mayo is happenin’ under the big tent on Friday at Twin Pine Casino in Middletown with Ramon G. e Orquesta Ba’Ca Son “highlighting Classic Contemporary Salsa with High-Energy Modern Urban Salsa for Today’s Audiences” starting at 7:00.

The Hot Cow Bar and Grill in Clearlake on Friday will present the music of Margo and Friends from 7 to 10:00. Hey, burgers and fries, a full bar and M&F might just be what you’re looking for…

The Barn in Clearlake Oaks will feature the hard rockin’ music of Still Kick’n on Friday from 8 to the midnight hour. These guys know how to RAWK!

Country Air Properties Cinco de Mayo “Show and Shine” Car Show Bash is happening in Lakeport Friday evening from 6 to 9:30 and will feature music from the Fargo Bros. “Classic cars, hot rods, food, music and pretty girls at 460 S Main Street”. Just about says it all…

On Saturday, it’s gonna be a “Re-Launch and Release Party” featuring the music of the Gill Bros from noon ‘til 3:00 at Boutique Winery in Kelseyville. Good wine, good location, good fun…

Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill in Kelseyville on Saturday will present the 12-bar magic of Dave Broida and Blues Farm featuring special guests Yuri B and Wally G from 5 to 8:00. Everything from wine to Wally – what more could you ask for?…

Konocti Harbor Resort in Kelseyville East will feature on Saturday the music of the LC Diamonds, (please call for times…). Good to see the KHR back up and running…

With great sunset views, excellent meals and a full bar, The Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera should be among your top choices this weekend when on Saturday, the Ventura County band, Hot Roux plays outdoors on the patio from 6 to 10:00. Then on Sunday the 1st Sunday Open Jam is happenin’ once again from 5 to 9:00. Musicians from all over the Bay Area make this their once-a-month destination to rock out at this jam session while folks from all over the county show up just to be a witness of its greatness. What fun!

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport will feature the acoustic instrumental wizardry of Austin and Owens on Saturday from 6 to 9:00. And, of course, the O’Bros will provide their excellent handcrafted beers and ales with a fine meal. This could turn out to be the perfect date night…

In the bayside Riviera, Richmond Park Grill will present “Live Music on the Lake” starting at 7:00 on Saturday, featuring Mudfish, Lost Coast Smugglers and One Down. Plenty of boat slips available if you’re out on the lake, but by car is just as good. Food, libations and a fun time for all…

It’s happenin’ at Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport when Bill Vanderwall entertains you on Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30. Come see what Andre’s done with the place…

The 1st Sunday Fiddler’s Jam at the Ely Stage Stop on Soda Bay Rd just north of HWY 29 from noon to 2:00. This Bluegrass event always features some of the best pickers and grinners Lake and surrounding counties have to offer. Fun for the whole family.

The Soper-Reese Theater in Lakeport will host a “Pre-Mother’s Day Pops Concert” featuring the Lake County Symphony. An Open Rehearsal will be presented at 11:AM for $5.00 while the main showing happens at 2:00 for $25/30. Thank you for supporting the Soper Reese Theater…

The Boathouse Grill in that nice little town of Nice will feature on Sunday the music of Tom Drinnon on Sunday from 2 to 6:00.

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake will bring to you a fun weekend of live music starting on Friday when the Majide Trio presents Torch Ballads, Blues Standards and other songs from a bygone era of music, all from 6 to 8:00. On Saturday evening The Jazz Dudes will serve it up during supper from 6 to 8:00. The ever-popular Sunday Brunch will feature the music of the Noteworthy Trio from 11:30 to 2:00. For their Sunday Supper, outstanding guitarist Jules Leyhe will perform solo for your dining pleasure from 6 to 8:00. And finally for Monday Blues the band Hot Roux will run you through their repertoire from 6 to 8:00. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Mendocino County

The Hopland Fire Protection District at 21 Feliz Creek is hosting a benefit show featuring Derek Irving on Saturday from 5 to 10:00.

McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley will feature the outstanding music of Soul Circus on Saturday starting at 8:00.

Karaoke Korner

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

Robinsons Rancheria Casino will host Karaoke on Friday from 10:00 to 1: AM.

The Hot Cow will host Karaoke on Saturday from 6 to 9:00.

T-Up in Ukiah will host Karaoke on Saturday starting at 6:00.

The Brick Tavern in Kelseyville will host Karaoke on Sunday from 6 to 9:00.

While planning my new tradition of Barhopping Friday, I’m thinking it’s interesting how in the U.S.A., Cinco de Mayo, (which occurs this coming Friday), is a time for all Americans to go completely apesh#t, but in contrast, Mexico still treats it as a solemn celebration of independence from France. Just an observation, folks – no hidden meaning… So if and when you go out this wintry week to catch some of our local live music, have fun, but please be safe…

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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