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Lake County Music Guide – 5.28.24

Today, Monday is Memorial Day and I’m working on the music guide – it is a labor of love, after all. And, of course, Memorial Day is the official first day of Summer. Well, starting the week following this one all the major local Summer concerts begin, Lakeport, Clearlake, Hidden Valley Lake, Kickin’ in the Country, Konocti Vista Casino – even Ukiah Sundays in the Park. Plus, there will be special events, parties and other musical gatherings we can all look forward to. I’m stoked – how about you? Here’s the live music schedule for the week of 5/28 through 6/3…

If it’s Tuesday, it’s Kelsey Creek Brewing in K’ville starting off the new official first day of the week by offering you some fine, hand-crafted beers, ales and seltzers – all with funny names – along with the live music of Buskin’ for Brewskis – all between the hours of 3 to 6:00. Whatta fun way to start off the week! Then, later on Sunday, it’s the Cowboy Johnson Show, with help from Kraig Jillson and Mike Guarniero, where his music pairs perfectly with the brews from 2 to 5-ish. Sundays just aren’t the same without some Cowboy in your lives…

Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport will feature on Wednesday the piano tinkling of Nicky Hind from 7 to 9:00. Then on Friday come check out Andre & Friends from 8 to 11:00. And if you’re jonesin’ for some “Dad Rock”, drop by and give a listen to Bill Vanderwall from 8 to 11:00. Hey, come see what Andre’s done with the place…

Back in the center of the universe, the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville will have on Thursday evening the exciting music of the Mark Weston Band from 6 to 9:00. Then on both Friday and Saturday evenings, AudioSoul will rock the joint from 6 to 9:00. With great food and a full bar, where else would you want to be?…

The Middletown Farmers Market will bring you fresh locally grown Fruit and Vegetables, plus an assortment of wonderful hand-crafted items you just can’t live without on Friday evening. There will be food vendors to satisfy your hunger and maybe even local wines to sample. Not only that, but there will be live music provided by the exciting Brandon Eardley – all this and more from 4:30 to 8:30.

It gonna be a duo Tribute Concert at Cache Creek Winery on Friday evening starting at 6:00; starting with One of These Nights, a tribute to the Eagles, plus Bad Moon Rising, a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival. What a night of memories! Cost will be $35-40, but please call for any further details.

KLJ Entertainment and Karlene Ellis will present a House Concert event on Friday from 6 to 9:00 over at 2090 Bell Hill Rd in Kelseyville, featuring the inimitable Cowboy Johnson along with Nancy Wright, Chris Rovetti, Mojo Platz and Kraig Jillson. Cost will be $20. Bring a chair, hat, maybe even a sweater if it gets cool, but it’s a pot luck type affair so bring some food or bevs to share. Should be a fun time for all. Wish I wasn’t playing that evening…

The Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville will feature the rockin’ good music of Beatz Werkin’ on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30. Enjoy some of the SDTR wines by the glass or the bottle, then get ready to dance…

It’s Jukebox Bingo happening again at the Greenview Restaurant in Hidden Valley Lake on Friday starting at 7:00. No band, but still a musical event…

Out in Middletown at the Twin Pine Casino, it’s gonna be a weekend of Lake County Royalty when Twice as Good take the stage both Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1:AM. Come for a meal, libations, maybe pull a few handles, then enjoy one of the best homegrown bands in the county…

The Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Mercantile Building in Finley will bring you fresh locally grown Fruit and Vegetables, plus an assortment of wonderful hand-crafted items you just can’t live without on Saturday morning from 10:AM to 1:00. There will be food vendors to satisfy your hunger and when the wine tasting room opens at 11:00, wines to sample and buy. Not only that, but there will be live music provided by Andy Rossoff.

Richmond Park Bar ‘n’ Grill has boat slips, hot food and prolly the longest bar in in The LC, plus on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 they will feature their 4th Annual Oyster Feed while band Uncle Mercy keeps the toes tapping. Sounds yummy to me!…

Back to the Shannon Ridge Mercantile Tasting Room in Finley, on Saturday they will feature the sounds of Phil ‘n’ the Blanks from 4 to 7:00. Great wines, fun times and plenty of shade. Always a fun time at the Merc…

Up in the Riviera, the Riviera Hills Lounge, where food, drink, views, and music make for an excellent evening, on Saturday will present the outstanding new band Soul Circus, who will be rockin’ the patio from 6 to 9:00 – (maybe 10:00). You just gotta check this band out…

Fasten your seatbelts on Saturday night when Drinx Bar in Lakeport brings you a Night of Metal when Narcotic Wasteland takes the stage at 7:30. Cost will be $20. Band yer heads, birches!

Konocti Harbor Resort in the upper Buckingham area will bring you a Journey tribute band called Journey Revisited on Saturday night at 8:00. Cost is $25. Be sure to bring your Bic lighters…

It’s time for the 1st Sunday Fiddlers Jam at the Ely Stage Stop on Soda Bay Rd in the Riviarea from noon ‘til 2:00. Bluegrass lovers will have a ball here. Good clean fun for the whole family. History buffs will enjoy the museum there. Wear your clogs and be prepared to kick up some dust!…

In that nice little town of Nice, the Boathouse Bar/Stowaway Grill is happy to bring you the rockin’ sounds of Beatz Werkin’ on Sunday from 3 to 7:00. Great food, full bar and a really hot, (but illiterate band), and you’ve got the perfect way to round out your weekend…

Up the street at Running Creek Casino it’s the best, (and only) place to catch the Fargo Bros on Sunday evening. Great food, full bar, hot slots and fun band – they have it all from 5 to 9:00…

And last but not least, the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake is where you’re gonna get 6 live music events in 5 days, starting on Friday when the Majide Trio enchants you with older Bossa Nova and Jazz from 6 to 8:00. Then on Saturday enjoy a great meal with the music of the Jazz Dudes from 6 to 8:00. If it’s breakfast you want, the Sunday Brunch offers a fine menu, a comfortable seating arrangement outdoors plus the music of the Will Siegel Trio from 11:30 to 2:00. Later that evening Duo Nouveau will entertain you from 6 to 8:00. And for the Blues Monday event, the Greg Rahn Band will handle the 1,4,5 from 6 to 8:00. And lastly, the outstanding 2-Course $25 Supper Special will feature famous musician Paul Kemp from 6 to 8:00. Reservations are strongly suggested for all of these shows…

Mendocino County

McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley will feature Country Rocker Johnny Young on Friday starting at 7:00.

Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley will present the Mark Weston Band on Friday from 7 to 11:00.

Sports Attic 2 in Ukiah will feature the music of Tastes Like Chicken on Friday from 8 to 11:00.

The Shanachie Pub in Willits will feature on Friday evening Tracorum starting at 8:00. On Saturday afternoon the Bluegrass String Band will play starting at 3:00. Then on Saturday night Friends Anonymous will play starting at 8:00.

At the Recreation Grove Park in Willits will host a benefit for the Willits Food Bank on Saturday from noon to 5:00 featuring Gurschach, Clay Hawkins Band and the Farmers Market Band.

Karaoke Korner

Twin Pine Casino will have Karaoke on Thursday from 7 to 10:00.

Loch Lomond Roadhouse on Wednesday starting at 6:00.

Twin Pine Casino on Thursday from 7 to 10:00.

Robinson Rancheria Casino is open on Thursday from 9 to midnight.

Andre’s Lounge on Thursday – 7 to 11:00.

Drinx on Thursday – call for times.

The Riviera Hills Lounge is on Friday from 6 to 10:00.

The Brick Tavern on Sunday from 6 to 9:00.

Gotta coupla announcements to make for those interested; There will be a paper shredding truck at Lower Lake High School on Saturday from 9 to noon. Need to get rid of those pesky letters with all your financial info, here’s the place. They limit the number of boxes/bags, but I’m sure you can add more. Also, the Middletown Art Center, (M.A.C.), wants to purchase a stage but need a little help. If you can, go to their website to get more info. They often have live music events, and this would be good for all. Also, also – it’s gonna be hot this weekend, so if you go out, bring water to stay hydrated. So, if and when you go out this week to enjoy the bounty of live music The LC has to offer, have a fun time, 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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