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…

For the new, (well, not so new anymore…), official 1stday of the week – Tuesday – handcrafted beers, ales and seltzers will flow, Buskin’ for Brewskis will be playin’ and fun will be had by all at the Kelsey Creek Brewing in Kelseyville from 3 to 6:00. What else is there to do on a Tuesday afternoon?!?

The Blues Invitational Jam Sessions are alive and well at the Hopland Tap on Wednesday from 7 to 10:00. With Wendy, Kirk, Pierre, Dave and John – they make one heck of a house band. Come see which special guest name brand Bay Area Blues artist they bring this week…

On Thursday evening at the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville, everybody’s fave Beatz Werkin’ will be rockin’ the shop from 6 to 9, Dudes! Always an excellent menu and full bar, whadda a fun time this is gonna be! Then for their Sunday Brunch, come check out still yet another of Weston’s wonderful takes on Eggs Benedict or other delicious menu items, enjoy some mimosas along with the music of Mike Guarniero from 11:AM to 2:00. Oh, and it’s Mother’s Day – just sayin’…

The Catfish Coffee House in Clearlake and Chris Grant will host an Open Mic on Thursday starting at 7:00. Lotsa good musicians come from the Clearlake area. Come check ‘em out!…

Wine in the Willows in Lakeport has a busy weekend scheduled starting on Friday when Randy Hood plays for the “Teacher Appreciation Day that starts at 3:00. Randy will play from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on Saturday evening Tony Neves will sing from 5:30 to 7:30. Rounding out the weekend will be Tom Drinnon on Sunday from 4 to 6:00. This really is the place for local wines, beers, art and musicians. What more do you need?…

Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport will feature on Thursday the man with the pipes, Anthony “Tones” Neves, (his friends call him Tony), from 8 to 11:00. Then on Friday, the acoustic genius of Austin and Owens will come to the Lounge, (call for times). And on Saturday, check out singer/guitarist Bill Vanderwall from 7:30 to 9:30. Come see what Andre’s done with the place…

“In Concert” on Friday at the Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville will be Culbertson, Manring and Alegria from 6:30 to 9:30. Bob Culbertson has sold over 100,000 albums composing music on the Chapman Stick, (look it up). Manring and Alegria, bass and drums respectively are both accomplished musicians as well. This should prove to be a pretty interesting evening of music…

It’s gonna be plenny hot at the Hot Cow Bar and Grill in Clearlake on Friday evening when Beatz Werkin’ takes the stage from 7 to 10:00. When this place was The Spot it was always jumpin’ on Friday evenings. Let’s keep that tradition going at the new Hot Cow B.A.G.!…

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown will feature hot slots and even hotter music both Friday and Saturday nights when Fast Times take the stage from 9 to 1:AM.

The Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile in Finley on Saturday morning from 10:AM to 1:00 always has fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, plus an assortment of other handmade foods and crafts, and of course, live music from Dennis Purcell. And because it’s right by a wine tasting room, you can sample Shannon Ridge wines starting at 11: am. It’s like a one-stop shop! On Tuesday, the market goes over to the gazebo at Library Park in Lakeport, also from 10: am to 1:00, and features the music of the lovely Hillarie Wilt. Come support our local farmers, our craftsfolks and our musicians.

On Saturday afternoon at Richmond Park in the bayside Riviera they have pub food, a full bar, and the music of The Lost Coast Smugglers from 2 to 6:00. Come by boat if you’re out on the lake. Otherwise, there’s plenty of parking…

Mountain Meadows Restaurant at the Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb has in store on Saturday a fine menu, a full bar and for your dining pleasure, the music of Mike Guarniero, (author, author!), starting at 5:30. Take a step up to the mountain, folks…

In keeping with a long tradition of Zodiac Sign Events in the South Lake County, the Middletown Art Center will host on Saturday evening a Taurus Party starting at 7:00 and costing $15. I’ve been to a few of these events, heard some cool bands, and a few years back I even met someone wonderful at one of them. Great fun! The featured performers will be the Scott Forbes Band.

If great sunset views, good food, a full bar and Rock Music is what’s in your plans for Saturday evening, then the Riviera Hills Lounge in the Riviera is the place you wanna be, cuz Still Kick’n will rawk your world from 6 to 10:00. It might even be outside on the patio.

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport will present the LC Diamonds from 6 to 9:00 on Saturday evening. And the O’Bros have some pretty good handcrafted beers and ales, plus an excellent menu – Hey! This could be the place for a perfect date night!

On Saturday night at the Robinson Rancheria Casino in Nice, it’s Comedy Night at the RBAR starting at 8:00. Get lots of yuks for very few bucks. Could be your lucky night…

The Mercantile in Finley will have a Mother’s Day event on Sunday featuring Austin and Owens starting at 11: am. Sample some excellent wines, enjoy a nosh, then kick back and listen to some of the best music Lake County has to offer.

The Boathouse in that nice little town of Nice on Sunday will feature great food with an international flair, a full bar and the music of The LC Diamonds from 2 to 6:00. Come by boat if you’re oot and aboot…

Always a busy time at the Blue Wing Saloon, especially since they’ve added another day of music to the calendar. Tonight, (Tuesday), and every Tuesday, it’s “Two Course Tuesday” – add starters items to your meal for $25. Music will be offered by famous musician Paul Kemp from 6 to 8:00. Later in the week the Majide Trio will delight you on Friday from 6 to 8:00 with Torch Ballads, Blues Standards and other songs from a bygone era of music. The rest of the weekend will be filled with some great guitar from Jules Leyhe. On Saturday evening, he plays solo from 6 to 8:00. For Sunday Brunch he and his Trio will play from 11:30 to 2:00. For Sunday Supper he’s solo again from 6 to 8:00. Then for the Monday Blues, he will be with his Band, featuring sax mistress Nancy Wright from 6 to 8:00. This guy’s super good, so you’re in for a special treat, regardless which night you go to see him. Reservations are strongly recommended for each event.

Mendocino County

Shanachie Pub in Willits will feature the music of Hillary and Christiane on Thursday from 7:00. On Saturday evening Helene Eve will perform starting at 8:00.

Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley will feature the music of Howard Reggie Dockens on Friday starting at 7:00. Then on Saturday, Country star Jarrod Niemann will play from 8:00.

Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville on Friday will feature the music of the Back Porch Trio starting at 4:30.

Rivino Winery in Ukiah on Friday will present Easy Street from 4 to 7:00.

Karaoke Korner

Robinson Rancheria Casino has Karaoke on Thursday from 9 to midnight.

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

T-Up Ukiah has Karaoke on Friday starting at 6:00.

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

The Brick Tavern in Kelseyville has Karaoke from 6 to 9:00.

I have a special request. In the future, if either I or you make a mistake with a scheduled music event, please don’t contact me via the Lake County Music Guide – it goes straight to META, which is so confusing I just don’t want to hafta deal with it. Please contact me directly, Mike Guarniero. Hope everybody has a fun week, hope to see you out and about enjoying the bounty of live music in The LC and The MC. And if you go out this week to enjoy that music, 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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