Monday, January 19, 2015

Music Monday : Happy Birthday : Stevie Wonder



Wishing you all have a wonderful Martin Luther King Day.

Stevie Wonder wrote this song to lobby for an official holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Music is a vehicle for change.

For more info on this song, check out the Wikipedia article. 



Friday, January 16, 2015

Empress Ramble Ticket Link is LIVE

Empress Ramble ticket is live :

http://empresstheatre.org/events/ramble-mari-mack/

Thanks in advance for sharing the link with  your friends in the Vallejo area.
Hope to see you there!

Much Love,
Mari

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Morning Musings : 1/12/15

Thanks to everyone who managed to get to the Sausalito Seahorse on Saturday, despite the Golden Gate Bridge closure and the BGP Reunion. I had a blast singing for you!

Special thanks to Bee Side for staffing our CD table and helping to sell a couple of the "Made in Mill Valley" CDs to benefit the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project.

My ears are ringing again though, so I'm taking another break for a while so we can finish the album. Current target date is March 5th. Wish us luck!

Again, if you would like to help us meet that date, please consider pre-ordering the album on bandcamp.

In the meantime, I'm in search of a day gig to help finance the record.
I believe in "putting my money where my mouth is..."  ;)


Musings and Upcoming Shows:

Last week, Arne and I finally had a chance to visit the Empress Theatre in Vallejo for one of the Wednesday Rambles. This is something we have been meaning to do since our friend Don Bassey became GM over there, but just did not have the opportunity to do so until we finally said "Let's just GO!" So we did.
The always dear and delightful Stefanie Keys was the featured guest along with her musical cohort, Dave Shul, a very tasty guitar player best known (so far as I can tell, anyway) for his work with Michael Franti and Spearhead. After we enjoyed the set, which ended with the "Janis' classic, "Move Over," the North Bay All Stars took a break. When they came back up, Don sang a tune then called us up to sit in and play a couple. It was FUN - what a warm and friendly vibe in a lovely community theatre.
Don has invited me to be the featured guest on March 4th! I'll be sitting in with the North Bay All Stars : Don Bassey on bass and vocals, Mike Emerson on keyboards, Matt Silva on guitar, Kevin Frazier on saxophone and vocals, and T Moran on drums.

Here is the link if you want to get your tickets early and $ave a couple of dollars on each!

If you would like to help spread the news about the show on facebook, go ahead and join the event - and "Thanks in advance" for your assistance with that.

Speaking of facebook, we have a Mari Mack & Livin' Like Kings group too.

That's it for now on the music front.

Please continue to send love and healing thoughts to our friend Sam. As you may already know, Sam Andrew is in a fight for his life. This morning, we received this latest update:
"Friends of Sam: As you know, the new year got off to a terrific start for Sam by welcoming long awaited improvements both he and the healthcare team fought so hard to attain. So it is with a heavy heart we announce that he is facing yet another hurdle and is battling a serious infection.
He is, once again, in critical condition and continues to need our thoughts and prayers now more than ever. Sam cannot have visitors at this time.
If you want to send something by snail mail the address is POB 10091, San Rafael, CA 94912."
Thanks.

That's it for now. Use your powers for good. Kindness is a vehicle for change.

Much Love,
Mari



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Staycation Saturday Night ! January 10th in Sausalito

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is closed this weekend...so, let's make the best of it and celebrate a Staycation Saturday night (pssst - this is also a belated birthday celebration for me and my fellow Capricorn, our current King of the Keys. Richard Wood...)
Life is to be celebrated, spent with friends and family and that means food and music!

So, come on down and shake your booty - and when you don't feel like shakin' it out on the dance floor, take a break when we play some blues.

Much Love,
Mari

"dig deep or don't bother..."

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Next Show : January 10, 2015 : Sausalito, CA

Hey There Kids!

We are picking up the bootstraps and getting back into the game on January 10th
at the Sausalito Seahorse - there is food and it is all ages (it's a restaurant...)

So come on down and shake off your post holiday blues and treat yourself to some tasty food!

So far the lineup is:

Mari Mack on vocals
Arne Frager on bass
Pat Duffey on guitar
RJ Franco on drums
Richard Wood on B3


I'm not really much in the mood for musings, except to say that I'll continue to send out some good healing vibes to my friends that are ailing and those who have recently lost loved ones.
Sometimes it seems the world has gone mad, so let's be grateful that we have music to lift our spirits.

Much Love,
Mari

“Music is a safe kind of high.” 
― Jimi Hendrix

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Please "like" my music facebook page https://www.facebook.com/marimack
and our LLK page : https://www.facebook.com/livinlikekings

Thanks!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and Joyful Everything!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Today : 12/13/14 in SF : 2:00 pm Millions March

Hello All,

Just found out about the Millions March taking place today, so I will not be wearing red white and/or green at our Saloon gig tonight, I will be wearing my usual black again.

Frankly, I honestly don't think that anyone really cares what I'm wearing, but I figure that if I didn't mention it, someone would invariably come up to me and complain that they decided to wear red/white/green because I mentioned it in my previous blog post. To which I would have to say, "get a life."

And life is definitely more precious than anything else, which is why I feel compelled to share the following information about the Millions March taking place today all over the country.

If I don't see you at the Ferry Building, perhaps I will see you in North Beach at 9:30 pm.
Hope and pray for peace. Be the change. The future starts now.
What kind of world would you like to create?

Love,
Mari


If you would like to know more about the march, here is the facebook event :
https://www.facebook.com/events/675598982556580/


From Etecia Brown - 
"We must come together in unity to show the world that black lives matter. There is power in numbers. Everyone is encouraged to come support this peaceful demonstration Saturday December 13th @ 2pm. Meet at Ferry Building.

#blacklivesmatter.

We must not only show our power, but show that there is still hope for humanity, we must show the world these deaths are not in vain.
This must happen in every major city, so spread the word. From East to West. Copy this text, and make this happen in your city. Invite as many people as possible. This is happening in New York, DC, and Oakland .

This is not too ambitious. This is possible.

We march.
Together.
As one.

Because #wecantbreathe

San Francisco is Ferguson. Ferguson is San Francisco.

#MILLIONSMARCH

Agenda:

2:00 PM- Gather at the Ferry Building

2:30 PM-March to City Hall

3:00 PM- Arrive at City Hall

Featured Speaker(s) at City Hall
Refugio Nieto (Alex Nieto's father)

3:30 PM Closing remarks, depart

**This is a safe space for the Black Community to come together in solidarity. Can anyone deny that we need to come together? So thank you allies and friends, we appreciate all your support that holds us up and encircles us in peace as we come to hold each other up

Healing Stations available from 3-4pm
Legal Aide Stations available from 3-4pm

**NOTICE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

If you would like to march in a group together and meet up before the demonstration starts, please comment on this post so that you can all coordinate plans. I suggest meeting at the SE corner of Market and Drumm before meeting the rest of the crowd at the Ferry Building. Peace and Solidarity

Thank you all for your continued support and being apart of this collective effort. Tomorrow we will show the world that we will no longer being bystanders to injustice.#BLACKLIVESMATTER #THEWORLDISWATCHING #MILLIONSMARCHSF

PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK TOMORROW IF POSSIBLE and BRING YOUR SIGNS WITH MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY

BELOW ARE LYRICS TO SONGS THAT WE WILL BE SINGING DURING THE MARCH:

We shall not be moved:

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our freedom,
We shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We're fighting for our children,
We shall not be moved(x2)

This Little Light of Mine:

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
Oh,This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.(x2)
Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine.
Everywhere I go I'm gonna let it shine.
Everywhere I go I'm gonna let it shine.
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
Oh,This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.(x2)

Requiem for Mike Brown:

Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Which side are you on friend?, which side are you on?
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all.
Justice for mike brown is justice for us all."