Monday, July 21, 2014

Livin' Like Kings : Friday, June 25th in San Francisco

Bringin' our brand of  blues back to North Beach...
Hammond and Horns in effect, combined with funky grooves and blistering blues guitarness...and sometimes inappropriate spontaneous sarcastic wit!

The Saloon
1232 Grant Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

Scheduled lineup:

Mari Mack on vocals
Pat Duffey on guitar
Arne Frager on bass
Rob RJ Framco on drums
Richard Wood on Hammond
Horns :
Doug Rowan
Modesto Briseno

...maybe some surprises...

Other News :

Cotati Redwood Tree Update:.

Thanks to everyone who helped to get the word out about the Cotati Redwood Tree. They have decided to move the tree, but keep it at the Cotati Train Station.
If you may remember, I showed up to speak on behalf of the tree at a SMART Board meeting, at the request of a very passionate arborist, Tom Stapleton.
Here's the letter he sent out to me and other supporters of the tree:

 This morning I received official word from PG&E & tree moving contractor Environmental Design that the Cotati Tree Chimera will be moved on August 7th to it's new home at the Cotati Train Station. The move is scheduled to take place between the hours of 8:00am & 5:00pm. I was told that PG&E will be making a press release soon. As of this writing, SMART has yet to make an announcement on their website.
With this news, this is a huge victory for the tree. I'm happy to see that SMART has decided to save this truly unique redwood. Although the timing of the move during the hot summer months is not ideal, it's better than the alternative of having it removed. Ideally the best time to move the tree would be in the late fall when temperatures are cooler. This would help the tree avoid moisture stress associated with disruption of the root system.
I would like to thank everyone who has rallied to save the tree and make its relocation a reality. Again this is victory for the Tapian Family, City of Cotati, scientists & redwood enthusiasts everywhere.
Tom Stapleton
Certified Arborist & Albino Redwood Research
License SW-5562A


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

San Rafael Pacifics Anthem on Thursday

I'll be singing the National Anthem on Thursday at the San Rafael Pacifics game.
Just want to be ready when I get the call to sing for a Giants/Mets game someday... ;)
 Before the game, there's a tailgate party with live band.

Not sure who is playing, but give me a call if you want to hang out. It's really a sweet little ball park.

Click here for more info

(Again save the date for The Saloon in SF on July 25th with Livin' Like Kings.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Morning Musings : 7/14/14

Today is the last day to make a public comment to the FCC :

Now, for my Monday morning musings...

Thank you to everyone who decided to spend your Saturday night with us, whether it was coming out to the Fenix or streaming the show. I was very pleased with the turnout, especially since there were so many choices going on that night.

Everybody seemed to be having a good time and we worked in a few new tunes.

Hoping to be able to grab a couple of highlights and upload them to YouTube in the not too distant future.

Next show : Friday, July 25th at The Saloon, 1232 Grant Avenue, SF
with Livin' Like Kings (we'll have the horns on this one! )

Still working on the album. We need a few more tunes, so I'm digging deep into the box of lyrics to see if I can find any forgotten treasure.  Most of these past few years have been loaded with it is time to focus and get it done. Honestly, took me a long time to get up the courage to release the first album and that only happened after much cajoling by "you know who."

There are so many things going on in the world that can bring us down, so it's more important than ever to focus on and do our best to multiply and magnify the good.

And that starts within.

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." A.A. Milne


p.s. Here are a couple of things that grabbed my attention on fb this past week:

Oh, for a good chuckle, try googling "flower beards"