Lake County Music Guide – 11/18/21 – The Bloom

I’m sitting here listening to the music from the Fingerprintz album, “Distinguishing Marks”, one of my favorites from the late ’70s. Most of you have never heard of these Scots. , a group from “New Wave” that used an amalgamation of irony, dark subject matter and puns with rhythmic, echoing and loud music, (CAN I GET AN AMEN!) – but they were a big influence in my writing for many years. Today, they provide the perfect backdrop for writing the live music guide for the week of 11/18 to 11/22…

On Friday night, The Smiling Dogs Tasting Room in Kelseyville will feature the music of Big Kiss Whiskey. These guys are fun, playing Ol ‘Timey country and western, as well as pop tunes from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Who doesn’t love these guys? Who doesn’t like a big kiss? Who doesn’t love whiskey? It’s the perfect trio! So if you are riding the tumbleweeds, go see them between 6:30 am and 9:30 am…

Rivino Winery in Ukiah will present the music of Twining Time on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, The RW will present Mendo Nights from 1:00 p.m. CAM alumni and Everyone’s Amigo John Gormely will perform with Jonathan Jimmerson on Friday at the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jonathan Jimmerson will also play on Saturday, without Gormley. Jimmerson is a multi-talented musician who plays guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, banjo, steel guitar, drums and ukulele, (not all at the same time, Mojo…). John, of course, plays bass and adds a special sparkle to the room… That should be fun.

The Robinson Rancheria Lounge in Nice will bring you some soul when Patton Letha plays on Fridays from 5pm to 9am. Watch his videos, then watch him… It’s 80s and 90s time at the Lounge on Saturday when Thunder Cover takes the stage from 9am to 1pm.

On Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Finest Farmers Market at Steele Winery in the Finley area, there is still plenty of locally grown fruit and veg along with an assortment of interesting handcrafted items you won’t want to be without. Playing music between 10am and 1am will be Randy Hood, who recently joined me at Buskin ‘for Brewskis and, let me tell you – this guy is DAMN GOOD! Check everything!

O’Meara Bros Brewing in Lakeport on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. will feature music by Shawn and Jonah San Nicolas with an excellent menu and excellent craft beers and beers. If that’s what I think it is, you’re going to really enjoy their catchy music.

My band, Dr. Groove, will be Rockin ‘the Riv on Saturday from 7am to 11am. This is the Riviera Hills Lounge, for those who need to know… Arrive early for a meal, admire the twilight skies and awe-inspiring scenery, then dance the night away to R&B, blues, soul, funk and rock fun. It’s perfect! Reservations are recommended …

There’s metal on Saturday at Ukiah Brewing Co from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Exhumed, Creeping Death and Bewitched. The cost is $ 20 ($ 15 in advance). Did you know that the “devil sign” hand gesture popular among metalworkers is also the sign language gesture for “Love”? It makes you think a little …

The Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake always offers a full plate of entertainment throughout the weekend. On Friday night, the ever-delicious Majide Trio will feature torchlight ballads, blues standards and other songs from a wonderful bygone era of music, all between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. On Saturday night, the charming and talented Hillarie Wilt will be a strummin ‘and a singin’ for your culinary delights from 6 to 8:00.

Sunday brunch will bring an excellent menu, and even more excellent music from singer, pianist and storyteller, Andy Rossoff, from 11:30 am to 2:00 am.

For Sunday supper, enjoy an excellent meal as inspiring classical and popular pianist Carolyn Hawley tickles ivories and wows audiences from 6 to 8 am. The Monday Blues series will feature your and my friends, Stevie and the Shufflenutz from 6-9am. Take advantage of some of the best Blues you’ll ever hear in The LC when these guys do their 1.4.5 thing. Take it from the top, boys! Reservations are strongly recommended for all of these shows.

There is an old saying paraphrased; “Those who expect nothing are rarely disappointed”. There’s something funny about this oxymoron, because, as negative as it sounds, it’s actually positive, (is it redundant?). Perhaps that is overkill, but as the music scene shrinks to a minimum over the coming winter, maybe what is actually happening, relatively speaking, turns out to be the best we’re going to experience. . Am I out for lunch or what?!? Stay tuned, Amigos… So if and when you go out this week to support our local live music, have fun – but please be careful…

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Mike Guarniero

Mike has been playing professionally, both acoustically and electric, for over 40 years. He paid his dues into a strong Sonoma County music scene in the ’80s and’ 90s, then was a DJ for 10 years after moving to Lake County in 1996. After retiring from his 26-year job , because he recognized a growing local music scene, he decided to devote his time to playing live music again. He never looked back. With his usual band, Dr. Groove, he played lead guitar for local bands (Fargo Bros, Blues Farm, CAM Band, Borrowed Time, Time Travelers). He has played acoustic guitar in some of our local wineries, restaurants, farmers markets and art galleries. He is also a semi-regular who supports various local Open Mics in Lake County. He writes and records original songs and has also recorded original demos for other artists. For the past three years, he’s published a local music guide on Facebook called the Lake County Music Guide.


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