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Gamber Family fundraiser

October 14, 2014

It is time for us all to come together and celebrate the wonderful man Greg Gamber was. His family, two children need our help and support. We will be having a silent, and live auctions, dinner, live music, and much more. Please contact Fawn Walker for any donations and Molly A. Simonson with help on the dinner. Any and all help would be much appreciated. Greg touched so many of our lives in so many ways and now it is time to celebrate the life of Greg Gambler, with his beloved family and friends. Please join us for Greg’s wake and fundraiser.

James Whiton Solo Bass Loop tonight at 10

October 2, 2014

Over the past 35 years, he has performed both as a soloist and as a member of symphonies, rock bands, jazz combos and big bands. He has been featured on over 100 recordings, including a dozen self-produced releases. He has traveled throughout the US and Europe, playing in an incredible variety of venues in front of audiences ranging in size from 1 to 10,000 (ah, the life of a working musician!). The dedication of playing upwards of 300 nights a year for 25 years has resulted in a deep understanding of the subtle nuances of music and an absolute mastery of his instrument which is sharply evident the instant his finger touches a string.

In 2010, Tom Waits recruited James to play bass on his 2011 release Bad As Me, alongside superstar artists such as Keith Richards, Charlie Musselwhite, Augie Meyers (Little Richard, Bob Dylan), Marc Ribot, Dave Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Bob Dylan), Flea and Les Claypool. James is one of seven bass players on the recording, but Waits chose to use James’ bass tracks on 7 of the 16 songs. Bad As Me was an astounding success; named as the best reviewed album of 2011, it outsold every other recording in Waits’ catalog and was nominated for a Grammy.

Throughout his career, James has been fortunate to play with many of his heroes, including Tom Waits, George Clinton (P-Funk All Stars), The Rev. Horton Heat, Les Claypool, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Nels Cline, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Thomas Dolby, Lady Kier (Dee-Lite), Fred Wesley (James Brown), Angelo Moore & Norwood Fisher (Fishbone).

Currently, James lives in Albuquerque, NM and is touring the country as a solo artist.

James’ solo playing is “beautiful, unexpected and mesmerizing” (SF Bay Guardian). He applies looping technology to his upright bass, using his skills with the bow and an arsenal of effects to produce music that instantly engages his audience, at the same time surprising them with how much melody, how much beauty, how many different sounds can come from an instrument usually relegated to supportive roles.

In addition to his original compositions, James performs covers of familiar songs in unusual ways, causing ears to perk up and faces to light up as audiences gradually recognize songs they have heard thousands of times, yet have never heard quite like this. His set never stays in one place for long, leaping effortlessly from dark, beautiful classical music to overdriven, heavy rock n roll to Motown funk and pop to ambient soundscape. At one moment, you’re listening to a multi-layered string section; the next moment, he is playing heavy, distorted funk. He shifts through an amazing variety of seemingly disparate genres with ease, orchestrating the incredible range of sounds he is able to pull out of his double bass into a whole that is surprisingly full, sublimely tasteful, and simply fascinating.

James Whiton’s Solo Loop Bass Madness was awarded one of the Best Live Shows of 2012 in Oakland, CA by the East Bay Weekly.

Tonight Pasadena with Zach Belles and Company!

June 20, 2014

Imagine the feeling you get the moment you put on your favorite band and all your problems seem to drift away. That feeling is spreading across the U.S. thanks to Pasadena.

Formed in 2000 by lead singer Joey Harkum in his hometown of Pasadena, Maryland, the band’s popularity has grown as they have gone from playing in small bars in Pasadena to signing with management from 1Koast Entertainament and performing for sold out crowds all over the U.S.

Over the past few years Pasadena has provided smooth bass lines, emotional lyrics, intricate rhythms, and beautiful harmonies that have helped create an unbreakable bond with their fans.

Pasadena believes in freedom of expression and by composing and performing their original music they liberate themselves from any struggle or conflicts they may face. Thanks to the heart and soul poured into each and every song, Pasadena’s music has inspired an ever-growing fan base.

You can anticipate great things from Pasadena in the future, and don’t be surprised when you hear their influential music in your town.

FIBArk 2014 live music June 11th – 14th

June 6, 2014

June 11th- 14th 2014!

Wednesday night at 9:30: Radio La Chusma is a unique latin band from El Paso that is famous for its cultural singularity and catchy rhythmical style of music.

Thursday night at 9:30: Better Than Bacon is a greasy Rock N Roll band out of Fort Collins

Friday night FIBArk after party with an encore performance by Radio La Chusma! This six piece band features four part harmonies and a high energy live show. Their new “Frontera Reggae” sound takes the reggae vibrations to a whole new level. Finding inspiration from pre-Columbian and African traditions, Radio La Chusma has been inspiring crowds for the past eight years. Radio La Chusma is, first and foremost, a reggae band, but the band also incorporates cumbia, Afro Cuban music, and world beat rhythms that are a combination of all of the above. In fact, the band is a veritable word beat encyclopedia of sounds.

Saturday night the FIBArk after party continues with SOAP, a fusion of highly danceable rock, intricate song craftsmanship and psychedelic funk. Set out to make every show inspiring. Imagine going to a double matinee showing of Led Zeppelin & P-Funk at Dream Theater and then heading to an Amsterdam discotheque to dance until the sun came up. That’s about as close as can be described without seeing Soap for yourself.


The Pond and The Lindells

June 6, 2014

June 7th 2014

The Pond Biography

Bob Matthews Helped Shape Rock n Roll Music and how it is recorded, now he has a last request for his, “Bucket List.”

Bob Matthews- Bass guitar, producer and inspiring sage: Bob’s career started in the 1960’s with a band named The Grateful Dead. Bob produced and engineered on many of the Dead’s classic records. “ Workingman’s Dead”, “Live Dead” and “Garcia” are just a few of his credits. Together with Betty Cantor Jackson, the team also is responsible for the live recordings of the Dead into the 1980’s. Their recordings are regarded as the greatest document of live music ever put to tape. Bob was also the first bass player for New Riders of the Purple Sage. He plays a unique custom bass made of aluminum.

David E. Brown-Studied piano with mother at age six. Started violin at age nine. Played violin through high school and college. Worked as an apprentice violin-maker in San Francisco. Studied string bass with Vernon Alley. Studied sitar with Ali Akbar Khan. Played string bass and electric bass professionally for fifty-nine years. Was a recording engineer/producer for many years including five years with Columbia Records in San Francisco. Album credits include Santana Abraxas and Santana 3, five albums with Taj Mahal and many other artists including Paul Simon and Barbara Striesand. Worked with Bob and Betty on the Grateful Dead’s “Workingman’s Dead” album while the house engineer at Pacific High Recording in San Francisco. Currently working as a singer and guitarist and teacher of music appreciation at several Santa Rosa nursing homes.

Larry Otis- Electric guitar, slide guitar and mandolin: Larry is one of the finest guitarists in the country. His playing can only be described as soulful and powerful. He has performed with Ike and Tina Turner, Billy C. Farlow of Commander Cody fame and has played on sessions for the renowned Motown label. Larry plays in many Bay Area bands and has released his own compositions as well. From his bio Larry explains,” Jerry Reed meets Sergio Leone country on steroids.”

Stan Davis- Acoustic guitar and vocals: Stan is a Colorado native who has been writing amazing songs for the past 25 years. Stan has performed his songs in his own band and has played with The Lindells and The Beautiful Loser Society as well. His songs sit right along side Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. His songs take us to both light and dark places. His powerful voice and percussive guitar playing anchor the trio.

Bob Matthews Helped Shape Rock n Roll Music and how it is recorded, now he has a last request for his, “Bucket List.”

Bob Matthews was an integral part of Rock n Roll history. He was the “Bob,” in the famous “Bob and Betty,” duo who recorded much of the early Grateful Dead albums, both Live and Studio albums. Bob is recognized for his Live Recording and for keeping music honest and real.

In the Fall of 2012, Thanksgiving Day, Bob spent the better part of a day on the operating table in a hospital in the East Bay of California. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer, Bob has been given limits on the time he has here on Earth. As part of his, “Bucket List,” Bob has decided to spend more time with his first love, Music.

As a young man, Bob was the first Bass Player for New Riders of the Purple Sage. Keeping up with playing with a new band, and still doing the lion’s share of the production work and sound engineering for the Grateful Dead and others, became too much, so Bob had to decide which way he wanted to go… Bob continued working with the technical side of music. The rest, as they say, is history. Bob assisted in or produced some 10 Platinum albums. He was involved as Sound Engineer for some of the Grateful Dead’s most famous tours; Europe ’72, the Pyramid Shows in Egypt, and the Wall of Sound Tour, just to name a few.

So, our request is simple; we wish to take Bob out on one last tour…this time, as a musician… Bob is an excellent bass player in his own right. He was the first bass player for New Riders of the Purple Sage, and is a valued member of The Pond, (Formerly Cement Pond,) as bass player, writer, collaborator and, of course, Producer and Sound Engineer

Lindells Biography
When JJ Cale goes dancing across the floor during your sound check, you know you’re doing it right; one more reason for the Lindells’ well deserved reputation for making music that’s “engaging, wide-ranging and diversified”. It’s inspired by the deep, high mountains and vast, lonely deserts of the American West. Their songs get inside you and dance down into your dreams – you just might wake with one of their songs in your head!

With standout songwriting and their “signature sound”, the Lindells (rhymes with bell) burn through and defy all kinds of musical boundaries with music that’s fierce and stunning. Based on breathtaking vocal harmonies and amazing, intuitive playing, the Lindells’ music grooves with their own brand of psychedelic mountain folk and rock – it’s intimate, supple and sultry, with a definitive underlying hard-earned grit.


May 29, 2014

Tonight at 9!


May 7, 2014

Mountain Rappin’ Saturday night May, 10th at 9 P.M.

Fundraiser for Sparky

February 21, 2014

James Redmond, Mail Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:04 am
Victoria Tavern will host a fundraiser at 1 p.m. Sunday to support local musician Dave “Sparky” Sparkman in his fight against throat cancer, Victoria Tavern owner Molly Simonson said.
Over the years Sparkman has played with “just about every band passing through,” Simonson said. “His talent and likability made it easy for him to fit in with any band.”
Simonson said many people know Sparkman for his time with the Lazy Aliens Blues Band, and more recently Mo’Champipple and the Miso Horns. Over the years Sparkman has given his time to many fundraisers, she said.
Five bands will perform at the fundraiser. The Rock School will start playing at 1 p.m., and Mo’Champipple and the Miso Horns will follow before performances by Lazy Aliens Blues Band, Hayes, Epp and Bones and Chris Nasca.
“This will be an amazing day of local talent,” Simonson said.
Admission to the fundraiser costs $15 and includes an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. The fundraiser will include a silent auction with items such as a ski pass, artwork, gift certificates and more.
Contact Simonson at 221-1022 with questions or donations.

Selasee and the Fa Fa Family

January 14, 2014


Saturday January 18th

Originally posted on Victoria Tavern:

Born and raised in  Ghana West Africa, Selasee’s pursuit of music eventually led him to the United States.  Selasee’s music is a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music.  Bright with color, his music threads together English and West African lyrics for a captivating sound. His current band is known as Selasee and the FaFa Family.  Selasee and the Fafa family has  Zacharry Flynn on Bass, Alex Bloomfield on Lead Guitar, Atta Addo on backup vocal  Kit drum, Alex Cazet on Sax, Mark Glenn on second Guitar and Selasee Atiase on Lead Vocal and rythmn guitar.

As a young child in Accra, Ghana, Selasee realized his passion for music and understood at this early age how music can affect people.  Selasee developed his musical talents through school and church.  From his involvement with church music groups, Selasee formed a gospel group.  Selasee recorded his first two albums with…

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Mardi Gras 2003

January 14, 2014

Mardi Gras 2003


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