Lake County Music Guide – 9.7.22 – The Bloom


With two and a half weeks until the autumnal equinox (1st day of autumn 9/23), summer is giving us all its last breath as it rushes down the home stretch, giving kicking and screaming all the way! Sorry folks, it’s going to be muy caliente all week… But there’s a silver lining – there’ll be no shortage of stars on those wonderfully warm nights. There will also be no shortage of live music. Here is the musical program for the week from 9/7 to 9/12…

On Wednesday at the Smiling Dogs Ranch Humpday Howler in Kelseyville, they will present the Rural Jazz Project with special guest Matt Rothstein playing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Don’t let the name fool you. These guys plan to make this a concert to remember by channeling their inner Rockers, so get ready to dance. SDR wines will be sold by the glass or bottle and there is a small cover charge of $10 for the group. There are always lovely cooler breezes blowing through the vines and trees to make it cozy. Hope to see you all there.

One of the hottest music gigs each week takes place at the Hopland Tap every Wednesday when they host the Blues Invitational Jam from 7-10am. With a house band that includes Wendy DeWitt, Kirk Harwood, Pierre Archain and Skip Engle, they alone can really rock the joint. But every week they try to bring in a renowned North Bay Blues musician to top it all off, and it’s just fantastic. Come see what I mean…

Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Well, now is your chance. Circus Royale will come to Redbud Park in Clearlake (launch) Thursday and Friday at 7:30 a.m., then Saturday and Sunday, with shows at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Hey, mojo, I heard they’re hiring someone to shovel the elephant shit – I’m just saying…).

The Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville still features some of the best restaurants in the county, plus a full bar to spice up your meal and wet your palate – but this Thursday they’ll be showcasing the incredible acoustic magic of Austin and Owens from 6 to 9 a.m. This can certainly be considered triple billing. Catch cooler breezes while sitting under the canopy – it doesn’t matter much! Reservations are recommended.

Andre’s Lounge on Main St in Lakeport is proud to show off its new surroundings Thursday as Kim Thomas and Anthony Neves show off their musical talents from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It should be a great show.

If Beachboys music is what you’ve been jonesin for, they play Cache Creek Casino, (not to be confused with the winery) Friday nights starting at 8:00 p.m. Best call for info. Help me Rhonda!

For those who love theatre, the Soper-Reese Theater in Lakeport is proud to present a Lake County Theater Company production of “Driving Miss Daisy” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Show time is from 7am to 9:30am. All seats $25 – go to their website for ticket information. Please support the Soper-Reese.

On Fridays, get ready to rock your world when Twin Pine Casino in Middletown presents in the big tent, Wonderbread 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Prices are $25. Call for more information. Also, on Friday in the Grapevine Room, local rockers, the Time Travelers, will be rocking all night from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. I hear these guys bringing good luck – just saying… Then on Saturday night, Matt Applin and the Midnight Band will be dancing at the casino with Funk, R&B and Soul from 9am to 1pm.

I’m thrilled that live music is finally back at the new Konocti Harbor Resort on Soda Bay Rd, K’ville! And who else but the LC Diamonds should have the honor of playing the first show? Friday from 8:00 a.m. Let’s add this concert to your list of things to do this weekend.

The Farmer’s Finest Farmer’s Market at the Shannon Ridge Mercantile is open Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Stock up on locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits, find an assortment of plant starters for your garden, and a plethora of handicrafts; trinkets, tie-dye clothing, handmade baskets, jams, jellies, oils, essences, balsamic vinegars, hummus – even beard care products, and much more. It’s a “One Stop Shop” if I’ve ever seen one. And when you’re done shopping, come sample some Shannon Ridge wines and listen to Mike Guarniero, (hey, that’s me!) play guitar and sing.

And let’s not forget our other County Farmers’ Markets; Pine Grove at Cobb on Tuesday, Middletown on Friday and Clearlake on Saturday. Thank you for supporting our local farmers and artisans.

The Riviera Hills Lounge at the Riviera is happy to bring back, by popular demand, the Dave Broida and Blues Farm on Saturday nights from 6-10pm. As always, these guys always bring their A-Game, and add that to a great meal, full bar, and one of the best views on the lake, you’re in for a fun time.

O’Meara Bros. Brewing in Lakeport will feature Dead Rabbits, (no, Mojo, not on the menu — on stage) Saturday from 6-9 a.m. In fact, the O’Bros has a wonderful menu and great beers and craft beers perfect for your most discerning tastes.

The Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks will kick off METAL AT THE MOOSE on Saturday starting at 6:00 a.m. and will feature local metal monsters Hexafiend, Stryk 9, Dead Live and Cinda. (I salute Dead Live drummer, Ryan Gymnaites – knock ’em dead live, Amigo…).

Get your USRDA of Two-Steppin’ Music on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when Nice’s Robinson Rancheria Casino presents Flat Busted. Maybe the night when the slot machines are hot – who knows?…

On Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the City of Kelseyville will present Dia De La Independencia, a day of remembrance celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. It’s an all-afternoon celebration that will feature food and craft vendors, plus music from Grupo Reventon and Mariachi Jalisco. Come have fun.

The Boathouse Restaurant in the pretty little town of Nice will offer the music of the Fargo Bros on Sunday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Fargos sure know how to get the crowd moving. Catch some of the cool breezes, enjoy a meal (Adobo?) something from the full bar, then dance!

Just up the street at the Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake on Sundays, come for the great food and a full bar, but more importantly, get your fill of great rock music when the Mark Weston Band takes the stage from 5 to 9:00. The restaurant at Running Creek is one of The LC’s best kept secrets, but I let the cat out of the bag on this one – their food is great! And MWB too!

And finally, The Blue Wing Saloon at Upper Lake always offers the best in food, service and music, but it will be extra special on Friday from 6-8 a.m. when they perform “The Famous Musician Birthday Bash” featuring the the famous musician himself, Paul Kemp, (it’s written on his card…), as well as Machiko and Pierre, as well as special guests Steve Lucky and Carmen Getit. It’s gonna be a riot!

On Saturday evening, Bill Vanderwall will play guitar and sing for your viewing pleasure from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For their Sunday Brunch, come and enjoy the music of 3 Point Hitch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Sunday dinner will feature Wolf Tree songs from 6-8 p.m.

Monday Blues just wouldn’t be good if it weren’t for the inclusion of Dave Broida and Blues Farm bringing you your 1,4,5 fix from 6am to 8am. You will want to dance!…

Reservations are recommended.

Korner Karaoke and Open MIC/JAM

On Thursday at the Catfish Coffee House, (what a weird flavor for coffee?!?…), in Clearlake, Chris Grant will host an Open Mic starting at 7:00 a.m. There are some very talented musicians in Clearlake, and all are welcome to join in the fun.

There is karaoke at the Riviera Hills Lounge on Fridays starting at 6:00 a.m.

I apologize to our friends in Mendocino County for not including them in this week’s guide. I completely ran out of time. Last weekend was a week of fun, non-stop music for me. I played two gigs, went to two gigs, and now I have to prepare for another gig. No rest for the wicked. Saturday night I drove to Sonoma to see my biggest musical influence, Nick Lowe, with his backing band, Los Straitjackets. What a blast it was. If you have the chance to see the two artists, GO! Los Straitjackets did a great instrumental rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” in a Surf music style. My smile was so wide I thought the top of my head was going to fall off. Then on Monday I saw Big Mo and the Full Moon Band at the Blue Wing. I’m going to need surgery to fix my jawbone. So funny. And it’s not stopping anytime soon. So if and when you go out this week to support our local overheated musicians, stay hydrated, wear a hat, stay hydrated, stay shaded, stay hydrated, have fun, and please stay safe…

Mike Garniero

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

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