Monday, April 15, 2024

Saturday Show Recap and Save the Dates!

Hey Everybody! 

Mari here again, still buzzing from Saturday (still a bit tired, tbh) - which was a very fun show! We enjoyed a very appreciative crowd and it's always a treat when artist Ann Cohen stops by - she stopped by after hanging at Live Worms Gallery and drew us while we were in the midst of our first set

If you have never been, Live Worms Gallery is just up the street from The Saloon, in the former Figoni Hardware space - I get a twinge of longing every time walk by that spot, because I used to stop by and say "hi" to Mr. Figoni way back in the 90's, when I lived in North Beach. It was my favorite hardware store at the time, with all the wooden bins. It was amazing! But I am so thrilled it's an arts space now. 

Please save the dates -  

May 11th, 

June 8th,  

July 6th at The Saloon,  4-8pmish

July 13th, we have a gig at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, which will be a live album recording and video shoot.

July 31st - Empress Marquis Lounge, Vallejo

August 10th at The Saloon

Btw, in case you are wondering why we mostly only play The Saloon and not more often - that would take a book to explain, or at least a few more paragraphs than I care to spare at this moment, as I have not had my coffee yet, and my cutoff time for finishing this blog post is fast approaching.  Suffice it to say that Myron treats us like humans and the bar has backline for bass and drums. Plus, it's kind of like doing a world tour while staying in the same place, because every cross section of humanity comes though that door, from all around the country and the world. That said, we are slowly getting out and about! 

Thanks so much and please be kind to yourself and others.



Happening this Week: 

Tuesday, April 16th - 5 - 8:30 pm Birthday Party at The Saloon for Aries and Taurus folks! 

There will be cake! 

April 20th: 

RECORD STORE DAY! Go visit our friends over at Mill Valley Music

Restring Your Thing FUNdraiser at Loud and Clear in Cotati!  1 - 4 pm. I love these people! They love music, know how to pivot, and do nice things for the community! Maybe I will see you there, as I have a thing that needs restringing...?See photo for more details...

Friday, April 12, 2024

Happenings! Music, Art, Creativity, Kindness

Hey Everybody! 

Hope you are all doing well. I'm very busy these days, getting ready for our single release - we have a few special guests on this, and it definitely not blues, so I'm not sure if or when we will be able to include it in our Saloon sets any time in the near future, but stay tuned for updates! 

Save the dates - May 11th and every second Saturday at The Saloon except July  -July we have a gig in Mill Valley, so we will be playing July 6th at The Saloon. 

I'm hard at work on a few projects as well, related to my desire to use music to make a difference in the world. Doing my best to keep the naysayers at bay and look beyond what most people think is possible. 

Remember that whole sidewalk mess a while back? Well, it appears that bringing attention to the good work of the Depave people has resulted in better awareness. I'm sure the changing weather patterns also helped. More on that at a later date. Still so much more work to do. One drop at a time.



April 12th: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - downtown San Rafael! (See Map at bottom of the page) There will be some mellow live music at Marin Society of Artists Gallery - which is where I will be, so if you are in the neighborhood, stop on by! It's super early. This is the home base of my "Landfill Diversion Project!" 

April 13th: I'm singing in the City at The Saloon - 4 - 8 pm  this may be my last Saturday afternoon gig, because I am planning to expand my vocal coaching hours. Then again, we will see. Lineup: Arne Frager on bass, Dave Powell on guitar, Richard Wood on keys, Roy Blumenfeld on drums. 

April 14th : Bay Area Indies Film Festival : 1:00 - 6:00 pm ticket LINK

April 20th: Restring Your Thing FUNdraiser at Loud and Clear in Cotati, 1 - 4 pm. I love these people! They love music, know how to pivot, and do nice things for the community! I may actually make it to this one! See photo for more details...

RECORD STORE DAY! Go visit our friends over at Mill Valley Music

2nd Friday ArtWalk - downtown San Rafael

Monday, April 8, 2024

This Weekend in SF

Hey Everybody! 

Hope this note finds you well and managing the up and downs of your every day life. 

You know the old saying "Every day is  gift, that is why we call it 'the present!'"

I wish you a wonderful week and remind you that we are playing music this coming Saturday, April 13th  - downbeat is about 4/4:30 pmish for anyone who wants to hear it and happens to be over 21 years old, because it is in The Saloon, 1232 GrantAvenue, San Francisco, CA 
Btw, I've found it extremely challenging to land that elusive steady day gig, so I'm excited to be focusing my efforts on my ol' Artsboretum project, and have a couple of things already in the works. Plus we have that fun single coming out at the end of this month. 
Spring is in the air, and it seems as if more people are opening their eyes and hearts, appreciating artists and musicians these days, I hope you all open your wallets enough to help them pay some bills. 
Speaking of paying some bills, I am still looking for work to finance these passion projects, or a willing patron...  ;) 
Be good to yourself  - you deserve it! 

Monday, April 1, 2024

Saturday, April 13th in San Francisco, plus...

Hey Everybody! 
We hope to see you Saturday April 13th, from 4 - 8 pm! 

The lineup: 

Mari Mack on vocals
Arne Frager on bass
David Powell on guitar 
Richard Wood on keys
Roy Blumenfeld on drums 

Here is The Saloon's calendar: Go see live music! 

Support live music in your neighborhood. 

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Going Into the Weekend...More Blues!

Hey Everybody! 

We don't have any gigs this weekend, but we are going to see Roy at The Sweetwater, and in the meantime, I'm working on cleaning up that mess the water made in our space. Ah, life - so full of surprises!  I won't bore you with the details at the moment - let's just say that it is usually best to speak up when you believe you are correct about a hunch. Unfortunately, some people don't listen because their previous experiences cloud their judgement! This can cause undue hardship for themselves and people in their circle. That said, it's nice not to have to jump over a puddle in our home studio any more. 

Anyway, I recently applied to a steady gig that I actually want and can see myself doing on a daily basis. I tend to do best with a routine. I want to immerse myself in music and community. 

My relationship to music has been a tenuous one at times, and thanks to many hours of self reflection, I have figured out why. It has to do with my relationship to my dad. More on that when I have time. 

The task list is growing. So much catching up to do...

Have a great weekend! 



Monday, March 11, 2024

Monday Morning Blues Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday at The Saloon! We had a blast laying down the grooves, and I would like to give an extra nod to Jim Talley for subbing while our King Richard was out of town! 

I'm grateful for any opportunity to sing, but now, I have to rest my vocal chords, as I am experiencing some hoarseness and what I call "dead spots" on my larynx because I'm recovering from that nasty bug. Hopefully, this won't take too long to heal. 

Please save the date for our next show on April 13th - hope to see you then, if not sooner! Here is the facebook event link: 

We are working on booking some more dates, and I will get those up as soon as I can gather up the details. 

Until our paths cross again, be kind to yourself and try not to hurt anyone else. 


p.s. "The Last Repair Shop" won an Oscar! 

Friday, March 8, 2024

Reminder: Saturday in San Francisco! 4 - 8

Hey Everybody! 

Let's have some fun! 
We have a gig tomorrow at The Saloon, 1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco (corner of Vallejo) 4 - 8 pm 
That is all. 
Sending love to you and yours. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Global Facebook Glitch Signs Out Users, Won't Allow Sign In, Saturday, Mighty Mike New Album

Hey Everybody! 

Facebook and Instagram users are experiencing a glitch, where they have been signed out of their accounts and cannot sign back in. 

I would share a photo, but for some reason, am getting an error when I try! 

If you are curious like me, check out : Down Detector

On the gig front, the magic elixir seems to be working, so I will see you on Saturday! 

Btw, Mighty Mike Schermer is working on new album:

Check out one of his new tunes here:



p.s. That was fast. 

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