Thursday, June 20, 2024

Want Something to Do This Saturday?

 Hey Everybody! 

We don't have a gig this Saturday, but there is plenty going on - one event of note is the Blue Bear School of Music FUNdraiser on Saturday afternoon at Fort Mason! 

One of my favorite artists is playing: Fantastic Negrito! 

Check it out! Here is the link with more info and there is also a silent auction! 

That's all for now. Enjoy your weekend! 




Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Humanity of Music | July at The Saloon, The Throckmorton, Empress in Vallejo

Hey Everybody! 

Whew, it has been an emotionally draining couple of weeks (months, years...?) 
Feeling grateful to have this July 13th show at The Throckmorton to prep for, because it takes me out of  my sadness and out of my comfort zone! I've reached the point that I cannot NOT make music. Because it is worse to keep all these feelings inside. Besides, I know of nothing else that allows us to connect with each other so completely. Those of you who "get" live music know what I am talking about. There is nothing like being there, IN the moment, when we are all communicating on that level. 
Can't do that with AI! 
For the show on the 13th, Arne has asked Willie Riser to sit in for a few tunes, because he wants to be somewhat "hands on" for part of the recording. However, he also wants to play bass, so I am sure he'll recruit one of his many pro audio recording colleagues to handle that. It is a live album recording after all! 
Did I mention that I've invited Bonnie Hofkin to guest on harmonica? She is so soulful, and also happens to be a talented artist and skilled medical illustrator. If you are near West Marin, she has a solo show at The Gallery at the Farm Stand  it opened Father's Day weekend and is running until at least through the end of the month, so check that out if you can - you will be glad you did. There's a funky coffee shop nearby.  
As for the 13th, it's going to be a lot of fun, because we are gathering a bunch of great friends and players. 

So, I hope you can make it to the Throckmorton live album recording event TICKETS 

If not, maybe we will see you at The Saloon on July 6th from 4 - 8 , or at The Empress Marquis Lounge on July 31st (that's a Wednesday night, Arne's 80+2 birthday party.) 
Catch you sooner or later. 
I wish you peace in your soul and love in your heart. 


p.s. For those of you who have expressed an interest in my writing please allow me to announce the re-opening of Cafe Tamburo, over on Substack. some of my wording may or may not crossover, but if you feel like giving me some encouragement, go over HERE and subscribe. There's some real journalism over in my recommendation column, so at least take a peek. 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Thank You and July Dates, Live Album Recording

 Hey Everybody! 

Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Saloon in San Francisco on Saturday June 8th! The place was rockin' and we had a blast. We will be back at The Saloon on July 6th from 4 - 8 

and please remember our live album recording "big band blues" show at The Throckmorton on July 13th doors at 7, show at 8. Click here for ticket link. 

 Enjoy your week! 



Tuesday, June 4, 2024

June and July Dates

Hey Everybody! 

Happy Pride to all my friends who celebrate! I don't know why more people can't just love each other. 

Sending along this note to let you know that we are once again bringing our brand of soulful blues to The Saloon in San Francisco this Saturday, from 4 - 8 pm! I'm happy to say that I kicked that nasty cold that is going around - still feeling a bit tired, but I'll be rested up by Saturday and ready to go...

How are you doing? Strange times, isn't it? I'm finding myself a bit baffled by the political dimension. It's as if we are living in an alternative reality. The same people who are claiming that President Biden masterminded DT's prosecution as a political strategy are claiming that he is too old to do his job at POTUS. You have got to be kidding me. The real danger is having that criminal back in the Oval Office. Of course, one of the people who keeps harping on that talking point is also running for president as an independent, although he hasn't a chance of doing anything but taking votes that should be going to Biden. And before you start thinking "...but Mari, you did the same thing..." That was different. I signed up in the Democratic primary, and although I knew I had no chance (for many reasons) I wanted to get a view of the process. For one thing, I found out that it is a definitely not a DIY endeavor - let's just put it that way. But I got some folks thinking about things, that's for sure, because one of the candidates (initials EMS) laid out a defense of the process after I blogged about being shut out of a San Francisco CADEM event. I understand that I am too much for some people and not enough for others, and maybe that is because I have a hard time dealing with bulls*t. (shrug)

But I digress. Enough of voting blue, and let's get back to the blues.  I'm sharing the entire Saloon calendar here with the hope you will go out and support as many live shows as you can. The Saloon is such a hoot, especially in the summer, when folks from all over the world come to visit! 


Speaking of blues shows, here is the ticket link for our July Celebration of the Blues "big band" show at The Throckmorton Theatre

Pat Duffey will be back in the Kings' lineup us for the next few gigs! The two guitar thing is a treat, especially when you consider the variety in Pat's and Dave's musical training. Pat is coming from an R&B and Rock place, and Dave approaches the tunes from more of a jazz vein and...they have so much fun together, and it makes for a wonderful interplay. 

 In July, Martin will be out of town, so Roy Blumenfeld is sitting in on the "Livin' Like Kings" drum throne in July - both for the 13th, and for the July 6th at The Saloon. If you don't know who Roy is, he is a bit of living legend, as he was in the original Blues Project back in the day.  We are recording the show for possible a live album release. I explained all that in a previous post. Hope you can make it - it will feel like a big, fun party - kind of like a homecoming. It's been a rough few years, for so many of us. 

But, we still have the music! 



Thursday, May 23, 2024

Celebration of the Blues : JULY 13th at the Throckmorton

 Hey Everybody! 

We have a special show coming up on July 13th - a live album recording at The Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. 

Arne has been telling me for years that he's perplexed by the fact that he has been unable to capture what he feels is my strength - live performance -- so we are recording a live performance on July 13th, 2024 at The Throckmorton in Mill Valley. 

We will have some special guests as well, both Dave and Pat on guitar, with Roy Blumenfeld on drums, and the horns, Doug and Mike, so it should be a fun night! 

Please join us if you can. 





Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Next Show: June 8th in San Francisco, Free Download Codes for our Anti-Bully Song, OALAEHOAIS (Opinions)

 Hey Everybody! 

We had a great show on Saturday - thank you to everyone who was able to attend! 

We will be back at The Saloon in San Francisco on June 8th. 

Visit for free streaming of all tunes and if you want a free download, send me a message through there! 

Have a wonderful day. 



Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday Thoughts : Gigs in SF, Tiny Desk Update...

Hello Again! 

Heading into the weekend, here's what's on my mind: 

Saturday, May 18th  |  4 - 8 pm or thereabouts - we are back at The Saloon, 1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco. We are going to try to put a blues spin on the new tune. 

Tiny Desk Update: Winner has been announced! It wasn't us, which is not a surprise to me, because given everyone's crazy schedules, with family and work/survival commitments, we barely had time to get together to make the video we made. We may enter again next year, but I have several videos to make between now and then. 

That said, I am a new fan of Philharmonik, love the song that won, and their video was very clever. A lot of folks in this video. Kudos to them all for their teamwork! Here's a link to the winning video.  I genuinely thrilled for Philharmonik! So much ahead for this talented young man! I'm getting a very Billy Preston vibe from him. Hope he gets to move out of his "Mama's House" soon. 

Upcoming dates in the summer: 

June 8th at The Saloon

July 6th at The Saloon

July 13th at The Throckmorton Theatre - this is going to be a video shoot. Come join us! 

July 31st at the Empress Lounge in Vallejo. We'll be celebrating Arne's birthday on this nite! It's early, too, so come on out! 

Random "Artsboretum" Update: 

Back in May of 2022, Marin County enacted a Reusable Foodware Ordinance, which goes into effect in November. The County is offering $599 grants to assist businesses with compliance. More info: HERE This legislation comes not a moment too soon, since plastic is choking our planet. I'm especially concerned about our oceans. 

Don Bassey is raising funds for his album! Check it out: 

That's it for now! 



Monday, May 13, 2024

Monday, Monday, May 13th

Hey Everybody! 

Music first: We will be at The Saloon this Saturday from 4 - 8 pmish. If you are in the 'hood, stop by! It's always a fun time and a much needed cathartic release. We have some magical moments! 

Speaking of fun and magical music moments, have you caught Eric Levy's "Same Old Blues" series? If you want to catch a glimpse of some marathon musicianship, check out his socials. he's crossposting on all his socials.

I hope you had a fun day yesterday, whether you chose to celebrate Mother's Day or not. I know the day can be a tricky one for some. As for me, I kept my mother's memory close, and spent the days with the "kids," While I did not personally birth any babies in this life, I somehow get to enjoy two really cute and smart grandkids on the weekend. So fun. 

I would share the cute drawing that our grandson made here, but my phone is charging, which seems to be a perpetual thing these days. I tend to hang on to tech things as long as I possible can before replacing them. It's as much a money thing as it is a resistance to that whole "planned obsolescence" set up that corporations engage in order to make us all keep buying more "stuff." They have to keep the machine going somehow. Sharing a video about that here, at this link (in case you missed it when a bunch of us first shared it on various social media outlets back in 2007.)  I'm still trying to hang onto my old car, to keep it out of the landfill.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week! Enjoy your moments, no matter what you are doing. Be kind to yourself and let it flow around you. 



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