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             Events in Mendocino and at Hill House Inn

Tommy Brown and Friends at Hill House, Friday May 27

The Hot Club of Comptche aka "Chicken Fingers" and The Hot Club Sandwich, two new local Gypsy Jazz Swing bands,will be performing on May 27th, at the Hill House of Mendocino. These acts feature Andy Mackey - guitar, Judy Stavely - accordion, Frank Casian - guitar, Rory Beak - guitar, James Wroble - Bass, Kirk Vodopals - guitar, Nick Schwartz - Bass, and Tom Brown - violin.

Gypsy Jazz, or Hot Club Jazz of today, has been inspired by the work of the legendary Parisian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. His take on jazz standards of the 1930’s and 40’s, emphasized a strong pumping rhythm and soaring instrumentals.

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar. Live music starts at 7:30pm. $10 at the door.

Pura Vida Dance Party at Hill House, Saturday May 28

PURA VIDA, Mendocino County’s original Latin inspired dance band, brings eclectic Latin rhythms to Mendocino's Hill House Inn on Saturday, May 28. In addition to their signature Cuban son and salsa, the band plays Cumbia, Merengue, Flamenco, and Brazilian Bossa/Samba rhythms with a sprinkling of Rock, Jazz & Funk. Enjoy the bistro/bar atmosphere or work out on the dance floor to some salsa picante!

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar. Live music starts at 7:30pm. $12 at the door. !PURA VIDA / PURE LIFE!

Hill House Inn presents Hit and Run Improv Comedy Weekend in June

Hill House Inn will feature an Improv Comedy Weekend with Hit and Run Theater & Friends. Be ready for fun, games and skits based on ideas from the audience when the gang plays on Friday and Saturday, June 17 & 18. Each show is unique, so plan on coming both nights. The shows will start at 7:30PM.

Hit and Run Theater first came together in the late 1970s, with Kathy O’Grady one of its charter members. Nicole Paravicini returns to Hit and Run after setting the stage afire in her March debut. Christine Samas brings her wonderful smiling presence and lovely voice back to Hit and Run after missing March’s show.  Long-time Hit and Runner Steve Weingarten has performed with Hit and Run since 1982. Young Dan Sullivan returns to Hit and Run once again from his comedy-writing and directing gig on the web’s “Fandom Workshop”. Voiceover artist Ken Krauss has been with Hit and Run since 2009 and Doug Nunn coaches the Mendocino High School Improv Club and migrates in the summer to Germany to work with theatre groups. The lovely Laura Derry of Bay Area Theatresports will provide the musical accompaniment for both evenings’ shows.

All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6:00 PM for casual and full bar, Theater opens at 6:30PM. Come early for best seating. General admission is $15 at the door. For more information about the shows call Pattie at 937-1732

Hill House Inn presents The Go To Guys on Friday, July 1

The Go To Guys Rhythm and Blues, Funk, and Rock n Roll played with authenticity, displaying the versatility of these veteran players, with a mature approach to music. Jamie Gilliam on guitar - he was playing his dad's guitar at age 5; Billy Schieve - started at 7 playing accordion, then on to piano, organ, guitar, bass and drums; Richie Rosenbaum, drummer - started in New York City playing classical and jazz, adding proficiency in many styles including rock, pop, Funk and Latin. Lonny Nason will be sitting in on bass.

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar. Music starts at 7:30 PM. $10 at the door. 707-937-0554 for more information.

The Soul Survivors on Saturday, July 2

The Soul Survivors bring their high energy dance music to the Hill House. Music at 7:30 PM, with a mix of R&B and Soul that is sure to get you moving. Come on out to a fun and funky tour of Motown with keyboards and vocals from Billy Schieve, Jamie Gilliam on guitar and vocals, vocalist Sharon Garner, Lonny Nason on bass and Richie Rosenbaum on drums.

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining with full bar. Music starts at 7:30PM. $12 at the door. 937-1732 for more information and table reservations.

More rock 'n' Roll with Highway One on Saturday, July 9

Highway One leads you right up to the Hill House Inn, 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino on Saturday, July 9. With a friendly blend of quality homegrown rock 'n' roll guaranteed to get your motor runnin', Highway One will take you on a journey through rock music with sharp turns, patchy fog, and fast straight stretches. With Sean Van Buskirk at the wheel, Philip Dunn navigating, Sean"Connie man" Connolly, Brian Urban and new guy Chris back seat driving, you will want to jump up and go for the ride of your life. Road Worthy Rock from Highway One.

Doors open at 6PM with a full bar and casual dining. $12 at the door. Call 937-0554 for more info.

The Hill House will rock with Steven Bates Band on Saturday, July 16

Steven Bates and Friends will play an acoustic-y Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party on Saturday, July 16 at Hill House in Mendocino. The softer sound of the acoustic instruments makes it a great opportunity to really listen to the fine musicians. You know that Steven will be bringing that immense rocker energy that he is known for, so don't be confused. This will be a dance party!

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and bistro menu. Music starts at 7:30PM. $12 at the door.

Azul returns to Hill House on Saturday, July 23rd

(Mostly) instrumental, contemporary Rock, Jazz, and Funk. The name "Azul" suggests the feel... Blues, with a Latin simmer. Great dance grooves. The current line-up includes Nat Montoya on Bass, John Bush on Drums, Aaron Ford on Guitar, and Doug Smith on Keyboards, playing originals as well as songs from many decades, freshly interpreted, inflected with hues of latin, funk, and jazz.... always returning to the color “Azul”.

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and casual dining. $12 at the door. 707-937-0554

Saturday, July 30 Hill House features The Groovinators

Known as the "World's Smallest Big Band", The Groovinators consists of a core trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Earl Oliver - known throughout Northern California as the Walkin' Blues Man, bassist Erick Kolberg - known for his work with the Gypsy Jazz band, Swingnoodle,and also The Swing Doctors, and drummer, Tom Rickard - a veteran jazz player who performs regularly with John Gilmore, Queen Jane, Dorian May, and a host of other bands. The Trio plays a potent combination of original and traditional Blues, Jazz, and Swing rendered into their own inimitable style. We invite you to...Bring your dancing shoes!

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar, Music at 7:30PM. $10 at the door. 937-0554
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