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             Events in Mendocino and at Hill House Inn

Steven Bates and Friends at Hill House Inn on Saturday, April 2

Hill House is happy to feature Steven Bates and friends for a Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party on Saturday, April 2. You know that Steven will be bringing that immense rocker energy that he is known for. He will be joined by Jon Faurot, David Hayes and Ralph Humphrey. Come on out for some fun with friends and neighbors!

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and bistro menu. Music starts at 7:30PM. $12 at the door. 937-0554

Lafe Crick - Progressive Bluegrass at Hill House on Saturday, April 9

Welcome back to Hill House Lāfe Crĭck, Progressive Bluegrass band from the Mendocino coast. Band members are all veteran performing musicians, mostly from the bluegrass world. You can hear the influences of Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Cake, David Grisman, Townes Van Zandt, John Hartford, Jeff Beck, The Grateful Dead, Wayne Hancock, The Rolling Stones, and many others in our music. Check out their music!/page/522196

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and bistro menu. Music starts at 7:30PM. $10 at the door. 937-0554.

Soul Survivors Dance Party at Hill House, Saturday April 16

The Soul Survivors bring their high energy dance music to the Hill House in Mendocino on Saturday, April 16 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. $10 at the door. 937-1732 for more information.

The Swingin' Boonville Big Band at Hill House, Saturday April 23

"The "Swingin' Boonville Big Band" will be swinging at the Hill House Inn on Saturday, April 23. This band is the latest incarnation of Bob Ayres' passion for the music of past eras when America swung to popular music emblazoned with bright horn sections and throbbing beats. It really is "get up and dance" time from the first trumpet blast to the closing, soothing sounds of the saxes. Captivating melodies will swirl through your mind for days after when you find yourself tapping your foot to these classic rhythms and tunes. This is truly an American art form being kept alive by the Coast's finest and most dedicated musicians."

Doors open at 6 PM for casual dining with full bar, the music starts at 7:30 PM, and admission is $10. Call 937-1732 for more information.

UkeFest Kick-Off on Friday, April 29 at Caspar Community Center

Enjoy a weekend celebrating the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument, beginning with The UkeFest Kick-Off on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM. The Ukulele Variety Show and Jam, held annually at the Caspar Community Center, will start at 7:30PM with performances by the instructors followed by a ukulele jam session and sing-along. Instructors this year include Del Rey, Mike DaSilva, Dennis Hudson, Denver Tuttle and Pattie DeMatteo. Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.

The Fifth annual UkeFest first hit the coast in April of 2012 at the Caspar Community Center. Our area is heavily populated with ukulele players who gather frequently in small groups to bring more music into their lives. The ease of the initial evening's activity encourages all levels of interest and experience to attend the all-day activities at Caspar Community Center on Saturday with workshops starting at 10AM.

All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 7PM for vendor area with snacks and beverages. $10 at the door, $5 if you play your uke. For more info on this event call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or email Pattie
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Fifth Annual Caspar UkeFest on April 30 at Caspar Community Center

An all-day ukulele festival is planned for Saturday, April 30, when ukulele players of all levels join The Caspar Community to celebrate the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument. The all-day festival features instructional workshops, jam sessions, retail sales and evening performances. This is an “All Ages, All levels of interest and expertise” event. Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.

Saturday’s activities start at 9AM with coffee, tea and muffins, a vendor area and orientation at 9:45AM. Morning ukulele workshops will be held at 10AM and 11:30AM, with instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. After a break for lunch, two more workshops – one for intermediate/advanced players and one “Ensemble” workshop will be held. Instructors this year include Del Rey, who takes the ukulele "to a new level of musicianship"; a favorite of the UkeFest, Mike DaSilva from Berkeley; Dennis Hudson and Denver Tuttle of Anderson Valley's Ukeholics and co-producer Pattie DeMatteo.

Workshops will be followed by jam sessions while the performers have their sound checks before the dinner break. Evening performances starting at 7PM will include producers Dennis Hudson and Pattie DeMatteo, ensemble workshop students and special guests in the first set with Del Rey headlining the second set.

Ticket price for all-day is $45 and includes three workshops and evening performances; $25 half-day; one workshop only $15; $15 for evening performances only. Tickets are available by email and by phone at 707 937-1732. Online at
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Evening performance at Fifth Annual Caspar UkeFest, April 30

To highlight the evening of the Caspar UkeFest, evening performances start at 7PM on Saturday, April 30. Performers include instructors Dennis Hudson and Pattie DeMatteo, ensemble workshop students and special guests in the first set with Del Rey headlining the second set. Price of admission is $15 at the door or will be included in the all-day pass. Also online at
Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.

Del Rey is virtuosic on both ukulele and guitar in just the right way - in order to realize her musical ideas. From her first gig at the San Diego Folk festival in 1974, to her world travels today, she has played music that is slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. Her distinctive arrangements of songs like Creole Belles (a 1904 ragtime piece performed on the ukulele) or a tribute to guitarist Memphis Minnie, bring vintage sounds to contemporary ears in an engaging manner.

"The 'ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship" CD Baby

"Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills ... it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour."
Blues In Britain

“To listen to Rey is to abandon all hope of ever viewing the world in the same comfortable way.” Dirty Linen Magazine

Highway One at Hill House on Saturday April 30

Highway One leads you right up to the Hill House Inn, 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino on Saturday, April 30. 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 and Jeffrey Walsh and Brian Urban 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 Mixed Nuts at Hill House, Saturday May 7

The Mixed Nuts will bring their collection of Swing, Latin, calypso, jazz, and the musically unexpected to Hill House Inn, Mendocino on Saturday, May 7. The band, an off-shoot of Kevin and the Coconuts, was originally the brainchild of drummer, Dan Albrecht, who, in this group, plays piano and sings. He is joined by Steve Paul on trumpet, vocals, steel pan, banjo and accordion; Paul Schulman on congas; Daney Dawson on acoustic upright bass; and Tom Rickard on drums and special guests.

Doors open at 6 pm featuring casual dining and full bar. Music starts at 7:30 pm. $10 at the door.

Songs of Jackson Browne on Friday and Saturday, May 13 & 14

A collaboration of fine local musicians is joining together at Hill House in Mendocino to perform "Songs of Jackson Browne" with a tip of the hat to Glenn Frey and The Eagles. These are songs that stretch the heart strings, telling personal stories of mistakes and triumphs and utilize rich harmonies to express deep emotional content. Music will start at 7:30PM at Hill House Inn for two nights, Friday and Saturday, May 13 & 14.

The core band for this event is Billy Schieve, Jamie Gilliam and Lonny Nason of Soul Survivors, and Johnny Bush of The Might T-Bones and Azul. Special guests are Marcus McCallen, Sherry Lea Jones, Sue Sisk, Pattie DeMatteo, Philip Dunn and Sean Van Buskirk. 

As a focus of the evening, Jackson Browne's music will be very familiar because of the songs he has written and recorded like Runnin' on Empty, Doctor My Eyes, Rock Me on the Water, The Pretender, Before the Deluge - and the many musicians who have covered his tunes, from Bonnie Raitt to Pearl Jam, Don Henley to the Eagles, Tom Rush, Karla Bonoff, Linda Ronstandt and Emmylou Harris, New Grass Revival and Greg Allman.

As a special acknowledgement to Glenn Frey, some Eagles tunes will be performed. Glenn Frey was a good friend and neighbor of Jackson Browne when they both started out in LA. They co-wrote the song "Take It Easy". At the Grammy Awards ceremony this year, "Browne, standing front and center with his Gibson acoustic guitar, took lead vocals on the traveler's tale as the rest of the Eagles added backing vocals and harmonies, standing in front of a giant photo of Frey."

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and casual dining. Music at 7:30PM. Tickets are $20, and will be available at Mendocino Hotel and Hill House front desks and online at
For more info call Pattie at  707-937-1732.

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