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             Events in Mendocino and at Hill House Inn

Coming to the Hill House on Saturday January 23 “Soul Elixir”
Dance Party with “Soul Elixir”, a collaboration of Strings and Beats at Hill House, Mendocino on Saturday, January 23! Two friends with different musical backgrounds coming together with a musical tapestry from around the world! An eclectic musical mix of Latin/Samba/Surf/Psychedelic/Afro-World Fusion dance music! Claudia Paige, Tribal Drums/Percussion & Pilar Duran, Guitar extraordinaire, weaves together tribal beats and luscious guitar sounds tantalizing the audience to listen and then want to jump on their feet and dance! Claudia & Pilar will round out their sound with special musical guest David Brown, playing groove bass, world fusion guitar and mandolin. For more information visit-

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

Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums featured at Hill House, Saturday January 30

STEVE LUCKY & the RHUMBA BUMS, a highly entertaining band from the San Francisco Bay area, featuring Steve Lucky’s soulful piano and vocals, and the vivacious Miss Carmen Getit’s vocals and acclaimed guitar will be at the Hill House in Mendocino on Saturday, January 30. The addition of some veteran musicians and young jazz talents on drums, upright bass and horn section results in a powerful sound that appeals to fans both young and old. These musicians have worked with everyone from jazz greats like the late Joe Williams and Dizzy Gillespie, to pop stars like Aretha Franklin and the Temptations to blues legend & Grammy-award winner Johnny Clyde Copeland. The band loves to entertain and has the “rock-solid musicianship” (Alternative Press) to drive folks to the dance floor.

Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar, Music at 7:30PM. $25 for reserved table seating, $20 general admission. Tickets will be available at Mendocino Hotel and Hill House in Mendocino and online at 707-937-1732 for more info.

“Instant crowd favorites”
Tom Mazzolini, producer, San Francisco Blues Festival

"They are one of the hottest dance bands on the planet with personality galore."
Sunshine Taylor, Mendocino Coast swing dancer

Azul at Hill House on Saturday, February 6

Hill House in Mendocino will feature an all instrumental, contemporary R'n'B, Rock, and Jazz band on Saturday, February 6. The band's 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 we all have in our memory, freshly interpreted, inflected with hues of latin, funk, and jazz.... and always returning to the color “Azul”.

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

The Groovinators at Hill House on Saturday, February 13

Plan on a Pre-Valentine's dance with The Groovinators on Saturday, February 13 at Hill House. The band 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


Druid Sisters Tea Party at Hill House on Saturday, February 20

DRUID SISTERS TEA PARTY is an organic world dance band that pulls its flavors from around the world. Tribal-Jungle Dance Drums, Celtic Fiddle, Deep Groove Cello that swirls into gypsy realms, Dreamy Trance Vocals with Indian harmonium and hypnotic didjeridu.

The band has released 4 albums and new music is being created for their 5th. Described as eclectic world fusion music, Druid Sisters Tea Party have toured nationally and are getting ready for an international tour in 2016 to Portugal where their singer resides. Druid Tribe is Claudia Paige- Drums/Percussion/Djembe/Vocal Chants; Cyoakha Grace-Lead Vocals/Harmonium/Didjeridu; Kathy Buys-Celtic Fiddle; Myra Joy-Gypsy Cello

For more information contact-Claudia Paige-Druid Sisters Tea Party

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

Highway One at Hill House on Saturday February 27

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. $10 at the door. Call 937-0554 for more info.

Foxglove on March 5 at Hill House Inn
The Hill House is happy to announce the return of some local favorites – Foxglove - on Saturday, March 5. Bring your friends along for some great acoustic music with guitar, mandolin, bass and other surprises, accompanied by rich vocals. Music starts at 7:30PM

Foxglove will be performing its own special blend of singer/songwriter music set to a bluegrass-esque ensemble. Sweet brother-sister harmonies, a tasty mix of strong original music and select covers, and outstanding instrumental talent are all part of Foxglove's signature sound. Foxglove is: Gwyneth Moreland, Morgan Daniel, John Bush, and Booi Volk.

All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and libations. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission. Call Pattie at 937-1732

Hill House Inn presents Hit and Run Theater in March

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, March 11 & 12. 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 as one of its charter members. Steady Jill Jahelka has been with the group for more than 10. Long-time Hit and Runner Steve Weingarten performs and designs the group’s sets. Doug Nunn coaches the Mendocino High School Improv Club each winter. Dan Sullivan returns from his comedy-writing once again. Rounding out the cast is voiceover artist Ken Krauss. Joshua Raoul Brody 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 Presents a Dance Party with The Mighty T-Bones

If dancing to some Rockin' Rhythm 'n' Blues is what you are craving then The Mighty T-Bones gig is the solution. Come on out to the Hill House Inn at 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino for some groovin' boogie music on Saturday, March 19.

Band members are Michael Ward, Michael Lono Bissen, Ed Reinhart, and Johnny Bush, making nearly three decades of live music together and separately here on the coast.

Doors open at 6PM with full bar and casual dining. Music at 7:30PM. $10 at the door. For info call 707-937-0554

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