Mendocino Stories & Music Series on March 21
Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents Steven Bates in concert
on Friday, March 21. This is a great opportunity to hear one of our
favorite local musicians in an intimate setting, designed for
experiencing the magic. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Mendocino Hotel.
Steven started playing music and school dances by the age of thirteen.
After graduating, he set off to southern California and has played all
over the area with different bands and individuals
Steven’s determination to always leave audiences with something
memorable is a good reason to catch this acoustic performance. When he
plays acoustic he delivers a fast-paced strumming technique that has a
rock and roll vibe unto itself. Visit http://stevenbatesmusic.com/
Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and full bar. Reserved table
seating $20, general admission $15 at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732
Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, March 22
Dance to the music of Schieve’s Soul Survivors when they are featured
in Mendocino Stories and Music Series on Saturday March 22 at the Hill
House of Mendocino. They bring on the Motown sound with a mix of
R&B, Soul, and flavors of Stax and Altantic Records. This event is
supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that
promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. Music starts at
Keyboards and vocals from Billy Schieve, Jamie Gilliam on guitar and
vocals, along with vocalist Sharon Garner form the core of the band.
Add the rhythm section of Johnny Bush on bass, Steve Davidson on congas
and Richie Rosenbaum on drums and you have a solid sound of emotion.
All these musicians have been playing and singing for years here on the
coast, in various collaborations and genres. The strength of this band
is what each member brings to the stage with a pure love of music. Come
out for a fun and energetic walk down Motown Lane and bring your
dancin’ shoes with you!
All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6PM for dinner menu and full bar.
Advanced tickets - Reserved table seating - $20, $15 general admission.
For tickets and more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732.
Mendocino Stories & Music Series with Hit and Run Theater in March
Sing a happy song for spring because Hit and Run is back. Mendocino
Stories and Music Series presents Hit and Run Theater’s Spring Comedy
Weekend with improvised fun, games and stories. They will play at the
Hill House Inn of Mendocino on Friday and Saturday, March 28 & 29.
This weekend is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member
organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity to
benefit and enrich the lives of residents and visitors. The shows
will start at 7:30PM.
Hit and Run Theater first coalesced in the late 1970s, with Kathy
O’Grady one of its charter members. Jill Jahelka has been with Hit and
Run for more than 10 years and is a veteran of many Gloriana shows
before that, while long-time Hit and Runner, Steve Weingarten not only
performs, but makes ceramics and rock sculptures outside “Weinchester
Cathedral”. Doug Nunn coaches the Mendocino High School Improv
Club each winter and migrates in the summer to Germany to work with
The delightful Christine Samas has charmed Hit and Run fans for the
past five years. Dan Sullivan returns to Hit and Run once again from
his comedy writing gig on the horror sitcom--The House on the Hill.
Rounding out the cast is voiceover artist Ken Krauss, who has also
worked with the Mendocino Theatre Company as an actor/sound
tech. And Joshua Brody of Bay Area Theatresports returns to
provide musical accompaniment for both evenings’ shows.
Special feature for this weekend’s engagement is another Song
Improvisation Workshop for beginners … and the terrified!” led by
Joshua Brody, music director for San Francisco's BATS Improv. The
spring workshop was a great hit, with rave reviews. The workshop will
be held Saturday afternoon at the Hill House from 1 – 4PM. Says Joshua,
“Starting with the very basics — breathing, ear training, vocal
production — students are led gradually and painlessly through all
the elements that go into making a song, culminating in solos,
duets, group numbers, even opera!” Joshua has been teaching song
improvisation for over thirty years.
All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner menu and drinks.
Come early for best seating. Advance tickets for reserved seating at
$20, General admission $15 at the door. For more information about the
shows and the workshop call Pattie at 937-1732 or
Song Improvisation workshop on March 29 at Hill House
Mendocino Stories and Music Series will present a workshop on Saturday,
March 29 led by Joshua Brody - “SONG IMPROVISATION FOR BEGINNERS ...
AND THE TERRIFIED! Joshua has been teaching song improvisation for over
thirty years. Many have taken this workshop in Mendocino and returned
to take it again and again, because “It is so much fun”. The workshop
will be held at the Hill House of Mendocino, from 1 – 4PM. This weekend
is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that
promotes the arts and cultivates creativity to benefit and enrich the
lives of residents and visitors.
Want to sing? Think you can't? Or do you just want to learn another way
to make music? Making up songs provides an excellent end-run around the
whole notion of singing a song "right" or "wrong" -- when you're making
it up, the way you're singing it is the only way it could possibly go!
Starting with the very basics — breathing, ear training, vocal
production — students are led gradually and painlessly through all
the elements that go into making a song, culminating in solos,
duets, group numbers, even opera!
Joshua Raoul Brody is music director for San Francisco's BATS Improv
and accompanies innumerable other improv groups (including many of the
previous Hit & Run Theater shows). He is also an accomplished
composer, sound designer for theater and multimedia, and accompanist
for performers ranging from Robin Williams to Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits to
Florence Henderson to Pee-Wee Herman and beyond.
Advance reservation required to guarantee a spot. Cost of the 3-hour
workshop is $30 in advance, $40 at the door, if room available. For
more information about the shows and the workshop call Pattie at
707-937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html
UkeFest Kick-Off on Friday, April 11 at Community Center of Mendocino
Enjoy a weekend celebrating the ukulele as a friendly and playful
instrument, beginning with a Ukulele Variety Show at the Community
Center of Mendocino. The UkeFest Kick-Off will start on Friday, April
11 at 7:30 PM with performances followed by a ukulele jam session and
sing-along. CCM is located at the corner of School and Pine Streets in
The third annual UkeFest first hit the coast in April of 2012 at the
Caspar Community Center and now extends to Mendocino. Our area is
heavily populated with ukulele players who gather frequently in small
groups to bring more music into their lives. Performers include Dennis
Hudson, Pattie DeMatteo, members of the Mendocino Ukulele class and
many of your friends and neighbors. Players will lead the jam session
and singalong in the second portion of the evening, offering songbooks
to follow along and encouraging all levels of interest and experience
to attend the all-day activities at Caspar Community Center on Saturday.
All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 7PM for
snacks and beverages. $10 at the door, $5 if you bring your uke. For
more info on this event call Pattie at 937-1732 or visit
Third Annual Caspar UkeFest on April 12 at Caspar Community Center
An all-day ukulele festival is planned for Saturday, April 12, when
Mendocino Stories and Music Series joins The Caspar Community to
celebrate the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument.
Instructional workshops, jam sessions, open mic and evening
performances, complemented by "...fresh, local, and gourmet cuisine
prepared by the volunteers in Caspar's kitchen." This is an “All Ages,
All levels of interest and expertise” event. The day’s activities start
at 10AM and will finish by 9:30PM at Caspar Community Center.
Morning ukulele workshops will be held at 10AM and 11:30AM, with
instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. After a
break for lunch, a third workshop will be held followed by jam sessions
in small break-out groups and an open mic before the dinner break.
Evening performances starting at 7PM will include emcee Jim D’Ville,
Dan Scanlan and special guests.
Instructors this year are Jim D’Ville and Dan Scanlan, veterans of many
ukulele festivals around the country and the globe. At age 43 Jim
D’Ville was given a 70 year old Columbia Hawaiian soprano ukulele that
had been in a closet for more than 50 years. He practiced chord
progressions and inversions and listened to the sounds he was making.
Developing an emotional relationship with the chords he was playing,
Jim realized why songwriters choose specific chords to garner a certain
emotional response from the listener. He will teach his method “Play
Ukulele by Ear”. http://www.playukulelebyear.com/
Dan Scanlan's ukulele workshops and performances have been highly
acclaimed at festivals at the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum, Santa Cruz,
Southern California, Tahoe Area, New York, Auburn CA, and the
Liverpool, Nova Scotia, International Ukulele Ceilidh, where he serves
as emcee. In 2008 he gave the initial ukulele workhop in Dublin,
Ireland, to a group that became Ukuhooley, Ireland's largest ukulele
group and presenter of the annual Ukuhooley Ukulele Festival.
All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Ticket prices are $35
All-event pass, $25 Instruction only, $15 evening performances only. Tickets will be available
online and by phone at 707 937-1732.
Visit the UkeFest page - Click Here
Mendocino Stories & Music Series on April 25
Enjoy a singer/songwriter showcase when Mendocino Stories & Music
Series presents Americana/Folk musician and favorite native daughter
Gwyneth Moreland on Friday, April 25. She will be joined by special
guests. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Mendocino Hotel.
With a voice that invokes Jenny Lewis' solo work crossed with the
intimate folk of Gillian Welch, Gwyneth Moreland evokes a feeling of
nostalgia rooted deep in classic country fundamentals. This is music
which is at once modern and original, while paying proper respect to
the classics of the genre.
Joining Gwyneth on a few tunes will be brother Morgan Daniel. They are
the brother/sister harmonies of Foxglove. Bass player and songwriter
David Hayes will also be performing with Gwyneth. They have been
collaborating in a few events lately. Add to this mix, a duo with Judy
Stavely in some good ole timey songs. You might have seen this duo in
the Wild Women Weekend Part Two last November. All-in-all, this is a
great variety of music and musicians to be enjoyed.
All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and full
bar. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission at the door.
Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html
Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, April 26
Mendocino Stories and Music Series invites you to experience a unique
collaboration for an evening of jazz, blues and original music. On
Saturday, April 26 Alex de Grassi and Paul McCandless will join forces
in a benefit concert for MUSE (Mendocino Unified School Enrichment).
The concert will begin at 7:30PM at Little River Inn’s Abalone Room,
7901 N Hwy One in Little River.
Alex de Grassi was born in Yokosuka, Japan and grew up in the San
Francisco Bay Area. He learned to play trumpet, but at age 13
discovered the guitar and hasn't looked back. He taught himself on
guitar though has studied with noted teacher Bill Thrasher and jazz
piano with Mark Levine and composition with William Mathieu. Alex has
played at such notable venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie
Hall, Belfast International Festival, Telluride, and Wolftrap. He is a
Grammy Award nominee and Indie Award nominee for The Water Garden. You
can here his cover of Shortnin’ Bread here
A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, Paul McCandless
specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and
sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his
grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. In 1996 he won a
Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional
skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. As a
collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums
and performances with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny,
Al Jarreau, and Bruce Hornsby.
Doors open at 7:00PM. Tickets at Little River Inn and by phone,
707-937-5942. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more
info call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or
Mendocino Stories & Music Series on May 9
With a collection of swing, as well as Latin, calypso, jazz, and
popular tunes, The Mixed Nuts will be featured in the Mendocino Stories
and Music Series on Friday May 9. As a special offering, Sunshine
Taylor and Glenn Rude, dancers extraordinaire and dance instructors,
will teach a beginning swing dance class at 7:00PM followed by dance
music at 7:30PM. This fun event will be held at the Hill House Inn of
Mendocino andt is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member
organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. .
The Mixed Nuts, an off-shoot of Kevin and the Coconuts, was originally
the brainchild of 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 special guest on drums and percussion.
Each of these musicians are well known to the music and dance scene on
the Mendocino Coast, having played with The Bob Ayers Big Band, Kevin
and the Coconuts, Blue Bop, Safe Sax, Mambo This!, Bongo Latte, The
Dixie Devils, Mad Cow Jazz, The Dancing Rhythm Dogs, Big Easy Jazz
Band, to name a few.
All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 6PM with
dinner menu and full bar. $20 for reserved seating, $15 at the door -
includes dance lesson. For more info on this event call Pattie at
937-1732 or visit www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html
Mendocino Stories & Music Series on May 10
One of our favorite musical groups, Foxglove, will return to Mendocino
Stories & Music Series on Saturday May 10. The band will play some
fine acoustic music with guitar, mandolin, bass and multiple other
instruments with rich vocal accompaniment. This event is supported by
Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts
and cultivates creativity. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Hill
House of Mendocino.
Since 2003, Foxglove has been performing its own special blend of
singer/songwriter music set to a bluegrass-esque ensemble at
coffeehouses, festivals and theaters in Northern California. 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.
"...the perfect union of bluegrass, R&B, and rock-n-roll." -Smother.net
"...Foxglove is the real deal." -Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com
Foxglove is: Gwyneth Moreland (Vocals, accordion, guitar), Morgan
Daniel (vocals, guitar), John Bush (vocals, bass), and Booi Volk
(mandolin, banjo, etc.). Foxglove can be found on the web at
www.FoxgloveOnline.com and on Facebook.
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 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html