Mendocino Stories



Mendocino Stories & Music Series on April 19

Due to popular demand and peer pressure Mendocino Stories & Music Series has added another event to the Spring season. Having the choice of booking a Steven Bates Trio isn’t such a tough decision. Come on out for a Rock and Roll Dance with Steven Bates, Ralph Humphrey and Jon Faurot on Saturday, April 19. Music starts at 7:30PM at Hill House of Mendocino.

The Trio, featuring Steven Bates on guitar and vocals, will be doing a combination of Steven’s original music and rock and roll dance tunes.  A Fort Bragg native, Bates started playing music at school dances by age 13. After graduating, he set off to Southern California. Playing with many different bands and individuals, he loves that opportunity to play with so many musicians around our area.

Ralph Humphrey on drums is currently the drummer with Dancing with the Stars, although he's had a fantastic music career outside of that. He has played on hundreds of records by everyone from Al Jarreau and Manhattan Transfer to Frank Zappa and Wayne Shorter. He has also devoted a large portion of his time to education, developing the first percussion program at Percussion Institute of Technology.

Joining the trio is Jon Faurot on bass. John is also an excellent guitarist and he brings that skill to the bass. Jon has played with many other musicians in different collaborations such as BobFest and Beatle Fest in 2013.

Doors open at 6:00 PM with a bistro menu and full bar. All ages are welcome! Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or

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

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 and 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

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."

"...Foxglove is the real deal." -Dan MacIntosh,

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 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

Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, May 17

On Saturday, May 17 Mendocino Stories and Music Series will feature a band that is  “bringing the remedy for your funk deficiency”. Funkicillan will hit the stage at Hill House at 7:30PM with some hot dance music. This event is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. 

Originally comprised of a group of five Mendocino County musicians who wanted to represent the grittier side of funk, Funkacillan has grown into a six piece group, adding percussion for those essential and intricate Afro-Cuban rhythms to the soulful and funky grooves. James Brown once said, "The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing", and Funkacillin aims to put your troubles on the back burner with a mix of originals and "old school" funk, rock and soul".

Funkacillin features Lex Krauss (guitar) of Mendozone and formerly Rootstock; Cherie Sheraque (vocals) formerly of Groove Approved and currently of Samba Jamba; Jim Dooley (trumpet and keyboard) of all of the above along with Pura Vida and Los Piratas; Blair Rowland (drums) formerly of Tubesteak Jones and currently with Dumbstruck Genius; Nick Ford (bass) formerly of GDX, and a special guest (percussion).

Doors open at 6PM for bistro menu and full bar. Advanced tickets - Reserved table seating - $20; $15 general admission at the door. For tickets and more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732.

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