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The "Go To Guys" - Rhythm and Blues, Funk, and Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party - play with authenticity, displaying the versatility of these veteran players who have a mature approach to music. Jamie Gilliam on guitar - , Billy Schieve on keyboards and occasionally on bass and Richie Rosenbaum on drums. Music starts at 7:30PM.

Jamie Gilliam was a guitar player from the start, playing his dad's guitar at about 5 years old. Jamie says "I Am Still Learning". He has played in many different groups over the years all over the nation, but is quite happy here on the coast with a much more relaxed life, playing at every opportunity. He loves the opportunity to play with these guys - all high caliber musicians who make playing a joy, and "after all that's what its all about - Happiness and Joy".

Billy Schieve began playing music when he was seven years, taking accordion lessons and practicing one solid hour every single day (german mom!).  At age 14, he taught himself piano, organ, guitar, bass, and drums and was playing clubs in the Chicago suburbs by age 16, playing rock n roll, blues, r&b, soul, and jazz.  IAt this stage in his career, he is mainly interested in playing music that is gospel-based (soul, r&b, jazz, blues) and tries to emulate Ray Charles as much as he possibly can!

Originally from New York City, Richie got his foundation studying with New York based classical percussionist Joe Castka. New York gave him the opportunity to see some of the greats up close. He is proficient in many styles of music, ranging from original Rock and Pop, Funk, Latin, and West African High Life. His credits include performing with Gene Parsons, Horse Badorties, Judy Mayhan, Mambo This!, and currently is a member of Soul Survivors and Bongo Latte.

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

DeFrange and Orsi - Memorable Original Music
The Community Center of Mendocino welcomes Marilyn DeFrange, singer-songwriter-guitarist and Janet Orsi, bassist, to the stage in the Community Room. A community potluck at 5:30PM will proceed the concert. Net proceeds benefit CCM. DeFrange and Orsi are a delightful adult contemporary duo covering a wide array of musical styles including jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country and pop.The listener can expect a unique experience with this duo’s memorable original music, arrangements that groove and dynamic vocals that capture the heart... ''

Marilyn’s songwriting connects to the audience with accessible themes and stories. Her lyrics often invite the listener to relate to their own personal experiences. With a rounded, deep vocal style and an openness of heart, Marilyn‘s voice provides an intimacy with the audience and runs the gambit from a delicate whisper to a full blown bluesy wail.

Janet effortlessly adapts to the variety of music styles presented by Marilyn’s songwriting. She plays a fluid and solid bass line to rhythm and blues, jazz, soul, contemporary pop, folk and country. Her warm tones create the union between the bass and Marilyn’s rhythm guitar. The duo often plays off each other in an intuitive way with rhythms and melodies.

Music starts at 7PM. Call 707-937-4133 or go to the CCM website for more information about the event and tickets.

~ Memorable Original Music ~
Arrangements that groove and vocals that capture the heart

Saturday, August 15 at Hill House Inn, Mendocino
Dance to the music of Schieve’s Soul Survivors on Saturday August 15. They bring on the Motown sound with a mix of R&B, Soul, and flavors of Stax and Altantic Records. 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 and Richie Rosenbaum on drums and you have a solid sound of emotion. Come out for a fun and energetic walk down Motown Lane.

Doors open at 6PM with a full bar and bistro menu. $12 at the door. 937-1732. Hill House offers special room rates for "Friends of the Band"!

Saturday, September 19 at Hill House Inn, Mendocino
Coming to a Theatre near you - well, in the theater seating at Hill House Inn, anyway. Premier political satirist Will Durst  returns to the Mendocino Coast for his one-man show "BoomerRaging" on Saturday, September 19 for one night only. You can read up on the show and watch a couple of short videos

You may have seen his performance and appearance on screen at the Mendocino Film Festival with "3 Still Will Durst’s acclaimed tribute to the history, growth, joys, achievements, frustrations, fashions and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomers’ revolutions, evolutions and still vibrant role in today’s youth-obsessed society, which they invented, for crum’s sake. It’s a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation and as an extra, added, special treat- the Meaning of Life.

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a comedy quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice overs and most especially, stand up comedy, into a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this." The New York Times calls him "possibly the best political comic in the country."

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets and by calling 707-937-1732. Doors open at 6PM for casual dining and full bar.

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