by Eric Benson

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If you luv music you’re gonna love this

Ah day light saving confuse everybody time is back, I’m trying to accommodate after changing every last clock in the house but I am still looking for that hour I lost, it’s here somewhere. My dogs, whose time clock’s are guided by their stomachs however, are still on standard time and an hour early sit prostrate on the floor looking at empty bowls and then pace as if starving. But it is nice to not get up in the dark and have the sunlight grace you at the end of day when the 5 o’clock bell tolls. Plenty to do in the downtown with music and the arts in store so get out and check out the scene!

Blue Monday Party & Invitational Jam returns to the Barkin’ Dog Grill this April 11th with 7-piece house Band Ultra Lounge hosting. The Blue Monday Band features: lead vocalist, guitar and bass player Dave Sousa, Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen bass, vocals, Dave Hawks on drums, Eric Benson keys, Andrew Rosenblum horns, and Jamie Dubberly trombone. The band will play Jazz, R & B, Funk, Latin, Rock, and a little of everything else with special guests sitting in for listening and dancing. Show from 7 to 10:00 PM with food and drink available in an all age venue. Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341. If you play come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area, it’s going to be smoking! And we are having Blue Monday Party for May a week early, it will be Monday May 2nd to accommodate Cinco De Mayo groove fest with one of the best Latin pianists on planet earth Gustavo Ramirez coming up from LA to be special guest. Check out Gustavo on Ytube, gonna be smoking Latin music for listening and dancing!

The Gallo Center for the Arts for the month of April: brings in: Mr. Smooth Jazz Kenny G April 5th, The Ann Wilson thing April 20th, and Million Dollar Quartet April 22-23rd.

A few new venues to check out offering some live music: the Tilted Turtle on 9th street offers live country and rock bands weekends and Café Urbano, (formerly of Clayton’s Restaurant location), is bringing in live music on weekend nights.

And off the beaten’ track in Newman, the West Side Theatre has a nice lineup Saturday music for April 9th Red Dog Ash one of the better Blue Grass bands anywhere plays. The theatre is intimate with great sound, food and bar available, well worth the cruise to get there.

Come back out for third Thursday Art Walk 5 to 9:00 PM for some great art, and music in the downtown! Lowdown on the jam session in the downtown: Barkin’ Dog Thursday night jazz jams with Dave Dow, Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment.

Remember please support our local live venue’s for live music and the arts. So take some time out to hear some live music and the arts of our own town as well this month, think globally and act locally.
All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209, 918-7033.



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