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Jazz&BluesView – Winter Blue

by Eric Benson
If you luv music you’re gonna love this

We will miss the musical offering that took place over years at the Barkin’ Dog Grill that supported music for all-ages in a family friendly environment. But what we have really lost is a great spot for family friendly live music and the arts. Where I grew up in Bezerkeley California there were pizza parlors, church venues and the school’s that gave a home to play live music. We have some of that here but we need more, it would be nice to create another venue that supports the musicians and artists of tomorrow and gives them a place to create and thrive today!. Just a thought. On to the business at hand.
We will be bringing back Blue Monday Party to its new home Café Urbano, formerly of Clayton’s Café where we played almost 700 Mondays over eight years. The spot is one of my favorites for live music as it is big enough but intimate, dance floor, great food , full bar and accommodates an all-age venue. So come out for the Blue Monday Christmas Party Dec 9th which will feature Jazz guitarist virtuoso Barry Finnerty formerly of Miles Davis, TOP, Jaco Pastorius and others. House band will feature Johnny Valdes on Guitar, Conrad Johnson and John Adey on Bass, Dave Hawks’s drums, horn section Raul Slaps & Jamie Dubberly on Bone, Kevin Marin, Trumpet, Andrew Rosenblum on Sax, with Keys David Dow and Eric Benson. We will be playing some of Barry‘s arrangements of people he’s played with as well as some Christmas jems, Jazz, R & B, Funk, Latin of the Blues. Gig from the downbeat of 7 PM, goes till 10 PM.
And don’t go looking for the Dave Dow Thursday night jam at the Barkin’ Dog as it has changed to the Ralston’s Goat on 10th street. Dave’s Jam has the same hours 7 to 10 PM for people to sit in a play with the house band.

The new season for the Gallo in is with diverse offering. In December featuring Dec 2nd Asleep at the Wheel, Dec 3rd John Tesh Acoustic Christmas, Dec 6 & &7th Modesto Symphony Orchestra with chorus Holliday Pops, and 13th to 22nd Central West Ballet the Nutcracker. Save the date Jan 18th a Carol King the Musical tribute, you will see me there for that one.

On the Casino circuit Jackson Rancheria is having Dec 15th Beatles tribute the White Album which sounds like fun. This is part of the tribute package doing an entire album sometimes note for note.

All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209- 918-7033, email;<>.

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