Every time we play it's a special event in our lives, and we hope in the lives of others too. So this is a bit of memory lane.
2019/06/09: The Annex The Annex at El Cerrito Natural Groceries We have only hazy memories of this, since it was the first heat wave (i.e. fire wave) of the season. It was 97 degrees in San Francisco, and we were standing in a sunny window. Can someone do something about this? Oh, wait, that's right, the kids are. To our alien historiographers: 2018-2019 was the year when our young folks (led by Greta, Sunrise, and all the school strikers) rose up to try to save us.
2019/04/14: The Annex The Annex at El Cerrito Natural Groceries A nice combo of old friends and new faces. Dan thought to dedicate "Times They Are a-Changin'" to Dianne Feinstein in honor of her recent lecture to kids concerned about climate. (Says Bob Dylan: "Your old road is rapidly aging. Please get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand.") Linda sang "Unless Desires" as a new closer, which maybe is not the most uplifting note to end on, but hey it's aspirational.
2019/03/30: Open House for Calliope Calliope - East Bay Center for Music and Arts We played un-mic'd in the satisfyingly echo-filled courtyard at St. Alban's Church to support Calliope, which is a new nonprofit that uses the arts to build community and advance social justice. It's a great emerging space for practice and performance. We followed a Bach cello suite and were followed by some downright operatic broadway singing, and this on the first fully sun-drenched day of spring, so pretty much everyone was as happy as their dog.
2019/03/10: The Annex The Annex at El Cerrito Natural Groceries A nicely packed house of happy people. A small girl in an attractive coat gave a rose to each member of the band. Thanks, sweetie. Also, we tried using our big sound system this time, which you'd think would be overkill but it just sounds clearer and warmer--so much for the easy setup....
2019/02/20: Caffe Chiave Caffe Chiave Italian Caffe To the couple in the back echando gritos when we played "Volver, Volver": Thanks! A little hooting from the cheap seats makes our day. 2019/02/13: Canyon Manor Bread and Roses Presents Canyon Manor is a locked mental-health facility. Driving there we hit rain of blinding and biblical proportions, and we got pulled over by the police because Dan drove over a curb (sobriety check). When we started playing we were soggy from running with equipment through the deluge, and Linda temporarily lost her purse. But they put our name on the whiteboard! We played for about twenty-five people on folding chairs in a small room with perfect acoustics. One staff person said she saw smiles from people who don't generally smile. B&R gigs are the best.
2019/01/26: Caffe Chiave Caffe Chiave Italian Caffe First time there! They treated us nice, and friends clapped. Patty provided useful Italian phrases; she might persist.
2018/12/15: Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count! Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count This is part of the century-old Audubon count. We played the dinner afterward. But Patty was there at 6:30 a.m. in the marshes. Dan and Linda were not. It was a bit silly to have music, since those ornithologists were loudly giddy with their finds. But big fun.
2018/10/10: Senior Day Program, CEI Eastmont PACE Center Bread and Roses Presents It's a whole shopping mall of social services. Even the staff sang along with "Tragos Amargos".
2018/09/19: Berkeley Men's Shelter Dwight Way Men's Overnight Shelter We periodically play during dinner on a Friday night. Linda and a small crew cook the guys a better-than-usual meal before we play. If you're at the shelter, your life is probably hard at the moment, and it's entirely gratifying to share our music with this appreciative group of men.