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permalink #426 of 500: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Sat 19 Jun 04 18:57
    
Well, it's over and now its just another great story. That which does
not kill us ...
  
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permalink #427 of 500: Zen Cohen (tinymonster) Sat 19 Jun 04 19:52
    
One for your next book.  <g>
  
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permalink #428 of 500: David Adam Edelstein (davadam) Sun 20 Jun 04 17:40
    
Dang.  That's pissy.  You are more of an adult than I am, for not
letting her have it.
  
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permalink #429 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Fri 25 Jun 04 09:27
    

I'm hittin' the road today for aseries of gigs in Kentucky and Ohio:



Saturday, June 26, 9pm:  Jack Quinn's Emerald Ballroom, 112 East 4th Street,
Covington KY. $7. 859-491-6699. Jerry's Little Band opens. www.jackquinn.com

Sunday, June 27, 9 pm:  DG and Matt Zarb at Uncle Pleasant's, 2126 S. Preston
St., Louisville KY


Wednesday, June 30, 7:30-10:30 pm:  DG & Matt Zarb & friends at the Rudyard
Kipling, 22 W Oak St, Louisville KY. $10. (502) 636-1311

Thursday, July 1, 9:00 pm:  DG w/ Matt and Pauly Zarb at the Phoenix
Ballroom, 410 West Short Street Lexington KY. $10. 859-258-2020

Friday, July 2, 9:30pm:  DG opens for the Zen Tricksters at Wilbert's Food
and Music, 812 Huron Road, Cleveland OH. $10. 216-902-4663
www.wilbertsmusic.com

Fri-Mon, July 2-5: GratefulFest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Dark Star
Orchestra, Keller Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Vassar Clements, John
Cowan Band, David Gans, fireworks, and more. Great campout weekend!
www.nlqp.com
  
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permalink #430 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Sun 11 Jul 04 09:17
    




Greetings!  Lots going on this summer, and the fall is beginning to take
shape.

I'm leaving today for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and northern California.

Bay Area dates August 4 & 5

Northeast August 18-22

Western tour 8/25-9/2 is almost confirmed

More northern California appearances in September and early October

Southeast in late October

Thanks to all who voted for me in the California Music Awards.  The Dead won,
but that was to be expected.

More details on all of these gigs can be found at
http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

CDs and DVDs: thanks to CDBaby, I'm now available in the iTunes Music Store!



The schedule:

• Monday, July 12:  Cosmic Charlie and DG at John Henry's, Eugene OR
• Tuesday, July 13:  Cosmic Charlie and DG at Bishop's, Vashon WA
• Wednesday, July 14:  Cosmic Charlie and DG at John's Alley, 114 E 6th St,
Moscow ID. 208-883-7662
•
• Friday, July 16, 8:30 pm: "House" concert at Organics to You, 2019 SE
Belmont, Portland OR. Call 503-232-4098 for reservations.
• Monday, July 19, 7:00 pm: Graham's Restaurant, 9989 Mt Baker Hwy, Glacier
WA. $7. Bent Grass opens. 360-599-1964.
• Wednesday, July 21: Pangaea Cafe, 461 W. Main Street, Quincy CA.
530-283-0426
•        
• Wednesday, August 4, 8 pm: Jeff Pehrson (of Box Set), Corinne, and DG at
Henfling's Firehouse Tavern, 9450 Highway 9, Ben Lomond CA. $10 advance, $12
at the door. 831-336-8811. DG opens the show at 8 sharp.
• Thursday, August 5, 9 pm: DG, Jeff Pehrson (of Box Set) and Michael Stadler
at the Hotel Utah, 500 4th Street (at Bryant), San Francisco. $7.
415-546-6300
•
• Wednesday, August 18: House concert in Media PA.  SOLD OUT!
• Thursday, August 19, 10:00 pm: DG opens for New Monsoon at Mexicali Blues,
1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ. $10. 201-833-0011
• Friday, August 20: Lion's Den, 214 Sullivan Street (btw Bleecker & W. 3rd),
New York City. DG plays 7:30-8:40. This is a "door poll" show, which means
the audience tells the door guy who they came to see and the artists are paid
accordingly. $10. 212-477-2782 http://www.cegmusic.com/lionsden/
• Sunday, August 22: Yasgur Road Reunion, Bethel NY -- three-day event,
August 20-22, with the Steve Kimock Band, Seth Yacovone Band, Country Joe
Band, Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, and many more.  DG plays
Sunday 1-2:30 pm. http://yasgurroad.com
•
• WATCH THIS SPACE: Western tour (LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, etc.) TBA.
•
• Friday, September 17, 9:30 pm: DG and Free Peoples at Rios, 15025 River
Road, Rio Nido CA. $7. 707-869-8447
• Fri-Sun, September 17-19: Earth Dance, the Festival for Global Peace.
Mickey Hart leading the Drums of Peace (featuring Zakir Hussain); Ozomatli;
Michael Franti & Spearhead; many more. World's largest drum circle! DG
performs on Saturday and Sunday. 541-770-5112. www.earthdance.org/sf/
•        
• Sunday, September 26, 9 am to 1 pm: Marin Farmers' Market, at the Marin
Civic Center in San Rafael CA. Free! And great produce, too.
•        
• Saturday, October 9, 7:30 pm: Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road,
Gualala CA. $10. 707-884-1138. www.gualalaarts.org
•        
• Wednesday, October 20: DG and Tony Capri at Eddie's Attic, Decatur GA.
• October 21-24: MagnoliaFest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in
Live Oak FL. With Donna the Buffalo, the Duhks, Railroad Earth, Vassar
Clements, and many more! 904 249 7990. http://www.magmusic.com
  
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permalink #431 of 500: David Adam Edelstein (davadam) Mon 12 Jul 04 08:58
    
Dang, man, it's too bad you're going to be so bored this summer. :-)
  
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permalink #432 of 500: Sharon Lynne Fisher (slf) Sun 18 Jul 04 14:11
    
Box Set is still around?
  
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permalink #433 of 500: Of course this can get a little solipsistic (pjm) Sun 18 Jul 04 14:17
    
BoxSet Duo is alive and well a playing a lot.  They've even got a full
band gig coming up.

http://www.boxset.com/
  
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permalink #434 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Sun 18 Jul 04 15:51
    

They recently put out a second live duo double-CD.  I opened one of the shows
where they recorded it.
  
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permalink #435 of 500: Of course this can get a little solipsistic (pjm) Sun 18 Jul 04 16:36
    
It's a single CD but it is awesome.  David's work as the opener was
stellar as usual.  The opener the 2nd night was an interesting woman
named Lori B.  She was a lot of fun.  I had a wonderful conversation
with her after her show and when I emailed her a week later to ask her
to put me on her email list she remembered talking to me.  I have meant
to see her live again but the dates of her shows have not worked for
me.  One of these days. 
  
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permalink #438 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Fri 13 Aug 04 13:34
    
Correct.  Sorry about that!
  
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permalink #440 of 500: David Adam Edelstein (davadam) Mon 6 Sep 04 21:08
    
Sounds like a great weekend! Breaking even and being artistically
satisfied is a pretty good mix.

--signed, not even a young deadhead, really :-)
  
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permalink #441 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Mon 6 Sep 04 21:35
    

(I have to repost the story that <davadam> is responding to due to an error.)


> Breaking even and being artistically satisfied is a pretty good mix.

yes indeed.


> not even a young deadhead, really :-)

No problem!  Although I am inescapably associated with the GD, there's a lot
more to my music than that.
  
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permalink #442 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Mon 6 Sep 04 21:41
    



SATURDAY, September 4, 2004:

I made some grave miscalculations about driving distances and times for this
weekend's trip.

I was invited to play a private party outside of Portland, and I took the
opportunity to set something up with a guy that my old friend Alan Mande
introduced me to in far-northern California.

I left Oakland at noon on Friday, drove to Eugene for the night, and then
drove the rest of the way to Rainier OR yesterday, a little over two and a
half hours.  Given that I am expected in Dunsmuir (just south of Mt Shasta
City) at 4pm Sunday, I realized that I couldn't stay at my hosts's house
Saturday night unless I was willing to get up at 7 am to hit the road.  So I
got on the net and booked a room in Eugene for Saturday night.

I was sorry to leave the party.  I watched it grow -- when I arrived in the
early afternoon on Saturday, there were a couple dozen people who had already
arrived and camped out the night before.  Drew's property is 14 acres on a
hillside above the Columbia River, and he has built a frisbee golf course
there.  He has built frisbee golf courses elsewhere, too -- it's his hobby,
and many of his friends are way into it, too.

I wandered around taking pictures --- big black bees hunkered down in big
pink flowers for hours on end, stuffing their satchels with pollen; a colony
of red-headed ants moving massive pieces of straw around; dogs, dogs, dogs!
-- and getting to know the party tribe.

They were roasting a pig in the ground out near the site of Friday night's
sweat lodge.

By five o'clock, there were closer to 75 people on the grounds, including
several kids and one grandchild.  A big batch of spaghetti was being made to
feed those who don't eat pig, and a cake was on hand to celebrate three
events at once: a birthday, an anniversary, and I'm not sure what the third
thing was.

June and Joren Rushing, musician friends from down the Oregon coast, arrived.
 The grandchild I referred to above is theirs, and they were meeting him for
the first time; their son lives near the party side and the Rushings live a
couple hundred miles away.  I was able to get some pictures of grandpa and
the babe.  Joren plays a Turner Renaissance guitar, too; his was given to him
by Robert Hunter!

The pig was unearthed and shredded next to the pit.  Huge platters of pork
were taken to the house, but just about everybody who eats meat grabbed a
steaming piece of it right off the carcass.  I found it rather gross, but I
have been reconsidering my carnivorosity somewhere down in my gut for quite
some time.

Dinner was a joyous occasion.

Oh, there was a collective tie-dyeing project, too: a banner that I heard was
for the stage, but it was given to the Rushings as an anniversary present.
They play this party every year, and every year the tribe celebrates their
anniversary

This is the sixth annual labor day gathering here.  Drew Seip is the host,
and he seems to be the energy center of this clan.  It was a great warm
scene, and I felt very welcome and very comfortable even though I knew no one
when I got here.

I felt completely at ease and inspired for my 90-minute set:

 Down to Eugene
 Our Lady of the Well->
 When I Paint My Masterpiece
 Lazy River Road
 jam->
 China Cat jam->
 One Time One Night->
 Blue Roses
 Black Peter
 Surely You Jest
 Terrapin->
 Attics of My Life
 Who Killed Uncle John?
 Mexicali Blues
 Hooker River
 Brokedown Palace


I am getting the hang of this new equipment and the "undo" feature of my
updated Loop Station is a liberating factor.  I can try things and not ruin
the jam if they don't work out.  But mostly, things work out.  Having a pedal
that can sweep up or down an octave is very cool for psychedelic jamming, and
of course so is the wah-wah pedal.

I wound up sitting in with the Rushings for most of their first set.

I was really sorry to leave.  I had met so many nice people -- middle-aged
Deadheads, people who were very happy to be in that place with those friends.
 It was like the party at Audrey and Dan's, but more intimate because almost
everyone there had social roots that go back decades.

I made it to Eugene by 2 and was asleep by 3, and awake at 8:30.

I said earlier that I had made some miscalculations about time and distance.
For some stupid reason I booked my rental car to return Monday at 11, and I
also accepted a last-minute invitation to play a block party in Oakland
Monday afternoon.  So today I go to Dunsmuir - a four-hour drive -- play from
4:20 til 7 or so, and then drive the rest of the way back to Oakland.

The gig in Dunsmuir is a backyard BBQ at the home of Eric Siems, who promotes
shows in the Mt Shasta and Ashland areas.  Alan Mande introduced us, and Eric
thought this would be a low-risk way to introduce me to his community (as
opposed to booking a show in a venue on short notice on a holiday weekend, in
a rough season in the music biz, etc).  I'm all for it.  We'll pass the hat,
and I'll sell a few CDs, and when I come back up here in November with Free
Peoples, he'll be able to book us with confidence.

It's a shitload of driving in a short time span, but I am very, very happy I
did this.  Yesterday was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, a very good
performance from a musical standpoint, and good for the word-of-mouth.  I
sold quite a bit of stuff, too.

One especially enthusiastic new fan is a woman (a friend of the Rushings')
who lives in Eugene and promised to bring a lot of friends out when I play
there again.  I could see her digging my performance, dancing and singing
along much of the time, so I trust that her enthusiasm is genuine.  That sort
of thing is a great investment for a guy like me.



SUNDAY, September 5, 2004:

This morning I got up in Eugene, had some coffee and cereal, and hit the road
for Dunsmuir.

The gig was scheduled for the promoter's back yard - basically a freebie to
introduce me to the community and drum up some interest in a "real" gig in
the future.

This morning I got email - sent to all who responded to the invitation to the
show - saying it was going to take place in the city park.

I got to the park at around 3, I think.  There's a stage at the bottom of a
sloping lawn.  behind the performer are a road and a parking lot and the
Sacramento River.  A beautiful place for a show.

Eric had put up a nice sound system.  There were a couple dozen people when I
arrive, and more showed up as time went by.  I had been listening to an
advance CD of the new Garcia release, "After Midnight," so I played the title
track (with a really great jam into an instrumental "Eleanor Rigby" tucked
into it) over the PA before taking the stage to do my show.

There was a lot of really great energy in this place.  The audience consisted
of old Deadheads, middle-aged Deadheads, younger hippies, quite a few kids,
and several dogs.  I was in a GREAT mood, and I knew this was a day to honor
Jerry and the Dead so I started with a "Dark Star" jam.  Listening back to it
on the way home I could hear all the little glitches and clatters throughout
the set, but this was the very definition of 'ragged but right": the circuit
was closed and the juice was flowing.

 Dark Star jam->
 Jackaroe
 Down to Eugene
 River and Drown->
 Autumn Day->
 Wharf Rat->
 Sitting in Limbo->
 Wharf Rat->
 Lazy River Road
 Travelin' Man
 Return of the Grievous Angel
 Like a Dog->
 Terrapin->
 An American Family->
 Brokedown Palace
 The Minstrel
 ~

After "Brokedown Palace" I was thinking about winding the show down, it being
around 90 minutes in.  Someone called out that dinner as ready -- turns out
someone has been grilling chicken, fish etc. down the road, and there was a
nice potluck feed for everyone to enjoy.

A young guy sang some songs while we ate, but my attention was on the
conversations I was having over dinner.  One woman described the spiritual
experience she had during my set, which had to do with getting back in touch
with Jerry after having lost him in the '80s when the band was distracted and
the audiences were full of talkative drunks.  She told me she could feel the
love Jerry has for me and she thanked me for inhabiting his songs and keeping
them alive.  That felt good.

I hadn't planned on playing another set, and it was getting dark, but Eric
brought out a couple of stage lights and invited me to play some more, and of
course I was happy to do so.

 Our Lady of the Well->
 I Bid You Good Night->
 Leave Me
 Echolalia
 Stella Blue->
 Blue Roses
 Trying
 ~
 Falling Star


This weekend was not financially profitable -- I probably just about broke
even, counting merchandise sales -- but it was as spiritually nourishing and
musically satisfying as any performances I've ever done.  I made a lot of new
friends and fans, participated in two really powerful community events,
expanded my skills as a performer and improviser, and laid some groundwork
for future gigs.
  
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permalink #443 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Mon 27 Sep 04 11:11
    


I am really excited about this Friday's show at with the Rowan Brothers Rios
in Rio Nido (on the Russian River).  I have admired Chris and Lorin's work
since I first heard them many years ago.  We will perform separately (me
first), and then we'll all sing together at the end of the evening.  If this
goes well, we may do more dates together in the future.  (And we're all
thrilled to have our pal Barry Sless along on pedal steel and guitar!)

I'm also very happy to be hitting the road with Free Peoples in November.
We'll be performing in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington starting
right after election day (I sure hope you're registered, and I sure hope you
VOTE!).  The dates will be posted at dgans.com and freepeoples.com as soon as
they're confirmed.



•  Friday, October 1, 9:30 pm:  Rowan Brothers - Chris and Lorin - with David
Gans at Rios, 15025 River Road, Rio Nido CA. $7. 707-869-8447.  Special guest
Barry Sless on pedal steel and guitar
         
•  Saturday, October 9, 7:30 pm:  Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road,
Gualala CA. $10. 707-884-1138  http://www.gualalaarts.org/
         
•  Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 pm:  Tapestry, 727 Hilltop North, Virginia
Bch VA.  757-422-3088. Two sets!  http://www.quivaproductions.com/

•  Friday, October 15, 9:30 pm:  George Washington Book Store, 16 Union
Street South, Concord NC w/ Nth Degree. $5. 704-788-1561.
http://georgewashingtonbookstoreandtavern.com/

•  Saturday, October 16:  Private event near Greensboro NC - email
david@trufun.com for info.

•  Sunday, October 17, 8:00 pm:  DG w/ Matt and Miner at De La Luz at Temple
Ball, Carrboro NC. $7. 919-929-1208.  http://www.templeball.com/

•  Monday & Tuesday, October 18-19, 9:00pm: DG opens for Dark Star Orchestra
at Starr Hill, 709 W. Main Street, Charlottesville VA
http://www.starrhill.com

•  Thursday, October 21, 10:30 pm:  DG visits Hal Month's Deadkeys and
Friends Series: an ongoing musical exploration of the Grateful Dead.  Hal
plays solo, then DG plays solo, then the big jam ensues.  The Warehouse, 706
W. Gaines St, Tallahassee FL. $3. 850-222-6188

•  October 21-24: MagnoliaFest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in
Live Oak FL. With Donna the Buffalo, the Duhks, Railroad Earth, Vassar
Clements, and many more! 904 249 7990. DG's sets: Friday 2-3pm, Old Florida
Stage; Saturday 12:10-1pm, Main Stage; Saturday 7:10-8:20 pm, Music Hall
Stage.  http://www.magmusic.com
         
•  Saturday, October 30, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market,
across from the Grand Lake Theater at Grand and Lake Park Avenues in Oakland
CA. Free! And great produce, too.
http://www.geocities.com/splashpad/farmersmkt.html
         
•  Tuesday, November 2:  VOTE!  And then attend the headcount benefit at 12
Galaxies in San Francisco. Performers and other details TBA.
http://www.headcount.org

November 4-11: northwest tour with Free Peoples - details to be announced
soon.
  
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permalink #444 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Sun 7 Nov 04 10:03
    





I'm doing three shows in the Northwest with a terrific Bay Area band called
FREE PEOPLES.  They continue to quote the blurb I gave them for their first
album: Free Peoples kicks a certain kind of retro ass."  An acoustic quartet
with a sound that strides somewhere between bluegrass and western swing, like
Dan Hicks without the sardonic lyrics.  Great grooves, great songs, great
playing.  Sample Free Peoples at http://www.freepeoples.com and please come
hear us!


Then I play three shows in the Mt. Shasta-Ashland OR area later in the week,
before driving home to the Connecticut Yankee for a benefit for RockTheEarth.

Details at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

I hope to see you there.  If you know people in these regions, please urge
them to come to the show!  Word of mouth is everything in this business.




Monday, November 8:  David Gans and Free Peoples at the Tractor Tavern, 5213
Ballard Ave NW, Seattle. $8. 206-789-3599
http://tractortavern.citysearch.com/


Tuesday, November 9, 8:30 pm:  David Gans and Free Peoples at Graham's
Restaurant, 9989 Mount Baker Hwy, Glacier WA. $7. 360-599-1964


Wednesday, November 10, 8-10 pm:  David Gans and Free Peoples at Intaba's,
1115 S. Third Street, Corvallis OR. $5 suggested donation. 541-754-6958


Thursday, November 11, 8-11 pm:  DG solo at Lalo's Restaurant and Lounge, 520
N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta CA. $7 advance, $10 day of show. Jason Moore
opens. Tickets available from Positive Productions
(http://www.positiveproductions.net)


Friday, November 12, 6-9 pm:  DG solo at Rare Images Gallery, 216 N. Mt.
Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta CA. Mt. Shasta Skate Park benefit - $20 donation.
Jason Moore opens.  Tickets available from Positive Productions


Saturday, November 13, 8-11 pm:  DG solo at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman
Creek Road, Ashland OR.  $7 advance, $10 day of show.  Tickets available from
Positive Productions



Sunday, November 14, 9:00 pm: Benefit concert for RockTheEarth.net. Geo Trio
(Kai Eckhardt, Alan Hertz and Eric Levy), Jambay Trio, and David Gans, plus a
"superjam."  Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco. $10
minimum donation.
  
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permalink #445 of 500: the office block persecution affinity (thurzo) Wed 10 Nov 04 16:31
    
Why progressive? They should be open political centres - the missing
millions are the confused, and need exposure to politics from both sides,
and truth from both sides, more than just progressive or just conservative
prisms.
  
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permalink #446 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Thu 11 Nov 04 10:38
    

That post was meant for another topic, obviously.
  
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permalink #447 of 500: David Adam Edelstein (davadam) Fri 12 Nov 04 10:31
    
I was trying to figure out if you had said something about progressive
music upstream somewhere... 
  
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permalink #448 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Nov 04 14:56
    
Heh,
  
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permalink #449 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Mon 22 Nov 04 10:29
    


Several Gans music opportunities in the area this week and next:

Wed 11/24: San Francisco - Wake the Dead, Chris and Lorin Rowan, and DG at
   Slim's, 8:30

Fri 11/26: Oakland - DG at the Nomad Cafe on Shattuck, 7:30-9:30.  Free

Sat 11/27: Oakland - DG at the Grand Lake Farmers' Market, 9:30-1:30. Free!

Tue 11/30: Mill Valley - Free Peoples and DG at Sweetwater, 8:30


Details at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html
  
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permalink #450 of 500: David Gans (tnf) Sat 1 Jan 05 13:31
    



Greetings and happy new year!

I've got some major music action here at home in the next ten days.  A
northwest tour later this month is still being confirmed; southwest in
early Feb; southeast in March; probable midwest tour in April; and
further plans are in development.

A last-minute fill-in gig at Sweetwater in Mill Valley December 15
turned into a great event in front of a sold-out house:  Bob Weir
played half a dozen songs with Henry Kaiser and me; Chris and Lorin
Rowan, Pete Sears, Corinne West, Rik Elswit, Eric Rawlins, and bassist
Josh Zucker also played.  Sound man Andy Slote got inspired and pitched
the Sweetwater management on the idea of a monthly "Invitational"
event, and they agreed to give it a try.  The next one is coming right
up: this Thursday, January 6, with David Nelson, Stevie Coyle of the
Waybacks, Suzy Thompson, Rik Elswit, Eric Rawlins, Josh Zucker, and a
couple of surprise guests.

I hope to see you are one or more of these shows.  Please tell your
friends, too!

* * *

Thursday, January 6, 9:00 pm: MILL VALLEY CA - The Invitational at
Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton Ave.  $8.  415-388-2820.  DG with David
Nelson; Stevie Coyle of the Waybacks; Suzy Thompson; Rik Elswit; Eric
Rawlins; Josh Zucker; and surprise guests.  www.sweetwatersaloon.com

Saturday, January 8, 9:30 am-1:30 pm: OAKLAND CA - Grand Lake Farmers'
Market, at Splashpad Park across from the Grand Lake Theater at Lake
Park and Grand Avenues. Free! And great produce, too.
www.splashpad.org

Sunday, January 9, 9 am-1 pm: SAN RAFAEL CA - Marin Farmers' Market, at
the Marin Civic Center.  Free!  And great produce, too.

Sunday, January 9, 6-8:30 pm: SAN FRANCISCO CA - DG and Michael Stadler
at the Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California Street (between 21st & 22nd
Avenues). No cover, but we will pass the hat!  415-831-5620.
www.bazaarcafe.com, and in particular
http://www.bazaarcafe.com/cgi-local/m.cgi?name=Michael%20Stadler

*

NORTHWEST TOUR IN LATE JANUARY - still being booked; details will be
posted soon at www.dgans.com/gigs.html

*

Monday, February 7: MONROE UT - Zen Tricksters and DG at Mystic Hot
Springs, 475 E. 100 North. www.mystichotsprings.com

Thursday, February 10: FLAGSTAFF AZ - Dark Star Orchestra and DG at the
Orpheum, 15 W Aspen Street. DG plays between sets.
www.orpheumpresents.com

Friday, February 11: ALBUQUERQUE NM - DG and Mr. Smolin at Stella Blue,
3001 Central.  $5.  505-268-8667.  www.stellablueabq.com


More early-February southwest dates will be announced soon.

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Thursday, February 17, 8:30pm: MILL VALLEY CA - The Invitational at
Sweetwater, 153 Throckmorton. $8. Guests TBA. www.sweetwatersaloon.com

Saturday, February 19, 9am-1am PST: PLANET EARTH - Annual KPFA Grateful
Dead marathon.  Broadcast live on KPFA 94.1 fm in northern California
and KFCF 88.1 in Fresno CA; webcast via nugs.net, kpfa.org and
kfcf.org.  We've been doing this marathon every winter since 1986,
raising thousands of dollars for the venerable listener-supported radio
station and pleasing untold numbers of music lovers around the globe.
This being the 20th anniversary of my career in radio (first broadcast
was 2/18/85 on the KFOG Deadhead Hour), I will be featuring some
favorite musical moments, interviews and other material from the GDH
archive, as well as some newly-unearthed gems.  Plus live music from
Dark Star Orchestra!  Marc Evans will host a chat room for the duration
of the marathon, too.  www.trufun.com/dttw

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Details on all these performances available at www.dgans.com/gigs.html
  

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