Here we are at the Sonoma show, which was hosted by Hwy 12 Properties and Sonoma Dog Camp. We had a great time, with great sound and played about an hour and a half. The sound was so good I wanted to keep playing but finally I did have to try the fine Sonoma wine. A guy in the audience turned out to be an old acquaintance of Paul's and it was weird thinking I'd have to break the bad news to him about Paul's health. As it turned out he'd pretty much heard it already through the grapevine.
(photo Fayd Ogolon)
We had a few hours to kill before our show in Saratoga so we went to the fabulous Fleur de Coco in Los Gatos and had the most marvelous cup of cocoa imaginable, it was as Renata said "liquid candy bar".
The show was on an unusual site, a property owned by Mr and Mrs. Peck, an elderly couple that watched the concert from the 'balcony', a raised room to our left. They were quite lovely. Mrs. Peck gave us a thank you and very stately bow. It was like we were performing for the old Duke and Duchess of Silicon Valley. Their property had a narrow gauge train track, a historic 'ampitheater', and housed several homes, all old wood and stone structures. This one had so much odd ball stuff in it, (a skeleton, a stuffed peacock, a live chinchilla for example) you could have had an amazing game of I Spy.
This is sound check at 50 Mason Social House in S.F. If you're a guitar geek like me you'll want to know that the guitar is a Godin-5th Ave...It's an arch top that came out a couple of years ago and I bought it before it was named "Guitar-of-the-Year" by Guitar Player Magazine.
Playing shows, doing these little tours like the one we're on now, really helps my sanity. We all need healthy diversions.
We played a full set last night, including a slew of the songs I've written in the past year. Like American Cinematography, I Like Cats You Like Dogs, The Heavy, Somebody's Angel and so on. There was thunder lightening and rain, all very auspicious for the new songs....I want to thank the guy that came up to me after the show and told me that the music made him cry.
And thanks to Alex Jimenez and 50 Mason Social House for hosting us last night.
Thursday April 12th San Francisco 50 Mason Social House 50 Mason St. 7pm (CLB @ 9pm)
CLB and the Toyota Corolla Symphonic Trio w/Renata Bratt and Paula Luber The show will also feature the songwriting stylings of: Lily Holbrook, Jeff Desira, Celeste Ignacio, Devin Reid, Alex Jimenez ******************************
Friday APRIL 13th SONOMA House Concert: James@sonomadogcamp.com to RSVP
An evening with CLB and the Carport Orchestra...that is Renata Bratt: cello and Paula Luber: percussion Playing the Classics. And All new songs being tried and sent to heaven or the guillotines... *******************************
Saturday APRIL 14th SARATOGA (near Los Gatos) House Concert firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP CLB and the Recreational Vehicle Orchestra w Renata Bratt: cello, Paula Luber: percussion A fine time and some fine wine will be had by all...plus, we will probably sing a few songs MAKE your reservations today. Couch seating is limited.
Visiting Robin Sturgeon (son of great-influencial science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon) and his daughter, Alexander, Paul and me April 2002. Paul not showing any signs of dementia at this point, he was his usual conversational self and in the middle of editing the complete works of Theodore Sturgeon for North Atlantic Books.