Friday, May 27th, 2011 @ Sweet Springs Saloon ~ Meth Leppard, Ogoun, and Altercation brought their own version of the rapture through their take on rock-n-roll. I was unable to attend this rapture blasted show. But here is one of the versions of the flyer for that show.
I had my own show going on 21.9 miles away in a backyard known as the Peace Sign House in Santa Margarita, CA ~ Blind Willies and THIS came to quell our live music fix and both did not disappoint. I believe everyone had a good time...at least I did. Our party was a pizza potluck where you bring an ingredient(s) to share to make the pizza go further. We cooked twenty plus pizza's and panicked and made more dough, which we ultimately did not need. Phew!
Here is the flyer for the Peace Sign House on Friday, May 27th, 2011...in Santa Margarita, CA. Also some pictures from the evening. Photographs taken by: Kenny McCarthy & Video's taken by: (me)
Sunday, May 29th @ The Educated Gardener in Santa Margarita we celebrated Bike Month with the Third Annual Pedal To Paella. Thanks in advance to Regional Ride Share for granting Tom Smith grant money to cover food and other expenses. Also thank you to the Bicycle Coalition of SLO. Both organizations do a lot for the community throughout the year. When Bike Month, May, comes around everyone hustles. So, what is Pedal To Paella? Well the idea originated from Tom Smith local Santa Margaritan, fellow bike enthusiast, and all around fun guy. He thought it would be fun to have a family event that was all ages friendly that included a bike ride through our small town and then enjoy mass amounts of Paella. The entry fee is your bike, and an ingredient(s) for the Paella, or one or the other. Then of course there is live music, this is where I come in, and we have music throughout the eating frenzy. In short Pedal To Paella is a bike ride, paella/food potluck frenzy, live local music, and community. All of this, of course, takes place at, Tom & Simone's lovely nursery, The Educated Gardener - 22210 El Camino Real . Santa Margarita, CA 93453. The party does not just happen. Food does not just automatically appear. There is a lot of preparation, cleaning, detailing, and organizing that goes on behind the scenes. Which by the time everyone arrives is often missed. So I wanna thank Tom and Simone to start with and thank them for letting me be a part of such an event and for letting me book the music for the past three years. Pedal To Paella is a fun event indeed. Also, Mark, Kim (who usually helps but was sick this year), Gilbert, Jan, and my lovely wife Juliane. We all arrived at the nursery this year at 9am. We moved plants, potted plants, weed around nursery, weed eater everywhere, shovel, lift, hoist, move, push, climb ladders, clean, lights, lights, lights, P/A, scrub, setup, make fire, and this year we had two hours or so to kill. We were way ahead of schedule. Yay for us.
The past two years the Pedal to Paella band was Bad Assets, high energy straight forward no punches pulled Rawk-N-Roll. Deathbear. Deathbear. Deathbear. Was one of this years bands. They got up on stage and going on after filling their bellies full of paella and beer. Deathbear, our, one of our local favorite's, at least in my mind, a very solid, tight, and very fun band named so they draw you in and scare you with their talent at the same time. Hell their own sounds like description on myspace is "Someone putting a screwdriver in a pencil sharpener." Ha, ha, ha. Well I find that funny other people might be disgusted or annoyed with pinched face. Oh, well you cannot please them all can you. Um that is a big NOPE. It kinda reminds of the person that night that gave me their opinion of the music, um, they said "The music needs to be more tranquil to go with the setting." *%$#. I mean who says that when you get to eat for basically free, and drink for free by the time everybody brings stuff to share. First off, everyone had fun, and I did not ask for your opinion, second, it is our party, our labor of love, and for the most part free for you. This party isn't a spa it is a party. Next time stay in your backyard and Enya it up and have a tranquil good time. I bet this person didn't bring an ingredient or ride their bike or donate to the bands, to Pedal To Paella, or anything to help out in the future for a local community event. Deathbear are Expat Records LLC., recording artist's and they hit us with their brand of pop/rock like putting a screwdriver in a pencil sharpener, complete with Thin Lizzy cover, and ending their set with the Golden Girls theme song 'Thank You For Being A Friend.' The second band...I honestly did not know what to think or expect when I asked Hawkins Chemical Table to play. Needless to say, they were seriously funny in a Devo / Angry Samoans / The Monks with a trumpet kind of way. They were hilariously wonderful. This is an invite Hawkins Chemical Table, seriously, you can play our dog's queencinera anytime and we will stare at the Quaker Oats man together, get bad haircuts, drink Gatorade because it will be in us and do each other all night long cuz that is how boys are. Hawkins Chemical Table has an eight song demo out called 'So_________It Hurts.' Look them up on Facebook, the two previous links, there is an address you can order from and the damn thing is only $3.00. Support local music people. Support local art. Support, Support, Support. Both bands were a lot of fun and both bands very into what they were doing and doing it well. I know I have already hugged them, shook their hands, stepped on their toes in the process. However, thank you again to both bands. Seriously good times. Hey and guess what the bands were not doing covers they were doing their own thing. They were being young, creative, and unique. I would not have it any other way. I hope I am still booking bands, of this caliber, in this fashion when I am 70, and when I die I hope Meth Leppard, High On Fire, Flipper, Deathbear, Bad Brains, Hawkins Chemical Table, DUB-ROBOT, and Motorhead are playing, full volume, in the background with everyone drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes enjoying themselves. This last weekend was fun. Looking forward to Pedal To Paella IV.