2/27/2018  Entertainment News from

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Hello Good People Everywhere, Whoa Nelly do we have an EXCITING weekend of music. This Friday I’m so thrilled to present to you 3 LEGENDS in one show - attention flatpickin’ lovers, banjo and Bluegrass/Folk/Americana music at its best from Legends Bill Evans, Dan Crary and Wally Barnick at The Lab at 7pm. Get your pre-sale tickets for best seating when you hit the ticket info/link below, gonna be a stellar bluegrass of a show. On Sat. night at The Lab is the incredible James Lee Stanley on tour, a one-of-a-kind performer with solid songs, masterful musicianship and stories that will make you LOL. He has over 30 records and like wow, that’s impressive. I’m not kidding, two sensational nights in a row.

Great link of the week by Bill Evans and the history of the banjo~ Check it out. Thanks for reading and supporting live music. Enjoy the scroll.

2 Mar 2018 ~ Fri  
6:00 pm - 8:00pm
Tom Lawson
Courtside Bistro   831-484-6000
Chamisal Tennis Club ~ Off Laureles Grade
Great Food & Music

Every first and third Friday at Chamisal’s Courtside Bistro we invite different music friends to be our featured artist. Tom is sitting in for us while we are in Nashville/Memphis. You’ll love his bluesy style. Also performing is Erik Dormody! Come and enjoy the complimentary appetizers!

About: Tom Lawson, although known primarily as keyboardist/vocalist with Monterey area bands such as Blues at Eleven, strips the music down to the core of the blues experience with his solo piano and vocal performance. The music is selected from the birth of recorded blues in the 1920s onward, but it is more than just a history lesson. Each song tries to capture the emotion of the original performance and to involve the listener in the story that each song tells. Tom says,"It is one thing to play the notes but to communicate emotion demands more. I hope to do this every time I am in front of an audience."

2 Mar 2018 ~ Fri  
6:30 pm - 9:30pm
Robert Elmond Stone
Country Western
Caffe Trieste   831-241-6064
409 Alvarado Ave., Monterey
Horse riding music

Throwing a little Country Western music in the mix, and he’s quite the crowd pleaser. I book him everywhere - and you’ll soon find out why.

About: A native Californian Robert Elmond Stone grew up on the road, a military brat in air force. `Used sing some of these old songs as a youngster with his mom. His father was big on jazz and classical so he grew up with lots of musical influences and began playin` young. Much music in the house. He rediscovered his musical roots and heritage one day when he just happened to sing some old country tune and " Whoa, that felt right, just fell into place". Been singin country music ever since.

2 Mar 2018 ~ Fri  
7:30 pm - 9:30pm
  $ 25 Donation
Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick
The Lab in The Barnyard   831-235-7662
Mouth of the Valley
3 Bluegrass Pros!

Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick - 3 pros!

I want to stress Dan’s importance as one of the original innovators way back in the 1960’s of the flatpick lead guitar in acoustic folk and bluegrass music. Along with Doc Watson and Clarence White, Dan was right in there with his innovative lead guitar playing.

About: Dan Crary, Bill Evans & Wally Barnick: Americana masters join forces in new trio Join flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and SoCal acoustic favorite Wally Barnick as they come together for the first time to perform cutting edge bluegrass, folk, and Americana music. Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with founding fathers Doc Watson, Clarence White and Norman Blake in carving a role for the flatpick guitar soloist in bluegrass music. A founding member of the Bluegrass Alliance, and the "newgrass" approach, his 20+ year collaboration with Byron Berline and . . . More »

3 Mar 2018 ~ Sat  
6:30 pm - 9:30pm
Smitty & Julija
Acoustic Rock
Caffe Trieste   831-241-6064
409 Alvarado Ave., Monterey
Duo on Tour

Coming to Monterey on Tour and recommended by Jesse DeCarlo - they do a Leonard Cohen Tribute and have a ton of originals and a new CD.

About: The stage name for Scott Smith…Smitty West in collaboration with Julija Zonic have recently released a tribute album of songs of Leonard Cohen, "Smitty and Julija, To Leonard With Love." They perform regularly in the Ojai Valley, most regularly at Il Giardino Restaurant on Friday nights. Smitty is an award-winning songwriter and music producer, and is also the founder of "Ojai Songwriters Anonymous," a songwriter support group promoting the craft. Smitty`s home is Euterpe Farms, a native plant farm in Ojai, where he produces regular gatherings to celebrate local music and nature. His other activities include international h . . . More »

3 Mar 2018 ~ Sat  
7:30 pm - 9:30pm
  $ 20 Donation
James Lee Stanley
The Lab in The Barnyard   831-235-7662
Mouth of the Valley
Incredible Songwriter

James Lee Stanley is one of the most proficient songwriters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. If you are looking for a delightfully funny and thoroughly engaging musical night, look no further.

About: JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.

“James Lee Stanley, a master at relating to audiences” - The San Francisco Chronicle. “Unexpected power from one acoustic guitar” - T . . . More »

2 Mar ~ 6:00 pm
Tom Lawson

Courtside Bistro

2 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
Robert Elmond Stone

Country Western
Caffe Trieste

2 Mar ~ 7:30 pm
Dan Crary, Bill Evans &
Wally Barnick

The Lab in The Barnyard

3 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
Smitty & Julija

Acoustic Rock
Caffe Trieste

3 Mar ~ 7:30 pm
James Lee Stanley

The Lab in The Barnyard

4 Mar
9 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
Tommy Faia

Caffe Trieste

10 Mar ~ 6:00 pm
The Fields of Eden

Easy Listening
Trailside Cafe

10 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
Troy O`Shann

Acoustic Rock
Caffe Trieste

11 Mar
16 Mar ~ 6:00 pm
Kiki Wow & Friends

Easy Listening
Courtside Bistro

17 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
The Proudest Monkeys

Dance / Classic Rock / Covers
Caffe Trieste

18 Mar ~ 4:30 pm
Nell & Jim Band

Country Western
The Lab in The Barnyard

23 Mar ~ 6:30 pm
Shilstone & Wilson

Favorite Classics
Caffe Trieste

Call 831-235-7662 if you’d like to perform


FriMar 2 Robert Elmond Stone ~ Country Western
SatMar 3 Smitty & Julija ~ Acoustic Rock
FriMar 9 Tommy Faia ~ Singer/Songwriter
SatMar 10 Troy O`Shann ~ Acoustic Rock
SatMar 17 The Proudest Monkeys ~ Dance / Classic Rock / Covers
FriMar 23 Shilstone & Wilson ~ Favorite Classics
SatMar 31 The Fields of Eden ~ Easy Listening
FriApr 13 Amy Obenski ~ Acoustic Indie
SatApr 21 Hilltown ~ Bluegrass
FriMay 4 Claude Bourbon ~ Blues
SatAug 11 Rupert Wates ~ Acoustic Folk / Indie


FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS       6:30-9:30PM

Great Italian Food

World Famous Flatpicker /Banjo / Bluegrass TrioGET TICKETS & INFO

Tom Lawson - Mr. ORGANization

JW Winslow Fresh Art Show

Co-Founder of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band!

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BIG SHOW: THE LAB This Friday Night
Flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and SoCal acoustic favorite Wally Barnick LIVE @ THE LAB

Dan Crary: He is a musical legend, a pioneer of one of the most intricate, yet powerful, forms of American music, and a master of the guitar; he’s Dan Crary, a flatpicking stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance. With more than 50 years as a performer, Crary is one of the few artists whose work can be said to transcend the boundaries of style and genre. http://dancrary.com/

Bill Evans: “Bill Evans does for the five-string banjo what Van Gogh did for colour . . .treats it in a . . . More »     GET TICKETS AND INFO

Special Concert with James Lee Stanley!

LIVE AT THE LAB on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm

(Doors open at 7:00pm) $20 at the door or buy ticket online at


James Lee Stanley, humorist, guitarist, vocalist and composer will be touring here in California during March and April to support his latest CD’s, “Had Enough Yet” and the new live CD, “Alive At Last”

James Lee has toured with everyone from Robin Williams to Bonnie Raitt to Steven Wright to Art Garfunkel and has brought audiences to their feet, from the Universal Amphitheater to Carnegie Hall.

He will be performing selections from all 32 of h . . . More »     James’ website

Comfy in a Rose.

Garland Park Lecture @ CV Library
Ray Trabucco, Garland Park Ranger, is the Featured Speaker at Carmel Valley Library’s 1st Saturday Program Series on March 3, 2018 at 10:15 am

Carmel Valley, California, February 19, 2018 - Friends of the Carmel Valley Library are pleased to host Ray Trabucco, Monterey Regional Park District, a Garland Park Ranger.

Ray grew up in Merced and Hornitas, Mariposa County, a town that was once a small Mexican settlement, and has since become one of California’s storied ghost towns. He attended Fresno State where he received a BS in Plant Science and Agricultural Business in 1987.

Ray’s career began in the San Joaquin Valley a . . . More »  

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Wednesday Celtic Concert Feb. 28th
Who/What: Daimh (pronounced “Dive”) is an exciting young group from Scotland we are anxious to host! Here’s what the experts say: “Dŕimh have carved a reputation from the bedrock of Gaelic culture... authentic Gaelic music with a modern edge and a

magnificent range of expression. This could be one of the best Scottish releases of 2014.” FOLKWORLD

When: Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, 146 12th Street and Central Ave., Pacific Grove, 93950.

Tickets/Media/Info: Advance purchase tickets available at www.celticsociety.org, $20 advance, $22 at door. For info c . . . More »     Get tickets online at

The Nice Things You Say!
glad you are always out the spreading musical love and joy. I try to emulate you. Not musically just in the joy and love park❤️😇

Tracy K.

Happy Belated Valentine’s (LOVE) Day! Hugs to you and Greg.

I always enjoy the thoughts in your newsletters. Love...do we get it (or don’t get it) from nature or from

nurture? Everyone has their theories. I don’t believe there is any one way. One person can grow up in a

loving home and for some reason "turn out" dysfunctional and unable to love or be loved; while another

grows up without knowing what it is to be loved, and yet somehow grows to bec . . . More »  

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The pool is a nice 82 degrees, super comfortable to work out in. It’s fun and you will feel the results immediately. Come and work out with me in the water:

I teach 10-11AM every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at Chamisal Pool

Hope you can try it out. Feel the power of the water and work against the currents you create - it’s an awesome workout because your body stays cool while you work hard.

· Aqua is for EVERYONE – aqua is a great workout for any age group or skill level

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Link of the Week !

This is a great video by Bill Evans - the Banjo Legend - in 14 minutes learn all about the history of banjos. Enjoy.

May your week be filled with great surprises.

Yer pal,

- Kiki Wow!

For bookings or comments: kikiwow@mac.com