11/27/2018  Entertainment News from

What a Shot!

Providing Quality Live Entertainment for the Monterey Peninsula


photo by Bart Keagy

Hello Friends, I trust you are all recovery from carb and sugar overload this week. We had a fantastic Thanksgiving Day. It was especially good for me because I didnít have to cook a thing, my job was to bring the rolls (easy enough)! I helped clean up which was the least I could. I love when weíre invited over for such a big meal because my timing to serve everything hot, or even warm, all at the same time is a challenge - so thankfully the pressure was off.

My Featured Show this weeks is DAN & LAUREL this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8pm so be sure to get your tickets at the link provided below for best seating or you can get them at the door. These two super talented and entertaining musicians are promoting their new CD. We very much appreciation your presence.

I have some FANTASTIC NEWS - A WINDOW OPENED: I am working with a new venue that has not one, but two bars AND music rooms - one for bands, the other for singer/songwriters. Planet Gemini has been taken over by new management/Owner Mo (who also owns Moís Alley in Santa Cruz) and he is putting his heart into making this location a solid live music venue and destination on the Central Coast for great bands. This Friday there from 7-9 I present "New Rome Theatre" an incredible trio - keep in mind, thereís NO COVER! Reggae music starts at 9pm in the other room. Tell your friends and see below for more details as there is a BIG BIG fundraiser show from 1pm to 1am this Sat. to raise money for Paradise Fire Victims. Check it all out below. I am really excited my band Fields of Eden will be performing New Yearís Eve at First Night Monterey at the fabulous new Portola Conference Center. Get your tickets now and save money, details below!

The link of the week at the end is just plain funny when you put a dog and a car wash together! Have a playful week and thanks again for your great support.

30 Nov 2018 ~ Fri  
7:00 pm - 9:00pm
New Rome Theater
Acoustic Rock
Planet Gemini  
2110 N. Fremont Street in Seaside
Fantastic Vocals

This new trio is killing it! Tight harmonies, wonderful musicianship and a set list you will absolutely love. We have some great musicians in Monterey - please come and enjoy what they have to offer. No cover!

About: A trio of like minded musicians ready for a new musical adventure found reason to form a band known as "NEW ROME THEATER". Founding member Dave Phillips when asked about the name answers simply "It`s just another way to describe our country today". The answer may be ambiguous but the obvious love and respect for the songs they`ve chosen to cover definitely is not. Dave is also fhappy tyo tell you he`s "in a girl band!" And he means it too. Partnered with keyboardist Nancy Phillips and Jeanne Wooster, a singer & composer who has played gigs both solo & in bands in various cities around the country, have been working hard to sp . . . More »

1 Dec 2018 ~ Sat  
1:00 pm - 12:00am
  $ 25 Get Advance Tickets
Dance / Classic Rock / Covers
Planet Gemini  
2110 N. Fremont Street in Seaside
Help Fire Victims

Want to help the Fire Victims of Paradise? This is the way to help - bands bands and more bands.

About: There are so many bands I can`t even name them all so see flyer below. Attending this event will help so many fire victims and will be a terrific way to welcome the new owner, Mo (owner of Mo`s Alley) to this area who fully supports live music. This venue is killer - two stages - two bars and really good people. Parking in the back.

1 Dec 2018 ~ Sat  
8:00 pm - 10:00pm
  $ 20 Get Advance Tickets
Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen
Acoustic Folk / Indie
The Lab in The Barnyard   831-235-7662
Mouth of the Valley
Outstanding Duo

These two met online - theyíve been gigging together ever since. It was a match made íonlineí and its the gift that keeps on giving. They have made several CDs already and tour the world. Donít miss their performance of their new songs on their newest CD.

About: Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a rare musical chemistry, Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, both powerful and magnetic talents in their own rights, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but alive and well. In a relatively short time frame, the Alt-folk duo has overcome adversity to circumnavigate North America, logging over 25,000 miles, 130 concerts, and releasing their debut CD. With influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time, and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N` Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, . . . More »

7 Dec 2018 ~ Fri   (1st of each month)
6:00 pm - 8:00pm
Fields of Eden
Easy Listening
Courtside Bistro   831-484-6000
Chamisal Tennis Club ~ Off Laureles Grade
Kiki Wow & Friends 1st Fridays

Iíll be singing and playing with Greg E on drums and Mark Whittington on bass and Steward Pilkenton on Guitar. Non members are welcome and complimentary appetizers are served early. Get there and enjoy the view and sunset against the castle cliff rocks.

About: Fields of Eden is an Acoustic Rock Band that plays the classic rock hits covering the last three decades. This fun loving group delivers timeless songs just the way you first heard them and cover artists like ELP, Todd Rundgren, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Coldplay, The Verve Pipe, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, The EaglesÖ a mixed bag of songs and something for everybody.

Fields of Edenís members are The Edenfields: Lead singer/guitarist, Kiki Wow, whose engaging vocals and rhythm guitar hit a delightful and familiar chord that has audiences tapping and singing along from the first song on. Drummer and mix engineer, Greg Ede . . . More »

7 Dec 2018 ~ Fri  
7:00 pm - 9:00pm
Tom Lawson
Planet Gemini  
2110 N. Fremont Street in Seaside
Blues Piano Man

Tom plays so well its in his blood. His blood is blue through and through. He makes you feel what heís singing and playing - a true gem of a musician and Iím honored to call him my friend.

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."

30 Nov ~ 7:00 pm
New Rome Theater

Acoustic Rock
Planet Gemini

1 Dec ~ 1:00 pm

Dance / Classic Rock / Covers
Planet Gemini

1 Dec ~ 8:00 pm
Dan Frechette &
Laurel Thomsen

Acoustic Folk / Indie
The Lab in The Barnyard

7 Dec ~ 6:00 pm
Fields of Eden

Easy Listening
Courtside Bistro

7 Dec ~ 7:00 pm
Tom Lawson

Planet Gemini

8 Dec ~ 7:00 pm
The Rayburn Bros.

Planet Gemini

14 Dec ~ 7:00 pm

Planet Gemini

15 Dec
21 Dec ~ 6:00 pm
Fields of Eden

Easy Listening
Courtside Bistro

21 Dec ~ 7:00 pm
Mark Shilstone &
Rod Wilson

Favorite Classics
Planet Gemini

2110 North Fremont St., Monterey, CA
Acoustic Live Music from 7-9pm - No Cover! | Live Bands from 9-Midnight

FriNov 30 New Rome Theater ~ Acoustic Rock
SatDec 1 SPECIAL EVENT!!! ~ Dance / Classic Rock / Covers
FriDec 7 Tom Lawson ~ Blues
SatDec 8 The Rayburn Bros. ~ Americana
FriDec 14 Hilltown ~ Bluegrass
FriDec 21 Mark Shilstone & Rod Wilson ~ Favorite Classics
FriDec 28 Tommy Faia ~ Singer/Songwriter
SatDec 29 Kiki & The Wowettes ~ Acoustic Rock

New Evening Class at Chamisal

This Saturdayís Shopping Fun

Live at the Lab - Dan & Laurel on Dec. 1 at 8pm

Help the Fire Victims Fundraiser

Reserve Your Date for Company Party

Christmas In Italy in Seaside

Eyes on YOU Party - December Holiday Party

Planet Gemini Under New Management
Planet Gemini is under New Management now and the new Owner is Mo, who also owns Moís Alley in Santa Cruz. He is excited to be in this area and I gotta say, that venue is staged for the best concerts and live music venue in this area. Mo is a really cool guy and heís hoping the community will come and check out the venue and Iíll be booking bands there that I know you will want to see. There are two different rooms there - one in the front for singer/songwriters and the other room is for bands. Really great venue with parking in the back. With Monterey running out of live music venues, I do hope you will stop in to say Hello to . . . More »     Website needs updated but here it is

This is THE BEST Advice Ever
Give this list to all of your kids and their kids.  

A film about Music in and Freedom of Expression
Stronger Than Bullets, is a film about a unexpected music "explosion" in Libya during the Arab Spring. This story documents the genesis of a counter-culture, a "mini-Woodstock", as musicians wrote and performed original songs supporting the revolution. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival and Best Soundtrack at the 2017 Seeyousound International Music Film Festival in Turin, Italy. A synopsis of the film is below: Libya 2011. A defiant music scene erupts during the revolt against Gaddafi. As the Revolution rages around them, musicians capture the hearts of the people, and strike a chord for free . . . More »     Watch the trailer

Good idea...

Booking Corporate Events, Christmas Parties

  photo by Kiki Wow

Super Excited to be working The Monterey Beach House (in Monterey, not PG) booking corporate events, Christmas Parties, Weddings, Private Parties and Special Events like Monthly Beach Parties for locals at this gorgeous facility right on the beach in Monterey - to the right of Wharf 2. Itís the only venue with full beach access in Monterey where its legal to have an alcoholic drink, plenty of parking, an AMAZING OCEAN VIEW, impeccable kitchen, gourmet chefs, full bar, stage, games, clean and spacious, special ceiling string lights. Iím so excited about this venue - like a new chapter in my life with unlimited potential, including . . . More »     Check it out - many photos too

Accepting Vocal Students for CV Choir
Vocal coach and teacher Anne Burleigh is now accepting vocal students for the Carmel Valley Choir. All of her students, including myself, absolutely love her teaching style and appreciate what she has done for us. I can speak personally that my voice has changed so much for the better. She has taught me so much about my breathing and support and has made this journey more fun that I could imagine. Iím singing songs I never thought I could sing. If you are desiring to have some great fellowship with some awesome women, this is a great group to be with. Call Anne Burleigh at 831-233-8308  

Attention Songwriters! A Nearby Retreat
Greetings Music Lovers & Makers:

I recently had the privilege of leading the 15th annual Ireland Retreat among writers from seven countries, who created over thirty vibrant songs.

The week reminded me again of how powerful the Listening Room Retreat experience can be when a group of diverse talents come together in a setting, structure and spirit dedicated to encouraging and supporting new inspiration.

2019 offers similar opportunities in California, Italy, Denmark and Ireland, with early registration discounts, varied housing options, interest free payment plans and referral discounts to help more writers say YES to . . . More »     For more info

Words of Wisdom

What can we do to help?
Some wonderful musicians are getting together this Sat. at Planet Gemini to raise funds for the victims of the nearby fires. Details are on the flyer above. Do stop in its for a good cause.


Thanks for Reading & For Your Support
If you need details about an event go to my website at kikiwow.com and click on Events on the left. Anything that is underlined you can click on and go to that site (i.e. venue, bands)

Your donations are very much appreciated. Anything you give will help.

If youíd like to advertise an event or garage sale, sell a guitar, its only $25 a week for an ad and my blast now reaches over 8000 people who have signed up to receive it!

Just hit the link below to contribute to the cause.     Thanks for Taking the time to Donate

Can You Help A Fellow Musician in Need?
Many of you have been asking for a Wes update, and weíll address that after a brief funding plea. Our bald broís docs are see-sawing on the direction that his treatment will take thus drawing out the process which concerns Wes due to the increased time he will be off work. While we have hit our goal (and a little then-some) we are hoping to add to the pot to cover the unexpected treatment time and other unforeseen expenses. As before, if you can think of anyone who might be willing to help out, please forward this to them, using this link: https://www.gofundme.com/a-little-help-for-wes. And most importantly, thank you for your ongoi . . . More »     Go Fund Me Page for Wes

Going Out of Business Sale - Donít Miss
After 50 years of business, the Brintons are retiring so now is the time to get THE best prices on outdoor furniture at The Lemon Tree located at 8 Pilot Road in Carmel Valley. Tell Jayne that Kiki sent you!

Free Delivery in most of Monterey County.   Just call Jayne at 831-298-7147

Need Music for your Private Party?

  photo by Kiki Wow

Thank you for your music referrals! Need music for your company party, wedding, celebration? Give me a call and Iíll find the musicians you need and hook you up with the best entertainment available in the peninsula. Any Style - Any Budget - I will send you the best!

Summer Parties - Anniversaries - Retirements - Music Makes It More Fun! Call Kiki at 831-235-7662 for your entertainment needs.     Kikiís Website

New Evening Class at 6PM H20 Fitness w/Kiki
Kikiís Water Fitness Classes -- GREAT WORKOUT!

We meet at Chamisal 10AM to 11AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

The water keeps your body stays cool while you work hard and you end up working harder!

NEW EVENING CLASS AT 6PM - Címon what are you waiting for, give it a try. Easy on the joints, great for the muscles. Aqua is for EVERYONE Ė any age group or skill level. Burns 400-500 calories during a class Ė this is a FULL BODY workout combining strength and cardio using water weights and your own body resisting the water.     chamisal.com

House Sitting & Pet Sitting Services
If you plan on going away for a vacation, holidays or business trip, be sure to send me your dates so I can mark you on my calendar. Weekends and holidays fill up fast.

Music and Pets are my thing! See my website below for references and details below or simply call me at 831-235-7662

Greg & Kiki: "We are proud to say we have over 51 pets we care for throughout the year! Best job we ever had - add music and its a wonderful life."

This is Cubie - I love animals, they are so easy to love.     See my website for testimonials & rates

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Link of the Week !

Hereís a cute clip of what happens when you put a dog and a car wash together. Enjoy.

May your week be filled with great surprises.

Yer pal,

- Kiki Wow!

My talented husband, Greg

For bookings or comments: kikiwow@mac.com