I’ve been on a music hiatus and I don’t like it. My much cherished callouses on my fingertips I earned from two years of playing the electric bass are going soft. I have one kid headed for high school graduation and college, senior prom, the whole 9 yards, and two children’s birthdays this month.
I know what you’re thinking, “Excuses, excuses!”
I know, I know! I need a good swift kick …
Not much room this week, so until next week, keep on playin!’
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So, with a “One, two – one, two, three, four”:
Summer concerts with Eagles sound
The line-up for the free Summer Concert Series at Minden Park includes: Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” tonight; the Comstock Cowboys on July 13; the Jeff Jones Band on July 27; the John Jorgenson Quintet on Aug. 10; and the Michael Powers Band on Aug. 24.
The Concerts in the Park, presented by the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, are from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the exception of the last concert, the Michael Powers Band, which will perform from 6-8 p.m. All concerts are held at Minden Park.
The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, but many families like to bring their own picnic dinners. For more information, call the parks and recreation department at 782-9828.
Karaoke at 88 Cups
Martin Garry of Garry’s Mobile Music will be the disc jockey at Minden Village’s 88 Cups Pavilion today. All donations will be given to the Douglas County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Music and entertainment will start at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, tables, food and drink or visit one of the Village’s restaurants and be ready to join in or enjoy watching karaoke. Minden Village is located at Highway 395 and Lucerne Street. For more information, call Garry at 450-3737.
Rockin’ at Sharkey’s
At Sharkey’s Casino, 1440 Highway 395, Gardnerville, entertaining in the Horseshoe Bar tonight and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight will be Brian Lester. Lester, who plays classic rock ‘n’ roll and country, is a repeat performer, welcomed back at Sharkey’s.
For more information, call 782-3133.
The Bank’s got tunes
David Jobe will be playing jazz and blues tunes 6:30-10:30 p.m. today at The Bank Parlor & Pub.
The Bank will be closed Saturday through Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.
The Bank now has open mic on Thursday nights, hosted by Dean Brownell. Brownell plays a variety of instruments including rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and congas and is both a lead and a backup singer. Come play solo or accompanied by others. Bring your instruments.
The Bank Parlor & Pub is located at 1596 Esmeralda Ave. Call 783-4770 for information.
Buckaroos features karaoke, open mic
Today, 8 p.m. to midnight, Dale Jantzen will host karaoke at Buckaroos Saloon.
Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight Ted Nagel will host karaoke.
Sunday 1-5 p.m. there will be an open mic with “Johnny Fingers” and the Coppertunes.
Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. Dale Jantzen will host karaoke.
Buckaroos is located at 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. For information, call general manager Steve Orlando at 782-9693. Bonus slots are now available.
Acoustic sounds in Markleeville
A newcomer to the Wolf Creek Restaurant & Cutthroat Saloon in Markleeville is Dory Smith. He will be playing acoustic folk and rock ‘n’ roll starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. David Michener “the kid” will be the bartender. Food is available in the bar or in the dining room of the restaurant. For more information, call (530) 694-2150.
Music is always Inn
Radio Rage appears Tuesday through May 27, Atomika returns May 29 through June 3 and various duos entertain on Monday nights. Cabaret Lounge live entertainment is presented with no cover and no minimum. The 45-minute shows start at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Radio Rage offers a complete spectrum of musical styles as they perform a diversity of male and female hits from classic rock to modern rock and R&B to disco and current hip-hop/pop. Radio Rage members have performed with internationally known artists such as Michael Bolton, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, Jonathan Cain, David Foster, The Divinyls and more.
Atomika is a diverse variety band with youthful, energetic musicians. Leader Liz Duran, Mark Twohey, Paul Zogby and Ian Tourvall entertain all with chart-topping hits from top 40, rock, R&B, pop, standards – even alternative and dance.
This week’s scheduled Monday night group is Naked City.
The Carson Valley Inn is located on Highway 395 in Minden. For information visit http://www.cvinn.com or call 782-9711.
Villa After Dark
Jazz entertainer David Jobe will appear Saturday night at Villa san Marcel. Live jazz music will be performed during dinner. Dinners, Italian cuisine, are served starting at 5 p.m. and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.
Villa san Marcel features The After Dark Ultra Lounge 10 p.m. to closing on Fridays. Dance the night away or simply relax in a tranquil atmosphere.
Villa san Marcel is located at 1799 Ironwood Drive, between Danny’s Ironwood Grill and the Mandarin Gourmet. For more information call 783-4987.
Rockin’ the Ranchos
Boodler’s Bar and Grubshack, formerly The Stone Pony, has music planned every weekend. Monday is karaoke night beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday open mic is at 8 p.m. and on Saturday live music by Rad-Ral the “human juke box” also starts at 8 p.m.
Boodler’s Bar and Grubshack is located at 1302 Langley Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For information, call owners Keith Endlich or Jeffery Shackleton at 265-8841.
Two trios at Walley’s
Every Wednesday and Thursday night music can be heard while dining at David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs and Spa, 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa.
— The Big Tsunami plays every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at Walley’s. The Big Tsunami performs island, contemporary and traditional music, as well as local standards.
— On Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m. the Red Davidson Trio performs “easy to listen to mainstream jazz” on bass, drums and piano.
Free ukulele lessons for young musicians
This summer free ukulele lessons will be offered at the Eddy Street Book Exchange by local musician David Smith. Musicians 8 to 14 are welcome. The lessons will start in June and will be held on Sunday afternoon. There will be a $20 charge for a ukulele and music materials. The lessons will be free. Call 782-5484 for more information.
Sunday, June 24, 2:30 – 5:00 P.M. Acoustic Jam, at the Eddy Street Book Exchange, local musicians will host an acoustic jam. If you play any kind of acoustic instrument, join us for a song and some good company. Folks who don’t play, but who may want to sing along or just listen, are also welcome. All levels of experience are welcome. If you would like to play and have some songs you’d like to share, please bring a few copies of the lyrics, chord or tab sheets (not many of us read music). Eddy Street Book Exchange, 1225 Eddy Street, Gardnerville 782-5484
Evening at the Comstock
The annual charity dinner, live/silent auction and concert to benefit children with autism, An Evening on the Comstock, will take place on Aug. 4 at Buffalo Creek Ranch, 319 Jones Lane, Gardnerville. The event features music by David John and the Comstock Cowboys. Tickets are $100 and are available at Casa Bella Home & Garden Center in Minden, Glen Eagles Restaurant in Carson City and online at FeatOfTheCarsonValley.org. Tee off to benefit FEAT the day before on Aug. 3. The FEAT benefit weekend begins Aug. 3 with the Buffalo Creek Invitational Golf Tournament at Genoa Lakes Golf Course. To register for the golf tournament or to sponsor the event, e-mail email@example.com or for information visit http://www.FeatOfTheCarsonValley.org or call 782-4138.
— Jo Rafferty is the People editor at The Record-Courier.