Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Music Weekend

Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers

We started out last weekend with a music vibe!  Larry and I saw Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers at the Original Farmers Market.  I must say, the show was delightful. Deke is one of the best guitar players I've ever known. His side men were also fantastic! Most of Deke's original songs are in the Bakersfield country style, made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. This just happens to be my MOST favorite music! 
Audrey and Jeff joined us for dinner and the show. We also ran into other friends. EB's Bar at the Farmers Market has free shows scheduled all summer!
To continue the music vibe, on Saturday morning I convened with my Ukulele Workshop at Boulevard Music in Culver City. This intermediate class is led by musician, Cali Rose. We always have a great time! Added plus, this session, my besties, Natalie and Mary Jo are taking the Workshop with me!
Natalie and Mary Jo
On Sunday evening, we zoomed out to Santa Monica for a pre-show dinner at the gastro-pub, The Brixton. This is a fun spot with heart-clogging food, so you know it's delicious!

The Brixton sits right across the street from Rae's Coffee Shop, a googie-style building that could use some paint and powder. Rae's has a quirky schedule because it's often in-demand for film shoots, so if you want to eat there, call first.
Rae's Restaurant, Santa Monica
After dinner at The Brixton, we walked down the block to McCabe's Guitar Shop. We had tickets for Dave Alvin's 25th Anniversary Show of his landmark record, "The King Of California." The show was great. Dave and his producer, side-man, Greg Liesz were in fine form. I haven't seen Greg perform in ages, so it was a real treat to hear him on Sunday night. The show opened with singer/songwriter, Christy McWilson and her drummer/singer, Blackie Sleep. They were a perfect opener for Dave and Greg. Christy also joined Dave and Greg on a few numbers.
Blackie Sleep and Christy McWilson

Dave Alvin, Christy McWilson and Greg Liesz
Musically, it was a very inspiring weekend! Now it's time to practice my ukulele!

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