Gans gigs: Bay Area this weekend, festival preview, etc

First of all, thanks to all who listened and contributed to KPFA during the annual Grateful Dead marathon. We had a great time and raised around $23,000 for the station. Peter Rowan dropped by in the afternoon, guitar in hand, and David Nelson visited in the evening. You can hear those portions of the broadcast – plus an interview with author Jim Tuedio – on my blog . And you can make a donation to KPFA any time at

I have a busy weekend coming up, and a weird sleep schedule due to an early-morning start time (weather permitting) in San Rafael on Sunday.

Monday night I’ll be at the Freight with Rubber Souldiers, opening for Wake the Dead in a benefit for the Haiti relief efforts of Doctors without Borders. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

If you’re planning to come to the Marin Farmers’ Market Sunday morning, please check the weather before you head out; if it’s raining hard, I will have to stay home.

The summer festival season is starting to take shape. I’ll be scheduling other performances around the festivals, including house concerts. If you’re interested in hosting a house concert, please contact me.

And as always, please stay tuned to for the latest.

P.S. I am getting ready to release a “digital single” – a song called “Life Is a Jam,” recorded in December with a GREAT band: Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band) on keyboards; Mark Karan (Ratdog, Jemimah Puddleduck), guitar; Joe Kyle, Jr (The Waybacks), bass; Dave Brogan (ALO), drums; Zac Matthews (Hot Buttered Rum) and Bear Kittay, background vocals. We’ll be offering three takes, each with a unique jam at the end. Stay tuned.

P.P.S. East Bay residents, please be on the lookout for the Spring 2010 issue of Edible East Bay; I wrote and photographed a story on Blue Bottle Coffee (see page 20). You’ll also find articles there on two other local favorites: Barlovento Chocolates and the Taco Grill (located in the Fruitvale Public Market in Oakland). Readers elsewhere will find the text of my story here (and while we’re on the subject, extra special thanks to Leticia at the Taco Grill for providing lunch for the phone volunteers at KPFA on marathon day!).

Whew! Nuff said. Here are the gigs:

Saturday, February 27, 8 pm: The China Cats, David Gans, and Jeni Swerdlow’s DRUMMM at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA. $10

Sunday, February 28, 9 am to 1 pm: Marin Farmers’ Market at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael CA. Free! Great organic produce, prepared foods, etc.

Monday, March 1, 8pm: Wake the Dead and Rubber Souldiers play a benefit for Haiti relief at the Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley CA. Tickets are on sale now!

Saturday, March 6: Sutter Creek Theater, Sutter Creek CA. 916-425-0077. I will be leading a trio – myself plus Zac Matthews on mandolin and Mike Sugar on bass.

Thursday, April 8, 8:30am to 1pm: Marin Farmers’ Market at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael CA. Free! Great organic produce, prepared foods, etc.

Saturday, April 10, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, at Splash Pad Park (Lake Park and Grand Avenues), Oakland. Free! Great organic produce, prepared foods, etc.

April 23-24: Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance, Silk Hope NC

Thursday, May 6, 8pm: The Curios, Michael Foley, and DG at the Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley.

May 28-30: Desert Rocks Music Festival, Moab UT

Wednesday, June 16, 4-8pm: Fairfax Farmers’ Market, in Bolinas Park, Fairfax CA

June 25-27: Full Moon Jam in June, Arizona Beach Lodge, Port Orford OR
July 2-5: Grateful Fest at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Nelson/Garrettsville OH
July 29-August 1: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT
August 13-15: A Bear’s Picnic, Laurelton PA
September 9-12: Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, Harrodsburg KY

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