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At Port Costa's Bull Valley Roadhouse Thurs. 8/14! [08.06.2014]
Hello friends of Loretta!

We are pleased as punch to be headed back up to the delightful town of Port Costa on Thursday, Aug. 14th – this time to play at the famed Bull Valley Roadhouse ( http://www.bullvalleyroadhouse.com/ )! We’ll be playing in the historic bar room starting at 7:00 and we’ll offer up a coupla sets ending by 8:45 or so.

If you haven’t been to Port Costa – you are really in for a treat! From a recent review - “Everything in Port Costa is wild, whimsical, or wicked.” It’s a town that time forgot, both sweet and derelict and full of character. The Bull Valley Roadhouse is no exception – check out the Chronicle review here: http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/diningout/article/Bull-Valley-Roadhouse-Port-Costa-old-time-vibe-4264416.php#photo-4153358

If you are tired afterwards, make a reservation at the Burlington Hotel right next door!

Loretta will be playing both old and new tunes to tap your feet and tipple to. Join us!



Sunday Brunch at the Burlington Hotel June 29th [06.21.2014]
Hello LorettaFans!

We had such a good time at the Monkey House last month, we thought we’d do it again soon! Join us as we play a brunch-time couple of sets at the incomparable Burlington Hotel Sunday, June 29th from 11 AM - 1 PM. The Burlington Hotel ( http://thehotelburlington.com/ ) is a Victorian jewel located in the wee and magical town of Port Costa, CA close to the Benecia bridge in the North bay. Come let us serenade you as you sip freshly ground coffee and sample buttery fresh-baked pound cake and cornbread topped with local honey (just in case you need to provide sweetness to counter some of our bitter songs, tender as they may be. Best of all, it’s a free show!

We want to see your shining Sunday faces - join us in Port Costa!



May Mischief at the Monkey House [05.20.2014]
Hola compadres!

We are happy to announce that after a lengthy respite Loretta Lynch will be playing out in full band format Saturday, May 31st at the Monkey House (1638 University Ave in Berkeley – right next to the pole dancing school ;-). We’ll be testing out some new material as well as hauling out some familiar tunes. Joining us to swap sets will be Monkey-in-chief Ira Marlowe himself, along with his own band including bassist Peter Gillette and some special guests.

Newsflash - Ira has just signed on to write music for the San Francisco Mime Troupe! Now we'll like 'em even more.

Haven’t been to the Monkey House? It’s truly a delightful, intimate and informal venue created for those who love music unadulterated by the sound of espresso machines and bar noise. Bring your own delicious beverages and snacks and meet new people (or curl up on a couch) while you watch and listen to your favorite local music on professional stage and sound system. Read more about the MH and other "living room stages" here:


Doors at 7, Show at 7:30 sharp. Reserve your seats now! reservations@themonkeyhouse.org (specify 5/31 Loretta Lynch show in the subject line!)

See you there,



Loretta's Spring in action! The monkey House, Freight and Salvage and more ... [04.11.2014]
Hola friends of Loretta!

Albert Schweitzer once said that “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” One might add dogs and maybe an occasional unique chicken to this, but there is no doubt about the music element. To that end we want to to let you know about some upcoming gigs – all Loretta-related! We’ve been busy busy busy, both working on the new material, collaborating with others and booking some solo gigs as well.

First, don’t miss our own Ari Fellows-Mannion for a night of dark and sparkling stories Saturday, April 26th at Ira Marlowe’s now-infamous Monkey House (1638 University Ave in Berkeley)! She’ll be sharing the bill with the Monkey-Master himself, Ira Marlowe, and with the fabulous High-Diving Horses (the duo of Danny & Laura Allen). Joining for Ari’s songs will be percussionist Chris Shirley. If you haven't been to the Monkey House yet, you are in for even more of a treat. It’s is a cool low-volume venue, all plush and dark, with excellent sound - you can actually hear the lyrics. (It's also a cheap date, as no refreshments are sold: you can bring your own, from swill to the most delicate of cordials.) Doors at 7:30, show from 8-10, all-ages. Reserve your spots & get more info here.

Then – the gals of Loretta are happy as (healthy) honeybees to be singing harmony vocals once again for the amazing Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora at the Freight and Salvage Friday, May 2nd. This is going to be an amazing night, as also joining Maurice will be bassist Mike Anderson, English songstress Pam Brandon, jazz pianist Randy Craig, violinist Steve Kallai and Ken Owen on the drums, and Jeanine "on-the-tambourine" Richardson on hand percussion. As Maurice says, the new Freight is certainly the nicest venue anyone on the Americana circuit can play. If you haven't been there yet either, know that it's designed from the ground up as a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, tuned concert hall for acoustic music. Even the seats are comfortable, custom designed, springy-back sorts. How far we have come! Get your tickets now! Doors 7 PM Show promptly at 8 PM http://thefreight.org/

As if this weren’t enough, Dan Olmsted’s band Dandeline will be playing at Port Costa’s historic Burlington Hotel Friday, May 30th. Another amazing venue, and an opportunity to see this sweet as cherry pie duo in a rare and intimate performance. And the show is FREE! For more info, visit www.thehotelburlington.com (Loretta will be playing there in full band format in late June – more on that soon!)

But wait – there’s more!!! Loretta will be playing the aforementioned Monkey House in full band format, with the ultra-talented Nathan Moy on cajón Saturday, May 31st! We’ll send more information about that soon, but be prepared for new songs to alternately tickle your funny bone and make you recall misspent youth.

Spring has sprung! Join us for some or all of these dates. We miss you!



On a little break! [02.21.2014]
Howdy LorettaFans -

We'll be taking a short hiatus this winter/early spring, but don't despair! We'll be back before you know it with brand spanking new material, ready to serenade you all!

See you soon,


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