Loretta is pleased as punch to be playing Oakland's famed and fun First Fridays this Friday, Sept. 6th on the outdoor stage at 24th and Telegraph. We play promptly at 6:30, and only til 7, so grab your snacks, join us and then stroll around to visit the galleries and other attractions. The themes for this festival are Korean Culture and Oakland Pride - you can see the amazing drumming of UCB's EGO as well as Korean Fan Dancing from Mesook Ko and Urisawe. We're lucky enough to be sharing the stage with drag king sensations Momma's Boyz as well as LGBTQ Latinx dance troupe Ensamble Folcorico Colibri.
As if that weren't enough, the women of Loretta will be joining forces with our favorite Honky Tonk revisionists Crying Time We'll be singing as part of a supergroup ensemble (Val Esway. Maurice Tani, Danny Allen, Joe Rut and of course Jill Rogers) to pay tribute to the late great George Jones. We'lll be joined by the always amazing Bobby Black, who played with the man himself. But more - there's a recording coming out! You, too, can be part of this amazing project by pre-ordering - check out this Indiegogo King George page. Do mark your calendars for live shows September 21 and 27 at Armandos and the Ivy Room respectively, and check out the promo video here.
Join us as we play a set at Oakland's First Friday Festival of art, music and culture Friday, September 6th on the 24th Street Stage (at Telegraph). We'll be sharing the spotlight with other great Oakland musicians. We will be hitting the stage at 6:30 on the dot, and playing a relatively short set, so grab your snacks and meet us there!
This particular First Friday will be celebrating the Korean Culture Fest, and as if that weren't enough, to kick off Oakland Pride Weekend there will be special performances and guests throughout the event, including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and drag king sensations Momma's Boyz.
Come on down for music, art, performance, food, the Kid Zone (with a special presentation from the Chabot Space & Science Center) and a celebration of our amazing community. Free and fun for everyone!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16th as we join forces with our pals Melanie DeGiovanni, Denise Funari and Jill Olson of the fabulous Yard Sale at Berkeley's infamous Monkey House! If you like harmony, this is a night for you. Loretta and Yard Sale have been playing together since the dawn of time, and we look forward to serenading you with new and old songs (and of course a savory tune or two from our host and monkey-in-chief Ira Marlowe!).
The Monkey House is conveniently located on University Avenue in Berkeley. Visit https://www.themonkeyhouse.org/ for details and to reserve seats (scroll down the calendar page to find us - recommended!) Doors open at 7PM, show starts right at 7:30.
See you there! Love,
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Thanks to all who joined us for the 17th annual Murder Ballads bash a couple of weeks ago. With all that is going on in California, our country and our world, the simple act of getting together face to face (even in disguise;-) and sharing and entertaining each other feels more important than ever.
Big thanks, too, to San Lorenzo library and the wonderful folks we met there! We hope to see you soon.
In the meantime, please do join us for what will undoubtedly be a raucous show Saturday, Dec. 1 at our home-away-from-home, Berkeley's Starry Plough with Southern California's own rock/surf/folk quintet Trouble in the Wind.
We'll be going on first for this one! Doors at 8 - show at 9 - come early for the delicious pub fare. And beer. Mmmmmm ...