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 ...
You are cordially invited to join Val, Ari and Heather for an evening of George Jones songs at the Freight and Salvage on Sunday, September 9th! It's a fantastic line-up we're happy to be a part of. Val will sing some duets with Maurice Tani and Danny Allen, and one on her own, and then join forces with Ari and Heather for some tunes in sweet three part harmony. Lifting the heavy load will be the East Bay's own honkytonk revisionists Crying Time as the backing band. But wait! As if that wasn't enough, Joe Rut will be crooning some George as well. Yeah!
Loretta will be back in full band format for a gig at the San Lorenzo library Sunday afternoon, September 30th. More on that soon!
Boskoís Back Porch Hootenanny - contact us for the address!
Hosted by Cindy Emch, Charlotte Gutierrez, and Bosko, the Dick van Dyke of dogs. (In the Back Yard ó Just walk down the somewhat steep driveway and come in the back gate. Let us know if there are any logistical issues that require going though the house and we will make sure these are accomodated!)
On the bill for this party are:
Secret Emchy Society
Foot stomping, heart warming queer country tunes.
Yours Truly, Michele
Sweet, sexy, swoony, jazzy siren songs that will light up your night.
Country soul, charm, and swagger right from the heart.
And then Loretta in full band format!
about Boskoís Hoot:
We will have a donation based bar, ask that you give a $10 donation for the bands, and we will have the grill on if you want to cook up a hot dog, not dog, or other grill friendly things (BYO on the foods though) Canít wait to see you! This happens rain or shine, all of the music is acoustic based, and if it gets cold we will bring out blankets / make a fire.
Then - mark your calendars for an evening of George Jones at the incomparable Freight and Salvage on Sunday, September 9th! It's a fantastic line-up we're happy to be a part of. More on that later!
Itís been a little while, but Loretta is getting back in the swing with a slew of gigs. Listen up!
First, we are pleased as punch to be playing on the bill - and in the band with - punk - folk ukulele legend Carmaig de Forest at the Make-Out Room in SF Monday, August 13th for an early show. 6PM start! Woo hoo! Carmaig will go on first, then Loretta, and to put icing on the eveningís cake much of Loretta will be joining Carmaigís band DeathGrooveLoveParty for a set, some of which we did with him opening for the Violent Femmes a couple years back. A treat!
Then itís a Back Porch Hootenanny in Oakland, hosted by the great Cindy Emchee Saturday, September 1st with Laura Benitez. How lucky are we? Stay tuned for details about that one!
Sunday, September 30th we will be playing at the San Lorenzo Library as part of their Sunday afternoon series. More info on that in a later missive as well.
In the meantime, please do join us and the inimitable Carmaig the Make-Out Room next Monday the 13th. You can get an earful of raucous and sublime joy early, and still have time to paint the summer town.