Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July Hums with a Louder Concert …

July Hums with a Louder Concert …
"The linden, in the fervors of July,
Hums with a louder concert. When the wind
Sweeps the broad forest in its summer prime,
As when some master-hand exulting sweeps
The keys of some great organ …"
-  William Cullen Bryant, Among the Trees 
“Sandy the fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight, forcin' a light into all those stoned-out faces left stranded on this Fourth of July. Down in town the circuit's full with switchblade lovers so fast so shiny so sharp, and the wizards play down on Pinball Way on the boardwalk way past dark …”(4th of July, Asbury Park [Sandy] by Bruce Springsteen)
Our concert in the Redwoods at Occidental Center for the Arts with Gary Stockdale was a success. Though not a full house, it went so well that our hearts were filled with good vibes all day. The afternoon started with a great visit to Teresa Tudury’s vintage clothes shop, Such Fine Things, with Gary arriving a little later. We trucked over to OCA afterwards for a sound check and shared a good time singing together on stage, playing and enjoying each other's best songs. It was such a beautiful eve-of-summer day, twelve of us, including our beautiful daughter Kelsey and her boyfriend Todd, adjourned to the Union Hotel patio for dinner, wine, and conversation, the best Father's Day I can remember!
Gary went on to do a featured performer spot at the High Street Station in Alameda on Thursday, June 20, so we joined up with him and did a couple of tunes for the open mic portion after his set. We visited and heard Deborah Crooks perform, who is one of the hosts for this open mike series. We first met Deborah at FAR-West last October in Irvine. Here’s her Facebook site. The High Street Station features the music staged nicely in a lovely room with a grand piano. Another upright piano sits in the corner. Go check out their place. Many good musicians play there; you won’t be disappointed. Chappell & Dave will have their own feature spot at this Alameda club on Thursday August 8th.
We’re enthusiastically anticipating our upcoming show at Don Quixote’s International
Music Hall in Felton, CA., on Sunday July 21st. Carlos Reyes, "Multi-instrumentalist String Wizard" is appearing in a rare solo concert plus Chappell & Dave Holt, featuring "The Jazzy Side of Americana." Don Quixote’s Address is 6275 Hwy. 9, Felton, Phone 831-335-2800. 
Tickets are available in advance at (7pm $12 adv./$15 door).
When BART went out on strike, Chappell worked at home for the week. She redesigned our Reverbnation website, added new music photos and Chappell paintings to her gallery page. We'll soon have two new songs posted. Please come visit the website at and tell us what you think. We also invite those of you who haven’t done so yet to “Like” our Facebook band site at 

Happy Summer and Fourth of July!

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