Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pics from last week : O'Brien's this Saturday

Saturday July 31st,
O'Brien's Pub, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
9:30-close. Free. 21+. Full Band.

Guitar: Josh Norton
Bass: Jason Chesney
Drums: Rich Berardi
Keyboards: Jon Niemann


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday Acoustic Duo at Venice Whaler : Friday-Sat at Iron Door by Yosemite : Sunday Viper Room!

Thursday, July 21st
Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd. 90292
9-close
Acoustic Duo with Dutch

Friday & Saturday the 22nd & 23rd
Iron Door Saloon18761 Main St, Groveland, CA 95321
9-close.
Full band. Both nights. The oldest liquor license in California. "Sometime before 1852."
Right on the cusp of one of the Earth's greatest cathedrals. Yosemite National Park.
I am not a religious person, but I believe in something after that. Holy smokes. It's just that kind of place. You can't help but have a spiritual epiphany. Even if it is followed by a prolonged period of self doubt.

& cuz we're just that crazy we are headed straight back to Hollywood after that...
Sunday July 24th
The Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
10:30 pm - Phantom Fifth (feat. Chris Masuak of Radio Birdman),www.phantomfifth.com
9:30 pm - Paul Chesne Band (www.paulchesne.com)
8:30 pm - Larry Leron (www.larryleron.com)
7:30 pm - Scrote (www.scrotemusic.com)

Here's the event. If you wanna RSVP or something.
Lotsa friends on the bill.
It's a Sunday. I think it's free. Text me if they give you shit. And I will say Rita baby, and she'll be like I know. And we'll be like yeah. Let's goof around at the Viper Room like it's the nineteen hundreds.

USA five thousand.






I ain't seen a didjeridoo, but I did see a lotta Pokemons

Friday, July 15th
The Attic at the Victorian, 2640 Main St. 90405
10-close
Free!

G-Unit for this show is:
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi

Wednesday at the Piano Bar. Photo by Albanese

Sie Sie Benhoff rocking before us for Townhouse Tuesdays

I ain't seen no didgeridoo but I did see a lot of Pokemons...
After our show at the Townhouse on Tuesday, we were loading out amongst all the bums and freaks and drunks and drunk bum freaks and nerdy yet also drunk Snapchat employees.
Then all of the sudden some woman pops out of a crazy minivan packed to the hilt. She says in some kinda indiscernible foreign accent, Have you seen a man with a didgeridoo around here? It's very large in diameter.
And we laughed and were like, No sorry.
And she says, Well he's from France and I need to find him.
So we tried to help and asked some of the random assortment of humanity right there on Windward just under the world-famous Venice sign if they had seen him.
And this one dude all weathered and, according to my professional assessment, higher than a giraffe's pussy jumps up and exclaims...
I ain't seen no didgeridoo but I did see a lot of Pokemons.
I tell you what.


Other upcoming LA show of note:
July 24th at the Viper Room
More info here

Peace...

Friday in the Attic at the Victorian in Santa Monica & Peace

Friday, July 15th
The Attic at the Victorian, 2640 Main St. 90405
10-close
Free!

G-Unit for this show is:
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi

Wednesday at the Piano Bar. Photo by Albanese

Sie Sie Benhoff rocking before us for Townhouse Tuesdays
Other upcoming LA show of note:
July 24th at the Viper Room
More info here

Peace...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Townhouse Tuesday in Venice : Piano Bar Hollywood's Last Stand Wednesday


Tuesday, July 12th
Townhouse & the Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291

8:30: Sie Sie Benhoff
9:30: Lacey Kay Cowden
10:45: PCB

Wednesday, July 13th
Piano Bar Hollywood. 6429 Selma Ave. 90028
PCB: 10:45-close
Free!
Piano Bar is closing in a matter of weeks to make way for some kind of high rise hotel development.
Get it while you can.

PCB Lineup for these shows is...
Bass: Eric "Dutch" Suoninen
Keyboards and grand piano: Jon Niemann
Guitars: Josh Norton
Drums: Rich Berardi


Former PCB bass player Jeff "Bad Boy" Murad turned 40 over the weekend...




4th of July in Venice was lovely...



Word to the mothership...


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I've been kicked offstage in nicer places & Liberty Kitchen in Temecula on Saturday

Saturday, June 25th
Liberty Kitchen, 28544 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
9:30-close
Free!

G-Unit this week is...
Drums: Rich Berardi
Bass: Steve Tegel
Guitar: Dutch Suoninen
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann


I've been kicked offstage at nicer places...

Last night my good buddy of many years got married. (He was actually the 1st PCB drummer circa 1999-2001. I call him Beachfoot.)

Mind you, this is a guy who I have heard utter the words, I don't believe in the institution of marriage. On many occasions. A true existentialist. He don't got no social networking pages. He is an off the grid kinda guy.

I mean after making the colossal mistake of quitting my band he went back to Stanford to get a PhD in philosophy. And now he's a professor there. ‪#‎fail‬

But anyway, he had the most elaborate and gorgeous and extravagant weddings I think I've ever been to at the Biltmore Four Seasons on the beach in Santa Barbara. I checked the room prices in case I thought I might stay there. The cheapest one was $645. So naturally I slept on my friend's AirBnB couch.

They had a wedding band. You know. Appetizers & champagne as the sun set over the ocean. The whole nine yards.

But I was really itching to get up there and sing cuz the wedding band were playing a bunch of cheezy cover songs that I have played hundreds of times.

So finally, I was lubricated enough to pop on stage when they had our friend the groom sit in on a song. It was Obvious Child by Paul Simon. One of my favorites.

And the band didn't learn it very well. So I sauntered on stage and sang it with just drums and that was fun.

Then came the drum solo where everyone focuses on the newly anointed husband. So I left the stage to give them a moment before we kicked in to the second verse all hard core and stuff.

But as I was walking back to the mic the wedding band guitar player blocked my path with his guitar and one of his backup singers stuck her arm out as well. Right in to my chest. She said you have to leave the stage. And I was like why? And she was like because I said so. As I walked away, I said, it's ok I've been kicked off the stage at nicer places.

But actually I haven't. That was the nicest place I've ever been kicked off stage. One for the record books.

Stupid wedding band.

And many many happy returns to Mr. & Mrs. Beachfoot.

Jammin' with my brother Bennett a couple weeks ago. He taught me everything I know. Most important is -- to listen.

1 year ago today we were hanging out with this guy. Lorenzo the Llama.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pics from the Roast Of Paul Chesne & Tonight at the Piano Bar Hollywood

Wednesday, June 15th
Piano Bar Hollywood. 6429 Selma Ave. 90028
PCB: 10:45-close
Free!

PCB is...
Guitar: Josh Norton
Piano: Jon Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi
Bass: Dutch Suoninen

Last week, I had myself a roast for my 40th birthday. There were burlesque dancers and lots of ex-girlfriends, future ex-girlfriends, band members and high school friends making fun of me and each other.
What a night!

 
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