Monday, March 23, 2015

Doggie Of The Week : Dowtown LA Friday : O'Brien's Saturday : Sunday After Hours 3am show in Los Feliz


Friday, March 27th
Casey's Irish Pub, 613 S Grand Ave LA, CA 90017
10pm with our friends Geronimo Getty.
Free, 21+
Bass: Ben Reddell
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi

Saturday, March 28th
O'Brien's On Main, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica 90405
10pm-close
Free, 21+
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi

Sunday, March 29th
The Overpass, 303 East 5th St. LA 90004 
We go on at 2:45am! It's actually Monday morning and we play as long as we want. 
It's a crazy after hours.
Come on down and make some bad decisions with us!
It's free, just tell them you're there to see us. It gets packed believe it or not. What do those people do for a living?! 
Bass: Ben Reddell
Guitar: Josh Norton
Keyboards: Jonny Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi 

Doggie Of The Week
 
When we go up to Paso Robles, we stay with our friend Wendy Hoffman who runs the Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue

These dogs are amazing! I've been out in the open with like 20 or more of them and they all just calmly walk around and nudging up against me. Every once in a while one would lick my fingers as it walked by. It's like puppy heaven, but it's right there in Paso Robles.

Wendy has an amazing talent for taking dogs that were left and would otherwise be some place where we don't want to even imagine, putting them in an immaculately clean and loving pack environment, and turning them in to the most gentle housebroken pups in a matter of weeks. 

She saves the lives of hundreds of these dogs by finding them loving families for adoption every year.

Here is the legal stuff so you know the CCHDR is legit...

Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue, is a a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, under Rescue Alliance.
We are dedicated to finding great dogs, great homes.
As we are a non-profit, all of the work that goes into getting the dogs ready for adoption and the adoption process is performed by volunteers. 
 


And now meet our pup of the week, Jason! (Not our bass player Jason Chesney, although he is up for adoption too.) 





From Wendy...

A 2 yr old, very submissive and super sweet, beautiful Border Collie with no tail.
Jason is so puppy like! His teeth are gleaming white. I'm thinking he's a younger dog.
Totally outgoing. Jason loves life.

Jason is totally trustworthy. He's fantastic with kids and happy to see everyone. Loves to ride in the car and you can leave him without worry of any destruction.

 
Great on or off leash. He got to run free on his first pack walk. Loved running with the pack, drained all that pent up energy, and came trotting back to me, totally reasonable and calm. Loves his daily off leash walks. Jason comes when you call, every time. He hops right back into the van when it's time to go.


House broken and uses the dog door.  Jason is in and out at will. He loves to sleep on the dog beds inside, and hunkers down in straw filled dog-loos too. Jason can be left in the house and be trusted not to destroy a thing.

Fantastic with the pack, submissive to the smallest 10 lb pup to the 14 yr old grande dame here. He loves all other dogs and is wonderful.

We walk right past horses & cattle, off leash, on our daily pack runs. He hardly notices them. Jason can be calmly called back to me anytime I want him. I encourage them to run far and run fast across the unfenced acreage. Sometimes they look like a pin head, so far I can't yell. Jason does a quick U turn when he hears my coaches whistle blast. Perfect!

Jason will be a great family dog. Or Your best Buddy.
Neutered, current on vaccinations, and micro-chipped!
More photos.
Adoption fee is $250. A lot goes into these fosters to get them ready.

For an application to meet Jason, please visit here. 
 For general questions, please email. 

Thank you for reading about Jason, and thanks for considering rescue!


Also, it was great to be back at Pappy & Harriet's last weekend. We have some amazing shows coming up in the next couple months.


Check the PCB Freak Out Schedule

Here's me and Jason (the bass player, not the dog) at Pappy's. Photo by Diane Owens

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saturday at Pappy & Harriet's : Thursday Sassafras Saloon : Pics From Kibitz & More...

Saturday, March 21st
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. 53688 Pioneertown Rd. 92268
Free & all ages. 7:30pm-close

Thursday, March 19th
Sassafras Saloon, 1233 N. Vine St. Hollywood 90038
10:30-close, Free!
21+

Pics from the Kibitz Room last week by David Chi & Stephen Albanese




Sassafras by Jimmy Steinfeldt

Various pics from Joshua Tree and Pappy's and Rancho De La Luna etc...




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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A note from Stephen Tegel : Kibitz Thursday with The Vacation, etc...

Thursday March 12th
Kibitz Room
, 421 N. Fairfax Blvd.
10pm with members of the Vacation, Drugstore Cowgirls, Johnny Travis, Jr. and many more.
It's like 2004 all over again.

A note from Steve Tegel regarding the show...

Dear Friends,
Answer the following 3 questions honestly:
1) Do you need some time away from the missus?
2) Is your boyfriend driving you crazy with all those YouTube videos?
3) Do you like drinking cheap beer and allowing your ear-holes to be pleasured by the sweet, sweet sounds of stringed wood-planks?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then "This Thursday Night At Th' Kibitz Room" is just the thing for you!
Get comfortable in one of our patented, patent-leather booths and unwind as one of our famous blue-haired old ladies serves you sauerkraut and swiss-cheese sandwiches.
Feel the passion and taste the bittersweet sting of top-notch, bottom-shelf bourbon as 'El Diablo' practices his craft behind the bar. (no craft beers available...sorry!)
Unleash your inner "spirit animal" and make your way to our newly remodeled dance floor (special shout-out to Rick's 4-On-The-Floor Floors!) where you'll grind away your sexual frustration with half a dozen of LA's sweatiest singles!
Ruminate in the mysterious sound-field created by Paul Chesne and the Paul Chesne Band as they summon up dark energies from the void!
And marvel at the accidental harmonies of The Kibitz Room All-Stars, featuring: Johnny Travis Jr., MEMBERS of The Vacation, MEMBERS of The Drugstore Cowgirls, Zach Steel, and other special guests!
If you're looking for a night to remember, go elsewhere...but if you've simply got nothing better to do and if you've already seen that 'Friends' episode 25 times, then "This Thursday Night At Th' Kibitz Room" is the right plan for you!
Admission is FREE, tell 'em Big Dan sent ya!

Pics from last week...

Woody Aplanalp with the dancing mob at the Baseement
All the rest of these here are by Katie Stratton at Mrs. Fish






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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hank Gathers


College basketball phenom Hank Gathers came to my dad's office for a check-up after he collapsed on the court on December 9, 1989.
The team of cardiologists found that he had an irregular heart beat.
They put him on medications. The medication slowed him down and he neglected to take it unless they lowered the dose.
After a few weeks of not being able to play and being slowed by the meds, he came back and he scored 48 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Shaquille O'Neal in a nationally televised game when Shaq was at LSU.

Hank was only 6'8" 210 pounds, but he was one of the few players ever to lead the nation in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.
I remember a few months later, we were driving back from the horse races or one of my soccer games. On Coldwater Canyon. We heard on the radio that Hank had collapsed again on the court. My dad got angry and hit the steering wheel. He pulled over and called the hospital.
Hank was dead.
He was just a 23 year-old kid with so much promise. He dominated Shaq in a game. Not many people can say that. He dominated the entire NCAA for a season really. My dad said when they did tests on his fitness they had never seen anything like it and they see all the Lakers among many other athletes every year.
But it was 25 years ago on this day March 4, 1990, when we were driving down Coldwater Canyon listening to KNX 1070, we heard about it.
Later we found out, Hank had made a huge tomahawk alley-oop dunk while getting fouled. Before his free throw, he walked out to mid-court and collapsed. He died right there.
My dad said, "You know you would think I might get more used to it as I get older-- death. But I don't. I think I was much tougher when I was younger. It's much harder now. And this one is really painful." I was just as sad, but tried to be strong for my dad.

Rest in peace #44.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mrs. Fish Wednesday & Some Good Times Pics

Wednesday, March 4th
Mrs. Fish, 448 South Hill St. 90013
10pm. Free

PCB tonight...
Guitar: Josh Norton
Bass: Jason Chesney
Keyboards: Jon Niemann
Drums: Rich Berardi
 
4 bands tonight... 

Alex Painter: 5:45pm
Levitation Room: 8:15pm
Trash Honey: 9:15pm
PCB: 10pm

Come on down to this cool new room. I can fit some folks from the Westside in the Van.
Leaving Venice at 8:45pm

Team Tuseday at the Townhouse

cord spaghetti at Townhouse

Backstage at the Townhouse
Photo by Jimmy Steinfeldt. Backstage at Sassafras Saloon

Jammin' with Sarah Jeanette
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Friday, February 27, 2015

A personal note... Rest In Peace Big Dan, and O'Brien's Saturday


Saturday February 28th
O'Brien's Pub, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
9:30-close. Free. 21+. Full Band.


Rest in peace Big Dan...

In the past year or so, some of the great proponents of our music have passed on.
Bret Haller who created Yo Venice!, Marty "The Dancing Grandma" from Reyes Creek, and just a week ago our old buddy Big Dan.
When this happens, I feel a deep loss. Not only are these people my friends, but they make making music. Because they get it.
I know I only see some of the people reading this every few years or so. But I just want ya to know that I appreciate the support that I have received from the musicians, friends, begrudging friends, girlfriends, jealous girlfriends, friends' girlfriends, girlfriends' girlfriends, mistresses, future ex-wives, and other wonderful people that music has connected me with over the years.
Big Dan was a great dude.
He was twice as big as every one. But he drank 3 times as much. And did 4 times as many drugs. That being said, his death didn't surprise me, but my heart goes out to his young daughter the "Baby Lady." We were just about the same age, but I always thought he was older cuz he was so damn big. Like we're talking, 6'10" 300 pounds. Bigger than life.

I got some good stories about Mr. Daniel Smith-Herman. Here's one...

The picture below was from a legendary trip. We played at Pappy & Harriet's the night before in December 2008 and the next day a bunch of us went in to Joshua Tree National Park.
A lot of sex, drugs and rock n' roll type things were going on that night. I will have to save most of them for my memoirs so as not to get anyone in too much trouble.
 

But I do remember, that this was before they had any cell reception at Pappy's. So out of all these semi-adult looking people, no one had a working or even charged cell phone because everyone was on roam and it drained all our batteries.
So it was just us out there having a grand time with no connections. You just had to roll with it. It was freeing.
Big Dan had got word that he was gonna have a baby only a few hours before. Dutch said, "He turned white."
I was puking my guts out. Zach fell in the cactus and got all bloody -- that's all I can say for now...
Except, rest in peace to a great friend. He may not have been my best friend, but he definitely was the biggest. And you sure as hell could count on his word like a mutherfucker.
Big Dan.
Love you buddy,
PC

And for good measure, here's a shot Dan surreptitiously took of me puking behind a Joshua Tree. Had to let you get the last word...
 

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