Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mookie...

Mookie…
When my sister Brooke was in middle school she thought of this ingenious idea to go down to the local animal shelter and take pictures of the pets and post them on the internet. This was early days of both digital photography and the internet.
At first, the employees were very skeptical of this young girl coming in there and taking pictures on this strange big ole box of a digital camera. But every week our mom would drive her down there.
Within a few weeks, the animals started getting picked up at a crazy never before seen rate. Cats, dogs, but also chickens, snakes. All kinds of species. The shelter said no one had ever adopted a chicken from there before, but lo and behold people were driving from Torrance, and all over Southern California to come rescue these animals.
All thanks to Brooke’s efforts.
The first thing our mom said to Brooke when she started going down there was, "There is absolutely no way in hell that we are taking any of these animals home. So don’t even think about it. Don’t get attached."
But then one day of course, they bring in this beautiful little 4 month old clumsy, big pawed, black puppy. The shelter’s rule was that you had to wait something like 2 weeks from when the animal was admitted until when someone could adopt it. My mom was smitten. She went there every single day and sat with the dog on the other side of his cage for those 2 weeks. And then she brought him home.
What to name this little beast?
Well, when my mom was pregnant with Brooke, we were on a family skiing vacation in Colorado and her hormones were all over the place. The Mets were in the World Series around that time and we loved Mookie Wilson for some reason. We joked around over dinner one night that we were gonna call the baby Mookie no matter what gender it turned out to be, and no matter what they decided the name was going to be on the birth certificate. And it made my mom cry cuz she was so vulnerable at that moment.
So all those years later, she brings home this dog which she absolutely forbade Brooke to do. And of course, we gotta name him Mookie!
Mookie would run all around the yard jumping up 5 foot brick walls without breaking stride. Chasing squirrels all day err’day. He never caught a single one. He’d also scare the living shit out of cable guys and various other workmen too. He followed my mom around everywhere she went. And there wasn’t no way anyone was ever gonna mess with her. He was a good boy. I tell you what.
Last night I got the call that he wasn’t doing too well. And I immediately went over there and he didn’t even get up to come bark at me or nuzzle up to me wanting to be loved as he has done unfailingly for the last 13 or so years.
So we all gathered around him on his bed, and gave our love to the old man just as he had done for all of us.
I nuzzled my head hard in to his cheek and his neck so his doggie smell was all over my clothes and his salt and pepper doggie fur was all over my beard and face. And I said goodbye to our Mookie-boy. The Sheriff of Shetland. The Mookster. And told him he was a good boy.
So long my friend. I'm sure you're already chasing squirrels in the pastures of plenty. I love you Mr. Mookie.


Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue pup of the week... Mochi!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PCB Trucker Hats have arrived : Epic shots from our show at LA Live at Staples Center

 Epic photo by my brother Steven Chesne...

PCB trucker hats have arrived!
2 killer designs.
Pick one up at our next show or message me, and we'll send 'em in the mail.


My view from the stage at LA Live on Friday. Party!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Round Up at LA Live in Downtown Friday : O'Brien's Pub Saturday

Friday, July 24th

Round Up at L.A. LIVE, 800 W Olympic Blvd. LA, CA 90015

This is a FREE community event that is part of the venue’s 2015 Summer in the City series.


PCB at 6:30pm

FREE FUN FOR ALL AGES! 


Music Performances • Line Dancing Lessons • Beer Garden • Mechanical Bull • Horseshoe Toss • Cornhole Tournament & Free Play • Western Character Performers • Artisan Vendors • Saloon Fortune Teller • Live Western-Themed Mural Painting by Artists Sand One and Septerhed • $5 Food/Drink Menus • Discounted Parking in Lot C North OR Lot W (aka West Garage), Gate B Only


Saturday, July 25th
O'Brien's On Main, 2941 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Free!


We'll also be at Brentwood Village as the PC3 on Saturday afternoon from 11am-2pm
Brentwood Village 145 S. Barrington Ave. 90049  

Here are some pics of people gettin' freaky at the Basement last Friday



Grand Ole Echo last Sunday, and various other random moments from the last week...


Sunrise over Venice Beach

Chesne(y) squared at Grand Ole Echo. Photo by Adrienne Isom

Grand Ole Echo. Photo by Adrienne Isom
Jumbo's

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Funny Pics : Santa Monica Fri : Burbank Sat : Echoplex Sun



Friday July 17th,
Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

9:30-close
Full Band.
21+
Free!
 


Saturday July 18th,
Joe's Great American Bar & Grill,4311 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
9-close.
We go on at midnight.
Full Band.
Also on the bill, our friends:
Kelli Debbs CD Release Party &
Burning Jet Black
Jesse Cross
21+
Free!

Sunday July 19th,
Grand Ole Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
6pm.
Full Band.
Free!
The Velvets Motorcycle Club presents.
It all starts at 3pm. BBQ, Bands, Babes, Booze.

I'm also playing a short solo acoustic set on Sunday at 2:30pm at the
Venice Takeover For Nepal II
The Rose Room directly behind the Venice Ale House, 2 Rose Ave. 90291
Suggested donation $20.
Doors at 2pm
There will be music and DJ's until late, but I gotta skedaddle over to the Grand Ole Echo (Get In The Van)!


Rule #1 of band photos. No train tracks.
That time your mom came in your room without knocking first. --Bug Tegel
Burgundy Room, Hollywood

secret meetings...


Release the hounds! 4/4/15 Photo by Berardi

Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue pup o' the week, Mikey!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Joshua Tree Note : Arroyo Grande, Fri : Buellton, Sat : Santa Barbara, Sun

Figueroa Mountain Brewery July 4th Weekend Tour


Friday, July 3rd -- Arroyo Grande
Figueroa Mountain Brewery. 1462 E. Grand Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
7-10pm
Free, just like America!

Saturday, July 4th -- Buellton
Figueroa Mountain Brewery, 45 Industrial Way
Buellton, CA 93427
3-6pm
Free, just like America!

Sunday, July 5th -- Santa Barbara
Figueroa Mountain Brewery, 137 Anacapa St, Suite F
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
3-6pm
Free, just like America!

The band for this week is:
Drums: Rich Berardi
Bass: Jason Chesney
Guitar: Steve Tegel

Joshua Tree...
Best as I can tell, stars are the result of billions of years of energy traveling at light speed into an infinite, undulating, cacophonous, universal chandelier dangling tantalizingly, but intangibly and impossibly close.
While at the same time letting us know how insignificant and lucky we are in our limited capacities to perceive what we can of their selfless, undeniable beauty.
And reminding us of how truly microscopic we are in comparison.
But affording us hope.
That maybe someday, even if it's a billion years from now, our own light will somehow travel across the cosmos to touch someone or something in some way in some similarly positive capacity, if only a fraction as profound. So that we must emphatically keep on persevering.
And emanating and reflecting that light. The light that shines within us.
The light they so fastidiously shine upon us.
The light they ultimately, violently lived and dramatically exploded and died for so that we could in fact exist at all.
As their absolute genetic & spiritual offspring.
Because, as the scientists tell us, we are all made of stardust.
And that, I think, is pretty goddamned beautiful.
I tell you what.


Pics from last week...
Firefighters using Pappy & Harriet's parking lot as a staging ground for the Lake Fire
Back to the future. Berardi in front of the police checkpoint which was set up outside of Pappy's to ensure folks didn't get too close to the fire.
Pit stop at Henry's Bargains.
Wins!
Scheideck Festival was goin' off!
Stopped in the wash to watch this epic sunset before heading home.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hollywood, Pappy's, Reyes Creek, Santa Monica

Time for another PCB jog around the Southland...

Thursday, June 25th
Sassafras Saloon, 1233 N. Vine St. Hollywood 90038
9:30-11:30, Free!
21+

Friday, June 26th
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. 53688 Pioneertown Rd. 92268
7:30pm-close
Free & all ages.

Saturday, June 27th
CAMP SCHEIDECK MUSIC FESTIVAL, 26905 Scheideck Rd, Maricopa, California 93252
We play at 9pm.
There is camping available for free!
It's a beautiful crazy spot up in the Los Padres National Forest sorta between the Grapevine and Santa Barbara.
There are tons of bands starting on Friday at 6pm and ending on Sunday late afternoon.


Sunday, June 28th
Main Street Summer Soulstice, Rawvolution Stage. 2301 Main St. 90405
Free and all ages.
Here is the lineup:
1pm - Tom Freund
2pm - KILLING CASSANOVA
3pm - Brightside
4pm - Padric Payton and Brando Farr
5pm - Full Circle Venice Band
6pm - Paul Chesne Band
7pm - Rawvolution After Party SUPERFOOD SUNDAY 


This is my friend Mandy/ She is a fat little monster
Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue pup of the week: Natasha!

Reyes Creek

Sassafras Saloon

Santa Monica Summer Soulstice
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace


Paul Chesne Band's Fan Box