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Monterey Pop....45 years ago

I remember what I was doing exactly 45 years ago this weekend, I was hitchhiking up Hwy 101 from my home in San Mateo to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a huge music event billed as the "Monterey Pop Festival". It was the first of it's kind, and would be the template for Woodstock, 2 years later. My friend and I were lucky enough to make it down to Monterey to see the most incredible roster of SF Bands, LA Bands, International acts and lots of good vibes. The scene was mellow and absolutely perfect. It was casual, naive, innocent and a freaking good time. It's the first real glimmer of what was to come. Janis did an amazing set, so good, they asked her to come back the next night so they could get it all on film. Otis Redding showered the crowd with his love and gritty soul, the Who exploded and Jimi Hendrix just stunned everyone. For one weekend in 1967, the promise of the Woodstock generation was conceived on the Monterey Peninsula. Happy Birthday Monterey Pop..45 years ago, hard to believe it all really happened. 

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Bruce's best work done in this car

Bruce Springsteen's first car, a yellow 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with flames on the hood and side, is being auctioned off. He bought it on May 21st, 1975 for $2,000, and reportedly wrote the lyrics for "Born to Run," "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets" in it. In his book Songs Springsteen wrote, "In '70's New Jersey, the car was still a powerful image." The original vehicle registration, temporary insurance card and Allstate insurance card in Springsteen's name and address are included with the car, which is currently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Springsteen sold the car in 1976 and bought a 1960 black Corvette, which he still owns. The bidding starts at $390,000. --
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Bear is Dead....a legend in his own time.

The news came in this week that Owsley “Bear” Stanley died in a car wreck in Australia this week. He was about 72 years old, no one really knows for sure. Bear as he was affectionately called, was probably responsible for more LSD acid trips than anyone in the world. Not just his own trips, but Owsley turned on the world and was happy to do it. His LSD was legendary and made it’s way around the world and into some of the hippest musicians of the time. I’m sure Jimi Hendrix was high on Owsley acid at Monterey, everyone was. This man who is the grandson of a Kentucky governor, had a life that was perpetual motion, a cosmic guy who once was actually a Ballet dancer for a while, Hence his iconic Dead Dancing Bear images. He was so much of the Grateful Dead. He was their sound man, light man; he helped design the lightning/skull logo. He created the wall of sound that was the best performance sound system in the world. Big and loud, but also subtle, Owsley gave the Dead their voice, a voice that could be heard all the way to the back of the stadium. Owsley was a student at UC Berkley for a while, and that is probably where he attained the knowledge to produce the best acid in the world. He turned on the bands, the audience and sent his product to England where the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and countless others got a little taste of West Coast Vibe. Steely Dan’s song Kid Charlemagne is the story of Owsley Stanley. He will be missed. Bob Weir of the Dead says  "He taught me so many things, mostly to always be open and engaging.” That’s Owsley alright. He was always, to me, a man of mystery. Not a lot of pictures of him exist. He was happy to be in the background supplying the fuel for the revolution. You have to wonder if the Bear wasn’t around, would Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters have been quite as merry? Would the ballrooms of San Francisco have been as colorful, or the people for that matter? Owsley always maintained “The whole thing is about social movement. It’s tribalism. Which is the only social structure that makes sense”. Owsley, you made the universe grin, you set wheels in motion that still affects the way people think and relate to each other. I hope you have found peace. The Revolution is still going on Bear, R.I.P.
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A Pretty Amazing Day..March 12th.. 1969

Hey brothers and sisters, the door is wide open for you this Saturday morning. Just step through the portal and enter the Revolution.  March 12th, 1969 was an interesting day. Some of the things that happened had a direct effect on the lives of the Beatles. George and Patti Harrison are busted after police find 120 joints at their Surrey England home. Gee it must be nice to have so much money you can hire someone to roll your joints. Later that day they are released after posting a 300 dollar bond. While this was going on, Paul was busy his own self in London, getting married to the love of his life, American photographer Linda Eastman. His brother Mike McGear and Beatles road manager Mal Evans are the witnesses. None of the other Beatles attend, especially George. Also going on the very same day, March 12th 1969, a couple of musicians were reaping the rewards of some great music. Simon and Garfunkel win two Grammys including Record of the Year for Mrs. Robinson. Otis Redding gets a posthumous award for his song Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. And CCR are climbing the charts with Proud Mary and would go on to play that night at the Fillmore Auditorium in SF. Meanwhile across the country a few hours earlier Jim Morrison would be officially charged with lewd behavior and indecent exposure at a concert in Miami. He would later be found guilty.  All in all a pretty busy day in music news. I remember the date because I was at the Doors show in Miami that night. I was working at an FM "underground" station at the time..WBUS," The Magic Bus" from Miami Beach. Yeah, me and Jackie Gleason live from Miami Beach! What a trip. Anyway stop into the Revolution this Saturday for more flashback. Peace Out.
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Got Pork?

This Saturday, March 5th is the Davis Farmers Market's 20th annual Pig Day, celebrating pigs, food and local agriculture, in Central Park, 3rd & C Streets downtown Davis. For the 20th annual Pig Day, the spotlight is on Bledsoe Pork. You'll find pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, pork on pizzas, and pork stir-fry. And all of it will be sourced from Bledsoe Pork. John Bledsoe has enjoyed rock star status at the Davis Farmers Market since he first started selling pork there seven years ago. Farmers market shoppers and local restaurant chefs love Bledsoe pork. All this Swine fun  starts at 8am until 1pm. It's absolutely free and there is tons to see and do. There are pig costume contests, actuall little piggies running around that the kids can hold,  a huge "pig jig" that features a flash mob dancing to what I'm not sure, maybe Pink Floyd Pigs pt2. There will be tons of food sampling and the usual activity of the Davis Farmer's Market. This Saturday, get your pig on at 3rd and C streets, Central Park downtown Davis. Remember the rally cry of the Pig.."The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword"
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What's happening to Ted?

I was one of the early supporters of the Radio Voiced Homeless man named Ted Williams. I thought he found redemption, I respected his God Given voice and his struggle on the streets. Then fame hit, like only the internet can do, and he had a second chance. He became a media celebrity. That's when I started thinking things could go bad. Since his rise to fame, his reuniting with his Mother and his children, Ted has hit a few snags. I expressed my concern regarding the media chewing him up and spitting him out. I saw him both as a winner and a victim. Now it seems his troubles still persist. After appearing on every show on TV, he landed on Dr. Phil's show and thankfully got some good advice. His family says he still drinks, Dr. Phil told him to seek re-hab and get all this behind him. Silly me, I thought he would clean up, get a job, be successful and move on. The monkey that has been on his back all these years is still there. The problems that sent him to the street are still there. I still believe in Ted, and if people who really care about his life give him good advice, he can really get clean. It's all right there for you Ted. Hopefully Ted will pass with flying colors. Good Luck.
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The Human Be-In January 14, 1967

Photo from © Lisa Law This is the time of year I think back on a very magical January afternoon in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. January 14th, 1967. It was billed as the "The Human Be-In..a Gathering of the Tribes". It was one of those events that was unlike anything before it, and never again would the pure innocense of it be repeated. For over 5 decades the question still remains, how could 20,000 people enjoy a day in the park with absolute peace and not a single policeman in evidence? It was the coming out party for the Revolution, and it made national news. For almost two years the scene was building. The music, the fashion, the politics, the spiritual orientation. It all exploded that wonderful afternoon in the park. There were the shamans, the rockers, the Hell's Angels and just about every type of free thinking human that the Bay Area had to offer. It's where the the Beat Generation handed over the baton to the new hip community, the Hippies. I was there that afternoon. Just a few weeks before I was off to the military to do "my duty". I remember basic training in Texas, and once word got around that there was this guy from San Francisco on base, the questions started. These guys had seen the national stories about something going on in SF and wanted to know more. What was acid like? Were the Grateful Dead really high? Does everyone have long hair, never bath, always smoke dope etc. I missed the Summer of Love, but not really. I lived it in 1965 and 66. After the Human Be-in, word was out. The Gathering of the Tribes brought together so many elements. The Spiritual poetry of Allen Ginsburg, the acid ramblings of Tim Leary, the Merry Pranksters, the Angels, the Politicos from Berkely, the clowns, musicians and freaks from all corners of the city were out that day. It was one of the best parties I have ever been to. The fact that it was January 14th, and such a beautiful sunny day in SF was also a bonus. Below are a couple of comments from people that were there. The first is from a woman who wandered into the place, the other one is from Rock Scully, one of the managers of the Grateful Dead, who performed that afternoon, as did Janis and Big Brother. Janis drove up with the band in this beat-up Renault. It was a blissful experience, the kind that is embellished by the blush of youth. I'll always remember it. One woman remembers : Human be in Girl Rock Scully: manager Grateful Dead. Human Be-in
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God Given Voice.

By now we have all heard  the story of homeless man Ted Williams, the radio announcer who fell on hard times due to addiction and bad life choices. This story has gotten to me like nothing else . A man who has nothing but his voice and a sign was discovered by the internet and taken to incredible places in just a matter of hours. .I think this story moves me because there are so many emotional aspects to it. First of all, being in radio, I immediatley sympathized with him as a brother broadcaster. When he opened his mouth it blew my mind, I mean the guy looked like he had been living under a bridge for two years. He found God, and found a way to survive on the streets . I wish him the very best of luck, he has many lucrative offers from different organizations, including the Clevland Cavaliers who have offered him a permanent job as thier announcer. Here is a genuinely humble man who is trying to get his life back on track and because of nothing less than a miracle, he appears to have a second chance. He will go back to his 92 year old mother in Brooklyn, who he hasn't seen in years, and together they will rediscover each other and revel in Ted's good fortune. My only hope is that there is someone to look out for him. He is in the middle of a media storm right now, and this can be a very perverse world. Ted, keep your eye on the prize and don't be distracted by the fallout. Don't be seduced by the disposable media culture, it all means nothing. Follow your God, and thanks for showing lots of us that miracles can and do happen. This is a story of redemption.  Ted, just don't take my job:)
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A couple of great ideas in the 60s.

 A Couple of great ideas came out of the 60s, and both were born in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is often cited as the center of the universe for the "hippie cultural revolution". San Francisco has always been a hip mix of new ideas, strange and sometimes cutting edge fashion, rebels, outlaws, people who just plumb run out of country. Once you get to the left coast, you pretty much have arrived. Bill Graham, the rock impressario who  made the brutul trip from Nazi Germany to freedom..would have been 80 years old this Saturday. He made his way to California, created the template for rock shows, and eventually lived like a king in the hills of Marin County. He brought some of the greatest musicians in the world, in all genres to a hungry audience. Monterey, The Fillmore Auditoriums, The world wide tour of bands like the Rolling Stones, all sprung from Bill and his Bay Area sensibilites. Happy Birthday Bill, you made my early years a hell of a lot more interesting. While Bill was promoting his shows, across the Bay, another great idea was taking form. Rolling Stone Magazine would hit the racks for the firt time in 1967. For me, a long way from SF and serving in the Air Force, Rolling Stone was better than a letter from home.  Jann Wenner, a student at Berkley at the time,  also celebrated his birthday this week, and the newspaper he started in San Francisco, above a print shop South of Market street, still holds up as a mirror to our culture. A couple of great ideas to come out of the Bay Area in the 60s, the Rock Concert, and The Music Magazine for a generation. Thanks Bill and Jann, and happy birthday, you gave us  a lot. Peace Out.
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Who needs to be alone at Xmas?

THE BEST CHICK MAGNETS Your good looks and charm may be enough to get her attention, but for those of you who aren't exactly a human chick magnet, it's a good idea to have a chick magnet with you. According to BroBible.com, her are 10 things that are undeniably great chick magnets:
  1. Puppy
  2. Lacrosse stick
  3. Nice car
  4. Guitar
  5. Surf board
  6. Keg
  7. Hockey stick
  8. Fraternity letters
  9. A boat
  10. Confidence
For me, it's the dog, nothing better at getting a conversation going? Good Luck.
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Drive yourself crazy with music

Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" tops a nationwide poll determining the Best Road Trip songs. Nearly 3,000 Americans took part in the survey (commissioned by Pioneer Electronics), with Willie taking 27 percent of the votes. Of course, who wouldn't want to ride in Willie's Bus. Just look out for those red lights coming up behind you. Steppenwolf's Born to be Wild" and the Eagles "Take It Easy" follow right behind. Rounding out the Top 10:  I Get Around,  Highway to Hell,  Free Falling, Riders on the Storm,  I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night,  Wated Dead or Alive  and finally Freebird. O.K. that 's it, keep your foot on the pedal and wake me when we get there.
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You can get anything you want at.....

This Thanksgiving the Eagle will continue with our tradition of playing the entire song Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. A real classic and a real peek into the times of  hippies, anti-war protests and general craziness. It's actually a spoken monologue that recounts a true but comically exaggerated Thanksgiving Day adventure as a satirical, deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft. Alice is actually Alice M. Brock, who in 1964 used 2,000 dollars supplied by her mother to purchase an old church in Great Barrington Masachusetts where Alice was living. On Thanksgiving Novermber 25, 1965, 18 year old Guthrie and his friend Richard were arrested by Stockbridge police officer William "Obie"Obanhein for illegally dumping some of Alice'sgarbage after discovering that the town dump was closed for the holiday. Two days later the two pleaded guilty in court before a blind judge, and were fined 50 dollars. The song goes on to describe the surreal bureaucracy at the New York City induction center. Because of Arlo's record of  littering he issent to the Group W Bench. Arlo complaines "I'm sitting on the Group W Bench cause you want to know if I'm moral enought to join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after being a litterbug." You can hear the whole story, music and all on Thanksgiving, we will air it out twice that day, once at 11:50am and again at 5:50pm. Join us this week, there is always room at the table for you at Alice's Restaurant.
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Keith Richards Life

I just finished reading Keith Richards autobiography entitled "Life"...all 500 pages of it. I have been a Stones fan my whole life, ever since I first saw them at the San Jose Civic Auditorium back in 1965. I paid 3 dollars for the ticket, worth every penny. That was the first time I remember seeing Keith. Since then his life has been an incredible journey of luck, talent and charm. It's all in his new book. And the book verifies what I've always loved about Keith, and that is his humanity. He is so damn real. It's because he knows who he is. He has nothing really to prove. He is the ultimate rock and roller. His book starts with the childhood years growing up in post WW ll England, learning the blues, hooking up with Mick and the crazy life of being the band leader for the Rolling Stones. Through it all Keith has maintained his self-awareness. He has been off the stuff for 30 years and yet that is what most people remember about Keith. How he is this hopeless drug addled rock casualty. He is far from that. He is super intelligent, modest, well read and a loving man. It's all in his book. And what's more, on a recent stop on the book tour, he mentioned that the Stones are not quite ready yet to throw in the towel. Below is an hour with Keith interviewed by Anthony De Curtiss, the rock journalist. It was filmed at the New York Public Library. Tickets were sold to this event and they sold out in 42 seconds! We love our Keith. check out the interview and by all means, get his book "Life". May he live for a long time.
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Bill Graham Presents

 The year 1966 was an exciting time to be coming of age and living in the Bay Area. The Fillmore Auditorium was a big reason for that. As a resident of San Mateo, my friends and I would make that weekend trip up the Peninsula to "The City". The Fillmore auditorium was like a shrine, to us. It was a party, a revelation and a spiritual awakening for young people with hormones and drugs raging through their minds. The Baby Boomers were waking up and the Fillmore Auditorium was the gathering place. Music, culture, social bonding and mind blowing lights were the order. Bill Graham saw that the young hipsters needed a place to trip and he provided one. Complete with psychedelic art posters and liquid light. He would book incredible bands, amazing artists and he would make us all feel safe when we were inside the Fillmore. Deep in the heart of the Fillmore district, the auditorium beckoned with a sense of danger, in a bad neighborhood, very different from the middle class suburbs we came from. A little weed, sometimes something stronger and we were off. 1966 was a great time because the fun we were having wasn't public knowledge. That would start in 1967 with the Monterey Pop Festival and the Summer of Love. In the meantime we were discovering the joys of the free, bohemian, hip lifestyle that would, for me anyway, map my soul for the rest of my life.
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Almost too good to be true...

We are in for a treat here Sacramento! Two very fine musicians will be performing together . The legendary co-founder of the Doors, Ray Manzarek and the critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers are doing an evening of Rock and Roll tales and music. The two men have recorded an instrumental CD called Ballads Before the Rain, nine songs that sonically are one of the finest recordings to be released this year. Now here is the good part, and it's true. Ray and Roy will be performing at the intimate 24th Street Theater here in Sacramento. What was Jim Morrison really like? Ray will share his personal insights and play great music including Doors classics.  Joining and jamming with Ray, Sonoma county's own Roy Rogers will perform with the kind of guitar prowess he has shared with John Lee Hooker, Norton Buffalo, and the Delta Rhythm Kings. This combined with Ray's charismatic story telling and keyboard work will make for an incredible evening of spoken word and music. Friday night Oct. 22nd, at Sacramento's 24th Street Theater, come out and see two of the giants in the music biz.
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Hair today, Gone Tomorrow

Hi again from the black lit hippie pad that we call the revolution. Join me on the bean bag chair and enjoy this week's trip. Eric Burdon will remind us why the Monterey Pop Festival was not only the first, but in a lot of ways maybe the best music festival ever. Arlo Guthrie will give a whole new meaning of to the term Homeland Security and the Beatles will lead us down Abbey Road with a couple of George Harrison's songs. Bob Weir is celebrating his birthday today I'm sure of it. We'll get some good ol Grateful Dead going and we'll pass it around to our friends. Been going into the early Fleetwood Mac stuff lately and this Saturday we'll pick one from 1973.  Justin Hayward is another sixty something celebrating a birthday this week. He will take us to the dreamy world of those special days, the Days of Future Past. The Stones will sing one of the songs they sang on their very first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Later Ed would say, "geez these guys are thugs, We'll never have them back again". ...of course he would have them back a bunch more times. Hey they were a lot bigger than Ed Sullivan, eventually. We'll hear from Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone about his band. How they met, why they went to places they never anticipated. Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers and Cream will keep this thing rocking on Saturday. We'll also talk about the American Tribal Love- Rock musical Hair. It was a cultural breakthrough and it played before the public for the first time on October 16th 1967 at New York's Public Theater. It would go on to play on Broadway and beyond, even a movie was made from the play. It even had a local Sacramento Production a few years ago. So let's get together this Saturday, share a good vibe or two, be sure to hold it in till you grin. Peace Out. Hair today...............Gone Tomorrow
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Anthony Bourdain

My wife Shelly is a "foodie". She is all about food, growing it, cooking it, receipes, menus and all other aspects of eating. She is to say the least a great cook. It was she who first told me to check out this book called Kitchen Confidential by a guy name Antohy Bourdain. That was 10 years ago and I have been a fan of his writing and point of view ever since then. You might know him from his show on the Travel Channel called "No Reservations". It is brilliant. Part Travelouge, part cooking show, and all Bourdain. He describes himself as A Writer, A Chef, A Traveler and he is always "Hungry for more" The thing I like about Anthony Bourdain is his no fear attitude. Whether it's eating something that died in a Greek Cave, or expressing something that needs to be said, he is so honest and so hip. To know him, read Kithchen Confidential, it's all right there. Now Anthony has a new book, 10 years later, it's called "Medium Raw". He continues his diatribe about celebrity Chefs and their lack of real cooking talent. He is political, honest and down to earth. He is far from perfect and that is his strenght. Foodie or not, you will enjoy reading what this man writes. Anthony will be in Sacramento on the 17th of Sept. at the Memorial Auditorium. He walks out on stage, talks about whatever is on his mind, and takes questions from the audience. I'm sure he will sell a few books that night. I plan on being in the front row, hopefully I can hand him a Cafe Rock apron and thank him for the hours of amusement he has provided. I did have a chance to talk with him on the phone a couple of weeks ago. Below is the interview. Tickets are still available forl his show on the 17th. tony Bourdain
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What's happening..this Saturday is a happening

This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Led Zeppelins first gig. They played in Denmark and were billed as the New Yardbirds. The quartet played a Teen club in the early evening, then moved on to the Brondby Pop Club in Copenhagen. Are we gonna play Zep this weekend? Hell yeah we are!. Led Zeppelin a band who bridged the 60s into the 70s and brought us closer to some pretty heavy blues. Gonna have a double shot of John Lennon, his songs are statements that were the rallying cry of the Revolution. The Stones were practically a punk band early on, and their work from 65 and 66 will be highlighted. Neil Young's Harvest album will be part of our collective vibe and so will the Who....punks. We'll talk about a new book that is out now called Rock Roadie. It's by former roadie Tappy Wright. Tappy was a friend and original roadie for the Animals, also Ike and Tina Turner, Herman's Hermits, Jimi Hendrix and many others. It's his time with Jimi that is the centerpiece of the book, and the shocking revelation at the end of the book on how Jimi was actually murdered. He was done in by his manager, a man named Michael Jefferies. Tappy was in a postion to know this stuff. Look for an interview with this guy soon on our website. Birthdays gone by this week include Dead drummer Mickey Hart (67) and the late Buddy Holly.  We will have a look at this day Sept 11th, 1967...still technically the Summer of Love. Let's make September 11th, a happy day not a sad one. Peace Out. Rare Jimi
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Hello September, let's flashback!

Join me this Saturday for a musical romp through the smoke rings of your mind. We shall start right at 7am with a long opus that is a testiment to the creative power of one of Steve Winwood's early bands. He had many, but it was Traffic that had that incredible blend of rock, blues, jazz and folk music. Somehow it all worked. The band Jethro Tull tackled some rather weird subjects in their music. It immediately set them apart from everyone. Starting with a lead singer and front man who didn't play guitar, and wrote songs, not about cars, or girls, or drugs or being free, or getting harrased by the man or any of that. Instead the band's songs were more about the dregs of forgotten, downtrodden people. The poor and twisted, right out of a Dicken's novel. Canned Heat will do a tribute to Wilbert Harrison with a song that was the mantra of the revolution. This week marks the passing of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. He was the founding memeber, singer and harp player with the Heat.  In fact we shall take a look at a day in the life of the Revolution, September 4th 1970. Dlyan sings a song to and about either Joan Baez or Edie Sedgwick or possible someone we don't even know. Mysterious. Clapton will team up with his old bandleader John Mayall, The Animals will show us why they were the second biggest band out of England in 1965, and of course the Beatles, with only 2 songs, will put the entire revolution in it's proper perspective. Steve Miller was writing great songs at the end of the 60s, we shall hear one of my personal favorites, do you have one? Let me know. I'll fire up the incense, and whatever else is appropriate this weekend. Join me in a love fest, a happening, a trip, a gathering of the tribes, right here this Saturday the 4th. I'll be waiting behind the beaded curtain. The 2nd most important band out of England in 1964 Steve Miller with one of my all time favorites
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Need a Miracle...check out the Revolution

This week we will honor our old Friends of the Devil, the Grateful Dead. Actually it's Jerry we will remember this week which has been designated as "Jerry Week" in San Francisco. This August 9th will be the 15th anniversary of his death. Besides playing a killer set of Dead tunes, I'll let you kow about a few more Jerry related things going on in the coming week. The moring will start when we sing up the Sun around 7am, the Beatles will take us down Abbey Road, and as you know, that usually leads to some pretty good things. We'll include a scoop of Vanilla Fudge, and get into some early Fleetwood Mac when Bob Welch was an important part of the band. Iron Butterfly will add to the heaviness of the proceedings with a nice long trip into the Garden of Eden, long enough for us to go outside and groove on a brand new day in Sacramento. All we ask is that we share everything, so take a big ol hit and pass it on. As the Dead would say "What a long strange trip it's been". Happy Jerry Week Captain Trips.
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Right on! The Revolution is here..July 10th

Hey, the incense is burning, and the tribe is gathering again this Saturday for our flashback to the 60s...We'll start with one of the hottest English bands ever, featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page..it's a real rave-up. Rave-up is the term the English used to define a song that keeps building in momentum and has plenty of room for jamming. Neil Young will give us a peek into his acoustic side before he takes the stage at the Mondavi Center next week. We'll hear a band that represents the East Coast mindset of the revolution, it was different from us out here on the coast. Some organic rock and roll from the Golden State will be featured in the second hour. Later it would be called Americana, then, it was just good time picking. I have a mess of Beatles singles, Steppenwolf, The Who and Jethro Tull. Put on that headband and Beatle Boots and meet me at the Van. Psychedelic and far out man.
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Going to Monterey this Sat's Revolution

Here it is, the middle of June and it's that time of the year I think about the Monterey Pop Festival. The first real pop festival of it's kind. An innocent time when the straights, the Hippies, the Soul Brothers and Sisters, all got together to see some great music and feel free. It was in 1967 and it sort of kicked off the Summer of Love.  This is when music became business. It was when big deal record execs. came to N. Cal and started signing most of the San Francisco bands. Steve Miller signed for a huge amount at the time. We'll have plenty of artists that played Monterey this weekend. The Who made their U.S. Festival debut, Jimi made his American Debut with the Experience, Eric Burdon was there and so were a bunch of L.A. Bands. And Janis Joplin mesmerized the audience with her energy and sheer power. About 200, 000 people over the course of 3 days made their way to the Monterey Penninsula that weekend. Put on your bell bottoms, love beads, roach clips, granny glasses and buckskin jackets, we are going to the first pop festival this Saturday...Monterey. Jimi at Monterey
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Saturday's Revolution Beatles are stoned!

Nothing new here, we all knew the Beatles blew their own minds. It happened shortly after they met Bob Dylan in 64. We'll check out their 1966 work, two albums actually. Rubber Soul and Revolver. Were the Beatles slightly altered, you bet. These two albums seal the deal. Highly creative stuff here. Early Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett will explore women's lingere, Jimi Hendrix will get all cosmic on us, and the Jeff Beck group will get down. C.S.N will remember this anniversary date of Robert Kennedy's assasination...42 years ago. One of rock's first supergroups will cover a Buddy Holly song, and Cream will take us on a journey through a psychedelic haze of ancient mythology. The Stones will take it to the streets and the Who will sell out, but in a good way.  Birthday's this week included Big Brother's Bassist, Peter Albin, and we'll remember a couple of great musicians that played with the Byrds. Clarence White and Michael Clark. All in all, a pretty good trip this Saturday. Keep feeding each other. We must be in paradise man! Syd Barrett and his friend Arnold Layne. Robert Kennedy r.i.p. We remember you this week.
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Camping at Woodsquawk

Just a reminder, there is plenty of free camping at Woodsquawk this year. One of the more popular spots is along Keller's Creek. You'll want to fish the creek and enjoy the sound of running water near your campsite. Or, you may want to camp in the south pasture near the public restrooms, again with the running water sounds. Get here early and pick out a good spot for  you and your family. See you this weekend!
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Welcome to Mayberry

NORTH CAROLINA TOWN BANS THONGS Swimmers at Kure Beach in North Carolina will have to leave their thongs at home. The town, nicknamed "Mayberry with a beach," has banned swimmers from wearing revealing swimwear, thus making thongs illegal. Mayor Dean Lambeth said, "We're going to keep this as close to Mayberry with a beach as you can keep it." It's a good thing, I mean would you want to see Aunt Bee in a thong? Somehow Mayberry with a beach is just plain wrong.
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Looking for a Cafe Rock Apron?

Say Hi to the guys at Barebones Workwear. They are the exclusive outlet for the limited edition Cafe Rock Aprons. If you lucky you might get the one autographed by the entire Cafe Rock Staff. Listen up this week for the next Apron purge....ah, wrong choice of words...no actually, the right choice of words.
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This Saturday's Revolution April 17th.

Hey this Saturday morning, I'm gonna be by to pick you up in the VW Van. There will be plenty of room for all our freak friends. The first hour we'll feature one the Rolling Stones finest and most sleazy works from the 60's , Beggar's Banquet. It will be a feast of blues, rock and slide guitar guaranteed to be a righteous experience. We play a bit more of the Boxtops in memory of Alex, Zeppelin will join us out here on the left coast, Janice will be waiting and the Allman Bros will lend us their gentler side. A double blast from Jimi and his debut, George Harrison going it alone and Canned Heat to get us back in the Van and back on the road. We'll hit upon things that happened this week, like the Bay of Pigs invasion, hey, at least we tried. And Rolling Stone magazine reports on a list of drug oriented rock records...I bet you know what some of those are eh?..It looks like Moonbeam and I are driving the bus this weekend, don't be left holding the bong..join us at 7 sharp this Saturday. That's if your even into time man. Peace. Here are those bad boys now. All we are saying, is give peace a chance.....J. Lennon.
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Sandwich Dislocates Jaw
 
  An extra-large sandwich resulted in a trip to the emergency room for one Georgia man and some great publicity for a popular sandwich chain. Chad Ettmueller was ready to sink his teeth into his favorite sandwich -- the Wicked Wich -- from a local Which Wich restaurant, when he opened wide and dislocated his jaw. His mouth was locked open for about 14 hours and required surgery. Which Wich plans to re-name the sandwich in honor of the incident.
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Conan comes to Sacto.

Conan O’Brien to Launch Two-Month, 30 City “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” Tour Tickets on sale now at LiveNation.com for May 6th performance at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. According to Conan, It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house” says O’Brien. The aptly titled “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour kicks off in Eugene, Oregon, and will take Conan and a cast that will include longtime sidekick Andy Richter and the former Tonight Show band to theaters in at least 20 states and two Canadian provinces.  Tickets for the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium performance are $35.00, $55.00 and $75.00 plus applicable charges. Show time for this event is at 8pm.  
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Health Insurance and more for Medical Pot

There is a Rancho Cordova based insurance agent who is hoping to go National with insurance coverage as it pertains to the pot industry. Mike Aberle is the agent who is interested in covering all aspects of the fledging Marijuana industry. That would include worker's comp, hey those bales are heavy!. Also auto insurance, got to get the crop to market right?, and basically anything connected to the trade could be insured. Including the users. Some estimates say there are over 2,000 dispensaries in the U.S. It's a growth industry and specializing in Pot based insurance really kind of makes sense. The premiums would run anywhere from $1000-4000. Mike Aberle says he wants to insure everyone in the distribution chain from growers to those who use the product. This is a big step in legitimizing the inevitable march of Marijuana therapy. Check your health insurance policy, notice they don't cover weed. Who ya gonna call? Now you have someone you can.The Medical Marijuana Specialty Division.
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Wildlife you have seen on the Golf Course

179770505_a2ea2a881b_tToday I was talking to a listener about golf and he mentioned he used to play in Fairbanks Alaska. The ground was usually pretty hard till the middle of May but the real problem was the moose. They would show up on the tee box, in the bunkers and even sometimes wander into the clubhouse. It got me thinking about animals we have encountered while playing the grand game of golf. I remember golfing in Mexico when a crocodile was resting his chin on my errant shot. He didn't move until I was practically on top of him, then he most certainly did move, and fast. Local knowledge would have been handy, don't hit ANYTHING toward the water, they lie in wait. Another time a fox had crawled inside my golf bag and stole a sandwhich, but thankfully left me the chips. This was at Bing Maloney Golf Course here in Sacramento. The fox is pretty famous, he has been hanging around the place for years..how bout you? Have you seen any remarkable wildlife while playing golf? No, I"m not talking about the Hooter's girl at the 9th hole at the Sip it, Grip it, and Rip it golf tournement.
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