Spring BBQ and Open House
Sat, May 12 @ 12:00 pm
Annual Spring Barbecue and Open House, Saturday, May 12.
Vintage Entertainment in a Vintage Setting
Outdoor Afternoon Concert with Bob Ayres and the Boonville Big Band
Evening Concert with vintage party jug band the Todalo Shakers
Starting at noon, enjoy an old-fashioned day of food, fun and friendship, in and around our town’s beautiful 1932 grammar school building, now home of the Community Center of Mendocino and the beloved After-School Enrichment Program. Hear local treasures Bob Ayres and the Boonville Big Band in an afternoon concert on the lawn that’s sure to bring out the local Swing Dance community. Share old-timey, home-grilled savory treats from Roundman’s Smokehouse (or a vegan alternative). Watch demos of children’s and adult classes. Take in a Children’s Chorus performance. Make an old-timey keepsake in the children’s crafts area.
Todalo Shakers Concert at 8:00
Travel even farther back in time with an indoor concert by the renowned five-member-strong Todalo Shakers. Sounding like they’re right out of 1928 Memphis, the Todalo Shakers play vintage jug-band party blues, old-time rags, and stomps—a rich and funky palette of vocal blends mixed with hot ragtime tunes on fiddle and mandolin, with virtuoso slap bass solos. Beer, wine and treats will be available for purchase. (Advance tickets for the evening concert are recommended; available at ccmendo.org, Harvest Fort Bragg and Out of This World.)
Suzy Thompson has long been known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals; she is the fiddler of choice for Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur; Del Rey, and has also worked with Maria Muldaur, Dave Alvin and Peter Rowan. Eric Thompson (playing mostly mandolin in the Todalo Shakers) began exploring the country blues in the 1960s with Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia) and more recently in his work with such artists as David Nelson, David Grisman and Jody Stecher. The Thompsons are based in Berkeley, California. Guitarist and vocalist Frannie Leopold (Mendocino) has toured and recorded the Delta Sisters and the Balkan Kafe Orchestra, and is a perennial favorite instructor at many West Coast music camps including Lark in the Morning and California Coast Music Camp. Singer/banjoist Bruce “WB” Reid (Seattle) plays a rare, vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as “the enforcer”), having spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon of the legendary string band the Mississippi Sheiks. WB has toured and recorded with the Tallboys (Seattle’s hottest old-time string band), the Carolina Jug Stompers, and with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. Upright bassist Matt Weiner (Seattle) boasts a distinguished resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wayne Horvitz, Danny Barnes and Becky Kilgore. His slap bass solos are always a delight.Join the Volunteer Team for This Event!