LITTLE VALLEY VINEYARD'S Main Street bistro has been selected
by "Diablo Magazine" as one of the 40 best places
in the East Bay for hearing great music. The list will come
out in the magazine's next issue, but we couldn't wait to share
the news. And boy, is that kudo justified! The place has been
humming with memorable musical acts several times each month,
and the schedule for the next month or so is awesome.
As my deadline for this column is Friday, I'll have to tell
you next week about the great time we're going to have tonight
enjoying the music of Freebo, one of the Bay Area's most beloved
guitarists and song writers. And if you missed Friday's gig,
you can still hop over to Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster's Little
Valley Vineyard Wine Tasting Room and Espresso Bar (you can
see why locals call it the Bistro, or just, Sandi's!) and catch
Patty and Abigail, Hambone, Michael McNevin and more.
Patti and Abigail are two swinging, singing moms from Fremont.
They play guitar, write music, and create lyrics about love
and life, infused with both humor and pathos. They have developed
a very appreciative group of fans and just released their first
CD, "Patty and Abigail - Here We Go." The ladies have
been performing at festivals, clubs, coffee houses and wineries
throughout Northern California and receive raves for their beautiful
harmonies and evocative lyrics. Patti and Abigail will be performing
at Little Valley on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and the cover charge is
On Sundays, Sandi and Bill offer free afternoon music concerts
suitable for families from 1 to 4 p.m. This Sunday (Nov. 3)
the show stars Hambone, a gifted local musician specializing
in blues, swing and jive. And on Nov. 17, Sunol's own Jeroen
Engelberts returns with Nightmare on Bourbon Street. Don't let
the name scare you off from bringing the kids - Bourbon Street's
jumpin' blues are family friendly
just ask Jeroen's two
Then on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., there's a real treat in store when
another Fremont musician, Michael McNevin, shares his musical
take on life growing up in Niles and his many travels around
America. Michael has two albums out, "Second Story"
and "Sketches," which includes photos of his incredible
Etch-a-Sketch drawings. A reviewer from "Acoustic
Guitar Magazine" wrote, "I don't know what's best
about "Sketch" - Michael McNevin's music or his Etch-A-Sketch
drawings that accompany each song. McNevin is a singer-songwriter
of the highest order..."
No kidding, you've got to see these creations to believe them.
And you can, at www.michaelmcnevin.com, along with lots of cool
biographical info. The music and art of "Sketch" has
been featured on CBS' "Evening Magazine" as well as
the FOX Network News. He often displays his drawings in conjunction
with his concerts, and the Ohio Art Company, maker of the toy,
now sponsors drawing workshops for him at festivals and schools.
Many of Michael's songs capture indelibly the life he shared
in Niles with his three older brothers. The "Acoustic Guitar"
piece described a few of Michael's tunes: "'Two Feet Ahead
of the Train' reenacts a close call he had on a train trestle
when he was ten years old. 'John's Cocoons' details the spring
ritual of his eldest brother John hatching a shoebox full of
giant Polyphemus moths all over the house. And 'Bagger' describes
his days working in the town grocery store."
Folks from Sunol can certainly relate to the subject matter,
but whether you live in a small town or simply appreciate good
music and wonderful stories, this is a performance not to be
missed. And of course, all shows include the opportunity to
sample Little Valley's excellent wines and bistro fare. Tickets
for Michael McNevin's show are only $5, and it's a smart move
to make reservations for what is sure to be a standing-room-only
event. Call 925-862-9006 to snag your seats for all of these
CALENDAR NOTE: Since you've got your date books out,
please make a note that the next Alameda Creek Alliance meeting
is tomorrow (Oct. 29) in the community room at Sunol Glen School.
Find out how you can get involved in restoring Alameda Creek
and view a slide show and update from the California Wild Heritage
Campaign. And as always, you can check www.sunol.net for news
and info on ACA, Little Valley Vineyard and many more of Sunol's
organizations and businesses.