Our 10-day, 8-show tour with Leftover Salmon started here in Eugene, which is one jammin' town (we recently enjoyed a fantabulous pre-new years gig here). The McDonald is an historic venue owned an operated by the Kesey family, keeping memories vivid for Eugene's revitalized downtown scene.
The Catalyst is California's true 'mystery spot', where the twirl dancing seems to defy gravity. Especially when the Salmon are running, which was surely the case as we high tailed it home from the Canadian border.
Every year, Sunset Magazine holds a fair in the parking lots surrounding its offices in Menlo Park. There are fun food booths, arts and crafts, garden displays . . . and lots of music. It's a very kid-friendly event. We played there two years ago and this time, and both times we had a blast!
When the Fox Theatre in Redwood City reopened it brought lots of great music to the mid-Peninsula south of San Francisco. It also brought the Little Fox, a 250-person club where we shared the bill with Greg Anton's band Gregg's Eggs.
Chet Helms has been a fixture in the San Francisco music scene since the 60s. As the man behind The Family Dog, Chet was as responsible as anyone for the dance concert scene and the emergence of San Francisco poster art.
The FOBs played Burning Man through what was called the loudest sound system ever assembled, which was directed out toward 50 miles of desolate desert and mountains and coordinated with a fantastic laser light show. You had to be there to appreciate it...