We traveled Hwy 5 (where Tom McLeod slept? Strange sign on that tedious path) packed many organic yummies to make the successful trek, and picked up a trombone at Yamaha where I felt like I was in the movie, “Mall Cop.” Apparently there is a customs office near the Yamaha facility, so I was questioned several times as I walked Hunter in the parking lot after a yucky 6 hour trip. We settled in Irvine at the La Quinta, which was a historical lima bean silo that was turned into a dog friendly establishment. It was rather cool. There were cotton tail bunnies everywhere.
The first gig was the “The Coach House” in San Juan Capistrano, which is rather like the Last Stage Saloon or The Saddle Rack (for the Bay Area natives), but The Coach House is closer to the beach and more pricey.
Mic is currently playing at a casino in the Viejas Casino in Alpine, and I am writing this from the La Quinta in Poway Ca. about 40 minutes away (38 miles); with “no traffic.” Actually, it was an hour.
Well, tomorrow is the last leg of the trip where we will be visiting…Coarsegold where the Chukchansi hotel rests and …
Mic is home from the east coast and we all agreed that this trip seemed extremely long. I suspect the change in the weather may be at the root of this feeling and of course missing our best friend and Papa. Today the weather is beautiful, warm and sunny, and hopeful. Tonight Meg has a softball game where she shines. Under pressure she can hit a home run with bases loaded, and this is her power arena. Go Baby! Wednesday we have a World Series Game in our backyard. This is going to be FUN! GO GIANTS…The Bay Area’s anti heroes, what a dynamic group. That represents our free style life in the Bay Area.
- Mic, Bones and Adolfo
Bones Malone plays with the Letterman Band and has been a friend of ours for years. He is a great guy and tall…compared to Mic and Adolfo. Apparently the Blues Brother Band had an engagement the next night at BB Kings…
Anacortes, WA & East Coast Run
July 23rd – August 3rd
Fri: 23rd Travel to Anacortes, WA
Sat: 24th / Show Anacortes, WA
Sun: 25th / Travel to Verona, NY
Tue: 27th / Show Day Verona, NY
Wed: 28th/HOB Atlantic City
Thur: 29th / Show Hampton Beach, NH
Fir: 30th / Show Hamden, CT
Sat: 31st / Travel to Great Barrington, MA
Sun: 1st / Show Great Barrington, MA
Mon: 2nd / Show Rutland, VT
Tues: 3rd / Travel Home
This trip was too soon after the European tour. The guys are in New Jersey in Atlantic City tonight at the House of Blues, and travel to Hampton Beach after the gig to play Hampton Beach Casino & Ballroom tomorrow.
Upon returning from Hawaii we immediately left for Barstow on the way to Las Vegas for 3 shows at Southpoint Casino. Dan Barilone is the music director at Barstow Jr High and was a great host. It was GREAT to see such support for the music program in that community considering all the attacks upon music during budget cuts . The mayor, members of the city council, and school board members were there to support the kids. I wish all communities would join together to help keep music in the schools. The program made money and the kids were so excited about the concert and they were just great to work with. Mr. B has developed a great little band and it is exciting to see a dedicated teacher making a difference. Congratulations on a terrific and inspirational show and to Roxii who sold 59 tickets to the show and got a free lesson from Mic!! We hope to come back soon! Thank You Barstow and Dan Barilone!
Proclamation establishing June 10, 2010 as Mic Gillette Day
Key to the City of Barstow and Yes it serves as a bottle opener!
Mr. B and the Band!
Mic working with the band
Mic with the Mayor and Mr. B getting his very cool awards!!!!!
Mic and Rick Braun at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival in Panama Beach City
Tommy and Richard Elliott
David in Melbourne, Florida