The Taters returned to the No Name Bar with special guest, Yoshi Takahashi, who had just returned from Japan after surviving the earthquake disaster. He reluctantly told some stories of his experience there
Cole and joe Tate played the blues and sang a bunch of rock n’ roll songs while Takahashi wailed on his Fender Telecaster. There was a definite edge to his playing and this may be the result of some mild PTSD. It may have been a little loud but everyone survived, just as he had.
Lonnie walter was on the bongos, providing just the right amount of percussion for the No Name Bar. The No Name Bar has been open since 1958 and is a popular destination for tourists as well as locals, all mixing very nicely.
A couple nights later on May 23, there was a Blue Monday jam session at the Sausalito Cruising Club hosted by Joe Tate. The first set was, as usual, played by Joe Tate, Donny Kountz and Willie Riser.
There was some great talent on hand for the jam session that followed, with 18 participating musicians. Starting with Coyote and his students, the bar was immediately set high for those who followed.
Coyote’s students, Kyle Cromb and Travis Lee have become top notch guitarists and it’s always fun to watch them crowding their teacher.
Eugene Huggins also showed up and strutted out some astounding harp solos. Scott Sherman,who brought an amplifier/mic rig, kindly loaned his gear to Huggins for a short set ending with his rendition of Mojo.
Craig Caffal also played his very expert blue style, laying down some one of a kind solos.
Also sitting in were; on guitar: Rich Frost, Dave Rodrigues. Jesse Kincaid, and Gabe Navarre. On Drums: Gary Scheuenstuhl, Andy Mendell, and Jake Baker. Vocalists: Suzie Q, Angelea, Phyliss Kinimaka and Anthony Lincoln who also Played Saxophone. Gary Berger and jim Presta played piano. A guy who signed in as Neal helped out on bass.
The next Saturday, May 28, Joe Tate was back at the No Name bar with special guest Jerome Phillips.
His friends call him Jeromeo for some some unknown reason. His talents are unquestionable though. Playing left hand bass, he deftly lays down a solid accompaniment to every song.
Starting with a basic New Orleans sound, they kick into Blueberry Hill, Rockin’ Pneumonia and Goin’ Back To New orleans in quick succession.
With Lonnie Walter tapping out a rhythm on bongos, it’s hard not to stop watching the ball game and get into the music.
Joe Tate and Lonnie Walter play here every Saturday with various guest artists. The fun always starts at 6PM.
This same night is Boudeeka O’Connors last night with the New Rising Sons playing at the Taste Of Rome, just a couple blocks up the street.
It was pretty much of a love fest for Boudeeka’s friends who packed the place. They had so many requests for her ranging from Janis Joplin and Grace Slick to Aretha Franklin. There aren’t many singers who can cover all this territory, but O’Connor does it with ease.
She is engaged to be married and the happy couple is leaving the bay area for new prospects. Boudeeka will be missed by many here in Marin, where she has played every single venue over the years.
She was kind enough to invite her friends Joe Tate and David Kemp to the stage where, all together they performed Nasty Little Boy, one of Joe Tate’s own creations. This is one house rocking song, the audience always joins in on the chorus. If you’ve never heard it, make it down to the No Name Bar any Saturday evening and just tell Joe you’d like to hear it.
The Next day there was a nice party at Cici Wilcoxen’s home in Forrestville, CA. She always invites about 50 musicians who all perform on a little stage in her beautiful garden.
Not everyone performed, but most did in small prearranged groups culminating in Cici’s group “Honey B and The Pollinators.”
Cici has developed this band over many years, honing the sound into a concise swing machine with her on vocals and bass. Jesse Bogs, on guitar, is extremely smooth and dexterous, delivering clear melodic riffs that dance on the air.
Sitting in today was Robert Bailey working a partial drum kit and also Maggie Catfish and CJ Harris both assisting on vocals.
Also performing was amazing singer songwriter, Teresa Tudury, who sang her wonderful and satiric, Chinese Underwear.
Afterwards everyone retired to the house where sing along songs were performed until sleep overtook the proceedings.
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