The Flying Salvias are a piano/vocal and sometimes guitar duo, playing their signature Ameri-kind-uh music, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippy, though not usually all in the same song.

March On 

Writing this the day after the first recording sessions for our new CD with Cookie Marenco at OTR Studios in Belmont, CA.  We are completely filled with excitement over this project!  We have assembled a seemingly magical combination of musicians to make a band that is everything we ever wanted:  Travis Jones on acoustic guitar, Joe Craven on fiddle and mandolin, Russ Gold on drums and Mike Anderson on bass.  Add that to Henry's piano and accordion, and Kathleen's vocals, and an amazing transformation is taking place to the original songs we have been playing as a duo.  It's like the kid graduating college, or finally moving out of the house, or like the songs hung around in their pajamas all day and finally got dressed, or something.  Not that the pajamas didn't have a charm of their own, of course!

Of course, we'll also be back at our favorite coffee houses and hope to see you at one of them:  March 12, 11-1, at San Gregorio, March 19, 3 -5, at Chit Chat Cafe in Manor, and March 24, 7 - 9 at the Piedmont Caffe Trieste.

Meanwhile, we march on!

 

LOVE ENDURES 

Try to infuse love into every moment, foment love,  make love, create love, share love, think love, resist everything not-love!  You may've noticed there are a number of stumbling blocks right now that make it difficult to continue on as a loving person in these United States. Let us not give the beast more power by sinking to its level. Let us not muddy our hearts by getting mired in hate.  We are trying to do at least one positive thing a day, and hopefully we will all muddle through together until the sun shines on our back door again.  Kathleen here, sighing off.

Never Give Up! 

Our hope for all of us in the year ahead is that “peace, love, and understanding” be more than words in a song, and that we can all help to make it real through positive works. We Stand with Standing Rock. We Believe All Lives Matter. Music is Life. We will figure out the rest as we go.

ONE DOOR CLOSING, ANOTHER ONE OPENING, THANK GOODNESS! 

Kathleen speaking here.  The idea of one door closing and just staying shut creeps me out.  Dark. Dead end. Lonely.  No candy. Great material for writing yet another depressing song.  Yet, here we are in mid-December, and it will be 2017 soon.  Last week of December or so, we'll get to start saying "See you next year!" to people and we'll all feel so clever. I do like that, I admit it.  Never gets old.

This month, we had the supreme joy of putting together Jingle Horse to play for Bread & Roses at the brand new San Mateo County Jail - Women's Facility, in Redwood City.  Special thanks to bass player Dave Golia, accordion princess Big Lou, and to drummer Ken Owen (who was there in spirit!).  I am not sure why I feel so very comfortable performing in jail, but that is the case.  Everyone thinks we are so nice to go there and do such a favor, but in truth, it is us players who come away with the biggest blessing. My poor soul starts out all empty and shriveled, and by the time we're done, it is fat and happy.

Friday, December 23 brings us pretty darn close to Christmas and Jingle Horse will make a rare appearance at the Caffe Trieste in Piedmont.  Think "controlled chaos".  It'll be fun.  Really good thin crust pizza, too.  

2017 holds the promise of more music, a record FOR SURE, and ... possibly demonstrations, phone calls, letters, and donations  to make sure Standing Rock stays standing, social security remains sacrosanct, and health care is available for all.  We shall see, won't we?  Meanwhile, we wish all of our friends and Sage Heads a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Good Kwaanza, and just plain old peace on earth.  Celebrate life, celebrate love, and keep shining your light!
 

NOVEMBER NEWS 

Hello Sageheads!  

Henry and Kathleen (me)  had a blast playing at the Makeout Room last Sunday night, Oct 30, in a tribute celebrating Chuck Berry's 90th Birthday.  Our band was led by David Phillips on pedal steel, and we were joined by super-talented guitar playing gangsters Jinx Jones and Maurice Tani, with the fabulous Les James on drums and Bill Macbeath on bass.  Just didn't want to let that little bit of history go by without a mention.  All these years and I never realized the real meaning behind the words of Reeling and Rocking until I went to learn it.  I chickened out and did the original record version, which was way easier for me to say out loud!  A big thanks to Eric Moffat for putting the evening together.

Currently, Henry's getting ready to record with The Jones Gang, and then we'll do our own project, which is coming together quite nicely.  We are truly thankful for all the music that has come to us and through us since we embarked on our flight!  

So for now, here is our advice for November:

1)  Come and see us  
2)  Vote!
3) Come and see us for post-election music therapy
4) Gobble til you wobble on Thanksgiving
5) Come and see us for post-family dinner table religio-political-economic discussion musical healing. Bring the family!

Your friends,

The Flying Salvias



 

OCTOBER  

October is a hotbed of activity in the SF Bay Area.  Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was just exactly that, but dang, we missed the Dropkick Murphys.  Then we have the Presidential election coming up and are learning to tread delicately with friends and family who may not think the way we do.  On top of that, the Giants may have a chance at "I-don't-want-to-jinx-it,"  and the Silicon Valley 49ers deserve what they get.  Finally, I will use this spot as a forum to say that our own little town of Brisbane has been in the news lately.  Kind of a David vs. Goliath story. Small town of 4,000 up against deep pocket developers and housing advocates (who knows whose payroll they are on?) who want to build basically a new city and triple Brisbane's population. And now the SF Supervisors are talking about annexing Brisbane to SF!  

But why are we here? What do we care about the most? How do we really feel?  It's all about the music.  And everything I'm talking about will all eventually filter through to our songs.  Actually, some of it already has.  Eventually it'll be on a CD or available for download, or whatever the next technological magic makes possible.  Hey, maybe even an actual record.  That would be something.  I still think in terms of album sides, and there is a concept just aching to get out.  Soon and very soon, we are going to see ...what happens!  Hope to see you soon and very soon, too!

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER?  

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4   11am-1pm
San Gregorio Store

Stage Rd & Hwy 84, San Gregorio
Help us celebrate Henry's birthday!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23   7-9pm
Caffe Trieste

4045 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Oh, heck, let's make it a birthday season...


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25  3-5pm
Chit Chat Cafe

5 West Manor Drive, Pacifica
The conclusion of Henry's Birthday Month Celebration

As usual, ALL these places are laid back, welcoming, and fun.  No cover, tips appreciated.

 

AUGUST APPEARANCES 

We're all over the place this month!

Sunday, August 7  11am - 1pm 
SAN GREGORIO GENERAL STORE 
Stage Road & Highway 84, San Gregorio, CA 
No Cover 
Our own personal clubhouse.... yours, too! 

Sunday, August 14  4:30 - 6:30pm 
BIRD & BECKETT BOOKS & RECORDS
633 Chenery Street, in SF's Glen Park neighborhood 
No cover, but contributions to the kitty are encouraged 
We are so excited to play at this wonderful book store for the first time.  Bird & Beckett features a great selection of books, and is that rare thing in the book world these days... a store owned by a person that sells books you can hold in your hand.  As if that is not enough, the regularly scheduled musical programming is filled with quality players, both eclectic (that would be us!) and of the jazz persuasion.  AND after we play, The Seducers will be on at 7:30 pm. 

Friday, August 26   7 - 9:30pm 
CAFFE TRIESTE 
4045 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 
No cover 
Our latest hang in the East Bay.  The food is good, and so is the music!  Piedmont Avenue is a lively street with lots to do, including coming to hear The Flying Salvias.  Music is just getting started at this location, so no link yet, but you can take our word for it that the thin crust pizza is excellent... just like in northern Italy!

Sometimes there just isn't much to say! 

Hello Sageheads!  Here we are in July already and el-bloggo is out of date.  We continue to do gigs and to write new songs.  We went to Buffalo, WY with The Jones Gang and a good time was had by all. I got to sing "Someday Soon" as part of their workshop on the role of pedal steel, which featured one of our dearest buddies, David Phillips.   Henry and I made a vacation out of the front part of the trip and the part after their shows. There would have been gigs for us too if I wasn't such an abysmal booker.  For now, we're just going to concentrate on finishing enough songs to make a killer Americana recording. Knowing us, it won't be pure Americana, which there is no such thing as anyway, since Americana is a blend.  But I'm sure there will be something to turn off the music fascists, as that seems to be our signature!  So there.   That's it for now...

May Showers and Purple Rain 

Kathleen has been bugging me to write something, and my burst of enthusiasm happened to coincide with the depressing news of The Purple One, Prince Rogers Nelson (aka dba Logo Boy), shuffling off this mortal coil at the tender age of 57. Brilliant musician and artist, but the one thing I know about him is what a hard worker he was. I was playing Top 40 (ask your parents) in a hotel bar where the tour of Vanity 6, The Time, and Prince and the Revolution were staying. The Man Himself did not mingle with the hoi-polloi at the bar but I did meet Mike Fink, one of the 2 keyboard players (nice guy). He told me the band rehearsed every day on the road, and on nights when he was not happy with the show they would rehearse after the show, sometimes until morning. Our cute blond singer (her name I swear) Mary Kay Lala charmed the road manager into a set of tickets for the band, but we had to play until 10:30. One of the great regrets of my life is that we missed Vanity 6.

Anyway, I'm supposed to talk about influences. Hmm. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Beatles, Motown, Dean Martin, Henry Mancini, The Blues Magoos, Jethro Tull, Captain Beyond, Professor Longhair, Al Kooper, NIcky Hopkins, Leon Russell, Gladys Knight and the PIPs. Duke, Stevie, Jaco, and The Hardest Working Man In Show Business. You try and make sense out of that.

Oh, and gig-flogging time. The Flying Salvias continue their residency at the San Gregorio General Store Sun May 8 11-1 of course, but Kathleen and I are also backing up the astounding Margaret Belton in "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever: the music of Patsy Cline" at the Freight and Salvage Sat May 7. Although Patsy is no longer with us, her memory lives on in the incredible show Margaret puts on. Seriously, you need to check her out, plus you get characters like David Philips and the disreputable Maurice Tani.  Once we recover from that we're (Kathleen and I)  at the Cannery Cafe on May 28 11-1. Food there alone is well worth crossing the border to <strike>Fremont</strike>Hayward, and there's probably mimosas. More stuff later this summer, but we'll get to that later. Say hi if you get a chance.

Previous events

May13

Flying Salvias

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San Gregorio Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

Mother's Day at San Gregorio. Perfect! A very nice listening set up, all ages, full bar, coffee, snacks, books, eclectic shopping. No cover. Long day for Henry - Jones Gang plays at 2 pm. Singer-songwriter Lane will also be on hand.

Apr21

Earth Day Celebration

Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica CA

Henry & Kathleen will go on sometime between noon and 1:30, opening for surf-rockers Frankie & The Pool Boys. Check back closer to the date for exact schedule.

Mar10

Find Yourself at The Lost Church

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The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street, San Francisco

Now is the time to check out this SF performing arts gem, and hear some fine original music by The Muddy Roses and The Flying Salvias. We go on first, so don't be late! And don't leave early, either. The Muddy Roses play original, powerfully voiced country-based music like you never heard it before!!! Doors open 7:30, show starts at 8, ends at 10:30. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of show.

Feb10

The Beat Cafe-Sing In!

Sausalito Presbyterian Church-Thomson Hall, 112 Bulkley Avenue, Sausalito, CA

It's a sing in! The song books are ready to go. We will be joining leader Don Koc, John McCormick & Bruce Barth, plus David Golia helping out on bass. We’ll be doing Songs from the Great Folk Scare of the 50’s and 60’s. Dylan, Seeger, Guthrie, Mamas & Papas, Donovan, etc. , throw in some Beat Poetry………we got ourselves a Happening. Come in your best beat coffee house garb…………Black! Bring some friends ! It’s Free! Pot luck, too.

Flying Salvias

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The Blue Heron, 25300 Steelhead Blvd, Duncans Mills, CA 95430

After their triumphant debut here in October, the Flying Salvias return with piano, vocalists and Monte Rio's own Steve Trippe on bass. We had a blast last time! Great dinners, fine cocktails, brews, wines, really, really nice people! And us!

Oct1

Flying Salvias

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Chit-Chat Cafe, 5 West Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA

A perfect fall afternoon, for sure! And always the possibility of whales! No cover. All ages. Wonderful sandwiches, fantastic coffee creations, beer, wine, and really, really nice people.

Flying Salvias

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San Gregorio Store, Stage Road & Hwy 84, San Gregorio, CA

The show will kick off the release of our new CD, The Nature of Things, and we'll have a great band with us: David Phillips on pedal steel, Dave Golia on bass, Dave Scheff on drums/percussion! Kind of The Flying Salvias and Their Friends Dave, or The Flying Salvias and the 3 Daves.
We will play the new CD in its entirety and of course, other songs we wrote and songs we wish we wrote. Get to rock out a bit with these guys! No cover. All ages.

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