They call their music Ameri-kinda, as their tunes repeatedly stray over the Americana border, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippie influences. Songwriters Henry (piano, accordion, vocals) and Kathleen Salvia (vocals, acoustic guitar) can be seen around the SF Bay Area as a duo, or most frequently as a full troupe of  talent including David Phillips on pedal steel, John Pearson on percussion, Dave Golia on bass,  and Ken Owen on drums. 

Oh Dear, May turned into June! 

Dear Sageheads,

Time flies when you're having fun, or if you're lazy like me, or maybe lazy and having fun at the same time.  Anyway, other than a FB post here and there, I neglected to reach out to you all in May.  

So here's your "June Bug":

Thursday June 1 - 6 to 8 pm, Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street, Martinez - Duo Dinner Show

Sunday June 4 - 2 to 5 pm, San Gregorio Store, Stage Rd & Hwy 84, San Gregorio - Full Band

On the news front, my latest goal is to write a song that is happy. Queen of Dark songwriter Deb Grabien recently commented that I have out-darked her, and since that comment scared me, I'm taking it as a major hint that the time is right to let a little light in, hey?

Meanwhile, I wish you all happiness, health, fun, and all the money you need!






April Shows Her Smiling Face 

There are some beautiful blossoming trees scattered all over the place here in Petaluma.  It's remarkable how the blossoms managed to hold on to the trees through the storms.  When they do let go, it looks like it is snowing.

We had a blast at our March 25 concert in Pacifica.  I think the audience did too.  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the night special. And a special thanks to Maurice Tani and Mike Anderson for joining us onstage.

We've got a couple things coming up in April:

Thursday, April 6, Flying Salvias, the duo, will be dinner-showing at Roxx on Main in Martinez from 6 - 8 pm.

Sunday, April 23, the whole band, plus special guest Big Lou the Accordion Princess, will be at our home base San Gregorio Store, from 2 to 5.  It's also the day after steel player David Phillips' birthday, so come and help us give him a spanking (not a real spanking… we'll just sing to him!)  

Speaking of spankings, where the heck did that birthday tradition come from? One for every year… as if waking up each morning and getting through each day wasn't enough. Sigh.

It's Indictment Day.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could figure out how to behave themselves as the two sides are all mixed up together outside the courthouse?  We shall see.

Meanwhile, we with you nothing but Peace and Love,

Kathleen and Henry


Hello Sage Heads!

The Flying Salvias hope you are having a lovely MardiGras/Shrove Tuesday today. Lots of people giving up things they love for Lent. But we're not giving up you and we sure hope you won't give us up either!

Tomorrow Henry, Kathleen, David Phillips, and David Golia will be doing a little recording over at Chris Krotky’s Soundwire Studio in Richmond.  One step closer to the next release! Good times coming up this month!

Sun, February 26, 2-5 pm San Gregorio Store With the whole band. The ultimate Sunday drive destination! Stellar music, great drinks, people, and shopping. No cover.

Thurs, March 2, 6-8 pm Roxx on Main, Martinez          Flying Salvias Duo Dinner Show. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be at Roxx on Main every first Thursday though the year, from 6-8 pm. Downtown Martinez is the new North Beach… so much happening there these days. (Not the topless part, but lots of music and fine dining!)  Call 925-370-7699 to make reservations or visit to find out more.  Roxx on Main has been featured on KQED’s “Check Please” and is known for choosing the freshest locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients.  627 Main Street, Martinez.

Come and hear our friends Sunday, March 5, at The Lost Church, Santa Rosa Doors 4 pm, Show 4:45 – 6:45 pm The Sound Field and Maurice Tani will each do a set. Henry will be playing piano with both, and Kathleen is likely to chime in where appropriate, too. It’s a great venue. You’ll be stepping into a strange, warm and wonderful secret, otherworldly space. Find out more:

Sat, Mar 25, 7:30 pm Mildred Owen Concert Hall - Pacifica Center for the Arts. The full Flying Salvias Orkestra in concert. With special guest, our favorite singer-songwriter (besides ourselves, ha ha!) the fantastic, supercalifornigraphic Maurice Tani. 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. For info and tickets: 

Well, that's it for now!  We hope you are all happy, healthy, and that life is treating you right.

Peace and Love,

Kathleen and Henry


Flying Salvias January News  

Hello Sageheads!

It's a new year, and though some people consider Dryuary to be the first month of the year, we think you'll agree January this year was not putting up with that nickname. Wetuary, Flooduary, Leakuary, are more like it this year. I'm sure the storms impacted each of us in unique ways, some more positively than others, but hopefully, we can all look forward to seeing sunnier days ahead. 

For Henry and I, Coviduary would also be an apt description of the month so far.  We made it almost 3 years before it finally got us at Christmas. Happily, we are both testing negative now and hope to remain so because we're really looking forward to playing for you soon.

The coming week is supposed to offer some respite from the rain and our entire band hopes to see you at San Gregorio Store on Sunday, January 22, 2 - 5 pm.  Right in the middle of the 49ers playoff game. We promise to update the score periodically. We'll be outdoors. Heaters abound! 

The next week, Friday, January 27, from 7 - 9 pm the Flying Salvias duo will be playing a dinner show at Roxx on Main in Martinez.  It's a really good restaurant.  Tasty food and tasty tunes - win-win!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Peace and Love,

Henry and Kathleen 


Sunday, December 11, 2 - 5 pm, join Henry, Kathleen, and a seasonal special line-up including Sean Allen on guitar, Josh Zucker on bass, Ken Owen on drums, and John Pearson on percussion as we take Jingle Horse out of the stable and go for a nice Christmas gallop through San Gregorio.

As usual, no cover, great drinks, fabulous weird shopping, and fine people!


Today is Election Day. Vote!  It is raining.  Blessed, wet, rain. Yay!  

We were recently in Scotland where there is water practically everywhere.  Guilt free showers and baths. It was nice. Also, beautiful. And now it's over and we're back.  Not to worry!  We have gigs coming up that always make us happy.

This Saturday Nov 12, Henry and Kathleen will join Maurice Tani, David Phillips, Rob McCloskey, and Ken Owen to back up Margaret Belton and open for Emmylou at the annual Bummer's Ball. It's probably the only way we'll ever get to grace a stage at SF Jazz....looking forward to it. Plus it's for a good cause, as it's a fundraiser for Rocket Dog.

Sunday Nov 13, 2 - 5 pm, we'll be at San Gregorio Store.  They built a beer garden behind the store, look for the gate right next to the post office, and come on in!  Kathleen, Henry, David Phillips, David Golia, and Tim Orr will be playing on the Marty Atkinson Memorial Stage.  They have promised heaters will abound.  However, if there is rain, we'll all stay home and hope for better weather on December 11 for our Christmas Show.

Vote vote vote vote vote.  It matters, especially if you want the right to complain about the outcomes!

Peace and love,

Kathleen and Henry


We have nothing to say this month as we are going to the UK and will return in November.  No, it's not a music tour, but we'll certainly be hearing a lot of it and seeing the sights of the Scottish Highlands.  See you in November!


Hello SageHeads and BlogSpammers -

I really have nothing very sage to offer today. It's hot. I'm a fog baby.

I wish the Blog Spammers would just plain leave us alone.  What do they hope to gain by sending ridiculous messages that make no sense? Is there something I am missing?  I got excited for a minute because I thought someone was actually reading and commenting on our blog... when I figured out how to drill down to get to the comments I discovered a bunch of gobbledy-gook... lots and lots of it.  Please go away. Thank you.

I can't really complain about anything else, though.  Last week we played at Roxx on Main in Martinez for the first time and had a great time.  I mourn the loss of Armando's, but it seems to have seeded a thriving music scene throughout downtown Martinez.  

Which brings to mind the time Henry and I were taking the train to Reno and it stopped in Martinez... they let everyone off for a few minutes; but I don't know what kind of clock they were using as it seemed more like 1 minute.  Too bad we were 2 minutes away from our car, having walked the length of the train before the "get back on right now" horn blew.  Who knew we could both actually run? Still, the door closed right in our face and the train started to move... then it stopped and they let us on, and made great sport of us later on as we calmed our nerves in the club car.  I think they did it on purpose.

We've resumed recording our next album, which now has a name, "The Human Condition".  I think the songs and the title are a logical follow up to "The Nature of Things".  This week we had the pleasure of working at SoundWire studio with David Phillips as he poured pedal steel fairy dust all over us.   We also both went down to the Groove Room and lent a few notes to Deb Grabien and SoundField's next CD; it's an honor to work with such a talented songwriter, plus the studio had some powerful air conditioning which was most welcome by that little old fog baby, me.

Our next gig is this coming Sunday, September 11.  That horrendous date over twenty years ago still cries out for healing and we will try to bring some with us to San Gregorio Store, 3 to 6 pm.

Peace and Love,

Flying Salvias



August Observations 

Hey Sageheads!  Happy August.  It is hot here.  We have quite successfully killed our lawn.  

Henry is very busy playing with a lot of great artists like Jenny Kerr, Valerie Jay, Margaret  Belton, Maurice Tani, and a bunch of other people whom I don't know.  

We are back to recording, literally getting "back on track" after Prairie Sun studios had to close their doors just as we were getting started earlier this year.  But we had a great session the other day with the fabulous Glenn Pomianek (aka Glenn Houston) and soon we'll be doing some stuff with David Phillips over at Chris Krotky's SoundWire Studio in Richmond.

We'll be at Roxx on Main in Martinez on Saturday August 27.  First time there, but I hear it's a pretty good time.  

No Covid in our house yet but we remain ever-vigilant.  Peace, love, and good health to you all!

Kathleen and Henry


Previous events


Flying Salvias

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Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street, Martinez

Join us for a dinner show! Renowned Chef Lesley Stiles is known for using locally sourced ingredients in delicious ways. The Flying Salvias will be playing our own brand of tasty tunes. No cover, all ages, but reservations are encouraged 925.370.7699.



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

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN! - Jingle Horse rides again (in our dreams this year due to being rained out)! It’s the Flying Salvias Christmas Show featuring Henry and Kathleen plus Sean Allen on guitar, Josh Zucker on bass, John Pearson on percussion, and Ken Owen on drums. Outdoors in the new beer garden at the store. Eclectic shopping, full bar, snacks, heaters, and parking. No cover.


Flying Salvias

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

We will try to put some healing and joy into this date, which still resonates with horror and grief after more than 20 years. The Flying Salvias will soar with Henry,Kathleen, David Phillips, David Golia, John Pearson, and Robi Bean. No cover. All ages. Outdoors. Full bar, light snacks, heavy shopping opportunity.


Flying Salvias

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Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street, Martinez

Sip and Sup outdoors on a fine Saturday evening in Martinez. Kathleen and Henry will be joined by wingmen Dave Golia on Bass and John Pearson on percussion. No cover, but reservations for dinner are a good idea. Call 925-370-7699


Flying Salvias

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

Welcome to No Sky July! But do not despair, there are still patches of blue poking through. For instance, we believe the weather will be just fine for the Flying Salvias to take off out of San Gregorio Store next Sunday.

We’ll have Henry doing loop-the-loops on the piano; Kathleen's soaring vocals; Jerry Kuhel, daredevil of the guitar and mandolin; David Phillips sliding through the stratosphere with his pedal steel; Dave Golia with bombastic bass barrel rolls; and masters of the air ballet pas de deux, John Pearson on percussion and Tim Orr on traps. Plus special guests Big Lou and Melissa Vivas will be walking the wings on this trip.

No cover, great drinks, snacks, eclectic shopping.


Flying Salvias

Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica

Get your tickets now to spend an evening in concert with The Flying Salvias.

This will be a fun, wide-ranging show with romance, humor, sadness, joy, and a lot of fun. With Kathleen on vocals and Henry on piano, accompanied by a stellar line-up with experience to match The Flying Salvias’ material: David Phillips on pedal steel, David Golia on bass, Philbillie and Travis Jones on guitars, percussionist John Pearson and drummer Ken Owen. Doors open 7:00 PM, shows start promptly at 7:30. Limited number of in-person seating available. $23.00 general; $18.00 Pacifica Performances members Tickets are available online through the Pacifica Performances website

$23.00 general; $18.00 Pacifica Performances members

The Nature of Things
by The Flying Salvias
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