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Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints

First of all, happy Thanksgiving to one and all! I won't get into the whole "What are you thankful for?" business, but leave that to your family and friends. But events of the last month or so have given me pause to examine my life and the things I am (and should be) thankful for.

This Sunday, a good friend for more than 25 years, Carmel artist and musician Mark Bava, his brother, Chris Bava and Chris' wife, Cat Asche, will be remembered and celebrated in two memorial events in Carmel and Monterey. (A full story on those events are in this week's issue of GO!)

The Bava brothers (Chris was also an artist and photographer) and Asche were killed in an auto accident in San Jose on Oct. 20. Surviving the crash was another Carmel artist and Mark Bava's longtime girlfriend Lynne Cook.

Ironically, the four were returning from one of their favorite endeavors, a music concert featuring Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler. Mark, as both a musician and promoter, was heavily involved in the music business, so it's only appropriate that the second event, from 6-10 p.m. Sunday at the Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey, will be filled with the sweet sounds of music.

Slated to perform are award-winning blues-soul singer Maria Muldaur, Monterey guitarist Tom Ayres, Matt Venuti of the Venusians, (one of Mark Bava's favorite bands), bassist Dennis Murphy, Carmel singer-songwriter Tom Faia, and many more local and visiting musicians and vocalists.


It promises to be a stirring, emotional and uplifting day.

So, I'm thankful that I was blessed to know Mark, that we were graced with his warm presence and that were are able to celebrate his colorful life in a way that he would have undoubtedly loved — with good friends, good music and good memories.

More information on the two events can be obtained by contacting Cook at or Joegh Bullock at or at (415) 265-1162.

Another of the bands Mark loved, Mike Beck & The Bohemian Saints, which features the aforementioned Mr. Ayres on guitar, plays Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Bahama Island Steakhouse in The Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel.

This will be the third time the band has played the intimate venue (they play in the bar area) and each time you don't think it can get any better and it does. With the patrons almost on top of the band the room gets filled quickly and before long the whole place is dancing and moving to the Americana rock sounds of the band.

In addition to Beck's cowboy country songs, the band throws in everything from Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash covers.

There's no cover charge, but I would suggest getting there early for prime spots otherwise you'll be listening from the patio (which isn't that bad, with heat lamps and cool air).

Beck and Ayres will also be joining me Friday at noon on KRML (102.1 FM, 1410 AM or streaming on to talk about the gig and Beck's new album in the works.

Here are some of the other music events vying for attention this week:

· The Scotty Wright Trio, which features keyboardist David "Dasher" Kempton and bassist Heath Proskin plays Friday night at 7 at Plaza Linda in Carmel Valley. Seems Wright is well on his way to recovery after a stoke laid him low 18 months ago. $10 donation.

· Local country legend Larry Hosford plays a rare Monterey concert Saturday night at 9 at the Golden State Theatre. He's got a new album, "Momentarily Yours," on Adam Zerbe's 4th Street Records. $12 at the door. The Good Sams opens the show.

· Rushad Eggleston's madcap trio Tornado Rider plays Friday night at the Golden State Theatre. Also on the bill, old buddies Nico Georis & Matt Baldwin. That's a 9 p.m. start, $10 at the door.

Rushad's Mystery Band of Jick also plays two benefit concerts for local actress/dancer Camila de La Llata Monday and Tuesday night at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel.

· Local singer-songwriter Gabriel Gandzjuk performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday night at Pierce Ranch Tasting Room, at the corner of Wave Street and McClellan Avenue on Cannery Row.

Gandzjuk, who will be accompanied by fellow singer-songwriters and guitarists Walter Rose and Jay Burriss, is promoting his latest album, "Second Hand Suit." Cover is $5 at the door.

· Sorry to say, but the dean of local radio, Ed Dickinson, is calling it quits. And to think he's only been on the radio for 62 years! A retirement celebration is planned for Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at Planet Gemini, 2110 N. Fremont St., in Monterey. Congrats Ed!

· And don't forget Tuesday's All Ladies New Monterey Free Songwriter's Showcase at Carbone's in New Monterey. Seven local female singer-songwriters will showcase their talents starting at 8:30p.m.GO!