It's Super Bowl weekend and the home team 49ers are going to the Big Game in the Big Easy this Sunday. I haven't been able to say that for 18 years, so imagine my excitement that the Red and Gold will be going for, and bringing back, that big silver football trophy.
This week is also the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament, with practice rounds starting Monday and the tourney itself on Thursday, Feb. 7. In fact, depending on what happens in the Super Bowl, the lineup for the AT&T's 49ers/Giants Chevron Charity Shoot-Out could change.
If the Niners win, only four will play (Jerry Rice, Dwight Clark, Harris Barton and Brent Jones) against eight Giants players because that will be the day of the big parade in San Francisco. If the Niners lose (bite your tongue), it could be 8-on-8 with four more added to the Niners side. (You mean they can't come up with four more former Niners? Aren't there a couple still in Monterey County?)
Of course I'm hoping that the Niners will be shorthanded because I'm looking forward to that parade. Wow, the second champioinship parade here in less than a year. OK, I know I'm getting ahead of myself here, there's still a game to play. So here's my prediction: Niners 31-Ravens 17, Frank Gore has a big day, Aldon Smith has two sacks, Justin Smith is a beast and Colin Kaepernick will kiss his bicep at least once.
There you have it. Now on to music.
Two venues that have been relatively quiet of late, Jose's Underground Lounge and East Village Coffee Lounge, both in Monterey, are back in action with two shows each this week.
Jose's has four punk and metal bands — Praetorian, Drunk with Power, Psychos In Love and Angerhead performing a benefit Saturday night in memory of Tony Kahiwalani Faria for funeral expenses and a trust for his son Jimmy.
Start time is 8 p.m., $10 door, with all proceeds to go to the benefit funds.
And on Tuesday, the Cannery Row venue hosts San Diego instrumental metal band Sleep Lady, plus The Silhouette Era and Cowboy Starr.
Sleep Lady is a five-piece band that features two married couples, including guitarist Mario Quintero, owner of Black Box Recording Studios, and his wife Sarah on bass. Monterey's The Silhouette Era features members of The Black Lodge, Razorhoof and Concave, while the Cowboy Starr Project is a four-piece indie rock band out of Monterey.
Ages 21-plus, $5 at the door. 737-9152. facebook.com/josesundergroundloungemonterey.
Over at East Village, the venue will host two wildly disparate shows, one Friday night at 9, featuring electro, country, garage rock, punk and blues duo Restavrant, with local bands The People, Audio Waltz and Jordan Smart opening.
The other show Saturday night at 7 features the folk-rock of Big Sur singer-songwriter Levi Strom and the folk-blues of local singer-songwriter Keith Damron.
Los Angeles-based Restavrant is an interesting case, calling its fusion of styles "electrocana" and coming off like a manic country-punk version of The White Stripes or The Black Keys with some electronica thrown into the crazy mix.
There's a $5 cover for either show at East Village. Online at eastvillagecoffeelounge.com.
The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa shakes things up with its weekend lineup, bringing in vocalists Jaqui Hope and Julie Capili and pairing them with pianists on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, in the Piano Lounge.
Hope is a well-known local jazz/soul/rock singer with stints in bands such as Lucidology and Temple Tigers, while Capili is a jazz singer who is a favorite at the Hyatt Regency and performs with the improvisational jazz quartet Aporia.
One of the pianists (Saturday night) will be Marshall Otwell, who was pianist and musical director for Carmen McRae for more than eight years and has toured extensively with Freddie Hubbard, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Charlie Musselwhite.
That's 5:30-9:30 p.m., no cover, full bar.
And speaking of jazz at the Hyatt, pianist Eddie Mendenhall, guitarist Bob Bassa and drummer David Morwood play Friday night at 7, while Morwood joins guitarist Gino Raugi and bassist Bill Bosch on Saturday night at 7.
Then on Sunday, Morwood and singer Lee Durley will go head to head with the Niners and Ravens with their Jazz Jam at Cibo from 3:30 to 6:30. I'm sure there are a few people out there who prefer jazz to football, right?
Two quick shout-outs: The Money Band is back at Casa Sorrento on Friday night; Victory Lane plays The Mucky Duck on Thursday night; and bluegrass band Scarlett Road plays Saturday night at Plaza Linda.
One more thing; Go Niners!
l'm really looking forward to Billy Cobham's "Spectrum 40," Thursday night at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.
The tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Cobham's seminal jazz-funk album "Spectrum," so he has recruited fellow ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra bandmate Jerry Goodman on violin, along with long-time cohorts Dean Brown on guitar, Gary Husband on keyboards and Ric Fierabracci on bass.
The original album featured Tommy Bolin (James Gang, Deep Purple) on guitar, Jan Hammer on keyboards and bassist Lee Sklar, a powerhouse lineup if there ever was one.
Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. $26 in advance, $29 door, available at 427-5100 or www.kuumbwajazz.org. Info at 427-2227.