With the Super Bowl, Grammy Awards and AT&T golf tournament fading fast in our rearview mirror, it's smooth sailing this week. Oops. Valentine's Day AND Presidents Day all in the same week?
I know there are certain expectations (especially from men) and traditions associated with Valentine's Day, but what are you supposed to do on Presidents Day? Go see "Lincoln" or dress like George Washington and barbecue some steaks over cherry wood? (That I would like to see, powdered wig, red white and blue apron, and oven mitts and all.)
There are a handful of musical things happening on Valentine's Day itself, such as singer John Michael's Frank Sinatra show at the Clubhouse of Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club in Corral De Tierra; the Dani Paige Band rockin' out at Sly McFly's; and '80s funk/R&B band Zapp ("More Bounce to the Ounce") at Planet Gemini.
But what about Presidents Day? Nada. But there are a few pre-Presidents Day happenings, Monday being a holiday and all — well, for most people.
On Sunday there's Latino comedian George Lopez, curiously MIA at the AT&T this year, at the Golden State Theatre; singer-songwriter Lily Wilson doing a special "pop-up" concert Sunday afternoon at Valley Green Gallery in Carmel Valley; the popular Jazz Jam featuring singer Lee Durley and drummer David Morwood co-hosting at their new jam home, Cibo in downtown Monterey; and Aftermath!, the newly named funk-rock trio fronted by singer-guitarist Burnin' Vernon at Sly
And, Chat's Pre-Presidents Day Bash returns Sunday night from 9-midnight at Flanagan's Irish-American Pub in The Barnyard in Carmel.
The Money Band's bassist Michael "Chat" Chatfield hosts this pre-holiday bash again, with local musicians "Guitar Bob" Ohsiek of Victory Lane, keyboardist Tom Lawson of Blues at Eleven, vocalist/concert promoter Kiki Wow and drummer Shane Tyler, who has played with everyone from Lovers and Strangers to The Money Band, plus any number of guest musicians sitting in.
The fun of this night is the musicians play what they want to play, not what they're expected to play, whether it's surf-rock, Pink Floyd, Motown, Tom Petty or some old blues tune. And the mix and match of the musicians who drop in is a kick in the pants.
The last bash, which was a Pre-New Year's Eve bash, drew 100 people and a packed dance floor. There's a full bar, full menu and no cover charge. Call 625-5500 and ask for Joe.
By the way, you can find Kiki and Bob playing Friday night at the Fuse Lounge in Carmel with their newish rock band The Vibe Tribe.
And Lopez, of course, is a major star in comedy, from his stand-up routines, sitcoms, radio shows and his own television talk show.
A bit of info on this show, which is $56 at goldenstatetheatre.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday with a little pre-show music, with the rock band California King doing a one-hour set at 7:30, followed by comedian Bryan Kellen warming up from 8:40 to 9:10 and Lopez to perform from 9:10 to 10:20 or so.
Maybe Lopez will fill us in on why he was absent at the AT&T, where he has become a huge draw.
Golden State has a very eclectic lineup this week, with Gypsy swing band George Cole & Eurocana performing Friday night; Washington D.C.-based psychedelic stoner rock band Dead Meadow playing Saturday night at 9; and Pacific Grove folk/country singer-songwriter Kenny Chung, back after a six-month teaching gig in Korea, playing his first "official" gig since returning.
And speaking of the State, tickets for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed's concert April 17 at the Golden State Theatre go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at goldenstatetheatre.com. A online pre-sale actually starts at 10 a.m. Thursday. Password is RHYMES.
And the adventurous may want to check out Dead Meadow on Saturday, with opening act Stranger Family Band.
Dead Meadow was formed in 1998, which is a long time for a band in this day and age (although personnel has changed from time to time) and has an impressive résumé, starting with its debut album in 2006, which was released on Tolotta Records, a basement label operated by Fugazi bassist Joe Lally.
Since that time the band has recorded for Matador Records, whose artists include such indie faves as Pavement, Guided by Voices, Superchunk and Yo La Tengo; put out a feature-length concert film "Three Kings"; opened for Guided by Voices and recorded tracks for the acclaimed BBC series, the Peel Sessions.
The band may be identified as a psychedelic stoner rock band, but its foundation incorporates Black Sabbath sludge, Pink Floyd acid rock and some surprising melodicism.
Doors open at 8, show is at 9, $10 advance, $12 door. Info at deadmeadow.com.
And don't forget, chamber-pop duoFoxtails Brigade and singer-songwriter Amelia Chapman play Friday night at the Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room on Cannery Row. Ony a $5 cover.
Malian multi-instrumentalist Habib Koité and American bluesman Eric Bibb combine forces for "Brothers in Bamako" Friday night at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Tickets are $28/adv $31/door, no comps; the 9 p.m. show is half-price night for students, at Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-5100 and online at www.kuumbwajazz.org.