Well, looks like the live music is back on at Plaza Linda in Carmel Valley...so far. Never know what the county busybodies have up their sleeves these days.
After a demand for a shockingly stiff fine and threat to close it down, music promoter Kiki Wow was able to come up with some proof that there was some activity at the site prior to 1953 and a couple of witnesses to boot. She was told not to cancel any more shows until this whole thing can get resolved.
So, the music plays on this weekend with The edited Trio on Friday night from 7-9 p.m. and the ever-popular rock band K Mello & the unDecided from 7-9 p.m. Saturday night.
The edited Trio features singer-songwriters Mark Davis, Brett Perkins and David Zink and performs what the group calls "folk-rock and Americana songs with interwoven harmonies supported by guitars and percussion" that has drawn comparisons to artists such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Counting Crows, Crowded House and The Beatles.
Zink is a former member of The New Christy Minstrels, Davis' album "You Came Screaming" was voted Orange County's "Album of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Times and Perkins has several albums to his credit and leads The Listening Room songwriter retreats in six countries annually.
The unDecided has become a popular draw at Plaza Linda with its rockin' mix of rock tunes from the '60s to the '80s and lead singer K Mello's impassioned vocals.
The Alternative Cafe in Seaside has had no such problem, although it's still waiting for its beer and wine permit to come through, something that should give it a boost in attendance (one can hope).
The week kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a local writers' open mic at 5:30 p.m., followed by an art exhibit Friday night featuring the photos of Richard Herbert, who is a fixture at shows at the cafe.
Following that 5-8 p.m. opening will be a DJ dance party "Control Alt. Delete!" featuring "Up in Smoke" DJs Tom Future, Thanotopsis, Skarthur and HavoK.
This bass music showcase, according to organizrs, will feature "face-melting dubstep, glitch and electro."
Entry is free before 8 p.m. and 5 bucks after with a free after-party to be announced at the venue.
Saturday night it'll be a lively scene at the cafe when The Angus Scrimm and Bobby Ebola & The Children Macnuggits will shake the walls of the intimate venue.
The former plays psychedelic music that it calls a visceral, energetic sound that encompasses a lot of their influences, including Mr. Bungle, the Evil Dead films, Primus, Miles Davis, Bela Bartok, Slayer, Zu, Ennio Morricone and the Phantasm series of films.
The twisted duo that comprises Ebola says its music takes a "nod to social satirists like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, and musical influences ranging from They Might Be Giants to DeBarge...Ebola is the vaudeville routine for your personal apocalypse."
The cafe completes its week with its weekly open mic at 7 p.m. on Sunday and the return of the always-entertaining The Alternative Vaudeville Show on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Celtic music fans get a real treat with the appearance of Dick Hensold, the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, Friday night at The Works in Pacific Grove.
Hensold plays a number of pipes in addition to the Northumbrian pipes, including those from Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Wales.
He plays music in several traditional and historical styles, with an emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish and Northumbrian, but also including Scandinavian, medieval, Irish and his own original music.
The show is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and sports a $12 cover.
Jazz fans may want to check out L.A. alto saxophonist Mark Isbell play with the house band at the Hyatt Regency Monterey at
7 p.m. on Friday night.
Isbell has been described as having a "light melodic approach and natural ease with rhythm."
"Isbell's sound is all his own; and, it's a beautiful tone," said critic Jim Santella.
"The Cabbie Who Croons," Dick Stember, will perform selections from his new album, "Ready, Willing & Able," from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Running Iron in Carmel Valley and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Sardine Factory in Monterey.
Jazz singer Stember actually drives a Yellow Cab when he's not performing and often sings for his fares.
And don't forget Hanif Wondir's "Live from the BASSment" funk/soul open music session every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at the Cannery Row Brewing Company's basement lounge. Players email him a firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Since I mentioned him last week, The Wolffman (Kenny Wolff) is doing a whole pig roast again at The Mucky Duck on Sunday for the NFC Championship game, 49ers vs. Giants. Doors open at 9 a.m., pig will be ready at 2 p.m., kickoff is at 3:30.GO!