Tim Hilborn and son Drew drumming at the La Honda Fair
by craig eddy
This year’s La Honda Fair weekend was quite possibly the best yet. I think thanks have gone out to those that put in the effort to make it such a great weekend but thanks once again to all the bands, the volunteers, sound crew, food vendors, all of you that attended and to Charlie Catania for the repeated use of the La Honda Gardens. I can’t really review all the bands but there were so many great performances I just have to pick one and go with it. I want to give a shout out to Zanzibar who played on Sunday. Zanzibar has slowed down lately gigging but when a spot opened up at the last minute they were quick to jump at the opportunity to play. Drummer Tim Hilborn and frontman Kerry Wing both grew up in the La Honda area which is why they are considered for our local showcase. Zanzibar pulled out all the stops with their Afro/Cuban dance music and they certainly did get the crowd up and moving Sunday afternoon. Zanzibar has a five song CD out and as good as it is I have listened to the live recording from the Fair and it really captures Zanzibar’s energy and is such quality that who knows, maybe they can use it to put out a live CD (thanks Bo and sound crew for the recordings). Zanzibar has several years of good gigs at some of the bay area’s best venues but as there are young kids involved now they are not gigging as much as they used to. They’re going for quality gigs rather than quantity of gigs. Zanzibar will be playing Saturday afternoon Aug 16th at the Pescadero Art and Fun Fest, the Halfmoon Bay Brewing Company on August 23rd, and September 26th at The Devil’s Canyon Brewery. They will continue recording with Grammy nominee producer Greg Landau and hope to have a full CD finished soon. If you want to follow Zanzibar you can check them out at www.zanzibarband.com and at facebook.com/zanzibarband.
The 2014 La Honda Fair is just around the corner! This is the community event of the year so pack up the family and come down to La Honda Gardens on June 14 and 15th. Lots of great art, music, food and fun for everyone. All to support the local school art and music programs. See Ya there!!
12-12:45 Pel and the Pelican’s
2:00-3:00 Cryin’ Shame
3:15-4:15 The Remnants
4:30-5:30 Jack and the Hitchhikers
5:45-6:45 This Way Up
Tweeners – 1:45 Lisa Chupity, 4:15 Deke Rivers
11-12:00 Shea Nolan – Pancake Breakfast
12-12:30 Mystic Cowboy
12:30-1:30 Delta Vee
4:30-5:30 Pathetic Honey
5:45-6:45 The Gary Gates Band
Tweeners – 1:30 Curtis Turner, 3:00 Lisa Kelly, 4:15 The Wing Brothers
My wife Laurie and I left sunny La Honda last Sunday and headed to Pescadero. The sun didn’t follow us. When we got to the Pescadero Country Store it was chilly and gray. The Deke Rivers Band was about to start playing so we hung out a bit. Deke tells me the gigs there can be damp and cold sometimes but sometimes you get lucky. Once a tour bus full of Japanese tourists stopped and they had to pose for photos with each tourist and they got lots of tips from them. Maybe a kick-back to the tour bus company to make sure that happens every weekend? The best moment was when a little two year old boy kept trying to steal the tip jar. Well, it was hand painted very nicely and it lights up too. I don’t think he was after the money. Along with Deke was Bill Keaney on drums and Brad Melvine on bass. They do a wide variety of rock such as Stones and Dire Straights as well as some Americana and Country songs. They are from San Francisco and you can tell talking with Deke he fell in love with the music as he was growing up in the City in the 60’s. His desire to play music was born when he watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Says it hit him like lightning and he has been chasing the dream of being a professional musician ever since. His first gig was a summer school show. “We sucked but I caught the bug that day.” He lives to play for a crowd. Over the years Deke has done many shows at the Filmore Lounge. His band would play during the breaks of bands like Steve Miller, Tom Petty, Los Lobos Crosby Stills & Nash and many more. Deke loves playing in this area because of the great local venues. He will be playing at Alice’s on June 12 and will be doing a tweener on June 14th Saturday afternoon at the La Honda Fair. Ever find yourself wondering what to do on a lazy La Honda weekend? Stay on the sane side of the hill and head to Pescadero or San Gregorio and stop in at one of the “Stores”. Great drive, Great music, and sometimes the fog actually burns off! La Honda Fair is just around the corner!