A Letter from Rivertown Revival

Petaluma, Ca., July 14 Dearest Mother, Since I last wrote you, I settled in a region of California near the metropolitan of San Francisco, in a town called Santa Rosa. Today I write from the McNear Peninsula in the town of Petaluma, California, just a train ride south from home. The weather here is mild for July, as the Pacific keeps the inland fair. East of the peninsula are gentle rolling hills of golden hues marked with spots of green from the grand oaks. Out here, the oak leaves are tough and do not fall in the autumn. These qualities are adaptations to fire. Such qualities of tenacity and grit should describe the people of this region, as seen in their steadfastness through the great fi

Diving into Sharkmouth at Rivertown

Nobody wants to get into a shark’s mouth, but you’ll want to get into Sharkmouth. I finally got to see “California’s funkiest jazz punk trio” at Rivertown Revival at Steamer Landing Park on the McNear Peninsula in Petaluma on July 14th. Members Joshua Jackson (bass, vox), Libby Cuffie (drums, vox), and Nate Dittle (keyboard, vox) were joined by tenor saxophonist Chaco Amazè and trumpeter Zack Thorne. I had been looking forward to the day when I’d see this band live ever since I saw them featured on Beatbox Drums last December. They performed an original called “Dewey Decimal System”. Who sings about library classification systems? Who ponders the question: “Do we do away with the Dewey Decim

Marelle Beams Sunshine at the Lagunitas Sanctuary

Marelle// Lagunitas Taproom & Beer Sanctuary - Petaluma, CA// July 18, 2018 It was a simmering July day in the North Bay last Wednesday, the perfect weather for hanging out with friends at the Lagunitas Taproom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma, listening to live music while enjoying a cold IPA straight from the onsite production line. The magic at Lagunitas begins at 4:20 PM. I mean the magic of music! That's when bands take the stage in the Beer Sanctuary. This week, vocalist Marelle took the stage, aglow in late afternoon sunshine, with a guitarist and drummer for a full trio sound. My friends and I went specifically to see Marelle. With a personality like a golden ray sunshine like that sunsh

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