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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Jim Kweskin Jug Band reunion tour comes to Sebastopol in July

You hardly ever hear good old songs like “The Sheik of Araby,” “Blues in the Bottle” or “The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me” anymore. And when’s the last time you heard a kazoo solo? But with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band out on its 50th reunion tour this summer, you’re about to get another chance. Formed in 1963, and disbanded in 1968 after a string of cult hit albums, the band is most famous for two things. First,… Read More »

Memorial concert for Chris Caswell set for Feb. 4 in Berkeley

Condolences and tributes have been streaming from the friends and fans of Celtic harpist and master harp maker Chris Caswell since his death Monday, Jan. 21. Caswell, 60, a popular presence in the Russian River area for 15 years, starting in the late ’70s, died of cancer at his Oakland home. Read Caswell’s obituary here The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley, will be the site for “A Night for Chris,” a celebration of Caswell’s life,… Read More »