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Bones Roadhouse Ninth Annual
Whale & Jazz Festival

Bones & Jazz

Keith Abrams Groove Factor

Bones Roadhouse
Highway 1, Gualala
Friday, April 8, 2011
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Bones Roadhouse, established in May 2004, "up the hill" in Gualala, quickly became a coastal Mecca for authentic Texas-style, wood-fired barbecue, microbrews and live blues on weekends. Once established, a new location became available with more room for customers, and Bones Roadhouse II took up residence "across the the edge of town" overlooking the beautiful Gualala River, Gualala Point Park and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Bones II continued to be a premier spot for live blues, jazz and rock performers, with a dedicated stage, sound equipment, lighting, karaoke machine, as well as the house Bones' All Stars Blues Band. In 2009, Bones Roadhouse participated in the Festival's "Chowder Challenge" as part of the Chowder & Jazz event, and hosted BBQ, Brews & Jazz with the Mendocino Rhythm & Swing Club.

A tragic fire the day before the Labor Day Holiday weekend destroyed the structure and all the marvelous and eclectic memorabilia that decorated the interior. Bones III rose again in March at a new location (in the former Sandpiper Restaurant up Highway 1 at the start of "uptown Gualala") and managed to open in time to have the Mendocino Rhythm & Swing Club back for the 2010 Festival.

Owner "Bone Daddy" Thomas is again hosting live jazz as part of the Festival, renamed Bones & Jazz, with a slightly different group of solid jazz performers.

Jazz Artists

Keith Abrams Groove Factor

Keith Abrams, acoustic bass guitar

Keith Abrams An instigator since junior high school days, Abrams was told by his principal that he had much "unrealized potential." Having the music of Monk, Miles, Brubeck, Django, etc. indelibly imprinted on his young mind, he has been working to fulfill that potential ever since. Providing relentless pulse and breathing precious life and vitality into the classic musical themes of our time, Abrams lives by the premise that whatever musical phenomenon comes his way must have been sent to him by the greatest creative force for him to apply tender loving care. He gives thanks every day for Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, James Brown, Bob Marley and all the rest. Abrams will perform at four events in the 2011 Whale & Jazz Festival:

Chris Doering, guitar

Chris Doering A recent migrant to the Mendonoma coast, Chris Doering, dropped his piano studies and picked up the guitar soon after the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan. He has been playing and practicing ever since, moving from blues, rock and funk into jazz via lessons with Pat Martino, Dave Friesen and Warne Marsh along with academic studies in music theory. Christian's versatility as a guitarist has allowed him to play also for Romance & Jazz, Brunch & Jazz, Poetry & Jazz. This year Doering will appear at:

Paul Mueller

Paul Mueller, tenor sax

Mueller has been playing music in local bands since 1982. His musical roots embrace soul, rhythm & blues, funk and jazz. He plays regularly with the Pollinators and Jazz with Abrams and Doering.

Gabe Yanez, drums

Info coming soon . . .