Paul's Picks - January 8, 2015

Happy New Year, SLO! 

Well, another year is in the books, and another great year of fun & music has already started with a BANG!  I hope you all had a bunch of fun on New Year's Eve.  Big Big SLO produced a great show out in Los Osos with Zongo All-Stars, Solstice, and the Monroe.  We'd love to hear about your New Year's shenanigans as well...  Hit us up on Facebook and share pics & stories! 

For this weekend, SLO Brew has a great lineup.  On Friday, you'll want to check out the Dustbowl Revival.  They played at Live Oak 2014 and just about brought the roof down for the Friday night dance at the Hot Licks Stage.  Opening the show will be local favorites, Tipsy Gypsies, so get there early & pace yourselves.  Saturday Night, Proxima Parada will be  coming to SLO Brew with some new tunes and a bunch of fun.  Opening for them is Sparrows Gate. 

Creekside Brewery has a cool show on Saturday with the Monroe, and opening that show will be new up-comers, the Earthtones.  They've created a buzz out on the coast & should be fun.  

Steve Key with his Songwriters at Play program has a couple of great shows happening this weekend:  Friday night has an evening of Americana music featuring local hot pickers Kenny Blackwell & Dorian Michael, plus L.A.'s Nathan McEuen. Special guest vocalist Nicole Stromsoe opens the show at 7pm.  Saturday night is a big one over at Sternberg Gallery:  A tribute to Jude Johnstone, a great local songwriter. The lineup includes Bob & Wendy, Ynana Rose, Jill Knight, Nicole Stromsoe, Karen Tyler, Holly Ann Phillips, Aaron Porter, Steve Key, Jude's daughter Ray Duncan, and a closing set by Jude herself.

Take a trip down to the Clark Center on Friday and check out the Peking Acrobats! They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; do treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. Sounds pretty crazy!

Whatever you end up doing, I'm wishing you a super fun & safe weekend.  Cheers! 

Paul