Dang, how did it get to be the holiday season again?  Time flies when you're having fun!

If you feel like doing a little holiday shopping while listening to great music and supporting your local Oakland artist, then come out this Friday, December 3rd to Oakland Under 100 at the Temescal Arts Center. Enjoy local art & music and fine company! Music starts at 7 pm w/ Andy Mason, followed by  El Mirage Trio (yours truly plus John Shiurba & Berge Thomasian) at 8, and the  Ukaladies' Strumming Club at 9.  Free fun for the whole family! Temescal Arts Center is at 511 48th St. in Oakland.

If you feel like getting your party going a little early, why not head over to El Rio on Thursday Dec. 2nd?   I'm going to be there enjoying Laura Jean's CD release show.  Laura Jean features the enormous talents of Laura and Danny Allen (with a little help from some other talented friends!).  I've been absolutely loving their new album, Filthy Bird - it's packed with super catchy songs, expertly played.  It's the kind of music I like to turn up real loud and sing along to!  And that's exactly what I'm going to do this Thursday!

Lastly, if you're one of those people that likes to plan far ahead, why not mark your calendars now for two fun Loretta Lynch shows in 2011?  We'll be at the Starry Plough on Saturday January 22nd, and at the Freight & Salvage on Thursday, March 10th.  More details coming!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and hope to see your smiling face somewhere soon!

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