Howdy friends, It's been a whirlwind summer so far, with no signs of things slowing down any time soon. Lots of good shows coming up in September and October, so please join us somewhere along the way! All details can be found on the calendar page. First and foremost, El Mirage will be performing at the Starry Plough on September 13th as part of the CD release bash for Dylan Champagne's new and wonderful album, "New Equation". With Joni Davis and Michael Hamm on the bill too, it's a night not to be missed. Tonight's El Mirage features Lucio Menegon and Berge Thomasian on guitars, plus John Shiurba on bass and Suki O'kane on drums. Show starts at 9 pm and we'll take the stage around 10:30, but do come early and stay late for a great night of music! Next up, it's Loretta Lynch at the Webster Street fair in Alameda on Sunday, September 14th. Come on down and stroll the streets of Alameda and let us serenade you in three-part harmony. We play at 1 pm. Sunday September 21st, it'll be time for the Bazaar Cafe monthly series again, and this time Val will be joined by John Shiurba on upright bass, and also on the bill we'll have Paul Pot and Mokai. As always, it's early (6 to 8:30 pm), free and all ages. Tuesday, October 14th, Loretta Lynch is excited to perform at the City Sessions series at Club Waziema in SF. More details will be coming, but the show starts at 8 pm and is located at 543 Divisadero. Sunday, October 26th will find us back at the Bazaar Cafe again, but this time I'll be pulling bass duty with my pals Laura and Danny Allen in the new band Hot as Balls. I'm really excited to be playing with these folks - Laura's songs rock, and so will we! Also on the bill - Paulette, and Luther Monday and the Magic Hammer. You DID mark your calendars for the 8th annual Murder Ballads Bash on Friday, October 31st, didn't you?! This will be a night not to be missed, featuring all manner of "ballad" in the vein of murder, misery and despair, with sets by Conception Vessel One, Scott Simon, Fuzzy Cousins, She Mob, High Diving Horses, Joe Rut, Ultralash, Kneel, and of course, yours truly! Lastly, El Mirage will reunite once again to play a Sunday afternoon BBQ at Thee Parkside on Sunday, Nov. 9th, and things will probably quiet down considerably around here for the next couple of months after that. So it would be great to be able to serenade you before then! Thank you, as always, for your kind support. Happy Summer-into-Fall! Cheers, Val

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