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This Frontier Needs Heroes and Earl Brooks

Globe traveling troubadour, who performs as This Frontier Needs Heroes, Brad Lauretti will be making his Peavine Alley debut!  Join us for backyard folk-rock at it’s finest.  Local legend Earl Brooks opens, possibly with special guests!

Free samples: https://www.facebook.com/thisfrontierneedsheroes/app/2405167945/

Bring food/drinks to share if you wish – Jimmy will be cooking with fire as per usual – kids and blankets and beach balls welcome!

Admission by donation – your generosity is deeply appreciated by touring artists.  House opens at 3:30, music starts at 5:00PM

3:30 as the sun be settin’
Gates Open for You!
5:00 as the sun be settin’
Earl Brooks
5:45 as the sun be settin’
This Frontier Needs Heroes

Ribs spices:  cloves, black and white pepper, salt, cinnamon, cayenne.

Ribs into the sous vide 137f until tomorrow.  Then they will rest in the fridge.

Loin brine:  juice of 16 limes, 7 cinnamon sticks, black pepper, cloves, salt, honey.

Loin spice:  zest 16 limes, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic + onion powder.

Engage climate control.
Engage climate control.
Got grass?
Got grass?
The stage is set.
The stage is set.
Ah…
Ah…

PA This Frontier Needs Heroes
This Frontier Needs Heroes at Peavine Alley (with Earl Brooks)

Thanks everyone for making this another great show.  Thanks especially to Brad Lauretti and Earl Brooks for filling the Alley with their fine music!  And thanks to Harry (as usual) for helping me put the show together.  Good times!

JamesIsIn

Folk the Fourth, Mouth and Forker!

Another Peavine day of freedom!

Schedule listed below (times are estimates).

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show.  All donations go to the musicians.  We recommend $20 per person.  Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well.  I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin.  Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings spaghetti.  I mean, many of you COULD bring spaghetti.  But someone should probably bring something to go with it.  What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

Questions?  Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

3:00 as the sun be settin’
Freedom Gates open!

4:00 as the sun be settin’
Tobias the Owl

4:45 as the sun be settin’
JR Rhodes

5:30 as the sun be settin’
Jared Mitchell

6:15 as the sun be settin’
Eve and Day

Sous vide ribs (131f @24 hours) spices:  Cloves, onion and garlic powder, black and white pepper, cayenne, salt.

Pork loin drizzle:  lime juice, honey, pomegranate molasses, ground chilies.

Pork loin brine:  juice and zest of 16 limes, honey, oregano, peppercorns, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt.

Pork loin spices:  coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, black and white pepper, salt.

PA Folk the Fourth, Mouth and Forker!
Folk the Fourth, Mouth and Forker!

You all know by now how much I enjoy doing these shows.  It pleases me to no end to bring groups of friends together to enjoy some of the best musicians we can muster, and for all of us to eat and drink and smile from ear to ear.  Thank you all again for an amazing show.  Thanks especially to the musicians!  Thanks as well to the food bearers and to the generous friends who toss their hard-earned money into the money bucket for the musicians.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the next show (20 July).  Have a great time!

JamesIsIn

Szlachetka & Co 13 Oct Sat

RSVP is REQUIRED. This show has limited seating. We have 24 seats available for the show. Tag Jimmy with the number of seats you wish.

Doors at three; music beginning at four.

As usual it’s your basic indoor potluck rock and roll show. All donations go to the musicians. Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well. I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making something but what depends on the weather. Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings spaghetti. I mean, many of you COULD bring spaghetti. But someone should probably bring something to go with it. What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Potluck:  Can you make that thing you always love to make?  That would be great for sharing!  There is a grill available.  If you have any special needs, send Jimmy a message or ask here.

Bevs:  If you can sip it, it’s good.  Share if you’d like.  I always make iced-tea.

Friends:  Cool friends are great.  I just need an exact seat-count; talk to Jimmy Cook.

Pets:  Not for the indoor shows, please.

Love:  Bring it!  Bring it all!

Shirts and shoes required?  This isn’t a restaurant; they’re not even recommended!

Folks have been asking about donations.  Twenty dollars seems to be about the going rate.  Keep in mind donations are voluntary, but also keep in mind all of the donations go the the musician.  Peavine Alley takes nothing.  Peavine Alley only gives.

Please let me if you post any videos of this show to YouTube so I can add them to my Peavine Alley list.

Szlachetka & Co 13 Oct Sat
Szlachetka & Co 13 Oct Sat PA

Thanks to everyone who came out for this tremendous show.  Glad the food portion was such a hit.  Thanks to Mtw Szlachetka for putting on such an excellent performance.  Pleasure to have you!  Good times!

JamesIsIn

Pop Cycle Summer Closer!

The Great Cycle of Pop is going to punk up the Alley with a loud (10/10) show (Paul!) come this presumably hot August Saturday afternoon. Kiddie pool in effect!

14:00 gates open (come get your patch of grass)
15:00 Jared Mitchell & The Wingtips
16:00 Pop Cycle

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy knoll sort of rock and roll show.  All donations go to the musicians.  Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well.  I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin.  Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings spaghetti.  I mean, many of you COULD bring spaghetti.  But someone should probably bring something to go with it.  What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Well, at least it’s not too hot.  Pork spices:  salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne.

Pork brine: 16 limes juiced, molasses, salt, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks.

If you haven’t heard Pop Cycle, their sound borrows liberally from both punk and pop music.  You will heard echoes of the Cramps (and maybe a cover? or two?), XTC, and splashes of Robyn Hitchcock.  I know you’re thinking “what happens when you mix the Cramps and XTC?” and the answer to that is pretty fucking dangerous!  Gonna be a good time.

Also pretty excited to hear Jared do his thing.  I’ve not yet had the pleasure, but our dear friend Mr the Owl says they can really bring it.  Best Peavine show yet?  You decide!

Pop Cycle Summer Closer!
PA Pop Cycle Summer Closer!

This was a very personal show for me.  It was like a celebration of what I love about doing these backyard shows, and I want to thank each of you for coming.  It wasn’t intended to be a personal experience, but that’s what happens some of the time.  It was tremendous; I feel amazing; and I want you to know that I appreciate what each of you has brought to my life–and not just the small part played by this great event yesterday.  New friends, old friends, pork loin, and hugs. Is there more to life?

JamesIsIn

Peavine Independence! 14:00 Sat 7 July

Another Peavine day of freedom!

Line-up (times are estimates):
14:00 The Freedom Gates Open!
15:00 Sean Crozier
15:45 Valerie Cavell
16:30 Hannah Abrams
17:15 special guests
18:00 Young-Chhaylee Khat
18:45 Kimo Muraki
19:30 Sandi Fernandez
After … 

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show. All donations go to the musicians. Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well. I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin. Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings spaghetti. I mean, many of you COULD bring spaghetti. But someone should probably bring something to go with it. What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Sandi Fernandez https://www.sandifernandezmusic.com/
Hannah Abrams https://www.facebook.com/hannahabramsmusic

Pork loin brine:  grapefruit (7 zest, 6.5 juice), salt, pomegranate molasses, bay leaves, mint, tarragon, and maybe a couple blades of grass due to vigorous tarragon trimming in the garden.

Just a note to say the musicians thrive on your generous donations. All of the money you donate goes to the musicians (the house takes nothing). The show is of course free, but we do suggest you toss $15-25 per person at those musicians. This is a festival after all! They may also have merchandise for sale.

Peavine Independence! 14:00 Sat 7 July
PA Peavine Independence! 14:00 Sat 7 July

It’s a little late in coming but I want to take a moment to thank all who participated in this wonderful celebration. The line-up was terrific and the crowd was enthusiastic. Not to mention the wonderful food. Thanks, as usual, to Tobias TheOwl for continuing to help me find great acts for these shows. Together we all work to make these celebrations excellent. Thank you all!

JamesIsIn

Paul and Sean Sat 2 June 14:00

Paul Benoit and Sean Divine have agreed to dust off their favorite instruments of musical destruction and maybe dust off some of their musical friends (friends with instruments!) and throw down here at Peavine Alley! Good times are guaranteed!

Line-up (times are estimates):

14:00 Gates open — get your patch of green!
15:00 Paul & Sean & friends with instruments?!
15:45 Old fashioned rest
16:15 Paul & Sean & friends with instruments?!
17:00 Paul races to the studio to record his next masterpiece!

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show. All donations go to the musicians. Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well. I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin. Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings spaghetti. I mean, many of you COULD bring spaghetti. But someone should probably bring something to go with it. What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

What to bring? You may want a blanket or a chair to sit upon. Will it be warm? Maybe you will want something to snuggle? Your coolest friends are welcome, but please let me know so I can predict numbers. Want to bring a posse? Contact me and I can make it easier for you.

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Pork loin brine:  honey, 16 limes, oregano, cloves, peppercorns, soy sauce, bay leaf.

People be askin’ me ’bout stuff.

Bring my pet? Jackson Reinhardt, aka the cat, has total dominion over the yard. He roams his yard on a 25′ retractable leash. Respect the cat.

Bring my child? Kids are cool. Keep in mind that Jackson has total dominion over the yard and doesn’t want to be chased. Also, don’t kill the plants.

Bring my instrument? The day belongs to the schedule musicians (and their guests), but after Paul leaves for his recording session it’s an open yard.

Anything I ought to bring? Optional items include… food for the potluck, money for the musicians (maybe fifteen bucks?), a blanket or chair for sitting, maybe a blanket or jacket for when it cools, and your best amigo.

Be awesome and see you Saturday.

What an incredible day! Thanks to all who brought food. We had a terrific spread. Thanks to the musicians. It was an incredible afternoon of music. The weather pulled together and it was a fantastic day. Many good and new friends as well. Just about perfect, really. Thanks!

Paul and Sean Sat 2 June 14:00
PA Paul and Sean Sat 2 June 14:00

JamesIsIn

An Evening with John Elliott limited seating 17 Aug

Indoor limited seating engagement with veteran Peavine Alley rocker John Elliott.  RSVP required to secure a seat.

John's & Peavine's First Show
John’s & Peavine’s First Show
From the First Show
From the First Show
More Current View
More Current View

Comment your commitment and include any plus-ones so we can keep our count accurate.  Thanks!

More information to below.

Take a listen to some of John’s music from previous Peavine Alley shows.  (Yes, he is using my guitar(s) and amp.  He rode in on a bicycle and rocked like a naked saint.)

Here is my review of Backyards.

You Think My Backyard Is Cool, but John Elliott’s Backyards Rocks

I will not have time to smoke a pork loin.  Instead I will make some killer goulash.  Seriously, it will blow your mind.  I will have a fire in the chimenea if anyone wants to grill something or cook a hotdog or whatever.  You wondering what to bring?  I’d guess it’s a wine and cheese and bread and fruit sort of evening.  Questions?

I know there is a lot of political bullshit clogging your feed right now, but there is a real-life event happening and if you are not looking directly at it you are about to miss it.  Something beautiful and amazing is going to happen right here.  Live a little.  Love a little.

An Evening with John Elliott limited seating 17 Aug
An Evening with John Elliott limited seating 17 Aug PA

Thanks again for everyone who was able to attend.  It was a great evening and a terrific pleasure to host John once again (three times!).  Please do link any YouTube videos my way so I can add them to my Peavine Alley playlist.

JamesIsIn

8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash

Our annual big Independence related show! At least five or six amazing acts! And some adorable dancing bears (approximately)! As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin. Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings sausages. You don’t want another sausage fest, do you?

It’s all about the money, except it’s not. These shows are free and we intend to keep it that way. That being said, we also want to ensure the musicians are rewarded for their hard work. Let’s make sure we can help them fuel their questionable-looking vans so they can make it their next gigs by dropping $15 or $20 into their little buckets!

What to bring? You may want a blanket or a chair to sit upon. Will it be warm? Maybe you will want something to snuggle? Your coolest friends are welcome, but please let me know so I can predict numbers.

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

13:30 – Gates open! Get yer grass here!
14:30 – Anna St. Lee —
15:15 – Patrick Galactic — https://patrickgalactic.bandcamp.com/
16:30 – Teresa and The Wolves — Cancelled due to finger injury!
17:30 – THE HINGES — https://thehinges1.bandcamp.com/
18:15 – Sheryl Wiser — https://www.reverbnation.com/sherylwiser
19:00 – Sarah St. Albin — https://www.sarahstalbin.com/

!!!!!!!

Very exciting.

To join Peavine Alley: https://www.facebook.com/groups/peavinealley/

Note:  Seafood Fest is today.  Avoid downtown Ballard.

If you would like to grill, my gas grill will be available for the entire show. My chimenea will also be available for grilling but not until after the pork loin is done.

Tea is in the sun; pork is in the smoke.

Musicians:  I have mics and cables and amps and a PA.  I also have a cajon and a snare and some other random percussion.  If there is anything you need, let me know.  I’ll do what I am able.

The pork loin is enbrined:  chicken stock, sour cherry juice, balsamic, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, bay leaves, salt.

I have half a dozen lemons available if anyone needs lemons.

I have put some pork ribs into the sous vide cooker at 137f (probably for 24 hours).

Another reason to come?  Witness my reading of the Declaration of Independence!

Just to be clear, I have been doing these readings for more than a decade and this is not aimed at any particular idiots which may or may not exist.

Remember the potluck is an important element to these events.  Are you thinking of what you may bring?  Let us know!  Not only is it fun to see what others are bringing, you may inspire another.  Be inspirational!

I’m smoking a pork loin in my peculiar way.

8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash
8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash (PA)

It’s been a busy summer.  So much to do for the Alley.  You have all been great!  Thanks for making this show a fantastic success.  Thanks, especially, to the musicians who come and play music and meet fans and eat food just like the rest of us.  And of course thanks to Harry Oesterreicher and Tobias TheOwl for helping me bring these shows together.  Maybe the world is a little better for our efforts.  Thank you all.

JamesIsIn

Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson! Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed

Remember when Scott and Jeff played until well after dark and we basically had to shine flashlights on them so they could see what they were doing?  Well, Mickelson is returning and Tobias the Owl is going to open.  We’ll start in the afternoon this time and I bought some portable lights just in case.

Line-up (times are estimates):

15:00 Gates open — get your patch of green!
16:00 Tobias the Owl:  https://www.tobiastheowl.com/
17:00 Scott Mickelson:  http://www.mickelsonmusic.com/

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show.  All donations go to the musicians.  Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well.  I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin.  Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings pies.  I mean, many of you COULD bring pies.  But someone should probably bring something to go with them.  What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

What to bring?  You may want a blanket or a chair to sit upon.  Will it be warm?  Maybe you will want something to snuggle?  Your coolest friends are welcome, but please let me know so I can predict numbers.

Questions?  Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Grill available for those bringing raw meat!

Big roof ready for the big show.  Bring on the rock!

Pergola Roof
Pergola Roof

The pork loin is enbrined:  apple and grapefruit, cinnamon, bay leaves, pepper, vanilla bean.

Pork is on the smoke and tea is in the sun.  What are you bringing?  (Pretty sure Scott is bringing his delicious banjo.)

If you want to grill mine will be available. If you have any questions please post them here! It’s going to be another epic day in the Alley!

Sunnish Tea
Sunnish Tea
Smoking Porky
Smoking Porky

If you want to grill mine will be available.  If you have any questions please post them here!  It’s going to be another epic day in the Alley!

A link to make things easy for those wishing to join Peavine Alley!

Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson!  Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed
Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson!  Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed PA

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I want to thank everyone who came out to make this show a success.  I’d especially like to thank Scott Mickelson and Tobias TheOwl for giving us their music for over three hours!  Finally I’d like to say thanks for donating to the musicians as it helps them pay for their expenses as they tour.  It’s all part of a much larger thing and it’s great to participate.

We had great food all around, but I should point out that Z makes the best pies!

We were even able to see the roof of the pergola in action thanks to about seventeen seconds of actual rain.

I hope everyone got enough to eat; I hope everyone got an earful of excellent music; and I hope to see all of you 8 July for the next music show.

JamesIsIn

Johnny Sangster & Friends Sunday 11 Sept

https://www.facebook.com/events/1546701095633278/

Doors at two; music by three.

Johnny Sangster & Friends
with Rusty Willoughby & Friends (featuring Barb Hunter, Jennifer Sutherland & possibly Johnny Sangster)
PLUS –> The Demon Rind (Kwab Copeland, Bill Herzog, Carrie Robinson & Johnny Sangster)

Johnny will be playing an opening set followed by Rusty and then we’ll rock out with the Demon Rind.

What’s not to love about that?!

You know the drill: music, friends, potluck, sun. I’ll be maknig my famous pork loin. Let us know what you’ll be bringing in the comments. Questions in the comments or write to James directly.

This is going to be a good show. It’s going to be more rock and more roll and more louder than any previous show. Come see the changes in landscape; come see friends old and new; come see some terrific rock and roll in the shade of the cedar trees.

Looking forward to seeing you all for this summer-closing epic show!

What a season finale, eh? I’m exhausted! Thanks to everyone for coming. We had at least 65 humans present yesterday which is a new Peavine Alley record. The food was great, and the music was truly epic. Thanks again, especially to the musicians (and the bartender!). See you all again soon.

The pork is on the smoke…

Also, if you would like strawberry plants, I have probably 50-100 that can be removed (or they will end up buried next week). If you want some to plant at home, bring a plastic tub or bag and you can have as many as you’d like.

If you would like to grill, my gas grill will be available for the entire show. My chimenea will also be available for grilling but not until after the pork loin is done.

The pork loin is in its brine: buttermilk, chicken stock, salt, maple syrup, juice and zest from 16 limes, and tarragon.

I will have plenty of extra limes. No one needs to bring limes.

I’ve been quiet and quite busy. You old-timers will hardly recognize the yard. Even the pork is getting a new treatment. It’s going to be great!

Remember, everyone, it’s a potluck. You are not required to participate but it’s fun so you ought to. Tell us what you are bringing so we can all get excited!

Is it your famous but highly secret garlic and artichoke dip? Is it your great great grandmother’s potato salad? Inquiring minds want to know!

Regardless, this September weather is giving us a pleasant gap in which to have a dry show and even some decent sunshine. Go figure. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.

 

JamesIsIn