Category Archives: Musica!

2021 Big Boom Bash 3 July

Another Peavine day of freedom!

An all new lineup of returning musicians for this Welcome Back! show.  The usual good times available for all.

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 kale and quinoa salad.  I mean, many of you COULD bring salad.  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!I’ll put together a schedule soon, but let’s name-drop for now:  Jeffrey Martin Sheryl Wiser Jared Mitchell Earl Brooks

Welcome back, Earl Brooks!  Tell us how many punk rock songs per unit of time.
Welcome back, Earl Brooks!  Tell us how many punk rock songs per unit of time.
Welcome back, Sheryl Wiser!  We will listen with our eyes open.
Welcome back, Sheryl Wiser!  We will listen with our eyes open.
Welcome back, Jared Mitchell!  Where them wingtips?
Welcome back, Jared Mitchell!  Where them wingtips?
Welcome back, pork loin!  You wonderful magical one.
Welcome back, pork loin!  You wonderful magical one.
Welcome back, Harry Oesterreicher!  And all the hardworking helper monkees.
Welcome back, Harry Oesterreicher!  And all the hardworking helper monkees.
Welcome back, Box of Discarded Sunglasses!  How you came is a mystery.
Welcome back, Box of Discarded Sunglasses!  How you came is a mystery.
Welcome back, climate control!  We missed you most of all!
Welcome back, climate control!  We missed you most of all!
Welcome back, all of you.  You make this all happen.
Welcome back, all of you.  You make this all happen.

What to bring?

Seating:  Camping chair, blanket, or similar.  I have some to share.

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 kitchen 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.  You want to invite a posse?  Talk to Jimmy.

Pets:  My cat has total dominion over the yard and is restricted by a 28 foot retractable leash.  Fucking with the cat is a no-no.  That is the most important pet rule.

Money:  The show is free but you will likely want to donate to the musicians (usually $20 per person and maybe buy some merchandise).

Love:  Bring it!  Bring it all!

Shirts and shoes required?  They’re not even recommended!

Schedule Roughly Approximate
15:00 Peavine Gates Open (bring your goodies to the table and get a spot on the grass).
16:00 Earl Brooks will dazzle us
16:45 Jeffrey Martin will amaze us
17:30 Sheryl Wiser will sparkle our eyes
18:15 Jared Mitchell will wing us into the evening
19:00 whatever we want to do time
(We can do a movie after dusk if there is enough interest.)

Pork loin brine: lime juice and salt.
Ribs: sous vide 24 hours at 137f.
Ribs: salt, white pepper, cayenne, paprika, cloves, cinnamon.
Loin: salt, white pepper, cayenne, sumac, cardamom, mustard, cumin, nutmeg.

Loin Brined and Spiced
Loin Brined and Spiced
Sous Vide Ribs with Spices
Sous Vide Ribs with Spices
Loin of love.
Loin of love.
Loin of love.
Loin of love.
Loin of love.
Loin of love.
What a crowd!
What a crowd!

All event day donations go to the musicians!  https://www.gofundme.com/f/peavine-alley

Thank you thank you thank you!  Thanks to everyone who participates in these events.  This was our best Independence Day celebration yet.  At least fifty-five humans in attendance.  Excellent food.  Supreme music.  Perfect weather.  Who could ask for a better holiday?

JamesIsIn

Pandemic Big Boom Bash 4 July

We have five acts lined up for this year.  We are also asking for volunteers to rotationally man the potluck (we have gloves, please bring a mask) and to serve food.  Let’s look at the line-up.

Tobias the Owl: https://www.paypal.me/tobiastheowl
Dearly Departed: http://paypal.me/mmaswa

We have a lot of space so physical distancing should be possible for all.  If you are in a high-risk group, we have a special seating area; please advise an administrator.

3:00 PM Peavine Gates open!
4:00 PM Robbie Christmas [cancelled]
4:45 PM Goodbye Shane [cancelled]
5:30 PM Tobias the Owl
6:15 PM Cape Disappointment (Seattle’s Jeffrey Martin) [cancelled]
7:00 PM Dearly Departed

What's he gonna do this time?
What’s he gonna do this time?

Are you trying to kill me?

Trying times what with the current zombie apocalypse aiming at us all.  Let’s explore what Peavine Alley is doing for you in the midst of this crisis.

Though the current Washington State guidelines do not apply to a private venue such as the Alley, let us begin our exploration there as they are both reasonable and clear.  Citizens are requested to wear masks (or similar coverings) when they are in public spaces (both indoors and out) and where physical distancing is not possible.

Two strangers playing chess across a table should be wearing something to cover or shield their airways.  One person off alone in a park needn’t concern.

Peavine Alley is not requiring any individual to wear a mask in order to gain entrance to this event.  But we must make it clear we are not sponsoring a conspiracy theory laden free-for-all spittle-fest in a grassy Petri dish.  You will use your best judgement.  Let’s go over some reasonable scenarios.

You and your besty who either live together or spend all of your maskless lives together may thus cluster together without masks sharing your spittle with only yourselves.

One of you gets up and walks to the buffet line, they ought to mask-up as they encounter strangers and converse over what they might like to plate.

The phrases “let’s mask-up” and “please, mask-up” are legitimate phrases for this gathering, but given the above they will likely never be spoken across a distance.  Also, what one does to mask-up may be quite diverse, up to and including using their shirt to cover their nose and mouth long enough to pass a stranger in a narrow passage.

It is important to note that the musicians will not be able to mask-up full-time, nor will your esteemed host (obviously I mean low self-esteem, calm down!).  We are all in this together and if you are reasonable, polite, and helpful we will all come out the other end better for the experience.

As mentioned previously, if you are in a higher-risk category (especially immunocompromised in any way), please reach out so that we can seek to make any appropriate accommodations we might be able to make so that your experience can be as good as mine hopes to be.

As always, send your questions to me.

I am happy to announce we have secured a special seating area for high-risk guests.

We are set to cast this event.  More details to follow.  Bill Landon!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/peavine-alley

Loin brine: lime juice, honey, salt, bay leaves, pepper corns, cloves.
Rib prep: brown sugar, salt, cloves, pepper.
Loin spice: salt, cayenne, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom.
Rib spice: white pepper, cumin cayenne.

Test ribs…
Test ribs…

I have arranged things so that I and perhaps one volunteer (at a time) can serve any contributed food items (including my loin and ribs).  As such the pergola itself will have restricted access.  If possible, bring your dish with a clear lid.  If not we’ll sort something out with plastic wrap I have here.  Thanks!

I know I cannot make people unafraid.  There are good reasons to be afraid.  But we have taken all the steps we are able to ensure safety, and we know from experience how respectful our gatherers will be.

I have already said that everyone has to make their own risk assessment, and of course this must be true (really at all times and under all circumstances).

Again, please reach out to me if you have any concerns or would like to discuss the science behind the current mayhem.

We hope to have a streaming link available soon.  Keep checking.

Sweet and smooth sound check by Tobias the Owl
It’s a beautiful afternoon at Peavine Alley

Brenna’s:

Dearly Departed
Dearly Departed
Harry O
Harry O
James Cook
James Cook
Soundcheck
Soundcheck
Tobias the Owl
Tobias the Owl
JamesIsIn

Death by Overkill picnic with Will Moore Band

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!

4:00 PM
Peavine Gates open!
5:00 PM
Will Moore Band
6:00 PM
Death by Overkill

Death by Overkill
Death by Overkill

Should I come to the show?  That is a fascinating question.  The answer is much less fascinating.  The answer is yes.  It’s so easy.  The question is fascinating.  For example you could rephrase it.  Will I have an amazing time?  Will all of my musical dreams come true?  There are so many ways to put the question.  It is a fascinating question.

Weather is looking rather meh for Saturday.  I have one pop-up canopy and will look to borrow a second.  You will be protected!

Pork brine:  Anise and star anise, bay leaves, 16 limes, chili powder, 3 cinnamon sticks, black pepper, 5 cloves, salt.
Ribs:  cloves; granulated garlic and onion; cinnamon; salt; black, white, and cayenne peppers; maple syrup.  Into the sous vide machine at 137f for maybe a day and a half.
Pork loin spice:  salt; black, white, and cayenne peppers; Tasmanian pepper berry; Hungarian paprika.

You are probably thinking “oh shit!  With the way the weather has been, what if I forget my sunglasses?”.  Fear not!  The Bin of Lost and Lonely Sunglasses can save you!

Welcome back, Box of Discarded Sunglasses!  How you came is a mystery.
Welcome back, Box of Discarded Sunglasses!  How you came is a mystery.

Ha! National Weather Service has dropped their prediction for rain today.

Finally!  
Finally!

JamesIsIn

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