August, 2010 Houston Jones newsletter from Peter Tucker

FANS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY - We wanted to thank you so much for your support of the recent Freight and Salvage gig - not only the quantity (a riotous full house!) but the quality. Your warmth, generosity and enthusiasm sparked the magic vibe of the evening. Make no mistake - YOU were the stars of that show and on behalf of the band and myself, I want to make sure you know how much we appreciate the best fans in the solar system.

The band is back to woodshedding our new material in preparation for the next CD recording - hopefully to start in October. We already have just about enough new stuff plus a couple of tunes we've been saving from past sessions.

Houston Jones has a number of special gigs coming up this month, as we prepare for our September travels to Kansas and the Walnut Valley Festival. As always - see our website at for details:

This Friday August 6th we're at Mission City Coffee in Santa Clara.  This is a Fiddling Cricket Concert, sponsored by our very good friend Dick Brundle and will feature a “tweener” set by our comrade, folk god Michael Stanton.  Plus, we’ll be plucking and plunking on Dave Stafford’s “Friday Folk Off” show on KKUP 91.5 at 5:00 p.m. before we head over to the gig, so please tune in.   

Saturday August 7th we’re off to the Sutter Creek Theater - another great old establishment in the middle of the foothills gold rush country. This one includes very special guest - Mr. Joe Craven, with his usual virtuosity, haberdashery and maxillofacial skeletal artifacts.

Sunday August 15th - The Good Old Fashion Bluegrass Festival in Los Pinos (near Hollister) - we play at noon ---big fun in a beautiful setting (you can camp).

The following weekend, we head North, first to the Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, CA on August 20th, and then to the Friendship Hall in Pistol River, Oregon on the 21st for a show sponsored by the Pistol River Concert Association.  This is our first time at both these venues, so anyone within the sound of the surf up there on the North Coast, please come on by and tell your friends.

We finish out the month at one of our favorite venues, the Cameron Park House Concerts in, as the name might suggest, Cameron Park CA.  Simply a wonderful place to play and hear music.   That’s August 28th, at 8:00 p.m.—go to our website for contact and reservation info.

And speaking of the solar system – don't forget the Perseid meteor shower peaks the nights/early mornings of August 12th and 13th. If you can get to a dark, clear sky you should be able to see at least several meteors per hour.

Your Friend,
Pismo Pete Tucker

(with editorial asides from Chris Kee, playing Ezra Pound to Peter’s TS Eliot)

Houston Jones Schedule:
August 20 Friday 10 pm
Six Rivers Brewery
1300 Central Avenue, McKinleyville

August 21 Saturday 8 pm
Pistol River Concert Association
At the Pistol River Friendship Hall
24252 Carpenterville Rd., Pistol River, Oregon

August 27 Friday 11 am
Private Event

August 28 Saturday 8 pm
Cameron Park House Concerts
Cameron Park, CA

September 11 Saturday 8 pm
Martinez Fall Music Festival
John Muir Amphitheatre, 115 Tarantino Drive, Martinez
Info/tickets: 925-917-0441 or email

September 17-19 Fri-Sun
Walnut Valley Festival
Winfield, Kansas

September 25 Saturday 8 pm
Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

October 3 Sunday 5 pm
Rancho Nicasio
1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio
Celebrating Glenn's 60th Birthday

October 8 Friday 8:15 pm
Acoustic Vortex House Concert
Larkspur, CA

October 9 Saturday 7:30 pm
Private Event
Gilroy, CA

October 15 Friday 7:30 pm
Private Event - House Concert

October 16 Saturday 8 pm
Zoey's Cafe
185 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
Reservations: (805) 652-1137

October 17 Sunday 7 pm
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 Lake Avenue, Altadena

October 21-24 Thursday-Sunday
2010 FAR-West Annual Conference
Folk Alliance Region - West
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara

November 6 Saturday 8 pm
Mamma Llama Coffeehouse
490 Main Street, Weaverville

November 12 Friday 7:30 pm
Private Event - House Concert
Redwood City
(First evening of a two-part concert cycle)

November 13 Saturday 7:30 pm Private Event - House Concert
Redwood City
(Second evening of a two-part concert cycle: all different repertoire)

November 19 Friday 8 pm
707 Marina Vista Avenue, Martinez

November 21 Sunday 2 pm
San Gregorio General Store
Highway 84 and Stage Road, San Gregorio

December 10 Friday 8 pm
McGrath's Irish Pub
1539 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

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