Sunday, 19 May 2024

Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton plays another benefit for KPFZ June 5

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Barry “The Fish” Melton brings his all-star band back to Lake County on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. outside at Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery for a benefit for KPFZ, Lake County Community Radio.

Cache Creek Winery has donated the venue to KPFZ and is located at 250 New Long Valley Road, just off Highway 20, 2.5 miles East of the Clearlake Oaks roundabout.

The gate opens at 1 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. There are no advance ticket sales, just $20 admission at the winery. There will be wine, beer, water and food for sale.

Renowned guitarist Barry “The Fish” Melton is co-founder of the 1960s band Country Joe and The Fish.

This is his band’s fourth benefit for Lake County Community Radio and the first three (2015, 2017 and 2018) were sellouts at the Soper Reese Theatre.

The Barry Melton Band has been playing together since the early 1980s, and continues to uphold the tradition of 1960s San Francisco Rock and Roll.

Melton lives in Lake County and has had dual careers: rock musician and defense attorney. He is now retired as a lawyer, but juggled both careers for 40 years.

He is one of the few lawyers in California who studied law on his own (while touring as a rock musician) without formally attending law school.

Peter Albin is on bass and co-founded Big Brother & The Holding Co., which featured Janis Joplin. Their album “Cheap Thrills” is one of the masterpieces of the 1960s San Francisco psychedelic era and was No. 1 on the charts for eight weeks, and the best selling album of 1968. Albin has played with Melton for about 50 years.

Lowell Levinger, aka “Banana,” is a founding member of the Youngbloods, whose most famous recording is the classic “Get Together.” Banana plays mostly electric piano, but he is a multi-talented musician who also plays guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and mandola. He toured and recorded for over 20 years as the sole accompanist to Mimi Farina, the sister of Joan Baez. He recently toured Europe and the United States with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

Drummer Roy Blumenfeld co-founded the Blues Project and Seatrain, and has played with many famous musicians, including Chuck Berry, Santana, John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Al Kooper, Steve Katz, Danny Kalb and Nick Gravenitis.

David Aguilar has played guitar with the Doobie Brothers, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Norton Buffalo, Jackson Brown, Lester Chambers, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Rogers and Maria Muldaur. In 2013 he was recognized as Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year.

The band is being joined for the first time by tenor saxophonist Nancy Wright, who has her own band, the Rhythm and Roots Band, plays regularly in the Bay Area, and has performed numerous times in Lake County at the Soper Reese Theatre and the Blue Wing Saloon.

She has played with John Lee Hooker, Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Tommy Castro and Big Brother & The Holding Co.

If you find yourself in the mood on Sunday, June 5, to spend the afternoon outside, listening to a bunch of rock and roll legends, dancing and supporting KPFZ, head out to the beautiful Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery for a 2 p.m. show.

No advance sales, $20 at the gate, bring lawn chairs, and the gate opens at 1 p.m. Sorry, no pets allowed.





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