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4th of July Music & All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

By Jon Sievert

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Americana music of the High Desert Rangers, and Wendy and the Lost Boys while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet, dancing, games, and prizes at the Fat Boy Bar and Grill.

4th of July Music & All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
By High Desert Rangers/Wendy & the Lost Boys
Tue, Jul 4, 1‒7 pm
Fat Boy Bar & Grill
Cinco de Mayo 5
250 pesos in advance
300 pesos at door

The High Desert Rangers feature Joan Elena Goldberg and Wade Ashley on guitar and vocals, mandolinist Jon Sievert, fiddler Steve Singer, and bassist Ron Incontro. Their music draws on the spectrum of American music with songs of love, pathos, humor, social action, old-time gospel, and western swing by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, the Grateful Dead, Dan Hicks, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Bob Wills, Chris Stapleton, and John Prine.

Wendy and the Lost Boys consists of Wendy Sievert and Wade Ashley on guitar and vocals, and Ron Incontro on bass. Their repertoire also draws on a wide swath of Americana with songs by the likes of Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Sonny and Cher, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Dion, the Five Blind Boys, and Van Morrison.

All of the musicians are full-time residents of San Miguel. Texan Wade Ashley has been here for 30 years, working as a psychotherapist and musician. His musical tastes run from western swing, country, and the psychedelic ’60s, and ’70s hard rock to bluegrass, jazz, and folk.

Californian Joan Elena Goldberg has been making music most of her life as a singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist as a soloist and band member. She holds a BFA in drawing and painting and an MFA in ceramic sculpture, and she has had a 30-year career making and teaching art.

Steve Singer grew up playing classical violin and turned to the fiddle four years ago. “Same instrument, different part of the brain,” he says. “On violin, you play music. On fiddle, you make music.” He spent most of his working life in Human Resources.

Jon Sievert was a San Francisco photographer, writer, and editor for three national music magazines. His link with some of the world’s greatest musicians intimidated him from playing music. Since retiring, he decided just to have fun playing his mandolin with no illusions of virtuosity.

Ron Incontro was raised in Los Angeles and started making handmade instruments in the ’60s and playing with a jug band. His career was in commercial graphics production for Fortune 500 companies. Since retiring here in 2004, he has focused on the bass playing with several groups.

Wendy Sievert cut her musical teeth on Peter, Paul, and Mary. She moved to San Francisco in 1969, where she played small clubs for a couple of years before deciding that she had no interest in being a professional musician. After a career that included managing rock impresario Bill Graham’s T-shirt and poster store and leasing commercial aircraft, she reignited her interest in music after moving to San Miguel in 2003.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Fat Boy or by calling 415 121 5005.


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