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Best SMA Fourth of July Party at Fat Boy Bar and Grill


By Joan Goldberg

Every year, more San Miguel establishments add this special American holiday party to their events roster. However, nobody makes a Fourth of July party as special as The High Desert Rangers’ five-piece band with their extensive repertoire of early–late twentieth- century Americana music.

Fat Boy’s charming and ever-accommodating general manager, Ulises Ramirez Palacios, says, “This year, we are expecting you and are ready with extra staff to serve your every need, extended outdoor buffet food service tents, and a new roof to protect all the dining areas from rain and sun. We are ready for you!”

High Desert Ranger band member Joan Elena Goldberg says, “Absolutely this is our favorite gig of the year. Our whole identity as a band is Americana music, so of course we get invited to play at various venues for the Fourth of July. Everybody loves dancing to bluegrass, folk, and country music for this holiday. We particularly appreciate performing at Fat Boy’s because they have an incredible staging area for live music and dancing. Also, what better place could there be for a Fourth of July party than a restaurant, bar, and grill that hosts a life-sized museum of gorgeous American Harley Davidson motorcycles and glass cases filled with collectibles of true American schtick? It’s just fun!”

Music and Dancing

High Desert Rangers play covers of Woody Guthrie, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, and many more, with a particular focus on social justice music from the 1940s to early 2000s. Goldberg says of the band’s shows, “People always sing along, truly enjoying a trip down memory lane with their favorite tunes from the good old days.”Making this event even more exclusive is the delightful addition of a second Americana band, Wendy and The Lost Boys, who draw their repertoire from American songwriters of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s such as Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and The Grateful Dead.


This year’s delicious homemade all-you-can-eat menu includes: Pâté and Crackers, Turkey Hot Dogs, Steak Sandwiches, Tinga de Pollo Tacos, Osso Bucco Pork Stew w/White Rice, Corn on theCob, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Chips, Coleslaw, variety of salsas including Fat Boy’s popular Homemade BBQ Sauce, Watermelon, Apple Strudel, and Iced Tea. Cash Bar.


Last year, this event sold out fast, so it is recommended that you get your tickets in advance at Fat Boy Bar and Grill, Calle Cinco de Mayo 5, Thursday–Sunday only (call 415 121 5005 for hours).

375pesos/advance; 425 at door; 150 for music only/all the popcorn you can eat.

Each ticket purchased is one raffle entry for delicious prizes.



An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Party

Wed, July 4, 1–7pm

Fat Boy Bar and Grill

Calle Cinco de Mayo 5

Advance tickets recommended

415 121 5005


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