It's A Beautiful Day - In Concert.

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Last night Jon & Jane Laskin of the Musicians Workshop presented another of their fabulous In-Home Concerts at an estate home in Tenaja. About 150 people came out on a cool, rainy evening to enjoy the sounds of It's  Beautiful Day. If you're not familiar with the band, leader David LaFlamme started this band in 1967 in San Francisco. Though they never quite reached the peak of fame of some of their contemporaries like Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service or the Grateful Dead, their main anthem "White Bird" is easily recognizable to those of you who lived through the Summer of Love, as are several of their other hits like 'Bombay Calling', 'Time Is' and 'Girl With No Eyes'.

david laflammeAs you might imagine, when you hold a concert in somebodys living room, it's an intimate occasion - even if it's a huge living room. That's what makes the In-Home Concert series such a hit with fans. You can check out previous featured acts here. Last night we shared a meal with the band and ended up sitting less than 2 feet away during the performance.

linda laflammeAnd did they ROCK! They played a solid hour of hits and then took a short break to sign CD's and original album covers and chat and drink a little vino and then they came back on for another half hour of entertainment. They were obviously enjoying themselves and, as a result, the rest of us did too. David regaled us with short stories between songs about the genesis of some of the material, about escaping out the back door of an old church with Steve Miller as the cops were coming thru the front door and about traveling thru India with the Maharishi in the early 70's.

toby grayThe last time I saw these folks live was in 1971 or 1972 on a bill with Quicksilver and The New Riders of The Purple Sage (or maybe it was Santana - there is much that's unclear about those days). Their music hasn't lost a beat. Both David & Linda retain fine voices with great range, David's fiddle goes from a gentle sigh to a rasping yell in a moment showing why the value of rock & roll fiddle has always been underrated. His instrumental duets with lead guitar Rob Espinosa were electric and his vocal duets with Linda were perfection. They've been together 35 years through kids, grandkids and numerous concerts and the compatibility shows through in every nuance of their music.

val fuentesThe band is made up of David LaFlamme and his wife Linda. She's not the original wife Linda who started the band in 1967 but she's the Linda that's been there since 1970 so she's the voice you know. Drummer Val Fuentes is also an original to the band, Toby Gray on Bass and Gary Thomas on Keyboards have been with them for 20 years and lead guitarist Rob Espinosa is the newcomer with only about 8 years tenure. 

bdIf David LaFlamme and It's A Beautiful Day make it to your part of the country, don't write them off as an over-the-hill gang. They will rock your socks off. Not only that they are congenial, personable, eager to sign autographs and talk about family or the old days. But not the good old days - because as David says, there's still plenty of good days left to come.
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Mirela Monte
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Gene, this is so cool!  Thank you for posting it!  I love intimate concerts and when the entertainers have the passion still alive, it makes it pure delight!

Oct 05, 2008 07:16 AM #1
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Gene Wunderlich
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These are always so much fun. They get these big estate homes, a local restaurant usually donates a bunch of grub, a local winery usually donates a bunch of wine and the musicians are almost invariably top notch - usually somebody who was big awhile back and still has their chops and you're sitting in a living room with these people interacting with them while they entertain. It don't get much better than that.

Oct 05, 2008 07:41 AM #2
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Susan Haughton
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What an awesome concept...I would love to attend one of these.  Not holding my breath we'll see it here on the right coast, but a girl can dream.

 

Oct 05, 2008 11:28 AM #3
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Gene Wunderlich
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It just takes somebody to get it rolling Susan. Jon & Jane started this program 10 years ago to provide musical education to kids. As school music programs have been eliminated or reduced, they have stepped up and currently work with hundreds of young people from about age 4 thruhigh school. They have actually had former students go on to compete on Americam Idol, Americas Top Teens, Americas got Talent, etc. They are entirely supported by contribution and receive no public money. They branched into these In-Home concerts about 5 years ago as a fund raising tool and it as been very successful. If you can dream it - you can make it happen.

Oct 06, 2008 07:36 AM #4
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Craig Rutman
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Gene, It's a Beautiful Day is a group that I got introduced to during my college days. Although I never got to see them, I've listened to their self titled LP enough to wear the grooves out!

Great music, great group, great post!

 

Oct 06, 2008 08:10 AM #5
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Gene Wunderlich
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The only thing I hated was the fact that I couldn't find my original LP to get signed. Thought I had it but it must have got lost along the way (what a long strange trip it's been, eh?) They actually had four of the LP's that Jon picked up from a used record store here and I auctioned them off. I was gonna buy one myself but when the bidding got up over $80 apiece I figured I could just live with the signed CD.

Oct 06, 2008 08:21 AM #6
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Gene - how cool was that? They were one of my favorite groups along with Sweetwater. Saw them at the Shrine in L.A.

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Trey Thurmond
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Remember that Album well!....oh no showing my age.

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Gene, Looks like a great time was had by all!  Thanks for the comment on my post about the Mall.  Yes, Temecula is going to really bounce back, I believe, more quickly than some other parts of California.  We really cannot be thrown into the melting pot when trying to asses the overall market.

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