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Gans gig (and CD) update

Hello friends!

The CD, The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, is here, but the web page isn't quite ready for prime time. For now, you can see the cover art, read the credits, listen to audio samples, and click to order by visiting this earlier blog post.

It's also available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dgans6 and it should be in the iTunes Music Store soon, too.

I'm staying in California for the rest of the year (unless a cool New Year's Eve gig comes up somewhere). I'll be in the Northwest in mid-February and in Utah around the first of March. More on those gigs, and whatever else lies ahead, in a few weeks.

Here's what I have so far for November and December. Email me for info on the house concerts, or visit the web page for more information and direct links to the hosts and venues.

Friday November 14, 8pm: Linnaea's Cafe, San Luis Obispo CA. No cover!
Saturday, November 15, 10:30pm: with Mr Smolin at Taix, Los Angeles. No cover!
Sunday, November 16, 2pm: house concert and potluck in San Diego CA

Thursday, November 20: Rubber Souldiers, Rowan Brothers, and DG at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA. Here are a few selections from the show we played at MagnoliaFest in Florida on October 25, and here's the blurb about the band on the venue's site.

Friday, November 21: DG opens for Donna the Buffalo at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco. DTB doesn't come to the west coast nearly often enough, so please come hear this great band, dance your buns off, and make sure they have the inventive to return soon. http://www.donnathebuffalo.com

Saturday, November 22, 7:30-9:30pm: with Kurt Huget at the Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland CA

Saturday, November 29, 2-6pm: Marilyn's on K Street, 908 K Street, Sacramento. Grateful Dead tribute with DG, Lightning Hand, East Portal Express, Ghosts of Wyoming, and Dirt Nap Band.

Friday, December 12: The Poster Room at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Ozomatli on the main stage; DG plays before the show and during the break.

Friday, December 19, 7:30pm: Words and Music: The Benefit for Michelle McFee at The Glaser Center, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA. David Nelson, Pete Sears, Bill Cutler, Dave Getz, Robin Sylvester, Rubber Souldiers (Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, David Gans), Mark Karan, Pat Campbell, Peter Albin, Jimmy Sanchez, David Perper, and others.

Saturday, December 20, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market, Oakland CA

Saturday, December 27, 7:30-9:30pm: DG solo at theNomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland CA

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"Weirdest" web site

The official web site for my new CD is up and running: The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best

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Time for another update! My

Time for another update!

My new studio CD, The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, is being played on radio stations all over the country. Our promotional campaign is just getting started - you can help with this effort by calling your local station and asking for it!

The web page, designed by my friend and sometime musical partner Eric Rawlins, is up and humming at dgans.com/weirdest - cover art, lyrics, reviews, ordering information, all that good stuff.

Rubber Souldiers - the "Beatles jam band" with Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, and me - will sing one song at the Rex Foundation benefit in San Francisco this Saturday. Big brother Peter Rowan is the headliner, and Chris and Lorin have graciously invited me to share their guest spot to show off our fun new band. The event takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Regency Center in San Francisco. Lots more info at rexfoundation.org - see you there!

We've got a rudimentary web site up for the band - rubbersouldiers.com - and we're making plans to play lots of gigs in the new year.

And now, the GIG SPAM! More information, links to the venues, etc. always up to date at dgans.com/gigs.html

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm: Moon News Bookstore, 315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay CA. Free!

Friday, December 12: The Poster Room at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Ozomatli on the main stage; DG plays before the show and during the break.

Saturday, December 13, 1-3pm: Rubber Souldiers play live on the Saturday Ham Jam with Tim Lynch, heard only on 1510 AM in the San Francisco area. Also appearing: Stu Allen & Sandy Rothman, and Tim Bluhm and Jackie Greene (aka The Skinny Singers).

Friday, December 19 in Santa Rosa CA: Words and Music: The Benefit for Michelle McFee. David Nelson, Pete Sears, Bill Cutler, Dave Getz, Robin Sylvester, Rubber Souldiers (Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, David Gans), Mark Karan, Pat Campbell, Peter Albin, Jimmy Sanchez, David Perper, and others. kinkaidfoundation.org

Saturday, December 20, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market, at Splash Pad Park (Lake Park and Grand Avenues, across from the Grand Lake Theatre), Oakland CA. Free! Great produce, prepared foods, and crafts, too.

Saturday, December 27, 7:30-9:30pm: Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Ave. (at 65th), Oakland CA. Admission is free, but you have to buy some food and/or drink.

Sunday, January 4, 8:30pm: Rubber Souldiers (aka Paul Knight and Friends) at the Station House Cafe, downtown Pt Reyes Station CA. No cover! 415-663-1515

Tuesday, February 10, 7-9pm: Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 4045 NW Cornelius Passage Road, Hillsboro OR. Free! All ages. 503-640-6174

Wednesday, February 11, 8-11pm: Boon's Treasury, 888 Liberty Street Northeast, Salem OR 97301. Free! 21+. 503-399-9062

Thursday, February 12, 7-10pm: Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove OR. Free! All ages. 503-992-9533

Friday, February 13, 9pm: Eagles Ballroom, 805 4th Avenue East, Olympia WA. 360-239-9907

Saturday, February 14, 9:30pm-12:30am: White Eagle, 836 N Russell Street, Portland OR. $7. 21+. 503-282-6810

Sunday, February 15: Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd, Eugene OR.

Sunday, March 1: "House" concert at KZMU in Moab, Utah. Details to come.

Monday, March 2: House concert in Salt Lake City. Details to come.

Thursday, March 5, 9pm: Rubber Souldiers Review at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA.

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Thursday, May 7, 9am to 1pm: Marin Farmers' Market, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael CA. Saturday, May 9, 9:30am to 1:30pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market, at Splash Pad Park, Lake Park and Grand Avenues, Oakland CA. Friday, May 15: DG and Zac Matthews at the Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland (near the Berkeley line). Free! But you have to buy some food/beverage, of course. Sunday, May 17: Rubber Souldiers, the Raveups, and others perform "'60s British Explosion Unplugged!" at the Freight and Salvage, 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley May 22-24: Desert Rocks Music Festival, Moab UT. ALO, Hot Buttered Rum, The Mother Hips, The Motet, and more. Sunday, May 31, 2:15-3:45 pm: Rubber Souldiers play the Larkspur Flower and Food Festival, on Magnolia between Ward and King Streets, downtown historic Larkspur CA. Free! Info: Larkspur Community Association 415-924-3808 July 4 weekend: Grateful Fest, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville OH. Dark Star Orchestra and many more! July 23-26: Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport CT October 22-25: MagnoliaFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

More gigs tba... updates here.

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Gans gigspam PLUS

Hello, friends -

This is a gigspam message with some extra stuff in it.

It's been a busy and musically rewarding summer despite the weird and somewhat depressing state of the music business. Although gasoline prices have come down from their alarming peaks of last summer, the cost-benefit analysis of doing club dates is not terribly encouraging, so I have largely stuck to the festival gigs rather than strings of one-nighters. I passed up an opportunity to play A Bear's Picnic for the third year in a row in order to spend my wife's birthday with her in one of her favorites places: Point Reyes National Seashore. I had a fine time at Grateful Fest (Nelson Ledges, Ohio) and Gathering of the Vibes (Bridgeport, Connecticut), and I've been playing a lot in the Bay Area in various solo and ensemble configurations. And Rubber Souldiers have had some swell times, too, in between the Rowan Brothers' and my own musical commitments. We are gearing up for more adventures with our "Beatles jam band," including a return to MagnoliaFest in October and (we hope) more touring in 2010.

In September I will play Schwagstock, my second appearance at Camp Zoe (Missouri) this year; October will see my much-anticipated (by me!) debut at Shakori Hills in Pittsboro, North Carolina - hosted by the wonderful band Donna the Buffalo. I'll tour in the east between Shakori Hills and Magnolia Fest; I am hoping to fill in the mid-October stretch with performances in several southeastern towns I've been missing for way too long; I've already got 10/20 confirmed in Cullman, Alabama, and I am working on other possibilities in the region. I'll post the gigs a http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html as they're confirmed.

Okay, now here's the "extra stuff." On June 21, my longtime friend and musical partner Alan Feldstein died at home from a heart attack. The news hit our old Berkeley crowd hard; to me, it feels like a major thread of my life's tapestry has been yanked out. Al and I had what you might call a tumultuous relationship over the years; his wife, Caryn, told me recently she called me "Al's other wife" - undoubtedly because we fought like a married couple a lot! But we made a lot of music together, and I have been laughing and crying through an extensive audio archive of our history since we got the news.

Our friendship and musical relationship began when I moved to Berkeley in 1973. We bonded over Grateful Dead music but shared a love for many styles, and we played each other's original music in various bands, most notably The Reptiles, off and on for more than thirty years. Many of the highest moments of my life had Al in 'em, and I'm having a hard time getting used to the idea that we won't have any more.

You can read about Al, hear some of the music we made together, and see some of his own words from online posts, on my blog - http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/tag/al-feldstein - and I would especially like to direct your attention to the comments section of this post, http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/2056 , where several dozen others who loved Al Feldstein have shared their thoughts and stories.

You might also enjoy looking at these photos from our mutual history: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgans/sets/72157621957950690/ and, from Rich Burgdorf, http://www.flickr.com/photos/18362510@N03

We're getting the old band, and gang, together in Al's memory on Friday, September 4, at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. I've been performing two of Al's six Reptile originals for several years, and I am working up the other four because I can't imagine not playing them ever again. Anyone who attends the four solo shows I'm doing in the next week and a half (details below) will hear these works-in-progress.

Friday, August 28: House concert in Salt Lake City. Email kasidybaker@hotmail.com for info & reservations.

Saturday, August 29: Private event in Moab UT

Sunday, August 30, 6:00 pm: Dolores River Brewery, Dolores CO with The Lindells. No cover! http://www.lindellsmusic.com http://www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Tuesday, September 1, 7pm: The Rim Rock, 2523 East Utah Highway 24, Torrey UT. No cover! http://www.therimrock.net/

Thursday, September 3, 7:30 pm: Rubber Souldiers In The Parking Lot at Adele's, corner of Curry & John Streets in Carson City

Friday, September 4: Reptile reunion in memory of Al Feldstein. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

September 18-19: Schwagstock, Camp Zoe MO. The Schwag, EOTO, Panjea, Nailhouse, and more. http://www.campzoe.com/schwagstock42.html

Saturday, September 26, 1:10-1:55 pm: Rubber Souldiers @ Rock'n'Blues By the Lake, Stafford Lake, Novato CA. http://www.rnblake.com/

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm: Celebrating Songwriters with DG, Garrin Benfield, and host Caren Armstrong. $10 donation. Left Coast Cyclery, 2928 Domingo Ave, Berkeley CA. http://www.celebratingsongwriters.com/

October 8-11: Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Pittsboro NC. http://www.shakorihills.org

Tuesday, October 20: Berkeley Bob's Coffee House, 304 1st Ave, Cullman, AL. http://www.berkeleybob.com

October 22-25: MagnoliaFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. DG will play solo and with Rubber Souldiers. http://www.magmusic.com

Friday, October 30: Chico CA - benefit for KZFR community radio. Details TBA.

Saturday, October 31: DG opens for The Waybacks in Mt Shasta CA

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As always, more info at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

If we're not already friends on Facebook, please friend me! And I'm twittering now, too, a little - I'm davidgans there.

How are you?

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can't wait to see ya at Schwagstock!!!!

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

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What a short, strange trip that was!

Well, that was an unexpected turn of events!

Short version: On Thursday morning, August 27, I had what proved to be a "mild to moderate" heart attack in Lee Vining CA (out near Mono Lake) on my way out into the desert. I got myself to Carson City and lucked into a brand new hospital with a state-of-the-art cath lab. I had the best possible treatment at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, came home on Sunday, and I am resting comfortably at home under the loving care of my beautiful hippie bride, Rita Hurault.

Here's the full story: http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com/archives/2544 - I've heard from lots of people that this tale has inspired them to pay more attention to their own habits and health status; if I have inspired anyone to take steps to protect their own future, then the whole thing will have been worth it. I hope you'll pass that URL along to others who may find it useful.

I am following my doctors' instructions, and taking it very easy for the next few days. But I am cleared to play the Al Feldstein memorial Reptiles reunion at the Starry Plough on Friday, and to resume my performing schedule and daily bike rides in the very near future.

Here's the schedule. I'm still filling dates for the southwest tour that begins at Shakori Hills and ends at Magfest, and the November dates out here with Boris Garcia are just now beginning to be firmed up. So please stay tuned to http://www.dgans.com/gigslhtml for the latest details.

I have received hundreds and hundreds of kind thoughts, well-wishes, prayers, stories, and bits of advice since the news hit of my cardiac calamity; I can't begin to tell you how much I have benefited from your warmth. I thank you from the bottom of my reconditioned heart.

(And I am hoping to reschedule my trip to the Mountain Time Zone. My itinerary included lots of time off to look at the rocks and get my awe on, and I can't wait to get back out there and finish the trip!)

The plan as it stands today:

Friday, September 4: Reptile reunion in memory of Al Feldstein. Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

September 18-19: Schwagstock, Camp Zoe MO. The Schwag, EOTO, Panjea, Nailhouse, and more. http://www.campzoe.com/schwagstock42.html

Saturday, September 26, 1:10-1:55 pm: Rubber Souldiers @ Rock'n'Blues By the Lake, Stafford Lake, Novato CA. http://www.rnblake.com/

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm: Celebrating Songwriters with DG, Garrin Benfield, and host Caren Armstrong. $10 donation. Left Coast Cyclery, 2928 Domingo Ave, Berkeley CA. http://www.celebratingsongwriters.com/

Sunday, September 27 (tentative) Rubber Souldiers and Jerry's Kids at Don Quixote's, Felton CA

Wednesday, September 30, 4-8 pm: Fairfax Farmers' Market. Free!

Saturday, October 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers' market, Oakland CA. Free!

October 8-11: Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Pittsboro NC. http://www.shakorihills.org

Thursday, October 15: JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga TN

Saturday, October 17 (daytime): Lafayette GA

Saturday, October 17 (evening) : The Music Room at Carillon, Kennesaw GA

Tuesday, October 20: Berkeley Bob's Coffee House, 304 1st Ave, Cullman, AL. http://www.berkeleybob.com

October 22-25: MagnoliaFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. DG will play solo and with Rubber Souldiers. http://www.magmusic.com

Friday, October 30: Chico CA - benefit for KZFR community radio. Details TBA.

Saturday, October 31: DG opens for The Waybacks in Mt Shasta CA

Thursday, November 5: Boris Garcia and Rubber Souldiers at the Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco

Friday, November 6: Boris Garcia and Rubber Souldiers at the Willits Art Center, Willits CA

Saturday, November 7: Boris Garcia and David Gans at the Starry plough, Berkeley CA

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As always, more info at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

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Great to see you live! It was a great Sunday night in Dolores. Really enjoyed the opportunity and was happy you were back for some live music @ our quaint little pub. Hope you enjoyed the Dolores hospitality.

.....And there were days I know when all we ever wanted was to learn and love and grow.

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Health & performance update

Let's begin with a very upbeat health update!

I rode my bike to my cardiologist yesterday. My blood pressure and heart rate are "excellent." Cutting my beta-blocker dose in half did the trick. My EKG is still abnormal, but in the expected way, and headed back toward normal. As Bob Dylan sang, "You can always go back, but you can't go back all the way" - and it may never return all the way to "normal." But I'm doing fine. I still have to carry nitroglycerin, but it seems highly unlikely I'll ever need to use it.

And as you can see, I'm ready, willing and able to make music, starting almost immediately!

Saturday, September 26, 1:10-1:55 pm: Rubber Souldiers @ Rock'n'Blues By the Lake, Stafford Lake, Novato CA. http://www.rnblake.com/

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm: Celebrating Songwriters with DG, Garrin Benfield, and host Caren Armstrong. $10 donation. Left Coast Cyclery, 2928 Domingo Ave, Berkeley CA. http://www.celebratingsongwriters.com/

Wednesday, September 30, 4-8 pm: Fairfax Farmers' Market, Bolinas Park, Fairfax CA. Free!

Thursday, October 1, 9:00 pm: Dead night at the Ashkenaz. The Reptiles open with a 75-minute set; DJ gankmore spins high-grade GD for the rest of the night. 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA.

Saturday, October 3, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market, Splash Pad Park (across from the Grand Lake Theater), Oakland CA. Free!

Sunday, October 4: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Dark Star Orchestra is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

October 10-11: Fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Pittsboro NC. http://www.shakorihills.org

October 14-16: Asheville NC (tentative). Details TBA - check http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html for more info as we know it.

Saturday, October 17: The Music Room at Carillon, Kennesaw GA. DG, Sundown Underground, Gr8ful Dude and Frenz. Potluck dinner at 6:30, then music! Email jim@jimroe.com for info and reservations.

Sunday, October 18: house concert in Decatur GA. Potluck dinner at 4:30pm, music 5:30-ish. $10 suggested donation. Email david@trufun.com for reservation/more info. You might need to bring your own chair, too!

Tuesday, October 20: Berkeley Bob's Coffee House, 304 1st Ave, Cullman, AL. http://www.berkeleybob.com

October 22-25: MagnoliaFest, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. DG will play solo and with Rubber Souldiers. http://www.magmusic.com

Friday, October 30: Chico CA - benefit for KZFR community radio. Details TBA.

November 5-8: Northern California tour with DG (solo electric) and Boris Garcia http://www.borisgarcia.com

Thursday, November 5: Boris Garcia and DG at the Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco

Friday, November 6: Boris Garcia and DG (et al) at Harvest Hoedown - Brooktrails Lodge, 24675 Birch St, Willits CA

Saturday, November 7: Boris Garcia and DG at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

Sunday, November 8: Boris Garcia and DG at Humboldt Brews, 856 10th Street, Arcata CA. 707-826-2739

Saturday, December 12: House concert in Berkeley CA. Details TBA.

Friday, December 18: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

Monday, December 27: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Railroad Earth is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

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As always, more info at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

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