The rain certainly was welcome over the weekend but I still am pretty happy that I avoided most of it by heading out of town and down the Central Coast. More of us are likely to make that excursion this weekend, what with the confluence of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. And the weather promises to be wonderful; this, truly, is why we live in California. Given the three-day weekend, this is an ideal time to check out the Haml;et at Moonstone Beach series. Here’s the background.
The jazz concerts began at the Hamlet in November of 1991. They were originally conceived to be a once in awhile event, expanded to once a month, expanded to once every three weeks, and are now being presented around 30 times a year. They are always on Sundays and there are now two separate performances. The first begins at 4:00 pm and consists of two sets of music with an intermission in between and ends around 6:30 or so. This costs $15 per person. The second show begins around 7:15 (usually a little after because the first show might run long) and consists of one long uninterrupted set that ends at around 8:30 or so. This costs $12. The cost to combine both Performances is $20. (There is a half price discount for high school and College students for the second show. This discount is in effect for all musicians as well.) Charlie and Sandi Shoemake normally make appearances during a portion of each set with all the visiting artists The Hamlet is an excellent restaurant with a full bar that is located on Highway 1 on the northern end of Cambria, California. Food and drink are both served during the concerts. There is a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean in the room where the concerts are held. In order to make the bookkeeping a bit simpler cash or check is requested for the concert tickets, but credit cards are honored (if desired) for all food and drink.
Sunday: Trumpeter Kye Palmer
March 2: Saxophonist Lanny Morgan with drummer Darrell Voss and bassist Dylan Johnson
March 16: Guitarist Ron Eschete with bassist Luther Hughes
March 30: Charlie and Sandi Shoemakes