Thursday Live at the Odd Fellows Hall

Davis Odd Fellows Thursday Live! welcomes Joe Craven & The Sometimers for a special c.d. release show on May 3rd. Their new c.d. is called Joe Craven & The Sometimers – “Garcia Songbook”

Can you imagine music, covered, written and/or sung by Jerry Garcia in a fully different bouquet of musical variety?

How about “Franklin’s Tower” as a funk-filled Cajun groove (?) “Crazy Fingers” with an Afro-Pop beat and Soukous inspired guitar (?), “Shady Grove” – as a greasy bluesy noir number with an ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ (?), “Gomorrah” with guitars borrowed from a spaghetti western soundtrack lopin’ along down a dusty 2 beat trail with fiddle & bongos (?), or “Scarlett Begonias” as a ‘Cuban Son meets Carlos Santana’ rocker?

Garcia Songbook is this and much, much more!

With bandleader and 30 year veteran Joe Craven (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Alison Brown, Howard Levy, David Lindley and others…), The Sometimers sport a brilliant lineup of players and arrangers; bassist and vocalist Jonathan Stoyanoff… guitarist, vocalist, lap steel and Dobro player Bruce MacMillan, drummer Barry Eldridge and guest backup vocalist Hattie Craven. The wide mix of styles delved into by Joe Craven & The Sometimers on this project, reflects the broad musical interests that Garcia had in his own wheelhouse. Jerry, as the patriarch of the Grateful Dead and collaborator and band leader of other projects, has inspired generations of listeners and players, alike, with his focused yet ‘wide open plains approach’ to music.

Joe Craven recorded and performed with Garcia and mandolinist David Grisman in “Garcia Grisman” from 1989 into the early 90s. As percussionist and fiddler, Joe, and bassist Jim Kerwin, were the rhythm section for these two roots music giants in this acoustic project that explored a wide range of music that inspired Jerry and David.
“Garcia Songbook” is a tribute to the music that Jerry enjoyed and spreads as inspiration to The Sometimers, Joe and countless fans of the past, present and the future.” ~ Joe Craven

The Davis Odd Fellows Hall is at 415 Second St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Live! is a continuing series of free shows always on the first Thursday of the month at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. The shows are free but donations are graciously accepted. All donations go directly to the musicians. These shows are open for all ages.

For more information, contact Juelie Roggli at

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