Upcoming Concerts

  • Jul 02
    Saturday Stream
    Howling Moon Studio, CA
  • Jul 08
    Oregon Country Fair
    Veneta, OR
  • Jul 09
    Oregon Country Fair
    Veneta, OR
  • Jul 16
    Saturday Stream
    Howling Moon Studio, CA
  • Jul 20
    "Music in the Park" at Truckee River Park Amphitheater
    Truckee, CA
  • Jul 21
    Moraga Commons Park
    Moraga, CA
  • Jul 23
    Love on Haight
    San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 06
    Salmon Fest
    Ninilchik, AK
  • Aug 07
    Salmon Fest
    Ninilchik, AK
  • Sep 08
    KRSH Backyard Concert
    Santa Rosa, CA
Jul 2
Saturday Stream - Howling Moon Studio, CA
Jul 8
Oregon Country Fair - Veneta, OR
Jul 9
Oregon Country Fair - Veneta, OR
Jul 16
Saturday Stream - Howling Moon Studio, CA
Jul 20
"Music in the Park" at Truckee River Park Amphitheater - Truckee, CA
Jul 21
Moraga Commons Park - Moraga, CA
Jul 23
Love on Haight - San Francisco, CA
Aug 6
Salmon Fest - Ninilchik, AK
Aug 7
Salmon Fest - Ninilchik, AK
Sep 8
KRSH Backyard Concert - Santa Rosa, CA

Moonalice News

  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
  • Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
  • PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
  • Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
  • Bottlerock Napa 2022: Photos by Bob Minkin
  • Riff Magazine: story about Moonalice with interviews, preview of BottleRock!
  • Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
  • Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!
  • Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`
Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
Bottlerock Napa 2022: Photos by Bob Minkin
Riff Magazine: story about Moonalice with interviews, preview of BottleRock!
Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!
Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Jun 18, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
    Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
  • Jun 11, 2022 / Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage (Fairfax)
    Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, this show will be broadcast 6/19 at 4:20pm
  • Jun 20, 2022 / Re-broadcast: The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
    According to Moonalice Legend, bandwidth was in short supply for this show...
  • Jun 10, 2022 / Friday Night Live at the Plaza (Cloverdale)
    According to Moonalice legend, the town of Cloverdale was incorporated in 1872 when the San Francisco and...
  • Jun 3, 2022 / Golden Gate Bandshell (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, it’s 4:20 somewhere. Always. We knew the phrase applied to the time of...
  • Jun 25, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
    Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
  • Jun 19, 2022 / Re-Broadcast: Fairfax Festival (Fairfax)
    Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, view »
  • Jun 4, 2022 / Crooked Lane Brewery (Auburn)
    According to Moonalice legend, this band has gotten into time travel … and we are taking all of you wit...
  • Jun 5, 2022 / Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton)
    According to Moonalice legend, the rain in Felton falls mainly in the winter months. You may be wondering...
  • Jun 12, 2022 / The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
    According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here today to celebrate two of the best things about Ameri...
Jun 18, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Jun 11, 2022 / Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage (Fairfax)
Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, this show will be broadcast 6/19 at 4:20pm
Jun 20, 2022 / Re-broadcast: The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
According to Moonalice Legend, bandwidth was in short supply for this show...
Jun 10, 2022 / Friday Night Live at the Plaza (Cloverdale)
According to Moonalice legend, the town of Cloverdale was incorporated in 1872 when the San Francisco and...
Jun 3, 2022 / Golden Gate Bandshell (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, it’s 4:20 somewhere. Always. We knew the phrase applied to the time of...
Jun 25, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Jun 19, 2022 / Re-Broadcast: Fairfax Festival (Fairfax)
Due to poor internet connectivity at the venue, view »
Jun 4, 2022 / Crooked Lane Brewery (Auburn)
According to Moonalice legend, this band has gotten into time travel … and we are taking all of you wit...
Jun 5, 2022 / Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton)
According to Moonalice legend, the rain in Felton falls mainly in the winter months. You may be wondering...
Jun 12, 2022 / The Hog Farm Hideaway (Laytonville)
According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here today to celebrate two of the best things about Ameri...

The Return Of The Dragon - How Pete Sears Got His Bass Back After 35 Years!!!

Cut from the same tree as Jerry Garcia's "Tiger," 35 years after it was stolen, Moonalice's Pete Sears has his bass back! Below is the story in Pete's own words:

"Amazing!!! Beyond belief!!! My stolen bass is back after 35 years!!! My Doug Irwin custom bass guitar that was stolen from me in Germany at the Lorelei Festival riot in June of 1978 is back in my possession. Barely a week has gone by that I haven't lamented on the loss of this beautiful instrument, built from the same piece of wood as Jerry Garcia's "Tiger." The instrument was crafted by LuthierTom Lieber who worked with Doug and co-designed Jerry Garcia's custom guitars...some of the inlay design Tom used on my bass was later used on "Tiger." Tom was as upset about its loss as I was. Lorelei was an outdoor festival overlooking the Rhine River in Germany. I was bassist and keyboardist for Jefferson Starship (David Freiberg and I would switch back n forth between instruments) and we were headlining the festival bill, but we were unable to perform due to Grace Slick falling ill (which I won't go into).

Our road Manager Bill Laudner and David Freiberg who was the only band member present at the time had told the promoter to translate that the audience could have their money back and we'd come back and play for free...but a German friend of mine said he left out the refund bit. The audience went wild, throwing rocks, bricks, bottles, then they began chopping up the drums with an ax, throwing gear over the cliffs into the Rhine. Somebody found some gasoline and set fire to the stage, causing the compressed air tanks holding up the lighting trusses to explode. There were quite a few American GI's from a nearby Army base in the audience...They were right in there smashing things up along with everyone else. The fire trucks soon left after getting things thrown at them, and the police didn't arrive until it was all over. It had been an afternoon festival with other bands playing in a light drizzle. Jeannette decided to sit this show out and stay at the hotel with our young one year old son, Dylan. Just as well. I was planning to go over in the second car with Grace, Paul, Marty and our manager Bill Thompson, but I ended up with everyone else out side Grace's room in Wiesbaden trying to talk Paul into going on without Grace. I knew it would be bad, and the promoters assistant was in hysterics. Marty said he'd do it without Grace, but not without Paul and Grace. No dice.

We all visited the site the following day...it looked like a war zone. I have a photo of my dear friend Howard Danchik holding up a lump of melted metal that used to be a transformer from an amplifier...he has a shell shocked look in his eyes. Howard, who mixed our live shows, apparently proved to be cool under fire and was calmly walking around in the middle of it all buying back his own equipment or making it look like he was stealing his personal gear...which was fortunately all insured. No such luck for the poor uninsured English sound company who had to resort to fist fighting people to try and get back their expensive sound equipment which was either being carted off, or thrown over the cliffs. There were quite a few injuries that day, but fortunately nothing major.

Anyway, my beloved 63 Fender Jazz bass was stolen, and my brand new Doug Irwin/Tom Lieber custom bass, with a silver inlaid dragon...definitely a one of a kind instrument gone. Tom and I haven't heard a thing about the bass since 1978. Four years ago Tom put up a Doug Irwin Tribute site that included a photo of my bass along with a story about how it was stolen. We also included a $2,500 reward for its return. I paid $2,000 for the bass back in 1978 which was a lot of money for the instrument back then. Then, right out of the blue a couple of weeks ago Tom was contacted by Klaus in Germany saying he had the bass, and even though he felt it belonged to him (he'd bought it from another musician back in 1991) he could never feel right playing it knowing it was a stolen instrument. However, he wanted 2,500 Euro's, not dollars and wouldn't budge...I wanted that bass back so I didn't haggle. You couldn't build it today for $12,000.

I worked out an international escrow situation and had the bass sent to Tom in upstate New York. He has looked the instrument over, and told me today that one of the previous owners (not Klaus) screwed up the electronics pretty bad attempting to add active pickups...there is also some discoloration in the wood finish due to aging, and a slight crack in the machine head. This he can fix with no problem, although he will leave the fading finish so as not to effect the antique value. However, the frets are shot...so he will be refretting the neck. I can't wait to get it in my hands again...and try it out onstage jamming with Barry, Roger and John in "Moonalice. I never thought I'd see it again."

The photograph shows the builder, Tom Lieber, who has restored the Dragon back to its original splendor!

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