Upcoming Concerts

  • Apr 19
    Rancho Nicasio
    Nicasio, CA
  • Apr 20
    HopMonk Tavern
    Sebastopol, CA
  • May 25
    BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
    Napa, CA
  • Jul 27
    Petaluma Music Festival
    Petaluma, CA
Apr 19
Rancho Nicasio - Nicasio, CA
Apr 20
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
May 25
BottleRock Napa Valley Festival - Napa, CA
Jul 27
Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA

Moonalice News

  • Moonalice offers free admission to holders of Skull & Roses tickets!
  • Poster Artist Feature: Dennis Larkins Interview
  • Let's Rock The World One Tree At A Time!
  • Acoustic Guitar reviews Full Moonalice, Volume 2!!
  • Moonalice plays a set on Jam In The Van
  • Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
  • Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
  • PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
  • Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice
Moonalice offers free admission to holders of Skull & Roses tickets!
Poster Artist Feature: Dennis Larkins Interview
Let's Rock The World One Tree At A Time!
Acoustic Guitar reviews Full Moonalice, Volume 2!!
Moonalice plays a set on Jam In The Van
Glide Magazine interviews Pete Sears!
Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Barry, Roger and T’s play Nick and Woo Woo
Commemorating the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival!!!
PopMatters: Bottlerock Napa review … featuring Moonalice
Moonalice Will Not Play Indoors Until Further Notice

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Nov 30, 2023 / The Guild Theatre (Menlo Park)
    According to Moonalice legend, the Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose has many beautiful places...
  • Sep 1, 2023 / The Chapel (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, we are totally psyched to be back at the Chapel. People showed us the secu...
  • Apr 18, 2024 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
  • Aug 31, 2023 / Rebroadcast of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 22 with new Audio & Video (San Francisco)
    This rebroadcast of the 2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass show with new and im...
  • Apr 19, 2024 / Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)
  • Dec 2, 2023 / HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol)
    According to Moonalice legend, every member of the tribe has a spirit animal. Some are Siamese cats, oth...
  • Feb 3, 2024 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
  • Dec 1, 2023 / Odd Fellows Lodge (Auburn)
    According to Moonalice Legend, dinosaurs once roamed the foothills of the Sierras. Recent fossil discover...
  • Aug 27, 2023 / Terrapin Crossroads Presents: Sunday Daydream Vol. 2 @ Stafford Lake Park (Novato)
    According to Moonalice legend, we have gathered here at Stafford Lake for Sunshine Daydream 2. It is a b...
  • Sep 2, 2023 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
    According to Moonalice legend, we are really happy we are not at Burning Man. Apparently, a huge storm de...
Nov 30, 2023 / The Guild Theatre (Menlo Park)
According to Moonalice legend, the Peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose has many beautiful places...
Sep 1, 2023 / The Chapel (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, we are totally psyched to be back at the Chapel. People showed us the secu...
Apr 18, 2024 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
Aug 31, 2023 / Rebroadcast of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 22 with new Audio & Video (San Francisco)
This rebroadcast of the 2022 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass show with new and im...
Apr 19, 2024 / Rancho Nicasio (Nicasio)
Dec 2, 2023 / HopMonk Tavern (Sebastopol)
According to Moonalice legend, every member of the tribe has a spirit animal. Some are Siamese cats, oth...
Feb 3, 2024 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Dec 1, 2023 / Odd Fellows Lodge (Auburn)
According to Moonalice Legend, dinosaurs once roamed the foothills of the Sierras. Recent fossil discover...
Aug 27, 2023 / Terrapin Crossroads Presents: Sunday Daydream Vol. 2 @ Stafford Lake Park (Novato)
According to Moonalice legend, we have gathered here at Stafford Lake for Sunshine Daydream 2. It is a b...
Sep 2, 2023 / Felton Music Hall (Felton)
According to Moonalice legend, we are really happy we are not at Burning Man. Apparently, a huge storm de...

Music

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Aug 15
Summer Sounds - Greensburg, PA
Aug 14
Castaways - Ithaca, NY
Aug 10
Dead On The Creek - Willits, CA
Aug 9
Don Quixote's - Felton, CA
Aug 3
Dunegrass - Empire, MI
Aug 2
Grateful Garcia Gathering - Thornville, OH
Aug 1
Grateful Garcia Gathering - Thornville, OH
Jul 25
Crystal Bay Club - Crystal Bay, NV
Jul 24
Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Jul 23
Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
Aug 24
Commons Beach - Tahoe City, CA
Aug 26
Union Square - San Francisco, CA
Aug 30
Whiskey Jack's - Big Sky, MT
Aug 31
Whiskey Jack's - Big Sky, MY
Sep 3
Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
Sep 4
Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
Sep 6
40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
Sep 7
The Pour House - Charleston, SC
Sep 12
Eugene Celebration - Eugene, OR
Sep 13
Earthdance - Morning - Laytonville, CA
Aug 16, 2008
A Bear's Picnic IN NEW COLUMBIA, PA
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Who Was There?
Wikipedia has no entry for Laurelton, PA. We find this disappointing, as Laurelton clearly deserves an entry. The place has a smoky Moonalice charm. Fortunately, the Moonalice legend can tell us what we need to know about Laurelton.

According to Moonalice legend, the Jurassic period saw some unusual dinosaurs around Laurelton. Our favorite was the Brown Nose, Blue Haired Cross-Eyed Potapus. This giant herbivore was an eating machine, but its diet consisted entirely of hemp. It spent its day in the hemp fields, chewing intently. When it was full, the Potapus would pause for a few minutes, which led to serious munchies, after which the Potapus would go back to lunch. Every morning, the Potapus would poop out masses of hard black crystals to clear the decks for another day of eating. Unfortunately, hemp is a seasonal crop in central Pennsylvania, which caused the Brown Nose, Blue Haired Cross-Eyed Potapus to die off every winter. The Potapus didn't last in Pennsylvania, but the carcasses decayed over the millennia, leaving behind huge pools of light sweet crude. Potapus poop, of course, turned into anthracite coal.

According to Moonalice legend, the tribe's nemesis is a creepy figure called Red Barns. Red was the oldest of three Barns brothers, and by far most violent. Brother Whitey was pretty random - sometimes good, sometimes not -- but the third brother, Smokey Barns, was a good soul. All three are immortal. Whitey and Smokey have tried for centuries to protect the Moonalice tribe from the evil brother, Red. The battle rages on in rural areas across the country. Each side colors its battlements distinctively. The ones at Bear's Picnic are smoky yellow, a clear sign that this festival is under the protection of Smoky Barns. But don't get overconfident. Avoid Red Barns. You'll find no empathy there.

Did you know that August 16 is Xicolatada? We thought not. It's a traditional festival celebrated only in a village in Catalonia. It has been a rite of summer for over 300 years.

According to Wikipedia, August 15 - it seems like only yesterday - was once a festival day in Catalonia, and the locals in the village were known to drink quite a bit, to the point that many still felt ill the following morning. Wikipedia goes on to say that the village chocolatier would offer the people a hot chocolate to ease the pain, as he claimed cocoa was an excellent remedy. Over the years, this act of charity grew into a custom, and eventually a municipal association was formed to remember the tradition and to organize the distribution of hot chocolate every year on August 16, at precisely 11 in the morning. It sounds real enough, but that can't be the whole story. What happened to the party on the 15th? We need to consult the Moonalice legend. The hot chocolate was not a headache remedy. It was a cure for the munchies. The Catalonia tribe treated hangover the way they treated everything else: with heavy smoking of local hemp products.

Xicolatada appeqrs to have a discordian element. While the date is always the same, the organizers mess with the calendar somehow so that no one knows in advance when chocolate day is coming. Quite logically, the local Moonalice tribe smokes continuously, because they never want to be caught unprepared.

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Click the "I was there!" link above to mark your attendance for this show. If video archive is available, click "Launch Video" on the left the watch and add the show to your Couch Tour!

2008-08-16 @ A Bear's Picnic