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September 04, 2012

Beer Bites and Blues #2 - European Beer and Food Pairing - Saturday September 8, 2012

Click here to book your seats now $25 per person, add $10 for beer pairing. 6-9 pm in Cazadero.

Second band out for "Beer, Bites and Blues" is "The Fog Blues Trio"

 I feel so fortunate to present my dear friends Matt Silva and Billy Mac. These guys know how to get the party going playing with such a talent and happiness. Their new trio "The Fog" also includes Jimmy Walker who is a lifelong friend of Billy, see their bios below. Come and dance the night away with this awesome band.

Vegetarian option is available upon prior request.

First Bite:
Mushroom Filled Crêpe with Gruyere Béchamel - My moms handpicked Swedish Funnel Chanterelles will be represented :)
Paired with Paulaner, Hefe-Weizen, München, Germany
Click here to learn more about this beer

Second Bite:
Garden Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumber, Roasted Sunflower Seeds and Creamy Herb Dressing
Paired with Pilsner Urquell, Pilsner, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Click here to learn more about this beer 

Third Bite:
Willow Side Pork Sausage with Seasonal Ratatouille and Wild West Rice
Paired with Leffe Blond, Blond Ale, Dinant, Belgium
Click here to learn more about this beer

Final Bite:
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Bailey's Cream and Black Berry Compote
Paired with Young's Double Chocolate, Stout, Bedford, UK
Click here to learn more about this beer

Wine from Wild Hog Vineyards and Old World Winery will be available to purchase at the dinner.

Book your seats at www.helenaskitchen.com/bbb

Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva has been playing jazz and blues around the country for 35 years, with  musicians like Shana Morrison, soulman Johnny Rawls and have recorded music with members of the Jerry Garcia band. Matt is currently developing his own band with Niki Otis, son of legendary bandleader Johnny Otis.

Bill McCubbin    (Billy Mac)

Bill McCubbin was born and raised in San Francisco. Bill’s father was a band drummer of some note, and Bill was brought up with music all around him. He performed publicly with his first guitar before enrolling in junior high school. Guitar chords, great vocals and a cool bass beat from young Bill would become his calling card. He performed with many bands in the Bay Area, and became a member of The Nooney Rickett Five. Soon Bill’s reputation as a great bass player spread within the circles of show business. Nooney Rickett suggested Bill audition for a spot with Bobby Darin’s band and immediately Bill became a permanent member of the music legend’s band. Bill traveled and appeared with Bobby live and on stage. Bobby and Bill became close friends and spent hours playing their ongoing road chess game. Bill has been known in the music business by the nickname Bobby gave him when he introduced him on stage as “Billy Mac”. The friendship and chess game ended upon Bobby’s death in 1973.  King of The Road legend Roger Miller hired Billy Mac after the world lost Bobby Darin. Billy was a key player in Roger’s band, recording, performing and traveling the world. Years later Roger referred Billy to superstar, Glenn Campbell. Billy performed in Glenn’s band as well as coordinating live performances and television specials.

Jimmy Walker
   Jimmy Walker was born in the Bronx and grew up in Jersey. He began his musical career as a drummer and vocalist with the Knickerbockers and in 1965 they had a top 20 hit with the “Lies”. The group disbanded in 1968 and Jimmy replaced Bill Medley in the Righteous Brothers and recorded an album with Bobby Hatfield. Jimmy has opened for The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, Roy Orbison and others. He has headlined in The Hollywood Bowl, The Sands, The Coconut Grove and on many national Dick Clark Tours. Radio and TV has included American Bandstand, Mike Douglas and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He has collaborated with many artists including Glenn Campbell, Tower of Power, Roberta Flack, Roy Orbison and The Temptations.  Jimmy now lives and works in Las Vegas and corrals the best local talent to present a contemporary musical experience called the “Jimmy Walker Show”. Jimmy Walker and Billy McCubbin have performed, traveled and toured together for many years.  They have  been lifelong friends and are pleased to once again share the stage.

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