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Homecoming Righetti High School grad and Little Feat founder Bill Payne brings his famous band to the Avila Beach Blues Festival
here’s something in the water around there,” Bill Payne said of the Central Coast during a recent phone interview. “That’s all I can tell you. You know [Grateful Dead lyricist] Robert Hunter was born in San Luis Obispo, right?” I did not know that, and I also didn’t know that Payne graduated from Santa Maria’s Righetti High in 1967 before he founded the world famous jam rock act Little Feat, with Lowell George, in LA in 1969. Little Feat has so many classic songs, from “Fat Man in The Bath Tub” and “Dixie Chicken” to “Spanish Moon” and “Oh Atlanta,” not to mention “Don’t Bogart That Joint,” “Time Loves a Hero,” “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now,” and dozens more. Payne, 70, is the only original member of the 50-year-old band, but most of the band members have been with Payne for decades. Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton, and Kenny Gradney joined in 1971. Fred Tackett came on board in 1988. “Newcomer” Gabe Ford joined Little Feat in 2006 as original drummer Richard Hayword’s drum tech and took over as drummer in 2010 after Hayward’s death. Payne’s as busy as ever these days. He’s an amazing photographer and writer. Check out his website to see for yourself (billpaynecreative.com). He’s written a slew of new songs with Hunter. He stays young with a wife 26 years his junior. In addition to Little Feat, he plays with the Doobie Brothers and will go on tour next
summer with Santana. In between, he enjoys the ranch life. “I live out in the middle of nowhere in Montana,” Payne said. “It’s beautiful up here, and I’ve had the ranch for 37 or 38 years, but I’ve only lived full time out here for about 10 years. I used to live in your neck of the woods. I played the Rose Garden [Ballroom] in Pismo Beach.” Had Little Feat been writing any new music? “Not technically. I’ve written 20 songs with Robert Hunter, four of which were on [Little Feat’s] Rooster Rag  album, which leaves another 16 that I haven’t recorded. I’ve got a bunch more I’ve written with other people too, so I’m active with what I’m doing, which is also playing with the Doobie Brothers. It’d be nice if we could get in and record one more record with Little Feat, but I’m not sure if that’s going to take place or not.” Little Feat and the Doobie Brothers are both iconic American rock bands. Does he have a preference? “It’s all good. It’s different enough. Little Feat has more of a jam nature, and I get to sing with Little Feat—they’re my songs, as well as other people’s—and we’re starting to incorporate more of my tunes. I write complicated stuff, and we’re working more of that into our shows, but I love playing with the Doobie Bothers. I’ve known those fellows for, God, almost as long as I’ve had Little Feat. It’s a family, too.”
your dancing shoes. May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Glass of wine: $8-$14. 805-239-1616. roberthallwinery.com. Robert Hall Winery, 3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles.
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ANDY SCOTT LIVE Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE TIPSY GYPSIES
BACK PAGES BAND: BAREFOOT CONCERT ON THE GREEN May 18, 2-6 p.m. Free. 805-528-5252.
The Tipsy Gypsies, a fun and eclectic group, play a blend of vintage pop, blues, and jazz. May 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Glass of wine $8-$14. 805-239-1616. roberthallwinery. com/events/Friday-Night-Concert---Tipsy-Gypsies. Robert Hall Winery, 3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles.
Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano St., Los Osos.
JON STEPHENS LIVE Thursdays, 5 p.m. Free. 805-
Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805927-4200, cambriapineslodge.com.
TEACH THE WORLD TO SING! Features various upbeat selections. Performed by the Cambria Community Chorale. May 19, 2-4:30 p.m. Free-$20. 805-203-6876. cambriachorale.org/index.html. Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria, 2250 Yorkshire Dr., Cambria.
927-0175. lascambritas.com. Las Cambritas, 2336 Main Street, Cambria.
LIVE MUSIC AT OLD CAYUCOS TAVERN Fridays, Saturdays Free. 805-995-3209. oldcayucostavern.com. Old Cayucos Tavern & Cardroom, 130 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos.
BANJERDAN LIVE Tuesdays, 3 p.m. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805-927-4200, cambriapineslodge.com.
LIVE MUSIC AT STAX Thursdays, Sundays, 6-8 p.m.
BOBBY MALONE LIVE Saturdays, 3-6 p.m. Free. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805927-4200, cambriapineslodge.com.
LIVE MUSIC WITH BOBBY MALONE Come down and enjoy a tasting or glass of Twin Coyotes wine while Bobby plays an acoustic set of his original songs. May 17, 3:30 -5:30 p.m. $10 wine tasting; wine for purchase by glass or bot tle. 805-927-9800. t wincoyotes.com/. Twin Coyotes Winery, 2020 Main St., Cambria.
FIRE & GRACE & ASH This trio explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Part of Cambria Concerts Unplugged. May 26, 4-6:15 p.m. $25. my805tix.com. Old Santa Rosa Chapel, 2353 Main St., Cambria. FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: THE JAMMIES Enjoy live music from local SLO County band, The Jammies, who perform classic rock, reggae, funk, and R&B. Bring
Free. 805-772-5055. staxwine.com. Stax Wine Bar & Bistro, 1099 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
LOUIE ORTEGA LIVE Tuesdays, 8-11 p.m. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805-927-4200, cambriapineslodge.com.
MARCUS DIMAGGIO LIVE Fridays, 3-6 p.m. Free. Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, 805-
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FIFTY YEARS ON Little Feat, with founding member Bill Payne (far right), headlines the Avila Beach Blues Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort on May 26.
Elton John, who’s no slouch in the piano-playing department, called Payne the best rock and blues pianist alive. Can his Little Feat bandmates keep up with his “complicated” compositions? “They can keep up, but it’s challenging, but that’s what Little Feat has always been. I don’t do it on purpose; I’m just trying to write things that accomplish what I want to do, which is part of the fun with writing with Robert Hunter, I might add. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go, and I’m sure he was in the same boat, but it turned out that we had some tall ideas on both sides. Once I said, ‘You know the music’s in the lyrics,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, but it takes a composer to draw them out.’ I thought that was pretty nice of him to say.” At this point, you’d be forgiven if you started feeling like a slacker in Payne’s presence. He seems to excel at everything.
I asked him to tell me something he’s bad at so I could feel better about myself. “My first couple of marriages,” he laughed, “but let’s stop there.” Next Sunday, May 26, Little Feat will headline the 26th annual Avila Beach Blues Festival on his band’s 50th anniversary tour. The show will also feature Eric Burdon and the Animals and harp master Charlie Musselwhite (gates at noon; show at 2 p.m.; all ages; $55 to $110 at Boo Boo’s and eventbrite.com). You can expect a show that gives the fans what they want. “We have some newer songs,” Payne said, “but we mostly play a lot of the classics. It’s a rich catalog of music, so we try to put in a lot of different things depending on how much time we have, what guitar changes Paul [Barrere]
Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
THE REAL BLUES JAM SOUTH Ted Waterhouse hosts. All levels welcome. Third Tuesday of ever y month, 6:30 -9:30 p.m. Free. 805 -704 -5116. tedwaterhouse.com. The Siren, 900 Main St., Morro Bay.
SAN LUIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Vivaldi Concerto for Three Violins, fi rst movement of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1; Monday Club winner Julia Zielke, fl ute; and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. May 19, 3 p.m. $10 donation. 805-748-6087. sanluischamberorchestra.org. Trinity United Methodist Church, 490 Los Osos Valley Rd., Los Osos.
SONGWRITER AT PLAY PRESENTS ADAM MILLER Songwriters At Play presents an intimate concert with Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Adam Miller. May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. $10. 805-772-8388. songwritersatplay.com. Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
SONGWRITERS AT PLAY HOSTS TRIBUTE TO JUDY COLLINS Legendry folksinger and pop vocalist Judy Collins turns 80 in May, celebrate with an evening of songs from her discography. May 18, 6:30-9 p.m. $10. 805-772-8388. songwritersatplay. com. Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay.
SONGWRITERS AT PLAY: RECKLESS SAINTS Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield are Reckless Saints, who have brought their musical blend of Southern-influenced folk, blues, country, and rock to delighted audiences across the USA and abroad. May 20, 6:30-9 p.m. Free; tips accepted. 805-772-8388. songwritersatplay.com.
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WARD WITH FOUR DAY BEARD LA based alt/post punk band. A MAY 16 – MAY 23 night of alternative indie 2019 rock. May 23, 8-11 p.m. Free. 805-225-1312. The Siren, 900 Main St., Morro Bay, thesirenmorrobay.com/.
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ADAM LEVINE AND JUDY PHILBIN Levine and Philbin perform live jazz. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. 805238-2834. labellasera.com. Enoteca Restaurant and Bar, 206 Alexa Ct., Paso Robles.
DIRTY CELLO AT D’ANBINO CELLARS From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. May 26, 7-9 p.m. $10 general ($5 for club members). 805-227-6800. danbino.com/. D’anbino Vineyards and Cellars, 710 Pine St, Paso Robles. EL GRAN FESTIVAL DE MUSICA CUBANA Features Juan De Marcos, Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria, Barbarito Torres y Su Grupo, Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos y Su Orquesta, Los y Su Orquesta, Los Van Van, Ibrahim Ferrer Jr., Luis Fank, and Pedrito Calvo y Los Soneros. May 26, 4-10 p.m. Varies. 805-286-3680. vinaroblesamphitheatre.com/concerts/2019/gran-
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