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Recording Afro Cuban All Stars at Mondavi Winery

It was a warm July night and I had the pleasure of recording the Afro Cuban All Stars in Napa, CA at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

The leader of the group, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez was also a member of the Buena Vista Social and featured in the film of the same name. He was one of the warmest and friendliest artists I’ve ever met. The group is comprised many of his family members and even if you’re not related, he still treats you like family. It was a beautiful evening of great music in a beautiful setting.

Recording the Pretenders and Amos Lee


Flying Kitchen recorded KFOG’s Concert for Kid’s at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.

The Pretenders and Amos Lee performed this year and it was a really great show.

I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into my old friend Michael Bellar, who plays keyboards for Amos Lee. I had walked on stage to check a mic connection and saw a familiar face sitting at the keys.

Amos Lee is a really great songwriter in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. If he’s ever in your town, check out his show… He’s got a great keyboard player too.

The Pretenders still rock after 30 years, too.

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