It was like old home week at the Saloon in North Beach not too far where Nick got his start some 50 years ago playing in a strip club with Janis Joplin..(Ive been seeing him there for 17 years) Roy Blumenfeld was on drums.. and I dont know who was on bass.His son is now his manager so someone can drive him home to Occidental late nite.He played all his old standards but when "Pride of Man" was "ripped" the place went nuts.Nick is a "Bad talkin blues man" ""Born in Chicago" "Down a long lonsome road" ..
One of my heroes. Wish he'd come east for a tour.
Nick Gravenites is one of the originals. His original tunes: "Born in Chicago," and "Buried Alive in The Blues," are blues staples that are performed in blues clubs every night around the world. The Saloon, not only San Francisco's oldest bar, is one legendary blues joint. I've been fortunate to have seen many Nick shows there including many with the late John Cipollina. Glad to hear that Nick is still in fine form. Sounds like a blast !
I, too, have had the good fortune to see Gravenites several times over the years at the Saloon, including several nights w/John Cippolina. The guy is a legend. So glad to see that he's still alive & kicking.
The Saloon is a really cool, funky joint. One of my fondest memories of the place is a night many years ago when a buddy and I dropped in for a drink and discovered that Charlie Musselwhite was playing. As the band was performing, I noticed a very familiar face sitting next to me at the bar. It was the late Herb Caen, legendary SF Chronicle columnist.
Nick is back to playing every friday night at Negris in Occidental, CA.
oooooo looks like I missed out. Sounds like it was a great show! I'll have to keep an eye out for a return show