Monaghan’s Indian Summer 2014

Monaghan’s Indian Summer 2014

We’re back at Monaghan’s on the Hill Oct. 9 from 6-9pm for an evening of Oaktown surf under the stars, and unless the Farmer’s Almanac is fibbing, it’s sure to be a clear and mild evening on the patio. Bring the family, bring the dog! There’s a hardy dinner menu, a huge selection of beers, wines and spirits, and entertainment for your listening, dining, and dancing pleasure. All that plus Surf Trivia Smackdown #3, where contestants try their luck and knowledge for some cool Trivalve swag. Flyer art by Lois Van...
Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island

Our favorite tiki bar plays host to an evening of instrumental surf. Come out to Alameda Thursday Sep. 11 from 8-10 pm. We’ll play another exciting round of Surf Trivia Smackdown for prizes – do you have what it takes to win a stylish Tshirt or Leona Sessions CD? Bring your A-game! Forbidden Island 1304 Lincoln Avenue (between Sherman and Morton) Alameda...
2014 Alameda County Fair

2014 Alameda County Fair

A return engagement at the county fair for the ‘Valves, this time with Jeff Price on drums, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Not only will you be able to eat corn dogs, treat your kids to mounds of cotton candy, wager at the race track, buy stuff for your household you’d NEVER consider otherwise, most important, you can catch some steaming instrumental at Festival Square starting at 4pm! If all that’s not enough, as part of our sense of Oakland pride, we will pay tribute to The Oakland Hogs – livestock raised by members of the Montclair 4-H club. Not to worry, the hog pens are not in close proximity to the bandstand....

KFJC Live Mic with Cousin Mary

We were very fortunate to be invited to play a live mic “in the pit” at KFJC 89.7 in Los Altos Hills. We hope to post some snippets of video soon, but for now, here is a handful of photos taken by Leslie Bialik....
2013 Alameda County Fair

2013 Alameda County Fair

Will the Valves go Spinal Tap at this year’s fair? One way to find out – see us play the Festival Square stage July 6, 2013 from 3:30 –...
2013 Laurel Solstice Festival

2013 Laurel Solstice Festival

Thanks in large part to John Middle, owner of Acme Music, there will be a Solstice Festival this year. We’ve been asked to play for the 5th consecutive year, one of our favorite neighborhood gigs. Come on out to Acme Music on June 23 at...
Local Showcase at the Uptown

Local Showcase at the Uptown

Our friends from the Del Mars asked to join a bill on a KALX presentation at the Uptown on Telegraph in Oakland. Photo courtesy of Andre...

ML’s 50th

My brother Mark and his wife Suzanne know how to throw a...
Cabo Wabo Tahoe, May 4 & 5

Cabo Wabo Tahoe, May 4 & 5

Longtime surf fan and distilled spirits entrepreneur Sammy Hagar is throwing a series of parties as part of the launch of Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. We’ve been hired to play at the Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harvey’s Resort in South Lake Tahoe. We play, Sammy makes a toast, we play some more. Times 2: we play both Friday and Saturday, from 2 – 6pm. Postscript We arrived in Tahoe ready to play early Friday afternoon. Throughout our second set, the crowd is growing, and we’re on the verge of wrapping up with Black and Tan Fantasy. We often use that as a closing song, it has a big dramatic chord that we hold at the conclusion – a long rumble and a sharp crash to break it off. Our timing was just right, before we started, the manager gave us a cue to play one more song before Sammy entered the room to make his announcements, recognize a few folks and talk about some of his own upcoming events with Chickenfoot. We’re standing by onstage and he’s ready to wrap it up and take off. We said to him, “hey, how about doing a song with us?” It was said loud enough to carry over the microphone, and now the crowd is egging him on to do a song. Sammy aims to please his fans, but this time with a hint of reluctance. He relents. “Oh, OK, what do you want to play?” I say “Whole Lotta Love,” to which he responds, “aw man, Whole Lotta Love? You kidding?” Too late. Gene starts up on the opening riff, and...

Lounge 3411 – Nov 10

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10 Join us in the Laurel for a Thursday night gig at Lounge 3411 on MacArthur, a stone’s throw from 35th Ave. We’re opening for a couple of really cool bands, Warbler and The Rogers, plus one or two special appearances by local singer songwriters. We have the opening slot at 9pm, but it’s sure to be a night full of great...
Gig Alert: High Street Station Aug 26

Gig Alert: High Street Station Aug 26

Join us for a Friday evening of musical mayhem on the island – Trivalve style. High Street Station, 1303 High Street in Alameda Eric Jenings opens, $10 at the door “WHERE ELSE CAN YA GO, SIT ON A SOFA, HAVE A BEER AND A GOOD BITE TO EAT? WHERE YOU KNOW THAT THE KIDS ARE WELCOME AND COMFORTABLE TOO, AND HEAR GREAT...
Gig Alert: Laurel Street Fair August 13

Gig Alert: Laurel Street Fair August 13

Drop in on Trivalve at the 12th Annual Laurel Street Fair Saturday August 13, 3pm at the Acme Music Stage – Macarthur Blvd at Loma Vista We play an hour set as a warmup to the Studio Quercas gig that...
Gig Alert: Studio Quercas Aug 13

Gig Alert: Studio Quercas Aug 13

Nightcap of the August 13 double header, this marks our debut on the Oakland Art Murmur circuit. Come to Studio Quercas, 385 26th Street, between Broadway and Telegraph, near downtown Oakland An artists-run organization, Studio Quercus provides a conducive and congenial space and exceptional support for visual and performing artists to show their work. It is a place that cultivates creative exploration and an exchange of ideas, allowing for the unexpected to happen. The exhibit features the work of: Alex Carabella, Barbara Morris, Emil Barber, Fred Kling, Gael Fitzmaurice, Greg Goodman, Greg Piatt, Jeff Carr, Jerry Doty, Jill Ringler, KG Greenstein, Lana Kai, Nathaniel Parsons, Philip Ringler, Robert Murray, Rudy Drat, Scott Leddy, Susan Casentini, Tim Englert, Tim Sharman, Valerie Kim, William Rose   Postscript, August 15, 2011 A gem of a venue in the hub of Oakland’s Uptown art district, Studio Quercus is an intimate venue run by a thoughtful and creative team.  What a joy to play...
Monaghan’s Aug 14

Monaghan’s Aug 14

Number 2 in our 2011 Surf ‘n Turf series at Monaghan’s.  Come for the food, stay for the music (or vice versa) Sure to be a good time, We’ll play some surf music trivia for prizes, maybe another trick or two up our sleeves (heh...
Monaghan’s July 3

Monaghan’s July 3

Rock out Surf n Turf style at Monaghan’s in the Oakland hills Sunday July 3 from 3-7pm. Outdoors, on the patio, this is the first in a series of gigs at this venue. The additional dates are August 14 and September...
MAY DAY!

MAY DAY!

Trivalve appears with The Bob Claire Orchestra and the Violent Strokes at the Oakland Renegades’ season opener on Lake Merritt. Dragonboat teams from all around the Bay Area will compete in this event, followed by an after-party with food and...