Kalervo Karlson Dreamscapes

Self Portrait Don K. Painter of Horizons Vårdö – September 26, 2021

For the past twenty years, Kalervo Karlsson has perfected his art. In the early days, he rocked the Paris fashion industry with his couture fashions created by him and his lovely creative and life partner, Niina of Mania Jewelry fame. Together they enchanted Vogue and Paris and created runway shows that fascinated critics and customers alike. His art had an undeniable edge.

Now the Finnish snow king is back for his art show in Paris, France. As you can see, his vision and art have opened and softened over the years. Kalervo spends most of his summers in the archipelagos at the edge of the world, a place where nature plays with light in the most magical ways. For the past two years, Kalervo has captured these splendid displays, capturing the horizons. Magical!

Jurmo – Don K, Painter of Horizons, February 14, 2021

Don Kalervo’s art is breathtaking. Little wonder that he was invited to exhibit his works in Paris, Helsinki, and back again for a larger exhibit in Paris. 15 Martel, a popular gallery in Paris, carries his works. One of his favorite works is now on the wall of a VP at Nokia Networks.

Don Kalervo, Painter of Horizons, Helsinki – April 25, 2022

Visit the artists at www.donkalervo.com to see a wide variety of his works. Follow him on Instagram and learn of his edgier works. We are sure to enjoy this fine artist’s talent for many years to come.

Currently, he is busy getting ready for his exhibits at The Holy Art Fair in the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London in October this year. At The Factory, The Holy Art Gallery on 21 – 31 Shacklewell Ln, E8 2DA, London. These exhibits will be followed by an exhibit at the Athens Gallery on Praxitelous 26, 105 61, Athens, Greece, followed by further showings in Paris and New York. We hope to greet him in the Bay Area and Austin soon.

Mother’s Day in Half Moon Bay and more

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Rolando visiting his mom in So Cal a couple years back
Rolando visiting his mom in So Cal a couple years back

May 2, 2023


“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” 

~Susan Gale

¡Hola, mi Gente!

Time and milestones keep flying by.  Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Celebrations of Life, Trump found liable for sexual abuse…  Hard to keep up with it all!

And now Mother’s Day is already upon us.  If you’re like me, you have family spread out across who knows where.  Over the years, I haven’t been able to see my familia for quite a while now.  But most of us feel our mom’s presence still managing to keep us intact.  I know we’ll all finally be able to reunite in June, and I’m very much looking forward to that.

In the meantime, if you’re lucky, you can spend sweet moments with your mom this Sunday, May 14, at La Costanera in Half Moon Bay.  Treat her to a Peruvian brunch on the harbor.  I’ll be there from 12-3 pm providing the soundtrack with music tailored to the day.  It sounds like they’re almost booked up, so you’d best hurry and make your reservations now.  It’s a big place, over 10,000 square feet, with two floors and a patio, so there may be room and a time slot for you!  www.lacostanerarestaurant.com  

Here’s what else is happening through the weekend and the rest of your May Calendar.  Gather your friends, family and join me!

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR MAY 2023

Rolando Morales performs at Parada, Friday May 12th and 26, 2023.

Friday, May 12, Parada, New Peru, 7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek, 6-9 pm.  After weeks away, Rolando is back at this welcoming restaurant providing authentic Peruvian cuisine in Walnut Creek.  Rolando will provide his unique take on the world and popular music outside on their covered patio.  Reserve a table by the music at (925) 448-8118, paradakitchen.com.

Saturday, May 13, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  After a couple weeks away, Rolando returns to this jumping gathering place.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry on the front patio.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Rolando Morales performs at La Constanero on May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023.

Sunday, May 14, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for a Mother’s Day Easter Brunch appearance at this Michelin Star contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor.  Treat mom to a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique takes on world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando Morales performs at Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant in Pleasanton, May 19, 2023.

Friday, May 19, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton, 6-9 pm.   Swing by to this jumping social gathering place in downtown Pleasanton.100 different wines, wine flights, endless tapas, large plates, and more.  Rolando will match the festive energy playing outdoors with his diverse repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Reserve and join us!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Saturday, May 20, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping hot spot.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Sunday, May 21, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique takes on world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Friday, May 26, Parada New Peru, 7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this welcoming restaurant providing authentic Peruvian cuisine in Walnut Creek.  Rolando will provide his unique take on world and popular music on their patio.  Reserve a table by the music at (925) 448-8118, paradakitchen.com.

Saturday, May 27, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping gathering place out on the front patio.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.    Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Sunday, May 28, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique takes on world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando is available for YOUR private events, corporate events, weddings, parties, concerts, and festivals, VIRTUAL or otherwise.

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Another downed tree on another Oakland trail

April 18, 2023


“In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.” 

~Alexis de Tocqueville

¡Hola, mi Gente!

I hate tax season. 

But you know what helps me get through it?  Hiking.  I’m not able to get to those trails as often as I used to with this gig schedule of mine, but after all these rains, it’s interesting to see how many uprooted trees have altered so many trails and parks throughout the Bay Area.  What I love about the trails after the phenomenon of these atmospheric rivers is the sound and sights of so many heavily flowing streams throughout parklands.  It helps one re-set.  If you haven’t done it yet, go seek out a good trail.  Your spirit will thank you for it.

My gig schedule continues Wednesday with another big corporate event.  Then on Friday, April 21, I’m doing a special lunchtime appearance at Pairing Wine Bar and Restaurant in Pleasanton from 12-3 pm.  Don’t come at night!  I’ll be there at NOON!  If you’re in the area and have an hour or two to kill, swing by for a very enjoyable lunch experience with me.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing large groups of friends swinging by to my gigs, all enjoying the company, the music, the sights, and the food.  Don’t miss out!

Here’s the rest of your calendar.  Gather your friends and join me!

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR APRIL 2023

Rolando Morales performs at Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant in Pleasanton, April 21,2023.

Friday, April 21, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton, 12-3 pm.  Pairings is kicking off special Friday Lunch Hours, and Rolando will be there to mark the day.  Swing by to this jumping social gathering place in downtown Pleasanton. 100 different wines, wine flights, endless tapas, large plates, and more.  Rolando will match the festive energy playing out front with his diverse repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Reserve and join us!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Rolando Morales performs at Barranco's in Lafayette on Saturday, April 1, 8, 15 and 22,2023.

Saturday, April 22, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping gathering place out on the front patio.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.    Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Rolando Morales performs at La Costanera every Sunday in April 2023.

Sunday, April 23, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique take on world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando Morales performs at Parada New Parada Fridays on the 7th and 28th during April 2023.

Friday, April 28, Parada New Peru, 7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this welcoming restaurant providing authentic Peruvian cuisine in Walnut Creek.  Rolando will provide his unique take on world and popular music on their patio.  Reserve a table by the music at (925) 448-8118, paradakitchen.com.

Sunday, April 30, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando is available for YOUR private events, corporate events, weddings, parties, concerts, and festivals, VIRTUAL or otherwise.

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Time to get cozy with a gripping book, A Week’s Worth, by Thyme Lewis.

A Week’s Worth by Thyme Lewis is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that skillfully blends elements of suspense, drama, and family dynamics. The book tells the story of Mac, a FEMA worker who takes a week off to care for his ailing mother. However, when two bodies are found in the condo building where he and his mother are staying, Mac’s seemingly simple vacation turns into a complex and dangerous affair.

“With a skill set rivaling special operatives in the world’s most elite gangs, Mac navigates the country working for FEMA. Helping those less fortunate resurrect their lives after the USA’s most horrific natural disasters. In A Week’s Worth, Mac receives a call that sends him home to California, where he will face a more personal disaster: his mother. Her health is failing. His good intentions to help are met with resistance. And people keep dying around them. With a burning desire to right the wrongs of the past, Mac hopes this last road trip to Los Angeles will make their time together unforgettable.”

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-weeks-worth-thyme-lewis/1142951825

The plot is intricate and multi-layered, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers engaged. The author expertly weaves past and present events, gradually revealing the motivations and backstories of the various characters. The pacing is excellent, with just the right tension and suspense to keep the story moving.

One of the standout features of A Week’s Worth is the complex and nuanced portrayal of the main character, Mac. He is a flawed and conflicted protagonist with a troubled past and a deep loyalty to his family. The interactions between Mac and his mother are particularly poignant, highlighting the complexities of the mother-son relationship.

Thyme Lewis has a talent for descriptive prose, vividly bringing the various settings and characters to life. The dialogue is sharp and natural, adding to the story’s authenticity. The author’s background in acting and stunt work also shines through in the action scenes, which are well-choreographed and exciting.

Overall, A Week’s Worth is a captivating and well-crafted novel that will appeal to suspense and family drama fans. Thyme Lewis has created a memorable cast of characters and a gripping storyline that keeps readers guessing until the end. Enjoy this book.

Thyme Lewis is an accomplished American actor, author, humanitarian, and former Hollywood stuntman with a diverse cultural background. He grew up in Big Sur, California, with his mother and siblings, where he developed a passion for acting and later pursued a career in the entertainment industry. Thyme is best known for his memorable role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Jonah Carver, as well as his work on Sunset Beach and Young and the Restless.

In addition to his work in acting, Thyme also discovered a love for writing while working with FEMA. This led him to create the MacGuffin series, a thrilling set of novels that blend suspense, drama, and family dynamics. Thyme is now a full-time writer and resides in Carmel by the Sea, where he continues to create captivating stories.

Thyme’s cultural heritage is diverse, including Norwegian, Scottish, Irish, Haitian, and Choctaw Indian descent. He is also a humanitarian, using his platform to raise awareness and support various charitable causes.

Thyme’s latest venture includes a co-starring role on Bosch Legacy, a gritty crime drama on Amazon Original, set to air in the spring. To learn more about Thyme and his work, visit his website at https://thymelewisbooks.com.

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a bookstore near you. You can also listen to you on https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Weeks-Worth-Audiobook/B0BXQL6TT5

Carlos Reyes – world renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin at Yoshi’s on April 30, 2023

Carlos Reyes, with Tony Lindsay, Janice Maxie-Reid and Tal Morris at Yoshi's April 30, 2023
Carlos Reyes and The Electrick Symphony will perform at Yoshi’s on April 30, 2023

Yoshi’s features CARLOS REYES SUN APRIL 30, 2023 World renowned harpist & violinist. DOORS: 6:30 PM   SHOW: 7:00 PM

Oakland, CA, April 12, 2023. Enjoy this show at Yoshi’s, one of the best music clubs in the Bay Area. Carlos Reyes bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin, and Classical styles. Carlos Reyes features Tony Lindsay, beloved by audiences around the world. The lineup for the show at Yoshi’s also includes the fantastic keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid and Tal Morris on guitar.

Carlos Reyes has performed for popes and presidents with his mix of popular music. He was a child protege. At age ten, he debuted on harp with the Oakland Symphony and debuted on violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at age fourteen.s

In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards. He is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer and has been at the forefront of introducing the Electric Harp. He has consistently broken technical and musical boundaries and pioneered techniques that have expanded musical possibilities for musicians and audiences. Standing ovations are the norm, not the exception — when Carlos and his aptly named band “The Electrick Symphony” performs.

Make your reservation since this show sells out quickly. https://yoshis.com/events/buy-tickets/carlos-reyes-9/detail tickets range from $30 to $69 per person. Parking is available nearby.

Attend Justina Mutale’s Power Masterclass.

Dear Sisters, Colleagues & Friends, 

I am pleased to invite you to join my Power Masterclass on USA GLOBAL TV on Wednesday, 12 April 2023, at 6.00 p.m. British Summer Time.    

This is a FREE online television event.  However, all guests are required to register in advance.   

Please click on this Eventbrite link for details and registration: https://bit.ly/3KFgkUB

I look forward to having you with us at this exciting Masterclass!  

With kind regards.  

Justina Mutale  

Author, The Art of Iconic Leadership: Power Secrets of Female World Leaders  

Co-Author, Women on Corporate Boards: An International Perspective  

With features in FORBES Magazine and other global publications  

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Rolando Morales repping to keep another private event relatively dry through the pouring rain
Scoping out the property at another private event last week

April 4, 2023


“ A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” 

   ~Lois Wyse

¡Hola, mi Gente!

I spent all day Monday into the evening doing repairs and tech improvements to my music equipment with my dear buddy Carlos Reyes.  His knowledge and breadth of experience in the tech side of music are truly a marvel.  As a musician, he ain’t too shabby either!  I enjoyed putting this new system together with him.  There are still a few things to do with it over the next weeks, but I’m excited to try it out for the first time at this weekend’s set of gigs.  Our shared past has bridged my road to the future.

We’ve had to make a change in a date we advertised last week.  It turns out Pairings Wine Bar & Restaurant in Pleasanton has a buyout on Friday, April 21st, and will be closed to the public that night.  BUT, it’s also the day they were going to kick off their Friday lunchtime hours, so I’ll be playing for that instead, the same day, but from 12-3 pm.  The new details and poster are below in your calendar.

Remember, too, I’m returning to Elevation LVK in Livermore after a long hiatus on Friday, April 14.  Details below.

Here comes the rest of your calendar.  Gather your friends and join me!

Ciao,

Rolando

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR APRIL 2023

Rolando Morales performs at Parada New Parada Fridays on the 7th and 28th during April 2023.

Friday, April 7, Parada New Peru, 7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek, 6-9 pm.  Rolando is back at this welcoming restaurant providing authentic Peruvian cuisine in Walnut Creek.  Rolando will provide his unique take on the world and popular music outside on their covered patio.  Reserve a table by the music at (925) 448-8118, paradakitchen.com.

Rolando Morales performs at Barranco's in Lafayette on Saturday, April 1, 8, 15 and 22,2023.

Saturday, April 8, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping-gathering place.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Rolando Morales performs at La Costanera every Sunday in April 2023.

Sunday, April 9, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique take on the world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando Morales performs at Elevation LVK on April 14th, 2023.

Friday, April 14, Elevation LVK, 682 Terminal Circle, Livermore, CA, 6:30-9:30 pm.  After 8 months away, Rolando returns for a rare appearance at this unique restaurant at the Livermore Airport in the terminal building overlooking the jet runway.  In this unexpected setting, they provide a unique dining experience with seasonal recipes, a full wine list, and more.  Rolando will provide the soundtrack on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, weaving a spell of Latin, World, and popular songs that will enhance your evening all the more.  All in front of the tarmac while you watch small plains take off and land.  Make your reservations early!  (925) 800-3839 or info@elevationlvk.com.  See www.elevationlvk.com.

Saturday, April 15, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping gathering place out on the front patio.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.    Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Sunday, April 16, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique take on the world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Rolando Morales performs at Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant in Pleasanton, April 21,2023.

Friday, April 21, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton, 12-3 pm.  Pairings is kicking off special Friday Lunch Hours, and Rolando will be there to mark the day.  Swing by this jumping social gathering place in downtown Pleasanton. 100 different wines, wine flights, endless tapas, large plates, and more.  Rolando will match the festive energy of playing outdoors (or inside, depending on the weather) with his diverse repertoire of solo guitar and voice.  Reserve and join us!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Saturday, April 22, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this jumping gathering place out on the front patio.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine, signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.    Be sure to reserve your table by the music at www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Sunday, April 23, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Peruvian culinary experience, libations, and Rolando’s unique take on the world and popular music.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Friday, April 28, Parada New Peru, 7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek, 6-9 pm.  Rolando returns to this welcoming restaurant providing authentic Peruvian cuisine in Walnut Creek.  Rolando will provide his unique take on the world and popular music on their patio.  Reserve a table by the music at (925) 448-8118, paradakitchen.com.

Sunday, April 30, La Costanera, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, 12-3 pm.  Rolando returns for another brunch appearance at this Michelin Star-winning contemporary, authentic Peruvian restaurant overlooking the harbor and Pacific Ocean.  Reserve a table by the music at (650) 728-1600, lacostanerarestaurant.com.

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“We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

Martin Luther King, March on Washington-1964

Hola, mi Gente!

Well, it’s that time, isn’t it!  The moment of truth is but a day, or a week, or a month away…  It’s been a hell of a ride, but it ain’t over yet.  In spite of record-setting voting, the voice of the people has gradually been rendered less effective by voter legislation applied by those in power and supported by conservative appellate and supreme courts.  It’s a disturbing trend.  Regardless of the outcome, please, let us heed the words and experience of the great Martin Luther King Jr.  I pray to God it isn’t too late for national healing and unity.

I’ll continue to do my little bit of healing through music.  I have but one public show this week (the rest are private), and it happens this Thursday night November 5, about 7-9:30pm at Massimo’s in Fremont.  It’s my only appearance there this month, so if you’re in the area, you’ve got to check it out.  Really nice meals and people, great night out.  Make your reservations for outdoor or limited indoor seating.  All the details are below.

I also have three appearances this month at Barranco Cocina Peruana in Lafayette.  This has been a fun gig from the start!  There is limited outdoor and indoor socially distanced seating and limited tables near me, so be sure to reserve early.  Details below.

I’ve got another public show next week at Casa Orozco Livermore, details below.  I’m fortunate to also have a good handful of private events this month.  Be sure to contact me if you’re up for music for your own private event.  (510) 282-7778.  Let’s do this!  See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando  

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR NOVEMBER 2020Rolando Morales will appear at Massimo's on Thursday November 5, 2020 between 7pm and 9:30pm in Fremont

Thursday Nov 5, Massimo’s Restaurant, 5200 Mowry Ave. Suite M, Fremont, 7-9:30 pm.  Rolando’s first appearance at this Fremont gem turned into an intimate concert.  He returns for only the third time to this family business, home to generations of authentic Sicilian recipes.  They’ve now opened their spacious patio for socially-distanced dining, with Rolando providing your musical ambience.  They’ll also have some limited indoor dining available if you prefer.  Reserve for limited seating at (510) 792-2000, info@massimos.com.   See www.massimos.com.Rolando Morales will appear at Massimo's on Thursday November 5, 2020 between 7pm and 9:30pm in Fremont

Friday Nov 13, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Rolando returns to this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables, with some limited indoor seating.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Rolando’s only Lafayette venue!  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668. Rolando Morales will appear at Massimo's on Thursday November 5, 2020 between 7pm and 9:30pm in Fremont

Saturday Nov 14, Casa Orozco, 325 South L St., Livermore, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to this lively family-owned, award-winning restaurant.  The Orozco family will have service outdoors on two large patios under over-sized colorful umbrellas and socially-distanced tables, as well as limited indoor seating.  A premium assortment of tequilas awaits you, along with Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Join us for a fun, satisfying night out!  www.casaorozcolivermore.com., (925) 449-3045.

Friday Nov 20, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Rolando returns to this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables and limited indoor seating.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature Peruvian drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Reserve early for limited seating.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Saturday Nov 21, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Rolando returns to this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables.  There will be some limited indoor seating as well with reservations.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature Peruvian drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Reserve early for limited seating.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

NOTICE: 

Local venues are working closely with their local and State governments and following strict spacing and sanitizing requirements and guidelines on how to safely open and serve the public in newly created outdoor spaces.  After vetting some of these venues for safety personally, Rolando has accepted offers to perform at a choice few venues detailed below.  (He wouldn’t take the job if it wasn’t done safely.)  If you are healthy, please feel free to come out to our public shows and enjoy life with us while supporting our local economy!

All other shows are private. 

Rolando is available for YOUR private events, corporate events, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals, virtual or otherwise.  Be the Hero of your Block and get Rolando to play for your  own outdoor House Party!  Give him a call and he’ll walk you through it.  (510) 282-7778

Let’s be SAFE TOGETHER!!!

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Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes playing at Barone’s last Friday, October 2, 2020
Rolando and Carlos Reyes playing at Barone’s last Friday

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”
-Oscar Wilde

¡Hola, mi Gente!

And some don’t seem to have a clue when everyone wants them to go.  Well, we’ll see about how many before long…  

Speaking of causing happiness, I had a nice surprise last Friday when violinist Carlos Reyes sat in with me at Barone’s in Pleasanton.  He was impressed with the place and will probably be back again in some capacity.

In the meantime, this Friday October 9 I make my debut at Barranco Cocina Peruana in Lafayette from 5:30-8:30pm.  They have an award-winning chef who created a lovely Peruvian menu sure to delight.  You’ll have THREE chances to catch me there in October.  I haven’t played publicly in Lafayette in a lot of years, so don’t miss it.  All the details are below, so be sure to make your reservations early, as seating is limited to ensure social distancing.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Then on Saturday I’m back at Casa Orozco in Livermore.  This has always been a blast to play and a fun hang.  They may put me in the front patio this time where more of you can see me.   All details are below. 

Last, there’s still time to be the hero of your block by bringing me to play your outdoor block or house part!  Call me and I’ll walk you through how we can do this safely and create joyful memories for your neighbors, friends and family.  (510) 282-7778.  See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando  

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR OCTOBER 2020

Friday Oct 2, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John Street, Pleasanton CA, 7-10pm.  Rolando returns to one of Pleasanton’s premiere dining establishments.  He’ll be playing outdoors in the expansive Gardens at Barone’s.  Rolando offers you his seal of approval on how safely they run this operation.   

Their charming garden area is so big that in the time Before Covid, they used to pack in a couple thousand people there to party to dance bands.  Now, they’re limiting attendance to around 35 well-spaced dinner tables and cabana areas, all well-distanced from the stage.  All servers and hosts wear masks and/or face shields.  And they’ll all be providing their usual fine-dining service, menu and libations.  All under the trees and stars.  It’s an enchanting and safe way to get out of lock down!  Reserve for limited seating at 925.426.0987, info@baronespleasanton.com. www.baronespleasanton.com

Saturday Oct 3, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John Street, Pleasanton CA, 7-10pm.  Rolando completes his back-to-back at one of Pleasanton’s premiere dining establishments.  He’ll be playing outdoors in the expansive Gardens at Barone’s under the trees and stars.  It’s a huge open space with tables and cabanas all safely distanced from one another.  All service, menu and libations are first-rate.  And Rolando’s music adds to the magic.  Reserve for limited seating at (925) 426-0987, info@baronespleasanton.com.   See www.baronespleasanton.com.

Rolando Morales will appear at Barranco Cocina Peruana on Friday October 9, 2020 between 5:30pm and 8:30pm

Friday Oct 9, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Rolando debuts at this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Rolando’s first public Lafayette appearance!  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668. Casa Orozco features Rolando Morales on Saturday October 10th and 24th between 6pm and 9pm in Livermore

Saturday Oct 10, Casa Orozco, 325 South L St., Livermore, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to this lively family-owned, award-winning restaurant.  For these unique times, the Orozco family has moved their service outdoors on two large patios under over-sized colorful umbrellas and socially-distanced tables.  Two generations of Orozco familia have expanded their authentic Mexican dishes all from Mama’s recipes.  A premium assortment of tequilas awaits you, along with Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Join us for a fun, satisfying night out!  www.casaorozcolivermore.com., (925) 449-3045.Massimo's presents Rolando Morales on Thursday, October 15, 2020 between 6pm and 9pm.

Thursday Oct 15, Massimo’s Restaurant, 5200 Mowry Ave. Suite M, Fremont, 6-9 pm.  Rolando’s first appearance at this Fremont gem turned into an intimate concert.  He returns for only the second time to this family business, home to generations of authentic Sicilian recipes.  They’ve now opened their spacious patio for socially-distanced dining, with Rolando providing your musical ambience.  Reserve for limited seating at (510) 792-2000, info@massimos.com.   See www.massimos.com.Rolando Morales entertains at Elevation on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 6:30pm until 9:30 pm

Saturday Oct 17, Elevation LVK, 682 Terminal Circle, Livermore CA 94551, 6:30-9:30pm.- Rolando returns for only the second time to this unique, upscale full service restaurant located at the Livermore Airport in the terminal building overlooking the jet runway.  (Wait, what??!!)  In this unexpected setting, they provide a unique dining experience with seasonal recipes prepared with love and care, a full wine list, social distanced seating and more.  It will all happen outdoors with views of the rolling hills of Livermore Valley, with small planes and helicopters in the foreground.  Rolando Morales will provide the soundtrack on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, weaving a spell of Latin, World and  popular song that will enhance your evening all the more.  Limited seating, so make your reservations early!  (925) 800-3839 or info@elevationlvk.com.  See www.elevationlvk.com.

Friday Oct 23, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Rolando returns to this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature Peruvian drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Reserve early for limited seating.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668.

Saturday Oct 24, Casa Orozco, 325 South L St., Livermore, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to this lively family-owned, award-winning restaurant.  The Orozco family has moved their service outdoors on two large patios under over-sized colorful umbrellas and socially-distanced tables.  Two generations of Orozco familia have expanded their authentic Mexican dishes all from Mama’s recipes.  A premium assortment of tequilas awaits you, along with Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Join us for a fun, satisfying night out!  www.casaorozcolivermore.com., (925) 449-3045.

Saturday Oct 31, Barranco Cocina Peruana, 3596 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, 5:30-8:30pm.  Celebrate Halloween with Rolando as he returns to this wonderful fine dining Peruvian restaurant moved outdoors on extended patios and socially-distanced tables.  Enjoy the award-winning chef’s Peruvian cuisine and signature Peruvian drinks, and Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Reserve early for limited seating.  www.barrancokitchen.com, (925) 298-5668. 

All other shows are private. 

Rolando is available for YOUR private events, corporate events, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals, virtual or otherwise.  Be the Hero of your Block and get Rolando to play for your  own outdoor House Party!  Give him a call and he’ll walk you through it.  (510) 282-7778

Let’s be SAFE TOGETHER!!!

Rolando Morales September 2020 Calendar

Rolando Morales Newsletter

Arriving at the private event yesterday.  I couldn’t even get the whole house in the frame!Arriving at the private event yesterday. I couldn’t even get the whole house in the frame!

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
~ Mike Tyson

September 4, 2020

¡Hola, mi Gente!

These last couple weeks had me down on the canvass.  For those of you who don’t know or didn’t see my Facebook posts, back on August 19, I got hit with a relentless case of vertigo. It hit me about three times in the last 12 or so years. Those episodes were severe, but short-lived. It would usually be over in minutes or a few hours.

But this one was different. This one’s been with me for a few weeks now.  For two straight days and nights, it had me stumbling, falling, crawling and retching like a drunk. I was completely incapacitated. Couldn’t eat, couldn’t shower, couldn’t move.

After two days, I was finally able to focus my eyes enough to see my phone screen. I called my doctor and they had me go to ER. My dear buddy Alfredo drove me. They ran a bunch of tests and a CAT scan to rule out stroke and other serious possibilities. They determined it was just a really bad case of vertigo. My ER physician told me he once had it for two straight months! That couldn’t be me!

There is no cure for vertigo. I had to just continue doing the maneuvers I already knew (Epley and others) designed to move an errant crystal out of one of the vestibular canals in the inner ear and back into the canal in which it belongs. In the meantime, the crystal would keep sending false signals to my brain that my environment was moving.

The damned thing wouldn’t leave me. I had to cancel out of two gigs (Barone’s and my debut at Elevation). That was when I posted on Facebook that I couldn’t make the gigs. I turned down some other offers as I was just too messed up.

I kept doing the maneuvers until last Thursday when one of them finally seemed to work. My symptoms began to diminish and I felt like I was getting my life back. I learned from talking to friends that my memory had holes in it from the last few days. I had no recollection of things I had said or done, or were said to me, or even where the conversations had happened. I’m still in a bit of a fog.

I recovered enough to do my first big day out of the house at Barone’s last Saturday. I was a little shaky, but I did the drive, equipment set up and performance. It felt good to accomplish all that, especially in light of the fact that just days before, I could hardly walk.

I’m feeling about 80% now. I just did another private show last night which went great. Now, I’m officially ready for my re-do debut at Elevation LVK in Livermore, happening this Saturday night, September 5, 6:30-9:30pm. I’ll be there on solo guitar and voice and you’re all invited. Details below.

Here’s the rest of the new September Calendar.  Swing by!

Ciao,

Rolando

NOTICE: 

Local venues are working closely with their City and State governments and following strict spacing and sanitizing requirements and guidelines on how to safely open and serve the public in newly created outdoor spaces.  After examining some of these venues for safety personally, Rolando has accepted offers to perform at a choice few venues detailed below.  (He wouldn’t take the job if it wasn’t done safely.)  If you are healthy, please feel free to come out to our public shows and enjoy life with us while supporting our local economy!

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

Rolando Morales will perform on Saturday September 5, 2020 at Elevatoin LVK

Saturday Sept 5, Elevation LVK, 682 Terminal Circle, Livermore CA 94551, 6:30-9:30pm. Rolando makes his debut at this unique, upscale full service restaurant located at the Livermore Airport in the terminal building overlooking the jet runway.  (Wait, what??!!)  It’s true!  In this unexpected setting, they provide a true fine dining experience with seasonal recipes prepared with love and care, a full wine list, social distanced seating and more.  It will all happen outdoors with views of the rolling hills of Livermore Valley, with small planes and helicopters in the foreground.  Rolando Morales will provide the soundtrack on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, weaving a spell of Latin, World and  popular song that will enhance your evening all the more.  Limited seating, so make your reservations early!  (925) 800-3839 or info@elevationlvk.com.  See www.elevationlvk.com.

Rolando Morales will perform on Friday September 11, 2020 at Elevation LVK

Friday Sept 11, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John Street, Pleasanton CA, 7-10pm.  Rolando returns to one of Pleasanton’s premiere dining establishments.  He’ll be playing outdoors in the expansive Gardens at Barone’s.  Rolando offers you his seal of approval on how safely they run this operation.

Their charming garden area is so big that in the time Before Covid, they used to pack in a couple thousand people there to party to dance bands.  Now, they’re limiting attendance to around 35 well-spaced dinner tables and cabana areas, all well-distanced from the stage.  All servers and hosts wear masks and/or face shields.  And they’ll all be providing their usual fine-dining service, menu and libations.  All under the trees and stars.  It’s an enchanting and safe way to get out of quarantine!  Swing by and say hello to life.

Reserve for limited seating at 925.426.0987, info@baronespleasanton.com. See www.baronespleasanton.com

Saturday Sept 12, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John Street, Pleasanton CA, 7-10pm.  Rolando completes his back-to-back at one of Pleasanton’s premiere dining establishments.  He’ll be playing outdoors in the expansive Gardens at Barone’s under the trees and stars.  It’s a huge open space with tables and cabanas all safely distanced from one another.  All service, menu and libations are first-rate.  And Rolando’s music adds to the magic.  Swing by and say hello to life.  Reserve for limited seating at (925) 426-0987, info@baronespleasanton.com.   See www.baronespleasanton.com.

Rolando Morales will perform on Saturday September 19, 2020 at Casa Orozco

Saturday Sept 19, Casa Orozco, 325 South L St., Livermore, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns for only the 2nd time to this lively family-owned, award-winning restaurant.  For these unique times, the Orozco family has moved their service outdoors on two large patios under over-sized colorful umbrellas and socially-distanced tables.  Two generations of Orozco familia have expanded their authentic Mexican dishes all from Mama’s recipes.  A premium assortment of tequilas awaits you, along with Rolando’s diverse Latin and World artistry.  Join us for a fun, satisfying night out!  www.casaorozcolivermore.com., (925) 449-3045.

Rolando Morales will perform on Saturday September 26, 2020 at Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant

Saturday Sept 26, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, 6-9pm.  Rolando finally returns to this newly re-opened social gathering place in downtown Pleasanton.  And you’re all invited.  Each weekend, Main Street will be closed to car traffic to enable businesses to safely serve their customers outdoors. Pairings expanded their front patio seating with additional limited street seating under tents, with all tables and stage appropriately socially distanced. 100 different wines, wine flights, endless tapas, large plates and more.  Rolando will match the festive energy with his diverse repertoire on solo guitar and voice.  Join us!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

All other shows are private.

Rolando is available for YOUR private events, corporate events, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals, virtual or otherwise.  Be the Hero of your Block and get Rolando to play for your  own outdoor House Party!  Give him a call and he’ll walk you through it.  (510) 282-7778

Let’s be SAFE TOGETHER!!!

Rolando Morales September 2019 Calendar

Rolando Morales Newsletter
Just a slice of Sunday’s Garden Party in an expansive yard lined with redwoods, exotic flowers, deer and a creek

Just a slice of Sunday’s Garden Party in an expansive yard lined with redwoods, exotic flowers, deer and a creek

September 3, 2019

¡Hola, mi Gente!

For the last 10 days now, I’ve been doing my performances with a miserable lung virus.  It’s been challenging, to say the least.  My doctor says it’s the second wave of a nasty virus that’s been around since the beginning of this year and they’re getting inundated with calls and visits from patients.  The funny thing is that most audiences  couldn’t tell!  I’ve learned to hide it and avoid the trouble notes and use great mic technique and extend those driving instrumental sections.  At Sunday night’s private event, I even had them dancing into an overtime hour.  I really don’t know how I do this…

But I’m so glad I can!  I continue tomorrow, Tuesday Sept 3 at a venue I haven’t played in a year.  I return to Casa Bella in Sunol from 5-8pm.  This private event center will be doing one of these with live music — MAYBE two, depending on next month’s weather, so swing by for the sure date this Tuesday!  A rare opportunity for the public to enjoy the property.  Details below.  

Your new September Calendar also includes my return to the Walnut Creek Marriott this Saturday September 7.  See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando 

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

Rolando Morales at Sunol Casa Bella for Taco Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm

Tuesday Sept 3, Casa Bella, 11984 Main Street, Sunol, 5-8pm.  Rolando’s debut last year at this unique venue sparks his return to Casa Bella, normally a private event center.  Now they will open once a week on Tuesday nights to you, the public.  The property blends elegance in a rustic setting in the quaint historical section of Sunol.  For this night, Rolando performs on solo guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic on the brick patio by the pergola surrounded by beautiful landscaping.  The perfect setting for Taco and Tequila Night!  Kid and dog friendly, so gather your friends and family and bring on the night together.  Free!  sunolscasabella.com, (925) 939-4555.

Rolando Morales will perform at the Walnut Creek Marriott on September 7 and September 21, 2019

Saturday Sept 7, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolando finally returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  Enjoy a sophisticated environment with an international clientele and great acoustics, perfect for Rolando’s vast repertoire on solo guitar and voice and your wonderful night out.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Saturday Sept 21, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolando returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  Enjoy a sophisticated environment with an international clientele and great acoustics, perfect for Rolando’s vast repertoire on solo guitar and voice and your wonderful night out.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales and Carlos Hernandez will perform at Havana's in Walnut Creek as a duo on September 27, 2019

Friday Sept 27, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the fiery Latin-rock electric guitarist who has played with Carlos Santana, Mr. Carlos Hernandez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.  Together they create a unique alchemy of musical excitement you won’t want to miss.  Reserve early!   www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

CD SALES

If you would like to order a CD, read on.  If you’d like to order our CD “Rolando Y Qué?!”, you can pick it up at my website, the gigs or by mail.  They’re $15.00 at the gigs, or $17.00 by mail to cover postage and handling. TO ORDER THE NEWEST CD “ROLANDO, Y QUÉ?!” by mail: Send a check or money order payable to Rolando Morales for $17.00 for the CD and postage to Rolando Morales, 9028 Burr Street, Oakland, CA 94605. and I’ll send it to you.  Let me know if you’d like .it signed.

TO ORDER THE ORIGINAL “PASSPORT: 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” CD by mail, send $17.00 to the same address as above. Be sure to include your return address.

CDs ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WWW.ROLANDOMORALES.COM

All other shows are private. Why not hire Rolando for your own private event? He’s available for corporate shows, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals. The Rolando Morales Group is available as sextet, quintet, quartet, trio and duo depending on your entertainment needs and budget.

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Mohammad Ali was and will be an American Icon

Muhammad Ali engaging in some of his famous trash poetry talks

Cassius Marcellus Clay was born in the West End district of Louisville on January 17, 1942. His father Cassius, was a sign-writer with artistic ambitions and his mother, Odessa, a domestic servant. His father, who was told to be a womanizer and heavy drinker, was named after his great-grandfather’s slave owner. His father owned a home and Cassius Clay had only one sibling, his brother Rudy Clay. As a result Cassius Clay grew up in a middle class home, which was unusual in those days.

His mother’s grandfather was an Irish man, Abe Grady, who had married her African American grandmother. When Cassius was only 12 years of age he saw someone steal his Schwinn bicycle and he reported it to the police. He told the officer he was going to “whup” the thief. The kind officer told him he better learn how to box first. The police man, Joe Martin, took a liking of the talkative young boy and persuaded him to join his boxing club. Six weeks later, Clay won his first bout in a split decision. Cassius Clay trained with him for six years after which Joe Martin turned professional.

Cassius Clay, just like his father, was named after Cassius Marcellus Clay, a 19th-century farmer who did not believe in slavery. He became an anti-slavery crusader. Although he inherited 40 slaves from his father he emancipated them once he had a chance to do so. This abolitionist edited an anti-slavery newspaper, he commanded troops in the Mexican-American War and served as minister to Russia under President Abraham Lincoln. Even though he was a second cousin to the Kentucky Senator Henry Clay, he put himself in considerable danger with his abolitionist attitudes. Clay faced death threats, beatings, and was stabbed and shot by political opponents. Despite the ordeal he lived to the ripe old age of 92.

The young boxer, Cassius Clay was academically challenged as he spent most of his time in school day dreaming instead of focusing on his academics. Atwood Wilson, the school’s principal, had a soft spot for the entertaining young Cassius and introduced him to the school assembly: ‘Here he is, ladies and gentleman, Cassius Clay! The next heavyweight champion of the world. This guy is going to make a million dollars.” Their shared dream came true with a glorious beginning of Mohamed Ali’s illustrious boxing career. For the last four years of Clay’s amateur career he was trained by boxing cut man, Chuck Bodak. Clay went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal. Clay’s amateur record was 100 wins with five losses. At the young age of 18 Clay won gold as a light-heavyweight amateur at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

After he took gold in Rome’s Olympic games, Cassius Clay immediately took the opportunity to go professional since he was offered to financially backed by a local Kentucky Millionaire. This relationships was short lived since Cassius Clay did not enjoy being treated with contempt as a slave by that man and his ill mannered family. He left and chose the backing of a small consortium of eleven business man in Louisville, KY. He tried to be trained by Sugar Ray Robinson but was rebuffed due to his boisterous personality and refusal to participate in the training duties such as cleaning dishes and washing the floors. More

Cassius Clay successfully recruited Angelo Dundee who ran the legendary Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Dundee encouraged Cassius Clay to freely express himself as did the assistant trainer, Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown. Bundini came up with the phrase ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’, and started Clay’s habit of forecasting the round in which he would fell his opponent.

While he had a string of successes in beating many of his opponents he annoyed many boxing fans with his belligerent psychological war fare and insults of the opponents before entering the ring. He won his first professional fight against Tunney Hunsaker in October 1963. Thereafter Clay amassed a record of 19–0 with 15 wins by knockout. He defeated boxers including Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark, Doug Jones and Henry Cooper. Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a 1962 match.

Cassius Clay had been greatly moved by his father’s enraged account of the lynching of a 14-year-old black boy, Emmett Till, in Mississippi in 1955. And it was his father who was encouraged by the political leader Marcus Garvey to be proud of and retrace their ancestral roots. Growing up he was upset by segregation in Louisville, especially when his mother was refused a drink of water in a whites-only café. He started going to the rallies of religious leader Elijah Muhammad from 1959 and befriended Malcolm X in 1962. He secretly converted to Islam at age 18.

During that time he was attended by Ferdie Pacheco, his doctor, who said of Clay: ‘In 1961, 1962, 1963, he was the most perfect physical specimen I had ever seen … perfectly proportioned, handsome, lightning reflexes and a great mind for sports.’

Cassius Clay was a devout Muslim and dedicated member of the Nation of Islam, having fallen under the tutelage of Malcolm X in 1962.

Columbia Records released a 1963 spoken word album called “I Am the Greatest” in which the 21-year-old rising star performed his poetry, backed my musical accompaniment, before an audience. The album also included two songs by the boxer, including a cover of the Ben E. King hit “Stand by Me.”

By late 1963 he was qualified to challenge Sonny Liston for the title. Cassius Clay wanted to announce that he had converted to Islam but what asked to wait after the fight with Sonny Liston to prevent a back lash that was sure to happened before the fight. The fight was set for February 25, 1964, in Miami. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob. Cassius Clay was blinded during the fight by ointment that Liston put on his gloves. Liston had been accused previously by two other fighters of “burning” eyes. But, Cassius Clay won the fight and was declared champion. Liston claimed he had an injured shoulder and others rumored that Liston had bet against himself to pay of his own debts. By winning this fight, Clay became at age 22 the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion.

By 1964 Clay had won 19 straight fights, all but four of them by knockouts, and was ready to challenge for the world title.

In March 1964 Cassius Clay was bestowed the name Mohammad Ali by his religious teachers. He was initially inspired by Malcolm X, choosing to change his last name to X for a while during his religious Muslim training. He stayed with the Nation of Islam, despite the rift between the founder and Malcolm X following the Kennedy assassination. Malcolm X was expelled and started his own competing Islamic organization. When rumors began circulating that year that Cassius Clay had joined the Nation of Islam, one of his bouts was nearly canceled, and when he officially joined in 1964, he had his boxing titles stripped from two organizations, including the WBA.

When Cassius Clay announced that he had changed his name for religious reasons the press reacted strongly. The Saturday Evening Post wrote: “For a time, when he was confining himself to bad poetry, Cassius was a loudmouth but a likable character who seemed to be harmless in or out of the ring. Then he won the championship and became, in his own estimation, “The Greatest.” After the fight, he acknowledged that he was a Black Muslim, converted by the arch-extremist, Malcolm X, the man who crowed that President Kennedy’s assassination was “a case of the chickens coming home to roost.” Malcolm X was separated from the Black Muslim movement after that remark and is now attempting to organize his own black nation. He wants to arm all the Negroes in the U.S. and ultimately take them back to Africa.” It went on to say: “Clay’s history of calculated deceptions now prompts the suspicion, of course, that his present case of galloping religion is but another decoy to serve who knows what end. Clay himself strengthened the suspicion when he declared, “Just by my being a Muslim, that should draw a bigger gate…” In actuality his commitment to Islam has cost him roughly two million dollars in commercial endorsements.

In July 1964 he met a cocktail waitress named Sonji Roi and they married after a one month courtship. But the pair separated when she refused to conform to the strict edicts by which the group thought women should live. They were divorced by January 1966.

April 28, 1967 Mohammad Ali reported to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Houston. As officials called his name for induction to the Army to fight in the Vietnam War he wouldn’t step forward. He was eventually arrested, but that wasn’t even close to the end of his legal woes. A week before appearing in Houston, he told reporters in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, that he planned to not accept induction in military service. He stated to the press: “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”

Two months later, a jury took just 20 minutes to convict Ali of draft evasion. He was given a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine; he was stripped of his passport and his heavyweight title, and was banned from fighting in the United States. It took four years to eventually settle the case after he had taking it all the way to the Supreme Court. Ali would remain out of jail on posted bail while his case was being appealed, he would not fight again until October 1970. The following year, the US Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a unanimous 8-0 ruling. Full Transcript

Between February 25, 1964 and September 19, 1964 Muhammad Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion. Nicknamed “The Greatest”, Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier. After the Superior Court reversed the ruling of the lower courts and agreed that he refused military service legally as a conscientious objector he finally was able to fight again. At last he was able to fight again. After being prevented from fighting for four years he lost the first fight against Joe Frazier. After Joe Frazier lost the title to George Foreman Mohammad Ali urged George Foreman to a fight which organized by Don King in Africa.

Mohammad Ali fights George Foreman to regain ‘his’ world champion title.

His doctor, Freddie Pacheco, resigned when Mohammad Ali was in his 30s and starting to show the effects of taking too many punches, yet refusing his advice to retire before he suffered permanent injury.

He was then married to Belinda Boyd from 1967 until 1975. During his relationship with Belinda, Muhammad started seeing Veronica Porsche in 1975. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. The affair ruined his second marriage with Belinda Boyd by 1977. In 1977 he married Veronica that summer who was already pregnant with their daughter, Hana. Their second daughter, Laila, was born in Dec. 1977, and the couple split up in 1986. Muhammad then married Yolonda Williams in Nov. 1986, and they adopted a son, Assad Amin. He was married to Yolonda, who he’d been friends with since 1964, at the time of his death on June 3. Yolonda took care of him throughout his very difficult 40 years while he suffered from Parkinson Disease.

In 1986 he began adhering to Sufism a rather peaceful and mature religion.  It helped him live his life out gracefully despite the fact he suffered from Parkinson Disease.  He was a true blessing to many people and raised the awareness about the beauty of grace, personal commitment to truth and ones’ own convictions.  Mohammad Ali was a great man and he will be truly missed.

Muhammad Ali died after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease with his family by his side

Nicolas Bearde shares the recording process of ” I Remember You”

The recording of “I Remember You.” by Nicolas Bearde narrated by producer and arranger Josh Nelson

Nicolas Bearde re-imagines Nat King Cole’s classic songs strongly influenced by the beautiful phrasing of Nat King Cole’s daughter, Natalie Cole. Make sure you catch him live  at the Vibrato Grill, LA for his Ella and Joe tribute September 20; House Concert in Highland Park, Los Angeles, September 21; KCSM-FM San Mateo – LIVE w/Alisa Clancey, San Mateo, CA, October 3rd; Yoshi’s Oakland – CD Release Celebration, October 8th; Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, October 24; Sequoia Room, Nicolas Bearde’s own Quintet, Fort Bragg, CA, October 26; For details more dates and tickets visit: Nicolas Bearde Calendar 

I Remember You, CD Release by Nicolas Bearde

If I had to choose just one day
To last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday

The day that I met you Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper
Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her

And if I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-comin’ in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showin’ off their skills
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper
Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her

If I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer

If I had to choose just one day

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: George David Weiss / Joe Sherman
That Sunday, That Summer (1992 Digital Remaster)
lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Concord Music Publishing LLC

Nicolas Bearde’s 6th solo CD, is produced and arranged by Josh Nelson. Nicolas Bearde recreates the timeless songs of one of his earliest influences, Nat “King” Cole in his very own style like classic jazz with a pleasant old Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald style pop influence. His passionate performance brings back youthful memories as though they were new and in the presents. The fresh arrangements by the amazing Josh Nelson the long-time pianist for the late and beloved Natalie Cole bring her Jazz influence on her dad’s song alive. The sultry saxophone created by special guest Eric Alexander, Tenor Saxophonist adds a lot of texture to the album.

Nicolas Bearde’s new album “I Remember You” is played on most Jazz Music Platforms and will be performed around the world. Today ranks at 21st on the Jazz Week Chart.

In case you don’t know Nicolas Bearde you will enjoy the summary by Kumbwaa Jazz who describe his new album and performances as: Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde has won accolades from critics and jazz audiences worldwide for his velvet tone and engaging performances. His music has been critically acclaimed by JazzizJazzTimesJazz Week, and All About Jazz and Beard’s fifth solo album, Invitation, rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week charts. Bearde first made his mark in jazz as part of Bobby McFerrins’ revolutionary a cappella group Voicestra, all while carving out his own solo career.  His silky baritone invites comparisons to Jon Lucien, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his new album re-imagines the timeless songs of one of his earliest influences, Nat King Cole. With supple phrasing, passionate delivery, and fresh arrangements by Josh Nelson (long-time pianist for the late Natalie Cole), Bearde breathes new life into Cole’s trove of enduring classics which include “Sweet Lorraine”, “L-O-V-E”, “Straighten up and Fly Right”, and “Tenderly”.

Bearde breathes new life into Nat’s trove of enduring classics which include “Tenderly”, “Straighten up and Fly Right”, “Sweet Lorraine” and “Funny.” Join Nicolas Bearde international fan club by following him via.

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Theodore Roosevelt used his popularity to protect 230 million acres of public land

President Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most conservative Republilcan Presidents created the U.S. Forest Service and established 150 national forests, 5 national parks, 18 national monuments, 4 national game preserves and 51 national bird reserves.

Russian sponsored Trump instead is selling off the land, licenses it to polluters and seems to intent to ruin the parks. Conservation does not seem part of his vocabulary.

Instead of maintaining the parks and allowing the public to enjoy the beauty of this country, he uses park fees as his personal lunch money. He cut the budget set aside for much needed repairs of bathrooms, trail maintenance, and traditionally used for running campgrounds. And on top of that he uses the funds to hold fancy parties to which only donors and cow-towing Republicans are invited. For instance his “Dictator Phantasy” themed Fourth of July extravaganza was paid for by trail maintenance money from across the lands. Outside online states: ” The $2.5 million price tag of the July 4th celebration is compounded by the loss of an estimated $6 million in National Park entry fees during the government shutdown earlier this year.” They explain that the July 4th budget diversion could have funded the training of hundreds of rangers and much much more.

Roosevelt cherished this country

It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals — not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening.

Fast forward to the presents under

Rolando Morales Upcoming Performance Update

Horse-drawn carriage rides right along side our stage at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland last Saturday night
Horse-drawn carriage rides right along side our stage at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland last Saturday night

Aug 6, 2019

¡Hola, mi Gente!

Thanks to those of you who came out last Saturday to our show, “An Intimate Evening 2019” at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland.  Estaire Godinez lead our great band, Bob Crawford, David Belove, Celso Alberti, Beatrice Godinez and Yours Truly in 2 blazing sets of Latin and Brazilian jazz.  We all wished we could do more of this…

For those of you who missed it, I have a public show coming up this Saturday Aug 10 at Havana in Walnut Creek from 9-11:30pm.  I’ll be leading Estaire Godinez on Latin percussion and vocals and myself on guitar and vocals through a huge variety of music.  Plus, I just learned today that we may have a very special guest sitting in: none other than the great Carlos Reyes on violin.  Anyone who has seen him knows he always gives the night a huge lift!  Details below.  Don’t miss it!

Remember, too, that we have a cool version of my Trio which hasn’t played together publicly in many years making it’s debut at Havana in Walnut Creek on August 17.  David Belove on bass and the great David Flores on drums.  I’m really looking forward to playing with these two again!  Details below.

See you at the show!

Ciao,

Rolando 

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AUGUST 2019

Violinist Carlos Reyes may be dropping in on this Havana gig to kick up the excitement level even more

Violinist Carlos Reyes may be dropping in on this Havana gig to kick up the excitement level even more

Saturday Aug 10, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue.  Tonight will feature the Latin percussionist-vocalist from George Benson, Ms. Estaire Godinez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales.     Together they create a unique alchemy of excitement and fun.  And just added to the mix, the great Paraguayan violinist Carlos Reyes may be sitting in to add his magic to the night.  Don’t miss it! www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

Rolando Morales will perform at the Walnut Creek Marriott

Saturday Aug 17, Walnut Creek Marriott, Lobby Lounge & Bar, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, 6-9pm.  Rolandofinally returns to this popular East Bay hotel and gathering spot in the newly renovated lounge in the shadow of Mount Diablo, where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail, fine wines and a lovely full menu.  Enjoy a sophisticated environment with an international clientele and great acoustics, perfect for Rolando’s vast repertoire on solo guitar and voice and your wonderful night out.  Reservations: (925) 934-2000, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakwc-walnut-creek-marriott/.

Rolando Morales will perform at Pairing Cellar August 25, 2019

Sunday Aug 25, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, 1:30-4:30pm.  After almost a year away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton. They’re introducing a new “Social Sunday”, which will be a wine sipping, live music “chill” event.  Rolando will perform a mellower side of his repertoire on solo guitar and voice to help ease you into your Sunday.  Free!  www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.

Rolando Morales Trio will perform at Havana's on August 30, 2019

Friday Aug 30, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 9-11:30pm.  The Rolando Morales Trioreturns to the East Bay!  This version of the exciting trio makes its debut at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue, featuring for the first time at this venue, the exciting drummer from John Santos and Lauryn Hill, the powerful David Flores;the rock-solid bassist from Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente, David Belove; and on guitar, guitar synth and voice, Rolando Morales.  This is a rare treat, first time publicly in the East Bay in many years.  Make your reservations early.  It’ll fill up!  www.havanarestaurant.net,   (925) 939-4555.

CD SALES

If you would like to order a CD, read on.  If you’d like to order our CD “Rolando Y Qué?!”, you can pick it up at my website, the gigs or by mail.  They’re $15.00 at the gigs, or $17.00 by mail to cover postage and handling. TO ORDER THE NEWEST CD “ROLANDO, Y QUÉ?!” by mail: Send a check or money order payable to Rolando Morales for $17.00 for the CD and postage to Rolando Morales, 9028 Burr Street, Oakland, CA 94605. and I’ll send it to you.  Let me know if you’d like it signed.

TO ORDER THE ORIGINAL “PASSPORT: 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” CD by mail, send $17.00 to the same address as above. Be sure to include your return address.

BOTH CDs ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT WWW.ROLANDOMORALES.COM

All other shows are private. Why not hire Rolando for your own private event? He’s available for corporate shows, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals. The Rolando Morales Group is available as sextet, quintet, quartet, trio and duo depending on your entertainment needs and budget.

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