Ken Owen on Drums

San Francisco Bay Area Drummer Ken Owen

April 2014

One of the great mysteries that has plagued us since the beginning of civilization was solved last month in Berkeley:

It takes 5 steel guitars to fill the stage at The Starry Plough.

The latest in Steel Guitar Summit Concerts was a fun night with wonderful players giving each other lessons; really, if these guys weren't taking a solo, they were looking at the other guy's fingers and trying to steel (get it?) licks. With David Phillips as the Air Traffic Controller coordinating take-offs and landings, wreckage was kept to a manageable minimum. Nice job, fellas.

I hope you made it to Blondie's to help celebrate the big 5-0 for Ms Pam Brandon. We here at Ken Owen on Drums ™ can think of no one that can pull off playing country music in a cocktail dress and 4" heels like Pammy. A great party for a great gal, which also featured a surprise performance by Billy Wilson with Mitch Polzak - those two boys refer to themselves as "14 feet of Hillbilly"; I felt like a wee chestnut in the Land of Giants. Big smiles all around.

The jazz shows with Randy Craig and Friends at The Marsh Lounge in Berkeley are turning into a very fun evening. Crowds are getting bigger and usually feature some very talented guests sitting in. Randy is there every Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm. I bring bongos and shades, and you should too.

Thanks again for supporting live music in the greatest place on Earth!



                    Picture of The Month

"No Hi-hats, No Problem"

                   Ken Owen with The Randy Craig Group
                   The Marsh, Berkeley, CA,  April 2014
                            Photo by Jill McAnally