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November 25th, 2015 by grant

I watched Jon play last Friday in Fremont. I would struggle to explain the experience to anyone. It’s one thing to listen to a CD, but to be there live and witness his speed & accuracy you can’t fully comprehend it. I would give my left arm to have a tenth of this talent… oh wait if I didn’t have a left arm I couldn’t play ukulele.

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June 1st, 2015 by grant

The last time I shot a couple of casual snap shots of the Farallon Quintet I really blew it. So tonight I had to redeem myself at the Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

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May 24th, 2015 by grant

This past weekend we got quite a treat when we followed Jon up to Calistoga for a private concert at Jessica’s Barn. The concert was held in … a barn. The sound was not bad considering the venue. We also got to meet the Farallon Quintet. I had a flash issue which caused the group photos to be hidden from the view of anyone on this planet. Meanwhile as usual we meet the nicest folks when we tag along with Jon. Our host Michael Savage was kind enough to feed us dinner. He makes an incredible Cabernet by the way.

We spent the night in Santa Rosa and met up with Jon & Kathy for lunch at a lovely place in St Helena, the Goose and Gander. I had a great octopus dish and the dessert beet cake (no photo) was incredible.

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September 2nd, 2014 by grant

We haven’t been down to see my Ma in awhile and Jon was playing in Irvine. So what better time to drive down. We arrived late Saturday with just enough time for a quick change before heading to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Jon was nice enough to get us VIP parking which made the walk from the parking lot so easy. I’ve never been to a classical music concert that had used so many video cameras during the performance.

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The finale was the 1812 overture complete with cannons. This was quickly followed by a fireworks display.

Sunday we met for brunch at Brodard Chateau in Garden Grove. Irma was nice enough to join us and we left with a macaron surprise. Thanks Irma!

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With little rest we jetted over to Ma’s place to get ready for dinner. I shot some portraits but because of the heat, everyone came out shiny.

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We said goodbye on Monday morning and straight north to have brunch with Tawny & Drew. We got to check out their new place but I forgot to take a single photo. With food never far from our minds we went to Lamill Coffee.

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With all this incredible eating we finished our long weekend trip with dinner at In N Out Burger.

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May 15th, 2014 by grant

Jon has a concert in San Jose this weekend so he was nice enough to let me shoot a few pix while he practiced. This is my usual view when I get the chance to watch Jon play.

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Today I got stage access! Time was limited and as usual I spent way too much time fiddling with my lights.

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January 26th, 2014 by grant

We had a nice reunion this afternoon. It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve seen my former bandmates.

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September 21st, 2012 by grant

I ferried in this evening to see the San Francisco Symphony perform a free outdoor concert. Unfortunately I got there so late it was impossible to get a good seat let alone a good photo. With that in mind we decided to grab a little something to eat. Pizza Orgasmica just off the Embarcadero! We did manage to see the parrots of Telegraph Hill but my little G1X was not up to the task. There were about 20 in a tree and soon as I turned my camera off they all flew! Got to learn that patience thing.

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August 14th, 2012 by grant

Last night we went to the Mountain Winery to see Heart perform. The show was excellent.

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June 17th, 2012 by grant

Last night we saw Jon at the Flint Center for a concert with the San Jose Youth Symphony. Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. Jon was nice enough to block off a row of seats for us, we felt so special.

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May 17th, 2012 by grant

We had a great time last Friday unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera so I can’t provide any images. We wanted to do some research for Mother’s Day so Sandy made reservations at Cafe’ Jacqueline in Telegraph Hill. This restaurant specializes in souffles both savory & dessert. They were big enough for 2 so we had to agree. We ended up dining on a brie & broccoli souffle and for dessert a peach souffle. While this was not a fast meal by any means the dinner was incredible. I have to say it was helpful in making Mother’s Day dessert.

Next we drove to AT&T Park to watch Roger Water’s The Wall. I wish I would have brought my camera the visuals were spectacular.

January 16th, 2012 by grant

Jon had a concert scheduled in Reno so we decided tag along and spend the weekend. We stayed at the Siena right across the venue. I had a bit of work to do in town on Friday and was lucky enough to have dinner with Arlene at Da Vinci’s in the hotel.

Sandy flew in on Saturday and we got a peek of Jon’s performance during a rehearsal at the Pioneer Center.

For lunch we found a Filipino place call Pearl of the East. Pork BBQ, sisig, chop suey and rice.

Later that night we had dinner with Jon & Kathy at La Famiglia. While the food was great, the accordion music was not to my liking. We spent the rest of the evening strolling down the main drag in Reno.

On Sunday morning, while Sandy went to church with cousins Anna & Steve, I pigged out at Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs . The Bananas Foster Belgian Waffle was extremely delicious, but my pants became quite tight after that.

Needless to say the concert was incredible. I can’t say enough about Jon’s musical prowess. It’s hard to believe a no-talent-hack like me can be related to him.

Monday morning we awoke to a bit of snow. We started our drive home soon after breakfast but made a stop in Sacramento for some ramen at Shoki Ramen House.

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April 3rd, 2011 by grant

I haven’t been to a N. Cal Uke Fest in years. Saw a lot of familiar faces & reconnected with some old friends.  I was turned away at the door as I was carrying my camera (no cameras allowed). Needless to say I didn’t take any pix.

 

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January 5th, 2011 by grant

On their last night we had a ukulele crash course. Our CD by the same name, should be out later this year.

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October 15th, 2010 by grant

This Friday turned into a date night as we had tickets to see Jon play at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Of course we had to eat before the show, Patio Filipino to the rescue.  Chicharon Bulaklak, Lengua Champignon, Sizzling Pork Sisig & Bulalo Soup. While consuming pigs head, intestines & beef tongue doesn’t sound all that great, it tasted so good.

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August 28th, 2010 by grant

Tonight we had the privilege of watching Norah Jones at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. This was the first time we’ve been to the Greek, damn is my butt hurting…wait I meant it was because of the concrete seating. Probably the most uncomfortable venue I’ve ever been to. We got there early and had enough time to run out and get Vietnamese bite to eat.

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