Hi Friends!
Free the Hikers Benefit Concert - Wednesday June 16th, 6:30-9:30pm, Koko Cocktails, 1060 Geary Street, San Francisco.
 
As many of you know, my nephew, Shon Meckfessel, was the “fourth hiker” in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shon was with his friends Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, traveling and hiking in the area. Shon fell ill, and so he did not accompany Shane, Josh and Sarah when they set out hiking on a scenic mountain trail on July 30, 2009. The hike was recommended as one of the most beautiful in the world by several local residents. Contrary to reports, the group was not warned that the trail came dangerously close to the border with Iran, and there were no signs. Actually Shon was on his way to join them on July 31st, when he received a call from his friends telling him that they had been detained. The three friends have been in captivity in Iran since last July and they are currently being held in Evin Prison in Tehran. There is a recent article in the May issue of Outside Magazine that explains what happened and how the hikers got off track.  (Read article here.)  Recently their mothers were allowed to visit them, but they are still being held, without charges. I can only imagine how hard this past year has been on the parents and families of Shane, Josh and Sarah.
 
You can learn more information about the hikers and about the efforts being made to secure their release at www.freethehikers.org.
 
On Wednesday, June 16th, I will be playing (along with two other bands) at a “Free the Hikers” benefit concert at Koko Cocktails, 1060 Geary Street (between Polk and Van Ness). Donations will go to the efforts to free Shane, Josh and Sarah. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. If at all possible, please come out to Koko’s to support these three young friends and their families. They need our help. I will be accompanied that evening by Bob Hahn, my friends John Bidwell on dobro and Mark Petrella on bass.
 
Our June schedule started out with a show last Saturday night at the Mission City Roasting House in Santa Clara. Mike Simpson and I took turns doing sets and Mike, along with Bob Hahn, accompanied me on most of the tunes. Mike, thanks for your huge talent and generosity!
 
My childhood friend and amazing guitar wizard, Peter Andrews, will be driving up tomorrow to accompany me on four consecutive gigs, June 10-13th. Peter played on both of my CDs and I have played music with him since junior high school. He and I played in a Sacramento teen band known as Size Five in the late 60’s. It will be a treat to join up with Peter again this week.
 
Paul Fifield, our usual bass player, hurt his hand trying to save his bass from falling. So he is on the injured reserve this month. We wish Paul a speedy recovery!
 
Here’s how June is shaping up... As you can see, it is going to be an action-packed month. I hope to see you soon!
 
Peace and Joy,
Steve
 
Steve Meckfessel concerts in June...
 Thursday, June 10th, 4pm to 8pm, LAFAYETTE FARMERS’ MARKET, LAFAYETTE, CA
 
 
 
This will be the first time for me at the Lafayette Farmers’ Market. I will joined by Bob Hahn on harmonica and Peter Andrews on guitar. This will be the first of four consecutive gigs with Peter. Should be a fun afternoon/evening!
 
 
LAFAYETTE FARMERS’ MARKET
Plaza Park, Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA
 
  
Friday, June 11th, 8pm to 11pm, BLUE ROCK SHOOT CAFÉ, SARATOGA, CA
with James May, Nancy Cassidy, Mary Ann Coty and John Miller
So the five of us will each play a set at this very cool and legendary venue in Saratoga. My set will start at 10 pm and I will be joined by Bob Hahn and Peter Andrews again. Blue Rock Shoot has great salads, pizza, beverages and desserts, so come on out for dinner, a snack or a drink and enjoy some tunes!
 
BLUE ROCK SHOOT
14523 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
 
 
Saturday, June 12th, 7:30pm, GRANITE BAY HOUSE CONCERT
HIDDEN VALLEY CLUBHOUSE, GRANITE BAY, CA
with Larry Diehl
My buddy and fine singer-songwriter, Larry Diehl and I, will be playing at this house concert, near Roseville. It should be fun since I grew up in Sacramento and several of my old high school friends will be coming. Peter Andrews also grew up in Sacramento and he and some of his other buddies will be showing up. I can’t wait for this one! If you want to come, send me an email and I will reserve a spot for you.
 
Presented by Lui Lui Productions
$15 suggested donation
 
HIDDEN VALLEY CLUBHOUSE
7490 West Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746
 
 
Sunday, June 13th, 5pm to 8pm MINAMI SUSHI, BERKELEY, CA
with Nancy Cassidy
I will be playing a set at this sushi restaurant in Berkeley, near the UC campus. Nancy Cassidy will be doing a couple of sets with her fabulous band. Bob Hahn and Peter Andrews will be joining me one more time.
 
MINAMI SUSHI
2516 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
 
Wednesday, June 16th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm FREE THE HIKERS BENEFIT CONCERT
KOKO COCKTAILS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
This is the benefit concert that I discussed at the beginning of the newsletter—I hope you can make it to help raise funds for Shane, Josh and Sarah. Bob Hahn, John Bidwell and Mark Petrella will be playing with me that night.
 
KOKO COCKTAILS
1060 Geary Street (between Van Ness and Polk)
San Francisco, CA
 
 
Friday, June 25th, 9pm, LUNA’S CAFÉ, SACRAMENTO, CA
Peter Andrews will make a separate trip to play at this Sacramento gig. Again, this is a first-time gig for me. Julie Baker and Bob Hahn may be joining me as well. If you live in the Sacramento area and missed the Granite Bay house concert, be sure to catch this one!
 
LUNA’S CAFÉ
1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

Tuesday, June 29th, 6pm to 9pm, DAVENPORT ROADHOUSE, DAVENPORT, CA
We’re back again at this beautiful restaurant/inn, located 100 yards from the ocean, on Highway 1. Nestled in an artist colony, 11 miles north of Santa Cruz, the Roadhouse provides great food, beverages and accommodations. Bob Hahn will be joining me and Julie Baker may be there as well. Make an evening of it and come out for dinner, appetizers or dessert and enjoy a beverage of your choice. Also, if you are traveling from afar, the Roadhouse has some lovely guest rooms.
 
DAVENPORT ROADHOUSE
1 Davenport Avenue
Davenport, CA 95017
 
Steve Meckfessel  •  Alameda, CA