Happy Spring everyone! After a long and good spell of "school, school, school" I am pleased as paint that there's a tour brewing. I'm hitting all the "home" spots, starting right here in San Francisco at Bazaar Cafe on Friday, May 16th. Next I'm headed back to Kansas for a few shows around Memorial Day weekend. And finally, a visit back to my childhood Texas soil. Please pass the news on to the folks you know in any of the following locales. Hope to see you! Meanwhile, here's wishing you blue skies, healthy rivers, ice cold beer and limber legs, LisaM * * * * * * * * * * * Lisa Mandelstein / Karmen Buttler Bazaar Cafe * Friday, May 16th 7-9:30 PM * let's set the tipjar overflowing! 5927 California St. (btwn 21st & 22nd Ave.), San Francisco, CA (www.bazaarcafe.com) 7 PM * Lisa Mandelstein (www.LisaMandelstein.com) Bazaar Cafe is my songwriting home spot these days. I open the night right at 7 and then might play a closer set about 8:45, 9:00 p.m. or so. I'll be visiting some of the old favorites from my album as I get ready for Kansas. 7:45 PM * Karmen Buttler (www.karmenbuttler.com) Check this girl out - phenomenal songs, her dad sits in on lead, together they cook up the sweetest grooviest acoustic meltdown. Come now and you can say you saw her 'back when.' And speaking of 'back when' - next I head out for Lawrence, Kansas - liberal oasis of the Midwest * * * * * * * * * * * Climax Festival 25 Year Reunion Concert Saturday, May 24, 7:00pm $5 (21+) $7 (under 21) Jackpot Music Hall in downtown Lawrence, KS 943 Massachusetts St. // www.climaxfestival.com You just gotta go to the climaxfestival.com site - just for a minute - it captures perfectly the folksy friendly music making that took place my last few years there. Loads of stories are already posted - I've got my own - still to be written up - but I'll just say - these were my first songwriting baby steps and what a grand time it was. Now we're gathering to celebrate. There's a preshow event Friday the 23rd. The Saturday night show will feature 14+ bands - all detailed on the site. My old picture is up on that site - so folks will have a chance of remembering who the heck I am - I can hardly wait! the next day I drive out to - Linda and Barney's House Concert, Wichita, KS Sunday May 25th, 6pm potluck&social/7pm concert $15 suggested donation. moneyback guarantee! for directions: www.barneybyardpromotions.com or call 316-689-8967 House concerts are one of my favorite ways to share music. I am so grateful to Linda and Barney - Linda was also on the Climax recordings the first couple years. When she heard I was making the trek she offered to host a concert! They've hosted Stacy Earle & Mark Stuart and a number of other mainstays on the folk circuit. I'm delighted to play their series. And, I am delighted to be coming back to Wichita; yes, this is the 'dry' town where I first inhaled, drank more than four beers in one go, and stayed up til 5 a.m. listening to the original Weather Report members jamming after hours at a jazz conference. Ah - high school band trips! I played tenor sax and can still hum a few bars of The Count Basie band's "Corner Pocket." * * * * * * * * * * * I'm still working on a few other possibilities for the Lawrence/Kansas City area so stay tuned; and if you know anyone in those parts with a piano and a want to host an evening of music, it might not be too late to squeeze something in the week after Memorial Day. As far as any Texas shows -they're TBA - so stay tuned.