Monday, March 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Mixed Nuts plan on bringing fun to the Fourth of July

By
From page B1 | July 04, 2014 |

mixed nuts

FAIRFIELD — Hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and chips may be the traditional fare for the Fourth of July.

This year, Mixed Nuts are being thrown into the day that celebrates the nation’s birthday. The East Bay Area-based band will perform twice on Friday in Suisun City.

The revelers can expect a variety of music and musical genres, said guitarist Bill Garvin.

“We mix it up, stylewise,” he said. “Decades wise as well. We do everything from the (19)40s to current stuff.”

Getting the crowd involved is a high priority, so the five-piece group may just pull out the “Hokey Pokey” and “YMCA.”

Dancing is encouraged. Singing along with tunes is also welcome, Garvin said.

Garvin fell in love with the guitar early in life. Lonnie Mack, on the radio and doing an instrumental version of “Memphis,” was enough to get him to pick up a broom stick, play air guitar and wail along.

There was no turning back.

He went on to work with legendary artists such as Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Del Shannon, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Mary Wells, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Percy Sledge, Sam Moore (Sam and Dave) and Bo Diddley.

One artist he would have liked to work with was the late Wilson Pickett, the man behind “Mustang Sally.”

If, for any reason, Ron Wood would leave the Rolling Stones, Garvin would gladly step in and fill his slot.

He’d also welcome the chance to play with Paul McCartney and/or Ringo Star.

The Stones and The Beatles are among the varied groups on the Mixed Nuts song list, which Garvin guesses it contains about 150 tunes. The band has recently added a few more tunes, including Pharrell’s “Happy,” for the busy summer season.

Garvin is the founder, and only original member left, of the band which formed about 20 years ago under a different name.

The moniker, Mixed Nuts, comes from the fact the band plays a variety of music and the different member’s personalities.

“We do like to be kind of nutty on stage,” Garvin said. “We like to have people sing and clap along with us.”

Keeping a keyboard player in the lineup has been the biggest challenge.

“They are in so much demand,” Garvin said. “We have gone through quite a few.”

A few years ago, Deborah Del Mastro joined the group, giving Mixed Nuts their first female singer. Her vocal range has given the band the opportunity to add songs from artists such as Boston, Kansas and Journey, Garvin said.

Garvin has made his living in music. He also teaches guitar.

“Once I saw The Beatles, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. “I just went for it.”

Other band members are keyboard player Mike Davis, bassist and vocalist Paul Feia and drummer Tony Odello.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

  • Independence Day Celebration
  • 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday
  • 11 a.m.: Alive Music Orchestra
  • 12:30 p.m.: Motion Dynamics dance team
  • 1:30 p.m.: The Heartbeat Band.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Wahiawa Kajukenbo Martial Arts Demonstration
  • 4 p.m.: Terry Sheets Band
  • 6:30 p.m.: Danc-Sing Stars and Missouri Street Theatre
  • 7:15 p.m.: Chapkis Dance
  • 8 p.m.: Mixed Nuts
  • 9:15 p.m.: Fireworks
  • After fireworks until 10:30 p.m.: Mixed Nuts
  • www.suisunwaterfront.com
  • www.mixednutsband.com
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Christians begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday celebrations

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
2 drivers killed in same area, an hour apart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1

Easter activities, events abundant

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
My guide to dining out

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

Top young spellers to compete for Solano title

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

 
Police investigate shooting off North Texas Street

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Vallejo police seek leads in weekend homicide

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

 
Local governments post week’s meeting times

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Biz Buzz: Re/Max hires new Realtor

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: PAL receives donation from glass company

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Biz Buzz: Wiseman officer names Perez to key post

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

.

US / World

Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Analysis finds unequal pay for women on California Capitol

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Songwriter injured in California crash; motorcyclist killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Taylor Swift wins artist of the year at iHeartRadio Awards

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Police: 2 bodies found in NYC building explosion rubble

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria’s Hama

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Air Canada plane makes hard landing short of Halifax runway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

Venezuela, Argentina deluding themselves

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8

 
Personal accounts drive CARB hearings

By Betty Plowman | From Page: A8

Who speaks for our Founding Fathers?

By Mike Kirchubel | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: March 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: March 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: March 30, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

 
Parenting: If a father is abusive, a mother must act

By The Washington Post | From Page: B8

 
Horoscopes: March 31, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

TVGrid March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Michelle Obama declares ‘Black Girls Rock!’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Oakland OF Josh Reddick won’t be ready for start of season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

California Chrome heads to Britain, to race at Royal Ascot

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I’ve been around

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Chodounsky defends slalom title at US Alpine Championships

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth, beats FSU 80-74

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Turner says Saturday regional finals highest-rated in decade

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Apology for wrong anthem for El Salvador before game in US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Montoya holds off Power to give Penske 1-2 sweep at St. Pete

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Stanford’s Randle chases school scoring record, title at NIT

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cain goes 4 innings in Giants win over LA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Graveman pitches into 7th inning as A’s beat Brewers 7-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Roberts

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Janice Jewel Thompson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Blondie March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Pickles March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Get Fuzzy March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sally Forth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Baldo March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

B.C. March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Peanuts March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Bridge March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku March 30

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Peanuts March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Baldo March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Rose is Rose March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Beetle Bailey March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

For Better or Worse March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Dilbert March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Garfield March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Pickles March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Zits March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sally Forth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Get Fuzzy March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Wizard of Id March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Baby Blues March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Frank and Ernest March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

B.C. March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Cryptoquote March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Crossword March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

Word Sleuth March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8

 
Bridge March 31

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B8