Sopwith Camel is a rock music band associated with the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene of the late 1960s. They became the first of the 60′s San Francisco bands to score a national Top 40 hit, the novelty tune, Hello, Hello.   Leave a comment

Sopwith Camel Fly into Berkeley August 2nd Saturday Night!

SOPWITH CAMEL_1It reached #26 on the U.S. pop music charts in January 1967 & #9 on the Canadian RPM Magazine
charts in February.

The band, still from San Francisco features three original members: Martin Beard (bass & vocals), Nandi Devam; the artist formerly known as Terry MacNeil (guitar, keyboards & vocals) and Peter Kraemer (lead vocals, lyrics, flute and saxophone). Mike McKevitt (lead guitar, sitar & vocals) and Bruce Slesinger, (drums) have been with Sopwith Camel since 2009.
Sopwith Camel: About the Band”

Sopwith Camel’s first gig was with The Charlatans in an old firehouse on Sacramento St. in San Francisco in February 1966. The opening act was a black Labrador named Pot Pan. The “Camel” was the first of the, “San Francisco Psychedelic Ballroom Bands” to get a hit and go on the road later in 1966, playing large concerts with major acts including: The Who, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Animals The Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones. They also appeared on numerous TV shows with other acts such as: Marvin Gaye, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Stone Poneys (Linda Ronstadt). Sopwith Camel regarded their hit “Hello Hello” as a greeting from the San Francisco scene from whence they came.

In ’66 when they did a tour of big college concerts with The Lovin’ Spoonful. The promoters still thought New York was where the all the cool music came from and would introduce the Camel with, “And now di–rect — from– New–York–City—Sopwith Camel!! When “The Camel” took the stage one of them would always say: You know, actually we’re from San Francisco, Hello! The audiences would then erupt with deafening applause. The band’s first album “Sopwith Camel” was released in early 1967 on Kama Sutra Records. It featured the first great op-art cover by Victor Moscoso plus the first infra-red band photo on the back by Jim Marshall. A second album “The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon” came out on Reprise in 1974, with a cover by Satty and the earliest known video-feedback band photo.

The band’s repertoire includes songs from six decades! One song “Counting” was on the original 1966 demos that got a record deal with Kama Sutra, but was not on the album. Some of the songs are new and others are “works in progress”. For those who are familiar with the band’s records, songs to be expected are: “Fazon”,” Coke Suede and Waterbeds”, “Frantic Desolation”, “Dancing Wizard”, “Orange Peel”, and occasionally even “Hello Hello.” Peter Kraemer: 2012

Peter Kraemer: 2012

WHERE: Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley,CA 94705

Donation $10.00 – $20.00 at door

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Door is 7pm SHOW is 7:30pm

Posted July 22, 2014 by ART HOUSE GALLERY & CULTURAL CENTER in Uncategorized

In our 11th year together, the Stadler-Gibbons Band offers a fine variety of American roots music & original songs. We feature Jon Mitguard’s stunning steel guitar & dobro work along with the driving base of Chuck Ervin’s bass. 2014-07-25 Friday Night!   Leave a comment


Door is 7pm Show is 7:30 – 10:00pm

2905 Shattuck Ave.,
Berkeley, California 94705

Donation $10. – $20. at door

Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band (Jon Mitguard & Chuck Ervin)

Mike has been in music since age six. His is a powerful voice well suited to American roots forms — Country, Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike mainly sticks to mandolin and lead guitar with this group, though fiddle or clawhammer banjo might also put in an appearance. His solo CD North Country features nearly all of the band members. His clawhammer style guitar playing is featured on a Solid Air Records ( release, Clawhammer Guitar: The Collection, which also features Steve Baughman, Jody Stecher and Alec Stone Sweet.

Duet with Mary, Jon on dobro – Flame in My Heart

“…Stadler’s original ‘ Dogs in the Creekbed/Gator in the Lap Lane’ is a haunting rhythmic tour de fource.” – Acoustic Guitar magazine

“… all-round musician Michael Stadler (one hell of a country singer).” – Laurie Lewis, SF Bay Area bluegrass musician

“Michael Stadler has the voice of a very loud, articulate angel. He’s a master interpreter with a beautiful voice, a thoughtful and humorous songwriter. And he’s an accomplished and sophisticated player of just about anything with strings. A total pleasure. Don’t miss him!” – Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1 (, America’s Back Forty

“… a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; he’s one of those musicians who believes you don’t have to be flashy to be good — and he’s much better than good. ” – Larry Kelp, East Bay Express, San Francisco area

“…an East Bay bluegrass stalwart known for his tasteful and restrained musicianship.” – Nearly Beloved CD review –

Mary Gibbons

Mary has played and sung bluegrass and country music for decades. Born in San Francisco and a lifelong Bay Area resident, she has played, recorded, and toured with The All Girl Boys, Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals and The Fog City Ramblers.

Her voice and guitar are featured on other recordings by Lewis, as well as those of Tom Rozum and singer-songwriter Erica Wheeler.

Described as a “strong, stylish singer” in Bluegrass Unlimited, Mary is a member of a short list of soulful California-bred, female bluegrass vocalists that includes Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Kate Brislin. Her powerful voice adapts easily to any style—emotive country, gutsy blues or straight-ahead bluegrass.

Her highly regarded rhythm guitar playing has earned her teaching slots at major music camps and a feature article in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. She adds her original songs to the quartet’s carefully chosen repertoire.

A Mary original – Tell Me True

“[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper. “ Bluegrass Unlimited

“Distinctive original material and lead vocals by Mary Gibbons key the debut…” International Bluegrass

“Mary has a great sense of rhythm and is dedicated to rhythm guitar—a valuable asset to any band. She doesn’t play wimpy guitar: she gets in there with well-placed runs and a lot of power in her playing. ” Laurie Lewis

Jon Mitguard

Jon grew up at the foot of the Colorado Rockies and handles pedal steel and dobro for the band. A diverse stylist, Jon has a Masters from the Honky Tonk University. In addition applying the sweet liquid steel, Mitguard sings lead and harmony.

Jon is a cofounder of Barbwyre, a project near and dear to his heart featuring originals by Jon and also by fine mandolinist, guitarist and singer Dana Rath.

Jon on pedal steel – I Won’t Be Home No More

“Jon’s steel playing is equal parts soulful honky tonk and smoky jazz.”

Mary Tilson, Berkeley, CA, KPFA 94.1
(, America’s Back Forty

Chuck Ervin

A Mississippi native, Chuck fell in love with country music before he could even chew tobacco. He began playing bass with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band in early 2011 and also performs with swing ensemble Sylvia Herold & the Silvertones, folk quartet Euphonia, jazz/pop guitarist Chris Grampp, and Celtic folk/rock group Wake the Dead.

Other Bay Area musicians he’s worked with include Bobby Black, Keith Little, Ray Bierl, Tony Marcus, Ed Johnson, and Julian Smedley. He has worked as an actor, bassist, and singer in stage productions at Marin Theater Company, Center Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Contra Costa Civic Theater.

He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at music camp and at his Oakland, CA, home

2014-07-25 Friday Night!

8:00 to 10:00 PM door is 7pm Show is 7:30 – 10:00pm

2905 Shattuck Ave.,
Berkeley, California 94705

Donation $10. – $20. at door

Advance tickets at Harold Adler.


ALL AGES Wheelchair Accessible


Posted July 21, 2014 by ART HOUSE GALLERY & CULTURAL CENTER in Uncategorized


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