Great San Diego Music End of the Year at the Lafayette

Well, the New Year's Eve celebration at San Diego's historic Lafayette Hotel lived up to all expectations and then some! The classic spot, with its authentic old-school atmosphere and class, provided the perfect setting for the night's 1920s-themed festivities, which featured not only hundreds of sharply-dressed guests, but also music by Erika DaviesStephen ReyTrio Gadjo, Curtis Taylor, and Lady Dottie and the Diamonds.

The yin to my yang, Galina Betker.

The yin to my yang, Galina Betker.

Although I was working a fair bit of the night, pulling triple-duty on the drum throne with Erika Davies, Stephen Rey, and Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, watching Curtis Taylor's quartet was definitely a highlight of this special night.  The expert quartet convincingly covered genres ranging from funk, to fusion, to r&b, all to and appreciative, dancing crowd.  The night's guest were positive and receptive to the celebration's diverse musical offerings, which also included Americana, honky tonk, blues, soul, old time rock 'n roll, and more. 

Too cold for swimming on on this California New Year's Eve, but the pool and hotel looked great!

Too cold for swimming on on this California New Year's Eve, but the pool and hotel looked great!

The night's guest were positive and receptive to the celebration's diverse musical offerings, which also included Americana, honky tonk, blues, soul, old time rock 'n roll, and more. 

I enjoyed myself so thoroughly playing with Erika Davies that nothing -- nothing - could distract me!

I enjoyed myself so thoroughly playing with Erika Davies that nothing -- nothing - could distract me!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that virtually all of the evening's attendees joined  in the fun of dressing for the occasion. Besides the classy vintage outfits, the mood of the guests (spread throughout three stage areas and several rooms) was upbeat and celebratory, making the evening a delight.

During soundcheck I got to pretend I wasn't a drummer for a minute!

During soundcheck I got to pretend I wasn't a drummer for a minute!

I've written much about how important the friendship and musical talents of Joe Guevara and Stephen Rey are to me, and will undoubtedly continue to do so as we continue our musical adventures into the future. I can think of no better way to end a productive and rewarding year of work and creativity than sharing the stage with those two guys, backing up the one and only Lady Dottie, who truly is a San Diego musical treasure. As if that lineup isn't inspiring enough, Andrew McKeag (Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, the Presidents of the United States of America) expertly handled the guitar duties with the Diamonds on this last night of 2014, which put the set over the top for me!

Thanks to all who made NYE 2014 such a positive and fun event, and as always -- thanks for staying tuned in!