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LOWELL LEVINGER - Banana from The Youngbloods - RMA Tavern - Gun Room - Monday May 12th




LOWELL LEVINGER - Banana from The Youngbloods - is playing an intimate
unamplified gig at the back room of the RMA Tavern, 58. Cromwell St.,
Eastney, Portsmouth, on Monday 12th May. The pub's open at 6 p.m, and the
gig is in the back room - doors open at 8 p.m 


Banana, (real name Lowell Levinger)  - the original "hippie from Olema"  - 
is probably best known as a founder member of the legendary San Francisco
Bay area folk rock band The Youngbloods. Their most famous recording, the 
classic "Get Together",  cracked the U.S. top 5, sold over one million
copies, and achieved gold record status in 1969. 


The Youngbloods disbanded in 1972, and Banana went on to a solo career,
notably as accompanist for Joan Baez' sister Mimi Farina for many years. 
The Youngbloods  reformed briefly between  1984 and 1985. 


These days apart from solo concerts, Banana gigs with his own band, with
bassist Sam Page and David Thom on mandolin and guitar.  


 Banana also plays blues on a regular basis with  The Michael Barclay Blues
Band,  60's psychedelic rock with The Barry "The Fish" Melton in The Barry
Melton Band, and  bluegrass music with The Papermill Creek Rounders, a band
he formed in 2003 with  David Nelson (The New Riders of the Purple Sage and
 Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band) and  fiddle player Chad Manning of  The David
Grisman Bluegrass Experience. Banana also gigs with David Grisman, and
Grisman's guitarist Artie Rose.


He's also played  with Norton Buffalo (from the Steve Miller band) and Dan
Hicks and His Hot Licks


This gig is NOT TO BE MISSED- tickets on the door, just 7.. 


Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q27KfIt8HA