Jump City Productions presents Earl Oliver

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Earl Oliver
(born June 23, 1948) is an American writer, musician, variety and street entertainer, and graphic artist. An accomplished blues guitarist and singer in the Northern California area. Popularly known as the Walkin' Blues Man, he hosted a cable-access TV program, Live from LaVal's that aired in 16 stations throughout the region from 1992 to 1995. In recent years, Oliver has been an entertainer on the Skunk Train, which runs daily from Fort Bragg and Willits, California.

In 2001, he was called "one of San Francisco's undiscovered treasures" by San Francisco Arts Magazine.


"He can shout the blues with the best of them, scat like Ella, or croon like Old Blues Eyes." - Bill Blake, Nite Out column, The Daily News, 10/2/89
Watch Streaming video of Earl on
Telemendo Live on MCTV | Here's streaming audio of Earl singing There's Christmas in the Air (medley) with the Symphony of the
Redwoods at Cotton Auditorium on December 20, 2014. | Here's "A Salute to Ole Blue Eyes" with orchestra at Eagles' Hall on May 26, 2012
...and this one's from the May 8, 2010 concert!
| Visit the Earl Oliver & Friends Video Library | Check Out Uncle Earl's TV Channel! | Read about Earl on Wikipedia

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The Telemendo Live Telethon took place on September 17, 2011 at MCTV Studio in Fort Bragg, CA


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YouTube video of the Walkin' Blues Man doing his thing on the Skunk Train

The Walkin' Blues Man now offers Singing Telegram service on the Coast. Click here to see our rates


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More Coming Engagements!

  • Weeknight Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Cucina Verona
      Earl Oliver will be doing his solo dinner music thing for his regular 4th Thursday engagement on May 26th at 6:00 PM and for his regular 2nd Wednesday engagement on June 8th at 6:00 PM at this classy Italian restaurant. Cucina Verona is located at 124 E. Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA right across the alley from Headlands. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

      Trip Advisor Review of Earl at Cucina Verona:

      Perfect dining experience!” 5 of 5 stars - Reviewed March 24, 2013
      The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night. The night we ate there, the entertainment was a musician named Earl Oliver who played blues and country takes on some old favorites, he was wonderful. He is there the 4th Friday of every month, would highly recommend going to hear him. The ambiance was perfect, quiet enough to both hear the music and still have a conversation. I was so relaxed after my dinner I felt like I had meditated and had a massage!

  • Ice Cream Social at The Stables
      On Saturday, May 28th from 1 to 3 PM, The Walkin' Blues Man will perform with his banjo al fresco at this 1st of what promises to be an Annual Event at The Stables at 145 East Fir Street in Fort Bragg.

  • 2nd Friday Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at MacCallum House
      On Friday, June 10th at 7:30 PM, Earl will perform for his regular 2nd Friday engagement in The Grey Whale Bar at this historic hotel and restaurant located at 45020 Albion Street in Mendocino. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

  • The World's Largest Salmon BBQ 2016
      On Saturday, July 2nd at 11 AM, The Groovinators, featuring Earl Oliver on guitar and vocal, Erick Kolberg on the bass, and Tom Rickard on drums,will open the show for this annual event in Noyo Harbor to benefit the Salmon Restoration Association. More details as they become available.

  • The Groovinators at Headlands Coffeehouse
      On Thursday, July 14th at 7 PM. The Groovinators, featuring Earl Oliver on guitar and vocal, Erick Kolberg on the bass, and Tom Rickard on drums, will perform at this legendary jazz venue for their bi-monthly 2nd Thursday engagement. Headlands features live music 7 nights a week.

  • The Dorian May Little Big Band at The Willits Community Theater
      On Sunday, July 17th at 7 PM The Little Big Band, featuring Dorian May on piano, Dorothea May on the bass, Tom Rickard on drums, Sunny Cordell on tenor sax, Walter Kimmleman on trumpet, and Sarah Ryan & Earl Oliver on vocals will perform a hot set of jazz and swing standards on the Community Theater stage at 37 W. Van Lane, Willits, CA. WCT is located in the heart of downtown Willits, on the west side of Hwy 101 (Main St) on an alley called W. Van Lane, at cross “alley” street Muir Lane, behind Adam’s Restaurant and Shanachie Pub.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Hill House
      On Saturday, July 30th The Groovinators, featuring Earl Oliver on guitar and vocal, Erick Kolberg on the bass, and Tom Rickard on drums, will perform for a dance at this historic Mendocino venue. The Hill House is located at 10701 Pallette Dr, Mendocino, CA. Bring your Sweety and Your Dancing Shoes!!
  • Watch Earl with the Dorian May Trio!


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    Headlands Coffeehouse 9/22/13 - with Dorian May (piano), Dorothea May (bass), Tom Rickard (drums), Kaleo Larson (trumpet), and Earl Oliver (vocal).
    Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Exile.


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      Valentines Dance at The Hill House (February 13, 2016)
      "It was an absolute big-time blast. The band was over-the-top great! We had so much fun. I barely remember sitting down. Those guys are fantastic!"
        --Sunshine Taylor - Member of the Mendocino Swing Dance Society
    consists of a core trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Earl Oliver - known throughout Northern California as the Walkin' Blues Man, bassist Erick Kolberg - known for his work with the Gypsy Jazz band, Swingnoodle,and also The Swing Doctors, and drummer, Tom Rickard - a veteran jazz player who performs regularly with John Gilmore, Queen Jane, Dorian May, and a host of other bands. The Trio plays a potent combination of original and traditional Blues, Jazz, and Swing rendered into their own inimitable style. We invite you to...

    Whether playing a large dance venue with full sound reinforcement, or an intimate gathering using little or no sound equipment at all...
    are always a crowd favorite.

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    Earl Oliver and his Friends have had regular engagements at the following venues since 2005:
    Symphony of the Redwoods | Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens | World's Largest Salmon BBQ | Albion/Little River Fire Dept. BBQ | Caspar Fest
    The Franklin Street Cafe | Headlands Coffeehouse | The Caspar Inn | Shanachie Pub | Frankie's of Mendocino | Ukiah Brewing Co. | Hill House
    Mendocino Stories & Music Series | Winter in the Redwoods | Angelina's | The Westport Hotel | The Coyote Valley Casino | Cucina Verona
    The Mendocino Hotel | Garcia River Casino | Musica Eclectica Concert Series | Mendocino Community Center | Caspar Community Center | Heritage House
    The Skunk Train | Art in the Gardens | North Coast Brewing Co. Jazz at the Sequioa Room | The MacCallum House | Festival of Lights


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    The Groovinators opening for the Symphony of the Redwoods!


    Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg - May 21, 2011
    Photo by Lonna Oliver

    The Groovinators bustin' up the joint at
    Winter in the Redwoods!

       

         

    Photos by Elizabeth Arnold


    The Walkin' Blues Man doin' his thing on the Skunk Train!


    This photo was taken on the Skunk Train sometime in July of 2008.
    Photo by Danny Swarts

    Earl Oliver and Butch Kwan at Local Licks Live!

    Click on Earl and Butch's photo to listen to the Pipeline Medley, from the Local Licks Live XII concert.


    Here's Earl with Kevin & the Coconuts!

    There's Earl on the right of the photo, playing the cello pans with Kevin & the Coconuts.
    To his right is Steve Paul, on the seconds, and Kevin Grant on the lead pans.


    For booking and other information or if you would like to be placed on our mailing list to receive regular updates of our shows,
    please e-mail us at earl@solie.org


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    Visit our friends!


    Dorin May - Leader of Bongo Latte and the Dorian May Trio.


    John Gilmore - Pianist extraordinaire!

    The Badger
    My Bay Area accompanist and one of the best slide players on the planet!

    Jon Emery
    The King of Hillbilly Rock 'n Roll! Earl's former partner.

    Janet Lenore

    Loren Davidson

    Dark Hollow


    Greg Schindel - the guy I used to alternate with on the Skunk Train

    Patrick Landeza

    Michael Masley


    Mendocino Coast Television
    My former day job...


    Classic TV Episodes!


    Scenic Photography by Earl Oliver

    My other business...


    Headlands Coffeehouse

    Our home base and hang out. Great friends.


    These guys play our music. Thanks, KOZT!!


    Frankie's of Mendocino
    Great ice cream and pizza - and a great place to perform


    Mendocino Stories & Music Series
    Thanks Pattie!


    TrainWeb - the web site for Train enthusiasts

    Sports Fans! Visit Solie's Vintage Wrestling


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