Last night I had the opportunity to check out Just Dave’s Last Chance Country Jam at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, a true hidden gem for those with a country heart. I squealed like a little girl when I walked in. It felt as if I was walking into a bar right of the streets of Nashville’s Music Row!
The small, quaint saloon has a full bar with a divey atmosphere, free popcorn is passed around, Mickey’s Malt Liquor is served in a bottle, and a pool table sits in the back. A great atmosphere to just kick back and listen to some good ole’ tunes.
The Everett Coast boys started it off last night singing several recognizable hits like; Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, and Garth Brook’s “Just Dance.” Their burst of energy definitely got the audience singing & clapping along to the familiar tunes. The band then ended their set with a country-rap of their own, with a rendition of 2Pac’s “California Love.” California native, Eli Locke also performed several hits of his own including, 3-2-1 (Ask Her to Dance). Locke, is a young artist with an old country feel, he said, “His style is influenced by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and George Strait.” The audience was also lucky enough to catch a performance from the man himself, Dave “Just Dave” Bernal. Bernal has worked to create a scene here in the San Fernando valley for country artists and bands coming out of Los Angeles. He say’s “The valley’s where it’s at” and I couldn’t agree more. You can also catch Dave and Casey Cannon hosting their very on #CalifoniaCountry Podcast direct from the San Fernando Valley. As Dave quotes, “It’s a music show for, by, and about California, and the country artists that made the west what it was… and what it will be again.”
So every Wednesday night if y’all are looking for some good country tunes, check out Maui’s Sugar Mill Saloon for Dave’s Last Chance Country Jam! The first episode of the #CaliforniaCountry Podcast airs on Range Radio, Sunday May 25th at 12pm PDT.