189 H Street - Petaluma, California
On the Corner of H Street and 2nd Street
friend, Ben, owned and ran the Petaluma Coffee Cafe from summer
2000 - spring 2006. The cafe is closed and will possibly
re-open soon with a different management structure.
started playing my guitar at the Petaluma Coffee Cafe, as soon
as Ben became the owner. Usually I started by playing instrumental
guitar music. Perhaps best described as folk music, my sets included
my own original material along with songs by Bob Dylan, the Grateful
Dead, Gram Parsons, Kingston Trio, and whatever came to mind at
the time. I was there at the Petaluma Coffee Cafe to provide some
music for people as they enjoyed some coffee and pastries, hung
out, read, and/or visit with friends. I played there regularly
on Thursday evenings, and then switched to playing Saturday Mornings.
Everyone at the cafe just called me "Buster", for reasons
I'd rather not disclose. My final musical appearances at
the Coffee Cafe were for a knitting circle, and I had played there
over the years for memorial service(s), parties, art showings,
and general jam sessions.
only did Ben give me a place to play my music, he helped other
Artists and Musicians in the local area. The Petaluma Coffee
Cafe was a showcase of artwork provided by the Petaluma Art Council.
There was a Folk Music Concert series that usually had a live
show on one Saturday night a month. Friday nights the cafe had
films provided by local community groups. In addition the
cafe was a hang out and gathering place for the early Burning
Man Temple Crews lead by David Best. Ben created a community
space in a nice little coffee nook. I got to play a lot
of music at the Petaluma Coffee Cafe, and make friends with the
people that worked there and the people who came there.
Music Concert Series Website - click here