To honor the 40th anniversary of Davis' Blue Mango Cooperative Restaurant, KDRT 95.7 FM is hosting a special evening of music by the Bill Scholer and Jan Peters Reunion Band, held on the patio of Parkside Davis, the former site of the Blue Mango, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The event is free - no tickets needed. A portion of Parkside Bar and Lounge proceeds from that evening will be donated to KDRT, as part of our 2019 Fall Fundraising events celebrating 15 years of grassroots community radio.
The Blue Mango was incorporated as a worker's cooperative by a group of Davis residents associated with the Fly By Night Dance & Music Troupe. Opening in October 1979, it became a cultural hub for the next 15 years, employing hundreds of worker-owners, serving nutritious vegetarian cuisine, and providing a lively venue for hundreds of musicians, artists and activists, who regularly met and performed there. Bill Scholer and Jan Peters, who went on to become distinguished professional musicians, were prominent at the Blue Mango and its legendary Alley Dances in the 1980s.
The Bill Scholer and Jan Peters Reunion Band will also appear Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., along with many other original Blue Mango musicians, as part of a Vegetarian Potluck Celebration to accompany a reunion of workers, musicians, artists and community members commemorating the Blue Mango. For information about that event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.