Welcome!

Welcome to Pete’s Place, a spot to discuss the world of music, and even the world in general.

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Folk Music in Santa Barbara Series.

We have recently published a new work on Folk Music in Santa Barbara, conceived and edited by Marilyn Brenner, former owner of the folk club The Iopan. To read this series from the start,  CLICK HERE.

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1st Santa Barbara Fiddlers’ Convention button, 1972

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NOTE: The header photo was taken during the winter of 1967-68 at a place in Northern Nevada called “Sutro”.  These were buildings, then more than 100 years old, that were part of the installation for construction of the Sutro Tunnel, located east of Dayton along US Highway 50 and near the foot of Six Mile Canyon, below Virginia City, Nevada.  Swiss mining engineer Adolph Sutro constructed this tunnel to intersect the vertical mine shafts sunk during the silver mining operations in the early 1860s, to help drain water out of the mine shafts.   By 1869, when the tunnel was completed, the mines were about played out, Sutro lost a fortune, and moved on to San Francisco where he built a famous museum and bath houses.  Almost one hundred years later, Graham Ross & associates converted the building to the right (originally a warehouse) into a saloon.  My friend Pierce Powell tended bar there in the late 60s.  The buildings are gone now, destroyed by vandal-caused fires, but   hot / warm water still flows from the tunnel opening to this day . . .  a bit of Nevada history.

Saloon at Sutro, Nevada

Saloon at Sutro, Nevada, 1967

 

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6 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Pete,
    I was wondering about permission to print some of the information from the article on the differences between Old Time and Bluegrass music in the newsletter of the Idaho Bluegrass Association. I would be adding the source and authors of the article and your website location. There are a lot of our members that don’t look on the internet for some of the information that you find on your site.
    Appreciate anything you can do relating to this request.
    Michael Millward

  2. Steven Scott says:

    Hi Pete: My band played at the Sutro Saloon in 1967 I think it was. We were Vegetable Soup Jug Band. I still have a poster from those events. I would be happy to send you a pdf if you like.
    It was a wonderful place. There was a wood burning stove in the middle generally fed by one long log – folks would feed the log in as the night went on. There were, of course, lots of characters around. One guy call himself Bear Claw. He was a very big man dressed in Nevada cowboy garb and had a necklace of bear claws around his neck.
    The back of the bar featured a petrified cat as a decoration among other artifacts.
    I remember stepping outside during our breaks and watching the bats fly close to the front door. The smell of sage was intense – particularly on wet nights.
    I remember one evening I was sitting on the couch in front of the fire when a tail wrapped around my neck. Then a pair of eyes very close to my nose. It was someone’s pet lemur.
    So many memories of that great, wonderful crazy place. Thanks for posting the photos. They brought a lump to my throat.
    Regards,
    Steve Scott

    • Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your note. I like your band name, and am sorry I missed you, back in 1967. I enjoyed your memories of Sutro, and they invoked more of my own. I remember sitting in front of that wood stove during the day, with the sliding warehouse doors open, and just enjoying the quiet and solitude of a winter Nevada morning, watching the sun rise over the sage-covered hills.

      Hope you’re still making music . . . my best to you.

  3. Susan Crowell says:

    I’m enjoying memories of the saloon at Sutro, especially sitting on a couch watching bogart movies. At the moment I’m going through photos I’ve scanned in that I took of a movie filmed there showing mostly locals. I can’t remember the name of the movie or what it was all about. Do you recall anything about a movie and when, thanks, Susan Crowell

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