Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 17, 2011

Serendipity at The Black Dog

Yesterday afternoon, after procrastinating for several days, Keith and I finally decided that the time was right to go downtown and visit potential performance venues for our music.

We had prepared packets of information ~ a “Bio”, song list, link to demo recordings and listing of past shows ~ and planned to just drop them off at various bars and restaurants.

As we walked up to the Black Dog Tavern, an upscale beer, wine and cigar bar, one of the owners, Jay, happened to be outside, posting info on the chalk boards that advertise upcoming shows and special events.

We introduced ourselves, told him what we were looking for, and much to our surprise, he said “OK, so what are you doing tonight?”

Keith looked at me, and I looked at him, and we said “Looks like we’re playing at The Black Dog!”

Jay then took us inside to meet his wife, Connie, and as they were looking at our Bio and saw that Keith was from Ottawa, and that we had played in Lawrence, KS, they couldn’t believe their eyes.

Jay and Connie were fellow Kansas who moved to Cedar Key from the Kansas City area several years ago, and ~ here’s the kicker ~ Jay’s father was best friends with an Ottawa family that lived just four houses south of the home that Keith grew up in. Amazing!

We chatted for a while about the Jayhawks and people we knew, and then Keith and I headed home to get ready for the show, as Jay stepped outside to update the chalk board.

Our name in chalk!

The Black Dog Tavern is an upscale beer, wine and cigar bar that sits on the wharf on Dock St.

Their biggest claim to fame is the”wall of beer” ~ a bank of coolers filled with all manner of imported and domestic beers, and micro brews. Keith was pretty excited to play for drinks and tips at this place!

Jay and Connie requested that we play a show geared towards baby boomers, so we brought out songs from good old bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Beatles, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and The Zombies.

Our music was well received, and we had a great time.

During a break, we visited with guests and met a lovely couple from Little Rock, Arkansas, who enjoyed “oldies” music and liked hearing our story.

They stayed for quite a while to listen, and gifted the tip jar generously as they left.

After the show, we talked with Connie while I enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay, and Keith was busy quaffing his fourth Tangerine Wheat Ale.

The whole afternoon and evening was something right out of a dream, and we are grateful for this newest experience on our Sunset Ride.



  1. What an amazing story! Cedar Key must be exactly where you are supposed to be right now.

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