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Memories of The Bodega

Those were the days. As for the Spot, it's a nice place, never looked better. "I'll be back."

Yesterday meeting with the owners of , Jarred Gallo and Aaron Crites brought back classic memories for me of the past.

Smokey Mountain, then Puma’s and of course, there was The Bodega. My experience was absolute awesome from 1979 to 1984, managing and promoting the heavy-metal rock band TSUNAMI.

The band played at the Bodega many times.

The Bodega was incredible: acts such as Bonnie Riatt, Y&T, Ronnie Montrose, Tommy Johnston from Doobie Brothers, Elvin Bishop, just to name a few, and funny thing, the Bodega was just so simple.

Mainstays and existed then and are still going strong today.

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Jona Denz-Hamilton March 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I often picture going back in time to hang out at the Bodega or the Smokey Mountain. There were so many shows I enjoyed there including Pat Benatar's Bay Area debut. Too bad I can't remember 'em all; a friend reminded me how I helped Maria Muldaur pin her blouse strap back together one night! It was a great way to wake up before my late-night shift on KOME!
Danna March 31, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I managed the Bodega From 1980 to 1987 with Steve Thomas. By the time Steve got in there the place had cleaned up it's act. I have to say it was a blast getting paid to put on concerts and meet all the great people I met over the years, both the famous and the everyday locals. Rene, I have to say Tsunami was one of the few bands I had to know where the main volume control was on the sound board. I think I even turned the stage power off on them once or twice. Tsunami had great musicians, just loud. lol Great memories and I thank everyone for the memories and kind words. Unfortunately there will never be another Bodega. Such an intimate setting with the big names, packed elbow to elbow with dancing in the aisles. Just a memory now. We did have a reunion in 2011 with Snail and many of the past employees in Santa Cruz. It was so fun to see everyone. Maybe we will do it again in a couple years.
Robert Fudge April 27, 2013 at 04:17 AM
I was the head bouncer there around 70 to 71. Another life another world great memories. Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker, Cold Blood, great music. I actually liked when the hells angles were there it seemed like there were fewer fights.
Jena Chavez May 01, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Sorry, a bit off topic, but thought maybe you guys would know. :) Do any of you remember the burger place that was on Hamilton Ave in the 70s, dark brown building, across from where Mervyns was? It was Heftys or something similar? Trying to remember the name! Thanks :)
Vicki Nagy February 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM
i remember having so so so much fun early 80'S with my cousin LENA, thank u cuz and leroy, and frankie!

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