189 H Street - Petaluma, California
On the Corner of H Street and 2nd Street
by Tony Tugwell
Petaluma Coffee Cafe
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