In the Mix
By Paul Cotruvo
A change is gonna come! After 32 years, Ron and Christy Dallimonti have decided to retire and sell Dallimonti’s, a Pleasant Hill institution where many locals go to chat, relax, and have a little fun. The little Italian restaurant is also known as “The place where everybody knows your name” (with homage to Cheers), but I am old enough to remember when it was simply called, “RJD’s.” Not only has Dallimonti’s been a great restaurant, but it has also served as a wonderful venue for the local music scene.
I remember many years ago when they started having music. Friday nights would consist of the infamous Cleve Jones, who would entertain four hours straight with just his vintage Fender Stratocaster and a stool (and a flow of shots of tequila). Cleve would pack the place! Occasionally, Ron would bring in a band, mainly just for New Year’s Eve, but a seed was planted!
I will never forget my first solo gig at Dallimonti’s. It happened to be on the same night as the OJ Simpson car chase. I was just about to start my set, when a customer leaned over and said in a quiet yet stern voice, “You aren’t thinking of starting, are you?” After assessing the situation, (I’m a runner not a fighter) and curious as well to see where OJ was headed, I started an hour late.
But the acoustic solo gigs soon gave way to karaoke on Friday nights and bands on Saturday nights. Ron and Christy definitely had something going on in our little area. Over the years, there have been so many great bands: The Famous Three-O (and the Famous Trio), Lumberyard, Mixed Nuts, Loose Blues, Cover2Cover, Tamson-Donner Band, etc. They provided great listening and fun dancing.
Over the years Dallimonti’s became a musician’s hangout as well. You just never knew who was going to show up and sit in. A few years ago, I stopped in for a nightcap and was entertained by members of Counting Crows, Night Ranger, Gregg Allman, Tower of Power and Huey Lewis and the News. All in the same night!
And even though Ron and Christy are taking a well-deserved rest from this crazy business, I know the music will live on! And I’m sure Ron will poke his head in and sing a few tunes with whatever band is rocking that evening.
On November 26, the night before Thanksgiving, the band Cover2Cover will play a thank you show, with a plethora of other local musicians sitting in, to honor and give thanks to Ron and Christy for providing such a fun venue for us musicians. Get there early and stay late because that night is going to rock! Thank you Ron and Christy for all the wonderful years!
Quote of the Month:
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
― Khalil Gibran
Paul’s picks for November:
November 7: Ken Cooper, Back 40 BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive. Pleasant Hill, 6pm
November 14: Sin Silver & The Avenue- Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
November 22: The Big Jangle, Dallimonti’s, 1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, 9:30pm
November 26: Cover2Cover, Dallimonti’s, 1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, 8pm
November 28: Lumberyard, Dallimonti’s, 1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, 9:30pm