Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nov. 13-14: Leon Russell at Highland Dell

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Though there may not be much that remains of the “Vacation Wonderland” promised by the antique sign that still hangs over Monte Rio’s main intersection, a few pockets of the post-war resort life remain. One of them is the Highland Dell, a lodge and restaurant built in 1906 and recently renovated but largely unchanged in feel from its days of long canoe rides on the Russian River and longer one-piece bathing suits. The rustic building has been hosting live music in its intimate, wainscoted environs as of late, and this weekend the Oklahoma-born white ghost Leon Russell stops in for a two-night stand. There’s something about the Russian River redwoods and the AM radio vibe of “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue” that go together well, and though tickets aren’t cheap, it’ll be an old-fashioned night to remember when Russell plays, with Levi Lloyd opening, on Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at the Highland Dell. 21050 River Blvd., Monte Rio. 7pm. $70–$80. 707.865.2300.Gabe Meline 
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