San Francisco And the Hungry i

A tribute to the Hungry i nightclub and Enrico Banducci the founder, was an idea whose time had come!      
Enrico was a man with a vision, an easy going attitude and an eye and ear for talent. His style was ahead  
of its time. We are proud to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Enrico Banducci and his Hungry i.     

The San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, with curator for the event Brad Rosenstein, did a
fabulous job putting together an exhibit that includes much memorabilia and history from the old Hungry i,

and memorabilia from the many talented performers who made their start there. We highly recommend it.   

Enrico Banducci
John Stewart and Bob Shane with Enrico Banducci

Opening night was Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. We arrived early, so we had a few days to enjoy the
 city before the event. What better way to start than a lunch at the Trident? It's called Horizons nowadays...

 The Trident restaurant in Sausalito was owned by The Kingston Trio and was THE place to be in the 60s.
 It featured fantastic design that included a psychedelic ceiling and menu, beautiful wood and a fireplace  
 made of stone imported from Arizona. No expense was spared in creating this magnificent space. Known
  for excellent food and loose fun, there was even an espresso bar. And as Horizons, it's still very excellent!

Horizons Restaurant Entrnce
Booth At Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant Espresso Bar
Horizons Restaurant Decor

Psychedelic Wall At Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant nee´ The Trident Has Magnificent Views

View From Horizons Restaurant Window
View of San Francisco From Horizons Restaurant

Bob Shane Signing Horizons Restaurant Menu
Bob Shane With Mark Lomas And KT LP

Bob Shane Signs A Menu For The Manager, And Poses With Mark Lomas With At Large

Fireplace At Horizons Restaurant

The Beautiful Stone Fireplace Is One Of A Kind

Horizons Drink Menu
Mark Lomas And Bob Shane
Horizons Has A Kingston Trio Margarita
Mark Lomas And Bob Shane

(Mark Lomas started a fun website about the Trident)

There was still time, so Bob drove around a bit, looking at the houses he lived in and visiting Rosotti's.   

Pink House In Sausalito
Side View Of Pink House

Bob's Pink House - The First House Ever Built in Sausalito. 1840

Bob Shane's House In Tiburon

Tiburon House

The Alpine Inn In Palo Alto

The Alpine Inn, Formerly Rosotti's

Bob Shane says Rosotti's is where the Trio really started. He, 
Dave, and Nick played here for fun and beers starting in 1954. 

It was finally time for the big event. This was why we all came to San Francisco. What a great evening and
honor for all of us. First up was an hour enjoying the exhibition. We saw our old and dear friends, enjoyed
the memorabilia, noshed on supurb hors d'oevres and enjoyed wine and champagne. SFPALM really put 
on a classy event. There were lots of photo ops throughout the festivities. Everyone enjoyed every minute. 

LP Wall At Hungry i Exhibition
Striped Shirt At The Hungry i Exhibition

The Hungry i Albums
Those Striped Shirts!

Crowd At Hungry i Exhibit
Brad Rosenstein

Enjoying The Exhibit
Brad Rosenstein, Curator

Phyllis Diller Memorabilia
Exhibit At Hungry i Exhibition

Phyllis Diller Memorabilia
More Cool Memorabilia

Travis Edmonson And Enrico Banducci
John And Buffy Stewart

Travis Edmonson & Enrico Banducci
Where's The Food?

Kingston Trio At The Hungry i
Kingston Trio Exhibit At The Hungry i Exhibition

The KT In Front Of The Famous Brick Wall
More Kingston Trio Memorabilia

After enjoying the exhibit, we all went down two floors for the presentation. Eveyone there owed a debt to
Enrico Banducci, and got up to pay him tribute. Ronnie Schell, Mort Sahl, Orson Bean & Shelly Berman   
  had us in stitches, and many others not even known for comedy kept us laughing. Even the original house
    band graced us with a couple of tunes. Bob & John said the Hungry i was the finest place they ever played.

Bob Shane And John Stewart Paying Tribute
Glen Yarborough

Bob & John Pay Tribute ; Glen Yarbrough Too

Hungry i House Band
Bob Shane And John Stewart In Audience

The Trio's Bass Player Dean Reilly Was Part Of The House Band; Bob & John Loved It

Mort Sahl
Shelly Berman

Mort Sahl Looks Serious, But Was Really Funny; Shelly Berman Tickled Us No End

Tom Lehrer
Orson Bean

Tom Lehrer: "It Means the Hungry intellectual"
Orson Bean Made A Tree For Enrico

Ernie Sheldon
Bob Shane And Fauna Wilson

Ernie Sheldon Was A Gateway Singer
Bob Chats With Stan Wilson's Daughter Fauna

Ronnie Schell

Ronnie Schell: "I Like The Way They Sing, They Like The Way I Do Their Shirts"

Travis Edmonson
Bob Shane At Hungry i Exhibition

Travis Payed Tribute, Then Played Harmonica
Is It Time For Dinner, Now?

The presentation part of SFPALM's event lasted over two hours. We felt we could have stayed there the 
rest of the night. But, it was time for dinner. This was held next door in the Opera House. So off we went. 

Dinner was incredible, of course. Everyone had a great time telling stories and noshing on salmon or      
portobello mushroom towers. Some folks paid $250.00 a plate to be part of this event, and they all felt it  
was worth every penny. If you are in the area, you should check out the exhibition. It goes thru August.    

Dinner At The Opera House

Our heartfelt congratulations to Brad Rosenstein and the SFPALM for putting on this event. Well done!

 And now, unfortunately, the road beckons. Leaving beautiful San Francisco too soon, but we'll be back.

The Open Road


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