William Mylar - February 2016
This is a working documentation of the life and career of American
singer-songwriter and musician, William Mylar.
This page will be updated as information becomes available and as
|Born: September, 28, 1954 (1954-09-28)
Origin: Sacramento, California, U.S.
Genres: Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Americana, Pop, Jam Band
Occupations: Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, promoter
Instruments: Guitar, piano, trumpet, flute
Years active: 1977 - present
Labels: Mylar Records, USA
FOLK WAVE MUSIC
AFTER FOLK WAVE
Apr 2010 to Sep 2011
Oct 2011 to Dec 2012
Dec 2012 to Dec 2013
William Mylar (aka Mylar) was born William James Adelman to Gordon
P. Adelman and Carol A. (Popescu) Adelman in Sacramento, CA on September,
Mylar coined the term Folk Wave in the late 1970s to describe his
unique solo presentation of original and arranged cover music. Folk
Wave was inspired by the Punk and New Wave movements, although,
at the time, Mylar's music was primarily rooted in American folk-based
rock and roll and especially influenced by the improvisational styles
of the Grateful Dead.
William Mylar has never performed the same show twice and his live
solo performances averaged 4 to 5 hours. Mylar is considered by
many as one of the pioneers of eclectic singer/songwriting.
Mylar also began his own record label, Mylar Records, and the publishing
company, Baby Troid Music in 1982. Mylar Records initially produced
tape cassette albums, beginning with Mylar's "Folk Wave Music".
The album was recorded using a single track on master metal cassette
tape format. In 1997, Mylar made available two of the first MP3
formatted songs on the world wide web, featuring "Sweet Alibi" and
"Let's Dance", performed by the Barking Spiders.
Mylar has won numerous songwriting and performance awards from ASCAP,
West Coast Songwriters, Just Plain Folks, NARAS (Grammy) and was
listed in Who's Who in 2000.
Mylar has been fiercely independent, turning down several offers
to sign with major record labels.
At 7 years old, Mylar amazed his parents by playing Beethoven's
"Fur Elise" on the piano after watching his mother, Carol, practice
the piece a few times. Mylar began piano lessons shortly after and
the piano would be his main instrument through high school. Mylar
also became accomplished at the flute and trumpet while in grade
At 13, Mylar began to perform in professional musical theater when
it was discovered he had a marvelous singing voice. Princeton University
director, Milton Lyon, provided Mylar with personal vocal training
when he was 14, while both were employed at the Sacramento Music
As Bill Adelman, Mylar was a popular child actor into his teens.
He starred in many local and professional theatrical productions
and on television. He worked with many famous actors, including
John Carradine, Tony Geary, Jessica Walter, Jo Anne Worley, Kathleen
Freeman, Sterling Holloway, Lyn Bari, Giselle McKenzie, Robert Goulet,
Frank Gorshin, and many others.
In high school, Mylar played piano and organ and sang with local
rock bands. He performed with many Sacramento area musicians and
bands, some who went on to become famous, including Craig Chaquico,
Timothy B. Schmidt, and members of Cold Blood and Stoneground.
Mylar taught himself how to play guitar, so he would have an instrument
to play when traveling. He also wrote some of his first songs while
in high school.
Mylar's theater work as a backstage technician landed him jobs with
the Sacramento IATSE union and he began to work rock concerts, as
well as theater productions, in the early 70s. This experience allowed
Mylar to learn how these productions were staged and to work with
bands, including the Grateful Dead. Mylar had been intrigued by
the approach the Dead had to music since he was in junior high school,
and their impact would become an important part of his music. Mylar
would also work on occasion for Bill Graham Presents, which gave
him more opportunities to be part of Grateful Dead shows.
After winning a theatrical scholarship to California State University
at Sacramento, Mylar worked in professional theater until 1977.
During this time Mylar also traveled quite a bit, playing guitar
in a kibbutz band in Israel, performing and teaching guitar in Texas,
Los Angeles, CA, and various parts of the United States and Mexico.
In 1977, he began to perform music professionally and changed his
name to Mylar, a name for a fictional character in stories he wrote
for creative writing classes. In 1978, Mylar lived in San Francisco,
CA, where he studied and performed music with other musicians, including
Michael Bloomfield and Punk bands, like the Wet Farts, who performed
some of his original music.
FOLK WAVE MUSIC
In the late 70s, Mylar wanted to be separate himself from the usual
Folk artists and singer/songwriters of the day, who often performed
mellow acoustic music while seated in front of a microphone. His
huge voice often drowned out his trademark Gibson Hummingbird acoustic
guitar, which would become the one and only guitar he would perform
with for several years.
Mylar wanted to present a performance that mimicked Grateful Dead
shows, with the bravado of the Punk scene. He used a 100 foot chord
and a Lawrence guitar pickup to amplify his Hummingbird through
a huge PA system, which was loaned to him by a friend. The PA was
designed for larger bands and music halls, but Mylar would set the
system up in coffee houses and pubs. He didn't use this arrangement
so much for volume as he did to make his sound as crystal clear
Back in Sacramento at the Fox and Goose Public House, Mylar tried
out his new performance style one night. He performed for over an
hour with songs blending into one another, while dancing and jumping
onto chairs and tables in the venue. The crowd exploded into applause
after witnessing this first set, which was to be the opener for
another Folk artist, who was accompanied by the world renowned Jazz
pianist, Jessica Williams. The other performer seemed upset over
Mylar's performance and there was also some question about the booking
arrangement. The story, which may be disputed, has it that Ms. Williams
asked Mylar what kind of music he was supposed to be performing
and he told her it was New Wave based Folk and Rock. She apparently
responded that she did not come to hear "Folk Wave music" and she
and the other artist left the venue. Mylar continued to perform
until the pub closed and at one time led the audience in a conga
line out of the venue and into the parking lot. His pioneering performance
ran six hours with two short breaks.
Word of Mylar's Fox and Goose show spread quickly throughout the
Sacramento music scene and soon Mylar was touring all over Northern
California, performing his Folk Wave in bars, cafes, pubs and college
In 1981, Mylar wanted to record and met with attorneys who represented
major record companies. Mylar was very leery of both the corporate
record industry and his growing notoriety. John Lennon's assassination
in December of 1980 had a big impact on Mylar and he did not want
to become a celebrity. Mylar's experience as a child actor and his
work with many famous people also made him worry about his ability
to stay accessible to his audiences. While the companies were interested
in Mylar's music and the large following he was beginning to generate,
they wanted publishing rights and control over his compositions.
They asked if Mylar could write more songs that could be used in
television and radio commercials.
Instead Mylar decided he would produce and market his music on his
own. Some of Mylar's fans were recording his live performances on
cassette tape, so Mylar decided to try and record a "studio" version
of his material on cassette.
Using a borrowed sophisticated recorder that used metal cassette
tape, "Folk Wave Music" was recorded on a single track, with only
Mylar's vocal and his Hummingbird. He amplified the Hummingbird,
using a stereo power amp with simple 3-band equalization. Mylar
carefully recorded each song in track order and created the master
cassette live. The process took several days, since each song had
to be recorded perfectly. This meant not only avoiding mistakes
playing and singing, but to make the album consistent, each track
had to be recorded the same as every other. Placements of artist,
guitar, and microphone had to be exactly the same for each recording;
down to the details of items in the kitchen he used as a studio.
Mylar even recorded at specific times of the day and night. The
ordeal was painstaking, but Mylar finished the "master" in less
than two weeks. He had hundreds of cassette copies made and packaged
them similar to major studio cassette albums.
This was the beginning of Mylar Records, one of the first independent
recording labels in America. Mylar also created his own publishing
company, Baby Troid Music. Folk Wave Music was released in 1982.
Mylar sent copies of the cassette to college radio stations and
also sold them at his live performances. Most commercial album distributing
was pretty much controlled by major record companies, but Mylar
managed to put the album into local record stores. "Folk Wave Music"
was hailed by many critics as groundbreaking because the quality
of the recording nearly matched cassette albums from major record
companies. This meant that musical artists could record and market
their own material without having to sign with a record label. To
be certain, Mylar was not the only artist making his own recordings
on cassette tape and selling them, but what made "Folk Wave Music"
remarkable was the way Mylar had produced his work. Getting the
music to the masses was another story. College radio, while not
mainstream, was very popular with younger audiences. Several songs
from "Folk Wave Music" received a lot of airplay and the tracks
"Randy's Fence" and "On The Radio" were even listed number one on
some stations. Unfortunately there was no mechanism in place to
provide independent labels, such as Mylar Records, with the ability
to track airplay and Mylar never received any radio royalties. The
greatest benefit that came from having Mylar's music played on college
radio stations was the increase to his fan base, which began to
build rapidly. Mylar was now packing college campuses, local bars
and coffee houses. Other musicians began to seek him out as people
wanted more of Mylar and his Folk Wave music. It wasn't long before
other solo artists began to get off their chairs and use an eclectic
approach to their performances.
In 1981, Mylar formed a band with jazz guitarist, Glenn Hair. The
band, called Nobody, included Paul Williams on bass, Maria Tejes
on vocals and assorted drummers. Mylar began to perform his music
in a different context and his Folk Wave already began to give way
to this new rock band. Nobody, while short lived, provided Mylar
the ability to expand his music and have his songs performed in
an improvisational manner, similar to the Grateful Dead. Nobody
is arguably credited by many as one of the first Jam Bands, outside
of the Grateful Dead, which would not become a popular genre until
the 1990s and the advent of bands like Phish and Widespread Panic.
AFTER FOLK WAVE
Mylar married Judith Carrera Lehman in August of 1983. Judy had
a daughter, Linda, by a previous marriage. Later in the year, Judy
became pregnant, with their son, Lennon. Mylar decided to discontinue
touring to be home and help raise his new family. He went to work
full time with the State of California, eventually becoming a manager
for information technology projects and programs.
While Mylar no longer toured, he continued to perform locally, both
solo and with bands and never stopped writing music.
In 1984, Mylar recorded California Gold Rush music from the Old
Put Songster by John Stone for a number of California school districts.
Mylar is considered an expert on music from this period in California
In 1986, Mylar wrote "One World, One People" and recorded it using
a four track recorder, playing all the band parts himself. While
this version of the song never wound up on an album, it would become
a solo track on a later release. The song became very popular in
Europe and reached the top of the charts in France for a short time.
Throughout the 80s and the early 90s, Mylar performed sporadically
with local bands such as Carp, Late Nite and The Pocket Rockets
and musical artists, including Joe Craven, Utah Phillips and Maggie
White. He also formed the William Mylar Band, a trio with Mike Van
Arkel on bass and Pete Miller on drums.
In 1997, Mylar formed the Barking Spiders with Glenn Hair and Mike
Van Arkel. The Barking Spiders included John Bianchi on drums and
vocals and brought back Paul Williams, this time on guitar and vocals.
In addition to local venues, the band began playing on cable television.
Mylar would go on to perform more shows than any other artist on
the Friday Night Live cable program, until the show ended in 2005.
Hair left the band shortly after its inception due to his popular
demand as a jazz guitarist. The remaining members recorded "Demo
1998", which began as a demo recording and became an album. "Demo
1998" was the first CD produced by Mylar. More importantly,
two Mylar compositions from the album, "Sweet Alibi" and his popular
rave song, "Let's Dance", became two of the first MP3 formatted
songs on the new and growing internet. Again, the format was still
in its infancy and Mylar never received royalties or any compensation
for these songs.
Most of the bands Mylar performed with maintained some form of the
Jam Band theme. When performing live, Mylar continued to instigate
improvisational interpretations of his music as much as possible.
In 2000, with his children grown, Mylar began to perform more often.
He recorded and released the solo album, "Real Mylar", which would
be named the 17th best Folk album in America in 2002, based on customer
satisfaction by the internet consumer portal, BizRate. He was quickly
recognized by the Sacramento community with a SAMMIE award nomination
in the Folk category.
While the local scene did not forget about Folk Wave, Mylar was
more anxious to revive his Jam Band, the William Mylar Band. Along
with drummer, Pete Miller, Mylar added Jim Irion on bass and David
Molina on the Mandolin. Due to commitments with his other band,
Molina was replaced by Ken Burnett.
In 2003, Mylar released "Listen", which featured new material and
performed with a mixture of Jazz, Rock, Folk and Pop styles. The
album received critical acclaim most places, but Sacramento reviewers
saw "Listen" as a departure for Mylar from the eclectic
Folk style they were used to. Although some in the Sacramento music
scene reacted coolly to this album, Mylar featured a number of popular
Sacramento area musicians, including drummer, Bruce Spencer, Amy
Anne and Xeno from Xenophilia, keyboardist and harmonica player,
Tom Whinnery, and, of course, Glenn Hair, who, at the time, was
the co-founder and first president of the Sacramento Jazz Association.
Mylar started to tour again in an attempt to bring more awareness
to the album. He performed solo throughout California and had successful
performances at the Knitting Factory and the Rainbow in Los Angeles,
as well as popular venues in San Francisco.
In October of 2004, Mylar embarked on a tour of Europe, stopping
off for a show in New York City. This was not the first time Mylar
performed outside of the USA. Mylar was part of a kibbutz band when
he lived in Israel in 1974 and he performed in bars in Baja California,
Mexico, mostly for fun and free drinks. If there was a guitar or
piano around, Mylar would play it for himself and anyone who cared
In New York, Mylar performed a solo show and also with a band called,
The Wanting. He met The Wanting bass player, Alex Tansor, through
a Phil Lesh fan web site, called the Phil Zone. This was to become
an important step in Mylar's career because he eventually began
to seek out jam sessions and open mike venues in order to play in
other parts of the world via the world wide web. Mylar figured he
could interact with other musicians and find venues to play and
people to play with through the internet. The internet also became
a great tool for sharing music with these musicians so they could
all rehearse material before Mylar was to meet and perform live
with them. More often than not, Mylar found musicians of equal or
greater abilities. The performances, complete with improvisation,
were very successful, and often came off as if they had all been
playing together for years. The internet helped Mylar find venues
to play in Florida, Chicago, North Carolina and just about anywhere
else he travelled.
With two prominent albums, venue owners and booking agents were
receptive to Mylar when he contacted them directly and asked to
perform. The owner of the Orange Bear in New York City asked if
Mylar could play regularly there. When Mylar reminded him he was
from California, he remarked that Mylar was welcome to perform there
any time he was on the east coast.
From New York, Mylar went to England. After 2 shows in London, Mylar
was surprised at the way audiences sat quietly, listening to his
music. He was used to noisy cafes and bars, where people tended
to socialize and talk more than focus completely on the entertainment.
He discovered that musicians in Europe are treated with the same
respect and courtesy as other professions. Also, the polite audiences
rarely spoke directly to Mylar, but they enthusiastically applauded
his work and bought his CDs. After London, Mylar performed in Oxford
at the Turf Tavern, a popular night spot for the large student population.
The Turf is said to have been a hangout of former U.S. President,
Bill Clinton, when he was a student at Oxford.
By the time Mylar was ready to travel to Amsterdam, he had nearly
sold out of the suitcase full of CDs he brought with him. Mylar
had been able to pre-book only one show in Amsterdam. He appeared
at the Bourbon Street club and played with a house band that night.
Thinking he was just doing a showcase, Mylar was surprised when
the owner paid him and insisted he return the next night to open,
solo, for another band. At that performance, one of the band members
asked him to look up another musician at the Waterhole on the Leidseplein.
Mylar went there and wound up playing with that band for the rest
of the night.
His next stop was a live radio show in Mol, Belgium. There he performed
"A Painless Time" for the first time in public. As of this writing,
the song, while almost a staple at many Mylar shows since 2004,
has yet to be published on a commercial recording.
Back in Amsterdam, Mylar went to a coffee shop to see about performing
and the owner had already heard of "Mr. Meelar" and hired him on
the spot. While Mylar's European tour exceeded financial expectations,
the experience of being so well received was also more than Mylar
had hoped for. In addition, it allowed him to once again meet and
work with other quality musicians in another part of the world.
Back in the states, Mylar continued to work with his band and as
a solo artist. Since 2001, Mylar also began to sit in with other
bands, as a guest guitarist and vocalist. He worked with Melvin
Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, who often sat in with the World
Beat jam band, Mind X, and he had also been working with the popular
Folk Jazz trio, Xenophilia. In addition, he began to work with bands
in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mylar especially enjoyed discovering and supporting younger artists.
In 2005, Mylar began producing the CD, "Supergirl" for Amy Anne,
vocalist for Xenophilia. This was Amy Anne's first solo CD and included
guest artists, such as Xenophilia's other founding members, Xeno
and Hence Phillips, and a budding singer/songwriter, Jackie Greene.
Mylar first met Greene in 2000 in Placerville, CA while promoting
one of his shows at an open mike at the Cosmic Cafe. Greene was
performing in a duo with Ben Lefever and Mylar liked the Tom Waits
material they performed and asked them to open for his upcoming
show. After Jackie turned 21 and began to perform in Sacramento,
Mylar worked with him a few times and helped promote his career,
which was beginning to take off as others discovered Greene's obvious
remarkable talents. While recording "Supergirl", Greene had signed
with Verve Records. His manager, Marty DeAnda, asked that he use
an alias so as not to compromise his new recording contract. Jackie
Greene appeared on the album as Gino the Wino.
"Supergirl" became very successful with internet downloads and the
track "Johnny Depp" became an instant hit on the video portal, YouTube.
The song, written by Amy Anne, Xeno and Hence Phillips, has been
used in scores of videos, which continue to receive millions of
plays with nearly every Johnny Depp motion picture release.
During this time, Mylar also began performing more and more with
other musicians he met via the internet. He started sitting in with
bands such as Left Coasting, the Dedicated Maniacs, and West County
Outlaws in the SF Bay Area, The Republic, in southern California,
and many other bands around the country. He also worked with popular
Blues recording artist, Alice Stuart, a former guitarist for Frank
Zappa, Barry "The Fish" Melton, and many other legendary musicians
Mylar also began recording and producing music for commercial television,
radio and web sites. The instrumental portion of Mylar's song "Don't
Hate" from the "Listen" album was used as background
music for the California DMV's first Flash web site.
In 2007, "Zoners", members of the Phil Lesh fan site, the Phil Zone,
produced a West Coast Zoner Jam at the Jerry Garcia amphitheatre,
in San Francisco. The event was simply a gathering of bands, musicians,
poets, and dancers performing in the vein of 1960s free concerts
in the park. While many of the participants were too young to remember
those carefree and innocent times, the event is as close as it could
possibly come to realizing the feel of the free concerts that regularly
occurred in San Francisco during the 60s.
For the first event, Mylar put together a band that included Stu
Allen and Marty Holland, members of the Melvin Seals and JGB Jerry
Garcia tribute band. In 2008, Zoners produced an East Coast Zoner
Jam and the events are now annual on both American coasts. Mylar
has participated in all of the West Coast Zoner Jams and the East
Coast Zoner Jams in 2009 and 2010. Each time, Mylar has brought
a different arrangement to the jam.
In January of 2009, Mylar returned to full-time music work and for
his first show, he opened the annual David Nelson Band tour in Pahoa,
Hawaii. The David Nelson Band is probably the closest arrangement
that mirrors the Grateful Dead experience of the 1960s and 70s.
While they only perform a few Grateful Dead songs and should not
be confused as a tribute band or a spin off jam band, the David
Nelson Band brings the same high quality musicianship, fun and sound
as the Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia Band.
Mylar's band arrangements continue to include a number of Sacramento
artists such as current band, includes Glenn Hair, songwriter and
bass player, Tim Fisher, who has performed with members of Stoneground,
Frankie Lee, and Blues diva, Dana Moret Papastathis, Steve Wall,
guitarist for the award winning Beer Dawgs, Peter Philis, drummer
for Mind X and JGB, and Butch Minor, drummer for many Sacramento
area jazz bands. In addition, guest members have included Michael
Klepic, keyboardist for the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, Skinnin
Lynard, mandolin guru and songwriter, Ken Burnett, singer/songwriter,
Ricky Berger, Amy Anne and more.
The Mylar Band has become an ensemble meant to perform all styles
of music for clubs and private events. Everything from Country/Bluegrass
to Classic Rock to Blues and Jazz. The band's musicians have over
100 years of musical experience between them and does not disappoint.
In addition to performing as Wild Bill Mylar for the annual Sacramento
Gold Rush Festival, several years ago Mylar added a new annual character,
Wil O'Mylar, and performs traditional and modern Irish music every
St. Patrick's Day, vocalizing with Gaelic brogue. His rendition
of "Danny Boy" doesn't leave a dry eye in the house and is requested
so often, you can hear people calling for Mylar to sing it at his
There is a lot of theater still left in Mylar, which makes him
more than a singer/songwriter or musician, but an all around entertainer.
He'll even tell you, "It's all show biz".
Apr 2010 - Sep 2011
Mylar began performing regularly at Strings Pizzeria in Sacramento,
CA twice per month. As of this writing Mylar continues his indefinite
engagement there. Guest artists often appear and Mylar performs
special themed music for holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas,
etc. To our knowledge, Mylar is the only artist to ever perform
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" solo. This was additionally
remarkable because Mylar played the bass lick along with the rhythm
chords and also included the Vincent Price rap.
Mylar continued to perform at the annual Grangestock Festival and
both Zoner Jams.
During the summer of 2010, Mylar joined the Red Barn Productions
(see Links page) Time Travel Weekend program in Old Sacramento,
CA as Wild Bill Mylar. As he has done for the past 10 years at the
Gold Rush Days Festival, Mylar performed on the streets of Old Sacramento
every weekend and as a support musician for various acts, skits
and other presentations inside the Eagle Theater. Time Travel Weekends
was a very successful street theater event and Mylar was asked to
help provide musical direction for the 2011 season. He coordinated
the musicians in the house band, which also became known as the
Dogtown Serenaders. The group exclusively performed music, written
or published prior to 1860 and also provided support for other performances
and historic re-enactments. The 2011 house band included Ken Burnett
(mandolin) and Jude Darnell (violin). They also performed with Liquor
Cake members, Aaron Hendel and Bryn and Megan Tucker as well as
pianists, Ellen Hoffman, Win Meyerson and Matthew Yates.
Mylar also performed with the Tim Fisher's One Timers, which also
included Steve Wall, Ralph Hammer, Jim and Dana Papastathis and
others at Constable Jack's in Newcastle, CA. The legendary Blues
and Rock venue recently closed its doors for good and Mylar also
performed there on their last day along with many local luminaries,
such as Lena Mosely, Steve Price from Pablo Cruise, and more.
Mylar now performs monthly at the world famous Torch Club in Sacramento,
CA. At the Torch he gets to play what he calls "adult oriented"
music - material a little bit more racy than his all-ages shows.
"Quite the entertainer!", exclaimed one patron. "I'll
never be able to hear 'She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain' the
same way again.", said another.
2011 has become a very busy year for Mylar as he continues to perform
somewhere in Northern California every week. For a while he also
collaborated with Hair and Burnett, performing popular rock songs
in acoustic gypsy jazz style. This was quite unique in the Sacramento,
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
In October of 2011, Mylar partnered with Sacramento's Artober Project
to begin a series of "Jam With Mylar!" performances. The program
is associated with National Arts & Humanities Month which was established
in 1993 and is celebrated every October in the United States. Jam
with Mylar! is a project which features Mylar and other professional
musicians who invite amateur musicians, singers, and songwriters
to perform live with them on stage at various popular venues. The
idea is to encourage people, especially young people, to perform
their material with seasoned veterans. Jam With Mylar! is more than
a live karaoke show because these budding artists bring their own
material, unrehearsed, to the stage. They rely on the experience
of the pros to back them up, providing them with a professional
forum with which to have their original works heard by audiences.
The program was very successful and Mylar took the project to San
Francisco, where it was warmly receive at the Connecticut Yankee,
a venue which has spawned such popular bands as the Dedicated Maniacs,
Hot Buttered Rum, Five Eyed Hand, Tea Leaf Green, Izabella and more.
The project ran regularly for about a year and included all-ages
venues to attract younger performers. Mylar continues to occasionally
book Jam With Mylar! shows when he is able. Several Jam With Mylar!
alumni now perform on their own, which is the goal the program was
designed to reach. Mylar continues to perform at several Sacramento,
CA area venues on a regular basis, as he prefers to work closer
to home rather than travel.
Mylar also enjoys performing with other bands and projects. One
of these bands is the Hip Waders, formed by Wade Sammis (guitar/keys).
In addition to Mylar, the band includes a variety of local musicians
and singers, including Steve Wall, Glenn Hair, Rob Hormel, Randy
Ursua, Jean Fox, Greg Cox and Kathy Blue. The band plays primarily
Rock and Roll cover songs from the 70s/80s/90s, but has also included
some Mylar originals. Mylar performs with them as his schedule permits.
Mylar returned to Red Barn Productions' Old Sacramento Time Travel
Weekends summer program as musical director/musician. He also performed
his Wild Bill Mylar character at the annual Sacramento Gold Rush
Days festival. The Dogtown Serenaders released the album, "Hits
From The1850s", a live recording of the group performing traditional
music, popular during California's Gold Rush period. Mylar continues
to add new songs to his already impressive repertoire. He has been
performing many of the new songs which will be included in a new
solo album, planned for 2013.
Dec 2012 -Dec 2013
Mylar spent the majority of this time working in the Sacramento
area. In particular, Mylar wanted to perform regularly in order
to further hone his guitar playing skills, as well as increase the
diversity of his music. The "Jam With Mylar!" shows at the Torch
Club in Sacramento, had already become to be called "Hippie Hour",
due to his monthly work during happy hours at the club.
In January, Mylar began Hippie Hour Fridays every week at Old Ironsides
in Sacramento. Old Ironsides is one of Sacramento's oldest bars
and also one of the city's most popular music venues. Mylar wanted
Hippie Hour to be the kind of free-form entertainment that he remembered
from the small clubs in San Francisco during the late 60s and early
70s, when members of many of the famous bands would get together
to jam, unrehearsed and unannounced. He wanted to provide a place
where musicians could join him without the pressures of a normal
booking. The idea was to provide a chill environment for the Sacramento
music scene, as well as the public. Hippie Hour shows are no-cover,
afternoon/evening events and almost always include free food or
"munchies". In addition to Mylar, Ken Burnett, also performs regularly
at Hippie Hour. During 2013, bass player, musician and vocalist,
Allie Marcel, also began to appear on a fairly regular basis. Guest
musicians and singers have included Jenn Rogar, Brian Burke, Joan
Caroll Kudin, Gordon Groft, Bob and Linda Easton-Waller, Dan Sawyer,
Tim Fisher, Peter Philis, Craig Smith, Valerie Kramer, Chuck Parrnelli,
Robert Scott, Glenn Hair, Billy Masters, Woody Boyd, and many others.
Just about every genre of music is performed, since Mylar accommodates
all requests. In addition, word of Mylar's Hippie Hour shows encouraged
other Sacramento venues to book some of these shows.
Mylar also continued working solo and with other groups and ensembles
and achieved his goal of performing steady closer to home. There
has been barely a week gone by where Mylar has not performed somewhere.
At the request of some of his fans, Mylar Productions began posting
set lists to Mylar's Facebook page. These set lists spotlight the
impressive variety of music Mylar performs and sings.
Mylar performed his Wild Bill Mylar character for a 3rd consecutive
season at Time Travel Weekends, as well as his musical director
duties, over the summer. He even "acted" is a Stephen Foster revue!
He also returned for the 10th consecutive year at the city's Gold
Rush Days Festival over Labor Day weekend.
Mylar continued to perform his Wil O'Mylar Irish music at various
venues for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, his annual Christmas
and Hanukkah holiday sing-along programs at various venues and his
popular annual all-ages Halloween show.
Mylar also made some time to write new music and several of these
songs are often requested. "Fly Around The Sun", "Yesterday's Dead
And Gone", and "Once Upon A Time" have all become staples at Mylar
performances. He also wrote "About 100 Years Ago" and "Butternut
Sky (Thanksgiving Song)". As of this writing, there are no definite
plans to record and release an album, but Mylar says he has enough
material for at least two. Perhaps 2014 will bring a new Mylar recording.
Mylar's Hippie Hour shows are now a regular "must see" attraction
in Sacramento. In October the Friday shows were moved to the Starlite
Lounge in midtown to accommodate all ages. Mylar still performs
every Monday at Old Ironsides as a guitarist for Heath Williamson
and Friends and monthly HH at the Torch Club. In addition to his
Hippie Hours, HWF, his Wild Bill Mylar and, Wil O'Mylar characters,
all the holiday themed shows and a new power Blues trio, with Tim
Fisher and Peter Philis, Mylar averages 4 to 5 performances per
week in the Sacramento area. Mylar also continues to perform occasionally
in the SF Bay Area with other musicians, contracts for private shows
and appears at benefits.
Mylar's schedule is so full there has been little time for studio
work, even though Mylar continues to write new material. Mylar says,
"I don't know what I would do with the recordings anyway. There
is no longer a viable way to recover the expense of a commercially
produced album. I have some ideas, but I still need to kick them
around a bit."
In the meantime, all of the live shows are recorded and there are
plans to cull some of the gems from the thousands of hours of music
for public sharing.
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recording just for you!
2015 - 2017
Mylar continues to perform primarily in the Sacramento, CA area.
Mylar's Hippie Hour Fridays are at the Starlite Lounge in midtown
and he still performs with Heath Williamson & Friends every Monday
at Old Ironsides in downtown Sacramento. Mylar hosts his Hippie
Hour every 2nd Tuesday at the Torch Club, also in downtown Sacramento.
2015 was the first year in over 10 years that Mylar did not perform
as Wild Bill in Old Sacramento. The annual summer Time Travel Weekends
program was scotched due to lack of funding and Sacramento's Gold
Rush Days decided to take a less historic approach to recreating
life in Sacramento during the city's infancy between 1850 and 1870.
Instead, third party event coordinators were contracted and they
opted for a Country and Western ambience, including amplified and
Mylar's expertise in California Gold Rush period music is known
all over the world and he is still consulted by many historic and
academic organizations and project leaders. Many Sacramentans were
disappointed that Mylar was not included in Gold Rush Days, so he
provided a special performance of period music at a Friday Hippie
Hour show during the festival. The unplugged acoustic performance
included fellow Dogtown Serenaders, Allie Marcel and Ken Burnett,
on September 4th. Many Gold Rush Days performers attended since
they also missed Wild Bill and company!
In honor of the anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first public
performance of December 4, 1965, Mylar helped produce Sacramento
GD 50 on December 4, 2015 at the Starlite Lounge. The event included
performances by Skjellyfetti, which featured Mylar, Heath Williamson,
Ken Burnett, Joe Lev and Peter Philis.
Bands also included Matt Rainey and the Dippin' Sauce and Todd Gardener
and Saint Of Circumstances. A 60s style light show was provided
by Mad Alchemy. Musicians also included Murph Murphy, Neil Campisano,
Jim Wendt, Kathryn Alves, Chris Fraire, and Bert Thomas.
The night was filled with music by the Grateful Dead. Over 100 Sacramento
area Deadheads and interested music lovers came together for an
evening of tribute, fun and dancing. That very memorable night was
sponsored in part by the newly resurrected K-ZAP radio. Mylar's
Hippie Hour Fridays also became a sponsor of K-ZAP's Thursday night
Grateful Dead Hour syndicated by David Gans.
Mylar continued to perform his annual Wil O'Mylar Irish music shows
at various venues for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, his annual
Halloween shows and Christmas holiday shows.
For the 2nd year in a row, Mylar hosted the annual Torch Club Christmas
Party and clothing drive for Loaves & Fishes.
Mylar played other benefits and continues to perform at private
and special events with his Blues trio, Heath Williamson, his "A
Band" and other ensembles.
Mylar's Hippie Hour shows every Friday at the Starlite Lounge and every 2nd Tuesday at the Torch Club in Sacramento continued to be one of Sacramento's must-see attractions. Besides regulars, Ken Burnett and Daniel Sawyer, these shows have also attracted a number of popular local musicians, including SAMMIE nominated (winner in 2017) Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter, Michael Ray, and Joe Lev (Sacramento Blues Society Hall of Fame bassist). Other guest musicians have included Dave Finberg, Erik Tolford, Sophia Ewing, Roberta Chevrette, Robert Fries, Matthew Hevesh, Harley White II, Marty Taters, Peter Philis, Sean Barfly, Leo Bootes and many more.
In addition, Mylar continues to perform as lead guitarist for Heath Williamson and Friends every Monday at Old Ironsides. All these shows are all free-form and unrehearsed and feature guest musicians from all over the world.
Highlights of 2016 and 2017 include the 25th Annual Cinco De Mayo Fest with Matt Rainey, Johnny "Mojo" Flores (Achilles Wheel) and more The Mylar Blues Band performed at the Orangevale Brews & Blues Festival. The band included Glenn Hair, Joe Lev and Peter Philis. Zoner Nite, with Skjellyfetti, Psycho Genius, and the Dedicated Maniacs. Mylar became an honorary member of the Dedicated Maniacs (Michael Berry, Douglas Garay and Larry Luthi) in November of 2016 at a performance at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, CA and later that month, Mylar was reunited with Tim Fisher in the One Timers, opening for Dana Moret and Mr. December at the Purple Place in El Dorado Hills, CA. The One Timers included Peter Philis, Glenn Hair, Michael Ray, Steve Wall and Jim Papastathis. The Rhythm Schmucks (Richie "Shakin'" Nagan and Sikiru Adepoju) joined a Hippie Hour, during one of their west coast tours. The show also included Nibblers keyboardist, Jim Wendt.
Mylar continued to host the annual Torch Club Christmas Party and clothing drive to benefit Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, as well as many other benefits, holiday and themed concert events throughout the Sacramento area.
2017 This year marked the 40th year since Mylar began performing, using his stage name, when he first performed at Sacramento's Fox & Goose Public House in 1977. Mylar was also nominated again for a Sacramento News & Review award (SAMMIES).
Mylar continues to perform over 150 shows per year, mostly in the Sacramento area, including his now legendary Hippie Hour shows, with Heath Williamson & Friends, his holiday shows, private events and as a featured player and singer in other bands, like Psycho Genius and Skjellyfetti. Mylar also continues to perform at a number of benefit shows.
The Starlite Lounge suddenly closed in June, and without missing a Friday, Mylar was able to move his Hippie Hour Fridays to a venue in Rancho Cordova, Louie's Cocktail Lounge. The shows are still free, but the new venue is limited to patrons, 21 and over.
His catalog of over 1,000 songs and inclusion of guest musicians helps to make every one of his Hippie Hour shows unique.
Looking forward to 2018, Mylar hopes to do some more recording. Since almost all of his commercial music is already available for download or free on the internet, Mylar plans to simply release future recordings as they are completed rather than release any more albums. He already creates custom recordings in various media formats for people who request them. People just have to send an email via the Contact page of this website to request the music they want and Mylar Productions makes the arrangements.
2018 - 2019
Mylar's Hippie Hour™ is still going strong and added the all-ages Hideaway Bar & Grill in Sacramento and Waterman Brewing Co. to the list of regular venues. There is hardly a week that goes by where Mylar is not performing somewhere in the Sacramento area, which is where he prefers to work now. Occasionally, Mylar will travel for special performances, but has decided to limit touring to Northern California for now.
He also decided to stop making commercial recordings after all of his albums became out of print. He says, "I don't see any sense to spending time and money in a recording studio, when just about everything I've ever written is available on the internet for free now. That's fine, but live shows are more in the moment and so much more genuine. I decided if folks want to hear new music from me, they should come to a show. They are free to record it or make videos with their smart phones and post the music to where ever they post such things. All I ask is, if they like it, please share it and list the names of those who are performing with me. I don't even care if they spell stuff correctly."
2018 and 2019 brought more Sacramento music award (SAMMIES) nominations. Although never a winner, Mylar has been nominated in at least 6 or 7 categories and at least 10 times over the life of these awards. "It's always an honor to be recognized along with my friends."
Mylar also performed with the Terrapin Trio (Heath Williamson & Daniel Sawyer) at the Ain't Necessarily Dead Fest in Auburn, CA, which gave him a chance to share the stage again with old friends.
Sacramento's Gold Rush Days was somewhat resurrected and re-branded in 2019 as Waterfront Days Festival. The Memorial Day weekend event also replaced the old Dixieland Jubilee/Sacramento Music Festival, which succumbed to financial issues a few years ago. Red Barn Productions (Time Travel Weekends) was employed to produce entertainment to help promote the new Sacramento Waterfront, which is to replace the "Old Sacramento" name going forward, as Sacramento tries to reinvent itself once again. RBP hired Mylar, who employed Ken Burnett, Allie Marcel and JT Lawrence to perform music along with other period entertainment. While light rain may have deterred some people, the event was well attended. Mylar says, "It was great to go back in time to Sacramento City, when the town was first invented and provide music from the 1800s."
Mylar turned 65 in September and celebrated at the Torch Club with a star-studded night of music as a benefit for the Sacramento chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "Mylar's 65 Roses Birthday" show generated $2,000.00 for the charity, which supports those afflicted, mostly children, and their families.
Mylar looks forward to 2020 and entering his 7th decade of performing music.