Dick Bright - Workin' for a Livin'

Jun 26 2023 - 7:00pm

PEGASUS BOOKS ON SOLANO. FREE TO ATTEND. Space is limited! To register,
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Store closes
6:30pm: Doors open to pre-registered attendees
7pm: Event begins

Image of cover of book Workin' for a Livin' by Dick Bright. Image of author Dick Bright and written reviews of the book, with text "Monday June 26th!"

Join us Monday, June 26th at 7pm at Pegasus on Solano when Dick Bright discusses and signs his book, Workin' for a Livin'. Dick will be joined by John Hoy (guitar), Andrew Higgins (bass), Anna Kristina (vocals), and Kevin Hayes (drums). He will take us on a musical journey based on his career and life. The band will play everything from Bacharach to Peggy Lee to Motown, featuring Dick on the electric violin.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the book:

Dick Bright has done it all in the music business and his first book Workin’ For A Livin’ - Makin’ it in the Music Business chronicles his storied 50-year career as a performer, bandleader, collaborator, producer, and impresario.

With nods to Donald S. Passman’s Everything you Need to Know about the Music Business and the For Dummies series, Workin’ For A Livin’ - Makin’ it in the Music Business is a combination self-help-guide and how-to-manual for all matters on and off the bandstand for aspiring musicians, composers, producers, and arrangers. It is the definitive source of information for anyone interested in a career in the music industry and for people simply looking to hire musicians for private events or book a DJ for a wedding.

With his trademark wit and wisdom, Bright lifts the lid and spills the secrets on playing Steve Jobs’s wedding, booking James Brown and other legends at the famed Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, and producing countless concerts and private events all around the world. Famed music journalist and best-selling author Joel Selvin provided the book’s introduction and the book’s 17 chapters cover topics ranging from “So You’re Thinking of Starting A Band?” and “Music Business School Part 1 & 2” to “Everybody Needs A Laugh” - a finely curated collection of musician jokes.

Workin’ For A Livin’ - Makin’ it in the Music Business includes a collection of candid interviews Bright did with many of his friends and musical greats including B.B. King, former San Francisco Symphony assistant concertmaster Mark Volkert, arranger and Tower of Power trumpeter Greg Adams, famed session drummer John Mader, the premier vocal coach Dave Stroud, and award-winning entertainment leaders. All of them talk about their own careers, how they got there, and they share well-earned advice on how to succeed in the ever-changing entertainment industry.

A classical trained violinist with over 50 years of performance and behind-the-scenes experience, Marin County, CA based Dick Bright has presented and worked with the biggest names in music. Originally from Los Angeles, Bright is an actor, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist who has appeared in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Metro with Eddie Murphy to spots on CBS-TV’s Nash Bridges and has led his own 18-piece Standing Room Only and the current top Bay Area private event band, DBO Live. He was the music director of the Bay Area Music Awards/BAMMIES, works with numerous national charities, and he is a first-call performer of the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. 

About the author:

Multi-talented musician, bandleader, and actor, Dick Bright has been
entertaining Bay Area audiences for many years.

In 1974 Dick came to the public’s attention as musical director of the Bay
Area Music Awards known as the BAMMIES, where his thirty-piece rock
and roll orchestra backed such local luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Carlos
Santana, and Huey Lewis for twelve years running.

In 1984 the “maestro” became musical director of the Fairmont Hotel’s
legendary Venetian Room where he worked with such legends as Ella
Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, and James Brown.

Also a professional actor, Dick has appeared in such films as “Mrs.
Doubtfire” with Robin Williams and “Metro” featuring Eddie Murphy.

Currently, Dick Bright runs several bands including the Dick Bright Trio,
Club 90, a nine-piece contemporary R&B show band performing for major
corporations around the world, and the Dick Bright Orchestra which has
played for many popular San Francisco events. Dick is also a local favorite
performing the national anthem for the Giants, Warriors, and Forty Niners.
Event address: 
Pegasus on Solano
1855 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
Event Category: 
Solano Location