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Photo by Polly Payne
Photo by Polly Payne

By A.J. Bardzilowski

Bill Payne, a founding member of the band Little Feat, is bringing his legendary keyboard skills, photography and special guest—Grateful Dead publicist and biographer Dennis McNally—to the Coach House for an evening of music, art and storytelling, dubbed “Tracing Footsteps.”

McNally will open the show with stories about life on the road with the  Grateful Dead, followed by Payne pumping out Little Feat classics “Truck Stop Girl,” “Oh Atlanta” and “Tripe Face Boogie,” to name a few. Payne’s set will also feature cover tunes from the likes of fellow musicians such as Randy Newman and many more.

An accomplished photographer, Payne will show a number of his favorite photos and talk about how they inspired some of his music, stories and poems. Throw in a question and answer session, moderated by McNally, in the middle of the set and you have the ingredients for an evening of multi-faceted entertainment.

“No question too large, no question too small,” McNally said.

Join Payne and McNally at The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, May 12 and be a part of this interactive experience.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For tickets or dinner reservations, visit or call 949.496.8930.

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