When: Sunday, June 11, 2006, from 2 to 6 PM
Where: Tapia Park, 884 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302-2137 (Directions: from L.A., take the 101 Freeway North to Las Virgenes Road, cross over the freeway (toward Malibu Canyon) and travel 4.8 miles to the Tapia Park entrance. Once inside the park, follow the signs.
Costs: $8 State Park parking fee, per car. Books will be on sale for $16 (optional).
Bring: Your picnic basket, food, non-alcoholic drinks, your memories, photographs, blankets and lawn chairs. (The site is fully shaded and has 20 picnic tables, BBQs, restroom facilities, and parking for 100 cars. Come early, bring your family, and stay the entire day if you wish. The park is open from 8 AM to sunset.)

For further information go to: www.bla-bla-café.com.

The Bla-Bla Café was an early well-loved, highly-respected 1970s entertainment showcase. It was a nightclub in Studio City that had a major following, and 30-years later can claim that it was the training ground for a large roster of performers who have since become well-known, successful entertainers. A partial list of entertainers who got their first major break while performing there includes: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Al Jarreau, and Sting. A partial list of performers who showcased there at various other times in their careers includes: (songwriters) Jimmy Webb, Karla Bonoff, Peter Allen, Keb’Mo’, Roseanne Cash, Patti Davis, Steve Gillette, Steve Seskin, Randy Sharp, Gene Nelson, (actors) William Katt, Amy Madigan, Liz Torres, Vonda Shepard, (rock groups) The Motels, Huey Lewis and the News, The Police, (singers) Vicki Randle, Carl Anderson, Shelby Flint, and (jazz legions) Don Ellis, Morgana King, and Joe Pass.

Sandy Ross, one of the Bla-Bla’s original regular performers, and its entertainment coordinator for 8 years, has just written and compiled a book that chronicles the history of the club. The book will be released June 11, 2006 at a book signing at Tapia Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. The event will double as the first reunion ever held, for Bla-Bla Café performers, patrons, family and friends, since the club’s close in 1982.