Back Stage – Cool Heat on Highway 80 billboards |

Back Stage – Cool Heat on Highway 80 billboards

The smiling faces of Cool Heat’s band members can now be seen larger than life (about 14 feet by 40 feet) for the next six months just west and east of downtown Auburn on Highway 80.

Grass Valley-based smooth jazz band Cool Heat was recently awarded two billboards on Highway 80 by Auburn’s Club Car promotions manager Richard Jones in an effort to help revitalize live entertainment in the downtown area. Jones recently opened the Monkey Cat restaurant across the street from the Club Car on Lincoln Way.

Cool Heat includes Barbara-Lynn Gilberg on vocals, Bob Chapman on saxophone, Roger Shimoff on bass, Michael Gregory on lead guitar and John Basa on drums.

Cool Heat is a spin-off of the rock ‘n’ roll band Mad Dash.

“We noticed that people wanted AOM (Adult Oriented Music) music, not rock,” said Gilberg, who can easily back up that observation with her busy gig calendar. Booked through next year, the band is currently in the studio working on their first all-originals CD titled “Certified Cool.”

Cool Heat can next be seen in the area at the Club Car on June 30 and at the downtown market on July 14, both in Auburn and from 6 to 10 p.m.; and at the Stonehouse Restaurant on July 2 and July 23 in Nevada City from 8 p.m. to midnight. The group will also be at Marysville’s annual Peach Festival on July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. and at Nevada City Summer Nights on July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more band information, check out Cool Heat’s Web site at

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