CoolHeat plays at a remodeled Carlos’ |

CoolHeat plays at a remodeled Carlos’

When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re cool, you’re cool. One Grass Valley band that is both – CoolHeat – will be playing jazz at Carlos’ Restaurant on Friday to kick off the restaurant’s extensive remodel that includes a new bar, stage and dance floor. Then, because they’re so hot (or is it cool?), they’ll play again Jan. 28.

On Jan. 29, those same five band members switch hats and play classic rock and top 40 as the band Mad Dash.

Members of both bands, which have been playing together for about two years, include local Grass Valley residents guitarist/vocalist Michael Gregory, drummer John Basa, lead vocalist Barbara Lynn Gilberg, saxophonist Bob Chapman, and bassist Roger Shimoff.

Chapman, speaking for the band, says they play to the mood of the dancers, from mellow jazz to James Brown, R&B to ballads. “We’re geared for parties and dancing,” he said, “and our rhythm section is great.”

From what he says, Mad Dash is a little more on the wild side, encouraging mad, hot dancing. To get things really going, a couple more vocalists in costume are added.

“We come across as a Las Vegas act,” he says. “People seem to really like us.”

Crowds of all ages can relate to their music, recognizing the beat of such melodies as “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Jail House Rock,” and “Take 5.” Original compositions by band leader Michael Gregory are also part of the musical experience. About the only type of music the bands don’t play is rap.

The bands play venues from Stockton to Reno, with yet another version of the band, Mad Dash Oldies Revue, known for its old-time rock ‘n’ roll appearances for the local Roamin Angels classic car club. Weddings are another specialty; find them at the Miners Foundry Wedding Fair on Feb. 20.

For more information, call 274-1835 or go online at

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