They call their music Ameri-kinda, as their tunes repeatedly stray over the Americana border, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippie influences. Songwriters Henry (piano, accordion, vocals) and Kathleen Salvia (vocals, acoustic guitar) can be seen around the SF Bay Area as a duo, or  frequently as a full troupe of  talent including David Phillips on pedal steel, John Pearson on percussion, Dave Golia on bass,  and Ken Owen on drums. 


Hello Sageheads!

January went by so fast! So, Happy February everybody! We wish you all a year filled with love, peace, good health, fun, and music.

At long last, our records are in the mixing stage and we expect to have something in our hands to show you in a few months.  First, we will release Henry's Hideaway on LP (these tunes really want to be heard off of a turntable) and CD. The other half of the project, Ameri-Kinda, will follow on CD.  Of course, it'll all be available by streaming because that's just how they do it these days.

But why wait?  Come see and hear us in person! We’ve got some shows coming up in February and March around the Bay Area. We’re also happy that in April, we’re going to be back at HopMonk in Sebastopol with our North Bay Wingmen. Also in April, Henry will be meeting with fellow pianists Greg Rahm and Aemonn Flynn for a rare Piano Summit at Lucca’s in Benicia.

Thursday February 1 & Thursday March 7    6 to 8 pm 
Dinner with the Salvias Duo
Roxx on Main  627 Main St    Martinez
No cover.  Tasty tunes accompanied by terrific food.
Call (925) 370-7699 for reservations

Sunday February 4 & Sunday March 10    2 to 5 pm
Afternoon Delight with the Orkestra
San Gregorio Store  Hwy 84 & Stage Rd
No cover.  Excellent libations, special entrée every day
Inside or outside depending on the weather

Friday March 15  6 to 8 pm
NEW!  Join the Salvias Duo in Petaluma
Aqus, The Foundry Wharf
No cover. 
Excellent food and community hang out

Join Us! It’ll be great to see you!

Peace!  -  wouldn't it be great if just saying it would make it so?

Henry and Kathleen Salvia

Yesvember, December Greetings! 

Dear SageHeads - 

We have been in the recording studio quite a bit lately, and it turns out we're going to have enough to do 2 separate collections. We need 2 because it has become apparent that we have a split personality.

The Flying Salvias: Ameri-kinda will consist of just that - sort of Americana, not really roots music but country, folk, rock, old hippie influenced, with a bit of kitchen sink thrown in. 

The Flying Salvias: Henry's Hideaway will be full of tunes brushing up against jazz, old nightclub, art, and alt-cabaret (if there wasn't such a thing before, there is now!) Think of it as Act One to Henry's Hideaway: The Musical.  

The talent line up spreads out across both collections - Besides Henry and Kathleen - Alex Baum, Kent Bryson, Russ Gold, Dave Golia, Travis Jones, Mark Karan, Chris Kee, Ken Owen, David Phillips, and Glenn Pomianek, among others. Next, we're bringing in Sean Allen for a guitar spot only he can do.  There's a trio soul ballad with Kathleen, Keta Bill and Loralee Christensen that scorches the paint right off the walls, it's so hot!

Coming up this week is our first club gig up here in Sonoma County - kind of a last minute thing or I woulda told you sooner, but we'll be at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on Wednesday November 29 in the Abbey Room from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Initimate, fun, with Sean Allen on guitar, Dave Jess on bass and Russ Gold on traps.  Come on over!

Of course, the first Thursday of every month finds us at Roxx on Main in Martinez, which means December 7 Henry and Kathleen will be doing their Dinner Duo thing from 6 to 8 pm.

Saturday December 23 will be our holiday blowout/office Christmas party at San Gregorio Store, 2 to 5 pm.  A perfect place to celebrate the season and also to shop for some pretty creative gifts.

Hope to see you soon!  Peace to all.

Kathleen (and Henry, too)

October Will Be Awesome 

Dear SageHeads, Old Friends, and New Ones:

We are looking forward to a special matinee concert on Sunday October 15 at The Lost Church in Santa Rosa. Most of you are friends from our Coastside hangouts, but we want to invite you to The Lost Church, which is an excellent, intimate, listening room. You can even make a weekend of it in Santa Rosa, with discounts being offered at ArtHouse Hotel and Hotel e: use code TLC when booking for 15% off, free valet parking, and indoor secured parking.

The Flying Salvias and Springhouse in Concert: Together and Alone will feature the Flying Salvias with Henry on keys and vocals, Kathleen on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Phillips on pedal steel, and Chris Kee on bass.  Springhouse features: Jane Selkye, vocals and guitar; Chris Kee vocals and bass; David Phillips, pedal steel.  We'll mix things up a little between us, too.  

It's going to be a one-of-a-kind show, with lots of gorgeous, fun, poignant, thoughtful, and intelligent original music completely obliterating the borders of Americana. This show will be particularly special because Springhouse is back in town and will be sharing the bill.  There's a lot of history between the members of both groups, from Houston Jones to Metallica. 

Best wishes to everyone who reads this!
The Flying Salvias aka Those Effin' Salvias

Graphic and aka courtesy of Maurice Tani



September with the Salvias 

Hello SageHeads!

Wow. September is already busy between recording at the fabulous 25th Street Studios in Oakland, and a concert coming up with Maurice Tani on September 23, we are pretty happy campers. 

We continue our community work playing once a month at Petaluma's Adult Day Care Center and Muirwoods Memory Care. In November, we'll start monthly visits to Alma Via in San Rafael.  It means a lot to us to continue this work. It's a humbling and very moving experience  to play our music to the people who might have been our parents, and as we're no spring chickens either, they could be us, or our little sisters and brothers.  

Saturday, September 23 Maurice Tani has invited us to open for him at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church. It will just be Henry and myself, doing that duo that we do so well (ha ha). Maurice is one of the Bay Area's premier singer/songwriters and we are honored to share the stage with him. Tickets are $20 in advance online and $25 at the door. Get your tickets online here:

The day after, September 24, we'll be at our “clubhouse”, San Gregorio Store from 2 - 5, if you're in the mood for a Sunday drive.  For us, it's a 2 hour drive from Petaluma, but the drive to San Gregorio is always one we look forward to.

October 15, we're going to be at the Santa Rosa Lost Church for a Sunday matinee again, this time with our friends SpringHouse.  We'll be sharing Chris Kee on bass and David Phillips on steel, so it's kind of a “Together and Alone” theme.  And Kathleen is particularly excited that Jane Selkye will likely add some of her magic to harmonies on a Flying Salvias tune or two. 

We wish you all the best of everything! Especially peace, love and happiness.

Kathleen and Henry

Flying Salvias Soar Into Summer 

Hello Sageheads!

Summer that isn’t acting like Summer, is it?  Nonetheless, WE are acting like it is summer and looking forward to some shows we think you will love. Hope to see you soon!

Peace and Love, Kathleen and Henry

Sunday, July 2, 2 – 5 pm   The full Orkestra! 

San Gregorio Store  Hwy 84 & Stage Road

Henry – piano and vocals

Kathleen – vocals, guitar

Dave Golia – bass

Tim Orr – drums

John Pearson – percussion

David Phillips – pedal steel


Thursday, July 6, 6 – 8 pm     Dine and Dig Us Duo

Roxx on Main

627 Main Street, Martinez

Reservations Recommended!



Tickets on sale NOW for:  

Sunday, August 6, 4 - 7 pm

The Flying Salvias Quartet & The Sound Field

Elbow to Elbow at Last

Tickets on Sale Now!  

Use code: earlybird6 at checkout to receive a $3 discount off ticket price. Expires July 30



Oh Dear, May turned into June! 

Dear Sageheads,

Time flies when you're having fun, or if you're lazy like me, or maybe lazy and having fun at the same time.  Anyway, other than a FB post here and there, I neglected to reach out to you all in May.  

So here's your "June Bug":

Thursday June 1 - 6 to 8 pm, Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street, Martinez - Duo Dinner Show

Sunday June 4 - 2 to 5 pm, San Gregorio Store, Stage Rd & Hwy 84, San Gregorio - Full Band

On the news front, my latest goal is to write a song that is happy. Queen of Dark songwriter Deb Grabien recently commented that I have out-darked her, and since that comment scared me, I'm taking it as a major hint that the time is right to let a little light in, hey?

Meanwhile, I wish you all happiness, health, fun, and all the money you need!






April Shows Her Smiling Face 

There are some beautiful blossoming trees scattered all over the place here in Petaluma.  It's remarkable how the blossoms managed to hold on to the trees through the storms.  When they do let go, it looks like it is snowing.

We had a blast at our March 25 concert in Pacifica.  I think the audience did too.  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the night special. And a special thanks to Maurice Tani and Mike Anderson for joining us onstage.

We've got a couple things coming up in April:

Thursday, April 6, Flying Salvias, the duo, will be dinner-showing at Roxx on Main in Martinez from 6 - 8 pm.

Sunday, April 23, the whole band, plus special guest Big Lou the Accordion Princess, will be at our home base San Gregorio Store, from 2 to 5.  It's also the day after steel player David Phillips' birthday, so come and help us give him a spanking (not a real spanking… we'll just sing to him!)  

Speaking of spankings, where the heck did that birthday tradition come from? One for every year… as if waking up each morning and getting through each day wasn't enough. Sigh.

It's Indictment Day.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could figure out how to behave themselves as the two sides are all mixed up together outside the courthouse?  We shall see.

Meanwhile, we with you nothing but Peace and Love,

Kathleen and Henry


Hello Sage Heads!

The Flying Salvias hope you are having a lovely MardiGras/Shrove Tuesday today. Lots of people giving up things they love for Lent. But we're not giving up you and we sure hope you won't give us up either!

Tomorrow Henry, Kathleen, David Phillips, and David Golia will be doing a little recording over at Chris Krotky’s Soundwire Studio in Richmond.  One step closer to the next release! Good times coming up this month!

Sun, February 26, 2-5 pm San Gregorio Store With the whole band. The ultimate Sunday drive destination! Stellar music, great drinks, people, and shopping. No cover.

Thurs, March 2, 6-8 pm Roxx on Main, Martinez          Flying Salvias Duo Dinner Show. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be at Roxx on Main every first Thursday though the year, from 6-8 pm. Downtown Martinez is the new North Beach… so much happening there these days. (Not the topless part, but lots of music and fine dining!)  Call 925-370-7699 to make reservations or visit to find out more.  Roxx on Main has been featured on KQED’s “Check Please” and is known for choosing the freshest locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients.  627 Main Street, Martinez.

Come and hear our friends Sunday, March 5, at The Lost Church, Santa Rosa Doors 4 pm, Show 4:45 – 6:45 pm The Sound Field and Maurice Tani will each do a set. Henry will be playing piano with both, and Kathleen is likely to chime in where appropriate, too. It’s a great venue. You’ll be stepping into a strange, warm and wonderful secret, otherworldly space. Find out more:

Sat, Mar 25, 7:30 pm Mildred Owen Concert Hall - Pacifica Center for the Arts. The full Flying Salvias Orkestra in concert. With special guest, our favorite singer-songwriter (besides ourselves, ha ha!) the fantastic, supercalifornigraphic Maurice Tani. 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. For info and tickets: 

Well, that's it for now!  We hope you are all happy, healthy, and that life is treating you right.

Peace and Love,

Kathleen and Henry


The Nature of Things
by The Flying Salvias
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