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Big Dave

BIG Dave

The Rockabilly Roadhouse
Saturdays 9am-11am

Saturday Night Album Side
Saturdays 9pm-10pm

Dave Gross, a.k.a. BIG Dave was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He grew up with stacks of 45s, a turntable, microphone and a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Things haven’t been the same since!  After a childhood making adventurous super 8 movies, playing drums, and acting (he played the lead role of Dracula in his senior play), Dave got his start at a college radio station, showcasing the San Francisco music sound. After college he moved way out west to the Bay Area creating voiceovers and comedy bits. He produced and hosted his own television show “Free Admission: The Rock & Roll Trivia Game Show.” During the 90s, Dave managed and produced artists including guitar great Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat, John Mayall, Rolling Stones), and later earned an RIAA-certified gold record for his work with the Grateful Dead on their box set, “So Many Roads (1965-1995).” He’s a voting member of the Recording Academy and a writing member of ASCAP and publishes a weekly music industry newsletter called Punmaster’s MusicWire.  In 2002, he moved to Sonoma County and joined the Krush. His weekly radio show called Big Dave’s Rockabilly Roadhouse, is two big hours of high-octane roots music, heard weekly on the Krush. Guaranteed to kick start your weekend!
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Big Dave’s Favorites


Favorite new album: Nick Curran & The Lowlifes – Reform School Girl


Favorite vintage album: The Ventures In Space


Favorite movies: Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Apes, The Time Machine, A Hard Day’s Night, Wizard of Oz, Skidoo, Annie Hall


Favorite (recent) TV shows: Mad Men, Sopranos, Deadwood


Favorite Vintage TV shows: Twilight Zone, Honeymooners, Superman, You Bet Your Life, Top Cat


Favorite comedies:  The Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, Laurel & Hardy


Favorite Music: 60s rock, British Invasion, San Francisco Sound, 50s rock ‘n’ roll, Doo Wop, Surf, instrumentals


Favorite food:  Maine Lobster, Italian


Favorite pastime: Astronomy & Meteorology


Favorite decade: The Sixties


Favorite place to chill: Hawaiian Islands, California Coast, Lassen & Shasta Mountains


Favorite place for cocktails: Underwood Bar & Bistro


Favorite place for a cold one: Lagunitas Tap Room & Beer Sanctuary, Hopmonk Tavern


Current Book: This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band


Other radio: Sirius—Cousin Brucie, Meg Griffin's Disorder, Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight


Favorite Local bites:  Mombos Pizza, Yanni’s Sausage Grill of Penngrove


Favorite local restaurants: Lo Coco’s Cucina Rustica, Tiny Thai