Bistro Moustache news for September 2017

posted Aug 28, 2017, 12:40 PM by Olivier Zyngier

Hello again Bistro Moustache fans, friends, or merely email recipients.

With the summer vacation behind us [queue sad music in the background], we're back for a series of new dates [queue happy music].

After all that recent nonsense of invisible eclipse, bigots' provocations and eventual no-shows, sheriff pardons, white house comings and mostly goings, it's time to get back to the serious business of music.  At least in music we can all agree that there are good people on both sides, the performers and the audience. (By the way, when cabinet members get fired, I wonder what they put as a reason on their unemployment claim?)

OK, so now the up-coming events:

In a week or so, on Friday September 1st, we'll play in the Oakland Museum Of California, part of the Friday Nights at the OMCA series. We will prove once and for all that the French cultural influence on the Bay Area goes beyond Ebay (look it up!). Since we're a trio, each one of us could certainly be associated with either the Art Exhibit, the Historical Collection or the Natural Sciences; you can come tell us face-to-face who fits where at 6:30pm in the Oak Street Plazza.

Then on September 9, 6:30pm again, we'll be at Cafe Leila in Berkeley, playing for your dinner (and ours). I love that place, it's pretty, the acoustics are very good, and the food too. Insider tip: they don't sell wine, so BYOB is OK.

On September 14, we'll play a concert at the San Francisco Alliance Française, which really is a pretty fitting venue for all our French singing. (Note to self: people will pay attention so stop mumbling incomprehensible charabia when forgetting song lyrics.) We've never played there but I hear it's a great theater. Seating is limited so better reserve a place. I don't have a URL for that yet, but I'll post it on the website as as soon as I get it.

On September 21, we're back at Mathilde in San Francisco, for our regular food + music series. Not that I'm biased or anything, but since you HAVE to try the food there because it's excellent, why not do it on a day we play?

Word to the wise: show times change, new gigs get added, some even get cancelled, so be sure to visit the Bistro Moustache site at for any updates, or follow us at

See you soon,
Olivier, for Bistro Moustache.

2017-04-25 - Bistro Moustache news for April / May 2017

posted Apr 25, 2017, 3:45 PM by Olivier Zyngier   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 5:51 AM ]

Hello friends of Bistro Moustache and music in general

As usual, opening with some topical news: contrary to some of the rumors circulating on the interweb, Russian accordionists have not colluded with us to change our repertoire.
And furthermore, some of the corruped media have reported, as the saying goes, that the stories I tell during our shows are, hmmm let's say, leaning toward the alternative side of the factual scale. SAD! I mean, what a sad world we are leaving to future generations if everything we say has to be fact-checked.

OK, with that out of the way, quick, go to your calendar now: our next performance is right around the corner at Cafe Leila, in Berkeley, this coming Saturday, April 29.

And from then on, you can satisfy you Bistro Moustache addiction by coming to see us just about every week:
Sunday 5/7 at Campovida in Oakland
Friday 5/12 at Britt Marie's in Albany
Thursday 5/18 at Mathilde in SF
(take a vacation from Bistro Moustache here -- see also the Side Note below)
Sunday 6/4 at the Monkey House in Berkeley
Sunday 6/11 at Campovida in Oakland.

By the way, June 4, our good friends from La Guinguette are opening, so you have double the incentive to come that day.

All the details for those dates are on the web site, and it's a good idea to check the Calendar page often because things can change, shows are added, some changed, all this according to the whims of the musical and calendaring gods. A bad combo of gods if there ever was one.
You can also follow us on Facebook, and you'll automatically get all the concert dates.

(Side Note: each of us also plays in other bands, so friend us individually on Facebook so you know when to come hear us play other things like Klezmer, Irish, Bluegrass, Rock, Jazz, etc.).

So, keep on listening to music, and come to our shows.

Olivier, for Bistro Moustache.

2017-01-28 Bistro Moustache news for February 2017

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:50 PM by Olivier Zyngier

Hello, and belated happy new year, such as it is.

First some political news: the number of people who showed up in DC for the inauguration is hotly debated, 1 million, or was it 2 or 3 million, hard to keep track, but there is no question that more Musette waltzes would have helped boost that number even more. Just sayin'.

Also, Bistro Moustache does NOT support the systematic stigmatization of accordion players, and we will be petitioning the new administration for un-extreme vetting of all musician immigrants who come from countries with a strong French Cafe Music culture, whichever countries those may be.

Now for the actual point of this email:

We've been working on a bunch of new material and we're ready to play them for you. To name a few, some Tangos, lots of  very exciting mandolin tunes, and our usual / expected / typical assortment of manouche / gypsy swing / songs. And I'm not only saying that because I like long lists with slashes.

Just 2 chances to see us in February, on either side of the Bay:

Thursday February 16, 6:30 - 9:30pm  - Dinner music, no cover.
Mathilde French Bistro315 5th Street, San Francisco

Sunday February 19, 2:30pm - 5pm - no cover
Campovida Wine Bar103 Linden St, Oakland

Check the website, for more shows, And Facebook and YouTube if I ever get around to posting some of the recordings from last year's shows.

So see you soon, I hope.

for Bistro Moustache.

2016-11-02 Bistro Moustache November news

posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:03 AM by Olivier Zyngier

No deceptive 1-liner slogans, or 140 character insults, let's get right into it: Bistro Moustache will be at Campovida in Oakland (104 Linden street, near Jack London Square), this coming Sunday the 13th, 2pm to 5pm.

Now some details:

Sunday November 13 at Campovida in Oakland:
Usually we play at Campovida on the 1st Thursday of the month, but this time we're aiming for the Sunday afternoon wine tasting crowd. So rally your friends, music lovers, and other wine buffs, because Bistro Moustache and Campovida is a perfect combination: great setting, perfect acoustics, awesome wines. Also, we want to see if the Sunday experiment works, so the bigger the crowd, the better. For the wine, I'm partial to their Syrah myself, but you be the judge. I'll spare you the details but their wine club allows you to come and taste wine on a regular basis, so one more reason to come Sunday and find out.
By the way, Campovida serves their own cheese and charcuterie platters, but you can bring your own food if you want, and kids can bring their own drinks.

Thursday November 17, at Mathilde in SF:
On that day we're back at Mathilde in SF for our usual dinner + music evening. I can't say enough good things about the food and the settings at Mathilde, and I always look forward to these concerts. In fact, because of holiday parties and then end of the year closure, we won't be back at Mathilde until next February after that, so that's your only chance to see us there for 2016!

Thursday December 1 at Campovida in Oakland:
If you're more of a Thursday kind of person for your wine and French music, or if Sunday wasn't enough, come back see us Thursday.  Same setting, same wine, but it'll be dark outside.

As usual, all dates are subject to change, so check the web site at, where you can also get the exact times and addresses to plug into your GPS. We've even posted some new videos, so enjoy. You can also follow Bistro Moustache on Facebook at, and be notified of all our concerts that way.
I'm also posting various announcements at, and you can even subscribe to that page. Don't worry it's not very frequent.

Assuming you haven't escaped to Canada Wednesday morning, I hope to see you at one of those aforementioned places. 

I am Olivier Zyngier and I approve this message, which has been thoroughly fact-checked.

2016-08-30: Bistro Moustache September sightings and hearings

posted Aug 30, 2016, 5:17 AM by Olivier Zyngier   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 7:19 AM ]

Everybody made it back from summer vacation? Yeah, us as well, bummer, right! I mean bummer for the vacation ending, not bummer that we're back.

Anyway, we are full of new energy to to go play a few Bay Area places, most of them familiar to most of you, but they're good places so it's worth coming back.

Before I get to those, let me advertise our website updates: we've got a ton of new photos and videos, along with the new-ish recordings from our home studio (in the "audio" page). I've even updated the front page which had stayed the same for, oh crime of lèse-social-media, almost one year.

Thursday September 1, we're back at Campovida in Oakland, 103 Linden St, from 6pm to 8pm. I love playing at Campovida because 1) it's a beautiful place, and 2) the acoustics are awesome. Plus the wine is good. And there is no cover charge. A little gem close to the Port of Oakland: discover it before everybody does.

Thursday September 15, we're playing at Mathilde, 315 5th Street, San Francisco, from 6:30pm to 9:30. Not an unknown place at all, in fact quite famous amongst the SF foodies, very different than Campovida; still no cover charge though. It's a bustling restaurant, and the food is superbe. We can tailor our tunes to what you're eating, upon request. No, we'won't be strolling around the tables Russian restaurant style.

Sunday September 18, we're playing at the Lafayette Arts and Wine festival, on the Premium Wine stage from noon to 1:30pm. That's a really fun festival and you can listen to us while tasting the products from all the local Contra Costa wineries and food stands. Find the full festival schedule at (by the way, I am on the website banner photo, rocking the bluegrass bass with my buddies from Savannah Blu; maybe they couldn't find anyone better looking for promo? Just sayin...).

And finally, Friday September 30, we're playing at 101 California, in San Francisco, part of the People in Plazzas series. We did it last year and loved it. Free noontime concert in the middle of the workday, nice way to ease into the week end.

If you need more details, go to, 

See you soon, I hope

2016-07-13: Come celebrate Bastille Day in Oakland with Bistro Moustache

posted Aug 30, 2016, 4:52 AM by Olivier Zyngier

Bastille Day is tomorrow July 14, and tomorrow also happens to be the day we play atCampovida in Oakland. What are the chances!

We'll augment / improve / replace / brighten the somewhat overly patriotic liberté, égalité, fraternité celebration with a good dose of musette, manouche swing, and songs. Campovida is a wine bar, so that seems perfectly appropriate for a French event. 

We will not keep strictly with (or probably even anywhere close to) the whole revolution theme, and in fact, to to keep in style with today's peaceful and courteous political debate we promise that no beheading will take place.

And as if that was not enough of an incentive to spend your Thursday evening with us, we'll have a special guest: Odlie Lavault on accordion. Yes that famous Odile, mon amie from the Baguette Quartette.

This all happens at 6pm, 103 Linden, in Oakland.

If you need more details, go to

While you're there check out the new recordings (in the "audio" page) and the new videos from a recent concert (in the, wait for it, "videos" page!).

See you tomorrow,

2016-06-26: Bistro Moustache Oakland appearances

posted Jun 28, 2016, 10:19 PM by Olivier Zyngier   [ updated Jun 28, 2016, 10:43 PM ]

After all this political drama, the I-hate-super-delegates-but-I-want-them versus email-server-in-my-basement decision, the lets-make-that-wall-great-again victory, Brexit, Orlando, all that stuff, you are in dire need of some entertainment, aren't you?

Well to take your mind off of all those traumatic events, here is some good news: we are playing in our own backyard in Oakland! Well technically not MY backyard because it's a mess right now and the dandelions and crabgrass have won the battle, plus there is the matter of my fruit trees. But I digress, back to the point.

First some new updates: we have a new batch of new recordings newly posted on the new site at Well not everything is new there, but I just wanted to use my word of the day (Diacope) just to prove that Bistro Moustache can significantly broaden to your cultural horizon, in addition to the usual drivel of nonsensical and unverified stories I usually tell at our gigs. By I digress again. We're really happy with how these recordings turned out, all done with our own hands and mouths in my basement. I fear there is probably some double entendre in that last sentence, but I'm not sure, so we'll move on.

So now the point of this email. Finally...

Thursday June 30, 7pm: this coming Thursday we'll be at the Terrace Room in Oakland (1800 Madison St -- close to the 19th Street BART station). We'll play for your dinner. And ours. If you've never been to the Terrace Room, it's a beautiful place, right on Lake Merrit. Of course, it's still a beautiful place, even if you've been there. I'm told the food is good too, I'll report in a subsequent email.

Thursday July 14, 6pm: on that French-iest of all French days, we'll celebrate Bastille Day at Campovida in Oakland, a wine bar, at 103 Linden, close to the Port (kind of between the West Oakland BART station and the Jack London ferry terminal, for you non Uber mass transit commuters). Another beautiful place, very intimate and the sound in that room sound is superb, we barely need any amplification.  6pm may be a little too early for the traditional July 14 Bal des Pompiers, fireworks and military parades, but we'll see what we can do about that. 

For those not in the know: for Bastille day, all over France, the firemen (the "Pompiers" in the local vernacular) sponsor dances either in the street or in the fire houses, where you can waltz to the sweet sounds of musette accordion, which we happen to feature as well, now, really, how serendipitous is that! By the way, Google translates "bal des pompiers" into "ball of fire", which goes to show that I'm not the only one spreading cultural inaccuracies around here.

We have other appearances later on in August and September, but first we have to honor our European reputation and take our summer vacation. So I'll send another email when we return, with maybe another word of the day.

See you at the Terrace Room and Campovida. More details, addresses, etc., at

Olivier, for Bistro Moustache.

2016-05-10: Bistro Moustache live in Oakland, this Thursday 5/12

posted Jun 28, 2016, 10:17 PM by Olivier Zyngier

we'll be at Campovida in Oakland, this Thursday 5/12, from 6 to 8pm.

Campovida is a nice little bar in a beautiful setting and we love playing there because we can see all of you, and you can hear all of us. Nice trade off! 1043 Linden St, near the port of Oakland.

If you miss us, we'll be at Mathilde in SF on the 9th and then twice in June (the 16th and 23rd).

All these are no cover events!

Check the web site for details, addresses, etc.

See you soon I hope,

2016-04-03: Bistro Moustache is live again, starting this Thursday

posted Jun 28, 2016, 10:16 PM by Olivier Zyngier

Hello friends of Cafe Music, Musette, Gypsy Swing, and in general, supporters of live musical entertainment.

You have been spared Bistro Moustache announcements because, well, we haven't played that much recently. So I'll keep this short because I don't want to re-ignite the lassitude you experienced from all my announcements all through last year.

First we'll be at Campovida wine bar in Oakland Thursday April 7, from 6 to 8. Pm that is. Campovida is located at 103 Linden St in Oakland. No cover charge, and I'm told they have an excellent wine selection. I will report on said selection in my next email. 

Then on April 21, at Mathilde, 315 5th Street, San Francisco, 6:30 to 9:30pm. Super excellent food.

We have more gigs planned so I encourage you to visit for all the details. And while you are there you can even listen to sound clips of the kind of music we play. In case you had forgotten.

See you there!

2015-12-07: last Bistro Moustache appearances for 2015

posted Jun 28, 2016, 10:15 PM by Olivier Zyngier

yes that's right, only 2 chances to see us live this year. This email will be brief, to everyone's delight, so you can rush and update your calendars.

First this coming Thursday the 10th, at Mathilde, in SF, 6:30 to 9:30. Right off the 5th Street exit. The food is really awesome there, probably one of the best places I know in the Bay Area. Not cheap, but totally worth it.

Then in the East Bay on the 19th, Saturday, in the afternoon. A new brewery in San Leandro with excellent beer. We usually play in places where the food is very good but a bit pricey, so this is your chance to see us with minimal $ impact. Please check for exact times, there seems to be a little bit of confusion as to when we start exactly.

So in the unlikely event we don't see you in either of these places, have a great whatever-it-is-you-do-at-the-end-of-the-year.

Olivier, on behalf of Bistro Moustache

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