TO CELEBRAT E FOUR DECADES OF providing a low-key musical haven to everyone from aspiring rock stars to established pros, the storied little club known as the Baked Potato leased Hollywood’s Anson Ford Amphitheatre for a weekend and invited many of their regular performers and patrons to play at the iconic venue’s 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival. Guitarists on the bill included Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Scott Henderson, Steve Lukather, Chris Poland, Michael Landau, Jeff Richman, Jeff Kollman, John Ziegler, and Kirk Fletcher.
“Every musician needs a basement, a garage, a rehearsal pad—someplace— where they can plug in, play whatever they feel like playing, and just let loose and jam,” says Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. “For working musicians in L.A., that place has always been the Baked Potato.”
Guitarist Jeff Kollman performs with Chad Smith and the Bombastic Meatbats (the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer’s other band), at the Baked Potato 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival. Inset: Steve Lukather and Tal Wilkenfeld.