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Banjo Hall of Famer Plays Peet's Every Morning

Harry Higgins is a musical institution, and he plays for free each morning on Locust St.

Harry Higgins has been playing the banjo for 57 years, and he continues to perform every morning in front of Peet’s Coffee and Tea on Locust St. from 8 to 9 a.m.

“It’s just for fun,” he said.

He and a group of friends gather to play American sing-along classics and entertain those who are sipping their first cup of coffee, getting the workday started with a little entertainment.

But it’s no light-weight man at the banjo. Higgins was inducted in 2008 to the Banjo Hall of Fame. He is, in a very musical sense, a player.

Higgins led the band at the Red Garter in San Francisco for 17 years, and led the band that played at San Francisco 49er games for many years as well.

He moved from San Francisco to Walnut Creek in 1970, and now people getting their morning lattes can enjoy a shot of Higgins as well.

See you there. 

michael frederick November 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Hi, Harry. Harry used to be a member of my mom's morning coffee group. Unfortunately, she and Sharon are no longer up to their morning walks downtown... However, Harry still joins us every year for the Children's Home Society fundraising dinner. This is for Creek Diva -- I believe Harry also used to be a member of the 4-man band that played at A's games for many years, under Charlie O -- when there were 4-5,000 of us freezing our tails off at night...
Cherie Jatoft November 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I went to get some Bagels next door to Peets and saw him playing along with a neighbor of mine,(playing guitar). I was with my 9 yr. old son and both of us thought, "How cool is that" Looks like they are enjoying life and adding a little joy to ours! Thanks for sharing!!
Paula Miller November 19, 2012 at 05:57 AM
How really wonderful that such talented people as Harry and Co are sharing with and giving so much pleasure to others. This is what Walnut Creek is all about......no fuss and glamor, just everyday folks enjoying each others company. Nice story Jim.

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