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May 2015
Friday May 22 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. $25 per show. TWO SHOWS. This is a hot, entertaining duo with a special guest.....the amazing "best ever" Autoharp Wizard, BRYAN BOWERS .
READ THE COPY. IT IS WORTH WHILE. DROP ON IN.

TOM & PATRICK SAUBER.....WITH SPECIAL GUEST.. BRYAN BOWERS .

PATRICK SAUBER....banjo, mandolin, vocals..... Patrick Sauber (son of old time player Tom Sauber) has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs- style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.


TOM SAUBER....does it all, and you won't hear anyone do it better. He's a master musician in a variety of styles, a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin) and singer, well grounded in tradition, with a comprehensive grasp of style and an exceptional ability to teach. Old-time fans have heard Tom’s music on his recently released CD with harmonica virtuoso Mark Graham (Thought I Heard it Blow), on his recording with Dirk Powell and John Herrmann (One-Eyed Dog), or through his performances with former Fuzzy Mountain String Band members Blanton Owen and Tom Carter. Bluegrassers know of his work with Byron Berline, John Hickman, andAlan Munde. He has also performed with cowboy musician Skip Gorman, and Cajun accordionists Joe Simien, Wilfred Latour, and Jo-el Sonnier. He has even appeared on a recent Weird Al Yankowitz recording.

BRYAN BOWERS..........AUTOHARP MASTER, SINGER/SONGWRITER, STORYTELLER, PERFORMING ARTIST. Bower's creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. http://www.bryanbowers.com/

 

 

 

Saturday May 23 7:00 P.M. $15

AIREENE ESPIRITU....AIREENE & THE RARITIES.....

They are ripping up the folk world. Topping the bill at the best venues. Second encore here.
and special guest act....The Plunk & Phunk Orchestra

http://www.debradobkin.com
http://markpocketgoldberg.com/


Plunk and Phunk Orchestra have been working as a rhythm section for many years and can be heard on numerous recordings and in concert with many artists. They are co-producers on the last two critically acclaimed Mark "Pocket" Goldberg CDs. Debra Dobkin (Vocals & Drums) has toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, and many others. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg (Vocals & Upright Bass) has toured and recorded with Mick Fleetwood, Canned Heat, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and many others. Together, as Plunk and Phunk Orchestra, they bring a new rhythmic twist to the Bluesy-Folk Acoustic Duo, delivering soulful original songs with a rock-solid groove.

Aireene & The Rarities
http://www.aireeneespiritu.com
Aireene's songs are influenced by Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar playing. She has played with a mixed genre of  bay area bands over the past years that have also influenced her music, from latin/african rhythms, folk, blues, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. Aireene & The Rarities are a mix of musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern CA: Paul Olguin on bass and Brian Judd on mandolin/guitar, Ed Tree on guitar, Tom Corbett on mandolin, Debra Dobkin, Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, plus occasional special super guest Rarities.

Wide Open (Aireene & The Rarities CD release at the Freight & Salvage, 8/24/14) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLg0laWQseU

“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off  a 78 rpm record, listeners will be swept away.” - Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz CA

Sunday May 24 7 P.M. $15 The Coffee Gallery Backstage thrilled to present Burning Heart Bluegrass,

BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND. WITH SPECIAL GUEST...DAVID NAIDITCH.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is thrilled to present LA's hottest new acoustic band, Burning Heart Bluegrass. This group of seasoned musicians with nearly one hundred years of experience between them brings you the sound of authentic Bluegrass --- no gimmicks, upgrades or additives! There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass. Check them out at their new website burningheartbluegrass.com.

Joining BHB on stage will be guest artist, Dave Naiditch, one of the few, if not only, chromatic harmonica players to record a Bluegrass album. You must hear it to believe it!


The Coffee Gallery Backstage, located at 2029 N.Lake in Altadena, California, has been a favorite venue for acoustic music, including folk, roots, Americana, and Bluegrass, for more than a decade. The "backstage" is designed to capture the atmosphere of a "coffee bean warehouse somewhere in Central America." With an excellent sound system, dramatic lighting, and comfortable seating , it is the perfect place for an intimate evening of great music. For reservations or further information, you may call the Backstage at (626) 798-6236. burningheartbluegrass.com Burning Heart Bluegrass on FaceBook

 

Wednesday May 27 7PM $10. No Reservations. Just come in. David Harvey Presents:

FEATURING:
The Licata Brothers
The youthful Licata Brothers (Jimmy and Tony), with their soulful harmonies and acoustic guitars, sing their way through a wide variety of  20th Century popular music sure to bring a smile to your face and a warm glow to your heart. These young guys rock! You can find them on Facebook and see recent videos of them at the Coffee Gallery Backstage at www.TheLicataBrothers.com.

Wild Mountain Mystics plays music ranging from tender-hearted love songs to foot-stompin' folk blues, mainly on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Their harmonies join gritty and smooth and blend in a way that reminds you of traditional mountain music. Some of their influences include The Carter Family, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, Maria Callas, and Linda Ronstadt. Their music has many traditional elements, but the message of love and hope is timeless. http://www.reverbnation.com/wildmountainmystics

Donna Lynn-Caskey takes the pure, timeless sound of traditional mountain music to new places. Her gorgeous and lush debut album, Nameless Heart, received a great review in American Songwriter by the legendary music journalist Paul Zollo, who said:
"...In the midst of so many musicians and songwriters playing their songs, and I never could forget her music. Simple and stark against beautiful driving rhythms and delicate passages of her fine 5-string banjo, her songs resound like modern spirituals. She writes and plays beautiful songs of enduring hope along the ways of being human. Her voice and words and banjo all seem entwined, so that her songs seem intrinsic, unforced, and genuine.". www.donnalynncaskey.com

And Special Guest...

"A Word" With Dylan Brody! an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. http://dylanbrody.com
Come out for a great night of music.

It's good for the Soul!

Thursday May 28 8:00 P.M. $20 WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS with the SAGUARO SISTERS

Big “TRIPLE CD LAUNCH PARTY” Show! First in the world!


“My favorite Western band!” raves Johnny Crawford, star of TV’s classic series “The Rifleman”. Will Ryan will be returning from performances in Michigan, in Colorado, at an American Cinemateque Hollywood premiere and a standing-room only tribute to John Wayne at the Autry Museum to the Coffee Gallery Backstage for this special show. Three new CDs will be officially launched tonight!


WILL RYAN....., “The King of the Radio Cowboys”, is heard every week on the Pacifica Radio Network performing new and classic Western tunes. The winner of two Gold Records and BMI’s Pioneer Award for songwriting, Will is pleased to once again be performing in a 1917 building that’s walking distance from the former home of Western writer Zane Grey.

THE SAGUARO SISTERS.....The newest sensation in classic Western sounds, the vocals of Shona, Katriona and Karona bring to audiences a youthful, genuine family blend of pitch-perfect Western harmonies. “Beloved classics and amazing original songs. Simply joyous! The Saguaro Sisters define the New Spirit of the West”. They’ve performed at the Autry, the American Cinemateque, the W R Bar Ranch, and are regulars on Pacifica Radio broadcasts. The Saguaro Sisters are delighted to be part of  Bob Stane’s Altadena creation: their favorite venue!

WESTY WESTENHOFER....“Mariposa’s Maharajah of Musical Mirth” Westy Westenhofer is proficient on Euphonium, Tuba, Bass and Trombone. Westy has entertained audiences throughout the country since the days of the horse and buggy in Central Park. As an opening act for such performers as Julie Andrews and the Smothers Brothers, he developed a keen understanding of where to eat in far-away cities, how to hit A above high C and how to get laughs by blaming your brother. The Yo-Yo Ma of Yuks!

SPECIAL GUEST STAR: PHIL CROSBY, JR. (Bing Crosby's Grandson)

Hailing from a storied musical family, Phil has performed in Nashville, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, and Dublin and tonight marks - at long last – his Altadena debut! Having recently performed with Will Ryan and the Saguaro Sisters at the Cicada Club, Phil - with the Saguaro Sisters - will be performing some of the Western hits his grandfather Bing did with the Andrews Sisters. Wahoo!

PLUS: More SURPRISES!

Friday May 29 8:00 P.M. $15 TOM KELL & EMIKO WOODS WIth Special guest MARK TURNBULL.

 

TOM KELL & EMIKO WOODS

Hot new contemporary songwriting and performing duo Tom Kell & Emiko Woods bring to the Coffee Gallery stage their delicious songs, exquisitely blended harmonies, and laugh-out-loud humor. Featured by Disney in a recent documentary, this unique duo--she's 23, he's 64-have been writing together since she was 11 and have penned well over 500 songs. Considered by most to have the most beautifully matched voices since the Everly Brothers, their sound is addictive and their act is irresistible. Multiple Grammy award winner Ben Harper says of them, "I was completely floored! Some of the best music I should have already heard." www.tomkellandemikowoods.com.

Tom Kell was one of the most respected songwriters in the country/rock world for years--his songs recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, and others. His own recording career spanned 20 or so years, recording with J.D. Souther, Kenny Edwards and Karla Bonoff. He semi-retired from recording and took a job teaching music in a children's school in Long Beach, California, where he met an 11-year-old Emiko Woods, whose mother implored Tom to teach her daughter songwriting. Impressed with Emiko's natural gifts, he began the mentoring, and now 12 years later Tom Kell and Emiko Woods are writing songs together and performing to the delight of anyone who hears them. This prolific duo has written over 500 songs, released their first album, "Glory Bound," and recording their new album to be released this summer. On stage they are delightful together, charming, witty and fun, and of their performances the word heard most about them is "Magical!".


 

 

 

MARK TURNBULL, Grammy-nominated songwriter and Drama-Logue winner, whose one-man show was named best solo show by the Los Angeles Times, brings his guitar virtuosity, humor, brilliant lyrics and warm presence to entertain in a way only possible by a truly seasoned performer.

Mark Turnbull’s theatrical career started at the age of five on the “The Jimmy Durante Show.” By the age of 16 he was nominated for a Grammy for co-writing Disney’s A Happy Birthday Party with Winnie the Pooh just a year prior to the release of his first Reprise album, Portrait of the Young Artist. Mark performed and wrote music and lyrics for the Berkeley Repertory Theater and the Laguna Playhouse and became the subject of a public television documentary, The Words and Music of Mark Turnbull. Among his many successes as theatre composer/lyricist, are original musicals, Manet!, which played to sell-out houses at Laguna Playhouse; Tales of Fannie Keenan--Better Known as Dora Hand, produced to glowing reviews in 2009 in Ashland, Oregon, and his musical adaptations of Dark of the Moon, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Great Horn Spoon, Mann Ist Mann, Jekyll in Love, Charlotte’s Web. Among his many acting roles, Harold Hill in Music Man, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and Jigger in Carousel. Mark’s critically acclaimed, Mark Turnbull and Friends, was named “Best One Man Show” by the L. A. Times. The 2004 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach opened its show with an original song written by Mark Turnbull, and Mark has just released his latest album, Father’s Day. When Mark combines his virtuoso guitar playing with his poetic, philosophical and thoughtful lyrics, he brings new sophistication to the singer/songwriter genre. Mark Turnbull is a true original.

Saturday May 30 3:00 P.M. $15 “Los Dos”

Jordan Sollitto & Jose Prieto
combine riveting lyrics, disparate guitar styles and haunting harmonies to create an altogether unique -- and beautiful -- sound. Audiences are as enthralled by Jose’s masterful technique – the guy is an astoundingly good nylon guitar player -- as they are by the musical stories told in their stunningly-well-crafted songs. Their set lists combine country, folk, ballads, rock, Spanish rock and instrumentals to take you on an incredibly diverse musical adventure. No less an authority than Herb Pedersen says of “Los Dos” “Skillful songwriting…that somehow blends flamenco, bluegrass and country…Don’t ask me how they do it…just go hear them!”

Don’t miss their much-anticipated return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage .
Saturday May 30 7:00 P.M. $18

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE...CRAIG ALDRICH opening act.

 

Start thinking "Alt Uke" and get ready for something entirely different ... The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere! Direct from Silverlake, and locally grown, there's nothing quite like this 15-20 ukelele “wall of sound” - at least not in the Southern California area of the Western Hemisphere.

But don’t show up expecting a repertoire of  lilting Hawaiian melodies … Instead, be prepared to hear unique arrangements and mash-ups, with songs ranging from Radiohead, David Bowie, to yes, even Led Zeppelin and Dolly Parton.
Join the resurgence of the ukulele, the happiest instrument in all the hemispheres. See what the buzz is all about this group. Just show up – and you will leave way happier!

 

CRAIG ALDRICH

Craig has been performing as a professional entertainer for many years doing sketch comedy, improvisation, theater, television, film, commercials and voice-over, in addition to being a ukulele enthusiast, singer and veteran children's entertainer. He has conducted Commercial Technique and Improvisation Workshops since 1990. Craig believes that if you want to make your life a little better, “Uke Can Do It!”. You may have seen him at The Coffee Gallery Backstage playing solo uke with professional whistler Guerin Barry as well.

 

 

Sunday May 31 Two shows 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. $25 per show.

DAVE STAMEY..... Two Shows

 

Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.

June 2015
Tuesday June 2 8:00 P.M. $25 THE JOHN McEUEN TRIO..... A super star evening.
John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992

A founding member of  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (the summer of 1966) – multi-instrumentalist McEuen hplunged into varied musical genres, and formats including television special production, film scoring, and award winning albums. A broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music... Americana.... made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music, playing acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. His production of The Crow with Steve Martin won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. With an active performing schedule both solo and with his lifetime partners in music – the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- he trod the musical boards in 90 cities with the band and 32 others solo in 2013! alone. Johnmceuen.com
John says:"…and for this show I will be bringing my pickin' buddies Craig Eastman and Matt Cartsonis. Matt is one of the finest singers I know. Though he hails from Phoenix, he sings like he is from Kentucky - that high bluegrass lonesome sound with a rock and roll sensibility, and is a funny guy with funny songs, all accompanied by his hot licks on mandola and guitar. We did hundreds of shows together.” Matt was a staple with Warren Zevon, the Austin Lounge Lizards, or the group Bryndle. Check him out on mattcartsonis.com In 2009 Matt I had join Steve Martin to perform ‘Crow’ music on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and The Ellen Show. “ Matt is also featured on John’s Round Trip album, and has worked with him on several film score projects in the past few years. Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endears him to audiences wherever he plays.

CRAIG EASTMAN....John used Craig’s talents on several of his film score projects, most recently on the Grammy winning album that he produced : Steve Martin – The Crow new songs for the five-string banjo. (Craig also appeared with Steve on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and Ellen). CraigEastman.com

Craig Eastman is a true genius on the fiddle and its cousins. He’s an innovator and melodist on one of the great instruments.” - Steve Martin. Craig Eastman was trained on classical violin, but at age 11 was introduced to the fiddle music of Vassar Clements, via the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. In 1979 Craig was awarded a music scholarship to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied film making, music, and education, earning a BA in music composition. He quickly became a top Hollywood studio musician, recording and performing with artists that include Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, to Bryan Adams, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, John Jorgenson, Marcus Miller, Billy Bob Thorton, and Dennis Quaid.

In 2000 Craig worked with award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, who recognized Craig’s unique talent for film music - he contributed not only his multi-instrumental playing, but also his compositions to many films including “Black Hawk Down”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Brokeback Mountain.” Craig even played a small part in “Pirates II.” Mattcartsonis.com

 

Craig Eastman is a true genius on the fiddle and its cousins. It was a joy for me to have him play on my album. He’s an innovator and melodist on one of the great instruments.” - Steve Martin


If  you don’t know John, watch his short documentary/bio with rare historic footage about his lifelong pursuits: John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992

Thursday June 4 8:00 P.M. $18 FREDDIE STEADY KRC WITH PETER & ARWEN LEWIS

For this special "one-off" Southern California date, Freddie joins forces with Peter and Arwen Lewis.
Freddie, Peter and Arwen did some dates in Northern California last year to great success, so Freddie invited them to join him for this special southern California appearance. A most unique and entertaining presentation of music and stories.

Texas Music Hall of Famer, Freddie Steady KRC teams up with Peter Lewis, founding member of the legendary San Francisco psychedelic/blues/folk rock band, Moby Grape and his daughter, "Up and Comer," Arwen Lewis.

Freddie has performed and recorded around the globe. Along with fronting his own groups, The Freddie Steady 5 and Austin, TX rock legends The Explosives, Freddie has worked with Jerry Jeff Walker, Carole King, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and Roky Erickson of the13th Floor Elevators just to name a few. http://freddiesteadyKRC.com

Texas Music Awards Hall-of-Famer Freddie Steady KRC comes by his name honestly. This singer / songwriter / guitarist / drummer / renaissance Texan has plied his musical wares around the world the past few decades. A charismatic live performer KRC wins over any audience with his captivating original songs and engaging stage presence. He also enjoys capturing the spirit of his favorite cover songs. KRC (rhymes with search) landed in Austin at the moment that a musical revolution was getting started at a styles-don’t-matter joint called the Armadillo. The kid and the town were a perfect match.

His first love was rock and roll, which had first found its way into his native Southeast Texas by way of the Beatles. By the time he hit Austin, he was also passionate about the Tex-Mex mix of the Sir Douglas Quintet (his first concert), the psychedelic sounds of rock innovators like the 13th Floor Elevators, and the soulful folk of singer/songwriters like B. W. Stevenson and Jerry Jeff Walker. Freddie Steady would eventually work as a band member with each of these artists, all while fueling his own musical ideas.

KRC appeared on dozens of national and international television shows and films. He had a role as a session drummer in the movie Outlaw Blues, starring Peter Fonda and Susan Saint James. He also did a voice-over in the UK animated film, When the Wind Blows. KRC has appeared on Austin City Limits three times, the first of which was in its first season as B.W. Stevenson’s drummer, and he would soon begin a long run as the rhythmic foundation with Jerry Jeff Walker, with whom he would write songs, work on a dozen albums and log thousands of miles.

Peter Lewis, once a jet pilot, decided to change his life path and return to music after hearing Bob Dylan on the radio and seeing The Byrds play live in the same day. This lead to him becoming a founding member of the legendary San Francisco band Moby Grape. As a singer/songwriter, poet and guitar expert, he has continued writing and performing since he started at 8 years old. Since Moby Grape, Peter has released a self-titled solo album, produced by The Doobie Brother's John McFee, and a live acoustic album, titled "Peter Lewis with David West, Live in Bremen." His song "Fate full of Shadows" has recently been covered on The Doobie Brother's John Cowans's solo album titled "Sixty." Peter is now working with his daughter, Arwen Lewis, sharing his expertise of song craft and guitar specialties with her, as well as the stage. He has just guided Arwen through the making of her debut album, (produced by John DeNicola) as a song arranger, musician, and songwriter. Peter and Arwen perform acoustic shows together, consisting of material they have written together, Peter's songs, Moby Grape classics, and selections of their favorite crowd-pleasing cover tunes.

Arwen Lewis, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, began her career as a musical performer by sharing the stage with her father, Moby Grape's Peter Lewis.   Being also the granddaughter of Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Young, it is easy to agree with her audiences who note her natural stage presence. Arwen has had a chance to share the stage with other San Francisco rock legends besides her father, such as guitarist and songwriter Jerry Miller from Moby Grape, and the late and great guitarist and songwriter Sam Andrew from Big Brother and the Holding Company. With her debut album "Arwen" (produced by Academy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated producer John DeNicola) upon it's release, she offers her own interpretation of Moby Grape classic songs to share with her growing audiences. Peter's guitar idol, The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, is featured as a guitarist alongside Peter on Arwen's recording of her father's song, "If You Can't Learn From My Mistakes." "Arwen's a child of the San Francisco sound, and she's got an ease of delivery that let's that sound flow through her in a way that just feels completely fresh," -John DeNicola. Arwen: http://arwenlewis.bandcamp.com

 

FRIDAY JUNE 5 8:00 P.M. $18 CAROLINE SPENCE & THE TATTLETALE SAINTS....

Summer 2015 sees the coming together of Nashville based singer/songwriter Caroline Spence, and songwriter/instrumentalists Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan of New Zealand born band Tattletale Saints.

The summer tour will be a showcase of world class songwriting, with concerts on the tour beginning with a set by duo Tattletale Saints, described as "sensitively understated folk… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon’s“ (elsewhere.co.nz)

The second half will feature acclaimed songwriter Caroline Spence, with Cy and Vanessa of Tattletale Saints taking a support role on guitar, upright bass and harmony vocals alongside Caroline, winner of multiple national songwriter awards and honors.  This co-bill concert series is a chance to enjoy captivating vocals, accomplished instrumentalists and experience the talent’s of up and coming young Nashville based songwriters.

Caroline Spence

With songs that wrap the truths of life up into personal vignettes of clever wordplay and catchy hooks, it’s no wonder that in 2013 Caroline Spence won American Songwriter Magazine’s June/July lyric contest as well as the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest songwriter competition later that year. American Songwriter also named her the grand prize winner out of all song submissions for all of 2013 and in 2014 Caroline was name one of the New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a title that has been held by Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Nanci Griffith.

On her forthcoming debut, the band lives and breathes with Spence’s guitar and vocals, masterfully navigating a breadth of genres with a perfect sense of intimacy and style, at times with the rock of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, the twang of Nashville’s Lower Broadway, or the sensitivity of swelling pedal steel and simple percussion.

Tattletale Saints

Tattletale Saints debut album How Red Is the Blood was recorded in Nashville last year with Grammy winning producer Tim O’Brien and the album won the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year 2014. Now based in Nashville TN the duo has been performing extensively throughout the USA all 2014 including a performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage in May.

“There is a timeless quality to the Tattletale Saints music, simultaneously classic roots and modern revival, placing them alongside the more notable artists of today's scene. There are elements of folk, good old Appalachia style music, and a splash of country in their sound, too, which they do exceedingly well. And this all comes together to create well-written songs with stirring vocals.” No Depression August 2014


"How Red Is The Blood is the Nashville recorded effort of two New Zealander’s who describe the pleasure and plight of a people, addressing modern societal rifts with acerbic, beguiling wit... I don’t know what the answers are to many of the questions How Red Is The Blood asks, but I do know this: folk music lives, and this is it”. American Standard Time, September, 2014

 

SATURDAY JUNE 6

3:00 P.M.

MATINEE

A BARGAIN TICKET PRICE @ $10

MAURA KENNEDY and B.D. LOVE....

 

 

Maura Kennedy with great courage, leaves the safety of New York City to celebrate, bravely, her new CD "Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D. Love."
3,000 miles and a lot of effort to entertain you.

A CD Release show! Songwriters will be advised to be at The Coffee Gallery Backstage to hear the insights and advice of master songwriter B.D. Love."
It will be like an expensive song writing seminar but you will be paying only the $10 admission. $10? Why do they do that? It should be $50. Such a bargain.

MAURA KENNEDY is a master performer and an expert in her craft. The regular audience at The Coffee Gallery Backstage is in for a matinee treat.

Maura Kennedy celebrates the release of her new album, "Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D. Love." Maura, a veteran East Coast singer songwriter known for her angelic voice and straight-to-the heart melodies, (and one-half of the folk/americana duo The Kennedys,) teams up with widely published California poet B.D. Love to create “Villanelle...” a highly anticipated and unique collection of songs.

The textures on “Villanelle...” range from rocking and rootsy to gossamer and lacy, but the intertwining threads of  Maura’s voice and melodies with B.D.’s lyrics, weave a fabric that unfolds on its own cutting edge. https://youtu.be/Ivopms8DvoM

This will be a special CD release concert, with Maura performing these songs acoustically, and lyricist, B.D. Love introducing the songs and providing some insight into how the songs were written. This will be a unique show for the pair, and a rare one, as they live on separate coasts. Expect some surprises!

Saturday June 6 7:00 PM $20

SLIGO RAGS...now featured at Disneyland.

Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.


"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
--Music Connection
"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

SUNDAY MATINEE June 7 3:00 P.M. $20 ROY BOOK BINDER....
"Behind the humor lurks a musical master.." Sydney Morning Herald (Aus.)

Roy's latest CD, THE GOOD BOOK reached # 3 on Airplay Direct's AMERICANNA CHARTS in August 2013 behind Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt.

ROY BOOK BINDER, has earned his stripes.... THE BOOK, travelled with The Rev. Gary Davis in the 60's, Re-discovered Pink Anderson in the 70's and has been included in THE BLUES WHO'S WHO & THE BIG BOOK OF BLUES. Back in the late 80's, "The Book" appeared on Ralph Emory's popular Nashville Now TV show where his humor and old time guitar style made him a frequent favorite.

Book Binder left Greenwich Village in 1976, moved into a tour bus and lived on the road for the next 15 years! Borrowing from his heroes to become a distinct voice in the Blues and Folk music world. It has been said that,"The stories are as good as the songs". He has appeared at most prestigious festivals across America including JAZZ FEST, THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, THE CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL, THE PHILLY FOLK FESTIVAL, as well as MERLEFEST, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 20 years.

JORMA KAUKONEN, has included Roy's tunes on 2 of his last 3 solo cds and performs them regularly and the late Ann Rabson & Steady Rollin Bob Margolin's last cd won a WC Handy Blues Award included a Book Binder tune.

Roy Book Binder has been to Hell & back....(Blues Festival in Hell Norway last August) ......But he is still out on the road entertaining audiences around the world, where he is well known as a SINGING-SONGWRITING-SORYTELLING-FINGERPICKIN' BLUES LEGEND.

Sunday June 7 7:30 P.M. $20

COOKING WITH JAZZ. WOW! WHAT A HOT SHOW LAST TIME. TIM WEISBERG WAS “ENCORE SIZZLING” ALL NIGHT LONG AND CHUCK ALVAREZ SENT THE VOCALS THROUGH THE ROOF. THE REST OF THE BAND SHOWED THEY WERE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. A NIGHT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL FOLKS WOULD HAVE ENVIED. Super gig.


A HUGE, INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & POP STAR. TIM WEISBERG IS A VERY BIG DEAL. Puts on a great show.
TIM WEISBERG AND HIS BIG BAND.... is one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion who’s incredible career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world. Two of Tim's albums are collaborations with the gifted singer, songwriter, Dan Fogelberg, which include their platinum album, "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers,” containing the hit “The Power of Gold.” Tim’s bands are legendary and have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez. Although he is classified by the recording industry as jazz, Tim's music has always been somewhere between rock and jazz.

Weisberg has performed with David Benoit, The Carpenters, Dave Mason, Lynn Blessing, David Arkenstone, and Samantha Siva.
Check him out: timweisberg.com
Performances
• Bonnie Raitt - Tim Weisberg concert at Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkley, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park, Colorado, Awards and honors Twin Sons of Different Mothers was Certified Platinum by RIAA.

Monday June 8 8:00 P.M. $15

THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS.... a musical quartet.


“Armed with a violin, acoustic guitar, drums and an upright bass fashioned from two old suitcases, the Mulligan Brothers, a quartet from Mobile, Ala., stand dead center at the crossroads generally defined as Americana. Folk, country and blues all factor into the sound, as Ross Newell’s nuanced, radio-ready voice brings the band’s story-songs to vivid life.” The band made their New Orleans Jaz Fest debut in 2014 and were #8 in the Top Ten Best Selling Jazz Fest CD’s. CD’s and have been invited back to perform again 2015.

With a remarkable universality, the band’s self-titled debut album features songs that you could as easily imagine spilling from the mouth of a storied, laugh-lined old man as his teenage grandson grieving his first heartbreak. The Mulligan Brothers sing and play about where they’ve been in a way that makes us all realize we’ve been there, too.


When The Mulligan Brothers put together their “second chance” band in early 2013, it was with the mutual understanding that the music came first. All four agreed that “we wanted to play our original music and make a career out of it without selling (our) souls.” The band was willing to take a risk by playing their original music and slowly, methodically building a fan base, knowing that money would be tight and fame an unlikely bedfellow. As with their first effort, the band has tried to stay away from “formulas set forth on the radio.” Confirms Rea, “We want to play our music even if it doesn’t mean a major deal. We just want a solid career that we can sustain for many, many years and a following that appreciates the music. It’s really about the music at the end of the day”

A quick intake of breath and a passage of deep a cappella harmonies open the new album from The Mulligan Brothers Via Portland, and that's likely to be the only quiet moment fans hear from this Gulf Coast group in the foreseeable future...
That balance results in an album that rewards two different styles of listening. Under any circumstances, fans can hear more of what made The Mulligan Brothers so appealing in the first place: The easy Americana flow of music that uses traditional textures without falling into a fake rootsiness, balanced against lyrics that are often sharply contemporary. Where the previous album had "Cecilia," a tale of forbidden interracial love in the Old South, the new one has "Calamine," a haunting, inside-out murder ballad...


But "Via Portland" also rewards headphone listening, with subtle ambiance that lends a new depth to the music.

Tuesday June 9 8:00 P.M. $20

TRIO DINICU:

 

A young international Gypsy Jazz trio highly regarded for their fast-paced renditions of traditional Romanian and Hungarian gypsy melodies. Trio Dinicu builds on a foundation of classical training, adding the spontaneity of jazz and the thrilling refrains of the European folk tradition. In 2013 they were featured artists at Djangofest Northwest in Seattle, Washington and Music By The Sea at Bamfield, Canada.

Hailed as "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, TRIO DINICU combines the talents of three world-class musicians - Canadienne Luanne Homzy, a truly exceptional violinist (First Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009) with amazing facility and expressiveness, Tommy Davy a young American guitarist with the authentic chops of the "Django Reinhardt" style and Frank Anastasio, the one and only legendary bassist (direct from Paris, France) with sonorous soul - This trio melds classical, jazz and folk in innovative ways.

The Trio takes its name from Romanian virtuoso violinist and composer Grigoras Ionica Dinicu, who provided inspiration to legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz and who was greatly admired and revered by Stephane Grappelli, the world's most famous jazz violinist.

Their first album, “Trio Dinicu: Live in Los Angeles” was released at Djangofest Northwest in Langley, Washington in September 2013, and is available for order online at djangoguitars.com and for download on iTunes, distributed by Hot Club Records Label.
Trio Dinicu is based in Los Angeles.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 8:00 P.M. $20 THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND.

Fresh from Berkely School Of Music in Boston. The cutting edge of stringed music. Lots of music and fun. Here for the Summer

The Lonely Heartstring Band was born as a wedding band, hired for one wedding to play only Beatles repertoire on traditional bluegrass instruments.  It didn’t take long to start exploring other sounds and original songs, but that initial flame of the Beatles was indicative of the bands love of songs, arrangements, and music that feels good.

Combining instrumental virtuosity, 3-part harmonies, and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music, this band is all about a great show!

"These guys are as close to the Real Deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end."

~Darol Anger, fiddler for Republic of Strings –Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

THURSDAY JUNE 11 8:00 P.M. $15

FOLIAS FLUTE and GUITAR DUO...


 

Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron met at Michigan State University in 2002 while studying for their combined Master’s Degrees in music composition.

About Folias’ album Marufo Vega Fanfare magazine said, “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players…They draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity…mysterious…charming…evocative.”
This nomadic duo has played on stages around the globe including in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Guinee, West Africa. Carmen and Andrew have executed tours extensively throughout North America, including festivals in Alaska and Canada and milongas in over 25 tango communities throughout the United States.


Carmen and Andrew also curate foliasmusic.com, the website where they publish and sell their own sheet music and CDs, host a podcast and blog. On foliasmusic.com you will also discover their not so secret identities as foodies and nature lovers.

The summer of 2015 marks the thirteenth year of touring for Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron collectively known as the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo. With their “daring in self written music” (American Record Guide), they showcase original classical chamber music from their CD release Viewpoints as well as their ongoing arrangements from the golden era of Argentine tango.  Carmen comments, “I love the back and forth between playing our classical music and then playing for tango dances, it keeps up my chops as a musician but also helps the interplay between polished chamber music performing and improvisation/dance band approach to playing.”

A cornerstone of the Viewpoints Tour will be the premier of  Bergeron’s ‘Border Trilogy’ in the North Cascades National Park “The tours’ namesake CD release Viewpoints follows Folias’ Tango and Snow and Waterway concept album releases which blend Folias’ ongoing love of Argentine tango with other world musics and Western classical music to create an aural travelogue of both depth and breadth.

Friday June 12 8:00 P.M. A bargain @ $20

MOTHER’S BOYS.... A muliti talented aggregation.

Topanga's 2008 "Music Legend" PETER FELDMANN
(mandolin/guitar), RICK CUNHA (guitar/slide guitar), and DAVID JACKSON
(bass) dynamically recreate the music of the Carter Family, Jimmie
Rodgers, and other country music greats with wonderful harmonies, hot
pickin' and yodeling madness. "Country music . . . with the hairy side out!".

MOTHER’S BOYS first met 25 years ago as members of  Byron Berline's "LA Fiddle Band". From then on, success was theirs... playing shows, festivals, trail rides, and clubs, featuring tunes and songs from America's "Golden Age" of country music.

PETER FELDMANN has been presenting bluegrass, folk, string band, and related musics since the early 1960's, and is known as the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention. Peter's tribute CD to Uncle Dave Macon, "Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm", was named to the nation's Top Ten Bluegrass albums of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune.

RICK CUNHA may accurately be described as a guitar players' guitar player and one of America's finest songwriters. Rick performed in concert with Mason Williams (for whom he also produces), Emmy Lou Harris, John Stewart, Anne Murray, Jennifer Warnes, Buck Owens, and The Smothers Brothers. Mr. Cunha's solo recording career began in 1974 with "Yo-Yo-Man" immortalized on television and in concert by Tom Smothers.

DAVID JACKSON is always in the right place at the right time and lucky. His career began with 3 years on The Andy Williams show as a comedian and bassist and little has changed in the intervening years, if hair loss doesn't count. Writing "Joy To The World" (with Hoyt Axton for 3 Dog Night) and "The No, No Song" (Again, with Hoyt, for Ringo Starr) and playing with Jackson Browne, Glenn Campbell, Roger Miller and John Denver still left time in which to sandwich a wide variety of music and droll comedy over the years. One career sandwich with everything on it, please.

SATURDAY MATINEE JUNE 13 3:00 P.M. $15

GOH (Goh Kurosawa)
"Blue Quiet Sound" CD Release Event...

NewCD   www.ComposeLife.com   Spring Beast World Tour.

A brilliant world tour by a superb International Guitarist.

"Goh Kurosawa's music is beyond any simple classification.” writes Scott Yanow (journalist for AllMusic & LA Jazz Scene). The guitarist improvises melodically, is open to the influences of pop, rock, flamenco, classical, Latin and Japanese music, and has his own musical identity. Equally skilled on electric and acoustic guitars, he has mastered tapping and sometimes uses electrical devices to create a wide range of sounds yet is not shy to embrace a pretty melody; personable and eager to talk about his music and guitar tunings between songs, Goh put on a warm and entertaining show. His set included Bob Marley's No Women No Cry, My Family My Friends (original), a Japanese folk song, Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (which he sang) and parts of a suite he recently composed."

On TV (in Japan):https://youtu.be/lWjA0RqRP4s?t=1m49s

SATURDAY JUNE 13 7:00 P.M. $15 SHELBY & TIEG with special guest and opening act, JUSTIN HOUCHIN.

LA based folk-pop duo SHELBY & TIEG have been described as a modern Simon & Garfunkel (if one were a girl).
Though they try to disguise their compositions with complex harmonies and intricate guitar, there’s no escaping that what they sing are fun pop songs that aim to make you smile.

JUSTIN HOUCHIN...is a classically-trained guitarist, a born story-teller and a happy dude. His music draws from classical, folk, bluegrass, jazz and indigenous music from around the world. His lyrics cover important issues such as monsters, mermaids, bugs, the world's end, old tree friends, and interstellar thugs.

Sunday Matinee June 14 3:00 P.M. $18

THE GARLIC BAND....with the well known and irrepressible Miamon Miller.

We brought them back just for you. An uptempo visit to Romania with all the danger, adventure and wild and wonderful music. A matinee for those of you afraid to go out after dark. We like those traits. Join us for the adventure.

It’s Flag Day, June 14th and what better way to celebrate than sharing an afternoon with the Garlic Band. Whether it’s to the banks of the Tisa or the foothills of the Tatras, whether Romanian, French, jazz à la Reinhardt/Grappelli, Rom (Gypsy), or original compositions, you’ll hear music with an authenticity and pungency that only the Garlic Band can deliver.

Settle back and relax as the G.B. led by Miamon Miller (violin/viola) with Cory Beers (cimbalom/tupan), Joshua Kaufman (accordion) and Simeon Pillich (bass) take you on a whimsical musical journey in the intimate and acoustically friendly Coffee Gallery Backstage. These musicians have spent decades beating the back roads of Transylvania and the back alleys of  Bucharest in search of musical gems. Come and judge for yourself whether the Garlic Band lives up to its self-generated hype!

SUNDAY June 14 7:00 P.M. $20

PAT DONOHUE.....

 

Bob Stane Says: I was listening to Garrison Keilor on "Prairie Home Companion" when I heard PAT DONOHUE sing and play, with "The Shoe Band," a song called "Frisco Bound." I almost drove off the road. I had to pull over to the shoulder and recompose myself. When I got home I looked him up with the help of YAHOO and sent him an e mail. I asked about "Frisco Bound" and offered, in my usual shameless way a gig at The Coffee Gallery Backstage whenever he came to Los Angeles. He sent me a wonderful promo pak and phoned about a week later and accepted my impertinent offer. Be sure to go to his Web Site (below) and check it out. Great accomplishments and ongoing goodies. PAT DONOHUE....Backroads &Bodywraps by Stephen A. Ide

If it were it easy, every fingerstyle guitarist would play as well as Pat Donohue. A Midwesterner with the rhythm of a drummer and the soul of a New Orleans saxophonist, Donohue has the fingers of the world's finest guitarists. He brings his talent weekly to the radio stage of A Prairie Home Companion, where he started regularly playing in its band in 1993. You'll also catch him on concert stages nationwide and in the lesson room, where he teaches guitar playing. Though he was named National Finger Picking Guitar Champion in 1983, perhaps the greatest testament to the virtuosity of Donohue's guitar playing is the kudos he receives from fellow musicians. Guitar great Leo Kottke calls Donohue's playing "haunting." And Chet Atkins jokes on Donohue's latest album, "Backroads," that perhaps it's time for him to steal from Pat. "One time I was on the air, I was playing with Chet and suddenly he just told everybody that he thought I was one of the best fingerpickers in the world," Donohue said. "It's hard to get past that."


His skill, wit, and warm, infectious personality earned him accolades, and his songs have been recorded by such performers as Chet Atkins, Suzy Bogguss, and many others. Donohue himself has released several albums, including Backroads, which includes guest appearances by Chet Atkins, Kate MacKenzie, Howard Levy, and Butch Thompson. His travels with A Prairie Home Companion and extensive solo engagements allow him to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the U.S.

SEE WEB SITE:
http://www.patdonohue.com/bio.html

Monday June 15. 8:00 P.M. $20

 

 

The last time Mari played The Coffee Gallery Backstage she had just swept the 2014 Maritime Fiddle Championship (http://www.maritimefiddlefestival.ca/) becoming the first-ever American to defend the title. Mari, did I get that right? Anything else splashy we can add? How many total championship titles do you have at this point?

Note from......Bob, you should see her shelf with all of her trophies and awards ... 2-time Maritime Fiddle Champion (something I'm told no other U.S. fiddler has ever accomplished), I'm also the reigning National U.S. Scottish Fiddling Champion. And, more importantly, we have a really great show planned for you folks! I'm very excited to come play on Monday!

 

 

 

MARI BLACK & Her World Fiddle Ensemble..

I can assure you that Mari and her World Fiddle Ensemble are a show-stopping act and they have been asked back to every venue and every audience they have played on either coast. The Coffee Gallery Backstage will be no exception.
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. As the reigning U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a master of diverse musical styles, Mari's shows feature her fresh dance-driven music that transcends genre and innovatively blend Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Together with her World Fiddle trio, including a contrabass and a pianist, Mari Black will take you on a high-energy tour of dance music from around the world -- brilliant Celtic step dances, classic swing tunes, luscious South American tangos, spicy International folk dances, and more. The show will have you tapping your toes and jumping out of your seat to participate! www.MariBlack.com

"One of the brightest young fiddlers around today" -- Brian O'Donnovan, host of WGBH radio's "A Celtic Sojourn"

“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.” -- Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Fellowship Jazz Series, Yale University. “Particularly impressive” -- The Boston Globe. “I don’t know any musician who has crossed as many boundaries as Mari has -- from folk to jazz to classical to world music. Actually, for Mari Black, there are no boundaries.” -- Tim McLaughlin, concert presenter Go to Mari's Web Page.... http://www.mariblack.com/bio/

 

Tuesday June 16 8:00 P.M. $20

FLUTE FLIGHT....

 

Enjoy a special performance by two masters of their instruments, Sherry Finzer, silver flutes and Mark Holland, native American flutes. Music for contemplation and meditation. Soothes the soul. Relax and experience the peace within. Music that is passionate and sensuous. Colorful and expressive. www.sherryfinzer.com and www.autumnschild.com

Sherry Finzer is known for her unique and bold blend of musical styles, creating a New Fusion sound with a mix of Top 40, New Age, Latin, and Classical. She has recorded 11 albums, and her music can be heard on radio stations around the world including Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and has three times been considered by GRAMMY voting members for Best New Age Album. As a Pearl Flutes and Guo Flutes performing artist, Sherry won several performance awards, including Best Album 2013 from One World Music in the UK for “Transformation.”
Sherry is a member of  Fiona Joy's Blue Dream Ensemble which is scheduled to tour China.
Sherry also hosts a 2 hour contemporary instrumental music radio shows.

Award winning artist Mark Holland is considered by many authorities on the Native American Flute to be among the top flutists performing and recording today. Mark Holland has been called, "the Jimi Hendrix of the Native American Flute". A hybrid of world, jazz, classical and folk styles. He has recorded 20 CDs to date. Holland has a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri where he studied with two members of the Saint Louis Symphony. Mark Holland is known for his unique soulful style of "playing from the heart". Holland has been a featured artist at many Flute Festivals throughout the country. His music can be heard on Sirius XM Radio's Spa Channel as well as Echoes (National Public Radio) among others.

Thursday June 18 8:00 P.M. $15

THE BETTER HALVES....

 

This Austin, TX duo is guaranteed to make you smile, or your money back. (Well, maybe not the house's share...) With an arsenal of  humorous duets, poignant story songs, and some of the most clever rhymes in the English language, this husband-wife team have delighted audiences from Mexico to Alaska to Maine. In addition to their excellent songwriting and sweet vocal harmonies, the pair are outstanding instrumentalists on two guitars. They bring to life classic, intricate finger-style swing arrangements by Chet Atkins as well as Brazilian chorinhos. No one should miss a chance to see them perform their most famous piece, a Jerry Reed tune they play 4 hands on 1 guitar, which always brings the cameras out and the house down! As for accolades, Chrissie has played live on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and Jimmy Joe had a song featured on NPR's Car Talk. Soon they will add the Coffee Gallery Backstage to that list, and you wouldn't want to miss that! www.thebetterhalvesmusic.com

Friday June 19 8:00 P.M. $20

THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS......BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

 

Audience favorite, , will be appearing once again at The Coffee Gallery Backstage! High energy double double slap bass, blazing twin fiddle duets, outrageous mandolin & powerhouse vocals make this a one-of-a-kind show you won’t want to miss. Featuring the world-class talents of  Michelle Lynskey, John W Marshall, Evan Marshall, and Duane Michaels, these incredible musicians and long time friends fill the evening with music, fun and laughter. They “Miskefy” each tune, by blending traditional Bluegrass with elements of jazz, swing & classical, creating a special sound all their own.

This will be the farewell performance of original band member, Duane Michaels, who will be leaving the MMB's. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to celebrate Duane with the Miskey Mountain Boys, to wish him well, and see the original lineup of this incredible band one last time! It’s definitely going to be a night to remember!

Bob Stane says: This is a top show and we encourage you to bring your friends to introduce them to The Coffee Gallery Backstage
with this act. A winner. Great music and tons of fun and laughs.

Saturday June 20. 7:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS

Inspired entertainers giving quality performances of 1920 and 30s music with merriment and historical illuminations.

Always sells out so hurry

The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her 4 member band The Parlor Boys will entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troupe will perform scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s with authenticity and verve.

Janet has recently been doing voice-overs for cartoons (Adventure Time & Over The Garden Wall) and has a hit song on YouTube from her most recent characterization as the lovelorn school teacher (Miss Langtree) for forest animals in the exquisitely beautiful cartoon called “Over The Garden Wall.” Her song Langtree’s Lament can be seen and heard at ~~~~~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwUoMN3pK_s

JOIN US.... at The Coffee Gallery Backstage 7:00pm
~the band will feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds – panache whistling, banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme – cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz – Vibraphone & bells and Marquis Howell – Charm & Stand Up Bass.

Today Janet is the most refreshing anachronism to ever materialize from the ether of the Prohibition. Klein is a channel to a definitive time in American music when bob hairdos were the rage and batting-eyes meant you had a live one on your hands.
Thing is, LA-based Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys are not nostalgic shtick. She doesn’t merely perform songs from “lost America”—obscure numbers circa 1900s-1930s such as barrelhouse jazz, foxtrots, chansonettes, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime ditties and vaudeville from the Great Depression—she actually lives them, and transports her audiences along the way. Janet considers herself an “archeologist” for digging up buried treasures by the likes of Wilton Crawley and A.P. Randolf, Robert Cloud, Ruth Etting, Lil Armstrong, Mae West, Annette Hanshaw, Fannie Brice, Josephine Baker and so forth. janetklein.com

 

Sunday matinee June 21 3:00 P.M. $10 Rob Kyle & Riner Scivally Jazz Quartet

The group plays jazz standards, Brazilian and original pieces and features the tenor saxophone and flute of  Robert Kyle (www.robkyle.com). Rob has performed/recorded with Linda Hopkins,Johnny Mathis and his own brazilian group.   Also in the band is guitarist Riner Scivally (www.rinerscivally.com) a melodic and swinging accompanist to Robert's horn work. Riner has performed with Gary Foster, Alan Broadbent and Larance Marable.


The rhythm section consists of  Blake White (acoustic bass) and David Hocker (drums) both capable of  laying down a deep groove. This is a great band in a great venue and will prove to be a concert not-to-be-missed.

Sunday June 21 7:00 P.M. $20

 

HOUSTON JONES

 

is a Bay Area high-octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a mostly original repertoire of folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel. Featured are Glenn Houston (lead guitars), Travis Jones (lead vocals), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Joshua Zucker (standup bass) and Peter Tucker (drums)

Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.

This explosive, wide-ranging performance will touch your heart and get your feet moving of their own volition.

Billboard.com describes Houston Jones as "a wonderful gem of a band", the San Francisco Chronicle calls them "a confluence of sublime talent."

The band has just released their 7th CD, "Minotaur", which you can purchase at the mercy table after the show.

Artist website: Houston Jones - High Octane Americana Music

Wednesday June 24 8:00 P.M. $15 ASHLEY AND EVERETT LILLY WITH THE SONGCATCHERS

A celebration of purity, style and entertaining authenticity. Absolutely a jewel. A big group of bluegrass stars with history

The clear and authentic voice of  Ashley Lilly is no surprise to those who are familiar with bluegrass music and Ashley's famous grandfather, Everett Lilly Sr. (The Lilly Brothers) who performed and recorded with Flatt and Scruggs. Ashley's father, Dr. Everett Lilly, performed on stage and/or recorded with the likes of Bill Monroe, Joan Baez, Vassar Clements (Crossing the Catskills), Jim Rooney and Bill Keith (One Day at a Time), the Charles River Valley Boys (Beatle Country), and the Lilly Brothers (Country Songs of the Lilly Brothers, Holiday in Japan, etc.). The Songcatchers, a multi-generational traditional music group, was started by Everett at the university in West Virginia where Everett taught traditional music classes. The group has appeared on such venues as Mountain Stage with Cathy Mattea, the International Bluegrass Music Association Fanfest, and the famed Lincoln Theater in Marion, VA on a show with Doc Watson. The latter show was broadcast for a year on nationwide public television bringing much visibility to this unique group.


Ashley recorded with the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (The Farthest Horizon) and her newest CD, Baby Blue Eyes, will be released shortly. Songs from the CD are being previewed on worldwide internet radio which has led to a planned summer tour in Ireland. The term that best describes the music of  The Songcatchers is what Everett Lilly Sr. called “American Folk Mountain Country Music.”  In their entertaining shows the sounds of the southern mountains comes alive with the combination of  Everett's unique style on the guitar and Ashley's crystal clear voice. The harmonies are sweet and heartfelt and Everett's guitar work combines elements of Mother Maybelle Carter, Lesley Riddle, and Doc Watson.


The audience is taken back to a special time in early country music and still the sounds are remarkably progressive and contemporary. This group is the “real deal” and their heartwarming show is reaffirming and uplifting. The stage is transformed as they take you on a musical journey you will not soon forget. You will not soon forget these folks who are both sophisticated and strongly connected to the roots music of the southern mountains.

Thursday June 25 8:00 P.M. $18 THE SALTY SUITES... with Guest Act: DAVID STARR.

The Salty Suites played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don't miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. AND THEY LIE A LOT.

David Starr:
David Starr
is an Americana singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in Cedaredge, Colorado. His music has roots in Arkansas blues, country rock and classic rock. Influences range from The Band to Jackson Browne to Eagles to Eric Clapton and Todd Rundgren.  He has played bars, high school and college gigs, weddings and club and concert stages since the age of 14. His Fayetteville, Arkansas hometown roots put him in close proximity to The Cate Brothers, Levon Helm and other great artists. Starr played drums and sang lead vocals with numerous local bands in the northwest Arkansas before picking up the guitar and fronting both there and in Aspen, Colorado in the early '80's. It was during his time in Aspen that he was able to share the stage with the likes of the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Edwards and others. He played in local Roaring Fork Valley groups as drummer, guitarist and vocalist, including the David Starr Band.


Starr owns and operates a retail music store called Starr's Guitars in Cedaredge, Colorado where he makes his home. He gigged with the David Starr Band until the fall of 2013 when he decided to devote more time to his solo efforts. The DSB opened for Travis Tritt, Survivor, The Guess Who and Clint Black in recent years in addition to playing dates all over the western slope of Colorado and in Starr's native Arkansas. In addition to keeping up a gigging schedule, Starr also promotes concerts in the small town of Cedaredge hosting such artists as John McEuen, Karla Bonoff, Michael Johnson, Dana Cooper and others. He also coordinates music for the Applefest every fall. And he was also fortunate to work with John Oates on as lead guitarist on a couple of shows in Colorado and Arkansas.


He travels for gigs from his home base on the south face of Colorado's Grand Mesa to performances in Texas, California, Arkansas and Canada. Plans are in the works for a UK tour in late 2014 on the heels of two UK HotDisc Top 40 chart successes with Way Past Ready (#6) and Alive Again (#13).

He has four solo CD's and one with The David Starr Band.Broken 9 | David StarrTime And Contrition | David StarrSongs From the Witness Tree | David StarrAlive Again | David StarrUnderneath the Clear Blue Skies | The David Starr Band

FRIDAY JUNE 26 8:00 P.M. $20 MISS DEVON & the OUTLAW
plus
KRISTYN HARRIS
with
Brook Wallace

WOW !!!! THIS SHOW HAS IT ALL, FIDDLE, FUN, MUSIC, SAXOPHONE, YODELING, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
AND A TOY STORY GRAMMY. MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES....ALL COUCHED IN A GREAT EVENING OF SONGS

Western swing is the official music of Texas, and these four award-winning, high energy western music performers from Texas, have thrown in together to kick up some serious dust around the old corral.

As a result, what Miss Devon & the Outlaw, Kristyn Harris, and Texas champion fiddle player Brook Wallace do is more fun than puttin' socks on a rooster.

MISS DEVON & THE OUTLAW Devon Dawson and Jessie Robertson formed their fun, musical duo in 2007. Since then they have won many awards. Devon is a top entertainer in western music, known for her "vintage sock-rhythm guitar style, and warm 'swingtime cowgirl' vocals which bring to mind legendary B-western ladies of the silver screen. Jessie has a"fine tenor to baritone vocals" reminiscent of Tommy Duncan, lead singer with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. He also plays a little saxophone and may drift off into a dozen alias personalities…
… better keep an eye on the rascal.

Western Music Association:
2014, 2013 Duo/Group of the Year
2013 Trio/Group Harmony Award with Kristyn Harris
2009, 2012, 2014 Duo/Group Harmony Award
Academy of Western Artists
2009 Female Performer of the Year (Devon)
National Cowboy Hall of Fame:
2013 Wrangler Award for New Horizons
GRAMMY Award:
Woody's Roundup, Riders in the Sky, based on Toy Story 2.
Miss Devon received a Grammy certificate for singing two songs on the award winning album as JESSIE, the Yodelin' Cowgirl

Western Music Association:
2014 Female Performer of the Year
Youth Harmony Duo of the Year with Olivia Hobbs
2013 Western Swing Album of the Year
2012 Crescendo Award for Rising Star
Academy of Western Artists:
2013 Female Performer of the Year
Cowtown Society of Western Music:
2015 Rising Star of the Year Inductee

She started playing music at age 14 and last fall, became the youngest performer to win the WMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Kristyn is "noted for her powerful vocals, solid rhythm guitar style, songwriting, yodeling, and captivating stage presence." She is joined by award-winning fiddle champ Brook Wallace.

This is a rare opportunity to catch two acts in one for the same price. We are confident you'll enjoy this evening of wonderful Western music by four talented Texans.

 

SATURDAY JUNE 27 7:00 P.M. $20 Choro das 3...  Choro is the music of  Brazil that inspired samba and bossa-nova, complex and joyful with several instruments interacting. Americans compare Choro to Bluegrass, Ragtime and New Orleans Jazz with a catchy Brazilian rhythm. Choro das 3 (a band of  three charming sisters and their dad) is has achieved fame in Brazil, playing for presidents, large audiences and popular TV shows. World-renowned musician Mike Marshall says that Choro das 3 plays ". . . some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation . . . the highest quality of  Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today."

Choro das 3 is a band of three charming Brazilian sisters and their dad.  Elisa, 21, plays mandolin, clarinet, banjo & piano. Lia, 24, plays 7-string guitar. Corina, 27, plays flute and piccolo. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine) and percussion.

The band is famous in Brazil, playing for presidents, large audiences and popular TV shows. They did tours of the USA in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 tour had 30+ gigs in 20 states, including a week at Mike Marshall and David Grisman's Mandolin Symposium where Elisa (the mandolin sister) was awarded the Concert Master's chair for the grand finale concert. The 2014 tour had over 40 gigs and an even more enthusiastic reception at Mandolin Symposium with several mid-concert standing ovations.

If you don't know Choro, it's a Brazilian form similar to Ragtime (in that it is has catchy tunes and musical complexity) and Bluegrass or New Orleans Jazz (in that it has tight ensemble work and virtuosic solos). www.chorodas3.com.br

 

 

Sunday afternoon. MATINEE June 28 3:00 P.M. $20

The Ne’er Duwels

 

The Ne’er Duwels are very pleased to announce the release of their long awaited debut album, titled “Ne’er Duwels” and are thrilled to be returning toThe Coffee Gallery Backstage.   This album, as well as their live performance, is best described as "traditional Irish music meets modern world sounds and rhythms".


The "real deal" from Ireland, Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years. "He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar and mandolin. . . .His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy."


Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions.


Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster.


Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge.  The band began two years ago when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken at one of his solo concerts, another flame was lit and the four became The Ne’er Duwels.
Catch them now, at the Coffee Gallery, before they begin touring to promote their new album. More information may be found at www.neerduwels.com.

Sunday June 28 7:00 P.M. $18

QUARTERMASTER....

A sturdy pirate ship of close harmony mates with larceny and music on their mind.
A bit of wit and a lot of sea faring tunes. A great night with a big crew with matching instruments.

QUARTERMASTER… Music with a pirate flavor. Entreprenuership on the bounding, and profitable, main.  Longing to sing three-part harmony in a men’s a cappella group, impresario Daniel Rover Singer formed QuarterMaster in 2012 with musical director James Briton Hendricks in hopes of  becoming the Crosby, Stills & Nash of the shanty scene. Traditional songs with updated lyrics and arrangements bring a fresh, funny and soulful spin to old music about Drinking, Sex, and the Sea. Cap’n Salty and Rover are joined by Stosh, Boots, Arrmen, Padre, Spike and Rufus making up the 8-man crew of “The Dodgy Sally.” The men’s voices are accompanied by concertina, bouzouki, pennywhistle and ‘bones’ – guaranteed to shiver your timbers.


JAMES BRITON HENDRICKS has long performed an astounding repertoire of historical and maritime music with his mellifluous baritone voice and command of multiple vintage instruments. A renowned authority on ancient music with special emphasis on music of the Civil War, James is a frequent performer at historical sites and events. He performs with the Band of the California Battalion and conducts the madrigal group The Briton Ensemble.

DANIEL ROVER SINGER has been a vaudevillian since he first started worrying his family with his ventriloquist/magic act at the age of 10. He founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1981 and co-created the global comedy hit “The Complete Works of Wm Shakepeare (Abridged).” As a Disney Imagineer he contributed to the design of many beloved theme-park attractions worldwide; and as a performer, director, writer and designer, Rover has dedicated his life to making the world a more magical place.

The rest of the crew: TONY DURAN, TOM ERVIN and STOSH BARYLA (tenors), ARRMEN PIRIMASIHI (baritone), CAL SMITH and MICHAEL HRUSKA (basses).

Monday June 29 8:00 P.M. $20

 

Laurence Juber and Guitar Noir

GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
Typically he performs solo, but for a special run of June tour dates he will take the stage with the rhythm section of Domenic Genova, bass and Michael Jochum, drums and percussion, under the name Guitar Noir.As well as his familiar acoustic guitar, Juber, known to his fans as LJ, will also play electric guitar at this show. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see the six string maestro stretch out in this intimate setting.

“A Master!“-
Pete Townsend, The Who

“LJ is a musical chameleon who shines brightly regardless of the landscape.”
-Will Turpin, Collective Soul

“The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding."
- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine

"At the heart of LJ's sound and style breathes a near-flawless technique where a fiercely emotional underbelly, alternate tunings, and keen sense of melody and rhythm coalesce into something uniquely his own..you don't have to be a solo-happy guitar worshipper to appreciate his talents."- Inland Empire Weekly

"....the notes spin out of the songs with such finesse and musical agility, it's hard to believe he has only 10 fingers and six strings."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Great musicians are all about soul. It's as if creativity , originality, craft and technical skill is what they are made of. Laurence casts a great light on those of us lucky enough to be his collaborator and his friend.
-Paul Williams, songwriter

July 2015
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Saturday July 25 7 pm TBA

Cynthia Carle and Marty Axelrod

 

Cynthia Carle has performed her own songs, on topics ranging from lost love to artificial dog testicles, at venues including Comedy Central Stage's Sit 'n Spin, TopTune, Mbar, Genghis Cohen, Molly Malone's, Witzend, McCabe’s, Firefly Bistro, Talking Stick, Old Oak Cellars, the Fanatic Salon, the Hollywood Fringe, and Bob Stane’s Coffee Gallery Backstage. Her screenwriting credits include The Sixth Man and You Wish with Christopher Reed (for which they were Humanitas Award finalists), and the upcoming revenge road-trip comedy Sharkpunching in America. Her vicious alternative musical Christmas show, Christmas Smackdown, written with Mark Nutter, has been in performed in LA, at Chicago's iO, and at the Laurie Beechman in NY. It includes her tunes Angels and Severed Swedish Heads. She was best choreography nominee at the LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Re-Animator the Musical, in which she also played Dr. Harrod and a cookie-throwing zombie Brownie, in LA at the Steve Allen Theater, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. As an actor, she’s been on Broadway in both musicals and non-musicals (she was drawn by Al Hirschfeld in the New York Times with a Nina in her hair), and Off-Broadway. She’s whooshed around in long dresses with corsets and fancy accents at leading regional theaters including the Guthrie and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and in films including Louis Malle’s Alamo Bay, playing a socio-economically challenged trailer-dwelling flower of Texas opposite Ed Harris. As choral geek, she's sung Beethoven's Ninth all over the place including Disney Hall under Zubin Mehta and at the Hollywood Bowl in Gustavo Dudamel's inaugural. You’ll find her songs Angels, Down at the Gitmo, and Passionate on YouTube. She’s thrilled senseless to be sharing the Coffee Gallery stage with Marty Axelrod, as she is his biggest, if not tallest, fan.

 

MARTY AXELROD, Songwriter
Marty Axelrod wants to make you laugh. And shed a tear. Ideally during the same song. And he wants you to keep listening. So he tries to surprise and delight you with each line, each rhyme, each melodic turn. That is his mission as a songwriter. It is not a skill that was taught in his native Cleveland, Ohio. Marty had to spend time in Nashville to study the craft, co-writing with such luminaries as Irene Kelly, Rand Bishop and the late Tim Johnson. One of Marty’s songs was even recorded by folk legend Judy Collins…but it didn’t make the album. Happily ensconced in Northeast Los Angeles, Marty produced and co-wrote the acclaimed concept album Songs of Shiloh with Nicole Gordon. His musical Emperor Norton, co-written with Kim Ohanneson, has had four successful runs in San Francisco and LA. His songs have appeared on HBO’s True Blood, Friday Night Lights and other soundtracks, including a really bad Patrick Swayze movie…but at least Swayze dances to the song. Marty is a member of the six-man songwriter collective Tall Men Group, where he is known for songs about a cat lady and the first guy to make fire. Songwriters are among Marty’s favorite people, and of those, Cynthia Carle may be his musical soul mate. The idea of trading songs with her on the Coffee Gallery (back)stage makes him giddy with excitement.

 

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