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THURSDAY August 28 8:00 P.M. $18

SALTY SUITES with special guests opening act THE LICATA BROTHERS.

Returning to the scene of the crime will be those merry makers of music and mirth, That's right The Salty Suites. This time they they bring with them riches... not from the orient or strange lands, but from the recording studio. That's right folks, the NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! Fresh off the presses, the Suites bring you their 3rd Recorded project, "We All Go Down Together". They will have plenty of these flat round discs for your listening pleasure. The Salty Suites are Scott Gates on Mandolin, The lovely Chelsea Williams on Guitar and the also stunningly rugged Chuck Hailes on Bass, all on vocals and high on energy, this band will leave you smiling and wanting more. Come have a coffee, a tasty snack and settle in for a night of great music. We will also have an amazing opening act to play for you and on top of all that, the best stage and sound in the whole Pasadena area! Come lend us your ears! Go home with the newest CD from your favorite band!

Before there was sixties rock, there was sixties folk and folk rock, and our opening act THE LICATA BROTHERS will rev you up for a half  hour by dazzling you with Dylan, and enthusing with Everly's, Buddy Holly, and even more crisply executed surprises. This duo is a true Coffee Gallery discovery, and our most youthful one at that! Youthful charm and energy combined with some jaw dropping precocious virtuosity will keep you amazed and amused by this duo. And the boys just returned from a bold busking tour of the Deep South, and are ready to fire up these newly honed chops for you.

Sit tight and prepare to spend an evening blasting back to the past...the good ole days for so many of us.

Licata Brothers.... http://www.thelicatabrothers.com/ good photo

Salty Suites: www.saltysuites.com

Friday August 29 8:00 P.M. $20


The best music this side of  Bob Dylan and the Band.

John York, a former member of the legendary The Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire, has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage are Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad Watson, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

Saturday August 30 7:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN and her band....THE PARLOR BOYS....

The enchanting ukulele chanteuse JANET KLEIN and her band THE PARLOR BOYS

perform authentically inspired interpretations of early 20th Century Hot –Jazz, Tin Pan Alley and Vaudeville tunes. The captivating Ms Klein and her highly acclaimed,

girdle-bustin’ bunch of West Coast jazz Archeologists bring to life great forgotten

music in a fresh and irresistible way.

Janet and her band play regularly around Los Angeles and have recorded 7 CDs since 1998. Janet will be joined by Tom Marion, Corey Gemme, Marquis Howell and David Elsenbroich. They'll be celebrating the new limited edition release of their first vinyl single, produced in Japan by Moga Records. This will be a rare opportunity to catch it while you can. Just out and #1 on Amazon Japan! Janet and the boys tote plenty of musical variety and jazz age tales of bad behavior all mixed with a joyous time warp of sight and sound, music history and down home fun.

SUNDAY AUGUST 31 3:00 P.M. $15



Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.

The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.

The group’s current lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, keyboardist Michael Feldman, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Danny Graziani on fiddle and harmonica, and an ensemble of rotating drummers.

Moby Dick: or, The Album, the band’s debut album with Fluff & Gravy Records (March 18. 2014), is a musical swirl of immaculately crafted songs, each interpreting an aspect of Melville’s masterpiece with an approach that tacks between intricate arrangement and the deceptively simple country-inflected tunes for which the band is best known. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. Joined by such notable guest artists as: folk legend Jim Kweskin (of Jug Band fame), acclaimed avant-garde performer Dorian Wood, and composer Jeremy Zuckerman (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and recent #1 iTunes Soundtrack “Legend of Korra”), among others, the band has crafted a timeless record that will resonate equally with fans of the classic Melville novel, and those who have yet to discover it.

SUNDAY August 31 7:00 P.M. $20



in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.

Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com

Tuesday September 2 8:00 P.M. $15

Bay Area resident MARCA CASSITY..delivers inspired folk rock spirit songs. http://www.marcacassity.com
Called a “soulful songstress,” by the L.A. Weekly, Marca was raised in rural Oklahoma. The product of her Osage Indian ancestry and blue-collar sweat, hard work is no mystery to Marca, and it shows in her art and her expression.

Music was a gift and a path. At three, Marca was singing Johnny Cash songs to her family and by elementary school was entering piano competitions. Then, in her teens, her cousin Eddie taught her to play bluegrass guitar and she found herself drawn to the music of such powerful rock-roots artists as Neil Young and Melissa Etheridge.

Here's a link to a music video and bio: Shine For You video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83uAsdoDytg

Songwriter, singer, painter and poet from Gold Country, California, BRIANNA LEA PRUETT’S musical expressions travel widely, much like herself. Born in the mountains of  Northern California and a singer from her earliest days, she plays California folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Southeastern Woodlands heritage with equal passion as compositions that show a love for jazz, blues, and soul music. She has worked with diverse artists in many genres, and carries that personal tradition forward.

Pruett has shared stages with Jonah Matranga of Far and Gratitude, Jacob Golden, Mark Kozelek of  Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Coal Beautiere, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, Good Shield Aguilar, and others. Love, family, home, and heritage consistently show up in the music. Pruett has a new LP recording available on cd, vinyl and through all major online retailers, Gypsy Bells, out on Canyon Records October 1st, 2013. The record has received outstanding reviews and was featured in PASTE Magazine’s Best of What’s Next

Born in Northern California, Brianna Lea Pruett’s musical education was eclectic and varied, from the songs of Free to be You and Me to Raffi, church hymns of pioneer days, The Chieftans, Emmylou Harris, Doc and Merle Watson, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, and a strong classical background.

Exposed to a wide selection of American pop music and classical, Brianna intertwined these various influences with folk songs from dust-bowl era Oklahoma, passed down through generations of her family's migrant workers, sharecroppers, coal miners and porch singers.

She publishes her original writing and poetry, sings thoughtful covers and much original material, performs spoken word, and continues to broaden her musical horizons with workshops from artists such as Meredith Monk and Zap Mama.

Pruett has played regularly up and down the west coast and toured internationally, having shared stages with Jonah Matranga, Jacob Golden, Sean Hayashi, Mark Kozelek, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, and others.


THE WOODSHED SESSIONS.....September 5 is the first of the returning series....

The Woodshed Sessions presents a new show each month with new songs in development from the band and their special guests, Southern California's finest singer/songwriters. The first fandango will feature... September 5: Merlin Snider

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! A lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. Winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album for their debut CD "Blue Eyed Darlin,'" The Hilonesome Band is Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle, showcasing the songwriting of lead guitarist Carlson. The band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, and CalTech Folk Music Society among others. In 2011 their live album “Live at the Freight & Salvage” was released, this their first recording to include new fiddler Mark Indictor who joined the ensemble in 2010. Their most recent studio CD “White Swan” was released in March of 2013 to critical acclaim from No Depression, FolkWorks, Pop Matters, M Magazine for Musicians, Music News Nashville and FolkWords UK among others, and it has been charting in the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report's Combined Internet and Terrestrial Folk Chart since it's release in March of 2013.

Check out their two new music videos ~ "The Millionaire" http://youtu.be/K-dNdnoPx4I and "Harlan County Boys." http://youtu.be/Tm_GBpwmggM

From the Review of “White Swan” on No Depression:
“From skilled instrumentation bluegrass jams, Appalachian vocals, sweet high lonesome harmonies and old-time folk influences, White Swan sings with the richness of a tapestry of American music that weaves together each genre through song-craft, clear production and authentic performance in such a seamless way, it feels like we're hearing just one genre; great American music.”

"The best new band I've never heard of!" - Dan Crary
"…does something with a song that only great singers can do..." KCSN, Northridge, CA
"One of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today." KPFK's FolkScene
"Her singing is impressive at all ranges…" Bluegrass Unlimited
"The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony." Che Greenwood, KVMR, Nevada City, CA
"She held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"She can blow the roof off any joint lucky enough to book her." Entertainment Weekly
A Newgrass Americana Folk Fusion Quintet... Visit Our Website

Visit them on the web at www.susieglaze.com and www.youtube.com/susieglaze

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 7:00 P.M. $15 RAY BONNEVILLE....is a hard driving, blues dipped, song and groove man who writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion he rivets audiences. Ray plays more than 150 shows a year in US, Canada and Europe.

In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and was nominated twice more. His song about New Orleans, “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray also won the International Blues Challenge in 2012 in Memphis.

Bonneville is a distinctive artist, a man who cooks up a deep groove soup, stirring his own unique percussive electric guitar style, his weathered voice, and soulful rack harmonica lines into songs that can be believed. He uses his index finger and thumb, sometimes a slide, and a Fender tube amp. He also brings his foot down on an amplified piece of plywood on the floor. The result is a powerful and visceral sound, with an almost primitive quality to it and a lot of forward momentum.


Sunday September 7 7:00 P.M. $18



Scotland’s Music, United.....REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER

Just returned from living in Scotland, and in the midst of recording their sophomore album together, duo performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Scotland's International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky will be performing captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle & bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into one heartfelt & rousing concert. BOB STANE says: “These two lovely people have so much personal charm, stage presence and multi-musical skill it just does not seem fair. With half as much going for them they would still be overflowing the stage with talent and entertainment.” They should have mercy on all the other acts.” “Grab up this show.” Encore here. Sensational last time.
David Brewer & Rebecca Lomnicky each have spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in the highlands of Scotland, and have forged their duo in the spirit of merging these two similar but very different worlds to create a new seamless sound which is both kinetic, and full of passion. In this concert, the duo will explore this classic repertoire with fiddle, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle.

Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovered Scottish fiddle music a few short years later, and in 2005 won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. Following that victory, she recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by "Dirty Linen" magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic." In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship - seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. Rebecca recently graduated with honors in music and anthropology from Cornell University, after studying at the University of Edinburgh.

David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, Australia, has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, accompanies Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today.

These two are merciless over achievers. Two musical energizer bunnies.....Give the rest of the world a break.

REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER...."Scotland's Music, United", "...fiddle, bagpipe, & more..."


Mairead Hurley & Nathan Gourley met in Dublin, Ireland & bonded over cider, similar last names & a love for old-school traditional Irish music. They play traditional Irish tunes in a sweet yet lively style that will leave even the laziest toes tapping! Mairead, hailing from Sligo, Ireland is an All-Ireland champion on concertina. She has toured worldwide-her most recent musical adventures being on the vibrant folk scene in Australia. Nathan on fiddle is a household name in the Irish music scene in North America, having performed with Chulrua, Dáithí Sproule of Altan and Southern California's own Joey Abarta.

As a duo, these two will entrance, entertain and certainly impress!

Thursday September 11 8:00 P.M. $20 GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET...Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best Gypsy Jazz guitar players of the new generation. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Just returned from France where they headlined the biggest Django Reinhardt festival in the world. Come check them out in this intimate room.
Also....Leah Zeger - Violin
Brian Netlzey - Bass
Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. World spectacular.

Yep, I hope your guitar shredders show up for this guy.  I was in a late-night-after-the-festival, bar-across-the-street jam with him.  He was sitting to my immediate left and was ultra-powered up. This guy ....woo! He was also in Chico about a week ago and did a tiny club with my friend backing him up on rhythm. I find it difficult for your clientele to realize just how amazing some of your acts are. I can only hope that they go by your word and rep, as you consistently have major big room shows in your tiny tiny room where everyone has a front row seat. Amazing! Thanks for your efforts ~ Gordy Ohliger www.banjoman.info

Go to; http://www.gonzalobergara.com/ for sassy music samples and other nifty stuff.

GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET.. Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a pumping rhtyhm section. After having toured the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD Porteña Soledad with glowing reviews all over the world. ? Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more. His new CD Porteña Soledad was editor’s Pick on Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a Masterpiece. The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is formed by Gonzalo Bergara on Lead Acoustic Guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on Rhythm Guitar, Rob Hardt on Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, and David Tranchina on Upright Bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, all the traditional Jazz and hint of his native land Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving." Gonzalo has performed all over the world inlcuding Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all fo the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more.

Saturday September 13 7:00 P.M. $15 "Harry Orlove and the 2+1 Quartet"

From his work with artists ranging from Leann Rimes to Lee Greenwood, Paul Young to Billy Swan, Johnny Tillotson to Mac Davis and Vassar Clements to Odetta, Harry Orlove has covered a lot of territory in his career. Whether it was live appearances on “The Tonight Show” or studio work for movies like “Deep Impact” and “The Southpark Movie”, or TV productions “Murder She Wrote” and “Knight Rider”, he’s always been ready to play whatever was required.

However, though it all, his great passion for Jazz never left him and now he’s pursuing it wholeheartedly. He’s recently released his first all Jazz CD featuring original instrumentals and several well chosen vocal tunes that lean towards the soulful ballad side.

Come hear him as he presents this exciting and intimate music at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with his full Quartet (Piano, Bass and Drums) featuring some of the finest musicians on the Los Angeles Jazz scene. Last time he played here, the show sold out quickly so act fast!
Videos from that performance can be seen here; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxoIWnSsREPIP3Z6fL9yrSA

Oh, and he's funny as hell, too...



September 14 7:00 pm $20




Come on and join this Gospel train. Darrell Mansfield is a living legend, a showman and true minister of the gospel. You’ll never hear blues the same way again after this show. Darrell Mansfield's soulful voice and harmonica have amazed and inspired audiences worldwide for over 35 years. A gifted musician and songwriter, He has released 40 albums. He has been a pioneer of  Christian rock and gospel blues since the mid 70's, and is recognized as one of the world's greatest harmonica players and blues vocalists. With a staggering 35 year musical journey under his belt, he has recorded 30 albums with producers like Buddy Miller, Al Perkins and Michael Omartian. He has been inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame and the Hohner Harmonica Hall of Fame. His performances of songs like “People Get Ready,” “All Along the Watchtower” and “Let’s Work Together” have to be heard live to be believed. During his career Mansfield has performed in concert with Eddie Van Halen, The Five Blind Boys, Big Joe Turner, Billy Idol, James Burton and Barry McGuire. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien. This show is guaranteed to knock your socks off. You’ve never heard gospel or blues like this.

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

10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints

2014 sees the coming together of two exciting acoustic acts: American 5-string fiddle/voice folk duo 10 String Symphony and Auckland, NZ 2 piece, Tattletale Saints and are embarking on a tour that will take them all around New Zealand and the USA. www.10stringsymphony.com

American 5-string fiddle/voice duo 10 String Symphony and Auckland, NZ 2 piece, Tattletale Saints bring their globetrotting tour to the good folks of Altadena for a night of mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Fiddler/vocalists Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer (Jerry Douglas Band) are 10 String Symphony and hail from the thriving American acoustic folk music scene, bringing virtuosic improvisation and a love of great songs. Winner of the NZ Music Award Folk Album of the Year 2014 (NZ Grammy equivalent), Tattletale Saints are guitarist/vocalist Cy Winstanley and double bassist/vocalist Vanessa McGowan. Their masterful blend of Americana fused with jazz, soul and pop showcases Winstanley's acclaimed original songs, evoking the work of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. This show will feature each duo, as well as a rarely seen 4-piece collaboration among these world class musicians.


DUANE SAYS: What a fine entertainer and nuanced singer and writer she is. She has her magic, and a lot of wit, and great subtle vocal chops. Have her back for sure. A complete pro. CAN YOU OR I DENY DUANE? Not safely and sleep, secure, on our beds.

Award winning singer/songwriter REBECCA LOEBE is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Since quitting her job as a full-time recording studio engineer, she has performed an average of 150 shows per year in listening rooms, festivals and theaters in over 30 states of the US and in Europe. Last spring she took a break from the road to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with a performance of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native, Loebe now makes her home in Austin. She is touring nationally to support her 3rd full length release CIRCUS HEART, an album that mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop and has received rave reviews from all over the world.

Friday September 19 8 PM $18

"My friends tell me that a Kennedys’ show is the cure for whatever ails you; there’s something infectious in the couple’s way of engaging an audience that repairs decades of jaded living, reminds you of the joy that music brings, and convinces you that people ain’t so bad after all. If this is true, I’m going to chain myself to a chair at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and let it be done to me.
Music Matters, an online grab bag of music reviews, spent some time saying this, “Their live performances are not only displays of musical harmony, but personal harmony as well. You can hear it in the humorous, good-natured patter between songs. You can see it in their body language as they somehow find a way to touch as they play (without bonking guitars).”

And here’s this from the band’s website, “In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD. http://www.kennedysmusic.com/

On their own recent release, “Closer Than You Know,” the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.”
The Kennedys have just released their live album, "Dance A Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing The Songs Of  Nanci Griffith," only available at their concerts, and not in stores or online outlets. And as with all Kennedys shows, this is an all-request performance! They'll play a mix of their fine original songs, old an new, and a few choice covers too.

Surely we all need the cure."


Saturday September 20 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. $18 EA. A wonderful of  music. JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage

Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)

The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "

Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.

Sunday Sept. 21 2  PM $20


It’s “Brunch in America” right here at the intimate Coffee Gallery with FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP. Come spend a lovely afternoon basking in the glorious days of 70’s pop, art rock and progressive rock that Supertramp helped define throughout the world. You’ll be whisked away to this magical time in music by the virtuoso talent of   Fools Logic; Adam Smith, Ron Hougardy, Jeff Bryan, Dave Druxman, Patrick Martin and Tom Logic.

These talented musicians have innumerable credits to their names ranging from authoring original number one downloaded songs on MP3.com, writing and producing scores for film and television, working with world renowned artists like John Novello, performing as signed recording artists sharing bills with the likes of  SugarRay, Smashmouth, Creadance Clearwater, INXS, Simple Minds, Poison, Ratt, ELO and Great White, to performing with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Kings and Solar Heat, and accompanying professional vocalist, performing with regional musical tributes including 80’s Invasion, The Long Run, Four Way Street, Heart of Gold, Tapestry and much more.

This accomplished group of passionate performers bring all their experience to bear in sharing the beautiful music Supertramp created, including; Dreamer, Bloody Well Right, Give A Little Bit, Breakfast In America, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song and Crime of the Century. Get ready to relax and enjoy another incredible show at The Coffee Gallery with Fools Logic; The Music of Supertramp.

It’s the logical thing to do!

Sunday September 21 7 PM $20

JIM "KIMO" WEST.... An Evening of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar with Jim "Kimo" West
WITH special guests and hula!

(Bob Stane says: Jim, "kimo" West is really tearing it up now. He has become the musical big canoe he deserves to be +)

Jim “Kimo” West is known as one of the world’s top ki ho’alu or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists and is a prolific composer of new ki ho’alu songs. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1850’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaquieros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Having never even seen Waikiki, Kimo came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years. It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, he was drawn to the nahenahe sound of ki ho’alu and soon was creating his own compositions.

He is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals as well as the recent So Cal Slack Key Festival every year since 2008. He has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players at one time or another and is a regular featured performer at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show in Napili, Maui

Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and a 2009 and 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano, (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.

Kimo’s show encompasses both traditional an contemporary original slack key material as well as vocals in Hawaiian and English language. He sometimes incorporates steel guitar and when possible, video projection. He uses a number of different tunings in his set, including some of his own invention which have been added to George Winston’s extensive compendium of ki ho’alu tunings

Besides his slack key work, Kimo is well-known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, with whom he has received three Grammy’s and many gold and platinum records. They have recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Jimmy Fallon Show. He also contributes to production duties on the CD’s and recently scored Al’s 3D mini-feature, “Al’s Brain”.

Website: www.jimkimowest.com
EPK: http://www.reverbnation.com/jimkimowest

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Friday September 26 8:00 P.M. $15



Three wildly gifted singer/songwriters Cynthia Carle, Gary Stockdale and Brian Woodbury offer a Friday night overflowing with passionately intelligent, tuneful & hilarious songs.

CYNTHIA CARLE writes “the kind of songs that make you wonder why no one has ever written them before. But, trust me, they haven’t... Plus, unlike many singer/songwriters, she can sing. Yikes, can she sing.” Curtis Armstrong, Producer
With influences from Robert Benchley to Randy Newman, Cynthia finds the weird in the ordinary, and makes you look at it. On topics from her failure to be French, to the intersection of love and cannibalism, her perspective is rarely what you’d expect.
In addition to singing and songwriting, Cynthia is a screenwriter, actor, choreographer and director. She co-wrote, co-composed & co-directed the musical Christmas Smackdown with Mark Nutter (iO Chicago 2011 & Laurie Beechman NYC 2013). She choreographed & appeared in the Stuart Gordon- Mark Nutter hit, Re-Animator the Musical (Steve AllenTheater LA) and received an LA Weekly nomination for Best Choreography; co-wrote (with husband Christopher Reed) the Touchstone film The Sixth Man; and has acted on Broadway.
Two CDs of her original stuff, 15 Songs and Live & Unmedicated are available at www.cdbaby.com. www.cynthiacarlemusic.com


GARY STOCKDALE is a singer-songwriter, & two-time Emmy nominated TV composer based in Los Angeles. He composed for such shows as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and Showtime's Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT!
As a performer and singer, Gary was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, and TV’s The Family Guy. Gary is a frequent performer in SoCal comedy, spoken word, folk and acoustic clubs. For the 2013 Oscars, he backed up Adele on Skyfall. He was also an official showcase performer for the 2013 Folk Alliance West convention.
The Ventura County Star. CBS LA recently named Gary as one of the “Best Singer-Songwriters in Los Angeles.” www.garystockdale.com



BRIAN WOODBURY is “... a multi-talented musician, bordering on genius. ...He should be up there with Zappa and Beefheart,” BBC Radio 3 Mixing It.
A boisterous, buoying presence among his contemporaries, songwriter, composer, and band-leader Brian Woodbury has straddled the New York-Los Angeles divide, inspiring and drawing inspiration from peers like They Might Be Giants, The Negro Problem and mentors such as Van Dyke Parks, who has said of Brian’s music, “Not since... the wondrous works of young Brian Wilson... have I heard sound of this romantic design. Indispensable.”
His songs have been sung by Nathan Lane, Lisa Loeb, Jill Sobule & Terre Roche. He has written Disney cartoon themes, stage musicals, orchestrated a Bollywood record and led the heterodox big band The Variety Orchestra. He co- wrote Town & Country’s marriage equality country anthem “Everybody Wants to Say I Do.”
Brian celebrates a return to solo performing with a set from the upcoming 2nd album by his Popular Music Group. Here’s the first video: “If I Had A Nickel”


SUNDAY September 28 2:00 P.M. $15



Imagine if  Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of  Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.

The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.

The group’s current lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, keyboardist Michael Feldman, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Danny Graziani on fiddle and harmonica, and an ensemble of rotating drummers.

Moby Dick: or, The Album, the band’s debut album with Fluff & Gravy Records (March 18. 2014), is a musical swirl of immaculately crafted songs, each interpreting an aspect of Melville’s masterpiece with an approach that tacks between intricate arrangement and the deceptively simple country-inflected tunes for which the band is best known. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. Joined by such notable guest artists as: folk legend Jim Kweskin (of Jug Band fame), acclaimed avant-garde performer Dorian Wood, and composer Jeremy Zuckerman (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and recent #1 iTunes Soundtrack “Legend of Korra”), among others, the band has crafted a timeless record that will resonate equally with fans of the classic Melville novel, and those who have yet to discover it.

SUNDAY September 28 7:30 P.M. $20

TIM WEISBERG is widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion. His early days were spent performing in many a concert venue across the United States, and it was the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival which firmly established Tim as a unique voice. Somewhere between “jazz and rock,” Tim’s distinctive style of playing began to gain recognition. He garnered the attention of trumpet player, bandleader, and A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert, and in 1971, his debut album “Tim Weisberg” was released.

The release of this album quickly pushed Tim to the forefront, and the music industry took note. His definitive artistry was soon heard on a diverse range of albums including The Carpenters, Kim Carnes, Lani Hall, Paul Horn, Gino Vannelli, and Dave Mason. Sharing the concert stage with such artists as Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quintet, Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as opening for many acts such as Jefferson Starship, Loggins and Messina, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, further propelled Tim into the public eye.
It was his performance on “Give Me Some Time,” from the album Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg, which resulted in a friendship and collaboration on the 1978 album Twin Sons of  Different Mothers. The LP went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late ‘70s and is considered one of the most iconic instrumental albums of the time.

Tim’s laudable career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. His recording of “A Hard Way to Go” was used in the Oscar-winning Woody Allen movie Annie Hall. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world, and his legendary bands, long heralded as the forerunners of Jam Bands, have been known as a proving ground for well-known artists including David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez.

Friday Oct 3 8 PM $20

Michael Keale


For more than forty years, Michael Keale has been entertaining audiences throughout Hawaiʻi and the Mainland U.S. with his own special brand of Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music, American standards, and Jazz. Michael's velvety smooth vocals and soothing melodies truly share the Spirit of Aloha, just like his Uncle Moe Keale, and cousin Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole before him. Please join Michael and Friends as they present Michael's 2014 "Songs of Kauaʻi" Tour, featuring songs, stories, and hula from his family and friends celebrating Kauaʻi and Niʻihau.


Michael Kalāhoʻonani Keale came from humble beginnings. His mother was raised in the cane fields of  Kaeleku, Maui; and his father on the beaches of Waikīkī. While coming from very diverse backgrounds, Michael’s parents loved to entertain and shared a passion for all types of music that they passed on to their children. Songs like "Baby Kalai", "God Bless My Daddy", and "Pua Carnation” were the fabric of Michael’s early life and remind him of those special times when his life was simple and sweet.

Another one of  Michael’s early influences in music was his Uncle Wilfred “Moe” Keale. Uncle Moe started playing music in his teens and eventually became an accomplished actor and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning entertainer. Uncle Moe was a role model for Michael, his brother Bill, and his cousins, Nalani, Walt Mix-Kealekupuna, Skippy and Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole.

Michael released his debut album Remember in July, 2010 at the age of fifty-six. Featuring Michael’s crooning, silken bass vocals, Remember received positive response from fans and critics for its mix of music from Hawai‘i’s past and present. Songs like “Ahulili”, and “Kamalani O Keaukaha”, as well as traditional English standards such as “Waikīkī” and “The Way You Look Tonight”, earned Michael two prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominations in 2011 for “Island Album of the Year”, and “Most Promising Artist”.

Michael has entertained at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Marriott’s Moana Terrace in Waikīkī. He has also shared the stage with his cousins Iz and Skippy Kamakawiwo’ole, Uncle Moe Keale, Dennis Kamakahi, Melveen Leed, Martin Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, and George Kuo, just to name a few. Michael continues to share his aloha, capturing the hearts of visitors and kama‘āina alike at
the Kaua‘i Coast Resort’s Hukilau Lānai, and Hanalei’s Tahiti Nui Lounge.

More information on Michael, including his biography, discography, and a listing of his upcoming shows can be found at his website www.mikeale.com.  Copies of  Remember are available for purchase at Amazon.com, iTunes, and on Michael’s website, www.mikeale.com

Thursday October 16 8:00 P.M. $15 THE LITTLEST BIRDS are a nationally touring cello and banjo duo from the Eastern Sierra of California featuring David Huebner on cello and Sharon Martinson on clawhammer banjo. Together since 2010 they've taken their unique Americana sound across 34 U.S. States, and Canada including such festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in B.C., the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, and the California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley to name just a few.

Their sound is hard to describe as it seems to capture something both familiar and yet altogether unique. While both David and Sharon have classical music backgrounds, their original music is inspired by their lifestyle along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada where they make their home, and by many different musical interests from the "grunge" music of the '90s to the oldest American folk recordings. Through David's history of long backpack trips and mountain climbing, to Sharon's study of ecology and old time appalachian music, to their joint building venture in Baja, they combine inspirations to form a sort of chamber music meets folk music sound that is dynamic and soothing. Many years ago you may've seen David as a twelve year old on the Disney Channel, as principal cellist of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, which included a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Or you may've run into Sharon deep in the forests of the southeast as she studied southern pine beetle ecology for her PhD at Dartmouth College where she also played french horn in their chamber orchestra. Like many of the great artists in American folk music that have come before them, they are contributing by the stories they tell and the images created by their music.

"Boasting a bit of a world’s collide aesthetic, the Littlest Birds is a musical duo built around a cello and a banjo. That’s all. But, who needs anything else when you sound as good as these two do." CJ, Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA 2014


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