Leah has appeared at The Coffee Gallery several times with great success.
A stunning example of a violinist and vocalist. With her band, Ira Gonzalez- guitar/vocals, Jeff Radaich- guitar, Brian Netzley- bass. Count on the band being made up of big time players. Leah attracts the best. She recorded the music for a season of Warner Brothers’ TV show, "Off the Map."
She performed the Bach Double at Carnegie Hall. LEAH won a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in both opera and violin. At 19 years old, while still in college, Zeger won a tenured position in the first violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest member on staff.
While in the Austin Symphony, Zeger played with soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Leila Josefowitz, Yo Yo Ma, and Elvis Costello. She also performed with bands such as Pink Martini, The Four Tops, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and was selected to duel on the violin with Charlie Daniels for his classic song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Zeger has appeared on the television show, Austin City Limits, with both Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson. WOW !!!
That same year, Zeger was also offered a three-year contract with Celine Dion in Las Vegas but turned it down in favor of various touring opportunities. In the last two years, she has performed with the legendary world-music duo, Strunz and Farah, and Argentinian-born gypsy jazz guitarist, Gonzalo Bergara (gonzalobergara.com), at international music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Panama City Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, and Jazz at the Olympia in Paris. She has also toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was the concertmaster/soloist for Tony- and Emmy-award winner, actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee).
Gretchen Weiss presents an evening of stories... complete with laughs, cries and beautiful music. This enchanted evening will feature new music by the amazing musical theater team Cindy O'Connor and Larry Todd Johnson ("40 is the New 15") and such timeless classics as "Makin' Whoopee" and "The Story Goes On". Gretchen infuses her notoriously acerbic wit into stories of her own rich life and the lives of her loved ones to create an entirely enjoyable evening. Gretchen has spent her life on stages from here to Japan, from Russia to the seven seas, cultivating stories that she has turned into a night of fun music for her willing fans!
John Zipperer & Friends!Featuring GARY STOCKDALE....
Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when the band is on stage – joy in their playing, joy for their audience, joy from their audience.
John Zipperer & Friends deliver a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. With a stellar lineup of band members drawing upon the wealth of experience. Credits range from Jethro Tull and Vanilla Fudge to Frank Zappa and The Wallflowers.
Zipperer’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. With a stellar lineup of band members adding their magic and tight harmonies, soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing and clapping along. Their performance has no facade, no pretense, just music, mighty good music. WWW.JohnZipperer.Com
Bob Stane stands in awe of the talents, and accomplishments of GARY STOCKDALE.... a 2-time EMMY-nominated composer, who has written music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; Comedy Central’s Last Laugh; Cowboy U; The Independent Spirit Awards; A Home for the Holidays (CBS), and 8 seasons of Showtime’s award-winning Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! Gary’s well-known theme for that show garnered him an EMMY nomination. He also wrote music for THE ARISTOCRATS, by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza.
Fresh out of college, Gary met Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, under whose mentorship Gary learned the craft of film music composition, as well as singing on many of Henry’s movies. He began his film-music composing career working for the legendary director/producer Roger Corman, scoring Corman’s first “art” film (entered in the 1989 Los Angeles Film Festival), Dance of the Damned. Around this time, he started working side-by-side with famed film and television composer Lalo Schifrin, arranging and composing cues for his various projects, including Sudden Impact, FX2, and Sam Peckinpah’s last film, The Osterman Weekend.
Since 1990, he’s been the main composer for the “Bad Boys of Magic,” Penn & Teller. Leading the band on their critically-acclaimed variety series Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, he received his first EMMY nomination for his work on that show.
The BEATUNES - Beatles Tribute Band"...
The Beatunes, bring together four of So Cal's top musicians, solely to honor and play, as faithfully as possible, the timeless and spirit-lifting music of the Beatles.
From the early Fab Four days to the final recordings, The Beatunes constantly search for new ways to bring more realism to the live performance."
The BEATUNES continue to increase their repertoire and precision in replicating the sound of The Beatles. From the early "Fab Four" days to the final recordings, band members constantly search for new ways to bring more realism to the sound; every sound you hear at a BEATUNES concert is played live by the band.
No tracks. It's done live. It's done right. The BEATUNES revel in playing the greatest music ever written to an audience ranging from age 5 to 105. There’s some kind of Magic in the air, and in The Music.
No wigs. No costumes. Simply enjoy the timeless music of the band that rocked history. For music that transcends the generations, join us for The Beatles respectfully done right.
CHAPPELL & DAVE HOLT and SEVERIN BROWNE.....
CHAPPELL & DAVE HOLT...."The Jazzy Side of Americana" Chappell & Dave Holt are singer/songwriters who with piano, guitar, autoharp, and voices offer an unusual musical statement – a crossroads where Jazz, Blues, Folk and Gospel meet to create something both familiar and new, both traditional and unconventional.
Dave studied piano at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. The 60’s brought rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, and a move to Northern California. He toured and recorded with Rosalie Sorrels and Frontier, with Mitch Greenhill & Mayne Smith, was accompanist to blues/jazz singer Pamela Polland and her “Melba Rounds Review” with his mastery of the James P. Johnson piano style. Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner said of Dave's playing behind Pamela, "...(he) was superb - especially on James P. Johnson's tricky piano backups to the Bessie Smith material." Later he earned an SFSU BA and Master’s in Creative Writing, has become a published award-winning poet, and is often in demand to read and perform his poetry accompanied by his drum and Chappell on guitar and vocals.
Chappell, the daughter of a minister, grew up singing gospel music. Frequent moves took her Navy family to San Diego. With a guitar, dulcimer, and autoharp she left for Northern California during the, inspired by the new singer/songwriters and the soulfulness of jazz. She began to explore merging poetry with music in songwriting, performed extensively, wrote and recorded for independent films and was an in-demand studio singer. She is also an artist, a professional seamstress, and designer.
“Chappell and Dave Holt are seasoned performers who can move fluidly between all the musical genres - Jazz, Native American, Old-timey or Blues - that their well-honed talents lead them to. Along with their guests they presented a rollicking good time and a wide variety of tunes in "A Celebration of the American Song". What an enjoyable way to get a history lesson in song!"
Andrea Van Dyke, OCA Event Coordinator. Occidental Center for the Arts.
SEVERIN BROWNE.... A former Motown recording artist and staff songwriter, Severin Browne continues to enchant audiences with his clear voice, masterful guitar playing and finely crafted songs. He's a romantic, a philosopher and a nonpareil hook-meister able to keep hearts throbbing, heads bobbing, and audiences coming back for more.
Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most delightful performers in the Los Angeles area.
Bob Stane says, “TERESA TUDURY stands (well, sits) on my stage as one of, if not “the,” female tripple threat big hitters of music, comedy and stagecraft, to ever massage a microphone at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. I can never get enough of her.” “This has to be one of the big bargains and amusements for the ages. A cure for depression.”
TERESA TUDURY Wear a brace on your funnybone and prepare to enjoy creative, intelligent music.
Hold on to your seats as Teresa Tudury takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene. Teresa creates a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs. Our world is richer with such a rare talent in our midst. Part chanteuse, part comedian, part bona fide pop artist…and a voice that could stop a war.” —Buzz Weekly. Picture a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt musically, and toss in the most side-splitting stage patter imaginable, and you have Ms. Teresa Tudury.” —Johnny Angel, LA Weekly. Teresa will do her "tomcat song" and you will, forever, attend her shows just to request that she "sing that cat song." You will be addicted. And she is a real singer!
“ I think ‘Cheering Your Little Ass On’ is the greatest song ever written.”—Charles Perry, Rolling Stone and LA Times. "Leonard Cohen meets Bessie Smith " -- Fan overheard at a "Teresa " concert. With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa sings with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.
Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke and Bonnie Bramlett. Her new CD, 'Such Fine Things' joins the recently re-released CDs 'Teresa Tudury' and 'River of Life' in retail stores and online music sites. http://www.teresatudury.net/ http://www.google.com/#bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=9a56200ffde2de7e&q=Teresa+Tudury
THE MIGHTY ECHOES...DOO WOP & COMEDY.
An award-winning a cappella quartet specializing in the “doo-wop” sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their repertoire includes the classics of that era plus an eclectic mist of contemporary material. The Mighty Echoes began singing in a store from theatre in L. A.’s Silverlake District in 1986. Individually, they are: Charlie Davis, a native New Yorker whose voice is deep as an ocean trench. Played God on TV’s Power Rangers. John Lathan, the newest Echo, has performed on Broadway and at the Appollo in Harlem. Jon Rubin, formerly leader of the teen idol band, The Rubinous. John’s soaring tenor has thrilled audiences worldwide. Harvey Shield started as a drummer in the Swinging 60’s London scene. His song, “The Way I Feel Tonight,” was an International hit for The Bay City Rollers.
The Mighty Echoes are featured in the definitive reference book, "American Singing Groups." Author Jay Warner calls them "the West Coast equivalent of the best East Coast A Cappella groups of the last 20 years." This book is a must for anyone who digs the group harmony sound.
DON RAYMOND...DON RAYMOND....sold out every seat at The Coffee Gallery Backstage last time. A smash hit.
is an exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter and entertainer making his Coffee Gallery Backstage encore. The past 20 years Don has played guitar & sung with Little Richard, Jan & Dean, Paul Williams, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), The Drifters and every Wednesday night at the Groundling Theater in West Hollywood with Big Daddy. Don is very happy to be performing his long overdue solo performance of original songs, stories and finger style guitar instrumentals.
Blending pop, jazz, folk, rock and crazy twist of comedy Don will take you through his life as a working musician in this crazy world. Currently a member of the famed rockabilly/comedy band Big Daddy, 4 LP's on Rhino Records and a top 10 hit song in the UK and has just released a new CD on Rockbeat Records called "Smashing Songs of Stage & Screen". Come check out Don's show. Don't miss the gig!
NATHAN & JESSIE....
A trio of traveling minstrels
We have played all over the world. At Festival de Blues in Barcelona, More Than Folk Festival in Paris, France, multiple listening rooms in Mexico with a strong fan base. And in many theaters and listening rooms in New Orleans, all over California and the Pacific Northwest." NATHAN & JESSIE....A trio of traveling minstrels performing all original music inspired by gypsy jazz and blues music. The sound of two resonator guitars, upright bass, and the accordion help tell the stories of their travels through music. The chemistry between the three is electric and every show is buzzing with energy and magic.
Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith return to California for a tour in their home state accompanied by their rhythm driving upright bass player, Trevor Mulvey. Nathan's eclectic accordion and virtuoso guitar improvisation along with Jessie's jazzy sweet vocals and rhythm guitar make for a unique style of gypsy blues music that tell their stories of life, love and travel.
Press: "When I think of Nathan and Jessie, the image I am struck with most is their natural synchronicity. Their personalities, both personal and musical, appear seamless. The point is, you never really know what you are going to get. And that's the great aspect of being part of their audience - you get to experience the freshness that they create over and over again, two musicians who are totally in touch with the nuances of their own music and confident enough to continue to experiment, explore and engage, creating their own journey, and taking us along with them." - Larry Thompson via Echo and Buzz Local Music Publication
5:00 P.M. &
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.
THE JANGLE BROTHERS
The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.
JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire & P.F. Sloan. He has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' 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.
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.
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.
BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND
After playing to a sell-out crowd in May, Burning Heart Bluegrass returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. 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.
With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of Burning Heart Bluegrass provide these essentials with all the energy, drive, passion, and precision that prompted Ralph Rinzler to call Bluegrass music "folk music on overdrive." Drawing it's repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB provides a genuine Bluegrass experience.
The members of Burning Heart Bluegrass are:
Jeff Fleck was originally drawn to Bluegrass because it reminded him of the folk music he used to play way back when; he stuck with it because he loves the energy and precision that Bill Monroe brought to the traditional forms of mountain music.
Dan Sankey is an accomplished banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar player and has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally.
Born in Louisiana, Keith Chagnon. By the time he was In his teens he was entering and winning banjo contests. Keith has played in numerous Bluegrass bands in Ohio and Kentucky, and, since the mid 80s, in California.
Steve Rosenstein entered the music scene when he joined Sweet Smoke, the psychedelic jazz-rock band based in Germany on the Dutch border. Returning to the USA, he performed Irish music in Boston, and, after a move to California, in Santa Cruz. Since moving to Los Angeles in Steve has performed with many musicians in the country/Bluegrass scene, including Richard Greene, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Anderson, and Herb Pederson.
Born and raised in rural Oregon along the Columbia River, Ron Vance didn't discover Bluegrass until he settled in Santa Monica. Innumerable festivals, fiddle contests, jams and bands later, Ron finds himself in Burning Heart Bluegrass, still enjoying the ride.
LIL REV & FRED SOKOLOW
FRED SOKOLOW is best known as the author of 150 instructional books and DVDs for guitar, uke, banjo, Dobro, mandolin and lap steel. He's a multi-string performer and recording artist, and whether he's playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing uke or screaming rock guitar solos, he does it with authenticity and passion.
Fred brings this diversity to his ukulele performances, interspersing 20s and 30s Tin Pan Alley tunes with bluegrass banjo-style picking, blues and slide, beautiful chord melody versions of pop tunes and jazz standards, and original tunes – all on his tenor Kamaka uke. He'll throw in a Mexican tune, a ragtime piece or a 50's oldie for variety. He'll be sure to play samples from his recently released uke DVDs which cover Hawaiian tunes, blues and songs of the ukulele legends, or from his recently released book of instrumental versions of Beatles tunes. He's often accompanied by his wife Lynn on string bass, and their "Dueling banjos" with uke and double-bass is a unique experience!
LIL REV...is a cross between Theodore Bikel, Al Joslon and Woody Guthrie!! He is often called the Jewish Pete Seeger and is well known for his engaging, high energy, heart-felt concerts. Performing on Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Harmonica, Rev seamlessly moves between song, story, poetry, folklore and humor. In the best sense of the word, Rev is at heart, a modern day Minstrel whose Vaudeville affections are obvious...just look for the laughter and the tears and you'll know why Rev is regarded as one of the finest troubadours out on the American Highway today.
Voted Best Folk Singer in WI 2004 (WAMI)
1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion
Inducted into the Traditional Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame-2003.
ART PODELL & TRACY NEWMAN....Stars in parallel galaxies.
TRACY NEWMAN....“Her style is so mellow and understated that her satirical truths will often twist right in under your cognitive/emotive guard. My favorite in this show is "Fire Up the Weed," a painfully funny account of a relationship between two people with little left in common but heavy substance abuse. Tracy Newman knows that the surest way to have a joyous heart and mind is to keep them both open._" - Scrolling Stone.
Tracy Newman was a start-at-the-top TV writer. Her first staff-writing job was on Cheers. She won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for co-writing the groundbreaking “coming-out” episode of Ellen. She co-created the ABC/TV series According to Jim. ‘After a career of scribing for TV she shifted to writing songs full time. She has 3 CDs out: A Place in the Sun, I Just See You, and for children, I Can Swing Forever. You can read more about Tracy here: www.tracynewman.com.
ART PODELL ...“Your voice is smooth…full of joy and as familiar as an old friend…I laughed my ass off at 'She Came Back'…” Jack Murphy, Toni nominated Broadway lyricist.
ART PODELL presents an inside look at the life of a folksinger from 1961 Greenwich Village to The White House, stopping in almost every city in the US and Europe. Music and stories from a guy with Gold Records on the wall, a Grammy on the shelf.
His first Columbia album with Paul Potash - Art and Paul, Songs of Earth and Sky, influenced Barry McGuire, David Crosby, Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer. Charlie Haden jumped at the chance to play bass behind them. He's written songs for Anne Murray, The Smothers Brothers, Glen Yarbrough, Bud and Travis, The New Christy Minstrels, (an original member). Many favorite NCM songs were written by Art. He's scored films, produced albums, including the landmark Biff Rose -The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side.
His current CD - From The Village To The Canyon, in the top 10 folk music CDs for 2014 (Roots Music airplay report) is still played nationally. Art hosts Roots Music and Beyond on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. Tracy Newman often co-hosts… For more: www.artpodell.com
Have a sweet roll, coffee and a great time with Tracy Newman and Art Podell. A full evening of fun and music in the best venue
in Los Angeles for classy shows, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A steal and a gift at this price.
After a couple of years of trying to match our schedules we got him with his 10 piece big band. Something to thrill everyone.
SKIP SPIRIO's 10 PIECE JAZZ/BLUES PROJECT...
features the original works of some of the most creative composer/arrangers on the scene today. The sound of the group is an eclectic mix of the traditional big band era of the 30s and 40s, the burnin' NY bebop scene of the 50s and 60s, the rock/funk/latin fusion scene that came to follow, and forms yet to be defined.
"The beauty of this 10 piece format", Spiro says, "is that we're big enough to produce a very full ensemble sound, yet small enough to shine the spotlight on each of the players. So the focus of the group is on new original material (along with re-worked standards and such) designed to feature each of these great ensemble players as soloists in their own right. In the traditional sense, there are no sidemen in this band, everyone is a featured soloist. This not only makes for a great musical experience, but a very happy band. And of course judging from responses we receive night after night, that enthusiasm translates right out there to the audience!”
THE SOUTHERN SIRENS....top of the musical heap. Hip, musical and cute.
SOUTHERN SIRENS.... an all-girl Pop/Americana trio based out of the Louisville, KY area who a plethora of genres in their originals and covers. Each song gets its own distinctive sound along with a unique instrumental blend magically melding violin, percussion/drums, guitar, and vocals.
Racing onto the musical scene in December 2013, Southern Sirens rattled chains in a remarkably short time. Star Talent does that. In May 2014 they were flown to L.A. as a selected Top 70 Act for ABC's Rising Star on Season 1. The girls were tapped as a Top 100 Semi-Finalist for Pepsi’s Southern Original Competition out of over 5,000 entries. In August 2014 Southern Sirens competed in the KICK 102.9 Country Showdown finishing in 2nd from the top. Other performance highlights include:
In February 2015, Southern Sirens made their Canada debut playing the Urban Gala for the Windsor White Eagles Soccer League.
In October 2014 Southern Sirens were the featured entertainers for the official VIP Pre-Party Reception for the 'Louder Than Life' Festival.
In October 2014 Southern Sirens had a successful cross country mini tour to the Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions in Ogden UT, Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen CO, and the Ozark Arts and Craft Festival in Fayetteville AR.
September 2014 saw Southern Sirens SPOTLIGHTED in the opening performance with Michael Fitzpatrick (world renowned cellist: Dali Lama and Hollywood Bowl), CJ Vanston (multi Grammy-nominated producer, film composer, session keyboard player and songwriter), and the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choir at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.
In September 2014 Southern Sirens performed as one of two opening acts (the other being the Temptations Review) for Bruno Mars as part of the Congo 14 Festival.
In September 2014 Southern Sirens shared the limelight with Carlene Carter, June Carter Cash's daughter, at Livenation's Mercury Ballroom.
Earlier the topped it all off at Mercury Ballroom’s MERCURY RISING: Local Music Series on July 12th to the biggest crowd ever it had had.
Abbey Road on the River, the world's biggest Beatles festival boasting 25,000 attendees each year, hosted them in May 2014.
In February 2014 they performed at Abbey Road on the River’s 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan/Beatles 50th Reenactment which was sold out in the 600 seat Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Other recent festival appearances include Churchill Downs' Autumn N'Spires Festival and New Albany's Indiefest in September 2014, Lower Town Art & Music Festival in May 2014, and Gonzofest in April 2014. www.southernsirensmusic.com
THEY ARE SAVAGING THE MUSICAL SCENE AND KICKING OFF ON THE WEST COAST TOUR AT The Coffee Gallery Backstage...they are individually, Anna Blanton (violin, backup vocals), Emmy Bodner (lead vocals, guitar), and Madison Cunningham (drums, cajon, backup vocals) and they are reckoned with. Pay attention now or be sad later.
The Burgans & Chan ~ Folk Songs & Stories
Jerry Burgan, co-founder of the 'Grammy nominated group, We Five." , returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage joined by We Five’s lead singer, Debbie Burgan, and their long time bassist, Tholow Chan. With musical roots tracing back to the classic folk era of the early 60s, they rode the leading edge of the folk-rock tidal wave that followed their hit recordings of You Were On My Mind and Get Together.
The Songs & Stories of Burgan and Chan bring every audience on a first-person musical joy ride though some of the most magical and memorable moments of their common musical experience-- when folk songs topped the charts, Dylan hadn’t plugged in, and Lewynn Davis wasn’t even a glint in the Cohen Brothers’ eye.
Between songs, Jerry shares fascinating tales from his new book, Wounds to Bind – A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, interwoven with the spirit of departed legends like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the Weavers, as well as the next wave of artists they inspired – like John Stewart. The former Kingston Trio banjo player and writer of countless classic songs in the musical form that’s come to be called Americana was Jerry’s mentor, so count on hearing some treasures that were learned directly from the master.
With a the wealth of classic folk material draw from, along with seven We Five albums and Jerry’s solo CD, Reflections, Songs & Stories, you can count on hearing some favorite tunes—though a few surprises are always part of the fun. The Burgans’ command of the stage is tastily complimented by bassist and humorist, Tholow Chan. Together, their rapport has a seamless quality that’s been honed by time as they draw each audience into the feel-good experience. When the three of them sing together, their tight arrangements bring to life the exhilarating power, harmony and charm that made folk trios so popular. When the audience joins in, it’s a love-in. Lighters are not permitted so bring you battery powered candles.
THE NEW ASH GROVE PLAYERS ....
perform authentic American roots music - folk, country, blues and bluegrass that will uplift your spirit. For this performance they will be playing songs from the historic Bristol Sessions, the first recordings of country music in 1927. Taking inspiration from the many historic ?roots? musicians that passed through the doors of the famed Ash Grove Music Club on Melrose Blvd. in Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60's, these 6 talented and seasoned musicians and singers play a variety of instruments and take great traditional songs and give them new life.
Featured are vocalists SS Jones (also banjo and guitar), Steve Moos (also mandolin), Claudia Lennear, and Eric Ahlberg (also on bass). David Fertig on harmonicas, and Jeff Landau on guitars, round out the band.
MOLLY RYAN and DAN LEVINSON are two of the most in-demand musicians on the New York hot jazz scene. The sweet swingin' sounds of Dan's clarinet and saxophone mixed with the worldly-wise enchanting vocals by Molly, make one recall all of life's beauty. Between the two of them they have performed with the likes of Mel Tormé, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman and Wynton Marsalis. They perform worldwide at jazz festivals, concert series’ and can be heard on multiple soundtracks including the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. A performance by this dynamic duo is never to be missed. Visit them on the web at www.mollyryan.com & www.danlevinson.com
MOLLY RYAN - “A critic's favorite" - so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. Indeed, Molly's silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
Since moving to New York City in August of 2003, Molly has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s- style orchestra, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. She is currently a member of Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers.
Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout the country including the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi. She has led her own group at Iridium and at Birdland for the club's Sunday evening showcase, "Jazz Party."
Molly's debut album Dream a Little Dream was released in 2002. Her second solo album Songbird in the Moonlight came out in 2008. Molly can also be heard on the albums Steppin' Around with Dan Levinson's Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra (Stomp Off Records, 2006), At the Codfish Ball with Dan Levinson's Swing Wing (Loup-garous Productions, 2009), and Four on the Floor with the Palomar Quartet (Loup-garous Productions, 2008). Molly’s new album, entitled Swing for Your Supper, features Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy Reinhart, Dan Levinson, Vince Giordano, Kevin Dorn, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, as well as guest vocalists Banu Gibson and Maude Maggart. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Visit Molly on the web at www.mollyryan.com
DAN LEVINSON - Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan's roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen's band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, New York's preeminent 1920s orchestra, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Dan's successful Benny Goodman tributes have been presented both on the East Coast with James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band and throughout Germany with Andrej Hermlin's Swing Dance Orchestra. He has recorded over 100 CDs, including nine under his own name. Dan can be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat's Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, as well as the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
Celebrate the best in young California country music with two artists making an important impact on today's country, roots and Americana music scene: Rod Melancon and Patrick Carrico, two artists as good as it gets among today's singer-songwriters. This is a rare opportunity to see them together.
“Rod Melancon is a story teller, and whether those stories are late night, coal-mine dark or Saturday sunny summertime barn dance bright, he delivers them with true authority.” Paul Zollo, American Songwriter. His performances are dynamic, engaging and hypnotic.
Blue Elan recording artist, Rod Melancon, one of the most important young artists in Americana today, is tearing through Los Angeles delivering shows with a passionate performance of original songs capturing the soul the true heart of America today.
His 2014 album, Parish Lines, won the young singer-songwriter great critical acclaim, including being named by No Depression magazine as one of the Top 10 albums of the year. Country television's CMT Edge in Nashville selected Rod among the Top 5 artists to watch in 2015. The South Louisiana native will be entering the studio again soon to begin work on his Blue Elan debut with producer Brian Whelan.
Patrick Carrico is one of the southland's most promising young California-country artists. With a strong leaning toward Memphis-style rockabilly and Indie rock influence he combines it all to create a landscape of classic country sounds in the tradition of Dwight Yoakum. Through his original songs and as a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Patrick is a reminder of just how good a country artist can be when he carries his own vision and holds strong to the roots of American music. He is a three-time nominee for the 2014 L.A. Music Awards including Best Country Single of the Year("Barfly"), Best Musical Group of the Year and Social Media Artist of the Year. His second EP, Going to Town on Live On Analog Records will be released in June.
STEPHEN INGLIS, Award Winning Slack Key Guitarist, in an afternoon of stunning six string slinging and song.
A lazy Summer afternoon in Hawaii.
STEPHEN INGLIS is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.
Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slacking on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric; and a new one, Learning You By Heart, has just been released in the Spring of 2015.
Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Stephen keeps expanding his musical range. And he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.
“Inglis’ pleasing vocals, clear lyrics, and skilled, dramatic guitar playing are soaked in good vibrations. Filled to the rim with naked emotion. Whatever your taste in music, it’s hard not to be moved” – Adam Harrington, Whisperin’ and Hollerin, U.K.
“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” – Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser.
HAWAII COMES TO THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE
LED KAAPANA is a musical legend, a National Heritage Fellow unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone to falsetto vocal range. A delightful performer with kolohe (rascal) charm, Led boasts multiple Na Hoku (Hawaiian Music Awards), including Favorite Entertainer. He is very, very famous.
“Ledward Kaapana is a master slack key guitarist.”—The New York Times.
"…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked." -- The Honolulu Advertiser.
“His fleet fingers, leaping phrases and seemingly boundless imagination for improvisation suggest a jazz influence…”
-- The Seattle Times
A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Europe to Australia to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three Grammy wins on slack key compilations. He has won multiple Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) awards, including 2009 Favorite Entertainer of the Year.
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS.....Balkan Swing - World Fusion....ON USA TOUR
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Zoran Starcevic & sons) performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan music: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental…Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretation. The result, combining many cultures, is BALKAN SWING - WORLD FUSION, virtuoso, rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy. Authentic, attractive music with the finest taste, real presentation of guitar music in Balkan Jazz style, unique interpretation from three of them and the universal music language, without frontiers. A real music trip by Balkan carpet, so if you like Jazz, Swing, Ethno, Classical, or you simply like guitar music, it is your perfect choice. They invented 6 hands playing on 1 guitar and that is their trademark.
They have performed in many Festivals (Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music) and concerts in: USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Chech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
ON USA TOUR @ at the Coffee Gallery Backstage Friday August 14th, 8pm
"Trio Balkan Strings dedication to the music of the Balkans and central Europe is inspiring. The guitar interpretations of this music are wonderful. Really good" John McLaughlin
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