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May 2016
FRIDAY May 27 8:00 P.M. $15 TARA LOUISE.... works as a professional singer/songwriter for a living. (Yeah, you read correctly. She actually makes money doing it!) But her singing career began at an elementary school Talent Show where she sauntered on stage as a 6-year-old and belted out that song from the Little Mermaid. Shortly after, she released her debut single 'I Am Not A Witch', which was outshone only by her next single, 'She Is A Witch.' But never fear, her songwriting capabilities have since improved. By the age of 15 she'd written more songs than The Beatles, and by 18 had performed over 300 shows in and among LA. With the release of her debut EP 'Mainstream' (which she made entirely by herself in her bedroom, but had mixed & mastered by a Grammy Award Winner), she knew it was time to put together a band and take over the world. Musically, of course. So Tara roped together some incredible musicians to back her up and follow her on the road toward world domination. I mean, artistic dissemination.
Vocally powerful melodies and sincerely written lyrics represented best as Pop.

Start with a female professional vocalist/lyricist. Add a ridiculously good guitarist, bassist, and box drummer. Sprinkle gooseflesh-inducing melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Serve with a garnish of audience participation. That would be TARA LOUISE.    TARA LOUISE.... works as a professional singer/songwriter for a living. (Yeah, you read correctly. She actually makes money doing it!) But her singing career began at an elementary school Talent Show where she sauntered on stage as a 6-year-old and belted out that song from the Little Mermaid. Shortly after, she released her debut single 'I Am Not A Witch', which was outshone only by her next single, 'She Is A Witch.' But never fear, her songwriting capabilities have since improved. By the age of 15 she'd written more songs than The Beatles, and by 18 had performed over 300 shows in and among LA. With the release of her debut EP 'Mainstream' (which she made entirely by herself in her bedroom, but had mixed & mastered by a Grammy Award Winner), she knew it was time to put together a band and take over the world. Musically, of course. So Tara roped together some incredible musicians to back her up and follow her on the road toward world domination. I mean, artistic dissemination.
Vocally powerful melodies and sincerely written lyrics represented best as Pop.

Start with a female professional vocalist/lyricist. Add a ridiculously good guitarist, bassist, and box drummer. Sprinkle gooseflesh-inducing melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Serve with a garnish of audience participation. That would be TARA LOUISE. www.taralouise.com

Saturday, A MATINEE. May 28 2:00 P.M. $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MERLE HAGGARD

We are honored to host a tribute to Merle Haggard with some of the best roots and Americana musicians and singer-songwriters in California.

It is not an overstatement to say, Merle Haggard was one of the greatest songwriters of the last 100 years. The native of Bakersfield, California helped to put his own brand of outlaw country on the map. With his loss one of the true originals of country, folk and Americna music has passed to the ages. Now it’s time to celebrate this great legend in one of the L.A. area’s best listening rooms.

“Merle Haggard was one of the giants of the late 20th century,” Dave Alvin

“Haggard songs are lived in, broke in and filled with longing. Merle’s songs are train-like, lonesome, well-made and hard as hell. May they always keep moving.” Tom Waits

Through a rocky road from labor camps to honky-tonks & roadhouses, prisons to country stardom, Merle Haggard never lost sight of his own musical integrity as an entertainer and an artist. He was one of the handful of singer songwriters in any genre who we can call a national treasure.” San Diego Troubadour

“He’s up with Miles Davis and Bill Monroe. He carved a singular sound.” Sturgill Simpson

“Sometimes you forget about how much natural-born heartbreak there is in a Merle Haggard song, because of all the boomtown, oil well, Dust Bowl honky-tonk imagery of his music.” Bob Dylan

This will be an intimate gathering with artists including Paul Zollo, Aireen Espiritu, Ed Tree, Dean Parks, Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Patrick Carrico, Calico the band, Dillon O’Brian, Travis Allen, Al Bonam and Coyote Moon.

Make your reservations early for this one-of-a-kind tribute which is sure to sell out.
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"Miracles occur in the strangest of places." Willie Nelson

Saturday May 28 7 PM $20
Two shows...Sunday May 29 3:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M. $18 BOB STANE SAYS....ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. BEEN WOWING THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE AUDIENCES OVER AND OVER.
IT TAKES TWO SHOWS TO GET ALL THEIR FANS IN THE ROOM.

JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver t
o 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.

JUNE 2016
Thursday June 2 8:00 P.M. $18

 

FIDDLER IN THE LOOP. LUSIC CIARLA....“in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles”

 

 

LUCA CIARLA violin, live loops, vocals and toy instruments. www.violipiano.it/luca

Italian born violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments. Step by step, with a loop pedal he performs live all the parts, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello or a percussion. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles, plays other little instruments and adds new virtuoso passages; music is continuously evolving into a dazzling solo string band! “Fiddler in the Loop” features unusual arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean area and original compositions. “…a magical acoustic seduction where everybody can find familiar influences…from genuine folk to sophisticated jazz.” Vera Lisi, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

 

 

 

FRIDAY June 3 8:00 P.M. $20 THE ALLEY CATS are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Their interaction with audiences combined with their spontaneous humor makes each show refreshing and exciting. The Cats never miss a beat as they bring their own contemporary style to the great songs of the 50s and 60s. Together, their freshness and talent make them truly the Cat's meow!

Formed while studying music at Fullerton College, THE ALLEY CATS began their musical journey in 1987as a featured act in Disneyland's "Blast to the Past", a salute to the 1950s. Their long-standing relationship with Disney also took them to New York City, where they were featured during the world premiere of Disney's animated film, Hercules. Their accomplishments also include numerous TV shows, radio jingles, and thousands of live stage performances. The Alley Cats recreated the greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s! Don’t miss out and an evening of music and comedy with Americas Premier Doo Wop Group! Doo Wop was never this fun!!! Played many times

with Jay Leno in Las Vegas.

THE ALLEY CATS have performed across the country at corporate events, headliners for 6 cruise lines, major festivals and performing arts centers… Performing at festivals throughout the U.S., they have shared the stage with such notable artists as Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys, and comedian Jay Leno.

Plus...WHO'S CLAYTON.....an acoustic duo with an eclectic style blending pop, folk, jazz, and blues. Defying conventional genre categorization, the LA based group plays a combination of original music and covers from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Simon & Garfunkel and Eric Clapton.

 

Saturday June 4 7:00 P.M. $20 ABSOLUTE MUSICAL FUN & WELL WORTH IT.

THE FOLK COLLECTION.... could just as well be named the "Singing the Classic Songs of the '60s Folk Era" group. Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota, grew up in the 1960's, when we fell in love with the story songs and 3-part harmonies of that acoustic era. Ed and Tony have been a duo on and off since our days at Hollywood High School. Mike joined the group in 2003, and Bob in early 2005.
Much of the repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. We have been influenced by the well-known groups of the era, but we have our own blend, sound - and humor. Audiences get a real kick out of our unique medley arrangement of the great TV Western theme songs of the '50s (including songs from the hit shows "Rawhide," Davy Crockett," "Maverick," and "Bonanza").


We grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at our shows confirm that we have struck a "chord" with audiences of all ages, who really like listening to the words and harmonies - and joining in when the mood and song fit. Our show is centered around folk music and good clean jokes. We are family friendly, and our audiences are often multi-generational - children, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents often enjoy The Folk Collection together. Don't miss an opportunity to share an evening with THE FOLK COLLECTION. You will leave singing, toe-tapping, and smiling.


The Folk Collection is a high energy three-part-harmony folk trio based in Southern California. Our music is a tribute to the songs made famous by The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver and other great artists of the folk era. From "Blowin' in the Wind" and "This Land is Your Land" to "Four Strong Winds" and "Greenback Dollar." our shows are nostalgic and entertaining. We are family friendly, blending our music with jokes and humor.
It's okay to sing along... Most People Do! www.thefolkcollection.com

MONDAY JUNE 6 8:00 P.M. $18 MAYBE APRIL.....yes, that is the name of the act....but, definitely in June.

Invited to play at THE GRAMMY AWARDS along side a score of other stars. Now @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

MAYBE APRIL...was born in the summer of 2012 when Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey travelled across the country to Nashville, Tennessee for a weeklong music industry camp. Sharing a deep love of indie country-folk music, a genuine admiration for one another’s unique sound, and a constant willingness to laugh at themselves, the three strangers from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Simi Valley, California, and Chicago, Illinois, quickly became friends. In just a few short hours, the three singer-songwriters wrote a song that shocked music industry professionals. “Loving You Still” sounded as though it was written by artists who had been working together for years. Little did they know, "Loving You Still" would grow to be a very important song for them. In January 2014, Maybe April was invited to play it at the GRAMMY event "A Song is Born" at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, CA alongside incredible artists and songwriters like Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others.

Recognized for their three-part harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, and shared roles as frontwomen, Katy, Kristen, and Alaina have been writing songs and singing harmonies as a trio, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a country indie folk sound. As they rotate instruments and crack mediocre jokes on stage, each performance not only tells stories of everything from hardship to heartache, but also shows how the three girls support one another as both friends and musicians. Kristen states,

“BOTH ON AND OFF STAGE WE’RE BEST FRIENDS. WE’RE ALWAYS LAUGHING OR GIVING THE OTHER PERSON A SHOULDER TO CRY ON WHEN THEY NEED IT. THEY’VE BECOME MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME.”

Katy Bishop – Guitar, mandolin and vocals. Kristen Castro – Guitar, mandolin and vocals. Alaina Stacey – Guitar, mandolin and vocals www.maybeapril.com/ Just like their harmonies, Alaina, Katy, and Kristen are a perfect fit. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
(Band Members)

MAYBE APRIL.... is a southeastern female-fronted trio of acoustic musicians who play country and folk pop. As a unit they pass around vocals, guitar and mandolin giving each song throughout the set a distinct personality. The girls are equivocally stunning vocalists, blending together energetic, but soft harmonies. Their obvious friendship pours out from the home and creative drive they share. Though young, the women of Maybe April have a serious commitment to mature storytelling and use country music to say what needs to be heard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua3TtdPfZ1k

Thursday June 9 8:00 P.M. $18 SALTY SUITES with Special Guest ROB LINDSTROM..... This whole show is "extra special."

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

THE SALTY SUITES... get better and better every time they headline at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Exciting, inspiring and a fine show of wonderful music and wit. Good for the eyes, good for the ears. Just the right seasoning. Returning to the scene of the crime will be those merry makers of music and mirth, That's right! The Salty Suites. Currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth CD, the band is authentic, raw and electrifying on stage, come see the band everyone is talking about. The Salty Suites are Scott Gates on Blazing 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. Come lend us your ears!

PLUS..... ....a special act ROB LINDSTROM.....Sometimes romantic, sometimes profound, often dicey and more than occasionally hysterical, Rob writes and sings songs that for most of his life were a hobby committed behind closed doors. Recently, he decided to let his singer/songwriter self out of the shadows because, as he says, "At this stage of my life the consequences have all but disappeared." The success of that event, at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, and the prodding of sadistic friends and relatives convinced him to get out there and share his songs with others, even when audiences resist intensely. His tunes range from love songs written for high school and college loves to wisely wicked social satire and political commentary. He is perhaps most reviled for the dark humor of his novelty numbers, which have been responsible for a number of strokes, suicide attempts and miscarriages. An evening spent with Rob on guitar and his tone-deaf pet frog on vocals is sometimes masterful, sometimes messy, but always memorable. Bob Stane says Rob Lindstrom is an excellent "find." Find him. You will relish him and this double bill.

Friday June 10 8:00 P.M. $20 ROWAN BROTHERS-CHRIS & LORIN...beautiful harmonies, The modern day Everly Brothers with
a splash of bluegrass. Solid music and stage craft with a seasoning of nostalgia. Good stories and a tight evening.

Chris and Lorin Rowan were born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts where their more famous brother Peter was already making a name for himself in Earth Opera. All three brothers played in folk, bluegrass and pop bands. In the early ‘70s, through their brother’s connection, Chris and Lorin got hooked up with aspiring producer and instrumental wizard David Grisman. Before long, Chris and Lorin along with Grisman moved to “where it was happening” San Francisco, and they still reside there today. One of the brother’s first gigs in the Bay Area was opening for the Grateful Dead at the closing of the Fillmore West in 1971. Shortly thereafter Clive Davis (Columbia Records) and David Geffen (Asylum) got into a bidding war for the talented singer/songwriters. Davis won out and the band produced the lavish and much-neglected The Rowans Brothers album on Columbia (1972), (reissued in 2003 on Evangeline Recorded Works) which was produced by Grisman under the name of David Diadem. Musicians appearing on the album included drum legend Jim Keltner, Grisman, and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzmann. Web: rowanbrothers.com

Right now, for your pleasure....All the big festivals and tours of Europe and Asia.
Songs laced with tight harmonies, haunting melodies and underscored by crisp guitar picking. They offer a versatile and exciting mixture of bluegrass-flavored folk and Everly Brothers style rock and country. The Rowan Brothers have appeared at festivals such as The Kerrville Folk Fest, TX, and Telluride Music Festival, and have toured & recorded several alblums as The Rowans, with older brother Peter, in the U.S. Europe, and Japan. Chris & Lorin's new CD "Now & Then" features performances by David Grisman (producer of their first Album on CBS),Richard Greene,Jim Keltner,to name a few.Lorin's song "Soldier of the Cross" was the title track of Ricky Skagg's recent Grammy Award winning gospel/bluegrass CD and a new country/ funk version of the tune appears on their new CD with Phil Lesh on bass.

 

Saturday June 11 7:00 P.M. $20

 

TAYLOR MADE, The James Taylor Tribute Band, consists of a group of musicians who are dedicated to bringing the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter to be enjoyed in any setting. Paying close attention to the details of each song, we have crafted a sound that captures the live and recorded experience of listening to James Taylor in concert. The next best thing to JT himself!

Taylor Made consists of  Stephen Bock on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Darryl Lieberstein on bass and vocals, Sheryl Braunstein on vocals, Preston Gould on horns and vocals, Dev Dosaj on keyboards and vocals, Hugh Laxineta on electric guitars, and Clark Pardee on drums.

Whether you are listening to the full band or the "unplugged" version you will be hearing classic JT tunes like Fire and Rain, Mexico and Shower the People, or his famous cover tunes like You've Got A Friend and How Sweet It Is. We believe you will close your eyes and marvel at the way Taylor Made brings the music of James Taylor and his band to life!

Please join Taylor Made for a one of a kind performance when we play JT’s - Sweet Baby James – front to back!

You will hear all the songs from the album and so many more for an incredible and fun night!!

So come on out! The Coffee Gallery Backstage on

 

Sunday June 12 7 P.M. $15
Tuesday June 14 8:00 P.M. $15

CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY....

 

makes music in major metropolises, ski towns, artist communities, and beach and college towns all over the world - solo acoustic and with his band, the Rollers. Warming hearts in even the coldest of places, Hawley has a gift of making people feel good with his music. The Los Angeles-based artist perfects his combination of genuinely positive vibes, inspiring lyrics, transcendent guitar work, and danceable grooves within well-crafted songs. Elements of Little Feat, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Duane Allman, and Andres Segovia abound. The Christopher Hawley Rollers have played everywhere from LA’s Greek Theatre to the local dive bar in your hometown. They've toured internationally for the last ten years and placed their music in commercials, films, and TV shows too. They have a new record coming out Summer 2016.
www.christopherhawley.com

Thursday June 16 8:00 P.M. $18 JIM STUBBLEFIELD & ERIC HANSEN - Guitar Duo...the table is set with spice.

California guitarist Jim Stubblefield and Florida-based guitarist Eric Hansen combine forces for a night of instrumental guitar duets. They will be performing fiery original material from their various albums as well as a selection of cover material. This is a duo of masters. The stage will smolder.

JIM STUBBLEFIELD
Well-known for his Latin-style acoustic guitar playing with the popular touring and recording group INCENDIO that he co-founded -- unveils a new solo recording, "Encantado," demonstrating his versatility as a guitarist, composer and arranger. The album title derives from his appreciation of folklore and musical fantasy.

While some of the tunes have the classic nuevo flamenco sound (“Puesta del Sol”), others offer hints and flavors of Arabic (“Beyond the Horizon”), Celtic (“Highland Dreams”), Middle Eastern (“Odyssey of Fire”), progressive-rock (“Phrygian Suite, Op. 1”), and neo-classical (“Terra e Sole”).

More information on Stubblefield is available at his website. His music -- CDs or digital download tracks from those recordings -- are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others. http://www.guitarraexotica.com/

In late 1999 Stubblefield co-founded the Latin guitar oriented world music group Incendio with bassist Liza Carbe and guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand. They soon became a best-selling recording act, a popular concert attraction, and a group whose albums hit the Billboard, NAV and CMJ charts. They travel the world, enriching it with solid talent.

ERIC HANSEN
Eric attended Florida Atlantic University where he studied Classical and Jazz guitar. He was the first guitarist to complete the Honors Performance Program at F.A.U. and graduated with academic honors in 1996. During his time in college, Eric also studied Flamenco and Latin American music with musicians from Spain and Peru.

Across the Universe, a Beatles Journey was a departure from the Spanish guitar genre and featured original Classical guitar arrangements of the music of the Beatles. Having satisfied his contract with Neurodisc, Eric continued to display his versatility by releasing his fifth album, a Smooth Jazz endeavor entitled, 360 Blue which features collaborations with renowned soprano saxophone player, Marion Meadows as well as some of South Florida's finest musicians. IHaving come full circle this album returns to the Spanish guitar genre with an ideal blend of Flamenco, Jazz and Classical music combined with Latin and Middle Eastern percussion. This release also includes Eric's fiery rendition of the Eagles' tune, Hotel California which has been a crowd favorite since it was first performed.

Friday June 17 8:00 P.M. $18 (a bargain).

I SEE HAWKS IN L. A. a fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and a well traveled star at all the venues around. http://www.iseehawks.com

 

Bob Stane says: This is quality and well vetted at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. We keep bring them back for a reason. Their quality and your appreciation
is reason enough.  

 

“Southern California is a land of strange, dangerous and beautiful contrasts. A mountain lion prowls outside the tract home bedroom of a teenage girl while she talks, oblivious to its existence, on her cell phone. A rattlesnake slithers across an empty shopping mall parking lot on a hot summer night while the employees count up the days profit and turn out the lights. While paparazzi chase the latest talent free celebrity, a talented, literate bunch of soulful musicians create honest and wise roots music for the ages. I See Hawks are indeed one of California’s unique treasures.”
– Dave Alvin


“There is an overall joy that emanates from the Hawks’ music. Acoustic guitar progressions accentuate Celtic fiddle melodies on some songs while the melodies of others are carried by a rock guitar reminiscent of James Burton’s work with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. The lyrics display a wry sense of the situation we find ourselves in while remaining hopeful about our future as a species. Other songs display an equally wry approach to the ups and downs of love. This is the music the 1960s counterculture was meant to produce in its brightest hours. The fact that it appears now some forty years later in a world arguably more hopeless is a sign of hope in itself. Despite the echoes of that lonesome whippoorwill, I See Hawks In LA wipes away those tears we are sometimes too blue to cry.”
– Ron Jacobs, COUNTERPOINT


“Americana, traversing the landscape of the Golden State like Didion on horseback. It’s a divine fusion of humor and twang that’s definitely high, but not that lonesome.” – Audra Schroeder, Austin Chronicle
I See Hawks In L.A. blend country and psychedelia with soaring three-part harmonies that leave the poseurs of alt-schmaltz dust choked. These guys are the house band for a revolution that isn’t over yet.” – Michael Simmons, High Times

Saturday June 18 7:00 P.M. $18 Bob Stane says: Back after two or three years. We do not know where they have been or what they
have been doing but it must have been fun. Read the copy, below. They are been here for a couple of
encores and they sell out and make great music. Fun, different, musical and the best of Gypsy Jazz and then some.
Money back guarantee. A fine Saturday night extravaganza.

The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are a group of Los Angeles-based traditional jazz musicians who specialize in that crossroad where early, string based jazz and traditional folk music intersect. We play a broad mix of early New Orleans jazz standards including songs sung in Creole French. We also play many of the well-known Gypsy Jazz standards recorded by the great Romany guitar and violin players of the 1920s & 30s but dig deeper, performing traditional eastern European folk melodies in a swing setting. Web Page: http://www.swingriots.com/

It is not widely known that seminal jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt played eastern European folk melodies on banjo in the streets of northern Europe as a child or that Django and fellow Romany (Gypsy) jazz guitarists were fixtures, not just of early jazz clubs, but also playing traditional eastern European music in the Cabaret Russe nightclubs that sprang up in Paris and elsewhere after the Bolshevik revolution. With this rich tradition as a base, you will hear Swing Riots perform traditional Romany, Russian, Yiddish Klezmer and Romanian horas alongside some of the earliest American jazz & blues standards.

The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are Miamon Miller – Violin; Leslie Yeseta – Voice & Guitar; Nick Casillas – Clarinet & Soprano Sax; Pat Mac Swyney – Mandolin, Tenor Resonator, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica & Voice: Ben Getting – Upright Bass; Adam Steinberg – Drums & Percussion

SWING RIOTS on YouTube (filmed at Coffee Gallery Backstage):

FEMME MARTINIQUE DOUX (Martinique Creole Traditional) / STRANGE (Piazolla/Jones)

EH, LAS BAS (New Orleans Creole Traditional) / THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR A SUNRISE / ROSETTA

FLATBUSH WALTZ (Andy Statman Klezmer Waltz)

SWING RIOTS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pat.macswyney#!/groups/123631551858/?fref=ts

Sunday June 19 7:00 P.M. $18 THE McCARTHY FAMILY... their west coast tour.
THE McCARTHY'S - WEST COAST TOUR

Web Site Address: http://www.burren.com

The McCarthy's (Tommy, Louise, Rose & Peadear) - Experience a rare night of traditional Irish music with a family of musicians, for whom this music is bred in the bone.

This is evident in the music they play and the ease with which they play together. Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who had emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare. Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. Tommy performed with his family throughout Ireland and the U.K. - including The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Louise (Banjo & Accordion) from Galway, played with her father Denny & local fiddlers: Joe Morris & Jim O'Brien, flute player Joe Collins & friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of  Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott.

Tommy & Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area & have continued to play together & with many notable musicians including The Chieftains & many more. Daughter Rose, plays fiddle like her father & nephew Peadear, plays uillean pipes like his grandfather. Both are talented musicians who have come a long way at such a young age. Last year, the four toured Australia playing shows in Melbourne, Sidney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide & Victoria, followed by a tour of New England in the fall of 2016.

In 2014 Tommy & Louise released the critically acclaimed album: "Grace Bay", featuring original compositions by Tommy, as well as traditional tunes that were favorites of  Tommy & Louise's fathers, both traditional Irish musicians. These and other traditional favorites will be featured in the concert program.

Tuesday June 21 8:00 P.M. $25 John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday June 22 8:00 P.M. $15 RUPERT WATES and DAN O'SULLIVAN......World Traveling Folk Artists.

Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based in the US since 2007. His material is all original, acoustic melodic art/folk. He is the winner of well over 30 songwriting and performing awards. His songs have been covered by artists in Nashville, Los Angeles, and London. He has released 7 solo Cds, tracks from which have been played on radio all over the world. He averages 150 live shows every year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe. He headlined at the Listening Room Festival in Florida in April 2015, and at the Savannah Folk Festival in October. Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him 'a prime figure in American music', and goes on: 'this is one gifted s.o.b...If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out'.

Dan O'Sullivan's nearly two decade long career as a guitarist-for-hire took him to performing with musical acts as diverse as South Korea's most famous female pop singer Patti Kim, 50's R+B vocal legends the Coasters, Blues singer Barbara Morrison, Adult Contemporary star Michael Bolton, and to sharing the bill with Reggae acts such as Maxi Priest, Eek-A-Mouse, and Big Mountain.

Over time Dan transitioned from the sideman and band-member role to solo troubadour and began cutting his own musical path. While keeping his intricate yet soulful guitar work in the mix, his technical skills are now in support of a unique songwriting voice that takes thoughtful, moving, and humorous views on life's situations. Since going solo in 2006 Dan has performed well over 1500 gigs and released four CDs. Dan keeps busy throughout the year performing several gigs a week either at home in the Los Angeles area or on tour.

Thursday, June 23 8:00 P.M $15. A gift of a price. Theo Czuk…The Urban Folksinger.

“The Kurt Vonnegut of Songwriting”

Dubbed “the Kurt Vonnegut of songwriting,” by choreographer and art critic Della Cowall, Lyrically akin to, and armed with, Vonnegut’s rapier wit and incisive insight, Theo’s slant on the world has been described as “catawampus and exhilarating.”

Songwriter, storyteller and humorist, Theo was born and raised on the hardscrabble streets of Detroit and spent his youth toe tapping boulevard curbs to the grooves of the city swelter. When at an early age he was introduced to Bob Dylan, the die was cast and the URBAN FOLKSINGER was chiseled. In 2014, Theo’s first novel, HEART-SCARRED, won the prestigious LARAMIE Book Award for Best Literary Western.

But let’s let the professional music critiques have their say:

INDIE MUSIC DIGEST exclaims, “Theo brings the Mojo” and nominated TOO MANY SHADOWS for CD of the Year and added, “The music is highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved.” Cyrus Rhodes

MUSICEMISSIONS shares, “Vocals from Czuk are stellar! ... here Czuk is most brilliant as he totally lets loose behind the mic. He's clearly a master at delivering vocal emotion.”J.J. Cooper

ROCK n’ ROLL REVIEW wrote, “Theo has … an easy going element of street-wise wisdom ... an impressive “under the radar” artist definitely worth checking out as his soulful sound and unique perspective on life can be appreciated by virtually any music fan.” Kimberly Munson

SCOPE MAGAZINE offered, “… the songs all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly.” Michelle Paris

VENTS MAGAZINE concluded, “Vocals by Czuk are, shall I say, saucy, as he commands a powerful tonal registry.” and concluded, “This CD by Theo Czuk has no serious weaknesses and is … a compelling, truthful life’s journey through the eyes of a brilliant composer.” Sydney LarsonINDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE has glowed, “Theo…can deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. He is the quintessential storyteller the world needs right now.” Pierce Craven.

This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to catch this storyteller, humorist and wordsmith at the zenith of his craft. Visit Theo at: www.tedczuk.com and www.reverbnation.com/theoczuk

 

Friday June 24 8:00 P.M. $18

Not your everyday possum, oh, no, they have flowers in their hair.

THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS.... “High-Energy, Good-Times Music!” http://www.honeysucklepossums.com/

The Honeysuckle Possums are an all-woman string band, playing old-time, original, and bluegrass-style mountain music. The three lead singers, Nicola Gordon, Susan Marie Reeves, Rebecca Troon, are all singer/songwriters, giving the group original material to add to the traditional songs and tunes they play on fiddle, banjo, guitar, strum-stick, and bodhran. Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and also sings harmonies, and Ruth Alpert, the band’s dancing percussionist, is a champion Appalachian-style flat-footer. With carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style, they have performed at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Festival and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival to rave reviews. Their collective joy onstage is irresistible, their performances carried on a strong current of love and friendship. Possums have a devoted and growing following because they are wildly successful at "sharing joy through music", which has been their intent from the start. Come join the fun!

 

Quotes from Possum fans:

“The Possums have hearts full of honey. These women clearly love what they are playing. This is true Americana…and they’re mighty tight as well. If you could taste the sound, it would be clear country honeydew vinewater. Give them a listen! –Johhny Sacko

The Honeysuckle Possums have been bringing smiles and feel good harmonies to audiences for quite a long while now.” –Andy Doer, Director, Goleta Old-time Fiddlers Convention/Festival.

The Honeysuckle Possums are irrepressible, astonishingly wonderful, dazzling, dancing, denizens of bluegrass, smiling, harmonizing, infinitely entertaining, mermaids of music, magical marvels of their time” –Michael Wilds

“Good times never sounded so sweet or conveyed so much ethereal energy as this foot-stompin’, old-time, “down-home” style gem by The Honeysuckle Possums. Filled with break-your-heart beautiful harmonies, their first self-titled CD is a mix of popular traditional and standout original songs, all sung, played and co-produced by five exceptionally talented women. Based in Santa Barbara, California, the five women are the real deal: accomplished multi-instrumentalists who have been playing together for years...But what makes this group really exceptional are their voices...the vocal chemistry is sheer magic...”

— Jackie Morris, Folkworks

 


Saturday June 25 7 PM $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS......will bring you a rollicking feast for the ears, eyes and heart! Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, 20s & 30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive repertoire these merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads.
SUNDAY June 26 7:00 P.M. $18 THE SAN GABRIEL 7 (a national touring act)

"The San Gabriel 7 is a 7 piece instrumental Progressive Funk band with tight horns, a killer rhythm section and great arrangements - both original and clever new takes on familiar jazz standards. We are based in the Los Angeles area but perform across the nation." This is a show to get you feeling good. A full stage of expert players doing a wide range of songs. If you like brass this is your night.

7 Performers- Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums. http://www.sgsjazz.com/

 

TUESDAY
JUNE 28 7:00 P.M. No Reservations. Tickets: $10. A huge bargain. Great Talent.

David Harvey Presents

 

$10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations

FEATURING:

The Roswell Sisters...are a close-harmony vocal trio specializing in a combination of 30's jazz and 60's pop. From the shifting tempos and lightning fast key changes of the classic Boswell Sisters arrangements to brand new Boswell-style compositions culled from more recent hits, The Roswell Sisters offer an opportunity for some old-time harmonizing as well as some fresh, hip and totally modern psych-pop. The old and new merge seamlessly in one exciting package! https://www.facebook.com/TheRoswellSisters/

 

RJ Chesney.... has deep roots in the South. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Gospel, blues, country, and folk breathe in his songs. RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandtthrown in. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California performing at venues such as The Hotel Cafe, , El Cid, Molly Malones, The Talking Stick, The Cinema Bar , etc . In 2013 RJ Chesney had the honor of opening for Victoria Williams at a Los Angeles benefit to raise money for orphaned children. RJ's 2010 album, Prayers of a Wayward Son sold copies in over fourteen countries including England, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia and the USA. He came out with his second album, Angels Falling in October 2013 to rave reviews. If you love true roots music, that stirs the spirit deep inside, from a deep and honest voice, you'll be a fan of RJ too!

http://www.rjchesney.com        http://www.reverbnation.com/rjchesneymusic

BLISS BOWEN... can work a ballad like no one else. She has a voice and phrasing that makes a song breathe and live. Bliss can go full on country, blast out blues, or rockin roots, yet her songs are even more intimate and personal. After you hear her you'll be inspired to listen again and again! www.reverbnation.com/blissbowen

And Special Guest... "A Word" With Dylan Brody!

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

Come out for a great night of music.

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 8:00 P.M. $18 TIM ERIKSEN.....
One of the best voices in music.- T Bone Burnett

Otherworldly harmonies.- Barbara Kingsolver

Apart from being the coolest-looking man in folk song, Tim Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer, who seems to play every instrument under the sun and has shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson..- The Guardian UK

“Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation”Kit Bailey, BBC Radio”Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble”Pulse of the Twin CitiesA founding member of Cordelia’s Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist who’s done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen’s credentials are impeccable, though only the tip of his musical iceberg.
Tim Eriksen, PhD “the best unaccompanied ballad singer in the United States” is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist known for his work with the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on films including Cold Mountain, a doubly Grammy nominated collaboration with world-jazz impresario Omar Sosa and a nearly 400 page dissertation on music in fictional New England villages. www.timeriksenmusic.com
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29. Show @ 8:00 P.M. Tixs $18

TIM ERIKSEN, Hardcore Americana (lots more information on his Web Page..... www.timeriksenmusic.com)

Thursday June 30 8 PM

$15 

(way too reasonable)

ERIC SCHWARTZ AND GABRIELLE LOUISE


Gabrielle Louise and Eric Schwartz will perform a collaborative double bill concert at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.


Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Performer, Satirist Multiinstrumentalist and Entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz) tours the US and Europe bringing his music to every audience he can find. He’s been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years and he has composed for and performed in various Satiristas shows. His songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. Schwartz is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine. Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane, sometimes both. Eric’s latest CD release The Aristocrat, whichPaul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) calls “A Comic Treasure” and The U.K.’s Rock’n’Reel magazine calls “beautifully produced and perfectly executed,” contains “There’s A Picture…”, currently in rotation on the nationally syndicated The Bob and Tom Show. Schwartz has also garnered radio play on stations as diverse as Howard Stern’s 100, Raw Dog Radio, The Ed Schultz Show and All Things Considered. Schwartz’ latest release is “The Better Man”, which Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley calls “by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary – some of which is damn profound.Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!”

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. She is an honest, engaging performer who leaves you with the feeling that hope and heartache are two sides of the same coin. Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. She is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. A gifted story-teller and narrator, Gabrielle’s songs immerse you in her world in a cinematic fashion. Music critic David McGee (writer for Rolling Stone and Deep Roots Magazine) says of her music: “Articulate and gifted…Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell, especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops. She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.”

 

Eric's Video: https://youtu.be/FPD9Gw0TPcY

Gabby's Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkG54fKSLUk&list=PLk9Sgig2v6cg5BoAYhLtXHiznfbjIcT9v&index=16

Eric's website: http://www.ericschwartz.com/

Gabby's website: www.gabriellelouise.com


 

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