DROMENO...CHRISTOS GOVETAS AND DROMENO
Rebetika is the soul music of Greece, often called the Greek Blues. Featuring the sound of the bouzouki (long-necked lute) and passionate vocals, Dromeno brings all the sweetness and passion that Rebetika encompasses. This four piece band pulls straight from the old tradition and will bring you back to the old hash-dens of Pireas- don’t miss it!
Christos Govetas and Dromeno present an evening of old-style Rebetika ... http://dromenomusic.com
Come out to The Coffee Gallery Backstage for a trip back in time to the old-world hash-dens and Rebetika clubs of Greece. Rebetika has often been referred to as “Greek Blues;” it is the music of the Greek soul. Rebetika is music of love and loss, of heartbreak and loneliness, with surprising moments of sweetness and release. Featuring the iconic sound of the bouzouki, and passionate vocals, this music of the underworld in the Athens of the 20s and ‘30s gives voice to the topics of love, drugs, jail, illness, death and heartbreak with immediacy and passion. In spite of the heavy nature of those topics, Rebetika music also maintains an innocence and joy, a love of life, and passion which transcend time and language. Christos Govetas and Dromeno have played to packed houses in Seattle, Berkeley, and Greece, and are widely recognized as authentic carriers of the Greek musical tradition. The group is made up of Christos Govetas, of Serres Greece, on bouzouki, clarinet, and voice, his wife and musical partner, Ruth Hunter on accordion and voice, their daughter Eleni Govetas on acoustic bass, and Nick Maroussis on guitar.
|| July 29
||$10. Reservations not needed.
||David Harvey Presents:
A Great Night of Music!
Do you love great Country-Rock? Beautiful ballads? Roots and blues songs that make you slide and swing?
Great Music, Great Coffee, and Great people. Come with $10 and you're in!
Michael Hughes ... Do you like real blues - smoke and a lot of fire? Then you'll love Michael Hughes. Michael is a seasoned L.A. professional Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist. As the principle writer for eBlues Highway his music has been featured on the hit HBO series "True Blood". Michael has been in the studio recording all new tunes for his upcoming solo album, Tryin to Come Back Home. You'll love his smokin' tunes! http://www.myspace.com/michaelwesleyhughes
Kirsten Proffit ... Do you love great Americana songs that stir your soul? From beautiful ballads to rockin' roadhouse songs Kirsten Proffit does it all. Along with a beautiful voice she can throw down on guitar, banjo. and mandolin too. She's a great solo artist who is also part of the award winning trio Calico the Band. She lights up every stage she's on! www.kirstenproffit.com
Shaun Cromwel....Shaun Cromwell's Roots songs bring a wall of sound with style and passion. His exquisite fingerstyle guitar and banjo work channels the deep sounds of the Delta with a contemporary voice - think Mississippi John Hurt meets Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Shaun is a favorite in Folk Festivals and everywhere he performs. He'll be your favorite too!. www.shauncromwell.com
Bliss Bowen ... 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. It's good for the Soul!. www.cityofangelsacoustic.weebly.com
|| 8:00 P.M.
The SOUR MASH HUG BAND....
A cabaret band that combines virtuosic gypsy violin with 1920s hot jazz and Yiddish song, the Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s, its hard to say. The ensemble is especially known for their original tunes reminiscent of Kurt Weill and Danny Elfman. Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey and Trombone playing chanteuse Shiri, they present a rotating cast of the hot pickers and swinging horn players. After forming some 10 years ago, the band crisscrossed the country by bike, freight train, and broken down van playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and finally to New Orleans which became their home away from home. For the past five years the band has split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of East Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers in Romania, and Hungary studying the music they love. Being exposed to many varieties of music in their travels the musicians have developed a unique cabaret style drawing on old jazz, hokum, American fiddle music, muzica lautareasca, and Yiddish theatre. www.sourmashhug.com
Aireene & The Rarities, Plunk & Phunk Orchestra
Aireene & The Rarities
Aireene's songs are influenced by Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar playing. She has played with a mixed genre of bay area bands over the past years that have also influenced her music, from latin/african rhythms, folk, blues, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. Aireene & The Rarities are a mix of musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern CA: Paul Olguin on bass and Brian Judd on mandolin/guitar, Ed Tree on guitar, Tom Corbett on mandolin, Debra Dobkin, Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, plus occasional special super guest Rarities.
Aireene & The Rarities is excited to be having having their CD release, Put Back Charlie, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Thursday, July 31.
"Espiritu’s vocal range tells the story, eliciting the invincibility of a young Dolly Parton and blue-collar work ethic of Loretta Lynn." - Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly
“Espiritu’s penchant for songs that sound like they came off a 78 rpm record, listeners will be swept away.” - Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz CA
"I love what I heard, It's perfect for my kinda folk show-- bright, melodic,rootsy and with excellent vocals and hot pickin' too. What else can a lifelong Folk DJ ask for. " - Gene Shay, aka The Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music, WXPN Radio, The Folk Show. http://www.aireeneespiritu.com
Plunk & Phunk Orchestra (opener)
Plunk and Phunk Orchestra have been working as a rhythm section for many years and can be heard on numerous recordings and in concert with many artists. They are co-producers on the last two critically acclaimed Mark "Pocket" Goldberg CDs. Debra Dobkin (Vocals & Drums) has toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, and many others. Mark “Pocket” Goldberg (Vocals & Upright Bass) has toured and recorded with Mick Fleetwood, Canned Heat, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and many others. Together, as Plunk and Phunk Orchestra, they bring a new rhythmic twist to the Bluesy-Folk Acoustic Duo, delivering soulful original songs with a rock-solid groove.
BC Cameron, Dennis C. Brown and Simeon Pillich have combined their individual ingredients in a unique blend that bubbles with the “down home” flavor that they serve up best. Add a little bit of Country, a pinch of Folk, a dash of Bluegrass, a sprinkle of Irish, and a smidgen of 40’s to a stock broth of comedy and originals for a truly delectable entertainment experience. Enjoy Down Home Time (formerly Home Baked).
BOB SAYS: Enjoy Down Home Time (formerly Home Baked). Watching that little wooden boy, Limberjack, is worth the admission. No, he does not want to be a real boy. He pines to be made of wood and at the suggestion of magically becoming a real boy, he swears in the manner that only his kind does..."Splinters!!! on being a real flesh and blood boy!" We think his attitude comes from not wanting to take a bath. How old is this feisty carved being? Count the rings on his body. And never call him "Jack"! He goes by "LIMBERJACK"!
BC Cameron was raised in Manitou Springs, Colorado, played drums all through school, and began playing guitar and singing in high school. During the 70’s and 80’s she played ski seasons in Aspen/Snowmass, toured several other US States, Europe and Canada. A prolific songwriter, in 1975, she released a successful original single, The Saga of CB Fever. and toured with her group, The Citizen Band. In 1978, she moved to Los Angeles where she recorded an album with Cliffie Stone, performed in his Hometown Jamboree, and played the Ice House in Pasadena. The Movie/TV industry took her away from music for many years. She was an Assistant Director on TV series Knot’s Landing, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Spin City and Frasier. She now works at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center as Site Rep for filming and rides her horses. She’s always ready to play music and have a good time which makes her our “Chef de Partie”!
Dennis C. Brown began his career arranging music for commercials (Bank Of America, Taco Bell, Honda, Int'l House of Pancakes), then toured with
Bobby Vinton, The Osmonds, and Raquel Welch. He appeared on The Dukes Of Hazzard and, with producer Snuff Garrett, played on two #1 Country hits for Shelly West and David Frizzell. After playing guitar for TV composer Mike Post, Dennis co-composed with Mike and then on his own. First came the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then the sitcoms Grace Under Fire (composing the score and producing Aretha Franklin singing The Beatles’ Lady Madonna as a theme), 5 years each on Dharma and Greg and Still Standing, and finally his 11th season on Two and a Half Men and 4th on Mike and Molly. But now, he’s mixing it up with "Home Baked", playing incredible guitar and mandolin. How lucky we are to have "Chef Dennis" in the kitchen.
New York City native, Simeon Pillich, is of Caribbean and Croatian descent. On both upright and electric bass, he has accompanied many artists including Taylor Swift, Ziggy Marley, Dr. Dre, Tom Paxton, Bo Diddley, Al Jarreau, Eartha Kitt, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Hanson, John Hiatt, Neil Finn, Eliza Gilkyson, Anthony Newley, Alice Cooper, Vassar Clements, Burt Bacharach, Bob Gibson, Van Dyke Parks, Ry Cooder, Jennifer Warnes, Tito Puente, Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Coolidge, Jim Kweskin and Doug Kershaw. He has performed on the national tours of the Broadway hits, Rent with Neil Patrick Harris, The King & I with Yul Brynner, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Timbuktu, and Grease (with 21-year-old John Travolta as an understudy!). He is a period and ethnic music consultant for film and TV, and played on the musical scores of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Two Jakes, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Lucky You. Simeon played with the Ventura County and Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestras, and for five years was the host of KPFK’s “Global Village” sharing music from around the world. With a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, he teaches world music at Occidental College and jazz history and music theory at Santa Monica College. He is not a culinary master but he can really cook on the bass.
|| August 2
||TAYLOR MADE.... the James Taylor Tribute Band, is performing throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. This 7-piece group consists of musicians from the Los Angeles area who are dedicated to creating the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter. Having performed at such venues as The Canyon Club, The Grove of Anaheim, Warner Center Concerts in the Park, Malibu Wines and The Coffee Gallery, Taylor Made continues to make its mark on the Southern California music scene.
Taylor Made consists of Stephen Bock on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Darryl Lieberstein on bass and vocals, Preston Gould on horns and vocals, Dev Dosaj on keyboards and vocals, Sheryl Braunstein on vocals, Hugh Laxineta on electric guitar and Clark Pardee on drums and percussion.
“We have gathered together an outstanding group of musicians and singers who remain true to the original qualities of the JT tunes we play, while adding a touch of their own unique style. It all adds up to a dynamic and amazing sound”, says lead singer and guitarist Stephen Bock. Taylor Made plays a wide variety of tunes from the Taylor songbook, which can be categorized from rock, soul and funk all the way to blues, folk and ballads. “It is really an incredible array of styles that we get to bring to life”, says bass player Darryl Lieberstein.
Folks are likely to hear Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is and Mexico as well as Steamroller Blues, Your Smiling Face and of course You’ve Got A Friend. With such a wide array of musical styles to choose from, Taylor Made can ‘tailor make’ their set list to suite any occasion.
|| AUGUST 3
JIM "KIMO" WEST.... An Evening of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar with Jim "Kimo" West
WITH special guests and hula!
(Bob Stane says: Jim, "kimo" West is really tearing it up now. He has become the musical big canoe he deserves to be +)
Jim “Kimo” West is known as one of the world’s top ki ho’alu or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists and is a prolific composer of new ki ho’alu songs. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1850’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaquieros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Having never even seen Waikiki, Kimo came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years. It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, he was drawn to the nahenahe sound of ki ho’alu and soon was creating his own compositions.
He is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals as well as the recent So Cal Slack Key Festival every year since 2008. He has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players at one time or another and is a regular featured performer at George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show in Napili, Maui
Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and a 2009 and 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano, (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.
Kimo’s show encompasses both traditional an contemporary original slack key material as well as vocals in Hawaiian and English language. He sometimes incorporates steel guitar and when possible, video projection. He uses a number of different tunings in his set, including some of his own invention which have been added to George Winston’s extensive compendium of ki ho’alu tunings
Besides his slack key work, Kimo is well-known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, with whom he has received three Grammy’s and many gold and platinum records. They have recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Jimmy Fallon Show. He also contributes to production duties on the CD’s and recently scored Al’s 3D mini-feature, “Al’s Brain”.
WHISKEY SUNDAY.... combines Irish folk, with a hearty portion of Acoustic Americana. Backed by electric harp, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and mandolin you'll hear bar-room songs, yarns of bonnie lasses, and bitter-sweet tales hidden in joyful harmonies with Irish dancing too!
Patrick Rieger, guitar, bodhran
Deidre Moore, harp, harmonica
Olivia Sandoval, Upright Bass
JR Nutt, mandolin, banjo
Lacy Rostyak, fiddle
Although Los Angeles based, their sound is pure Midwestern-woods, at dusk. Whiskey Sunday combines their shared roots of Irish folk, with a hearty pour of Americana, Prairie winds, and river-side cabin hymns. In their music, you'll hear references of an older time. Bitter-sweet tragic stories hidden in joyful harmonies. The combination of the electric harp and fiddle bring the antique effect on your ears, into a present day mist. Whiskey Sunday will bring the lake-house out in any Irish-American, folk lover. Music that asks you to pour something single-malt, sit on the porch, and sip reverently.
They began recording their first album, “Holy Water,” in the summer of 2012 which was just released in April 2014 recorded by Bryan Dobbs. Whiskey Sunday is LA’s most up and coming Irish band. They secured a spot in this year’s Get Shamrocked Festival which included such heavy hitters as The Young Dubliners, The Mahones, and Old Man Markley. The band played to a sold out show at the Grand Annex in San Pedro this past March.
They are determined to become famous and a fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
RATTLE THE KNEE... (KIRA OTT & PATRICK D’ARCY)...
Rattle the Knee is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan.
Patrick D'Arcy hails from Dublin Ireland but has spent most of his musical life as a very influential uilleann piper of Southern California. He tours regularly both nationally and internationally and has appeared on numerous recordings. His solo album, "Wallop the Spot" has received critical acclaim and radio play both in the US and in Ireland. He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and teaches locally, remotely (via internet) and around the country at uilleann piping tionoil (gatherings).
Kira Ott is a fiddler from Los Angeles and has been very active on the LA Irish music scene for many years. As a child she studied classical viola, but left that behind to play Irish music as a teenager. After spending many winters traveling to Donegal Ireland to learn at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School she took a few summers festival hopping around Ireland, learning and playing with many of the greats. She has performed and toured with numerous bands and teaches locally.
Pat and Kira have been playing pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. Finally, under the name Rattle the Knee, they decided to make their music official. They've teamed up with Jimmy Murphy and Andy Long and Rattle the Knee was complete.
Jimmy Murphy, guitarist and mandolinist extraordinaire, has been a cornerstone of the traditional Irish music scene in southern California for over a decade. He has appeared in performance venues from the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles to temples in Japan. He has performed on KPFK's "Global Village" with Eric Rigler, on KPFK's "Folkscene" with Mick Moloney and as part of the band Ciunas, and live on KCSN's "Tied to the Tracks". Jimmy spent two years as a contracted musician in Japan; first as a soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea, then as a member of a band for Universal Studios, Japan, and finally as a key member for a four piece band again at Tokyo Disney Sea. He is the go-to guitarist for most Irish musicians in LA and has performed with both Pat and Kira in many musical configurations.
Andy Long is an amazing artist and animator. One of his university professors, bodhran player and fine art teacher John Pozzi, taught him more than just the visual arts. When he moved to LA, Andy's solid rhythm and tasteful beats caught the ears of the local session players. He may be relatively new on the Irish music scene, but his groove, drive and musicality speak for themselves.
When you see Rattle the Knee, you will hear uilleann pipes, fiddle, and mandolin playing old dance tunes with driving rhythms on bodhran and guitar. Mixed in will be songs, marches and slow airs and maybe a story or two along the way. Enjoy the show!
||THE ROBERT KYLE / RINER SCIVALLY QUARTET
The Robert Kyle/Riner Scivally Quartet performs original compositions, jazz standards and bossa novas in a spirited, acoustic style. Robert Kyle (www.robertkyle.com) plays tenor and soprano saxophones, flute and percussion with a specialization in Brazilian music. Riner Scivally (www.rinerscivally.com) plays guitar with a melodic, be-bop influenced attitude.
The rhythm section consists of Tim Pleasant (drums): Tim has performed/recorded with Michael Kanan, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Putter and VR Smith. Roger Shew (bass): Roger has performed/recorded with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer and John Abercrombie. Together they form a swinging and sensitive unit with a deep groove!
The quartet's repertoire features tunes from the cd "10 by 2" by Robert Kyle and Riner Scivally. The band performs Brazilian tunes that are not often heard as well as jazz standards from the bop era by such artists as Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon. Rob and Riner have also contributed several originals tunes to the band's repertoire.
This will be a concert not-to-be-missed. The entrance fee includes a cd.
LARRY B. WILDER.....
The Champion Of Americana...Larry Wilder brings folks together with his banjo, guitar and a repertoire of hundreds of Americana songs, both traditional and original. Having opened for Pete Seeger, he continues Pete's tradition and belief: "The best music is everyone singing together." He also delights with virtuoso yodeling that shows why he was named National Yodeling Champion.
Larry has performed 2000 shows on national and international stages, bringing his heart and passion for Americana music directly to his audiences through stellar musical performances intertwined with the compelling stories behind the artists and songs. His original songs reach into the soul of his Americana roots and connect strongly with his enthusiastic fans. Larry’s dynamic and upbeat personality keeps the show moving and the people involved. www.larrywildermusic.com
“A great performer with an awesome gift for involving the audience.” Ron Thomason, High Mountain Festival Director, Westcliffe, CO
“A passionate spirit of the soul of Americana.” Bill Furman, CEO-Greenbrier Companies.
Larry counts the Carter Family, Earl Scruggs, Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sons of the Pioneers and Chet Atkins as some of his strongest influences in Americana music. But he doesn’t stop there. He goes deeper into the realm of America’s music through folk artists Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly plus classic composers such as Irving Berlin. Larry is highly skilled in knowing which of these songs will resonate with the people in each venue. He creates fast-paced, energetic shows that draw from all of these elements for an engaging Americana experience for his audiences.
Larry started his career in Southern California, performing at Knott’s Berry Farm. Now based in Portland, OR, Larry has toured the country, performing in festivals, events and concerts. He has also performed internationally, touring Japan and Europe while headlining festivals such as the Banjo Jamboree in the Czech Republic.
|| August 12
AN ALASKAN CAMPFIRE PARTY. SALTED SALMON ON A STICK. A MOOSE FREE EVENT.
ALL RIGHT, BRING YOUR MOOSE. A $3.00 discount to anyone bringing a moose under 200 pounds. No sled dogs unless they are service pooches. Read the copy. Good Stuff. www.feedingfrenzyak.com
FEEDING FRENZY...is a five member "rag tag front porch rattle folk" band from Fairbanks, Alaska. The band is an exercise in polarity - soft melodies and singer/songwriter influenced songs meet high-energy melodious sing-alongs throughout their set. A mix of classically trained and self-learned musicians bring together guitar, banjo, cello, violin, bass, melodica, and percussion for a unique folk experience. Coming soon to a campfire near you.
The band, which formed in early 2010, has since been playing shows throughout the state of Alaska and in their home town, on ferries, by campfires, and around Alaska almost constantly. In March 2011 they traveled to the break-out music scene of the South by South West music festival in Austin, Texas. While there Feeding Frenzy was featured in Paste Magazine's "100 Bands At SXSW" as well as mentioned in The Atlantic, Austin360, and other news outlets. By December 2011 Feeding Frenzy began their first lower 48 tour around Washington and Oregon, and in March 2012 played Austin for a second time.
Along the way Feeding Frenzy has also been fortunate enough to play alongside and open for: mewithoutYou, Laura Gibson, The Builders and the Butchers, Quiet Life, The Devil Whale, and Murder By Death.
In 2013 Feeding Frenzy received a second nod from Paste Magazine in "Nine Alaska Bands You Should Listen to Now."
Looking forward to 2014 the band will be heading south from Dawson City for a 1.5 month tour around the "lower 48". The tour will be promoting their new EP set for release in July 2014.
They now live in Colorado. You will not
see them often. Reservations....Now! Right Now!
Delay and you will weep. Do not make reservations unless you are certain
you can come to this show. There will be dozens who get turned
away and will want your seat. www.stephaniebettman.com
STEPHANIE BETTMAN & LUKE HALPIN.
“That Stephanie Bettman has reached a level comparable to others like Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss so quickly it’s a bit uncanny.” –Country Jukebox, Germany
“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK
Stephanie Bettman is a singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire and has been generating a buzz in bluegrass/country circles with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Her partner, multi-instrumentalist, Luke Halpin, is an awesome talent in his own right. Named by Folkworks Magazine as one of LA’s top ten Female Singer Songwriters, Stephanie’s songs are sometimes sad, sometimes sassy but always stunning. Together she and Luke have been winners in many local and national competitions including:
* Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.
* Winners in the 2007 Topanga Banjo / Fiddle contest.
* Folk Works Top Ten Los Angeles based female singer-songwriters of 2008.
* Music Connection’s Top Twenty-Five New Music Critiques of 2008.
Inspired by the likes of Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Mark O’Conner, Luke’s perfectly blended harmonies and his instrumental expertise together with Stephanie’s artistry and performance make for a dynamic entertaining experience. One thing’s for sure, if Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are on the bill, you are in for an unforgettable performance that will have you hooked from the first fiddle line to the last sweet harmony.
|| 8:00 P.M.
THE NEW WEST GUITAR GROUP.....
Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing classic popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound.
Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and aboard giving concerts and masterclasses. Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc 'Big City' with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and expert arrangements that “sometimes verge on the orchestral” (All Music Guide). 'Big City' is the group's second release on Summit Records and the music regularly featured on NPR and jazz/americana radio stations all over the country.
Graduates of USC’s Thornton School of Music, the trio’s versatility as players and composers have given them the reputation as pioneers in the realm of guitar ensemble.
“Smith, Stein and Storie play seamlessly together. Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent musical landscape these three players create.” - Metronome Magazine. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC/Tokyo), Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy's Club @ Lincoln Center (NYC), Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Hoffest (Berlin), The World Expo (Japan), and Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF Bay Area). As a composer, Smith was a finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition
“Shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords...tight cracking interplay and complementary playing.” - Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine
BOB STANE SAYS: WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE VIDEO..... www.vimeo.com/newwestguitargroup
“The group’s creativity in not being afraid to stretch boundaries is helping to forge a new area of music that should inspire other guitarists...” - Vintage Guitar Magazine
||Matinee Show @ 3:00 P.M.
AMY SARA is a young singer making her debut at The Coffee Gallery Backstage as part of the talented youth program. She will sing creative covers and original songs backed by musicians from American Idol and The Voice. She has already been recognized for her voice and charm and the back up musicians are TV tested.
A special $10 admission is being placed to encourage all to come and bring other young talent.
TOM FAIR PRESENTS.... THE FABULOUS 'FIFTIES!!
It's a group; it's a glorious era in American music; it's an event you'll look back on with pleasure for decades to come. According to group organizer Tom Fair, "The 1950s may just have been the most diverse musical era of them all!" The beginning of the decade saw the Weavers (with Pete Seeger) at their peak, enjoying a huge pop chart hit with “Goodnight Irene.” Country singers like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline were high on the charts, as well as smooth-singing vocalists like Dean Martin and Jo Stafford. Early rock ‘n’ roll, as popularized by Bill Haley, was actually a new form of swing – an echo of the Big Band era.
Vocal harmony was the order of the day, with everything from collegiate groups like the Four Preps to jumpin’ doo-wop and the silky harmonies of the Platters; and Harry Belafonte kept us in tune with the Caribbean islands. The middle of the decade brought rockabilly and rhythm & blues together when Elvis exploded onto the scene along with Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and others – the decade went out with a rock and a roll!
Expect to hear a broad sampling of contemporary arrangements of million-selling tunes popularized by many of the above artists. THE FABULOUS 'FIFTIES is: vocalist/guitarist Tom Fair, vocalists Lauren Perreau and Rick Solomon, upright bassist Ed Pausic, and special guest vocalist - Tom's daughter April Snow, currently wowing the Southland with her band Lookin' For Trouble.
‘50s At the Coffee Gallery Backstage
|| August 17
CYNTHIA CARLE with special guest...CHAUNCEY BOWERS.
Despite suffering the ravages of a lifetime of blondeness, Cynthia Carle writes some of the smartest songs you’ll find anywhere. With influences ranging from Robert Benchley to Randy Newman, she has a glorious habit of finding the weird in the ordinary, and making you look at it. On topics from her failure to be French, to the intersection of love and cannibalism, her perspective is rarely what you’d expect. Sometimes she’s reporting the facts as they happened; sometimes she indulges in shameless extrapolation. Occasionally the result is deadly serious. More often, it’s deadly funny.
“Cynthia Carle is unique. She’s literate, musical and surprising almost as a matter of course; sometimes funny and heart-breaking not just within the same lyric but within the same phrase of a lyric. In a single Cynthia Carle performance I saw an impressive array of hard-boiled Hollywood types reduced to tears of laughter in one song and tears of quite another sort two songs later. As a songwriter she combines a rare intelligence and an enlightened sentiment, combined with a political eye that could open an oyster at sixty paces and a nearly incomparable knowledge of her way into and around a song. They are the kind of songs that make you wonder why no one has ever written them before. But, trust me, they haven't. Plus, unlike many singer/songwriters, she can sing. Yikes, can she sing.” --Curtis Armstrong, actor/producer
“LIVE AND UNMEDICATED” has suddenly become one of my favorite albums. I’m so passionate about it, in fact, I could spontaneously combust.” --Alan Boyd, Grammy winning producer/composer.
CHAUNCEY BOWERS..swims in the same pond...but differently.
If ever a movie was made about the life of Chauncey Bowers, Christopher Lloyd would surely get the part. Somewhere between Lloyd’s signature roles as the eccentric Emmett “Doc” Brown in Back to the Future and the flighty Reverend Jim Ignatowski from the hit TV series Taxi lies the role of Chauncey Bowers — a man who began his unpredictable career as an assistant “repo man,” then transitioned to a Harvard-educated Ph.D. in cellular biology, and now defies laws of common sense as he dissects the music world. His questioning, wide-horizon worldview and barbed humor light up the newly released Rumors of Reason and will do the same for The Coffee Gallery Backstage. You will like his music. And you can discuss biology afterwards.
||THE JEN OIKAWA TRIO Plus
Featuring Jen Oikawa:piano; Brandon Shaw:bass; Ryan Shaw: drums
PLUS Gino Munoz: trumpet; and David Beatty: trombone.
The Jen Oikawa Trio Plus infuses new arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions with energy and exhilarating depth, creating performances that move and uplift their audience. You’ll love witnessing the interaction between Jazz Pianist Jen Oikawa, Drummer Ryan Shaw and Upright Bassist Brandon Shaw. The trio regularly performs with guest musicians, transforming into a quartet, quintet or sextet, adding exciting layers of improvised wonder.
The Jen Oikawa Trio Plus evolved gradually as the group was often hired to play for private parties, corporate events, fundraisers, etc. The began performing shows at small cafes where audiences fell in love with their music so much they were begging for a recording. This led to a successful Kickstarted Campaign that raised more than $12,000 to fund their debut album, ‘Project One’, released August 2013, now available on iTunes and CDBaby.
As a team their interactions release a creative energy that is contagious and deeply moving. All strong individual musicians, their improvised solos are exciting, creative, thoughtful inspirations that pull their listeners into the musical journey. From their own unique spin on long-time standards such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” to new contemporary original compositions inspired by jazz artists such as Brad Mehldau and classical composers like Johannes Brahms, the Jen Oikawa Trio Plus brings jazz to life in a way that is accessible and inspiring. On Thursday, August 21st, they will be joined by the strong and beautiful trumpet lines of Gino Munoz, and the well-matured trombone playing of David Beatty! The Jen Oikawa Trio Plus is ever-evolving and every show is a new journey to experience!
||TERESA TUDURY with DOUG ADAMZ.....on tour of Central and Southern California. TERESA TUDURY has appeared at The Coffee Gallery Backstage several
times and her stage show and hilarious songs are worth twice for what we are charing here. And you get DOUG ADAMZ as a bonus "card." Absolutely the place
to be on a Friday night. By the way Doug spells his last name with a "Z" because he waited too long to claim an "S." He will make up for it this Friday night.
From Doug....Expect dazzling guitar work, breathtaking harmonica playing, one-of-a-kind songs and soulful singing, all delivered by Doug Adamz with insight and a terrific sense of humor. Bawdy blues, tender ballads, exquisite guitar instrumentals or heartwarming, hilarious story songs; the range of his writing and musical skill lend his shows an epic quality.
In concert, Adamz performs music from his three most recent albums, all recorded completely solo (except for two duets with Peter Rowan):
National Steel--songs performed on a National Steel Body guitar
Bernardo’s Serenade--a collection of songs, including “The Authentic Skulls of Pancho Villa”
Guitar Solos--a beautiful instrumental album of original pieces for solo acoustic guitar.
Adamz currently lives in the outback of Marin County, north of San Francisco of which he has said, “Ain’t nothing between Tomales Bay and the North Pole but an oyster bed.” He grew up in El Paso, Texas (“Where apathy is the biggest problem, but nobody cares”) and has been unable to shake the musical influence of his formative years in that unique cultural environment.
From Teresa...expect a wild ride, the funniest songs you have ever heard, sharp intelligence and a challenge. Also she will shock you with her singing ability. This is a real experience. Watch her every move. This is how
stage shows are supposed to be done.
TERESA'S WEB PAGES....http://www.teresatudury.net/ and http://www.teresatudury.net/bio.html both worth looking over.
Doug Adamz has recorded five albums of original, instrumental music and four albums of his songs. His compositions have been used by The Joffrey and other ballet companies (Santa Fe/Aspen, Oklahoma City, San Francisco), featured in a film by Robert Altman (The Company), heard in a PBS documentary soundtrack (Jim Thorpe, World's Greatest Athlete) and in two Spanish television series (La Frontera Herida, Sahel). The Kronos Quartet commissioned Doug to write several short pieces and Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks) and Dr. Elmo (Grandma--Reindeer) have recorded and released some of Doug’s songs on their albums. He’s performed with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, and many finger-style illuminaries including Stevie Coyle, Doug Young, and Vicki Genfan, he’s played (informally) with Maria Muldaur, and Jim Messina, recorded with Peter Rowan and Huey Lewis and opened for many stars including Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jesse Colin Young, Leo Kotke, David Lindley, Dottie West, The Chambers Brothers, Steppenwolf, Johnny Rivers and Johnny Lee. His 1973 degree in music is from the University of Texas at El Paso, with a major in guitar.
SALTY SUITES with special guests opening act THE LICATA BROTHERS.
Returning to the scene of the crime will be those merry makers of music and mirth, That's right The Salty Suites. This time they they bring with them riches... not from the orient or strange lands, but from the recording studio. That's right folks, the NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! Fresh off the presses, the Suites bring you their 3rd Recorded project, "We All Go Down Together". They will have plenty of these flat round discs for your listening pleasure. The Salty Suites are Scott Gates on Mandolin, The lovely Chelsea Williams on Guitar and the also stunningly rugged Chuck Hailes on Bass, all on vocals and high on energy, this band will leave you smiling and wanting more. Come have a coffee, a tasty snack and settle in for a night of great music. We will also have an amazing opening act to play for you and on top of all that, the best stage and sound in the whole Pasadena area! Come lend us your ears! Go home with the newest CD from your favorite band!
Before there was sixties rock, there was sixties folk and folk rock, and our opening act THE LICATA BROTHERS will rev you up for a half hour by dazzling you with Dylan, and enthusing with Everly's, Buddy Holly, and even more crisply executed surprises. This duo is a true Coffee Gallery discovery, and our most youthful one at that! Youthful charm and energy combined with some jaw dropping precocious virtuosity will keep you amazed and amused by this duo. And the boys just returned from a bold busking tour of the Deep South, and are ready to fire up these newly honed chops for you.
Sit tight and prepare to spend an evening blasting back to the past...the good ole days for so many of us.
Licata Brothers.... http://www.thelicatabrothers.com/ good photo
Salty Suites: www.saltysuites.com
||JANET KLEIN and her band....THE PARLOR BOYS....
The enchanting ukulele chanteuse JANET KLEIN and her band THE PARLOR BOYS
perform authentically inspired interpretations of early 20th Century Hot –Jazz, Tin Pan Alley and Vaudeville tunes. The captivating Ms Klein and her highly acclaimed,
girdle-bustin’ bunch of West Coast jazz Archeologists bring to life great forgotten
music in a fresh and irresistible way.
Janet and her band play regularly around Los Angeles and have recorded 7 CDs since 1998. Janet will be joined by Tom Marion, Corey Gemme, Marquis Howell and David Elsenbroich. They'll be celebrating the new limited edition release of their first vinyl single, produced in Japan by Moga Records. This will be a rare opportunity to catch it while you can. Just out and #1 on Amazon Japan! Janet and the boys tote plenty of musical variety and jazz age tales of bad behavior all mixed with a joyous time warp of sight and sound, music history and down home fun.
|| August 31
in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.
Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com
THE WOODSHED SESSIONS.....September 5 is the first of the returning series....
The Woodshed Sessions presents a new show each month with new songs in development from the band and their special guests, Southern California's finest singer/songwriters. The first fandango will feature... September 5: Merlin Snider
Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! A lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. Winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album for their debut CD "Blue Eyed Darlin,'" The Hilonesome Band is Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle, showcasing the songwriting of lead guitarist Carlson. The band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, and CalTech Folk Music Society among others. In 2011 their live album “Live at the Freight & Salvage” was released, this their first recording to include new fiddler Mark Indictor who joined the ensemble in 2010. Their most recent studio CD “White Swan” was released in March of 2013 to critical acclaim from No Depression, FolkWorks, Pop Matters, M Magazine for Musicians, Music News Nashville and FolkWords UK among others, and it has been charting in the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report's Combined Internet and Terrestrial Folk Chart since it's release in March of 2013.
Check out their two new music videos ~ "The Millionaire" http://youtu.be/K-dNdnoPx4I and "Harlan County Boys." http://youtu.be/Tm_GBpwmggM
From the Review of “White Swan” on No Depression:
“From skilled instrumentation bluegrass jams, Appalachian vocals, sweet high lonesome harmonies and old-time folk influences, White Swan sings with the richness of a tapestry of American music that weaves together each genre through song-craft, clear production and authentic performance in such a seamless way, it feels like we're hearing just one genre; great American music.”
"The best new band I've never heard of!" - Dan Crary
"…does something with a song that only great singers can do..." KCSN, Northridge, CA
"One of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today." KPFK's FolkScene
"Her singing is impressive at all ranges…" Bluegrass Unlimited
"The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony." Che Greenwood, KVMR, Nevada City, CA
"She held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"She can blow the roof off any joint lucky enough to book her." Entertainment Weekly
A Newgrass Americana Folk Fusion Quintet... Visit Our Website
Visit them on the web at www.susieglaze.com and www.youtube.com/susieglaze
Scotland’s Music, United.....REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER
Just returned from living in Scotland, and in the midst of recording their sophomore album together, duo performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Scotland's International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky will be performing captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle & bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into one heartfelt & rousing concert. BOB STANE says: “These two lovely people have so much personal charm, stage presence and multi-musical skill it just does not seem fair. With half as much going for them they would still be overflowing the stage with talent and entertainment.” They should have mercy on all the other acts.” “Grab up this show.” Encore here. Sensational last time.
David Brewer & Rebecca Lomnicky each have spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in the highlands of Scotland, and have forged their duo in the spirit of merging these two similar but very different worlds to create a new seamless sound which is both kinetic, and full of passion. In this concert, the duo will explore this classic repertoire with fiddle, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle.
Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovered Scottish fiddle music a few short years later, and in 2005 won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. Following that victory, she recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by "Dirty Linen" magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic." In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship - seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. Rebecca recently graduated with honors in music and anthropology from Cornell University, after studying at the University of Edinburgh.
David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, Australia, has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, accompanies Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today.
These two are merciless over achievers. Two musical energizer bunnies.....Give the rest of the world a break.
REBECCA LOMNICKY & DAVID BREWER...."Scotland's Music, United", "...fiddle, bagpipe, & more..."
||3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
||A wonderful of music. JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage
Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "
Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP.
It’s “Brunch in America” right here at the intimate Coffee Gallery with FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP. Come spend a lovely afternoon basking in the glorious days of 70’s pop, art rock and progressive rock that Supertramp helped define throughout the world. You’ll be whisked away to this magical time in music by the virtuoso talent of Fools Logic; Adam Smith, Ron Hougardy, Jeff Bryan, Dave Druxman, Patrick Martin and Tom Logic.
These talented musicians have innumerable credits to their names ranging from authoring original number one downloaded songs on MP3.com, writing and producing scores for film and television, working with world renowned artists like John Novello, performing as signed recording artists sharing bills with the likes of SugarRay, Smashmouth, Creadance Clearwater, INXS, Simple Minds, Poison, Ratt, ELO and Great White, to performing with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Kings and Solar Heat, and accompanying professional vocalist, performing with regional musical tributes including 80’s Invasion, The Long Run, Four Way Street, Heart of Gold, Tapestry and much more.
This accomplished group of passionate performers bring all their experience to bear in sharing the beautiful music Supertramp created, including; Dreamer, Bloody Well Right, Give A Little Bit, Breakfast In America, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song and Crime of the Century. Get ready to relax and enjoy another incredible show at The Coffee Gallery with Fools Logic; The Music of Supertramp.
It’s the logical thing to do!