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Below you see the future at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. 

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March 2015
Thursday
March 26 8:00 P.M. $20

JOHN YORK....Billy Darnell & Chad Watson, (The Jangle Brothers) formerly known asThe Byrds & Beyond.....

 

A former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John York has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad Watson, legendary bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists. At The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era.. and the best music this side of  Bob Dylan and the Band. Come join us for an evening of great artistry and entertainment.

Friday March 27 8:00 P.M. $18 SALTY SUITES with super special guest act, GENNA & JESSE. This is an outstanding show folks, grab it.

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

 

PLUS.....


GENNA & JESSE....are duo alchemy at its finest. Sweet and savory, raspy and smooth, together they create heartfelt, unique acoustic-soul music, featuring tight and soaring harmonies and energetic guitar and piano accompaniment. Whether they sing their own songs, or the well-chosen songs of their peers, audiences are along for the ride in an intimate, witty and inclusive show. The last time they played The Coffee Gallery Backstage the audience adored them so much they ran them out of CDs. The audience bought them all.

Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, "Wild Enough To Try.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible. www.gennaandjesse.com

Rave reviews for Genna & Jesse

“You will laugh, you will cry, you will connect, you will involuntarily dance in your chair... Genna and Jesse are mind-blowing, warm, passionate, energetic, engaging and uber talented craftsmen of songs..." -Brian McCloskey, Folk at Foul Rift
"It’s a rare thing to see this kind of band, this kind of singer, before they’re famous. If you get a chance to see Genna & Jesse, do so. They are remarkable." -Christopher Garlington, Chicago Editorial Columnist, Author, Humorist
★★★★★ Genna & Jesse's "Give and Take," NBT Music Radio’s best album of 2013!
"[Give and Take] is a very diverse record that offers something for everyone." -Strutter Magazine
"...The 9 self-penned songs on this sweet and soft record can certainly be regarded as beautiful results of [Genna & Jesse's] creative and spiritual collaboration.” -Rootstime Magazine

Saturday March 28 7:00 P.M. $20 Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk band

Listen to The Kin Folk:
http://fiddlelessonswithphilsalazar.com/?page_id=514

Phil Salazar – Fiddle champ, teacher of fiddle champs, recording and touring artist. Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, John McEuen, and many more.

BOB WEIR incorporated Phil Salazar, who never met a tune he couldn't instantly enhance. - D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent 2014
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In BOB WEIR'S 2nd set, Phil Salazar joined the ranks, who proved himself fluent in the delicate balancing act of soloing without overtly soloing and seizing the spotlight, and folding into the morphing ensemble grove and simmer. That elasticity factor was especially in play on the classic "Dark Star/The Other One". - Josef Wordard, Santa Barbara News Press 2014

Tom Corbett - A Southern California “A” List Picker. The funniest guy on stage. 2011 Kerville New Folk Songwriter Finalist and a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour and toured with John McEuen and Robin and Linda Williams and The Acousticats.

Mike Mullins – plays and records with “The Cache Valley Drifters; The HayDudes with Kenny Blackwell, and The Acousticats.

Bill Knopf – A Southern California “A” List Picker. He’s played with almost everybody and has taught the rest. “You know him, you love him”.

Charl Ann Gastineau – Phil’s twin fiddle partner since 1985, and
Rick Borella, a Santa Barbara staple for 40 years playing bass, both recorded and toured with The Acousticats.

These folks have been playing music together for 29 years (so you know, it’s got to be good)! They mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop and bluegrass, just to name a few. You’ll here vocals and harmony and LOL!
Sunday March 29 7:00 P.M. $20

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

A HUGE, INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & POP STAR. TIM WEISBERG IS A VERY BIG DEAL. Puts on a great show. Super gig.

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

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

Monday March 30 7:30 PM

$10.00 (at the door) Limited Seating.

$7.00 Pre-Sale Tickets available ON-LINE ONLY.

"Central Gardens" an evening of personal essays written and performed by storyteller, comedian and author - Ty Fance.

These stories will have you laughing in your seat, while gently tugging at your heart strings.

18 years and older.

Doors open: . Show starts 8:PM.

Tickets:

To purchase Pre-Sale Tickets click the link: www.bitly.com/centralgardens

Limited Seating.

Website: www.tyfance.com

My book entitled: "Off My Head and Over the Fence"

Amazon.com: http://bit.ly/offmyhead

iTunes.com: http://bit.ly/iTunesOffMyHead

Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/OffMyHead

April 2015
Friday April 3 8:00 P.M. $20 THE JAMES LEE STANLEY TRIO...
Bob Stane is proud to present the James Lee Stanley Trio - featuring Chad Watson and Scott Breadman.

They will be performing two sets of songs from James Lee's vast catalog of  27 CD's, and concentrating on the brand new solo CD, The Apocaloptimist; a CD so well received by reviewers that James Lee was interviewed by no less than the Huffington Post. (see reviews below).

James Lee is long known for his remarkable voice, guitar orchestrations, insightful songs and outrageous repartee and he will be bringing them in force.

But there is a new twist to the evening in that James Lee is being joined by two world class musician's. To wit: Chad Watson (bass for Delaney Bramlett, Janis Ian, David Arkenstone) and Scott Breadman (percussion for Lindsay Buckingham, Jose Feliciano, the Rippingtons).

The addition of  these two musicians guarantee an evening of musical adventure. This is a not to be missed event.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/the-apocaloptimist-chatti_b_6294870.html

hear the latest solo cd: http://jamesleestanley.com/product/apocaloptimist/

www.myspace.com/jamesleestanley

SATURDAY April  4 7:OO P.M. $20 NEW WEST....Founded in 1995

This dynamic trio from California is all about NEW Western music. Performing songs that pay tribute to the men and women of the American West, the band features award winning songwriter, Mike Fleming, renowned lead guitarist, Raul Reynoso, and the incredibly talented Dave Jackson on bass. Winner of three best song awards from the Academy of Western Artists and The Western Music Association and the Will Rogers Award for Best Western Group, New West has toured the Midwest in as part of the Arts Midwest and APAP touring programs. They’ve been a featured act at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, The Strawberry Music Festival in Northern California and recently completed a 4 week tour of Arizona.
Over the last 18 years New West has always held true to their belief that in the end…it’s all about the music.

Sunday Matinee Show. April 5 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. $15 GREGO MUSICAL PUPPETS..adults & kids, everyone wins....a time to laugh and appreciate music together. These are the times of our puppet’s lives.

From Japan with love.... http://www.gregoland.com

Antique music and multi-instrumentalism morph with puppet creations in this hybrid folk-art cabaret. The instruments, music, and puppets are all either traditional, or original creations rooted in folk tradition. Several historical forms of one-man-band enliven tunes from the thirteenth century to the present on instruments ranging from elegant to fanciful to downright silly. Those include psaltery, bones, stumpfiddle, a couple of rather quirky flutes, and more.


Instruments become puppets, or are played by them. Puppets dance and perform to the accompaniment of music played live, in real time, by the solo performer.
Kids love the snappy tunes and funny visuals. Adults appreciate the technique, originality, and cultural depth. Everybody wins.


Grego, raised in Socal, and long-time greater Bay Area resident, settled in Japan 15 years ago after spending 12 years street-performing his way through Europe and Asia. As the show now mostly plays international stages, this appearance offers a rare local chance to enjoy these mutant puppet-musical inventions.

 

SUNDAY APRIL 5 3:00 P.M. $15 each or $20 per couple Joe Fontenot and his Old Style Cajun Creole Band

Step into a musical time machine and be transported to 1940's woods and farmland of southwest Louisiana on Sunday April 5, 2015 at 3 pm, when Louisiana native Joe Fontenot and his Old Style Cajun Creole Band play at Altadena's Coffee Gallery Backstage-providing a rare opportunity to hear authentic, traditional Cajun Creole French songs the way they were played more than 50 years ago.


Mr. Joe” is the “real deal.” Growing up deep in the woods and prairies of  Evangeline Parish in the long forgotten settlement of  John Reed, Fontenot grew up speaking only French. Giggling under the quilts that kept them warm, Joe and his six brothers and sisters rode to the local dances (or LaLa's, as they were called) in the back of the family mule-drawn wagon. The buildings of John Reed are no more. Mr. Joe is one of the last to remember that place and time, and is the last of his generation playing his music anywhere in California. “I don't even know if there are any more left like me,” Fontenot says. “They're all gone now.”


Singing in Cajun Creole French, Mr. Joe plays the ballads, two-steps and waltzes of his childhood on his handmade wooden Cajun accordions. Accompanied by his grandson Jonathon Fontenot on rubboard, New Orleans native Guy Martin on fiddle, and the rest of the band, Mr. Joe brings the nostalgia of “Old Style” Cajun music to southern California. Driven by his passion for keeping the tradition of his music alive, Fontenot plays the songs of the musicians who inspired him to pick up his first accordion at age 51: Joe Simien, Danny Poullard and Wilfred Latour.


As he explains to the audience what the Cajun French lyrics are saying, Mr. Joe brings the history and nostalgia of his French Creole people alive in his songs. They are songs of love lost, love found, and vignettes of life back in the day. Some songs are happy. Some are sad. Either way, this music will make your heart sing, put a smile on your face, and make you want to take a turn around the dance floor.


Bring your Mamma, Daddy, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, your lover and your friends. Heck, bring the kids too, cuz' that's what this is all about: family, friends, and the traditional warmth and hospitality of the French Creole people of southwest Louisiana.

Sunday April 5 7:00 P.M. $10

THE NEW ASH GROVE PLAYERS perform authentic American roots music - folk, country, blues and bluegrass that will uplift your spirit. For this performance they will be playing songs from the historic Bristol Sessions, the first recordings of country music in 1927.

 

Taking inspiration from the many historic "roots" musicians that passed through the doors of the famed Ash Grove Music Club on Melrose Blvd. in Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60's, these 6 talented and seasoned musicians and singers play a variety of instruments and take great traditional songs and give them new life.

 

Featured are vocalists SS Jones (also banjo and guitar), Steve Moos (also mandolin), Claudia Lennear, and Eric Ahlberg (also on bass). David Fertig on harmonicas, and Jeff Landau on guitars, round out the band.

Wednesday April 8 8:00 P.M. $15 RICHARD SMITH ..other guitarists take lessons from him...A musician who is a are hero to other players.

Richard Smith cuts loose with barn burners From Bach to Beatles and barn-burners to ballads.

Richard will be playing a virtuoso solo show that will include music by Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, originals, swing, comedy songs, the Blues, classics, Scott Joplin, fiddle tunes and more.. A top, top, top pickers..

RICHARD SMITH Born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.
Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet’s own arrangements – perfectly. By the time Richard reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their “Hero”.


It's no surprise, that the hymns of praise subsequently never faded. Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, with his brothers Rob and Sam as the Richard Smith Guitar Trio and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favourite duet partners. In 2001, Richard became the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at Winfield. He has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists including Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jorgenson of  Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame.

Thursday April 9 8:00 P.M. $25

BARRY McGUIRE, “Trippin’ The 60’s,” with JOHN YORK....

 

Barry McGuire stepped into the public eye in 1963 on the Andy Williams Show as the gravelly voiced lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He launched his musical career with the million-sellers "Green, Green" and "Green Back Dollar."

In 1965, at the heart of the peace movement, McGuire went solo. His growing awareness of social hypocrisy was expressed in his third hit "Eve of Destruction" which echoed around the world as an anthem of the times.

Three years later, Barry was cast as the male lead in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair." Once again his voice was heard proclaiming the ideals of a radical generation. Dick Clark says, “When world events collide with “Rock&Roll” you get Barry McGuire”.  Currently working with Barry McGuire in "Trippin' The Sixties," John York is best known for his work as a member of the world-renowned Folk Rock/Country Rock group, the Byrds. His vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Nicky Hopkins, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet,) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel (The Band)……and many others. The TV show “The Place Where I Am Dreaming” featured John’s artistic collaboration with his wife, artist Sumi Foley. Recently, John has composed and recorded music for the lyrics of Kim Fowley on "West Coast Revelation." The duet "Redneck Ninja" highlights John's creative partnership with acclaimed songwriter Patrick Brayer. In 2007, John played concerts in Japan for the third time.

Friday April 10 8:00 P.M. $25

One Night Only @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage


JAZZ GRACE KELLY….

 

GRACE KELLY and her trio. This is an experience where your soul leaves your body and floats around the room. But it returns. We guarantee it.

GRACE KELLY…. saxophone, vocals, compositions… from Birdland in New York to Carnegie Hall. A SUPER STAR AND A LEGEND. One Night Only @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage features the spectacular magic of Grace Kelly who was “the” featured artist at the recent 10th Anniversary of The Producers Guild Of America in Hollywood. She followed that with a special appearance with her band at The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. She's performed and/or recorded with everyone from Harry Connick Jr, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller to name a few. Read the copy. She is worth 3 times the $25 charged at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Last times here she got standing ovations. This is a jazz super star. You will love her. Well proven at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Playboy Jazz Festival, Birdland, Carnegie Hall and then multiple appearances at The Coffee Gallery Backstage....sounds right to me says Bob Stane. Really, now how does she do it?


GRACE KELLY…saxophone, vocals, compositions… from Birdland in New York to Carnegie Hall. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Hall in Boston as well as a leader in over 700 jazz clubs and festivals worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux festival and on and on. Of course, this is her fourth time at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A logical progression of dates. (How did this happen thrice?) Bob Stane says, "I have just whispered in your ear. Absolute money back guarantee. You will be on your feet cheering.www.coffeegallery.com see her photo and write up

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

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, along with bass man Bob Packham, 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

Sunday April 12 3:00 P.M.MATINEE $15

HUROK ENSEMBLE....


HÚROK (strings in Hungarian) is a folk group of  mostly non-Hungarians specializing in music from Transylvania and the Hungarian basin. We have been together for 3 years. We typically play for various Hungarian and folk events- much of our music is played for dancing. The music we play can be downright haunting, typically starting slow and speeding up to a breakneck pace. . Our instruments consist of a violin, a contra( 3-string modified viola), a cymbalom (sort of a hammered dulcimer) and a 3-string bass. Guest artists will include vocals and a teker? (Hurdy-gurdy). As far as we know, we are the only group that plays this type of music in California.

 

WEB PAGE....:https://www.facebook.com/pages/H%C3%BArok-Transylvanian-Band/244338162242920?ref=bookmarks

Sunday April 12 7:00 P.M. $20

 

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

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

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

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


Trio Dinicu is based in Los Angeles. triodinicu.com

THURSDAY APRIL 16 8:00 P.M. $15

TIM & MYLES THOMPSON......

 

are a father/son duo playing an accousitic and virtuostic burst of rock, fusion jazz, gypsy jazz, traditional folk, and Nashville singer-songwriter. Their one-of-a-kind performance has won them a spot in the upcoming 2015 Sisters Folks Festival and their recent appearances include legendary stops such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, and the Chet Atkins Festival. As a twice-over International Fingerpicking Guitar champion, Tim has polished his craft to a fine luster with some of the most skillful and and near magical playing you could hope to hear, while Myles on the fiddle and mandolin brings a both mature but fresh, youthful sound that is inspiring folk fans accross the country with hopes for accoustic music's future. Together, Tim & Miles bring an iconic sound with upbeat, fresh arrangements, lyrics and performing. It's unforgettable show evey time - you won't want to miss it!


The unique relationship of a father and son cannot be argued nor explained, but when the relationship includes musical passion, virtuosity and showmanship – magic happens! Tim and Myles Thompson have been inspiring audiences throughout the country.
Tim is a session player, singer/songwriter and a twice-won International Fingerstyle Champion. Music has always filled the Thompson home; unknowingly it inspired Myles to pick up the violin at the tender age of five! By the age of twelve he was studying music theory and improvising with skill beyond his years – it was clear that music would be his life. Today at the ripe old age of twenty Myles is also a prolific singer/songwriter and mandolin player. If you ask his dad or an audience member, they will tell you that Myles fancies himself as quite the comedian, most often at his dad’s expense. Tim Thompson has appeared with such artists as Tommy Emmanuel, Crystal Gayle, and Hwy 101. He has recorded eleven CDs and two DVDs. He has been featured in the following magazines, Taylor Guitar’s Wood and Steel, Just Jazz Guitar and Fingerstyle Guitar which said, “Tim Thompson is a Nashville based finger-stylist that burns!”
http://www.timandmylesthompson.com

Friday April 17 8:00 P.M. $18

Bob Stane says: A huge hit last time here. A real discovery and a musical delight. You will be standing
and calling for an encore and then another encore.
An absolute, money back guaranteed smash. Come smash with us.

HONEY WHISKEY TRIO

 

....2013 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their full harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences, earning them such honors as the Audience Favorite awards at both the Regional and National Harmony Sweepstakes.


These storytellers in song found their roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to fit each song, be it bluegrass, folk or even the occasional Andrews Sisters style tune.


Visit www.honeywhiskeytrio.com to learn more about the trio--Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss & Christina Wilson--and listen to some of their arrangements.

Saturday April 18 7:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS

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

Always sells out so hurry

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


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


The band will feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds – panache whistling, banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme – cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz – Vibraphone & bells and Marquis Howell – Charm & Stand Up Bass.

Today Janet is the most refreshing anachronism to ever materialize from the ether of the Prohibition. Klein is a channel to a definitive time in American music when bob hairdos were the rage and batting-eyes meant you had a live one on your hands.


Thing is, LA-based Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys are not nostalgic shtick. She doesn’t merely perform songs from “lost America”—obscure numbers circa 1900s-1930s such as barrelhouse jazz, foxtrots, chansonettes, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime ditties and vaudeville from the Great Depression—she actually lives them, and transports her audiences along the way. Janet considers herself an “archeologist” for digging up buried treasures by the likes of Wilton Crawley and A.P. Randolf, Robert Cloud, Ruth Etting, Lil Armstrong, Mae West, Annette Hanshaw, Fannie Brice, Josephine Baker and so forth.

 

janetklein.com

Sunday April 19 7:00 P.M. $15

DOWN HOME TIME...with opener AMY ANDREWS.


DOWN HOME TIME denizens.....BC Cameron, Dennis C. “Tennessee” Brown and Simeon Pillich have fun doing what they do, which is play music, sing and entertain. With years of experience among them, they bring an assortment of musical genres to the stage and enjoy every minute of it. They hope that you will too. With guitars, mandolin, bass and a few instrumental surprises, they create an eclectic atmosphere that can be relaxing, touching, rowdy, nostalgic or whimsical. 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 and you have the makin’s of a real good “Down Home Time.”

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 is thrilled to be back into music and also works as the Site Rep for filming at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, rides her horses and loves her dogs. She's a country girl at heart.

DENNIS C. "Tennessee" 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 12th season on Two and a Half Men and 5th on Mike and Molly.

SIMEON PILLICH, a New York City native, 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.

WITH SPECIAL GUEST .....

AMY ANDREWS....Crazy talented, charming, and award-winning vocalist most often compared to Sinatra, Ella, and Norah Jones, although a drunk flight attendant recently yelled out to Amy, mid-song: "female Elvis!"

In the last year, Amy has gone solo, received national (US) press, chatted with the good folks of  National Public Radio, and completed an international tour, sharing stages and opening for artists from Gregory Alan Isakov, Mary Gauthier, Rose Cousins, Stu Larsen, Joseph Arthur, Glen Phillips, of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Levi Lowrey and Clay Cook (of Zac Brown Band and John Mayer), Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more.

Known for brilliant performances, stunning vocals, and unassuming wit, charm, and candor on stage, Amy Andrews is an award-winning, tree-hugging, ever-traveling, modern day torch-singer and songwriter, you need to hear live.

For more information on Amy and her music, check out her website:

www.AmyAndrewsMusic.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gieSKVQ83Xw

Wednesday April 22 8 PM $20 WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS with
THE SAGUARO SISTERS and many, many others.

Now that you’ve recuperated from all the cowboy fun you had in Santa Clarita, it’s time for . . .
The SECOND ANNUAL ALTADENA COWBOY Music & Poetry FESTIVAL!

Bigger & Better than Ever!
In beautiful Altadena – the land of Zane Grey – and in the historic Coffee Gallery BACKSTAGE site – built when William S. Hart and Bronco Billy roamed the territory. ONE NIGHT ONLY! All Ages! What a Line-Up! In Person . . .

PHIL PROCTOR “The Official Cowboy Poet of the Firesign Theater”

MELINDA PETERSON “International Cowgirl Poet”


THE SAGUARO SISTERS
“Songbirds of the Golden West”


WESTY WESTENHOFER
“The Ace of Bass”


KATY CAVERA
“Princess of the West”


JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS “Potentate of the Plectrum”


WILL RYAN “King of the Radio Cowboys”


NATHALIE ALICE
“Queen of the Parisian Cowgirls”


And all the way from Cactus County, California, “The Band that Won the West” . . . WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS!

“You will be flabbergasted, literally flabbergasted!”

Saturday April 25 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!

Sunday April 26 7:00 P.M. $18

JIM “KIMO” WEST.... Slack Key Hawaiian Guitar.


Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist, Jim “Kimo” West returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage with special guests Adam Werner on guitar, Marina V. and Diana Tanaka on vocals. Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world?s most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Their recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” recently debuted at #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy ( and Al has been known to make surprise guest appearances at Kimo’s shows)

Recognized as one of the world’s top Hawaiian “slack key” guitarists, KImo brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. The “nahenahe” or gentle sound of ki ho’alu as it is known in Hawaii is heard throughout the recent Oscar-nominated film, “The Descendants”. His use of multiple tunings , including many of his own invention and his fluid technique, give Kimo a unique and identifiable sound and his playing literally transports the listener to the islands of Hawaii, a place of great natural beauty where people remain highly connected to the “aina” or land.
He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasure Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu.
Kimo performs at the slack key guitar festivals in Hawaii and most recently as a featured performer at the Southern California Slack Key Festival. His playing has been featured in a number of films, TV spots, the Disney Channel and NPR.
Also featured will be traditional hula, a storytelling art form that dates back many centuries in Hawaiian culture.

Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. The “nahenahe”sound of “ki ho’alu” as it is known in Hawaii is heard throughout the recent Oscar- nominated film, “The Descendants”.
Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic contributing his talents to many Grammy-winning CD’s, tours as well as performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR and many others.


He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano ( the Hawaiian “Grammy” ) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu.  “West's knowledge of slack-key guitar is vividly expressed in both his keen performances of covers as well as his own dynamite songwriting. .... “Maui Skies," a West original, is as evocative as its title promises; the liquid flow of  West's guitar achieves that perfect balance of caressing the ears while awakening the mind to pictures of blankets of clouds hovering over a bed of blue ocean.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ 12/2011
“His mastery of slack-key guitar, as prominently displayed on this record, is not just fueled by technical precision but also depth of emotion. For example, "Maui Skies" is poetry set to music; it is bursting alive with the constant evolution and vibrant colors of nature, its soothing textures caressing the heart and lighting fire to the soul.” JAZZ CORNER 2/2012

"Jim Kimo West’s new recording continues his Slack Key explorations in his unique and beautiful style, and in various tunings, including two of his own invention, further accentuating his own sound" -- GEORGE WINSTON pianist/ guitarist.

Jim West Guitarist and Composer www.jimkimowest.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/jimkimowest

Monday April 27 8:00 P.M. $18 INTUITIVE COMPASS and HOT DAMN SCANDAL...tear it up like a musical barroom brawl. But in a family way. It will be good.
Just read about them and keep the faith. You will be wide awake during the whole show.

INTUITIVE COMPASS...
Jason O’Dea ~ Aurelia Cohen ~ Theo Cohen-O’Dea Original Vaudevillian Folk.
Hailing from the mountains of  Southern Oregon, Intuitive Compass is a family folk band unlike any other. Jason and Aurelia’s accordion-guitar duets are enhanced by a small foot operated drum kit. Drawing from a rich personal history of travel their original songs send the listener back to an earlier time, invoking the music halls of yesteryear. The duo often becomes a trio as their son Theo joins them onstage playing his tiny banjo and stomping his feet in time to the music.


"...you might feel like you’ve been sent back to the early 20th century...." - Boulder Weekly
“Jason O’dea and Aurelia Cohen are the essence of the nomadic soul.” - VolumeOne.org
“...they will blow your mind! Something old and something new...” - Examiner.com

 

Website: www.intuitive-compass.com

 

 

 

 

 

HOT DAMN SCANDAL...

plays 'Tipsy American Gypsy Blues' – a mix of outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, ragtime sea-shanties, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and the occasional tender love song. If  Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, and Mississippi John Hurt had met in a New Orleans carnival, stayed up all night under a bridge writing songs, and decided to form a band, the results might sound something like Hot Damn Scandal.
Review:
“Hot Damn Scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” - Scott Casey, What's Up Magazine

Featured performances:
Subdued Stringband Jamboree, Bellingham, WA 2012, 2013, 2014 (headlining in 2013 and 2014, to a crowd of over 1000)
Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA 2012, 2013, 2014
Juan De Fuca Festival, Port Angeles, WA 2014
Sh'Bang Festival, Alger, WA, 2012, 2013, 2014 (headlining 2013 & 2014)
Inflammable Circus, Bellingham, WA, 2014 - featured band to which all circus performances were choreographed.
New Old Time Chataqua, Bellingham, WA 2013

May 2015
Sunday May 3 3pm $15

STORY CHICKS...the storytelling duo of CE Jordan and Terri MartinLujan, present another chapter in the saga of girls at serious play in rural 1950’s and 60’s America. Their newest show, ‘Natural Disasters: An Ode to Boo-Boos’ will debut at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

This rollicking new show is a collection of true tales about the trouble we get into, the aches and pains we suffer, simply by being a kid. It is an affectionate look at neighbors, siblings, cousins, Blue Birds, and the numerous scrapes, bruises and busted heads we all get when we play for keeps. These gals find humor and tenderness is almost any kid’s tale, and they stage their epics in ways to delight the eye and tug at the heartstrings (with a wince or two here and there).

Both CE (from California) and Terri (from Texas) have backgrounds in dance, theatre, design, writing and teaching. Their collective energy and talent bring audiences back for more of their new and amazing true tales. Other full-length Story Chicks productions are ‘A Tale of Two Cowgirls: Texas to California’ and ‘Food For Thought: a delectable journey down memory lane’. And with ‘Natural Disasters’ it wasn’t just TV moms that did housework in their heels and full skirts. Anyone would

remember riding your bike or kicking the heck out of a kick ball while skidding on

asphalt…in a petticoat-stuffed dress and hard-soled shoes!? Get ready for the folly of

fads fifties style and other harrowing tales!! www.widget410.wix.com/story-chicks

Saturday May 9 7:00 P.M. $20 THE BURGANS & CHAN....

Fifty years ago, the San Gabriel Valley folk group recently renamed WE FIVE went into the Kingston Trio's new studio in San Francisco to record several tracks for their first album. One of the songs, YOU WERE ON MY MIND, became the title track and went to the top of the charts across the country finishing 1965 at #4 on the Billboard top 100 -- between "Satisfaction" and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."

Jerry was a co-founder of  We Five, and more recently, author of "Wounds to Bind- A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution" about the remarkable ride they took as the song became an icon of that musical era. Along with We Five alums, Debbie Burgan and Tholow Chan, they will be bringing their Songs & Stories show to the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Saturday, May 9. It is totally engaging and entertaining experience that takes the audience back to those days of the classic folk era with some memorable tunes that trigger an immediate sing along response, blended perfectly with some new or little known gems that leave everyone wanting more. Nobody does it better. Don't miss it.

JERRY BURGAN..look over his web page. GO TO: http://www.jerryburgan.com./
Jerry Burgan is a musician, singer, songwriter, folk historian, and author best known as a founding member of We Five, the Grammy-nominated 60’s folk-rock group.

 

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