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Below you see the future at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. 

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Wednesday October 22 8:00 P.M. $15

"Skillful songwriting...that somehow blends flamenco, bluegrass and counry...Don't ask me how...Just go hear them!"  Herb Pedersen


Jordan Sollitto & Jose Prieto - “Los Dos”


bring a totally unique mix of genres back to the Coffee Gallery for one evening only.  Classically trained in his native Madrid, Prieto has composed and produced for television as well as performing with Grammy-winner Jon Secada, Chayanne and others.  Sollitto has performed his original country and folk repertoire alongside The Desert Rose Band's Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson.  Don't miss this remarkable evening of song and stories.

Thursday October 23 8:00 P.M. $15

The Plunk & Phunk Orchestra

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.



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.

Wide Open (Aireene & The Rarities CD release at the Freight & Salvage, 8/24/14) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLg0laWQseU

“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


Friday October 24 8:00 P.M. $20


“Question: when is an acoustic guitar not an acoustic guitar?
Answer: when it’s in the hands of New York visionary Preston Reed.” Total Guitar
Percussive fingerstyle master Preston Reed, who inspired such latter day flattop heroes as Andy McKee and Kaki King, comes to the Coffee Gallery as part of his U.S.A. tour, with a mind blowing new album!

Using the two-handed integrated percussive acoustic technique he pioneered in the 1980’s, Reed fuses chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs and polyrhythmic percussion that integrate the breathtaking potential of the guitar body. Preston Reed doesn’t need a band. He is the band.

Twenty-seven years after his idiosyncratic style was born, Reed’s seismic global impact has created a sea of guitarists playing in his style. Today at the height of his game, Reed's recordings and live performances still define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago.

The decades since, have seen Reed touring globally. In 2012, the guitarist was an irresistible force, spellbinding the UK and Europe on the 50-date Guitar Masters Tour alongside Andy McKee. He sold out – twice – in Singapore, charmed Irish audiences, and dropped jaws in countries as far-flung as Croatia. That year, as a popular draw on the corporate circuit, Reed’s unique skills saw him requested by global brands including Nike USA, Revolution Growth and the Dubai-based GAC Corporation – while a set at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh has since clocked over a million views. 2013 saw him perform in China, Mexico, South Africa, France, the UK, and Poland.

Preston's live shows are full of contrasts, by turns explosive and sweetly lyrical. He riffs with the conviction and guts of a rock band, yet plays with the subtlety of the most delicate of jazz pianists. There are no fancy gadgets or gimmicky FX - just 6 strings (or occasionally 12), two hands and a daring and innovative musical imagination that crosses all boundaries.

With a career spanning over four decades this trailblazer still tours and records with a passion that flows into the hearts, heads and feet of his audience, don’t miss him!

“… widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar
“Spectacular… the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen… A terrific performer” The Irish Independent
“In a class of his own” London Evening Standard
“a major musical talent” Manchester Evening News

Saturday October 25 7:00 P.M. $20



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

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

Sunday October 26 Matinee. Show @ 3:00 P.M. $15


Songwriter and multi instrumentalist Roy Schneider shares his tasty and beguiling stew of blues, country, folk, and Americana at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, putting in more than 30,000 miles on the road annually. His wife and musical partner, Kim Mayfield, drives. Roy has received accolades from several national festivals and competitions including the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Acoustic Blues,) Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, and the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk competition. Notable past performances include the MAD fest in Yorkshire, England, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, and contestant on NBC's "The Voice."

Schneider has performed on stage with Gove Scrivenor, Buddy Mondlock, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt,) John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Tom Paxton. Roy's current CD, "Walls That Talk," was fan funded and debuted at #3 on the Folk DJ chart.





live show review London 2010

"Roy is a multi-instrumentalist, one of those horrible people who seemingly can play anything they pick up and play it beautifully... Festival promoters, take note. He is a solid performer waiting to fill a spot for you. Five stars!"
~Tom Paxton

"A heavy dose of ramblin’ Americana, complete with believable folk delivery and splattered with old-timey charm, Roy Schneider’s music is rooted in a way that ties him to the outlaw singers of the past — the part where there is no latching onto someone else’s bootstraps, just playing what you believe, that is."
- Scott Recker

"...like the best Americana should be, a compelling mix of narrative and instrumental beauty."
Get Ready to Rock

Roy Schneider fits in the same bag as such classic 'country' singer-songwriters as Guy Clark, John Prine, Steve Goodman and Townes Van Zandt. Well worth seeking out.”
-Alan Cackett, Maverick Magazine, November-December 2013

"Roy Schneider has presence. It's impossible to dismiss him when watching him onstage. His music makes a powerful impact on the listener."
Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression

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

THE DUO TONES....plus and surprises in Surf Guitar.

Surf guitar legend Paul Johnson is well-known at the Coffee Gallery Backstage for his many appearances here as one-half of the Duo-tones, the popular two-guitar unit that specializes in surf-style rock instrumentals (a la “Pipeline,” “Apache,” “Baja,” etc.) Lately, Paul has been busy assembling a new four-piece band dedicated to the same genre of music, and he has chosen to stage the DEBUT PERFORMANCE of his new band (Paul Johnson and Friends) here at the CGB. If you are a fan of the Duo-tones, or if you just love good music, be sure to reserve your seat now to be a part of this historic occasion...

"Paul Johnson is widely acknowledged as second only in importance to Dick Dale as a 'founding father' of surf music in the early '60s."
—Nervous Records Shop, www.nervous.co.uk
"… one of the recognized founders of surf music’s colorful heritage… Paul began developing what was to become surf music as early as 1959."
“The Belairs were the original surf crucible... there at the birth of surf. Paul Johnson defined (surf music’s) well crafted and balanced two-guitar structure, and wrote some of the most enduring instro tunes...”
—Phil Dirt, reverbcentral.com
"Johnson's distinctive style became known as the "South Bay sound," spawning and inspiring many other bands including The Beach Boys."
"Had Paul Johnson’s career ended after the Belairs’ 1961 recording of ‘Mr. Moto,’ his importance in the history of rock and roll instrumental music would be insured; with his latest musical chapter he stands as possibly the most important figure in this select but vital genre..."
—Dan Forte, assoc. editor, Guitar Player magazine
“...Paul Johnson, more than any other artist, has succeeded in bringing surf music into the present without sacrificing its past.”
—Vintage Guitar magazine
"(Paul) continues to push the envelope of rock instrumental more successfully than any other artist."
—Cosmic Debris
"Johnson’s compositions embody the prime ingredients that distinguish instrumental surf music—short, tight songs with active rhythm that underpins the bold, slightly distorted guitar tone which is the music’s focal point... (Johnson’s) experiments are worth keeping an eye on."
—C.P. Smith, OC Register
"...a remarkably articulate player. His music covers a wide spectrum of popular music categories, including blues, country, rock and surf, which he plays with great technical ability... in his genre, he has to be one of the best I’ve heard."
—Mike Varney, "Spotlight" editor, Guitar Player magazine
"...a truly unique and authentic musical talent... his sound is as recognizably his own as that of Knoefler or Clapton. (Johnson’s) easy control, bright inflections, and flowing compositions make for uplifting listening..."
—Brian Quincy Newcomb, CCM magazine
"Paul Johnson has become somewhat of a guru to the surf revival cult centered around bands such as the Mermen, Los Straitjackets, and Laika & the Cosmonauts."
—Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar magazine
"Paul Johnson is, according to many critics... quite simply the greatest surf guitarist alive."
—Toe’s Tavern (Redondo Beach surfer’s bar)

Paul has hand-picked some of the top players from within the surf-instro genre to work with him at this endeavor of love: accompanying him on the CBG stage for their first public performance will be:   Ron Eglit (guitar and bass) — bassist for Dick Dale for 20 years; then more recently, guitarist for the Surfaris (“Wipe Out”) for another decade.

Matt Quilter (guitar and bass) — veteran guitarist for the past twenty years with the innovative instro band the Reventlos.

Duff Paulson (drums) — veteran drummer for the past twenty years with the classic traditional-style instro band the Torquays.

As Ron & Matt are both adept at playing both the guitar and the bass, the plan here is to have them trade off  between the two instruments, thus lending greater variety to guitar sounds within the band. The group’s repertoire will include all the surf and rock-instrumental classics, as well as Paul’s own lengthy catalog of original tunes. The goal for Paul Johnson & Friends is to move the genre forward with new ideas for the music, while remaining faithful to the original style that defines the surf-instrumental genre (that style which, after all, Paul had helped to define in the first place!)

Tuesday October 28 8:00 P.M. $15 NEW COUNTRY REHAB is a four-man band which takes inspiration from old country songs and folk ballads -then spin them into modern, roots-rock, Americana. For a band with a double bassist, a rock-n-roll telecaster wheeler, a fiddle-playing singer, and a drummer who plays saw-blades and goat hooves, New Country Rehab uses much skill, dynamics and thought provoking song-writing to achieve their amazingly cohesive sound. They play loud, they play low, they play fast, they play slow... and all of it with passion for the songs, commitment to the groove, and love for performance. All the while they keep the fun in their performance.

They cut through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab’s powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy.

Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman joined by Charles James on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tomé on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is ”poised to be the next big thing in Canadian music”  Tom Power, CBC Radio. Growing audiences in the U.S. And Europe are responding to New Country Rehab’s infectious love and enthusiasm for the music they are playing. The band make it, ”super accessible, not only to fans of roots/folk/country, but even to the broader, less country inclined audience” (Josef Jensen, Indie Artist Podcast).

This artistic vision and original writing has earned the respect of critics, ”a debut that demonstrates class” (Rootstime.be) and welcome receptions of audiences, ”…even with the deep pool of technical talent here, the focus is on maintaining a mood over all else”(torontoist.com). Maverick magazine’s Russell Hill describes the band’s sound as ”Successfully merging the old and new in a rambunctious way”and describes the band as having”their feet planted firmly on the ground, this Canadian band has the right intentions and there is to be no stopping them.”

Thursday October 30 8 PM $20


Back with another amazing evening. Absolutely catch this act. A Bluegrass band like no other, THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of John Marshall, Evan Marshall, Duane Michaels and Michelle Lynskey. Evan Marshall is one of the preeminent mandolinists in the world. Renowned for his stunning duo-style playing, he is a true virtuoso, and his jaw-dropping rendition of The William Tell Overture as a solo piece is legendary to mandolin enthusiasts worldwide. John Marshall, also a virtuoso of his craft, has wowed audiences for more than 25 years with his unique and incomparable melodic / rhythmic slap bass style. Duane Michaels, known for his dynamic and masterful solos, is widely considered to be on of Bluegrass’ most authentic and innovative fiddle players. Rounding out the MMB line-up is bassist / vocalist, Michelle Lynskey, who has been a featured performer on film and television soundtracks for more than 20 years, and was also a world championship Irish Dancer.

Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at prestigious venues such as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band.

This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.
The Miskey Mountain Boys are proud to announce the release of their debut cd, MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST

From the very first resonant bowed bass opening of the title track, to the fast and furious final notes of the cd, MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST takes listeners on a musical journey they’ll never forget. From classical bluegrass to classical music, from the sounds of swing to blues and jazz, each track carries the distinct signature that only this band can deliver. Their unique arrangements and infectious energy “Miskify” each tune, providing that innovative and creative flavor that leaves the listener happily satisfied.

MISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST is sure to delight current fans as well as inspire a new following of folks who will love the creativity and musicianship of The Miskey Mountain Boys.

Saturday November 1 3:00 P.M. $!5 AOLANI: SONGS FROM HER HAWAIIAN SOUL

AOLANI is an exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter and entertainer whose music begins with the traditional sounds of Hawaii but then journeys through contemporary ballads, country, jazz and vocal pop. Her style of performance is engaging, warm, inviting. Her shows brings the essence of the islands to you with bright lyrics, rich vocals and beautiful melodies.

Growing up in a rich culture of music including country, pop and jazz of the mainlands, her forte is bright, melodic and lyrical original songs that offer her unique experience as a native of Hawaii. From her family and her culture she has created a rich musical landscape that captures the ordinary magic of islands like Maui, where she feels the most at home. For many years now she has honed a band of musicians who offer jazz textures, rhythmic Hawaiian instrumentation that entertains as well as soothes with a feeling of the paradise found only on the Hawaiian islands. The band covers multi genres including country, blues and jazz based around Aolani's original songwriting. She will be appearing to promote the release of her new album, Funny Love produced by bass player, Mauro. Come see this show and Aolani will bring the islands to you through music and entertainment.


Also on board will be JIM "KIMO" WEST....champion of the slack key guitar and regular headliner at The Coffee Gallery Backstage


Saturday November 1 7:00 P.M. $20














AT THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE on the evening of  Saturday. Nov 1 @ 8 PM.

Toulouse Engelhardt, often called the “Segovia of Surf”, returns to the Coffee Gallery Back Stage in June. He is an award winning fingerstyle guitar “Monster”, who was the last member of the legendary “Takoma 7,” an elite group of fingerstyle guitar innovators that recorded for John Fahey’s Takoma Records from 1959-1976. John Fahey and Leo Kottke were his labelmates!

Opening the show will be John York, singer-songwriter and former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The “Byrds”. John York is currently touring with Barry McGuire, and has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Gene Clark, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins.

Toulouse says; “Both John and I are really stoked about these performances. I am always honored to work with him. I have been a huge fan of his work since his days with the “Byrds”. John is a very talented singer-songwriter with a sweet, mellow voice and deep lyrical expression. John adds his thoughts: "What a pleasure to be sharing the stage once again with Toulouse Engelhardt. It's a chance for music fans to see the world's fastest guitar player with one of the world's slowest guitar players!"

For more detailed information on each of these veteran performers go to:

Sunday November 2 3 PM $15 Benefit Concert. Do not call The Coffee Gallery Backstage for reservations.

Phone: (626) 755-4587 or send an e mail: laurie kallevig <lauriekallevig@gmail.com>

Sunday November 2 7:00 pm $20 LATE BLOOMERS

is an Americana/country-rcok band familiar to the local scene since 2006. Four very different musicians, each with a unique vocal style, come together with fresh and evocative covers honoring many of their idols such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Carole King. And of course, their originals are not the kind you hear anywhere else with pure, pleasing and passionate vocals that truly set them apart!

Dan Ames, singer-songwriter, plays the sweetest guitar and dobro you will ever hear. His traditionally inspired songs are always crowdpleasers, as his clever turn of phrase offers his unique take on love and life.

Gayle Bluemel, keyboardist and vocal arranger, is also a gifted song-writer. Heavily influenced by icons of musical theatre, her songs and style have a definite dramatic flair, complete with character, setting, and plot!

DeVorah Ross Johnsen, singer-songwriter, is the true poet of the group. Audiences consistently connect with her transporting and transformative lyrics as she exposes so many human frailties, including sex, drugs and rock and roll!

Scott Shepherd, percussionist, plays the best blues harp around, with a vocal style to match. His raw and earthy renditions of the group’s favorite covers and originals are not to be missed!

Monday November 3 8:00 P.M. $20

OoopopoiooO (the Theremin sound)


Electronic Magic that you have never heard before. pop, classical and everything anyone can imagine.
Also bass, violin, voice and toys. You may never experience this at The Coffee Gallery Backstage or
anywhere else again. Read the copy. This is revolutionary in its uniqueness.

Two theremin, two voices, a violin, electronics, objects.
The project was born from the desires of  Vincenzo Vasi and Valeria Sturba, to deepen their research on their own instruments, working on the interaction of timbre, melody and harmony.
The variety and diversity of the other instruments used, often played in a mirror, complete the form of sound, creating “OoopopoiooO”  A mix of electronic, ambient and minimalism, immersed in free improvisation.  In the repertoire, as well as original songs, you can listen to interpretations of songs by Aphex Twin / Philip Glass, Nucleus, Ravel, Inti Illimani.

A unique opportunity to see and hear two theremin on the same stage!
Vincenzo Vasi: theremin, electric bass, voice, electronics, toys.
Valeria Sturba: theremin, violin, voice, electronics, toys.


Vincenzo Vasi - composer, singer and polyinstrumentalist with notable collaborations.
Among many Roy Paci and Mike Patton with his “Mondo Cane” project, but he’s also known as the “Wolfman” next to Vinicio Capossela, in every concert.
He has been active since 1990 in the experimental music scene whit several projects, amongst which Ella Guru, Musica nel Buio, Trio Magneto, N.O.R.M.A., Eva Kant, 66Six, Specchio Ensemble, Orchestra Spaziale, Gastronauti, Shellvibes, Etherguys, Vince Vasi QY Lunch, Switters, S.T.U.R.B.A., Tristan Honsinger Small Talk, Perfavore Sing, Corleone, OoopopoiooO, Sousaphonix....
Crossing his path with theatre, silent movies scores, musical installations, he got to partecipate to many national and international festivals.
He also works as sound engineer in recording studios, costantly putting into practice a quest in the realm of sound and its diffusion.
He played whit Chris Cutler, Tony Coe, Butch Morris, Antonello Salis, Mirko Sabatini Tanaka Yumiko, Pierre Favre, Stefano Zorzanello, Hugo Race, Phil Minton, Michael Riessler, Eugenio Sanna, Paolo Angeli, Wolter Wierbos, Gianluca Petrella, Otomo Yoshihide, Roger Turner, Lol Coxill, Steve Piccolo, Wang inc., Ominostanco, Scott Rosemberg, Aleksander Kolkowski, John Zorn, Alvin Curran, Jamie Saft, Luca Venitucci, Ikue Mori, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, Francesco Dillon, Cyro Baptista, Lukas Ligeti…

Valeria Sturba - is a young musician and composer.
She plays theremin, violin, voice, electronics, looper, effects, toys.
In the summer 2011 she attended Theremin Academy in Colmar, with Carolina Eyck and Thierry Frenkel.
Her musical attitude spreads widely on many differents kind of popular music from songwriting and rock to tango, improvised music and electronic keeping a great inclination toward minimalism.

Her main projects are:
Vale and the Varlet, a duet on electropop music; S.T.U.R.B.A. an avant-jazz trio with Vincenzo Vasi, Pasquale Mirra and Francesco Cusa, for wich she composes original music; a solo show on her own.
She has been involved in many recordings, readings, soundtrack productions and soundtracks for silent movies.  Amongst the festivals where she has been playing in these last few years there are Dancity and Flussi festival in Italy, and roBOT festival where she has been playing with her solo project performance.
She played also at UmbriaJazz, BergamoJazz, Aterteater, Frequenze Parallele, Spore.


TUESDAY November 4 8:00 P.M. $20




RANDY SPARKS & BECKY JO BENSON....do a special "one night only" performance as a life time "thank you" to Bob Stane. Randy performed for Bob at his cozy coffee house in San Diego around 1959. Neither have forgotten this event. It bent Bob toward the format you now experience at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Evil? I don't think so. However, this night might make the devil smile.

This will be a unique, "let it all hang out" night of "sometimes edgy and earthy" music and comedy...a lot of comedy...on the cusp of The New Christy Minstrels at performing at The Cerritos Center For the Performing Arts. We will be having fun and if you know what is good for you, you will strap on your funny bone and join Bob, Randy, Becky Jo and Vecca. To not do so would be just wrong. Wrong! Now call in your reservations.

Randy is an over achiever. He is a master song writer, wit, speaker, recording artist, been in the movies and tv and founded one of the most successful musical groups ever. That description just skips over the top of the water. Once in a lifetime opportunity.

BECKY JO BENSON is a doll and brings a ton of talent to the night. Good songs, ringing banjo, lovely banter. A delightful fave weaving a musical and charming spell. She will make you smile. And laugh.

VECCA THE SHOW DOG first debuted on stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage by refusing to "wait in the truck." She earns her biscuits and fur by just being there. A great show of patients, understanding and dignity. Been in almost all the states of the U.S.A. Maybe all.

Thursday November 6. 8:00 P.M. $20

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


with Billy Darnell & Chad Watson. 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.

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 NOVEMBER 7 8:00 PM $18 Come celebrate the season as singer/songwriter PHIL CHRISTIE returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Friday, November 7th for the official CD release party and performance of his new holiday album “GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST.”  Phil will be joined on stage by a bevy of LA’s finest musicians including album co-producer Jeff Kossack, Mark Nilan, John Classick, and Barrett Tagliarino. The enchanting singer/songwriter T’Lark will open the show.

The aptly named “Ghosts” speaks of the holidays in a way that only a man who has done some reflection on life could do. Looking back and learning from his past have given Phil Christie a unique take on the reality of the holidays. “Ghosts of Christmas Past” will include several traditional holiday classics, as well as new tracks that Phil has written for this stripped down, almost folk/Americana CD. It is all about sitting around beside the fire on a cold night, enjoying each other’s company and remembering the “Ghosts of Christmas Past” – good or bad.

Even after all of the commercial and critical success he has had over the years (Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2002, airplay on over 200 radio stations worldwide, a 2005 Billboard World Song Contest finalist and playing at the legendary Bluebird Cafe), Phil still feels that his biggest accomplishment was becoming a father. Two of the songs on the new album are about parenthood. Phil Christie has come full circle by using the lessons learned from his own past and sharing them with others. He has grown as a singer, a songwriter, and a man through the shared experiences we can all relate to.

T'Lark is a young, talented singer/songwriter who was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming a singer who can share her powerful dreams and hopes through her lyrics and music. She studied voice/music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and traveled all over the world playing music. An eclectic group of current and past musicians have influenced her compositions. Whether singing acapella or entertaining an audience with a bluesy soulful, self-composed melody, you will be enthralled with her ability to communicate true emotion. Most important, T'Lark is a compassionate soul who only sings with true passion and heart.

Saturday November 8 Matinee @ 3:00 P.M. $15



VICTORIA BLYTHE CD RELEASE: Joni Mitchell meets Nora Jones--stunning voice, dazzling guitar, brilliant originals and innovatively interpreted covers. Bay Area singer-songwriter Victoria Blythe introduces her jazz-infused debut CD, "Silver Flyer", to Southern California in this matinee stop on her West Coast CD release tour. She will be accompanied by renowned West African-inspired guitarist Walter Strauss, bassist Sam Bevan and percussionist Kendrick Freeman, all virtuosos of their instruments. “Wonderful music, wonderfully performed” Peter Yarrow, Peter, Paul & Mary. Hear her cover of James Brown’s I Feel Good: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IihFtQpqMjg)     www.victoriablythe.com

VICTORIA BLYTHE, is a songwriter and co-leader of the award-winning Americana band Calaveras, backup singer for other acts, and frequent soloist. Her thrillingly beautiful vocals have been compared to Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Paula Cole, Sandy Denny and Evanescence. Her just-released debut CD, "Silver Flyer," blends jazz, folk and pop influences into ear-catching, unique songs, written in collaboration with her partner Greg Beattie (Kerrville New Folk winner, Grand Prize and Song of the Year, West Coast Songwriters, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists). Guitarist Walter Strauss (www.walterstrauss.com) has translated the African kora (folk harp) music to guitar and the results are absolutely amazing. This Bay Area guitar maestro’s songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. His stunning solo pieces featured in the act are worth the price of admission. Rounding out the ensemble are bassist Sam Bevan (www.sambevan.com) (Monk's Music Trio, David Grisman, Joe Craven and VNote Ensemble) and drummer Kendrick Freeman (www.kendrickfreeman.com) (Rob Ickes, Alison Brown, Sukhawat Ali Khan, Joe Craven, Michael Barclay).

Saturday November 8 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 November 9 Matinee @ 3:00 pm $15 TUMBLEWEED ROB & THE SOUTHWEST JUNCTION is an all acoustic, Western Americana / Country Folk Music Group that has been lighting up the stage everywhere they go. As one of their devoted fans from Arizona recalls, "Four pleasant guys hit the stage, a bunch of pallets on a dirt floor. No matter because they started the set, and we were amazed! The best ear candy in the world, and I’m not talking cheap jelly beans but the best sweet, savory, dark chocolate!"

With Lead Vocals by Rob Wolfskill along with the harmony and intensely dazzling musicianship of three of the best and finest musicians working in Acoustic Music today, Craig Ferguson, Guitar, Jesse Olema, Fiddle and Chris Rolontz, Upright Bass, these fellas are definitely breathing new life into the Western Americana Music genre! Their first album, A Fork In The Road premiered at #2 on the Western Music Charts and received critical acclaim as well as radio airplay all around he world!

“Tumbleweed Rob” Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre called The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. His new project, Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction, features contemporary songs written by Rob along with some cleverly reworked old Cowboy/Western standards and Classic Rock and Pop songs. There are some fun surprises too so, expect the unexpected but rest assured, you'll probably catch yourself singing along!

From tender ballads, bouncy pop tunes, shufflin’ honky tonk to western swing and two-step, Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction’s got it all!

For more info on Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction go to www.tumbleweedrob.com

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11 8:00 P.M. $18 MARI BLACK & Her World Fiddle Ensemble present:

The Interwoven Fate of Music & Dance"

Join champion multistyle fiddler Mari Black on a spirited musical journey exploring the ever-evolving link between dance musics from around the world. Discover connections between Celtic fiddling, jazz, Argentine tango, Klezmer, American old time, and more as Mari highlights some of her favorite likely-- and not-so-likely--bridges that have been built between styles, crossing the ever-expanding boundaries of world music. This show will feature a high-energy tour of tunes from around the world, little-known stories about the music, and a whole lot of toe-tapping for everyone!

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. As the 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, reigning Maritime Fiddle Champion, and a master of diverse musical styles, Mari's shows feature her fresh dance-driven music that transcends genre and innovatively blend Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. www.MariBlack.com

"One of the brightest young fiddlers around today" -- Brian O'Donovan, host of WGBH radio's "A Celtic Sojourn"

“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
-- Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Fellowship Jazz Series, Yale University

“Particularly impressive”
-- The Boston Globe
Mari Black
2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
2014 Maritime Fiddle Champion
Multistyle violinist

“I don’t know any musician who has crossed as many boundaries as Mari has -- from folk to jazz to classical to world music. Actually, for Mari Black, there are no boundaries.”
-- Tim McLaughlin, concert presenter

Thursday November 13 8 PM $20 Big NATIONAL SINGING COWBOY DAY Show!


Direct from the Autry Cowboy Round-Up: Pacifica Radio’s Singing Cowboy, “WILD WEST WILL” RYAN, winner of 2 Gold Records and BMI’s Pioneer Award, featured performer in a slew of Oscar-nominated films and King of the Radio Cowboys! “CHAPARRAL KATIE” CAVERA – The Mona Lisa of Melody! The Garbo of the Banjo! The Helen of Troy of Western Skiffle! WESTY “FLAPJACK” WESTENHOFER, Maharajah of Musical Mirth! The Yo-Yo Ma of  Tubular Sub-Sonics! The Apex of Sidekicks! And – the LEGEND himself - JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS, Prince of the Plectrum! Sultan of the Strum! The Grand Kahuna of the Kokomo! Will and the band have played some of the finest barnyards and concert halls in the world – and they LOVE Coffee Gallery Backstage. This is their first show here in many months and they’re glad to be back. LEGENDS ALL.

Be prepared for audience sing-alongs, Western classics, and surprises.

PLUS . . .

SHONA! KARONA! KATRIONA! The three-and-only SAGUARO SISTERS! Known in Cactus County, California as the Nogales Nightingales, the Sonora Songbirds and the Wapaloosa Warblers, The Saguaro Sisters have just finished shooting their FIRST motion picture with Will Ryan and the band. The Michael Schlesinger-directed comedy “Shmo Boat”, hits theatres in 2015. Hear these thaumaturgial thrushes on KPFK-FM and see the threesome here IN PERSON, in harmony with Will and his cohorts. Find out what all the shoutin’s about! Find out why Johnny Crawford, star of “The Rifleman” and Will Ryan, the Official Singing Cowboy of Hollywood, say “The Saguaro Sisters are the greatest new vocal sound West of the Great Divide!”

Friday November 14 8:00 P.M. $15 DAN FRECHETTE & LAUREL THOMSEN...
Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting from opposite sides of the continent, and fueled by rare musical chemistry, Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, powerful and magnetic talents in their own rights, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but alive and quite well in this Alt-folk duo. In contrast with their natural musical rapport, the two have struggled yet triumphed over incredible external adversity, and in 2013 alone circumnavigated the North American continent, performing over 130 concerts and producing a debut CD. With exuberance, heartwarming harmonies, soundtrack ready violin and guitar lines, and stories of irony and triumph, wit and humor, delighted audiences "fall in love" with music all over again at a Dan and Laurel show.

Dan Frechette, Canadian entertainer, acoustic guitarist, uncanny impressionist, and prolific singer-songwriter with over 1300 songs across all acoustic genres, including the The Duhks’ hit singles "Mists of Down Below" and "You Don't See It", has been performing high-energy and soulful concerts throughout North America and Europe since 1992. He is considered to be one of Canada's best on acoustic guitar and harmonica. 'Sing Out!' magazine called Dan "one of the most talented singer/songwriters I've heard in a long time."

Laurel Thomsen, American genre-bending violinist, composer, and respected educator, delivers perfection with every note she plays or sings. With an unforgettable tone and a way of offering every musical line or silence as a gift of grace, she has been sought out by bands and singer-songwriters since 2002 for her ability to add depth and emotion to all types of music and her knack for creating infectious melodies. The host of the Violin Geek Podcast, an author of two multi-media guides to string playing technique, and pa rivate lessons teacher to students around the world since 1996, Laurel's light is spreading far and wide.


Saturday November 15 3:00 P.M. matinee. $18 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.

Saturday November 15 7:00 P.M. $20



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

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

November 16 3:00 P.M. $18 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. You will hear uilleann pipes, fiddle, and mandolin playing old dance tunes with driving rhythms on guitar. Mixed in will be songs, marches and slow airs and maybe a story or two along the way. Rattle the Knee is Patrick D'Arcy on pipes and whistle, Kira Ott on fiddle, with Jimmy Murphy on guitar and mandolin.

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.

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.

Sunday November 16 7:00 P.M. $18



HOUSTON JONES is a Bay Area high-octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a mostly original repertoire of folk, bluegrass, blues and gospel. Featured are Glenn Houston (lead guitars), Travis Jones (lead vocals), Henry Salvia (keyboard, accordion), Joshua Zucker (standup bass) and Peter Tucker (drums)

Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.

This explosive, wide-ranging performance will touch your heart and get your feet moving of their own volition.

Billboard.com describes Houston Jones as "a wonderful gem of a band", the San Francisco Chronicle calls them "a confluence of sublime talent."

The band has just released their 7th CD, "Minotaur", which you can purchase at the mercy table after the show.

Artist website: Houston Jones - High Octane Americana Music


Nathan McEuen

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOoRsVwx8I8

With a recent performance on the Grand Ole Opry, to being a featured artist on Yahoo.com's 'Ram Country', WSM Nashville, Woodsongs, Voice of America Radio, XM/Sirius satellite radio, iTunes, Music City Roots, The Stagecoach Festival (Indio, CA) and climbing up to a #1 spot (w/ For All The Good - The McEuen Sessions) on Amazon.com's Americana chart, Nathan McEuen is eager to share his recent experiences and new music with you... Best described as Americana, Nathan will be touring in support of his new album (Due: October 2014) which features all new music, ranging from banjo instrumentals to Singer-Songwriter to Folk Rock.

With more than 2,000 live shows and 15 years of touring, 6 full length albums, and over 60 songs penned, Nathan's heritage (being a son of John McEuen - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), passion for music, entertaining and performing shines through and can only best be experienced in person.



Justin Farren

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/justin-farren
Pig Farm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DenKNAJuw8
Shade Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxeGEGqotWI
Little Blue Dirtbike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKBjZPy7GvI

Bio: When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman painting lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day-to-day life. His delivery is humorous, thoughtful and engaging. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless. The Sacramento New & Review describes him as "the storyteller with an impeccable voice, a guitar and a head full of funny, tender and engaging observation."

2014 has been a fantastic year for Justin Farren with extensive touring through the The Pacific North West, California, The South West and beyond. One highlight of these tours includes a series of shows opening for the nationally celebrated folk artist David Wilcox at the Wow Hall in Eugene, The Aladdin Theatre in Portland, and on The Triple Door Main Stage in Seattle. More shows with David Wilcox are slated for May in Berkeley, Sacramento and Grass Valley.



November 20 8 PM $15
JACKIE MILLER DAVIDSON & GARY BRANDT....Singing The Good Old Songs Again.

….Jackie Miller Davidson and Gary Brandt travel across the country…’Singing The Good Old Songs Again’…a program that combines ‘classic’ and original folk music. This energetic show features humor, audience interaction and participation, and features the famous “Sing-A-Long Folk Song Medley”
Jackie is an original member of the Grammy award winning ‘New Christy Minstrels’ and the famed duo ‘Jackie and Gayle’. She has appeared as a regular on Shindig, Hullabaloo and The Red Skelton Show. She has performed from Carnegie Hall to the White House.

Gary is a performer/songwriter from Michigan…with programs that include Channel 2 Detroit, Chrysler Omni Arts, and cross country touring with his ‘Land To The West’ program. Gary’s songs have appeared on national Folk radio.

Special guests include the accomplished musical talents from  Art Podell, Clarence Treat, Sherry Rayn Barnett and Judy Montgomery.

‘Singing The Good Old Songs Again’ is an entertaining, enjoyable and fun show…that bring back the stories, style and songs from the Folk Era

Featuring: Jackie Davidson (Original member of the New Christy Minstrels
Art Podell (Original member of the New Christy Minstrels.)
Gary Brandt (Michigan folk artist/composer)

Website: http://jackieandgary.com

"SINGING THE GOOD OLD SONGS AGAIN"...is a combination of 'classic' and original folk music.The show features alot of humor, audience interaction and participation....including the famous 'Folk-Song-Sing-A-Long Medley....(longest in the country)....We think you will find the show entertaining, enjoyable, educational and fun!


Saturday Matinee November 22 3:00 P.M. $20 The Burgans & Chan ~ Folk Songs & Stories
When: Saturday November 22, 2014 3:00 PM Tixs: $20

Jerry Burgan, co-founder of the 'Grammy nominated group, We Five." , returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage joined by We Five’s lead singer, Debbie Burgan, and their long time bassist, Tholow Chan. With musical roots tracing back to the classic folk era of the early 60s, they rode the leading edge of the folk-rock tidal wave that followed their hit recordings of You Were On My Mind and Get Together.

The Songs & Stories of  Burgan and Chan bring every audience on a first-person musical joy ride though some of the most magical and memorable moments of their common musical experience-- when folk songs topped the charts, Dylan hadn’t plugged in, and Lewynn Davis wasn’t even a glint in the Cohen Brothers’ eye.

Between songs, Jerry shares fascinating tales from his new book, Wounds to Bind – A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, interwoven with the spirit of departed legends like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the Weavers, as well as the next wave of artists they inspired – like John Stewart. The former Kingston Trio banjo player and writer of countless classic songs in the musical form that’s come to be called Americana was Jerry’s mentor, so count on hearing some treasures that were learned directly from the master.

With a the wealth of classic folk material draw from, along with seven We Five albums and Jerry’s solo CD, Reflections, Songs & Stories, you can count on hearing some favorite tunes—though a few surprises are always part of the fun. The Burgans’ command of the stage is tastily complimented by bassist and humorist, Tholow Chan. Together, their rapport has a seamless quality that’s been honed by time as they draw each audience into the feel-good experience. When the three of them sing together, their tight arrangements bring to life the exhilarating power, harmony and charm that made folk trios so popular. When the audience joins in, it’s a love-in. Lighters are not permitted so bring you battery powered candles.

Matinee Show

November 23 3:00 PM $18

TREMOLOCO.....with Guest Artists RICK SHEA and KEN O' MALLEY.

Join Tremoloco and guests as they examine the connection between different musical genres such as Folk, Country, Irish, Gulf Coast and Mexican music. They'll explore the music, it's respective culture and their commonalities.

Tony Zamora along with singer songwriter Rick Shea headline this special concert.

Rick Shea was an obvious choice for this one, his songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with. On his songwriting influences Shea says, “Merle Haggard cast a long shadow when I was younger, but since then Dave Alvin, Jim Ringer and a lot of other music has found its way in.” A "lot of other music" often includes Mexican and Irish influences like the songs "Mexicali Train" and "John Shea from Kenmare" from his latest release.

Mexican and Irish? Yes believe it or not there is a connection both musically and culturally. To demonstrate they'll play some traditional songs on traditional instruments for both the Irish and Mexican stuff. They'll also include Country, Honky Tonk, Gulf Coast music, Folk and the California inspired music and songs from both Tremoloco and RickShea's latest releases.

Special guests among others will include L.A.'s "Ambassador of Irish music and culture" Dublin native Ken O'Malley and multi instrumentalist Alex Martinez who will join them for an eclectic and fun afternoon of music.

Ken O'Malley needs no introduction to the Irish music community. He's spent more than thirty years in Los Angeles so his perspective on the "Grandaddy" of roots music is both authentic and genuine. He'll offer his own take on California Irish music, put things in a historical context and include a song about the "Santo Patricio Brigade" c.1846-48. An Irish/Mexican connection if ever there was one.

Alex Martinez from The Moonlight Trio originators of a unique blend called "Cumbiabilly" capture the sound and essence of Southern California playing a mix of old school Rock & Roll, Cumbia, Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican music performed with a rockabilly twist. He will lend his considerable skills as a guitarist and along with Tony will play traditional Mexican folk instruments.

As a whole they'll offer their usual eclectic mix of roots and Cali/Mex music. They'll also play new songs from an upcoming Tremoloco release including a folk tune based on a woman's need to flee her homeland during The War of 1812 titled "Tecumseh's War and a new Honky Tonk number about love, music, the road and aging tentatively titled "Alberta Bound".

All of these musicians are Tremoloco alumni and have worked together for years. Tony was an original member of Kens' band The Twilight Lords and all of them have toured together and/or played on each other's CDs. They look forward to this show and the chance to play together (schedules have never allowed for this particular line-up so come see what happens).

It's a lot to cover in one afternoon but these amazing musicians will give it their best which certainly means you true music lovers are in for a great time.

Please make reservations early.

Friday December 5 8:00 PM $20



Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.

"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
--Music Connection

"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

Saturday December 6 Matinee Show @ 3:00 P.M. $20 GEOFF MULDAUR....A Legend. This time a matinee legend. Read where he has appeared and then, logically, at
The Coffee Gallery Backstage and then back to tours of the world. This is a hot act, in demand world wide. He will
be polishing some of his craft in front of you. Bob delivers again.

GEOFF MULDAUR is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980's for a working sabbatical but continued, however, to hone his craft, albeit 'flying beneath radar'. He composed scores for film and television, garnering an Emmy in the process, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. And his definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title.

With his magical voice and singular approach to American music in tact, Geoff is once again touring the world. Recent performances have included The Lincoln Center in New York City, The Getty Art Center in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as folk and blues festivals in Newport RI, Edmonton Canada, Dublin Ireland, San Francisco CA, Bergen and Notodden Norway to name a few. Geoff may be heard regularly as a guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and has been feature d on a variety of National Public Radio shows, including Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.

Geoff's newest albums have met with high critical acclaim and feature Geoff's unusually crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material as well as his own unique compositions. The recordings include performances by David Lindley, The McGarrigle Sisters, John Sebastian, Van Dyke Parks, Roswell Rudd, Amos Garrett, Lenny Pickett and Howard Johnson in supporting roles.
In addition to tours and recording, Geoff continues to apply his arranging skills to a variety of projects for albums and film. Although he is known as a musicians musician, it is clearly his voice that most identifies him. About his albums, the New York Times noted: Geoff Muldaur "...succeeds not because he copies the timbre and inflections of a down-home African American but because his voice - reedy, quavering, otherworldly - is so unusual that [the music] he sings becomes little more than a context, a jumping-off point." And about a recent performance in London, The London Times wrote, "Immaculate guitar picking was matched by vocals that were rich, and bore out the guitarist, Richard Thompson's praise for him: 'There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.'"

Saturday December 13 2:00 P.M. $20



It’s “Brunch in America” right here at the intimate Coffee Gallery Backstage 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 Backstage with Fools Logic; The Music of Supertramp. It’s the logical thing to do! MATINEE


December 14 3 pm $15 The Garlic Band

with guest vocalist Lisochka

The Garlic Band is proof positive that music-making is more about shared vision than shared age. There are two old-timers: Miamon Miller (violin, viola) leads the group having played millions of notes with the Aman Folk Ensemble where he was artistic director, Fuge Imaginea, etc. etc. The bassist, Simeon Pillich has a heady resume (played with Al Jarreau, toured with "Rent', etc.), but the two younger musicians also have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time. Cory Beers (cimbalom), is a Cal Arts percussion grad and Joshua Kaufman (accordion) is an up-and-coming composer in addition to being an excellent player. Cory recently returned to LA after spending two years studying cimbalom in the Chi?in?u, Moldova conservatory. Plus of course, we are very excited to be joined by Lisochka, a dynamite vocalist in the Serbian-Rom tradition.

Most of the repertoire will be East European folk-based (especially Romanian) but we'll wander down a Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli street or two, play some original compositions and perhaps even include some Bach and/or Debussy for you fans of KUSC.

Miamon Miller (violin), Cory Beers (cimbalom), Joshua Kaufman (accordion) and Simeon Pillich (bass) play the folk music of  Eastern Europe with lyricism, high energy and wit. Whether it’s to the banks of the Tisa or the foothills of the Tatras, whether Romanian, Serbian, Rom (Gypsy) jazz a la Reinhardt/Grappelli or original compositions, you’ll hear music with an authenticity and pungency that only The Garlic Band can deliver. Join with them as they play in the intimate and acoustically friendly setting of Altadena’s Coffee Gallery.

The Garlic Band


Thursday December 18 8:00 P.M. $15 PHOEBE BRIDGERS....A Los Angeles based singer songwriter, has been described as Elliott Smith meets Gillian Welch. Her unique voice has been featured on ABC Family's Switched At Birth, Sons of Anarchy and an IPhone commercial. Pasadena Weekly says, "Bridgers has made a name for herself in that scene in relatively short time thanks largely to the quicksilver beauty of her voice; sweetly vulnerable, it also has a tensile strength that beguiles listeners."

This date she will be joined by singer, Charlie Hickey. Good things will be done on stage.

Phoebe Bridgers has played her own brand of folk rock all over Los Angeles, including The Coffee Gallery Backstage, the Troubadour, the El Rey, the Roxy, Genghis Cohen, Hotel Café, the Claremont Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Echo. Hometown Pasadena called her a "local treasure." According to LA-Underground, "Phoebe Bridgers' "Waiting Room" was thee heartbreaker tune of the year. It's brilliant. She's something special." Music blog American Pancake says, "Phoebe's tender performance mildly freaks you out and breaks your heart at the same time...utterly beautiful."

Since graduating from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2013, Phoebe has performed and recorded both in Los Angeles and Nashville. She has collaborated with friends and mentors including Terra Naomi, Rob Waller, Noah Gunderson and Chad Gilbert. Her EP, Killer, was released in March and is available online through Bandcamp.


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