||REBECCA LOEBE.....CIRCUS HEART, JUBILANT POP, SINGING SOUL and STORIES TO BE TOLD. Seductive.
DUANE SAYS: What a fine entertainer and nuanced singer and writer she is. She has her magic, and a lot of wit, and great subtle vocal chops. Have her back for sure. A complete pro. CAN YOU OR I DENY DUANE? Not safely and sleep, secure, on our beds.
Award winning singer/songwriter REBECCA LOEBE is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Since quitting her job as a full-time recording studio engineer, she has performed an average of 150 shows per year in listening rooms, festivals and theaters in over 30 states of the US and in Europe. Last spring she took a break from the road to appear as a contestant on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with a performance of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’ that inspired Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine to offer her mentorship and charted on iTunes worldwide. An Atlanta native, Loebe now makes her home in Austin. She is touring nationally to support her 3rd full length release CIRCUS HEART, an album that mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop and has received rave reviews from all over the world.
SCAMBOOTY... (Bob Stane says...it is a double headline bill. SCAMBOOTY is more than wonderful. They usually headline around Christmas with a funny song bag of tongue-in-cheek
musical merriment. New stuff being tried out. I strongly recommend)
You’ve had a bad week… you need something to pull you up… to make your world a little lighter. Your phone rings… it’s your friend saying “C’mon, we’re going to go see Scambooty”. You think Scamwhaty? but go anyway.
Steve, Kathy, Mandi & Tom hit the stage and from the very first note, the weight of the world is taken off your shoulders. You experience a blend of energetic, exciting music all delivered through a variety of styles with incredible vocal harmonies.
You’re hooked… you climb on board. You laugh, you tap your toes, you delight in their outrageously clever original songs and covers. You are lifted to another world… the amazing, fun world of Scambooty. (Scamwhaty?)
"My friends tell me that a Kennedys’ show is the cure for whatever ails you; there’s something infectious in the couple’s way of engaging an audience that repairs decades of jaded living, reminds you of the joy that music brings, and convinces you that people ain’t so bad after all. If this is true, I’m going to chain myself to a chair at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and let it be done to me.
Music Matters, an online grab bag of music reviews, spent some time saying this, “Their live performances are not only displays of musical harmony, but personal harmony as well. You can hear it in the humorous, good-natured patter between songs. You can see it in their body language as they somehow find a way to touch as they play (without bonking guitars).”
And here’s this from the band’s website, “In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD. http://www.kennedysmusic.com/
On their own recent release, “Closer Than You Know,” the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.”
The Kennedys have just released their live album, "Dance A Little Closer: The Kennedys Sing The Songs Of Nanci Griffith," only available at their concerts, and not in stores or online outlets. And as with all Kennedys shows, this is an all-request performance! They'll play a mix of their fine original songs, old an new, and a few choice covers too.
Surely we all need the cure."
||3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
||A wonderful of music. JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage
Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "
Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.
FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP.
It’s “Brunch in America” right here at the intimate Coffee Gallery with FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP. Come spend a lovely afternoon basking in the glorious days of 70’s pop, art rock and progressive rock that Supertramp helped define throughout the world. You’ll be whisked away to this magical time in music by the virtuoso talent of Fools Logic; Adam Smith, Ron Hougardy, Jeff Bryan, Dave Druxman, Patrick Martin and Tom Logic.
These talented musicians have innumerable credits to their names ranging from authoring original number one downloaded songs on MP3.com, writing and producing scores for film and television, working with world renowned artists like John Novello, performing as signed recording artists sharing bills with the likes of SugarRay, Smashmouth, Creadance Clearwater, INXS, Simple Minds, Poison, Ratt, ELO and Great White, to performing with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Kings and Solar Heat, and accompanying professional vocalist, performing with regional musical tributes including 80’s Invasion, The Long Run, Four Way Street, Heart of Gold, Tapestry and much more.
This accomplished group of passionate performers bring all their experience to bear in sharing the beautiful music Supertramp created, including; Dreamer, Bloody Well Right, Give A Little Bit, Breakfast In America, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song and Crime of the Century. Get ready to relax and enjoy another incredible show at The Coffee Gallery with Fools Logic; The Music of Supertramp.
It’s the logical thing to do!
JIM "KIMO" WEST.... An Evening of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar with Jim "Kimo" West
WITH special guests and hula!
(Bob Stane says: Jim, "kimo" West is really tearing it up now. He has become the musical big canoe he deserves to be +)
Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist, Jim “Kimo” West returns to the Coffee Gallery with steel guitarist, Marty Rifkin (from Bruce Springsteen's band ) ,Wendy Sue Rosloff on autoharp and traditional hula. Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top Hawaiian “slack key” guitarists and 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 Treasures 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.
Los Angeles-based Marty Rifkin is a stellar steel guitarist whose recording credits include Bruce Springsteen, Jewel, Dwight Yoakam, Lee Ann Rimes and Glen Cambell.
WendySue Rosloff is a master of autoharp and spoons and has also been known to bake a mean apple pie!
Besides his slack key work, Kimo is well-known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, with whom he has received three Grammy’s and many gold and platinum records. They have recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Jimmy Fallon Show. He also contributes to production duties on the CD’s and recently scored Al’s 3D mini-feature, “Al’s Brain”.
||Big NATIONAL SINGING COWBOY DAY Show!
Celebrate with WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS! Featuring THE SAGUARO SISTERS.
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!”
Tunester Trifecta: CYNTHIA CARLE, GARY STOCKDALE and BRIAN WOODBURY...
Three wildly gifted singer/songwriters Cynthia Carle, Gary Stockdale and Brian Woodbury offer a Friday night overflowing with passionately intelligent, tuneful & hilarious songs.
CYNTHIA CARLE writes “the kind of songs that make you wonder why no one has ever written them before. But, trust me, they haven’t... Plus, unlike many singer/songwriters, she can sing. Yikes, can she sing.” Curtis Armstrong, Producer
With influences from Robert Benchley to Randy Newman, Cynthia finds the weird in the ordinary, and makes you look at it. On topics from her failure to be French, to the intersection of love and cannibalism, her perspective is rarely what you’d expect.
In addition to singing and songwriting, Cynthia is a screenwriter, actor, choreographer and director. She co-wrote, co-composed & co-directed the musical Christmas Smackdown with Mark Nutter (iO Chicago 2011 & Laurie Beechman NYC 2013). She choreographed & appeared in the Stuart Gordon- Mark Nutter hit, Re-Animator the Musical (Steve AllenTheater LA) and received an LA Weekly nomination for Best Choreography; co-wrote (with husband Christopher Reed) the Touchstone film The Sixth Man; and has acted on Broadway.
Two CDs of her original stuff, 15 Songs and Live & Unmedicated are available at www.cdbaby.com. www.cynthiacarlemusic.com
GARY STOCKDALE is a singer-songwriter, & two-time Emmy nominated TV composer based in Los Angeles. He composed for such shows as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and Showtime's Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT!
As a performer and singer, Gary was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, and TV’s The Family Guy. Gary is a frequent performer in SoCal comedy, spoken word, folk and acoustic clubs. For the 2013 Oscars, he backed up Adele on Skyfall. He was also an official showcase performer for the 2013 Folk Alliance West convention.
The Ventura County Star. CBS LA recently named Gary as one of the “Best Singer-Songwriters in Los Angeles.” www.garystockdale.com
BRIAN WOODBURY is “... a multi-talented musician, bordering on genius. ...He should be up there with Zappa and Beefheart,” BBC Radio 3 Mixing It.
A boisterous, buoying presence among his contemporaries, songwriter, composer, and band-leader Brian Woodbury has straddled the New York-Los Angeles divide, inspiring and drawing inspiration from peers like They Might Be Giants, The Negro Problem and mentors such as Van Dyke Parks, who has said of Brian’s music, “Not since... the wondrous works of young Brian Wilson... have I heard sound of this romantic design. Indispensable.”
His songs have been sung by Nathan Lane, Lisa Loeb, Jill Sobule & Terre Roche. He has written Disney cartoon themes, stage musicals, orchestrated a Bollywood record and led the heterodox big band The Variety Orchestra. He co- wrote Town & Country’s marriage equality country anthem “Everybody Wants to Say I Do.”
Brian celebrates a return to solo performing with a set from the upcoming 2nd album by his Popular Music Group. Here’s the first video: “If I Had A Nickel”
||$10. No reservations needed.
||David Harvey Presents: A Great Afternoon of Music!
A Saturday Matinee Show! Great Music, Great Coffee, and Great people. Come with $10 and you're in!
Do you love great Country-Rock? Beautiful ballads? Folk with Feeling? Pop and Soul too?
We have a great line-up for this show - Great music plus an original story, we have it all!
Kevin Fisher is a wonder. He writes some of the smartest and thoughtful songs with catchy hooks that leave you wanting more and more. A master storyteller and a poet - not to mention a writer of several platinum charting hits and placements in films and TV shows like True Blood and The Riches. Kevin is one of the most genuine people around. Kevin says, “I write and record songs for a living. I am very thankful for that.” We are all very thankful for that - indeed! http://www.kevinfisher.me/
Zachary Provost is one of the most amazing keyboard artists and songwriters anywhere. He toured the world for five years as the Music Director and head pianist for Josh Groban. His first solo EP, "Heart of the Moment" , has stunning songs. Zach brings songs deep in feeling and full of heart that reach out and touch you to the core. He reminds me of a more soulful Bruce Hornsby. Zach has been finishing up his second CD with great new work. You will love his songs! http://www.myspace.com/zacharyprovost
Chauncey Bowers is one amazing guy - a former Phd. biologist who writes songs. And these are not your mama's songs. He's like a spider that crawled into your brain with this true chord that you can't shake. He is fearless - with subjects ranging from bad dates, to sunsets that aren't romantic, to demons...and then he'll drop in a song so poignant that you'll find tears running down your face - and all rendered with strong driving chords and melodies you won't forget. Truth sings in every word. He has come out with his first CD which is amazing!
Lisa Turner is a goddess of power folk song ballads with a touch of Celtic meets Melissa Ethridge ringing in your ears. Her songs are deeply personal yet universal. Her crystalline voice will weave words that will captivate you and leave you wanting to hear more! http://lisasongs.com/default.asp
And Special Guest...
"A Word" With Alex Stein!
Alex M. Stein is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of the essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE. He produces and hosts the weekly Muse Literary Salon at Muse on 8th and often tells stories at various venues around Los Angeles. His tales are full of smarts, humor, and and thought.
Come out for a great night of music.
THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS...FUN WITH STRING WIZARDS.
MAGNIFICENT PLAYING WITH SIDE SPLITTING HUMOR.
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.
THE EVANGENITALS...A SOPHISTICATED MATINEE.
Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.
The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.
The group’s current lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, keyboardist Michael Feldman, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Danny Graziani on fiddle and harmonica, and an ensemble of rotating drummers.
Moby Dick: or, The Album, the band’s debut album with Fluff & Gravy Records (March 18. 2014), is a musical swirl of immaculately crafted songs, each interpreting an aspect of Melville’s masterpiece with an approach that tacks between intricate arrangement and the deceptively simple country-inflected tunes for which the band is best known. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. Joined by such notable guest artists as: folk legend Jim Kweskin (of Jug Band fame), acclaimed avant-garde performer Dorian Wood, and composer Jeremy Zuckerman (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and recent #1 iTunes Soundtrack “Legend of Korra”), among others, the band has crafted a timeless record that will resonate equally with fans of the classic Melville novel, and those who have yet to discover it.
TIM WEISBERG is widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion. His early days were spent performing in many a concert venue across the United States, and it was the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival which firmly established Tim as a unique voice. Somewhere between “jazz and rock,” Tim’s distinctive style of playing began to gain recognition. He garnered the attention of trumpet player, bandleader, and A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert, and in 1971, his debut album “Tim Weisberg” was released.
The release of this album quickly pushed Tim to the forefront, and the music industry took note. His definitive artistry was soon heard on a diverse range of albums including The Carpenters, Kim Carnes, Lani Hall, Paul Horn, Gino Vannelli, and Dave Mason. Sharing the concert stage with such artists as Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quintet, Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as opening for many acts such as Jefferson Starship, Loggins and Messina, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, further propelled Tim into the public eye.
It was his performance on “Give Me Some Time,” from the album Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg, which resulted in a friendship and collaboration on the 1978 album Twin Sons of Different Mothers. The LP went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late ‘70s and is considered one of the most iconic instrumental albums of the time.
Tim’s laudable career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. His recording of “A Hard Way to Go” was used in the Oscar-winning Woody Allen movie Annie Hall. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world, and his legendary bands, long heralded as the forerunners of Jam Bands, have been known as a proving ground for well-known artists including David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez.
For more than forty years, Michael Keale has been entertaining audiences throughout Hawaiʻi and the Mainland U.S. with his own special brand of Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music, American standards, and Jazz. Michael's velvety smooth vocals and soothing melodies truly share the Spirit of Aloha, just like his Uncle Moe Keale, and cousin Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole before him. Please join Michael and Friends as they present Michael's 2014 "Songs of Kauaʻi" Tour, featuring songs, stories, and hula from his family and friends celebrating Kauaʻi and Niʻihau.
Michael Kalāhoʻonani Keale came from humble beginnings. His mother was raised in the cane fields of Kaeleku, Maui; and his father on the beaches of Waikīkī. While coming from very diverse backgrounds, Michael’s parents loved to entertain and shared a passion for all types of music that they passed on to their children. Songs like "Baby Kalai", "God Bless My Daddy", and "Pua Carnation” were the fabric of Michael’s early life and remind him of those special times when his life was simple and sweet.
Another one of Michael’s early influences in music was his Uncle Wilfred “Moe” Keale. Uncle Moe started playing music in his teens and eventually became an accomplished actor and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning entertainer. Uncle Moe was a role model for Michael, his brother Bill, and his cousins, Nalani, Walt Mix-Kealekupuna, Skippy and Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole.
Michael released his debut album Remember in July, 2010 at the age of fifty-six. Featuring Michael’s crooning, silken bass vocals, Remember received positive response from fans and critics for its mix of music from Hawai‘i’s past and present. Songs like “Ahulili”, and “Kamalani O Keaukaha”, as well as traditional English standards such as “Waikīkī” and “The Way You Look Tonight”, earned Michael two prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominations in 2011 for “Island Album of the Year”, and “Most Promising Artist”.
Michael has entertained at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Marriott’s Moana Terrace in Waikīkī. He has also shared the stage with his cousins Iz and Skippy Kamakawiwo’ole, Uncle Moe Keale, Dennis Kamakahi, Melveen Leed, Martin Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, and George Kuo, just to name a few. Michael continues to share his aloha, capturing the hearts of visitors and kama‘āina alike at
the Kaua‘i Coast Resort’s Hukilau Lānai, and Hanalei’s Tahiti Nui Lounge.
More information on Michael, including his biography, discography, and a listing of his upcoming shows can be found at his website www.mikeale.com. Copies of Remember are available for purchase at Amazon.com, iTunes, and on Michael’s website, www.mikeale.com
||Matinee. Show @ 3;00 P.M.
VERY BIG DEAL CELTIC ACT. ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BOOK. A MOMENTOUS DATE. MAY NEVER BE BACK. INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS.
GREAT MUSIC AND WONDERFUL FUN.
MOLLYS REVENGE....Traditional Celtic music played with a hard, driving edge on bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, mandola, bodhran, & guitar. They'll leave your heart pounding, your feet tapping, and your hands clapping for more! www.mollysrevenge.com
Born out of the timeless tradition of Celtic music sessions, Molly's Revenge is a band with a genuine affection for the music they play; their enthusiasm for the music carries over in all their live and recorded performances. The classic combination of solo instruments such as the Highland bagpipes, whistles, fiddle, and mandolin against a backdrop of guitar accompaniment guarantees an enjoyable and memorable listening experience.
Equally at home in front of audiences several thousand strong or in small intimate venues, Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals in the USA and countless private concerts. Internationally, they have performed at prestigious events in Australia and China.
The band's skilled musicianship and boundless enthusiasm for its music guarantees enjoyable entertainment for people of all ages. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels brings these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent in a way that will leave your feet tapping, your hands clapping, and your voices shouting for more.
"Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.
"They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.
"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).
"There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.
Web Site Address: www.mollysrevenge.com
The SAGUARO SISTERS will take you back to a time gone by with impressive 3 part harmonies that they've been working on in their Ma's kitchen and on the theatrical stage for many years before they moved to Los Angeles. This is their inaugural top billing concert and you won't be disappointed! The sisters will be joined by Will Ryan and Westy Westenhofer and with this bunch there are sure to be some surprises! Don't miss out! These little ladies are paying their dues and going places - FAST! www.thesaguarosisters.com
This Fall you're sure to FALL IN LOVE with THE SAGUARO SISTERS! They've had a SENSATIONAL start in showbiz this year debuting at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys in February of this year, and only months later they have performed with some of L.A.'s most experienced musicians at such veritable vintage venues as Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club, The Orpheum Theater for the Last Seats Remaining Conservancy show, The Autry’s A Word on Western’s luncheon series and at Cinecon's annual banquet! They've had the privilege of singing with Johnny Crawford and in front off other veteran actors such as Donna Martell, Jane Withers, June Foray, Alan Young, and Miriam Nelson as well as Clark Burroughs from the Hi- Lo's. Already cast in a 1930's look Biffle & Shooster movie short directed by Michael Schlesinger, this youthful trio has the edge on both Western Skiffle Music and the 1930's charm and family blend of The Boswell Sisters. Will Ryan will be playing along side of the sisters.
|Monday and Tuesday
October 6 and
| 8:00 P.M.
John McEuen Trio - with Matt Cartsonis and Craig Eastman with opening, Bob Thomas
OPENING THE SHOW FOR JOHN McEUEN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 only.
A DOUBLE HEADLINE SHOW. A NEW CD RELEASE FOR BOB THOMAS.
Double the fun. Show Starts at 8:00 P.M.
Award winning singer/song writer Bob Thomas, was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is renowned for his music about cowboys and the old west. When Bob was seven, his dad bought him a guitar. He taught himself to play alongside recordings of John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to name just a few. In 2009 he decided to put the words to melody and create his own music. He has been writing songs ever since. His songs tell a story and have been described as melodic and easy to listen to.
Bob’s fourth CD, “A Cowboys Story” released in September 2014. This story begins when a young man of 18 tires of the civil war and takes the journey west to Texas. It goes on to tell how he grows to be a man and follows his life as a cowboy. Featured on this CD are “Leaving Texas”, “The Tall Thin Cowboy”, “Abilene” and “The Hawk”.
photo is from their recent headlining at the Alaska State Fair
John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992
A founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (the summer of 1966) – multi-instrumentalist McEuen hplunged into varied musical genres, and formats including television special production, film scoring, and award winning albums. A broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music... Americana.... made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music, playing acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. His production of The Crow with Steve Martin won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. With an active performing schedule both solo and with his lifetime partners in music – the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- he trod the musical boards in 90 cities with the band and 32 others solo in 2013! alone. Johnmceuen.com
John says:"…and for this show I will be bringing my pickin' buddies Craig Eastman and Matt Cartsonis. Matt is one of the finest singers I know. Though he hails from Phoenix, he sings like he is from Kentucky - that high bluegrass lonesome sound with a rock and roll sensibility, and is a funny guy with funny songs, all accompanied by his hot licks on mandola and guitar. We did hundreds of shows together.” Matt was a staple with Warren Zevon, the Austin Lounge Lizards, or the group Bryndle. Check him out on mattcartsonis.com In 2009 Matt I had join Steve Martin to perform ‘Crow’ music on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and The Ellen Show. “ Matt is also featured on John’s Round Trip album, and has worked with him on several film score projects in the past few years. Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endears him to audiences wherever he plays.
CRAIG EASTMAN....John used Craig’s talents on several of his film score projects, most recently on the Grammy winning album that he produced : Steve Martin – The Crow new songs for the five-string banjo. (Craig also appeared with Steve on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and Ellen). CraigEastman.com
“Craig Eastman is a true genius on the fiddle and its cousins. He’s an innovator and melodist on one of the great instruments.” - Steve Martin. Craig Eastman was trained on classical violin, but at age 11 was introduced to the fiddle music of Vassar Clements, via the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. In 1979 Craig was awarded a music scholarship to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied film making, music, and education, earning a BA in music composition. He quickly became a top Hollywood studio musician, recording and performing with artists that include Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, to Bryan Adams, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, John Jorgenson, Marcus Miller, Billy Bob Thorton, and Dennis Quaid.
In 2000 Craig worked with award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, who recognized Craig’s unique talent for film music - he contributed not only his multi-instrumental playing, but also his compositions to many films including “Black Hawk Down”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Brokeback Mountain.” Craig even played a small part in “Pirates II.” Mattcartsonis.com
If you don’t know John, watch his short documentary/bio with rare historic footage about his lifelong pursuits: John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992
||HANZ ARAKI with CARY NOVOTNY and COLLEEN RANEY...
Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki will be joined by guitarist Cary Novotny, and vocalist and bodhrán player Colleen Raney for a one of a kind concert to celebrate the release of a new album, titled Foreign Shore. Recently called “An Irish Music phenomenon in West Coast America” by Irish Music Magazine, Araki is known for his uncluttered and honest approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music.
Hanz Araki, whose full name is Hanzaburo after his grandfather’s grandfather, is the 6th generation of his family to earn the title of Kodo Araki, a grand master of the shakuhachi. While he honed his musical ability perfecting the traditions of his father’s family, his love of the music of his Irish mother’s family lead to a career in Irish music that spans twenty-five years and has produced multiple award-winning albums and international accolades.
Foreign Shore, his eleventh release, is a collection of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, and America that illustrates the path of the music and the tradition as it straveled, as Araki’s forbearers did, from homeland to new home. Hanz Araki faithfully showcases the inherent beauty of traditional Irish music with performances that are inspired, detailed, and authentic. www.hanzaraki.com
CARY NOVOTNY – guitar, vocals
Cary Novotny’s distinct style of guitar playing has made him one of the most sought after accompanists in traditional Irish Music. After immersing himself in Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and Classical guitar styles, Cary discovered a deep love for Irish music and turned his attention to the songs and tunes of the tradition, which he quickly mastered. In his 20+ year career, he has recorded and performed with many great Irish musicians worldwide, including Kevin Burke, The Bridies, Johnny B. Connolly, Larry Nugent, and the touring Irish dance show “Celtic Legends.”
COLLEEN RANEY – bodhrán, vocals
Portland, Oregon’s Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer who recently released her fourth album, titled Here This is Home, which was recorded over the summer of 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Raney has toured both nationally and internationally, and her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Irish music today. Hearth Music has enthused, "Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Irish music” while Irish Music Magazine declares that she is “one of the best in her genre.” www.colleenraney.com
PRAISE FOR HANZ ARAKI
“Pure exhilaration for the ears.” – FolkWords
“…splendid, absolutely fabulous”
– BBC Wales, Celtic Heartbeat
“Araki’s distinctive voice, while definitely in the folk tradition, carries a lot of emotion; Throughout, the instrumental work is exceptional.”
– The Irish Edition
“The musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.”
– Fatea Magazine
COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 8:00 PM
SISTER MOON returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage to celebrate the richness of the female experience with their “Song Cycle,” all original songs by GAYLE LESLIE BLUEMEL (vocals/keyboard) and DEVORAH ROSS JOHNSEN (vocals/guitar).
Guest Artist MICHELLE BEAUSCHESNE provides additional depth and color through her vibrant cello accompaniment.
The show, for women and for those who love them, is an eclectic musical journey through life as SISTER MOON tells stories of the changing face and phases of Femininity from Maiden, to Mother, to Lover, to Sage.
· It's a powerful evening and performance from two women who were just beginning to figure themselves out when the 1960s feminist movement started taking shape. The truths, the myths, and the inner misconceptions of growing up and growing old are all laid out to bare on stage. If you are a feminine leading personality, I strongly urge you to attend this show!!
· Magnificent, sublime, poetic, radiant. You are consummate artists and 'Sister Moon', a triumph.
· You ladies were spellbinding.
||Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk
Listen to The Kin Folk:
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
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!
|| 2:00 p.m. MATINEE
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Riane Eisler, author of “The Chalice and the Blade” says,
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Now That She’s Gone has been described as a Lily Tomlin /
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BRENDA XU will be appearing with her 3-piece band consisting of two acoustic guitars and drums/percussion to promote her newest ambient-folk album "For The Winter." After releasing a debut EP and a full-length record in her hometown of San Diego to numerous accolades (including reviews in Performer Magazine and a nomination from the San Diego Music Awards), Brenda Xu (pronounced "shoo") re-located to Seattle where she just released her second album. Her ethereal voice has been compared to artists such as PJ Harvey, Daughter, and Aimee Mann.
||THE LITTLEST BIRDS are a nationally touring cello and banjo duo from the Eastern Sierra of California featuring David Huebner on cello and Sharon Martinson on clawhammer banjo. Together since 2010 they've taken their unique Americana sound across 34 U.S. States, and Canada including such festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in B.C., the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, and the California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley to name just a few.
Their sound is hard to describe as it seems to capture something both familiar and yet altogether unique. While both David and Sharon have classical music backgrounds, their original music is inspired by their lifestyle along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada where they make their home, and by many different musical interests from the "grunge" music of the '90s to the oldest American folk recordings. Through David's history of long backpack trips and mountain climbing, to Sharon's study of ecology and old time appalachian music, to their joint building venture in Baja, they combine inspirations to form a sort of chamber music meets folk music sound that is dynamic and soothing. Many years ago you may've seen David as a twelve year old on the Disney Channel, as principal cellist of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, which included a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Or you may've run into Sharon deep in the forests of the southeast as she studied southern pine beetle ecology for her PhD at Dartmouth College where she also played french horn in their chamber orchestra. Like many of the great artists in American folk music that have come before them, they are contributing by the stories they tell and the images created by their music.
"Boasting a bit of a world’s collide aesthetic, the Littlest Birds is a musical duo built around a cello and a banjo. That’s all. But, who needs anything else when you sound as good as these two do." CJ, Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA 2014
|| 8:00 P.M.
“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
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
||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.”
MASTER FINGERSTYLE GUITARIST TOULOUSE ENGELHARDT & JOHN YORK, FORMER MEMBER OF THE “BYRDS” TO PERFORM
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:
||Matinee @ 3:00 P.M.
VICTORIA BLYTHE with WALTER STRAUSS....
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).
||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
||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.
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