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July 2015
Wednesday July 29 8:00 P.M. $20 ART PODELL & TRACY NEWMAN....Stars in parallel galaxies.

TRACY NEWMAN....“Her style is so mellow and understated that her satirical truths will often twist right in under your cognitive/emotive guard. My favorite in this show is "Fire Up the Weed," a painfully funny account of a relationship between two people with little left in common but heavy substance abuse. Tracy Newman knows that the surest way to have a joyous heart and mind is to keep them both open._" - Scrolling Stone.

Tracy Newman was a start-at-the-top TV writer. Her first staff-writing job was on Cheers. She won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for co-writing the groundbreaking “coming-out” episode of Ellen. She co-created the ABC/TV series According to Jim. ‘After a career of scribing for TV she shifted to writing songs full time. She has 3 CDs out: A Place in the Sun, I Just See You, and for children, I Can Swing Forever. You can read more about Tracy here: www.tracynewman.com.

ART PODELL ...“Your voice is smooth…full of joy and as familiar as an old friend…I laughed my ass off at 'She Came Back'…” Jack Murphy, Toni nominated Broadway lyricist.

ART PODELL presents an inside look at the life of a folksinger from 1961 Greenwich Village to The White House, stopping in almost every city in the US and Europe. Music and stories from a guy with Gold Records on the wall, a Grammy on the shelf.

His first Columbia album with Paul Potash - Art and Paul, Songs of Earth and Sky, influenced Barry McGuire, David Crosby, Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer. Charlie Haden jumped at the chance to play bass behind them. He's written songs for Anne Murray, The Smothers Brothers, Glen Yarbrough, Bud and Travis, The New Christy Minstrels, (an original member). Many favorite NCM songs were written by Art. He's scored films, produced albums, including the landmark Biff Rose -The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side.

His current CD - From The Village To The Canyon, in the top 10 folk music CDs for 2014 (Roots Music airplay report) is still played nationally. Art hosts Roots Music and Beyond on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. Tracy Newman often co-hosts… For more: www.artpodell.com
Have a sweet roll, coffee and a great time with Tracy Newman and Art Podell. A full evening of fun and music in the best venue
in Los Angeles for classy shows, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A steal and a gift at this price.

 

Thursday July 30 8:00 P.M. $18 After a couple of years of trying to match our schedules we got him with his 10 piece big band. Something to thrill everyone.

SKIP SPIRIO's 10 PIECE JAZZ/BLUES PROJECT...

features the original works of some of the most creative composer/arrangers on the scene today. The sound of the group is an eclectic mix of the traditional big band era of the 30s and 40s, the burnin' NY bebop scene of the 50s and 60s, the rock/funk/latin fusion scene that came to follow, and forms yet to be defined.

"The beauty of this 10 piece format", Spiro says, "is that we're big enough to produce a very full ensemble sound, yet small enough to shine the spotlight on each of the players. So the focus of the group is on new original material (along with re-worked standards and such) designed to feature each of these great ensemble players as soloists in their own right. In the traditional sense, there are no sidemen in this band, everyone is a featured soloist. This not only makes for a great musical experience, but a very happy band. And of course judging from responses we receive night after night, that enthusiasm translates right out there to the audience!”

 

For this particular show, I’ve added the amazing Dave Tull on drums and vocals. If you’re not familiar with Dave, he’s toured with Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, the Jack Sheldon Big Band, Cheryl Bentyne (of Manhattan Transfer) and many others.

Dave is an extraordinarily talented composer/arranger/vocalist in addition to being one of the most in demand first call studio drummers in town. Dave will be singing songs from his critically acclaimed CD “I Just Want to Get Paid” and will also be previewing new tunes to be included on his brand new CD to come out in a few months.


FRIDAY JULY 31 8:00 P.M. $20 THE SOUTHERN SIRENS....top of the musical heap. Hip, musical and cute.

SOUTHERN SIRENS.... an all-girl Pop/Americana trio based out of the Louisville, KY area who a plethora of genres in their originals and covers. Each song gets its own distinctive sound along with a unique instrumental blend magically melding violin, percussion/drums, guitar, and vocals.

Racing onto the musical scene in December 2013, Southern Sirens rattled chains in a remarkably short time. Star Talent does that. In May 2014 they were flown to L.A. as a selected Top 70 Act for ABC's Rising Star on Season 1. The girls were tapped as a Top 100 Semi-Finalist for Pepsi’s Southern Original Competition out of over 5,000 entries. In August 2014 Southern Sirens competed in the KICK 102.9 Country Showdown finishing in 2nd from the top. Other performance highlights include:

In February 2015, Southern Sirens made their Canada debut playing the Urban Gala for the Windsor White Eagles Soccer League.

In October 2014 Southern Sirens were the featured entertainers for the official VIP Pre-Party Reception for the 'Louder Than Life' Festival.

In October 2014 Southern Sirens had a successful cross country mini tour to the Woodsongs Coffeehouse Sessions in Ogden UT, Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen CO, and the Ozark Arts and Craft Festival in Fayetteville AR.

September 2014 saw Southern Sirens SPOTLIGHTED in the opening performance with Michael Fitzpatrick (world renowned cellist: Dali Lama and Hollywood Bowl), CJ Vanston (multi Grammy-nominated producer, film composer, session keyboard player and songwriter), and the West Louisville Boys and Girls Choir at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

In September 2014 Southern Sirens performed as one of two opening acts (the other being the Temptations Review) for Bruno Mars as part of the Congo 14 Festival.

In September 2014 Southern Sirens shared the limelight with Carlene Carter, June Carter Cash's daughter, at Livenation's Mercury Ballroom.

Earlier the topped it all off at Mercury Ballroom’s MERCURY RISING: Local Music Series on July 12th to the biggest crowd ever it had had.

Abbey Road on the River, the world's biggest Beatles festival boasting 25,000 attendees each year, hosted them in May 2014.

In February 2014 they performed at Abbey Road on the River’s 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan/Beatles 50th Reenactment which was sold out in the 600 seat Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Other recent festival appearances include Churchill Downs' Autumn N'Spires Festival and New Albany's Indiefest in September 2014, Lower Town Art & Music Festival in May 2014, and Gonzofest in April 2014. www.southernsirensmusic.com

THEY ARE SAVAGING THE MUSICAL SCENE AND KICKING OFF ON THE WEST COAST TOUR AT The Coffee Gallery Backstage...they are individually, Anna Blanton (violin, backup vocals), Emmy Bodner (lead vocals, guitar), and Madison Cunningham (drums, cajon, backup vocals) and they are reckoned with. Pay attention now or be sad later.

 

August 2015
Saturday August 1 7:00 P.M. $20 The Burgans & Chan ~ Folk Songs & Stories


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.

Sunday August 2 3:00 P.M. $20

THE NEW ASH GROVE PLAYERS ....

 

perform authentic American roots music - folk, country, blues and bluegrass that will uplift your spirit. For this performance they will be playing songs from the historic Bristol Sessions, the first recordings of country music in 1927. Taking inspiration from the many historic ?roots? musicians that passed through the doors of the famed Ash Grove Music Club on Melrose Blvd. in Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60's, these 6 talented and seasoned musicians and singers play a variety of instruments and take great traditional songs and give them new life.

 

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

Sunday August 2 7:00 PM $18 JIM RADFORD WITH ROSS ALTMAN AT The COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE You don’t get this chance often. Take it!

Bob Stane says: Jim Radford is one of England's Best Known Sea Shanty Singers and Britain’s youngest surviving D-Day veteran, a true profile in courage at the age of 15. He hit the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 at 15 years of age. Do you really want to miss this?

Yes, we bring you music, history and nostalgia....the best there is to offer. Extreme quality. All we need is you in our plastic seats.

Only The Coffee Gallery Backstage will be presenting this show. Yes, we are magic.

Jim Radford is England’s best-known folk singer and sea shanty singer. His current notoriety is largely due to the BBC’s belated discovery last year that he is also Britain’s youngest surviving D-Day veteran, a true profile in courage at the age of 15, as well as the only one who has written a decent song about it—The Shores of Normandy—one that has struck an emotional chord with most of the people who have heard it, including the Queen—which he will sing tonight. Before that and throughout the sixties and seventies he was even better known as an anti-nuclear activist and prisoner of conscience, as well as a successful organizer of major community action campaigns, which may account for the many protest songs in his repertoire.

All the songs Jim sings tell a story. Some need no introduction, while with others he will often explain the background or tell a related anecdote that links it to his interests or those of his audience. Jim carries on a tradition of a capella singing of Shanties and forebitters, linked to the great shanty singers of the past such as the late Stan Hugill and Cyril Tawney going back to the 19th Century. Jim Radford sang his now classic D-Day song in a command performance at the Royal Albert Hall 70th anniversary commemoration last year broadcast on the BBC. The BBC was made famous during World War II as the source of war correspondent Edward R. Murrow’s broadcasts, “This is London.”

For those unfamiliar with England’s concert geography and iconography, that is the Hall made famous by John Lennon’s quip “Rich people in the box seats don’t need to clap—you can simply rattle your jewelry;” and Bob Dylan’s 1966 post-electric tour where he was accused of being “Judas!” for abandoning his acoustic guitar. In short, is Britain’s Carnegie Hall, and we are fortunate to have their most recent hit-maker sing in our favorite coffee house concert venue. How great is that? History is coming to the Coffee Gallery Backstage, and you have the rare opportunity to be an eye-witness to it.

Opening for Jim and MC’ing the concert will be L.A.’s own Ross Altman, prolific topical folk singer/song-fighter and staff writer for FolkWorks, www.folkworks.org. Ross is the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest Music Legend Award winner for 2010, their 50th anniversary. He heads the Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club and is a loyal member of Local 47. Singing in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly, with six-and-twelve string guitars, five-sting long neck banjo and harmonicas, Ross is known for his historical songs and activism for social justice, and for satirical protest songs that prompted Kris Kristoffersen to say (from the front row of a large fundraiser they were both singing for), “Altman, you’re one damn funny son-of-a bitch!”

Don’t miss Jim Radford’s one-of-a-kind trans-Atlantic concert and show by a member of England’s greatest generation—who helped defeat fascism and save Western Civilization in 1944, and today stands proud as an elder statesman of Veterans for Peace.

 

Los Angeles folk singer Ross Altman may be reached at greygoosemusic@aol.com

Photo By: Jim Williams

TUESDAY August 4 8:00 P.M. $18 MOLLY RYAN and DAN LEVINSON are two of the most in-demand musicians on the New York hot jazz scene. The sweet swingin' sounds of Dan's clarinet and saxophone mixed with the worldly-wise enchanting vocals by Molly, make one recall all of life's beauty. Between the two of them they have performed with the likes of Mel Tormé, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman and Wynton Marsalis. They perform worldwide at jazz festivals, concert series’ and can be heard on multiple soundtracks including the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. A performance by this dynamic duo is never to be missed. Visit them on the web at www.mollyryan.com & www.danlevinson.com

MOLLY RYAN - “A critic's favorite" - so proclaims author and music writer for The Wall Street Journal Will Friedwald in reference to Molly Ryan. Indeed, Molly's silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.
Since moving to New York City in August of 2003, Molly has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s- style orchestra, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. She is currently a member of Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers.
Molly has appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout the country including the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles, and headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi. She has led her own group at Iridium and at Birdland for the club's Sunday evening showcase, "Jazz Party."
Molly's debut album Dream a Little Dream was released in 2002. Her second solo album Songbird in the Moonlight came out in 2008. Molly can also be heard on the albums Steppin' Around with Dan Levinson's Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra (Stomp Off Records, 2006), At the Codfish Ball with Dan Levinson's Swing Wing (Loup-garous Productions, 2009), and Four on the Floor with the Palomar Quartet (Loup-garous Productions, 2008). Molly’s new album, entitled Swing for Your Supper, features Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy Reinhart, Dan Levinson, Vince Giordano, Kevin Dorn, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, as well as guest vocalists Banu Gibson and Maude Maggart. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Visit Molly on the web at www.mollyryan.com

DAN LEVINSON - Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan's roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen's band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of  Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, New York's preeminent 1920s orchestra, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Dan's successful Benny Goodman tributes have been presented both on the East Coast with James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band and throughout Germany with Andrej Hermlin's Swing Dance Orchestra. He has recorded over 100 CDs, including nine under his own name. Dan can be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat's Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, as well as the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

Visit Dan on the web at www.danlevinson.com.

Thursday August 6 8:00 P.M. $15 SANGAM 'East West Chamber Music'
Featuring....Paul Livingstone & Peter Jacobson

Sangam is a chamber music duo of sitarist Paul Livingstone and cellist Peter Jacobson. Sangam is touring CA this year presenting a series of intimate concerts of innovative compositions and improvisations straddling the worlds of Indian classical music and European polyphony. Their unique counterpoint is imbibed with the free spirit of a jazz improvisation and incorporates touches of Latin and popular music styles.
Paul & Pete have been recording and touring together for over 10 years performing new world music with Arohi Ensemble, Build an Ark and Quartetto Fantastico among many other projects in the creative Los Angeles music world. They have been featured on three Grammy Award winning records with Ozomatli, Quetzal & Rickey Kej. Join us for an upcoming concert for some unique musical meditations & dynamic poly-rhythmic counterpoint.
Sangam means 'a confluence of rivers', it is a meeting place of disparate streams flowing into one. The SANGAM Ensemble features virtuoso musicians
Paul Livingstone ~ sitar & Peter Jacobson ~ cello

LA Times 'religious unity with sitar' www.tanpura.com
web link: http://www.tanpura.com/ensembles_collaborations.html

Best video link: https://vimeo.com/125209219

FRIDAY AUGUST 7 8:00 P.M. $15 Hans York

"Hans York is a man of vast musical talents and one of the best songwriters around." (European Weekly)

“York's voice feels as smooth as an FM-Jazz announcer and pulls me right in. It's the perfect voice to front such richly textured music. He's a true Renaissance musician, skilled in many genres, knowing exactly how to blend them and sweep me off my feet.” Jennifer Layton (Indie-music.com)Received Awards include:
22nd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Award for “Listen to the Moon”
13th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest for “Listen to the Moon”
Great American Song Contest Award for “Empty Tin”

German-born, Seattle-based, Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hans York has quickly made himself a name as an extraordinary DADGAD player and strong, engaging performer with a distinctive style and an irrepressibly delightful and approachable manner. His intimate and distinctive voice draws comparisons to Paul Simon, Kenny Rankin, Sting or Michael Franks and captures the audience instantly with its honesty and clearness. Hans spent six months in Rio de Janeiro where he studied Samba, Bossa Nova and popular Brazilian music, an experience that upon his return to Germany, inspired his first solo album Hazzazar and the follow up "Sau Gut."

Hans accompanied Robert Palmer on German TV, toured as bassist with the New York Broadway Ensemble, played throughout Europe with master harp player Rüdiger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as Soloist on fretless bass with the "Ars Quittilinga" Chamber Orchestra (Concerto written by contemporary East German composer Thomas König). Hans York co- founded the German Worldmusic cult band Moka Efti and recorded three CDs with them. The third album, “Fata Morgana” features US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein (Vienna Art Orchestra).

Hans York is a world musician in the true sense of the term, drawing most of his present day inspiration from his vast eclectic background.


Saturday August 8 3:00 P.M. MATINEE $20
ROD MELANCON & PATRICK CARRICO....

Celebrate the best in young California country music with two artists making an important impact on today's country, roots and Americana music scene: Rod Melancon and Patrick Carrico, two artists as good as it gets among today's singer-songwriters. This is a rare opportunity to see them together.

Rod Melancon is a story teller, and whether those stories are late night, coal-mine dark or Saturday sunny summertime barn dance bright, he delivers them with true authority.” Paul Zollo, American Songwriter. His performances are dynamic, engaging and hypnotic.

Blue Elan recording artist, Rod Melancon, one of the most important young artists in Americana today, is tearing through Los Angeles delivering shows with a passionate performance of original songs capturing the soul the true heart of America today.
His 2014 album, Parish Lines, won the young singer-songwriter great critical acclaim, including being named by No Depression magazine as one of the Top 10 albums of the year. Country television's CMT Edge in Nashville selected Rod among the Top 5 artists to watch in 2015. The South Louisiana native will be entering the studio again soon to begin work on his Blue Elan debut with producer Brian Whelan.

Patrick Carrico is one of the southland's most promising young California-country artists. With a strong leaning toward Memphis-style rockabilly and Indie rock influence he combines it all to create a landscape of classic country sounds in the tradition of  Dwight Yoakum. Through his original songs and as a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Patrick is a reminder of just how good a country artist can be when he carries his own vision and holds strong to the roots of American music. He is a three-time nominee for the 2014 L.A. Music Awards including Best Country Single of the Year("Barfly"), Best Musical Group of the Year and Social Media Artist of the Year. His second EP, Going to Town on Live On Analog Records will be released in June.
Saturday August 8 7:00 P.M. $20

THE UNTOUCHABLES....Untouchables Jazz Band...

 

return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage for a very special jazzy AUGUST performance. This talented group of musicians first came on the Pasadena jazz scene four years ago, and perfected their youthful approach to jazz right here on The Coffee Gallery's Backstage. The five members of  The Untouchables spent the past four months apart, sharpening their skills at institutions of higher learning around the world.

Keyboardist Eric Engler grew up in Chicago's suburbs listening to jazz tunes, taking piano and trumpet lessons. After moving to La Canada, he happily spent his high school years playing with jazz with The Untouchables. He continues to play both piano and trumpet and is currently studying Jazz Performance and Recording Arts at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory.

Drummer Shan Haupt is beating his drums all over Europe as he studies at The American University of Paris, France. Shan is studying how jazz is interpreted throughout different regions of Europe and is the undisputed king of the music room at AUP.

Vocalist Nora Sagal is currently performing with the Harvard Opportunes while attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While charming audiences with her jazzed up interpretations of holiday favorites, you may recognize Nora's voice. Nora sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the George Clooney movie, “The Monuments Men.”

Bass player Joshua Spry studies Music at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also plays with the College's Jazz Ensemble. Although he's a music major with an emphasis in trumpet, Josh passionately plays the typical jazz acoustic stand-up bass and the bass guitar when playing with The Untouchables.

Saxophone player Matthew Schwartz currently performs with University of California - Berkeley's Jazz Ensemble, a group of ten elite musicians, ranging from two freshmen to graduate students. Matthew is the only alto sax in the Jazz Ensemble, which performs in various venues in the Berkeley area.

As Pasadena Weekly's John Sollenburger said: “All The Untouchables members bring serious chops and a dedication to the genre that goes beyond their years.”

 

Sunday,

Matinee Show

August 9 3:00 P.M. $20 STEPHEN INGLIS, Award Winning Slack Key Guitarist, in an afternoon of stunning six string slinging and song.

A lazy Summer afternoon in Hawaii.

STEPHEN INGLIS is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.


Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slacking on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric; and a new one, Learning You By Heart, has just been released in the Spring of 2015.


Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Stephen keeps expanding his musical range. And he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.


“Inglis’ pleasing vocals, clear lyrics, and skilled, dramatic guitar playing are soaked in good vibrations. Filled to the rim with naked emotion. Whatever your taste in music, it’s hard not to be moved” – Adam Harrington, Whisperin’ and Hollerin, U.K.
“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” – Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser.

Monday August 10 8 PM $15

 

 

Joseph in the Well is an original music project led by violinist-looper Joe Kye. Featuring violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion, the band’s unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis. Indicative of Joe's migrant upbringing, Joseph in the Well draws from multiple genres, including rock, jazz, classical, and world music.

Joseph in the Well aims to produce an uplifting and empowering sound, one aimed at self-reflection, (re)discovery, and budding compassion. It is about love, loss, and a universal community.

Joining JOE KYE this night and rounding out his band will be three
outstanding players, Casey Lipka on Bass, Andres Salazar playing drums and RASAR....guest vocalist. The creativity and sound is complete."

joekye.com
facebook.com/joekyemusic

TUESDAY AUGUST 11 8:00 P.M. $20

JUANITO PASCUAL THE NEW FLAMENCO TRIO

www.juanitopascual.com

JUANITO PASCUAL THE NEW FLAMENCO TRIO are the world's first Flamenco Power Trio. They leavE audiences across North America breathless with a visionary blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco seasoned with jazz, rock, funk and latin sounds. Guitarist Pascual, joined by acoustic bassist Brad Barrett and Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla have a dynamic and spellbinding chemistry, inviting you on a exhilarating and passionate musical ride.

Virtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. His newest project, Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla (Julian Lage Group, Bobby McFerrin, Bob Moses) and bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh and exhilarating sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad and building a loyal and ever-increasing fan base with each performance.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12 8:00 P.M. $20

HAWAII COMES TO THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE

LED KAAPANA is a musical legend, a National Heritage Fellow unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone to falsetto vocal range. A delightful performer with kolohe (rascal) charm, Led boasts multiple Na Hoku (Hawaiian Music Awards), including Favorite Entertainer. He is very, very famous.

Ledward Kaapana is a master slack key guitarist.”—The New York Times.
"…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked." -- The Honolulu Advertiser.

“His fleet fingers, leaping phrases and seemingly boundless imagination for improvisation suggest a jazz influence…”
-- The Seattle Times

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana has been one of Hawai‘i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of “Led Heads” from Europe to Australia to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three Grammy wins on slack key compilations. He has won multiple Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) awards, including 2009 Favorite Entertainer of the Year.

Thursday August 13 8:00 P.M. $5.00 ESPRESSO..... and they say,

“We are a 3 piece band called "Espresso" from Los Angeles. We play indie rock music. With influences from funk and jazz. You will be very glad if you come see us ;)”
The $5.00 admission is to tempt everyone in, especially, the young and on a budget.

Friday August 14 8:00 P.M. $20 TRIO BALKAN STRINGS.....Balkan Swing - World Fusion....ON USA TOUR

TRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Zoran Starcevic & sons) performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan music: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental…Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretation. The result, combining many cultures, is BALKAN SWING - WORLD FUSION, virtuoso, rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy. Authentic, attractive music with the finest taste, real presentation of guitar music in Balkan Jazz style, unique interpretation from three of them and the universal music language, without frontiers. A real music trip by Balkan carpet, so if you like Jazz, Swing, Ethno, Classical, or you simply like guitar music, it is your perfect choice. They invented 6 hands playing on 1 guitar and that is their trademark.
They have performed in many Festivals (Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music) and concerts in: USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Chech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
ON USA TOUR @ at the Coffee Gallery Backstage Friday August 14th, 8pm

"Trio Balkan Strings dedication to the music of the Balkans and central Europe is inspiring. The guitar interpretations of this music are wonderful. Really good" John McLaughlin

Saturday Afternoon Matinee
August 15 3:00 P.M. $25

NOEL HILL.....world champion of the CONCERTINA.

 

Leading virtuoso of the instrument. Noel Hill has taken the humble concertina from the house dances of County Clare in western Ireland to major stages throughout the world. Not only an awe-inspiring performer but a teacher and a well respected authority on Irish traditional music, Noel lives in the district of Connemara in Ireland’s County Galway. Noel Hill comes to the United States for teaching and concerts only once a year and this year will be making a rare Southern California appearance, performing a solo concert at Altadena’s famous “The Coffee Gallery Backstage”! Noel Hill was born in Caherea in West County Clare, Ireland, one of eight children in a musical family. Noel learned his craft from family and legendary local musician such as Willie Clancy, Paddy Canny (uncle of fiddler Martin Hayes), Peter O'Loughlin, Paddy Murphy, and Micky Hanrahan. As a young man, his playing quickly gained nationwide attention and he was already making appearances on Irish television while still in his teens. Joining up with fiddler and longtime friend Tony Linnane, together with musicians Tony Callanan and Kieran Hanrahan, he formed the group "Inchiquin". His most celebrated album from those earlier years is "Noel Hill and Tony Linnane which remains a seminal album of Irish music. Into the 1980’s he toured with and was often featured on albums by the group “Planxty” with the celebrated singer Christy Moore. Noel’s album “The Irish Concertina”, released in 1988, was widely lauded and cemented his stature as the leading player of his instrument. Concert tours included trips to Europe, America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Today he maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as teaching at Irish festivals and his own “Noel Hill School of irish Concertina”.

...Ireland's greatest concertina player--Seamus Ennis, piper, singer, broadcaster

...Noel Hill's fame precedes him in the form of Albums and broadcasts that serve as a forum for his talents.
--The New York Times

There is little doubt that in music there is a special place for the concertina when so brilliantly executed by Noel Hill.--The Irish Times

 

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

 

INCENDIO.....

BOB STANE SAYS TO HIS BELOVED PATRONS OF THE ARTS....Incendio now fills every show and every seat. I do not like to send you away with "sorry, sold out" ringing in your ears. Call now. You know I like you and want you so let us not pretend. Use the electric telephone now.

INCENDIO....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 August 16 7:00 pm $20 Bob Stane says: A note and warning about THE KENNEDYS....When I went to Folk Alliance exhibits and conferences around America, certain acts were featured. The Kennedys were given an entire house in which to exhibit their show and skills. I got there late
and had to watch and listen through a small window on the sidewalk. No room at the inn. This January 11 we have a double header. THE KENNEDYS at night and a ukulele workshop in the afternoon. Learn, learn, learn.

First....some info about the evening show. Here it is:


THE KENNEDYS.....


"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.

Monday August 17 8:00 P.M. $18 ROY ZIMMERMAN: THE FAUCET'S ON FIRE!

He holds a great place in history. The Pope washed Roy's mouth out with soap. Then they laughed about it and smoked and drank wine. What a party. Or was it an initiation?

What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman. "The Faucet's on Fire!" is ninety minutes of Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

YouTube links:

"The Faucet's on Fire!" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFD72ECm_CM
"To Be a Liberal" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qgiNPVpSM
"Creation Science 101" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs
"My Vote, My Voice, My Right” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM

 

TUESDAY August 18 8:00 P.M. $18

MARY KAYE...

 

is a critically acclaimed and multiple award winning singer-songwriter. She tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada with her unique brand of western roots music. Her full spectrum vocals literally fill the theater with sound. She has been compared to Patsy Cline, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, and Emmy Lou Harris. Her show is not just music performed live but "Live Entertainment!" Mary Kaye's award winning three octave range, amazing musical dexterity, singing well loved classics along with her award winning originals, magnetic stage presence, beautiful guitar playing, great song introductions, and her fun sense of humor all make for a memorable show. Her music crosses many boundaries and has won her many faithful fans. www.mary-kaye.com

"Mary Kaye is a major find.... She possesses a voice that defies categorization." - BREATHEcast
"Her sound is wonderfully rich, rootsy, and deeply evocative." - Peter Hay, Twin Vision
"Mary Kaye is one of the strongest singers working today." - Big Sky Journal

2014 & 2013 Nominated - Entertainer of the Year - Western Music Association
2013 Female Performer of the Year - Western Music Association
2013 Songwriter of the Year - Western Music Association
2013 Spur Award - Western Writers of America
2013 Best Solo Musician - True West MagazineIn 2010

FRIDAY AUGUST 21 8:00 P.M. $15

TARA LOUISE....

 

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

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

 

Saturday August 22 7:00 PM $20

SLIGO RAGS...now featured at Disneyland.


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

Sunday August 23 matinee. 3:00 P.M. $20

TOM PRASADA RAO & SUSAN MARIE REEVES.....

 

are two exceptional award winning songwriters. Tom has won numerous awards -Kerrville New Folk Winner, Falcon Ridge Most Wanted, WAMA Songwriter of the Year, Kerrville Indie Album of the Year to name a few. Susan has won both the Silverton Jubilee & the Kauai Music Festival songwriter contests, & runner up in the Durango Songwriters Expo contest. They are touring together for August of 2015 to Utah, Colorado & California making sweet melodious music.

Tom Prasada Rao has performed with Janis Ian, Peter Yarrow, Michael Hedges, Ani Difranco, Odetta, David Wilcox, & Ritchie Havens, he tours the US throughout the year playing festivals & music venues - Visually and musically, Tom is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as I've seen in a long time. —Jim Bessman, Billboard. A virtual world music ensemble rolled into one guy. His voice weaves incantations, and the guitar is a magic wand in the hands of this extraordinary musician. —The Takoma Park Folk Festival.


Susan Marie Reeves is a musical gypsy, a multi-instrumentalist, playing all over the country. Her beautifully melodic and lyrical songs come from a bluegrass background with Wild Sage, and her current band The Honeysuckle Possums, her music is a dusty mix of Alison Krauss & Sarah McLachlin. She has 2 new projects coming out soon, her 3rd solo CD and a priemier CD with a new band - The Shoeless Suzies. http://susanmariereeves.bandcamp.com/      http://www.facebook.com/susanmariereeves

SUNDAY August 23 7:00 P.M. $15

BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND


There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass.

With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of  Burning Heart Bluegrass provide these essentials with all the energy, drive, passion, and precision that prompted Ralph Rinzler to call Bluegrass music "folk music on overdrive." Drawing it's repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB provides a genuine Bluegrass experience.

The members of Burning Heart Bluegrass are:

Jeff Fleck was originally drawn to Bluegrass because it reminded him of the folk music he used to play way back when; he stuck with it because he loves the energy and precision that Bill Monroe brought to the traditional forms of mountain music.


Dan Sankey is an accomplished banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar player and has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally.


Born in Louisiana, Keith Chagnon By the time he was In his teens he was entering and winning banjo contests. Keith has played in numerous Bluegrass bands in Ohio and Kentucky, and, since the mid 80s, in California.


Steve Rosenstein entered the music scene when he joined Sweet Smoke, the psychedelic jazz-rock band based in Germany on the Dutch border. Returning to the USA, he performed Irish music in Boston, and, after a move to California, in Santa Cruz. Since moving to Los Angeles in Steve has performed with many musicians in the country/Bluegrass scene, including Richard Greene, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Anderson, and Herb Pederson.


Born and raised in rural Oregon along the Columbia River, Ron Vance didn't discover Bluegrass until he settled in Santa Monica. Innumerable festivals, fiddle contests, jams and bands later, Ron finds himself in Burning Heart Bluegrass, still enjoying the ride.

MONDAY AUGUST 24 8:00 P.M. $15

Bob Stane says: This is a national treasure. Available only on a Monday but at a bargain ticket price.

 

RAY BONNEVLLE is like gunpowder and opium.” – Ray Wylie Hubbard.


Ray Bonneville, has created and mastered a fusion of traditional American Roots and Blues music all his own and deeply influenced by his upbringing in French Canada and the years he spent writing and playing music in New Orleans. He is known as the master of the slow burn, the groove and one of the best harmonica players alive today. Ray plays more than 150 shows a year in US, Canada and Europe. His performances are riveting and deep, yet full of humor and joy. In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and was nominated twice more. Ray's song “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray won the International Blues Challenge in 2012 in Memphis. His 2014 release, “Easy Gone”, has topped the blues, roots and Americana charts since April, 2014.


Ray Bonneville is a hard driving, blues dipped, song and groove man writing about the people on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful, with a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion. In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) and was nominated twice more. Ray's song “I am the Big Easy” was the most played song by American folk DJs, and won “Song of the Year” in 2009. Ray won the International Blues Challenge in 2012 in Memphis.

 

Wednesday August 26 8:00 P.M. $15 MIKKI DANIEL..... brings the Texas sunshine to the stage where ever she performs! She loves and lives the Western life she writes and sings about. Touted by Michael Martin Murphy as the “future of Western Music’, she has won Western Music Association’s “Crescendo Award” and in 2014 made history as the youngest recipient of a Wrangler Award with her debut CD “Gotta Be a Cowgirl”. She was a finalist in 2014 in the nominations by the Western Music Association for Western Swing Album of the Year and in 2015 by the Academy of Western Artists for Western Album of the Year, Western Female Entertainer of the Year, and Western Song of the Year. She is known for her ability to spin a tale (as evidenced by her original songs on both her CD’s, “Cowgirl Swing” and “Gotta Be a Cowgirl” and her book “Girls and Gunsmoke”), her strong rhythm guitar, and crystal-clear voice and yodel. Whether performing a swingy, fun and toe-tapping western swing or big band tune, or a soft and haunting rendition of a familiar old cowboy song, original, or hymn, you can't help but love the personality, energy and engaging smile of this young entertainer!
MIKKI DANIEL AWARDS: 2014 Rural Roots Commission Western Swing Album-“Cowgirl Swing” 2014 New Horizons Wrangler Award-“Gotta Be A Cowgirl” Hayloft Gang National Singing Contest
*GRAND PRIZE WINNER Martin Guitar DV28
Western Music Association:
*Crecendo Award *Marilyn Tuttle “Best of the Best” Harmony AWARD
*Janet McBride “Best of the Best” Yodeler AWARD *Youth Harmony AWARD
*Female Yodeler Champion AWARD *Youth Yodeler Champion AWARD *Swing Album of the Year Finalist Academy of Western Artists: *AWA Yodeler of the Year Award
* AWA Album of the Year Finalist *AWA Song of the Year Finalist *AWA Young Artist Finalist *2015 Top Five Nominee for Female Western Artist
*2015 Top Five Nominee for Western Album of the Year
Western Writers of America
*Spur Award Finalist for Best Western Song for “Cold Blue Eyes”
North Texas Book Festival
*2nd Place Finalist Young Adult Fiction for Girls and Gunsmoke

Crossroads Gathering
*Song of the Year-“Texas Kerosene”
*Performer of the Year

 

Thursday August 27 8:00 P.M. $18

THE SALTY SUITES with extra special guest opening act....JULIA MARSHALL.

 

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

THE SALTY SUITES... get better and better every time they headline at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Exciting, inspiring and a fine show of wonderful music and wit. Good for the eyes, good for the ears. Just the right seasoning. Returning to the scene of the crime will be those merry makers of music and mirth, That's right The Salty Suites. This time they they bring with them riches... not from the orient or strange lands, but from the recording studio. That's right folks, the NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! Fresh off the presses, the Suites bring you their 3rd Recorded project, "We All Go Down Together". They will have plenty of these flat round discs for your listening pleasure. The Salty Suites are Scott Gates on Mandolin, The lovely Chelsea Williams on Guitar and the also stunningly rugged Chuck Hailes on Bass, all on vocals and high on energy, this band will leave you smilingand wanting more. Come have a coffee, a tasty snack and settle in for a night of great music. Come lend us your ears!

PLUS.....

 

JULIA MARSHALL.... is a singer-songwriter and musician living in San Gabriel, CA. She has been writing songs since she was six years old, but it wasn't until after her high school graduation when she began to take songwriting more seriously as a possible career. During her teen years, Julia played drums in a couple of cover bands with several of her close friends; they covered songs by bands including the White Stripes, Nirvana, and Blink 182. Her favorite memories of performing (both solo and in a group) include high school show choir, the open mic nights at Rick's Diner in Alhambra, the 2015 Lunar New Year festival in Monterey Park, and busking in Oldtowne Pasadena. Julia's original songs are inspired by the sounds of jazz, punk rock, and the blues. And her influences include the White Stripes, Social Distortion, the Ramones, Daft Punk, Selena y Los Dinos, Rodriguez, the Pillows, the Blue Hearts, and her dad, mandolinist Evan Marshall.

FRIDAY AUGUST 28 8:00 P.M. $18

JULIE CROCKETT & THE EVANGENITALS....

 

Boasting one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world, The Evangenitals have built a fiercely loyal following through thousands of shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals in the US and UK (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.

An alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee, The Evangenitals are 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. Fiddler Andrea Baker and Joey Maramba round out a powerhouse quartet of unbelievable talent for this performance.

Frequently performing with such legendary musicians as Jim Kweskin of Jug Band fame, the Evangenitals are known for their genre-bending repertoire which spans folk, Americana, bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, gospel, pop, rock, R&B -- depending upon their mood, and what the audience is asking for. Their interactive, comedic, and deeply soulful performance convert lifelong fans at every performance.

Their latest release, Moby Dick: or, The Album, (Fluff & Gravy Records) is a conceptual 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. They are as infectious as they are ambitious, filled with humor, insight, mystery and wonder.

Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash, all welded together with the mutant masterminds of Ween: The jukebox at the Mad Hatters tea party is the Evangenitals.

evangenitals.com       facebook.com/evangenitals       soundcloud.com/evangenitals

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SUNDAY AUGUST 30 7:00 P.M. $15 (one of the best ever bargains). MOLLY TUTTLE & JOHN MAILANDER....GOOD MUSIC. A MOST UNUSUAL AND TALENTED DUO. TOMORROW'S MUSICAL PROMISE.

Molly Tuttle and John Mailander are individually renowned up-and-coming musicians in the acoustic music world, and will be joining together for two sets of dynamic original and traditional music. Both have been studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and now on a national tour. Molly Tuttle is highly regarded for her soulful singing and songwriting talents. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, she is quickly becoming one of the top guitar/banjo players in the country, and is the winner of the Merlefest 2012 songwriting competition. John Mailander, a San Diego native, is known for his unique voice on the fiddle and mandolin, and has performed with artists including the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Darol Anger. The duo's wide range of influences and appreciation for honest, soulful music blends into an exciting and fresh sound. He was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and 13. John played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for it’s premier run in New York.

Molly Tuttle is a highly regarded flatpicker on guitar and a soulful singer with influences from early bluegrass and old-time singers. She excels in contemporary folk music as well, with songwriting skills far beyond her years. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, she is one of the top guitar/banjo players in the country, and the winner of the Merlefest 2012 songwriting competition. Articles about Molly are featured in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines. Growing up in a musical family, Molly has always been steeped in the bluegrass tradition. she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Nashville Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.
Come out for a great night of exciting and soulful acoustic music. www.johnmailander.com   

 

Monday August 31 8:00 P.M. $15

LARRY B. WILDER.....The Champion Of Americana...

 

Larry Wilder brings folks together with his banjo, guitar and a repertoire of hundreds of Americana songs, both traditional and original. Having opened for Pete Seeger, he continues Pete's tradition and belief: "The best music is everyone singing together." He also delights with virtuoso yodeling that shows why he was named National Yodeling Champion.

Larry has performed 2000 shows on national and international stages, bringing his heart and passion for Americana music directly to his audiences through stellar musical performances intertwined with the compelling stories behind the artists and songs. His original songs reach into the soul of his Americana roots and connect strongly with his enthusiastic fans. Larry’s dynamic and upbeat personality keeps the show moving and the people involved. www.larrywildermusic.com

“A great performer with an awesome gift for involving the audience.” Ron Thomason, High Mountain Festival Director, Westcliffe, CO

“A passionate spirit of the soul of Americana.” Bill Furman, CEO-Greenbrier Companies
Larry counts the Carter Family, Earl Scruggs, Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sons of the Pioneers and Chet Atkins as some of his strongest influences in Americana music. But he doesn’t stop there. He goes deeper into the realm of America’s music through folk artists Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly plus classic composers such as Irving Berlin. Larry is highly skilled in knowing which of these songs will resonate with the people in each venue. He creates fast-paced, energetic shows that draw from all of these elements for an engaging Americana experience for his audiences.

Larry started his career in Southern California, performing at Knott’s Berry Farm. Now based in Portland, OR, Larry has toured the country, performing in festivals, events and concerts. He has also performed internationally, touring Japan and Europe while headlining festivals such as the Banjo Jamboree in the Czech Republic.

September 2015
FRIDAY, TWO BIG SHOWS! SEPTEMBER 4 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM. $20

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th TWO BIG SHOWS! - - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM...Tixs: $20

The Limeliter and opening, The Honey-Lulus

The Limeliters, celebrating 50+ years of  joyfully "Passing the Music On", return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage -- having recently taped a guest appearance on an upcoming PBS special --on the heels of a highly successful 16-city tour of The MId-West! With their energy and enthusiasm undimmed, the trademark sound and sense of fun endures. Current members Andy Corwin, Gaylan Taylor and Don Marovich remain as exciting an act as the folk genre has produced. Now more than ever, the surging vocals, thrilling harmony and whacked out comedy of this unique trio continue to earn them their title as The "Fabulous" Limeliters.

Opening act, The Honey-Lulus, is comprised of three charming and talented wahines (Kate Friedricks, Justeen Ward and Christina Linhardt) who perform vintage songs of the islands and dance like the swaying palms, live and in Technicolor! They promise to warm up your winter evening with their ukuleles and vocal harmonies, conjuring up balmy breezes, happy huki-laus and sunny shores -- a perfect entertainment extravaganza for all seasons! (after all, who doesn't love a campy Tiki show?)

This show will probably sell out, so reserve your seats soon...

Just added: tickets are also available for a second, matineé performance on Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM...

 

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