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May 2017
Tuesday May 23 8:00 P.M. $20

TRIO BALKAN STRINGS….Balkan Swing - World Fusion
ON USA TOUR @ at the Coffee Gallery Backstage Tuesday, May 23.

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.


Web Site Address: www.starcevic.co.rs


Bob Stane says: They flew 6,000 miles to bring you the best of exotic Balkan Music. They have been here before and
I recommend them. Solid stuff and look how many festivals they have played…all over the world.

"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.

Wednesday May 24 8:00 P.M. $15

THE WAG!.... Got songs? Got harmonies? Got fun and unbridled enthusiasm? Then you’ve got The Wag! Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies, they will take you on a journey of pop rock delight!  The Wag consists of Brian Ostering on bass guitar, vocals and interpretive dance, Alicia Van Sant on vocals, percussion and animal rescue, Don Lee on acoustic guitar, vocals and Beatle accents and Arielle Strauss on bongos, refrigerator repair and super long smiles!    

 “If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton (Actor, Author). Visit us at: www.thewagband.com

 

Friday May 26 8:00 P.M. $18
Saturday May 27 7:00 P.M. $20

JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS
MERRYMAKERS OF WHOOPEE


The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her 4 member band, The Parlor Boys, will entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troupe performs scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920’s and 30’s with authenticity and verve. Between songs, the band will pepper the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits.
Janet Klein has been performing her special brand of song fare since 1998. Her own unique vocal style reflects the old fashioned sweetness and titillating charm of bygone singers like Ruth Etting, Josephine Baker, Lil Armstrong and Mae West. The show will include music from her 8 CDs

Musicians
Randy Woltz – Piano & Xylophone, Marquis Howell – Upright Bass, David Elsenbroich – Guitar & Banjo, Jason Fabus – C-Melody Sax.

Excerpted from Harvey Barkan - Jazz Scene
“I've just experienced an absolutely delightful time-warp from the period of 1900 through 1920 with the remarkable Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys! She was enchanting and bubbly, and full of the 1920's good spirit and energy, and oh! those songs and presentation with right-on authenticity, that made you want to double-check the year on the L.A. Times in the rack outside the front door. Her seemingly endless catalog of period songs, and the very human people that lived them, were like rhythmic stories of the life and times. She performed so well, Miss Klein may convince you a time-machine whisked her a hundred years into the 2017 future for your entertainment, then returned her to where she lives, probably close to 42nd Street in year 1927 New York."

…This is the music that people enjoyed and went out to see in speakeasies, dance halls, and vaudeville theaters, performed as it would have been heard. More than nostalgic or historical, this is great fun and entertainment, and usually a wonderful surprise to those hearing Janet Klein for the first time. I've promised myself that I will see Miss Klein again several times this next year -- this is classy entertainment just too good not to be in my life!”

Sunday, Matinee Show May 28 3:00 P.M. $15

The Gene Butler Band


Our philosophical approach to music is simple: “Music with teeth….Lyrics that bite!  And that’s what The Gene Butler Band has been doing for the past seventeen years. Four albums and thousands of hours and miles later, we’re still pushing past the limits to create more limits to push. Our music is a mixture of Americana/Blues/Roots/Country/Rock with a dash of Jazz thrown in occasionally for a bit of different flavoring. Our general audience consists of people of many ages; from the age of thirteen to the age of one-hundred and two. People who still believe that the best music is the music that comes from the heart…not the drum machine. Recently we’ve been told that a new fan club is now being formed here in Southern California for the Gene Butler Band. Two young ladies in the West Valley – Shelley Marlow and Kathy Stanis – honor us with their enthusiasm. Web Site Address: GENEBUTLERBAND.COM

 

Meet the Band


Gene Butler – Singer/Songwriter/Guitar….To date, Butler has written well over a hundred original songs and has shared the stage and the studio with such great musical lights as Lucinda Williams, Gurf Morlix, Buddy Miller, Chris Hillman, The Desert Rose Band, Dwight Yoakum, Al Jareau, David Morgan of Three Dog Night and many more. His new solo album ‘OutLaw Americana’ has just been released on The Red Door Jukebox label and is doing very well indeed. He has placed songs in several Television series, four movies, and is currently working on his musical ‘Ride That Train’.

Matt McFadden – Bass. McFadden was born in New York, but moved around a lot before winding up in L.A more than thirty years ago, and has been a fixture on the local music scene ever since. He has played in a wide variety of Musical Situations, from Jazz to Rock & Roll, Latin to Blues, Soul to Country. He has played with Gene for many years and was Co-Producer on the Gene Butler Band’s Album "That Light is Always On". McFadden’s aim now is to play in any situation that is “True and Authentic and the Gene Butler Band’s music certainly is that!"

Alan Weiss - Drums. Weiss was born into a musical family...”My dad was a drummer and played with Frankie Lane back in the day. I started taking drum lessons when I was 8.” Weiss has played with, and shared the stage with, Larry Gatlin, Moon Martin, Coco Montoya, Chris Montez, Herb Ellis and Bo Bo the singing Monkey...🐵

Robert Romanus – Guitar/Singer. Romanus, best known to the public as Mike Damone, the ticket-scalping lover from the hit movie ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’. Splitting time between his love for music and his love for acting, Romanus has recorded several albums with the band called Poppa’s Kitchen’. His favorite genre of music is anything that provokes thought with entertainment.

SUNDAY MAY 28 7:00 P.M. $25

THE LOS ANGELES BELLES (L.A. BELLES)

Touring Opera & Pop, Music Theater Troupe Lauded By The Las Vegas Callback News For their Flawless, Well Trained Performances.


They will stage New & Familiar Works Featuring a Variety of Musical Entertainment Opera, Bossa Nova, POP, Swing Jazz, Latin Flamenco & More. Consider all the spectacularly talented and colorful acts who have, since, gone on from the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage to headlining TV shows, bowl shows and other prestigious venues around the world. This very well be one of them and now is your chance to see them up close at a bargain price.

 

ANOTHER COFFEE GALLERY DISCOVERY.


Individually they are from Russia, Cuba and the American West but the group was born in Los Angeles and are, therefore, The L. A. Belles, skillfully augmented by Special Guest, Antonio Carnota from Spain, a pianist, Guitarist, Singer & Entertainer with Prior Engagements @ The Venetian, The Bellagio, MGM, Caesar’s Palace and Many Countries Around The World. Read the bios…https://www.losangelesbelles.com/about

The all female ensemble is a multinational classical crossover vocal group born in Los Angeles. The group consists of KAT ANDERSON (USA), AURICA AVONAIRES (Russia), CATHERINE KENNEY (Cuba), and SARA SHIELDS (Texas). They bridge the gap between the mainstream and classical worlds of music, fusing a wide array of genres such as Bossa Nova, Jazz, African Polyrhythms, Minimalism and more with both operatic and non-operatic tones. The group enjoys collaborating with composers from around the world to create a unique and exploratory dynamic for the operatic arts. Class and quality just for you.

As a bonus, they are known for performing a variety of musical theater, jazz & pop appreciating every possibility of color, range, and emotion inherent in the cultivated human voice. This will be a stage delight.

Tuesday May 30 7:00 P.M. $10. No reservations. Cash or Check at the door. David Harvey Presents

FEATURING: Bill Berry...Snazzy, sketchy, sharp-witted singer/songwriter Bill Berry writes story songs which cheerfully celebrate the car wreck lifestyles of those fumbling with love’s ruins and lighting small fires on big castaway islands of hope. His latest album Awkward Stage ("an instant classic!" - Blitz Magazine) was a contender for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Bill wrote and will perform “The Brick: A One and a Half Man Musical" at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. https://www.billberrymusic.com/

Craig Lincoln... is an Olympic bronze-medalist who is a masterful songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist. Usually Craig performs with his wonderful partner Sabrina Schneppat but tonight we have Craig for a rare solo gig. Craig's songs are full mix of smarts, joy, and heart. Craig's finely-crafted guitar voicings and award-winning finger-style playing always leaves you wanting more and more and more! Sabrina & Craig have been main stage performers at the Tucson Folk Festival, won the prestigious Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Singing Competition, and had their music aired nationally on NPR's iconic "Car Talk" program.  http://www.sabrinaandcraig.com

Barrett Tagliarino...Known in LA for contributing incendiary lead guitar for a long list of local acts including John Zipperer & Friends, Severin Browne, and Eric Schwartz,now Barrett Tagliarino steps up to the mic with his own mix of hilarious storytelling songs, heartbreaking ballads, and (of course) mind-bending instrumentals.
Barrett has recorded commercials for ARCO, Sony, Miller Lite, the Food Channel and MTV and appeared on Los Angeles stages from the Whisky to the Viper Room. He's also published six guitar instruction books,
numerous magazine articles and instructional videos, and has been a full-time instructor at Musicians Institute since 1989. www.BarrettTagliarino.com

And Special Guest..."A Word" With Karen Rontowski!

Karen Rontowski is amazing! A professional comedienne with credits like The Tonight Show and The David Letterman Show Karen finds and can make anything funny! But she is also a Tarot reader and a real ghost hunter too. She finds so much material on the "Other Side". Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz she also carries around her little dog - hers is called:Courage. Karen is our very special guest for this showcase who will share a new Story with all of you! Who needs Coffee when Karen is in the room? www.karenrontowski.com

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 31 8:00 PM $20

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The Bluegrass Ghosts is a driving five-piece bluegrass band featuring select traditional songs, originals, and some genre bending detours!  These are seasoned performers who know how to have fun playing music they love.

 

Lance Billitzer, a California native, has been playing Bluegrass mandolin in clubs across the state for decades.

He started up north playing in The Lonesome Rangers, and found himself playing with many of the San Francisco luminaries of this music including Brantley.  He taught mandolin at the School of American Traditional Music. He mixes Monroe style with southern blues mandolin and a touch of the ”outside”.

 

Cindy Bell was born and raised in SW Michigan.  Cindy spent many years singing baritone in an award-winning barbershop A cappella chorus and double-quartet.  She has the gift of putting moving and interesting harmony parts on anything.  After watching her mother, Cindy started playing the guitar at age 14, teaching herself chords from a book of traditional songs.  Cindy has a pure voice and convincing delivery that never fails to please.

 

Brantley Kearns from Highpoint, North Carolina, is a Bluegrass tradition of his own since playing The Ashgrove in his youth.  He has toured the US and Europe with the likes of David Bromberg, Jim Stafford and Dwight Yokum.  He’s the featured fiddle player on-screen in the film McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Son of a square dance caller, anyone who hears Brantley sing and play knows they are listening to “the real deal”.

 

Tim May, from Mississippi, is fresh from an appearance on stage at Carnegie Hall!  A player of the highest standard, he was awarded Nashville Scene Readers’ Poll Best Multi-Instrumentalist of the Year 2012 and is Grammy nominated for his work on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away.  He was a regular on the Grand Ole’ Opry in Jim Snyder’s band and has recorded and performed with Patty Loveless, Eddie Rabbit, Rodney Dillard, and the Moody Blues to name a few.  Tim’s seven CD’s illustrate his wide range of musical diversity, singing and songwriting talent.  Music Row magazine said of Tim “Call it bluegrass, call it acoustic, I call it heartfelt.”

 

Evan Winsor, is a second generation bass player, and Berkeley College of Music graduate who tours and records with the likes of John Mayer, Ed Helms, John C Riley, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Keisha. Evan is a founding member of The Get Down Boys. He has performed at bluegrass festivals across the US and into Canada, appeared on stage at The Hollywood Bowl and brings a deep rhythmic drive to every project he graces.

 

 www.facebook.com/The-Bluegrass-Ghosts

 

JUNE 2017
Thursday June 1 8:00 P.M. $20 Mele’uhane ….Hawaiian father and son duo , return to the west coast unleashing a new album and a new levels of storytelling. Keikilani and Leo Lindsey are lovers of most every musical genre and they celebrate their love of culture by continuing in their unique interpretations of classic compositions and new original music. Come and experience emotion and surrender again in music, brought to you by Mele'uhane..the (Spirit of Music). Don't miss our opening, Leo Lindsey will play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar compositions from his new Hoku-Award nominated release "Here Comes Treble"....a fresh taste and a new appreciation for contemporary island music awaits you! Join us! meleuhane.com

Friday
June 2 8:00 P.M. $20

KE’AHI….

 

is one of San Diego’s best kept secret! He is excited about bringing his special brand of music to The Coffee Galley Backstage!
Ke’Ahi was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. Inspired by his dearest grandmother, he has been playing music and singing since the age of 10yrs. As a Hawaiian & Contemporary musician living in San Diego, Ke’Ahi has been blessed with the many opportunities to share his love and passion for Hawaiian music. Besides Hawaiian music, Ke’Ahi also plays Pop, Island, Reggae, Country, Oldies, Latin, Classic Rock and easy listening music. http://keahimusic.com/

What makes Keahi unique is that he puts his own flavor on reggae, country, oldies, latin, classic rock and pop music as well. He is full of wonderful surprises during his show. He is always full of eclectic energy and vibe. One could say his “eclectic” is almost electric.

You will want to take his music home with you after the show!
Are you ready to dip your toes into the tropical experience of Keahi ???


Saturday

June 3 7:00 P.M. $15
KIRA OTT and JIMMY MURPHY….. Oh, so Irish. Fiddle, Guitar, mandolin. IRISH MUSIC.  Always been top of the line at The Coffee Gallery Backstage

Kira Ott and Jimmy Murphy have been playing Irish music together in numerous bands over the years. From unnamed pickup gigs and Ciúnas through The Sweet Set and Jibberish, and on to their current projects, including Rattle the Knee, they've always played off each other and brought out the joy in the music.

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, 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 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 a favorite guitarist for many Irish musicians in LA.

Though they've played many pickup gigs and dance band gigs as a duo, they've rarely had the opportunity to bring you a full concert. Now they get to showcase all the fun, musical ideas that never quite fit with other bands. You will hear exciting fiddle tunes with solid guitar backing, fiddle and mandolin duos, songs and a host of other weird, wonderful music. Enjoy the show!
Sunday June 4 3:00 P.M. (Matinee) $20

The Ne’er Duwels: Irish Music Meets World Sounds and Rhythms

The Ne’er Duwels’ innovative fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary world sounds comes to the Coffee Gallery! “It’s always
exciting to hear musicians as good as this . . . a fresh new slant to traditional music” says Ann Peck McBride of The Celtic Music Hour. "They have a great sound!" raves Larry Kirwan (Black 47) on Celtic Crush/Sirius XM.


The "real deal" from Ireland, Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years.
"He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin
his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him
through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar and mandolin. . . .His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and
carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy."


Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured
extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions.


Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that
traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fende Stratocaster.

Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of  Tennessee at
Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge.

Sunday June 4 7:00 P.M. $25

DAVE STAMEY……


Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charley Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. In 2010 , 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted Six times Entertainer of the Year, Six times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of  Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We like to think of this music as a celebration of shared heritage,an appreciation of the West as both a place, and a state of mind"  Come on in.

Tuesday June 6 8:00 P.M. $20

WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS…return with tongue in cheek and a great evening of parody, nifty songs and wit.

“Will Ryan & the Cactus County Cowboys
are my favorite Western band!” – Johnny Crawford, star of TV’s “The Rifleman”
Will Ryan & the Cactus County Cowboys are my favorite funny Western band!” – Steven Alan Green, founder of the Laughter Foundation
“WAHOO!!” – audiences everywhere on their 2017 Terrestrial Tour


Will Ryan, Katie Cavera, John Reynolds and Benny Brydern: tops in their respective musical fields. Katie Cavera wowed Paris, France for 2 years as a guitarist and chanteuse before returning to the states and joining Will’s band of buckaroos. John “Presto” Reynolds, Sorceror of the Strings, toured the top concert halls of the nation before hitching up with Will’s motley unit. Violnist “Bronco Benny” Brydern composed and conducted serious music in Europe and toured the great concert halls of the world before signing on with Will’s peripatetic picaroons. And Will Ryan wrote songs for the Pointer Sisters, Donald Duck, Patti LaBelle, Tigger, Mickey Mouse, Joanie Sommers, Garfield the Cat, Mister T, Tigger, the OK Corral Chorale, the Grinch, and Jim Henson’s Muppets – and shared the stage with Rick Nelson, Lionel Hampton, Pure Prairie League, Doodles Weaver, Jethro Burns, Sonny Terry & Brownee McGee, and Iron-Eyes Cody before returning to his Western roots. Together, this foursome’s been knocking the socks off their audiences just like Annie Oakley used to shoot holes in people’s playing cards!
Come see what all the shoutin’s about! WAHOO!!

FRIDAY JUNE 9 8:00 P.M. $20

THE LICATA BROTHERS, RASPIN STUWART & CARBE DURAND
AN ALL STAR NIGHT. MUSIC & WIT. The Best In Town
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Our very own youthful discovery, THE LICATA BROTHERS, are back in the fray after older brother Jimmy’s semester abroad in Oxford, England. Tony and Jimmy Licata reach back across one hundred years – jumping genres and occasionally sidestepping into foreign languages – to thrill and uplift audiences across the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. The sublime vocal work on their 2016 “Gift for the Soul” CD is an enduring tribute to their friend and unforgettable mentor, the late bard DUANE THORIN. Now these lads and some of their favorite artists, backed by the amazingly versatile NEIL ROSENGARDEN (with a new CD “Four Songs”) , invite you for a memorable evening of youthful exuberance, virtuoso guitar work, soulful harmonies and memorable lyrics that will transport you away as only the Coffee Gallery Backstage can do.


RASPIN STUWART, whose songs and eclectic style – acoustic guitar, folk pop, jazz, R&B, with sprinklings of gospel – create that special environment in which his intelligent, penetrating lyrics, delivered by a hypnotic and haunting voice, carries his audience to that intimate place where the harmony of sound and the words mingle in meaning. His recent CD, “We Do What We Do”, is an original collection of lustful, political and often daring songs that seem to emerge from deep within Raspin’s soul.

CARBE AND DURANDLiza Carbé and J.P. Durand have bridged the worlds of classical and blues guitar for well over 20 years now. This married couple and professional partnership has traveled the country as co-founders of the "world guitar" group (and Coffee Gallery Backstage favorite) INCENDIO, performing over 130 dates a year since 2000. In addition to their composition work for hit movies, documentaries and popular TV shows, the duo’s 2016 guitar release, "A Bridge Between", has enjoyed critical acclaim as well as international airplay on terrestrial radio and Pandora. To top it off, Liza is a graduate of the same music school which Jimmy Licata will be entering in the fall!

SUNDAY JUNE 11 7:00 P.M. $20

 

 

THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS...

 

are an all-woman string band, playing old-time, original, and bluegrass-style mountain music. The three lead singers, Nicola Gordon, Susan Marie Reeves, Rebecca Troon, are all singer/songwriters, giving the group original material to add to the traditional songs and tunes they play on fiddle, banjo, guitar, strum-stick, and bodhran.

 

Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and also sings harmonies, and Ruth Alpert, the band’s dancing percussionist, is a champion Appalachian-style flat-footer. With carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style, they have performed at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Festival and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival to rave reviews. Their collective joy onstage is irresistible, their performances carried on a strong current of love and friendship.

 

Possums have a devoted and growing following because they are wildly successful at "sharing joy through music", which has been their intent from the start. Come join the fun! “High-Energy, Good-Times Music!” http://www.honeysucklepossums.com/

Friday June 16 8:00 P.M. $18 The Arohi Trio ~ Ragajazz Chamber Music

The music of Arohi highlights tightly knit compositions that frame virtuosic improvisations steeped in the classical ragas and rhythmic dynamism of Indian music. Their sound incorporates jazz ensemble work and classical counterpoint utilizing traditional instruments & artists from India and the west. For video highlights visit: vimeo.com/channels/arohi

EXPLORING RAGAS & RHYTHMS

The players and their instruments

Paul Livingstone ~ sitar
Peter Jacobson ~ cello
Dave Lewis ~ drums
Saturday June 17 7:00 P.M. $18 RATTLE THE KNEE is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan. FIDDLE, PIPES, MANDOLIN and GUITAR. These are the guys who a respected world wide for putting on the Traditional Music Of Ireland. Many time here and always a big hit.

Patrick D'Arcy hails from Dublin Ireland but has spent most of his musical life as a very influential uilleann piper of Southern California. He tours regularly both nationally and internationally and has appeared on numerous recordings. His solo album, "Wallop the Spot" has received critical acclaim and radio play both in the US and in Ireland. He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and teaches locally, remotely (via internet) and around the country at uilleann piping tionoil (gatherings).

Kira Ott is a fiddler from Los Angeles and has been very active on the LA Irish music scene for many years. As a child she studied classical viola, but left that behind to play Irish music as a teenager. After spending many winters traveling to Donegal Ireland to learn at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School she took a few summers festival hopping around Ireland, learning and playing with many of the greats. She has performed and toured with numerous bands and teaches locally.

Pat and Kira have been playing pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. Finally, under the name Rattle the Knee, they decided to make their music official. Pat's pulls out his "flat" pipes, the ones down in B and Kira tunes the fiddle down to match. They've teamed up with Jimmy Murphy on guitar and Rattle the Knee was complete.

Jimmy Murphy, guitarist and mandolinist extraordinaire, has been a cornerstone of the traditional Irish music scene in southern California for over a decade. He has appeared in performance venues from the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles to temples in Japan. He has performed on KPFK's "Global Village" with Eric Rigler, on KPFK's "Folkscene" with Mick Moloney and as part of the band Ciunas, and live on KCSN's "Tied to the Tracks". Jimmy spent two years as a contracted musician in Japan; first as a soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea, then as a member of a band for Universal Studios, Japan, and finally as a key member for a four piece band again at Tokyo Disney Sea. He is the go-to guitarist for most Irish musicians in LA and has performed with both Pat and Kira in many musical configurations.

When you see Rattle the Knee, you will hear uilleann pipes in B and a tuned down fiddle 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. Enjoy the show!

 

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