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Tuesday August 23 7:00 P.M. $10, cash. David Harvey Presents: Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase on Tuesday, August 23th.

ART PODELL....Had Art Podell kept a diary, it would have been a rich chronicle of life as a folksinger during the Folk Era and as a songwriter in the years since. Unfortunately, he didn’t. Instead, at the coaxing of friends and former folkies, he is spilling the beans on stage. Art was one half of Art and Paul, legendary folk duet (actually, the first ones to record ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ – there’s a story here). Art was one of the original members of the New Christy Minstrels, has written songs for many artists, including Bud and Travis, Ann Murray, The Smothers Brothers, Rod McKuen. He’s produced chart albums and scored motion pictures. He currently continues to write and perform, and he hosts a monthly music radio show on KPFK FM in Los Angeles.

THE LICATA BROTHERS.. Do you love Heartfelt Harmonies with infectious acoustic guitar chords? The teenage Licata Brothers are just back from a family trip to Ireland with new multi-lingual and multi-decade catalogue of songs to share on stage and in their new inspirational EP, Gift for the Soul. It’s time to catch up with this home-grown Coffee Gallery Backstage talented teen duo.

STEWART LEWIS....Stewart Lewis’ soulful blend of pop and folk has been featured on many TV shows including Ghost Whisperer, Dawson’s Creek, and MTV’s Laguna Beach, as well as the feature films A Four Letter Word and Just Friends. His magnetic stage presence and quirky storytelling have earned him spots opening for Shawn Colvin, Gregory alan Isakov, Patty Larkin, Josh Ritter, Sheryl Crow, and Ani Difranco to name a few. http://www.stewartlewis.com/music.html

And Special Guest..."A Word" With Dylan Brody!
is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.

Come out for a great night of music. It's good for the Soul!

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



Featuring the wonderful mandolin playing and singing of  SCOTT GATES. This is a refreshing style of Bluegrass. Be the first in your neighborhood to see this and talk about it later. Bluegrass project with the best pickers in the basin! Scott Gates on mandolin and guitar, Israel Parker on dobro, Mark Cassidy on banjo, and Evan Winsor on bass, all singers, all bluegrass. Bringing you the past from a fresh perspective. You will not be censored but you will be entertained.


Thursday August 25 8:00 P.M. $18 BOB STANE SAYS: This is the encore appearance of "the apples" at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. I brought them back for a reason. Hot Jazz. New Orleans meets California. All we need is you. Hot Baked Apples. Everyone's fave.

THE WORLD'S FINEST APPLES is a New Orleans/California based quintet bringing new life to the hot, swinging jazz of the 1920s and 30s. Consisting of accordion, clarinet, two guitars and upright bass, the Apples strike a precarious balance between deft musicality and playful whimsy through their unique combination of exciting improvisational interplay and fiercely swinging rhythm.

Though all the members are under 30, they each individually have over a decade of experience with early jazz and swing styles, and a deep affinity nurtured by its presence in their coming-of-ages. The Californians--Accordionist Keith Penney and guitarist Nahum Zdybel--serve as lead melodic voices, engaging in New Orleans-inspired interplay that can range from delicate subtlety to wild exuberance. The playful interaction of these longtime collaborators sits atop the fiercely-swinging New Orleans-based rhythm section of guitarist Molly Reeves and bassist Josh Gouzy, both of the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Uninterested in recreating the past or merely cashing in on a vintage aesthetic, The Apples bring a stubborn irreverence and punk sensibility to the music of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, avoiding both the codified genre-fication of gypsy jazz and the caricature of Dixieland. Instead they loot the museum, taking whatever they find that demonstrates intense swing, clever humor, and profound beauty to be reappropriated in their vital approach to the old music.

FRIDAY August 26 8:00 P.M. $18



This Connecticut raised and California based award winning singer/songwriter has done it all! He’s self-produced SIX albums, numerous music videos, and a MOVIE about house concerts!

John’s current CD – “M-VI”, was already generating excitement even before its official release last year. The album contains several fan favorites from live performances including "I Believe In America," and "O.Y.O." plus a new updated re-recording of John's most requested song, "My Mother In Me."

In his performance at The Coffee Gallery on August 26th, John will perform songs from this and all his albums, which include “No Overdubs,” a live album and also a fan favorite.

And perhaps some other surprises. Says John, “I always try to give my audiences things that I know they like, but I also try to include a couple of things they might not be expecting.”

John M. will split the evening with his friends and local favorites, “The Secret Gardeners,” comprised of  BARRETT TAGLIARINO, (Guitar, lead vocals,) Jime Van Booven, (Bass, vocals,) and Merritt Raff, (Drums / percussion.)

Plus....THE SECRET GARDENERS.... are a Los Angeles trio bringing you an uplifting mix of blues, country, folk-rock, and Americana. Their shows span from quiet acoustic ballads to fun rockers with plenty of audience interaction.

"Jime" (pronounced "Jimmy" - yes, he's "different") Van Booven, on bass, started playing professionally around Southern California in 1972. He is a prolific singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with many LA acts, and is universally loved by everyone he meets. Jime's music background is in country, bluegrass, rock & roll, and blues.

Barrett Tagliarino (pronounced differently every time) writes hilarious story songs, heartbreaking ballads, and mind-bending instrumentals. He's known for incendiary lead guitar with L.A.'s John Zipperer & Friends, Severin Browne, and Dave Morrison. Barrett has recorded four CDs, along with commercials for ARCO, Sony, Miller Lite, and MTV. His commitment to music and music education has taken him to over 20 countries.
"Thrown in with the lions and he comes out with a coat." - Eric Schwartz

Merritt Raff has been drumming since he began to walk. He is classically trained and strong in many styles from rock to jazz and beyond. Merritt's ability to support any artist's musical vision puts him regularly in demand in the LA singer/songwriter community, where he met Barrett and Jime and the Secret Gardeners were born in early 2015.

What can you say about the Secret Gardeners?

"Great show Friday! I loved every minute of it. Thank you for the fabulous music and community, as always."
---Haleila N.

See video samples, read our lyrics, etc. at http://barretttagliarino.com/

Saturday August 27 7:00 P.M. $20 Terry Roland Presents:

An Afternoon of the Absolute Best in California Country-Rock with Coyote Moon and Patrick Carrico

California has long been one of the Mecca-Centers of country-rock, rockabilly and straight-up honky-tonk music from L.A. to Bakersfield, Nashville, and Austin got nothing on the artists who hail from the Golden State.

This is an exciting double bill that will cool you on this August afternoon even as it heats you up with great American music. The Orange-County based country-rock band, Coyote Moon, and solo artist with a firm rockabilly leaning, PATRICK CARRICO, are two of  today’s finest, and dynamically talented acts tearing up local honky-tonks and clubs with straight-forward, hard-driving music that will leave The Coffee Gallery Backstage audience breathless. Both acts were highlights of our recent Tribute to Merle Haggard where they were enthusiastically received. " Enthusiastically Received" is an understatement.

COYOTE MOON consist of the lead duo, Adrian Rice and Lisa De Los Reyes, who front a full-tilt country-rock band as they cover the Byrds ala Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Buffalo Springfield, Little Feat, Poco, Pure Prairie League, John Prine and Gram Parsons. They are all about high lonesome, harmonies, steel guitars and mandos while they re-invent some of the best Americana music out today. This is one great band and an outstanding example of the best of California country-rock nationwide. They will leave you dancing and singing with a new appreciation for just how great country music can really be.

As show producer who brought you the recent Merle Haggard Memorial Tribute and Kris Kristofferson 80th Birthday Tribute, Terry Paul Roland has said, “Patrick Carrico is the future of California country music.” It is not a far-fetched statement. This exciting, talented new artist with a band to match, brings unique blend of rockabilly and hard-core California country music that is refreshing, original, innovative and puts him at the front of new up and coming new artists in today’s national Americana music movement. DO NOT MISS THIS ARTIST. He will leave you with a new outlook on what California Country is today and what we have to look forward to for years to come.

This is a must-see show for those who love great music with a country-rock flavor for an afternoon that will promise to entertain, inspire and leave you wanting more.

SUNDAY (Matinee) August 28 3:00 P.M. $18



was born in Connecticut and rose to prominence in NYC’s Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he was a frequent headlining artist in clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. With 11 cds and 100 performances annually throughout N America and Europe, he continues to dazzle audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers and numerous other singers. His latest cd, Later That Night, reached #3 nationally on the Roots Music Folk charts in February 2015, with the song “Raven” at #1.

In December 2014 MacDonald published his first novel, The Open Mike, “a music-driven novel for the ages and a great extension of MacDonald’s already prolific creative output.” …Jonathan Widran, Music Connection Magazine

Now living in south Florida, he's been named one of “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time” by New Times, and Fort Lauderdale’s Labyrinth Café—where MacDonald appears in concert each year –notes “his personal commitment to communicating events that have affected and shaped our world’s societies....Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended.” www.rodmacdonald.net

Sunday August 28 7:00 P.M. $15. A Bargain.

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.

Wednesday August 31 8:00 P.M. $15. Benefit for The Coffee Gallery Backstage

An evening with singer Pat Whiteman and Grammy-nominated songwriter/recording artist Harriet Schock

Join popular and versatile LA vocalist Pat Whiteman as she explores the songs of  Harriet Schock, well known for her Grammy-nominated song recorded by Helen Reddy “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.” Schock has also written for a variety of other artists as well as TV and film. The show features special guest Gary Lynn Floyd as well as Harriet on keys and musicians , Joe Lamanno (bass), Jennifer Richardson (cello), Scott Breadman (percussion), Kelly DeSarla (flute), Brad Blaisdall (harmonica) and Andrea Ross-Green and Barbara Shane (background vocals). A special music and memory filled evening. Not to be missed!


Friday Show
Saturday Show
September 2  and 3

8:00 P.M and

7:00 P.M.


Now two nights...Friday and Saturday to accommodate the big demand for seats!



The Voice and Songwriter for many film and TV events.....

with guest musician, ELLIE BAER.....

What would happen if Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill and Carl Jung collaborated on an album inspired by folk tales? Scary? Intriguing? Stunning? Chances are you’d get an insightful mixture of beautiful melodies, haunting lyrics, moody and eclectic instrumentation–and one long journey through the psyche of humanity’s greatest desires, pleasures and fears.

This is exactly what acclaimed singer/songwriter Jill Freeman has created on her new CD “A Handmade Life.” Using old folk tales as her starting point, Jill explores the subconscious underpinnings of these timeless and often very disturbing stories and how they reflect the human experience. “A Handmade Life” is made further compelling by the music that blends a singer/songwriter sensibility with intricate arrangements and instrumentation, painting cinematic pictures that urge the listener to join Jill on the entire trip.

“A Handmade Life” marks a new chapter and an impressive evolution in Jill’s long career as a singer/songwriter/performer. A native Los Angeleno, her debut solo effort, “Songs About Sex and Depression,” garnered tremendous reviews for her idiosyncratic and highly personal songwriting.

Jill’s songs and singing voice have been heard on film and television including “New Girl,” “Roswell,” “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Melrose Place,” “The Oranges,” and “The Big Squeeze.” Her song “Kisses Good” was recorded by EMI artists Once Blue and appeared in Touchstone Pictures’ “Mister Wrong” starring Ellen DeGeneres. Additionally, Jill collaborated with blues guitar legend Robben Ford for his release “Keep On Running.”

Joining Jill on stage will be her husband and CD producer Joel Wachbrit on guitar, Steve Nelson on bass, Debra Dobkin on drums, Tommy Reeves on keys and accordion and the CD’s masterful engineer George Landress on guitar!

“A great new CD by Jill Freeman … Jill has written 13 songs from the point of view of characters in fairy tales. These songs take a wild ride through the gamut of the human mind. Scary, outrageous, heartbreaking and fearless, this collection is precisely piloted by a master musical storyteller. What a treat!” — Terre Roche of “The Roches”

“This album is an absolute masterpiece. If Jill Freeman doesn’t write another song she can wake up every morning, turn on the CD player and say to herself, ‘job done.'” — Donald MacNeill, FRUK – Folk Radio UK

"A masterpiece of audacious proportions. A stunning, truly ambitious achievement. The kind of album songwriters talk about someday making….” — Paul Zollo, Blue Railroad

Website – www.jillfreeman.com

ELLIE BAER.. is a singer songwriter who began her songwriting career in the avant-garde Greenwich Village scene in New York. After moving to Los Angeles, Ellie performed at trendy LA nightclubs and coffee houses, peddled her songs and landed multiple publishing deals with prominent music houses, resulting in a recording contract as a solo artist with Cornerstone Records. Over the years, her songs have been featured in film, on television and on several other artists’ records.

Ellie toured Japan as an artist/performer. She also recorded her original songs for Walt Disney Records, expanding her career into musical voice over, voicing characters for many popular entertainment brands.

A move to the southwest coast of England six years ago introduced Ellie to the UK music scene. Having just appeared in a series of Somerset, UK music festivals, Ellie is is happy to be performing among friends in Los Angeles again.

Sunday, Two shows... September 4 A matinee @ 2:00 P.M. and an evening show at 7:00 P.M.

Matinee: ($20 per ticket


Evening(($25 per ticket0

They now live in Colorado. You will not see them often. Now! Right Now! Call.  Delay and you will weep.


“Bettman jams it up like few others as she leads an ensemble with great imagination.” – Maverick Magazine, UK

Stephanie Bettman will surely send chills up your spine within moments…her vocals are rich and full bodied to say the least” – About.com – Nashville

“Emotive Joan Baez inspired vocals…head-spinning mandolin and guitar picking…velvety close harmonies.” – Music News Nashville

"Luke burned up the strings on mandolin, guitar and fiddle like a young Ricky Scaggs. Luke’s playing was so exceptional that one of the guitarists in the crowd suggested we all go behind the building after the show, burn our instruments, and then shoot ourselves.” - Houston Folklore Society

Stephanie Bettman is a magical musician….an engaging performer who often leaves her audiences stunned by her exquisite singing and deft musicianship with the fiddle - Luis Torres, Pasadena Star

website: www.bettmanandhalpin.com

BETTMAN & HALPIN....Uplifting. Energetic. Fun. Nationally touring, Americana-Folk Band BETTMAN & HALPIN are powerful singers, songwriters and storytellers. They are known for their lyrical depth, captivating stories, and high-energy performances. They were recently honored to be among the “Emerging Artists” to showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York. They’ve been winners in the Southern California Live Acoustic Music Competition, The Great American Song Contest, as well as being recognized by various other national and regional competitions. For the first time, they’ll be bringing their full four piece band to The Coffee Gallery Backstage including cellist Phil Norman and percussionist Carl Sorensen.


THURSDAY September 8 8:00 P.M. $18 SALTY SUITES ....The Salty Suites played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don't miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. Oh, stop it!

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

DAVID STARR.... calls Cedaredge, Colorado his home, but was raised in the fertile music scene in and around Fayetteville, Arkansas. Influences in the area included The Cate Brothers and their musical cousins Ronnie Hawkins and The Band. David played in numerous area bands as a drummer, singer and guitarist from his early days in junior high school until he moved to Aspen.

While in Aspen, he worked as a drummer with the Bobby Mason Band and later went on to front the David Starr Band in the area. Starr was lucky to share the stage with some great players in those days including Jeff Hanna, Jim Fadden and Jimmy Ibbotson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Fogelberg, Sonny Bono, Kenny Edwards and others while living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

He currently plays with the David Starr Band, performs as a solo artist and works in duo and trio situations with a number of local artists. He also works as a sideman as a drummer and guitarist. Guitar sideman gigs include shows with John Oates of Hall and Oates. Don't miss this show, it will be a killer!!!

Friday September 9 8:00 P.M. $18 THE PLOUGHBOYS.... have been playing, singing, telling tales, engaging in feats of strength, animal husbandry, and defying the laws of physics and propriety, for over a decade, now. The Ploughboys signature sound features the entwining fiddle, mandolin, and accordion lines, so popular in Celtic and British Isles music.

They also perform such original hit songs as, "It's Cold," the definitive Icelandic folk saga, "The Life Of A Pirate," and "Mad Cow," the last, largely because the body of disease songs needed a ... shot in the arm...

Their playing can be found on numerous hit songs, commercial jingles, supermarket openings, and Lithuanian folk festivals, where attendance has been measured in the high teens, on rare occasions.

Consisting of  Rich Cashman (bass), Vito Gutilla (Fiddle), Liam Lewis, (Mandolin and Fiddle), and Mark Romano (Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, and Wisecracks), they are the house band for the Tam O’Shanter Inn, the oldest continuously operating pub in Los Angeles, performing Thursday and Friday nights to capacity crowds. Most Saturday nights they can be seen entertaining at one.
Their debut album, entitled “Millenium," contains a mix of standards, freshly realized classics, and innovative originals that you just won’t hear anywhere else.

THE PLOUGHBOYS have been featured artists at The Ford Theater, the Costa Mesa Scottish Games, The Big Squeeze Accordion Festival, L.A. Irish Fest, the official Notre Dame/USC party; the Los Angeles Civic Pride event, and the Seaside Scottish Games.

Whether performing in the Celtic tradition, favorites from the British Isles, or their own, wickedly clever compositions, the Ploughboys are sure to provide a hard-driving, rollicking, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time!

Facebook: Ploughboys Celtic

Saturday September 10 7 PM $20 JANET KLEIN & The PARLOR BOYS
(Wow!!! Janet is delightful, musical and fun and WHAT A BAND!)

Musical Prospecting Madness with lots of  Prohibition Era Naughty Fun.

Inspired entertainers giving quality performances of 1920 and 30s music with merriment and historical illuminations.
Always sells out so hurry.

The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her band The Parlor Boys will entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troop will perform scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920's and 30's with authentic expert grace. Between songs, the band will pepper the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits.

Janet & Her Parlor Boys are all about sharing their loved historical discoveries and not just playing to nostalgia and quaintness. They have treasures to share with their music and discoveries.

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

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

Janet Klein with band The Parlor Boys will feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds - banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme - cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz - Vibraphone, Ian Whitcomb - vocal & accordion and Marquis Howell - Stand up bass.

Sunday September 11 Shows @ 2:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. $20 each or two for $30. CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG FANS !


DON’T MISS LEGENDS OF THE CANYON SUNDAY !!! HOT TICKET !!!We have a Great day of music planned for you on Sunday, September 11th featuring

HEART OF GOLD (A Tribute to Neil Young) and DEJA VU (A Musical Retrospective of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) paying tribute to four of the most iconic artists born out of the Laurel Canyon singer songwriter phenomenon of the early 70’s.

FIRST SHOW…..HEART OF GOLD (A TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG)...There’s no denying Neil Young as music’s most uncompromising rock royalty, he’s an irreverent poet with a rock and roll heart. His music embodies the arc of American experience, challenges authoritative views, defies industry pigeon-holing and continues to have an impact on musicians and fans worldwide.

Our matinee show (2:00 P.M.) will be focusing on the genius of  Neil Young as Tom Sweeney and the Heart of Gold Band seek to pay tribute to one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. You’ll hear all the great songs, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Hey, Hey, My, My”, “Down By the River”, “Heart of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Rockin’ in the Free World” and many other classics from Neil’s vast catalogue.



The evening show will be a salute to the legendary super group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young !

For more than 4 decades, the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young has spoken to generations of audiences world wide. From the gentle love songs like "Our House" and "Guinnevere" to the politically charged anthems like "Chicago", "Long Time Gone", and "Ohio", CSN&Y's powerful messages have never failed to excite and move audiences.

Deja Vu is the most accurate and heartfelt re-creation of the CSN&Y experience. Brought to life by a group of highly dedicated and experienced L.A. area musicians, Ori Huberman (David Crosby), Steve Elowe (Stephen Stills), Jim Wootten (Graham Nash) and Tom Sweeney (Neil Young) not only perform the legendary music of CSNY - they take their audience on a magical, musical trip through classic rock history! You'll hear songs like Teach Your Children, Southern Cross, Deja Vu, Wooden Ships, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Our House and many, many more that you've come to know and love over the years. Rest assured that "Deja Vu" will please the most ardent of CSN&Y fans.

We have a very special offer concerning these 2 shows, if you attend one or the other, the admission price will be $20, however, if you are interested in attending BOTH shows, you will receive a $10 discount meaning your total admission for both shows would be $30 !!!

“Sunday in the afternoon, what have you got to lose” ?

Tuesday and Wednesday. September 13 and September 14. 8:00 P.M. $18 Two Nights in a Row. Wow. Mid week fandango.

See you at 8:00 P.M.  Both Nights.

Two wonderful nights of music.

Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage

Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)

The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.

Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "
Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.

Thursday September 15 8:00 P.M. $20



THE ON EGGERS is a group of five of LA’s top songwriters who get together once a month and “Egg each other On.” They play their latest work and offer helpful, encouraging advice. Backstage at the Coffee Gallery is their first live gig together. Look out world!

BRIAN WOODBURY'S songs have been sung by Nathan Lane, Lisa Loeb, Jill Sobule & Terre Roche. He has written songs and instrumental music for stage, TV, film, and his own unorthodox big band, the Variety Orchestra. His 2015 album “Pay Attention,” was lauded for its “tight pop ditties with a dark sense of humor” by the New York Daily News.

GARY STOCKDALE is a touring singer-songwriter, and a two-time Emmy nominated composer of TV, film, and commercial music. He has composed music for such shows as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; The Aristocrats movie, and Showtime's Penn &Teller: BULLSHIT! Gary was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and sang a featured solo in the cult-classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. As a veteran studio singer, he has lent his voice to major films (Avatar, Star Trek: Beyond, Prince of Egypt) and TV (The Simpsons, Family Guy), as well as backing up Adele on the 2013 Oscars. Gary’s latest project, BUMPERSTICKER – The Musical just played the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews. http://garystockdale.com/

ERIC SCHWARTZ is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine. Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane, sometimes both. Eric’s CD The Aristocrat, was called “a comic treasure” by Paul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) and the U.K.’s Rock’n’Reel magazine calls it “beautifully produced and perfectly executed,”. Schwartz has garnered radio play on stations as diverse as Howard Stern’s 100, Raw Dog Radio, the Ed Schultz Show and NPR’s All Things Considered. Schwartz’ latest release is The Better Man which Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley calls “by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary – some of which is damn profound. Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!”

PAUL F. PERRY was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, “Guy Love,” featured in the 2007 "My Musical" episode of the television sitcom Scrubs, for he co-wrote the score. Paul has been a performer and vocal arranger/composer for the a capella group The Blanks, which toured live in the US, Europe and Australia, and before that enjoyed three years with Mark Humble as one half of the eponymous New York City anti-folk duo Perry Humble, recognized by the 1992 “Best of Manhattan” reviews of the New York Press.

BILL BURNETT is an Emmy and Clio award-winning writer and composer who has crafted songs and comedy material for a wide variety of artists, including Bette Midler, Patti Lupone, Tim Curry, Rodney Dangerfield, Wayne Brady, Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm Bamm Rubble and Casper the Friendly Ghost (to name but a few.) Bill was the co-creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon series ChalkZone, for which he wrote or edited all the the stories and songs. He has also written a full-length musical “Mem” based on the Biblical book of Exodus, and has produced numerous shows at the Skirball Art Center.

SATURDAY September 17 7:00 P.M. $20 Wild and Wonderful pickin' & singin' with no limits and no regrets


Burning Heart Bluegrass
Since it's last appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Burning Heart Bluegrass has been a busy band. In addition to releasing its first studio-recorded CD, the band played at a slew of Bluegrass festivals, including Lake Havasu, Parkfield, Calico, Route 66, Prescott, and Summergrass San Diego.

Burning Heart Bluegrass had its beginning at the Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield, CA in 2014. Jeff Fleck, Keith Chagnon, and Dan Sankey were jamming with a bunch of their friends when all three (pretty much simultaneously) came to the conlusion that a new band was in the making. After a few more get togethers, Ron Vance, who had played bass with Jeff in Second Wind Bluegrass, signed on. Later, with the addition of talented fiddle player Steve Rosenstein, Burning Heart Bluegrass was formed and ready to go.

Burning Heart Bluegrass plays a high-energy, hard-core style of Bluegrass that places strong emphasis upon drive, passion, and precision. There's just 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.


Chris Cerna and the Bluegrass Republic

Chris Cerna and the Bluegrass Republic is based out of the Inland Empire in Southern California. They are a group of talented and experienced musicians who have come together to share their passion and love for Bluegrass. This dedicated band is equally at home with traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Their virtuosic instrumental breaks and tight harmonies are guaranteed to satisfy even the most critical of bluegrass music aficionados. The members of the band are Chris Cerna (mandolin and vocals), David Dickey III (guitar and vocals), Celeste Cerna (bass and vocals) and Bill Reid (banjo and vocals).


Sunday September 18 7:00 P.M. $20

JOHNNY HIGH-HAT...has an amazing musical background and has played in Bluegrass, Country, and Swing bands, mandolin orchestras and a circus pit band. He has written and directed plays, studied at Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin, and co-founded and runs the acclaimed Fern Street Circus. He grew up in Altadena.

His group, Johnny High-Hat & The Melody Makers, has been making an impact on the local San Diego music scene. Drawing upon some of the finest musicians around, Johnny's music covers a wide range of musical genres including: Texas Swing; Bluegrass; train songs; vintage country; and Tin Pan Alley standards from the 20's and 30's. Special guest appearances will be made by Rob Carlson, guitarist and songwriter and long-time member of the Suzie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band, and Rodger Maxwell, well-known Western Troubadour and songwriter.

John accompanies himself on mandolin, tenor banjo, mandocello, and musical saw. Throw in Bruce Huntington on upright bass, Tom Wolverton on steel guitar, and Todd Davidson on keyboards and you have an outstanding all-star group of musicians who make up The Melody Makers.

High-Hat (stage name for John Highkin) has a CD (2013, Bottle Records), Heart of a Clown, which features the nationally acclaimed roots band The WIYOS on four tracks. Johnny is an entertainers' entertainer and an act you don't want to miss! Web: http://johnnyhigh-hat.com/About.html


Monday September 19 7:30 P.M. $25 BOB STANE SAYS ... all of my life promoting music I had only wild dreams of  having THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS grace my stage.
You will try to burn me as a witch for exercising my Black Magic (Bob, how did you do this? How did you get them?) and bagging this act.

You will say "no one could get this act to play a 50 seat venue.?" Get Reservations now (and keep them...do not get distracted). Do not be left out.

Do not miss the opportunity of seeing, and hearing, this delightful and historic show.



MUSIC SAMPLES....http://www.tannahillweavers.com/music_samples.htm. THIS IS A HUGE GROUP WORLD WIDE. WE ARE LUCKY TO GET THEM.

THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, rich vocals and humorous chat that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power and entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old-time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

Tuesday September 20 8 P.M. $20 BIG 6 PIECE JAZZ ACT. Solid Jackson !!!


“Exciting, intelligent, and fun, the Cats could swing any nightclub in the Golden Age of Jazz — yet they deliver a show that audiences connect with today.”

Jack’s Cats is led by reedman Jack Malmstrom and filled with young lions drawn from Los Angeles’ thriving vintage jazz scene. Jack first became a favorite of swing music fans at clubs, private events, and jazz festivals in Atlantic Canada by sidestepping the “faster/louder” trend and perfecting the warm, intimate sound of his 30s and 40s clarinet and sax heroes. The Cats’ playlists overflow with one half familiar pre-bop standards, one half forgotten gems… and a third-half, Jack’s Cats originals done in a period style. Joining Jack are singing sensation Molly Pease (vocals); Phil Small (piano); Bryan Dedlow (guitar); Mark San Filippo (drums); and Marcus Buser (acoustic bass, vocals).

See here! See and hear what you’ll hear here: www.jackscats.com

Thursday September 22 7:30 P.M. $15 Off My Head - is a show of irreverent, funny, and sometimes poignant stories performed by celebrated storytellers home grown right here in the San Gabriel Valley.


Storyteller/ Author - Ty Fance

Writer/ Comedian - Steve Skrovan

Comedian/ Actor - Steve Bruner

Comedian/ Actor - Ruby Cooper

Hosted by: Comedian - Jamie Gandola Bridgers

Ty Fance - has performed at The Story Salon, The Altadena Coffee Gallery Backstage Theater, the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store, and the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.

Steve Skrovan - writes for School of Rock on Nick. Wrote for sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and has performed at the Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv.

Steve Bruner - performs at The Story Salon, comedy clubs and colleges across the country.

Ruby Cooper - performs at the Story Salon and comedy venues in the greater Los Angeles area

Jamie Bridgers - has performed at the legendary Pasadena Ice House Comedy Club and the world famous Comedy Store.





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

Saturday September 24 7:00 PM $20

SLIGO RAGS...now featured at Disneyland. Solid Irish/Bluegrass with lots of amazing instrumental and fun.

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 September 25 7:00 P.M. $20



is tight California based Acoustic Americana band serving up contemporary, original and traditional music with deep American roots planted in the Bluegrass, Folk, Irish, Old Time andCountry music. Four band members with 3 vocalists make some really nice harmonies, along with the bass, harmonica, fiddle, guitar and lots of great songs.


Members of this band have all won multiple top awards, most recently a championship by Larry Schallert at Topanga, have appeared on recordings and radio and toured throughout California and North America. The band’s newest member, Mike Ley, has played with the Riders of the Purple Sage, Albert Lee, Sonny and Cher, Evan Marshal, the Coasters, Ike and Tina Turner and many more. Frank Hoppe, host of 88.5 KCSN’s Blue Grass etc. on Sunday Mornings adds extraordinary fiddling and Catherine Espinoza’s classic vocals blend with brother Larry’s and Mike Ley’s to offer a unique California sound.


Wednesday September 28 8:00 P.M. $20


An emerging new voice in the world of modern fingerstyle guitar, acoustic guitarist Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music, and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim, and has been touring extensively behind his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events. His videos have received thousands of plays on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists.

“Donovan’s music has the great elements to look for; great groove, warm chords, and catchy melodies. This is music that can be felt”
— Trevor Gordon Hall, Fingerstyle Guitarist Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in guitar performance at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Music at Cal State University, Long Beach. Donovan is the cousin of Grammy award winning guitarist Bonnie Raitt, and comes from a rich family history of excellent musicianship.

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist, Celebrating the release of his new album "Pursuing the Horizon" featuring 10 new original compositions for solo acoustic guitar. "Pursuing the Horizon" was produced and recorded by fingerstyle virtuoso and YouTube sensation Antoine Dufour, and the new music is a further evolution of Donovan Raitt's unique compositional style and melodic structure. Donovan's performances are not to be missed, and his energy and musical passion during these performances can not be easily described in words. www.donovanraitt.com


Bob Stane says: You absolutey want to see, and hear,

MURIEL ANDERSON......"Just one hell of a great player …a great personality and what I like is the touch that Muriel has on the guitar, the way she plays it like we all wish to play." …Les Paul

The first and only woman to win the Fingerstyle Championship title, Muriel Anderson is widely respected as one of the foremost guitarists in the world. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, amazing audiences with her technique and endearing them with her sense of humor. One minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Chopin's Minute Waltz, her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists around the globe.

Muriel’s CD, “Wildcat” celebrates her depth as a guitarist, composer, and vocalist, and her “Harp Guitar Christmas” has already received widespread acclaim. Muriel Anderson has also released seven instrumental CD's, three videos/DVD’s, and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan. Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Womens Choir, and she has a composition in Woody Allen’s recent film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Muriel’s “Heartstrings” recording traveled as far as outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle mission.
Touring in theUSA and internationally year round, her music brings smiles and promotes understanding worldwide.

"Acoustic guitarist MURIEL ANDERSON... has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world's best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists." ...Chicago Tribune

Muriel Anderson is a good friend and a great guitarist. She deserves National Recognition.”
…Chet Atkins...

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 8:00 P.M. $20 INCENDIO....with Guest Artist MARK BARNWELL.....

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 “world guitar” sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold. At over 130 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO’s live performance has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Levitt Pavilions across the country, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, California World Festival, and many more. Their nine internationally released CD’s and two DVD’s have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Incendio is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar, guitar synth), Liza Carbe (bass, guitar), and Tim Curle (drums).

Joining the group this special evening is UK guitarist, MARK BARNWELL. Jim, Liza, JP and Incendio alumni Bryan Brock all participated in the recording of  Mark's wonderful new CD "Mandala".

Mark will be sitting in with group in his first US appearance.   http://markbarnwell.co.uk/

Thursday October 6 8:00 P.M. $15 LeRoy Mack McNees and Gloryland

LeRoy has put together a new bluegrass band with an old soul. The five guys in the group collectively have over 200 years of experience performing bluegrass music. (We should be a lot better by now) We only do songs that we have written or wished we had, which includes straight ahead bluegrass , instrumentals, ballads, lot’s of humor and gospel. Our show philosophy is this,“ Make them laugh , make them cry or make them set on the edge of their seat, but make them do something”






















Left to Right Andy Griffith, Roland White, Eric White, Clarence White, Billy Ray Lathum, LeRoy Mack                                             Left to Right Evan Winsor ,Jerry Kinkade ,LeRoy Mack ,Craig Wilson, Rodger Phillips.









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