True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.
TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles to create its own unique sound. The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear.
Since its inception in 2010, TLT has enchanted audiences from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest. Performances include the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival, The California Christmas Revels, the Berkeley World Music Festival and collaborations with Portland’s Aurora Chorus, The Knights of Revery, Edessa, MWE and NYC’s Black Sea Hotel.
TLT is Leslie Bonnett, fiddle & voice; Briget Boyle, guitar & voice; and Juliana Graffagna, accordion & voice. http://www.truelifetrio.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgT8e1uj95g
JIM “KIMO” WEST……regularly tours with Weird Al Yankovich but is now ours for the night.
Jim Kimo West is an award-winning Hawaiian "slack key" guitarist and a veteran of Hawaii's famed slack key festivals where he has performed alongside noted players such as Ledward Kaapana,Cyril Pahinui, Ozzie Kotani, Makana, George Kahumoku and many others. He is known not only for his exciting live performances but also for his many original instrumental slack key compositions as represented in his catalog of five solo CD's.
"Ki ho'alu", as it is known in Hawaii is based on retuning or "slacking" the strings to create new tunings, of which there are many . Kimo has developed a number of his own tunings that give his instrumentals his own unique sound
He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy) nominee, and a two time winner of the LA Treasures Award. His compositions have been featured in films, documentaries and national TV commercials. He splits his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles where he also works as a composer for film and TV, and as a producer for other artists.
Rising stars S. CHAPRARALL and JOHN TIMOTHY and THE PRAIRIE GHOSTS are a Country/Americana outfit from the wild & western suburbs of Los Angeles. The Prairie Ghosts are an ever evolving group of musicians, manifesting in different forms and amalgams at each performance, varying in instrumentation from a subtle, acoustic experience with pedal steel and stand up bass, to a full throttle electric guitar driven show. Every incarnation is full of heart and soul that is at the core of the original and stirring music.
S. Chaparral is an emerging folk-rock act based out of Los Angeles, CA. The band of 4 members was founded by Jeff Murray through the magic of Craigslist.
With elements of folk and rock, gospel and pop, S. Chaparral is something new for the American catalogue. The band combines accessibility, quality songwriting, and originality, and achieves each of these. Taking cues from legends like Bob Seger, Van Morrison, and JJ Cale, the band carries energy and craft into every performance.
$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations
THIS IS AN IRRESISTIBLE SHOW THAT SHOULD CARRY A BIG PRICE TAG. BY SLY MAGIC IT IS ONLY $10. YOU REALLY SHOULD COME TO THIS ONE. !!!
DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS…….SONGWRITER’S FANDANGO plus a world class spoken word star...How about Indie New Grass songs you can tap your toes to? And great Delta Style Blues too?
Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase. THIS WILL BE THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN ON THIS THURSDAY. MEMORABLE AND FLUSH WITH TALENT.
ALI HANDAL.. is best known as one of the few women in rock who can solo with the electric fury and fluid grace of a Hendrix, Slash or Page, and yet also pick up an acoustic and leave a room in awe. She is also a multi-award winning songwriter and a uniquely gifted singer. Her songs have been heard in countless movies and TV shows, and her performances have taken her from L.A. to Australia, Japan and beyond; she’s sung on a Neil Young album, performed at Neverland Ranch, danced with Janet Jackson, written with Paul Williams, had her hands filmed playing guitar in a Playboy video, and even demonstrated guitars several times on “The Price Is Right.”. www.alihandal.com
ABBY POSNER…. is a force of Nature. She shows up with a rack of instruments, plugs-in, and blows you away! She flashes masterful rhythms and hooks with guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more. She channels bluegrass to ballads, folk to indie rock, also roots music to the blues. She has two outstanding groups, Fiddle & Pine,Abby & The Myth, and her solo work. She is a session player and producer and she writes and composes for film and tv licensing placements. Abby has appeared as a featured musician on two episodes of Glee, and her music has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show This American Life. Abby brings her exquisite ear and explosive talent to every stage. Her love and joy for music is undeniable. She'll leave you stomping your feet and wanting much more! http://www.abbyposner.com/
SHAUN CROMWELL’s …. Roots songs bring a wall of sound with style and passion. His exquisite fingerstyle guitar and banjo work channels the deep sounds of the Delta with a contemporary voice - think Mississippi John Hurt meets Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Shaun is a favorite in Folk Festivals and everywhere he performs. He'll be your favorite too! www.shauncromwell.com
And Special Guest...
"A Word" With Dylan Brody! Just featured on KPCC and about to go out nationwide on tour.
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. and he was recently featured on Marc Maron's hit WTF Podcast. http://dylanbrody.com/
THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO….returns for the fourth time to explore harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, and this foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song. Catch their rise in show business and their upward curve. Don’t let them get into a realm where we cannot afford them before you
experience them at The Coffee Gallery Backstage…very up close. These are vocal phenoms and they put on a very fine stage show.
The Honeys have headlined the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the SheSings Festival, the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival, and have been showcase artists at FAR-West. They have also performed at the Broad Stage, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, the Grand Annex, TedX Temecula, and the Shedd Institute for the Arts, and even opened for the Manhattan Transfer. Called “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today” by John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer, The Honey Whiskey Trio is a group you don’t want to miss experiencing live.
SNOWAPPLE…. is a group of three lovely and talented multi-instrumentalist young women from The Netherlands that ambitiously draws upon markedly different musical genres to create a uniquely eclectic yet wholly natural sound. Their eponymous debut album (released in 2013 on V2 Records in Benelux, Debt Records in UK and Zip Records in USA) is beautiful and beguiling in equal measure, full of catchy pop-folk numbers punctuated by excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition. This is their second appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage... A Dutch treat.
Laurien has an international career as an opera singer, but also finds time to moonlight with gypsy-punk groups, model the outfits of up-and-coming Dutch fashion designer Mo Benchellal and read post-graduate physics at the University of Amsterdam.
Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who has lived and worked as a musician in the Netherlands since 2007. Her musical background of Latvian folk music and 12 years of European academic music studies complements a strong interest in modern jazz and the popular music of Brazil, along with a more recent exploration of singer-songwriter compositions. Laura was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition.
Cynthia has more then 15 years experience in the field of music and performing arts. Since her graduation at the INBA school of music she has composed music for theater, cinema, dance, circus and cabaret theater. She performed at multiple National and International festivals in Europe, the USA, and Latin America.
They travel with two back up musicians….a show that is sure to please. www.snowapple.nl
Bob Stane says, “think of this as one of the best Tribute Bands ever. We are lucky to land them.” "Read about all the countries in the world that have hosted them. What a bargain at $15.
Do not ask me how I got them to do our cozy bistro, it’s my secret."
THE MIGHTY CASH CATS…..Legendary LA Times music critic, Robert Hilburn, called the Mighty Cash Cats’ show, “Wonderful!” The Mighty Cash Cats cover all six decades of Johnny Cash’s career including fun Johnny and June duets like "Jackson."
"If you never had the chance to see Johnny Cash and June Carter perform live, and then cheer up, the Mighty Cash Cats are filling the void." Will Phoenix, LA Examiner
The four piece band has toured from LA to Las Vegas, Ireland to Israel, recently returned from a tour of Asia, and this past year did a Europe Tour with dates in Dublin and Paris. They will be back in Ireland this June.
A Jerusalem Post concert review: "If the audience closed their eyes during Michael J’s show they, no doubt, thought that Johnny Cash had managed to find his way back to the terrestrial bandstand.”
The Ventura Star wrote: "Leticia Blumette tears it up with that powerhouse room-filling voice." "The Mighty Cash Cats’ are an excellent band. There’s no shortage of Cash Cats’ fans.
“Michael looks and sounds so much like Johnny Cash that when I listened and closed my eyes, it was as if I was really listening to Johnny Cash.”
Bob Stane says…”once again, The Coffee Gallery Backstage has hit a home run with ‘the best of the best’ in fiddle/violin presentations from around the world.”
“As always, this will be jaw dropping with excitement and musical skill. The stage will be red hot. Come and enjoy the heat.” "I want you here."
THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC.. is a fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands who swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since their inception in early 2009. Comprising Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), each regarded as leading exponents of their respective traditions, they have found themselves in great demand throughout the world performing together as ‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’
With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as “unique”, “meaningful”,”intense” and “invigorating”.
Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles.
To date their music has taken them to the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe captivating audiences along the way.
2016 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, the follow up to their eponymously entitled debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.
"On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle music doesn't get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc." - Folkworld. "I surrender unconditionally to these master musicians. The worn concept of "tradition and innovation" have rarely been used as smart as this" - LIRA www.thenordicfiddlersbloc.com
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 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.
Some audience reactions to Incendio’s shows across their tour of the U.S. –
“Words can't describe the amazing talent of this band. But feelings can! This group plays with fire (hence "Incendio" or fuego) in their hearts. Fierce strumming and passion for "ethnic" music is both ubiquitous and intimate in their style of play. This music deeply inspires. Thanks so much for the fun Jim, JP, and Liza!” - Erik R.
“I'm so excited I will have the opportunity to see you in person… Your music is amazing! I'll be the one probably not able to sit in my seat for very long. – Rachel L.C.
ROAD HOUSE SERIES….Memphis Soul Meets Chicago Blues. A Tribute to Stax and Chess Records. Featuring the artistry of Chuck Berry.
The next chapter in the highly successful Roadhouse Series at The Coffee Gallery Backstage will follow the trail of rock 'n' roll from the dawn of the genre in the 50s to the 60s. The evening will be dedicated to the late-great Father of Rock 'n' Roll, Chuck Berry. There will be a special musical tribute to the rock 'n' roll icon as a highlight of the show.
When the icons of Sun Records in Memphis left the label bound for major national success, the authentic and inventive feel of the rock 'n' roll movement went across town in Memphis to Stax records and studios where neighborhood artists would find a home. They included Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, and rock's first fully integrated band, Booker T and the M.Gs.
Meanwhile, throughout the 50s and into the 60s, Chicago's Chess Records became home to Sun Records discovery, Howlin' Wolf. Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry were creating records that would soon influence the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Cream, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Chess was the cradle of not, only Chicago blues, but of the next step in rock 'n' roll that would forever change the sound during the turbulent 60s.
Join us for an evening celebrating the great music that came from this near forgotten era of rock 'n' roll. Some of California's finest Americana and roots artists will be joining us. They include the Roadhouse's artist-in-residence and host, Patrick Carrico, Nick Berk, Aireene Espiritu, Coyote Moon, Duane Thorin, Levi Petri, Pam Loe, Chad Watson, Ed Tree, Neil Rosengarden and Debra Dobkin.
Saturday Two Shows:
2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
JIM & ANNE CURRY……
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. 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!
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.”
Tuesday and another on the afternoon (Matinee) of Friday
….and another on the afternoon (Matinee) of Friday April 21
8:00 P.M and at 3:00 P.M.
Bob Stane’s comments...A lovely show. Great voice like molasses and honey. Hawaaiian style as in the 1940’s. Completely charming show. Aw, shucks style and just talks about the
show and what is doing and his life. Audiience loved it and him.
Is on tour from the island. Wife dances and manager sings very well. All deep into Hawaiian culture and music.
Michael’s debut album Remember was released in July, 2010. Featuring Michael’s crooning, silken bass vocals, Remember received positive response from fans for its mix of music from Hawai‘i’s past and present. Songs like “‘Ahulili”, and “Kamalani O Keaukaha”, as well as traditional English standards such as “Waik’k?” and “The Way You Look Tonight”, earned Michael two prestigious N’ H’k? Hanohano Award Nominations in 2011 for “Island Album of the Year”, and “Most Promising Artist”.
For more than forty years, Michael Keale has been entertaining audiences throughout Hawaii and the Mainland U.S. with his own special brand of Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music, American standards, and Jazz. Michael's velvety smooth vocals and soothing melodies truly share the Spirit of Aloha, just like his Uncle Moe Keale, and cousin Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo’ole before him. Please join Michael and friends as they present a wonderful evening of music, hula, and storytelling!
He uses ukulele and guitars with both regular and slack-key tunings.
Michael has entertained at Waik’k's Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Marriott’s Moana Terrace, where Aunty Genoa Keawe herself entertained people from all over the world. He has shared the stage with his cousins Iz and Skippy, Uncle Moe Keale, Uncle Willie ‘K’, Melveen Leed, Martin Pahinui, Mike Kaawa, Ocean Kaowili, George Kuo, Mel Amina, Analu Aina, Bobby Ingano, Aaron Mahi and many more. www.mikeale.com
Scott Gates, Chuck Hailes and Chelsea Williams
They live in the world of live acoustic music, sharing a passion for roots and bluegrass, as well as traditional mountain music. Scott Gates is as close to a musical prodigy on the mandolin as you will ever meet and now plays guitar with the same fire and brilliance. Scott, an incredible performer has been a mainstay at festivals and stages throughout the southwest for many years and holds a special place in his heart for people he sees year after year. Having performed all over the country and with artists as varied as John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Ed Helms, Steve Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Loggins and a virtual Who's-Who of bluegrass players, Scott appeared last year on the Ellen Show with Steve Martin, recorded with Kenny Loggins on his soon-to-be-released family album, which was picked up by Disney, appeared in an episode of the 2011 season of "Justified" on the FX Channel and toured the US with The Get Down Boys Bluegrass band.
Partner in this new venture, Chuck Hailes, is one of the top bass players in the country, schooled in classical and jazz bass playing and techniques. Chuck writes his own music and has teamed with Scott to create many new musical gems. With his background in bluegrass music, and degree in the Upright Bass, Chuck sings and plays in a way that is uniquely his own.
Chelsea Williams has been writing and performing her own music since she was 13 years old. After a couple of years in two different working bands, Chelsea took the stage on her own by the age of 17, performing at clubs and coffee shops. While some of her early songs are still hits with her fans, she has continued to develop as a writer penning nearly 100 original songs to date. Chelsea currently makes her living by playing on the street for tips and selling a home-made demo, having sold thousands of CDs in recent months, one-by-one, simply on her own on the street. Her magnetic presence draws them in and her songs set the hook.
Together they are simply amazing and electrifying, The Salty Suites ask you to lend them your ears…..rising to ever prominent heights of song and entertainment.
How long has it been since we had an , accordian
player, guitarist and yodeler on stage all at one time? Too long I think, so
here comes vaudville cowboy Sourdough Slim.
A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy Sourdough Slim joyously rekindles the
country blues, cowboy classics and string band repertoire of pre-WWII
America. A fast-paced performance of music and comedy that showcases
his seasoned gift for connecting with audiences.
Slim has starred on the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage a dozen times, for a reason. He is good.
Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel
or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the
fun on stage. Long time fans will remember
him as a founding member of two of California s favorite acoustic
combo s, 8th Avenue String Band and R. Crumb s Cheap Suit
A performance by Sourdough Slim a.k.a. Rick Crowder is a hoot to say the least. This savvy performer with a seasoned gift for connecting with audiences transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp intermingles with cowboy lore, producing grins galore. Since 1988 he has gained national recognition performing at events across the country including; The National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, Nevada, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center in New York. His fast-paced stage show combines cowboy singing, award winning yodeling, timeless humor, accompaniment on accordion, guitar, ukulele and harmonica and a keen knowledge of the traditional Western repertoire.
A well traveled veteran of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The National Cowboy Gathering, Strawberry Music Festival and Prairie Home Companion, this modern day vaudevillian captures a sound and moment in time that consistently delights funloving music fans everywhere he performs.
The BEATUNES ....
bring together four of So.Cal’s top musicians - solely to honor and play as faithfully to the recordings as possible - the timeless and spirit-lifting music of The Beatles. The BEATUNES continue to increase their repertoire and precision in replicating the sound of The Beatles. From the early "Fab Four" days to the final recordings, band members constantly search for new ways to bring more realism to the sound; every sound you hear at a BEATUNES concert is played live by the band.
No tracks. It's done live. It's done right.There’s some kind of Magic in the air, and in The Music.
No wigs. No costumes. Simply enjoy the timeless music of the band that rocked history.
For music that transcends the generations, join us for The Beatles respectfully done right.
BERKLEY HART…. ( A dynamic duo)….
PATRONS OF THE ARTS SAYS ABOUT BERKLEY HART…
"Hi Bob, We have seen close to one hundred shows at The Coffee Gallery Backstage over the last few years. Berkley Hart is in our top five shows. I have never seen a group charm an audience like Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart. Excellent musicians, original songs, mellow harmonies make them an amazing act. The sound of the Backstage gives this great act the venue they deserve. Thanks so much for booking them.” Kerry and Pat Bower.
Berkley Hart have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing from both Jeff Berkley (guitar) and Calman Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.
Starting out in the coffeehouse circuit of San Diego in the late 90s, it soon became clear that Berkley Hart were a cut above the average acoustic players. Their unique sound is at once playful and poignant as they deftly combine down-home humor with masterful lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Beginning with their debut award-winning album, "Wreck 'n' Sow," the duo set a precedent of excellence that they have lived up to with their subsequent, and also award-winning, releases: "Something to Fall Back On," "Twelve" & "Pocket Change." Taking their songs on the road, the duo filled a solid touring schedule that took them across the country.
Returning to The Coffee Gallery Backstage after a too long, two years, they have come to harvest the attention and adulation they deserve. Bob Stane heartily endorses them and hopes you will give them the full house due them. You, absolutely, will give them a standing ovation. You will, definitely, remember their songs and show. A wonderful performance from two of the very best.
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