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JUNE 2017
Saturday afternoon matinee June 24 3:00 P.M. $15 CIRCUS NO. 9….travels from their home base in East Tennessee to show off their national award winning picking and singing. They have the real East Tennessee sound. https://circusnumbernine.com
Circus No. 9 is a four piece progressive, young, acoustic group that embraces the influence of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk. The group has appeared on stage alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. With awarded musicians Matthew Davis (2016 National Banjo Champion), Thomas Cassell (2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion), Johnny Lanehart, and Colin Hotz, Circus No.9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force.

Both Davis and Cassell are alumni of the 2016 and 2017 Acoustic Music Seminar, a very prestigious event held for young musicians. Led by mandolin legend Mike Marshall, as well as Darrell Scott, Bryan Sutton, Julian Lage, and Aoife O'Donovan, this event has resulted in some of the most innovative musicians on the bluegrass and acoustic scene, including Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers, A Prairie Home Companion), Alex Hargreaves (Sarah Jarosz), Brittany Haas (A Prairie Home Companion), and more. All of this combined with the songwriting of Colin Hotz and the bass playing of Johnny "Calamari" Lanehart, has resulted in a serious musical force that is Circus No.9. They are taking a 3,000 mile journey to bring you their music and good times. A delightful afternoon of authentic, but progressive, strings and voice. Youth will be served. circusnumbernine.com, www.facebook.com/circusnine

Saturday June 24 7:00 P.M. $20

JUST ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

JOHN YORK: "I Think I'm Goin’ Back,"

featuring MATT CARTSONIS

John York, formerly of The Byrds, is one of the key players in California country-rock in the L.A. area. He is also one of five surviving members of The Byrds. He recorded three albums with the band as bass player and vocalist in 1968: Dr Byrd and Mr Hyde, The Ballad of Easy Rider and Live at the Fillmore.


For this very special event John will be focusing on songs from these three Byrds albums and bring back the signature Byrds sound as well as give the songs his own twist, which is unique, dynamic and entertaining. As a member of one of rock's most historic and loved bands, come see John York 'go back' to the music that helped form his youth as one of L.A.'s legendary country-rock artists.


Matt Cartsonis was called 'Sin City's Sideman' by the Americana-roots country e-zine, Turnstyled Junkpiled. He has played on the same stage and recorded in the same studios with Warren Zevon, Pete Seeger, Jennifer Warnes, David Bromberg, Steve Martin and Glen Campbell. His most recent collaboration with John McCuen has landed him twice on the legendary Grand Ole Opry broadcast in Nashville. McCuen's hit album, Made in Brooklyn, which features Matt on guitar, mandolin and vocals, is a Grammy bound masterpiece.

Sunday June 25 7:00 P.M. $18

Many times @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Solid performers and so different. This is a “take our word for it” act. Highly skilled, often witty, always cutting and a well respected group.

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A…. The Hawks are an L.A. country rock band, in an era that doesn’t have many of those left. You can argue country rock started in the 70′s with the hippies in the canyons west of Los Angeles high on nature and homegrown weed. Today it’s more aligned with a struggling middle class in the eastern suburbs where meth is the cheapest option. But we’re an irrepressible lot and we take our victories where we find them. I See Hawks In L.A. seem to know that, and with their harmonies and story-telling it’s easy to listen to a few of the tunes on Mystery Drug and find yourself with a nice little high.

"These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedlysergic-rock spontaneity. Any flight taken with I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away."

Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY. Web Site Address: Web Page: http://www.iseehawks.com

 

 

Co-Starring.....GERRY SPEHAR…..hails from a pioneer Colorado ranching family, grew up cowpunching and mastering fingerpicking guitar. Living the 70s folk rock dream, Gerry and his brother George became prominent on the mountain music circuit, opening for Boz Scaggs, Ian & Sylvia and Townes Van Zandt. Bill & Bonny Hearne and cut Gerry's song "Georgetown" with Nancy Griffith. Then Gerry married his college sweetheart Susan, had kids and put music on the back burner to take a day gig and raise a family. But not entirely — Gerry kept up the songwriting, won the 1985 Regional Wrangler Country Showdown with partner Bobby Allison, playing the finals at the Grand Ole Opry, landing a publishing deal with the legendary Buzz Cason and opening for Merle Haggard. www.gerryspehar.com

Fast forward to 2016, kids raised, Gerry enlisted I See Hawks In L.A. as his studio band for a comeback album, along with local legend Tommy Jordan, fiddler Gabe Witcher, and Chris Tuttle (Emmy Lou Harris) on keys. The result is the spirit of the 70s with cutting edge sounds: "I Hold Gravity," now climbing the Euro and Americana charts. And this is a CD release party for Gerry. Join the festivities and get in on a “Two Headliner Show.” Get it all for your money.
He has many kudos from Europe. Remember, he opened the show for almost everyone.

"Magnificently expansive . . . your purest Americana balm for the soul." CNTRL ALT COUNTRY, Belgium.

“An unexpected and almost sensational album.” DER COOLTOURIST, Germany.

Bob Stane says: This is a talent packed show. A great matinee and overflowing with worthy music.


Friday June 30 8:00 P.M. $18

THE GET DOWN BOYS…..
Web Site Address: thegetdownboys.com


The Get Down Boys have been a staple in the Southern California bluegrass scene over the past six years. With a recent major lineup change, the band is ready with a fresh, tight approach. The group now consists of Israel Parker on dobro/tenor out of Ohio, Mark Cassidy on the banjo of The Hillbenders, original member Evan Winsor on bass, and Scott Gates of The Salty Suites on guitar/mandolin. The diversity of this quartet is highlighted with harmonies and vocals that either reminisce of The Louvin Brothers, dig the gravel like Merle Haggard, scrape the sky like Jimmy Martin, or smooth the ride like Sons Of The Pioneers.

Having just finished a new EP of original material and personal favorites while remaining true to the spirit of traditional bluegrass, the boys are excited to be creating music together, and ramping up to not just firmly plant the flag of traditional bluegrass in Southern California, but the national scene which is so hungry for some REAL bluegrass!

JULY 2017
Saturday July 1 7:00 P.M. $20 KIMO WILLIAMS…An evening of Hawaiian music, slack-key guitar and hula featuring the dancing skills of KUMU hula MAHEALANI HARDER.

"Sandwich Islands Network is proud to present a very special evening featuring Hawaii's own Kimo Williams.

Join us Saturday, July 1st, for an evening of Hawaiian music, slack-key guitar and hula. All going to support the valuable programming and contributions of V93FM.com The Sandwich Islands Network, a non profit internet radio station.

Born and raised in Aiea, Oahu, Kimo shares his love and memories of Hawaii through his beautiful arrangements of island classics as well as his own original songs.

Kimo also welcomes Kumu hula Mahealani Harder and her beautiful dancing.

Seating is extremely limited. Don't miss this great evening of gorgeous music and dance!"

Be Blessed. Be light. Be aloha! http://www.V93FM.com http://www.kamakabrown.com

 

Sunday July 2 7:00 P.M. $20

LATIN GUITAR @ THE COFFEE GALLERY 2 will happen on Sunday July 2, 2017 at 7pm. Carbe & Durand from Incendio will join forces with Luis Villegas and Dan Sistos for the second installment of the LATIN GUITAR series showcases some of LA's finest nylon-string players jamming together.


LUIS VILLEGAS: best known for his debut CD Cafe Olé, which mixed New Age music, flamenco, and jazz and earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. You've heard him on smooth jazz radio stations across the country and at Jazz Festivals such as The Playboy Jazz Festival, Catalina JazzTrax Festival, and The Sedona Latin Jazz Festival. Luis has also worked as a guest guitarist with some of the leading artists and musicians in the world, including Jackson Browne, Paula Cole, Mexican icon Joan Sebastian, Great White lead singer Terry Ilous and classical guitarist Liona Boyd as well as being a founding member of the band Heavy Mellow which mixes heavy metal classics and flamenco guitar. http://www.luisvillegas.com


DAN SISTOS: Dan Sistos is a prolific and sought after session and touring musician in the United States. He has performed, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business such as Christina Aguilera & Toni Braxton. He has performed on network television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and the American Music Awards. He was also the featured guitarist on the blockbuster video games Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed Revelations. Dan has released the world fusion albums "In the Midnight Hours" and "The Road to Euphoria". His latest album, "Ventura Blvd", has been receiving regular airplay on national jazz radio stations. http://www.dansistos.com

CARBE & DURAND: The two guitarists have bridged the worlds of classical and blues guitar for well over 20 years now. They are a married couple, a professional partnership, and, in the end, two people who very much love to play their guitars. They have traveled the country as co-founders of the "world guitar" group INCENDIO, performing over 130 dates a year since 2000. Their music for television and film has been featured in the hit movie "Bridesmaids", the History Channel's "History of Mexico", Law and Order, Burn Notice, Star Trek and so many more. They feature many songs off their 2016 CD "A Bridge Between", available for streaming on Pandora and Spotify. http://www.carbeanddurand.com

 

Friday July 7 8:00 P.M. $20

THE JANGLE BROTHERS
John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.

Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS.

JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.

BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn,

CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

SUNDAY July 9 7:00 P.M. $20 BIFFLE & SHOOSTER… with The Skid Row Society Orchestra

At last! Here's a chance to see the classic comedy team Biffle & Shooster IN PERSON – with favorite songs and routines - and NEW material too. And yes, they WILL be doing their Tribute to William Frawley . . . and the ukulele bit!

The movie career of the duo is the focus of the upcoming film “The Adventures of Biffle & Shooster”. Advance reviews have been ecstatic, with Planet Box Office calling the doc, helmed by film historian Michael Schlesinger, “An adept compilation showcase with newly-discovered rare footage sprinkled around a quartet of the duo’s best short subjects. The result: a comedy masterpiece!” Excitement surrounding the upcoming release – bursting into theaters later this year - has prompted Benny and Sammy to dust off the act and meet the new generations of fans who are discovering them for the first time. Biffle & Shooster’s new back-up band The Skid Row Society Orchestra features some of the snappiest musicians of our time: Randy Woltz, Corey Gemme and John Reynolds. Producer Michael Schlesinger and comedy experts Nick Santa Maria and Will Ryan will be on hand to add to the mirth.

Benny Biffle & Sammy Shooster, stars of Broadway, film and radio, are back and better than ever!” – Manhattan 2nite

Two shows…

Wednesday

July 12 5:00 P.M. and one at 8:00 P.M. $30 per person…both shows. JOHN JORGENSON BLUEGRASS BAND.

Formed 5 years ago by Grammy-winning musician John Jorgenson, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (also known as J2B2) has quickly developed a reputation for unique material, exquisite vocal harmonies and dynamic arrangements that stretch the boundaries while respecting the traditions of bluegrass. In this short time the group has had multiple appearances on the Grand Old Opry, Mountain Stage, Rockygrass, and many other prestigious festivals and venues worldwide.

Featuring Jorgenson's longtime friend and colleague legendary vocalist and banjo player Herb Pedersen, multiple Grammy-winning bassist and producer Mark Fain, and multi-instrumental whiz Patrick Sauber on guitar, with Jorgenson primarily on mandolin, virtuosic instrumental prowess is expected. What surprises most audiences new to the group is the unique quality of the vocal blend and dynamic trio harmonies featured.

Longtime supporters of The Coffee Gallery will be familiar with John, Herb and Patrick as they've played many times before in various groups, but it's a rare opportunity to see them all together with Mark Fain as this is the first Southern California appearance for this esteemed group.

 

FRIDAY JULY 14 8:00 P.M. $20

SLIGO RAGS….. 

 

Two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and percussion, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Celtic music scene by storm. Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", currently garnering international airplay, was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine. Says the San Diego Troubadour, "This band can light up an atmosphere as dim as the Guiness stout you just ordered at the bar...Sligo Rags really know their Celtic music." Don't be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well.

Saturday July 15 3P.M. $10
Saturday July 15 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 July 16 2:30 P.M. $20

Bob Stane says…The Beatunes were a big hit last time. Sold out every seat. Don’t be left out. Call now.

 


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.

Sunday July 16 7:00 p.m. $20

SUSIE GLAZE and DAN SCHATZ.

An Evening of Appalachian and New Folk in a double-bill with Susie Glaze and visiting folk artist Dan Schatz.


Dan Schatz is a Grammy® nominated folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and author who combines deep roots in tradition with a strong sense of community. His work has been described by reviewers as “brilliant” (Autoharpoholic), “blissful and heartfelt” (PopMatters) and “stunning” (Sing Out!). He has appeared on PBS’s Woodsongs, at venues nationally including Caffe Lena, Club Passim and the Cactus Café, and was recently listed by Indie music blog Fatea Magazine as one of the artists in “the topmost drawers of American folk music.” A typical evening with Dan will feature a mix of songs from tradition, his own pen, and other writers, performed on guitars, autoharp, banjo, and Appalachian dulcimer. www.danschatz.com
“There is a sweetness and an elegance to Dan Schatz’s music, a deep reverence for tradition that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place. A seasoned songwriter himself, here he’s limited his own songs in favor of paying tribute to the musical roots he knows so well; when the roots run deep, the trees stand tall. Listening to the quietly restrained instrumental and vocal skill with which he approaches each song, the unhurried grace and respect he bestows on every person about whom he sings, we are reminded that it truly is a gift to be simple. In this magnificent album, Dan Schatz passes that gift on to us.” - Si Kahn. “A talented multi-instrumentalist, Dan Schatz plays and sings both traditional folk-songs and contemporary gems that sound like they’ve been polished forever.” – Folklore Society of Greater Washington

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble Duo
Award-winning vocalist Susie Glaze and mandolinist Steve Rankin are The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble duo, the newest version of the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Americana group, a lush new folk Americana fusion ensemble, presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. The group has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! Their CD “White Swan” was released in March of 2013 to critical acclaim from No Depression, FolkWorks, Pop Matters, M Magazine for Musicians, Music News Nashville and FolkWords UK."The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony." KVMR, Nevada City, CA. "She held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival. www.susieglaze.com
The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble Duo
Award-winning vocalist Susie Glaze and mandolinist Steve Rankin are The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble duo, the newest version of the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Americana group, a lush new folk Americana fusion ensemble, presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. The group has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! The band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, Palms Playhouse, Don Quixote's Music Hall, Kuumbwa Jazz Center and CalTech Folk Music Society among others. Their CD “White Swan” was released in March of 2013 to critical acclaim from No Depression, FolkWorks, Pop Matters, M Magazine for Musicians, Music News Nashville and FolkWords UK among others, and charted in the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report's Combined Internet and Terrestrial Folk Chart. Their new album "Not That Kind of Girl" produced by Herb Pedersen was released in June 2015 and is enjoying critical acclaim and radio airplay around the country. “If there were a word to describe this fine band, it would be sophisticated. They draw influences from disparate sources to meld their sound. The level of musicianship is exemplary.… display a great range of prowess and work as a tight unit.” Bluegrass Unlimited. “…one of the finest and most original Americana groups in California (or in the country for that matter).” No Depression. Augmenting their sound is the lush, Celtic sounds of Rankin’s bouzouki and the mountain sounds of Susie’s Appalachian dulcimer and traditional autoharp.

Susie Glaze has been honored to be included on the newly-released Compass Records tribute album "Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie" alongside such artists as Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Tim O'Brien, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams and many more. www.susieglaze.com"The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony." KVMR, Nevada City, CA ."…does something with a song that only great singers can do..." KCSN, Northridge, CA. "One of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.” KPFK's FolkScene ...with people like this to trust, my music will go on living, and soaring. And so will I.” Jean Ritchie

Tuesday July 18 8:00 P.M. $18

JIM & ANNE CURRY…… performing the songs of John Denver.

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.”

 

JIM & ANNE….. "I have to tell you I don't know when we've enjoyed a show as much as we enjoyed yours. It just swept us away and we did not want it to end! You are all so gifted. And the music of John Denver speaks for itself. It touches the heart."

 

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