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Sunday October 23 7:00 P.M. $18 THE GARLIC BAND….no vampires but special guest on vocals and accordion MICHAEL LAWSON.

GARLIC will be served, generously, at every table. Can you beat that at The Hollywood Bowl?

Dance, gypsies, dance. Dance the buckles off your shoes. This is a ton of fun and they have been here several times. Always great.

The Garlic Band: Whether it’s to the banks of the Tisa or the foothills of the Tatras, whether Romanian, French, jazz à la Reinhardt/Grappelli, Rom (Gypsy), or original compositions, you’ll hear music with an authenticity, virtuosity and pungency that only the Garlic Band can deliver.

The band is led by Miamon Miller (violin/viola) and includes Cory Beers (cimbalom/tupan and Simeon Pillich (bass). These three musicians have blended their talents and expertise to form an ensemble that respects tradition and encourages creativity. Michael Lawson makes this a quartet. You will not sleep. No, it is not loud, just wonderful and unique.

The Garlic Band will be joined by our special guest, Seattle’s Michael Lawson (accordion/vocals). For nearly four decades, Michael has honed a well-deserved reputation as an unparalleled stylist in genres ranging from Bulgarian folk music to swing standards. On a recent tour in Bulgaria, he was a featured soloist on national television. And as icing on the Garlic Band cake (not that we’d actually bake something so ridiculous), he’s a Pasadena native.


For more information regarding the Garlic Band, please go to www.GarlicBand.com


Thursday October 27 7:00 P.M. $10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations


Piper-Grey ...Do you love a great fusion of Folk-Blues-Rock? Piper~Grey brings it all and more with great guitar and soaring harmonies. Bringing back great Folk-Rock songs you want to sing along with - and I know you will! http://www.myspace.com/pipergrey


Wild Mountain Mystics….Wild Mountain Mystics plays music ranging from tender-hearted love songs to foot-stompin' folk blues, mainly on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Their harmonies join gritty and smooth and blend in a way that reminds you of traditional mountain music. Some of their influences include The Carter Family, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, Maria Callas, and Linda Ronstadt. Their music has many traditional elements, but the message of love and hope is timeless.

Beth Anne….Rooted in folk Americana, traditional Irish music, and 90's R&B, Beth creates both haunting and uplifting introspective melodies, inspired by all life has to offer her. Beth performs with powerful soaring vocals, accompanied by an often open-tuned acoustic guitar, or simply country chords. Having spent the last 6 years spearheading the folk-Americana family band, The Railflowers, Beth is now heading solo into the great big folk world. Inspired by artists like Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, and The Weepies, Beth is well on her way to becoming an important and honest voice in the folk music world www.bethannemusic.com

And Special Guest……."A Word" With Dylan Brody!

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. ….http://dylanbrody.com

Friday October 28 8:00 P.M. $15











In the round: rich stories, soulful singing, sweet harmonies and bluesy grooves from a circle of songwriters and friends, with possibly a special guest or two. A very special night you do not want to miss!

If you thrill to beautiful melodies, meaningful stories, chillbump-raising singing, soulful instrumental solos and great songcraft, then you do not want to miss this very special evening with Claire Holley, Jeff Turmes, Sam Morrow and Bliss Bowen.

As friends and occasional collaborators, there’s bound to be teasing camaraderie and spontaneous improvisation on the stage that night. An award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist receiving accolades for her latest album, Time in the Middle, Claire Holley (www.claireholley.com) brings that Southern touch of the poet to her music and engaging performances.


Jeff Turmes, best known as the grooving bassist and occasional slide guitarist with Mavis Staples and Rick Holmstrom, will be sharing songs from his critically acclaimed fourth album, Wreckage.


Sam Morrow (www.sammorrowmusic.com) just returned from a busy week at Nashville’s AmericanaFest; still touring behind his acclaimed album There is No Map, Sam’s wise-beyond-his-years writing and singing have earned comparisons to Chris Stapleton and Steve Earle. Bliss Bowen (www.reverbnation.com/blissbowen) rounds out the convivial circle with her own soulful voice and melodic Americana; she’ll have samplers available of tracks from Ghost Trees, the in-progress album she’s been recording with friends like Claire, Jeff and Ted Russell Kamp.


Between the four of them, there will be rich stories, sweet harmonies, bluesy grooves, and possibly a special guest or two. Local fans usually have to drive to the Westside or Hollywood to hear this crew, so this is a rare opportunity to experience this lineup close to home. Mark your calendars!



October 30 2:00 P.M. $15 AERIAL VISIONS… is an instrumental acoustic duo formed by guitarists Dani Vargas and Travis Lee Stephenson. Drawing from diverse stylistic approaches, Dani and Travis bring a unique take to the modern acoustic sound. Their debut album, City Life, introduces eleven original compositions demonstrating technical proficiency, canorous melodies, and

harmonic maturity. The feel is often dark and introspective, yet uplifting, by virtue of the beauty and honesty that so naturally accompany

the acoustic guitar. The seasoned artistry displayed by Aerial Visions is complex yet accessible, inviting listeners of all walks of life into a dynamic musical experience. www.aerialvisionsmusic.com

SUNDAY October 30

7:00 P.M.



P. M.


Featuring DUANE THORIN and The LICATA BROTHERS with special guest, poet STEPHEN KALINICH

plus Bassist John Cartwright, dancer Saahira, and The Grim Reaper




















A night of entertainment and virtuosity, with some macabre twists and turns here and there to set Halloween eve ablaze. Carve your pumpkins early and head over for a great show.

Brilliant balladeer, and Bob Stane's permanent temporary substitute host, Duane THORIN, will perform with the band and officiate the affair, interspersing humor and some surprises, and then will bring on Bob’s, and the Coffee Gallery's favorite young sensations, THE LICATA BROTHERS, whose thrilling vocal blends, matched by a showmanship and stage presence way beyond their years, make them more than worthy of their headline status here and and other venues. Expect finely arranged songs spanning many decades of classic popular music. You will be charmed and impressed. See what the buzz is about.

Plus, we proudly present renowned Poet/Lyricist STEPHEN KALINICH, another Gallery headliner, who's stunning lyrics have graced pop tunes by the Beach Boys and other legendary acts. His dramatic works will inspire and amaze you all. Not to be missed.

All this music and poetry will be accompanied and supported by JOHN CARTWRIGHT, legendary bassist for Harry Belafonte, (get the Zombie Jamboree reference now?), and a highly respected master of the double bass.

Surprises?!!? watch for Saahira, Empress of the Emerald Winds, and yes, the Grim Reaper himself has forewarned us of an appearance!

BOB STANE SAYS: This is a carefully designed piece of stagecraft, music and verbal excellence that will entertain, amuse and amaze from beginning to end. An absolute money back guarantee and
you can swat me with a rolled up newspaper, which I will provide, if you are not completely exhausted and invigorated at the same time. A huge amount of talent and entertainment wrapped up in two hours.
You will say, “Bob, you did not charge enough.” This is just great entertainment and a huge bargain. Do not make me beg !!!! Just be here. Bring guests. This is it. Holiday Spookiness.

TUESDAY November 1 8:00 P.M. $20 This is his encore performance @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A LEGEND. Big Time International Star

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

He is the leading slack key player as a "picker", as well as a delightful stage persona with a vocal range from baritone to Hawaiian falsetto.

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

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

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


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3 8:00 P.M. $20 Joe Craven & The Sometimers…With Special Coffee Gallery Backstage fave…Susie Glaze.

Joe Craven has found a couple of  hot young pickers worthy of his chops: wild man bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff and Bruce MacMillan dazzling with crafty dobro, acoustic guitar pickin’ and angelic voice. With Joe’s wildly eclectic musicality, the sonic possibilities are unlimited. I just saw this new trio and… WoW! ”– PBS television producer Peter Berkow. Visit www.joecraven.com

Joe Craven and The Sometimers” featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, adhere to a “no genre left behind” policy of music making while leaping from a springboard of Americana. They perform impressively credentialed and possess enough poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their analog/power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, more cowbell and who knows what else.

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy. For 17 years, he was percussionist and violinist for mandolinist David Grisman. Playing Carnegie Hall to busking on Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute!

Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who is a fan of, trained in and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation’s most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival.

Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest.

Joe Craven and the Sometimers” kicked off our Peacetown Summer Concert Series with a big bang. Folks danced, sang, and cheered the music of these incredible musicians.” -Jim Corbett, Promoter / Educator.

Broadway actress and singer, award-winning recording artist and critically-acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Susie Glaze is no stranger to The Coffee Gallery Backstage, having appeared here in concert since 2002 with her Americana folk ensemble The Hilonesome Band. Now merging into its new iteration, the Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble will be appearing at The Coffee Gallery later in October, but for this show, Susie sits in with the incomparable Joe Craven and his new trio The Sometimers.

"…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

FRIDAY November 4 8:00 P.M. $25 THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the recent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records, this band is showing no signs of slowing.

Though Deep Waters is The Lonely Heartstring Band’s debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band. Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having “carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass,” and similar accolades not often accorded to a debut outing. Web Page: : http://www.lonelyheartstringband.com/

Since their beginnings in 2012, whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band has always delivered a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance, bringing crowds to their feet and generating a devoted following of music lovers. Made up of George Clements, Patrick M’Gonigle, Gabe Hirshfeld, Matt Witler, and Charles Clements, The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and world.

"These guys are as close to the real deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end." -Darol Anger, Republic of Strings, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

"Always true to the soul of the music, played with imagination and attention to detail in every way." -John Cooper, Acoustic Artisans

Saturday November 5 2:00 P.M. $15




EMILY DAVIS is a singer-songwriter living in the desert southwest with an affinity for writing aggressive, introspective folk music. She enjoys long walks on the beach and melting faces.
Go hear her newest album "The Worst Kind of Curse" as well as two additional full-length albums at www.emilydavis.bandcamp.com
Hard copies are also available at the site above.”

FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE (est. 2004) made it's beginnings in the outskirts of Los Angeles as the solo project for singer/songwriter Michael Long, whose singing style has been described as "Maynard J Keenan meets Kurt Cobain", and whose songwriting style is difficult to describe; he took the best parts of each of his favorite bands across so many genres and melded them together to make something completely different. Melodic guitar loops and powerful vocals contribute to Falling By The Wayside's unique sound - progressive acoustic-rock. FBTWayside is currently in studio finishing their first EP.”

JOE WILLIAM DAVIS..."Currently promoting his upcoming debut solo album 'The Best Laid Plans' Joe William Davis plays a blend of country and folk spun out over his punk rock influences to blend and encapsulate an array of musical influence.
His home grown, honest and heart breaking songs comprise of Intricate and expressive vocal melodies that play out over subtle yet raucous Guitar and Banjo. For fans of Neil Young, The Avett Brothers and Jack White.”



10th Anniversary celebration/benefit Concert for Amy Yessian

This night is dedicated to celebrating Amy’s life. I believe she would have appreciated nothing more than to have her friends from the music communities around the country, come together to sing their songs in her honor.

We want to remember the person she was before her illness…her vibrant personality and lust for life. Amy was the one who would strike up a conversation with you if she saw you standing or sitting alone. The person who came out to the clubs and concerts to applaud your efforts and cheer you on. A woman who gave you her honest answers if you asked her opinion and who would sometimes give you her opinion even if you didn't ask for it if she thought it might help you in some way or open your mind to a different view.

Remember her own unique style, quick wit and contagious laugh. Remember the person who loved to cook for you. Remember the person who would ask how you and your family were doing and really care and listen to your answer. Also remember the courage and strength she showed during her illness to help make it easy on us all. Most of all remember Amy Yessian as the fun loving, happy, smiling girl who asked for nothing but gave you her love and support unconditionally if you were lucky enough to be considered her friend.

Amy always saw the glass half full even in the worst situations. Tonight we fill her glass with song. Please join us in our celebration. Proceeds will go help support efforts to continue to find cures and advance treatment for Leiomyo Sarcoma.

SHANE ALLEN – Manhattan, NY
KENT GRAY – Nashville, TN
TALL MEN GROUP - Los Angeles. CA
WINDFALL - Bothell ,Washington

Sunday November 6 Two shows: 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. $18

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.

Wednesday November 9 8:00 P.M. $18 CASTLETOWN…a fiery foursome from the super heated musical town of Portland….sizzling fiddle, hot blues, jazz, Irish and folk. Lots of vocals and foot tapping music all around. Go To For a Convincing Musical Ride….http://www.castletownpdx.com

that will set your fiddle on fire. This is upbeat, sweet, nostalgic, modern, traditional and just great music. You will love it.

And they sing, oh, they sing!
Castletown plays energetic Celtic Folk Rock featuring the blazing fiddle playing of Katie Lubiens.

Portland, Oregon based "Castletown" has a sound best described as "Energetic Celtic Folk Rock," blending the heart and soul of traditional Irish reels with modern folk, blues, jazz and country influences with Katie Lubiens on fiddle and vocals, Robert Richter on guitar and vocals, Casey McBride on drums and percussion and Willi Jaam on bass. They are on tour promoting their new CD "In Reel Time".

The band has been receiving rave reviews with the performances featuring the blazing fast fiddle playing of talented Katie Lubiens and their energetic and talented rhythm section. The band has played more than 100 shows so far this year at festivals and other events all around the west coast. Music from their new CD has been receiving extensive airplay on many Celtic radio programs around the country.

The band is versatile and their stage show includes dancing and other theatrics. They not only can play traditional Celtic reels, they can also play everything from rock-a-billy to blues and folk all with a Celtic feel and keep you entertained.

More can be found at their website: www.castletownpdx.com

Saturday afternoon matinee November 12 2:00 P.M.  

BUTCH & RORY HANCOCK….Father and Son….Spend the evening with this Texas music legend and his son, Rory.


Butch Hancock has been called “one of the finest songwriters of our time” and is acknowledged by his peers as one of the premier Texas singer-songwriters. His lyrics are ingenious, excelling in metaphor and irony and displaying a world-weary trait, just as he is a master of seeing the miracle in the ordinary. His lyric style has often been compared with that of  Bob Dylan, and his songs have been sung by the likes of Emmylou Harris. Hancock has deliberately avoided satisfying the cravings of the markets, preferring to see his music as an end in itself, recording and releasing much of his music on his own and spending his energies on other things than a musical career. He is a talented photographer, with a gallery named “Lubbock or Leave it” in the 1980s and 1990s, and currently (Fall 2009) showing his photographs and drawings at Bluebird Gallery in Wimberley, Texas.

Fresh out of high school, Rory has been Butch's hot lead guitar player for the last three years. He graduated from the single string of his early days of mastering yoyo tricks to the six string of his guitar.

Thursday November 17 7:30 P.M.


Tickets available online: offmyhead5.bpt.me or Cash Only at the door.

Off My Head - a lasting storytelling and comedy experience featuring storytellers from the surrounding local communities.

The selected storytellers will share real life, irreverent, funny, and sometimes poignant stories that thrill, tickle and inspire. You'll be glad you came and I hope will be inspired to tell your story, some day.


Storyteller/ Author - Ty Fance

Storyteller/ Author- Lila Silvern

Comedian/ Actor - Stan Sellers

Comedian/ Actor - Ruby Cooper

Hosted by: Comedian - Jamie Bridgers


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

Lila Silvern - Storyteller and Author (Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen). Personal stories of adventures while travel abroad, and discovering love at a mature age.

Stan Sellers - performs at The Story Salon, comedy clubs and colleges across the country and a working actor in the Los Angeles area.

Ruby Cooper - is a recent MOTH storyteller winner. She 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.

Saturday Matinee November 19 2:00 P.M. $15 Be experimental with BABY GRAMPS. You Just Might Be Surprised.

This Guy Has Credentials

"The Salvador Dali of Folk Music"

Baby Gramps is an energetic humorously entertaining performer with an endless repertoire. He plays a National Steel guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues from the 20's & 30's, and many originals with wordplay, humor, and throat singing.

According to an article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years.

This past year Baby Gramps was asked to be part of three films. One is a documentary about the history of jugband music, another is an update of the academy award nominated film Streetwise that he performed some music for 30 years ago, and the third is 50 Feet of Film that includes a new original song about the homeless.

Baby Gramps toured Australia, England, and Ireland as part of the Rogues Gallery CD Concert Tour with Tim Robbins (actor), Marianne Faithful, Lou Reed, Martin Carthy, Suzanne Vega, Ralph Steadman, and many other internationally known performers. The Rogues Gallery CD, produced by Johnny Depp and Hal Willner in connection with The Pirates of the Caribbean film, landed Baby Gramps on the David Letterman Show accompanied by Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s band leader and bass player.



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