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JULY 2016
FRIDAY JULY 22 8:00 P.M. $20 THE POXY BOGGARDS....perform original and traditional songs of drinking and revelry. Founded in 1993, the Boggards have delighted audiences at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for more than 20 years. With twelve vocalists, two trombonists, bouzouki, field drum, mandolin and bass, they create a distinctive sound you won't soon forget.

The Poxy Boggards were formed in 1993 as an effort to meet girls and drink beer whilst performing at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. With roots in madrigals from that era, the Boggards are known for distinctive vocal harmonies with an unusual collection of accompanying instrumentation. Their music, a collection of mostly original (and some traditional) songs of drinking and revelry, has delighted audiences at Faires and festivals throughout California. In their 20 plus years, the Boggards have self-produced ten CDs, two music videos, and they've headlined at several Southern California venues. poxyboggards.com

 

Saturday July 23 7:00 P.M. $20

The SPORK & FOON REVUE !!!

 

 


The SPORK & FOON REVUE features five highly respected members of the LA music and songwriting community – singer AIREENE ESPIRITU, guitarist ED TREE, keyboardist MARTY AXELROD, bassist MARK POCKET GOLDBERG and percussionist DEBRA DOBKIN – in a groove-oriented ensemble that allows each member to explore distinct areas of his or her songwriting career.

Aireene brings her blues side to the project, covering songs by Sugar Pie DeSanto in addition to originals like “The Itch”. Ed airs his Southern soul with propulsive grooves like “The Thing and the Thang”. Marty highlights his country-inflected writing, as in the rocker “Make Ends Meet Before I Meet My Maker”. Mark contributes blues-oriented material from his recent release “Off the Wire”, and Debra adds her unique brand of r&b funk with “Persuaded”.

Passing lead vocals around the bandstand and giving all they have to each other’s material, Spork & Foon exudes the love and admiration that each member holds for the others. Their performance will get you dancing and smiling.

 

Sunday.

Matinee

July 24 3:00 P.M. $20

THE NE’ER DUWELS.. are very pleased to announce the release of their long awaited debut album, titled “Ne’er Duwels” and are thrilled to be returning to the Coffee Gallery. This album, as well as their live performance, is best described as "traditional Irish music meets modern world sounds and rhythms".


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


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


Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster.
Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge.


The band began two years ago when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken at one of his solo concerts at the Coffee Gallery, another flame was lit and the four became the Ne’er Duwels.
Catch them now, at the Coffee Gallery, before they begin touring to promote their new album. More information may be found at www.neerduwels.com.

Sunday July 24 7:00 P.M. $18

THE GENE BUTLER BAND was formed many years ago when renowned fiddle player, Brantley Kearns, could still run a mile in under an hour and a half, and prolific songwriter, Gene Butler, could still read words in 9 point font without the benefit of glasses. Now, Kearns drives everywhere further than fifty yards, and Butler refuses to read anything under 12 point print or higher. A couple of years later, versatile and ultra-cool bass player, Matthew McFadden, join the group. Then came drummer, Alan “Shotgun” Weiss – to this day nobody knows why he’s called “Shotgun” – and then, the final piece to the puzzle, Robert Romanus, a wonderful musician who plays both guitar and bass with what seems like four hands and eighteen fingers.


THE GENE BUTLER BAND started out at the famous Palomino Club in North Hollywood, opening for the great Dwight Yoakum. Since that time they’ve performed many times at all the famous clubs in Los Angeles, including the Troubadour, the Viper Room, the House of Blues, the Key Club, and recently at the amazing Back Stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.


Their music is all original and is a blend of Americana, Bluegrass, the Blues, Country and Southern Rock. Butler calls it ‘Concrete Americana’.  Their first album, which was actually real vinyl, was simply called 'Gene Butler'. It found its market and wound up doing very well. Since then, the band has recorded two other albums, 'Concrete Country' and 'That Light is Always On'. Both how done very well indeed and can be found and purchased on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and all the usual places where albums can be found nowadays. Their fourth album ‘Out Law Americana’ has just been released.

GENE BUTLER BIO (in my own words – 13.5 font)
I was born in Macon, Georgia....home to great people and great music. The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, Little Richard and Jason Aldean are among the musicians who hail from my home town. When I was a small boy I used to see Little Richard, in full make-up, walk the streets near the house where I lived. His mother lived above a liquor store about two blocks away from my house. When he walked, you could see the music in his step and the voice in his face. Music was all around me and I tried as hard as I could to be around all the music. I think Gospel music in the African American churches had the biggest influence on me. I would sit outside, as close to the doors as possible, and listen to their Sunday services. When the choir and congregation sang,And along the way I've had the honor of playing with, recording, and sharing the stage with such great musicians as Danny Dugmore (petal steel), Peter Grant (banjo), Lucinda Williams (singer-songwriter), Buddy Miller (songwriter-singer), Donald Lindley (drummer),
Doug Atwell (fiddle), Gurf Morlix (singer-songwriter), the Desert Rose Band, and Mr. Brantley Kearns.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to have had several of my songs placed in four television shows and three movies and aaccording to my ASCAP residuals, my music is being played all over Europe. America is next.

Thursday July 28th 7PM. $10. A RARE BARGAIN. CASH ONLY. NO RESERVATIONS. COFFEE HOUSE STYLE. JUST BE COOL AND DROP IN.

DAVE HARVEY PRESENTS...Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase.

FEATURING: Kevin Fisher
Do you love songwriters who pack every song full of images, smarts, humor, and phrases that find the universal meaning in the individual details of life? Songs full of melodies and hooks that you can't stop listening too?

Kevin Fisher is a multi-platinum selling songwriter. Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and many others have recorded his songs. As and artist himself and a writer for others, his songs are being played all over the world. His music has been featured on TV (True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, America’s Funniest Home Videos), in movies theaters, (Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Dear Dumb Diary, Frozen Ground) and on stage (Unbeatable: A Musical Journey, Empowerpack). www.kevinfisher.me

Kat Hopkins... began her journey in music as a child in Australia where she excelled in musical theater, singing, and piano - even performing for Queen Elizabeth. Years later she moved back to her native New Zealand where she re-connected with her passion for performing where she took up a singing residency with the North Harbor Swing Band (an eighteen piece big band) and became a member of the Sisters of Swing trio (SOS) who perform the Andrew Sisters material with strong three part harmonies. Kat moved to the Los Angeles early in 2014 where she is following her passion for singing, continuing her piano studies, and writing her own material.
Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald have been strong influences, along with Sarah Vaughn, Betty Carter, Anita O’Day, Julie London and Joni Mitchell. Other musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Al Jareau, George Benson, Al Green, Ray Charles, James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Grace Jones, Bill Evans.
Kat's keen talents bring sweet swinging grooves to every song she plays!
http://www.kathrynhopkins.com

Rob Lindstrom

Rob Lindstrom... is new to the Southern California music scene, or any music scene for that matter. Only after retiring from a career as journalist, magazine editor and author did he decide to take his longtime hobby of singing and songwriting on stage. Rob has literally dozens of CDs, but his music is not on any of them. His music is an eclectic mix of ballads, personal reflection, social commentary and novelty numbers that are both highly original and intermittently entertaining. His music is inspired by artists such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Lehrer, but you’d never guess it. If you’d like to learn more about Rob on his website, you’re out of luck -- he doesn’t have one. Rob is the winner of the David Harvey New Old Artist of the Year award for 2016.

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

 

$10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations

Friday July 29 8:00 P.M. $20 LORI PASQUALINE and PRIMARY COLORS TRIO....

Prepare your ears for something wildly different!

Be ready to be musically and visually thrilled. Something new and wonderful just for you. Dynamic, South American to make your blood rush and temples throb.

We thrash the verdant jungles of the music world to bring you these magnificent, new artists. All we ask is for you to be at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

Try out the youtube's and see the photos. What could be better?

The Primary Colors Trio blends the varied elements from the musical upbringings of  Liza Wallace (harp/vocals), Josh Johnson (saxophone), and Ryan Knudsen (percussion) with rhythmic, melodic, and cultural influences of music from Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba.

Meeting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, these three became friends on separate pathways that lead them each to Los Angeles, and in 2014, they came together to start writing, arranging and creating for this effervescent project!!

Lori Pasqualino....Starting the evening before PC3, the gallery will be filled with the velvet tones of Lori Pasqualino who has a style all her own.
Beautiful inside & out, Lori (featuring Nathan Kent on guitar & Ryan Knudsen on percussion) will bring you her signature "vintage pop" feel through standards, old pop/R&B, & breath new life into some of your favorites.

If you enjoyed the music of  Tara Louise & Matthew Grant on May 27 earlier this summer, you will LOVE these musicians, & these groups all have the same percussionist from that evening!
The one on that crazy box!

Everyone is excited for this evening, so please get tickets early & come ready for a great evening of new & old music from all over the place!

You can check out Primary Colors Trio on Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/primarycolorstrio/), or YouTube (https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=fisJYK5dmCU), and Lori Pasqualino at her website (http://www.loripasqualino.com/), and YouTube (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4X7MrNRbFBQ) as well, & they are all on social media if you want to look them up on Instagram, Twitter, etc!

 

Saturday July 30 7:00 P.M. $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 July 31 7:00 P.M. $20 LIL REV and FRED SOKOLOW......

Lil Rev is a cross between Theodore Bikel, Al Joslon and Woody Guthrie!! He is often called the Jewish Pete Seeger and is well known for his engaging, high energy, heart-felt concerts. Performing on Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Harmonica, Rev seamlessly moves between song, story, poetry, folklore and humor. In the best sense of the word, Rev is at heart, a modern day Minstrel whose Vaudeville affections are obvious...just look for the laughter and the tears and you'll know why Rev is regarded as one of the finest troubadours out on the American Highway today. lilrev@lilrev.com

accolades:
Voted Best Folk Singer in WI 2004 (WAMI)
1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion
Inducted into the Traditional Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame-2003

FRED SOKOLOW...currently lives in Santa Monica and primarily performs retro jazz guitar with some of LA's finest musicians, playing and singing songs of the 30s and 40s. He often plays and records with British ex-rock star Ian Whitcomb. And he plays bluegrass, blues or rockabilly whenever the opportunity arises. With over a dozen ukulele books and videos in his catalog, he has become a major player/teacher in the worldwide ukulele renaissance, teaching and performing at uke festivals all over the US and in England and Ireland. He's active on the studio scene, playing on other people's albums and on numerous TV and movie soundtracks, and he was a musical advisor on Michael Mann's film, Public Enemies. Fred also records and performs with children's artists like Dan Crow, Greg & Steve, KPFK's Uncle Ruthie and Paul Stookey. He relishes the diversity of his portfolio: he played lap steel on the Tonight Show, mandolin on Rick James' last CD, played Dobro with Chubby Checker and won on the Gong Show (playing bluegrass banjo), jammed at the House of Blues with Junior Brown...and he performs with the legendary folksinger Tom Paxton whenever Tom comes to California. He continues to create instructional material, including his very successful "Roadmaps" series, and is regarded as an authority on many musical genres, particularly what is now called "Americana."

 

AUGUST 2016
Thursday August 4. 8:00 P.M. $18 BIG IRISH MUSIC SCENE. COME STOMP WITH US. ENERGY !!!

THE STOMPTOWNERS... is a rare experience blending dynamic traditional Irish music with voice and hot Irish dance. This four piece puts together Uilleann Pipes, Irish bouzouki, fiddle, whistles, breathtaking vocals and driven foot percussion. The tradition comes to life with the all energy today’s audience craves.

The Stomptowners are a newly emerging force on the Irish music scene based in Portland, Oregon. It is often said about The Stomptowners that there is something for everyone in any show. A typical performance includes smoking hot Irish and Scottish tunes, choreographed Irish dance, voice with foot percussion, as well as evocative a cappella pieces. The Stomptowners repertoire is always kept fresh, alive and relevant to the season. And space permitting, this band will bring the dance floor to capacity. At the core of the band is vocalist ANDREA WILD, Uilleann Pipe player, PRESTON HOWARD, Irish Bouzouki player, RICHIE ROSENCRANS and dancer KELSEY WILSON..... The Stomptowners have an exciting debut album, Knocking The Ditches Down, scheduled for release in October, 2015.

We will be dancing the buckles off of our shoes.....AT THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE. www.reverbnation.com/thestomptowners

Friday August 5

Two shows...

 

Matinee @ 5:00 P.M.

 

Evening show @ 8:00 P.M.

Tickets: $25. A bargain for a national star.

GRACE KELLY....JAZZ SAXOPHONE GENIUS PHENOM.

Early August @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

She plays sax, she sings, she sparkles in multi-colors.

Bob Stane says: The unbelievably talented GRACE KELLY will be appearing, for two shows....a 5:00 P.M. matinee and an 8:00 P.M. evening show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage
on Friday, August 5. She sings, writes songs and is a JAZZ saxophone phenom. She has been here several times since she was a teen ager. She has been featured every where in New York City and all over America.

She sells out famous venues and stadiums. Why she still asks to play The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a mystery. Maybe she likes you, me and The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Every time she plays the room it "may be the last time." She is a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. If you like any jazz, or just genius playing of any instrument, catch this show for only $25. You can imagine what ticket price she gets in rooms and festivals listed below. Loyalty is the key. We could never go out into the entertainment market place and bag a "genius act" like GRACE KELLY.

You know we feature "The Best Of The Best" so absolutely make a fast reservation and show up on Friday, August 5. We must have two full houses. THIS IS AN EVENT.

 

AND SHE ALWAYS COMES WITH A KILLER BAND. YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE SKILL OF THE BAND.

You will be in awe of her backup musicians.

 

Henderson LabSan Francisco, CA Sold OutRSVP Jul 15SF Jazz Joe Henderson LabSan Francisco, CA Sold OutRSVP Jul 16KuumbwaSan Jose, CA TicketsRSVP Jul 22Celebrate Brooklyn with Jon Batiste and Stay HumanBrooklyn, NY FreeRSVP Jul 23Southampton Art CenterSouthampton, NY TicketsRSVP Jul 24Jazz Port Townsend Workshop Festival July 24-31Port Townsend, WA RSVP Aug 05The Coffee Gallery Backstage (Early Show 5PM)Altadena, CA TicketsRSVP Aug 05The Coffee Gallery Backstage (late show 8PM)Altadena, CA TicketsRSVP Aug 06Concerts on The GreenLaguna Beach, CA TicketsRSVP Aug 12SOUTHPhiladelphia, PA RSVP Aug 13SOUTHPhiladelphia, PA RSVP Aug 14Richmond Jazz FestivalRichmond, VA TicketsRSVP Aug 17Cape Cod Jazz FestivalChatham, MA TicketsRSVP Aug 18Tupelo Music HallLondonderry, NH TicketsRSVP Aug 28Charlie Parker Jazz FestivalNew York, NY RSVP Sep 30Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2016Newport, OR TicketsRSVP Oct 01Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2016Newport, OR TicketsRSVP Oct 22Catalina Island Jazztrax FestivalAvalon, CA TicketsRSVP Nov 04Shalin Liu Performance CenterRockport, MA RSVP Nov 19Frank Morgan Taos Jazz FestivalTaos, NM RSVP Dec 03The Center for Arts in NatickNatick, MA RSVP Jan 21Jazz Party At Sea Jazz Cruise Jan 21-Jan 28 2017Fort Lauderdale, FL RSVP Feb 04The Contemporary Jazz Cruise Feb 4-11, 2017Fort Lauderdale, FL TicketsRSVP Feb 24Flushing Town HallFlushing, NY RSVP Mar 04Madison Theater at Molloy CollegeRockville Centre, NY RSVP Mar 18Symphony HallSan Diego, CA RSVP

Grace Kelly's website:  http://www.gracekellymusic.com/default.aspx?matrix=1

Saturday August 6 7:00 P.M.

$18.

A Big Bargain.

RATTLE THE KNEE... is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan.

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

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

Pat and Kira have been playing pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. Finally, under the name Rattle the Knee, they decided to make their music official. They've teamed up with Jimmy Murphy and Rattle The Knee was complete.

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

When you see Rattle The Knee, you will hear uilleann pipes, fiddle, and mandolin playing old dance tunes with driving rhythms on bodhran and guitar. Mixed in will be songs, marches and slow airs and maybe a story or two along the way. Enjoy the show!

https://www.facebook.com/rattletheknee

Sunday, matinee August 7 3:00 P.M. $20 YESTERDAY and TOMORROW: Tom Fair & Samantha Elin of Homemade JAM with Bob Gothar in a concert of original material and classic American songs of the early 20th century.
YESTERDAY and TOMORROW....A CONCERT WITH...

TOM FAIR....AKA Thomas Leo Feher began his music career as a songwriter and studio musician for the New York City-based pop vocal group The Left Banke (“Walk Away Renée”). In the '60s and '70s, he shared the stage with now-legends The Turtles, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry, James Cotton and Screamin' Jay Hawkins among others.

Aside from being a versatile vocalist, he is a guitarist, pianist and event producer. A walking encyclopedia of music history, he's shared his knowledge and experience with hundreds of students, both young and old, as a music instructor in the L.A. area for the past 24 years. But Tom’s first love in music, going back to the mid-60s, has been songwriting. Sample a few of his over 1500 compositions at Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/maestrotf

SAMANTHA ELIN....A true Valley girl, Samantha spent her teenhood riding her bike to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, burying her nose in a book, and listening and dancing to records--hundreds of them. When Tom and Samantha get together to cook up some “Homemade JAM,” audiences are delighted to see Samantha step to the fore and tap or Charleston to several of the old-timey tunes in their repertoire.
After a professional life as a writer and editor, she's returned in recent years to her musical roots, writing songs and singing old-timey tunes. Samantha's compositions collected at such a rapid rate, she released two CDs simultaneously--Blue Plate Special, a collection of folk and country tunes, and Late Bloomer, whose songs span from ukulele old-timey to anthem rock to indie folk. Sample the songs here: www.samanthaelin.com

BOB GOTHAR....A professional guitarist and bassist since the age of 17, Bob Gothar has been a fixture of the Southern California country and roots music scene for 40 years. He's played with dozens of acts locally and around the world, and has accompanied the likes of Peter Tork, J.D. Souther, Rosanne Cash, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, John Oates, The Cowsills, the Eagles' Don Felder and Roger McGuinn of Byrds fame. He's toured the United States, playing thousands of events, with surf band Papa Doo Run Run for the last 19 years.

Sunday August 7 7:00 P.M. $20 THE JANGLE BROTHERS

Don't miss this show, especially if you like Sixties' music.

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

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.

Monday August 8 8:00 P.M. $18

 

ROY ZIMMERMAN: THIS MACHINE

"This Machine" is ninety minutes of  Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. The title is a reference to Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also an acknowledgement that songwriting does good work in the world. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility of change.” Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He has played at The White House.

He could be dangerous but oh-so-funny and sharp. A great act with the best encore song in the busines...... so says Bob Stane.

More YouTube links:

“Religious Freedom (To Burn Our Own Witches)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH7-GKiQXNE
"Everybody Is Everybody Else" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNMRBaM9q9k
"To Be a Liberal" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qgiNPVpSM
"My Vote, My Voice, My Right” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM

 

Friday August 12 8:00 P.M. $20 DIRTY CELLO..... From wild gypsy music through the blues and ending with some shredding classic rock, "The Dirty Cello Show" presents cello like you've never heard before! Think BB King meets Yo Yo Ma. Go to their web page and hear the great songs... dirtycello.com

Starting with a bang and never stopping, Dirty Cello features the virtuosic cello stylings of Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco bay area's most exciting cross-over cellists. Dirty Cello takes you on a wild tour of uptempo music featuring down home blues, Eastern-European dance music, a bit of bluegrass, and some classic rock.

With a truly unique voice, Dirty Cello presents a high energy performance of everything a cello can do. Having wowed audiences in numerous tours throughout the U.S., plus acting as cultural ambassadors to China and working the European festival circuit, Dirty Cello has a unique voice that’s resonated around the world.
"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

"She is doing things ten, fifteen, twenty years ago weren't even thought of...it's wonderful to see and wonderful to hear." Steve DeLap, KRCB 91.1 FM

Saturday Afternoon Matinee August 13 3:00 P.M. $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

A TRIBUTE AND RECOGNITION BY THE REAL FOLKS WHO WERE THERE AND DID IT, AND ARE STILL DOING IT.

THESE ARE LEGENDS OF THE MUSICAL ART FORM. YOU SHOULD BE HERE. LET US TEMPT YOU.

Folk Music Revival of Greenwich Village, An Afternoon to Remember the 60s,

Featuring Carolyn Hester and John York.

CAROLYN HESTER
Carolyn Hester, noted Folk Singer from the 60's Greenwich Village scene, can easily be called the First Lady of the American Folk Revival. Before Joan Baez, Judy Collins, or Joni Mitchell, there was Carolyn Hester. She is today considered one of the leading artists of the era. In addition to appearing on the cover of the "Saturday Evening Post in 1964, she is remembered in Chronicles, Bob Dylan's autobiography, as the individual who was most instrumental in Dylan's signing to Columbia records. In 1961, Hester met Bob Dylan and invited him to play on her third album, her first on the Columbia label. Hammond, her producer, quickly signed Dylan to the label.


Hester is known for her angelic voice and her repertoire of traditional English ballads mixed with an original selection of contemporary folk. She has recorded more than fifteen albums in her fifty years of performing. She was signed to the Decca/Coral label in 1957 by her manager-producer, Norman Petty. Also under Petty's influence at that time, was a hip entertainer and friend of Hester's, Buddy Holly. Throughout the '60s, Hester was well-established in the Greenwich Village folk scene.


Hester was one of many young Greenwich Village singers who rode the crest of the 1960s folk music wave, helping launch Gerde's Folk City in 1960. She appeared on the cover of the May 30, 1964, issue of the Saturday Evening Post. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, Hester was "one of the originals—one of the small but determined gang of ragtag, early-'60s folk singers who cruised the coffee shops and campuses, from Harvard Yard to Bleecker Street, convinced that their music could help change the world." Hester, dubbed "The Texas Songbird," was politically active, spearheading the controversial boycott of the television program Hootenanny when Pete Seeger was blacklisted from it.

JOHN YORK... hardly needs an introduction to The Coffee Gallery Backstage audiences. But, for the uninitiated, York is one of a small handful of musicians alive today who was one a member of the legendary 60s folk-rock band, The Byrds. But, he’s also played and toured with Sir Douglas Quintet, the Mamas and the Papas and Johnny Rivers. He has most recently recorded and toured with Barry McGuire along with his own band known as The Jangle Brothers featuring Chad Watson and Billy Darnell. Seeing York in concert is not only bringing classic folk-rock songs alive, but making them urgent and relevant to today.


According to L.A.’s online folk magazine, FolkWorks, Today, John York is a living treasury of story, song and instruments collected throughout his life. When talking with him, it’s hard not to miss the musical odyssey that shines through his eyes. He is an authentic example of how one musician can carry a legacy of spirit, truth, compassion and wisdom that continues to grow through his musical expressions. Not only has he survived the perilous rock & roll days of the 60s, he has thrived and transcended them.

Saturday August 13 7:00 P.M. $20 DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE. DOUBLE THE FUN.

TWO HEADLINE ACTS SHOOTING OUT THE LIGHTS ON A SATURDAY NIGHT.

THE TOM CORBETT TRIO and the duo of MARK HEYES & PHIL SLAZAR.

Where to start? This two act phenom almost defies description.

Let's start with Mark & Phil.... MARK HEYES & PHIL SLAZAR.....An entertaining collaboration that’s been wowing audiences and selling out shows!
Mark Heyes is an Emmy Award winning composer, singer, songwriter and guitarist. A truly ecclectic artist, Mark performs story driven, energetic, emotional Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Folk songs. Opening for the likes of Marshall Tucker Band and the legendary Dave Mason, Mark’s making an impression with his masterful guitar playing, distinctive voice and songwriting.


Phil Salazar is an entertainer, teacher, record producer and champion fiddler. He straddles the borders between traditional bluegrass and contemporary sound, performing world-wide. The California veteran has fronted and performed as a member of many bands (Rincon Ramblers, Cache Valley Drifters, Kinfolk, and more), produced several recordings, and recorded and/or performed with Bob Weir, Kenny Loggins, Gilles Apap, Dave Mason, David Grisman, John and Jonathan McEuen and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

 

 

 

Plus....THE TOM CORBETT TRIO...(many encores at The Coffee Gallery Backstage)....featuring Mike Mullins and Bill Knopf.

Tom Corbett is a mandolin and guitar playing singer songwriter who has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians in the folk and roots musical world. He toured and recorded with The Acousticats which featured Phil Salazar and Cyrus Clarke (Cache Valley Drifters) which lead to him working with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The String Wizards. Corbett recorded several albums with John as well as the award winning DVD John McEuen & Jimmy Ibotson-Nitty Gritty Surround on AIX Records. During his stint with John he played and recorded with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jennifer Warnes, Vassar Clements, Laurie Lewis and John Sebastian. After working with John for several years Tom then toured with Robin and Linda Williams from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. He also played mandolin on Mike Ness’s (Social Distortion) solo CD “Cheating At Solitaire.”

Mike Mullins took up guitar at age 10, mandolin at age 20, and has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. In 1984 he began a long-standing musical alliance with fiddler extraordinaire Phil Salazar, recording two albums, and in 1990 co-founded the Acousticats with Phil and Cache Valley Drifter alumnus Cyrus Clarke. In 1992 they released the acclaimed "Down At Evangelina's" on Flying Fish Records. Since 1993 Mike has been the guitarist for the Cache Valley Drifters, recording three albums, including "White Room," "Mightyfine.net," and "Live in Germany.

Bill Knopf... He has recorded six albums over the years which stretch the boundaries of bluegrass banjo by including jazz, pop/rock, Scott Joplin ragtime, and John Philip Sousa marches. For five years he was a featured player with Doc Severinsen's touring "Las Vegas" show. Besides Las Vegas they played Atlantic City, Mardi Gras, state fairs, conventions, TV's "Hee Haw", and one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, D.C. . In 1979 Bill toured with Donna Douglas--Elly May Clampett of TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies.” Bill and his bands have played at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain. As a studio musician he's played on the soundtracks to many films including Fire Down Below, Something to Talk About, Here's Wally Sparks, Back to the Future III, Her Alibi, A Horse For Danny, Tad, Cannery Row, Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Tiger Heart, television's Dukes of Hazzard, Days of Our Lives, Murder She Wrote, Just Shoot Me, The Simpsons, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw1OADoq4k8
www.tomcorbett.net
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izkftMiah88 2011 Kerrville New Folk Finalist 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Finalist 2013 & 2014 "Songs & Whispers" Tour Bremen, Germany

Sunday August 14 3:00 P.M. $20

 

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR...... This show will sell out immediately.
"The Wives' harmonies are exquisite!" - Music Connection Magazine

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a ten-piece all-female folk band based in Pasadena, California. Blending elements of  North American, British Isles, and Contemporary Folk music, the foundation of the Merry Wives' sound is rich four- and five-part vocal harmonies, with support and ornamentation by acoustic folk instruments. A collaborative group, the Wives bring a unique sensibility to every song they perform, from traditional Irish pieces, to original compositions that range from beautiful to bawdy. With musical backgrounds in everything from Folk, to Musical Theater, and even straying to Pop and Opera, the Merry Wives present a relevant musical perspective, while still staying true to the spirit of the music they perform. These lovely and talented ladies have graced the stages of the El Rey Theater, the Grove of Anaheim, and The Galaxy Theatre, as well as Renaissance Faires across the country. www.mwow.net

The Merry Wives of Windsor is an electrifying all-female group who perform Celtic and Folk music. These ladies' impressive vocal arrangements are accompanied by Irish bouzouki, mandolin and bodhran. They have developed a remarkably modern sound, yet still remain true to their inspirational roots in folk music.

TUESDAY August 16 8:00 P.M. $20

THE LION SONS.......

 

Josh Reynolds, son of  Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Bay Area’s seminal 60’s folk group, The Kingston Trio, along with two of  Nick’s closest musical allies outside of the original Trio, his nephew Mike Marvin and Mike’s musical partner Tim Gorelangton, have formed “The Lion Sons” to honor Nick and the original Trio’s energy, entertaining humor and crowd pleasing musical repertoire.


Banjoes, Martin D-28’s, Guild 12 string, Congas and Bongoes along with the requisite Bass player rounds out the sound that epitomizes the sound of the original Kingston Trio.
The music we play, the music of the Kingston Trio, is universal. It’s fun, funny, and poignant. It’s deep, and yet it can be frivolous, and at times even silly.
But after a Lion Sons concert, everyone goes home feeling good with a smile on their faces. “It’s all about the music”– Nick Reynolds

Josh Reynolds
"Mike and Tim are like brothers to me. We are all very excited to keep this music alive with the band we have formed to honor my late father Nick Reynolds, an original founding member of the iconic 1960’s folk group, The Kingston Trio.

Dad was a Leo and it seemed natural and appropriate that when we formed our own singing group in his honor, we call ourselves The Lion Sons, as we are his “sons” in music. We proudly carry Dad’s music out to the world once again.”

Mike Marvin
“When I was a teenager, the Kingston Trio was the Beatles of their day.  Nick and Joan Reynolds took me in and gave me a home.  From then on, I was always "The second son," Josh’s adopted big brother.   After many musical and life tutorials by Nick, I later met my second musical mentor, Tim.  We played together in two popular Northern California groups, The Manzanita Jungle and the Cowboys.  Tim and I are two of the only people outside the Kingston Trio family that Nick Reynolds ever recorded actual Kingston Trio songs with. We were all very close”

Tim Gorelangton
“Mike and I showed up, unannounced, on Nick's doorstep on Elk River Road, near Port Orford Oregon, in the summer of '69. I'll never forget it. Nick welcomed me in. I was Mike's musical partner, okay, good enough for him. He treated me like family from the get-go.


I remember staggering in from his bunkhouse one morning, desperate for a cup of coffee, and he offered me some of Josh's leftover Captain Crunch cereal.
Wonderful. Amazing. A real regular guy. Great talent. Greater man."

thelionsons.tv

THURSDAY August 18 8:00 P.M. $18 HIROYA TSUKAMOTO..... six cd’s and a steady gig at The Blue Note
in New York City. We are lucky to have him.

BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC GUITAR PHENOM.

AN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER.

Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. In 2000, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at The Blue Note in New York and released six albums as a leader. And he also performed and appeared on major televisions internationally such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea.

He has a seemingly endless round of concerts from festivals to
opera theatres to music centers. A fine array of quality gigs culminating in
a tour of Asia. The Coffee Gallery Backstage will be his springboard to his engagements in Asia.

Comments from concert organizers and newspaper
"Hiroya Tsukamoto immediately impressed the audience with his technical prowess on the guitar. Then as the concert progressed, he also revealed himself to be a skilled songwriter, a poetic spirit, and an engaging story teller. With a stage presence that is both humble and confident, Hiroya is a generous performer who won every heart in the house."
-Gordon Peery / Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough, NH)

" The audience at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts will not forget the concert by Hiroya Tsukamoto. His musicality, poetry, humor and skillful delivery of remarkable compositions brought joy to our hearts."
-Gay Scheffen / Director of Three Lakes Center for the Arts (Three Lakes, WI)

"His style can be described as a blend of folk, jazz, and world music, so I really didn't know what to expect (and if anyone knew what to expect from a description like that, pat yourself on the back). What I didn't expect, though, was to witness one of the best live guitar performances of my life. But that's exactly what happened. In terms of musicianship, Tsukamoto's guitar work was just ridiculous. Right from the beginning of his first song, it was obvious that the folks in Bernunzio's were in for a treat. His brand of fingerstyle guitar is so intricate, and so blazingly fast at the same time, I kept imagining how many clones I would need to make of myself to accurately replicate his sound. There were times it sounded as if there were two or three guitars playing simultaneously One song that drove that point home was his set opener, "From Coast to Coast", a song that had some of the fastest harmonic runs I've heard."
-Trevor Lewis (Rochester Newspaper)

Quotes:
"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!"
-Jazz Review.com

“HiroyaTsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth. "
-Celine Keating (author / Acoustic Guitar Magazine / minor7th)

"HiroyaTsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey "
-Boston Herald

Website: http://www.hiroyatsukamoto.com/
You Tube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaPLbxCHOFU

Friday August 19 8:00 P.M. $20

THE BURGANS & CHAN… ~ Songs & Stories


One of our most consistently entertaining musical acts, Jerry and Debbie Burgan go back to the 60s with host, Bob Stane. They set sales records at the historic Ice House with We Five and then provided an ‘invitation only’ first performance when he moved the concert club festivities north to open The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. Much to the delight of everyone in the room, they have continued to be one of our favorite acts each time they take the stage.

They will be joined for this show by Tholow Chan, a veteran of the folk and comedy wars who was a regular on the Tim Conway show with Belland & Somerville – and who now tours with Randy Sparks and the New Christy Minstrels.

Together, Burgan & Chan bring an unrivaled level of musical integrity to every performance. Drawing on classic folk-based material with stellar 3-part harmony in a musical presentation honed by decades of experience in concerts, recordings and TV work, the trio takes audiences from heart-wrenching, whisper-quiet ballads, to high energy, uplifting anthems of the folk era—and it’s all bound together with humor and historical relevance.

Between songs, every audience receives up close and personal tidbits from their fascinating recollections—some of which have been recorded in Jerry’s recent book, “Wounds To Bind—A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution.”

When the songs and stories strike a nerve—spontaneous laughter and spirit-lifting sing-alongs often erupt filling the room with a magic only achieved by a shared common experience.

Make your reservation now and bring some friends to join the fun.

 

SATURDAY
August 20 7:00 P.M. $20 Bob Stane says: This is their fifth appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
An excellent act that does their music well and adds personal wit. I recommend.
Very enjoyable.

TAYLOR MADE, The James Taylor Tribute Band, consists of a group of musicians who are dedicated to bringing the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter to be enjoyed in any setting. Paying close attention to the details of each song, we have crafted a sound that captures the live and recorded experience of listening to James Taylor in concert. The next best thing to JT himself!

Taylor Made consists of Stephen Bock on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Darryl Lieberstein on bass and vocals, Sheryl Braunstein on vocals, Preston Gould on horns and vocals, Dev Dosaj on keyboards and vocals, Hugh Laxineta on electric guitars, and Clark Pardee on drums.

Whether you are listening to the full band or the "unplugged" version you will be hearing classic JT tunes like Fire and Rain, Mexico and Shower the People, or his famous cover tunes like You've Got A Friend and How Sweet It Is. We believe you will close your eyes and marvel at the way Taylor Made brings the music of James Taylor and his band to life! www.taylormade-band.com

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.

 

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