Off My Head - is a show of irreverent, funny, and sometimes poignant stories performed by celebrated storytellers home grown right here in the San Gabriel Valley.
Storyteller/ Author - Ty Fance
Writer/ Comedian - Steve Skrovan
Comedian/ Actor - Steve Bruner
Comedian/ Actor - Ruby Cooper
Hosted by: Comedian - Jamie Gandola Bridgers
Ty Fance - has performed at The Story Salon, The Altadena Coffee Gallery Backstage Theater, the Hollywood Improv, the Comedy Store, and the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.
Steve Skrovan - writes for School of Rock on Nick. Wrote for sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and has performed at the Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv.
Steve Bruner - performs at The Story Salon, comedy clubs and colleges across the country.
Ruby Cooper - performs at the Story Salon and comedy venues in the greater Los Angeles area
Jamie Bridgers - has performed at the legendary Pasadena Ice House Comedy Club and the world famous Comedy Store.
Book entitled: "Off My Head and Over the Fence"
See Chuck like you've never seen him before in a one man inspirational play, called
CHUCK ALVAREZ......MUSIC & COURAGE.
Written by Larry Heimgartner and Chuck Alvarez, Music & Courage is part of a series of original plays by Heimgartner called The Our World Project. The plays deal with problems that young people are facing today...HIV, women's rights, sexual identity and more. The plays are informative, deep, and life changing.
Recently a few plays in this series were written about INSPIRATION. Plays that inspire people to live their dreams. Larry wrote a play exclusively for Chuck where Chuck would star in a play about his own life. It's a blend of original music and performance art. The play deals with issues he has faced to live the dream of doing what he loves. It also touches upon issues of choices, focus and determination; failures and successes.
It is heartfelt, mindful and moving. Chuck's audience will see another side to him that they've never seen.There are three shows booked in Los Angeles and Riverside County areas and will soon be touring in Europe. The 45 minute play will be followed by a discussion and intermission followed by a fun, high quality, acoustic musical set.
Chuck Alvarez is an American, Los Angeles based guitarist/singer/songwriter with his roots in blues-rock, and has also gained a reputation in R&B, light jazz and Americana. Alvarez has composed music for nine musicals for both national & international audiences.
He has released 4 CDs of his own material and his music has appeared in film, television, & commercials. Performing as a guitarist on many recordings, he has also produced a number CDs for other artists.
He currently performs with his own bands, Tim Weisberg, Deanna Bogart, Soul Sacrifice – A Tribute To Santana and has performed and or recorded with the Grammy winning Emotions, David Benoit, The Twisters and Grammy nominated Lisa Haley among others.
From the Universal Amphitheater, Irvine Meadows, and the Greek Theater to Longs Beach, NJ and The Merriweather Post Pavilion. From The Bottom Line in New York to The Coach House in Southern California, from Malaysia to Scottland, to the Netherlands and Middle East, Alvarez has performed in hundreds of clubs, theaters and larger venues all over the world. He’s known for high energy and high quality!
SLIGO RAGS...now featured at Disneyland. Solid Irish/Bluegrass with lots of amazing instrumental and fun.
Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage
YONI KI BAAT
(A South Asian Adaption of the Vagina Monologues in English)
2:00pm - 3:30pm followed by Q&A and meet the Artistes
YKB, a South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues is a nationally recognized live theatre performance. A growing collection of authentic, bold, powerful and poignant stories told by South Asian women, it is a creative and unique space of sharing and performing true stories. YKB seems to have a creative life of its own, nurturing a unique space of love, trust and sharing, while simultaneously building community among local South Asian women. Each year the YKB narratives shed light on the special challenges and opportunities experienced within the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in native lands or in adopted homelands. The powerful monologues are captivating in their intensity, their raw messages questioning societal norms, judgments and prejudices.
is tight California based Acoustic Americana band serving up contemporary, original and traditional music with deep American roots planted in the Bluegrass, Folk, Irish, Old Time andCountry music. Four band members with 3 vocalists make some really nice harmonies, along with the bass, harmonica, fiddle, guitar and lots of great songs.
Members of this band have all won multiple top awards, most recently a championship by Larry Schallert at Topanga, have appeared on recordings and radio and toured throughout California and North America. The band’s newest member, Mike Ley, has played with the Riders of the Purple Sage, Albert Lee, Sonny and Cher, Evan Marshal, the Coasters, Ike and Tina Turner and many more. Frank Hoppe, host of 88.5 KCSN’s Blue Grass etc. on Sunday Mornings adds extraordinary fiddling and Catherine Espinoza’s classic vocals blend with brother Larry’s and Mike Ley’s to offer a unique California sound.
David Harvey Presents:
Do you love great folk songs that make you want to sing along? How about beautiful story songs that create a novel in a few lines? And smart and catchy pop tunes too?
Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase on Tuesday, September 27th., 7PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
$10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations
Have you wondered where great harmony and brilliantly smart songwriting went to? Well, it's all alive and wonderfully well in the magical music of Tracy Newman. Tracy's songs shine! Tracy has a long and notable background as a multi-talented artist - from folk singer and card flourisher on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to being a founding member of the famous LA Comedy group The Groundlings, writer on Cheers, Ellen, and co-creator of What about Jim. She won an Emmy for her writing and these days she garners awards for her songwriting, which was her first love. Tracy's latest album, a children's CD, I Can Swing Forever, won several awards in 2015. Tracy makes harmony so smart and sexy...And you'll laugh too:-) http://www.tracynewman.com/
Gary Stockdale is a 2-time Emmy-nominated composer, who has composed music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; Comedy Central’s Last Laugh; Cowboy U; The Independent Spirit Awards; A Home for the Holidays (CBS), and 8 seasons of Showtime’s award-winning Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! Gary’s well-known theme for that show garnered him an Emmy nomination. He also wrote music for The Aristocrats, by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. As a performer and singer, Gary has appeared in NBC’s Studio 60: Live on the Sunset Strip, was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, The Watchmen, and TV’s The Family Guy. http://garystockdale.com/
Robert Morgan Fisher
Remember when songs told great stories? Robert Morgan Fisher's music and fiction are closely linked. He refers to himself as a Narrative Engineer and often writes "companion songs" to his short stories. Robert's music takes you in a tapestry of story, imagination, and feeling. He weaves word and melody immaculately. Robert's latest Imperative Records release, Notes for a Novel, contains 12 songs with guest vocals by Janis Ian, Julie Christensen, Pam Loe, Dave Morrison and John York. And yes he writes a song about Mars. How cool is that! http://www.robertmorganfisher.com
And Special Guest… "A Word" With Karen Rontowski!
Karen Rontowski is amazing! A professional comedienne with credits like The Tonight Show and The David Letterman Show Karen finds and can make anything funny! But she is also a real ghost hunter too. She finds so much material on the "Other Side". Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz she also carries around her little dog - her's is called: Courage. Karen is our very special guest for this showcase who will share a "Spooky Story" with all of you! Who needs pumpkin-spice anything when Karen is in the room? www.karenrontowski.com
with an all star cast of Antoine DuFour, Trevor Gordon Hall and Craig D’Andrea.
An emerging new voice in the world of modern fingerstyle guitar, acoustic guitarist Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, influences ranging from Jazz to Rock and Classical music, and innovative performance techniques to create a unique sound all his own. Based in Orange County, CA, Donovan has released two albums of solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim, and has been touring extensively behind his music, performing across the US and Canada at several guitar festivals and events. His videos have received thousands of plays on YouTube, and his music has caught the ear of some of the world's best guitarists.
“Donovan’s music has the great elements to look for; great groove, warm chords, and catchy melodies. This is music that can be felt”
— Trevor Gordon Hall." Fingerstyle Guitarist Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in guitar performance at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Music at Cal State University, Long Beach. Donovan is the cousin of Grammy award winning guitarist Bonnie Raitt, and comes from a rich family history of excellent musicianship.
Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist, Celebrating the release of his new album "Pursuing the Horizon" featuring 10 new original compositions for solo acoustic guitar. "Pursuing the Horizon" was produced and recorded by fingerstyle virtuoso and YouTube sensation Antoine Dufour, and the new music is a further evolution of Donovan Raitt's unique compositional style and melodic structure. Donovan's performances are not to be missed, and his energy and musical passion during these performances can not be easily described in words. www.donovanraitt.com
35 year old Montreal, Canada based guitarist Antoine Dufour is known colloquially among the best guitar players in the world as a musician’s musician. To fans of popular music, he deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions that reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures and languages. That he does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style has endeared him to a broad spectrum of fans of popular music.
Via his six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, 6 years of global touring and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity. 2014 will showcase his abilities as he tours global markets including Canada, Germany, USA, China, UK, France Netherlands, and many others.
Trevor Gordon Hall
Rated one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trevor Gordon Hall is an instrumentalist from Philadelphia whose compositions range in style from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. Trevor sets himself apart by leaving no physical aspect of the guitar untouched and weaving together different textures into grand yet intimate and lyrical compositions. His blend of sounds never overcomplicates but focuses on utilizing the instrument’s fullest creative and compositional potential guiding listeners through an igniting experience of music that isn’t just heard but felt.
Trevor has gained the respect of some of the most trusted and legendary names in the music business and his genre with nods of approval from Graham Nash, Steve Hackett, Billy Cobham, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, Don Ross, Andy McKee, Phil Keaggy and more. Between his live show, his albums and his custom instrument, Trevor has earned an international growing fanbase that has allowed him to tour throughout North America and Europe.
Craig D'Andrea is one of the younger faces you will find on the acoustic guitar scene, but he isn't playing like he's 24 years old. Craig has been receiving support from fans and critics alike since releasing his debut album "Crazy is Catching" on CandyRat Records in March of 2007. The release of his album, along with his title of 2007 Canadian Fingerstyle Champion, has given him the chance to tour in the United States and Canada with respected artists Andy McKee, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour and Peter Ciluzzi.
THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE GUITAR WORLD RAVE ABOUT HER.
SHE PLAYS MULTIPLE GUITAR. ALL AT ONCE. READ ABOUT HER AWARDS.
SHE IS, ALSO, FUN IN PERSON.
Bob Stane says: You absolutey want to see, and hear,
MURIEL ANDERSON......"Just one hell of a great player …a great personality and what I like is the touch that Muriel has on the guitar, the way she plays it like we all wish to play." …Les Paul
The first and only woman to win the Fingerstyle Championship title, Muriel Anderson is widely respected as one of the foremost guitarists in the world. Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, amazing audiences with her technique and endearing them with her sense of humor. One minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Chopin's Minute Waltz, her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists around the globe.
Muriel’s CD, “Wildcat” celebrates her depth as a guitarist, composer, and vocalist, and her “Harp Guitar Christmas” has already received widespread acclaim. Muriel Anderson has also released seven instrumental CD's, three videos/DVD’s, and guitar books published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Zen-On Japan. Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Womens Choir, and she has a composition in Woody Allen’s recent film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Muriel’s “Heartstrings” recording traveled as far as outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a space shuttle mission.
Touring in theUSA and internationally year round, her music brings smiles and promotes understanding worldwide.
"Acoustic guitarist MURIEL ANDERSON... has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world's best, and most versatile, guitar instrumentalists." ...Chicago Tribune
“Muriel Anderson is a good friend and a great guitarist. She deserves National Recognition.”
INCENDIO....with Guest Artist MARK BARNWELL.....
INCENDIO in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s “world guitar” sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold. At over 130 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO’s live performance has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Levitt Pavilions across the country, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, California World Festival, and many more. Their nine internationally released CD’s and two DVD’s have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim. Incendio is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar, guitar synth), Liza Carbe (bass, guitar), and Tim Curle (drums).
Joining the group this special evening is UK guitarist, MARK BARNWELL. Jim, Liza, JP and Incendio alumni Bryan Brock all participated in the recording of Mark's wonderful new CD "Mandala".
JONATHAN McEUEN….and his dynamic trio. Yes, four of them tearing their cute hearts out just for you.
JONATHAN McEUEN has been around for some time. He is his father’s son and has inherited all of the talents of music and mirth. His carefully planned show starts out with a demonstration of subtle stage talent and musical specialties and worms his way into your mind and heart until he, and this time, his back up trio, has you in their spell. An encore is the least you will expect. They will show no mercy. JUST SURRENDER, Dorothy, and see this show.
We just had him on September 16 and this is a real time encore. Bob Stane says, “you have always trusted me. Do so this time, as well.” Jonathan’s credits go from Nashville to The Grand Ole Opry and The Tonight Show to every event any act would want to play. Read the credits below and make a reservation right now !!!
THIS IS A SPECIAL SERIES HAPPENING AT THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE. DO NOT MISS A NIGHT OF IT !!!! REALLY !
And, once again, you will say two things to me: 1. You did not charge enough AND 2. How did you get these guys. BLACK MAGIC got them to play
The Coffee Gallery Backstage and the low price is just foolishness you should take advantage of.
Equal parts style and soul, Jonathan McEuen has defiantly pursued his innate talents as a guitarist and singer, resulting in a remarkable artistic trajectory that spans 30 years.
His first taste of the big time was landing in final auditions for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1987. Appearing on Nashville Now with Ralph Emery, and being turned down by every label in Nashville at the age of 12, was his second. This, however, ignited his passion for playing and performing music even more.
Jonathan comes from a rich musical lineage, growing up in the Americana scene his father, John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, helped coin. At 13, Jonathan became his father's musical partner and a favorite at festivals throughout America.
In 2002, Jonathan and his first cousin, Jamie Hanna, founded Hanna-McEuen, a duo spawning from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Their fathers, Jeff Hanna, and the aforementioned John McEuen co-founded the group. Hanna-McEuen skyrocketed to fame, performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and playing The Grand Ole Opry a number of times. The duo got their big break in Nashville after a gig at The Bluebird Cafe from Scott Borchetta (Taylor Swift), who took an interest in Hanna-McEuen, and offered them a record deal with DreamWorks SKG/Nashville (James Stroud Producing), which later merged with MCA/Universal Nashville.
In 2005 the duo released their eponymous debut album via MCA/Universal, establishing a cult following and resulting in a national, multi-date tour with music giants Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, NGDB, Dierks Bentley, The Mavericks, Gary Allan, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, and more.
As a solo artist Jonathan has shared the stage and toured with world-class artists such as Robben Ford, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Mason, Vassar Clements, and more.
TRACY GRAMMER….a delightful person with the whole package. Several times here and big reaction from the audience every time. Great stage show and an interesting history. Read about her.
A one-time member of Joan Baez’s band, TRACY GRAMMER has traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Japan playing her own songs and those of her favorite writers, while also paying tribute to songwriter Dave Carter, with whom she performed and recorded from 1996 until his sudden death in 2002. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as a reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal show that connects audiences to performer, to the stories behind the songs, and most importantly, to one another. Her most recent release, LITTLE BLUE EGG (with Dave Carter), was the #1 most-played album on folk radio for 2012. She is writing songs for her first album of original material and is hard at work on a memoir. She lives in Greenfield, Mass. with her beloved Miss Kitty.
QUOTES:"Music is my channel of authenticity. I know I'd only be telling half the truth without it. -tg."“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” - Joan Baez
“One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” - Boston Globe
"One of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene." - Montreal Gazette
TIM WEISBERGis widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion. His early days were spent performing in many a concert venue across the United States, and it was the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival which firmly established Tim as a unique voice. Somewhere between "jazz and rock," Tim's distinctive style of playing began to gain recognition. He garnered the attention of trumpet player, bandleader, and A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert, and in 1971, his debut album “Tim Weisberg” was released.
The release of this album quickly pushed Tim to the forefront, and the music industry took note. His definitive artistry was soon heard on a diverse range of albums including The Carpenters, Kim Carnes, Lani Hall, Paul Horn, Gino Vannelli, and Dave Mason. Sharing the concert stage with such artists as Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quintet, Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishny Orchestra, as well as opening for many acts such as Jefferson Starship, Loggins and Messina, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, further propelled Tim into the public eye.
It was his performance on "Give Me Some Time," from the album Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg, which resulted in a friendship and collaboration on the 1978 album Twin Sons of Different Mothers. The LP went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late '70s and is considered one of the most iconic instrumental albums of the time.
Tim's laudable career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. His recording of "A Hard Way to Go" was used in the Oscar-winning Woody Allen movie Annie Hall. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world, and his legendary bands have been long heralded as the forerunners of Jam Bands. Please visit Tim's website www.timweisberg.com
LeRoy Mack McNees and Gloryland
LeRoy has put together a new bluegrass band with an old soul. The five guys in the group collectively have over 200 years of experience performing bluegrass music. (We should be a lot better by now) We only do songs that we have written or wished we had, which includes straight ahead bluegrass , instrumentals, ballads, lot’s of humor and gospel. Our show philosophy is this,“ Make them laugh , make them cry or make them set on the edge of their seat, but make them do something”
Left to Right Andy Griffith, Roland White, Eric White, Clarence White, Billy Ray Lathum, LeRoy Mack Left to Right Evan Winsor ,Jerry Kinkade ,LeRoy Mack ,Craig Wilson, Rodger Phillips.
LEROY MACK MCNEES AND GLORYLAND
LEROY HAS BEEN ENVOLVED IN BLUEGRASS MUSIC FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS. HE PLAYS THE DOBRO GUITAR AND HAS TRAVELED THE WORLD SINGING AND PLAYING HIS MUSIC. IN 1961 HE WAS ON THE ANDY GRIFFITH TV SHOW WITH THE COUNTRY BOYS AKA KENTUCKY COLONELS. HE WAS THE CO FOUNDER OF THE BORN AGAIN BLUEGRASS BAND WHO WERE TOGETHER FOR 31 YEARS. HE IS THE RECIPENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS “LOS ANGELES TREASURES AWARD” FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES IN THE AREA OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC. HE HAS RECORDED WITH JOHN DENVER, VINCE GILL, AND MANY OTHERS.
CRAIG WILSON PLAYS GUITAR AND MANDOLIN AND SINGS LEAD AND HARMONY. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE BORN AGAIN BLUEGRASS BAND FOR 15 YEARS AND HAS CONTINUED TO BE VERY ACTIVE IN THE BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY. CRAIG IS A MASTER LUTHIER OF VERY HIGH QUALITY MANDOLINS.
JERRY KINCADE PLAYS MANDOLIN AND IS ONE THE BEST TENOR SINGERS WEST OF THE PECOS. JERRY WAS A MEMBER OF THE BORN AGAIN BLUEGRASS BAND FOR 8 YEARS. HE HAS WRITTEN SOME FINE BLUEGRASS SONGS AND HAS RECORDED ON SEVERAL BLUEGRASS PROJECTS.
ROGER PHILLIPS PLAYS BANJO AND GUITAR AND SINGS LEAD. YOU CAN FIND HIM AT VINCINZO’S PIZZA PARLOR ON SATURDAY NIGHT WHERE HE AND HIS GROUP “THE GREATFUL DUDE’S” HAVE BEEN PLAYING STEADY FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS.
EVAN WINSOR PLAYS BASS (AND ANYTHING ELSE WITH STRINGS ON IT) HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC IN BOSTON MA. HE ALSO TEACHES MUSIC AND IS IN HIGH DEMAND FOR RECORDING SESSIONS. HIS ROCK SOLID BASS PLAYING SETS UP A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR THE BAND.
TERESA TUDURY & ERIC SCHWARTZ….
BOB STANE SAYS….”this is an exceptional show I designed to show you how real pros do stagecraft and fine, and witty music.
I wish I could send a car for you as I really want you to experience talent of this calibre on stage together (separate shows but on the same stage). Teresa Tudury can get more laughs
just getting on stage and positioning her backside on a wooden stool than most acts get in their whole show. And that is just the first couple of minutes. ERIC SCHWARTZ is a local hero in
the music and wit business for his expert and cutting songwriting and his remarkable stage show. He is a treat just to watch. Then you get his songs.
Teresa will entrance you with tunes about her barn cat and comments, in music, about the International Import of cheap imported underwear. And you will care about both. Really.
Both of these acts are well vetted in many disciplines. This is an evening you will cherish. Bob Stane says, “your trust me on all of these shows. Take my word on this one. Be here.”
This will be an exhibit of songs, wit and stagecraft that could easily be a university course in how to entertain. Sign up for it now.
ERIC SCHWARTZ….bridges the gap between Folk, Cabaret and Comedy with a melodic and often-edgy mix of styles sure to keep your attention. His YouTube videos are legendary, his live performances, where he ADHD's back and forth between piano and guitar, are unforgettable, from The Ice House to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, NPR to Howard Stern 101.
Eric Schwartz might very well be the only artist in history to be reviewed by "Sing out!" and "Hustler". His work garners comparisons to Lenny Bruce, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, Frank Zappa and Barry Manilow, all of whom Eric counts as influences. A first-rate writer, singer and entertainer, he performs at Folk Festivals, clubs and colleges, gets airplay on Howard Stern 100, NPR's 'All Things Considered', Doctor Demento and Air America. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might cringe but you won't yawn. Teresa Tudury...http://www.teresatudury.net
Hold on to your seats as Teresa Tudury takes you on a musical journey of wild and powerful songs and stories from the depths of her incredibly rich and inspiring repertoire. Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA, she wakes up the music scene. Teresa creates a loyal following and rave reviews wherever she performs.
Our world is richer with such a rare
talent in our midst. Check out Teresa's radio show “Live from the Doublewide" (Tuesdays, 8–10pm, KOWS 107.3 FM) Part chanteuse, part comedian,
Picture a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt musically, and toss in the most side-splitting stage patter imaginable, and you have Ms. Tudury.”
—Johnny Angel, LA Weekly
“ I think ‘Cheering Your Little Ass On’ is the greatest song ever written.”—Charles Perry, Rolling Stone and LA Times
"Leonard Cohen meets Bessie Smith " -- Fan overheard at a "Teresa " concert
CATHY BARTON AND DAVE PARA...
A versatile duo from way out in Missouri performing a variety of traditional and original folk music with harmonious vocals and powerful mastery of five-string banjo, hammered dulcimer, guitar, Autoharp and some found instruments just to keep your attention. Cathy and Dave are delighted to return to The Coffee Gallery after having way too good of a time a year ago. Their acoustic arsenal of democracy includes five-string banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer, Autoharp and some found instruments just to keep the audience's attention. Their repertoire is comprised of traditional and contemporary American folk music, featuring tunes and songs they have collected from fiddlers and singers in their home region of Missouri and the Ozarks. While they may never get the childhood echoes of Peter, Paul and Mary out of their harmony vocals, Cathy and Dave can lay down a solid old-time sound. The late Roy Acuff once called Cathy his favorite banjo player. Here's a video from the 1980s that suggests why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0ALk_w8g0
2009 was the year of "Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical" for which Cathy wrote the songs and both Dave and Cathy played in the pit band for the show's premier and tour dates. http://gumbobottomsmusical.com/ Wish the show had a year-long run because it was a real treat to do. But a cruise along the coast of Maine helped make up for it.
Cathy Barton and Dave Para give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music.
Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire. www.bartonpara.com
This duo from Missouri make some of the best music you will ever hear.
Bob Stane says: "Cathy & Dave are great local faves. They come to the West Coast about every 3 years. We do not always get them as they
are much in demand from the crowd of hard corw folk musicfans and JPL. This year they belong to The Coffee Gallery Backstage and you. Grab this up.”
THE LOCKE BROTHERS and FRIENDS.
Bob Stane says: THE LOCKE BROTHERS and Friendsare long time faves at The Coffee Gallery Backstage
This is pure fun. This is a Saturday night and they will shoot out the lights. Reserve Now. THIS IS A BIG, ALL-STAR CAST.
Come and join the Locke Brothers, plus special guests, for a wonderful evening of fun
and variety. Our newly formed five man combo featuring Tracy McMahon, Michael
O'Bannon and Ray Sabo brings new life to many of your favorite songs.
With Cynthia Brando, Sean Locke and Ed Tree.
Great originals, plus covers of some of the best songs you've never (well, seldom) heard.
For over 25 years THE FENIANS have delivered their potent mix of traditional Irish Folk and good old rock and roll all across the USA and Ireland.
With an ever expanding set of original creations, as well as contemporary and traditional tunes plucked for the panoply of the genre, these 5 lads put on a live show that is second to none. Their foundation is decidedly Celtic, but there is no mistaking the complimentary influences of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz and World Music.
Through their music and voices, Terry Casey, Rob Williams, Brendan Harkings, Tardu Yegin and Chris Pierce represent Everyman - sweet and sorrowful, brave and beautiful, angry and amused.
Since 1990, The Fenians have garnered an impressive list of accomplishments and honors, headlining theaters and festivals in America and Ireland.
The House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, The Dublin, Ohio, Irish FestivalThe Quays and Whelans, two of Ireland’s
premier live music venues. Top honors in Orange County and inducted into The Guiness Wall of Fame. They have 6 albums. http://www.thefenians.com/about.html
This is really something.
Featured at The Coffee Gallery Backstage
One Night Only
TOSHIKAZU MARUNO….is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Kagoshima, Japan. His passion for music began at the age of 14 when he received his first guitar and he has never looked back. Gaining experience as lead vocalist for a band in Tokyo, he had the ability to grab the audience's attention from the very first note. Toshikazu was a natural born performer. Before long he paved his way as a singer/ songwriter, touring solo with his acoustic guitar. Many of his music activities began to center around his beliefs that it is the children who carry the future. In his hit song, "Power of the Future" his heart felt vocals and bright, percussive guitar accentuate the insightful lyrics which express his deepest feelings on this.
In 2010 he was commissioned to produce the cheering song “Victory Road” for the Hokkaido Japan Ham Fighters' pitcher, Hiroshi Kisanuki. His music has been featured on radio stations across Japan and in independent films.
He has produced to his credit numerous CD's, his most recent, "Gratitude" was released in dedication to his many friends and fans around the world. Gaining popular and critical acclaim in Japan, he turns his attention towards the west, reaching out across the ocean to the very shores from where his inspiration came. Toshikazu Maruno promises to deliver one great concert experience, uplifting and touching the heart with not only his original tunes, but also with his ability to channel the emotion and intensity of his most celebrated music heroes.
A captivating voice married with the smooth accompaniment of an acoustic guitar. Gentle melodies, words, emotion and magic: welcome to the world of Toshikazu Maruno. http://www.toshikazumaruno.com
BROOKE RAMEL & HARRIET SCHOCK….Two super fine song writers with amazing credits. A good show with wonderful music and amusing “stuff” on stage.
HARRIET SCHOCK…. is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated song writer who has made 7 solo CDs. This will be an intimate show with only Harriet on keys, Andrea Ross-Greene singing backup and Kelly DeSarla on flute. Harriet will be performing some songs she rarely does as well as new ones you haven’t heard. Schock’s songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Helen Reddy, Lee Greenwood, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, Manfred Mann, Carl Anderson, Vesica Pisces, and the Little Mermaid. Her feature film and TV song credits include "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," "Delta Force II," ABC’s "The Secret Garden," Motown’s "The Last Dragon" and "The Real Life Adventures of Santa Claus.
She is a songwriter (Grammy-nominated "Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady"), a recording artist with seven solo albums, a performer, a songwriting consultant, teacher and lecturer as well as an author.
BROOKE RAMEL….is one of the most successful independent artists of the last 10 years. She has sold over 50,000 CDs, placed 50+ songs in tv/film, performed thousands of live shows and produced 6 original albums.
In addition to performing solo and headlining with her own band, Brooke has opened for many legendary artists and some of her greatest inspirations – Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Raul Malo, Colin Hay, David Wilcox, Melissa Manchester, Lisa Loeb, Nancy Griffith, David Gates, and Bill Medley, to name a few. Brooke sang background vocals for Ziggy Marley's album, "Love Is My Religion". That year, she was also a featured performer on an episode of the PBS series, "Branson Jubilee", which aired nationwide.
MOUNTAIN COUNTRY ACROSS THE POND…with The Good Intentions and Susie Glaze Folk Ensemble.
“Mountain Country Across The Pond” brings together two critically-acclaimed Americana duets in their first combination show: Liverpool’s premier group The Good Intentions and Los Angeles-based The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble. Melding their country repertoire from original songs to classic country covers, this show reflects country music’s rich past, its origins in Britain through the use of Appalachian and mountain music, up to and including the classic pairings of country male-female duos. Delving deeply into the canon of American folk music icon Jean Ritchie, the work reflects the influence of British balladry on the development of new country, as well as contemporary songwriters such as Gillian Welch, Iris Dement and David Olney.
The Good Intentions
Liverpool’s premier Americana band, The Good Intentions released their third album 'Traveling Companion' on Drumfire Records in 2013 to critical acclaim, including enthusiastic support from Bob Harris, veteran BBC Radio country music broadcaster. The band is primarily centered around Peter Davies, songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocal, supported by harmony vocals from Gabrielle Monk, who also plays autoharp and accordion. Their songs have an old time feel with memorable tunes, clear harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and traditional instrumentation. Critical reviews of the album include:
"Their CD reminds me of how country CDs used to sound when I was growing up. Davies and Monk harmonize like nobody’s business. The playing on this CD is top notch! The songwriting is top notch, almost a No Depression style. If you like GillianWelch /David Rawlings, Johnny Irions and Sara Guthrie, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris or Buddy and Julie Miller, you’ll love this CD. Andy Ziehli, Americana Gazette
They’ve picked up major awards for their work, winning the Maverick Festival ‘Song of the Year’ in 2009 for their bluegrass inspired ‘Black Train’, and being named the best Americana Act of 2011 by the British Country Music Association. Having featured in the acclaimed documentary ’56 Up’, following Peter Davies’s long running association with the series, they are continuing to attract a new and varied audience for their music.
Joining the Good Intentions will be Rick Shea and David Jackson.
The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble
Award-winning vocalist Susie Glaze, mandolinist Steve Rankin, fiddler Mark Indictor and bassist Fred Sanders are The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble, 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.
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.
"She held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"…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
Two shows: 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
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.
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