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SEPTEMBER 2017
SATURDAY September 23 7:00 P.M. $20 UKULELE MAGIC JAZZ TRIO. One hot act. Call now.

Internationally celebrated musicians Abe Lagrimas Jr., Jeff Linsky and Jennifer Leitham combine their formidable improvisational skills in a colorful and exciting program of ukulele fireworks. This is the ukulele like you’ve never heard it before!

Each member of this versatile trio individually enjoys an impressive concert and recording career. ABE LAGRIMAS is not only an international star on the ukulele, he is also an accomplished jazz drummer and vibraphonist. Abe is author of the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum, “ Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele" published by Consonus Music Institute. For nearly four decades, JEFF LINSKY has been performing as a guitarist in many of the world’s finest concert halls, playing in jazz festivals, pop music concerts and with symphony orchestras. Also an award-winning composer, Jeff is celebrated both for his versatility and remarkable improvisational skill. Guitar Player Magazine writes: “Linsky’s talent is the stuff guitarists’ dreams are made of.” Legendary bassist JENNIFER LEITHAM has performed and recorded with countless music stars around the world, including Mel Tormé, Doc Severinsen, George Shearing, Peggy Lee and K.D. Lang. She is a respected composer, arranger, vocalist and bandleader, and has released several albums of her own. Named one of the 50 most interesting people in Los Angeles for 2016 by LA Weekly, Jennifer is the subject of the multiple award-winning documentary “I Stand Corrected.” With Abe and Jeff on tenor ukuleles and Jennifer on bass ukulele, Ukulele Magic presents a uniquely exciting repertoire of music from several genres, with an emphasis on virtuoso creative expression.

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 7:00 P.M.

SOLD

OUT

SOLD OUT

 

BOB STANE SAYS: This will be a taping for CNN and their new online show….THE GREAT BIG STORY…..CNN is spending 200 million dollars on this new venture and you have a chance to be in the audience for this groundbreaking kick off to a new world of introducing, the best of the best, to the television and electronic world. You can say, “I was at The Coffee Gallery Backstage when….”   CNN thinks Gonzalo and his Quartet should be world famous and so do we.

This is a super hot Gypsy Jazz group just back from months in Europe. They starred at The Coffee Gallery Backstage several times in past years and they are hot, hot, hot.

This is another one of those shows where you will be asking me, “how did you pull this one off, Bob?” Dress to be seen all over the world.

 

THE GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET….Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist, mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, to forge his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz.

Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. Just 30 years old, Gonzalo has toured worldwide with John Jorgenson Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more. His touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the U.S. with notable appearances at Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Django Reinhardt Fest (Germany), Suev Guitar Fest (Italy), Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, most Django-style Fests in the US and countless more.

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ) explores a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. The Quartet's first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a "masterpiece." The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara's true home, Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving." RTET.

Thursday September 28 8:00 P.M. $10 BOB STANE SAYS: We are presenting two of our most amusing and deepest “David Harvey Presents” stars. You will be amused and amazed by the depth of their
songs and stories. And for only $10. A nice way to spend a bit over two hours. And we will visit and exchange childhood tales. Or not. But it is a good idea.

DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS…..

Do you love Duets? Where two incredible voices share the stage? We have a unique and awesome twist on that!

In the mists of time our ancestors kept and shared knowledge in the oral tradition. Bards and Troubadours would recite and sing from town to town, stories of legend and wit, that everyone enjoyed and learned from. It is in this tradition that we are bringing you two contemporary Los Angeles masters of words and songs to share the stage for your delight and illumination.
$10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations

FEATURING:

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 is a notable author, screenwriter, songwriter, and teacher. 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 wrote a song about Mars. How cool is that!

http://www.robertmorganfisher.com

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. Dylan has opened for David Sedaris in his Southern California shows and has been featured on Marc Maron's popular WTF podcast. 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
Come out for a great night of music. It's Good for the Soul!

Friday September 29 8:00 P.M. $20 Bob Stane says…The Beatunes were a big hit last time. Sold out every seat. Don’t be left out. Call now.

The BEATUNES bring together four of So.Cal’s top musicians - solely to honor and play as faithfully to the recordings as possible - the timeless and spirit-lifting music of The Beatles. The BEATUNES continue to increase their repertoire and precision in replicating the sound of The Beatles. From the early "Fab Four" days to the final recordings, band members constantly search for new ways to bring more realism to the sound; every sound you hear at a BEATUNES concert is played live by the band.

No tracks. It's done live. It's done right.There’s some kind of Magic in the air, and in The Music.

No wigs. No costumes. Simply enjoy the timeless music of the band that rocked history.

For music that transcends the generations, join us for The Beatles respectfully done right.

Saturday September 30 7:00 P.M. $20 THE DUO-TONES (these are the real guys who did it and made “surf” popular. Come see the real thing. Perfect music and playful, funny banter between them). For the Duo-tones, it’s all about fun with guitars and spirited musical dialog through their instruments! The music is authentic, exciting and will bring back memories and make you want to go buy a board. Great stories, too. Surf’s Up. Catch a wave.

PAUL pioneered surf-instro music in the ‘60s with the Belairs; his tune, “Mr. Moto,” is a genre classic. Now, after a lifetime of prolific creativity in a style that epitomizes the form, he’s regarded as one of the genre’s leading lights. In recent years (1990—2012) Paul was a member of the Surfaris (“Wipe Out”).

RON played with Adrian and the Sunsets, Knights of Day, and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band; more recently, he played bass behind Dick Dale all through Dale’s “comeback” phase (1979—2003), and he appeared with Dale in the 1987 film, “Back to the Beach.” Along the way, he toured and played with Kingfish (members of Grateful Dead). AND he played guitar (alongside Paul) in the Surfaris from 2005—2012. Bob Stane says…they graced The Coffee Gallery Backstage several times to the delight and nostalgia of everyone. Their music will raise the excitement level and make you glow. A thrill for the spine and the mind. So fine.

THE DUO TONES played on nationally syndicated radio shows:

• A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION • WEST COAST LIVE

plus numerous regional radio shows, including:

• THE LOUNGE (KPBS, San Diego) • SURF’S UP (KFJC, Los Altos Hills) • LIVE AT KPIG (internet radio from Gilroy CA)

THE DUO TONES played at venues including:

• FREIGHT & SALVAGE (Berkeley) • SPRECKELS THEATRE (San Diego) • HARD ROCK CAFE (Newport Beach) • THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE (Los Angeles)

Paul & Ron honed their skill at playing together during their stint with the Surfaris, playing at major high-profile venues nationwide, as well as in two extensive tours playing all over Europe.

 

OCTOBER 2017

Sunday,

Two shows…

 

October 1.

2:00 P. M. and

6:00 P.M.

$28

PIERRE BENSUSAN….. two show extravaganza. We need two shows on the same date to seat all who love Pierre and his Gaulic wit and devastating acoustic guitar work.


I strongly suggest you check out his Web Page: https://www.pierrebensusan.com You will enjoy the photos and descriptions of Pierre. Well done and interesting page after page of Pierre, his unending awards and articles of him playing with other guitar and pop notables. This is a big, big, star and a wonderful night of music and wit. Continental and American star on guitar. Huge attendance and reception last time at The Coffee Gallery Backstage PIERRE BENSUSAN'S WORLD

Solo Performer, Electro-acoustic Guitar, Voice.

If "world music" is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time. One look at Bensusan on-stage, barring chords while stretching five, sometimes six frets, is usually enough to make even the most well-versed jazz afficionado stop in their tracks. As technically impressive as is the simultaneous execution of a colorful melody, an active bass line, unique harmonic choices, and eclectic rhythms, it is the music that Bensusan hears that drives the mechanics of his body. There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. Freedom is Bensusan and the music he channels without any apparent musical boundaries.

Pierre Bensusan is enormously well thought of by other performers, newspaper reviewers and radio announcers. He has his own page in Wikipedia. He will light your fire.

Bob Stane's Review...Sold out “first time in” Nice galliec (french) sense of humor and wry timing.

Good stories. Spectacular, unique and creative playing. Standing ovation. Very nice on stage and off. Obviously a guitar hero. He sold a huge amount of CD’s. Very successful and a great act. Plays steel strings bare handed.

You will love everything about these two shows or you will be cheerfully refunded your money. Be assured…you will not ask for a refund. This is a bargain.

Bob Stane says: “I do not book one artist for two shows lightly. That artist must be a S.R.O. act and magnetic."

FRIDAY October 6 8:00 P.M. $18 THE EVANGENITALS DO SOMETHING….As Fall has fallen and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes fill the air it’s a perfect time to come to the Coffee Gallery Backstage and cozy up with The Evangenitals.  Friday October 6th marks the return of this wild bunch for an epic and intimate double set of songs, stories, and sing-a-longs, with some special numbers from “Do Something” – a band strategically located within the Evangenitals. Promising a solid PG-rating for the evening, the whole family is welcome to come fall in love with songs ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barnburners to hillbilly stomp.

Founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee, The Evangenitals are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.  Filling out the band on this glorious night will be violinist Danny Graziani (Dorian Wood, The Adicts, DoSo), Cody Farwell (Goodnight Cody, The Adicts, DoSo) on bass and lap steel, and percussionist Nick Stone (Cockeyed Optimist, DoSo)

          

You don’t have to take our word that this is a not-to-miss show. Just listen to these fine folks:

"I hope these underground bohemian diamonds stay true to themselves; they should never be tampered with." (Music News Nashville)

“The female harmonies between Juli Crockett and Lisa Dee are like the Andrews Sisters re-imagined as tragic mermaids… I haven’t heard harmonies ring this good since the Chapin Sisters were on the scene.” (LA Record)


"Transports you back to a time when the music came from front porches and folk gatherings that allowed for the songwriting to take center stage." (Today's Country Magazine)


“We’re talking about alt-country at its finest, but that’s only the start. Influences of Southern rock, cow punk and even a little klezmer pop make a tasty brew.” (Pasadena Weekly)


“Their sound is a chimera of American music, a blend of country, bluegrass, jazz and rock, with soulfondling lyrics, which might leave your skin wet from dancing and your eyes dripping tears of joy all in the same evening.” (Monterey County Weekly)

Come on, you know you want to get your soul fondled…

Saturday October 7 7:30 P.M. $25

THE FIRST ANNUAL JOHN LENNON BIRTHDAY BASH…

 

 

The presents are for you. Consider this one of the very finest Tribute shows. The best players and singers will be there. You will want to be there, too.

Celebrating his Beatle and Solo Years plus a Very special release party for Dave Humphries and The Hollywood Project’s new album Olympic Boulevard.

When John Lennon died on December 8th, 1980, he left behind one of the most profound canons of songs in rock music history. It wasn’t only his Beatle songs that helped define and deepen the rock music It was a solo career that included now standards like “Imagine,” and “Woman.” His legacy of song today has become a timeless source of honesty, idealism, realism, soul and wit. Songs like “Imagine,” “Love,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Instant Karma,” and “All You Need Is Love,” now represent much more than the shattered idealism of the 60s. They are necessary gems on the road to unity and peace.

Join us as Dave Humphries and The Hollywood Project celebrate The Beatle who took songwriting to a new authentic and intimate level that has seldom been touched since.

Dave and The Hollywood Project bring a fresh, original sound to the songs of The Beatles and JohnLennon. They have shared the stage with Beatle mates like Tony Sheridan, who once fronted The Beatles and Joey Molland of Badfinger.

As an added plus, they will be premiering songs from their latest release album, Olympic Boulevard, with lyrics by Stephen Kalinich and music by Dave Humphries.

Stephen Kalinich is our L.A. and Backstage resident rock ‘n’ roll poet of peace. His spoken word performances in L.A. have left audiences mesmerized and inspired with the hope of a love that is present and real. He is very much a peer of John Lennon. His work with The Beach Boys is now the stuff of legend. His collaborations with Dennis and Brian Wilson, including “Little Bird” from the Friends album, are major works in the world of classic rock.

Zak Nilsson is the son of the late, great Harry Nilsson, who was a close mate of John Lennon. He’ll be bringing his own Ringo-inspired drumming and singing to the show.

Also helping us celebrate will be our very special guests with The Licatas, Paul Zollo, Neil Rosengarden, and Nick Guzman. Mark the date of this sure-to-sell-out-show as we celebrate the magic of John Lennon and his universal songs that have defined our life and times.

Saturday October 7 3:00 PM

$15

 

(Cash Only - at the door)

 

Over 18, please

Show: Off My Head - a lasting storytelling experience

Reservations: call 626 639-8558 or email: tyfance@gmail.com

18 year and over

Off My Head – a lasting storytelling experience.

Off My Head is a storytelling show, produced by Ty Fance, featuring true stories told by storytellers from Pasadena and surrounding communities. The unique focus of Off My Head is to present narratives that are interesting, entertaining and relatable stories about the human condition.

Ty Fance….Originally from Houston, Texas, Producer/Storyteller/ Author, Ty Fance performs his stories throughout Southern California. Ty’s stories feature his journey into and through fatherhood, reflections of marriage, and his colorful childhood -rediscovered. “My goal is to have the audience experience the story as if it is happening right now... when I’m scared, I want them to be scared too… if I’m surprised, I want them to be surprised too. We go on the journey together.” Ty is a former comedian, turned storyteller and author. Several of Ty’s short stories are featured in his book entitled Off My Head and Over the Fence.
Ruby Cooper...Recent winner of The Moth Grand Slam, standup comedian, great mom and a wonderful human being and the author of Irish Mongrel Child

Melanie Maras….Multi-ethnic, bi-cultural Melanie is original from Jakarta, Indonesia. Melanie is an award winning writer, comedian, storyteller who performs all over the world. A 2016 Semi-finalists in the Laugh Factory’s International Comedy Competition, held in Helsinki.

Julio Martinez….Julio is a published storyteller whose work can be read in The Story Salon Big Book of Stories and The History of the Bla Bla Café. He can also be heard on the Story Salon CD, The Mario Sessions. His stories are currently being podcast in storysalon.com, vergeofla.com, Iloveagoodstory.com and kpfk.org. Julio performs regularly at such storytelling venues as The Story Salon, Library Girl, BackStory at Victory Theatre, as well as performing at Rogue Machine Theatre’s acclaimed Rant and Rave series. As an entertainment journalist, Julio publishes the weekly LA Stage Insider column for @This Stage Magazine, is a theater critic for Stage Raw and hosts the weekly Arts in Review program on KPFK Rfio 90.7FM.

Julian Vazquez….From a gang leader in Los Angeles to a retired Marine LtCol in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter. How did that happen? Come find out when Julian Vazquez, engineer, Marine LtCol, comedian, actor, director and producer tells his story. You will be glad you did.

Sunday

October 8

Two Shows: 3:00 P.M. Matinee and an Evening

Performance at 6:00 P.M.

$25 per show

LED ZEPAGAIN RETURNS TO THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE!

 

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is proud to announce the long awaited return of tribute icon Led Zepagain on Sunday, October 8th for two performances. Led Zepagain, who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018 has been hailed by Jimmy Page himself to be the most accurate and authentic replication of Led Zeppelin in the world today!

The band has been extremely busy since we’ve seen them last, having been featured on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” show twice in the last 3 years, as well as touring internationally in places like Japan, Canada and Europe several times. This year they will be exploring new territory as they will visit all of South America and Russia as they seek to bring the music of Led Zeppelin to fans all over the world!

These particular shows will be unique in that all of the songs will be performed acoustically! Playing these songs unplugged allows the band to explore the full scope of the Led Zeppelin catalog as they not only perform the classic hits like Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Ramble On, Over the Hills and Far Away, All My Love and The Rain Song, but also the deeper cut acoustic tunes like That’s the Way, Gallows Pole, Tangerine and Your Time is Gonna Come!

There are only 50 seats available per show, so don't miss the rare opportunity to see this band in an up close, intimate setting. You are strongly encouraged to call and make reservations for this show as it is sure to sell out quickly

Thursday October 12 8:00 P.M. $15

THE PIEDMONT BLUZ ACOUSTIC DUO…. is a unique husband/wife acoustic blues duo hailing from New York City. Dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues, they play in the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive. They have been entertaining audiences at venues from Washington State to Jerusalem and are much loved wherever they go.

 

Instrumentation includes guitar, banjo, washboard, harmonica, and bones. The duo feels that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. We approach each piece from our own perspective and have no qualms about changing words or melodies to suit ourselves. Music is supposed to evolve and, even though we are helping to preserve it, we think we should also have the freedom to infuse it with our own personalities."

 

Don't miss this rare chance to hear them while they're visiting the west coast!

 

www.piedmontbluz.com

 

Saturday October 14 7:00 P.M. $18

TARA LOUISE & KIRA MORRISON…… an evening of charm and song.

Read about their accomplishments. More than two lifetimes worth.

TARA LOUISE is a 24 year old singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, producing emotionally-charged music in the Pop/R&B vein. She's been working as a professional Session Vocalist for over 5 years, but her singing career actually began at an elementary school Talent Show where she stepped on stage as a 6-year-old. By the age of 15 she'd written more songs than The Beatles, and by 18 had performed over 300 shows in and among LA. Tara released her debut EP 'Mainstream' (written and produced entirely by herself, mixed & mastered by Grammy award winner Cassidy Turbin) in December 2014. Tara has become a notable singer for Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox from her performance of 'Nsync's 'Bye, Bye, Bye' and you can catch her in a few other hit videos with the band. Amongst writing and fully producing her own music, she also 'toplines' vocals for the EDM scene, some of her tracks having reached over 14 million on youtube.

KIRA MORRISON...is a Los Angeles native, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Influenced by artists like Taylor Swift, Ingrid Michaelson, Theo Katzman, and Lady Gaga, she is a singer/songwriter emerging onto the music scene with a warm, upbeat and enjoyable sound reminiscent of classic and contemporary soft pop and folk. While her main genre is pop, she also has experience singing classic and modern rock, jazz, R&B, and world music. Before the age of 25, Kira has already performed on stage with acts such as Aubrey Logan (Postmodern Jukebox), Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Gordon Goodwin, Matt Bennett ('Victorious'), Donny Most, and Becky Martin. She released her debut EP 'Progressions' in 2014, and is currently studying at Los Angeles College of Music pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in music performance with a vocal emphasis. Along with studying and performing in various venues around LA, Kira is currently working on writing and recording new songs for her next EP set to release in 2017. She was also recently in a commercial for the SoCal Honda Dealer's 'Random Acts of Helpfulness' ad campaign featuring her song, 'Hello Beautiful.’

Sunday October 15 7:00 P.M. $18

BOB LIND….”Elusive Butterfly of Love” and many others.

Four decades ago, singer/songwriter Bob Lind changed the face of American music with his stunning megahit "Elusive Butterfly of Love." Since then, his songs have been recorded by more than 200 artists including Cher, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Richie Havens, Nancy Sinatra, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell and The Four Tops. His music continues to be covered today. But there's no experience quite like seeing this dynamic performer delivering his spellbinding songs in person. Singing alone, with just his acoustic guitar, Lind is edgy, fearless and passionate onstage. His songs hit the heart like a wrecking ball. He has the rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry – often at the same time. His obvious love of performing and rapport with his audiences create an atmosphere of rare intimacy.

If Shakespeare and Chaucer lived in the 21st century, played acoustic guitar and spoke accessible American English, they'd probably steal Bob Lind's lyrics.

Bob Stane says: "This is your time to experience Bob Lind’s amazing poetry set to music and played by Bob Lind himself. This is a remarkable turn for a legendary troubadour.”

Friday October 20 8:00 P.M. $20 DAVID GANS with special guest Craig Marshall OF CUBENSIS. A David Gans "solo electric" performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match - it's never the same show twice, but it's always worth a listen. With Craig Marshall of Cubensis

http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com       http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Grateful Dead music today and an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right, David Gans has now shared with us his own well-crafted and heartfelt interpretations of some of the Grateful Dead’s best songs on It’s a Hand- Me-Down, released November 27th, 2015 on his Perfectible Recordings label.

Gans approaches Grateful Dead music with a unique range and a rare degree of mastery on multiple levels: as a noted writer (his most recent volume, This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead [Nov 2015], co-authored with Blair Jackson, presents the definitive story of the Grateful Dead in their own words), commentator, and radio-show host he has introduced, contextualized, and exposed Grateful Dead music to generations of Deadheads and casual fans. As a musician, singer, and impresario he has brought the music to life in solo and ensemble configurations. As an interviewer and documentor, he has chronicled the Grateful Dead experience from a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives, as an insider, an outsider, and a songsmith. It’s a Hand-Me- Down sets some of the Dead tunes Gans most enjoys performing in a “solo electric” context closely modeled on his performance style, making extensive use of looping and electronics to bring the sort of shimmery elastic feel required to do this material justice. A “solo electric” performer combining original material with interpretations of songs from various sources, strong vocals, and layered instrumentals using a looping device, all in service of the song.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 7:00 P.M. $20 SLIGO RAGS….. Irish, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, hot instrumentals, singing, comedy and more.

The darlings of Disneyland‟s “Paradise Garden Bandstand,” this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. 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, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm 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 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 David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world renowned bassist Eli Marcus, 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." --Music Connection

"…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.

Sunday October 22 2:00 P.M. $18 JAN SEIDES…. Singer/Songwriter Jan Seides (www.janseides.com) writes and performs original, lyrics-driven, award-winning songs that combine uptown sophistication with down-home truth. They have been presented with style and verve in prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe. Jan says…” I first felt the pull of music when I was three. My mother would always turn on the radio while we ate dinner, and one day I surprised her by singing to her by heart one of the songs we had heard. She was pretty excited about that, so I immediately learned another. That was followed closely by piano lessons, the discovery that I had "perfect pitch" (I know what note I'm hearing, the same way people recognize colors.) Because of these experiences and abilities, I've always felt my purpose to be making music, especially when I started writing songs of my own.

To me, a perfect life would be to entertain people with my music in intimate settings where I could get to know the members of the audience and they could get to know me in a way that is not possible in an arena. Stardom was never my goal, though I admit, I got addicted to applause early in life. But there is real joy in looking out at an audience and seeing them laugh, or hold one another's hands, or wipe away an escaping tear because of my song. If I could do that until soul and body were parted, I'd be completely content."

http://www.sonicbids.com/JanSeides


http://www.reverbnation.com/janseides


http://www.myspace.com/janseides

 

I’m sincerely delighted you came to visit, and I have lots of wonderful things to show you. I would also love to hear from you! So…
Pull up a cup of your favorite beverage, relax, listen to some music, look at some pictures, read a newsletter or two (or three, or four) and let me know who you are, where you are, and what’s on your mind.

Thanks for stopping by…..Jan

A late review of Siren Song from friend and fellow music-lover, Roni Lynn:

“Absolutely love the cd. It’s terrific. Beautiful, meaningful words and story songs. Your voice and arrangements are unique. Just well done! So glad i got to hear it. And know the person who wrote such amazing songs. Very moving and honest lyrics “

Jan Seides (pronounced Sigh-deez) has enjoyed acclaim across the U.S. in Europe and in Israel. Her songs present down-home truths with up-town sophistication, performed with style and spirit. Her music has most often been compared to Nanci Griffith, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Suzanne Vega.

Jan now has 5 CDs to her credit, and a 6th being readied for release. This latest adventure involves stories from the Bible, told from unexpected points of view. Some are joyful, some angry, some somber, and a few are even humorous.

 

Sunday October 22 7:00 P.M. $20

 

THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST IN TOWN. THEY WILL GIVE YOU A SPINE TINGLING

EXAMPLE OF HOW THE BEATLES SOUNDED. ACCURATE & FUN.

The BEATUNES…..

bring together four of So.Cal’s top musicians - solely to honor and play as faithfully to the recordings as possible - the timeless and spirit-lifting music of The Beatles. The BEATUNES continue to increase their repertoire and precision in replicating the sound of The Beatles. From the early "Fab Four" days to the final recordings, band members constantly search for new ways to bring more realism to the sound; every sound you hear at a BEATUNES concert is played live by the band.

No tracks. It's done live. It's done right.There’s some kind of Magic in the air, and in The Music.

No wigs. No costumes. Simply enjoy the timeless music of the band that rocked history.

For music that transcends the generations, join us for The Beatles respectfully done right. b

Friday October 27 8:00 P.M. $20

 

THE JANGLE BROTHERS

John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

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

Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS.

Come see the legends sing and play.

Good humor and fun, too. This act gets more popular every time they play here.

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.

 

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