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MARCH 2017
Tuesday March 21 8:00 P.M. $18 ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST

"ReZist" is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. “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 for 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.

And, if memory serves….appeared at The White House in Washington, D.C. Yes, that White House. And he had guys to look out for him and protect him. He is unworldly clever in music and words and a sharp intellect. He is of star quality. We can only get him for the mid week slots.

In big demand on weekends and National Parody Month…which is every month. He really is good and oh-so-clever. Several times at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and deserves to sell out the room. He will cleanse your soul and tingle your funny bone.



Thrill, deep in your hot Brazilian Musical Soul, as two incredible Brazilian guitarists, Rogerio Souza & Edinho Gerber

join with the wonderful local saxophone/flute artist Robert Kyle and bay area master percussionist Ami Molinelli. Together, as an irresistible Latin force, they explore a broad range of Brazilian popular music showcasing original works and inventive arrangements, in what is sure to be a savage evening of South American music! Let the endorphins loose. http://www.duoviolaobrasil.com/band-1/

“Duo Violão Brasil“ is the brilliant result of guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber's reverence for Brazilian guitar, the “violão. Together they explore and expand the musical possibilities of two “violões" with repertoire from Choro to Bossa nova to Samba. The group navigates, with all sails unfurled, through all styles of Brazilian popular music. A clipper ship experience and an exotic guitar extravaganza with pulsating drums and soulful saxophone.

If your whole body does not vibrate you should check your pulse. It should be beating with a red hot rhythm. Move and sway. It’s legal but it does not feel that way.

FRIDAY March 24 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 March 25 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.

Sunday March 26 3:00 P.M. $18

True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.


TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles to create its own unique sound. The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear.

Since its inception in 2010, TLT has enchanted audiences from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest. Performances include the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival, The California Christmas Revels, the Berkeley World Music Festival and collaborations with Portland’s Aurora Chorus, The Knights of Revery, Edessa, MWE and NYC’s Black Sea Hotel.

TLT is Leslie Bonnett, fiddle & voice; Briget Boyle, guitar & voice; and Juliana Graffagna, accordion & voice. http://www.truelifetrio.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgT8e1uj95g

Sunday March 26 7:00 P.M. $18

JIM “KIMO” WEST……regularly tours with Weird Al Yankovich but is now ours for the night.


Jim Kimo West is an award-winning Hawaiian "slack key" guitarist and a veteran of Hawaii's famed slack key festivals where he has performed alongside noted players such as Ledward Kaapana,Cyril Pahinui, Ozzie Kotani, Makana, George Kahumoku and many others. He is known not only for his exciting live performances but also for his many original instrumental slack key compositions as represented in his catalog of five solo CD's.

"Ki ho'alu", as it is known in Hawaii is based on retuning or "slacking" the strings to create new tunings, of which there are many . Kimo has developed a number of his own tunings that give his instrumentals his own unique sound

He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy) nominee, and a two time winner of the LA Treasures Award. His compositions have been featured in films, documentaries and national TV commercials. He splits his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles where he also works as a composer for film and TV, and as a producer for other artists.



Wednesday March 29 8:00 P.M. $5.00

Rising stars S. CHAPRARALL and JOHN TIMOTHY and THE PRAIRIE GHOSTS are a Country/Americana outfit from the wild & western suburbs of Los Angeles. The Prairie Ghosts are an ever evolving group of musicians, manifesting in different forms and amalgams at each performance, varying in instrumentation from a subtle, acoustic experience with pedal steel and stand up bass, to a full throttle electric guitar driven show. Every incarnation is full of heart and soul that is at the core of the original and stirring music.


S. Chaparral is an emerging folk-rock act based out of Los Angeles, CA. The band of 4 members was founded by Jeff Murray through the magic of Craigslist.

With elements of folk and rock, gospel and pop, S. Chaparral is something new for the American catalogue. The band combines accessibility, quality songwriting, and originality, and achieves each of these. Taking cues from legends like Bob Seger, Van Morrison, and JJ Cale, the band carries energy and craft into every performance.


DAVID HARVEY PRESENTS…….SONGWRITER’S FANDANGO plus a world class spoken word star...How about Indie New Grass songs you can tap your toes to? And great Delta Style Blues too?

Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase. THIS WILL BE THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN ON THIS THURSDAY. MEMORABLE AND FLUSH WITH TALENT.


ALI HANDAL.. is best known as one of the few women in rock who can solo with the electric fury and fluid grace of a Hendrix, Slash or Page, and yet also pick up an acoustic and leave a room in awe. She is also a multi-award winning songwriter and a uniquely gifted singer. Her songs have been heard in countless movies and TV shows, and her performances have taken her from L.A. to Australia, Japan and beyond; she’s sung on a Neil Young album, performed at Neverland Ranch, danced with Janet Jackson, written with Paul Williams, had her hands filmed playing guitar in a Playboy video, and even demonstrated guitars several times on “The Price Is Right.”. www.alihandal.com

ABBY POSNER…. is a force of Nature. She shows up with a rack of instruments, plugs-in, and blows you away! She flashes masterful rhythms and hooks with guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more. She channels bluegrass to ballads, folk to indie rock, also roots music to the blues. She has two outstanding groups, Fiddle & Pine,Abby & The Myth, and her solo work. She is a session player and producer and she writes and composes for film and tv licensing placements. Abby has appeared as a featured musician on two episodes of Glee, and her music has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show This American Life. Abby brings her exquisite ear and explosive talent to every stage. Her love and joy for music is undeniable. She'll leave you stomping your feet and wanting much more! http://www.abbyposner.com/

SHAUN CROMWELL’s …. Roots songs bring a wall of sound with style and passion. His exquisite fingerstyle guitar and banjo work channels the deep sounds of the Delta with a contemporary voice - think Mississippi John Hurt meets Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Shaun is a favorite in Folk Festivals and everywhere he performs. He'll be your favorite too! www.shauncromwell.com

And Special Guest...

"A Word" With Dylan Brody! Just featured on KPCC and about to go out nationwide on tour.

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. and he was recently featured on Marc Maron's hit WTF Podcast. http://dylanbrody.com/

Friday March 31 8:00 P.M. $18 THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO….returns for the fourth time to explore harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, and this foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song. Catch their rise in show business and their upward curve. Don’t let them get into a realm where we cannot afford them before you

experience them at The Coffee Gallery Backstage…very up close. These are vocal phenoms and they put on a very fine stage show.
The Honeys have headlined the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the SheSings Festival, the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival, and have been showcase artists at FAR-West. They have also performed at the Broad Stage, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, the Grand Annex, TedX Temecula, and the Shedd Institute for the Arts, and even opened for the Manhattan Transfer. Called “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today” by John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer, The Honey Whiskey Trio is a group you don’t want to miss experiencing live.

APRIL  2017


afternoon Matinee

April 1 2:00 P.M. $18 SNOWAPPLE…. is a group of three lovely and talented multi-instrumentalist young women from The Netherlands that ambitiously draws upon markedly different musical genres to create a uniquely eclectic yet wholly natural sound. Their eponymous debut album (released in 2013 on V2 Records in Benelux, Debt Records in UK and Zip Records in USA) is beautiful and beguiling in equal measure, full of catchy pop-folk numbers punctuated by excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition. This is their second appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage... A Dutch treat.

Laurien has an international career as an opera singer, but also finds time to moonlight with gypsy-punk groups, model the outfits of up-and-coming Dutch fashion designer Mo Benchellal and read post-graduate physics at the University of Amsterdam.

Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who has lived and worked as a musician in the Netherlands since 2007. Her musical background of Latvian folk music and 12 years of European academic music studies complements a strong interest in modern jazz and the popular music of Brazil, along with a more recent exploration of singer-songwriter compositions. Laura was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition.

Cynthia has more then 15 years experience in the field of music and performing arts. Since her graduation at the INBA school of music she has composed music for theater, cinema, dance, circus and cabaret theater. She performed at multiple National and International festivals in Europe, the USA, and Latin America.

They travel with two back up musicians….a show that is sure to please. www.snowapple.nl


Saturday April 1 7:00 P.M. $15 Bob Stane says, “think of this as one of the best Tribute Bands ever. We are lucky to land them.” "Read about all the countries in the world that have hosted them. What a bargain at $15.
Do not ask me how I got them to do our cozy bistro, it’s my secret."

THE MIGHTY CASH CATS…..Legendary LA Times music critic, Robert Hilburn, called the Mighty Cash Cats’ show, “Wonderful!”
The Mighty Cash Cats cover all six decades of Johnny Cash’s career including fun Johnny and June duets like "Jackson."

"If you never had the chance to see Johnny Cash and June Carter perform live, and then cheer up, the Mighty Cash Cats are filling the void." Will Phoenix, LA Examiner

The four piece band has toured from LA to Las Vegas, Ireland to Israel, recently returned from a tour of Asia, and this past year did a Europe Tour with dates in Dublin and Paris. They will be back in Ireland this June.

A Jerusalem Post concert review: "If the audience closed their eyes during Michael J’s show they, no doubt, thought that Johnny Cash had managed to find his way back to the terrestrial bandstand.”

The Ventura Star wrote: "Leticia Blumette tears it up with that powerhouse room-filling voice." "The Mighty Cash Cats’ are an excellent band. There’s no shortage of Cash Cats’ fans.

“Michael looks and sounds so much like Johnny Cash that when I listened and closed my eyes, it was as if I was really listening to Johnny Cash.”

FRIDAY APRIL 7 8:00 P.M. $20 Bob Stane says…”once again, The Coffee Gallery Backstage has hit a home run with ‘the best of the best’ in fiddle/violin presentations from around the world.”

“As always, this will be jaw dropping with excitement and musical skill. The stage will be red hot. Come and enjoy the heat.” "I want you here."

THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC.. is a fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands who swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since their inception in early 2009. Comprising Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), each regarded as leading exponents of their respective traditions, they have found themselves in great demand throughout the world performing together as ‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as “unique”, “meaningful”,”intense” and “invigorating”.

Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles.

To date their music has taken them to the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe captivating audiences along the way.

2016 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, the follow up to their eponymously entitled debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

"On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle music doesn't get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc." - Folkworld. "I surrender unconditionally to these master musicians. The worn concept of "tradition and innovation" have rarely been used as smart as this" - LIRA www.thenordicfiddlersbloc.com

Saturday April 8 7:00 P.M. $20 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 sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.

Their latest summer release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle.


Some audience reactions to Incendio’s shows across their tour of the U.S. –

“Words can't describe the amazing talent of this band. But feelings can! This group plays with fire (hence "Incendio" or fuego) in their hearts. Fierce strumming and passion for "ethnic" music is both ubiquitous and intimate in their style of play. This music deeply inspires. Thanks so much for the fun Jim, JP, and Liza!” - Erik R.

“I'm so excited I will have the opportunity to see you in person… Your music is amazing! I'll be the one probably not able to sit in my seat for very long. – Rachel L.C.


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