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FEBRUARY 2018
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 7:00 P.M. $20

McMAINS & FRIENDS….

 

Americana singer-songwriter McMains and friends, including Coffee Gallery's own Donna Barnes-Roberts is coming to the Coffee Gallery on Sunday evening February 18.to celebrate the release of McMains' first solo album since the acclaimed Guitar Love release in 2011. His I Walk Alone can be heard in the Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman movie The Switch, and his first single off his new CD, Diplomatic Immunity, Don't Say Goodnight Tonight reached number one on the Airplay Express' Top 40 this past December.
(Singer-Songwriter McMains’ Don’t Say Goodnight Tonight Airplay Express’ number one single this past December.)
Born in Washington DC to a father in the diplomatic services, he spent his early years in Saigon, Vienna and Paris. Dad carried a pistol, Mick says. I have a diplomatic passport to this day.


A descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield (of the legendary American folklore clans and the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys) on his father’s mother’s side, McMains is truly a man of this country!


Not easily pinned down to a genre early on, he's toured Europe as bassist with punk band The Generators, spent two years as vocalist for Earl Slick's band, spent another two as the lead guitarist with Englishman John Wicks’ The Records and was involved with the art music ensemble DJ Monkey, co-producing two of their critically acclaimed albums. Bob Stane says: Go to his web page and read the bio and a lot of good info…. www.MickMcMains.com


Recently McMains’ Don’t Say Good Night Tonight reached the #1 spot (most downloaded cut) on the Airplay Express Tom 40 chart. He has also landed film placements with his recording of “I Walk Alone” in The Switch, starring Jennifer Anniston and Jason Bateman; and with “Sexy, Sexy” in the film Hard Breakers.

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Tuesday

February 20 8:00 P.M. $20

THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of JOHN MARSHALL, EVAN MARSHALL, ALEX FINAZZO and MICHELLE LYNSKEY, with special guest, DEBORAH KOLLGAARD.


Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at such venues as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, DISNEYLAND, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band. This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes and amazing vocals. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these longtime friends, and you have an energetic evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.


Joining The Miskey Mountain Boys is cellist Deborah Kollgaard, one of the most accomplished and sought after cellists in Southern California. Currently a member of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with such groups as the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Music Center Ballet Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and the New Mexico Symphony. Deborah can also be heard on numerous television and movie soundtracks, and has performed as part of the Motion Picture Academy Awards.

The Miskey Mountain Boys are delighted to have her as an integral and exciting new voice in MMB lineup.
For more information, please see our website: http://miskeymountainboys.com/index.html

Thursday February 22 7:30 P.M. $20

The Roadhouse Series Presents-The Best of Motown Records

Motown Records is without a doubt one of the major musical forces in American music today. It’s easy to forget, when Berry Gordy borrowed money from his family and invested the little he made writing hits for Jackie Wilson his success was uncertain. He faced a climate of bigotry racial tension and segregation. In a community filled with talented gospel and R&B artists, Gordy and Motown records broke down cultural barriers with a multitude of hits and legends waiting in the wings. Today artists like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wells, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles among many others are an established part of the American music landscape. When Motown began in 1959, Smokey Robinson said the audiences were segregated. By the early 1960s, the audiences were integrated.


Join The Roadhouse Series as we begin our second year with a Tribute to Motown Records on Feburary 22nd. A group of talented musicians, singers and songwriters will pay the homage to the sound that changed America over 50 years ago. Included the show bill will be Phil Chen, Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Eddie Hedges, Ronee Martin, Paul Zollo, Coyote Moon, Robbie Mangiardi, Neil Rosengarden, Rob Bonfiglio, and Joel Bennett.

Friday February 23 8:00 pm.  $15

The Hainings from Branson, MO


From their musical beginnings at a local jam in northwest Minnesota, Americana band The Hainings was formed in 2004. Since then, their love for music and performing has grown to become a full-time career, spanning almost 15 years, producing five full-length albums, and taking them coast-to-coast throughout the United States. This six piece ensemble has entertained at festivals, theaters, house concerts, and more, including multiple invitations to perform at the internationally acclaimed theme park, Silver Dollar City.

The name Haining is a Scottish word meaning “the preserving of”. Thus, The Hainings are a team of professional entertainers, now based in Branson, Missouri, committed to preserving and perpetuating the Great American Tradition of acoustic music. The Hainings perform a modern folk style with influences from the classic sounds of the 20th century. Ranging from Folk/Roots to Bluegrass to Swiss-style Yodeling, their strong vocal harmonies, instrumental versatility, and energetic performance style creates an entertaining and engaging experience for audiences of all ages.

In December of 2017, The Hainings released their fifth album, titled Chasing A Dream, featuring a blend of Americana favorites and original songs with a down-to-earth perspective. For more information about The Hainings, visit: www.HainingsBand.com

The Hainings have toured in Southern California for several years but they will be making their first ever appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are just $15.00 and, as always, seating is limited so call (626) 798-6236 for reservations! You will not want to miss this exciting show!!

Saturday February 24 7:00 P.M. $20 LEGENDS IN THE FOLK WORLD….

STEVE GILLETTE AND CINDY MANGSEN...Steve and Cindy return like the swallows for their annual late-winter California tour. Steve spent his early years in Southern California, and he remains a favorite here. He's the composer of "Darcy Farrow" and hundreds of other great songs, and one of the best guitarists and singers you'll ever see. His wife Cindy Mangsen favors traditional ballads and story-songs of all kinds, and also writes some unique originals (ask about the saga of Rudy the cat and the garbage disposal). She's a virtuoso on the English concertina, besides playing guitar. You won't find a better duo, with a focus on great songs!

Steve Gillette has been writing since the 1960's. His songs have been covered by Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His most recent solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Kerrville Music Festival. www.compassrosemusic.com

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her sensitive interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (most recently, Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice award from Crossroads Magazine), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, and Michael Smith. Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Sunday afternoon, Matinee show February 25 2:00 P.M. $20

NEW WEST…..


Winner of The Will Rogers Award for Best Western Group
Academy of Western Artists


Michael Fleming was raised at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. There he
developed a profound love for the West and its people that has compelled him to create music celebrating its culture. He has been described by reviewers as “a creative and perceptive songwriter” whose work is “among the most innovative in Western Music.” Mike writes most of the original material for NEW WEST and won the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) 1997 Will Rogers Award/Best Western Swing Song for his composition, Sometimes This Old Cowboy Gets the Blues, as well as the 1997 Western Music Association/Song of the Year and 1998 AWA Best Song with co-writer, Les Buffham, for Below the Kinney Rim.


Raul Reynoso's incredible instrumental & vocal talent has made him one of California's most sought after musicians and performers. Raul has played at the Grand Old Opry and recorded an LP with Larry McNeely titled "Power Play." He is a two time Western Regional flatpicking champion who has been nominated three times for best instrumentalist by the Western Music Association. For ten years he was the lead member of the "Thunder Mountain Boys" and "The Rhythm Brothers" at Disneyland. He is most noted for his expertise on acoustic guitar and mandolin with a mastery of styles ranging from bluegrass and western swing to 30's jazz in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Raul has released his own CD entitled “Royal Street.”


David Jackson, bass player extraordinaire, is much in demand as a studio musician and voice-over artist. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm and humor and has wowed audiences across the country with his prowess and versatility on bass, piano and accordion. In 1996 Dave was honored by the California Country Music Association as Best Instrumentalist. He has played and sung with luminaries such as Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton, Cher, Jackson Browne and Dwight Yoakum, to name a few. His true love is music and poetry about the West. He brings abundant experience and heart to this sweet singin' trio…

Sunday February 25 7:00 P.M. $20

JAMES LEE STANLEY, humorist, guitarist, vocalist and composer will be touring here in California during March and April to support his latest CD’s, “Had Enough Yet” and the new live CD, “Alive At Last”


James Lee has toured with everyone from Robin Williams to Bonnie Raitt to Steven Wright to Art Garfunkel and has brought audiences to their feet, from the Universal Amphitheater to Carnegie Hall.


He will be performing selections from all 32 of his CD’s and has created new monologues as well as bringing the requested favorites with him.
His solo guitar orchestrations coupled with his supple voice and remarkably quick wit, guarantee an evening full of entertainment, joy, pathos, melancholy, birth control and insight.


As he refers to himself, he is the “perpetual peregrinator and the purveyor of persiflage” …who could resist that?

Tuesday February 27 8:00 P.M. $20 DONOVAN RAITT with RYAN AYERS and ADAM WERNER and DANI VARGAS.…...

Donovan Raitt

Emerging as a new voice in the world of modern acoustic fingerstyle guitar, 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.
An Irvine, California native, Donovan Raitt started his musical career with the piano at the age of 5. At the age of 11, Donovan fell in love with the electric guitar and started taking lessons. Unaware of his family's history with the electric guitar (Donovan's cousin is Grammy winning blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt), Donovan's love for the guitar grew as he started to perform regularly in a wide variety of styles, Performing his first professional gig at the age of 15.
In 2001 Donovan was one of 10 students admitted to the prestigious Studio/Jazz guitar program at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and was the recipient of the Paul LaRose memorial scholarship for guitar. While at USC, Donovan studied jazz and contemporary guitar styles with Steve Trovato, Richard Smith, Frank Potenza, and Pat Kelley, as well as classical, flamenco and fingerstyle guitar with David Oakes and James Smith. Donovan graduated from the studio guitar program with honors from USC in 2005.
After graduating, Donovan has been active as a professional musician in the Southern California area, with several recording and live credits, including some of the top venues in Southern California.


In 2007 at the age of 24, Donovan started teaching in the music department of Concordia University Irvine, and currently serves as adjunct professor of Guitar and Music Technology. www.donovanraitt.com

Ryan Ayer

Ryan Ayer is a solo guitarist mixing together classical technique with accessible songs forms and structures. His stage show is a well crafted blend of engaging music and interesting stories which have captivated audiences around the world. Ryan began playing guitar at the age of thirteen and almost immediately, started writing music for the instrument. He attended Loyola Marymount University, where he gathered the skills and inspiration for his style of playing, graduating with degrees in Classical Guitar Performance and Recording Arts. His pieces employ various techniques to explore the reaches of the steel string guitar. Lanterns, his newest endeavor, was released in June, 2017 on CandyRat records. “And Ryan – who possesses a classical technique which he cleverly puts into his steel-string guitar’s service - is definitely a gifted and talented musician whose musical world is as poetic as it is personal. ”
— Roland Dyens.“Beautiful and touching. Ayers’s performance of his own works shows an intelligent exploration of colors and rhythms with a thoughtful sense of rich musical juxtaposition.”
— Sean Samimi, Aranjuez Artistic Services…..Lanterns Video…...Overview Effect Video

 

 

Adam Werner

Adam Werner is a Fingerstyle Guitarist from Los Angeles that has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as, Will Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, Michael manring, Andy McKee, Thomas Leeb, etc…. I have a new album that has been getting a ton of attention, great reviews, Award considerations (Grammy’s, IMA’s & ZMR) and it has been on the ZMR TOP 100 Charts for 10 months straight!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dani Vargas

Drawing from diverse stylistic approaches, Dani brings a unique take to the acoustic sound.  Seasoned artistry and technical proficiency, canorous melodies, and harmonic maturity.   With feel often dark and introspective, yet uplifting, by virtue of the beauty and honesty that so naturally accompany the acoustic guitar.  In addition, the on stage collaboration of the multi talented violinist Jenna Colombet, Dani's live performances create a beautiful, lyrical yet colorful blend in the style of modern acoustic instrumental music.

 

 

Wednesday February 28 7:00 PM $10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations David Harvey Presents

Do you love great Bluesy songs full of smarts and fun? How about Folk full of perfect picking and and lyrics that will warm your Heart? And a Great Trio that will Folk-Rock your World?


Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase on Wednesday, Feb. 28th., 7PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

FEATURING:


Bill Berry...Snazzy, sketchy, sharp-witted singer/songwriter Bill Berry writes story songs which cheerfully celebrate the car wreck lifestyles of those fumbling with love’s ruins and lighting small fires on big castaway islands of hope. His latest album Awkward Stage ("an instant classic!" - Blitz Magazine) was a contender for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Bill wrote and will perform “The Brick: A One and a Half Man Musical" at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. https://www.billberrymusic.com/

Craig Lincoln…. is an Olympic bronze-medalist who is a masterful songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist. Usually Craig performs with his wonderful partner Sabrina Schneppat but tonight we have Craig for a rare solo gig. Craig's songs are full mix of smarts, joy, and heart. Craig's finely-crafted guitar voicings and award-winning finger-style playing always leaves you wanting more and more and more! Sabrina & Craig have been main stage performers at the Tucson Folk Festival, won the prestigious Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Singing Competition, and had their music aired nationally on NPR's iconic "Car Talk" program.. http://www.sabrinaandcraig.com

The Lauren Adams Trio….Lauren Adams is an award winning songwriter who had shared the stage with such legends as Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and guitar virtuoso Albert Lee. She has deep roots in folk, country, and blues that flow through her songs. Lauren has joined with Nick Kirgo and Hank VanSickle to form The Lauren Adams Trio. So sit back and enjoy great story songs that catch you and make you smile and think, with beautiful melodies. www.laurenadams.com

And Special Guest..."A Word" With Dylan Brody! who 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. http://dylanbrody.com

MARCH 2018
Friday March 2 8:00 P.M. $20 MICHAEL MC GINNIS and FRIENDS

Annual birthday concert---Celebrating “76” This could be the last one of these for a while, so don’t miss it. Come and share in a joyous evening of music and frivolity. We’ll debut some tunes from our new album Bits and Pieces. As we said in the sixties, (I think) this could be one of those “Happenings”!!!
Don’t forget to call for reservations, it is a small club, and will probably sell out.

MICHAEL MC GINNIS.... Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actor, Story Teller, Member of the Original New Christy Minstrels, YMCA Camp Director/Chaplain, (the chaplain part is humorous!) Attention Deficit Survivor, (what?), and otherwise pretty good guy. Listed in the Folk Music Hall of Fame, has played for presidents, queens, and other assorted heads of state,. Captain Kangaroo even recorded two of his songs. (Well actually it was Mr. Moose, but it’s sort of the same thing, and for anybody under thirty/ forty, it doesn’t matter any way.)

THE FRIENDS:
David P Jackson: legendary player of most instruments, Hilariously funny, and a really good guy to have on your side when you’re trying to win over an audience.....

Stephen Geyer: is the finest guitar player in America today in this writer’s opinion. He has penned a number of chart breaking songs, and will blow you away with his musical energy.

Sunday March 4 7:00 P.M. $18 GOLDEN BOUGH….Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, viola, penny-whistle and bodhran. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

Since their inception, Golden Bough has become a popular and in demand group on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from folk fans wherever they perform. Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments, including; Celtic harp, penny-whistle, violin, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, guitar, harmonica, recorder and bodhran. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional folk music and captivates listeners with the uniqueness of their original compositions. With songs and instrumental pieces ranging from ballads to lively jigs, reels and sing-alongs, Golden Bough provides an atmosphere in which the listener can enjoy unique entertainment within and beyond the boundaries of traditional folk music. Their music is well received and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. www.goldenboughmusic.com

Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, viola, penny-whistle and bodhran. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

Tuesday March 6 8:00 P.M. $18

JIM & ANNE CURRY….doing the songs of JOHN DENVER. This statement should be enough to fill the room. Jim Curry returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage to perform the heartfelt music of one of America’s most popular singer/songwriters John Denver. Joined by his wife, Anne and flautist Diane Ireland – Come fill up your senses!

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. 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!


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.”

THURSDAY March 8 7:30 PM $10

OFF MY HEAD

Reservations: 626 639-8558 (leave a message with the name and number in your party)

Ty Fance – is a producer/ author and storyteller. Originally from Houston, Ty performs his stories throughout Southern California. Ty’s stories feature his journey into and through fatherhood; reflections of marriage; and his colorful childhood -rediscovered. Several of his stories can be found in his book, Off My Head and Over the Fence.

Katsy Chappell - is an actress, standup comedian, and storyteller. Some of her Film and TV credits include, THE VEIL, TRUE LIES, INSPECTOR GADGET, YES MAN, ER, TORCHWOOD/MIRACLE DAY and the EMMY winning HBO film INDICTMENT/ The Mc Martin Trial.

Steve Skrovan - has had an eclectic career in show business as a stand-up comedian, actor, television writer (School of Rock/ Everybody Loves Raymond) and film director. Originally from Cleveland, Steve made his narrative directorial debut with the feature “Fred and Vinnie”

Lila Lee Silvern - enjoyed a long and successful career teaching and writing lessons for immigrant kids. When she retired she created a surprising new image of herself writing a memoir about senior romance, “Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen”.
She is going to read a story adapted from her book. “We'll Always Have Pacoima".

Alex Stein - is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, storyteller, and lover of the Northern Lights. He's the author of the essay collection No, Mr. Bond, I Expect Your Dreams to Die and the host and producer of a new podcast called Tell Me Who You Are. You can find him most nights in various theatres, coffeeshops, and bars around Los Angeles telling stories of longing, loss, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Vicki Juditz - has shared her original stories at festivals and theaters across the country,
most recently at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. She will be part of the upcoming Sierra Storytelling Festival in Northern California. Around town, she is a regular at The Moth StorySLAMS, and her story "Swing Dancing" aired on The Moth Radio Hour.

Friday March 9 8:00 PM $20

Burgan & Chan with  Chris Burgan

 

Burgan & Chan have been refining the exquisite harmony of their classic folk-based Americana program to the delight of Bob Stane since first appearing at his world famous ICE HOUSE. Jerry Burgan, was co-founder of We Five (that evolved from the LA Coffee House scene to make folk-rock history with their hits, You Were On My Mind and Get Together). His wife, Debbie Burgan, also a graduate of the LA Folk Scene--and a Battle of the Bands winner at the Hollywood Bowl--joined Jerry as We Five’s lead singer for several albums in the 60s and 70s. They’ve made writing, singing, playing and touring together to the delight of listening audiences at major concert venues, a way of life ever since.

Joining the talented duo for this return to Bob’s Stane’s Coffee Gallery Backstage, will be long-time friend, bassist and humorist, Tholow Chan who will be home on leave from his duties with Randy Sparks and the New Christy Minstrels. Performing together, this talented trio creates a totally engaging and entertaining show that steeped in classic folk tradition that will have everyone singing along from the first song. Enhancing the ‘family’ element for this special appearance, the trio will expand to include the Burgan’s first-born son, Chris Burgan. Proving the axiom that acorns don’t fall far from the tree, Chris is a mega-talented guitarist, singer and songwriter with multiple CDs to his credit—and he’s been We Five’s lead guitarist since first joining the group for a Greek Theater ‘Legends’ show. Together, they lead a remarkable guided tour through some of the magical and memorable moments of our common musical experience from the classic folk era when songs—and the times—were indeed a changing.

Between tunes, Jerry takes the role of wizened sage, sharing fascinating tales woven from the spirit of Woody Guthrie, the Alan Lomax, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, to the more contemporary artists they inspired. He came of age in the mid-60s under the mentoring eye of John Stewart--former Kingston Trio banjo player and writer of countless classic songs in the musical form that’s come to be called Americana. Count on hearing some treasures and back stories that were learned from the master.

Also expect to hear some of their slice-of-life original songs and few surprises all tastily complimented by acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass, mandolin and percussion. Their stage rapport has a seamless quality that’s been honed by time as they draw each audience into the feel-good experience--often with spontaneous laughter and comments coming from the room. When the three of them sing together, their tight arrangements bring to life the exhilarating power, harmony and charm that made folk trios so popular. It’s a total package with memories you’ll want to share.
Bring your friends along for a treat they won’t forget. Don’t miss it.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON MATINEE MARCH 10 2:00 P.M. $15 EVA & THE VAGABOND TALES...
From the alleyways of old town Riverside come the sounds of old world folk-pop that broke free from the early ages of music and skipped through time to find it's way into our modern world. The songs combine western, old folk, and ragtime into a musical melting pot, creating an alluring sound that "transcends time and continents."
During live performances, Mikhailovna is accompanied by a group of musicians whom are known as the "Vagabonds". The Vagabonds consist of accordion, bass, percussion, trumpets, violins, piano, and other various instruments, although more commonly the band can be found playing as a four piece group. Currently, Mikhailovna is accompanied by long time members Alan Arteaga, Jasmine Capitulo (accordion) and Jacob Pflum (percussion). The band continues building it's sound from the foundations of old time music and melancholy story-telling, bending the laws of traditional songwriting and sound. "The main intriguing factor about The Vagabond Tales is the inexplicit chameleon effect of ageless mood,” writes Independent Feedback Blog. The music is continuing to extend its fan base across the United States, while Mikhailovna is writing and arranging more pieces for the future, touring, and performing all around the west coast. "The natural evolution of their sound will be one to look out for, because they are one sleeper hit group that can go somewhere." (Independent Feedback Blog).
Saturday March 10 7:00 P.M. $20

JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOUR BOYS…. Bob Stane says: We bring this ragtime, early jazz, Tin Pan Alley gang back over and over. Find out why. Guaranteed to please.

JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOUR BOYS…Gracing the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage.


She will be bring her biggest musical guns in the form of John Reynolds, Corey Gemme, Marquis Howell and Randy Worltz. It does not get any better
with extreme wit being added to the songs and playing of the best in the business. Always a full house. Always more fun and music that you might expect.
Ukulele Chanteuse Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys will bring you a rollicking feast for the ears, eyes and heart! Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, 20s & 30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive repertoire these merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads. Watch our for the Charming and Alarming Ms. Klein! Ho Do Dee Do! Hotsy Totsy

FRIDAY March 16 8:00 P.M. $20

THE JAMES RAYMOND GROUP.

 

Bob Stane says: A fine quintet that has sold out The Coffee Gallery Backstage several times.

James Raymond will bring his quintet to The Backstage for an energetic set of straight ahead, modern jazz and funk featuring James on keyboards, Andrew Ford on bass, Michael O’Neall on guitar and two very special guests.

James most recently toured with David Crosby, his biological dad, and produced David’s latest record, the critically acclaimed ‘Sky Trails’. James has performed with Ronnie Laws, Oleta Adams, Take 6, Crosby Stills & Nash and many others.

Andrew Ford is a world renowned bassist and composer who’s played with Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, David Crosby, Barry Manilow, Robben Ford, Chaka Khan, George Duke and many others. James and Andrew have been collaborating for more than twenty-five years!

Michael O'Neill's services as a guitarist and vocalist have been called upon at the highest levels of the music industry for over 30 years. He’s worked with Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, The Crusaders, Rickie Lee Jones and many more.

Come join us for an incredible night of music!

SUNDAY, MATINEE MARCH 18 3:00 P.M. $25 THE LEFT COAST UKULELE TRIO…..(or The Magic Ukulele Trio.)

BOB STANE SAYS: “this is another of those really rare acts that we get about once per year if we are lucky. They come from all over the West Coast and meet here for a wonderful show. They always fill The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Just like STRINGFEVER, you took my word
for it and were rewarded with an ‘over-the-top’ evening of stringed entertainment. This is all about ‘fantastic’ in every way. Take my word for it again….this is an outstanding matinee. You will ask me how I got them."

Be ready for some ukulele fireworks when The Coffee Gallery Backstage presents the unique all-star jazz ukulele trio, LEFT COAST UKE, featuring internationally celebrated musicians Abe Lagrimas Jr., Jeff Linsky and Jennifer Leitham. This is ukulele like you’ve never heard before!

Each member of this versatile trio individually enjoys an impressive concert and recording career. ABE LAGRIMAS is not only an established international star on the ukulele, he is also an accomplished jazz drummer and vibraphonist. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Abe is author of the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum, “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele" published by Consonus Music Institute. For over 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 featured 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 ukulele and Jennifer on bass ukulele, Left Coast Uke combines its members’ formidable improvisational skills with a colorful repertoire of music from around the world, presenting a highly entertaining show you don’t want to miss.

Sunday March 18 7:00 P.M. $20 JOHN YORK and the 3 B’s.

John York is the real thing. He played in The Byrds and with everyone else.

This is a fan favorite show. He packs the place so reserve early

…..not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but the 3Bs of our shared musical experience in the 60’s and early 70’s: the Byrds,
the Beatles and the Band.

Ex-Byrd John York is a survivor of the perilous days of Rock & Roll, the last pure voice of the silver sixties to make it into the 21st century.

 

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