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      DECEMBER 2017    
bWednesday December 13 8:00 P.M. $20 WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS…mix it up with a few Christmas Songs and a lot of their regular stuff and mash up with parodies and a good time show. Disguised as "A Western Music Show,"  Will and the dusty gang plant their tongues firmly in wind burned cheeks and let the horses have their heads. And there they go, running across the scenes of a good old musical stage show.

Will Ryan is a long time voice over personality in television and the movies and his voice is heard on cartoons and features going back a good many years. The Cactus County Cowboys are his side kicks
and musical partners whose skills are unmatched. These guys and gals can pick and sing with the best of them and bring a big bunch of fun and personality along for the ride. They can do things that are impossible
except on the stage of  The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Celebrities often drop by for a song or a “bit” as Will has friends galore in “The Industry.” It will be a nifty Christmas and “regular” night. Come join the fun as
Will and The Cactus Bunch are very busy in Disneyland, concerts everywhere and behind the silver screen. Get your rare “Western” extravaganza before they disappear again.

Thursday December 14 Showtimes: 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. $25 per show. VERY HOT TICKET - Reserve your seats while you can! (one of our national hit Tribute Shows….two shows on Thursday, December 14).

THE LONG RUN- Experience The Eagles: At the Coffee Gallery Backstage for one night (2 performances) only.

- Always a crowd favorite, The Long Run returns with their popular Eagles UNPlugged; All-Acoustic show.
Since their debut in 2000 THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles has earned its place among the top-drawing
tribute acts in North America and is widely regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today. Hand picked
to perform the music of The Eagles by Mark Cuban’s & Ryan Seacrest’s network AXS-TV, their 90 minute live concert
for the hit TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” was broadcast to millions of viewers over five countries. The
show received the highest ratings in the series’ history resulting in two unprecedented invitations to return to the show for encore appearances.
Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, every TLR performance delivers a reverence for the beloved,
Eagles recordings blended with The Long Run’s own live-concert personality.

Here’s what people say about TLR:
http://youtu.be/qXvUR3XmvDM?hd=1

Performing only a handful of acoustic shows in any given year, and usually in smaller venues, TLR’s UNPlugged concert is a coveted ticket for Eagles fans
across the country. From the smooth, story-telling ballads like Tequila Sunrise, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and Best Of My Love to the more rockin’ anthems like
Hotel California, Life In The Fastlane and Heartache Tonight, each song is delivered with the band’s trademark attention to detail and authenticity. “We started
doing acoustic shows almost a dozen years ago and they quickly became not only a popular item on our menu but also something that we ourselves really look
forward to.” - Jim “The Eagles songs are some of the best-written and most brilliantly-crafted in rock history. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sitting close
together with a few acoustic guitars, playing and singing these enduring songs for listeners who know and love them and experiencing that intimate bond of music.
For us, The Coffee Gallery epitomizes that rich experience.” - Gig

These two concerts will not be exactly the same. Some of the classic songs will be performed in both shows while others will be different so that audience members attending
both the 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM shows will get to enjoy more of this deep catalogue of music.

Friday December 15 8:00 P.M. $25 DEAN FRIEDMAN…singer/songwriter and stage personality.

This is your chance for an “up close and personal” evening with a renown song writer. And there will be stories to go with the music.
Friedman’s consummate songwriting and performing, have earned him a loyal international following, devoted to the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.
“Stunning Musicianship” - Hot Press, "Songsmith Extraordinaire!" - Music Week , "An Amazing Talent" - The Sun, "An American Classic" - Tribune, “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” – NY Times, are just of few of the superlatives used to describe Friedman's powerfully unique and original talent.
Friedman’s recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnered similar critical praise: “Every song in this Edinburgh show is a classic. You won't see a better show.” – London Theatre Guide. "Sophisticated and humorous work from an old master!" Scotland on Sunday. “With his mix of jaunty ditties, sentimental ballads and bashful charm, Friedman is the pop troubadour of choice.” The Scotsman. “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks.


Though Friedman’s next single, McDonald's Girl was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the tradename of the fast food restaurant, the irrepressible pop song has been successfully covered by a number of acclaimed contemporary bands including the Blenders (Universal) and top canadian band, Barenaked Ladies [WEA]. (BNL member, Steve Page, sings background vocals on Dean’s recent double album.) The song has become a viral YouTube video hit, and a staple of high-school and college a capella groups, around the world – including Harvard’s Din & Tonics and Yale’s Mixed Company - spawning more than 40 different video versions on YouTube; and now, three decades after being banned, the song has just been licensed by the McDonald’s corporation to be featured in a national TV/Radio campaign:"McDonald's Girl".


Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including five seasons of Central TV's hit series BOON and the soundtrack to the underground cult horror film classic I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle [Hobo Films/U.K.]. Other credits include Nickelodeon, NBC, BBC and FUJI TV. www.DeanFriedman.com

Saturday December 16 2:00 P.M. $20

THE TALL MEN GROUP return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage for their annual holiday show and party. There will be some new songs, raffle drawings for free albums, TMG T-Shirts and other surprises.


For the past six years the Tall Men Group has continued to sharpen their already impressive writing and performance skills. TMG live performances, are rich with brotherly rapport, humor, well-crafted harmonies, captivating stories and fine musicianship, but first and foremost, “we are about the songs”. They were recently featured in The Pasadena Magazine article by: Cuyler Gibbons -

 

http://pasadenamag.com/tall-medicine/

 

The Talls are currently working on their fourth album. So, come on out and celebrate this holiday season with the Tall Men Group.
From left to right: Ed Tree, Severin Browne, Marty Axelrod, Jimmy Yessian, John Stowers and Jeff Kossack.

Website: https://tallmengroup.weebly.com

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 7:00 P.M. $20 SLIGO RAGS…..

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 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 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 December 17 7:00 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.

Tuesday December 19 8:00 P.M. $18

JIM & ANNE CURRY….present A JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS.

 

Yes, this is a Christmas Show with Christmas music. Also a lot of popular John Denver songs. Eclectic but Christmas Themed.

This show will sell out so do not make reservations unless you can “absolutely” be at The Coffee Gallery Backstage that night. No empty seats…no “no shows.” Do not be a Grinch. That’s another show.

Jim and Anne Curry perform traditional Christmas songs and John Denver holiday music from his seasonal television specials and albums. Denver’s most popular special, “A Christmas Together - John Denver and the Muppets”. Was watched by more than 60 million people and the highest rated show for the ABC network at that time. This music has become a beloved holiday tradition, passing from generation to generation every Christmas season.

Jim Curry brings these Merry John Denver holiday songs, along with his other, most popular hit songs for a wonderful show of memories and treasures.

 

Thursday December 21 8:00 P.M. $20

 

THE YULETIDE SAINTS….featuring The James Raymond Trio…..


The Yuletide Saints are a truly unique jazz trio specializing in creating a classic festive atmosphere in the spirit of Christmas and the holidays.
The band features James Raymond on piano, Andrew Ford on bass and Steve DiStanislao on drums and will be joined at The Coffee Gallery Backstage show by a special guest. The guests are always cool.


Collectively, these world-class musicians have shared the stage with top artists including Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Gilmour, Al Jarreau, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow & Don Felder among many others.


The group will showcase Vince Guaraldi’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ album, playing it in it’s entirety in addition to performing original arrangements of holiday standards and other songs.

 

Thursday December 28 7:30 pm $18

ELLEN & STEVE STAPENHORST


A fun and nostalgic turn from an act who makes it here once or twice per year. A lot of joy, maybe some choreography, and good music. So says Bob.

Ellen Stapenhorst joins her brother Steve for an evening of sibling revelry as she continues her mission of spreading optimism and hope in challenging times. Traveling from her current digs in the quirky Rocky Mountain town of Paonia, Ellen brings fine songs, stories and humor, and a voice which will touch your soul…“A DAMN fine set of pipes!” actor Tim Curry exclaimed at one of her shows!

From the LA coffee houses of the ’60s, Ellen has gone on to castles on the Rhine, concert halls in Europe and the Caribbean, and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver. Choral arrangements of her music have been performed by several choirs, including the Aspen Choral Society, and her songs are showing up on playlists around the world. She brings a joyful warmth and humor to venues large and small, and her songs come from and go right to the heart. Ellen has shared stages with many folk and country artists, including John Denver, Buffy Ste. Marie and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Ellen has released five albums of original music, her latest being Gravity & Light. On the airwaves, Ellen’s “Traveler” rode LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years, and “Broke Down and Stalled in Grand Junction” was featured on NPR’s Car Talk!

Brother Steve Stapenhorst is a musician and actor with over 60 credits in TV and film, including Mad Men, West Wing, Monk and Dexter, and recently Scandal and John C. Reilly's Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule (episode called Eggs, for a different side of Steve). He just shot an episode of the FX hit comedy, Baskets. Steve adds his guitar and harmonies to Ellen's songs, throwing in one of his originals now and then. He joyfully shares his often terrible sense of humor, resulting in sibling banter that can only surface after hundreds of years of performing together . . . but who’s counting? Oh, and John Denver opened for Steve's band about the same time Steve opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the dawn of time, when Jackson Browne was in the Dirt Band. History comes alive at the Coffee Gallery Backstage!

 

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