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MARCH 2018
SATURDAY March 17 7:00 P.M. $20 Thee Holy Brothers with Special Guest Rich McCulley

THEE HOLY BROTHERS….consist of two lifelong friends and influential solo artists, Marvin Etzioni and Willie Aaron. Together, they have created one of the most important collaborations to come out of the Los Angeles music scene in recent times. As Paul Zollo wrote in American Songwriter: "Thee Holy Brothers are, not unlike the Travelin’ Wilburys, a hip band built on great songwriting and close harmony singing. They are two, both adventurous and exceptional musicians on their own, and when teamed up even more incendiary. This is a chain of songs created by two musicians who are in love with music, and that love is infectious. The production throughout reflects this genuine ardor for the medium itself and its possibilities to deliver songs in a whole host of ways."

Rich McCulley is one of Los Angeles' finest singer-songwriters. As stated on his website: "After seven albums and many years of solo music making, roots rocker Rich McCulley is still finding new inspiration in life. With his latest record “Out Along The Edges,” he writes of both love and loss, good and not so good, hard and better times. He’s brought his classic, road-tested sound: satisfying melodies, chiming guitars, hummable harmonies, whirling organs… all the elements of catchy roots pop and recorded in a richly-arranged Americana style that is McCulley’s trademark. Ever present is his distinctive gravelly voice, providing a solid dose of heartfelt character throughout the songs.”

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.

Tuesday March 20 8:00 P.M. $10



a songwriter’’s tour….They are criss crossing America bringing original music along.

The show will start at 8:00 P.M. and the ticket price is only $10.

Friday March 23 8:00 P.M. $18 I SEE HAWKS plus GREAT WILLOW…….

Many times @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Solid performers and so different. This is a “take our word for it” act. Highly skilled, often witty, always cutting edge and a well respected group.
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A…. The Hawks are an L.A. country rock band, in an era that doesn’t have many of those left. You can argue country rock started in the 70′s with the hippies in the canyons west of Los Angeles high on nature and homegrown weed. Today it’s more aligned with a struggling middle class in the eastern suburbs where meth is the cheapest option. But we’re an irrepressible lot and we take our victories where we find them. I See Hawks In L.A. seem to know that, and with their harmonies and story-telling it’s easy to listen to a few of the tunes on Mystery Drug and find yourself with a nice little high.

"These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable
experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedlysergic-rock spontaneity. Any flight taken with I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away."
Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY. Web Site Address: http://www.iseehawks.com

Plus GREAT WILLOW…..think close knit harmony singing inspired by the best of the classic Laurel Canyon cosmic-American-music tradition. It’s its own thing but finds some inspiration in the music of folks like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons. “Beautiful Twang” we call it. But the songs are also contemporary and highly personal - like a box of sun-bleached family photos. www.greatwillowca.tumblr.com greatwillowmusic.com
The perfectly combined voices of James Combs and Erin Hawkins is the stuff legends are made of … an incredible addition to any Americana library.” No Depression
"Excellent… the new sound of the West Coast.” Americana UK

- Winner - BEST AMERICANA BAND - LA Music Critic Awards 2018.I

SATURDAY MARCH 24 7:00 P.M. $20

The MacMammals and JOHN ZIPPERER


The MacMammals are an eclectic Celtic, British Isles, and North American acoustic music experience. This Southern California based acoustic duo presents a musical stew of sounds seasoned with a touch of bluegrass, and salted with some songs of the sea (arggh!). From warm ballads to rousing sea shanties, their music weaves historical tales with folklore and humor. Their selection of distinctive and seldom heard songs augments The MacMammals experience and delights listeners.

The "Macs" consist of Carol Schryver and Ron Bloom. They have been performing together since 2004, each bringing unique backgrounds to their duo. Ron comes from a long background of folk and folk/rock. He performs on acoustic guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, and lends warm vocals. Carol has performed Celtic and Appalachian music for over twenty years. Her vocal work is said to be reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. She backs her sheer, genuine, and enchanting contralto vocals with guitar and, on occasion, accordion. Backing The MacMammals will be bassist Paul Marshall. Paul’s warm and inventive bass licks are stirred into the pot, adding icing to The MacMammals cake. His bio includes singing/songwriting and film credits; band member with "Strawberry Alarm Clock," "I See Hawks in LA," and more.

The MacMammals are familiar faces at local Southern California venues and at local venues during the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They have performed at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA, Butler's Coffee in Palmdale, CA, The Camarillo Celtic Faire, The Living Tradition concert series, Camarillo Cafe concert series, Fireside concert series, the Annual Benefit for ARC in N. Hollywood, Music in the Mountains, The Turbotville Folk Festival, The Anaheim Multicultural Music Festival, The Kitchen Rackets at the Celtic Colours Festival on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and at the Middlewich Folk Festival in England.

JOHN ZIPPERER….: Joy is everywhere when John Zipperer takes the stage. John's music reaches fans in places that they didn’t know existed and has kept John’s CD “Full Circle” on the Roots Music Report charts for over a year now reaching as high as #1 on the album chart and placing 6 songs in the top 20.

With a stellar lineup of band members adding their magic and tight harmonies, soon everyone is singing and dancing. John delivers a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. His performance has no facade, no pretense, just music, mighty good music. JohnZipperer.com

Sunday Afternoon Matinee March 25 2:00 P.M. $18 AND INTRODUCING BOBBY MASON

BOBBY MASON...During the mid-sixties Bobby Mason was a well established musician in Southern California, playing major venues throughout the area. In 1969 Bobby Mason came to Aspen from Hollywood to play a two-week engagement at the Aspen Inn. Within a week and a half Bobby decided Aspen was going to be his home because of the mountains and the people, who over the years have become his family. Since 1969 Bobby has played with John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, The New Grass Revival, Jimmy Buffett, Bo Diddley, JJ Cale, Dan Fogelberg, Kenny Loggins, Jerry Jeff Walker, John McEuen, Bonnie Raitt and countless others at nearly every club in Aspen. The late Aspen Times entertainment editor Stewart Oksenhorn dubbed him “Aspen's truest music icon”.

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

Yesterday & Today
Berington Van Campen and Dale La Duke. (plus The Beatunes drummer Matt Garret and bassist/vocalist, Frank Spano)


You know them as co-founding members of the fabulous L.A. Beatles tribute band, THE BEATUNES, as well as for years of individual projects and appearances on their own. Both have long histories of performances, recordings and many other ensemble projects.

Spurred on by requests from friends and venues, they’ve added another dimension to The Beatunes family as a duo called “Yesterday & Today,” after the mid-‘60s Beatles album. Of course, they specialize in performing the music of The Beatles, in this case, mostly acoustic songs not performed with The Beatunes – but for this project they’re also including songs from other influential artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Everly Brothers and many more.

Dale is an award-winning, L.A.-based multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, a founding member of the Americana/Celtic group Kaedmon, and a founder of the popular So Cal country band Five Wheel Drive, who in 2000 was the only group to have songs in 6 of the top 10 slots in the Country Division of MP3.com! As a solo artist he was a finalist at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, 2009 Independent Singer/Songwriter Awards, 2008 LA Music Awards and 4th place winner in the 2006 Unisong Song Contest. In 2013, “De Los Angeles,” from his CD Lone Ranger, was 46th in the IFF WorldFest Houston and won the Platinum Remi Award.

Songwriting since age 12, Berington is featured on many recordings as producer and/or session artist, playing various 6- and 12-string guitars, bass, synthesizers, Mellotron, percussion and vocals. Since 1977, Berington has enjoyed a career in music scoring for feature films, TV series & award-winning documentaries, including the Official 1984 USOC Films of the LA Summer and Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games; series for Paramount, ABC, The Discovery Channel, Showtime, Lifetime, A&E, PBS, Crystal Cathedral; films for Bill Burrud Productions, Saul Bass, Chrysler and numerous others; commercials/corporate logo themes for Nissan, General Foods, AT&T and more, and for production work, was elected into the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences

Join Yesterday & Today for a unique evening of amazing, memorable music, and a fabulous, different side of The Beatunes you haven’t experienced. For this show they’ll be joined by The Beatunes drummer Matt Garrett and bassist/vocalist Frank Spano.

TUESDAY March 27 8:00 P.M. $18



Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples' rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries. Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, WINDBORNE is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in wh ich they sing.

"Completely enthralled with them from the first notes...their harmonies are gorgeous..." -No Depression. Go To: WindborneSingers.com

Wednesday March 28 7:30 P.M. $10 David Harvey Presents

Do you love Jazzy hip songs full of smarts and fun? How about New-Grass songs that make you tap your toes and captures your Heart? And a Great Storyteller who tells Tales on Dogs?

$10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations

Mark Pocket Goldberg
Do you love Americana-Roots with a Jazz Beats Groove? Well, you're in for a treat because one of the best blues and roots bass players will be playing his personal songs for us. Mark Pocket Goldberg brings a lively groove and wit to his music, it makes you smile and shimmy. He has travelled the world playing with such notables as Mick Fleetwood, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, and more. His voice has been described as, "Howlin’ Wolf & Johnny Cash meet Randy Newman & Leonard Cohen at the Annual Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Bar-B-Que Picnic". Man, you are in for a treat! www.markpocketgoldberg.com

Abby Posner
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 a killer band, 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 voice 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!

And Special Guest...

"A Word" With Dylan Brody!
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. He is also a martial artist, but those skills probably will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.

THURSDAY MARCH 29 7:30 P.M. $20



An Evening of the Rock n Roll and Spoken Word of Stephen Kalinich-The Beach Boys' Poet of Peace
Featuring Rob Bonfiglio, Paul Zollo, Neil Rosengarden,......... and special guest, Carnie Wilson.

This is a rare opportunity to honor poet, songwriter, visual artist, performance artist and spiritual teacher, Stephen Kalinich. Since the 1950s, he has been committed to poems and songs that promote peace in the world. His songs have been recorded by Brian and Dennis Wilson, Paul McCartney, Jon Tiven, and P.F. Sloan. His most recent collaboration, 4 Songs, with Neil Rosengarden shows a lyrical artist at the peak of his creativity. The show will include some of the best rock n roll you'll hear from such a prolific poet.

Band leader and solo artist, Rob Bonfiglio will be bringing his own music and the rock n roll that Kalinich has recorded over the years. This will not be a show of only spoken word. It will be a concert filled with music, harmonies, and the words of a great modern poet, Stephen Kalinich.

Rob Bonfiglio brings years as a guitarist, instrumentalist, and solo singer-songwriter to the show premiering songs from his soon-to-be-released album, Trouble Again. After years as the band leader for Wilson Phillips and playing multiple Roadhouse shows as lead guitarist, this is a chance to hear Rob's own brand of rock n roll crafted with excellent musicianship and imaginative songwriting.

Guest artists include Paul Zollo, Neil Rosengarden, Beach Boy drummer, Bobby Figueroa and our very special guest, Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips.

Saturday afternoon matinee March 31 2:00 P.M. $15



Need some inspiration? Want to feel GOOD? These days don't we all.
Come enjoy the Locke Brothers, along with Dennis, Ray and Tracy for
an afternoon of some of the best songs you've never heard (and even
a couple you have!) With Sheldon Botler, acoustic originals. Make your
reservations early and visit our website at lockebrothersmusic.com.
Bob Stane says: "We get them every two years and they always deliver
the musical goods along with a generous smattering of wit and good vibes. A fine act.”

SATURDAY MARCH 31 7:00 P.M. $20


THE TALL MEN GROUP…. Album Release Party

This show celebrates the release of Tall Men Group’s fourth studio album - “Stripped Down”.
For the past seven years the TMG have continued to sharpen their already impressive writing and performance skills. Their songs flow and interweave into a rich sonic fabric and a sound that is uniquely and identifiably their own. Their live performances are rich with brotherly rapport, humor, well-crafted harmonies, captivating stories and fine musicianship. The Talls are: Marty Axelrod, Severin Browne, Jeff Kossack, John Stowers, Ed Tree, Jimmy Yessian.
Website: http://tallmengroup.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TallMenGroup/
CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/tallmengroup3
TMG promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEF4sJDjqjg
Tall Men Group Pandora Radio: https://www.pandora.com/station/play/3691183209122048822

APRIL 2018
Thursday April 5 8:00 P.M. $20

Salty Suites..... Scott Gates, Chuck Hailes and Chelsea Williams


They live in the world of live acoustic music, sharing a passion for roots and bluegrass, as well as traditional mountain music. Scott Gates is as close to a musical prodigy on the mandolin as you will ever meet and now plays guitar with the same fire and brilliance. Scott, an incredible performer has been a mainstay at festivals and stages throughout the southwest for many years and holds a special place in his heart for people he sees year after year. Having performed all over the country and with artists as varied as John McEuen, Nathan McEuen, Ed Helms, Steve Martin, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Loggins and a virtual Who's-Who of bluegrass players, Scott appeared last year on the Ellen Show with Steve Martin, recorded with Kenny Loggins on his soon-to-be-released family album, which was picked up by Disney, appeared in an episode of the 2011 season of "Justified" on the FX Channel and toured the US with The Get Down Boys Bluegrass band. Partner in this new venture, Chuck Hailes, is one of the top bass players in the country, schooled in classical and jazz bass playing and techniques. Chuck writes his own music and has teamed with Scott to create many new musical gems. With his background in bluegrass music, and degree in the Upright Bass, Chuck sings and plays in a way that is uniquely his own. Chelsea Williams has been writing and performing her own music since she was 13 years old. While some of her early songs are still hits with her fans, she has continued to develop as a writer penning nearly 100 original songs to date. Chelsea currently makes her living by playing on the street for tips and selling a home-made demo, having sold thousands of CDs in recent months, one-by-one, simply on her own on the street. Her magnetic presence draws them in and her songs set the hook. Together they are simply amazing and electrifying, The Salty Suites ask you to lend them your ears…..rising to ever prominent heights of song and entertainment.


COCO DOLENZ and The Great American Song Book…. With ALEX JULES on keyboard and PETER ANDREWS on guitar. Special Guest…Micky Dolenz.

COCO DOLENZ spent 2016 as a vital part of what the music media have termed the concert experience of the year—handling the background vocals for brother Micky Dolenz and fellow Monkees legend Peter Tork on The Monkees’ coast-to-coast 50th Anniversary tour. She continues to tour with Micky on his solo shows and the 50 Summers of Love Tour. Earlier this year, Coco performed “Songs on My Music Stand,” a sold-out show at Michael Feinstein’s “54 Below” in New York.

Says Coco, “‘Songs on My Music Stand’ represents songs I’ve performed for years, signature pieces, and ones I always wanted to do. They were on 'my stand' at home like one might have a ‘favorites’ file on their desktop. Lyrics to ‘I'm Still Here’ from ‘Follies’ were rewritten to reflect my personal journey and make the piece timely.

These songs have great personal significance to me, as well as messages and feelings I want to convey to my audience.”
Coco continues to appear often as a vocal artist in her own right in brother Micky’s successful solo shows. In these concerts, she delivers an awe-inspiring version of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘60s classic “White Rabbit” and sings a lovely duet with Micky on the great Carole King's Brill Building-era ballad "Cryin' in the Rain" as arranged for Micky’s 2010 tribute album—King for a Day.

Performing songs from the American Song Book, some jazz, and a variety of surprises, come see Coco’s wonderful show, filled with stories, poignant and humorous. She would love to meet you.

* Peter Andrews, guitarist and composer, has an extensive list of film and television credits, both as songwriter and instrumentalist, and has published works written collaboratively with Academy Award-, Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artists.. He studied music theory and composition at UC Santa Barbara, and also had the good fortune to study early on with Tiny Moore (of the legendary Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys), Jimmy Wyble and jazz icon Barney Kessel.
* Alex Jules is a singer/songwriter, pianist, composer, and member of the new L.A. band Bebopalula. He has recently been touring and recording with Denny Laine and Joey Molland. Alex’s solo album “Topiary” is coming out soon.

SUNDAY APRIL 8 3:00 P.M. $20 THE NE’ER DUWELS….Irish Music Meets World Sounds and Rhythms

The Ne’er Duwels’ innovative fusion of traditional Irish music and
contemporary world sounds comes to the Coffee Gallery! “It’s always
exciting to hear musicians as good as this . . . a fresh new slant to
traditional music” says Ann Peck McBride of The Celtic Music Hour.
"They have a great sound!" raves Larry Kirwan (Black 47) on Celtic
Crush/Sirius XM.

The "real deal" from Ireland, Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and
engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years.
"He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a
solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin
his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as
true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar
and mandolin. . . .His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and
original, fills us with irresistible joy."

Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and isalso a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions.

Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from NewMexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster.

Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge.

The band began when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken at a Coffee Gallery show, another flame was lit and the four became the Ne’er Duwels.

THURSDAY APRIL 12 8:00 P.M. $20


From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Evolving beyond their contra dance origins, they are creating a "chamber folk" sound characterized by the compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

At the heart of the band's sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson's dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the understated-but-monster picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeffrey Spero provides wonderfully inventive and surprising piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch's non-traditional bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice — warm, supple, expressive, and intimate — to the band's songs. All in all, the Syncopaths are equally at home with pulsing, high-energy dance tunes and beautiful, contemplative songs. They ably stretch melodic boundaries while keeping a steady, compelling, energetic beat.

"Though they may not have the international acclaim of the likes of Solas or the Chieftains, make no mistake, the Syncopaths are nothing short of a Celtic supergroup." — Irish Herald, July 2011

Friday April 13 8:00 P.M. $20 THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO returns for the fifth 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 flexibility. 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.
This show is already half sold out so get your reservations in right away. This is an entertaining show of well played and sung music. http://www.honeywhiskeytrio.com

Phil Salazar has been one of the mainstays in Southern California bluegrass for a good many years. He has pulled bluegrass in many directions and he has played in many memorable configurations over the years. Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk began as the Phil Salazar Band back in 1983. This is such a fine band and now is Phil full time band and they put on a great show. Kin Folk includes Phil on vocals, fiddle and guitar; Tom Corbett, on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Bill Knopf, on vocals, banjo, guitar; the fantastic other half of the “twin fiddles,” Charl Ann Gastineau; Rick Borella, their longtime rock solid bass player; and their newest member Bill Flores on dobro, accordion and guitar. They Have a new album out. They play in the style of bluegrass, but draw from a wealth of genres including folk, rock, traditional American, Cajun, Irish, jazz, country, and cowboy. Their performances together are rare, so don’t miss these guys! Find out more about them at pskfband.com.

Thursday April 26 7:30 PM $15

Off My Head


Erika Brooks Adickman – media and road trip enthusiast. Her refreshing, authentic and vulnerable story telling style thoroughly entertains and captures audiences.
Robyn Samuels - brings a background in theater, teaching and social justice work plus a plethora of family experiences all along the functional spectrum to her love of storytelling.

Dutch Merrick - has worked as a Prop Master in TV and feature films for more than 2 decades. He's also an award winning film maker and author. Dutch's story telling has taken him to the farthest reaches of the greater LA area. Look for his soon to be published book, Mastering Hollywood, One Prop at a Time.

He is currently in production on a documentary about the exciting world of Hollywood Props.

Richard Donatone - just recently performed a One-Man Show of his writing at the Story Salon, where he is a regular in both their Fiction Night series as well as their regular Wednesday night series. He has a background as a musician, DJ, actor, and graphic artist.

Mike Lambert Is a storyteller extraordinaire. For the past several years Mike Lambert has performed his wonderful tales of music and theater appreciation at the Story Salon, leaving the audience wowed and thoroughly entertained. Currently he has the record for the most- in- attendance at his one-man show performance at the Story Salon.
TY FANCE….stories and wit. The Producer.

Tiime: 7:30 PM ( Doors open at 7:15 PM)

Cost: $15.00 (Cash Only)

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

Friday April 27 8:00 P.M.



RICK RUSKIN…. has earned the right to be called a “Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso” but that label only tells part of the story. He is also a gifted singer, arranger, and composer whose work has been featured in film, on television, and published and taught all around the world.

Whether accompanying his voice or playing an instrumental, one hears an entire ensemble. His music doesn't merely impress, lull, or soothe - it captivates, energizes, and even makes you want to get up and dance. It's hard to imagine that so much is coming from a single and literally unplugged instrument.

Rick has honed his craft so that audiences remember the music rather than flashy technique. Those attending this show will be treated to an evening of originals, folk, pop, blues, R&B, and humor – all with that unique Rick Ruskin signature.

What others say: “I get an education every time I hear Rick Ruskin play.” (James Lee Stanley)"...so brilliant at times that he seems to transcend normal approaches to the guitar.... (Guitar Player Magazine)
"...He has impeccable technique and the good taste and sense to know that merely showing off technical wizardry can be deathly boring." (Milwaukee Weekly)

JAMES LEE STANLEY has a New CD, “Had Enough Yet?” A condemnation of the installed president.

“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” Village Voice

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else, let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland---and here is where the wasteland ends” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. It is only a long-lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. And don't forget he spent over five years on Startrek Deep Space Nine as various aliens, including the Singing Klingon. Referred to as the perpetual peregrinator and the purveyor of persiflage by his own mother, it promises to be an evening of mesmerizing music, mayhem, merriment and mirth. Who could resist?
Artist sites and sounds: https://jamesleestanley.com Read the Huffington Post Interview with James Lee hear the latest solo cd: http://jamesleestanley.com/product/apocaloptimist/  Friday, April 27. Show @ 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $20.


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