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APRIL  2017
Tuesday April 25 8:00 P.M. $15

BERNARDUS….AN OLD, RUSTY BUNKHOUSE…in northern Nebraska…. in January. 5 musicians, no heat, a small PA, big ideas. 3 days later, Bernardus was formed. An idea that had been in the mind of lead singer and songwriter Ben Kramer has finally become a reality. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska and blessed with a unique name, Bernardus has all the making of an up and coming prodigious band.

Bernardus’ ambient folk rock sound, uniquely paired with lead singer Ben Kramer’s singer/songwriter style of lyrics, brings a tone that is best described as alternative americana through a modern pop lens. Together as a 5 piece, the band recently released their first album; a self titled EP containing 5 songs. The Lincoln Journal Star calls it, “Impressive, from the songs to the performance and the production, establishing Bernardus as one of the best new outfits on the Lincoln scene.


April 26 7PM  $10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations

David Harvey Presents

Do you love Alternative infused rock songs with a touch of pop? How about Folk mashed up with rockin' blues in beautiful ballads? Or songs that meld classical-jazz-world music into beautifully spun personal tales of mythic import?

FEATURING:   Annie Boxell….Do you love those great women songwriters like Carole King and Carly Simon who wrote timeless songs that blended folk into rock with a little pop? Annie Boxell honed her killer songwriting skills over a decade of playing in Charleston South Carolina with her band "The Vicious Circle". Her bluesy songs channel gospel, pop, and rock with powerhouse hooks and melodies. Since moving to Los Angeles Annie has been a regular in the LA music scene in notable showcases such as Top-Tune and Songwriters-Square. You've got to come out and hear her.

Neil Rutman...Are you a fan of songs that are a little bit pop with a lot of rock-n'-roll? Neil Rutman is a professional singer, songwriter, composer, and producer with his own studio in Los Angeles and many national credits. He was a past finalist in the Billboard Song Contest (Bird In A Cage) as well as the Great American Song Contest (Caught In The Middle) and his song “I Was Born An Hour Ago” was selected for a commemorative 911 CD that sold thousands of copies to aid victims and families effected by the tragedy. Neil has been performing  from coast to coast for years. His songs have been featured on national television, radio and in films. Neil is currently recording his second CD with a projected release in winter of 2017. http://www.soundclick.com/ bands/default.cfm?bandID= 219826

Amy Clarke an Eclectic singer-songwriter, pianist, & performing artist Amy Clarke is a soulful songstress of a new era, flowing from classical, jazz & rock influenced piano and vocals to world tribal percussion with grace, power, and style, smoothly mixing complex rhythms with deep poetry, inspiration & magic. Amy has opened for (and shared stages with) a diverse & inspirational collection of artists including Sarah McLachlan & the Indigo Girls (Lilith Fair 2010), Starhawk (2012-14), Poe (in a Pre-Grammy Show in Hollywood),  Dave Greene (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh, Steve Ferrone),  Burning Man Festival, and many more. Amy creates and collaborates on arts and educational events to benefit sustainable non-profits through her GAIA GROVE Organization (www.gaiagrove.org). Amy's own label MAAT Music is producing her first full-length collection of music in her Silver Lake studio for a 2017 release. www.amyclarke.com

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

Thursday April 27 7:30 PM


Online: www.offmyhead.bpt.me

(CASH only at the door)

Friday April  28 8:00 P.M. $18
THE EVANGENITALS….. A NO HOLDS BARRED Friday evening of song and wit…..

EVANGELICAL: Characterized by ardent or crusading enthusiasm; zealous
GENITALS: The organs of creation; the sexual organs; the private parts

Put them together and what have you got? The Evangenitals!

Combining pioneer lineage with a love of performing arts, the Evangenitals take listeners on a journey of passion and creative freedom, embracing all of life as source material and relishing in the complexity and humor of the human experience. Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, and citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash, all welded together with Alabama-soul and the best of Folk tradition:  The jukebox at the Mad Hatters tea party is the Evangenitals. 

Founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee, The Evangenitals are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. They are as infectious as they are ambitious, filled with humor, insight, mystery and wonder. 

The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen. 

The group’s shape-shifting lineup frequently consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, keyboardist Michael Feldman, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Danny Graziani on fiddle and harmonica, Ari DeSano on accordion, and an ensemble of eclectic drummers. In any assemblage, this band delivers 110% Entertainment for the mind, body, and soul.


April 29 7:00 P.M. $20

THE BURGANS with TERRY RANGNO…Folk Music & Concert.  From The We 5 days to today.

 Jerry and Debbie Burgan have been delivering their uniquely entertaining repertoire of folk songs to music to fans for over five decades. After testing the fertile waters of the folk pool fed by the likes of  Ledbelly, Guthrie, Seeger, and the Weavers, they extended their range under the mentorship of John Stewart in the early 60s while honing their skills on the classic west coast stages of  the Troubadour, The Ice House, Ledbetters, and the Hungry i eventually emerging as pioneers of folk rock with We Five’s groundbreaking recordings of You Were On My Mind and Get Together.
 Joining The Burgans for this appearance will be long-time friend and bassist, Terry Rangno who began singing, dancing and acting as a child in films like Anything Goes, The Remarkable Mr Pennypacker, and The Long Hot Summer before transitioning to TV where he began  testing the waters of early rock as a regular cast member 'and “little Ricky’s” friend on the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  Terry joined We Five following the departure of the group’s founding bass player in 1971 and his versatility, bold vocals and solid bass playing still provide the anchor for We Five concerts—though he can often be heard jamming in LA area R&B clubs. Combined with Debbie and Jerry in the folk trio format, he gives the group’s vocals and instrumentation a special twist--adding new meaning to the term power trio.   
 The Burgans with Terry Rangno bring an unrivaled level of musical integrity to every performance.  Drawing on classic folk-based material with stellar 3-part harmony in a musical presentation honed by decades of experience in concerts, recordings and TV work, the trio takes audiences from heart-wrenching, whisper-quiet ballads, to high energy, uplifting anthems of the folk era—and it’s all bound together with humor and historical relevance. When the songs and stories strike a nerve—spontaneous laughter and spirit-lifting sing-alongs often erupt filling the room with a magic only achieved by a shared common experience.
 Between songs, every audience receives up close and personal tidbits from their fascinating recollections—some of which have been recorded in Jerry’s favorably reviewed book, “Wounds To Bind—A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution.”
 Jerry, was co-founder of the iconic group, WE FIVE, whose smash recording of You Were On My Mind topped the charts and was nominated for the “Best Vocal Performance” Grammy in 1965. Together with Debbie, We Five’s lead singer since 1967, this talented duo has been delighting fans of classic folk at venues ranging from the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival to the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.
Sunday matinee April 30 3:00 P.M. $20


brings five genre-busting artists together to bring joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and the blues. Alt-Roots, Folkbilly – whatever you call it – it’s original, well done, and a pleasure to hear. Featuring Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion. This is truly an all-star band.  https://www.nellandjim.com/

 "Some of the best players working in the genre over the last four decades, if you love roots music like it should be played, you’ll love what Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band do" - Vents

 Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally Band bring all of your favorite elements of authentic music together, creating a genre-busting sound that combines jazz, blues, Americana, folk and bluegrass music. True roots music often includes a back story and theirs is a rich one, even bringing some of their own favorite book titles to song. Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area-native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. As a guitarist and vocalist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience for over 13 years, Jim joins master American guitarists Doc Watson and Tony Rice as one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. He is a recipient of two Grammy and IBMA Awards and a two-time Western Open Flatpicking Guitar champion. Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Her side-projects, from the poignancy of Soldier Stories to the whimsy of The Henriettas, further attest to the breadth and ambition of the youthful musical passions she has allowed to flower. Robinson’s 2014 release “The Rose of No-Man’s Land became a PBS Special with its own episode in the Music Gone Public series. Produced by Joe Henry, the album and special featured Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Kris Kristofferson.

Inspired by well-known artists from many musical backgrounds, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally boast an all-star band with dynamic talent, each renowned in their own right. Peter Grant on pedal steel is known for live performances and recordings with many artists including the Grateful Dead and Guy Clark; he is one of most sought after steel players on the West Coast and a two-time nominee for Best Steel Guitarist by the Academy of Country Music. Jim Kerwin is considered to be one of the best string bass players in the country. He has played with David Grisman for over 30 years and is featured on all of Grisman’s Jerry Garcia recordings; he has performed with bluegrass greats Red Allen and Del McCoury, played at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli and YoYo Ma, and is featured on numerous recordings – including six Grammy nominees. Jon Arkin is a versatile and gifted percussionist, known for performances and recorded work in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed with jazz greats Lee Konitz, Gene Perla, and Ira Sullivan, with singer-songwriters Stew and Meklit Hadero, Afrobeat bands Albino and Soji Odukogbe, and a multitude of collaborators in the experimental music world, including countless other artists. 

SUNDAY APRIL 30 7:OO P.M $20 LATIN GUITAR: ONE NIGHT AT THE COFFEE GALLERY - a group of friends, woven together by the LA guitar community, will join in a rare nylon-string summit. This is the second such event devised by the loosely knit bunch (the first occurred last fall in Venice CA) and will feature the first collaboration of this unique setup. Luis Villegas and Jose Garcia have played together and in their own projects for years, but this will be their first duo appearance at the Coffee Gallery. Conversely, Incendio has a ongoing run of shows at this venerable listening room in Altadena, but have never appeared together with Luis and Jose. The two groups will perform individual sets, then get together at the end for some improvisations, vocals, and passionate latin guitar.

LUIS VILLEGAS: Luis Villegas is probably best known for his debut CD Cafe Olé, which mixed New Age music, flamenco, and jazz and earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. You've heard him on smooth jazz radio stations across the country and at Jazz Festivals such as The Playboy Jazz Festival, Catalina JazzTrax Festival, and The Sedona Latin Jazz Festival. Luis has also worked as a guest guitarist with some of the leading artists and musicians in the world, including Jackson Browne, Paula Cole, Mexican icon Joan Sebastian, Great White lead singer Terry Ilous and classical guitarist Leona Boyd as well as being a founding member of the band Heavy Mellow which mixes heavy metal classics and flamenco guitar. http://www.luisvillegas.com

JOSE GARCIA: Born in 1967 in Tecate Mexico, Jose Garcia is a self-taught guitarist that emerged in the wake of the influence of Rock and Jazz Guitar in the 1980’s. Garcia studied many virtuosos of the genre until discovering Flamenco music in the late 1980's. There, he absorbed the acute attention to technique associated with Flamenco subsequently refining his own melodic vocabulary that emerged through his focus on melody and percussion. He has currently completed his third album “Pasajes” in which he fuses Jazz and Flamenco and showcases his singing in both, English and Spanish. http://www.josegarciamusic.com

INCENDIO: The acclaimed Los-Angeles-based group INCENDIO performs original “world guitar” compositions, featuring incredible guitar-playing across a variety of genres: latin, middle-eastern, and celtic grooves. Formed in 1999, the group has 9 CD’s and 2 DVD’s available internationally, variously hitting the Billboard, CMJ, NAV, and Amazon.com charts. Averaging over 150 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO’s live performance is an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, California World Festival, the national Levitt Pavilions and many more across the U.S. Their ninth international release, the recent Christmas-themed “O Night Divine”, came out in December 2015. Their previous release, June 2013’s “The Shape of Dreams”, stayed at or near the top of the Amazon flamenco and world charts for the remainder of that year. They have reached 80 million spins on streaming radio and have over 10,000 facebook likes. Their music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, and other streaming outlets. Incendio is Jim Stubblefield, Liza Carbe, JP Durand, and Tim Curl. http://www.incendioband.com

May 2017
FRIDAY MAY 5 8:00 P.M. $20

JOE HALL & THE CANE CUTTERS…A big rollicking band. A night of fun. Cinco de Mayo With a Cajun/Creole Twist: Joe Hall and the  Rare west coast appearance by "Old School" Creole musician brings traditional Cajun/Creole music to southern California


Traditional or "Old School" Creole music is hard to find these days, as it's fallen victim to modern influences of Hip Hop, Country and other genres, yet Hall's passion and his mission is to keep his culture and the music alive and true to it's origins.

 Featuring fiddle and playing his handmade Cajun accordions,  performing tunes ranging from high-energy foot-stomping two-steps to soulful waltzes, Hall will be playing traditional Creole Cajun music.

 Singing in Creole French, Hall also tells the stories behind the songs, sharing his experiences growing up with with his grandfather and the other great Creole musicians who shaped his life.  Joe has played at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and taught and played at Cajun/Zydeco music camps and countless trail rides, dance halls and festivals across the country.  Come be transported to the bayous, dance halls and honky-tonks of southwest Louisiana in this warm, intimate, up-close-and-personal venue. Website: http://www.joehallandthecanecutters.com/


At Blackpot Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrACvnJAgkQ

Live at Nu-Nus in Arnaudville, LA:







Saturday May 6 2:30 PM $20

An Encore Show: Celebrating the Quiet Beatle-remembering George Harrison

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  One more time to celebrate George Harrison.

He was known as the 'quiet Beatle.'  In the early days of the band, George Harrison stood in quiet concentration creating imaginative and inspired lead guitar. It was no small feat outgrowing the shadow cast by Lennon & McCartney as band mates. But, Harrison did just that penning such classics as 'Taxman", "Something", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Here Comes the Sun." He went on to create a legacy of songs and albums that have stood the test of time including classic hit songs like "My Sweet Lord," and "Beware of Darkness," and "Give Me Love."

Special Guests include:

Stephen Kalinich is better known as L.A.'s own Poet of Peace. After writing lyrics with The Beach Boys he embarked on a solo career that included collaborations with Paul McCartney, Dennis and Brian Wilson.

Singer-songwriter, recording artistauthor and photographer, Paul Zollo is one of the most important people in the L.A. music scene.  He is the author of the classic book,Songwriters on Songwriting and its follow-up More Songwriters on Songwriting.

Rob Bonfiglio is an independent singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording artist. His solo career has found him championing power pop and a distinct rhythm and blues style

Neil Rosengarden is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has appeared frequently at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with his bag of magical instruments spicing up the music and performing original songs.

Nick Guzman is an extraordinary young musician who is well-schooled in the classic rock of the 60s and 70s. He has participated in the great Wild Honey shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale and has shared the stage with Stephen Stills.  

Pam Loe is an official member of the California Country Music Hall of Fame. She is a vocalist so versatile, she has performed in recent tribute shows to Stax Records and the Sun Records sound.

Leading the house band will be the ultimate L.A. bass man, multi-instrumentalist, Chad Watson. He has toured and recorded with Ronnie Milsap, Janis Ian and Charlie Rich.

Saturday May 6 7:00 P.M. $18



"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.

With her new album, Gravity & Light, in hand, Ellen Stapenhorst follows the springtime runoff from the snowy mountains of  Western Colorado to sunny Southern California. Her new song, "Our World," is getting attention from environmental and humanitarian organizations as well as several choral groups. Returning to her SoCal homeland, she'll be playing a number of songs from this collection of moving and powerful originals, as well as some even newer songs and old favorites. www.ellenstapenhorst.net

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. The Aspen Choral Society recently featured choral arrangements of Ellen’s music for its annual spring concert, “Voices of Spring.” 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 five albums of original songs in current release. On the airwaves, Ellen’s “Traveler” rode LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years, and she got a big break when “Broke Down and Stalled in Grand Junction” was featured on NPR’s Car Talk!

Brother Steve Stapenhorst is a musician and actor with long credits in TV and film, including Mad Men, West Wing and Dexter, and more recently Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule and a new web series, Room 67. Steve loves adding his guitar and harmonies to Ellen's songs, doing a song or two of his own and sharing 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?


May 7 2:00 P.M. $18

Bob Stane says:  Another show of wonderful, rich and  exotic music of Hungary.  Look at the great array of foundations backing them up.  Worthy ambassadors of European music.


Vadalma... (“Wild Apple”) creates vibrant, intimate arrangements of old Hungarian village folk songs, featuring the rich singing traditions of Transylvania, Moldavia, Transdanubia, and other areas of the Carpathian Basin.  With the fiery fiddling of Matthew Szemela, Misha Khalikulov’s soulful cello, and Zina Bozzay’s genuine singing, these striking melodies, unique rhythms, and colorful lyrics are framed with both traditional and original accompaniment.  Recipients of numerous grants, Vadalma brings a new face to this beautiful heritage around the US.


Trained by master folk singers in Hungary, Zina Bozzay has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest, and has been a soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Bay Area Hungarian Heritage Festival, Golden Festival in New York, and Kárpátok 50th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles.  Praised by the New York Times for this "outrageous fiddling", Matthew Szemela has toured the US, Europe, and Asia extensively, and appeared with artists as diverse as Sting, Susan Sarandon, Beyoncé Knowles, and Olivia Newton John.  Cellist Misha Khalikulov, originally from Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco, has toured 27 countries with his passionate, dynamic performances.

Recipients of grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Creative Work Fund, and SF Community Music Center, Vadalma brings a new face to this beautiful heritage around the US.




Zina Bozzay - voice, ütőgardon

Matthew Szemela - violin

Misha Khalikulov - cello




Sunday May 7 7:00 P.M. $20

YORK  SINGS  DYLAN. (a sophisticated matinee).

  Bob Stane says:  “The last time this show was on the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage

the room was completely sold out.  This is a star of that era singing the songs of another star of the era.  Lots of fine music and stories

And a sharp guitar by John York..”

 According to legendary producer and lyricist Kim Fowley, “John York is the last pure voice of the Silver Sixties to make it intact into the 21st Century”   As an ex-Byrd, John is actively mining the deeply resonant connection to the music of Bob Dylan that the Byrds have maintained throughout their career.

This show will be a unique solo evening concert of  Bob Dylan songs sung by an artist with personal and deep historical connections to the music and muse of our recent and favorite Nobel Prize winner. Don’t miss this one!


Tuesday May 9 8:00 P.M. $20



Taking her cues from the likes of  Hoagy Carmichael, Dr Teeth & the Electric Mayhem, and The Sons of the Pioneers, Brownlee smacks of timeless, quality taste and a good time for a broad audience. Her original songs are folky, funky, thought-provoking, and sometimes cheeky—her stories are insightful—her charm is undeniable. The music is real and the entertainment amusing.

She works over her craft in pursuit of perfection….Olivia records and releases a new original single - with a new studio, engineer, producer, and accompanist - every month.

Olivia recaps/reviews each studio experience on OliviaBrownlee.com - complete with photos, insights, and links - every month.  Olivia does one solo concert at a new live venue of all new material - with a live audience and a live stream - every month.

During the concert viewers vote on which song will get recorded and released next month.  In 2013 Olivia began working on a communications course she calls “Music as a Language” - a guided encounter with all different kinds of people that uses movement, math, and music to commune in ways not limited by language.

May 10 8:00 P.M. $18


TISH HINOJOSA...is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Hinojosa’s blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam.  Hint: She is well connected for a reason.  

She records as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs. HINT:  There is a reason for this. 

"A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery...vivid...touching...pointed...playful...engaging. A a rare gift for melody that's perfect for Hinojosa's lovely, relaxed soprano."- THE WASHINGTON POST.  http://www.mundotish.com

With sixteen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. Her latest CD After The Fair, released in 2013, was recorded in Germany and is reflective of her 9 years spent in the Beatles old stomping grounds in Hamburg. Tish tours extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience. HINT:  There is a reason for this.

TISH HINOJOSA..has headlined shows at The Coffee Gallery Backstage Shows about 6 times over the last 10 years. Her exotic popularity keeps her in Europe most of the time but she is happy to spread her joy at The Coffee Gallery Backstage whenever she can travel the 6,000 miles to entertain on the stage of our cozy coffee bistro.  She wants you in the audience.

Tish Hinojosa - On The Edge Of A Dream (Acoustic Video)

Tish Hinojosa - I'm Not Through Loving You Yet (Official Video)

Tish Hinojosa - Derechos De El Corazon (Official Video)

Tish Hinojosa - The Kitchen Table (Official Video)

Thursday May 11 8:00 P.M. $18 (a gift and a steal). GOLD HEART is a five piece band featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle), who have been touring worldwide and astounding audiences with their fun personalities, intense harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. Joined on stage by their father, Trent on bass, and their brother, Kai on banjo, this is an outstanding act in every sense. With nearly ten years on the bluegrass scene, hundreds of live performances and now four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is elated to join Mountain Fever Records. Of the trio, Keith Lawrence of Bluegrass Notes stated, "If angels sing bluegrass, this is what it sounds like."

Family harmony is considered one of the staples of bluegrass and acoustic music. There is nothing like it, especially when it is set against a backdrop of superb musicianship. Such is the case with Places I've Been, the new album from Gold Heart. If the lilting, three-part, sister harmony doesn't put a smile on your face, the youthful originality of the songs, chock full of fresh ideas and melodies, will. In fact, all twelve songs on Places I've Been were written by members of the talented Gold family. This is an album full of their original songs proving that they have rounded out their talents in every aspect of the business. For Places I've Been, the sister-trio asked their good friend and mentor, Ron Stewart to produce and also lend his banjo talents to the project. The album is a true listening experience, with topics of family, love and heartbreak intertwined throughout the album. www.goldheartsisters.com

Highlights include a major International tour of the United Kingdom, performances in 25 US States and multiple appearances in Canada. Gold Heart was invited to perform as a 2009, 2014 and 2015 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Official Showcase Band. Gold Heart has been featured twice on the PBS television program "Song of the Mountains". Most recently, Gold Heart completed their first European Tour, with performances in Germany and Austria.

Bob Stane says: “think The Quebe Sisters doing Bluegrass.” This should be one great show. See them while we can still get them. We could only book them on a Thursday.

Friday May 12 8:00 P.M. $20 RICK RUSKIN

We are pleased to welcome the return of internationally acclaimed guitarist, Rick Ruskin, to the Coffee Gallery. Never content to merely dazzle listeners with technical expertise, Rick has honed his craft so that that it his music that audiences remember rather than any flashy guitaristic “swoops and dives.” And while his skills are legendary, the label of “Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso” tells only part of the story. He is also a gifted singer, arranger, and composer whose work has been featured in film and on television. 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. http://www.liondogmusic.com
“It’s an education every time I hear him play.” – (James Lee Stanley)
“So brilliant at times that he seems to transcend normal approaches to the guitar.” - (Guitar Player Magazine)
"One of the best finger-style guitarists in the country." - (Folk Scene Magazine)
"A standout guitarist." - (Billboard) "Ruskin's touch is peerless, his playing is flawless." - (Arts 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)

A Review: Words Fail Me
by Chris Lunn
Ruskin is a premiere guitarist taking the 6 string into a melodic easy rhythmic arena that many attempt, but few achieve, as in the jazz ballad feel of "Lullaby" or the warm rolling stop time of "See-Saw." His music flows, is not complex, and depends on accuracy with a joyous warmth as on "Model Railroad." Ruskin is a musician's musician or "How can I play that clean and still interpret?" The ease of how the music rolls of as in "Long Walk Home" is deceptive, you get carried into the corners of your mind, find yourself drifting with the music. In these days of all the high-energy slaps, pull-offs, electronic effects, it is most rewarding to find an inventive guitarist who can deliver the guitar in the original steel and wood sound.............. This is a most rewarding recording which is balanced, clear, clean and the solo guitar pieces like "Heavy Traffic" will stand the test of time for beauty and musicality. Amazing talent.

May 13 7:00 P.M. $25

THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the recent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records, this band is showing no signs of slowing. Made up of George Clements (Guitar), Patrick M’Gonigle (Fiddle), Gabe Hirshfeld (Banjo), Matt Witler (Mandolin), and Charles Clements (Bass), The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and world.  http://www.lonelyheartstringband.com/ 

 Though Deep Waters is THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND' s debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band.  Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having “carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass,” and similar accolades not often accorded to a debut outing. 

 Since their beginnings in 2012, whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND has always delivered a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance, bringing crowds to their feet and generating a devoted following of music lovers. The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and world.

 "These guys are as close to the real deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end." -Darol Anger, Republic of Strings, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

 "Always true to the soul of the music, played with imagination and attention to detail in every way." -John Cooper, Acoustic Artisans.

Bob Stane says: "We only get them once per year.  They are worth every penny.  Last time they were here fans “in the know” filled every seat.”

Sunday, Mother’s Day Matinee May 14 3:00 P.M. $15



Musicians from the worlds of acoustic and improvised music premiere a new duo collaboration at The Coffee Gallery Backstage!  Mandolinist Thomas Cassell and guitarist Ethan Sherman met at the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, GA in 2016, where they spent a week work shopping and performing original music with 14 other young instrumentalists under the guidance of Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Bryan Sutton and Darrell Scott. Tennessee-based Cassell is both a deeply committed student and touring musician, while Sherman lives in LA, working as a freelance guitarist and bandleader. Expect a refined exploration of the musical common ground they share, drawing from the vast canon of American acoustic music as well as each others original compositions, laced with a heavy dose of spontaneity!

Thomas Cassell, a young mandolinist, originally from Virginia is now residing in Johnson City, TN. Cassell is a two time alumnus of the Savannah Music Acoustic Music Seminar, as well as the winner of the 2016 Rockygrass mandolin championship, a prestigious contest held in Lyons, CO. Cassell studies both Music and Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, and fronts two bands including Circus No.9 and the Thomas Cassell Project.


Ethan Sherman is a guitarist, improviser, composer and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA, where he works as a session player, collaborator and bandleader. His original music draws equally from the traditions of jazz, American acoustic music, and free improvisation. He has released two albums under his own name, the most recent being the forthcoming “Building Blocks” on Pfmentum Recordings. He holds a degree in Studio Guitar from USC.


Sunday May 14 7:00 P.M. $20

Brazilian Violin Trio
joins three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill are both multi-genre American violinists who after years of living in Brazil have become ambassadors of the growing Brazilian violin movement. Rounding out the trio is Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, a giant of the contemporary Brazilian music scene and an award-winning composer and arranger.

Ted Falcon has released seven CDs, performed with many Brazilian legends including Hermeto Pascoal, Hamilton de Holanda and Dominguinhos and regularly with his various musical projects including 3 Violinos, 3 Continentes, Gypsy Jazz Club and the duo Ted and Pablo, a partnership with harmonica player Pablo Fagundes. Their CD, Ted & Pablo, Transcontinental Music Express, was pre-nominated for best instrumental record of the year in Brazil. Ted has written and published several books about Brazilian choro, forró, and frevo and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Whittier College and a music teacher at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Multi-genre fiddler/violinist Andrew Finn Magill has toured four continents playing traditional Irish, bluegrass, jazz and choro and has performed with everyone from his own choro conjunto to Mike Marshall. He is a two-time All-Ireland fiddle finalist, Fulbright-MtvU fellow, and bandleader, leading O Finno and co-leading Violino no Choro. In 2014 he moved to Rio and began studying choro with Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. In less than two years he had formed O Finno which has been featured in Rio performance series Viva o Talento, on MEC 98.1FM and twice in the prestigious Casa do Choro. His 2016 double-release Roots & Branches debuted at #47 on the folk DJ charts and he is regularly featured on NPR.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, 7-string guitarist Nando Duarte, has become one of the leaders of Brazil’s popular music re-awakening. His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play, arrange, and produce some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, João Bosco, Zeca Pagodinho, Marisa Monte, and Ney Matogrosso. His musical “Sambra” (2015) with Diogo Nogueira was the first Musical ever to be presented on stage at Rio de Janeiro’s New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana beach with over 2 million people and is now competing for a Cannes Golden Lion. He was also the musical director for the “One Year to Go” Olympic show, the only pre-show for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic.



Thursday May 18 7:30 PM $20

The Roadhouse Series-The Bakersfield Sound


All genres of great American music go through periods of purification that brings it all back to the roots of the sound. Often, in response to the commercialization and compromise of the music by big business. In country music, The Bakersfield Sound emerged in the late 40s and early 50s in response the music's trend toward watering down the form with strings and orchestration. With its emphasis on big sounding electric guitars, soaring pedal steel, and authentic countryfied fiddle, with a touch of western swing and Mexican ranchero music, The Bakersfield Sound came of age. Artists like Maddox Brothers & Rose, Tommy Collins, Jean Shepherd, and Wynn Stewart pioneered the sound right here in our Golden State.  Later, into the early 60s, Susan Raye, Freddie Hart, Bonnie Owens and most notably, country legends and superstars, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, gave the sound a name and location. Both artists drew from and helped to popularize the Bakersfield Sound based on what they learned from local musicians.

Today, with the growing Americana movement, and since the 60s and 70s, the sound has been championed by Gram Parsons, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and The Desert Rose Band.  The Bakersfield Sound is now regarded as a genre unto itself. And it all started in, a town north of L.A. smack in the middle of the heartland of California.


Our featured artist-in-residence and M.C. is the Inland Empire's Patrick Carrico for this sure-to-be-sold-out show. Special guests include Roadhouse alumni, Kassidy Heal, Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Vern Monnett, Coyote Moon, J.P. McDermott and Alice Wallace. Also, very special guests include the legendary Ronnie Mack, veteran singer-songwriter Karen Tobin and the great pedal steel playing of Dean Parks.

Friday May 19 8:00 P.M. $18

AOLANI is an exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter and entertainer whose music begins with the traditional sounds of Hawaii but then journeys through contemporary ballads, country, jazz and vocal pop. Her style of performance is engaging, warm, inviting. Her shows brings the essence of the islands to you with bright lyrics, rich vocals and beautiful melodies.

Growing up in a rich culture of music including country, pop and jazz of the mainlands, her forte is bright, melodic and lyrical original songs that offer her unique experience as a native of Hawaii. From her family and her culture she has created a rich musical landscape that captures the ordinary magic of islands like Maui, where she feels the most at home. For many years now she has honed a band of musicians who offer jazz textures, rhythmic Hawaiian instrumentation that entertains as well as soothes with a feeling of the paradise found only on the Hawaiian islands. The band covers multi genres including country, blues and jazz based around Aolani's original songwriting. She will be appearing to promote the release of her new album, Funny Love produced by bass player, Mauro. Come see this show and Aolani will bring the islands to you through music and entertainment. Web Site: aolanikaeka.com

Saturday May 20 Matinee Show @ 3:00 P.M. $20



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.

SATURDAY MAY 20 7:00 P.M. $23
PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK… some ridiculously good picking’ & grinnin’ by the best in the business. Always packs the house. Fun & Music on 10 legs, 5 mouths  and 50 fingers. And some tapping toes and feet, too many to count.

Phil Salazar – Fiddle champ, teacher of fiddle champs, recording and touring artist. Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, John McEuen, and many more. 
"Bob Weir, of The Grateful Dead, incorporated Phil Salazar into the concert, who never met a tune he couldn't instantly enhance". - D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent 2014 

Tom Corbett - Mandolin and guitar. A Southern California “A” list picker. Always the funniest guy on stage. Tom is a 2011 Kerville, New Folk Songwriter finalist, a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival troubadour, toured with John McEuen, Robin and Linda Williams, and The Acousticats.
Bill Knopf – Banjo. Another Southern California “A” list picker. Bill has played with almost everybody and has taught the rest.  Bill has been playing banjo and guitar since the folk revival days of the 1960's. Bill was a nationally featured  player with the Doc Severinsen's touring Las Vegas Show.
Rick Borella- Bass. Rick has been playing with me, Phil,  since way back in 1984 with the original Phil Salazar Band. Rick is an amazing bass player and he has never played a note I didn't love!

Bill Flores - On Everything,...dobro, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, accordion, and more! Touring with Jeff Bridges' band, The Abiders, for many years now, thanks to Bill's talents with so many instruments, you'll see Bill pretty much everywhere. 
 We've been playing music together for 33 years, so you know, it’s got to be good!
Sunday May 21 7:00 P.M. $20

As you know, our Tribute Shows are Standing Room Only. They sell out every seat because of the quality of the shows and the subject matter. Phone in for your reservation now. Only a few weeks away. Or less. This will illuminate and expand your knowledge and appreciation of songs and song writers. Really it will. And “This Is Entertainment.” A unique presentation.

Songs Songs Songs . Paul Zollo

A reprise of Songs, Songs, Songs, a concert of great performers all performing classic songs discussed in Paul Zollo’s book Songwriters On Songwriting and its recently-published sequel, More Songwriters On Songwriting. Called “the songwriter’s bibles,” these volumes are used as textbooks in every college which teaches songwriting, and are considered the essential books on the art and craft of songwriting. They feature intimate and substantial discussions with many of the world’s greatest songwriters, including Sammy Cahn, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, R.E.M., Green Day, Squeeze, Donovan, Loretta Lynn, Aimee Mann, Steely Dan, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello and more. When “Hamilton” songwriter Lin Manuel Miranda was asked to name his favorite books on songwriting, he singled out Songwriters On Songwriting.

Many great artists will perform classic songs by these writers, as Zollo shares stories about each song from the books. These include legendary poet Stephen Kalinich, Smokey Miles, Fernando Perdomo, Neil Rosengarden, Fuzzbee Morse, Emily Zuzik, Tim Tedrow, Suzy Williams, Cynthia Brando, Danny Shorago (of The Fuxedos), The Wild Mountain Mystics, and more. Bluerailroad.com

The show is dedicated to the memory of the late great Duane Thorin, who came up with the concept for this show and produced and performed in it.

Signed copies of both books will be available for sale. As MOJO magazine wrote, “Zollo’s songtalk provides a feast.”

Wednesday May 24 8:00 P.M. $15

THE WAG!.... Got songs? Got harmonies? Got fun and unbridled enthusiasm? Then you’ve got The Wag! Hailing from the Bayshore area of New Jersey, this 4-piece unit has been entertaining and moving audiences for almost 20 years but still sounds as fresh as it did on day one! With 3 alternating lead vocalists, catchy melodies, and sophisticated harmonies, they will take you on a journey of pop rock delight!  The Wag consists of Brian Ostering on bass guitar, vocals and interpretive dance, Alicia Van Sant on vocals, percussion and animal rescue, Don Lee on acoustic guitar, vocals and Beatle accents and Arielle Strauss on bongos, refrigerator repair and super long smiles!    

 “If the Beatles and the Cowsills got it on backstage at Ed Sullivan, The Wag would totally be their love child.” -Wil Wheaton (Actor, Author). Visit us at: www.thewagband.com



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