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NOVEMBER 2017
Saturday November 25 (matinee) 2:00 P.M $20

 

DEJA VU…

 

Deja vu is the most accurate and heartfelt re-creation of the CSN&Y experience. Brought to life by a group of highly dedicated and experienced L.A. area musicians, Ori Huberman, Steve Elowe, Jim Wootten and Tom Sweeney not only perform the legendary music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - they take their audience on a magical, musical trip through classic rock history! You'll hear songs like Teach Your Children, Southern Cross, Deja Vu, Wooden Ships, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and many, many more that you've come to know and love over the years. Rest assured that Deja vu will please the most ardent of CSN&Y fans.

http://dejavutributeband.wixsite.com/mysite

Saturday November 25 7:00 P.M. $20 Jim Kweskin & Juli Crockett…a four person band of extreme quality and fun.

Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band was the original "Americana" band, playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock 'n' roll. Kweskin has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and traditional jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

Alabama-born Juli Crockett is a bona fide Renaissance woman: singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, undefeated professional boxer and amateur champion, ordained minister, Doctor of Philosophy, and leader of the alt-country/Avant Americana genre-defying band The Evangenitals, as well as the Crockett Sisters. (They’re the same band – you choose which name you prefer)

The teaming of Jim Kweskin and Juli Crockett is the happy collision of classic and contemporary Americana music. Together, Kweskin and Crockett performances are celebrations of virtuoso musicianship seasoned with humor andexuberance.

Joined by super mandolin player Daniel Mark (Dustbowl Revival) and bassist Carl Sealove, Jim and Juli have a great time singing both old jazzy, folkyfavorites mixed in with Juli's original (and occasionally irreverent) compositions. Take a wild ride through history and into the future of folk with Kweskin and Crockett.

Sunday afternoon matinee November 26 1:30 P.M. $20 BURGANS & CHAN….Songs & Stories with Special Guest Jeremy Burgan….

TO THE Friends of Burgan & Chan,


It’s been a while since Debbie and I have played a Songs & Stories show with our great friend, Tholow Chan, and lots of folks have been asking, “When…?”
Well the New Christy Minstrels have given him some time off to celebrate Thanksgiving at home so we’re planning a special Matinee appearance for The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Sunday, November 26 at 1:30 PM. This should give those who have been in lock down finishing off the turkey and sweet potatoes (or dieting) since Thanksgiving an chance to get out and enjoy the music. One of the beauties of a matinee is an opportunity stop by one of the local bistros for a bite and a beverage after the show yet still be home at a decent hour, so don't miss out.


We got a great response to our #2 son’s appearance with us last August and he’s available for this special afternoon show, as well, so Jeremy Burgan will be sitting in again on guitar and keyboards for this show.


We’ve got some new tunes and some classics planned for the set list, so get the date on your calendars, line up a few friends to share the fun, and make a reservation. I've attached a poster for the collectors. For everyone else, here's the critical info:
Burgan & Chan.

Sunday
November 26 7:00 P.M. $20

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 November 28 8 PM $18 SALLY & GEORGE…...Sally & George is a duo comprised of Shelby Means on upright bass and Joel Timmons on electric guitar, the pair blends captivating vocal harmonies, earnest songwriting, and undeniable onstage chemistry to spellbind their audiences. NPR Music described their sound as "fancifully spare retro-pop" and wrote, "If Buddy Holly is somehow still capable of hearing the sounds emanating from this mortal plane, there's a good chance he's sporting a broad grin upon encountering 'Tip My Heart.' The title track from the debut album by Sally & George bears a Spartan sparkle not far removed from the kind that marked the late rock 'n' roll pioneer's venerated output.” They deftly move from rollicking, electrified rockers to stripped down, gauzy reflections on love and faith. All of it is done tastefully, with an earnestness that does not shy away from humor, joy, or genuine emotion. They’ve come a long way to enchant you. NPR liked them and so will you. Pull up a rainbow and enjoy the show.
Thursday Nov. 30 7 PM $10 cover at the door (cash) - All Ages - No Reservations David Harvey Presents

Do you love Awesome Americana songs that touch your Heart? How about Bluegrass and Country Songs too? And Folk-Rock Mountain Songs that makes you feel like you're at the party at Woodstock?  Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase on at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001

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

FEATURING:
The Wild Mountain Mystics
The Wild Mountain Mystics
have been regularly performing around Southern California since 2013, gathering fans and making new friends wherever they play. Their voices blend in sweet harmony and their music ranges from tender-hearted love songs to foot-stompin’ folk blues. It's like Appalachia meetsWoodstock. It's like The Mama’s and The Papa’s joined the Grateful Dead. The Wild Mountain Mystics will be releasing a five-song holiday EP at this show, so come on out and hear the songs, then pick up a CD to help you celebrate the season.
http://www.reverbnation.com/wildmountainmystics

RJ Chesney
RJ Chesney
has deep roots in the South. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Gospel, blues, country, and folk breathe in his songs. RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown in. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California performing at venues such as The Hotel Cafe, , El Cid, Molly Malones, The Talking Stick, The Cinema Bar , etc . In 2013 RJ Chesney had the honor of opening for Victoria Williams at a Los Angeles benefit to raise money for orphaned children. RJ's 2010 album, Prayers of a Wayward Son sold copies in over fourteen countries including England, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia and the USA. He came out with his second album, Angels Falling in October 2013 to rave reviews. RJ is currently co-writing and producing songs with the noted Norwegian songwriter - producer Hans Petter Gundersen and has toured Norway and Europe inbetween the studio sessions. If you love true roots music, that stirs the spirit deep inside, from a deep and honest voice, you'll be a fan of RJ too!
http://www.rjchesney.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/rjchesneymusic

Rosy Nolan

Rosy Nolan melds many American music traditions to form an isle of authenticity with a timeless voice. Her soulful vocal style brings us back to great blues, bluegrass, and country singers. Think of her as Lucinda Williams with a banjo. Rosy can weave a ballad that will bring a tear, and then go upbeat and shed the stage making everyone cheer and dance. She has performed at The Hotel Cafe, Pour Vous, and Ireland's 32 in Los Angeles, Rockwood Music Hall, The Livingroom, Pete's Candy Store and Union Pool in New York and many venues between. https://www.rosynolan.com/rosy-nolan

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 will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.
http://dylanbrody.com

      DECEMBER 2017    
Friday December 1 8:00 P.M. $18

CLAUDIA RUSSELL, JILL FREEMAN and AIREENE ESPIRITUthree headliners in one fast and ferocious show. Bob Stane says, “all the stops are out on this extravaganza and if you do not recognize the quality of the show I am screaming for you to see, then I may have to write some harsh words. Don’t make me write something we may all regret later. Just be calm, breath slowly and pick up the reservation phone.


This is a show any listening room venue in America would sacrifice a goat to have on their stage. In most towns there would be 800 reservations for 50 seats. And there would be riots and bad things would happen.  All you have to do is phone in a reservation and drive up Lake Avenue and park for free. So civilized. Am I getting through to you?"

CLAUDIA RUSSELL
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to bluegrass bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies, and singing cowboys. Claudia has a knack for crafting tightly written songs that carry you to the sweet spots of youth and the autumn colors of growing older. Kaplan’s melodic accompaniment, on mandolin and electric guitar, is spot-on. Indeed, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote “Russell has a voice that was born for folk music – she breaks hearts.” Russell has won numerous other accolades including Best New Artist from WUMB FM in Boston, Best Musician in the East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, 2x Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Finalist, and high praise in American Songwriter,Sing Out, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe.

 

 

 

 

JILL FREEMAN
Jill is happy to return to her favorite LA venue, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Jill’s songwriting has been described as both sharp and sweet, sort of like a blade wrapped in cotton candy. It has also been described as warm, yet spiky; high-minded yet earthy! Her new CD “A Handmade Life” is a collection of 13 songs inspired by traditional fairy tales portraying the artist's journey through a world of shadow, eventually leading to light and home. A songwriter for over 20 years, her songs and voice have appeared in numerous films and tv shows. She is delighted to be sharing the stage with two of her very favorite singer/songwriters, Aireene and Claudia! Also joining her onstage will be her husband and artistic collaborator, the very talented Joel Wachbrit.

AIREENE ESPIRITU
Los Angeles Times, Jonny Whiteside
“Folk singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu works in the elemental substance of vernacular American music with an uncanny ease. Whether blues, hillbilly, soul, folk or R&B...demonstrates masterly command of each...”

Aireene is a singer/songwriter whose songs are accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', timeless Americana. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. Her latest project, Back Where I Belong, (Released July 2016) under non-profit label, Little Village Foundation, pays tribute to the great rhythm and blues artist Sugar Pie DeSanto along with favorite American and Filipino folk songs. The album has been receiving positive reviews and recognition from notable press such as KQED's The California Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Living Blues and No Depression magazines. She tours solo as well as with her band Aireene & The Itch.

Saturday December 2 3:00 p.m. $20

Please join Coco Dolenz on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. on stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.


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 on December 2nd, come see Coco’s wonderful show, filled with stories, poignant and humorous. She would love to meet you.

 

Accompanied by the talented Alex Jules on keyboard.  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” coming out soon.

Saturday December 2 7:00 P.M. $20

John Zipperer and Nathan McEuen


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

Nathan McEuen started his solo music career in 2005 with the release of his first full-length album
Grand Design. Since then, Nathan has continued performing, songwriting, as well as independently producing six full-length albums, selling over 60,000 copies. He plays live shows across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in places such as on American Idol (with Steve Martin), The Tonight Show, Music City Roots, XM/Sirius Radio, The Stagecoach Festival, and The Grand Ole Opry (three times!) In 2016 Nathan composed and performed the score for USC's production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and in 2017 is currently in production on his newest double album due in 2018.

Nathan's first big solo performance took place around his fifteenth birthday (1995), when he was asked by his father John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to sing and play for the International
Olympic Committee at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. His dad wanted to surprise him for his
birthday, and it wasn't until fifteen minutes before “downbeat” that Nathan learned he'd be opening for John Denver at an outdoor concert for over 15,000 people – complete with a Jumbotron!

Through the years, Nathan has shared the stage with some of the best: Jim Messina, Dave Mason Chris Hillman, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Mason Williams, Bon Jovi, Leon Russell, Steve Martin, John Oates, Vassar Clements, Kevin Nealon, Willie Nelson, John Denver, Bob Schneider, David Crosby, Graham Nash, John Jorgenson, Brett Dennen, Crosby Loggins, Kenny Loggins, The Dillards, Jaime Hanna, Jonathan McEuen (McEuen Brothers), Riders in the Sky, Billy Bob Thornton, John Carter Cash, Natalie Gelman, Van Dyke Parks, Jennifer Warnes, Laurie Lewis, Paul Allen, Paul Cartwright, Jesse Siebenberg, Chris Caswell, Kelly Ward, Ashley Broder and many more...

With a lifetime of touring, and over 100 songs to his credit, Nathan McEuen's heritage, passion for writing, prodigious skill and engaging presence are clearly evident in his performances.


Folks often mention John McEuen, Nathan’s father, founding member of the historic “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”. While it’s true, the apple hasn’t fallen fall from the tree. Nathan’s singular musical voice, talent, personal style and connection with the audience, may make you feel closer to music than you have ever felt before.

Sunday December 3 3:00 P.M $18

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE...

 

again coming to The Coffee Gallery Backstage for a wonderful Christmas show. This is not your usual uke fare. This is cutting edge interpretations of old and new songs done in a super musical style. Lots of vocals and it edges into jazz. Definitely creative. Lots of good stuff including humor. This is a huge group, sometimes numbering up to 20 players in an acoustic wall of tasteful, controlled sound. This act always sells out The Coffee Gallery Backstage and when you experience them you will know why. This is one of our biggest and best.

But don’t show up expecting a repertoire of  lilting Hawaiian melodies … Instead, be prepared to hear unique arrangements and mash-ups, with songs ranging from Radiohead, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, to yes, even Dolly Parton and vintage TV themes.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3 7:00 P.M. $20 So exotic and so good. INTERNATIONAL PLEASURE. RETURNING.

ASHLEY MAHER…. and FISH TO BIRDS.

When James Taylor recorded ''Rio'' and Joni Mitchell recorded ''Dreamland,'' when Paul Simon recorded ''Graceland'' and Peter Gabriel blew us away with ''So,'' they were blazing trails for ASHLEY MAHER. This eclectic global songstress with the golden voice was signed to Virgin UK for five years before continuing her global career based in Los Angeles. Her music has been described as glorious, inspiring, pure world/folk/jazz, her tunes as ''indecently luxurious.'' Ashley has recorded six CDs with topnotch West African musicians all over the world. Her new release, YES, was recorded in Dakar, Senegal and Washington, D.C. with a purely Senegalese line-up of musicians and producers. For this local, intimate, Coffee Gallery appearance, Ashley performs acoustic with her long-time acoustic partner onstage, master Uruguayan guitarist, Federico Ramos. Stories and laughter woven into the mix !

Fish to Birds is the outgrowth of a series of Los Angeles workshops given by jazz singer, teacher and master vocal improviser Rhiannon. One of the founding members of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, Rhiannon inspired her core of professional Los Angeles musicians to continue exploring the freedom and depth of her philosophy and methods. A weekly singing session emerged from the workshops, and from that group Fish to Birds was born.

Performing since 2013 at LA venues the Blue Whale, Catalina Jazz Club, the E Spot at Vitello's, WitZend, Curve Line Space and many more, Fish to Birds blends their individual abilities as singers and musicians to create varied group improvisations, incorporating jazz, body percussion, storytelling, on-the-spot harmonizing and lyric-writing, African music and any other inspirations that occur in the moment. The result is a creative, thrilling, ephemeral, super musical, free-flowing, often humorous and always unexpected musical adventure.

Tuesday December 5 8:00 P.M. $20 ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST

ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change.”

Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He's been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

Bob Stane says: "Roy has entertained at The White House and in concerts all over America. This is an encore presentation and he looks good doing them."

 

Thursday December 7 7:30 P.M. $20

The Roadhouse Series Presents: A TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS.


During the summer of 1967, a time in America commonly referred to as The Summer of Love, through July 5th 1971, The Doors were among the most important rock bands during an era of iconic music. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore gave genesis to a unique blend of psychedelia, blues, soul, and theater, that yielded multiple hit song, classic albums and epic live-performances that are still remembered by many today.


For the month of December, The Roadhouse Series remembers The Doors. But, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be hearing loud rock music. The community of artists who have been part of The Roadhouse Series will bring their unique take on the classic songs produced during the band’s short but durable career.

Along with host, Patrick Carrico, we will be joined by Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Neil Rosengarden and Echo Sparks. Our special featured artist will be James Lee Stanley who recorded an acoustic album of Doors songs called, Knock on Wood, with Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.

Join us for a night of great music made in the unique way only the Roadhouse can do!

Friday December 8 8:00 P.M. $25

LAURENCE JUBER

 One of the world's most remarkable acoustic guitarists.” - The South China Post

 Bob Stane says….”LAURENCE JUBER has the most recognizable guitar “voice” in the world. Exciting and tasteful. An evening of pure pleasure. We are lucky to get him."

GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. 

 First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer and was recently named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the top 50 all-time acoustic guitarists.

Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has recorded more than two dozen albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on acoustic guitar. His latest release, LJ Can’t Stop Playing The Beatles, is his third album of solo guitar arrangements of iconic songs by the Fab Four. The LA Times described it as "Uniformly exquisite and dazzingly executed.”

 LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best audio.

 His 'photo memoir' Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books.

 As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.

 Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning

 In theatre, he is music supervisor and arranger for Part Of The Plan, a musical of Dan Fogelberg songs that debuted at Nashville’s TPAC.

  “Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and  for his tasteful arrangements” - Downbeat     A Master! Pete Townshend, The Who

 LJ is a musical chameleon who shines brightly regardless of the landscape.” -Will Turpin, Collective Soul

 The melodies, textures and harmonies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding." - Guitar Player Magazine

 "At the heart of LJ's sound and style breathes a near-flawless technique where a fiercely emotional underbelly, alternate tunings, and keen sense of melody and rhythm coalesce into something uniquely his own..you don't have to be a solo-happy guitar worshipper to appreciate his talents."- Inland Empire Weekly

 "....the notes spin out of the songs with such finesse and musical agility, it's hard to believe he has only 10 fingers and six strings."- San Francisco Chronicle. website: www.laurencejuber.com   

Saturday December 9 7:00 P.M. $20

AN INTERGALLACTIC TREAT. BOB WANTS YOU HERE.


THE ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND plays The Coffee Gallery Backstage but once per year. They sell out venues all over the world at concerts and Trekkie Events. This is an event in great demand all over the world.
Bob Stane asks that you join him for this bit of musical history. No empty seats, please. They deserve the full house they garner world wide. Other motion picture and TV notables often drop in. Share in the surprises.

THE ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND plays The Coffee Gallery Backstage but once per year. They sell out venues all over the world at concerts and Trekkie Events. This is a show in great demand all over the globe. And even in galaxies we know nothing about. Every venue everywhere wants this act. Even…”out there.”

How we got them will remain a secret. It’s a Romulan thing…..be very careful. Maybe we will tell…and maybe not. We have ways.
Bob Stane asks that you join him for this bit of musical history. No empty seats, please. They deserve the full house they garner world wide. Other motion picture and TV notables often drop in. Share in the surprises.

THE ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND was formed by the three actors Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and Casey Biggs who between them have played over 20 different characters on all of the various television series of Star Trek. With Vaughn on harmonica, ukulele and an occasional kazoo, Steve on mandolin and guitar, and Casey on guitar, they play what they refer to as Intergalactic Roots Music. Performing at Star Trek Conventions in Australia, Europe, Canada and the US and via Internet and Star Trek Radio, their music has been heard all over the world. Their concerts are always sold out and are one of the biggest highlights of the conventions delighting fans everywhere.
If you are a Trekkie, this appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a rare one that should not be missed. And even if you are not a Trekkie, the music is irresistible. Opening with her wry sense of humor is stand up comedian Chris Edsey. Susie Glaze will be lending her vocals and amazing chops to the evening.
The Enterprise Blues Band will be joined by Fred Sanders on bass. And as it is with most EBB performances, the evening might include surprise guests. You just don't know who might be Beamed Up to play along with the boys. So come on out and enjoy the space ride and Live Long and Prosper! Web Site Address: ebluesband.com

Sunday
December 10
7:00 P.M.
$20

Having never even seen Waikiki, Jim “Kimo” West came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years. It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, the sound of ki ho’alu became his favorite “soundtrack”.

Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kimo is regarded as one of the world’s foremost “ki ho’alu” or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1840’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaqueros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii. If you saw the Oscar-winning film, “The Decendants” you have experienced this great acoustic guitar tradition.

Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and two-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.

He is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals as well as the So Cal Slack Key Festival every year from 2008 through 2017. He has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players at one time or another.

His numerous CDʻs feature many original compositions as well as inventive arrangements of the genreʻs classic repertoire.

Kimo has also worked as a composer for film and TV for many years and maintains a sophisticated private studio in Los Angeles. He has composed music for features films, network TV shows and specials and cable shows. His slack key compositions have been used in a number of Honda TV spots, on The Disney Channel and in many documentaries. 


Wednesday 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:
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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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