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DECEMBER 2016 - Happy Holidays! 
Thursday December 8 8:00 P.M. $20 THE PLOUGHBOYS music is Celtic-infused, largely Irish and Scottish songs, both traditional and unique original tunes, sometimes a little rowdy and always combined with a good dose of humor.

 

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS

They also perform such original hit songs as, "It's Cold," the definitive Icelandic folk saga, "The Life Of A Pirate," and "Mad Cow," the last, largely because the body of disease songs needed a ... shot in the arm...

Their playing can be found on numerous hit songs, commercial jingles, supermarket openings, and Lithuanian folk festivals, where attendance has been measured in the high teens, on rare occasions.

Consisting of  Rich Cashman (bass), Vito Gutilla (Fiddle), Liam Lewis, (Mandolin and Fiddle), and Mark Romano (Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, and Wisecracks), they are the house band for the Tam O’Shanter Inn, the oldest continuously operating pub in Los Angeles, performing Thursday and Friday nights to capacity crowds. Most Saturday nights they can be seen entertaining at one.

Their debut album, entitled “Millenium," contains a mix of standards, freshly realized classics, and innovative originals that you just won’t hear anywhere else.

THE PLOUGHBOYS have been featured artists at The Ford Theater, the Costa Mesa Scottish Games, The Big Squeeze Accordion Festival, L.A. Irish Fest, the official Notre Dame/USC party; the Los Angeles Civic Pride event, and the Seaside Scottish Games.

Whether performing in the Celtic tradition, favorites from the British Isles, or their own, wickedly clever compositions, the Ploughboys are sure to provide a hard-driving, rollicking, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time!

FRIDAY December 9 8:00 P.M. $20

SLIGO RAGS

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, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade 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 and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, 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

Saturday December 10 2:00 P.M. $15

WOMEN ON THE MOVE TRIO

Three lead singers form the acoustic group Women on the Move Trio. A fun evening of humor, heart and harmony! They feature guitar, mandolin, and even dulcimer on some folkie favorites!
"Their smooth harmonies fit the their feisty folk perfectly." --Bill Berry's Songwriter Square Newsletter
"Three distinct voices merge into one angelic blend." L.A.--Acoustic Live

Women on the Move Trio is a Los Angeles based acoustic group. Joan Enguita Willingham, Linda Geleris and Trish Lester take turns singing lead with harmony back up on original songs. According to Dan Kimpel, "Together, they present a compelling bond of musical camaraderie even greater than the sum of individual parts. Voices contrast and combine across a spectrum of sounds, resolving into spirited chorales of harmony and heart. With the sumptuous riches of the layered voices, it sounds like there are more than just three of them singing; that somehow, this magical combination of voices has created an additional persona."
With guitar, mandolin, and percussion, they fill out the sound, taking turns on various instruments, including dulcimer or ukulele on some songs. Audiences love to learn the chorus on some of their original tunes and sing along on some well known favorites. Raised on Joni Mitchell, John Denver, Dylan, and The Beatles, you never know what song might pop up. Well traveled individuals, they bring sparks of contemporary folk/pop to life.

This touring trio draws on generations of womanly whimsy to musically explore love and the soulful challenges of life. Highlighting the material of Joni Mitchell and adding dashes of personal reflection, they entertain with harmonious originality laced with nostalgia. Their music is folksy and story telling. Their original works feature songs as varied as a desire for mutual understanding, an ode to a mother's unshared past and a resolute anthem of perseverance inspired by the headlines of suffering during Hurricane Katrina. Proving that contemporary folk music is alive and well, these Women on the Move look good, sound good, and harmoniously complement one another to make for a fun musical night out.

 

www.womenonthemovetrio.com 

Saturday Dec. 10 7:00 P.M. $18 JIM ‘KIMO’ WEST and KEN EMERSON. A Hawaiian Fandango with two

Stars of  The Slack Key Guitar. Also vocals and, perhaps, a bit of dancing.

Jim “kimo” West tours with Weird Al Yankovitch and is on home for the

Holidays this tour. See them now. Web Site Address: www.jimkimowest.com

Slack key is the perfect sound for the holidays! Kimo will be playing tracks from his two acclaimed holiday slack key CD's: this one and that one. Special guest Ken Emerson joins Kimo to play tracks from their new release, "Slackers In Paradise" as well as cuts from his own holiday "slack and steel" CD, "A Backporch Slack and Steel Christmas”.

KEN EMERSON plays both Hawaiian Slack Key and lap steel guitar and switches easily between them during his performance, laying his guitar on his lap and picking up a steel bar for an instrumental interlude. This requires a special finesse and light touch because the slack key guitar has lower action than a dedicated lap steel guitar. http://www.slackkeyshow.com/musician/ken-emerson/ He developed his unique style through many musical genres. He has played his special blend of Blues/Jazz Hawaiian guitar for 40 years.. Born into a musical family, Ken grew up with his fathers’ extensive record collection of jazz, swing, Hawaiian and world music styles.

Sunday December 11 3 pm $15

A Model Life

 

CE Jordan will unveil her newest, original solo theatre show ‘A Model Life‘ on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 at 3pm at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001 $15 cash at the door call: 626 798-6236 for reservations coffeegallery.com

Ms Jordan will perform her all-too-true tales of  modeling in LA and NY in this journey down the runway of life. Wielding her signature combination of storytelling, music, dance, and imaginative use of props, this versatile writer/performer will kick up her high heels in this model bash for the ageless. A real go-see!

CE Jordan and Terri MartinLujan of  Story Chicks have been bringing their touching and hilarious true tales of childhood and young womanhood to LA since 2013. Their stories always bring out the best in all of us as they tickle the funny bone. CE and Terri are currently working on a new show to debut in 2017 about their youthful performing experiences called StarStruck, your name in lights! What could go wrong?

In the meantime, don’t miss the tall Story Chick as a model and dancer on Dec. 11 at The Coffee Gallery Backstage as she makes her glamorous way in the world circa 1980!

Visit www.widget410.wix.com/story-chicks & follow Story Chicks/model on Facebook

Sunday December 11 7:00 P.M. $20 DEAN FRIEDMAN…… This legendary, singer/songwriter – known for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine, and on and on… - performs songs from throughout his long career. Critics rave, "The soundtrack of our lives" - New York Times, "Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek, “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks.

Join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant, hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status.. Here’s what critics say: "An amazing Talent!" - Sun, "Songsmith extraordinaire!” - Music Week; “Pop troubadour of choice!” Scotsman, “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks.. Invite family and friends for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.


 

Wednesday December 14 8:00 P.M. $20

DEJA VU (A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE OF CSN&Y) RETURN TO

THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE!!!

 

We are very excited to be bringing back “Deja vu” the excellent tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young! Their inaugural show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage was back in September and they performed 2 sets of CSN&Y classics to an enthusiastic Sold Out house! They’re coming back with some new additions to the set list that were requested by various folks at the first show!

For more than 4 decades, the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young has spoken to generations of audiences world wide. From the gentle love songs like "Our House" and "Guinnevere" to the politically charged anthems like "Chicago", "Long Time Gone", and "Ohio", CSN&Y's powerful messages have never failed to excite and move audiences.

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 (David Crosby), Steve Elowe (Stephen Stills), Jim Wootten (Graham Nash) and Tom Sweeney (Neil Young) not only perform the legendary music of CSNY - they take their audience on a magical, musical trip through classic rock history! You'll hear songs like Teach Your Children, Woodstock, Deja Vu, Wooden Ships, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Our House 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.

Please mark your calendars and make your plans to join us for this wonderful evening of some of the greatest music ever written!

 

Thursday December 15 7:30 PM $25

THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles: UNPlugged
ONE SHOW ONLY!

Gary “Gig” Grantham, Jim Wootten, Berto Zepeda, Chris “Switch" Sobkowich, Kenny Cetera, Kevin Alexander Herrera & Todd Bolinger.

THIS IS A DONT MISS, SURE SELL OUT SHOW. LIKE SEEING AND HEARING THE EAGLES IN A 50 SEAT ROOM. THIS TOP EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND TOURS THE WORLD, AND THIS IS THEIR FIRST COFFEE GALLERY APPEARANCE IN A YEAR.! ALWAYS A STANDING OVATION.

As they wind down another busy year of piling in and out of airplanes, busses, trucks, vans and even a few limos, The Long Run happily returns home to Southern California and with acoustic guitars in hand, to the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

Having performed acoustic shows for well over half of their sixteen years as a group, “Eagles UNPlugged” has become a signature of  The Long Run’s brand. Very few rock n’ roll bands, let alone tribute acts, dare to strip the music down to just acoustic instruments and voices and work without a net. Jim says of the unplugged show: “We like to select very intimate theaters and small showrooms for these acoustic shows and the Coffee Gallery Backstage is our absolute favorite place to perform these concerts. The cool thing
about it is that it’s almost like you’re sittin’ in your living room watching the music come alive. There are no guitar amplifiers blowing the audience against the back wall… there’s virtually no separation between band and listener. It’s all of us there together enjoying the music… it’s really a special experience.”

And of course, what TLR holiday acoustic show would be complete without a little slice of their own Eagles / Christmas mash-ups?

As many of you have experienced, The Long Run typically sells out 2 back-to-back shows here at the Gallery.   Not only will there be one show only on this date but it will also be TLR’s final performance of  2016, SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 7:00 PM $25

LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE.

 



REMEMBERING LEONARD COHEN: A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE



This will be a memorial tribute to one of our finest songwriters. Leonard Cohen was a poet, a lyricist, thinker and a great human being. This will a time for many of his fans, friends and collaborators including Athena Andreadis, Paul Zollo, Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Calico the band, The Licata Brothers, Stephen Kalinich, Robert Morgan Fisher, Michael Ann Azoulai, Aireene Espiritu, Karen Tobin, Neil Rosengarden, RJ Chesney, Patrick Carrico, Kathy Sanders, Duane Thorin and Sarah Kramer.

Proceeds will be donated to Mt. Baldy Zen Center where Leonard lived and practiced for many years.

Bob Stane says: "This is another Gang Busters memorial show. These events are usually packed with patrons and musicians to hear best entertainers in town vying for a chance to sing
the songs of the legends. This will be no different. It will sell out….even at $25 per ticket, so call in reservations and please show up by 6:30 P.M. This will be a 3 hour show just
to get in all the outstanding musicians who want to participate."

Saturday
December 17 Buffet at 1:30 P.M. Show Starts at 2:00 P.M. $20 Bob Stane says: Now this is my idea of a Christmas Party. We are all family and we all love these entertainers. See you here:

December 17 2pm, optional pot luck buffet at 1:30

THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BASH (and Pot Luck Buffet)

Starring the Licata Brothers, Thorin, Chad Watson and Pam Loe, and The Story Chicks

It is that time again, and the Grinch, himself, Humbug Bob Stane has spoken with great anticipation of what has gotten to be the ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY here at the Coffee Gallery.  And bring an appetite and even a dish for our usual holiday pot luck! (Bob loves that the most, so don't let him crash the line).

The Thorin/Licata Brothers productions are always a fulfilling and even thrilling experience, and this is another fine line up of talent to enjoy for the season. There will be great music from The Licata Brothers, Thorin, and Chad Watson with Pam Loe, and some classic Christmas songs as well as sparkling Holiday tales from The Story Chicks and Ty Fance.

THE LICATA BROTHERS, the Coffee Gallery's youngest and most raved about discovery, bring their carefully crafted stage show and youthful vitality for a set of music celebrating many decades of the best American tunes. Their lovely vocal blend and exciting arrangements have made them favorites with Gallery audiences. Expect to hear lots of virtuoso guitar work as well, accompanied by a real brass section at times, with the great Chad Watson and Neil Rosengarden on trombone and trumpet. If you have not seen them yet, this is a fine time to do it.

THORIN, our host/MC, is one of the Gallery's most respected vocalists, and you may know him as Bob Stane's sometimes replacement host for those rare occasions when Bob plays hookey from the Coffee Gallery. (Bob will be here, though). Singer, actor, songwriter THORIN'S vocal essence has been described as encompassing the thrill of Roy Orbison, the fullness of Robert Goulet, the sweetness of Gordon Lightfoot...but he certainly brings a sound all his own to his adventurous interpretations. KATHY SANDERS will join in on some fine duets.

Husband and wife team CHAD WATSON and PAM LOE supply the real Christmas punch, and will have you singing along will some of the most beautiful, moving music written. It is an honor to have them here.
THE STORY CHICKS and then TY FANCE will bring us three amusing tales of Christmas past...to make this a true variety show.

Other surprises! SAAHIRA, Empress of the Emerald Winds, plus guest musician/singers Paul Zollo and Neil Rosengarden.

Come for a great family show, for the whole Coffee Gallery family! (Kid's discounts).
Buffet starts at 1:30, show starts at 2pm.

Saturday afternoon matinee pot luck and musical extravaganza.

Saturday December 17 7:00 P.M. $20 ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND….a gathering of fantastic actors and musicians with Star Trek as their starring vehicle. This act travels the country
as a huge draw at conventions and festivals.

ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND
Enterprise-Blues-Band VAUGHN ARMSTRONG

Vaughn Armstrong’s career has spanned decades of stage, television, and film. At the Old Globe in San Diego he’s been Brutus inJulius Caesar, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Macduff in Macbeth, and many more. He’s appeared often at L.A’s Music Center and regional theatre across the country. He’s done about 100 T.V. shows including Mad Men,Desperate Housewives, Modern Family,West Wing, NYPD Blue,CSI, Law and Order L.A., The Fosters, Etc. He is best known for his many roles in Star Trek, more than any other actor, the last being Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. He’s the founder of the Enterprise Blues Band, a member of the Star Trek Rat Pack, father of two boys, and a Vietnam veteran. He was also a co-author of the San Diego Rep’s version of A Hammer, A Bell, And a Song To Sing. He has been the artistic director of two theatres and, while in the Army, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Fort Carson Little Theatre.

STEVE RANKIN

Steve Rankin has played four different characters on various Star Trek Series. From Pahtak the Romulan on The Next Generation to the first kind Cardasian on the pilot of Deep Space Nine. Then again on Deep Space Nine as Yeto the Klingon. Finally rounding out the food chain of roles he played a human, Colonel Green on the very last episode Enterprise. Mr. Rankin has also been on many Sci-fi series including: Sliders, Alien Nation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Milenium, American Gothic,True Blood and as Col. Raymond T. Butts on Space Above and Beyond.

He has also played many memorable roles in many films including: Men In Black, Pearl Harbor, The X-Files, Blue Streak and LA Confidential. His most recent film is titled LISTEN and is due out early in 2016. He and Casey Biggs and Vaughn Armstrong make up The Enterprise Blues Band. Steve also plays mandolin for the New Folk artist Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band.

CASEY BIGGS

Casey Biggs is an actor , director, producer, musician and teacher. He created The Enterprise Blues Band with fellow members Vaughn Armstrong and Steve Rankin. A graduate of the Juilliard School he is well know in both the world of the stage and television.

He has performed throughout the country and Europe. He has appeared in Lincoln Center’s Pride’s Crossing and spent ten years as a leading actor at Washington’s Arena Stage in productions of Taming of the Shrew, All the Kings Men, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Summer and Smoke, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Philadelphia Story among others. Film and television credits include Broken Arrow, Dragonfly, The Pelican Brief, The Good Wife, Elementary, CSI, Person of Interest, and five years portraying Damar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His directing credits include Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, The Seagull, Richard III, The Three Sisters, Standup Shakespeare and Macbeth plus, for The Acting Company, Moby Dick Rehearsed, The Three Musketeers and Love, Shakespeare. He is an alumni of The Acting and is on the acting and directing faculty at the New School for Drama. The Enterprise Blues Band’s recordings have been best sellers throughout Europe and The US.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18 7:00 P.M. $18

 

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE…..

Start thinking "Alt Uke" and get ready for something entirely different ... The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere! Direct from Silverlake, and locally grown, there's nothing quite like this 15+ ukelele “wall of sound”.

Be prepared to hear unique arrangements and mash-ups, with songs ranging from Radiohead, David Bowie, to Led Zeppelin and Abba. Toss in some unexpected holiday faves and you won’t want to miss this once a year Coffee Gallery Backstage show! Make your reservations early because this show will sell out!

Tuesday December 20 8:00 P.M. $18

SUZY WILLIAMS & FRIENDS

or is that fiends?
www.facebook.com/Suzy-Williams-SingerSongwriter-334790007371/

Declared "LA's Diva Deluxe" by the LA Weekly, Suzy, fresh from an East Coast tour, has created a set of her original songs, with an arc to it that includes blitheness, tragedy, and redemption. She is a venerated singer who has a body (and how!) of songs that reflect her love of early and modern jazz. Suzy has played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Canary Islands with Van Dyke Parks, Buster Poindexter, Marc Shaiman, the director Nicholas Ray, and the Pilobolus dance troupe, among others. Bette Midler, Horace Silver, Roosevelt Sykes, Eubie Blake, Odetta, and Hadda Brooks have praised her passionate singing and vibrant energy. Her original songs will leave you laughing, sobbing, or both. She will appear with big band leader Steve Weisberg on piano. Her special guest will be the great Bill Burnett, her ex-husband, on guitar and vocals. She has no idea what hair color she will have, or whether she will dance the Saint Vitus or be elegant and contained. Expect everything, and you'll get the idea.

Bob Stane says: I have been waiting years to get Suzy Williams back. Years !!!! She is a shooting star. Look at all the famous folks who have praised her. Do not miss this extraordinary and slightly twisted great talent. Bob Says So.

photo credits:1st: Harriet Schock, 2nd: Elaine Caswell

THURSDAY DECEMBER 22 8:00 P.M. $18 ADJOA SKINNER & SUSAN ROZLER PRESENT:

The DownHome Family Christmas Show … a classy show by award winning ladies. Songs & much funny stuff. A complete show with nothing left out. A Winner.

This is a show by champion talent. Much traveled and huge write ups and victories. A fun filled musical evening. Get in the spirit and laugh and sing.

For fans of the Andrew's Sisters, The Smothers brothers, Dan Hicks and His Hotlicks and Flight of the Conchords. Down Home Family Christmas is an evening full of Christmas cheer brought to you by the angelic voices of mother and daughter duo Susan Rozler (Mama Earth) & Adjoa Skinner (Vaudeville singer-songwriter). Rich with wit, humor and sparkling personality these ladies will sing your all time favorite Christmas Classics as well as lead audience sing-alongs, and feature a live appearance of Susie The Singing Elf.

Daughter: Adjoa Skinner is an award winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and internationalperformer. She was one of the Top 4 Finalists in 2016 Backstage Magazine's Audience awards for best vocal coach in Los Angeles, Music Connection Magazine's Top 100 Live Performers in 2013, SoCal Acoustic Awards Top Scoring Finalist 2013, The International Songwriting Competition Finalist for her song "God Made Me Tall" in 2012 and much more. www.adjoaskinner.com

Mother: Susan Rozler is seasoned music veteran, band leader, multi-instrumentalist, children's performer and singer-songwriter. Rozler is known as "Mama Earth" in her native Buffalo, NY for doing her children's shows throughout the east coast with the "Young Audiences" talent agency and is also known for being apart of touring group the Hill Brothers, The Sid Winkler Band and 1/4th of the all female "Girls Gone Mild" which includes Mary Ramsey of "10,000 Maniacs". www.susanrozler.com

Tuesday December 27 7:30 P.M. $18 ELLEN & STEVE STAPENHORST

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

With her brand new album, Gravity & Light, in hand, Ellen Stapenhorst makes the trek from the snowy mountains of Western Colorado to sunny (or hopefully rainy) Southern California. Her new song, "Our World," is already getting attention from environmental and humanitarian organizations as well as choral groups. Returning to the SoCal homeland, she'll be playing a number of songs from this long awaited collection of moving and powerful originals, as well as old favorites.

From the LA coffee houses of the ’60’s, Ellen’s moved on to castles on the Rhine, concert halls in Europe and the Caribbean, and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver. She recently performed in Kansas City with the award-winning Staley High School Choir doing choral arrangements of her songs. On the airwaves, Ellen’s “Traveler” rode LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years, and she became the envy of itinerant folksingers everywhere when “Grand Junction” was featured on NPR’s Car Talk!

Ellen brings a joyful intimacy to venues large and small. She loves bringing people together, adding a little more beauty and peace to our lives, while having way too much fun doing it. An evening at the Coffee Gallery with her brother Steve is a fine way to further that mission…refreshment for the heart and spirit!

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 . . . more or less. They both survived Aspen in the '70's, recording and touring as part of the 7-piece folk/country/rock band Tanglefoot. Come watch them perform the choreography that gave Tanglefoot its name!

 

Wednesday December 28 8:00 P.M. $20 MATT WITLER & BRONWYN KEITH-HYNES….duo champions.

Matt Witler and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes are a Boston based bluegrass duo consisting of two highly acclaimed acoustic musicians. Their eclectic show features original instrumentals, progressive improvisation, and some classic bluegrass.

Matt Witler grew up in Los Angeles, California. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Under the guidance of  teacher Evan Marshall, he learned the fundamentals of mandolin playing, improvisation, and musical interpretation. In 2010, he moved to Boston and began studying at the Berklee College of Music. While there he had the opportunity to study with many great musicians including John McGann, Darol Anger, Julian Lage, Andy Statman, Mike Compton, and Tim O'Brien. In 2012 Matt won first place in both the mandolin, and flatpick guitar contests at Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is curently based in Boston and is a founding member of The Lonely Heartstring Band, a progressive bluegrass group that has been performing around North America for the past four years.

Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based bluegrass fiddler originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of  Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Her playing, improvising, and writing are informed by her past six years of immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, The Deadly Gentlemen and Tony Trischka, among others. Her current full-time project is with the progressive bluegrass band Mile Twelve. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS and in 2015 won first place in the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest. Bronwyn has been on staff for the last two summers at Berklee College of Music teaching string lessons at The Five Week Program.

Friday December 30 8:00 P.M. $20 MICHAEL KEALE with special guest JIM ‘KIMO’ WEST…..

Bob Stane says: If you love Hawaii or just plain good music and show you want to be there on December 30.

 

HERE ARE MY COMMENTS ABOUT HIS PERFORMANCE THE LAST TIME HE WAS HERE: "A lovely show. Great voice like molasses and honey. Hawaiian style as in the 1940’s. Completely charming show. Aw, shucks style and just talks about the show and what is doing and his life. Audience loved it and him. Use as often as he tours this way from the island. Wife dances and sings very well. All deep into Hawaiian culture and music.

Super Nice Guy. Loves The Coffee Gallery Backstage. A complete evening’s show in every way. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT !!! www.mikeale.com
Michael Keale has been entertaining audiences throughout Hawaii and the Mainland U.S. with his own special brand of  Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music, American standards, and Jazz. Michael's velvety smooth vocals and soothing melodies truly share the Spirit of Aloha, just like his Uncle Moe Keale, and cousin Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo’ole before him. Please join Michael and friends as they present a wonderful evening of music, hula, and storytelling! He uses ukulele and guitars with both regular and slack-key tunings.

JIM ‘KIMO’ WEST…adds to the pig and poi as a special guest. “Kimo” is a regular headline act at The Coffee Gallery Backstage www.jimkimowest.com
He tours with Weird Al Yankovich. Jim is a super musician and a slack key legend. This is a superb island luau and everyone will love it.
Absolute money back guarantee with no questions asked. No one has ever asked for their money back. We only hear, “you did not charge enough.”

JANUARY 2017 - Happy New Year!
TUESDAY JANUARY 17 8:00 P.M. $20 STEPHEN INGLIS & SHAWN JONES

Open up their guitar cases, and it is like letting the music genie out of the bottle–wonderful sounds come pouring out, from all around the globe, Nashville to Honolulu, Ireland to the Inland Empire and back, across America, down country roads, along city streets, through the airwaves.

Stephen Inglis and Shawn Jones, of them are working musicians, with busy solo careers. They are also musician’s musicians, with great reputations for their work–their individual work.

Musically, they are very different from each other. So, what might happen if they got together?

“The two of us are endorsed by and have a mutual love for Lowden Guitars. We met for the first time playing at Lowdenʻs booth at the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim. From hanging that weekend, we hit it off and decided to book a tour together. After a couple of runs on the West Coast, Inglis and Jones crossed the pond to tour Ireland and Sweden in May 2016. "We got to really know each other on the road, so the next stop was a natural–the recording studio” Look out for a duo record from the pair in the near future.

STEPHEN INGLIS

Stephen Inglis is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slacking on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric; and a new one, Learning You By Heart, is being readied for release in the Spring of 2015. Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He keeps expanding his musical range. Ånd he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.

SHAWN JONES

Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots music: rock, R&B, jazz, and country. His father raised him on Hank Williams. He discovered the blues growing up in Southern California. Then several years in Nashville seasoned him as a session and road musician who could sing, write, and perform alongside the very best in the industry. Shawn has been on the same bill with all kinds of greats: from Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to B.B. King to Bonnie Raitt to Leon Russell to Johnny Winter to Taj Mahal–the roll call goes on and on. Waylon Jennings was also so impressed with Shawn’s live performance that he took Jones under his wing, offering him a management deal and the grand opportunity to play on his 1996 release “Right For The Time.” Shawn was also Waylon’s lead guitarist on Lollapalooza with Metallica, Ramones, & SoundGarden, and Willie’s 4th of July Picnic. Shawn currently tours with country music multi-platinum artist, Deana Carter as her lead guitarist. “He plays more than two hundred dates a year, and tours internationally–fifteen years going to Europe. He has four studio albums and a live album under his belt, and his songs have been featured in Hollywood movies and on network TV.

Wednesday January 18 8:00 P.M. $18

 

P.T. GAZELL & TIM MAY.

Great individual things often improve when combined. Nashville-based artists PT Gazell and Tim May are perfect examples of this.
Take a world-class guitarist like Tim May, and add a one-of-a-kind harmonica virtuoso like PT Gazell, and you get an amazing and eclectic mix of talent and music ranging from Jazz Standards to Bluegrass, with other exciting genre stops along the way.

These two Grammy-nominated artists are joining forces to present an evening of unforgettable music, humor, and uplifting moments. Their considerable talents and magnetic stage presence will be on display Wednesday, January 18th 8PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. PT Gazell and Tim May...Dig it!

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