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APRIL 2018
Wednesday April 25 8:00 P.M. $18 MITCH HAYES…. is a talented singer/songwriter whose songs will take you on an emotional journey through timeless themes of love and loss, joy and sadness and social consciousness. His music has often been described as Americana with an attitude and is as eclectic as the creative influences that have helped to shape his writing through the years. The listener will hear hints of the classic singer/songwriters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jim Croce, Cat Stephens, and even a little Neil Diamond or Warren Zevon. There will be elements of Folk, Rock, Country, Blues, traditional Bluegrass and once in a while, a bit of Reggae or Jazz. http://mitchhayesmusic.com
Being a songwriter means being a story teller and who doesn’t love a good story? Mitch says that what most inspires him to write is “life experiences, either my own or on occasion, those borrowed from someone else.” Some of his songs will make you laugh, some will make you cry, some will cause you to stop and think and some are just plain silly. A Mitch Hayes show is a wonderfully entertaining experience and one that should not be missed.

PLUS….Mitch will be joined by JERRY BURGAN (founder of WE 5) and THOLOW CHAN (of The New Christy Minstrels)…who will open the show with a new musical experience of just the two of them. Good music, history and wit. A dynamic night.

Thursday April 26 7:30 PM $15

Off My Head


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $15.00 (Cash Only)

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

Friday April 27 8:00 P.M.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday April 28 7:00 P.M. $20 Bob Stane says,”absolutely mesmerizing. Amazing music. World Renown. Huge act here. Call in now."

INCENDIO in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.

Their latest summer release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. Web Addess: incendioband.com

Some audience reactions to Incendio’s shows across their tour of the U.S. –
“Words can't describe the amazing talent of this band. But feelings can! This group plays with fire (hence "Incendio" or fuego) in their hearts. Fierce strumming and passion for "ethnic" music is both ubiquitous and intimate in their style of play. This music deeply inspires. Thanks so much for the fun Jim, JP, and Liza!” - Erik R.

“I'm so excited I will have the opportunity to see you in person… Your music is amazing! I'll be the one probably not able to sit in my seat for very long. – Rachel L.C.

Sunday Matinee April 29 2:30 P.M. $20

BOB STANE SAYS: "DIRTY CELLO is one of my all time favorites. We only get them about once every three years and they are so popular that I have them for only one Sunday afternoon. Then they continue their world wide travels. Great, gutsy singing, solid instrumentals to go with the voice.

Dynamic and a great show. Take advantage of my relationship with them and carve out a matinee of fun and wonderful music. Go to their web page: https://www.dirtycello.com
and hear their music and see them in venues in Europe (and all over). You will immediately reach for your phone to make reservations. This will be one of your best afternoonsat The Coffee Gallery Backstage. An electrifying, acoustic, full band show for your pleasure. It will please your ears and eyes."

DIRTY CELLO….From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Go to: https://www.dirtycello.com

"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz​

"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." LA Times

Go to: https://www.dirtycello.com

YOUTUBES:  Devil Went Down to Georgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K16hf1yWO7U

House is a Rockin’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_p9UR2TzAQ

Sunday April 29 7:00 P.M. $15

THE WHYMAN PROJECT…. is exciting, award winning, unique, stirring collaboration of strings, sax, accordion, and a rhythm section, performing an intriguing mashup of classical, jazz, and world folk music, and bringing fresh yet accessible music to listeners of all genres around Southern California. What could be more creative and fun?
TWP is the brainchild of Ryan Whyman, an exceptionally gifted pianist and composer. While attending California State University, Northridge, Ryan assembled a group of students to perform some of his compositions. As the ensemble continued to perform, it became evident that audiences wanted more of what they were hearing. The group took on the name “The Whyman Project” and went on to win the prestigious Beverly Hills Music in the Mansion concerts. Since then, The Whyman Project has performed at venues and events big and small, from galas, museums, and concert halls to coffee shops and art galleries all around Southern California. They also performed for Yo-Yo Ma at the Valley Performing Arts Center and at the internationally renowned jazz club, the Blue Whale while on a whirlwind tour around the Southland. The world is next. And they will wow the musical universe and make the trains run on time. This is a 7 person band of musical phenoms. They play all the instruments and put on a rollicking show of music and wit.
Ryan's original compositions and arrangements defy category. Yet, his music has the remarkable quality of being both sophisticated and accessible to audiences who find themselves transported between all manner of genres, time periods, textures and moods. A great way of spending a Sunday night. The ticket price is a gift to tempt you into our next solid introduction to the local musical world. Get them before the move on. As usual this will be an up close and personal presentation that you might not see in an intimate coffee bistro. Once again, take advantage of the power of The Coffee Gallery Backstage and experience THE WHYMAN PROJECT.

MAY 2018
Thursday May 3 7:00 PM $20


The Roadhouse Presents: A Tribute to the Texas Troubadours

Of all the musical regions where, American roots music has flourished, none has been as diverse, influential and deep as the Lone Star state of Texas.  With musical genres that range from Texas swing, Tex-Mex, busker street blues and country western to rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelia and jazz, it helped to define American-roots music for the last century. With a unique brand of singer-songwriter that has included artists like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker, a new approach to the craft of the American song was innovated. In the early 70s Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson shook the country music world in Nashville and turned Austin, Texas into a new scene for American music.
Legendary songs from these troubadours who formed the Americana music will be the highlight of this show. Songs by lesser known legends like Blaze Foley and yodeler Don Walser to the icons of Texas music like Waylon, Willie, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle and Doug Sahm will be celebrated.
Our special guests will include; Rick Shea, who’s new album, Sweet Bernadine was released last year, Alice Wallace, a new singer-songwriting with a yodeling twist and a new album, and KP Hawthorn from Calico the band.  The bill is rounded out by the best singer-songwriters and musicians in L.A. and Orange County Americana including Coyote Moon, Tim Tedrow, Owen Goldman, Michael Ann Azoulai,  Rj Chesney, Neil Rosengarden, Levi Petree, Joel Bennett and Robbie Mangiardi, Kassidy Heal, Pam Loe, Al Bonahmme and Chad Watson.


Friday May 4 8:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOUR BOYS…. Bob Stane says: We bring this ragtime, early jazz, Tin Pan Alley gang back over and over. Find out why. Guaranteed to please.

JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOUR BOYS…Gracing the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
She will be bring her biggest musical guns in the form of John Reynolds, Corey Gemme, Marquis Howell and Randy Worltz. It does not get any better
with extreme wit being added to the songs and playing of the best in the business. Always a full house. Always more fun and music that you might expect.
Ukulele Chanteuse Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys will bring you a rollicking feast for the ears, eyes and heart! Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, 20s & 30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive repertoire these merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads. Watch our for the Charming and Alarming Ms. Klein! Ho Do Dee Do! Hotsy Totsy
Saturday May 5 7:00 P.M. $20






THE LICATA BROTHERS - Our very own home-grown young talent are back for their Coffee Gallery Backstage spring concert, ready to share more original material from their THIRD CD now nearing completion. These lads, known for their passion for the best music of the past several decades, always have a few surprises for their audience - not the least of which is an occasional popular foreign language tune. As elder brother Jimmy wraps up his junior year in the prestigious Cal State Northridge Music Industry Studies program and younger brother Tony completes high school, look for a salute to their Latino heritage on this special Cinco de Mayo weekend. It's hard to believe this dynamic duo has been part of our Coffee Gallery family now for eight years, and they are so grateful for the unflagging support of so many musical mentors and CGB patrons.

CARBE - DURAND – Liza Carbé and J.P. Durand have bridged the worlds of classical and blues guitar for well over 20 years now. This married couple and professional partnership has traveled to China and, as co-founders of the "world guitar" group (and Coffee Gallery Backstage favorite) INCENDIO, perform over 130 dates a year. These tremendously gifted and generous souls have also mentored THE LICATA BROTHERS and now collaborate regularly with them on musical projects.

An explosive blend of youthful exuberance and world-class guitar mastery is definitely on tap for this special evening performance, ideally suited for the whole family.

Reservations are highly recommended as the last few shows have been SRO.

SUNDAY MAY 6 2:00 P.M. $20 WALT KEALE is nephew to the Hawaiian music legend, Uncle Moe Keale, and first-cousin to Skippy and Israel IZ Kamakawiwo’ole. Together with them he brings forward the voice & presence of the Ancestors.

Keale's story is rooted in the traditions of Niihau (Hawaii's "forbidden island"), where his mother's family has been for over a thousand years. His father's Arkansas family, seeds of the Dustbowl migrations to the ag-rich farmland of the San Joaquin Valley, lived humbly among ranchers, farmers and migrant workers. In his music you will hear the sounds of Niihau, the bluegrass of the Dustbowl & the latin rhythms of jarocho, cumbia & ranchera.

John Berger, the Honolulu Star Advertiser's "pre-eminent entertainment & nightlife writer" describes Keale's arrangements of Hawaiian music as "bold and unconventional, having taken it in fresh and imaginative directions."

Keale returned home to Oahu 20 years ago with his wife & daughter to establish himself as a musician & kahu (spiritual leader). His music brings forward the legacy of the Keale family.

"Keale's arrangements of Hawaiian music are bold and unconventional, having taken it in fresh and imaginative directions." John Berger, Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Sunday May 6 7:00 P.M. $20 ERIC ANDERSEN…a legend of all times. Absolutely a victory for The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Recommended by such publications as “Rolling Stone” and “The New York Times” and acts such as Bob Dylan. A star in America and Europe. We are honored and humbled.
“Andersen is the most elegant of singers. He is powered by the singular mix of irony and high romanticism.” Rolling Stone “A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” The New York Times. “Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.” Bob Dylan on stage at the Oslo Forum.
Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan and became one of the founders of the singer songwriter movement. His first LP for Vanguard was released in 1965. Over the past 40 years he has released over 25 CDs of original music including titles such as Today is the Highway, More Hits From Tin Can Alley, Blue River, Ghosts Upon The Road, Memory of The Future, Beat Avenue, The Street Was Always There, and Waves. His poetical songs have entertained and captivated audiences worldwide.
Real Gone Music, along with Sony Legacy and Featuring Tracks Chosen by Eric Andersen Himself, Is Releasing the Ultimate Retrospective of His Body of Work spanning 45 Years of Recordings Taken from 18 Different Albums

Author of such nonpareil songs as “Thirsty Boots,” "Blue River," “Violets of Dawn,” “Close the Door Lightly When You Go,” and “Is It Really Love at All” among many others, Eric Andersen is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to emerge from the fabled Greenwich Village folk scene of the ‘60s. But the one thing missing from his catalog of recordings is a true, career-spanning anthology chronicling every phase of his multi-faceted career.

Now, Real Gone Music, in association with Sony Legacy and the artist himself, presentsThe Essential Eric Andersen, a 2-CD, 33-track set that spans 45 years, ten different labels, and 18 different albums in offering the definitive look at his body of work. The highlights are too numerous to list but here are a few; the retrospective fittingly begins with two solo tracks from his 1965 debut Vanguard album Today Is the Highway before touching on such career standouts as his Blue River album (represented by four tunes including “Is It Really Love at All” and the title track with Joni Mitchell), its follow-up Stages (five songs including “Time Run Like a Freight Train” with Dan Fogelberg on background vocals), the tapes for which were lost for two decades before being found in the Columbia vaults, and even an unreleased track, a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” featuring David Bromberg on dobro. go to: http://www.ericandersen.com

He has appeared in the Joni Mitchell documentary, the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, and in the rock film Festival Express. Eric and his band garnered standing ovations at the 2017 Falcon Ridge and Philadelphia Folk Festivals. Eric divides his time between the Netherlands and New York.

WEDNESDAY MAY 9 8:00 P.M. $25

Bob Stane says: This group travels the world and we only get them once per year. This time on a Wednesday (only). They sell the venue out so call now. A fan fave.

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.

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. Made up of George Clements, Patrick M’Gonigle, Gabe Hirshfeld, Matt Witler, and Charles Clements, 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.

Thursday May 10 8:00 P.M. $20

Stephen Inglis was awarded Hawaii’s greetst musical honor a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

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, Waimaka Helelei, won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Na Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.

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, has just been released in the Spring of 2015.

Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He has played to sold out crowds at esteemed venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Stephen keeps expanding his musical range. And he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.

“Inglis’ pleasing vocals, clear lyrics, and skilled, dramatic guitar playing are soaked in good vibrations. Filled to the rim with naked emotion. Whatever your taste in music, it’s hard not to be moved” – Adam Harrington, Whisperin’ and Hollerin, U.K.

“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” – Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser. Web Page: www.stepheninglis.com

Friday May 11 8:00 P.M. $20


MICHAEL KEALE......Kalahoʻonani. His name was given to him by his grandfather. He was told it meant ‘day of glory’. But to the contrary, Michael Kalaho’onani Keale came from humble beginnings. He grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu during the 1950's. His mother was raised in the cane fields of Kaeleku, Maui and his father, on the beaches of Waikiki.
One of Michael’s early influences in music was his Uncle Wilfred “Moe” Keale. Moe started playing music in his teens and eventually became an accomplished actor and a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning musician. Uncle Moe became a role model for Michael, his brother Bill, his cousins, Nalani, Walt Mix-Kealekupuna and Skippy and “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole.

At the age of 56, Michael released his debut album Remember in July, 2010. It featured Michael’s crooning, silken bass vocals, and it received positive response from fans and critics alike for its mix of music from Hawai‘i’s past and present. This album earned Michael two prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Nominations in 2011 for “Island Album of the Year”, and “Most Promising Artist”.

In 2015, Michael released his second album “No Ka Beauty”, featuring ten tracks of traditional and contemporary favorites. This album was enthusiastically received as well, and garnered him three nominations at the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”, Island Music Album of the Year” and “Best Liner Notes”. In 2018, Michael is planning for the release of his third album, “Come Back Home” with the title track composed by Michael. He’ll include some family favorites and a few surprises as well! Please welcome Michael Keale to The Coffee Gallery Backstage – Altadena! http://www.michaelkeale.com/bio

Bob Stane says: This is a big time act. I will give you, below, my notes on his performance 2 years ago. 2 years is how long it took me to get him back. Grab this show.

My after the show comments….."A lovely show. Great voice like molasses and honey. Hawaaiian 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. Audiience loved it and him. Book him anytime. Is on tour from the island. Wife dances and manager sings very well. All deep into Hawaiian culture and music.”

Saturday May 12 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.

The BEATUNES revel in playing the greatest music ever written to an audience ranging from age 5 to 105. 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.

Friday May 18 8:00 P.M. $20

Bob Stane says: “she really ‘sells' her songs and has a lovely, lively fun show. Micky will be there. A great keyboard show by Alex Jules. The whole package."
COCO DOLENZ and The Great American Song Book…. With ALEX JULES on keyboard. Third encore at The Coffee Gallery Backstage because it is a fine, fine show.
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.


Two Shows

May 19 2:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. $18 ea.

JIM & ANNE CURRY…… The Songs Of John Denver,

Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne curry, deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John’s songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don’t worry; you already know the words to the songs!

The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Denver’s message is worth repeating: “Be kind to the Earth and to each other.”


We're very excited to announce the return of Deja Vu performing the music of CSN&Y at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Sunday, May 20th for a special matinee show! If you were able to attend one or both of this band's last 2 performances here, you know that they completely sold out well in advance, so we would encourage you to make your reservations early to secure your seat!

This particular show will once againl be performed all acoustically! When Crosby, Stills and Nash initially came together in 1968 and wrote the material for their first album, they would travel around to their friends houses in Laurel Canyon and perform the songs from start to finish using only acoustic guitars and their voices.

This show will be very much like that, the only exception being that they will be performing a greatest hits set which spans throughout the entire career of the iconic supergroup's nearly 50 year career.

You'll hear all of your favorites, Helplessly Hoping, Teach Your Children, Guinnevere, Down By the River, Love the One You're With, Just a Song Before I Go, Wooden Ships, Ohio, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Marrakesh Express, Deja Vu, Southern Man.......as well as some of the other great songs that the band has worked up and are excited to perform for you!

Distilling this material down to the most basic elements allows the beauty of the 3 and 4 part harmonies to shine through, and also showcases the intricate guitar parts and alternate tunings that are present in the songs. So please mark your calendars and make your plans to join us for this very special matinee presentation of the music of Crosby, Stille, Nash & Young!

"Sunday in the Afternoon, What have you got to lose?”


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

John York, Billy Darnell & Chad Watson

The best music this side of Bob Dylan and the Band.
Guitar heaven with former members of the BYRDS.

JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire. He has played with P.F. Sloan, The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins.

BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

SATURDAY MAY 26 7:00 P.M. $25



This five-member band consists of an array of talented musicians from the heart of Acadiana. The name of the band, "La Recolte" (The Harvest), was influenced by their desire to keep traditions alive and inspired the release of their debut CD "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes..." The band earned the distinction of “Best New CD of the Year” for the Annual “Le Cajun Awards 2014” sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association. The follow-up album "Le Deuxieme" claimed top honors for the 2016 CFMA Awards being nominated for Band of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, and Song of the Year. They have been featured on the Grand Ole Opry style show, Rendez-vous Des Cajun, at the historical Liberty Theatre in Eunice, LA, and Downtown Alive in Lafayette, La. Performed in New Brunswick Canada in August 2013 for the yearly Acadie Celebrations in the region and participated in the Congres’ Mondial 2014 in Northern Maine and New Brunswick. The West Coast has had the pleasure of enjoying their music at the Long Beach Bayou Festival in 2016.

La Recolte is traditional and highly influenced by the South Louisiana dance hall music of the mid-1900's. Belting out waltzes of relationships gone bad as well as driving two-steps that will get you pumping all night long. The earlier generations of Cajuns planted the seeds that would generate an abundance of Cajun music and culture. New generations continue to cultivate Cajun traditions because they "harvest" the “crop” of music and culture planted by generations of the past.
Accordion- Shane Bellard. Drums- Chris Lafleur. Fiddle- Joel Breaux. Guitar- Learlin Bellard. Bass Guitar- Paul Borel.

SUNDAY MAY 27 7:00 P.M. $20 AL PETTEWAY…. is a Grammy-Winning guitarist who has played nearly every type of popular, folk and classical music - as a soloist, as part of an ensemble, and as an onstage accompanist. He established a reputation as a world-class sideman by playing and recording with Jethro Burns, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton, Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Debi Smith, David Wilcox, Maggie Sansone, Bonnie Rideout and many more. Though his primary instrument has always been the guitar, he also studied lute, string bass, percussion and music composition. His compositions for acoustic fingerstyle guitar are strongly influenced by his love of Celtic music and his own roots in folk, rock and blues. He performs as a solo guitarist and with his wife Amy White as a duo, playing original and traditional music on acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, harp, piano, and percussion.

While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Al was awarded forty five "Wammies" by the Washington Area Music Association including the top honors of "ARTIST OF THE YEAR" and "MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR". He was also the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards for Music Composition. Al performed at the Vice President's House and The White House during the Clinton administration. He and his wife, Amy White were Artists in Residence at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Warren Wilson College where he has been the Guitar Week coordinator for the world famous "Swannanoa Gathering" music camp for over twenty years. In 2005, he was voted one of the Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of all Time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine's Player's Choice Awards. Al's CD "Caledon Wood" was included as one of the "Essential Albums of the past Twenty Years" in Acoustic Guitar's 20th Anniversary issue and his album "It's Only the Blues" was selected as one of the top ten "Essential Acoustic Albums of 2012." His newest albums are "Mountain Guitar" and "Dream Guitars, Vol II."

Al's Dream Guitars videos, his numerous recordings, music books, and instructional videos, have helped win him international acclaim and appearances on National Radio and Television Programs. His music has been featured in a number of films and documentaries including six documentaries by Ken Burns. His original composition "Sligo Creek" was used as the theme for the Emmy-Winning PBS series "The National Parks-America's Best Idea." In 2013 he was given the title of "Master Music Maker" by The Swannanoa Gathering and Warren Wilson College. In 2018, he was voted among the top ten guitar camp instructors by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine.


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