THE LICATA BROTHERS, DUANE THORIN, CHAD WATSON, PAM LOE, JP DURAND AND MORE, MORE, MORE.
Come in and get rid of the Tuesday Blues. A Bon Voyage Performance. Come sail with us.
Always a room full of enthusiastic folks when this combination of showmen appear, and this night will be very special indeed. When we learned that Jimmy Licata is headed to England’s University of Oxford until til late May, we found a last minute date in our calendar.. This will send him off in Jolly Olde Style. This is your LAST CHANCE til June!
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. Expect to hear lots of virtuoso guitar work and a few international classics.
They bring their exuberant showmanship to bear on tunes that could range from Cab Calloway, the Everly Brothers, Paul Simon, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, classic Surf, the Beatles, to Sinatra and even Bowie. They and THORIN will be backed up by supreme bass man CHAD WATSON of the Byrds and Beyond. Mandolins and guitars and even trombones will ring through the room as we also celebrate CHAD WATSON's 63rd Birthday. Leave room for cake, and prepare to be blessed by some wonderful duets from CHAD WATSON and his wife PAM LOE to celebrate the occasion.
THORIN is one of the Gallery's most respected vocalists singer, actor, songwriter and producer. Duane 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 brings he certainly brings a sound all his own to his original songs, blended with tonight's special material. Along with his charming humor and passion, THORIN plans to take a few moments on this night to pay some special tribute to a great friend of ours, the late P.F. SLOAN. THE LICATA BROTHERS and CHAD will add to this segment as they perform together to honor the man who wrote Eve of Destruction, Secret Agent Man, and so many other hits for the Grass Roots, Turtles and more.
Special guests for this Bon Voyage and Birthday event will be led off by JP DURAND of INCENDIO on electric guitar, PAM LOE on vocals, and even more surprises to delight.
HOOT and HOLLER….
get down with real Americana. A solid act with voices and multiple instruments.
Described as the perfect cross section of soulful grit and polished technique, you can expect the full range of dynamics when performing traditional and original old time fiddle tunes. Like a sonic cross-country road trip, you will hear the soundscapes from different parts of the country in their original songs: from the dirgy Louisiana swamp to the stark and sparse beauty of a Southwestern desert.
Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft. They are equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. www.hootandhollermusic.com
Both have received scholarships to the Blackpot music camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. When performing traditional music, be it old time/bluegrass/country, the priority remains of bringing their own voice to the stage. Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing their songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled.
Hoot and Holler has shared a bill with the notable acts: Ricky Skaggs, Red Tail Ring, The Revelers, Sam Moss, Roochie Roochie and The Ragtime Shepard Kings, Charm City Junction, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Dan Blakeslee, Sarah Jane Scouten, Hannah Shira Naiman, Twisted Pine, The Brother Brothers, Two Guys Named Ben and Lula Wiles. They've also played featured sets at the Blackpot Festival, New Jersey Folk Festival, and Bellingham Folk Festival.
THE STEVEN GRAVES BAND….
Authentic, heartfelt and masterful songwriting and orchestration are some of the acronyms that have described Steven Graves and his new release Captain Soul. With this new album this folk rocker leans a bit more into the edge of rock and roll with engaging insightful lyrics and catchy grooves that may remind the listener of many of the classic rock albums of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s but with an updated and fresh spin. There is a certain new age spiritualism that permeates through most of his compositions creating social awareness and commentary that is unique in today’s Rock and Americana genres. Graves has worked closely with grassroots organizations helping Native American communities for several years (he was nominated for a Native America Music Award in 2012). With the help of fan and musical advocate, Dennis McNally (who collaborated with the Grateful Dead for more than thirty years), the band has an ever-growing presence in the Grateful Dead and jam band circles. Growing up on country music, Graves brings elements of country, folk rock, Gospel and even reggae into his music. “I love music that’s both rocking and nurturing,” Graves tells jam band website, The Grateful Web. “ Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour to Lyle Lovett are big influences. Usually I prefer music that is less abrasive to the psyche because I want the music to nurture me and the listener. I think the instrumental part of Captain Soul is what draws people in initially,” said Graves. “But after awhile they start to listen to the lyrics and relate to these things in their own personal lives. It’s an intense time on planet Earth and when we listen to music like this, it reminds us that we’re not alone."
His band of veteran musicians have been delighting audiences throughout the Westcoast with the band frequently touring the Sierras, Oregon and Arizona! www.stevengravesmusic.com
The Mid-West Record writes, "..music for a reawakened consciousness, Graves has a sound that could lead the way to tomorrow".
The LA Music Critic writes, "This message-infused music provides ample food for thought, making Graves the Arlo Guthrie of his time".
Maurice Hope of the UK based Flying Shoes Review writes, " Highly charged the listener can't help but feel the electricity in the air."
Steven Graves (guitars, vocals)
Jim Coulson (drums, vocals)
Robbie Melendez (bass, vocals)
Duncan Shipton (guitars, vocals)
Bruce Wandmayer (sax and pedal steel)
MICHAEL MC GINNIS and FRIENDS
Annual Birthday Concert ---Celebrating “75” This could be the last one of these for a while, so don’t miss it. Come and share in a joyous evening of music and frivolity. As we said in the sixties, (I think) this could be one of those “Happenings”!!!
Don’t forget to call for reservations, it is a small club, and will probably sell out.
MICHAEL MC GINNIS and The original Rodeo Gypsies....Michael Mc Ginnis; Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actor, Story Teller, YMCA Camp Director/Chaplain, (the chaplain part is humorous!) Attention Deficit Survivor, (what?), and otherwise pretty good guy. Listed in the Folk Music Hall of Fame, has played for presidents, queens, and other assorted heads of state,. Captain Kangaroo even recorded two of his songs. (Well actually it was Mr. Moose, but it’s sort of the same thing, and for anybody under thirty/ forty, it doesn’t matter any way.)
David P Jackson: legendary player of most instruments, Hilariously funny, and a really good guy to have on your side when you’re trying to win over an audience.....
Jill Gordon: After years of touring with Mac Davis, and performing with the Palm Springs Follies, Action kid Jill from Dick Clark’s “Where the action is” is returning to the Rodeo Gypsies stage bringing the original band together again.
Stephen Geyer: is the finest guitar player in America today in this writer’s opinion. He has penned a number of chart breaking songs, and will blow you away with his musical energy.
TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON….
Celebrating the Quiet Beatle: Remembering George Harrison (on his Birthday) featuring Dave Humphries and the Hollywood Project with special guests
He was known as the 'quiet Beatle.' In the early days of the band, George Harrison stood in quiet concentration pulling out lead guitar work that was influenced by Elmore James and Carl Perkins. It was no small feat outgrowing the shadow cast by Lennon & McCartney as band mates. But, Harrison did that penning such classics as Taxman, Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun. He went onto to create a legacy of songs and albums that have stood the test of time. His classic songs like "My Sweet Lord," and "Beware of Darkness" have endured and stood the test of time.
Now for our tribute series at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, we bring you a night to Remember George Harrison on the occasion of what would have been his 74th birthday. The show will feature the fabulous Dave Humphries and The Hollywood Project. Humphries is a native of England and has built his career recordings albums continue the rock magic championed by The Beatles. He and the band could be described as Badfinger meets The Traveling Wilburys. Along with Hollywood Project's keyboardist, Wolfgang Grasekamp, Humphries tours the southland re-creating the era of The Beatles and inspiring us with his original rock 'n' roll songs. He will bring a magic twist to his take on George Harrison's songs. His past collaborations include work with Joey Molland of Badfinger and Tony Sheridan the original front-man for The Beatles.
Stephen Kalinich is better known as L.A.'s own Poet of Peace. After writing lyrics with The Beach Boys he embarked on a solo career that included collaborations with Dennis and Brian Wilson.
Singer-songwriter, author and photographer, Paul Zollo is one of the most important people in the L.A. music scene. He penned the essential book on songwriting simply titled, "Songwriters on Songwriting" and its recent sequel "More Songwriters on Songwriting." He has interviewed the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman. His songwriting talent can be heard on Daryl Purpose's new album, Still the Birds.
Rob Bonfiglio is an independent singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording artist. His solo career has found him championing power pop and a distinct rhythm and blues style.
Neil Rosengarden is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist and songster. He can be viewed on YouTube in trumpet duet with the legendary Al Hirt. He can also be seen frequently at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with his bag of magical instruments spicing up the music and playing his own original songs.
Nick Guzman is an extraordinary young musician who is well-schooled in the classic rock of the 60s and 70s. He has participated in the great Wild Honey shows at the Alex Theater in Glendale and has shared the stage with Stephen Stills.
This will be a great night to remember the birthday of the great George Harrison with some of the finest musicians from the southland.
Breathtaking guitar and a bit of singing. The quality of the guitar playing is world class and then some. This is a real victory for The Coffee Gallery Backstage
THE STRING REVOLUTION...Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are not only stellar guitarists, but also create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. Their knowledge of a wide range of musical styles, guitar techniques, and a clear dedication and passion for the project brought The String Revolution together. These musicians are at the top of their game, embarking on a debut recording followed by worldwide touring. Their new cd "Stringborn" was mixed and mastered in London by Grammy acclaimed Matthew Hyde, the man behind the board of famed guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela. Their live shows are second to none, with passion, humor and energy that will keep you going all night. Their shows also include recognizable songs that will be certain to BLOW your mind. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of instrumental music and guitar performance.
Members of The String Revolution include: Janet Robin, the brainchild of The String Revolution. With stints as a hired guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Michelle Shocked, Air Supply, and enjoying her career as a solo artist releasing CDs and touring internationally, Janet has also shared the bill with some of the best guitarists in the world-Tommy Emmanuel, Monty Montgomery, Kelly Joe Phelps, Nancy Wilson from Heart, and many others. In 2013, she was named one of the “Top 10 female guitarists” by Guitar World Magazine.
Daniel Schwarz, originally from Switzerland, Daniel has amazing versitile acoustic guitar abilities and skills on the slide guitar, dobro and mandolin. He is an acclaimed, working music composer and musician who tours frequently in Europe.
Art Zavala Jr., brings a unique, musical guitar perspective to the project, including singing, experimental rhythms, different tunings and original songs- and he enjoys a busy solo career performing regionally.
Markus Illko, originally from Austria, proves his classical training as well his fluency in many other styles of music. He has won several European composition awards and runs his own publishing company for film and tv. His inventive fingerstyle, impeccable technique, and arrangement talents are to be reckoned with!
No reservations. Just come on in. $10. Cash or check.
David Harvey Presents:
Do you love Indie Rock with a soaring Indie-Rock sound? How about soft Alt-rock with great harmony and melodies? And great Folk and Stories too?
Christiane Cargill Kinney... is a classically trained pianist who has myriad talents with a range from Celtic, Classical, to Indie and pop music. Her beautiful and powerful voice lifts up every song she sings. Christiane fronted the Los Angeles-based bands ELYN and Riddle the Sphinx, and now the new all-female band theSuffragettes. She has placed her songs on film & tv. Christiane co-founded the non-profit organization HeARTS Giving Hope, and was featured in Glamour Magazine's 2005 Woman of the Year issue, and honored with the Toyota Moving Forward Award for bringing music and art therapy to at-risk children. She brings Heart & Soul into everything she does! http://www.christianekinney.com/
Frequencies….Do you love the beautiful soft rock songs with wonderful harmony and melodies from the 70's? Songs that brought Love and Soul to the music you loved to sing to. Frequencies is an organic alternative band founded by Brad Swanson and Justin Souter. Their songs are not just about the trouble with being human, but offer stories of healing and transcendence. With their trademark vocal blend, Souter and Swanson makes their songs sing in your Heart. https://soundcloud.com/user-925521087
Arielle Silver…. is an author, editor, yoga instructor, and most importantly for us, a great songwriter. Her contemporary Folk songs bring freshness and rhythm to the stage. She has toured extensively, has shared the stage with respected acts, including Grammy winning band America, Jennifer Kimball (of Jonatha Brooke & The Story), Kris Delmhorst, St. Vincent (Annie Clements of Sufjan Stevens and Polyphonic Spree), Lindsay Mac, Jay Nash and more. http://www.ariellesilver.com/
And Special Guest… "A Word" With Dylan Brody!
Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. http://dylanbrody.com
“There is a love of this music by the performers that is obvious. A great example of how to do something the right way when many are just doing it, period.” Wind and Wire Magazine
Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. www.goldenboughmusic.com
Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, viola, penny-whistle and bodhran. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.
Blending their voices in pristine harmony, they back themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments, including; Celtic harp, penny-whistle, violin, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, guitar, harmonica, recorder and bodhran. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional folk music and captivates listeners with the uniqueness of their original compositions. With songs and instrumental pieces ranging from ballads to lively jigs, reels and sing-alongs, Golden Bough provides an atmosphere in which the listener can enjoy unique entertainment within and beyond the boundaries of traditional folk music. Their music is well received and enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
Juni Fisher’s one woman show is a finely tuned blend of superb songwriting, award winning vocal chops, and a storytelling style that is reminiscent of really good stand-up comedy. She was the first woman in history to win Western Music's Entertainer of the Year Award, and is the first and only woman to win the prestigious Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Museum. From heartfelt ballads of the west, to the blues, she uses her well timed banter to take her audiences away with her on a journey through beautifully crafted songs. You will love this woman's moxy! "Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances." says one journalist "At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit.” Well known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell says: "Juni Fisher is the best thing to happen to western music in a long time."
Fisher's awards for excellence in music include the 2005 AWA Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005 WMA Crescendo award winner, 2006, 2009, and 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2007 and 2011 WMA Song of the Year, 2008 WMA Songwriter of the Year, 2008 Western Heritage Wrangler Award Winner for Most Outstanding Western Album, 2009 WMA Album of the Year, 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2012 and 2017 True West Magazine Best Solo Musician, and 2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year. She competed in the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge in 2012, winning the Championship. Web Page : www.junifisher.com
CARBE DURAND in China. They go from The Coffee Gallery Backstage to the world and back to The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
If you have not tried them, do so in early March. The Coffee Gallery Backstage brings you the best of the best. You just have to drop in.
Carbé and Durand. Liza and JP. The two guitarists have bridged the worlds of classical and blues guitar for well over 20 years now. They are a married couple, a professional partnership, and, in the end, two people who very much love to play their guitars. They have traveled the country as co-founders of the "world guitar" group INCENDIO, performing over 130 dates a year since 2000. Their music for television and film has been featured in the hit movie "Bridesmaids", the History Channel's "History of Mexico", Law and Order, Burn Notice, Star Trek and so many more.
They are promoting their first duo guitar release, 2016's "A Bridge Between", which has enjoyed critical acclaim as well as international airplay on terrestrial radio and Pandora. http://www.carbeanddurand.com
CONSIDER THIS ONE OF THE GREAT TRIBUTE SHOWS PUT ON BY The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Fun folk to thrill your heart and your brain.
THE LION SONS are the closest thing to the original Kingston Trio that exists today. You bear witness to the energy, charisma, vocal power and acoustic emersion that transports you to a time when The Kingston Trio was the band everyone emulated, loved and appreciated for the purity of their sound and simplicity.
Josh Reynolds and mike Marvin are the son and nephew/adopted son of Kingston Trio original Nick Reynolds. They grew up in the same household spending much of their time accompanied by their childhood friend Tim Gorelangton; whose natural abundant musical talent and vocal tenacity was quickly identified by the famous Trio members. This was a musical home, an environment that was frequented by the biggest names in show business. Web Site Address: thelionsons.tv
Josh, Mike and Tim were inspired by, motivated by and intentionally or not, mentored by affiliation each time a famous performer sat down in their living room, picked up a guitar or banjo and sang a song. There was nothing more natural than playing the music that was around them. It took quite a few years before they were able to duplicate the sound that had won the hearts of the world. And now that harmony and lush acoustic fusion that identified and defined a musical era comes to life on the concert stage as The Lion Sons deliver in a way no one else can.
WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS….on a Terrestrial Tour…
The best of songwriters and musicians banding together for an evening of Western Parody and good times. Each member is a headliner of him, or her, self. For only $18 you can be delighted to the point of nirvana.
This is seriously good music and wry times. A ton of fun.
THEIR BIG 2017 TERRESTRIAL TOUR!
This is a band of musical stars. Read the copy.
WAHOO Records recording artists and 2017’s “Western Skiffle Band of the Year” WILL RYAN & the CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS return to southern California for their first Altadena concert in nearly a year.
In Person: WILL RYAN, Winner of 2 Gold Records, BMI’s Pioneer Award for songwriting, King of the Radio Cowboys; KATIE CAVERA, Slap-Bass Sultana of Western Swing; JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS, Legendary Plectrum Wizard; and BENNY BRYDERN, Pharaoh of the Fiddle and Peripatetic Raconteur, who will regale you with true tales of performing for an audience of thousands at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt in 2016 – the last of the Seven Wonders of the World.
To hear about performances at China’s Forbidden City, the Acropolis of Athens, or India’s Taj Mahal, come see and hear Will and his harmonious cohorts while they’re in town!
The Road House Series featuring Patrick Carrico presents A Tribute to Sun Records
In the early part of the decade of the 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee Sam Phillips helped to create a new sound soon called “Rockabilly.” But, Sun Studios and record company was really much more. It foreshadowed today’s Americana-roots music movement by featuring artists like BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Rufus Thomas, Barbara Pitman, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. Today it is considered the birth place of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Now singer-songwriter and rockabilly artist & your redhot host, Patrick Carrico brings you his highly successful Roadhouse Series, A Tribute to Sun Records. Special guests include Aireene Espiritu & the Itch (including Ed Tree & Debra Dobkin), Pam Loe, The Podunk Poets, Kassidy Heal, Eli Locke, Chad Watson, Neil Rosengarden, and Vern Monnett. Wow! What a cast. And what songs!
Join us for an evening of fun, entertainment and most of all, Rock ‘n’ Roll!
THE JANGLE BROTHERS
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.
Come see the legends sing and play.
Good humor and fun, too.
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.
Tickets a mere $18.
JC & Laney
Acoustic Americana Rockers & Balladeers
The first thing about JC & Laney that will stand out to you is Laney’s voice. Laney Greynolds calls upon her years of singing in Rock & Roll, Country & Pop Bands and takes all the styles she has mastered, all the professional fine-tuning and applies it with power and passion to the duo’s engagingly eclectic original music. She can belt them out with gospel fury and energy and then get playful and laugh-out-loud funny in the next tune. Laney is a singer’s singer who is as comfortable employing a bluesy growl as she is wringing every ounce of emotion out of a beautiful ballad.
Sooner or later, you’ll be able to finally take your eyes off of Laney and you’ll notice the other half of the duo. JC Scott and his acoustic guitar are the engine that drive this train and the solid foundations he lays down are what enables Laney to soar the heights and dive the depths of their varied repertoire. His years playing guitar and singing with such high-level musicians & creators as Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins and Weird Al was a graduate education preparing him to create his life’s work with Laney. JC’s guitar playing is brilliant in a non-flashy, subtle fashion with every note and every rhythm only what is needed to serve the songs. His voice is like a second-hand leather coat, instantly comfortable and familiar and worn in just the right places while still being new and exciting. It’s the perfect mix for the polish of Laney’s voice.
But the real stars of the act are probably the songs! In 2016 their 7th CD “Hard Road to Easy Street” as well as 2 songs from it were in the 1st round for the 58th Grammy Awards. In fact, these two have been churning out award-winning CDs for nearly a decade and each are full of toe-tappers, heartbreakers, and songs of joy and laughter. You’ll find yourself singing along to songs you never heard before; that’s how compelling they are. They have a catalog of about 80 original compositions and a full night of their music is going to fly right by! We can’t say enough about how much we love and respect this act. www.jcandlaney.com
The Guest act for the evening is Jim “Kimo” West a regular headline act at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. He is a renowned interpreter of slack key and Hawaiian licks and also toured with Weird Al Yankovich. There is a lot going on in this show and you should be on hand.
is Patrick Rieger, Olivia Sandoval, Adam Hall, Liam Lewis and Vito Gutilla.
Although Los Angeles based, their sound is pure Midwestern-woods, at dusk. Whiskey Sunday combines their shared roots of Irish folk, with a hearty pour of Americana, Prairie winds, and river-side cabin hymns. In their music, you'll hear references of an older time. Bitter-sweet tragic stories hidden in joyful harmonies. Whiskey Sunday will bring the lake-house out in any Irish-American, folk lover. Music that asks you to pour something single-malt, sit on the porch, and sip reverently.
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THE RED GUITAR
ANOTHER CUTTING EDGE AFTERNOON OF SOPHISTICATED MUSIC AND PROSE @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage
Imagine receiving an invitation to a gala featuring John Coltrane, Sigmund Freud, and Faust. Bruce Forman’s “The Red Guitar” is all that more. It draws on Forman’s decades of experience as a formidable jazz guitarist and his considerable skill as a storyteller and teacher, producing a work that is greater than the sum of its dazzling parts.
A story in and about jazz, The Red Guitar showcases Bruce Forman’s genre—breaking inventiveness and his ability to improvise and create within a classical form. Enlisting the full power of the jazz idiom and integrating it with seasoned and provocative story-telling, he confronts the dilemma of artistic obsession face-to-face—by creating a work of art that simultaneously explores and demonstrates the hold that music has over its most ardent followers, the hold that poses itself as a life-or-death, must-be-solved-question to Forman and his ilk: “The Red Guitar. Do you play it…or does it play you?
See where you stand. See and hear The Red Guitar. Bob Stane says, “Bruce Forman is a respected man of music and words and a well regarded person in the industry. Be assured of an eye opening afternoon."
See where you stand. See and hear The Red Guitar
Bob Stane says: This is a well rounded show put on by the experts of music.
Fun. Funny and great renditions of the standards of torch and accessible Jazz.
AND THEN SOME.
Suzy pushes all the buttons. This is good stuff.
Declared "LA's Diva Deluxe" by the LA weekly, will expand on the autobiographical set she debuted at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in December, peppered with a little pissed-off political song-commentary. The genre is modern jazz, ala Anita O'Day. Suzy's been around the block, performing from Carnegie Hall to the Canary Islands with Stormin' Norman and has performed with some greats: Marc Shaiman, Van Dyke Parks, Buster Poindexter, The director Nicolas Ray, Pilolobolus Dance Company. Praise for Suzy's authenticity and energy has been heaped on her by Bette Midler, Horace Silver, Eubie Blake, Odetta and Hadda Brooks. Her witty and tuneful original songs will keep your attention..
Big band-leader Steve Weisberg will accompany her on piano, and her special guest will be her ex-husband and exquisite songwriter, Bill Burnett.
As usual, she has no idea what hair color she'll wear or if she'll be elegant and contained or go bonkers! You can be the witness of something new and fresh despite her vast experience."
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
ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST
"ReZist" is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. “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.
And, if memory serves….appeared at The White House in Washington, D.C. Yes, that White House. And he had guys to look out for him and protect him. He is unworldly clever in music and words and a sharp intellect. He is of star quality. We can only get him for the mid week slots.
In big demand on weekends and National Parody Month…which is every month. He really is good and oh-so-clever. Several times at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and deserves to sell out the room. He will cleanse your soul and tingle your funny bone.
DAVID GANS with special guest Craig Marshall OF CUBENSIS.
A David Gans "solo electric" performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match - it's never the same show twice, but it's always worth a listen. With Craig Marshall of Cubensis
Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Grateful Dead music today and an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right, David Gans has now shared with us his own well-crafted and heartfelt interpretations of some of the Grateful Dead’s best songs on It’s a Hand- Me-Down, released November 27th, 2015 on his Perfectible Recordings label.
Gans approaches Grateful Dead music with a unique range and a rare degree of mastery on multiple levels: as a noted writer (his most recent volume, This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead [Nov 2015], co-authored with Blair Jackson, presents the definitive story of the Grateful Dead in their own words), commentator, and radio-show host he has introduced, contextualized, and exposed Grateful Dead music to generations of Deadheads and casual fans. As a musician, singer, and impresario he has brought the music to life in solo and ensemble configurations. As an interviewer and documentor, he has chronicled the Grateful Dead experience from a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives, as an insider, an outsider, and a songsmith. It’s a Hand-Me- Down sets some of the Dead tunes Gans most enjoys performing in a “solo electric” context closely modeled on his performance style, making extensive use of looping and electronics to bring the sort of shimmery elastic feel required to do this material justice. A “solo electric” performer combining original material with interpretations of songs from various sources, strong vocals, and layered instrumentals using a looping device, all in service of the song.
THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO….returns for the fourth time to explore harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, and this foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song. Catch their rise in show business and their upward curve. Don’t let them get into a realm where we cannot afford them before you
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The Honeys have headlined the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the SheSings Festival, the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival, and have been showcase artists at FAR-West. They have also performed at the Broad Stage, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, the Grand Annex, TedX Temecula, and the Shedd Institute for the Arts, and even opened for the Manhattan Transfer. Called “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today” by John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer, The Honey Whiskey Trio is a group you don’t want to miss experiencing live.
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