Respectful, record-accurate, live performances of the best music ever written. It’s fun. It’s fabulous.
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…..Website: TheBeatunes.com
Treat yourself to an afternoon of International Songwriters In The Round from Denmark, France, Ireland, Sweden, the UK and US, hosted by Brett Perkins.
Arcadia born Perkins, first known on the local music scene as front man for 80's power pop act The Sneaks, has called Denmark home for the past two decades, with a well established music career that's taken him to thirty eight countries thus far as a writer, performer and presenter.
The well traveled troubadour returns to California each January on a coastal tour featuring artists from numerous countries, fondly referred to as 'Touropeans'. With a music industry career spanning four decades as an artist, educator and presenter, Listening Room Retreats founder Brett Perkins has traveled to 38 countries thus far, working with thousands of artists through past roles including Founder/Copenhagen Songwriters Festival, CEO/National Academy of Songwriters (Hollywood, CA), Publisher/SongTalk Magazine (US), Producer/Salute To The American Songwriter (Beverly Hills, CA), Executive Director/Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation (US), Founding Partner/Unisong International Song Contest.
The Coffee Gallery concert is part of a ten day California coastal tour with shows from Big Sur to Los Angeles.
The 3:00pm-5:00pm concert will feature songs by Gabriel Davey (IR), Sten Flader (SE), Burton Jespersen (US), Susan Marie James (US), Tony Gwynne (UK), Magali Michaut (FR), David Starr (US), Kim Stuker (DK), Birgitte Tirsvad (DK) and John Roy Zat (US), many of which penned during the Listening Room Songwriters Retreat Perkins annually produces in Northern California.
“Returning to Coffee Gallery Backstage after two back to back sold out shows last fall….”
JILL FREEMANwith Angela Lloyd
“Returning to The Coffee Gallery Backstage after two back to back sold out shows last fall….”
What would happen if Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill and Carl Jung collaborated on an album inspired by folk tales? Scary? Intriguing? Stunning? Chances are you’d get an insightful mixture of beautiful melodies, haunting lyrics, moody and eclectic instrumentation – and one long journey through the psyche of humanity’s greatest desires, pleasures and fears.
This is exactly what acclaimed singer/songwriter Jill Freeman has created on her new CD “A Handmade Life.” Using old folk tales as her starting point, Jill explores the subconscious underpinnings of these timeless and often very disturbing stories and how they reflect the human experience. “A Handmade Life” is made further compelling by the music that blends a singer/songwriter sensibility with intricate arrangements and instrumentation, painting cinematic pictures that urge the listener to join Jill on the entire trip.
“A Handmade Life” marks a new chapter and an impressive evolution in Jill’s long career as a singer/songwriter/performer. A native Los Angeleno, her debut solo effort, “Songs About Sex and Depression,” garnered tremendous reviews for her idiosyncratic and highly personal songwriting.
Jill’s songs and voice have been heard on film and television including “New Girl,” “Roswell,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Melrose Place,” and “The Oranges.” Her song “Kisses Good” was recorded by EMI artists Once Blue and appeared in Touchstone Pictures’ “Mister Wrong” starring Ellen DeGeneres. Additionally, Jill collaborated with blues guitar legend Robben Ford for his release “Keep On Running.”
Joining Jill will be her husband and producer Joel Wachbrit on guitar, Steve Nelson on bass, Debra Dobkin on drums, Tommy Reeves on keys and accordion, and George Landress on guitar and dobro.
"A masterpiece of audacious proportions. A stunning, truly ambitious achievement. The kind of album songwriters talk about someday making….” — American Songwriter
"A Handmade Life is not quite like anything I have ever heard before - this is dramatic in the extreme, the music written for maximum effect.” – No Depression
"This album is an absolute masterpiece. If Jill Freeman doesn’t write another song she can wake up every morning, turn on the CD player and say to herself, ‘job done.'” — Folk Radio UK
Angela Lloyd was raised with three languages in Caracas, Venezuela. English, Spanish and Musica.
'La mano fofa', a Venezuelan expression for "the open hand" describes Angela’s performances. An open hand extended to the listener, creating space for the panoramic view as well as the smallest detail.
A one-woman band, Angela’s orchestra includes autoharp, washboard, baritone ukulele, spoons and bell. From Cinderella’s early childhood to the New Orleans young boy who collected the money regularly at the public fountain - you’ll find an eclectic mix of traditional story and contemporary poetry and song.
Angela Lloyd is “Diagonally parked in a parallel world” — Barbara McBride Smith - Emcee, Winter Tales Festival, Oklahoma City
Professional touring band, THE ROCK BOTTOM BOYS, have been serving up a ‘bone-a-fied’ act to audiences across the western states since 2009, exciting and entertaining all ages with spine tingling three part harmonies, homespun vocal styling, boot stomping music and well-seasoned showmanship.
Presenting iconic rock hits in a blue grass style, THE ROCK BOTTOM BOYS make the songs their own by taking them apart and rebuilding thrilling new renditions with parts and pieces borrowed from traditional tunes seductively blending the familiar and unexpected. For example, songs like Wilson Pickett’s ‘Mustang Sally’ and Ozzy Osborne’s ‘Crazy Train’ are blended with 19th century songs like ‘Wabash Cannonball’ and ‘Mule Skinner Blues’. Fresh arrangements, updated lyrics and comedic presentations give new life to these old favorites.
While the heart pumping music alone is irresistible, once engaged folks are riveted by the boys’ rib-tickling notions and plainspoken sentiments. THE ROCK BOTTOM BOYS tell a story with nearly every song leaving audiences glued to their seats in anticipation of what might be next. Check these guys out
LARRY B. WILDER... brings folks together with his banjo, guitar and a repertoire of hundreds of Americana songs, both traditional and original. Having opened for Pete Seeger, he continues Pete's tradition and belief: "The best music is everyone singing together." He also delights with virtuoso yodeling that shows why he was named National Yodeling Champion.
Larry has performed 2000 shows on national and international stages, bringing his heart and passion for Americana music directly to his audiences through stellar musical performances intertwined with the compelling stories behind the artists and songs. His original songs reach into the soul of his Americana roots and connect strongly with his enthusiastic fans. Larry’s dynamic and upbeat personality keeps the show moving and the people involved.
Raves include: “A great performer with an awesome gift for involving the audience.” . . . Ron Thomason, High Mountain Festival Director, Westcliffe, CO
He goes deeper into the realm of America’s music through folk artists Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly plus classic composers such as Irving Berlin. Larry is highly skilled in knowing which of these songs will resonate with the people in each venue. He creates fast-paced, energetic shows that draw from all of these elements for an engaging Americana experience for his audiences. Web: www.larrywildermusic.com
Larry has toured the country, performing in festivals, events and concerts. He has also performed internationally, touring Japan and Europe while headlining festivals such as the Banjo Jamboree in the Czech Republic.
ANNELA FLORES is a singer-songwriter classically trained as a mezzo-soprano and experienced in musical theater, Annela brings her vibrant vocals and storytelling presence to the stage. She discovered her passion for soul and jazz while pursing a degree (newly graduated) in music therapy from the University of the Pacific. Annela's debut album, “Roots” was released in May 2016 and is a soulful storytelling influenced by folk, jazz, and R&B.” Annela will accompany herself on piano and guitar (and maybe ukulele) performing an array of original compositions and covers of familiar tunes. Her authentic melodies and autobiographical lyrics convey universal stories. http://www.annelaflores.com/my-music.html
CHRIS JONES AND THE NIGHT DRIVERS…..
From The Wall Street Journal to Bluegrass Unlimited, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are recognized for making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they're delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that's won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California's Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones' voice is there with the great masters.” Americana artist Jim Lauderdale said of Chris, "He continues to have one of the most distinctive and best voices in music, period.”
The Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance, who appear regularly on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction-Chris Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger, who co-hosts Del McCoury's SiriusXM show. Chris is a two-time IBMA Broadcaster of the Year. The band is also becoming known as a songwriter's bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band's current songs, and all four members contributing material. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” In total, Chris and the band members have won 8 IBMA awards.
The band is led by Chris' soulful lead-singing and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Ned Luberecki, a busy session banjo player in Nashville, brings both a reputation for fresh and inventive banjo work and his well-known humor to the stage. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band's strong rhythmic foundation. Web Site Address: http://chrisjonesgrass.com
$10. Cash or Check. No reservations. Come on in.
David Harvey Presents:
Do you love insanely smart and weird songs? How about great harmonies with melodies that stay with you for days? And jazz and blues songs that will Wow you?
James Hurley….Do you remember reading about Troubadours in school? Those iconic artisans of music who traveled from castle to castle singing stories of love, history, and legends throughout the land? Well, James Hurley is a modern-day Troubadour - his songs are full of great hooks, blues, jazz, folk, and with lyrics that ring with splendorous insights into the London Bridge, Mushrooms, Bugs, Whispers, and Vampires to name a few. If you have never heard James before you'll be an instant fan! www.jameshurleymusic.com
Chauncey Bowers...is one amazing guy - a former Phd. biologist who writes songs. And these are not your mama's songs. He's like a spider that crawled into your brain with this true chord that you can't shake. He is fearless - with subjects ranging from bad dates, to sunsets that aren't romantic, to demons...and then he'll drop in a song so poignant that you'll find tears running down your face - and all rendered with strong driving chords and melodies you won't forget. Truth sings in every word. A few years ago he has came out with his first CD which is amazing! https://www.reverbnation.com/chaunceybowers
Lisa Turner…. is a goddess of power folk songs - think Celtic meets Melissa Ethridge ringing in your ears. Her songs are deeply personal yet universal. Lisa is all Heart and Soul. Her crystalline voice will weave words that will captivate you and leave you wanting to hear more! https://www.reverbnation.com/lisaturner
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
AJA GAMPLE…A Hawaiian Delight.
ALOHA!!! Come and enjoy a night of sweet Hawaiian music, story telling, and hula with the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar styling’s of Oʻahu’s own Wahine Kī Hoʻalu, Aja Gample. Following the release of her debut CD, Aja is here for one night only to warm your winter evening with songs of Hawaiʻi both old and new, accompanied by the Hula of Keiki o Ka ʻAina and friends. So, Hele mai! Come down to the one and only Altadena Coffee Gallery Backstage, to relax and listen to the sweet sounds of the islands. http://www.ajakihoalu.com
THE HARDLY SISTERS…..
Hardly Sisters is a five piece original acoustic folk band. With influences from Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and even Celtic, Hardly Sisters brings big vocals and harmonies to all their songs. They also incorporate various instruments into their performance, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Mandola, Mandolin, Harmonica, & Accordion. They have a lot of fun storytelling songs and well as beautiful ballads. The members of the band have been playing together on and of in various stages for 30 years. "We're Hardly Sisters because we're hardly sisters.”
The Ne’er Duwels: Irish Music Meets World Sounds and Rhythms
The Ne’er Duwels’ innovative fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary world sounds comes to the Coffee Gallery! “It’s always exciting to hear musicians as good as this . . . a fresh new slant to traditional music” says Ann Peck McBride of The Celtic Music Hour. "They have a great sound!" raves Larry Kirwan (Black 47) on Celtic Crush/Sirius XM.
The "real deal" from Ireland, Ken O’Malley's rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence have delighted audiences for over 30 years. "He holds nothing back. Whether singing a passionate ballad, playing a solo on the mandolin, or explaining the gloriously sad history of Erin his homeland, Ken O’Malley is all-in, wide open to the world, and as true as an arrow’s flight. Ken’s fine tenor voice could carry him through a show all alone, but he backs himself beautifully on guitar and mandolin. . . .His wonderful wit and good humor draw us in and carry us along, and the beauty of his songs, both traditional and original, fills us with irresistible joy."
Joining Ken onstage is Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. He is an expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes and as such is a much sought after teacher and consultant. His work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions.
Bryan Dobbs is the “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels. Originally from New Mexico, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that traverses the musical spectrum, accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster.
Grammy award winning percussionist Forrest Robinson provides the heartbeat of the ensemble. An alumni of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Forrest has traveled the globe to perform with such artists as India Arie, Victor Wooten, Arrested Development, TLC, and many others. A lover of Celtic music and rhythms, Forrest drives the rhythm that combines The Ne’er Duwels' unique, eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and song with a modern, electronic edge. www.kenomalley.com www.neerduwels.com
The band began when Ken enlisted Bryan and Pat to join him for a weekend of shows in a casino near Las Vegas and it was there that the magic began. Later, Forrest met Ken by chance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, another flame was lit and the four became the Ne’er Duwels.
TOMMY’S CONGO 4.
Tommy’s Congo 4 playing old-timmy music from the 1800’s to 1920’s and beyond featuring mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass played by Tom Marion, John Reynolds, Frank Fairfield and Oliver Steinberg. A group that has absolutely no adherence to the modern world, nor do they care!
Zac Sokolow will be playing guitar in place of John Reynolds. Zac is from the big band THE AMERICANS.
Solo acoustic guitarist Andre Geraissati will be performing a retrospective set with original compositions from his long career as an innovative improvisational musician, bringing the unique flavor of his homeland, Brazil. His acoustic, intimate sets have transported audiences worldwide. Join us for an unforgettable evening.
February 2nd will mark the 59th memorial anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens.
For the February, Winter Dance Party edition of The Roadhouse Series featuring rockabilly talent, Patrick Caricco, we will celebrate the life and legacy of the great Buddy Holly. When he died at 23 years old, he left behind a series of rock 'n' roll recordings that would influence generations of future artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. His hits like "That'll Be The Day," "Rave On" "Not Fade Away," and "Peggy Sue," are only a few of the songs that are now an important part of the American Songbook.
Our special guest for the evening will be folk music legend, Carolyn Hester and her daughter, Amy Blume. Carolyn was label mates on Norman Petty's Corral Records with Buddy Holly. Buddy played on her first sessions and they became fast friends.
Also appearing with be Kassidy Heal, JP McDermott, Wendy Sue Hunt, Matt Cartsonis, Chad Watson and Vern Monnett.
If you have heard Laurence Juber even once, you could pick the “voice” of his guitar blindfolded out of a hundred different guitarists. This is an international star and fills the
room every time at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Close your eyes and you'll hear 3 guitarists…Open them and you'll see one inspired solo player!!!! Laurence Juber is considered to be one of the leading acoustic guitarists of our generation. His masterful fingerstyle playing combines elements of jazz, blues, rock and folk with a distinctive voice that transcends musical boundaries. See him perform and you will understand why Paul McCartney hand-picked him to become lead guitarist for Wings. This is a show for all musical tastes.
"The moods he can pull out of a single Martin acoustic are pretty astounding"- Guitar Player magazine
"One of the most gifted and versatile fingerstyle guitarists on the scene"
- Acoustic Guitar Magazine. "Stunning fretwork" - Fingerstyle Guitar.
"A provocative guitar perspective" - L.A.Times
"A rather spectacular guitarist …..Amazing and innovative creativity"
- L.A. Jazz Scene
According to legendary producer and lyricist Kim Fowley, “John York is the last pure voice of the Silver Sixties to make it intact into the 21st Century” As an ex-Byrd, John is actively mining the deeply resonant connection to the music of Bob Dylan that the Byrds have maintained throughout their career.
John has appeared many times at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with Barry McGuire and with the Jangle Brothers. This show will be a unique solo afternoon concert of Bob Dylan songs sung by an artist with deep historical connections to the music and muse of our recent and favorite Nobel Prize winner.
Don’t miss this one!
LET THE FIRE IN YOUR SOUL ESCAPE!!!
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.
INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). incendioband.com
A Fan review of INCENDIO….“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.
Guinness book of records Fastest Fiddle player in the World, FRANKIE GAVIN, comes to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. This show will feature Frankie on Fiddle Viola and tin whistle.
Bob Stane says : “Last time here Frankie Gavin played The Coffee Gallery Backstage to a sell out in the middle of the week. The fiddle/violin folks went nuts. I had a bunch of professionals in the audience and every violin fan and student who knew about the show came. He is billed as the fastest fiddle player in Europe and maybe, also, the best. Big name value. His play tinges on the esoteric with maybe some jazz interpretations but always on Irish songs. Very interesting and entertaining and "real" musicians love him. Of course he got standing encores. He sold a ton of cds.”
At the age of seventeen, he won All Ireland competitions for fiddle and flute. Originally influenced by the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, and Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars: The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, and Yehudi Menhuin as well as with many of the great contemporary players and singers of Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music. In 2010, he officially became the world’s fastest fiddle player when he playedThe Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!
In his time, Gavin has played for four American presidents, starting, as a six-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland, for Presidents Clinton, Bush and Barack Obama. He has also played for the France’s President Mitterand, Britain’s Prince Charles and Prince Albert of Monaco. The plain fact is there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today.
He has performed and recorded with legends such as The Rolling Stones, Earl Scruggs, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Jazz legend, Stephane Grappelli. This time he comes on a Sunday. Easy for all.
EUROPEAN DECADENCE AND FUN. FROM THE BALKANS TO YOU
HET HAT CLUB and The LAURA LACKEY’S RHYTHM REVIEW…..
The Hét Hat Club is an international travelling gypsy jazz & Balkan quartet based in Budapest, Hungary. They combine original arrangements of classic gypsy jazz standards with explosively energetic Balkan folk music. Through their music, they will take you across a musical tour of Europe exploring 1930s and 1940s Parisian swing while passing through Transylvania, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria. The Club performs as only musicians can who honed their skills as buskers on the streets of Europe.
Their music combines originally arranged gypsy jazz standards and energetic Balkan folk melodies. : www.hethatclub.com
Their current formation includes: Valentin Desmarais (FR) – Saxophone…Isaac Misri (US) – Guitar…Antonio D’Erchie (IT) – Guitar… Balázs Fischer (HU) – Double Bass
Laura Lackey's Rhythm Revue The band made their way into the nightlife of Budapest, playing bars and cafés such as Szimpla and Gödör. Laura Lackey’s Rhythm Revue have toured in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, the USA and played festivals including Am Ende Der Wald Festival, Berlin and Sziget Fesztival, Budapest. The band has been an international mix of American, Hungarian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Polish and French musicians, often featuring guest performances. With classic instrumentation including double bass, trumpet, snare drum, piano and acoustic guitar they are led by vocalist Laura Lackey who began playing music in the San Francisco Bay Area and later in New Orleans, New York, London, Vienna and Berlin with the Sour Mash Hug Band, the Whiskeyhickon Boys and Polish Coffee. : http://lauralackey.wix.com/rhythm-revue
The Rhythm Revue is Laura Lackey on vocals and guitar, Tóth Péter on trumpet, Valentin Desmarmites on double bass Gregory Zeigler on snare drum and frequently featuring many talented guest artists from around the world. The performance is always fresh featuring instruments such as trombone, washboard and keys! Melding the best of early twentieth century swing with the many voices of todays living jazz musicians! The current formation is lead by Bay Area vocalist Laura Lackey and includes Ross Plunkett on trumpet, Cricket Seuss on saxophone, Attila Kovacs on double bass and Katie Grenell on guitar. LLRR play all shades of Americana Roots Music! New Orleans Jazz to Blues and Gospel. They play standards in their own style and many original songs based in the improvisational traditions of jazz and blues.
Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. She is, as Skope Magazine states, “a refreshing burst of unrestrained love and feeling… It’s simply a joy to listen to her spirit break free.”
Christie has been seen many times on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her compositions have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, plus various festivals and venue performances across the US, Canada and Taiwan.
Her album "Live at the Hideaway Cafe" was one of three finalists for "Best Album of 2014" (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), including the song "Love Who You Are" nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category "Songs for Personal Transformation.”
A beautiful blend of raw talent and positive energy, Christie gives mind-altering performances every time.
“… One of the most shockingly moving interludes we’ve ever had. It was more than the fluid, neck-tapping virtuosity. She seemed to radiate joy. “ – Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots, Nashville, TN.
OFF OF MY HEAD
A show of real life, irreverent, funny, and sometimes poignant stories that thrill, tickle and inspire told by local experienced storytellers.
Storyteller/ Author - Ty Fance
Storyteller/ Author - Beverly Mickins
Comedian/ Actor - Stan Sellers
Storyteller/ Writer - Ellen Switkes
Storyteller/ Speaker - Tony Jacobsen
Ty Fance - performs at The Story Salon, The Altadena Coffee Gallery Backstage Theater, the Hollywood Improv and the Pasadena Ice House Comedy Club. Published book of ten autobiographical short stories entitled - "Off My Head and Over the Fence".
Beverly Mickins - is the founder and producer of Story Salon the longest running story telling venue in California. She is an actor and singer and will be reprising her live show "Party Pack" combining singing standup and others storytelling performers
Stan Sellers - is an actor and a comedian. He tells stories at the Story Salon, and other venues in L.A. and the Valley.
Ellen Switkes has performed personal stories since 2006. She was on the board of LA Story Works, which produced the LA Storytelling Festival. She was producer and host of Cornucopia, the storytelling show at Actors Workout Studio. She is currently a co-performer and co-writer of Ladies Who Lunch. For the past 10 years, she's been an active volunteer with Koreh LA, a reading program that tutors at risk children in the LAUSD.
Tony Jacobsen - In addition to storytelling, Tony is an author, public speaker, and creator of "Disable Your Disability."
THE BURGANS with TERRY RANGNO
Jerry and Debbie Burgan have been delivering their uniquely entertaining repertoire of folk songs to music to fans for over five decades. Joining The Burgans for this appearance will be long-time friend and bassist, Terry Rangno. Terry’s versatility, bold vocals and solid bass playing provides the anchor for We Five concerts--and can often be heard in LA area R&B clubs. Combined with Debbie and Jerry, he gives the group’s vocals and instrumentation a special twist--adding new meaning to the term power trio.
The Burgans with Terry Rangno bring an unrivaled level of musical integrity to every performance. Drawing on classic folk-based material with stellar 3-part harmony in a musical presentation honed by decades of experience in concerts, recordings and TV work, the trio takes audiences from heart-wrenching, whisper-quiet ballads, to high energy, uplifting anthems of the folk era—and it’s all bound together with humor and historical relevance. When the songs and stories strike a nerve—spontaneous laughter and spirit-lifting sing-alongs often erupt filling the room with a magic only achieved by a shared common experience.
Between songs, every audience receives up close and personal tidbits from their fascinating recollections—some of which have been recorded in Jerry’s favorably reviewed book, “Wounds To Bind—A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution.”
Jerry, was co-founder of the iconic group, WE FIVE, whose smash recording of You Were On My Mind topped the charts and was nominated for the “Best Vocal Performance” Grammy in 1965. Together with Debbie, We Five’s lead singer since 1967, this talented duo has been delighting fans of classic folk at venues ranging from the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival to the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, where they’ve recently delivered special request programs featuring the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
One of our most consistently entertaining musical acts, Jerry, Debbie and Terry go back with Bob Stane to his Ice House days. They were the first group called to test drive the new Coffee Gallery Backstage venue and continue to be one of our favorite acts each time they take the stage. Make your reservation now and bring some friends to join the fun.
THE FOLK COLLECTION…..
Just plain folk fun. Fine music. Nostalgia and humor. The Coffee Gallery Backstage has headlined them many times over the years. Always perfect for everyone. We really like them. Treat yourself
and sing along as we used to. The Folk Collection is a high energy three-part-harmony folk trio based in Southern California. Our music is a tribute to the songs made famous by The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver and other great artists of the folk era. From "Blowin' in the Wind" and "This Land is Your Land" to "Four Strong Winds" and "Greenback Dollar." our shows are nostalgic and entertaining. We are family friendly, blending our music with jokes and humor.
THE FOLK COLLECTION could just as well be named the "Singing the Classic Songs of the '60s Folk Era" group. Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota grew up in the 1960's, when they fell in love with the story songs and 3-part harmonies of that acoustic era. Ed and Tony have been a duo on and off since their days at Hollywood High School, and Mike joined the group in 2003.
Much of their repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. They have been influenced by the well-known groups of the era, but they have their own blend, sound - and humor. Audiences get a real kick out of their unique medley arrangement of the great TV Western theme songs of the '50s (including songs from the hit shows "Rawhide," Davy Crockett," "Maverick," and "Bonanza").
The Folk Collection grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at their shows confirm that they have struck a "chord" with audiences of all ages, who really like listening to the words and harmonies - and joining in when the mood and song fit. Their show is centered around folk music and good clean jokes. Their shows are family friendly, and their audiences are often multi-generational - children, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents - enjoying the music of The Folk Collection, together. Don't miss an opportunity to share an evening withTHE FOLK COLLECTION. You will leave singing, toe-tapping, and smiling.
It's okay to sing along... Most People Do!
THE HAYMARKET SQUARES: Punkgrass for the People! Blending acoustic instruments, fast tempos, rich harmonies and rabble-rousing lyrics, The Haymarket Squares have been bringing punkgrass to audiences since 2009. These four seasoned musicians bring an arsenal of 8 instruments to create a diverse and captivating show. “They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony,” says the Arizona Republic of the group’s incisive lyrics and boundless live energy. www.haymarketsquares.com
They got their start in 2009 and have since played more than 500 shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe and developed a loyal following among folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody.
A typical Haymarket Square show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin, and broad smiles. Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?
VICTORIA VOX…accompanied by JACK MAHER…...
From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere—and rightly so. The artistry of her performances is both unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience and drawing even the least musical of folks into her harmonious web. Soon after graduating from the Berklee College of Music (Songwriting 2001), a friend gave her a ukulele, and the small, four-stringed instrument proved to be the unexpected, but welcomed vehicle to showcase the upbeat, rhythmic drive that is characteristic of her music. The 'ukulele-toting and an award winning songwriter — including for songs she has written in French— has donated songs to causes like the American Asbergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. Her music has also been used in indie films and featured on NPR's "To the Best of Our Knowledge". Vox’s infectious pop-folk-jazz style has earned her fans who truly appreciate her art. She has fan-funded several albums and a songwriting project, where Vox hunkered down in 2012 to write a song a week for the year. The “52 Original Song Project” was preceded in 2011 with a YouTube “52 Cover Song Project” where she learned and memorized 52 cover songs.
In addition to her songwriting and ukulele playing, Vox has received praise for her “invisible” instrument: The Mouth Trumpet. She was invited to blow her own horn on The Jay Leno Show in 2009 and in 2015, Vox was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal as a leader in the mouth trumpet “revival” and performed live on air on KMOX’s Charlie Brennan show. She employs her mouth trumpet during musical breaks at her live shows and also includes it on her studio recordings, along with the real trumpet (which she also plays).
Vox has been teaching workshops for ukulele and songwriting at ukulele festivals since 2006. She has also been a featured guest artist at the Center for Children (San Diego, CA in 2010, 2014, 2016) and her original song, "The Bird Song" was included in the New Zealand Ukulele Trust songbook for kids (2014-2016). She traveled to New Zealand in 2014 to perform "The Bird Song" alongside 2,500 children singing and playing ukulele. Vox has completed 5 school residency programs (2015 - 2016) where she worked with children on ukulele playing, singing, and songwriting. Vox met Jack Maher at the Berklee College of Music in 1998 and they married 18 years later. He’ll be accompanying her on guitar and vocals. Awards and Achievements
Baker Artist Awards, Finalist, 2016
Cover of Ukulele Magazine with 4 page interview, Spring 2015
2014 Nominee Contemporary Album for “Key” Independent Music Awards
2014 Performed her original, “The Bird Song” with 2500 ukulele-strumming-children in Auckland, New Zealand. Inclusion of her song has been in their songbook for 2 years.
2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist and People’s Choice Winner
2012 Original Song Project completion: 52 songs in one year
2011 Winner - Vox Pop Award for “Exact Change” Independent Music Awards
2009-10 Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center
2009 First Place for “C'est Noyé” International Acoustic Music Awards
2008 Runner-Up for "My Darlin' Beau" International Acoustic Music Awards
Six-time Wammies Winner (Washington Area Music Awards)
Relix Magazine and Washington D.C.'s City's Best lists of artists to watch
LISA LYNNE & ARYEH FRANKFURTER….
Celtic harps, rare instruments and wondrous stories.
Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter are a multi-instrumentalist duo with Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Bouzouki, Cittern and more. They hail from Oregon and tour extensively, both having successful recording and performing careers built from years of street performing and a background as rock musicians. They have performed with some of the biggest names in folk and acoustic music and have sold well over a million albums combined. Audiences are spellbound and enchanted with their unique show of breathtaking music both Traditional and original, with wondrous stories and humor entwined. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdHUOKSYhM
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. She performs regularly as a solo artist, with Aryeh Frankfurter, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill tours. She was recently named one of the 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles Magazine. http://www.LisaLynne.com
Aryeh Frankfurter’s musical endeavors began at the age of three when he undertook classical training on the violin. His progress enabled him to study under various master violinists, including concert master of the Chicago Symphony He participated both as a violinist and violist in a series of chamber music ensembles under the tutelage of internationally renown cellist, Bonnie Hampton, pianist Nathan Schwartz, teachers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the late violinist Ann Crowden of the Crowden School of music in Berkeley, CA. Aryeh’s musical development led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres, particularly Celtic folk music. At the age of fifteen Aryeh was introduced to the Celtic harp, an instrument which has become the focal point of his musical inspiration and expression. Over the interceding years Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments including electric violin, viola, cello, guitar, cittern, mandolin, lap dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, bowed and plucked psaltry, penny whistle, baroque flute, recorder, percussion and more recently the Swedish Nyckelharpa. He works full time as both a performer and audio engineer. He has 18 albums to his credit and two books. He tours full time as a solo artist, with Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball and the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours. http://www.Lionharp.com
THE SALTY SUITES... played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don’t miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. www.saltysuites.com
Bob Stane says: They always have a “different” show and are cutting edge fun and creative every show. Some new songs every time. Always a thrill. They are stars and perfect for everyone.
ANNIE SELLICK AND PAT BERGESON.
GUITAR - HARMONICA - VOICE - PERCUSSION - BODY PERCUSSION
Nashville-native dread-locked jazz-vocalist Annie Sellick has performed and recorded with most of her heroes (including Joey DeFrancesco, Bela Fleck and a Mark O' Connor tour), enjoyed stardom in her hometown and toured nationally and internationally. But perhaps her best quality is the organic sincerity she exudes from the stage, hooking an audience into the stories of the songs she sings.
Rounding out the duo, Annie's husband is as versatile a harmonica player as he is a guitarist. Pat Bergeson moved to Nashville upon Chet Atkins' request to join his band and has performed and recorded with a long list of chart toppers and cult favorites including tours with Lyle Lovett & Madeleine Peyroux. Both Annie and Pat tour with Tommy Emmanuel's Christmas Classics show as featured guests.
Together, Annie and Pat cover much musical ground with jazz standards, soulful originals and cabaret classics. The pair brings a high level of skill, confidence, ease and charm to each show gaining fans and followers wherever they perform. The music is jazz-based with acoustic guitars, harmonica and percussion but draws upon many styles creating a show that grooves, soothes and tells stories.
THE BLACK MARKET TRUST...
“It was just one of those things, one of those fabulous flings...”
Just like those iconic Cole Porter lyrics manage to perfectly describe the new, exciting and overwhelming emotions that accompany a fresh romance, they also capture the bright, carefree, intense enthusiasm that multi-format chart topping artists The Black Market Trust distill and bottle on their third Pop-inspired Jazz release, Just One Of Those Things.
“We were all aware that we hit a new gear while we were recording this album.” said lead vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Scott Radaich. “It was fun and effortless. Everyone was throwing in ideas at a pretty rapid pace and I think you can hear the energy and joy in the vocals and instrumental performances on each track. I think it’s a very optimistic and romantic record.”
The Black Market Trust spent the majority 2016 on tour in support of their previous album II, which produced the Top Ten single "Route 66," and the countless hours interacting with each other and audiences across the country helped sharpen their live act and elevate their on-stage band dynamic to exhilarating new heights. “This new record really highlights the time the band has spent touring this past year” says bassist Brian Netzley. “I think you hear a more confident, more skilled and more focused band. You also hear a looser band who sounds like they’re having the time of their lives playing and singing this music”.
The newfound confidence and focus is immediately noticed as the 13 song playlist opens with a hopeful and hot version of the Loewe/Lerner classic “Almost Like Being in Love.” “I think the celebratory and upbeat song list we chose for this album really inspired me to pop the clutch a bit,” says drummer Brandon Laws. “That and the combination of this band having a stronger vision- knowing what it is that we do- really inspired me to carefully craft my parts and help make this our best record yet.”
Violinist Nick Coventry adds, "We've spent the last year working so hard- touring, building a buzz about the band... we even wrote an original song for the new record- and now we just can't wait for people to hear all of it! We know these timeless songs mean as much to a lot of people as they do to us and we really look forward to sharing that with audiences."
For the recording of Just One Of Those Things, The Black Market Trust decided once again to use famed engineer Eric Uglum and his New Wine Studios. “Eric’s skill at capturing the sound of acoustic instruments is pretty much unequaled,” says Chris Irwin, rhythm guitarist/vocalist. “His musicality and engineering expertise helps bring that swinging, punchy sound out of our guitars that really is such a meaningful ingredient to our band.”
The Black Market Trust’s Just One Of Those Things might be "one of those fabulous flings" but from the sound of it, we are all in store for a long, happy committed relationship with this band.
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.
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, Member of the Original New Christy Minstrels, 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.
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