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MARCH 2014
THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON....matinee March 23 2:00 P.M. $20

TRIBUTE SHOW....JOHN FAHEY...... 75th Birthday.

 

TERRY ROLAND PRESENTS A Star Studded Show.

Radio Legend Dr. Demento and SXSW Performer, and Guitar Great Pay Tribute to John Fahey for his 75th Birthday.

Few artists of the last 100 years can it be said created a genre of music. Largely regarded as the founder of American Primitive acoustic guitarist, John Fahey did just that. He took country-blues picking and merged it with modern classical and jazz transforming his playing into an entirely new musical landscape that others would travel. The acoustic music that would follow has found its way into the playing of  Tony Rice, Bella Fleck and Leo Kottke. It's also become the starting point for new age artists like George Winston. Although Fahey passed away in 2001, his legend continues to grow among musicians and fans. His legendary independently released, The Legend of Blind Joe Death, represents a recording that broke down musical barriers.. And he started from a blues base created by Rev. Gary Davis and Bukka White and marrying them to the modern classical music of Charles Ives and Bela Bartok. The results remain stunning, absorbing, engaging and utterly magical. A full length documentary entitled In Search of  Blind Joe Death-The Saga of  John Fahey was released in 2013.

This Sunday at 2:00 pm, will be a rare opportunity to remember and honor John Fahey during the month of what would have been his 75th birthday.   Join us while other artists of  Fahey's calibre come together to pay tribute to one of the masters of the form and one of the true legends of American music. Hosted by roots music enthusiast and radio legend, Barry Hansen aka Dr. Demento we are fortunate to bring the The Coffee Gallery Backstage for the first time together two influential and innovative acoustic guitarists, Harry Taussig and Pete Steinberg.

Harry Taussig, is an American Primitive original, an extraordinary artist who discovered in Fahey a kindred soul. He is the very definition of a Renaissance man. Although he holds Ph.D in biophysics, he continued to develop his talent from music into photography and film where he has made lasting contributions. But Taussig's original and first love was the folk music of the late 50's and early 60's. It was then he discovered The Kingston Trio. He also found the picking style of Elizabeth Cotton, which led him into developing his own fingerpicking style based on a variety of inspirations. In 1965 he recorded the largely improvisation Fate is Only Once. It remained a hidden and nearly forgotten gem until Tompkin Square Records reissued the album in 2005. The albums sold so well, the label asked him for a follow-up. The aptly titled Fate is Only Twice was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. In 2013, he appeared at South by Southwest and was voted one of the top 50 acts to appear at the festival. It seems the best way to honor John Fahey is to give one of his finest peers the opportunity to shine again. So for his world premiere at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Harry Taussig will be appearing to give us this living American Primitive musical experience.

Pete Steinberg is a walking, living, breathing blues history whose experience and talent matches that of his legendary country blues mentors. Growing up uniquely in Santa Monica during the 50's, he witnessed the blues scene in L.A. when artists like Lightenin' Hopkins, Missisiipii John Hurt and Son House first came to town. He absorbed their music, learned and grew as he incorperated their sound into the soul of his guitar playing. He became like a blues hound at their heels as he describes, "when I saw Son House and his music went through me like a bolt. I hounded him whenever he was around and played bottleneck almost exclusively for the next two years." Today he is one of the finest acoustic guitarists residing in the southland and a true disciple of acoustic country blues in all of its forms. But, he has also taken the same path as the great John Fahey extending the soul of his legendary mentors into the present. "The way I play now is very much how I think the Blues scene would have gone had there been no racial prejudice." Steinberg maintains. His personal legacy of great music is true to this statement.

As our host, you may not know the name, Barry Hansen, however, as Dr. Demento he needs no introduction. Host of the famous nationally syndicated radio broadcast, which is now streamed on the Internet, the good doctor has brought us novelty, parody and just plain old good music on the radio for the last 40 years. A member of  the Comedy Music Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame, Hansen continues to bring the good news of music through laughter via the Internet. Few know, however, that Dr. Demento and John Fahey were close friends. The two even interviewed blues legend Son House while students at UCLA in 1965.

This event is sure to be sold out, so don't put off your reservations today! It' a rare treat to honor one of the greats of American music and to experience the magic of two of the originals, Harry Taussig & Pete Steinberg and the one-of-a-kind legend and dear friend of John Fahey's, Dr. Demento-Barry Hansen.

Sunday March 23 7:00 P.M. $15

RACHAEL SAGE with Special guest from Moscow,
MARINA V.

A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction.

Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Marshall Crenshaw, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards and OUTMusic Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the “Fame” soundtrack, and the current season of Lifetime’s #1 reality series,”Dance Moms”.

In Spring 2014, MPress Records will release the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed album “Haunted By You”.


Marina V is an award-winning recording artist with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice. (L.A. Times), whose "melodic andpassionate music" (The Washington Post) has been influenced by the Beatles, Tchaikovsky and Tori Amos.


Born in Moscow, Marina V. came to America at 15 to pursue her version of the American Dream. Since then, she has been relentlessly touring and has blossomed into an international artist she is today.  Having played over 600 shows worldwide from The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and the American Embassy in Moscow to clubs from Sydney to Paris, Marina raised $30,000 from her loyal fans to record her new album, MY STAR, which was produced by Guy Erez (Gypsy Kings) and features guest musicians from KISS and Collective Soul.

Marina's songs have appeared in films, tv shows, ads and games, and she recently won an award from Sir Bob Geldof in London. www.MarinaV.com

"hauntingly beautiful" ~ L.A. Times
"melodic and passionate music" ~ The Washington Post
"the voice of an angel" ~ The Prague Post
"timeless quality and ethereal beauty" ~ Las Vegas City Life

Monday March 24 8:00 P.M. $15

Tish Hinojosa (Austin, TX) with special guest Anny Celsi (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Two acclaimed American artists present an acoustic pop/roots evening celebrating one of America’s most cherished art forms – songwriting.

San Antonio-born Tish Hinojosa has long been one of  Texas’ national treasures. She has drawn numerous critical accolades for her borderless approach to music, blending Mexican folk and country music with a modern singer/songwriter sensibility and touches of pop.


With accolades that include playing at the White House at the invitation of  President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Linda Ronstadt recording her own version of Tish’s song Donde Voy, and teaming up with artists like Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos, Hinojosa’s sound has an undeniable and far-reaching appeal.


Tish’s latest self-penned album, After the Fair, draws its inspiration from the sights and sounds of the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, where she lived for nine years. The album was produced by Berlin musician and producer Moe Jaksch and has just been released in Europe on Colosseum Records.


“A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery…vivid…touching…pointed…playful…engaging…A rare gift for melody that’s perfect for Hinojosa’s lovely, relaxed soprano.” THE WASHINGTON POST


“Her songs are richly detailed slices of life…Hinojosa’s is a strong, poetic, sensual, and conscious voice.” SPIN MAGAZINE


Opening the show will be Los Angeles singer/songwriter Anny Celsi. Her style has been described as “beatnik cool,” “pop-noir,” and “slightlydelic pop jangle,” and has evoked comparisons to artists like Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon. Tangle-Free World (2009) produced by Nelson Bragg of the Brian Wilson Band, showed influences ranging from Bacharach to The Bangles and back; Anny’s latest self-produced album, January, once again combines Brill Building hooks with a songwriter’s eye for detail. In her live shows, Anny brings wit, soul and energy to the singer/songwriter format, proving that ‘girl-with-guitar’ has no limits. Anny’s CDs are available in Europe from Taxim Records and from Blue Rose Records.


“….it’s just the perfect music; all summery, sunshine pop with gorgeous harmonies abounding…this rootsy, pop-flavoured collection of self-penned songs is a genuine winner.” MAVERICK MAGAZINE

 

Tish Hinojosa: www.mundotish.com

Anny Celsi: www.annycelsi.com


TUESDAY MARCH 25 8:00 P.M. $15

 

TOM KELL and CLARKE EDWARD ANDROS....

Tom Kell:
Tom Kell
is a veteran LA singer songwriter with 7 solo albums to his credit. His records have always been critically acclaimed and he has had many songs covered by other artists including seven by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band alone. He is joined these days by the young and gifted Emiko Woods. They have recorded two CDs together with a third in the works. These two sound as though they have written and sung together their entire lives...don't miss a chance to hear them. Amazing songs, wonderfully delivered.

Clarke Edward Andros:
Clarke Edward Andros
Music: It's Folk, it's roots music, it's alternative, it's... who cares... It's music. Clarke Edward Andros seeks to bring music with as little preconceived notions as possible. Fact is people have been making music like this for a long time, but one thing remains true that the approach can always be different, and thats what Clarke seeks to do. With a passion for collaboration and simple music his songs can turn out to be just what you were looking for or something a little bit different. So listen in and enjoy!

Wednesday March 26 8:00 P.M. $15

HARRY ORLOVE & THE 2 + 1 QUARTET....JAZZ.....

 


From his work with artists ranging from Leann Rimes to Lee Greenwood, Paul Young to Billy Swan, Johnny Tillotson to Mac Davis and Vassar Clements to Odetta, Harry Orlove has covered a lot of territory in his career. Whether it was live appearances on “The Tonight Show” or studio work for movies like “Deep Impact” and “The Southpark Movie”, or TV productions “Murder She Wrote” and “Knight Rider”, he’s always been ready to play whatever was required. However, though it all, his great passion for Jazz never left him and now he’s pursuing it wholeheartedly. He’s recently released his first all Jazz CD featuring original instrumentals and several well chosen vocal tunes that lean towards the soulful ballad side. Come hear him as he presents this exciting and intimate music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage with his full Quartet (Piano, Bass and Drums) featuring some of the finest musicians on the Los Angeles Jazz scene. Oh, and he's funny as hell, too.. By 1973, Harry’s interest in the 5-string banjo and bluegrass music had become an obsession, and he worked in several ground breaking “new acoustic music” bands including, “Bottle Hill” and “The Monroe Doctrine”. This led him to a gig with Vassar Clements playing guitar on two of Vassar’s records and touring for a short time. During this period, Harry also played guitar on records by Tony Trischka and Stacy Phillips among others.


In his years on the West Coast, Harry has recorded with a wide range of artists like Lawrence Juber, Billy Swan, Lee Greenwood, Albert Lee, Paul Young, Robin Zander(Cheap Trick), Felix Cavalieri(The Rascals), and has also done a great deal of commercial studio work including spots for Coca-Cola and Gateway Computers. His film credits include “Deep Impact”, “Delta Force”, “Wagon’s East”, “Man Of The Year” and “The Southpark Movie”, there have also been TV sessions for “Knight Rider”, “The Promised Land”, “Murder She Wrote.” His recent live shows include performances with Leann Rimes, Michelle Shocked, Fred Willard, Odetta, Lucinda Williams, Del McCoury, Johnny Tillotson, Mac Davis, Johnny Rivers, David Grisman, Ray Campi, Peter Rowan, James Intveld, Brian Setzer, Big Jay McNeely, Jerry Douglas and on and on and on..............

 

Piano;

Karen Hammack is a highly in-demand pianist who has toured all over the world as musical director with the likes of pop legend Melissa Manchester, Jazz and Gospel great Niki Haris, and currently with Grammy nominated world music artist Perla Batalla. A master of many styles, she has performed and recorded with Michael McDonald, Don Was, Jackson Brown, jazz greats Chuck Berghofer, Bill Frisell, Eric Marienthal and Larry Koonse, vocalists Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGarry.

Bass:

Bassist Chris Connor is a veteran of the L.A. Jazz scene and has toured and recorded with many jazz masters such as Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Nistico, Bob Crosby, Buddy DeFranco, Phil Woods, Don Menza,the Bill Holman big band, Kate Reid and Oscar Peterson.

Drums;

August Messana has been a fixture in town for many years and has been seen playing drums on stages with the likes of Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, Grant Geissman and Dan Higgins.


Harry has released two CD’s. 2004’s “Back From The Dead”, and his newly released Jazz CD “So It’s Come To This”, both of which are available at CD Baby and on iTunes.

Thursday March 27 8:00 P.M. $18. (NATIONAL SINGING COWGIRLS DAY!)

 

WILL RYAN & THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS and THE SAGUARO SISTERS
Tongue-In-Cheek flavor of the West.

PLAN NOW! Celebrate “NATIONAL SINGING COWGIRLS DAY”!

WILL RYAN presents...2014’s Big “Salute to NATIONAL SINGING COWGIRLS DAY”! Show!

In Person: WILL RYAN, Winner of 2 Gold Records, BMI’s Pioneer Award for songwriting, featured in multiple Oscar-nominated films, King of the Radio Cowboys! “CHAPARRAL KATIE” CAVERA – The Mona Lisa of Melody! The Garbo of the Banjo! The Helen of Troy of Western Skiffle! WESTY WESTENHOFER, Maharajah of  Musical Mirth! The Yo-Yo Ma of the Tuba! JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS, Prince of the Plectrum! The Grand Kahuna of the Git-Tar! LEGENDS ALL! The Official Singing Cowboy Band of Hollywood!

PLUS . . .SPECIAL GUESTS: Southern California’s NEWEST MUSICAL SENSATION!

SHONA, KATRIONA and KARONA: THE SAGUARO SISTERS!

Maybe you hear their singing every week on Pacifica Radio, or catch their acting on the syndicated series “Adventures in Odyssey”. Or maybe you read about them in Club House Magazine! See ‘em an’ hear ‘em in person! Delight to soaring Western Skiffle harmonies with the most runcible repertoire in the West! Johnny Crawford calls the Saguaro Sisters “The greatest new vocal sound West of the Great Divide!”

PLUS: Joining the band for ONE NIGHT ONLY, from the Dick Van Dyke Show: Meet Barbara Perry: “Pickles” on the classic series (and many other characters on other shows such as Daniel Boone, Wyatt Earp, Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, My Three Sons, Bewitched, How I met Your Mother, etc.)!
ALL AGES! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

FRIDAY MARCH 28 8:00 P.M. $20

 

THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS

A Bluegrass band like no other, THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS features the world class musicianship of John Marshall, Evan Marshall, Duane Michaels and Michelle Lynskey. Evan Marshall is one of the preeminent mandolinists in the world. Renowned for his stunning duo-style playing, he is a true virtuoso, and his jaw-dropping rendition of The William Tell Overture as a solo piece is legendary to mandolin enthusiasts worldwide. John Marshall, also a virtuoso of his craft, has wowed audiences for more than 25 years with his unique and incomparable melodic / rhythmic slap bass style. Duane Michaels, known for his dynamic and masterful solos, is widely considered to be on of Bluegrass’ most authentic and innovative fiddle players. Rounding out the MMB line-up is bassist / vocalist, Michelle Lynskey, who has been a featured performer on film and television soundtracks for more than 20 years, and was also a world championship Irish Dancer.

Individually, they’ve performed all over the world, and at prestigious venues such as the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, various POPS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, and have been featured performers in radio, television and film, including A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR, and HBO’S series, BIG LOVE. They are now delighted to be combining their talents and expertise to create this incredible, one-of-a-kind band.

This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.

Catch one of their shows, and you’ll see why the MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS is a powerhouse group that has quickly become an audience favorite.

facebook.com/miskeymountainboys

Saturday March 29 3:00 P.M. $25 DAVE STAMEY......Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.
Saturday March 29 7:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS (Wow!!! Janet is delightful, musical and fun and WHAT A BAND!)
Musical Prospecting Madness with lots of Prohibition Era Naughty Fun.

Inspired entertainers giving quality performances of 1920 and 30s music with merriment and historical illuminations.

Always sells out so hurry.

The enchanting and effervescent chanteuse Janet Klein with her band The Parlor Boys will entertain in a lively Speakeasy Jazz Revue style. This dapper, multi-talented troop will perform scintillating early hot jazz tunes from the 1920's and 30's with authentic expert grace. Between songs, the band will pepper the entertainment with musical and local historical folklore tidbits.
Janet & Her Parlor Boys are all about sharing their loved historical discoveries and not just playing to nostalgia and quaintness. They have treasures to share with their music and discoveries.
Today Janet is the most refreshing anachronism to ever materialize from the ether of the Prohibition. Klein is a channel to a definitive time in American music when bob hairdos were the rage and batting-eyes meant you had a live one on your hands.

Thing is, LA-based Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys are not nostalgic shtick. She doesn't merely perform songs from “lost America”-obscure numbers circa 1900s-1930s such as barrelhouse jazz, foxtrots, chansonettes, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime ditties and vaudeville from the Great Depression-she actually lives them, and transports her audiences along the way. Janet considers herself an “archeologist” for digging up buried treasures by the likes of Wilton Crawley and A.P. Randolf, Robert Cloud, Ruth Etting, Lil Armstrong, Mae West, Annette Hanshaw, Fannie Brice, Josephine Baker and so forth.

 

Janet Klein with band The Parlor Boys will feature a dapper all-star line-up: John Reynolds - banjo and guitar, Corey Gemme - cornet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet & percussion, Randy Woltz - Vibraphone, Ian Whitcomb - vocal & accordion and Marquis Howell - Stand Up Bass.

Sunday March 30 3:00 P.M. $15

YOUNG IRELAND.....

With family roots in the West of Ireland, this Irish-American folk duo brings to the stage inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Patrick O’Hara plays acoustic guitar and bodhran (Irish drum) while trading lead vocals and sharing harmonies with his son Michael. At age fifteen, Michael sings with the “heart of an old soul.” “Authentic!” hails Glen Starkey of the New Times, San Luis Obispo.

 

Young Ireland writes and performs their original songs reflecting the spirit of the Irish struggles, triumphs and traditions in both Ireland and America from the 1600's to modern day. Young Ireland is a father-son folk duo based in San Luis Obispo, California. First and second generation Irish-Americans with family roots in County Mayo, Ireland, Patrick and Michael O’Hara bring to the stage inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Patrick plays acoustic guitar and bodhran (Irish drum) while trading lead vocals and sharing harmonies with Michael. At age fifteen, Michael sings with the “heart of an old soul.” “Authentic!” hails Glen Starkey of the New Times, San Luis Obispo. Diane Byrnes, veteran Irish radio host (“Echoes of Erin” Pittsburgh, PA) says, “Huge success is just over the horizon for ‘Young Ireland’ and for those who love Irish music, ’Young Ireland’ is a testament to the strength and musicality of the ‘song’.” Young Ireland writes and performs their original songs reflecting the spirit of the Irish struggles, triumphs and traditions in both Ireland and America from the 1600's to modern day. Whether they are playing a lilting aire or a driving, rhythmic march, their music is grounded in “skillfully crafted ballads and delicate harmonies in a richly Irish tradition.” They also perform traditional Irish folk songs and apply their own folk styling to selections from great Irish bands like the Waterboys and The Pogues. A five minute documentary about Young Ireland with live performance footage can be found at

 

www.youngirelandmusic.com/about

Sunday March 30 7:00 P.M. $15

 

JAZZ

THE LINE UP BAND..... Gary Foster (alto saxophone), David Sills (tenor saxophone), Riner Scivally (guitar), Blake White (bass), Tim Pleasant (drums)

website: www.rinerscivally.com

The Line-Up Band performs music by Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Lennie Tristano as well as original jazz compostions by its members. The improvisations are lyrical and compelling with a sense of swing that is infectious. The musical selections are from the post be-bop era (the 1950's) as well as recent compostions that use that era as a stylistic starting point.


The band features Gary Foster (alto saxophone): who has played with Lee Konitz, Clare Fischer, Warne Marsh and Cal Tjader. Gary has a long list of studio credits, having played many television, movie and live-theatre engagements.


Also featured is David Sills (tenor saxophone): who has played with Alan Broadbent and David Benoit. Both musicians are wonderful improvisers and guarantee to heat up the room.
They are backed by a swinging and sensitive rhythm section of  Riner Scivally (guitar), Blake White (bass) and Tim Pleasant (drums).

This promises to be a jazz concert to remember.

APRIL 2014
Monday April 1

Two Shows: 

5 :00 P.M.and

8:00 P.M.

NOTE: 8PM IS SOLD OUT.  SEATS REMAIN FOR 5 PM SHOW

$18

8 PM SHOW IS SOLD OUT

 

 

STRING FEVER.....– a genetically modified electric string quartet from London, 3 brothers and 1 cousin, custom made 5 and 6 stringed instruments famed for ‘The History of Music in Five Minutes’ – forty tunes packed into five minutes and Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ – played on one cello by all four simultaneously! Talented, charismatic and funny….. Seeing is believing! 30,000 US hits on YouTube in 3 weeks! Listen to James Bond theme tunes Stringfever style and await the beat boxing prowess of the youngest brother…. Stringfever are an act not to be missed! www.Stringfever.co.uk a quartet with a difference. Skeletal electric strings played by world class musicians. The industrys favorite melodies and guitar riff's played by the best.

Bob Stane, CGB:  "This is one of the greatest acts I have ever had.?

FRIDAY APRIL 4 8:00 P.M. $20 Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band Presents The Woodshed Sessions at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. First Fridays, January-April, with Special Guests.

The Woodshed Sessions present a new show each month with new songs in development from the band and their special guests, Southern California's finest singer/songwriters.

PLEASE NOTE! Our special guest for April 4th has changed - we will be delighted to present our friend and great songwriter, Mike Fleming from the band New West.
Visit Mike here: www.cowboyband.com

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Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band has been likened to the classic British bands Pentangle and Fairport Convention in that they blend classic folk music with rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, all with orchestral arrangements sounding like chamber music gone folk! A lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals, all with the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze. Winner of the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Award for Best Roots Album for their debut CD "Blue Eyed Darlin,'" The Hilonesome Band is Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle, showcasing the songwriting of lead guitarist Carlson. The band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage, the Hollywood Bowl, and CalTech Folk Music Society among others. In 2011 their live album “Live at the Freight & Salvage” was released, this their first recording to include new fiddler Mark Indictor who joined the ensemble in 2010. Their most recent studio CD “White Swan” was released in March of 2013 to critical acclaim from No Depression, FolkWorks, Pop Matters, M Magazine for Musicians, Music News Nashville and FolkWords UK among others, and it has been charting in the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report's Combined Internet and Terrestrial Folk Chart since it's release in March of 2013.

Check out their two new music videos ~
"The Millionaire" http://youtu.be/K-dNdnoPx4I
"Harlan County Boys." http://youtu.be/Tm_GBpwmggM

From the Review of “White Swan” on No Depression:
“From skilled instrumentation bluegrass jams, Appalachian vocals, sweet high lonesome harmonies and old-time folk influences, White Swan sings with the richness of a tapestry of American music that weaves together each genre through song-craft, clear production and authentic performance in such a seamless way, it feels like we're hearing just one genre; great American music.”

"The best new band I've never heard of!" - Dan Crary
"…does something with a song that only great singers can do..." KCSN, Northridge, CA
"One of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today." KPFK's FolkScene
"Her singing is impressive at all ranges…" Bluegrass Unlimited
"The band is tight, great picking, and beautiful vocals and harmony." Che Greenwood, KVMR, Nevada City, CA
"She held the audience in the palm of her hand…." Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival
"She can blow the roof off any joint lucky enough to book her." Entertainment Weekly

Visit them on the web at www.susieglaze.com and www.youtube.com/susieglaze

 

Saturday April 5 7:00 P.M $20

 

Moby Dick Unplugged with special guest Jim Kweskin!

The Evangenitals....

Imagine if Johnny Cash, Bob Marley and Joan of Arc were one woman. Now, imagine that woman gathering a band of eclectic musicians on a crusade to expand the bounds of Country music. The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an Avant Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.

The Evangenitals boast one of the most eclectic resumes in the indie music world. As live performers, they’ve built a fiercely loyal following through a thousand shows at clubs, coffee houses and festivals throughout the world (including Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Their shows are notable for music that can be bawdy and rollicking in one moment, and, in the next, sufficiently mysterious and haunting to make the rowdiest of beer brawlers pause, turn toward the stage and listen.


Their latest release, Moby Dick; or, The Album, (Fluff and Gravy Records, Portland) is a musical swirl of immaculately crafted songs, each interpreting an aspect of  Melville’s masterpiece with an approach that tacks between intricate arrangement and the deceptively simple country-inflected tunes for which the band is best known. At times the songs are lushly poetic, at others, coarsely powerful. Joined by such notable guest artists as: folk legend Jim Kweskin (of Jug Band fame), acclaimed avant-garde performer Dorian Wood, and composer Jeremy Zuckerman (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and recent #1 iTunes Soundtrack “Legend of Korra”), among others, the band has crafted a timeless record that will resonate equally with fans of the classic Melville novel, and those who have yet to discover it.

The group’s current lineup consists of principal writer/vocalist Juli Crockett, gospel/jazz singer Lisa Dee, keyboardist Michael Feldman, bassist Joey Maramba, Andrea Baker on fiddle, Daniel Mark on mandolin, Danny Graziani on fiddle and harmonica, and an ensemble of rotating drummers including George Bernardo (Cash’d Out), princess Frank (Killsonic), David Hurlin (Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir) and Rob Shaffer (Ninja Academy).

Sunday April 6 7:00 P.M. $20

THE MIGHTY ECHOES...DOO WOP & COMEDY.

 

An award-winning a cappella quartet specializing in the “doo-wop” sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their repertoire includes the classics of that era plus an eclectic mist of contemporary material. The Mighty Echoes began singing in a store from theatre in L. A.’s Silverlake District in 1986.

 

Individually, they are:

 

Charlie Davis, a native New Yorker whose voice is deep as an ocean trench. Played God on TV’s Power Rangers.

 

John Lathan, the newest Echo, has performed on Broadway and at the Appollo in Harlem.

 

Jon Rubin, formerly leader of the teen idol band, The Rubinous. John’s soaring tenor has thrilled audiences worldwide.

 

Harvey Shield started as a drummer in the Swinging 60’s London scene. His song, “The Way I Feel Tonight,” was an International hit for The Bay City Rollers.

 

Monday April 7 8:00 P.M. $20

 

KATE TAYLOR......Kate Taylor, as in James Taylor's "Sister Kate"


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Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate shares her dual musical heritage with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother Alex. Her roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family's musical legacy.
Fronting her own band at fifteen, Kate signed her first recording contract with Atlantic/Cotillion records at nineteen under the tutelage of her manager, legendary producer Peter Asher. That album, "Sister Kate," produced her first charting hit, a cover of  Elton John's "Country Comfort," recorded with his encouragement and blessing.

She later recorded two albums for Columbia Records, "Kate Taylor," produced by her brother James Taylor and "It's in There," produced by acclaimed Muscle Shoals/Nashville producer Barry Beckett. Her duet with James, "The Shoop Shoop Song," from "Kate Taylor," became her next charting hit single and remains an audience favorite today.

Kate's 2002 release, Beautiful Road, received 3 stars from Rolling Stone, who dubbed it a "heartfelt folk-rock gem."
Her 2009 release, Fair Time!, her first of all original compositions, debuted to critical acclaim nationwide.

Kate's recent performances include the Newport Folk Festival, the WUMB/Boston Folk Festival, Sirius/XM radio and Nashville's famed Blue Bird Cafe. Kate plays regularly throughout the Northeast and at Feinstein's in New York City.

Praise for "Fair Time!"

From Elmore Magazine: Sweet and sensual with a vocal twang that can melt hearts, Kate Taylor is the kind of musical gem that keeps on shining with every album she puts out...Taylor assuredly trades the impassioned heartache conveyed on 2003's Beautiful Road for a slyer, more dynamic sound, the kind that encompasses the vocal power of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

From The Noise...Hailing from the legendary musical family that is the Taylors of Martha’s Vineyard (brothers James, Livingston, etc.), Kate Taylor, who made a name for herself in the ’70s, has released this 12-song album that contains all the flavor and spunk of country and rockabilly... and all the depth of folk... Kate’s CD is a wonderful collection of heartfelt songs. From the Nashville-feeling and jaunty “Soap Opera Life” to the beautiful and utterly touching tribute to her late husband in “Red Tail,” Kate superbly shows her talent for translating various emotions into well-written and arranged songs. The more I listen to this, the more I appreciate Kate’s spirit and voice. Other picks: “King of the Pond,” “Sun Did Shine,” and “Cholene.”

TUESDAY April 8 8:00 P.M. $15 GURF MORLIX is a master craftsman. Whether producing Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, Ian McLagan, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Slaid Cleaves, playing anything with strings extraordinarily well,(Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year for 2009), or songwriting.

Every song fits. Every mix is a dovetail joint. Every lyric refines the lines and the musicianship is steady Freddy without a single nail or glue holding things together. And best of all the poetry is all things... windows and doors and guns and sky... "no ideas but in things". Every cut is integral and finished...not just "done". I suppose the anti-gun tune "Bang Bang Bang" a fond remembrance of Roy Rogers gone astray is timely and immediately tempting to play... and when Alt Country radio gets around to it it'll probably chart. But "My Lif'es Been Taken, "Looking For You", "Series Of Closin' Doors" and "Small Window", the first 4 songs are a sweet suite that deserve to be played together. I can't really single out any song though... they all are moving and honest and fell true...I'm going to play it front to back on my show.

Friends and fellow dj's...I promise I won't go overboard like this often... but this is a rare gem in my humble (or not so humble) opine.

Hobart Taylor, KUCI, Irvine California

Gurf will appear solo, and accompanied by Amlia K Spicer on harmony vocals.

FRIDAY APRIL 11 8 PM $20 JOHN YORK, BILLY DARNELL & CHAD WATSON, "The Jangle Brothers" ( Formerly Byrds & Beyond) A member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John York played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins.

Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad Watson, legendary bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.

The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era.. and the best music this side of  Bob Dylan and the Band. Come join us for an evening of great artistry and entertainment.

SATURDAY APRIL 12 7:00 P.M. $15

JAMES HURLEY, GARY STOCKDALE and a surprise MYSTERY GUEST.


JAMES HURLEY
.....Award winning, internationally touring, performing songwriter James Hurley projects the ease and friendly confidence of a seasoned performer in his natural element. Folkworks Magazine names him "One of the Top Ten Live Acoustic Male Singer-Songwriters in L.A."

His smooth, passionate voice and masterful guitar playing take the listener on a journey through an ever-changing and always-entertaining landscape of original songs. Drawing from a catalog that reveals influences ranging from swing-era jazz and blues to the whimsical imagery of Saturday morning cartoons, he engages his audience in a friendly, personal way. Telling the stories behind the songs and tales from a life on the road with wit and irony, it’s a bit like catching up with an old and dear friend….that just happens to be an amazing singer-songwriter. Americana on-the-rocks...with a twist. http://www.jameshurleymusic.com


GARY STOCKDALE is a singer-songwriter, & two-time Emmy nominated TV composer based in Los Angeles. He composed for such shows as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and Showtime's Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT!

As a performer and singer, Gary was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, and TV’s The Family Guy. Gary is a frequent performer in SoCal comedy, spoken word, folk and acoustic clubs. For the 2013 Oscars, he backed up Adele on Skyfall. He was also an official showcase performer for the 2013 Folk Alliance West convention. The Ventura County Star said Gary writes about “… the laughter, the pain and the sweet delights of being human. And he's got the vocal chops to back up his words, too.”


And famed songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Somewhere Out There”) called Gary “one of the greatest singers on the planet.”

SUNDAY April 13 3:00 P.M. Matinee $15

THE SHOW PONIES along with CREEKWOOD.


The Show Ponies are a 5 piece indie folk band with old tyme country influences. The band features award winning male and female vocalists: Clayton Chaney and Andi Schrock. They are backed by Phillip Glenn on the fiddle, Jason Harris on the guitar and banjo and Kevin Brown on the drums. When you see The Show Ponies be prepared to clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along.

THE SHOW PONIES are an Indie-Folk band with Old Tyme Country influences, striking a balance between old and new; joy and sorrow; rough and tender. The band started in 2011 as the combined musical creativity of  Clayton Chaney and Andi Schrock; Schrock is a native Texan, while Chaney was born in Texas and raised in Arkansas. Heading to Los Angeles at different times for unrelated reasons, they eventually found themselves singing, writing, and performing together.

Jason Harris, fellow musician and Texan, initially introduced the duo. Harris jumped at the opportunity to produce The Show Ponies’ debut album, “Here We Are!”, bringing his extensive training in music composition to the project. Shortly after recording the album, Harris officially joined The Show Ponies as their guitarist and banjo player. Philip Glenn joined the group after recording fiddle tracks with the band. Glenn is considered by many to be one of the top young fiddle players in the country; before joining the other Ponies in the studio, Glenn attended the Mark O’Conner Fiddle Camp where he was awarded the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin. Kevin Brown soon became the fifth Pony, lending his drumming expertise while earning his masters degree in percussion performance from CSU Long Beach. Very rarely do five people with such exceptional talent join together to create such a cohesive sound.

SUNDAY April 13 7:00 P.M. $15

 

BC, Dennis and Simeon have combined their individual ingredients in a unique blend that bubbles with the “down home” flavor that they serve up best. Add a little bit of Country, a pinch of Folk, a dash of  Bluegrass, a sprinkle of Irish, and a smidgen of 40’s to a stock broth of comedy and originals for a truly delectable entertainment experience.

BC Cameron was raised in Manitou Springs, Colorado, played drums all through school, and began playing guitar and singing in high school. During the 70’s and 80’s she played ski seasons in Aspen/Snowmass, toured several other US States, Europe and Canada. A prolific songwriter, in 1975, she released a successful original single, The Saga of CB Fever. and toured with her group, The Citizen Band. In 1978, she moved to Los Angeles where she recorded an album with Cliffie Stone, performed in his Hometown Jamboree, and played the Ice House in Pasadena. The Movie/TV industry took her away from music for many years. She worked as an Assistant Director on TV series Knot’s Landing, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Spin City and Frasier. She now works at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center as Site Rep for filming and rides her horses. She’s always ready to play music and have a good time which makes her our “Chef de Partie”!

Dennis C. Brown began his career arranging music for commercials (Bank Of America, Taco Bell, Honda, International House of Pancakes), then toured with Bobby Vinton, The Osmonds, and Raquel Welch. He appeared on The Dukes Of Hazzard and, with producer Snuff Garrett, played on two #1 Country hits for Shelly West and David Frizzell. After playing guitar for TV composer Mike Post, Dennis co-composed with Mike and then on his own. First came the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then the sitcoms Grace Under Fire (composing the score and producing Aretha Franklin singing The Beatles’ Lady Madonna as a theme), 5 years each on Dharma and Greg and Still Standing, and finally his 11th season on Two and a Half Men and 4th on Mike and Molly. But now, he’s mixing it up with "Home Baked".... playing incredible guitar and mandolin. Who knows what other concoctions he'll come up with? How lucky we are to have "Chef Dennis" in the kitchen.

Simeon Pillich, a native of New York City, is of  Caribbean (Puerto Rico and St. Lucia) and Croatian descent. In his active career as an electric and acoustic bass player he has accompanied such diverse artists as Taylor Swift, Ziggy Marley, Dr. Dre, Tom Paxton, Bo Diddley, Al Jarreau, Eartha Kitt, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Hanson, John Hiatt, Neil Finn, Eliza Gilkyson, Anthony Newley, Alice Cooper, Vassar Clements, Burt Bacharach, Bob Gibson, Van Dyke Parks, Ry Cooder, Jennifer Warnes, Tito Puente, Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Coolidge, Jim Kweskin and Doug Kershaw. He has performed on the national tours of many musical shows including the Broadway hit, Rent with Neil Patrick Harris, The King & I with Yul Brynner, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Timbuktu, and Grease (with 21-year-old John Travolta as an understudy!). He has been a period and ethnic music consultant for film and TV since 1996, and played on the musical scores of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Two Jakes, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Lucky You. Simeon is a former member of the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and for over five years was the host of KPFK’s “Global Village” where he graced his audience with music from around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and teaches courses in world music at Occidental College and jazz history and music theory at Santa Monica College.

Monday April 14 8:00 P.M. $15

HANNAH & TALBOT

 

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Together, Lon Hannah and Terry Talbot bring a combination of style and experience that must be heard to be believed. They present their live music accompanied by a fiddle and bass player plus a vocalist.

 

 

Lon Hannah has been performing cowboy and western music since 1988. With the Sons of the San Joaquin, The Sons performed at around the world and at Carnegie Hall for a sold out night. They backed Wilfred Brimley, Ed Harris, and Robert Duvall and worked with the legendary Jack Palance and have made television appearances with Michael Martin Murphey, (Austin City Limits), Randy Travis, (Cow Cow Boogie music video) and Ray Benson and the Dixie Chicks (American Music Shop).

 

 

Terry Talbot has a rich history in American music. He was the founder of the country rock band, Mason Proffit of Two Hangmen and Better Find Jesus fame. They recorded five albums on the Warner Bros. label and their opening acts included John Denver, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and Dan Fogleberg. Later, with brother John, he toured as the opening act for the Eagles. He earned early recognition as an accomplished guitarist with Glen Campbell, Chad Mitchell and Sonny and Cher.

Two shows...

TUESDAY

and Wednesday

APRIL 15 & 16

8 P.M.  BOTH

NIGHTS

$18 DOUBLE HEADER JIM CURRY'S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER
Jim and Anne Curry Bring the Hits of John Denver to Coffee Gallery Backstage

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. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)

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. "

Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! 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.

Saturday April 26 7 PM $20

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 2013 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. incendioband.com

         
MAY 2014
Saturday MAY 3 7:00 P.M. $20

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, along with bass man Bob Packham, grew up in the 1960's, when we 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 our days at Hollywood High School. Mike joined the group in 2003, and Bob in early 2005.


Much of the repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. We have been influenced by the well-known groups of the era, but we have our own blend, sound - and humor. Audiences get a real kick out of our 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").


We grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at our shows confirm that we 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. Our show is centered around folk music and good clean jokes. We are family friendly, and our audiences are often multi-generational - children, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents often enjoy The Folk Collection together.

 

Don't miss an opportunity to share an evening with THE FOLK COLLECTION. You will leave singing, toe-tapping, and smiling.


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.
It's okay to sing along... Most People Do! www.thefolkcollection.com

SUNDAY MAY 11 7:30 PM $20

A HUGE, INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & POP STAR. VERY FAMOUS. TIM WEISBERG IS A VERY BIG DEAL. Puts on a great show. Super gig.

TIM WEISBERG.... is one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion who’s incredible career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world. Two of Tim's albums are collaborations with the gifted singer, songwriter, Dan Fogelberg, which include their platinum album, "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers,” containing the hit “The Power of Gold.” Tim’s bands are legendary and have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez. Although he is classified by the recording industry as jazz, Tim's music has always been somewhere between rock and jazz.

Weisberg has performed with David Benoit, The Carpenters, Dave Mason, Lynn Blessing, David Arkenstone, and Samantha Siva.

Check him out at www.timweisberg.com
Performances
• Bonnie Raitt - Tim Weisberg concert at Greek Theatre, University of California, Berkley, • Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park, Colorado, Awards and honors Twin Sons of Different Mothers was Certified Platinum by RIAA.

Monday May 19 8:00 P.M. $15 CHUCK MITCHELL... started singing in Detroit folk clubs and saloons. In Toronto, on his first out of town gig, he met a boney blonde Canadian songwriter named Joni Anderson. They married, and as a duo Chuck and Joni Mitchell played the coffeehouse circuit and gin rummy until she was 48,760 points ahead, and they got unmarried. Mitchell's solo credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theatre in the US and the UK. He’s been Harold Hill in The Music Man, Woody in Woody Guthrie’s American Song, and Stephen Foster in Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain. On tour in his one man show, Mitchell plays guitar and sings cabaret songs, animal songs, story songs, and Mitchell songs. He weaves poetry by Carl Sandburg into his shows. His songs are on iTunes and CDBaby. On YouTube, enter "Chuck Mitchell Sings". A Renaissance Man? Well, he’s old enough.

Mitchell's credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theater in the US and the UK. He has played Harold Hill in The Music Man, Woody in Woody Guthrie's American Song, and Stephen Foster in Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain.

His one man show combines his skills as an actor, singer and guitarist. He sings contemporary songs by Cheryl Wheeler and Fred Eaglesmith and Chuck Mitchell, cabaret songs by Brecht and Weil -- "Mack the Knife" and "Bilbao" -- and whimsical songs by Flanders & Swann -- "The Gnu" and "Have Some Madeira, M'dear". He roves the room singing "Freeborn Man" by Ewan McColl, or "Necessity" from Finian's Rainbow. He weaves poetry by Carl Sandburg and others into his shows.

Look for his recordings on iTunes and CDBaby. On YouTube, enter "Chuck Mitchell Sings".


 

 

Chuck Mitchell has a web life too. Visit the singer at: https://www.mitchellsong.com. Visit the actor at: http://fosterandtwain.us

Thursday May 29 8:00 P.M. $15

BERT LAMS / TOM GRIESGRABER

 

Three world class performers. One diverse evening of instrumental music:


Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber and guitarist Bert Lams celebrate the release of their new concept album: Unnamed Lands. The culmination of over four years of collaboration and one of the most inspired projects either musician has ever been a part of, this all-original work tells the story of a group of wagon train pioneers heading west circa 1840. A strong progressive rock influence and adventurous sounds blend seamlessly with a highly melodic, folk-like approach into what could almost be called "Progressive Americana."

The duo is honored to be joined by Chapman Stick inventor Emmett Chapman, who will perform an opening set. In addition to creating the Stick instruments, beginning in 1969, Emmett has taken his musical invention and his unique approach to improvisation to venues throughout the world.

Tom Griesgraber is one of the world’s most active players of the Chapman Stick, a unique 12-string guitar/bass hybrid. An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has performed across the US and Europe as a soloist and with his groups Marotta/Griesgraber and Agent 22.

Bert Lams is a founding member of the California Guitar Trio, and known for his affinity with the music of J.S.Bach. His recent arrangements of Bach's cello suites and violin partitas for solo guitar were released on his solo CD 'Nascent'. Bert tunes his guitar in fifths; a tuning more closely resembling a cello than a traditional guitar.

 

SATURDAY May 31 7:00 P.M. $15

MOONSHINE & SAWTOOTH...

On May 31, two of the bands that have been instrumental (pun intended) in a folk music Renaissance in Long Beach will travel north to bring their sound to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Sawtooth is a six piece band whose sound is reminiscent of the early years of the Cox or Carter families: warm and inviting, traditional yet contemporary. Moonshine is a seven piece band featuring four songwriters, great instrumental arrangements, tight vocal harmonies, and a whip-smart sense of humor. They have played twice at The Coffee Gallery Backstage to capacity houses of ecstatic listeners. Each band will play one set and join for a rollicking finale.

From fairs, festivals to backyard parties, SAWTOOTH serves up a mean slice of Americana. Born from a collision of the local roots movement and "Bluegrassers" from meetup.com, bassist Ray Echlin handpicked this motley crew of Long Beach troubadours. In addition to Echlin on the upright fiddle, members of this unbroken circle include Sean Blake and Lu Urquidi, both on guitar, Steve Hartnell on the mandolin and fiddle, Ted Smith on the banjo and dobro, Hobey Echlin on percussion, and Hannah Mitchell on vocals. With sounds from the heart of Texas to deepest Appalachia, and everywhere in between, SAWTOOTH's live sets are peppered with nostalgic classics and strong originals.

Like all good mountain liquor, MOONSHINE is best shared with friends. And that's how the band started, or perhaps we should say, evolved. Stan DeWitt and Joe Lamanno met in the early 90's and played together in a popular folk trio called the Woodbys. After that, the two continued working together on Stan's solo records, "Long Day's Journey" (which garnered a Top 10 DIY nod from Performing Songwriter magazine in 2002), "Reaching Back," "Bend" and "Musical Moonshine."

Along the way, they were joined by Shar Higa (vocals), Anna Ford (violin), and Claudia Fitzpatrick (cello). When Darrell Barrett (drums, percussion) and songwriter Nathan Conn joined, it was clear that this was now a group effort, and MOONSHINE was christened. What began as a group of musicians who played together simply for the joy of it had become a musical group that played together for the joy of it.

A successful Kickstarter campaign in May, 2012 enabled the group to record their debut album, "Bring Some Friends." The common trait in all five songwriters' songs (DeWitt, Conn, Higa, Javier and Lamanno) is a sense of humor and whimsy, even when the songs edge into the poignant. In all of their songs, you will hear an allegiance to tight vocal harmony, Americana-laced guitar work, intricate string arrangements, and joy.

JUNE 2014
Saturday June 7 7:00 P.M. $20

HAY DUDES.....


The Hay Dudes are Kenny Blackwell, Mike Mullins and Wally Barnick.  Friends by musical association for over 30 years, they have crossed paths many times at festivals and casual gigs. Sometime around 2009 a few calls came in to Wally from folks wanting some “bluegrass” music for their backyard or other casual events. Naturally, Kenny and Mike would be contacted due to their friendship and proximity to Wally, and before long an impromptu set list began to emerge. Most importantly, it was fun to do, and coincidentally, to them at least, it sounded pretty good!

Notably, all of the players are veteran musicians having played nationally and internationally with a variety of groups.

Kenny was previously a member of the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, and is a current member of the old-time music group Little Black Train. Mike is a former member of The Phil Salazar Band and The Acousticats, and is a current member the Cache Valley Drifters. Wally is a circuit player with over half dozen California based groups. He toured Europe, Canada and the U.S. in 1997-1998 as bass player and vocalist for Bluegrass, Etc. and was a featured vocalist on their album Home is Where the Heart Is. He is also currently member of the Cache Valley Drifters. Paul is an in- demand session player, an instructor and plays the circuit as well, with various groups.

After dozens of  LIVE performance appearances together, the fellows have settled in pretty well on the material from their 2013 self titled album and continue to add to their playlist. They are having a blast and look forward to many more years of playing together.

 

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