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JUNE 2017
SUNDAY JUNE 11 7:00 P.M. $20

 

 

THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS...

 

are an all-woman string band, playing old-time, original, and bluegrass-style mountain music. The three lead singers, Nicola Gordon, Susan Marie Reeves, Rebecca Troon, are all singer/songwriters, giving the group original material to add to the traditional songs and tunes they play on fiddle, banjo, guitar, strum-stick, and bodhran.

 

Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin and also sings harmonies, and Ruth Alpert, the band’s dancing percussionist, is a champion Appalachian-style flat-footer. With carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style, they have performed at the Goleta Old Time Fiddlers Festival and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival to rave reviews. Their collective joy onstage is irresistible, their performances carried on a strong current of love and friendship.

 

Possums have a devoted and growing following because they are wildly successful at "sharing joy through music", which has been their intent from the start. Come join the fun! “High-Energy, Good-Times Music!” http://www.honeysucklepossums.com/

Thursday June 15 7:30 P. M. $20

THE ROADHOUSE SERIES……
PROUDLY PRESENTS…LAUREL CANYON DAYS: Honoring L.A.'s Music Scene-1965 to 1975.

The Roadhouse moves along with our own movable feast of historic and influential periods of popular music. This time our stop is the music of Laurel Canyon and Los Angeles during the pivotal and diverse decade from 1965 to 1975. It was a time that saw the migration of the great folk artists from Greenwich Village blossom into the The Byrds and The Mamas and the Papas. The scene in L.A. would soon give birth to country-rock with artists like Buffalo Springfield, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Psychedelia would reign over the legendary Sunset Strip with The Doors and Love. And up in Laurel Canyon Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young would collaborate with Joni Mitchell and create harmonic anthems for the age and the ages.

Join us for a night to celebrate this great era of popular music as only the artists of The Roadhouse Series can do.

Hosting is arist-in-residence, Patrick Carrico and joining us will be our very special guests, John York (The Byrds), Calico the band, Broken Arrow, Paul Zollo, Pam Loe, Chad Watson, Emily Zuzik-Holmes with more special guests to be added.

 

 


Friday June 16 8:00 P.M. $18 The Arohi Trio ~ Ragajazz Chamber Music

The music of Arohi highlights tightly knit compositions that frame virtuosic improvisations steeped in the classical ragas and rhythmic dynamism of Indian music. Their sound incorporates jazz ensemble work and classical counterpoint utilizing traditional instruments & artists from India and the west. For video highlights visit: vimeo.com/channels/arohi

EXPLORING RAGAS & RHYTHMS

The players and their instruments

Paul Livingstone ~ sitar
Peter Jacobson ~ cello
Dave Lewis ~ drums
Matinee Performance…Saturday June 17 3:00 P.M. Tickets: 30.00. Cash or checks. No credit cards, please.

Bob Stane says, “this is one of those shows where you will ask me…’how did you get her to come back again and how did you get her in the first place?’ Magic. And we magicians do not give away our secrets. I will give you one bit of select information…the side men (the band) she brings along to electrify the stage even more are “the best of the best.” They are brilliant. Appreciate them.

The Trio this time will be...Grace Kelly - saxes and vocals, Julian Pollack - keyboard, Julia Pederson - electric bass.

GRACE KELLY…..JAZZ SAXOPHONE PHENOM…..

this is one of those acts that started as a young, but super talented entertainer early in her career at The Coffee Gallery Backstage (she and Bob still do not know how the initial contact was made…evidently, it was “meant to be),” and she shot to stardom touring Europe, being in the house band on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS-TV, getting a select, spot on The Playboy Jazz
Festival at The Hollywood Bowl, and recorded several CD’s. She wows the crowd and is worth every bit of the “celebrity ticket price of $30.” Reserve now and be absolutely
sure you can show up for your V.I.P. seat. All or our comfy seats must be filled. We lucked out again, now we must deliver. Cash or check at the door. No credit cards, please.

Read the copy, below. It will make your day. This is a very “up close and personal” event. More than just a show. And you will be able to talk with her.

Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room. She is one of the most kind-hearted, easy-going people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”                     
                     Jon Batiste, the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

And she sings. And she will look fantastic on stage. She glams it up.

Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.

In 2016, Grace was also thrilled to join a dynamic 10-piece house band for NBC’s new variety show “Maya & Marty,” starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels.

Grace also garnered many awards from jazz critics and fans alike this past year. She was the winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone,” and voted fourth in the Alto Saxophonist category in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. She also won “Jazz Artist of the Year” in the 2016 Boston Music Awards and “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.

Grace wrote her first song at seven years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama’s Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader she has performed over 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Our own Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan. Now catch your breath and try to imagine any other phenom doing that in just a small handful of years. Read about the magazine features, below.

In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch,” CNN.com, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.   

Web Page….  http://www.gracekellymusic.com/default.aspx?matrix=1

“Charismatic and immensely talented... all the chops in the world.”       DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

Saturday June 17 7:00 P.M. $18 RATTLE THE KNEE is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan. FIDDLE, PIPES, MANDOLIN and GUITAR. These are the guys who a respected world wide for putting on the Traditional Music Of Ireland. Many time here and always a big hit.

Patrick D'Arcy hails from Dublin Ireland but has spent most of his musical life as a very influential uilleann piper of Southern California. He tours regularly both nationally and internationally and has appeared on numerous recordings. His solo album, "Wallop the Spot" has received critical acclaim and radio play both in the US and in Ireland. He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and teaches locally, remotely (via internet) and around the country at uilleann piping tionoil (gatherings).

Kira Ott is a fiddler from Los Angeles and has been very active on the LA Irish music scene for many years. As a child she studied classical viola, but left that behind to play Irish music as a teenager. After spending many winters traveling to Donegal Ireland to learn at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School she took a few summers festival hopping around Ireland, learning and playing with many of the greats. She has performed and toured with numerous bands and teaches locally.

Pat and Kira have been playing pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. Finally, under the name Rattle the Knee, they decided to make their music official. Pat's pulls out his "flat" pipes, the ones down in B and Kira tunes the fiddle down to match. They've teamed up with Jimmy Murphy on guitar and Rattle the Knee was complete.

Jimmy Murphy, guitarist and mandolinist extraordinaire, has been a cornerstone of the traditional Irish music scene in southern California for over a decade. He has appeared in performance venues from the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles to temples in Japan. He has performed on KPFK's "Global Village" with Eric Rigler, on KPFK's "Folkscene" with Mick Moloney and as part of the band Ciunas, and live on KCSN's "Tied to the Tracks". Jimmy spent two years as a contracted musician in Japan; first as a soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea, then as a member of a band for Universal Studios, Japan, and finally as a key member for a four piece band again at Tokyo Disney Sea. He is the go-to guitarist for most Irish musicians in LA and has performed with both Pat and Kira in many musical configurations.

When you see Rattle the Knee, you will hear uilleann pipes in B and a tuned down fiddle playing old dance tunes with driving rhythms on guitar. Mixed in will be songs, marches and slow airs and maybe a story or two along the way. Enjoy the show!

Sunday June 18. 2:30 P.M. $20

 

BECAUSE EVERONE LOVES THE BEATLES.  The BEATUNES

Bob Stane says…The Beatunes were a big hit last time. Sold out every seat. Don’t be left out. Call now.

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.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.

Sunday June 18 7:00 P.M. $20

Kristyn Harris

 

BOB STANE SAYS: KRISTYN HARRIS can do what she sings about. She rides, she ropes, she sings and plays. She is the ultimate. Big festival and outdoor arena personality. And so cute. If Buffalo Bill were alive and doing his Wild West show, Kristyn would be in it. Dave Stamey recommends her and so do I. This is her encore trip to the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage. See, and hear, this International Star. We are lucky to get her and we can get her back by filling our comfy chairs with you. Check out her Web Page and YouTube. Kristyn is on the road doing
big shows all the time. We are lucky to have here on this Sunday night. This is one of the acts you will ask me about….”how did you get her?” My secret and a bit of magic. And, I think, it was legal.

Kristyn Harris, is praised for her shimmering vocals, swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. The now 22 year old started playing and singing at age 14, quickly taking the western music world by storm. She loves vintage arrangements, exciting chord structures, and songs about land and livestock – inspired by her love of horses and the music of Gene Autry and Bob Wills. She has pursued music, horsemanship and cattle ranching ever since, and even trick rides in her spare time. These facets of her life commonly seep their way into her songs and shows. Named the 2016 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year – the youngest in history to receive this honor (as well as only the second female) – and the 2014 and 2015 WMA Female Performer of the Year, Kristyn keeps a heavy and widespread tour schedule that spreads both nationally and internationally. She just returned from engagements in France. She frequently performs both as a solo act and with larger ensembles, and has released multiple award winning albums. Kristyn is packaged with an energetic style that makes her love of what she does evident and contagious. Texas-bred powerhouse, Kristyn Harris, is the currently reigning WMA Entertainer of the Year.

Dave Stamey says”…...One of the brightest young talents in this or any other genre….”


- Red Steagall"...one of the greatest talents that I have ever heard…”
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ridinvelvet

KRISTYN NAMED 2017 AMERIPOLITAN MUSIC WESTERN SWING FEMALE PERFORMER OF THE YEAR! Her web page is entertaining, too.

www.KristynHarris.com
Facebook: Kristyn Harris Music
Instagram: @Kristyn_harris
Twitter: @kristynmusic

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

MELODY GUY...

 

A big time night of music & wit. Join us on Tuesday. Think outside the van.
" MELODY GUY... profound yet ridiculous... hilariously sultry! The Bernadette Peters of Americana Music." Peter Shockey Writer/Producer. www.melodyguy.com

MELODY GUY has a voice that rings like church bells calling to her congregation to stand up and praise. She can not be placed in any musical category. Melody is the real deal. She is honest, sincere, amazingly gifted, wonderfully goofy, and she has the deepest and most giving heart one could ever ask for in a person. She doesn't write and perform music, she invites and shares her life with all who care and dare to listen. The complexity of her writing, her singing, her playing, her stage presence isn't a persona or an act, those things are extensions of who and what she is as a human being.

Wednesday June 21 8:00 P.M. $18

 

THE HOT TEXAS SWING BAND….has one boot in Cowboy music and the other in Swing, following the trail previously blazed by bands like Bob Wills and Asleep at the Wheel. This 5 piece band out of Austin, Texas plays hard drivin’ Western Swing and mixes in original material and fresh Rockabilly and Latin beats that have fans and critics raving. Even for Texas this is a hot act. This is a “shoot the lights out on a Saturday night band. We do not get many like this rousing ensemble. A great Wednesday night show. Come and experience them so they will come back. See if Texas got it right…..www.HotTexasSwingBand.com

Thursday June 22 8:00 P.M. $20 WORLD CHAMPION MARI BLACK…tell everyone. This is an event.

MARI BLACK……Bob Stane says….if I could come to your house and drive you to this show I would. She does things with a fiddle/violin that other fiddle players say can’t be done. I don’t have room for the reams of accolades she has gotten over the last 5 years. Read this and visit her web site….

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. As the reigning U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a master of diverse musical styles, Mari's shows feature her fresh dance-driven music that transcends genre and innovatively blend Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. Together with her World Fiddle trio, including a contrabass and a pianist, Mari Black will take you on a high-energy tour of dance music from around the world -- brilliant Celtic step dances, classic swing tunes, luscious South American tangos, spicy International folk dances, and more. The show will have you tapping your toes and jumping out of your seat to participate! www.MariBlack.com

“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Fellowship Jazz Series, Yale University.

Tell violin fans about this date and get all of the violin students here. We get her only once per year. ONCE PER YEAR.

FIDDLE AND A BOW MAGIC. SHE IS ALSO CHARMING. SHE GLITTERS.

Friday June 23 8:00 P.M. $20

THE PAGE TURNERS…...

 

Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, an award-winning group (2016 Freshgrass Best Duo), established a strong foothold in the acoustic music scene. Musical friends as students of Berklee College of Music, they started playing together, professionally, through the Berklee American Roots Program. From being goofy friends who loved BBQ and bluegrass, into goofy band mates as well, The Page Turners discovered the magic of sharp and appropriate original music and putting new twists on old favorites. Their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, country music, swing, and fearless song-writing melded into one all-purpose seasoning of good ole' fashioned Roots Music. Carolyn is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and an active part of Berklee's American Roots program, she is a recipient of the Fletcher Bright Scholarship Award, a 2015 Freshgrass Fiddle Competition finalist, and a 2016 participant in the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival. Jake is a very tall guy who grew up to play a very tiny instrument. A two-time Acoustic Music Seminar participant and soon-to-be graduate from the Berklee College of Music, mandolinist Jake Howard plays and writes music galvanized by roots music from around the globe. Music has taken him all over the country.


Jake is at The Berklee College of Music, where he studies Mandolin performance and American Roots Music, mentored by greats such as Joe Walsh, Maeve Gilchrist, David Wallace, and Matt Glaser. Jake plays regularly at festivals such as Grey Fox, Freshgrass and the Three Sisters Festival, with groups The Page Turners and Wrong is Right.
They are stars now and will be meteoric in the future. Our music is safe in the hands and minds of these young phenoms.

"The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!” --Bruce Molsky. Web Page: pageturnersmusic.com

Sunday June 25 7:00 P.M. $18

Many times @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Solid performers and so different. This is a “take our word for it” act. Highly skilled, often witty, always cutting and a well respected group.

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A…. The Hawks are an L.A. country rock band, in an era that doesn’t have many of those left. You can argue country rock started in the 70′s with the hippies in the canyons west of Los Angeles high on nature and homegrown weed. Today it’s more aligned with a struggling middle class in the eastern suburbs where meth is the cheapest option. But we’re an irrepressible lot and we take our victories where we find them. I See Hawks In L.A. seem to know that, and with their harmonies and story-telling it’s easy to listen to a few of the tunes on Mystery Drug and find yourself with a nice little high.

"These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedlysergic-rock spontaneity. Any flight taken with I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away."

Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY. Web Site Address: Web Page: http://www.iseehawks.com

 

 

Co-Starring.....GERRY SPEHAR…..hails from a pioneer Colorado ranching family, grew up cowpunching and mastering fingerpicking guitar. Living the 70s folk rock dream, Gerry and his brother George became prominent on the mountain music circuit, opening for Boz Scaggs, Ian & Sylvia and Townes Van Zandt. Bill & Bonny Hearne and cut Gerry's song "Georgetown" with Nancy Griffith. Then Gerry married his college sweetheart Susan, had kids and put music on the back burner to take a day gig and raise a family. But not entirely — Gerry kept up the songwriting, won the 1985 Regional Wrangler Country Showdown with partner Bobby Allison, playing the finals at the Grand Ole Opry, landing a publishing deal with the legendary Buzz Cason and opening for Merle Haggard. www.gerryspehar.com

Fast forward to 2016, kids raised, Gerry enlisted I See Hawks In L.A. as his studio band for a comeback album, along with local legend Tommy Jordan, fiddler Gabe Witcher, and Chris Tuttle (Emmy Lou Harris) on keys. The result is the spirit of the 70s with cutting edge sounds: "I Hold Gravity," now climbing the Euro and Americana charts. And this is a CD release party for Gerry. Join the festivities and get in on a “Two Headliner Show.” Get it all for your money.
He has many kudos from Europe. Remember, he opened the show for almost everyone.

"Magnificently expansive . . . your purest Americana balm for the soul." CNTRL ALT COUNTRY, Belgium.

“An unexpected and almost sensational album.” DER COOLTOURIST, Germany.

Bob Stane says: This is a talent packed show. A great matinee and overflowing with worthy music.


Friday June 30 8:00 P.M. $18

THE GET DOWN BOYS…..
Web Site Address: thegetdownboys.com


The Get Down Boys have been a staple in the Southern California bluegrass scene over the past six years. With a recent major lineup change, the band is ready with a fresh, tight approach. The group now consists of Israel Parker on dobro/tenor out of Ohio, Mark Cassidy on the banjo of The Hillbenders, original member Evan Winsor on bass, and Scott Gates of The Salty Suites on guitar/mandolin. The diversity of this quartet is highlighted with harmonies and vocals that either reminisce of The Louvin Brothers, dig the gravel like Merle Haggard, scrape the sky like Jimmy Martin, or smooth the ride like Sons Of The Pioneers.

Having just finished a new EP of original material and personal favorites while remaining true to the spirit of traditional bluegrass, the boys are excited to be creating music together, and ramping up to not just firmly plant the flag of traditional bluegrass in Southern California, but the national scene which is so hungry for some REAL bluegrass!

 

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