JANUARY 2015 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
|Thursday evening and Friday matinee
29 & 30
8:00 P.M. (Thur) and
3:00 P.M. (Fri)
|Both shows are $20 per ticket.
The Limeliters, who, this winter, are celebrating 55 years of joyfully "Passing the Music On", return to The Coffee Gallery stage -- having recently completed a highly successful 17-city tour of The MId-West... With their energy and enthusiasm undimmed, the trademark sound and sense of fun endures. Current members Andy Corwin, Gaylan Taylor and Don Marovich remain as exciting an act as the folk genre has produced. Now more than ever, the surging vocals, thrilling harmony and whacked out sense of humor of this unique trio continue to earn them their title as The "Fabulous" Limeliters.
Opening act, The Honey-Lulus, is comprised of three charming and talented wahines (Kate Friedricks, Justeen Ward and Christina Linhardt) who perform vintage songs of the islands and dance like the swaying palms, live and in Technicolor! They promise to warm up your winter evening with their ukuleles and vocal harmonies, conjuring up balmy breezes, happy huki-laus and sunny shores -- a perfect entertainment extravaganza for all seasons! (after all, who doesn't love a campy Tiki show?)
This show will probably sell out, so reserve your seats soon...
This is "one of those acts." We could only get them for these, somewhat, odd times. Make a special effort...they are special and we
need a special audience. That would be you.
Note: Thursday show starts at 8PM not 7:30 pm as stated on poster.
||INTERNATIONALLY FAMED. SUPER GUITAR. COMPLETELY UNIQUE SOUND FROM 6 STRINGS.
Music has been in movies, tv, concert stage and with Paul McCartney. Look at his credits. We are lucky to get him.
LAURENCE JUBER....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
Guitarist, Arranger and Composer,
Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.
First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger.
Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 22 solo albums. The latest, Under an Indigo Sky (Solid Air Records) is a jazz/blues tinged studio album that was mixed at Hollywood’s legendary Capitol Studios by top jazz recording engineer Al Schmitt and first released only on vinyl.
His concurrent release from the same label Catch LJ Live!, is a two-disc combo that captures one exciting solo concert performance in 5.1 video and on CD. LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.
Juber's solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy. His arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. His DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best sound.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. Juber also co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and crafted the score to the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning. With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan's Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It's The Housewives!
|| 7:00 P.M.
||CANCELED:FRANKIE GAVIN....Guinness book of records holder as “The Fastest Fiddle Player In The World,” comes to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. This one man show will feature Frankie on Fiddle, Viola and tin whistle. For a mere $20 one can see, and hear, FRANKIE GAVIN, a legend of the fiddle and the most famous violinist in Ireland.
Frankie has performed for 4 US Presidents and the Queen Of England, the first Presidental notch on his bow at the age of six , when JFK came to Galway Ireland in that historic visit when President Kennedy came back to The Emeral Isle to visit his ancesteral roots in his homeland town of Moneygal, Ireland.
“FRANKIE GAVIN is one of the genuine legends of Irish music. With All-Ireland Championship victories on both fiddle and flute, sixteen albums with the Dé Dannan, seven solo albums, as well as appearances with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Elvis Costello and The Rolling Stones. “‘The prince of Irish fiddlers’ is one of the outstanding performers of the past thirty years,” Many, many critics and publications. Part of Frankie Gavin’s enduring appeal lies in his astounding technical ability and unceasing quest for innovation - musical pieces more commonly associated with the likes of the Beatles and George Frederic Handel are now common place in Frankie’s repertoire as an Irish musician. Most pertinent of all is the knack he has for imparting to his audience his own enthusiasm, the sheer joy, the magic of great music-making.” Irish Music Magazine (the definitieve in Irish Music).
Frankie has also been invited to play for numerous State officials including President John F. Kennedy on historic visit to Ireland. French president Francois Mitterand and England's Prince Charles. Of a special event in America, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith is reported to have commented that "The best all 'round performance of the entire week at Kennedy Center.” Are we paying attention, here? !!!
Frankie Gavin - The Tolboth Theatre, Stirling, Scotland
"Because he's known as 'The prince of Irish fiddlers', and produces what's ben called 'Irish fiddling as good as it gets', there was high anticipation at Stirling's Tolbooth theatre for the Frankie Gavin show. The crowd wasn't disappointed. He gave a glittering performance over nearly two hours. Yet it was all so laid back. He sat, almost reclining as if in an armchair, the while creating the most spectacular sound from a bow which mostly seemed to be moving within barely four-inch compass. The amazingly tricky fingers seemed equally effortless. They weren't, of course, as when he played 'Carolan's Concerto', using roughly twice the number of notes that even oul' Turlough had planned for... (During this, there was metaphorically the sound of fiddlers in the audience snapping their fiddles over their knees, and vowing to never touch the instrument again!).
||3:00 P.M. (Matinee)
CANCELED: WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT MR. BILEZIKJIAN HAS PASSED AWAY
Played to a packed room last time. Do not be turned away this year. He has been featured in Symphony Orchestras, motion pictures and before Royalty. Recorded background music for over 80 TV and Motion Picture Film Soundtracks. We get him once per year.
JOHN BILEZIKJIAN on the Oud and featuring HELEN BILEZIKJIAN (vocals). Oud champion.
John Bilezikjian is "America's Oud Virtuoso". Mr. Bilezikjian may be the most prominent Oudist of his generation. He is a master Oudist who has elevated this instrument to the concert stage as well as continues to perform as a folk musician. He has performed for some 51 years on this ancient eleven stringed Persian fretless instrument dating back some 2,000 years. The Oud is performed with an eagle's quill.
Mr. Bilezikjian has given command performances for the King and Queen of Spain and for Mrs. Anwar Sadat of Egypt to name only a few. He has filmed and recorded background music for over 80 TV and Motion Picture Film Soundtracks in Hollywood, California.
John has his own record company, Dantz Records in Laguna Hills, California and has made over 25 CD's that are available on his web site.
Mr. Bilezikjian has appeared with The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta as well as The Los Angeles Mandolin Orchestra and The Pacific Palisades Symphony with Maestro Joel Lish conducting. He debuted in June of 2005 at Symphony Hall in Boston with the venerable Boston Pops Orchestra as featured soloist, marking the first time the Oud was heard in a solo capacity with the Boston Pops Orchestra. John Bilezikjian has also appeared as a Bouzouki soloist with The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Rachael Worby conducting. Mr. Bilezikjian's music can be heard on countless documentaries and HBO trailers as well and in the Warner Bros. movie "Must Love Dogs" and "Mirror Wars", a film about Russian espionage and America. There are Music clips on this web site. www.dantzrecords.com an awe inspiring web page.
||ROY ZIMMERMAN: THE FAUCET’S ON FIRE!
What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman. “The Faucet’s on Fire!” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, John Oliver, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
||PAT DONOHUE.....Bob Stane Says: I was listening to Garrison Keilor on "Prairie Home Companion" when I heard PAT DONOHUE sing and play, with "The Shoe Band," a song called "Frisco Bound." I almost drove off the road. I had to pull over to the shoulder and recompose myself. When I got home I looked him up with the help of YAHOO and sent him an e mail. I asked about "Frisco Bound" and offered, in my usual shameless way a gig at The Coffee Gallery Backstage whenever he came to Los Angeles. He sent me a wonderful promo pak and phoned about a week later and accepted my impertinent offer. Be sure to go to his Web Site (below) and check it out. Great accomplishments and ongoing goodies.
Pat is a master of comedy and parody...."Would You Like To Play Guitar" and "Sushi-Yucky," lead the pack and have made him a famous musical wit. He will do them at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. PAT DONOHUE....Backroads & Bodywraps by Stephen A. Ide,
"If it were it easy, every fingerstyle guitarist would play as well as Pat Donohue. A Midwesterner with the rhythm of a drummer and the soul of a New Orleans saxophonist, Donohue has the fingers of the world's finest guitarists. He brings his talent weekly to the radio stage of A Prairie Home Companion, where he started regularly playing in its band in 1993. You'll also catch him on concert stages nationwide and in the lesson room, where he teaches guitar playing. Though he was named National Finger Picking Guitar Champion in 1983, perhaps the greatest testament to the virtuosity of Donohue's guitar playing is the kudos he receives from fellow musicians. Guitar great Leo Kottke calls Donohue's playing "haunting." And Chet Atkins jokes on Donohue's latest album, "Backroads," that perhaps it's time for him to steal from Pat. "One time I was on the air, I was playing with Chet and suddenly he just told everybody that he thought I was one of the best fingerpickers in the world," Donohue said. "It's hard to get past that."
His skill, wit, and warm, infectious personality earned him accolades, and his songs have been recorded by such performers as Chet Atkins, Suzy Bogguss, and many others. Donohue himself has released several albums, including Backroads, which includes guest appearances by Chet Atkins, Kate MacKenzie, Howard Levy, and Butch Thompson. His travels with A Prairie Home Companion and extensive solo engagements allow him to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the U.S."
SEE WEB SITE:
Two Time Grammy Nominated and a basket of
national credits. Read the copy. Sensational.
JIM PHOTOGLO....was born and raised in LA. In the early 80's, as a recording artist on 20th Century Fox Records, he scored 2 Top 30 hit singles on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 Chart: We Were Meant To Be Lovers in 1980 and Fool In Love With You in 1981. In the mid 80's Jim moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and scored several successes with the likes of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Michael McDonald, The Everly Brothers, James Ingram and Alabama. He had 2 #1 singles including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's signature song, Fishin' In The Dark, co-written with Wendy Waldman. During this time he also sang backup and played bass with Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, Wendy Waldman and Nicolette Larson. Jim also co-founded Run C&W with Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces) and Bernie Leadon (The Eagles and The Flying Burrito Brothers), a group that played classic soul music with bluegrass arrangements. They recorded 2 classic albums for MCA Nashville. In 2000 Photoglo launched his own independent label and, to date, has released 4 critically acclaimed solo albums. Sparks In The Radio (2005), Is It Me? (2009) and Halls Of My Heart (2014) all had extensive play at Folk Radio. Halls Of My Heart had the #1 most played song in August of 2014, as well as 2 more in the Top 20. It was the #3 most played album and he was the #4 most played artist. Is It Me? and Halls Of My Heart have both been nominated for Grammys. He will perform solo: acoustic guitar and vocal.
THE TIZER TRIO....
2011 “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee Tizer Trio will make their debut appearance on Saturday, February 7 @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage! This acclaimed world, jazz, fusion powerhouse group features an all-star lineup of musicians. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer (Down To The Bone, Special EFX), the trio also features bass legend, Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Yanni, Billy Cobham) and 2x Grammy winning Cuban drum phenom, Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes, Michel Camilo, Juan Gabriel). TIZER has been proclaimed “A Torchbearer for a new generation of Contemporary Jazz” and has appeared on many premier venues throughout the world including; Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Pasadena Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz, Spaghettini Jazz Club, Dubai Jazz Fest, Martinique Jazz Fest, Jarasum International Jazz Fest - S Korea and Newport Beach Jazz Fest to name a few. Tizer Trio will bring their unique blend of original, high-energy jazz to this wonderfully intimate venue for a memorable evening of live jazz not to be missed!
|STORY CHICKS...FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Story Chicks presents their latest show, Food For Thought: A Delectable Journey Down Memory Lane.
CE Jordan and Terri MartinLujan raid the refrigerator to share their own delicious memories surrounding food. “Food For Thought” explores how food is such a central part of our lives. From food habits to food traditions, food defines our memories. A simple smell, a delectable taste can transport us back again to a special time. Story Chicks makes pancakes, popcorn, and pie a recipe for fun. Nothing like "playing with your food"!
This storytelling, dancing, singing duo will tickle your funny bone while tugging at your heartstrings; always a good combo! Story Chicks have a unique performing style and an original voice as they stage their own true stories of childhood, CE from Ojai California, and Terri from Houston, Texas. The homey venue of the Coffee Gallery Backstage is a perfect place for all to revisit their own food memories. Come 'hungry' and Bon Apetit!
Visit Story Chicks at www.widget410.wix.com/story-chicks
||A sturdy pirate ship of close harmony mates with larceny and music on their mind.
A bit of wit and a lot of sea faring tunes. A great night with a big crew with matching instruments.
QUARTERMASTER… Music with a pirate flavor. Entreprenuership on the bounding, and profitable, main. Longing to sing three-part harmony in a men’s a cappella group, impresario Daniel Rover Singer formed QuarterMaster in 2012 with musical director James Briton Hendricks in hopes of becoming the Crosby, Stills & Nash of the shanty scene. Traditional songs with updated lyrics and arrangements bring a fresh, funny and soulful spin to old music about Drinking, Sex, and the Sea. Cap’n Salty and Rover are joined by Stosh, Boots, Arrmen, Padre, Spike and Rufus making up the 8-man crew of “The Dodgy Sally.” The men’s voices are accompanied by concertina, bouzouki, pennywhistle and ‘bones’ – guaranteed to shiver your timbers.
JAMES BRITON HENDRICKS has long performed an astounding repertoire of historical and maritime music with his mellifluous baritone voice and command of multiple vintage instruments. A renowned authority on ancient music with special emphasis on music of the Civil War, James is a frequent performer at historical sites and events. He performs with the Band of the California Battalion and conducts the madrigal group The Briton Ensemble.
DANIEL ROVER SINGER has been a vaudevillian since he first started worrying his family with his ventriloquist/magic act at the age of 10. He founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1981 and co-created the global comedy hit “The Complete Works of Wm Shakepeare (Abridged).” As a Disney Imagineer he contributed to the design of many beloved theme-park attractions worldwide; and as a performer, director, writer and designer, Rover has dedicated his life to making the world a more magical place.
The rest of the crew: TONY DURAN, TOM ERVIN and STOSH BARYLA (tenors), ARRMEN PIRIMASIHI (baritone), CAL SMITH and MICHAEL HRUSKA (basses).
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NUALA KENNEDY with EAMON O’ LEARY
A rare Wet Coast appearance by world renowned Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy accompanied by Eamon O Leary on vocals, guitar and bouzouki. A must-see show for fans of celtic and acoustic music. “Expressive vocal character... virtuosic flute and whistle playing" ****Scotland on Sunday .
“a flute player and composer of remarkable finesse, fearless of the unknown” THE IRISH TIMES 2013
Acclaimed traditional singer, whistle/flute player and composer Nuala Kennedy grew up playing music in Dundalk, Ireland and later moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. The combination of the best of two cultures, Scotland and Ireland, is what has made Nuala the artist she is today. In 2011 Nuala completed a Masters Degree in Composition and Performance and the result was an even deeper understanding of, and commitment to traditional music, which is evident in the powerful performances she gives, wherever she is on tour.
Nuala released her third solo record 'Noble Stranger' (Compass Records) to critical acclaim. Nuala has spent the last several years touring worldwide, recently gracing the cover of Irish Music Magazine, Sing Out! and giving mainstage concerts at festivals such as Celtic Connections International Festival, Telemark Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival.
She performed and recorded with American songwriter Will Oldham (an album that received 5 stars from MOJO magazine) and with Canadian composer the late Oliver Schroer (nominated for a 2012 Canadian Folk Award)
She appears with long time friend and musical collaborator Eamon O' Leary, himself a renowned name in the world of Irish music and a talented sing-songwriter. Www.nualakennedy.com “excitingly vital, wonderfully original" (****Songlines) and “fearless of the unknown” (THE IRISH TIMES)
“Stunning Irish/Scottish traditional music with a twist” *****MAVERICK
|| GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET...Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best Gypsy Jazz guitar players of the new generation. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Just back from France headlining the biggest Django Reinhardt festival in the world come check them out in this intimate room.
BIG TIME JAZZ SHOW. Check it out....
Leah Zeger - Violin
Brian Netlzey - Bass
Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Yep, I hope your guitar shredders show up for this guy. I was in a late-night-after-the-festival, bar-across-the-street jam with him.
He was sitting to my immediate left and was ultra-powered up. This guy ....woo! He was also in Chico about a week ago and did a tiny club with my friend backing him up on rhythm. I find it difficult for your clientele to realize just how amazing some of your acts are. I can only hope that they go by your word and rep, as you consistently have major big room shows in your tiny tiny room where everyone has a front row seat. Amazing!
Thanks for your efforts ~
Go to; http://www.gonzalobergara.com/ for sassy music samples and other nifty stuff.
GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET...Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix of Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a pumping rhtyhm section. After having toured the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD Porteña Soledad with glowing reviews all over the world. ? Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more. His new CD Porteña Soledad was editor’s Pick on Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a Masterpiece. The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is formed by Gonzalo Bergara on Lead Acoustic Guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on Rhythm Guitar, Rob Hardt on Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, and David Tranchina on Upright Bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, all the traditional Jazz and hint of his native land Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving." Gonzalo has performed all over the world inlcuding Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all fo the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more.
||THE TOM CORBETT TRIO
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore". When the Tom Corbett Trio with Bill Knopf and Mike Mullins play The Coffee Gallery Backstage that's even more "amore". When it happens on Valentines Day you can't get any more "amore". Love and notes will be in the air when these "Bluegrass Trio Romanticos" celebrate Cupids favorite night.
Tom Corbett is a mandolin and guitar playing singer songwriter who has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians in the folk and roots musical world. He toured and recorded with The Acousticats which featured Phil Salazar and Cyrus Clarke (Cache Valley Drifters) which lead to him working with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The String Wizards. Corbett recorded several albums with John as well as the award winning DVD John McEuen & Jimmy Ibotson-Nitty Gritty Surround on AIX Records. During his stint with John he played and recorded with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jennifer Warnes, Vassar Clements, Laurie Lewis and John Sebastian. After working with John for several years Tom then toured with Robin and Linda Williams from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. He also played mandolin on Mike Ness’s (Social Distortion) solo CD “Cheating At Solitaire.” He has three solos albums and his third "Tonight I Ride", a colorfully musical pastiche of open-hearted stories and fond snapshots of the American West.
"Corbett's voice is reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett, with a kind of relaxed intimacy that makes you want to kick back in the passenger seat and go on a long road trip across the Mojave. With Tom Corbett driving on these songs, you'll have a great time". -
Sing Out Review CS
Bill was working on his music degree at UCLA in 1966 when he was introduced to Doug Dillard the banjo player in the bluegrass band The Dillards. After college Bill put an advanced degree on the back burner and helped form the very popular local band Hot Off The Press. He has recorded six albums over the years which stretch the boundaries of bluegrass banjo by including jazz, pop/rock, Scott Joplin ragtime, and John Philip Sousa marches. Bill has written over a dozen instruction book for banjo and guitar and now has his own publishing company. For five years he was a featured player with Doc Severinsen's touring "Las Vegas" show. Besides Las Vegas they played Atlantic City, Mardi Gras, state fairs, conventions, TV's "Hee Haw", and one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, D.C. He remained with the show until 1984. In 1979 Bill toured briefly with Donna Douglas--Elly May Clampett of TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies.” Bill and his bands have played at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain. As a studio musician he's played on the soundtracks to many films including Fire Down Below, Something to Talk About, Here's Wally Sparks, Back to the Future III, Her Alibi, A Horse For Danny, Tad, Cannery Row, Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Tiger Heart, television's Dukes of Hazzard, Days of Our Lives, Murder She Wrote, Just Shoot Me, The Simpsons, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and countless radio and television commercials.
"Mike Mullins has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. He toured and recorded with notable bands and musicians including master fiddler Phil Salazar, The Acousticats, The Cache Valley Drifters, fiddler/banjoist Dennis Caplinger, The Hay Dudes, Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk, and The Tom Corbett Trio. In 2014, Mike released his first solo project, “Windows of Time,” a compendium of guitar and mandolin Americana styles showcasing Mike's original material over a 25 year span, produced by David West. Summers find Mike performing annually at the KCBX Live Oak Music Festival with the Cache Valley Drifters, and as an artist-in-residence at the annual Mandolin Symposium, instructing classes with such luminaries as Symposium founders David Grisman and Mike Marshall.
A HUGE, INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & POP STAR. 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 on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Weisberg
• 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.
JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS....A REVIEW....Songs To Cheer In Tumultuous Times
I've just experienced an absolutely delightful time-warp from the period of 1900 through 1920 with the remarkable Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys! She was enchanting and bubbly, and full of the 1920's good spirit and energy, and oh! those songs and presentation with right-on authenticity, that made you want to double-check the year on the L.A. Times in the rack outside the front door. Her seemingly endless catalog of period songs, and the very human people that lived them, were like rhythmic stories of the life and times. She performed so well, Miss Klein may convince you a time-machine whisked her a hundred years into the 2014 future for your entertainment, then after her inevitable encore, returned her to where she lives, probably close to 42nd Street in year 1914 New York.
Such ability deserves the support of a like-minded band, which comes in a quartet called The Parlor Boys. The Boys include: Benny Brydern, an "A" list quality violinist, equally capable and comfortable with Bach or Irving Berlin; Tom Marion, playing a replica of the Selmer-Maccaferri guitar played by Django Reinhardt, in his sensational Hot Club of Paris group, although Marion's sound and style were more like the "Singing Troubador," Nick Lucas, an early days heart throb for your grandmother (or her mother!); Randy Woltz, played vibraphone, accordion, and spoons (yes!); and Marquis Howell, effectively using a most unique oscillating right hand wrist-snap to slap the strings of his upright bass to accentuate rhythm.
There were also a few surprises included, such as turning off all of the room lights for Klein's "What A Night For Sparking," accompanying her vocal with a "banjolele" lighted from behind to illuminate the front of the instrument (ukelele neck on a small banjo head), played in the dark; Tom Marion bringing out yet another unusual instrument, a very old six string banjo with a huge round head and very short neck for "Jenny's Lowdown Dance;" and a song from old Yiddish Theater, "Becky, Becky, I Ain't Coming Home No More," sung by Miss Klein, who described it as a Hawaiian-Klezmer song, with similar theme as the World War I "How You Gonna Get 'em Back On The Farm, After They've Seen Paree (Paris)?"
Other songs included, "Smooth Talker," "I Found A New Baby," "Living In Sin," "Bye Bye Blues," "A Little Bit Independent," "Sunday," "Late But Not Late," a duet on "True Blue Lou," by Klein and Howell, Tom Marion letting loose on "Say It Again" to not only play guitar in a Nick Lucas style but also sing it like him, well, that's something to hear! This is the music that people enjoyed and went out to see in speakeasies, dance halls, and vaudeville theaters, performed as it would have been heard. More than nostalgic or historical, this is great fun and entertainment, and usually a wonderful surprise to those hearing Janet Klein for the first time. I've promised myself that I will see Miss Klein again several times this next year -- this is classy entertainment just too good not to be in my life! Thanks to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena for presenting Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys - Harvey Barkan
What happens when you combine three dynamic songwriter/musicians, with two lead singers, excellent musicianship, and add superb four-part harmony? You get the very entertaining and audience pleasing original roots American musical group, Sidewinder. The group is composed of long time San Diego entertainers Mark Jackson, Bruce Huntington, Ken Wilcox, and Tom Wolverton.
The Mark Jackson Band, lead by now Sidewinder, Mark Jackson, has been a Southern California favorite for years and has been nominated many times for the prestigious San Diego Music Awards. Mark has a wonderful singing voice out of the Texas New Country musical tradition. Bruce worked the showrooms and lounges in Las Vegas for nine years. He has played with the likes of Cornell Gunther and the Coasters, the Hollywood All-stars, and Gary Nicholson. Ken Wilcox is out of the folk tradition and is a masterful flat picking guitarist and one of the best autoharp players around. Ken has produced songs in the recording studio for many of the top Western Acts on the scene today. Tom is in great demand as a recording studio musicians, has performed on over 100 albums, and plays five instruments on stage.
Be prepared for an entertaining evening of good music, musical versatility, harmonies, and just good old fashion fun. “Sidewinder, the Finest Music West of the Pecos.”
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||KEN O’ MALLEY & THE NE'ER DUWELS
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.
JIM KIMO WEST AND FRIENDS...with a bit of extra ukulele action.
Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. The “nahenahe”sound of “ki ho’alu” as it is known in Hawaii is heard throughout the recent Oscar- nominated film, “The Descendants”.
Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic contributing his talents to many Grammy-winning CD’s, tours as well as performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR and many others.
He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano ( the Hawaiian “Grammy” ) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu.
“West's knowledge of slack-key guitar is vividly expressed in both his keen performances of covers as well as his own dynamite songwriting. .... “Maui Skies," a West original, is as evocative as its title promises; the liquid flow of West's guitar achieves that perfect balance of caressing the ears while awakening the mind to pictures of blankets of clouds hovering over a bed of blue ocean.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ 12/2011
“His mastery of slack-key guitar, as prominently displayed on this record, is not just fueled by technical precision but also depth of emotion. For example, "Maui Skies" is poetry set to music; it is bursting alive with the constant evolution and vibrant colors of nature, its soothing textures caressing the heart and lighting fire to the soul.” JAZZ CORNER 2/2012
"Jim Kimo West’s new recording continues his Slack Key explorations in his unique and beautiful style, and in various tunings, including two of his own invention, further accentuating his own sound" -- GEORGE WINSTON pianist/ guitarist.
Jim West Guitarist and Composer www.jimkimowest.com
John McEuen Trio - with Matt Cartsonis and Craig Eastman
photo is from their recent headlining at the Alaska State Fair
A founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (the summer of 1966) – multi-instrumentalist McEuen has ventured into varied musical genres, and to different formats including television special production, film scoring, and unusual award winning albums. Playing a broad spectrum of roots, bluegrass and music now called Americana has made John McEuen an established name in acoustic music, focusing on acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. His production of The Crow with Steve Martin won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. With an active performing schedule both solo and with his lifetime partners in music – the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- he performed in 90 cities with the band and 32 others solo in 2013!.
John says:"…and for this show I will be bringing my pickin' buddies Craig Eastman and Matt Cartsonis. Matt is one of the finest singers I know. Though he hails from Phoenix, he sings like he is from Kentucky - that high bluegrass lonesome sound with a rock and roll sensibility, and is a funny guy with funny songs, all accompanied by his hot licks on mandola and guitar. We have done hundreds of shows together.” You may have seen Matt with Warren Zevon (he accompanied Zevon in his last 5 years), the Austin Lounge Lizards, or the group Bryndle. Check him out on mattcartsonis.com In 2009 Matt I had join Steve Martin to perform ‘Crow’ music on Saturday Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and The Ellen Show. “ Matt is also featured on John’s Round Trip album, and has worked with him on several film score projects in the past few years. Matt’s acrobatic vocals and amiable stage presence endears him to audiences wherever he plays.
In 2005, Craig and John McEuen crossed paths in a So Cal. Club and hit it off musically from the first note. John has used Craig’s talents on several of his film score projects, and most recently on the Grammy winning album that he produced : Steve Martin – The Crow new songs for the five-string banjo. (Craig also appeared with Steve on Sat. Night Live, Letterman, American Idol, and Ellen.
“Craig Eastman is a true genius on the fiddle and its cousins. He’s an innovator and melodist on one of the great instruments.” - Steve Martin. Craig Eastman first asked his mother for a violin when he was three years old. After years of making musical instruments out of rubber bands and wood scraps, he finally got his hands on a fiddle when he was six, and was off and running. He was trained on classical violin, but at age 11 was introduced to the fiddle music of Vassar Clements, via the classic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album. In 1979 Craig was awarded a music scholarship to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied film making, music, and education, earning a BA in music composition. He quickly became a top Hollywood studio musician, recording and performing with artists that include Ray Charles, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, to Bryan Adams, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, John Jorgenson, Marcus Miller, Billy Bob Thorton, and Dennis Quaid.
In 2000 Craig started working with award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, who recognized Craig’s unique talent for film music - he contributed not only his multi-instrumental playing, but also his compositions to many films including “Black Hawk Down”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Brokeback Mountain.” Craig even played a small part in “Pirates II”, then started working on other music and score projects of his own. CraigEastman.com
John recently was honored with the “Best in the West” award from the Folk Alliance. With the NGDB he has made over 35 albums, including the landmark platinum-selling Will The Circle Be Unbroken, which was instigated by John.
If you don’t know John, watch his short documentary/bio with rare historic footage about his lifelong pursuits:
John McEuen - a life in music: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1655057105992
|Wednesday, February 25th., 7PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations
||David Harvey Presents:
"Everything and Irony"
Do you love great Rock and Blues? Beautiful ballads? Luscious Lyrics? And some of the Smartest Songs Anywhere?
Awesome performers are bringing their best to the David Harvey Presents showcase on Wednesday, February 25th., 7PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations
We have exceptional performers for this show - Great music plus an original story, we have it all!
Bob Malone is a force of Nature. Whether playing keyboards, piano, organ, or accordion he plays with a wicked virtuosity that makes your whole soul shimmy and shake. Bob plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. His sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of blues, rock, and New Orleans R&B, and has played with or opened for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others. Bob’s TV appearances with John Fogerty include The Late Show With David Letterman and The View. www.bobmalone.com
Eric Schwartz grabs you the first moment you hear him. Eric is brilliant - he takes Folk and crafts great melodies with the funniest, sharpest, and edgiest lyrics, twists it, and twists it again. In the purest tradition of Folk as social, political, and protest music, Eric harpoons all the idiocy in America with such infectious joy. So you'll laugh your ass off, but it's never an exercise in silliness.Then Eric will craft a ballad so beautiful and perfect your heart will ache. His new CD "The Better Man" just came out. Buy it!
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 OffRampon KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong.
Come out for a great night of music. It's good for the Soul!
GUITAR SUPERSTAR....a whole new approach to 6 string music.
VICKI GENFAN...is of the ilk of Laurence Juber. She charms an audience and impressed everyone. All should know about her. All should catch this sterling show of guitar and wit." The world says: Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls 'slap-tap', Vicki Genfan creates waves of sound with two hands and her voice. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, whether covering the tunes of others or presenting her own compositions, Vicki has a distinctive style that is pushing the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre. “I understand completely why the audience applauds and whistles so wildly...this is fiery, living music.” IndieMusic.com
And she is a fine singer. She moves you.
When Vicki Genfan won the title of Guitar Superstar in the competition sponsored by Guitar Player Magazine. Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal said, "“It's a stunning victory, a barrier shattered. Guitar Player is a male-dominated domain. The magazine is often a tribute to speed, power, volume and gear. Ms. Genfan plays an acoustic guitar without effects." Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls 'slap-tap', Vicki creates waves of sound with two hands and her voice. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki's distinctive style is pushing the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre. She has been featured at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival. Luna Guitars has unveiled the Vicki Genfan model (created by master luthier Gray Burchette) with all the bells and whistles that Vicki’s playing requires, including a Jumbo body which lends itself to the full tones she needs for her percussive style.
"I forgive myself for forgetting what a great singer she is; it's no wonder...her voice moves inside me as only something that comes from inside can." - Frank Goodman, Pure Music
I forgive myself for forgetting what a great singer she is; it’s no wonder…her voice moves inside me as only something that comes from inside can.” ~ Frank Goodman, Pure Music
“After witnessing her mind-blowing performance of an original composition entitled ‘Atomic Reshuffle,’ a panel of guitardom’s elite dubbed Vicki Genfan 2008 Guitar Superstar. Contained within the 3:57 acoustic tour-de-force was a combination of playing techniques that produced not just chords and melodies, but also bell-like harmonics and percussive rhythms. Genfan’s approaches to composition and playing stem from her desire to capture dense harmonic ingredients, her affinity for open tunings, and her dream to groove like Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White.”
~ Chris Buono, Guitar Player Magazine Website: www.vickigenfan.com
An all-time fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Great fun. Wonderful Music.
Will sell out.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR....http://www.mwow.net/
The Merry Wives of Windsor is an all-female folk band based in Southern California. The foundation of the Merry Wives’ sound is rich four- and five-part vocal harmonies, which blend elements of North American, British Isles, and Contemporary Folk music.
These talented ladies have graced the stages of the El Rey Theater, The Grove of Anaheim, and The Galaxy Theatre, as well as Music Festivals and Renaissance Faires across the country. The Wives bring a unique sensibility to every song in their repertoire, which includes traditional Irish pieces, modern folk and country, and original pieces. With musical backgrounds in everything from Folk, to Musical Theater, and even straying to Pop and Opera, the Merry Wives present a relevant musical perspective, while still staying true to the spirit of the music they perform.
The Wives have recorded six full-length albums, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com, or CDBaby.com. Visit our Contact page for booking information, or join our mailing list to get updates about The Wives!
Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. http://www.sligorags.com/show-schedule
is an exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter and entertainer making his Coffee Gallery Backstage debut.
The past 20 years Don has played guitar & sung with Little Richard, Jan & Dean, Paul Williams, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), The Drifters and every Wednesday night at the Groundling Theater in West Hollywood with Big Daddy. Don is very happy to be performing his long overdue solo performance of original songs, stories and finger style guitar instrumentals. Blending pop, jazz, folk, rock and crazy twist of comedy Don will take you through his life as a working musician in this crazy world.
Currently a member of the famed rockabilly/comedy band Big Daddy, 4 LP's on Rhino Records and a top 10 hit song in the UK and has just released a new CD on Rockbeat Records called "Smashing Songs of Stage & Screen". Come check out Don's show.
Don't miss the gig!
MICHAEL MC GINNIS and FRIENDS
Well it is Annual birthday concert time again!!!! Please come help me celebrate 72, by performing for you with Stephen Geyer, David P Jackson, and Linda Dillard along with a few surprise guests. This should not to be missed! Don’t forget to call for reservations, ( Last year we turned too many away). It is a small club, and will probably sell out.
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, (hmm?). Listed in the Folk Music Hall of Fame, has played for presidents, queens, and other assorted heads of state, is the honorary “Duke” of Peoria Illinois, and puts on one heck of an entertaining show so don’t miss it.
Stephen Geyer, is one of the finest guitar players in America today. He has penned a number of chart breaking songs, and will blow you
away with his dexterity on the guitar and musical energy.
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.....
Linda Dillard , back by popular demand from Vancouver, WA. is a premier vocalist who has a performance bio longer than an arm AND a leg, certainly too long to list here, but be advised she is a star in her own right, and will stun you with her amazing voice!!
|| 8:00 P.M.
DA UKULELE BOYZ....
First cousins Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst first began playing ukulele together as a duo as children competing in the Hula Grill Ukulele Contest on Maui. Their amazing duet instrumentals, their vocals and relaxed stage banter embody the spirit of aloha. The Boyz are featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs. They’re Energetic, talented, and charismatic. The Ukulele Boyz regularly co-host The Slack Key Show with George Kahumoku Jr. The Boyz have taken to the road to promote their latest CD release On Hawaiian Time. Da ‘Ukulele Boyz define the music of their generation with their own unique rendition of Hawaiian Classics & “Jawaiian” Style tunes.
FANCY PICKING ON UKULELES. Something really different in four string magic here.
“[They have come] Many, many times at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Better every time and bigger crowds every time. Learn to crinkle a plastic grocery bag and play upon a straw. No, not wish upon a star....play upon a straw. You may keep the straw to put under your pillow. Free tarantula bites. Who is the biter? Who is the bitee? You and your tarantula may dance wildly near the end of the musical evening.” ” – Bob Stane, owner, producer – The Coffee Gallery & Backstage, Altadena.
TARANTULAS will be discussed but not played with or on. Just their dancing abilities will be explored.
They play regular instruments along with some that make rude noises....Look at the photo.
“Musicàntica.....Just plain musical fun with international music as a bonus. Learn to play two ersatz musical instruments and take one home. Roberto Catalano and Enzo Fina, is a Southern Italian duo playing traditional and experimental Folk Music of Mediterranean Italy. Musicàntica offers the finest collection of world music to come out in recent years. Unless you are an Italian native, it's unlike anything you've heard before, with music performed on mostly traditional Italian folk instruments” – Bob Stane, owner, producer – The Coffee Gallery & Backstage, Altadena, CA, 2005.