MICHAEL CHAPDELAINE, ACOUSTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSO is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfiled , Kansas. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm n'. In the 80's and 90's Michael proved himself to be one of the worlds finest classical guitarists; twice winning the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, and taking First Prize in both the Guitar Foundation of America's and the Music Teachers National Association's Guitar Competitions. He also won the Silver Medal in Venezuela's VIII Concurso International de Guitarra "Alirio Diaz".
About the fifth encore for Michael at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. He came here first as a college instructor in guitar and
and well known prize winner in all the contests that make a difference (see above). He of the shock of hair and foot of bare
entertains with the best of string plucking and sly wit.
Recently completed a tour in Asia (amongst many world wide). Youthful and fun, he has a delightful style and fills the room.
Again and impossibly, The Coffee Gallery Backstage ensnares the best in the world for you to watch and listen from 6 feet away.
Check out the Web Page and the youtubes. A treasure trove of musical gems.
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.
Web Page: www.stringfever.co.uk
Witcher, Recupido, Levitt & Witcher
Witcher - Recupido - Levitt & Witcher, that's right folks, a band name that just rolls off the tongue like no other. Eleven syllables, two dashes and an ampersand, or you could just use their acronym WRLW. Regardless of the name, the result is the same, an exciting night of guilt free entertainment. This is Bluegrass at its best, great harmonies, exciting instrumentals and some of the finest original material around.
Dennis Witcher, founder of the legendary Los Angeles based bluegrass band The Witcher Brothers, and long time Witcher Brothers band mate and song writing collaborator Tony Recupido, team up with Banjo stylist extraordinaire Dan Levitt to form this must see, exciting, new Los Angeles bluegrass band.
For more that twenty years Dennis Witcher and Tony Recupido have been mainstays on the West Coast bluegrass circuit. Their amazing songs have touched audiences across the country for years with soul grabbing melodies, lyrics that touch the heart and harmonies that are as close to sibling harmonies as you can get without having the same last name. When you add Tony's amazing work on the guitar and Dennis' distinctive mandolin style, that's a pretty complete act in itself. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! Dennis and Tony have teamed up with the amazing and innovative banjo stylist Dan Levitt. Having developed and mastered a banjo style he calls “Contemporary Clawhammer” with a melodic frailing style that incorporates elements of bluegrass, ragtime, folk, classical and blues, Dan makes an enormous contribution to the unique sound of the band. And if that's not enough, of course Loren Witcher will be holding everything together on bass and wowing you with an occasional song of his choice. A MUST SEE!
Sunday,. Matinee Show
FORTUNATE SON......with special new star act...THE LICATA BROTHERS....doing a 30 minute opening stint.
Since 1994, Brad Ford has starred as John Fogerty, pioneering the ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute: FORTUNATE SON.
This show quickly became known as "THE PREMIER"act celebrating the music of CCR & John Fogerty and was recently singled out
by AXS-TV’s hit show “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” for which the band performed their show, live from Hollywood and broadcast
to millions of viewers.
The longest-running tribute to CCR, FORTUNATE SON continues to perform across America, Canada, Europe, and Asia rocking rocking
fans around the globe with timeless hits like BORN ON THE BAYOU, GREEN RIVER, BAD MOON RISING, LODI, LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACKDOOR,
PROUD MARY, CENTERFIELD, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN and so many more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WUtS7e_P84
Bob Stane says: This is an encore appearance for FORTUNATE SON. A big hit here with the fab Licata Brothers. A great afternoon.
JIM "KIMO" WEST and KEN EMERSON......A HAWAIIAN FANDANGO
Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in there duet shows, often performing without a set list or any idea of what comes next. Their diverse musical influences venture beyond the islands toward the land of blues, ragtime and even jazz and both have played on Grammy-winning records. Ken played on the first-ever winner in the Hawaiian category as well as Donald Fagen’s Grammy-winning “Morph The Cat”. His many other touring/ recording credits include Jackson Brown, Boz Scaggs, Todd Lundgren, Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale and Raymond Kane. Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo is long-time guitarist on CD’s and tours for the world’s most famous musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic whose recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.
Kenton Robert Lopaka Emerson is a San Francisco bay area born/ Hawaiian island bred guitarist who covers many musical genres. He has played his special blend of Blues/Jazz Hawaiian guitar for 40 years and running..His original compositions and performances on 'Slack Key Guitar Vol 2' (Palm Records) helped bring in the first ever 2005 GRAMMY award for Hawaiian music. 'KE' most recently played on Donald Fagen's 2007 GRAMMY winning "Morph the Cat" album.
Born into a musical family, Ken grew up with his fathers' extensive record collection of jazz, swing, Hawaiian and world music styles. In early 1968 Ken's family moved to Hawaii. Absorbing the Hawaiian culture, Ken and his brother Phil began studying Hawaiian language and music. They learned to emulate the players of the 1920's and ‘30s era by listening to vintage Hawaiian 78 rpm records, zeroing in on the jazz and blues styles of Sol Ho'opi'i and Sol K. Bright.
By the mid'70's Ken and Phil were playing alongside such legendary performers as Gabby Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Raymond Kane, Auntie Alice Namakelua, Sol K. Bright and George Ka'ainapau, and recorded and toured with Moe Keale.
In between his love of traditional Hawaiian music, Ken has played and/or toured with many luminaries in the musical world beyond Hawaii including Todd Rundgren, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, Jackson Browne, Donald Fagen, Dave Mason, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Graham Nash, San Francisco's Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann, Pablo Cruise Band and The Rowan Brothers.
Dividing his time between Kaua'i and San Francisco, Ken plays many local venues and festivals and is a frequent visitor to the east coast of the United States as well as Europe and Asia.
"Emerson writes pieces that update the classic sounds of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. His unaccompanied songs have an open, relaxing quality to them, moving forward in a gentle rhythm.." http://www.kauaimusicscene.com/a/ken-emerson
Jessy Terry Rolling Stone Magazine
“Ty’s Storytelling Show - is a collection of irreverent, funny, and poignant real life stories - drawn from his adventurous childhood, challenging teen years, and often mystifying adulthood - brought to life with vivid and animated images, often tempered with unexpected tenderness."
Special Guest performance by comedian: Jamie Bridgers; a local favorite. Jamie has performed at the legendary Pasadena Ice House Comedy Club and the world famous Comedy Store.
See ya there!
$20 (SOLD OUT)
Sold Out, Sorry.
If you haven't experienced a Homemade JAM show, you're in for a real treat. Always fun and a bit zany with serious musicianship and vocal chops, this quintet brings alive some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th century: Tin Pan Alley, jug band music, acoustic blues, popular hits of the '20s and '30s and more obscure, but equally wonderful, tunes from the era.
In Homemade JAM's current program, Tin Pan Alley...and Then Some, hear new, exciting versions of classic tunes, such as "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Ain't She Sweet" as well as jug band favorites like "Blues in the Bottle" and "Shake That Thing." From slinky ballads à la Mae West to rompin'-stompin' "poor man's jazz," Homemade JAM is guaranteed to deliver the goods.
Homemade JAM's main ingredients: Tom Fair, a veteran singer and musician who has shared the stage with the likes of The Turtles, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry, James Cotton and Screamin' Jay Hawkins; multi-instrumentalist and singer Rob Sandiford, an accomplished mandolin, banjo, guitar, Dobro and ukulele player with a strong background in bluegrass; bassist Ed Pausic, a veteran studio and live musician with 40 years experience playing acoustic and electric bass and guitar and singing in a range of genres; Samantha Elin, a songwriter and singer with a penchant for witty repartee, a comic streak and a tendency toward spontaneous tap dancing; and Steve Reid, a renowned percussionist who co-founded The Rippingtons, toured with Supertramp, recorded with Miles Davis and was namedJAZZIZ Magazine's Percussionist of the Year multiple times.
SLIGO RAGS...now featured at Disneyland.
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
RAGGED UNION....Hard Driving Bluegrass. Red blooded pickin' and vocals.
Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass is an exciting fusion of instrumental prowess with modern edgy (even bluesy) lyrics that speak to current issues (well outside the usual “Bluegrass Box”). Their shows are a mix of self-penned tunes, standards turned inside out or upside down, and obscure traditional tunes done in a fresh and innovative way with hair-raising harmonies and stellar musicianship, featuring a cast of some of Colorado’s top and award winning players. Official Showcasing Act at 2015 Far West Folk Alliance.
(Peggy Glenn wrote that for us)
“Ragged Union is a powerful new group that has all the essential elements of a great band – top-notch musicians, original material, tight harmonies and blistering instrumentals! They put on an entertaining stage show and have the talent and versatility to please a wide variety of audiences. Professionally, they are dependable, courteous and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for any type musical venue!” -Ken Seaman Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival. “...entirely different than how bluegrass music has been “updated” to date. It is beyond appropriate; it is fresh and innovative while preserving through their instruments the things one likes about bluegrass music. I’m too old for this—which is how it should be."
-Ron Thomason, Dry Branch Fire Squad, High Mountain Hay Fever Fest
Ragged Union’s hard-driving bluegrass, with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose of the blues, has become a favorite for quite a few music lovers since their inception a few years ago. There is an intimacy and tightness surrounding the vocals, with award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, and up tempo arrangements giving way to the edgy, outsider songwriting that has become an earmark of their style. (for full bio click here)
2014 festival appearances:
IBMA World of Bluegrass, MidWinter Festival, Denver, High Mt Hay Fever, Westcliffe, CO, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Bean Blossom, IN, Banks of the Wabash Festival, Terre Haute, IN, Groovefest, Cedar City, UT, Keystone Bluegrass Festival, Keystone, CO, Crested Butte Arts Fest, Crested Butte, CO, YarmonyGrass, Bond, CO, UllrGrass, Golden, CO, Bluegrass on the Arkansas, Salida, CO, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
ENCORE PRESENTATION @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
They are flying 6,000 miles just for you. Upbeat fun and middle European Music.
Swing it with us. A SERBIAN TREAT. www.starcevic.co.rs
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS.....
Fly by Balkan Carpet with the guitar family TRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Belgrade, Serbia) Zoran Starcevic - guitar Nikola Starcevic - guitar Zeljko Starcevic - guitar
style: Balkan Swing - World Fusion
ON USA TOUR @ at the Coffee Gallery Backstage Monday, May 16. 7:30 P.M. TRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Zoran Starcevic & sons) performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan music: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental…Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretation. The result, combining many cultures, is BALKAN SWING - WORLD FUSION, virtuoso, rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy. Authentic, attractive music with the finest taste, real presentation of guitar music in Balkan Jazz style, unique interpretation from three of them and the universal music language, without frontiers. A real music trip by Balkan carpet, so if you like Jazz, Swing, Ethno, Classical, or you simply like guitar music, it is your perfect choice. They invented 6 hands playing on 1 guitar and that is their trademark.
They have performed in many Festivals (Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music) and concerts in: USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Chech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
"Trio Balkan Strings dedication to the music of the Balkans and central Europe is inspiring. The guitar interpretations of this music are wonderful. Really good" John McLaughlin.
Steve Noonan & Friends - Paradox 50 yr Reunion Concert
The Paradox was little known Folk club in the mid sixties - located in Orange Ca.
It only stayed open 3 years - but in that short time gave birth to many songwriters and performers we now recognize today. Jackson Browne, the NittyGrittyDirtBand, Steve Martin, Mary McCasslin, Tim Buckley, Hoyt Axton, Jose Feliciano, Steve Gillette, Penny Nichols, Kathy Smith, Jimmy Spherris, Jim Fielder, Steve Noonan and many others.
with Performances by :
Maury Manseau...3 Top 50 HIT recordings, including "Happy" and "Back on the Street Again" touring the country as the leader of The Sunshine Company (1967-69) joined here by his friend band mate Cheri Buonaguidi.
Jim Fielder - The Bassist (at the Paradox) in the Harlequin 3 (w/Larry Becket and TIM BUCKLEY) went on to tour & record w/ Buckley - Recorded w/ the Mothers of Invention, Buffalo Springfield, George Benson and currently tours w/ Neil Sedaka - also a founding member of Blood Sweat & Tears.
Bruce Kunkel - A Founding member/songwriter of the NittyGrittyDirtBand - playing and writing Socially Conscious Music for over 50 years - joined here with his friend and band mate Rob Harris.
Penny Nichols...is an award winning singer, songwriter, singing teacher and director of SummerSongs. She has sung or recorded w/ several Artists - most notably Jimmie Buffett, Jackson Browne and Jennifer Warnes.
Ralph Barr - Another founding member of the NGDB, still livin' in Long Beach, playin' his very own funky style of bluesy folky mumbily "Ralph music".
Michael Ray - If ya know him - ya love him. After the Paradox closed, he packed his satchel and travelled all the way cross country - playin Truck Stops, Rest Areas and Clubs for who'd ever listen, as a long haul `trucker.
Steve Noonan - Co Wrote BuyForMeTheRain (w/Greg Copeland) 1st HIT for the NittyGrittyDirtBand - One LP for Elektra & Three CDs (songs of which have been played 'round the world since 1967)...says Jackson Browne of Steve "...One - of the two - most influential people in my life - Musically. What I learned about Songwriting and Playing - I first learned from Steve Noonan and Greg Copeland"
LIZ CARBE and JP DURAND plus Co-Starring
ROB FAUCETTE AND THE “C" WORDS
(Well, it is a bit "country" so we have to disguise it. But tasteful, modern and good stuff. You will like it.)
Liza Carbé and JP Durand - the two guitarists have bridged the worlds of classical and blues guitar for well over 20 years now. A married couple, a professional partnership, and, in the end, two people who very much love to play their guitars. They are, along with Jim Stubblefield, co-founders of the acclaimed genre-bending instrumental "world guitar" group Incendio, with 9 CD's and two DVD's available internationally. Constant live work since the year 2000 has galvanized their playing. Their compositions outside of Incendio have been heard on an astounding variety of TV shows and movies, from the blockbuster comedy "Bridesmaids" to "Law and Order" to "Burn Notice" to so many more. They have a new duo CD available, "A Bridge Between", which is hitting radio across the country. The duo is happy to share this Coffee Gallery show with their good friend Rob Faucette. http://www.carbeanddurand.com
And Co-Starring....ROB FAUCETTE AND THE “C’ WORDS.
Rob Faucette and the C Words: Rob is a modern day troubadour with soul, wit, and a philosophical bent. Rob Faucette and the C Words weave together Americana, folk, garage, alt-country and more for a sound that’s as comfortable as your favorite old t-shirt and as interesting and welcome as the voice of your very best friend. Rob has self-released several underground albums and is currently at work on his follow up to Damn Old Heart, his first full length studio album, released in 2015, where he met the C Words, Colin Crump on bass, and Dan Levy on drums. RobFaucette.com
STEPHEN KALINICH & DAVE HUMPHRIES.
The Hollywood Project
An Evening of Music & Spoken Word
This unique show is an opportunity to experience the natural flow of the creativity of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. These are not ‘cover’ artists. They have been there and bring their own unique sensibility to the words and music inspired by the psychedelic era of the late 1960s.
The two artists are Dave Humphries-a British-American singer-songwriter, who could call The Beatles’ partner, Tony Sheridan, a band mate, and Stephen Kalinich- an American poet-lyricist, and songwriter whose words have been put to music by Brian and Dennis Wilson.
A recent article in San Diego Troubadour says it best;
“With the 2015 release of the album, The Hollywood Project, the pair have created an album of sweet, psychedelically informed pop rock tunes that echoes the Beatles Rubber Soul-Revolver period and the era of The Beach Boys Friends and Wild Honey albums.”
For this special show, they will perform songs from this great album and more.
It’s no wonder. Coming of age in the late 60’s England, Dave Humphries' musical vocabulary was developed by the sounds he heard during that era. His songs relfect the influence of The Beatles during their Sgt. Pepper and Let It Be years. Later in his life he has found himself playing in bands with the Beatles mate, and collaborator Tony Sheridan. His latest solo albums include and so it goes and Retro.
Stephen Kalinich after, a traveling mystic, poet and performance artist wrote the lyrics to the classic Beach Boys Haiku song, “Little Bird.” His work with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys shows how well-loved his words truly are. His 1969 album of songs in collaboration with Brian Wilson, A World of Peace Must Come, was released for the first time in 2008. Most recently he has been working with legendary producer and songwriter, Jon Tiven on a pair of stunning albums, Yo Ma Ma and Each Soul Has a Voice.
Their stories in song and spoken shows brings them together for this unique show that traces the influence of rock music history in the telling.
Sunday afternoon MATINEE….
This is just a ton of fun with great danceable
Music and you will get a free clove of garlic.
Fourth Encore at The Coffee Gallery Backstage
Bob Stane loves this show
The Garlic Band
The Garlic Band: Whether it's to the banks of the Tisa or the foothills of the Tatras, whether Romanian, French, jazz à la Reinhardt/Grappelli, Rom (Gypsy), or original compositions, you'll hear music with an authenticity, virtuosity and pungency that only the Garlic Band can deliver.
The band is led by Miamon Miller (violin/viola) and includes Cory Beers (cimbalom/tupan), Simeon Pillich (bass) and our newest member, Dart Zubis (accordion). These four musicians blend their talents and expertise to form an ensemble that respects tradition and encourages creativity. The GB is very happy to be joined by our special guest, violinist/fiddler Yvette Holzwarth. For more information regarding the Garlic Band, please go to www.GarlicBand.com
TIM WEISBERG is widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion. His early days were spent performing in many a concert venue across the United States, and it was the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival which firmly established Tim as a unique voice. Somewhere between "jazz and rock," Tim's distinctive style of playing began to gain recognition. He garnered the attention of trumpet player, bandleader, and A&M Records label owner Herb Alpert, and in 1971, his debut album “Tim Weisberg” was released.
The release of this album quickly pushed Tim to the forefront, and the music industry took note. His definitive artistry was soon heard on a diverse range of albums including The Carpenters, Kim Carnes, Lani Hall, Paul Horn, Gino Vannelli, and Dave Mason. Sharing the concert stage with such artists as Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quintet, Jean-Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishny Orchestra, as well as opening for many acts such as Jefferson Starship, Loggins and Messina, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, further propelled Tim into the public eye.
It was his performance on "Give Me Some Time," from the album Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg, which resulted in a friendship and collaboration on the 1978 album Twin Sons of Different Mothers. The LP went on to become a pop/rock mainstay of the late '70s and is considered one of the most iconic instrumental albums of the time.
Tim's laudable career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers, and MCA. His recording of "A Hard Way to Go" was used in the Oscar-winning Woody Allen movie Annie Hall. He has sold over 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world, and his legendary bands have been long heralded as the forerunners of Jam Bands. Please visit Tim's website www.timweisberg.com
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 DONOHUE....Backroads &Bodywraps by Stephen A. Ide
Pat wrote the "Shusi Yucki" song and "Would You Want To Play The Guitar." Two great parody songs.
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.
Blue Sky Records is pleased to announce the release of BLUE YONDER, the latest album from Pat Donohue.
Pat Donohue ,The Grammy-winning guitarist is joined, on the CD, by some numbers by longtime collaborators Richard Kriehn on fiddle & mandolin; Gary Raynor, bass; and Peter Johnson, drums. All arrangements by Pat Donohue.
Pat Donoue's latest release showcases his mastery of finger style guitar, combined with clever and well composed song lyrics. On BLUE YONDER Pat includes a few members of The Prairie All Stars, also formerly on The Prairie Home Companion. This latest effort by Pat is a fine collection of original blues and folk tunes, tradional blues and rock along with the expected, and famous, humorous Pat Donohue parodies.
PAT'S MUSICAL LIFE
Pat is one of the most listened to finger pickers in the world. Having been a songwriter and guitarist for twenty years for the “Guys All Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. His decades long association with Garrison Keillor’s popular program has led to some unusual gigs: There was the aftershow club date in Berlin, when Wynton Marsalis showed up to sit in with Pat and the Prairie Home band. Or playing music on camera for the Prairie Home Companion movie with director Robert Altman and stars Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones.
TARA LOUISE.... works as a professional singer/songwriter for a living. (Yeah, you read correctly. She actually makes money doing it!) But her singing career began at an elementary school Talent Show where she sauntered on stage as a 6-year-old and belted out that song from the Little Mermaid. Shortly after, she released her debut single 'I Am Not A Witch', which was outshone only by her next single, 'She Is A Witch.' But never fear, her songwriting capabilities have since improved. By the age of 15 she'd written more songs than The Beatles, and by 18 had performed over 300 shows in and among LA. With the release of her debut EP 'Mainstream' (which she made entirely by herself in her bedroom, but had mixed & mastered by a Grammy Award Winner), she knew it was time to put together a band and take over the world. Musically, of course. So Tara roped together some incredible musicians to back her up and follow her on the road toward world domination. I mean, artistic dissemination.
Vocally powerful melodies and sincerely written lyrics represented best as Pop.
Start with a female professional vocalist/lyricist. Add a ridiculously good guitarist, bassist, and box drummer. Sprinkle gooseflesh-inducing melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Serve with a garnish of audience participation. That would be TARA LOUISE. TARA LOUISE.... works as a professional singer/songwriter for a living. (Yeah, you read correctly. She actually makes money doing it!) But her singing career began at an elementary school Talent Show where she sauntered on stage as a 6-year-old and belted out that song from the Little Mermaid. Shortly after, she released her debut single 'I Am Not A Witch', which was outshone only by her next single, 'She Is A Witch.' But never fear, her songwriting capabilities have since improved. By the age of 15 she'd written more songs than The Beatles, and by 18 had performed over 300 shows in and among LA. With the release of her debut EP 'Mainstream' (which she made entirely by herself in her bedroom, but had mixed & mastered by a Grammy Award Winner), she knew it was time to put together a band and take over the world. Musically, of course. So Tara roped together some incredible musicians to back her up and follow her on the road toward world domination. I mean, artistic dissemination.
Vocally powerful melodies and sincerely written lyrics represented best as Pop.
Start with a female professional vocalist/lyricist. Add a ridiculously good guitarist, bassist, and box drummer. Sprinkle gooseflesh-inducing melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Serve with a garnish of audience participation. That would be TARA LOUISE. www.taralouise.com
Saturday, A MATINEE.
A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MERLE HAGGARD
We are honored to host a tribute to Merle Haggard with some of the best roots and Americana musicians and singer-songwriters in California.
It is not an overstatement to say, Merle Haggard was one of the greatest songwriters of the last 100 years. The native of Bakersfield, California helped to put his own brand of outlaw country on the map. With his loss one of the true originals of country, folk and Americna music has passed to the ages. Now it’s time to celebrate this great legend in one of the L.A. area’s best listening rooms.
“Merle Haggard was one of the giants of the late 20th century,” Dave Alvin
“Haggard songs are lived in, broke in and filled with longing. Merle’s songs are train-like, lonesome, well-made and hard as hell. May they always keep moving.” Tom Waits
Through a rocky road from labor camps to honky-tonks & roadhouses, prisons to country stardom, Merle Haggard never lost sight of his own musical integrity as an entertainer and an artist. He was one of the handful of singer songwriters in any genre who we can call a national treasure.” San Diego Troubadour
“He’s up with Miles Davis and Bill Monroe. He carved a singular sound.” Sturgill Simpson
“Sometimes you forget about how much natural-born heartbreak there is in a Merle Haggard song, because of all the boomtown, oil well, Dust Bowl honky-tonk imagery of his music.” Bob Dylan
This will be an intimate gathering with artists including Paul Zollo, Aireen Espiritu, Ed Tree, Dean Parks, Chad Watson, Pam Loe, Patrick Carrico, Calico the band, Dillon O’Brian, Travis Allen, Al Bonam and Coyote Moon.
Make your reservations early for this one-of-a-kind tribute which is sure to sell out.
"Miracles occur in the strangest of places." Willie Nelson
FIDDLER IN THE LOOP. LUSIC CIARLA....“in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles”
Italian born violin wizard Luca Ciarla owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments. Step by step, with a loop pedal he performs live all the parts, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello or a percussion. In this imaginative landscape Luca sings, whistles, plays other little instruments and adds new virtuoso passages; music is continuously evolving into a dazzling solo string band! “Fiddler in the Loop” features unusual arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean area and original compositions. “…a magical acoustic seduction where everybody can find familiar influences…from genuine folk to sophisticated jazz.” Vera Lisi, Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)
RUPERT WATES and DAN O'SULLIVAN......World Traveling Folk Artists.
Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based in the US since 2007. His material is all original, acoustic melodic art/folk. He is the winner of well over 30 songwriting and performing awards. His songs have been covered by artists in Nashville, Los Angeles, and London. He has released 7 solo Cds, tracks from which have been played on radio all over the world. He averages 150 live shows every year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe. He headlined at the Listening Room Festival in Florida in April 2015, and at the Savannah Folk Festival in October. Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him 'a prime figure in American music', and goes on: 'this is one gifted s.o.b...If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out'.
Dan O'Sullivan's nearly two decade long career as a guitarist-for-hire took him to performing with musical acts as diverse as South Korea's most famous female pop singer Patti Kim, 50's R+B vocal legends the Coasters, Blues singer Barbara Morrison, Adult Contemporary star Michael Bolton, and to sharing the bill with Reggae acts such as Maxi Priest, Eek-A-Mouse, and Big Mountain.
Over time Dan transitioned from the sideman and band-member role to solo troubadour and began cutting his own musical path. While keeping his intricate yet soulful guitar work in the mix, his technical skills are now in support of a unique songwriting voice that takes thoughtful, moving, and humorous views on life's situations. Since going solo in 2006 Dan has performed well over 1500 gigs and released four CDs. Dan keeps busy throughout the year performing several gigs a week either at home in the Los Angeles area or on tour.
$15. A gift of a price.
Theo Czuk…The Urban Folksinger.
“The Kurt Vonnegut of Songwriting”
Dubbed “the Kurt Vonnegut of songwriting,” by choreographer and art critic Della Cowall, Lyrically akin to, and armed with, Vonnegut’s rapier wit and incisive insight, Theo’s slant on the world has been described as “catawampus and exhilarating.”
Songwriter, storyteller and humorist, Theo was born and raised on the hardscrabble streets of Detroit and spent his youth toe tapping boulevard curbs to the grooves of the city swelter. When at an early age he was introduced to Bob Dylan, the die was cast and the URBAN FOLKSINGER was chiseled. In 2014, Theo’s first novel, HEART-SCARRED, won the prestigious LARAMIE Book Award for Best Literary Western.
But let’s let the professional music critiques have their say:
INDIE MUSIC DIGEST exclaims, “Theo brings the Mojo” and nominated TOO MANY SHADOWS for CD of the Year and added, “The music is highly original, extremely melodic with amazing writing and playing from all involved.” Cyrus Rhodes
MUSICEMISSIONS shares, “Vocals from Czuk are stellar! ... here Czuk is most brilliant as he totally lets loose behind the mic. He's clearly a master at delivering vocal emotion.”J.J. Cooper
ROCK n’ ROLL REVIEW wrote, “Theo has … an easy going element of street-wise wisdom ... an impressive “under the radar” artist definitely worth checking out as his soulful sound and unique perspective on life can be appreciated by virtually any music fan.” Kimberly Munson
SCOPE MAGAZINE offered, “… the songs all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly.” Michelle Paris
VENTS MAGAZINE concluded, “Vocals by Czuk are, shall I say, saucy, as he commands a powerful tonal registry.” and concluded, “This CD by Theo Czuk has no serious weaknesses and is … a compelling, truthful life’s journey through the eyes of a brilliant composer.” Sydney LarsonINDIE ARTIST ALLIANCE has glowed, “Theo…can deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. He is the quintessential storyteller the world needs right now.” Pierce Craven.
This is a “can’t miss” opportunity to catch this storyteller, humorist and wordsmith at the zenith of his craft. Visit Theo at: www.tedczuk.com and www.reverbnation.com/theoczuk
JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS......will bring you a rollicking feast for the ears, eyes and heart! Janet and her distinctive musician pals bring to life "Obscure, Naughty and Lovely tunes of the 1910s, 20s & 30s, delivering a bundle of spirited and inspired renditions of cleverly fun but forgotten Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, saucy bits and late ragtime gems. Adding to the band's already extensive repertoire these merrymakers zestfully branch into obscure vaudeville and Vitaphone numbers, Hawaiian, Yiddish novelty tunes, French and Italian knock-out ballads.
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