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Coming Attractions

 

 

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APRIL 2014
Thursday April 17 8:00 P.M. $18 SALTY SUITES with Guest Star ALEX FINAZZO

THE SALTY SUITES..... arrive at the Coffee Gallery for a night at their favorite burg playing for those they love, you and of course Bob Stane. Scott Gates, Chelsea Williams and Chuck Hailes will be picking and singing for you tunes old and new. Come have a coffee, a tasty snack and settle in for a night of great music.

We will also have an amazing opening act to play for you and on top of all that, the best stage and sound in the whole Pasadena area! Come lend us your ears! Also opening for the band that night will be Alex Finazzo on guitar and vocals, prepare to be blown away! The Salty Suites ~Scott Gates, Chuck Hailes, Chelsea Williams and Elaine Gregston are Salty Suites. Scott on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Chuck on bass and vocals; Chelsea Williams brings vocals and guitar, all bringing amazing musical expertise in both original compositions and covers ranging from old Ireland to current hits. Keep your eyes and ears wide open! Two new CDs are in the works! The Suites will release their first live CD, plus another new one that is up and coming.

 


ALEX FINAZZO has become a fixture in the Southern California music scene. He is seen most often these days performing solo or with the renowned mandolin player, Evan Marshall. Alex has taken the stage at the region’s largest bluegrass festivals, made 6 live radio appearances and consistently draws audiences in with his dynamic and powerful flat-picking. With roots in bluegrass, his style has evolved into an eclectic blend of influences rich with heartfelt melodies, impressive technique and a dash of dry wit. If  he was a small feast he would be a tart wine and some very sharp cheese. Bring those silly goldfish crackers that come in a box and make sure your pallet is clean.....

Friday April 18 8:00 P.M $20 PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK........ Phil Salazar fiddle, vocals; Mike Mullins guitar, mandolin, vocals;
Tom Corbett mandolin, guitar, vocals; Bill Knopf  banjo, vocals;
Charl Ann Gastineau fiddle, vocals; Rick Borella bass.

Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk, formerly known as The Phil Salazar Band, have been playing together since 1983.
They have recorded two albums, one for Phil’s label Filzar Records, and one for the label Flying Fish Records.

THE KINFOLK play in the style of Bluegrass, but draw from a wealth of genres including, Bluegrass, Folk, traditional American,
Irish, Jazz, Country, and Cowboy. The show is full of humor, good times and music.

Bluegrass Unlimited says.... "Excellent Stuff." "Dazzling California Bluegrass."
This very rare performance will feature:
Phil Salazar – Fiddle champ, teacher of fiddle champs, recording and touring artist. Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, John McEuen, and The Acousticats.

Tom Corbett - A Southern California “A” List Picker. The funniest guy on stage. 2011 Kerville New Folk Songwriter Finalist and a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour and toured with John McEuen and Robin and Linda Williams and The Acousticats. Mike Mullins – plays and records with “The Cache Valley Drifters; The HayDudes with Kenny Blackwell, and The Acousticats.

Bill Knopf – A Southern California “A” List Picker. He’s played with almost everybody and has taught the rest. “You know him, you love him”.

Charl Ann Gastineau – Phil’s twin fiddle partner since 1985, and Rick Borella, a Santa Barbara staple for 40 years playing bass, both recorded and toured with The Acousticats.

These folks have been playing music together for years (so you know, it’s got to be good)! They mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop and bluegrass, just to name a few. You’ll here vocals and harmony and LOL!

Phil Salazar –Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, John McEuen, and The Acousticats.

Saturday April 19. 7:00 P.M. $20 JANET KLEIN & HER PARLOR BOYS (Wow!!! Janet is delightful, musical and fun and WHAT A BAND!)
Musical Prospecting Madness with lots of Prohibition Era Naughty Fun.

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

Always sells out so hurry.

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

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

 

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

Sunday April 20 3:00 P.M. $20

JOEY ABARTA


Joey Abarta
"The Last of the Traveling Uilleann Pipers" (Irish Bagpipes) is making his way back home for an evening of great traditional Irish piping. A wonderful performer, teacher, and keeper of the old style, Joey, along with some special guests aim to make it a night to remember. By the age of twenty-five he has already traveled to most of Continental Europe, the United States, Canada, and Asia, performing and sharing the traditional music of Ireland. Come hear stories of his travels as he shares with you great old tunes and songs from the past masters of Traditional Irish Music.

Joey Abarta began playing music at the young age of fifteen. Since that time, he has made Irish traditional music his life’s passion, so it not a surprise that soon he would be touring the world playing this music as his trade.
Joey is a multi-instrumentalist performing on the uilleann pipes and tin whistle, as well as bodhrán and other percussion instruments.

In 2009, Joey took first place in both uilleann pipes and bodhran at the national competition held annually in the mid-west and east coast regions of the United States. This gave him the great opportunity to compete in the international forum for traditional music in Tullamore, Ireland. In August of 2009, Joey became The All Ireland Champion. Then placing second at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (The World Championships of Irish Music) for his performance on the uilleann pipes.


For further information, sound clips and touring schedule please visit: http://www.myspace.com/joeyabarta

SUNDAY April 20 7:00 P.M. $18

CATHY BARTON & DAVE PARA....

 

give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music.


Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire.


“This duo from Missouri make some of the best music you will ever hear.”
--Art Thieme.

Monday April 21 7:00 P.M. $10. No Reservations David Harvey Presents: A Great Monday Night of Music!

Do you love Smart and Funny Songs? Folk and Country too? Great Ballads with a Pop vibe?

Great Music, Great Coffee and bites, and Great people. Come with $10 and you're in!
We have a great line-up for this show - Great music plus an original story, we have it all!


FEATURING:
Tracy Newman
Have you wondered where great harmony and brilliantly smart songwriting went to? Well, it's all alive and wonderfully well in the magical music of  Tracy Newman. Tracy and her Reinforcements shine! Tracy has a long and notable background as a multi-talented artist - from folk singer and card flourisher on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to being a founding member of the famous LA Comedy group The Groundlings, writer on Cheers, Ellen, and co-creator of What about Jim. She won an Emmy for her writing and these days she garners awards for her songwriting, which was her first love. Tracy makes harmony so smart and sexy...And you'll laugh too:-)
http://www.tracynewman.com/http://www.mysapce.com/tracynewman1

Cynthia Carle..... is a wonder! She's a multi-talented songwriter, composer, choreographer, director, and actress. Boy can she make words dance! She is a complete original - and her songs are full of humor, wit, smarts, and style. And she does it all completely unmedicated! She plays with your mind and makes you smile! http://www.cynthiacarlemusic.com/


RJ Chesney ... has deep roots in the South. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Gospel, blues, country, and folk breathe life through his songs. RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown in. He has earned a very loyal following in Southern California performing at venues such as The Hotel Cafe, , El Cid, Molly Malones, The Talking Stick, The Cinema Bar , etc . In 2013 RJ Chesney had the honor of opening for Victoria Williams at a Los Angeles benefit to raise money for orphaned children.

RJ's 2010 album, Prayers of a Wayward Son has sold copies in over fourteen countries including England, Ireland, Switzerland, Russia and the USA. He came out with his second album, Angels Falling in October 2013 to rave reviews. If you love true roots music, that stirs the spirit deep inside, from a deep and honest voice, you'll be a fan of RJ too! http://www.rjchesney.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/rjchesneymusic


Craig Greenberg....has been called this generation's "troubadour piano man", combining the pop sensibilities and greatly skilled musicianship of  Billy Joel and Ben Folds, with the lyrical smarts of  Randy Newman. His voice brims with soul and personality, coming from his strong native New Yorker identity, and also from his experience getting his start while living abroad, performing in the bars and on the streets of Chile and Spain from 2001 to 2003. Since moving back to his home city in 2004, Craig has been a mainstay on the downtown and Brooklyn music scene, and tours nationally and internationally. Craig has performed and/or worked with members (previous and current) of George Clinton and P-Funk, and Eric Burdon and the Animals, including Eric McFadden (EMT, Stockholm Syndrome), Kim Manning, Bernie Worrell, Shaunna Hall (Electrofunkadelica, 4 Non-Blondes), and Paula O’Rourke (Tiny). http://craiggreenbergmusic.com/


And Special Guest... "A Word" With Dylan Brody! Dylan Brody is an award winning playwright, a thrice published author, a humorist and a story-teller. He's a writer for the Huffington Post and a new contributor to NPR's OffRamp on KPCC. He is also a martial artist, but those skills will not come into play during the show. Unless something goes horribly wrong. http://dylanbrody.com

 

Come out for a great night of music. It's good for the Soul! www.CityOfAngelsAcoustic.weebly.com

 

Thursday April 24 8:00 P.M. $15 ANNALIVIA

Annalivia is American 'roots and branches' at it's finest– drawing from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. AnnaliviaLiz Simmons and Flynn Cohen– are masterful players and singers, and have long histories with traditional music ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with their stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. Flynn and Liz are seasoned musicians and have toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy and Adrienne Young, among others.

"Sweet harmonies... tight arrangements... divine." Fatea (UK)

"An energy that can only be described as contagious. In a word: charming." The Noise (Boston)

"Richly textured... Annalivia come across equally as slick as Alison Krauss and Union Station." Northern Sky Radio (UK)

"Beautiful vocal tones and masterful stringwork..." Cover Lay Down

Web Page link: www.annaliviamusic.com

Annalivia's latest release The Same Way Down captures the band's innate connection with American roots music. The album features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the Annalivia's unique style and inspired arranging sensibilities. This album debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio worldwide, and the band #1 played artist in the Massachusetts RMR.

Flynn Cohen: mandolin, guitar, vocals
"A versatile string virtuoso." –Dirty Linen Magazine
Acoustic Guitarist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. In addition to performing with Annalivia, he can be seen on concert and festival stages with legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, modern bluegrass band Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway, and his own group of acoustic string wizards, The Deadstring Ensemble. Flynn has also performed with Halali, The Sevens, Ruth Moody, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Farrell, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, Revels, Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others. He studied Music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California and when he is not touring, he manages a large roster of students in his private studio in the Boston area.

Liz Simmons: vocals, guitar
"A honey-voiced singer. . .Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." –Dirty Linen Magazine
Liz grew up listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that incorporates the sounds of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic and North American musical worlds. She is a graduate of Goddard College (2005), where she studied American vernacular music of the 1920s and 30s. She also performs with Long Time Courting and the John Whelan Band, and has guested with North Cregg, The Sevens, and Southeast Expressway. Her singing is featured in "Time and Charges", a film written and directed by Grammy and Emmy award winner Ernest Thompson.

Friday APRIL 25 8:00 P.M. $20 SOURDOUGH SLIM with his saddle pal...ROBERT ARMSTRONG

A newspaper article:  How long has it been since we had a good saw player, accordian player, and yodeler on stage all at one time? Too long I think, so here comes vaudville cowboy Sourdough Slim, this time bringing along his good friend Robert Armstrong.

A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, cowboy classics and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. A fast-paced performance of music and comedy that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences.

Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. Long time fans will remember them as founding members of two of California's favorite acoustic combos, 8th Avenue String Band and R. Crumb s Cheap Suit Serenaders. (FAMOUS AND RESPECTED). Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The National Cowboy Gathering, Strawberry Music Festival and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans everywhere they perform.

Just back from his 4th engagement at Lincoln Center.

SOURDOUGH SLIM with ROBERT ARMSTRONG... A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, cowboy classics and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. A fast-paced performance of music and comedy that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences. Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. Long time fans will remember them as founding members of two of California's favorite acoustic combo's, "8th Avenue String Band" and "R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders." Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The National Cowboy Gathering, Strawberry Music Festival and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans everywhere they perform.

"First rate entertainment. A delightfully splendid show. . . full of good time music and laughs galore." - Diane Brinkman, Seattle Times

"You won't find better authentic Country or Western music being played anywhere."
- David Barnes, British Archive of Country Music

"Much more invigorating than 9/10ths of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of Western revivalists." - Ronald Lankford, Jr., Sing Out! magazine

"Good stuff!" - Dallas Dobro, Master of Ceremonies, Strawberry Music Festival

Saturday April 26 3:00 P. M. Matinee $18 KEN O’ MALLEY.....: The "Real Deal" from Ireland

His passionate and compelling voice is what they notice first. As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room. Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish News describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California” and the University of St. Thomas at Houston acknowledges him to be "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today."

Arriving in Los Angeles from Ireland over 30 years ago, Ken O’Malley was immediately offered a spot at Molly Malone's, the legendary Irish venue in the city's Fairfax district, and he hasn't stopped playing since. Through the years, O'Malley has performed solo and as part of The Mulligans, Blended Spirits and, currently, The Twilight Lords and The Ne'er Duwels. He's shared bills with such artists as Mary Black, The Chieftains, The Saw Doctors, Michael Flatley and Pierce Brosnan and continues to be an ever-popular and near legendary constant on Southern California's Celtic music circuit. In addition to his musical performances, he can also be found on stage and screen in productions ranging from Ray Bradbury’s “Falling Upward” to the Paramount Pictures feature “Patriot Games”.

Indeed, Ken O’Malley was born to perform. In Dublin at the age of 15, he opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub. By the time he turned 18, he was gathering professional credits, among them a stint with Trudy's People, a group he formed that played Gaelic shows on RTÉ, Ireland's national radio and television network. His fluency in the Gaelic language was earned from his education by the Christian Brothers and his summers in the West of Ireland.

A true ambassador of Irish culture, he infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. One show producer put it this way: “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.” Another simply stated that “Ken O'Malley connected with our audience in a way none of our other artists have.”

Saturday April 26 7 PM $20

INCENDIO in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion.

 

At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”. Averaging over 130 concerts a year for the last four years, INCENDIO’s live show has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the Strawberry Music Fest in Yosemite, the Sundance Film Festival, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Huntington Arts Festival on Long Island, Ford Amphitheater, California World Festival, the Levitt Pavilions in Pasadena CA, Memphis TN, Westport CT, Bethlehem PA, Arlington TX, and many more.

Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify.

 

INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com

Sunday April 27. Matinee 3:00 P.M. $15 Slugger O'Toole is an LA-based Celtic trad/rock quartet who share a passion for the working, fighting, and drinking songs of Ireland. We hail from the four corners, and were thrown together by our mutual love of the music and culture. Slugger concocts a lethal brew of foot-stomping classics, deft instrumentals, and accapella killers. Everybody sweats, everybody sings! Slugger's live shows span the state of California, and include The Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, The Three Stages in Folsom, The Irvine Barclay in Irvine, The California Center For the Arts in Escondido, as well as popular LA haunts including Molly Malone's, The Tam O'Shanter, O'Brien's on Main, Viva Cantina, The Fox and The Hounds, Finn McCool's, The Tangier, The Banshee, and The Celtic Arts Center. These shows have been (favorably) compared to "being punched in the face with a fistful of shamrocks." Slainte!

Bob Stane says: "A great show of music, comedy, pickin’grinnin’ and folky nostagia. In other words a fun filled night."


SLUGGER O’ TOOLE...The mighty men of  Slugger O’Toole share their passion for the music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations by concocting a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, heart-rending ballads and deft instrumentals. With traditional instrumentation including fiddle, button accordion, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, pennywhistle, flute and guitars, the band thrills audiences with renditions of the Irish classics that are true to the Celtic core. Slugger O’Toole’s love of entertaining audiences and blue-collar work ethic has led the L.A. Weekly proclaim them Southern California’s “hardest-working Irish band”. An evening with Slugger O’Toole will leave you feeling as if you’ve visited a pub in Dublin with your closest friends!

Sunday April 27 7:00 P.M. $15 JIM JONES:

Who does JIM JONES sound like, you ask? Well, of course, he sounds like Jim Jones (not the Guyana guy, not the rapper!). If you try to describe him, though, here’s what it comes down to…he’s a Western Folk Singer in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and more recently, Ian Tyson. He’s a native Texan who moved a little farther West so he could enjoy the beauties of New Mexico. He sings songs about the West…cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train. He also sings songs about the people and the land, the rivers and the mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. He’s a bit of a philosopher although he keeps that well-hidden under a sharp and self-deprecating wit. You’ll have a lot of fun at his show and you might find yourself thinking about something a little deeper, later when you have time to reflect. He tells some of the corniest jokes you’ve ever heard and unfortunately, when you groan, it just eggs him on. Nobody’s perfect. He plays a mean acoustic guitar; at times, you’ll think there are two guitars up there. If you like songs that tell a story, if you like singer/songwriters who can play the heck out of their instrument, if you like having fun and feeling good, you’ll like Jim.

 

Jim Jones is a Western folk artist who tells it like it was, is and will be in the great American West. Native Texan, student of the West. He knows there’s more to the story though…how the coming of the train changed the West, how critical water is for survival. Lest we seem too serious, we should state that Jim knows people come to be entertained. He’s performed in honky-tonks & churches, schools & Irish pubs, campfires & high teas and he’s made’em all laugh (yep, even at the high tea!). You’ll enjoy his music AND you’ll have fun. Jim will be joined by noted San Diego bassist, Bruch Huntington.

Jim Jones

Western Music Association 2013 Finalist- Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year

Western Writers of America 2012 Spur Award-Western Song of the Year

Western Music Association 2011- Outstanding Western Book

Academy of Western Artist- Male Vocalist of the Year 2008

New Mexico Music Awards- Western Song of the Year 2009

New Mexico Book Awards Finalist- Best Historical Novel, Best First Book, 2009

http://www.jimjonesmusic.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/jimjoneswestern

Monday April 28 8:00 P.M. $25

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 in 2010)

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.


Johnmceuen.com      Mattcartsonis.com


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

MAY 2014
FRIDAY MAY 2 8:00 P.M. $20

RUN BOY RUN..... is an exciting young band from Tucson, Arizona. They won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest and have been featured twice this year on A Prairie Home Companion. They have a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time/bluegrass style, and feature a unique instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass, along with three female lead singers with beautiful harmonies.

 

Press quotes
"Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony singing - that's all you need in the world today!" -Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion.


Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Two TimePrairie Home Companion guests, Run Boy Run, truly exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound. Band members include Matt Rolland (Fiddle/Guitar), Grace Rolland (Cello/Vocals), Bekah Sandoval (Fiddle/Vocals), Jen Sandoval (Mandolin/Vocals), and Jesse Allen (Bass). Called by Paste Magazine "one of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now", Run Boy Run self-released their full-length album "So Sang the Whippoorwill" in March 2013 to critical regional and national acclaim.

From winning the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines in the first weeks of forming in 2009 to playing on stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as band contest winners in 2012, to making a second appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading this special brand of music to all who would hear. Run Boy Run is making more people dance, cry, and sing than ever. "When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever." - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion.

Brother and sister, Matt (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), have fiddle music running through their blood. Raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table, Run Boy Run was a natural fit. 3 female lead singers, Sisters, Bekah (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), grew up deeply rooted in the Bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Jesse Allen (bass) was brought up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. The whole truly exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound..

Run Boy Run They have a special gift for writing original songs in the classic old time/bluegrass style, and feature a unique instrumental mix of twin fiddles, mandolin, cello and bass.

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

THE FOLK COLLECTION.... could just as well be named the "Singing the Classic Songs of the '60s Folk Era" group. Tony Unger, Ed Labowitz and Mike Sirota, along with bass man Bob Packham, grew up in the 1960's, when we fell in love with the story songs and 3-part harmonies of that acoustic era. Ed and Tony have been a duo on and off since our days at Hollywood High School. Mike joined the group in 2003, and Bob in early 2005.


Much of the repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages. We have been influenced by the well-known groups of the era, but we have our own blend, sound - and humor. Audiences get a real kick out of our unique medley arrangement of the great TV Western theme songs of the '50s (including songs from the hit shows "Rawhide," Davy Crockett," "Maverick," and "Bonanza").


We grew up loving folk music, and the turnouts at our shows confirm that we have struck a "chord" with audiences of all ages, who really like listening to the words and harmonies - and joining in when the mood and song fit. Our show is centered around folk music and good clean jokes. We are family friendly, and our audiences are often multi-generational - children, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents often enjoy The Folk Collection together.

 

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


The Folk Collection is a high energy three-part-harmony folk trio based in Southern California. Our music is a tribute to the songs made famous by The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver and other great artists of the folk era. From "Blowin' in the Wind" and "This Land is Your Land" to "Four Strong Winds" and "Greenback Dollar." our shows are nostalgic and entertaining. We are family friendly, blending our music with jokes and humor.
It's okay to sing along... Most People Do! www.thefolkcollection.com

Sunday May 4 7:00 P.M. $18

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.... with guest act.........PAIGE ANDERSEN & THE FEARLESS KIN.


I See Hawks In L.A. are Southern California's leading alt country psychedelic folk rock ensemble, with seven critically acclaimed albums, known for witty and sardonic lyrics, rich vocals, and a pushing the envelope instrumental sound.  "One of Southern California's unique treasures." -- Dave Alvin

"These freewheeling lords of California psych country approach their music as if it were a portal, an unseen threshold that, once crossed, promises a wholly unpredictable experience. The Hawks' singular style operates on an epic scale, exploring weird panoramas of hallucinatory metaphor with a sound as much traditional hillbilly as it is acceleratedlysergic-rock  spontaneity. Any flight taken with

I See Hawks In L.A. assures a view to startling new perspectives. Up, up and away." Jonny Whiteside, L.A. WEEKLY

 


PAIGE ANDERSEN & THE FEARLESS KIN... are a sibling Americana roots bands hailing from the hills of  Grass Valley, California. The kids have been together with their family band, Anderson Family Bluegrass, since 2004, and are now on their own adventure and traveling with Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin. The band released their debut album Wild Rabbit in 2012, and are currently working on releasing their next album. www.TheFearlessKin.com"

Some of  The Fearless Kin's highlight performances are the California Bluegrass Associations Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival at the Cafe Du Nord, Opening for Merle Haggard & Ramblin' Jack Elliot at The Center For the Arts Country weekend, Far West Music Festival, Opening for David Grisman and The Brothers Comatose at Incline Village in Squaw Valley, CA, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, open in for Alela Diane at The Center For The Arts, various shows with Chuck Ragan, and more.

Press Quote:

"Listening to Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin...To say that it was a sledgehammer to the heart would be understatement. It shouldn't have been. These kids are too young to understand what life was when I was young. They are too young to understand what life is now and yet they somehow do. Older sister Paige nailed the lyrics on "Where Did You Go" and the fearless ones added just the right touch to take me back to the small town of my youth and the everpresence of, if not importance of, family and friends and, as I saw it back then, life itself. Turns out these kids were ready to drop an EP on the world--- Wild Rabbit. I contacted Paige and begged a copy and it took me no time at all to hear it. There is just enough of that old sound mixed in with Paige's modern day sense of song to make me a fan. And to think that kids like this can make it happen floors me. Sure, there are YouTube prodigies all over the Net--- the ten year-old classical pianist who can play a piece to perfection or the twelve-year old blues guitarist who shreds with the best. I see them and hear them. But these kids, the Fearless Kin, are more about the music than most of those. They have the soul and the ability to back the music up." - No Depression

www.TheFearlessKin.com

Thursday May 8 8:00 P.M. $15 THE GHOSTS OF THE AMERICAN ROAD plus special guest act opener.....WILLA MAMET.

THE GHOSTS OF THE AMERICAN ROAD is the latest brainchild of internationally acclaimed songwriter Kevin Higgins and his talented wife and musical partner, Barbara Malteze. Inspired by Kevin's cinemagraphic compositions, the two have conceived well-orchestrated arrangements, weaving their individual vocal styles over guitar and piano to embellish the melodic poetry that has become their signature sound. This is "American Music", where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.

Synonymous with melody and imagery, Kevin Higgins is a friendly voice of reason trapped in the body of a working class dreamer. As a published poet, Kevin's two greatest attributes go hand-in-hand with his ability to convey observations on life with a resonant voice of experience. His exquisite delivery has been likened to contemporaries Jimmy Webb, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, while the modal changes are reminiscent of the great American composers, (Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin). Amidst all the comparisons, Higgins seldom strays from his humble working-class West Texas roots and music which helped raised him, (late '60’s - early '70’s AM radio). With Ghosts of the American Road, Kevin has wandered even deeper onto sacred ground, further examining the road ahead pitted against the current state of affairs, with an overpowering yearning for beauty and truth amidst the chaos.

Hearing Barbara Malteze deliver a song is tantamount to a religious experience. She reaches deeper, the yearning is stronger, the strength of conviction undeniable. Maybe it's because she was the oldest of nine, with no monetary resources, but plenty of dreams to sing....finding her voice everywhere, from the rough-and-tumble rock clubs of Boston and L.A.'s Sunset Strip; to the once-famous Palomino club in North Hollywood, where where she first captured Higgins’ imagination. Their subsequent partnership and move to Texas allowed them to explore untraveled musical roads, and make a name for themselves. But, aside from everything, there remains a mystery as to how one so demure and unassuming could be given a voice as big as all outdoors. “It’s because”, someone very close to her once said, “Barbara loves from a place much deeper than most of us are willing to go. She is the essence of art imitating life.”

WILLA MAMET....proves the saying (paraphrased)...the applette does not fall far from the tree.

Willa Mamet + Paul Miller: a guitar and a couple voices, like you're at the kitchen table with us. Folk, Americana, Grassy Soul and everything in and around. You'll wish you lived next door.

The kitchen table duo have sung together - at tables and counters around Woodbury - for nearly fifteen years. Paul is a veteran of the Vermont music scene - currently playing with the Bluegrass Gospel Project. Willa daylights as a bodyworker and artist, but loves singing with Paul over most things. Together they make music that makes you feel like you’re right at home with them.

“East Hill Road” is their first album together. Born of a snowed-in night of musical putterage, they finally decided to head to a studio. Bob Amos (Starkbrook Productions, St. Johnsbury) produced the record, which is a compilation of covers ranging from Randy Newman to Brandi Carlile and lots in between.

Friday May 9 8:00 P.M. $15 The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are a group of Los Angeles-based traditional jazz musicians who specialize in that crossroad where early, string based jazz and traditional folk music intersect. We play a broad mix of early New Orleans jazz standards including songs sung in Creole French. We also play many of the well-known Gypsy Jazz standards recorded by the great Romany guitar and violin players of the 1920s & 30s but dig deeper, performing traditional eastern European folk melodies in a swing setting.

It is not widely known that seminal jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt played eastern European folk melodies on banjo in the streets of northern Europe as a child or that Django and fellow Romany (Gypsy) jazz guitarists were fixtures, not just of early jazz clubs, but also playing traditional eastern European music in the Cabaret Russe nightclubs that sprang up in Paris and elsewhere after the Bolshevik revolution. With this rich tradition as a base, you will hear Swing Riots perform traditional Romany, Russian, Yiddish Klezmer and Romanian horas alongside some of the earliest American jazz & blues standards.

The SWING RIOTS Quirktette are Miamon Miller – Violin; Leslie Yeseta – Voice & Guitar; Nick Casillas – Clarinet & Soprano Sax; Pat Mac Swyney – Mandolin, Tenor Resonator, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica & Voice: Ben Getting – Upright Bass; Adam Steinberg – Drums & Percussion

SWING RIOTS on YouTube (filmed at Coffee Gallery Backstage):

FEMME MARTINIQUE DOUX (Martinique Creole Traditional) / STRANGE (Piazolla/Jones)


EH, LAS BAS (New Orleans Creole Traditional) / THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR A SUNRISE / ROSETTA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFAtuWGshjA
FLATBUSH WALTZ (Andy Statman Klezmer Waltz)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUG5JES6PGQ

SWING RIOTS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pat.macswyney#!/groups/123631551858/?fref=ts

SWING RIOTS on MySpace including both videos and audio samples:
https://myspace.com/the.swing.riots

SUNDAY MAY 11 7:30 PM $20

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

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

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

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

Saturday May17 Matinee. Show 2:00 P.M. $15
Monday May 19 8:00 P.M. $15 CHUCK MITCHELL... started singing in Detroit folk clubs and saloons. In Toronto, on his first out of town gig, he met a boney blonde Canadian songwriter named Joni Anderson. They married, and as a duo Chuck and Joni Mitchell played the coffeehouse circuit and gin rummy until she was 48,760 points ahead, and they got unmarried. Mitchell's solo credits include A Prairie Home Companion and repertory theatre in the US and the UK. He’s been Harold Hill in The Music Man, Woody in Woody Guthrie’s American Song, and Stephen Foster in Mr. Foster & Mr. Twain. On tour in his one man show, Mitchell plays guitar and sings cabaret songs, animal songs, story songs, and Mitchell songs. He weaves poetry by Carl Sandburg into his shows. His songs are on iTunes and CDBaby. On YouTube, enter "Chuck Mitchell Sings". A Renaissance Man? Well, he’s old enough.

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

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

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


 

 

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

Friday May 23 8:00 P.M. $20 THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS...FUN WITH STRING WIZARDS. MAGNIFICENT PLAYING WITH SIDE SPLITTING HUMOR.
Back with another amazing evening. Absolutely catch this act.

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

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


This wonderful show consists of unique and exciting musical arrangements that incorporate hints of jazz, classical and swing with traditional Bluegrass, and includes such innovative elements as double double slap-bassing, blazing fiddle duets, driving Bluegrass tunes, amazing vocals and harmonies, and powerful step dancing. Add in the joy and camaraderie of these long time friends, and you have an evening of fun and music you won’t soon forget.
Catch one of their shows, and you’ll see why THE MISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS is a powerhouse group that has quickly become an audience favorite.
facebook.com/miskeymountainboys
reverbnation.com/miskeymountainboys

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

BERT LAMS / TOM GRIESGRABER

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

Friday May 30 8 pm $15 "Harmonies Please!" - The Lovebirds and Shelby & Tieg

Award-winning San Diego touring folk/pop duo The Lovebirds will join Los Angeles-based folk act Shelby & Tieg WITH Band for an musical evening where harmonies take center-stage. Both acts are former Far West Folk Alliance Official Showcase selections, and both will melt your heart with unique musical and vocal arrangements unlike anything you've ever heard!

About The Lovebirds: This will mark The Lovebirds' second performance at Coffee Gallery Backstage. Falling somewhere on the female duo scale between The Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara, The Lovebirds have shared the stage with notable musicians like Steve Poltz, The Lumineers, Eagles hit songwriter Jack Tempchin, John C. Reilly, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, Berkley Hart, Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, and more. Their third studio album Breakup Shmakeup chronicles the experience of ending their romantic partnership in order to preserve their musical partnership. Check out the first single off their album "Boat Train," which was exclusively premiered on GuitarWorld.com.

About Shelby & Tieg: After many appearances, Shelby & Tieg are returning to co-headline The Coffee Gallery Backstage! They will be backed up by their new band and playing all new arrangements of their material. This is Shelby & Tieg as you've never heard them before! "So much of the music young people listen to, write and perform today is dark and even nihilistic. Then along comes a gleam of light in the form of Shelby & Tieg, a singing-songwriting folk-pop duo from Los Angeles, of all places. This is the kind of music your mother would love to have you love if you were thirteen. It’s also music that is so fresh and beautiful that your mother – and father, for that matter — will be enchanted with it, as well. Armed with gorgeous voices and an acoustic guitar, they have created a unique sound in their choice of harmonies. They are both trained musicians. Shelby is a studio singer, and Tieg a guitar teacher. In their concerts, they perform original songs as well as covers, including “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and a few Disney classics like you’ve never heard them sung before. Anyone, particularly young people, who aspire to a singing career should not miss Shelby & Tieg. They will show you how it’s done. Their work might be summed up in one word – no, two: refreshing, and beautiful!" -Deborah Hand-Cutler

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

MOONSHINE & SAWTOOTH...

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

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

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

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

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

JUNE 2014
Sunday matinee June 1 3:00 P.M. $25 DAVE STAMEY......Voted Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, winner of the Will Rogers Award for Male Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, and a five-time nominee for Songwriter Of The Year, Dave Stamey is one of the most popular Western Entertainers working today. His vast repertoire of classic and original Western folk music represents a link between today's Americana singer-songwriters and the old-time cowboy balladeers. He has delighted audiences in seven states, and has found that he prefers this type of work to being stomped by angry horses.
Sunday June 1 7:00 P.M. $18 NINA GERBER & CHRIS WEBSTER.

"sweet and funky bluesy folk”
www.sonicbids.com/ChrisWebsterNinaGerber

Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show.


Nina Gerber toured and recorded with the late Kate Wolf from 1978-1986. She has since performed with Karla Bonoff, Dave Alvin, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, and Greg Brown, to name just a few. Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display.


Chris Webster is a very special singer. She can rock, she’s got soul, and most of all she can find the tiniest hints of emotion in any song and make it reverberate in our soul for a mighty long time. Also, she’s grown into a major league songwriter, whose lyric takes on love, lost love, and the general vicissitudes of life are at different times poignant, funny, introspective, and exhilarating. Stylistically Chris runs from country, pop balladry, jazz, folk, blues and whatever she does she brings sensitivity, strength, and an emotional breadth that few singers can match. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone-wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take-charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen.

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

HAY DUDES.....


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

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

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

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

 

www.haydudes.com

Sunday June 8 3:00 P.M. $15

Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction is an all acoustic, Western Americana / Country Folk Music Group that has been lighting up the stage everywhere they go. As one of their devoted fans from Arizona recalls, "Four pleasant guys hit the stage, a bunch of pallets on a dirt floor. No matter because they started the set, and we were amazed! The best ear candy in the world, and I’m not talking cheap jelly beans but the best sweet, savory, dark chocolate!"

With Lead Vocals by Rob Wolfskill along with the harmony and intensely dazzling musicianship of three of the best and finest musicians working in Acoustic Music today, Craig Ferguson, Guitar, Jesse Olema, Fiddle and Chris Rolontz, Upright Bass, these fellas are definitely breathing new life into the Western Americana Music genre! Their first album, A Fork In The Road premiered at #2 on the Western Music Charts and received critical acclaim as well as radio airplay all around he world!

“Tumbleweed Rob” Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre called The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. His new project, Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction, features contemporary songs written by Rob along with some cleverly reworked old Cowboy/Western standards and Classic Rock and Pop songs. There are some fun surprises too so, expect the unexpected but rest assured, you'll probably catch yourself singing along!   www.redwoodranchent.com


From tender ballads, bouncy pop tunes, shufflin’ honky tonk to western swing and two-step, Tumbleweed Rob & The Southwest Junction’s got it all!


www.tumbleweedrob.com
www.facebook.com/TumbleweedRobSWJ


WMA Best Traditional Album Award
WMA Crescendo Award
AWA Western Music Group of the Year

Saturday June 21 7:00 P.M. $18 A wonderful night of music.

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

Husband and wife team, Jim and Anne Curry deliver the multi-platinum hits of the great John Denver in a fun-filled evening of singing and stories. Jim plays the guitar and sings John's songs in a crystal clear tenor that will take your breath away. Anne, his wife and musical partner, plays guitar and mandolin and sings harmony in all the right places. You'll be invited to sing along, share in the memories, learn new songs and howl at the moon (literally!)


The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.

Tribute artist Jim Curry, who's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver's music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today's top performer of Denver's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look takes you back to the time when "Rocky Mountain High" "Sunshine" "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other.
Denver's message is worth repeating: "Be kind to the Earth and to each other. "


Jim will appear with his wife, Anne who plays mandolin and guitar, sings harmony and generally keeps Jim in line! Together, they will take you on a musical journey of the heart, where you will be invited to sing, clap your hands, stomp your feet and howl at the moon. Don't worry, you already know the words to the songs.

 

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