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Below you see the future at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. 

Click here to see the past (coffeegallerybackstage.blogspot.com)

 

NOVEMBER 2014
Sunday November 23 7:00 P.M. $18

VICTORIA VOX….

 

has been performing around the globe to Australia, Europe, Canada, and across the USA. She began writing songs at age 10, inspired by artists Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, primarily writing songs with the guitar. She went on to earn a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music (2001), and then at 24 she was given a ukulele and never looked back. The small four-stringed instrument proved to be an excellent vehicle for her songwriting, while not getting in the way of her endearing vocals and seemingly simple, but rather smart songs. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox now lives in Baltimore, MD.

2013 sees the release of her new album: KEY which is a heartfelt collection of songs that she wrote during her self-inflicted 52 Original Song Project. Her fans purchased 52 songs in advance so she could take some needed time off-the-road to focus on her songwriting. Reflecting on her release, Victoria says, “We spend a lot of time in search of key. Maybe it’s the key to success… to happiness… or to someone’s heart. As I searched for the right key, I found keys to songs, which opened the door to my own heart. I entered into a year of songwriting where I unlocked my senses in order to create. I let music in and out”.

 

• Featured on NPR, television and in independent films

• First Place for “C'est Noyé” International Acoustic Music Awards

• Runner up for "My Darlin' Beau" International Acoustic Music Awards.

• Six-time Wammies winner (Washington Area Music Awards)

• "Vox Pop" Award in Independent Music Awards.

• Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center

• Relix Magazine and Washington D.C.'s City's Best lists of artists to watch

• She appeared on the Jay Leno Show to demonstrate her perfected mouth trumpet.

"An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist." - Vintage Guitar Magazine (U.S.A)

"The uke might scream novelty act, but behind the whimsical instrumentation lies some precise pop-friendly songcraft and serious ambition." - Urbanite Magazine (Baltimore, MD)

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

 

WRITERSDAY..... SJOERD HOOGMA...a Dutch Treat...a Single Serving.
IN HIS OWN WORDS....Sjoerd Hoogma/Writersday, full time musician from The Netherlands and booking a November tour Nashville /LA.

This year my tour starts playing the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and I will end my tour at the 30th of November at the Nashville's Radioshow.

Web Site Address: WWW.WRITERSDAY.NL

Writersday, Dutch singer songwriter is touring solo this fall in the USA .
With his songs in the tradition of  Nick Drake, Springsteen and Bowie, he tells about the small and large issues of live. The acoustic pop/folk songs are colored with bluesharp and a suitcase drum. In 2013 ‚"Temporary Man” was chosen as best EP 2013 in The Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk91olJb-etc_NTi0GWgGLg

I play solo, only original pop/folk songs .
I play and sing guitars/bluesharp/suitcasedrum and stamp board

2014 I toured successfully in Germany, UK and of course the Netherlands.

My Ep Temporary man is chosen in Holland best EP 2013, and these songs are availble at my website, Reverbnation, Soundcloud and Facebook.

My new song “You Don't Really Miss Me.” is right now in different charts in the top 10.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/WRITERSDAY/191775304231848
http://www.reverbnation.com/writersday
https://soundcloud.com/search?q=writersday

Friday November 28 7:00 P.M. $10. No Reservations. David Harvey Presents: A Great Night of Music!

Do you love great Country-Rock? Beautiful ballads? Luscious pop? Rock with a little R&B too?

We have a great line-up for this show - Great music plus an original story, we have it all!

 


FEATURING:


Karen Nash ... is equal parts Country and Rock 'n roll. She can drop you to your knees with a ballad then blow you away with a rock song. She reminds you of  Linda Ronstadt when she smashed the charts in the '70's. Karen's love and joy in her music is infectious and she's bringing her all-star band for the show! www.karennash.com

 


Anny Celsi ... the real-deal. Her songs rock with the echos of classic R&B, the best of pop, and deep down roots music that sets your soul on fire. Think Aimee Mann meets Lucinda Williams with the Soul of Aretha looking on. www.annycelsi.com

 

Trysette Loosemore .. is a stunning songwriter and performer from NSW Australia. She creates such beautiful and classic ballads and pop songs that remind you of the great songs of  Hal David / Burt Bacharach and Elton John / Bernie Taupin. A classically trained pianist and songwriter she has become a consummate entertainer and international touring artist. www.trysette.com


Skip Heller & The Hollywood Blues Destroyers
Skip Heller is one of Los Angeles’ most wide-ranging artists. He's played with NRBQ, Stan Ridgway, Yma Sumac, Phil Alvin, Cannibal and The Headhunters, Rick Danko, Big Jay McNeely, and many many more. Skip always brings a big roots rocking sound and guitar virtuosity to his shows and he's also bringing hisi Hollywood Blues Destroyers too! http://www.reverbnation.com/skiphellertrio

 


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. http://dylanbrody.com

Saturday

November 29 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM shows $20 ea. A Tribute to John Stewart-The Father of Americana Music
Featuring Tim Dismang, The Chad Watson Band featuring Pam Loe and Special Guest, Arnie Moore (Phoenix Concerts, Cannons in the Rain)

45 years ago former Kingston Trio member, JOHN STEWART, released his first solo album, California Bloodlines. Recorded in Nashville with the same musicians Dylan used on Nashville Skyline and produced by Nick Venet of Beach Boy fame, with minimal overdubs, it is today considered one of the cornerstones of Americana music with its blend of country, folk and rock. In the 1980’s it was voted by Rolling Stone to be one of the 200 best albums of the rock era. John Stewart died in 2008 after nearly 50 years as a prolific and significant singer-songwriter with classic albums including, Willard, Cannons in the Rain, The Phoenix Concerts and Bombs Away Dreams Babies with top 10 hits including, “Gold” and “Lost Her In The Sun”. During that time he saw the birth of a new genre of music he helped to found, Americana.


 

 

 

 

 

This show will recreate songs from California Bloodlines the era that that followed. Tim is a prolific singer-songwriter and performer who was personal friends John Stewart. Stewart himself commented that Dismang did his songs justice in a way only he thought he could do. But, Tim doesn’t imitate as much as emulate and pay a passionate tribute to one of the great singer-songwriter of our time.

 

 

 

ARNIE MOORE
Arnie Moore is a veteran bass player who recorded and toured with John Stewart throughout the early to mid 70’s. He appears on classic albums like Lonesome Picker Rides Again and Cannons in the Rain. He is also on the John Stewart bestselling classic, The Phoenix Concerts. He will be sitting on bass for some of the key songs of John’s career.

 

 

 

THE CHAD WATSON BAND
Chad is one of Americana’s greatest musical treasures. A singing-songwriting bass playing gentleman with an eye toward making the finest music this side of the Colorado River. He currently plays bass with John York and Billy Darnell as The Jangle Brothers. He has toured and recorded with Janis Ian and Charlie Rich.

 

Pam Loe is one member of the country duo, Chad & Pam(her husband, Chad Watson is the other half), a fine country and folk vocalist who won Female Entertainer of the Year from the California Country Music Association 1990-1991.

 

Vern Monnett is one of the finest lead guitar players in the business. He has played and recorded with Freddy Fender, The Texas Tornadoes, Gary Allen and Wynn Stewart.

 

 

Chris Cooke has played drums for some of the best country rock musicians of the last 30 years. His credits include touring with Delaney Bramlett, Gary Allen and John York. He is also a writer, filmmaker and music producer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duane Thorin, a Coffee Gallery Backstage regular and outstanding singer songwriter will be making a very special appearance to perform a few of his own favorite Stewart songs.

 

SUNDAY Nov 30 7:00 P.M. $15

MIKE PERLOWIN

 

Laurel Records recording artist and Pedal steel guitarist Mike Perlowin last appeared here about 8 years ago. Since then he has been writing, arranging, producing and recording, but rarely performing. (He says it’s time to change that.) A true pioneer, Mike has taken this country and western instrument “ where no pedal steel player has gone before,” mainly into the world of classical music. Ignoring the many cynics who insisted that the pedal steel can not be used to play anything besides country, Mike recorded 3 CDs of music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartok, Satie, George Gershwin, Manuel deFalla and several other composers. These CDs have been picked up by Laurel Records, a classical music specialty label. http://www.laurelrecord.com/reviewsindex.html


Mike is the first pedal steel guitarist whose music is marketed to that audience.

For his appearance, Mike will alternate between playing selections from his CDs, and some well known popular tunes.

DECEMBER 2014
Friday December 5 8:00 PM $20

SLIGO RAGS

 


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."
--Music Connection

"…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

Saturday December 6 Matinee Show @ 3:00 P.M. $20 GEOFF MULDAUR....A Legend. This time a matinee legend. Read where he has appeared and then, logically, at
The Coffee Gallery Backstage and then back to tours of the world. This is a hot act, in demand world wide. He will
be polishing some of his craft in front of you. Bob delivers again.

GEOFF MULDAUR is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980's for a working sabbatical but continued, however, to hone his craft, albeit 'flying beneath radar'. He composed scores for film and television, garnering an Emmy in the process, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. And his definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title.

With his magical voice and singular approach to American music in tact, Geoff is once again touring the world. Recent performances have included The Lincoln Center in New York City, The Getty Art Center in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as folk and blues festivals in Newport RI, Edmonton Canada, Dublin Ireland, San Francisco CA, Bergen and Notodden Norway to name a few. Geoff may be heard regularly as a guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and has been feature d on a variety of National Public Radio shows, including Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.

Geoff's newest albums have met with high critical acclaim and feature Geoff's unusually crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material as well as his own unique compositions. The recordings include performances by David Lindley, The McGarrigle Sisters, John Sebastian, Van Dyke Parks, Roswell Rudd, Amos Garrett, Lenny Pickett and Howard Johnson in supporting roles.
In addition to tours and recording, Geoff continues to apply his arranging skills to a variety of projects for albums and film. Although he is known as a musicians musician, it is clearly his voice that most identifies him. About his albums, the New York Times noted: Geoff Muldaur "...succeeds not because he copies the timbre and inflections of a down-home African American but because his voice - reedy, quavering, otherworldly - is so unusual that [the music] he sings becomes little more than a context, a jumping-off point." And about a recent performance in London, The London Times wrote, "Immaculate guitar picking was matched by vocals that were rich, and bore out the guitarist, Richard Thompson's praise for him: 'There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.'"

Saturday

December 6 7:00 P.M. $18

SCAMBOOTY

Scambootyful Christmas Spectacular!


Responding to the tinkling of Rudolph’s bells, Scambooty kicks off the holiday season with their amazing Christmas Show Spectacular! Showcasing rich vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements and inspired lyrics, Scambooty takes your beloved Christmas classics to a whole new level... featuring beautiful, elegant renditions of classics such as White Christmas to hilarious send-ups of songs like We Three Kings (Merchants of Myrrh). No one sounds or writes like Scambooty. Their music and laughter is contagious and their one-of-a-kind Bootyful Christmas Show is certain to be a holiday highlight. Ring in the holiday season with Steve, Kathy, Mandi & Tom.

 

BONUS SHOT:

 

POP QUIZ:
1. What was the name of this band?
2. When did you last see these guys?
3. Where did you wake up?

ANSWER:
This is Tom, Kathy & Steve as they were in STARK HICKEY, the wildly popular trio who performed in numerous L.A. clubs such as Sagebrush Cantina, Josephina’s and Reflections. Today, you can see them in SCAMBOOTY as they dazzle and delight, bob and weave, ebb and flow their way into your hearts with their special brand of music and fun. Come say Hi!
…So where did you wake up?

Sunday December 7 7:00 P.M. $18

THE MIGHTY ECHOES...DOO WOP & COMEDY.

 

An award-winning a cappella quartet specializing in the “doo-wop” sound of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their repertoire includes the classics of that era plus an eclectic mist of contemporary material. The Mighty Echoes began singing in a store from theatre in L. A.’s Silverlake District in 1986. Individually, they are: Charlie Davis, a native New Yorker whose voice is deep as an ocean trench. Played God on TV’s Power Rangers. John Lathan, the newest Echo, has performed on Broadway and at the Appollo in Harlem. Jon Rubin, formerly leader of the teen idol band, The Rubinous. John’s soaring tenor has thrilled audiences worldwide. Harvey Shield started as a drummer in the Swinging 60’s London scene. His song, “The Way I Feel Tonight,” was an International hit for The Bay City Rollers. The Mighty Echoes are featured in the definitive reference book, "American Singing Groups." Author Jay Warner calls them "the West Coast equivalent of the best East Coast A Cappella groups of the last 20 years." This book is a must for anyone who digs the group harmony sound.

Thursday December 11 8:00 P.M. $20

JOHN YORK....Billy Darnell & Chad Watson, (The Jangle Brothers) formerly known asThe Byrds & Beyond

A former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John York has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins.

 

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

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

Saturday December 13 2:00 P.M. $20

 

FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP.



It’s “Brunch in America” right here at the intimate Coffee Gallery Backstage with FOOLS LOGIC: The Music of SUPERTRAMP. Come spend a lovely afternoon basking in the glorious days of 70’s pop, art rock and progressive rock that Supertramp helped define throughout the world. You’ll be whisked away to this magical time in music by the virtuoso talent of   Fools Logic; Adam Smith, Ron Hougardy, Jeff Bryan, Dave Druxman, Patrick Martin and Tom Logic.


These talented musicians have innumerable credits to their names ranging from authoring original number one downloaded songs on MP3.com, writing and producing scores for film and television, working with world renowned artists like John Novello, performing as signed recording artists sharing bills with the likes of SugarRay, Smashmouth, Creadance Clearwater, INXS, Simple Minds, Poison, Ratt, ELO and Great White, to performing with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Kings and Solar Heat, and accompanying professional vocalist, performing with regional musical tributes including 80’s Invasion, The Long Run, Four Way Street, Heart of Gold, Tapestry and much more.


This accomplished group of passionate performers bring all their experience to bear in sharing the beautiful music Supertramp created, including; Dreamer, Bloody Well Right, Give A Little Bit, Breakfast In America, Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song and Crime of the Century. Get ready to relax and enjoy another incredible show at The Coffee Gallery Backstage with Fools Logic; The Music of Supertramp. It’s the logical thing to do! MATINEE

Saturday Dec. 13 7:00 P.M. $18

 

Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere


Start thinking "Alt Uke" and get ready for something entirely different ... The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere! Direct from Silverlake, and locally grown, there's nothing quite like this 15-20 ukelele “wall of sound” plus vocals - at least not in the Southern California area of the Western Hemisphere.

A big act in size and sound and song selection. They are excellent. Everyone will love this show. Bring folks to introduce them to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. One size fits all. A spirited night of fun music. An Encore.

But don’t show up expecting a repertoire of lilting Hawaiian melodies … Instead, be prepared to hear unique arrangements and mash-ups, with songs ranging from Radiohead, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, to yes, even Dolly Parton and vintage TV themes.

This show always sells out to the walls. Every seat will be taken. Reserve Now.

Join the resurgence of the ukulele, the happiest instrument in all the hemispheres. See what the buzz is all about this group. Just show up – and you will leave way happier!

 

Opening act, Two by Four, for Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere.

TWO BY FOUR is a unique musical duo, offering an innovative and distinctive approach to the music of the Great American Songbook.


Guerin Barry, one of the world’s best whistlers (as well as former bassist in Sha Na Na!), brings considerable depth and experience to familiar, beautiful melodies, accompanied by Craig Aldrich on electric ukulele. A rare combination celebrating the great composers of the last hundred years. Expect a few holiday classics too!

You'll remember - and thoroughly enjoy - these two guys!


Sunday

December 14 3 pm $15 The Garlic Band

with guest vocalist Lisochka

The Garlic Band is proof positive that music-making is more about shared vision than shared age. There are two old-timers: Miamon Miller (violin, viola) leads the group having played millions of notes with the Aman Folk Ensemble where he was artistic director, Fuge Imaginea, etc. etc. The bassist, Simeon Pillich has a heady resume (played with Al Jarreau, toured with "Rent', etc.), but the two younger musicians also have accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time. Cory Beers (cimbalom), is a Cal Arts percussion grad and Joshua Kaufman (accordion) is an up-and-coming composer in addition to being an excellent player. Cory recently returned to LA after spending two years studying cimbalom in the Chi?in?u, Moldova conservatory. Plus of course, we are very excited to be joined by Lisochka, a dynamite vocalist in the Serbian-Rom tradition.

Most of the repertoire will be East European folk-based (especially Romanian) but we'll wander down a Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli street or two, play some original compositions and perhaps even include some Bach and/or Debussy for you fans of KUSC.

Miamon Miller (violin), Cory Beers (cimbalom), Joshua Kaufman (accordion) and Simeon Pillich (bass) play the folk music of  Eastern Europe with lyricism, high energy and wit. Whether it’s to the banks of the Tisa or the foothills of the Tatras, whether Romanian, Serbian, Rom (Gypsy) jazz a la Reinhardt/Grappelli or original compositions, you’ll hear music with an authenticity and pungency that only The Garlic Band can deliver. Join with them as they play in the intimate and acoustically friendly setting of Altadena’s Coffee Gallery.

The Garlic Band

 

Sunday December 14 7:00 P.M. $18 JIM "KIMO" WEST... AND THE HO-HO-HO HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY. JIM 'KIMO' WEST and HIS CHRISTMAS LUAU. The Christmas Show packed with violins, dancers, singers and slack key pickers.

Roast Pig & pale poi will be discussed but not on the fare for this night.

Weird Al” Yankovic and Kimo have starred on all the tv shows....Tonight Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View , Craig Ferguson, Conan OʻBrien and movie scores. He has a nice tan from the lights on these TV shows.

Award-winnning slack key guitarist, Jim "Kimo" West brings his annual Holiday Slack Key Show to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Drawing on material from his two acclaimed holiday CDʻs, Kimoʻs slack key artistry brings the essence of the islands to holiday classics, traditional Hawaiian folk music and hapa haole standards.

Joining Kimo will be violinist, Tom Atwater, vocalist Diana Tanaka and traditional hula dancer, Amanda Taketa.

Kimo is regarded as one of the world’s foremost “ki ho’alu” or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1840’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaqueros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii. If you saw the Oscar-winning film, “The Decendants” you have experienced this great acoustic guitar tradition.

Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Kimoʻs career has seen three Grammyʻs, many gold and platinum awards and most recently a Billboard #1 CD with their latest release, “Mandatory Fun” as well as many national tours and TV appearances such as the Tonight Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View , Craig Ferguson, Conan OʻBrien and many more.

Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and two-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.

"For those burned out on hearing the same Christmas tunes every year, West has provided a radiant alternative. “Jingle Bell Rock” is suitably upbeat but magical. West has revived the sense of wonder which once fueled the track....given the slack-key guitar treatment, it sounds fresh and alive. “Sleigh Ride” swings from a spellbinding web of instrumental wizardry. “Away in a Manger” is turned into a fragile lullaby. One can imagine the snowflakes gradually falling in the stunningly beautiful “The Christmas Song.” West’s playing throughout the CD is enchanting and atmospheric, capturing the wintry beauty of the holiday like few have done in the last couple of decades"  Stacy Zering, No Depression

www.jimkimowest.com

 

Thursday December 18 8:00 P.M. $15 PHOEBE BRIDGERS....A Los Angeles based singer songwriter, has been described as Elliott Smith meets Gillian Welch. Her unique voice has been featured on ABC Family's Switched At Birth, Sons of Anarchy and an IPhone commercial. Pasadena Weekly says, "Bridgers has made a name for herself in that scene in relatively short time thanks largely to the quicksilver beauty of her voice; sweetly vulnerable, it also has a tensile strength that beguiles listeners."

This date she will be joined by singer, Charlie Hickey. Good things will be done on stage.

Phoebe Bridgers has played her own brand of folk rock all over Los Angeles, including The Coffee Gallery Backstage, the Troubadour, the El Rey, the Roxy, Genghis Cohen, Hotel Café, the Claremont Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Echo. Hometown Pasadena called her a "local treasure." According to LA-Underground, "Phoebe Bridgers' "Waiting Room" was thee heartbreaker tune of the year. It's brilliant. She's something special." Music blog American Pancake says, "Phoebe's tender performance mildly freaks you out and breaks your heart at the same time...utterly beautiful."

Since graduating from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2013, Phoebe has performed and recorded both in Los Angeles and Nashville. She has collaborated with friends and mentors including Terra Naomi, Rob Waller, Noah Gunderson and Chad Gilbert. Her EP, Killer, was released in March and is available online through Bandcamp.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 8:00 P.M. $20 AS FEATURED ON AUSTIN CITY LIMITS & LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O' BRIAN...RIVETING ROSIE IN REVIEW. MOTION PICTURES AND ALL.

ROSIE FLORES... Rosie's reputation as a high octane rockabilly star is well established. Her music blends the best of surf, rock, country and blues with the traditional sounds of her Mexican-American heritage. Long an important figure in the Los Angeles, Austin, TX and Nashville music scenes she garnered Critical Raves from prestigious publications, The Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player Magazine, that left no doubt she found the switch that lights up rooms in every color of the rainbow. Rosie's musical personality will electrify the stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in a rare solo performance....a rockin‚ show, dressed to impress and not to be missed! A rare flower in a perfectly arranged setting.

Rosie's solos recordings have found homes on both the Billboard and Gavin charts and her tunes are featured in seven motion pictures. Her revved-up performances in honky-tonks from Boston to Bakersfield won her legions of fans. Star turns on broadcast television programs "Austin City Limits" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brian" established her credibility as a national player.

Of  course she, as do many others, is capping her career by "Going West" to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. It works for us. Wear smart party clothes.

 

Sunday December 21 7:00 P.M. $18

BIG CHRISTMAS SHOW

 

A wonderful 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.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 23 8:00 P.M. $20

 

THE UNTOUCHABLES....Untouchables Jazz Band....return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage for a very special jazzy holiday performance. This talented group of musicians first came on the Pasadena jazz scene four years ago, and perfected their youthful approach to jazz right here on The Coffee Gallery's Backstage.

The five members of  The Untouchables spent the past four months apart, sharpening their skills at institutions of higher learning around the world.

Keyboardist Eric Engler grew up in Chicago's suburbs listening to jazz tunes, taking piano and trumpet lessons. After moving to La Canada, he happily spent his high school years playing with jazz with The Untouchables. He continues to play both piano and trumpet and is currently studying Jazz Performance and Recording Arts at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory.

Drummer Shan Haupt is beating his drums all over Europe as he studies at The American University of Paris, France. Shan is studying how jazz is interpreted throughout different regions of Europe and is the undisputed king of the music room at AUP.

Vocalist Nora Sagal is currently performing with the Harvard Opportunes while attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While charming audiences with her jazzed up interpretations of holiday favorites, you may recognize Nora's voice. Nora sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the George Clooney movie, “The Monuments Men.”

Bass player Joshua Spry studies Music at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also plays with the College's Jazz Ensemble. Although he's a music major with an emphasis in trumpet, Josh passionately plays the typical jazz acoustic stand-up bass and the bass guitar when playing with The Untouchables.

Saxophone player Matthew Schwartz currently performs with University of California - Berkeley's Jazz Ensemble, a group of ten elite musicians, ranging from two freshmen to graduate students. Matthew is the only alto sax in the Jazz Ensemble, which performs in various venues in the Berkeley area.

As Pasadena Weekly's John Sollenburger said: “All The Untouchables members bring serious chops and a dedication to the genre that goes beyond their years.”

The Untouchables' classy, jazzy style is sure to put you in a holiday mood!

**A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit Pasadena's Union Station Homeless Services. In the spirit of the holiday season, The Untouchables also request that attendees bring a pound of coffee to donate to Union Station. Thank you!

Sunday December 28 2:00 PM. $10 THE ISLA ECKINGER QUARTET....JAZZ FOR THE SOPHISTICATED at a price
for The Bohemian. FROM SWITZERLAND WITH LOVE. Gobble it up.

Isla Eckinger - vibraphone and trombone / Riner Scivally -guitar / Roger Shew - bass / Tim Pleasant - drums.

Isla Eckinger (vibes and trombone) is from Basel, Switzerland. He has performed and/or recorded with a veritable "who's who" of jazz: Mal Waldron, Hank Jones,Stephane Grappelli, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones to name a few. This concert will feature his original jazz compositions as well as jazz standards. Isla is known for his virtuoso melodic playing and his intelligent musical interplay with the other musicians.


For this concert, he will be accompanied by Riner Scivally (guitar), Roger Shew (bass) and Tim Pleasant (drums). This is a well-seasoned group of jazz improvisers with a fine sense of swing and will prove to be a not-to-be-missed concert . www.rinerscivally.com

Sunday December 28 7:00 P.M. $15 MATT WITLER & BRONWYN KEITH-HYNES

Matt Witler is a Boston based mandolin player who grew up in the Los Angeles area. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Matt has spent the last four years studying at the Berklee College of Music. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, he has explored and been influenced by Jazz, classical, and pop music. In 2012 he won first place in both the mandolin, and flatpick guitar contests at the Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is a founding member of the Lonely Heartstring Band, a progressive acoustic band that is quickly gaining acclaim in the bluegrass community.

Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. Her playing, improvising, and writing are informed by her past five years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn has performed with Peter Rowan, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug and Tony Trischka. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS. Bronwyn was on staff this summer at Berklee College of Music Five Week Program, teaching private string lessons.

Matt and Bronwyn will be playing original instrumental tunes, as well as their favorite bluegrass numbers, folk songs, and fiddle tunes. It'll be a fun show! SUPER STAR SHOW BY MUSICAL PHENOMS. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. JUST THIS ONCE. JUST FOR YOU.

 

JANUARY 2015 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
Friday January  2 8:00 P.M. $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

Saturday January 3 7:00 P.M. $15
HARRIET SCHOCK and BROOKE RAMEL

HARRIET SCHOCK....wrote the words and music to the Grammy-nominated #1 hit, "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady" plus many songs for other artists, TV shows and films, including the PBS children’s series, “Jakers, the Adventures of Piggley Winks.”.She has recorded 7 solo albums as a singer/songwriter. She and her band were featured in Henry Jaglom’s film “Irene In Time” performing 4 of Harriet’s songs. She also scored three other Jaglom films. Harriet starred in the play “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” which ran for 10 months in Santa Monica, and later re-created the role in the film of the same name. Four of her songs were used in Karen Black's play, "Missouri Waltz" which played for 6 weeks in Hollywood and in Macon, Georgia. She has written the songs for "Last of the Bad Girls," a musical created by Diane Ladd. Very recently she has co-written the songs for "Platypus, the Musical." In 2014, her jukebox musical, “Split” opened to full houses in Hollywood. Jaglom’s latest film, ‘The M Word” features Harriet performing her song, “Bein’ a Girl” in the movie’s last scene. Harriet plays piano and Andrea Ross-Greene sings it. In 2007, L.A. Women In Music honored Harriet a Career Achievement and Industry Contribution award. She wrote the book Becoming Remarkable, for Songwriters and Those who Love Songs). She performs with her band in Los Angeles and teaches songwriting in person and online around the world.. Her big band includes Joe Lamanno, Andrea Ross-Greene, Jennifer Richardson and Kelly DeSarla.   www.harrietschock.com.

BROOKE RAMEL....is one of the most successful independent artists of the last 10 years. She has sold over 50,000 CDs, placed 50+ songs in tv/film, performed thousands of live shows and produced 6 original albums.


In addition to performing solo and headlining with her own band, Brooke has opened for many legendary artists and some of her greatest inspirations – Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Raul Malo, Colin Hay, David Wilcox, Melissa Manchester, Lisa Loeb, Nancy Griffith, David Gates, and Bill Medley, to name a few. In 2006, Brooke sang background vocals for Ziggy Marley's album, "Love Is My Religion". That year, she was also a featured performer on an episode of the PBS series, "Branson Jubilee", which aired nationwide.
WWW.BROOKERAMEL.COM

 

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