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August 2015

Molly Tuttle and John Mailander are individually renowned up-and-coming musicians in the acoustic music world, and will be joining together for two sets of dynamic original and traditional music. Both have been studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and now on a national tour. Molly Tuttle is highly regarded for her soulful singing and songwriting talents. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, she is quickly becoming one of the top guitar/banjo players in the country, and is the winner of the Merlefest 2012 songwriting competition. John Mailander, a San Diego native, is known for his unique voice on the fiddle and mandolin, and has performed with artists including the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Darol Anger. The duo's wide range of influences and appreciation for honest, soulful music blends into an exciting and fresh sound. He was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and 13. John played fiddle in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for it’s premier run in New York.

Molly Tuttle is a highly regarded flatpicker on guitar and a soulful singer with influences from early bluegrass and old-time singers. She excels in contemporary folk music as well, with songwriting skills far beyond her years. Originally from Palo Alto, CA, she is one of the top guitar/banjo players in the country, and the winner of the Merlefest 2012 songwriting competition. Articles about Molly are featured in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines. Growing up in a musical family, Molly has always been steeped in the bluegrass tradition. she has been awarded the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Nashville Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.
Come out for a great night of exciting and soulful acoustic music. www.johnmailander.com   


Monday August 31 8:00 P.M. $15

LARRY B. WILDER.....The Champion Of Americana...


Larry Wilder brings folks together with his banjo, guitar and a repertoire of hundreds of Americana songs, both traditional and original. Having opened for Pete Seeger, he continues Pete's tradition and belief: "The best music is everyone singing together." He also delights with virtuoso yodeling that shows why he was named National Yodeling Champion.

Larry has performed 2000 shows on national and international stages, bringing his heart and passion for Americana music directly to his audiences through stellar musical performances intertwined with the compelling stories behind the artists and songs. His original songs reach into the soul of his Americana roots and connect strongly with his enthusiastic fans. Larry’s dynamic and upbeat personality keeps the show moving and the people involved. www.larrywildermusic.com

“A great performer with an awesome gift for involving the audience.” Ron Thomason, High Mountain Festival Director, Westcliffe, CO

“A passionate spirit of the soul of Americana.” Bill Furman, CEO-Greenbrier Companies
Larry counts the Carter Family, Earl Scruggs, Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sons of the Pioneers and Chet Atkins as some of his strongest influences in Americana music. But he doesn’t stop there. He goes deeper into the realm of America’s music through folk artists Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly plus classic composers such as Irving Berlin. Larry is highly skilled in knowing which of these songs will resonate with the people in each venue. He creates fast-paced, energetic shows that draw from all of these elements for an engaging Americana experience for his audiences.

Larry started his career in Southern California, performing at Knott’s Berry Farm. Now based in Portland, OR, Larry has toured the country, performing in festivals, events and concerts. He has also performed internationally, touring Japan and Europe while headlining festivals such as the Banjo Jamboree in the Czech Republic.

September 2015

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th TWO BIG SHOWS! - - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM...Tixs: $20

The Limeliter and opening, The Honey-Lulus

The Limeliters, celebrating 50+ years of  joyfully "Passing the Music On", return to The Coffee Gallery Backstage -- having recently taped a guest appearance on an upcoming PBS special --on the heels of a highly successful 16-city tour of The MId-West! With their energy and enthusiasm undimmed, the trademark sound and sense of fun endures. Current members Andy Corwin, Gaylan Taylor and Don Marovich remain as exciting an act as the folk genre has produced. Now more than ever, the surging vocals, thrilling harmony and whacked out comedy of this unique trio continue to earn them their title as The "Fabulous" Limeliters.

Opening act, The Honey-Lulus, is comprised of three charming and talented wahines (Kate Friedricks, Justeen Ward and Christina Linhardt) who perform vintage songs of the islands and dance like the swaying palms, live and in Technicolor! They promise to warm up your winter evening with their ukuleles and vocal harmonies, conjuring up balmy breezes, happy huki-laus and sunny shores -- a perfect entertainment extravaganza for all seasons! (after all, who doesn't love a campy Tiki show?)

This show will probably sell out, so reserve your seats soon...

Just added: tickets are also available for a second, matineé performance on Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM...

Saturday September 5 7:00 P.M. $15. A Big Bargain. RATTLE THE KNEE... is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan.

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

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

Pat and Kira have been playing pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. Finally, under the name Rattle the Knee, they decided to make their music official. They've teamed up with Jimmy Murphy and Rattle The Knee was complete.

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

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

Tuesday September 8 8:00 P.M. $20 A SMASH HIT LAST MARCH. Played to a full house
and standing encore. A fine show. Don’t miss them. All uke fans should be here.


First cousins Peter deAquino and Garrett Probst first began playing ukulele together as a duo as children competing in the Hula Grill Ukulele Contest on Maui. Their amazing duet instrumentals, their vocals and relaxed stage banter embody the spirit of aloha. The Boyz are featured on all four of the Slack Key Show’s Grammy winning compilation CDs. They’re Energetic, talented, and charismatic. The Ukulele Boyz regularly co-host The Slack Key Show with George Kahumoku Jr. The Boyz have taken to the road to promote their latest CD release On Hawaiian Time. Da ‘Ukulele Boyz define the music of  their generation with their own unique rendition of  Hawaiian Classics & “Jawaiian” Style tunes.

FANCY PICKING ON UKULELES. Something really different in four string magic here.



Thursday September 10 8:00 P.M. $15



is comprised of trained professional musicians experienced in musical education and performance in both Greece and the United States. In addition to the four CDs which they have released, their performances have been broadcast on radio and television.

The trio has already embarked on four tours in California in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Hohlax Trio tours include but are not limited to, concerts, dance events, festivals, performance-talks at universities, private parties and dances. The members for this upcoming tour are violinist Jaime Smith, bouzouki player and songwriter Orestis Koletsos and a very special surprise on vocals/guitar. Last year they announced the release of Orestis Koletsos' CD entitled "Me Plimirizei Fos", featuring Mariw, Foteini Velessiotou, Martha Fritzila, and other significant singers of Greece.

The Hohlax Trio is coming to California this September for their fifth tour. They will be bringing with them five recordings which will be available to the public: their first CD, entitled "Sacramento Kai Lodi", their second CD, "To Glyko Fili", their third "dance CD", "Apo Kseno Topo, Greek Dance Rhythms", their latest, "Ta Vlamakia" as well as Koletsos' personal CD, "Me Plimirizei Fos".





BERKLEY HART.....have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country. Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing from both Jeff Berkley (guitar) and Calman Hart (guitar, harmonica) and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.

With their 6th studio album, “Crow,” the duo explore the ups and downs of life in song. Much like how the crow symbolizes despair and darkness in some cultures, while in others it is a harbinger of hope and light, this contrast fits the yin and yang of the songs on “Crow” both musically and lyrically, and thus inspired the title. Long-time fans are sure to find Berkley Hart at their best on this album while new listeners will definitely understand why this incredible duo is so admired.


SATURDAY September 12 7:00 P.M. $20

Always a solid, enthusiastic crowd for this show.

TAYLOR MADE.... the James Taylor Tribute Band, is performing throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. This 7-piece group consists of musicians from the Los Angeles area who are dedicated to creating the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter. Having performed at such venues as The Canyon Club, The Grove of Anaheim, Warner Center Concerts in the Park, Malibu Wines and The Coffee Gallery, Taylor Made continues to make its mark on the Southern California music scene.

Taylor Made consists of Stephen Bock on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Darryl Lieberstein on bass and vocals, Preston Gould on horns and vocals, Dev Dosaj on keyboards and vocals, Sheryl Braunstein on vocals, Hugh Laxineta on electric guitar and Clark Pardee on drums and percussion.

“We have gathered together an outstanding group of musicians and singers who remain true to the original qualities of the JT tunes we play, while adding a touch of their own unique style. It all adds up to a dynamic and amazing sound”, says lead singer and guitarist Stephen Bock. Taylor Made plays a wide variety of tunes from the Taylor songbook, which can be categorized from rock, soul and funk all the way to blues, folk and ballads. “It is really an incredible array of styles that we get to bring to life”, says bass player Darryl Lieberstein.

Folks are likely to hear Fire and Rain, How Sweet It Is and Mexico as well as Steamroller Blues, Your Smiling Face and of course You’ve Got A Friend. With such a wide array of musical styles to choose from, Taylor Made can ‘tailor make’ their set list to suite any occasion.


Sunday September 13 7:00 P.M. $20



Serial hit star Bertie Higgins, a multi-award musical artist and nationally and internationally recognized singer/song writer /entertainer, is idolized for his multi-platinum songs “Key Largo”, “Just Another Day In Paradise”, “Jamaica Me Crazy”, and the chart busting international hit, “Casablanca.” He is an “in demand” performer in America, the Pacific Rim Countries and a huge celebrity in Mainland China. An anticipated September 13 appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage features a filmed "in person" and 'live' musical tune-up concert for his scheduled tour of China this Fall.

Bertie Higgins returned to his folk / acoustic roots, for his twenty first album, “DANCING IN THE TRADEWINDS.” The uniqueness of the lyrics, music and over-all production of the album got the creative juices flowing in the minds of his music industry peers, who insisted he submit it for 2016 Grammy Awards consideration. Higgins embraced their insights and, with the blessing of his record label, Toucan Cove, and distributor, Universal Music, entered “DANCING IN THE TRADEWINDS” in the lottery for the forthcoming Grammy’s.

The exciting headline appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage is Bertie Higgins’ first acoustic performance in twenty five years and the subject of filming for the multi-continent promotion of the new album “DANCING IN THE TRADEWINDS” .... a cool breeze in the music industry.

“Bertie is ready for his close-up,” CB.

Tuesday September 15 8:00 P.M. $15

COLLEEN RANEY with HANZ ARAKI and RYAN DAVIDSON .....Critically acclaimed traditional Irish singer Colleen Raney will be joined by award-winning flute player and singer Hanz Araki and bouzouki virtuoso Ryan Davidson for an exclusive performance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage on Tuesday, September 15.

Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, Portland, Oregon’s Colleen Raney recently released her fourth album, titled Here This is Home, recorded in Dublin, Ireland over the summer of 2013. Colleen grew up inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes in the rich Irish community in Seattle, Washington. Her four solo CDs have staked her claim as a serious presence in Celtic music today and provoked Hearth Music to enthuse, "Singing with a deep love for the tradition and the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music." Irish Music Magazine recently called Raney “among the best in her genre.”

Internationally recognized flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known for his fresh an innovative approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music. The son of a Japanese shakuhachi Grand Master, Araki Kodo V, and a Scots-Irish mother, his musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. In his 25 year career, Araki has earned the praise of the international music community including Fatea Magazine, who raves “(His) musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.” Irish Music Magazine writes that Araki is “an Irish music phenomenon in West Coast America.”
Ryan Davidson is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling. Raised in Northern California, Ryan began touring the US whilst still in high school. After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, California. Shortly after he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology. Since returning home after two years of living and playing traditional music in the West of Ireland, Ryan has been utilizing his extensive background to tirelessly write, play, tour and collaborate with numerous songwriters and traditional artists.

Information about the music and tour schedule can be found at www.colleenraney.com

Wednesday September 16 8:00 P.M. $15


“actual size” is the only acoustic folkie comedy duo in existence to feature Andy Corwin and Steve Goodie ever singing together, at the same time (on purpose)...!   Andy Corwin has spent much of the 21st century, so far, as a touring member of the legendary 1960’s folk group“The Limeliters”. In a past life, He was one fourth of the political comedy/folk music quartet "The Foremen".

Steve Goodie was a founding member of  “The Two Jew Revue”, a musical comedy act that managed, in its time, to offend audiences on all five continents. As a professional standup comedian, Steve has toured the country for many years, and has been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, and on NBC’s Today Show. Since 2007 Steve has been the emcee at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

Andy and Steve first teamed up in 2003 out of a shared desire to write and perform extremely funny (non-GMO, salmon-friendly) songs...in this, they have exceeded their wildest expectations.

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey. (Insert your own punchline here). A middle child of  two PhDs, Carla is primarily known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. She cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Carla’s 6th CD of  comical songs comes out August 2015. She has toured all over the US and England, is played on Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, and numerous community/ college stations, has appeared on ABC, USA Network, and The Bob and Sherrie Show, and was a background actor in “Sharknado 2.”


DESI & CODY.... are an acoustic duo from Tulsa Oklahoma. Cody Clinton plays guitar and sings with vocalist spouse Desirae Roses-Clinton. The pair have a simpatico stage presence that works well in their folk-rock genre. She’s an attractive singer with a million dollar smile and he could be a young bearded 21st century Arlo Guthrie. Their sound is gently compelling and fun to listen to. It’s unlikely music from Desi who was first coaxed reluctantly on stage around five years ago and her husband a former but unreformed punk rocker.

It’s a familiar tale. Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl to sing harmonies on a couple of the songs he’s recording. Girl reluctantly agrees. Boy convinces girl to come on stage during a gig, despite her apprehension. Five years and countless gigs later, boy and girl are among the most popular music acts in Tulsa, finishing up a new album and gearing up to hit the road and take their tunes nationwide. OK. Maybe it’s not that familiar a tale. But it’s how Desirae Roses and Cody Clinton became the folk-rock duo Desi & Cody, and to hear them tell it, the tale is just getting started. “Before, as far as records go — it was either Desi or it was Cody,” says Clinton. “The record we’re making now is going to be the actual beginning of Desi & Cody.” That record has been a long time in the making. www.desiandcody.com





SMALL POTATOES.....The Chicago based folk duo of  Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to cowboy" Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine said, "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit."

Small Potatoes is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. This Chicago-based duo has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993 and in that time they've become sought-after regulars at many clubs, coffeehouses across the U.S. They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Jacquie is also a winner of the 1998 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest. They call themselves eclecto-maniacs. They describe their music as "Celtic to Cowboy" and say it has taken them "years of careful indecision" to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their recordings, "Waltz of the Wallflowers" and "Time Flies" , and "Raw" cover all these styles. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel. Together they present a truly rare blend of vocal and instrumental abilities, award-winning songwriting, and arranging talents. They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing. Dirty Linen Magazine called them "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit." Sing Out Magazine called "Time Flies" a "wonderful, wonderfully eclectic" album and said "Small Potatoes might well be leading mainstays on the folk scene for years to come."

Saturday September 19 7:00 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)
FLATBUSH WALTZ (Andy Statman Klezmer Waltz)

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

SWING RIOTS on MySpace including both videos and audio samples:


Sunday Matinee September 20 3:00 P.M. $15

An evening of Celtic Folk Rock. Full house last time here. Get Reservations now.

Wes Wright, Phil Schwadron, & Steven Schwadron
Having played together for the better part of the last eight years as members of The Poxy Boggards, the trio of  Wes Wright and Phil & Steven Schwadron have begun branching out on their own to bring the best of their original and traditional Celtic -flavored songs to the local public houses. Wes (guitar and harmonica), Phil (field drum and keyboards), and Steven (mandolin and bass guitar) have developed their instrumental talents over the years at Renaissance Faires, Celtic Festivals and local music venues. They have also honed their ability to harmonize in the best styles of the classic folk groups of the 60's and 70's, and have crafted arrangements that demonstrate the joy of blending three voices into one.

Three of a Kind's first CD, titled ALL IN, is currently being recorded and scheduled for release in early 2014.









SPORTIVE TRICKS plays Celtic Folk with a Kick

A Southern California Folk-Rock Band with a heavy Irish influence; The Tricks take great delight in giving traditional music a strong beat and an interesting twist. They also play many original tunes, both serious & silly. The band started as performers at the Renaissance Faire, but the music you'll hear just hints at these beginnings. Trick's' music leans towards bands like Great Big Sea and Gaelic Storm with influences ranging from The Chieftains to Flogging Molly. Drawing on the rich traditions of Irish, Scottish & English folk, Cape Breton music and sea shanties played on traditional instruments with new arrangements, high energy and a dash of  humor for a foot tapping, hand clapping, good time.

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


is bringing his fiddle and slide guitar and his passion for finding beauty in this crazy world. This will be an amazing night of musical magic. You'll laugh, you'll sing along and you'll leave with a renewed sense of what's possible. You'll be glad you came. Promise.
One of New York's finest performers and songwriters, Joe Crookston, will showcase a remarkable range of musical talent on The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Crookston will play music from his recently released and much-anticipated fourth recording “Georgia I'm Here.”

Crookston's recording, “Able Baker Charlie & Dog” is filled with story songs from a Rockefeller songwriting grant and was awarded “Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee. Crookston recently signed to Tamulevich Artist Management with fellow songwriters, John Gorka, Red Horse, and Peter Yarrow.
Crookston's song “Blue Tattoo” is the inspiration for “Blue Tattoo,” a documentary film that relates how Crookston and Holocaust survivor Dina Jacobson of Elmira, NY came together to form a unique friendship with a common sense of purpose. The documentary recently premiered at the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
“This is wonderful, engaging and gorgeous music, borne from an artist who fully deserves a boatload of acclamation,” Lee Zimmerman, Lee's Listening Stack, No Depression.

An internationally touring artist, Crookston has a reputation as an energetic and engaging live performer, master songwriter, and was among the artists voted “Most Wanted to Return” to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York.

Thursday September 24 8:00 P.M. $20


The best music this side of  Bob Dylan and the Band.
JOHN YORK is a former member of the legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire & P.F. Sloan. He has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage are BILLY DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and CHAD WATSON, amazing bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists.


SATURDAY September 26 7:00 P.M. $20 THE TOM CORBETT TRIO

TOM CORBETT ... is a mandolin and guitar playing singer songwriter who has toured and recorded with some of the best musicians in the folk and roots musical world. He toured and recorded with The Acousticats which featured Phil Salazar and Cyrus Clarke (Cache Valley Drifters) which lead to him working with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The String Wizards. Corbett recorded several albums with John as well as the award winning DVD John McEuen & Jimmy Ibotson-Nitty Gritty Surround on AIX Records. During his stint with John he played and recorded with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jennifer Warnes, Vassar Clements, Laurie Lewis and John Sebastian. After working with John for several years Tom then toured with Robin and Linda Williams from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. He also played mandolin on Mike Ness’s (Social Distortion) solo CD “Cheating At Solitaire.” He has three solos albums and his third "Tonight I Ride", a colorfully musical pastiche of open-hearted stories and fond snapshots of the American West.

BILL KNOPF...was working on his music degree at UCLA in 1966 when he was introduced to Doug Dillard the banjo player in the bluegrass band The Dillards. After college Bill put an advanced degree on the back burner and helped form the very popular local band Hot Off The Press. He has recorded six albums over the years which stretch the boundaries of bluegrass banjo by including jazz, pop/rock, Scott Joplin ragtime, and John Philip Sousa marches. Bill has written over a dozen instruction book for banjo and guitar and now has his own publishing company. For five years he was a featured player with Doc Severinsen's touring "Las Vegas" show. Besides Las Vegas they played Atlantic City, Mardi Gras, state fairs, conventions, TV's "Hee Haw", and one of the Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, D.C. He remained with the show until 1984. In 1979 Bill toured briefly with Donna Douglas--Elly May Clampett of TV’s “Beverly Hillbillies.” Bill and his bands have played at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain. As a studio musician he's played on the soundtracks to many films including Fire Down Below, Something to Talk About, Here's Wally Sparks, Back to the Future III, Her Alibi, A Horse For Danny, Tad, Cannery Row, Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Tiger Heart, television's Dukes of Hazzard, Days of Our Lives, Murder She Wrote, Just Shoot Me, The Simpsons, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and countless radio and television commercials.

MIKE MULLINS ... has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. He toured and recorded with notable bands and musicians including master fiddler Phil Salazar, The Acousticats, The Cache Valley Drifters, fiddler/banjoist Dennis Caplinger, The Hay Dudes, Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk, and The Tom Corbett Trio. In 2014, Mike released his first solo project, “Windows of Time,” a compendium of guitar and mandolin Americana styles showcasing Mike's original material over a 25 year span, produced by David West. Summers find Mike performing annually at the KCBX Live Oak Music Festival with the Cache Valley Drifters, and as an artist-in-residence at the annual Mandolin Symposium, instructing classes with such luminaries as Symposium founders David Grisman and Mike Marshall.

SUNDAY September 27 7:00 P.M. $15


There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass.

With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of Burning Heart Bluegrass provide these essentials with all the energy, drive, passion, and precision that prompted Ralph Rinzler to call Bluegrass music "folk music on overdrive." Drawing it's repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB provides a genuine Bluegrass experience.

The members of Burning Heart Bluegrass are:

Jeff Fleck was originally drawn to Bluegrass because it reminded him of the folk music he used to play way back when; he stuck with it because he loves the energy and precision that Bill Monroe brought to the traditional forms of mountain music.

Dan Sankey is an accomplished banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar player and has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally.
Born in Louisiana, Keith Chagnon By the time he was In his teens he was entering and winning banjo contests. Keith has played in numerous Bluegrass bands in Ohio and Kentucky, and, since the mid 80s, in California.

Steve Rosenstein entered the music scene when he joined Sweet Smoke, the psychedelic jazz-rock band based in Germany on the Dutch border. Returning to the USA, he performed Irish music in Boston, and, after a move to California, in Santa Cruz. Since moving to Los Angeles in Steve has performed with many musicians in the country/Bluegrass scene, including Richard Greene, Nicky Hopkins, Pete Anderson, and Herb Pederson.

Born and raised in rural Oregon along the Columbia River, Ron Vance didn't discover Bluegrass until he settled in Santa Monica. Innumerable festivals, fiddle contests, jams and bands later, Ron finds himself in Burning Heart Bluegrass, still enjoying the ride.

Wednesday September 30 8:00 P.M. $18



will be appearing at the Coffee Gallery on Weds. September 30th. While based in Santa Cruz, this 5 piece all original Americana/California Country band has been expanding their audience Nationally through the release of their sixth CD titled "Mission Bell" and also have begun touring throughout several Westcoast states. Just having completed rousing tours of the Pacific Northwest and Arizona this stop is on route to a more lengthy Arizona and New Mexico tour. they are slated to bring their to audiences throughout Arizona and New Mexico later this summer. In a recent interview, Steven describes his unique brand of "socially conscious" roots music, "We're kind of our own genre! I like to bring in elements of country, folk rock, gospel and even reggae and throw all that into the melting pot to see what emerges. We are all about authenticity and hopefully the music is inspiring and makes people feel good....that's what its all about...music is the medicine!" Steven puts a fresh spin on old school country and folk rock grooves not only with stellar instrumentation (sax, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, drums, bass) and soaring vocal harmonies, but also with a new age spiritualism that permeates most of his writing. He was nominated in 2013 for a Native American Music Award for his White Buffalo song and has worked closely with grassroots organizations helping Native American communities. One of Steven's biggest fans and advocates is Dennis McNally who worked with the Grateful Dead for more than 30 years. With McNally's help the band has garnered an ever growing presence in the Grateful Dead and jamband circles.


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