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November 2015
Saturday November 21 3:00 P.M. $15



Banshee in the Kitchen plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, the four piece all woman Celtic group has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Los Angeles, and even to Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term “banshee-fying”.

Banshee in the Kitchen's performance at our house concert brought the audience to its feet with a standing ovation, and a well deserved encore. Fun, fun, fun!
- Russ & Julie, producers, Russ and Julie’s House Concerts

Critics praise their instrumental precision and flair for arrangement, concert producers love the way they can pack a house, educators rave over their ability to tap into the passion of their students, while audiences applaud the fun and oh-so-musical experience of being with Banshee in the Kitchen.

On stage, National Champion hammered dulcimer player Brenda Hunter (fiddle, hammered dulcimer) and Jill Egland (flute, accordion, whistle) trade off inspired flights of lead and counter melody over dynamic backing by Kat Edmonson (six- and twelve-string guitar, bouzouki), and resonant bass player Kris Wilber. Carefully crafted harmonies round out the intricate melody lines of traditional and "banshee-fied” music. Brenda, Kat, and Jill trade off lead and backing vocals on a choice selection of songs, as well as jocular commentary in between.

To do it right, Celtic music requires a certain amount of sassiness, a bit of impudence along with strong respect and joyful spirit. The four women of Banshee in the Kitchen know how to balance their audacity with reverence of the art form.
- Joe Ross, reviewer, talentondisplay.com


Saturday Nov 21 7 PM $18



The logo for JC & Laney reads, “Heart ‘n’ Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll.” That’s the perfect summary for this dynamic acoustic duo who will once again take the stage at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. JC & Laney, Americana Rockers & Balladeers, are well known for their instantly recognizable harmonies, memorable original songs & impromptu banter between themselves and their audience. Art Podell, (New Christy Minstrels and Art & Paul), affectionately calls them “Sonny & Cher.”
The nice, fat paragraph:

As fate would have it…In 2009, while sitting on bar stools on the Infamous Whiskey Row in Prescott, AZ, JC Scott & Laney Greynolds, perfect strangers, instantly sang in harmony to their 1st song ever, Bell Bottom Blues. Though they did not know each other before this song, they were immediately hired by the bartender and thus became the duo JC & Laney. You can’t make this stuff up!

JC Scott has written & released 5 solo CDs since 1990 as a solo artist & played with many musicians from Arlo Guthrie, Lindsey Buckingham, Cecilio & Kapono, Kenny Loggins, Weird Al and let's not forget Chuck Berry!

Laney Greynolds, former high energy lead singer for Saddletramp (1988-2009) has excited audiences with her "one of a kind" & emotionally charged vocal performances since she's been old enough to breathe; beginning her musical career as a teenager in an award winning a cappella group.
Recording original music together since 2010, armed with some of the best harmonies you’ll hear, and 7 CDs, JC & Laney tour the western states performing over 100 shows a year to a wide range of fans at festivals, colleges, state fairs, theaters, house concerts & anywhere else people gather to listen.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 3:00 P.M. $20



Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, who are as happy at a local irish session or fiddle camp as they are on a main stage, are very excited about the future and their music. The spirit of the tradition is in good hands with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin. https://soundcloud.com/tenstringsandagoatskin

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual trio hailing from Prince Edward Island, Canada, recent winner of the 2015 ECMA award for World Music Recording of the Year, multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards and Music PEI Awards, are having the time of their lives as a trad/folk/fusion trio.
Weaving the music of the Irish, Acadian, Francophone cultures and original creations with modern and world rhythms, they have created a fiery, contagious and unique sound that has them in demand and touring extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

The group's rare and mature musicality, belying the musicians ages of 19 and 21, have the lads pushing boundaries and reinvigorating timeless traditional music for the 21st century.
The trio easily connects with fans and notably carries no age barrier.

2014 has seen the group perform at major Canadian and international festivals and venues. They have had the privilege to perform in some of the worlds premiere festivals including Festival Interceltique de L’orient (France) in stadium shows to over 75,000 people, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Festival International de Lafayette, Rhythm and Roots Festival, Winterlude (Ottawa), Artsplosure, Raleigh, and Summerfest (Milwaukee.) In addition to live shows, the group has recently performed in television and radio productions. In September 2014 a new Canadian national television production “Balade a Toronto”, which highlights rising stars in Canadian Music, featured its premier show with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, they were presented on TV5 France to an audience of 4 million as part of the Festival Interceltique de L’orient and In addition, they were featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) nationally televised Canada Day show. The trio has enjoyed numerous interviews on radio, locally, nationally and internationally.With it’s latest album, “Corbeau”, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has received wonderful reviews and multiple award nominations. A UK FolkWorld music review states, “Corbeau is one of the top trad albums of 2013. Fetch a copy”, and suggest that the group relates to the British Group Lau or the Irish American Group Solas. Trad Magazine (France) has been hugely complimentary. In addition, the groups album has been listed on numerous top ten folk album list at year end 2013.

I kept reading nothing but raves in the YouTube comments of videos of this group (https://www.youtube.com/user/StringsAndGoat), from people who'd seen this band in person (at numerous different venues and festivals), so in the hope that the opinion of other music fans might be meaningful to you, here are some of those comments (I didn't include any of the ones in French, but I assume they were equally laudatory:-):

• Yesterday at Dranouter. Great show!!!!!

• Yesterday at IrishFest in Milwaukee, these guys floored us!!! Superior taste & Talent!

• Awesome. As always. I hope to see you again.

• Saw you in Alberton PEI. What a great show, great songs and great spirit! Loved ya!

• Just had them in Boothbay Maine. Loved it!

• Stonington Opera House performance was a rare treat.
• Caught you three at the New World Festival in Randolph, Vermont yesterday. Fantastique!

• You guys were awesome at Summerfest! I came for Rise Against but I was blown away with how great you guys were!

• Fantastic! I loved hearing and seeing you guys at the New World Festival in Randolph VT last weekend.

• Wow…just wow

• Awesome! :)

• Nice. You guys ROCK without rock music. Love what you're doing.

If  you watch a few of the videos, you'll see and hear what all the enthusiasm is about. I, for one, can't wait for them to get to our stage.

Sunday Evening November 22 7:00 P.M. $15



NEW CD OUT ON BERKALIN RECORDS! Available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bernicelewis2

2009 National Park Service Artist in Residence. Artist Associate in Songwriting, Williams College. Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, Founding Member.

Bernice writes beautifully and deeply. Dar Williams. Bernice is really one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting. Rosanne Cash

Singer/Songwriter Bernice Lewis has had a forty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon With four decades as a national touring artist and seven acclaimed CD’s, Lewis, who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, songwriting with Roseanne Cash and Cris Williamson, and guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, has built a solid national fan base. She has been a featured performer on NPR's Mountain Stage Performance Radio, as well as at the Kennedy Center. She is an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service and the Artist Associate of Songwriting at Williams College.

"Bernice is a powerful artist, with a voice full of light and hope. She is really one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting."
Rosanne Cash. “Bernice writes beautifully and deeply.“ Dar Williams

Bernice Lewis has been a national touring artist for almost four decades. Her performing resume includes almost every grassroots and established venue in the U.S,, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, Uncle Calvin’s, etc. She was recently signed to Berkalin Records of Houston TX and released her seventh album of original music, Checks & Love Lettters.
In 2009, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. She has shared the stage with Dar Williams, Pete Seegar, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, Guy van Duser, Peter. Paul, and Mary, the Dixie Chicks, Christine Lavin, Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Mary Gauthier...the list is endless.

Her 2006 CD, She Undoes, (2006) was recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy Award winner Charlie Chadwick (Suzi Bogguss, John Carter Cash, Kathy Mattea). It features a duet with fellow singer songwriter Cliff Eberhardt and a jazzy a cappella version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.”

Lewis is an Arts Educator Extraordinaire. For twenty years she has been the Artist Associate in Songwriting at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where her former students include Molly Ventor of Red Molly, Darlingside, and Caitlin Canty. For five summers, she was Campus Bard at the the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She has also teaches and performs at Colorado College, Kripalu Center for Yoga, Esalen Institute, as well as at schools, song camps, and retreat centers.

Tuesday November 24 7:00 P.M, $10. No reservations. David Harvey Presents:

$10 cover at the door (cash) - No Reservations

Skip Heller and The Hollywood Blues Destroyers
Roots meets Soul is how I describe Skip Heller. Skip 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 his killer band, The Hollywood Blues Destroyers too!

Lisa D. Salloux... Do you love songs that have that timeless sound? As the band plays you can imagine you're in the misty mountain hollows a hundred or two hundred years ago? Lisa Salloux not only writes songs that are timeless and traditional, but she has a voice that makes you think she is timeless too. Lisa usually performs with her wonderful all-female string band, Sugar In The Gourd, but tonight we are blessed to hear her new solo song cycle, Sugar Jane: A Revolution Era Story. Lisa channels four different characters from America's beginnings, taking you on a musical journey with fiddle, bass, mando, and some banjo. This is going to be special!

Annie Boxell ... Do you love those great women songwriters like Carole King and Carly Simon who wrote timeless songs that blended folk into rock with a little pop? Annie Boxell honed her killer songwriting skills over a decade of playing in Charleston South Carolina with her band "The Vicious Circle". Her bluesy songs channel gospel, pop, and rock with a powerhouse hooks and melodies. Since moving to Los Angeles Annie has been a regular in the LA music scene in notable showcases such as Top-Tune and Songwriters-Square. You've got to come out and hear her. I just know you've missed hearing songs this good!


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.

Saturday November 28 3:00 P.M. $10 The Honolulu Avenue Strummers Present "The Ukulele; Hawaii and Beyond"



While their name may sound like they come from Hawaii, The Honolulu Avenue Strummers were born from a monthly ukulele jam held along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, California.

They made their debut in the Montrose Christmas Parade, and have since participated in events such as La Canada Fiesta Days, the Lanterman House Summer Whites Picnic, Night on Broadway, McGroarty Arts Center's Fourth Friday concert series and numerous community Farmers Markets.

Playing a wide variety of music, from Oldies to Modern, from Bluegrass to Hawiian, The Honolulu Avenue Strummers are dedicated to presenting the ukulele as a versatile instrument that lends itself to numerous musical genres. Sit back and enjoy, and we invite you to sing along if you are so inspired!

THE DR. BLUES & THE AMERICAN ROOTS REVIVAL BAND...specializes in folk flavored blues and smoky bistro music.

They are a trio and will set the evening up with down and gritty musical styles celebrating New Orleans styles.

The entire afternoon is a gift at only a $10 admission. What a wonderful matinee at this price. 2 hours of fun.


Saturday November 28 7:00 P.M. $20 Tom Corbett & Mike Mullins

Two old friends come together to share a night of their musical nimbleness. Tom and Mike who are both veterans of the California acoustic music scene will be playing two short solo sets and then they’ll combine forces to stir things up with theirguitars & mandolins. A musical chocolate cake willbe baked with swingin’ bluegrass ingredients that issure to be mighty tasty. The only thing missing fora delicious night might a cold glass of milk.

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.”

In addition to being an in demand sideman, Tom has recorded three of his own albums which feature many of his own compositions and a who’s who of guest musicians including Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson (Chris Hillman, Desert Rose Band) David Hidalgo and Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos), Nina Gerber, David West, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Greg Leisz, Tom Rozum, Claire Holley and Jonathan McEuen. His songs were include in Peter Spirer’s feature film “Dunsmore” from Image Entertainment, and his current CD “Tonight I Ride” has been in the top 10 on the Euro-Americana charts (2011) for several months. He continues to tour as a sideman as well as touring as a singer songwriter, playing concerts and festivals all over the world from America to Spain, Ireland, England, Germany, France, Scandinavia.

Corbett’s voice is reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett, with a kind of relaxed intimacy that makes you want to kick back in the passenger seat and go on a long road trip across the Mojave. CS-Sing Out Magazine.

Mike Mullins has been a regular fixture on the California acoustic music scene for over 30 years. Best known for his guitar work with the Cache Valley Drifters, he has also toured and recorded with legendary fiddler Phil Salazar, the Acousticats, the Hay Dudes, 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. Summers find Mike maintaining a busy house concert schedule, performing at the KCBX Live Oak Music Festival, and serving as an artist-in-residence at the annual Mandolin Symposium, instructing classes with such luminaries as Symposium founders David Grisman and Mike Marshall.


Sunday November 29 7:00 P.M. $18 TWO HEADLINER ENCORE PERFORMANCE!

A "don't miss it" show that blends youth and experience and musical and vocal virtuosity with the kind of humor and staging that Coffee Gallery audiences love. The raves and ovations from their recent full show demanded an encore engagement with new numbers.

Showmanship and style way beyond their years have made the LICATA BROTHERS the Coffee Gallery's hottest young talents, and earned them headliner status and then some. They were discovered right here at the Gallery 5 years ago, and have honed and sculpted their talents into becoming our most exciting new young act. Come see what the fuss is all about, as they take you through over seven decades of American music, from 20's to 90's, from Cab Calloway through Texas Swing the Beatles through the Stray Cats, with some of your favorite folk and jazz standards as well. Tango anyone? Sinatra? You will hear echoes of the Everly Brothers in their beautiful vocal delivery.

Gallery audiences are not the only firm believers in the Licata talents, as you can count renowned bassist CHAD WATSON, (with John York of the Byrds and Barry McGuire), who will be supplying bass and even some trombone chops to the evening's sound.

THE BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS, featuring the Coffee Gallery's own back up to Bob Stane, DUANE THORIN, plus the vocal and instrumental wonder, MICHAEL PUCCINI, are reunited after five years, and back to their show stopping tricks. Their one of a kind vocal blend of deep rich baritone harmonies that may range up to sweet operatic tenor add to an exotic blend of instrumentation to create a unique musical experience that justifies the term Bohemian. Indian Tablas, Brazilian Pan Pipes and the Armenian Daduk pipe add spice to the six and twelve string guitars of  the Soul Rustlers, (also backed by Chad Watson). But what you may remember most is laughing out loud and possibly rolling on the floor with the funny off the cuff impressions the RUSTLERS are known for inserting into their well crafted shows. Hear classics from Hammerstein to Cream to American Gospel presented with a lyrical beauty that wins hearts and lifts spirits. They have some surprising new material for this performance.

Expect a grand finale of joined talents at the end, expect to sing along, and pick up the new LICATA BROTHERS four song CD after the show.

December 2015
Thursday December 3 8:00 P.M. $18

SALTY SUITES with super special guest act, LEANNE TALLIS.

This is an outstanding show folks, grab it.

SALTY SUITES ....played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don't miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. Oh, stop it!

THE SALTY SUITES... get better and better every time they headline at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Exciting, inspiring and a fine show of wonderful music and wit. Good for the eyes, good for the ears. Just the right seasoning. Returning to the scene of the crime will be those merry makers of music and mirth, That's right The Salty Suites. This time they they bring with them riches... not from the orient or strange lands, but from the recording studio. That's right folks, the NEW CD HAS ARRIVED! Fresh off the presses, the Suites bring you their 3rd Recorded project, "We All Go Down Together". They will have plenty of these flat round discs for your listening pleasure. The Salty Suites are Scott Gates on Mandolin, The lovely Chelsea Williams on Guitar and the also stunningly rugged Chuck Hailes on Bass, all on vocals and high on energy, this band will leave you smiling and wanting more. Come have a coffee, a tasty snack and settle in for a night of great music. Come lend us your ears!



LEANNE TALLIS who hails from Los Angeles, but has called San Francisco her home for the last five years. After a brief stint in London studying musical theatre, she moved back to the Bay Area and began writing her own music. 2014 saw the release of her first EP, Smoke and Mirrors, recorded with her father at her family home. She is inspired by simple music with meaningful words


Friday December 4 8:00 P.M. $18 OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND

Web Site Address: http://ombbmusic.wix.com/ombb

OTHER MOTHER BROTHER BAND is a five-piece eclectic instrumental jam band based out of  Los Angeles. Consisting of  Jesse Selwyn on guitar, Colin Gerowitz on keyboards, Brian Levine on bass, Doug Birmingham on drums and Jonathan Schwartz on mandolin, OMBB weaves together influences from bluegrass, Latin jazz, reggae, rock, funk and classical music to paint sonic landscapes that have delighted audiences from here to Colorado. With an improvisational format borrowed from the classic jazz tradition, each of their five stellar musicians gets their chance to shine in the spotlight, and no two shows are alike. Warning: side effects may include giggles of joy and spontaneous dancing. Ask your doctor if OMBB is right for you. If you get the all clear, just know that OMBB is collectively thrilled to be making their Coffee Gallery debut. Here's your chance to discover LA's best-kept musical secret in the type of intimate setting that always brings out their best!

Now with over 200 live performances under their belts, and a brand new self-produced CD (and accompanying promo videos) scheduled for release by the end of the year, OMBB is poised to break big, aiming to conquer the California bluegrass festival circuit in 2016. They have already achieved the near-impossible, earning enough money playing in Los Angeles to finance their own recording despite playing only instrumental music that they have composed or is by some of the other artists that they admire most: Bela Fleck, David Grisman, and Sam Bush, to name a few. Borrowing classic jazz' improvisational format, OMBB creates a unique and cohesive performance every time they take the stage, and each stellar musician gets his turn in the spotlight. Although their unique style, which weaves together influences from bluegrass, latin jazz, reggae, funk, rock and classical music, currently has no recognized name, it is, above all, new American music that has something exciting to offer to all serious music lovers.

Saturday December 5 7PM $20
Sunday December 6 7:00 P.M. $18




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” - at least not in the Southern California area of the Western Hemisphere.

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, to yes, even Led Zeppelin and Dolly Parton.

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!


BRIT RODRIGUEZ....is known for her soulful, smoky voice that beautifully contrasts with the bright, colorful sound of her ukulele. As a musician, she is known for her lyrical content and melodic prowess. Brit is a hybrid of the raw, youthful energy of today and the great soul and folk divas of the past.

This show will sell out. It always has at The Coffee Gallery Backstage and it always will. You must phone for reservations in plenty of time.

Photo By...Sherry Barnett




reunites Riders Mike Ley on bass and vocals (Nobody Kisses Their Horse Anymore), Evan Marshall on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals (solo mandolin / Billy Tell Overture), Doug Livingston on steel guitar and piano (studio and touring great), and Steve Swartout on drums. Karen Mitchell fronts the show, featuring her dynamic soulful renditions of At Last, Cowboy's Sweetheart, Mambo Italiano, and So Many Men. She will lead the group through a variety of  Classical, Western, Italian, and American Classics, for a wonderful evening of intimate top-notch entertainment.


We welcome you to our first show!


NATHAN & JESSIE....gypsie blues. A trio of traveling minstrels performing all original music inspired by gypsy jazz and blues music. The sound of  two resonator guitars, upright bass, and the accordion tell the dynamic stories of their travels through the magic of music. The chemistry between the three is electric and every show is buzzing with energy and magic. After spending the last year traveling the world, playing their music in France, Spain, Netherlands, and Mexico, Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith return to California for a tour in their home state accompanied by their rhythm driving upright bass player, Trevor Mulvey. Nathan's eclectic
accordion and virtuoso guitar improvisation along with Jessie's jazzy sweet vocals and rhythm guitar. It’s love and life in song and strings.


The Honolulu Avenue Strummers Present "Christmas Ukulele,” While their name may sound like they come from Hawaii, The Honolulu Avenue Strummers were born from a monthly ukulele jam held along Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, California.

They made their debut in the Montrose Christmas Parade, and have since participated in events such as La Canada Fiesta Days, the Lanterman House Summer Whites Picnic, Night on Broadway, McGroarty Arts Center's Fourth Friday concert series and numerous community Farmers Markets.

Playing a wide variety of music, from Oldies to Modern, from Bluegrass to Hawiian, The Honolulu Avenue Strummers are dedicated to presenting the ukulele as a versatile instrument that lends itself to numerous musical genres. Sit back and enjoy, and we invite you to sing along if you are so inspired!
This time there will be a Christmas theme along with other 4 stringed goodies.


Chauncey Bowers
Hot off the release of his debut CD, Rumors Of Reason, Chauncey Bowers is a man on a mission. His career path from assistant “repo man” to Harvard-educated scientist made an unlikely turn to the folk music circuit. Often compared to John Prine or Randy Newman, his barbed humor and explosive songwriting lights up any audience with whom his songs come in contact.
"His songs make listeners think, and feel, and laugh – but the laughter has bite.”
—Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly
"Chauncey Bowers is a world class songwriter, musician and performer... A Hidden Treasure"
—Tracy Newman (Emmy Award winner)

“One of the most original writers on the Los Angeles songwriter scene.”
— Bill Berry, Songwriter’s Square


DAVID SERBY knows his songbook is a bit intense with its inventory of heartache, desperation and sordid surrenders. There's just not much he can do about it. "There aren’t a lot of happy endings in my songs, I know that, and I've tried to find some. But like a lot of folks, in my life the most memorable things that have happened to me were the saddest. There's tremendous feeling in the bad things - That's what I end up coming back to, and that’s what I end up singing about.”

There are plenty of bad things in the lyrics but the music itself has been quite kind to Serby, who lives in Southern California and walks in line with L.A.'s long history of big-city troubadours who shuffle down urban sidewalks wearing rural boots. There's plenty of 1960s Bakersfield in his sound, as well as healthy doses of Dave Alvin and John Doe, but his genre--like his life story--defies tidy cataloging. Serby's path has been a vagabond affair and no surprise his music favors rootless characters and tumbleweed hearts.

David was adopted by the Serby family and soon was playing by the creeks and cornfields of Illinois on the banks of the Fox River in a small town called Yorkville. By seventh grade, the family moved to Orange County, but instead of the posh coastal enclaves that the county name now conjures up, he was living in Placentia, a drab inland town where rows of look-alike tract homes were quickly replacing rows of orange trees. The city's name, by the way, comes from the Latin for "a pleasant place to live." Serby says “pleasant” just about nails it. "There's not a lot to the place and what there is, well, it’s about eighteen shades of beige.”

He started playing at backyard parties in Long Beach and, scribbling lyrics, eventually worked up his nerve to try some open mike nights. "I was scared out of my mind, no joke. I had tunnel vision, everything started to go dark. I was so nervous. But I made it through and did it again and again." Eventually, he made it to Billy Block’s Western Beat show at Highland Grounds and then to a local circuit of clubs where the pay usually included a free round of drinks. He picked up some fans and supporters, none more important than veteran player Ed Tree, who became Serby's bandleader and guide to this new amplified life. In 2004, Tree also guided Serby during his first recording sessions.

THe also listens to the music of peers and searches their work for lessons. There's one, though, that still eludes him. "I’ve got this friend, he writes these great songs about his happy memories and all the good things, and he plays these really upbeat numbers in his show. It's great, it really is. I just don't know how he does it.”

Saturday December 12 2:00 P.M. (MATINEE). $15. KIDS $8.00.











The Annual.... Coffee Gallery Backstage


A Great Buffet of  Coffee Gallery talent. Watch for that big full stage finale!

Four pairs of our favorite musical talents will entertain you with true holiday zest, performing their top material, plus wonderful seasonal favorites. And you will want to to grab a plate and sample the always wonderful food Mama Licata, a Peruvian native, brings to the full pot luck Buffet table. Other friends and family bring dishes as well, as you can if you like, so it is a diverse and tasty experience. Bob Stane always brings his appetite, and crashes the front of the line, so come early. (doors open at 1:30)

Admission is just $15, so if you come early to eat, bring a dish, or simply dine with us and add a small donation to the buffet table tip jar. ( Do not bring beverages...those are available at the Gallery's drink counter)

The LICATA BROTHERS, the Gallery's newest and youngest headliners, will thrill you with their showmanship, musicianship, and artful and entertaining sets of music spanning many decades, (7?), of great American music that you love.

THE BOHEMIAN SOUL RUSTLERS bring virtuoso vocal chops and arrangements to material ranging from from Hammerstein to Henley, from Gospel to Classic Rock to Classical arias. And a wicked sense of humor and surprise envelopes the entire performance.

CHAD WATSON and PAM LOE are favorite husband and wife team who will be preparing some great seasonal music to spice this show. CHAD, our bass man and trombonist for the show, is known to you for his work with John York and also Barry MacGuire, and will blend his voice in duet with the gorgeous voice of Pam Loe.

CARBE DURAND, is Lisa Carbe and JP Durand, the dynamic duo couple that is known to throngs here at the gallery for anchoring the fabulous instrumental Latin fusion guitar trio/quartet/quintet INCENDIO, with Jim Stubblefield, that is a favorite here and nationwide. Expect blazing strings to set the Yule log afire.

These acts are all good friends to the point of family, so expect a ton of fun and laughs, and simply come and be part of the FAMILY with us this Saturday Afternoon.


SATURDAY December 12 7:00 P.M. $18 Two Headliner Night. Double Delights for cheap.
THE HONEY WHISKEY TRIO plus their friends,
Young, fresh, talented and fun.  Fab music, ready wit and they look great. Wallow in it.

HONEY WHISKEY TRIO....2013 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their full harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences, earning them such honors as the Audience Favorite awards at both the Regional and National Harmony Sweepstakes.
These storytellers in song found their roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to fit each song, be it bluegrass, folk or even the occasional Andrews Sisters style tune.
Visit www.honeywhiskeytrio.com to learn more about the trio--Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss & Christina Wilson--and listen to some of their arrangements. Plus.

SALTY SUITES...always a hit at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Come and share a night with the Salty Suites, Those young acoustic critters who love to play and sing for you. They will be playing and singing their originals and classics .! The Salty Suites, Chuck Hailes, Chelsea Williams and Oh yeah, Scott Gates return to the scene of the crime to play hard, sing sweet and rock long at the house of Java...

SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. and evening show at 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. $25 per show.

THE LONG RUN - Experience The Eagles


On Sunday, December 13 The Long Run returns to the Coffee Gallery with their signature Eagles UNPlugged holiday acoustic show. “We love playing these great songs on acoustic guitars in an intimate setting, and there’s no better place and no better audience than at The Coffee Gallery Backstage."

Jim & Gig Talk About the Acoustic Show

See The Long Run Live


A lot has happened for THE LONG RUN (TLR) since their last appearance on our stage back in December of 2013.
They’ve more than doubled their annual travel schedule to include a great many cities and venues new to the band,
meeting thousands of Eagles fans across the country and making friends along the journey.

TLR is renown for their instrumental and vocal accuracy blended with their own, unique personality and infectious fun.

Singled out by Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest and Katie Daryl as the finest Eagles tribute show working today TLR was
privileged to perform a 90 minute concert for AXS-TV’s hit series, “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” which was
broadcast live to millions of viewers on five continents. The response was so good and ratings so high that the group
was invited back for an un-precidented encore performance.

Just last fall The Long Run debuted their brand new theatrical concert production entitled Dark Desert Highway.
Fully-staged on a specially designed set with spectacular, atmospheric lighting the show ran for two weeks at the
beautiful Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, CA playing to full houses every performance.

On Sunday, December 13 The Long Run returns to the Coffee Gallery with their signature Eagles UNPlugged holiday
acoustic show. “We love playing these great songs on acoustic guitars in an intimate setting, and there’s no better place
and no better audience than at the Coffee Gallery Backstage."

Jim & Gig Talk About the Acoustic Show

See The Long Run Live



Sunday December 13 7:00 P.M. $18



JIM 'KIMO' WEST and his CHRISTMAS LUAU. The Christmas Show packed with dancers, singers and slack key pickers and maybe a ukulele fandango and more, Much More.

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

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 CD’s, Kimo’s slack key artistry brings the essence of the islands to holiday classics, traditional Hawaiian folk music and hapa haole standards.

Joining Kimo will be vocalist Diana Tanaka and traditional hula dancers. Lots of Christmas in the islands guests coming up.

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.

Jim “Kimo” West is best known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Kimo’s career has seen three Grammy's, 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 O?Brien and many more.

Kimo is a 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

Monday December 14 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $18.00 (Includes a Christmas present from Will and the band!)

Reserve seats EARLY for this show! (626) 798-6236  ALL AGES!


“The Band that Won the West”! Just named “America’s Hardest Working Easy-Going Cowboy Band”! 14 December is the band’s first big Christmas show – new songs, old songs, favourite carols, sing-along classics, unusual and rarely-heard Christmas ditties. WHAT A NIGHT! A real Yuletide celebration! AND a complimentary gift from the band for the first 49 attendees!

Starring WILL RYAN, winner of  2 Gold Records, the Annie Award and BMI’s Pioneer Award, nominated for the Emmy and the Writers Guild Award, King of the Radio Cowboys and Official Singing Cowboy of Hollywood! JOHN “PRESTO” REYNOLDS - the Einstein of the Six-String! Cactus County Cowgirl “CHAPARALL KATIE” CAVERA – The Bergman of the Banjo and the Bass! And featuring Will’s talented cohorts-in-song, the Splendiferous Singing Sensation of the West; Shona, Karona & Katriona: the SAGUARO SISTERS – the Sweetest Singing West of the Great Divide! Plus: Special surprises! “Sheer joy!” ALL AGES!

“This is an Official Santa-Approved Event”

– North Pole Chamber of Commerce

Thursday December 17 8:00 P.M. $20


Join us for a special evening of music celebrating the release of the third-annual, limited-edition, international Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album! Presenting a world-class show featuring four incredible lady banjo artists and their bands - Erin Inglish (w/the Stringtown Ambassadors), Evie Ladin, The Littlest Birds (featuring Sharon Martinson), and The Small Glories (featuring Cara Luft of the Canadian super group The Wailin' Jennys). Curated by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish (expressive, sassy, dynamic banjo; lush and raw power-house vocals, award-winning songwriting), this show promises luminous musicianship, soaring harmonies and expressive style and technique on the five-string banjo from all acts! An absolute must-see show for fans of Americana music! The Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album will be available for procurement at the show.

ERIN INGLISH w/the STRINGTOWN AMBASSADORS: Erin Inglish is a tour-de-force banjo chanteuse, a thoughtful wanderer steeped in the thick of California’s music scene. Inglish’s performances proffer passionate lyricism, toe-tapping grooves, and striking reflections about the state of the modern world. Her voice is both lush and raw, and her picking style on the five-string banjo is uniquely her own… (www.erininglish.com, www.stringtownambassadors.com)

EVIE LADIN: The polyrhythmic heat of  Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010).

THE SMALL GLORIES: Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.

Friday December 18 8:00 P.M. $18 TOM MARION...who is an essential part of any group fortunate enough to have him play guitar and sing, showcases an array of stars.

TOM MARION PRESENTS...Tom Marion presents and Kate Fredricks & The Boot Leg Baloney Duo, (Music, Songs & Comedy), Frank Fairfield, with banjo & songs With guest artist Mereidith Axelrod... a fine, uncanny singer and a multi-instrumentalist with great rhythmic drive and a sure grasp of early jazz, rural blues and the many pop music genres of the early 20th century, learned from a deep immersion in old 78s.

As a solo artist, Meredith has headlined her own shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, opened for the Cheap Suit Serenaders at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, opened for David Bromberg at the Sweetwater Music Hall, and toured as far as Australia and New Zealand. ANDY CORWIN, from The Limeliters, will be joining Kate Fredricks for several songs of fun.

And other special guests! Including Tom Marion! Zack Sololow of the pop/folk group, The Americans.

All around country, fine fiddle & guitar. So good, so fine, so funny where it is supposed to be humorous.

Frank Fairfield is sustaining a tradition on old time fiddle, guitar and banjo, that’s long teetered on the verge of extinction. He also helps us to remember something atavistic in the marrow of our bones, some whisper from vanished prewar, pre-interstate days, when regionalism reigned, and personal communication, gestures, movements, and music were restricted to the limitations of our eyes. But it’s about more than that: It’s about doing what feels right. Frank Fairfield’s music feels right.

"This daring, darling duo of multi-instrumentalist jokesters, Bootleg Baloney, share with you only the very best songs in the History of the World.


You know Andy Corwin from The Limeliters, The Foremen, "actual size", and his side-splitting solo act. You no doubt have seen Kate Friedricks perform at the Coffee Gallery with her vintage Tiki trio, The Honey-Lulus. There will be Musical Saw."


Chicago native Meredith Axelrod loves early twentieth century music, including ragtime and jug band music. She learned to sing from listening to how folks did it a century ago, via cylinders and 78 rpm records.

As a singer, she has performed with Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks at the San Francisco Jugband Festival, and with Lavay Smith at San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, and with Devine's Jug Band.


Saturday December 19 7:00P.M. $20 Once the room is full (sold out), by reservations, there will be no more seating. There are safety factors (fire marshall) and the room will not stretch. No exceptions. Call now or weep later.

THE ENTERPRISE BLUES BAND was formed by the three actors Vaughn Armstrong, Steve Rankin and Casey Biggs who between them have played over 20 different characters on all of the various television series of Star Trek. With Vaughn on harmonica, ukulele and an occasional kazoo, Steve on mandolin and guitar, and Casey on guitar, they play what they refer to as Intergalactic Roots Music. Performing at Star Trek Conventions in Australia, Europe, Canada and the US and via Internet and Star Trek Radio, their music has been heard all over the world. Their concerts are always sold out (as will this show) and are one of the biggest highlights of the conventions delighting fans everywhere.

If you are a Trekkie, this appearance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a rare one that should not be missed. And even if you are not a Trekkie, the music is irresistible. Opening with her wry sense of humor is stand up comedian Chris Edsey.
The Enterprise Blues Band will be joined by Fred Sanders on bass. And as it is with most EBB performances, the evening might include surprise guests. You just don't know who might be Beamed Up to play along with the boys. So come on out and enjoy the space ride and Live Long and Prosper!
SUNDAY Dec 20 3:00 P.M. MATINEE $20 Taylor Made Unplugged!

Join Taylor Made for an entertaining and uplifting performance 'Unplugged' at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. If you've enjoyed Taylor Made before (and even if you haven't), you'll love this acoustic only version of the band. Stripped down to their basics, with acoustic instruments and rich vocals, this is how we imagine these songs sounded as they were originally created. And we'll throw in a few holiday favorites for your listening pleasure!

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 Backstage, 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.

So come on out to Backstage at the Coffee Gallery on Sunday December 20 at 3:00 and ring in the holidays with Taylor Made.

Sunday December 20 7:00 P.M. $20 BIG DADDY IS BACK!

On the heels of “Smashing Songs of Stage & Screen,” their first album in nearly 15 years, “Big Daddy, The Band of ‘59” is back. This Coffee Gallery show will be the band’s first live performance since the mid- 90’s!

From 1983 to 1994, Big Daddy roamed the Rock & Roll landscape foraging for the hit songs of the day, plucking them from the charts, chewing them up, digesting them and then spitting them back out, never to sound the same. Though the lyrics and melodies were virtually unchanged, the songs sounded as if they had been written and recorded in the golden age of Rock & Roll…the 1950’s. Today, this type of song reworking is called a “Mash Up” and Big Daddy is now credited as The Mash Up Kings of Rockabilly, DooWop, R & B, & Pop…if it’s from the 50’s, Big Daddy is all over it.

Randy Lewis said it best in his 2012 L.A. Times article on the band:

“More than a gimmick, Big Daddy created new takes on Pop and Rock songs that were consistently inspired, illuminating and often hilarious.”
- Randy Lewis, L.A. Times, 10-4-12.

The band his released six studio albums and countless other recordings, including their 1985 top 20 UK hit, “Dancing In The Dark”…a send up of the Bruce Springsteen classic. Their 1992 “Sgt. Pepper’s” tribute album continues to receive consistent radio airplay on SiriusXM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.”

From London’s Wembley Arena (with Gary Glitter) to Germany and Australia, Big Daddy has preached… “50’s music is still cool.” Their US shows at The Universal Amphitheatre (with Jay Leno), New York’s The Bottom Line, The Palomino, The Groundlings Theatre and Pasadena’s own Ice House have all seen Big Daddy spread their joyful irreverence. Altadena is the first stop on a new chapter of their journey! Don’t miss it!

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