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                                         For Bookings (Entertainers/Musicians) call: (626) 794-2902                                        

 

April 2015
Saturday April 25 7:00 P.M. $20 TAYLOR MADE, The James Taylor Tribute Band, consists of a group of musicians who are dedicated to bringing the uplifting, soulful and memorable sounds of the legendary singer-songwriter to be enjoyed in any setting. Paying close attention to the details of each song, we have crafted a sound that captures the live and recorded experience of  listening to James Taylor in concert. The next best thing to JT himself!

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

Whether you are listening to the full band or the "unplugged" version you will be hearing classic JT tunes like Fire and Rain, Mexico and Shower the People, or his famous cover tunes like You've Got A Friend and How Sweet It Is. We believe you will close your eyes and marvel at the way Taylor Made brings the music of  James Taylor and his band to life!

Sunday April 26 2:00 P.M. $20 An All Star Tribute Show!

The Hits of AMERICA & CCR on One Stage in One Afternoon!

 

It's taken a full year to arrange the return of this dynamic double-bill but we've finally gotten all the calendars to line up! The Coffee Gallery is proud to welcome back

A BAND WITH NO NAME and FORTUNATE SON in their all-acoustic concert showcasing the greatest hits of two iconic bands of the late 60s and early 70s; America and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

A BAND WITH NO NAME recreates a slice of one of America's favorite annual stops along their tour; the intimate acoustic shows at Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, Missouri.J
Jim Wootten, Gary Grantham and Chris Sobkowich, all members of the nationally-touring Eagles tribute show The Long Run, slip into the guises of  Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell
and Dan Peek
respectively to render such beloved songs as Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross The River, I Need You, Horse With No Name, Lonely People and more. Trent Stroh, one of L.A.'s first-call studio and stage musicians as well as former America touring bass player, lends his instrumental mastery and sweet voice to the mix to help create an authentic sound that will take you back to a time when the air waves were filled with great writing and vocal harmony.

FORTUNATE SON is the nation's #1 tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Led by Brad Ford as John Fogerty Fortunate Son embodies CCR and delivers a visceral concert experience, faithful to the music and always served up with warm personality and a sense of humor. You'll hear classic favorites like Down On The Corner, Green River, Born On The Bayou, Suzy Q, Who'll Stop The Rain, Proud Mary and many more.

As a testiment to the musicianship and performership making up this steller presentation, each of these eight musicians has been featured on AXS-TV's hit series The World's Greatest Tribute Bands performing as members of four, specially selected bands.

Last year, here at the Gallery, this show sold out two performances to multiple standing ovations. This year we could wrangle one show only so reserve your seats RIGHT NOW!

Sunday April 26 7:00 P.M. $18

JIM “KIMO” WEST.... Slack Key Hawaiian Guitar. Guest: MARINA V.


Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist, Jim “Kimo” West returns to The Coffee Gallery Backstage with special guests Adam Werner on guitar, Marina V. and Diana Tanaka on vocals. Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world?s most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Their recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” recently debuted at #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy ( and Al has been known to make surprise guest appearances at Kimo’s shows)

Recognized as one of the world’s top Hawaiian “slack key” guitarists, KImo brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. The “nahenahe” or gentle sound of ki ho’alu as it is known in Hawaii is heard throughout the recent Oscar-nominated film, “The Descendants”. His use of multiple tunings , including many of his own invention and his fluid technique, give Kimo a unique and identifiable sound and his playing literally transports the listener to the islands of Hawaii, a place of great natural beauty where people remain highly connected to the “aina” or land.
He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasure Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu.
Kimo performs at the slack key guitar festivals in Hawaii and most recently as a featured performer at the Southern California Slack Key Festival. His playing has been featured in a number of films, TV spots, the Disney Channel and NPR.
Also featured will be traditional hula, a storytelling art form that dates back many centuries in Hawaiian culture.

Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. The “nahenahe”sound of “ki ho’alu” as it is known in Hawaii is heard throughout the recent Oscar- nominated film, “The Descendants”.
Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world’s most successful musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic contributing his talents to many Grammy-winning CD’s, tours as well as performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR and many others.


He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano ( the Hawaiian “Grammy” ) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu.  “West's knowledge of slack-key guitar is vividly expressed in both his keen performances of covers as well as his own dynamite songwriting. .... “Maui Skies," a West original, is as evocative as its title promises; the liquid flow of  West's guitar achieves that perfect balance of caressing the ears while awakening the mind to pictures of blankets of clouds hovering over a bed of blue ocean.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ 12/2011
“His mastery of slack-key guitar, as prominently displayed on this record, is not just fueled by technical precision but also depth of emotion. For example, "Maui Skies" is poetry set to music; it is bursting alive with the constant evolution and vibrant colors of nature, its soothing textures caressing the heart and lighting fire to the soul.” JAZZ CORNER 2/2012

"Jim Kimo West’s new recording continues his Slack Key explorations in his unique and beautiful style, and in various tunings, including two of his own invention, further accentuating his own sound" -- GEORGE WINSTON pianist/ guitarist.

 

Jim West Guitarist and Composer www.jimkimowest.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/jimkimowest


With the enchanting songstress from Moscow, Russia. MARINA V.

Kimo has invited some very special guests including vocalist Diana Tanaka, Russian singer Marina V. and guitarist Adam Werner, whose new tune, "Kealia Sunrise" features Kimo on slack key. There will be some great hula, too! All the info is here.
Kimo is also known as long-time guitarist for the world?s most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Their recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” recently debuted at #1 on Billboard and won a Grammy ( and Al has been known to make surprise guest appearances at Kimo’s shows)


MARINA V is an award-winning Russian-American singer/pianist/songwriter with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice (L.A. Times) and "melodic and passionate music" (The Washington Post).
Marina writes and performs with her co-writer/husband, Nick Baker. They recently received an award from Sir Bob Geldof in London for their song, You Make Me Beautiful (as heard on CBS's THE GOOD WIFE).

Monday April 27 8:00 P.M. $18 INTUITIVE COMPASS and HOT DAMN SCANDAL...tear it up like a musical barroom brawl. But in a family way. It will be good.
Just read about them and keep the faith. You will be wide awake during the whole show.

INTUITIVE COMPASS...
Jason O’Dea ~ Aurelia Cohen ~ Theo Cohen-O’Dea Original Vaudevillian Folk.
Hailing from the mountains of  Southern Oregon, Intuitive Compass is a family folk band unlike any other. Jason and Aurelia’s accordion-guitar duets are enhanced by a small foot operated drum kit. Drawing from a rich personal history of travel their original songs send the listener back to an earlier time, invoking the music halls of yesteryear. The duo often becomes a trio as their son Theo joins them onstage playing his tiny banjo and stomping his feet in time to the music.


"...you might feel like you’ve been sent back to the early 20th century...." - Boulder Weekly
“Jason O’dea and Aurelia Cohen are the essence of the nomadic soul.” - VolumeOne.org
“...they will blow your mind! Something old and something new...” - Examiner.com

 

Website: www.intuitive-compass.com

 

 

 

 

 

HOT DAMN SCANDAL...

plays 'Tipsy American Gypsy Blues' – a mix of outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, ragtime sea-shanties, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and the occasional tender love song. If  Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, and Mississippi John Hurt had met in a New Orleans carnival, stayed up all night under a bridge writing songs, and decided to form a band, the results might sound something like Hot Damn Scandal.
Review:
“Hot Damn Scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” - Scott Casey, What's Up Magazine

Featured performances:
Subdued Stringband Jamboree, Bellingham, WA 2012, 2013, 2014 (headlining in 2013 and 2014, to a crowd of over 1000)
Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA 2012, 2013, 2014
Juan De Fuca Festival, Port Angeles, WA 2014
Sh'Bang Festival, Alger, WA, 2012, 2013, 2014 (headlining 2013 & 2014)
Inflammable Circus, Bellingham, WA, 2014 - featured band to which all circus performances were choreographed.
New Old Time Chataqua, Bellingham, WA 2013

Wednesday April 29 8:00 P.M. $15 Jordan Sollitto & Jose Prieto bring their totally unique genre blend back to the Coffee Gallery Backstage for one show only. Classically trained in his native Madrid, Prieto has composed and produced for television as well as performing with Grammy-winner Jon Secada, Chayanne and others. His nylon string stylings suggest something of the Flamenco, but bring a subtle and smooth hint of  jazz to arrangements that defy simple categorization. Self taught and hailing from Ohio, Sollitto has performed his original country and folk repertoire alongside The Desert Rose Band’s Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson. No less an authority than Pedersen has praised his songwriting as “Classic, honest and inspired.” They’ve delighted full houses here at the Coffee Gallery during every one of their very infrequent visits…don’t miss it this time..

 

Thursday April 30 8:00 P.M. $20

JOHN YORK....Billy Darnell & Chad Watson, (The Jangle Brothers)...

 

formerly known asThe Byrds & Beyond.....with Billy Darnell & Chad Watson. 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.

May 2015
Friday May 1

5 P.M. Matinee

 

8:00 P.M. (sold out)

$18. (may be sold out- Reserve now).

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.

 

DIANE IRELAND will be in both shows playing flute.

SATURDAY MAY 2 7:00 P.M. $20

BOB STANE SAYS TO HIS BELOVED PATRONS OF THE ARTS....Incendio now fills every show and every seat. I do not like to send you away with "sorry, sold out" ringing in your ears. Call now. You know I like you and want you so let us not pretend. Use the electric telephone now.

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


Their latest summer 2013 release, "The Shape of Dreams" has been hitting #1 on the Amazon.com mp3 charts since its release and is playing on radio stations across the US, as well as Pandora and Spotify. INCENDIO is Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar). This evening the group will be joined by drummer Tim Curle. incendioband.com

 

Sunday May 3 3pm $15

STORY CHICKS...the storytelling duo of CE Jordan and Terri MartinLujan, present another chapter in the saga of girls at serious play in rural 1950’s and 60’s America. Their newest show, ‘Natural Disasters: An Ode to Boo-Boos’ will debut at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

This rollicking new show is a collection of true tales about the trouble we get into, the aches and pains we suffer, simply by being a kid. It is an affectionate look at neighbors, siblings, cousins, Blue Birds, and the numerous scrapes, bruises and busted heads we all get when we play for keeps. These gals find humor and tenderness is almost any kid’s tale, and they stage their epics in ways to delight the eye and tug at the heartstrings (with a wince or two here and there).

Both CE (from California) and Terri (from Texas) have backgrounds in dance, theatre, design, writing and teaching. Their collective energy and talent bring audiences back for more of their new and amazing true tales. Other full-length Story Chicks productions are ‘A Tale of Two Cowgirls: Texas to California’ and ‘Food For Thought: a delectable journey down memory lane’. And with ‘Natural Disasters’ it wasn’t just TV moms that did housework in their heels and full skirts. Anyone would

remember riding your bike or kicking the heck out of a kick ball while skidding on

asphalt…in a petticoat-stuffed dress and hard-soled shoes!? Get ready for the folly of

fads fifties style and other harrowing tales!! www.widget410.wix.com/story-chicks

Sunday May 3 7:30 P.M. $20

COOKING WITH JAZZ. WOW! WHAT A HOT SHOW


LAST TIME. TIM WEISBERG WAS “ENCORE SIZZLING” ALL NIGHT LONG AND CHUCK ALVAREZ SENT THE VOCALS THROUGH THE ROOF. THE REST OF THE BAND SHOWED THEY WERE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. A NIGHT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL FOLKS WOULD HAVE ENVIED. Super gig.


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

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

Weisberg has performed with David Benoit, The Carpenters, Dave Mason, Lynn Blessing, David Arkenstone, and Samantha Siva.
Check him out: http://timweisberg.com

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

THURSDAY May 7 8:00 P.M. $15

THE LITTLEST BIRDS.....an old-time/bluegrass/folk duo, are Sharon, who wields a quiver of banjos with more dexterity than Robin Hood, and Dave, who plays his french cello like a dance with a life-long lover. Their voices blend in perfect clarity and harmony, singing songs both old and new, with a sprinkling of stories from far off countries, trials in the studio's garden, and life on the road. Classically trained, over-educated, but firmly rooted in reality, you'll connect to The Littlest Birds.


If you think you can’t be blown away by a cello & banjo duo playing old time music, think again and plan to come see The Littlest Birds. They may hail from a small mountain town in the Eastern Sierra of California, but The Littlest Birds have established themselves as the ambassadors of folk and old time music on national and international stages, and back porches, alike. Both are classically trained: Dave Heubner plays the cello and Sharon Martinson plays the banjo and French horn – “think instrumental virtuosity balanced by a breezy, backwoods soul; music that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally soothing.” Tight harmonies weave together ancient songs from the mountains, and new pieces from today. This music will make you pause and rest for a moment, and remember all the good things in life; you'll walk out with a smile, and days later, when you're humming their tunes, you be smiling again. Who could ask for anything more?

“Within about eight bars of their first song, there was a stunned silence in the room, and the audience remained captivated to their last note,” Agostino said. “I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed that before. … I know of few duos that have a more unique, compelling sound.”-Tom Agostino, Folk Sessions director, Prescott, AZ

Who are The Littlest Birds? http://www.littlestbirds.net/


David Huebner, cello - David spent most of his childhood studying classical cello, but after a decade of music competitions and orchestral performences (youngest member of The Debut Orchestra, principal cellist for the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra), he gave it all up to pursue a life in the Sierra Nevada. That life consisted mostly of adventure -- It was during those long winters that he rediscovered music in his own way, playing the guitar and writing songs, and eventually, returning to his beloved cello.


Sharon Martinson, banjo - Sharon was born in the winter in the mountains of Wyoming, and her music and songs are ever inspired and shaped by her landscape, its history and her various homes. Sharon is classically trained on the French horn, performing for over two decades, most recently with the Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra. It was a gift from her grandfather that would twist her career. The old banjo sat nearly untouched under her bed in a cardboard box while she completed her doctorate in ecology. The last year of her studies, she heard a banjo being played clawhammer style and was inspired to pick up the instrument. While working on a climate change project at Oregon State University and the Univerisity of California--Santa Cruz, she performed with many musicians and accumulated banjos like some people take in stray cats (Sharon plays a Seth Kimmel custom fretless banjo, an 1800’s Nelson, a plantation-style gourd banjo, a Recording King Madison, and the crown jewel, her dear grandpa's 1800's Washburn).

Friday May 8 Matinee @ 3:00 P.M. $15 AARUN & JONATHAN

JONATHAN TRAWICK and AARUN CARTER.
FIDDLE, NATIONAL CHAMPION and so much more.

http://www.reverbnation.com/aarunjonathan

DOWN HOME FIDDLE MAGIC. CAMPFIRE SPARKS WILL FLY. ELECTRICITY FLOWING FROM BOWS AND STRINGS. . WAGON WHEELS TEARING UP THE GROUND. THE CIDER WILL BE COLD and the devil will be watching.

National Fiddle Champion, Aarun Carter and country roots icon, Jonathan Trawick tour the country entertaining with joyous, energetic fiddle, guitar and vocal melodies. Steeped in the rich tradition of American folklore, their tunes will have your toes tappin' and your arms reachin' out to swing your sweetheart around the dance floor. As comfortable as your favorite pair of house shoes and as rhythmic as grandma's rockin' chair, Aarun and Jonathan's music will carry you to a true place of enjoyment. Listen to Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick, pure grass roots American entertainment.

FRIDAY May 8 8:00 P.M. $20

Bob Stane's comments after seeing them at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in February.
Absolutely excellent jazz. Standing ovations during the songs. Crowd loved them.
The drummer was on a Grammy CD. Magnificent musicians and an entertaining show
with personal patter. Insist the audience come.


THE TIZER TRIO.... 2011 “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee Tizer Trio will make their debut appearance on Saturday, February 7 @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage! This acclaimed world, jazz, fusion powerhouse group features an all-star lineup of musicians. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer (Down To The Bone, Special EFX), the trio also features bass legend, Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Yanni, Billy Cobham) and 2x Grammy winning Cuban drum phenom, Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdes, Michel Camilo, Juan Gabriel). TIZER has been proclaimed “A Torchbearer for a new generation of Contemporary Jazz” and has appeared on many premier venues throughout the world including; Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, Pasadena Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz, Spaghettini Jazz Club, Dubai Jazz Fest, Martinique Jazz Fest, Jarasum International Jazz Fest - S Korea and Newport Beach Jazz Fest to name a few. Tizer Trio will bring their unique blend of original, high-energy jazz to this wonderfully intimate venue for a memorable evening of live jazz not to be missed!

SATURDAY MATINEE MAY 9 3:00 P.M. TICKETS....$30 and worth every penny. "THE FIDDLER" - ALEX DEPUE

ALEX De PUE & MIGUEL DeHOYA.....beyond anything you would imagine.

Bob Stane says: All I can do is give you my comments after his last (of 2 appearances) on
the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage
. In red.

Beyond Fantastic. I doubt I will ever have a finer violinist/fiddler on my stage.
Bob Stane says: Alex DePue and Miguel DeHoyos. From all over the world to absolutely stun you.
They get an encore when they take an intermission. What !!!! Standing encores. The audience just will not let them off the stage. This is an amazing, witty show of extreme instrumental talent. Oh, yes it is a 3:00 P.M. show start this time.. 3:00 P.M. Saturday, May 9. Call now. One of the best shows you will ever see for $30. It should be triple that price.

This is more than a show. It is an event. This is their third time in. Bob Stane says, "I would have them once per week if we could arrange it."

Fabulous fiddle and guitar work. Bring students to show how it is to be done on stage. MIGUEL has to be the best guitarist in Mexico.

From patrons who witnessed one of the shows:
“Hi Bob. Just had to give input on last night’s amazing show. I can’t recall the last time I saw a show with such diversity. And from just two individuals. Gentle tunes that could bring a tear to the most hardened heart. Virtuoso playing. Varied genres and styles. And with such animation and humor. It was by far the best musical value my wife and I have had in…I don’t know, maybe ever.

Thanks again to you and your stellar performers, Mr. DePue and Mr. De Hoyo. We hope to catch more than a few summer shoes though the bar has been set high. Kevin and Marina.”

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Alex DePue is one of the most innovative violinists/fiddlers of our day. You can expect a jaw-dropping demonstration including all styles of violining! Having performed at NYC's Carnegie Hall by the age of 14, this performer has gone on to win numerous competitions since including the National Fiddling Championship in Winfield, KS in 1999 and again in 2005. Alex was employed as Musical Director for Capitol recording artist, Chris Cagle (Country), from 2000 to 2006 and comes to us fresh off a world tour with legendary rock guitarist, Steve Vai, beginning July of 2007. Find out more at www.myspace.com/alexdepue Also, you may search "alex depue" at www.youtube.com for examples of Mr. DePue's work!

Bob Stane Reviews: Per your request..... Alex DePew is a very well known fiddle player who is in Steve Val's big rock band. It was a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience to see a full fledged "fiddle extravaganza." There is no way to describe it. An absolute big time headliner....way too big to be in a 49 seat bistro. However, he had a great time and asked to come back.
Alex is, obviously, classically trained. He does not just play but puts on a thorough show. He has a sweet puckish sense of humor and is good looking.

This is a "class" act. Standing ovation. Not a person in the room stayed in his, or her, seat. For his first appearance here, I contracted him for a fast 35 minute show as he had a car waiting to whisk him to The Burbank Airport and a red eye to a gig in Florida. The audience would not let him off the stage and he played for about an hour. He was mobbed at the CD table after he finally got off stage. Also the nicest person you can imagine with, even, a good sense of humor off stage. We got along very well. I am convinced I will never have a finer violinist/fiddler on my stage. And what a delightful act

Also, you may search "alex depue" at www.youtube.com for examples of Mr. DePue's work! His work on Myspace has had a million hits. A million hits!!! Maybe more by now.

Plus special guitar guest:
Miguel De Hoyos is with no doubt one of most reknown and talented guitarists in Mexico. His musical elegance and virtuosity, his solo performances, continue to captivate audiences of all ages in Mexico, United States and Europe. Mr. De Hoyos is distinguished for his eclectic performances. Throughout the course of one performance one will hear a piece of XVI century Baroque music, Spaniard music, Mexican music, South American music, European music and even some killer rock and roll! These many different genres of music include original arrangements all executed with such mastery and skill you will believe the music was originally written for solo guitar! MAGNIFICENT

Saturday May 9 7:00 P.M. $20

 

Songs & Stories of  Burgan & Chan

Fifty years ago, the San Gabriel Valley folk group recently renamed WE FIVE went into the Kingston Trio's new studio in San Francisco to record their first album. One of the songs, YOU WERE ON MY MIND, became the title track and went to the top of the charts across the country finishing 1965 at #4 on the Billboard top 100 -- between "Satisfaction" and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling."

Jerry Burgan is a musician, singer, songwriter and folk historian who was a co-founder of We Five—and more recently, author of "Wounds to Bind- A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution" about the remarkable ride they took as the song became an icon of that musical era. Along with We Five alums, Debbie Burgan and Tholow Chan, they will be bringing their Songs & Stories show to the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Saturday, May 9. Jerry is a ringmaster leading the audience from dizzying heights to whisper quiet intimacy driven by three part harmony, Debbie’s amazing voice and percussion--all balanced perfectly with Tholow’s bass and humor. It’s a totally engaging and entertaining experience taking audiences to the heart of classic folk with memorable tunes that trigger an immediate sing along response, blended perfectly with some new and little known gems that leave everyone wanting more. Nobody does it better. Don't miss it.
To check out the Songs & Stories web page   GO TO: http://www.jerryburgan.com./

 

Sunday May 10 7:00 P.M. $15 MATT LAX WITH BROTHERS PAUL  AND ANTHONY (FROM I SEE HAWKS IN LA) and  KIRSTEN PROFFIT AND MANDA MOSHER OF CALICO

Matt, Paul and Anthony be performing songs from Matt Lax's new CD, This House of Mine which has some great reviews:

“This House of Mine is about souls. Lonely souls, souls that find each other, lost souls, and souls that have been kicked around. In other words, LIFE!” -Lambert Smits Keys and Chords

“The best country music title of the year may turn out to be I’m Going Out Of Her Mind, which is a burst of guitars and melody…A few plays of this and almost anyone who hears it will be wandering around singing it.” Paul Riley-Country Music People ★★★★★

“In the mold of Texas songwriters like Guy Clark, only softer and more West Marin than West Texas”-Paul Liberatore Marin Independent Journal
“Connecting directly from Lax's heart to your gut, this is a must hear for anyone that likes it ‘organic'.” Chris Spector-Midwest Record

Matt Lax (a.k.a. Lacques) grew up all over California and Texas in the 1970s, and lived in Austin, TX in the early 80’s in the prime of its songwriter heyday. Finally settling in the San Francisco area in the mid-80’s, Matt ensconced himself in the African music scene and joined the band, Zulu Spear; with whom he wrote and played for 10 years. Matt penned the band’s title song for their 1991 Capitol Records release Welcome to the USA. Matt began his solo recording career in 1998 and formed the band Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved. Their first release, Wanderer’s Dream, was an album of heartfelt torch songs with an all-acoustic lineup. In 2002 Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved released the afro-billy inspired Hurricane and Tumbleweed. In 2012 Matt and the band released Where's Bob to much critical acclaim. Matt and Nearly Beloved have just released This House of Mine, an all acoustic effort which brings them back to the heartfelt simplicity of their first album. Matt currently splits his time between playing with Zulu Spear, Nearly Beloved, and teaching at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco. He is happily married and lives in Mill Valley with his wife and 2 cats.

Paul Lacques is the principal guitarist/lap steel/ and dobro player in I See Hawks in LA. Paul Lacques, Anthony Lacques and Rob Waller were hiking in the desert and came up with the name I See Hawks In LA. They wrote and performed the first album together with the rest of  The Hawks. Anthony now has a band called Stoney Spring, and produces documentary TV shows.

Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher are both in the band Calico. They will be playing at 7 pm. to open the show.

Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher of CALICO the band are breaking it down on May 10th for a special night at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in support of  Matt Lax. This special night of music will include music from each of their solo catalogues as well as gems from their group effort, Rancho California.
*Top 25 Albums of The Year (The Alternate Root) *Top 10 Albums of the Year (Turnstyled Junkpiled) *Top 10 Albums of the Year (No Depression) *Top 8 Break Out Artists of Los Angeles (AXS.com) *The Best Albums of 2014 (Music & More)
*LA Music Awards recipient "American Album of the Year" 2014

Monday May 11 8:00 P.M. $20

FRANKIE GAVIN....

 

Guinness book of records holder as “The Fastest Fiddle Player In The World,” comes to The Coffee Gallery Backstage. on Monday night, May 11 at 8:00 P.M.. This one man show will feature Frankie on Fiddle, Viola and tin whistle. For a mere $20 one can see, and hear, FRANKIE GAVIN, a legend of the fiddle and the most famous violinist in Ireland. This time he will be joined by his brother SEAN GAVIN.
A video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRZ3RBvW68Q

Frankie Gavin with All Ireland Button Accordion Player SEAN GAVIN
Fiddle player Frankie Gavin was born in County Galway, Ireland in 1956 and is the youngest of four siblings from a musical family, with older brother Sean playing the accordion.

Frankie began playing Irish traditional music at a very young age and is largely self-taught. In 1973, at the age of seventeen, he placed first in the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Under-18 Flute Competition, both on the same day. He, along with Alec Finn, joined the iconic Irish band, De Danann, eventually recording 16 albums.

From his immersion in the traditional repertoire of the regional styles of Galway, Clare, and Sligo/Leitrim, and his study of archival 78 recordings, he maintains a vast store of tunes and a familiarity with arrangements and settings. He also has a gift for absorbing and switching between styles. "Frankie Gavin's fiddle playing is technically complex, unabashedly brilliant, and has a pronounced, driving swing which harks back to the sound of the 1920s."

His solo albums include "Croch suas e"(Gael Linn) in 1983, "Frankie Goes to Town"(Green Linnet) 1991 and his latest cd "Fierce Traditional"(Tara) which features his brother SEAN GAVIN on accordion.

Other duet/trio albums include "Irlande" in 1994 with Arty McGlynn and Dermot Byrne recorded live in France, "Jigs and jazz" 1993, a cd and video with Stephane Grapelli, "Omos do Joe Cooley"(Gael Linn) 1996 with Paul Brock and Charlie Lennon and "Traditional Music of Ireland" 1977 with Alec Finn.

He has also been in demand as a guest in the wider music community performing with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on "Wicked Angel" in 1988, The Rolling Stones "Voodoo Lounge" in 1994, and also with Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs and Yehudi Menuhin. But as with his last solo album Frankie inevitably returns to his traditional roots.

More about Frankie Gavin: http://www.allcelticmusic.com/artists/Frankie%20Gavin.html

Tuesday May 12 8:00 P.M. $20

RONNY COX SONGS, STORIES AND OUT AND OUT LIES ! WITH SOME VERY, VERY SPECIAL MUSICAL FRIENDS....


Songs, Stories and Out and Out Lies is a show featuring acclaimed musician/actor/author Ronny Cox. Scores of fans and promoters will attest it is one of the greatest evenings you can experience. With the gift of a consummate storyteller, he shares funny, sad and tender moments. His loyal band of listeners are blessed, if only for a while, to spend time with a truly remarkable man. Enhancing these great stories is the music provided by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians. Artists such as Radoslav Lorkovic, T Bruce Bowers and John Inmon complete the picture with mandolin, fiddle, accordion, piano, guitars and great voices of their own.

A look of familiarity has helped make Cox one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors. His first time in front of a camera featured him playing the guitar in the Dueling Banjos scene in “Deliverance”, creating one of the most iconic moments in the history of moviemaking. Despite his great success in movies and TV, what he says he loves most is singing and playing the guitar. According to him, nothing cuts through to the heart like music. The acting experience simply enhances his musical and song-writing skills. He knows a song has to provide a visual and tickle the listener’s imagination as he or she is taken away from everyday troubles to a laugh, a sigh and maybe a tear here and there.

For years he has been traveling America telling audiences all about his life, his career, his experiences behind the scenes of some of his films and TV shows and his philosophy. Kind of sounds like Will Rogers, doesn’t it? Well, there could be a connection. The difference is, Ronny tells a story, and then sings about it. The Songs and Stories in the title of this show are obvious. The Out and Out Lies?....that’s up to you and your audience to figure out. Which story is true? Which story is Ronny just putting out there for the fun of it? “Songs, Stories and Out and Out Lies” is a family experience like no other.

I have found very few artists that have such a compelling natural ability to engage an audience quicker than Ronny Cox. His warm and amiable nature is genuinely cordial, and a seasoned complement to his musical performance....Ron Jewell. Director, Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center, Bartlett, Tn.


Jane Gates, ED of the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Ks attests: “We had a wonderful evening here with Ronny Cox. He is such a wonderful storyteller and musician who has an exceptional way of connecting with his audience. I can’t ever remember an artist that was so gracious about welcoming the people coming in for his show. For his show here we had our audience sit on stage with Ronny. He deserves some credit also for helping us with this rather new idea here – it reminded me of a house concert and we plan to do this again. Ronny also brought fabulous musicians with him. I look forward to having Ronny back at the Stiefel.”

And Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe writes: “He played slithery corporate snakes in “RoboCop” and “Total Recall”; but as a singer- songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix o f witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems..."

Wednesday May 13 8:00 P.M. $15 STEVE & ELLEN STAPENHORST...with a never ending cast of musical friends

Guitar, banjo and fiddle in hand, Ellen Stapenhorst returns to Southern California with her uplifting original music, humor and a love of  bringing people together. From the LA coffee houses of the ’60’s to castles on the Rhine, concert halls in Europe and the Caribbean, and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Ellen brings a joyful intimacy to every venue. Across the airwaves, Ellen’s “Traveler” rode LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years, and “Grand Junction” hit the jackpot . . . being featured on NPR’s Car Talk! Rumors abound that her ”Fundamental Problem” may lead to an outbreak of world peace and understanding. Ellen’s working on her fifth CD of original songs, always a mix of personal tales that touch the heart and the spirit and make us smile and laugh in the process.

Brother Steve Stapenhorst, an actor with long credits in TV and film, including Mad Men, Dexter and West Wing, adds his ever-fluid guitar, harmonies in the right place, a song or two from his soul and sibling banter that can only surface after their hundreds of years of performing together . . . more or less. They were both in the eclectic Aspen-based band, Tanglefoot, that toured nationally and recorded in the ’70’s. They have shared the stage John Denver, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Buffy Ste. Marie, John Stewart, Shawn Colvin and Frankie Valle among many others.

An evening of favorites, new songs, and always some surprises. www.ellenstapenhorst.net

Thursday night May 14 8:00 P.M. $18 SANDY CASH & GARY STOCKDALE...Two great entertainers will be sharing the stage on Thursday night, May 14th.

From the Midwest to the Middle East – that’s the route traveled by American-born singer-songwriter SANDY CASH. Now living in Israel, Sandy is a musical storyteller whose thoughtful – and theatrical – performance style is rooted in the songs on which she grew up back in her native Detroit. At the same time, Sandy’s original songs offer a penetrating look into the world in which she has chosen to make her home. Drawing deeply from the well of history while holding up a mirror to the politics of the present day, Sandy’s writing also embraces universal themes: the sustaining love of family, a commitment to community, and – oh, so important in this part of the world! – a healthy sense of humor. Sandy’s latest disc, “Voices From the Other Side” was named one of the best folk releases of 2012 by the NPR-syndicated radio show The Back Porch.

GARY STOCKDALE is a busy songwriter and performer who is also a 2-time EMMY-nominated composer. Fresh out of college, Gary met Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, under whose mentorship Gary learned the craft of film music composition. In addition to his many TV and film projects, Gary has been the main composer for the “Bad Boys of Magic,” Penn & Teller since 1990 and is co-writer of the irreverent adult musical BUKOWSICAL!, which opened at the New York Fringe Festival in 2007. Gary’s latest CD “Sure Of  Mice Elf” has become an indy favorite, and he’s been playing various comedy and music venues all over California and beyond.
Friday May 15 8:00 P.M. $18 Last time @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage
they packed the room with dancers and players. They are legends, expert musicians and funny performers. Will sell out again.

DAVID BREWER & REBECCA LOMNICKY
www.rebeccalomnicky.com
www.davidbrewermusic.com


Scotland’s Music, United says.... Just returned from living in Scotland, duo performers David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Glenfiddich International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky will be performing captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle & bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united.
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David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky each have spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, living and studying in the highlands of Scotland, and have forged their duo in the spirit of merging these two similar but very different worlds to create a new seamless sound which is both kinetic, and full of passion. In this concert, the duo will explore this classic repertoire with fiddle, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle.

David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, Australia, has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, accompanies Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today.

Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovered Scottish fiddle music a few short years later, and in 2005 won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. Following that victory, she recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by "Dirty Linen" magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic." In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship - seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. Presently, Rebecca is studying music and anthropology at Cornell University, & the University of Edinburgh, and the duo tours the Celtic festival circuit between semesters.

Whether intricately arranged toe-tapping dance tunes, or soaring majestic airs --catch their show and you’ll leave energized.

Saturday May 16 7:00 P.M. $18

VENTUCKY STRING BAND .....

 

http://www.philvillerecords.com/Ventucky.html


We've had a fantastic past few years since last playing at the Gallery--we've since opened for Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, and Asleep at the Wheel--and performed at the 2013 Topanga Festival where you received your lifetime appreciation Award (belated congrats!)

Along with all that, we've got a national tour under our belt, and are working on our 4th studio album--and head out in a few weeks to the Florence Winter Folk Festival in Florence, OR.

Another small-world notable: we double-billed last summer at a few shows in Michigan with "Run Boy Run" who played the Coffee Gallery last spring, before heading east to meet up with us for a few shows. Great group--we had a blast performing with them at Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette, MI.

We're starting to draw well at shows along the Central Coast (our gig at Topanga in 2013 helped a bunch with an LA crowd, and our fiddle player is well connected with the Swing Dance scene in LA too), so with some good cross-promotion, I'm hoping we should be able to pack the house. Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band is reminiscent of a time when Jazz bands featured banjo, and Bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television.

Formed in late 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave White, Rick Clemens, and David Roine, blending their decades of musical experience into a sound that harkens back to the dust-bowl era of California, and the roots of the “California-Country” sound.

Where some have tried to diminish Ventura as “Ventucky,” this band sees their name not as a veiled jab at Bluegrass music or the city that brought them together— but instead as a tribute to the music and culture of the farmers, roustabouts, and cattlemen that helped grow the city during the early days of big-oil and agriculture in Ventura County.

Typical sets can vary from 1930’s Jazz standards & Bluegrass, to cowboy ballads & honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven together with original songwriting that draws inspiration from the deep well-spring of American roots music.

Thursday May 21 8:00 P.M. $20 BIG TIME JAZZ SHOW. Check it out....
GONZALO BERGARA, LEAD GUITAR.

Leah Zeger - Violin Brian Netlzey - Bass
Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Go to; http://www.gonzalobergara.com/ for sassy music samples and other nifty stuff.

GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET... 

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina Gonzalo is considered one of the best guitar players in America. You will hear a mix o f Gypsy Jazz and Latin acoustic music with melodies you will not forget. Passionate, virtuoso guitar, incredible clarinet player Rob Hardt, and a pumping rhtyhm section. After having toured the world extensively next to the John Jorgenson Quintet, native argentinian Gonzalo Bergara is presenting his new CD Porteña Soledad with glowing reviews all over the world.   Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. He arrived in America in the year 2000 and since then he has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists inlcuding Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, John Jorgenson, Howard Alden and more. His new CD Porteña Soledad was editor’s Pick on Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a Masterpiece.

 

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet is formed by Gonzalo Bergara on Lead Acoustic Guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on Rhythm Guitar, Rob Hardt on Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, and David Tranchina on Upright Bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, all the traditional Jazz and hint of his native land Buenos Aires. "Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious. And deeply moving." Gonzalo has performed all over the world inlcuding Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and all of the US. Festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Fest, Sweet and Hot Jazz fest, Django Reinhardt Fest in Germany, Suev guitar fest in Italy, Merle Fest, Strawberry Fest, all fo the Django Fests in the US and lots lots more.

Friday May 22 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. $25 per show. TWO SHOWS. TWO SHOWS FEATURING TWO HEADLINE ACTS...LOAFER'S GLORY and BRYAN BOWERS SHARING THE STAGE. TWO SHOWS. 5:00 P.M. AND 8:00 P.M.

Herb Pedersen says...."Now that Bill is ready for work, Bob Stane, the proud owner, has booked us at his Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on May 22nd.
Along with our usual lineup (Herb, Bill, Tom and Patrick), we will have the always entertaining Bryan Bowers (autoharp whiz!) opening our two shows. Yes, two shows, one at 5pm (matinee) and again at 8 pm.

Bob would like you to start buying tickets as soon as the early part of April, as it will undoubtedly sell out in a hurry. Please help Bob out here, as he's quite sensitive about preparation, seating, coffee and cheesecakes, etc. This is a joke here
Would love to see you all," Herb.

LOAFER'S GLORY & BRYAN BOWERS.......

LOAFER'S GLORY....featuring legends of pickin' & grinnin'. A unique engagement of the finest of bluegrass players. A show that will be talked about for years to come. Treat you and yours to historical fun.... Herb Pedersen is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years. Pedersen once members of the Desert Rose Band. Pedersen also fronted his own band called the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Besides this, Pedersen has also worked with the following musicians and groups: Pine Valley Boys,[1] Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Smokey Grass Boys, Old and in the Way,David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine,Jackson Browne, John Denver, John Jorgenson, and Leland Sklar. Tom Sauber, fiddle, banjo, vocals, A native of Southern California, Tom has helped bring authentic traditional music to the film industry. In 1980, along with Ry Cooder and David Lindley, he played the music for the motion picture The Long Riders. He has also appeared in Bound for Glory, Geronimo, and numerous TV movies and series.

PATRICK SAUBER....banjo, mandolin, vocals....and BILL BRYSON, upright bass, vocals. Patrick Sauber (son of old time player Tom Sauber) has mastered the old-time pre-bluegrass styles on banjo and mandolin, as well as the classic approach to good solid Scruggs- style 5-string banjo and mandolin, i.e. Bill Monroe and more current styles. For such a young player, it will be interesting to see where he carries this talent. He also sings all the needed parts in the good trio and quartet numbers.

 

Bill Bryson comes from a long discography of bluegrass and country music. One of the most skilled of the upright bass players in the business, he's been with such great groups as: The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Country Gazette, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers,The Desert Rose Band, and Bluegrass Etc. He's a wonderful lead singer, and is one of the best baritones in demand today. He also plays guitar and minstrel 5-string banjo. http://loafersgloryband.com/

 

 

 

 

BRYAN BOWERS..........AUTOHARP MASTER, SINGER/SONGWRITER, STORYTELLER, PERFORMING ARTIST. Bower's creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter. http://www.bryanbowers.com/

Sunday May 24 7 P. M. $15 The Coffee Gallery Backstage thrilled to present Burning Heart Bluegrass,

BURNING HEART BLUEGRASS BAND. WITH SPECIAL GUEST...DAVID NAIDITCH.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is thrilled to present LA's hottest new acoustic band, Burning Heart Bluegrass. This group of seasoned musicians with nearly one hundred years of experience between them brings you the sound of authentic Bluegrass --- no gimmicks, upgrades or additives! 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. Check them out at their new website burningheartbluegrass.com.

Joining BHB on stage will be guest artist, Dave Naiditch, one of the few, if not only, chromatic harmonica players to record a Bluegrass album. You must hear it to believe it!


The Coffee Gallery Backstage, located at 2029 N.Lake in Altadena, California, has been a favorite venue for acoustic music, including folk, roots, Americana, and Bluegrass, for more than a decade. The "backstage" is designed to capture the atmosphere of a "coffee bean warehouse somewhere in Central America." With an excellent sound system, dramatic lighting, and comfortable seating , it is the perfect place for an intimate evening of great music. For reservations or further information, you may call the Backstage at (626) 798-6236. burningheartbluegrass.com Burning Heart Bluegrass on FaceBook

 

 

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