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

Below you see the future at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. 

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

 

February 2015
Friday February 27 8:00 P.M. $18

An all-time fave at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Great fun. Wonderful Music.
Will sell out.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR....http://www.mwow.net/
The Merry Wives of Windsor is an all-female folk band based in Southern California. The foundation of the Merry Wives’ sound is rich four- and five-part vocal harmonies, which blend elements of North American, British Isles, and Contemporary Folk music.


These talented ladies have graced the stages of the El Rey Theater, The Grove of Anaheim, and The Galaxy Theatre, as well as Music Festivals and Renaissance Faires across the country. The Wives bring a unique sensibility to every song in their repertoire, which includes traditional Irish pieces, modern folk and country, and original pieces. With musical backgrounds in everything from Folk, to Musical Theater, and even straying to Pop and Opera, the Merry Wives present a relevant musical perspective, while still staying true to the spirit of the music they perform.


The Wives have recorded six full-length albums, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com, or CDBaby.com. Visit our Contact page for booking information, or join our mailing list to get updates about The Wives!

Saturday February 28 7 PM. $20

SLIGO RAGS


Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble (and current Disneyland favorites) presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Sligo Rags has been taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm for over a decade with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all--great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, "The Night Before the Morning After", was called "the best I've heard from a stateside band" by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don’t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist and bluegrass banjoist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud’homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
"Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show."
--Music Connection
"…A ‘money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled’ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles."
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage. http://www.sligorags.com/show-schedule

March 2015
Sunday March 1 7:00 P.M. $15

DON RAYMOND...

 

is an exceptionally gifted singer-songwriter and entertainer making his Coffee Gallery Backstage debut.

 

The past 20 years Don has played guitar & sung with Little Richard, Jan & Dean, Paul Williams, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), The Drifters and every Wednesday night at the Groundling Theater in West Hollywood with Big Daddy. Don is very happy to be performing his long overdue solo performance of original songs, stories and finger style guitar instrumentals. Blending pop, jazz, folk, rock and crazy twist of comedy Don will take you through his life as a working musician in this crazy world.

 

Currently a member of the famed rockabilly/comedy band Big Daddy, 4 LP's on Rhino Records and a top 10 hit song in the UK and has just released a new CD on Rockbeat Records called "Smashing Songs of Stage & Screen". Come check out Don's show.

 

Don't miss the gig!

TWO NIGHTS

 

MONDAY and TUESDAY

MARCH 2 AND MARCH 3 8:00 P.M $20 Bob Stane says: When I sent an e mail out on this act last Fall, it went out in the early morning.
By noon that day, two shows had sold out. Every seat was gone. Possibly the best act I have
ever presented. YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD AND WARNED. THIS IS AN EVENT. Two Nights, Monday and Tuesday, March 2 and 3.

Only 100 people will get to experience this show. A bargain at $20. Call now or whine later.

FROM JOLLY OLD ENGLAND WITH LOVE AND MUSIC.

STRINGFEVER.....– a genetically modified electric string quartet from London, 3 brothers and 1 cousin, custom made 5 and 6 stringed instruments famed for ‘The History of Music in Five Minutes’ – forty tunes packed into five minutes and Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ – played on one cello by all four simultaneously! Talented, charismatic and funny….. Seeing is believing! 30,000 US hits on YouTube in 3 weeks! Listen to James Bond theme tunes Stringfever style and await the beat boxing prowess of the youngest brother…. Stringfever are an act not to be missed!
u Jen Rynier, Willow Valley Retirement Communities.

I cannot thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to present Stringfever. They were professional, great guys to work with and their show was incredible! Rarely have I heard as loud of a standing ovation as I had after their show. I am so looking forward to their triumphant return to our theatre soon! Ron Onesti, Arcada Theatre IL
StringFever exceed all expectations. Their talent is unmatched, the show was engaging and completely entertaining. David Smith, The Lerner Theater
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your performance at Waverly-Shell Rock Junior High last week. It was absolutely incredible, and it was an amazing experience. I toured Europe with my college wind ensemble, and I know that school performances aren't always the most exciting or glamorous. Please know, however, that the excitement you generated will have an impact for years to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting our students excited about music!
Sincerely, Miranda Haugan.

As I told you when I called you Thursday night after Stringfever's Wartburg concert: WOW! WOW! WOW! Not only do these guys have talent, but they also have stage charisma, and are all around nice, thoughtful gentlemen. As you know, I had them on a pretty tight schedule, and they never complained and were very gracious. In reality, they gave three concerts in one day and had TV & newspaper interviews. In between all of that, Myrna Culbertson - Wartburg College Artist Series Director, Waverly, IA

"Stringfever are a visually exciting band who play a variety of musical genres with great charisma. They engage the audience, maintain a high standard of musicianship and momentum throughout their performance. They are very engaging, hold an audience and freely mingled after the show. They received two standing ovations and a large percentage of the audience were attending TCAN for the first time. I believe they were an inspired addition to the TCAN program, they are innovative and bring a new twist to the classical concerts." Peter

"They went from Ravel and Brahms to Charlie Daniels with aplomb. A pretty blistering "Devil Went Down to Georgia", I have to say! You would have enjoyed "20 movie soundtracks", "The History of Music in 5 Minutes" and "The History of Rock in 5 Minutes"... but I defy you to figure out how to categorize them." Terri

"All time great find. In my opinion, these guys are multi talented from playing brilliant heartfelt renditions by Hungarian composers to foot stomping strummin' rock ,to classic walks down memory lane via movie themes, to the awesome abbreviated history of music, to"cirque de Soleil" a la strings. They are unique and "fresh'", uplifting and memorable. Their show is a perfect combination of artistry, showmanship, the past, the present and the future. I haven't stopped telling everybody I see about them." Robby

Hello, I am a huge fan of stringfever! My favorite performance of you guys is the history of music video. I think it is SO amazing how people can be as good as stringfever is! Savannah R.

"The Show was EXCEPTIONAL! Everyone loved them and raved. If you don't enjoy Stringfever then you don't have a pulse!"
Bruce Raines, Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA

" My client has been to spectacular events all over the world but it was the best entertainment they've ever seen - high praise indeed"
Julie Witte - Head of Events, BT Global Service

Web Page: www.stringfever.co.uk Good selection of photos. View this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5MLNMgpywk

Recent Quotes EPK & Rider US Tour Dates


Wednesday March 4 8:00 P.M. $15

MARK HOLLAND ...

 

Award winning artist of the Native American Flute. Mark Holland from Saint Louis, MO will perform music both in traditional and contemporary styles showcasing the versatility of the Native American Flute. Ever wondered how the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Van Morrison and more
from the 60's and 70's would sound on Native Flutes? Come find out. See and hear about a dozen flutes up close and personal.

Mark Holland is considered by many authorities on world flutes to be among the top Native American Flute artists performing and recording today.
Holland is the leader and founder of the global chamber group, Autumn's Child. His music is considered genre bending. A musical smoothie that is a hybrid of world, jazz, classical and folk all blended together. A new acoustic instrumental fusion. Mark Holland's playing stye is referred to as playing from the heart. Holland describes this style as "turning myself inside out". Holland is one of the most sought out flutists to headline and perform at Native American Flute Festivals nationwide. His music is heard on Echoes, PRI as well as Sirius XM satellite radio and many internet stations. In addition his music is
played on various USA airlines. Holland has released around 20 cds to date both solo and with his group, Autumn's Child.
www.autumnschild.com


 

Thursday March 5 8:00 P.M $18 BLUEGRASS INVASION from North Carolina.

NU-BLU... based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, on mandolin; and Daniel, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in acoustic entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Carolyn’s soprano vocal approach might be described as similar to Ms. Krauss, except she carries a phrasing and emotional elegance that shows a clear originality. Daniel and Levi provide inventive singing to fill out the vocal sound, while all four members present instrumental prowess to impress.


“If we can touch somebody on a deep level,” says Daniel Routh, “and create a moment for them that they always will remember and entertains them, that’s why we’re here.” www.nu-blu.com

 

FRIDAY March 6 8:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

MICHAEL MC GINNIS and FRIENDS    SOLD OUT

Well it is Annual birthday concert time again!!!! Please come help me celebrate 72, by performing for you with Stephen Geyer, David P Jackson, and Linda Dillard along with a few surprise guests. This should not to be missed! Don’t forget to call for reservations, ( Last year we turned too many away). It is a small club, and will probably sell out.

Michael Mc Ginnis; Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actor, Story Teller, Member of the Original New Christy Minstrels, YMCA Camp Director/Chaplain, (the chaplain part is humorous!) Attention Deficit Survivor, (what?), and otherwise pretty good guy, (hmm?). Listed in the Folk Music Hall of Fame, has played for presidents, queens, and other assorted heads of state, is the honorary “Duke” of Peoria Illinois, and puts on one heck of an entertaining show so don’t miss it.

Stephen Geyer, is one of the finest guitar players in America today. He has penned a number of chart breaking songs, and will blow you

away with his dexterity on the guitar and musical energy.

David P Jackson; legendary player of most instruments, hilariously funny, and a really good guy to have on your side when you’re trying to win over an audience.....

Linda Dillard , back by popular demand from Vancouver, WA. is a premier vocalist who has a performance bio longer than an arm AND a leg, certainly too long to list here, but be advised she is a star in her own right, and will stun you with her amazing voice!!

Saturday March 7 7:00 P.M $20

HOW HOT DOES THE FIRE BURN?
EXTRAORDINARY GUITAR TREATMENTS.
FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF. SOLD OUT LAST TIME. DO NOT BE LEFT A SMOLDERING CINDER.

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 MATINEE March 8 3:00 P.M. $ 18 BIG IRISH ACT. MATINEE

RATTLE THE KNEE... is based in Los Angeles and brings the traditional music of Ireland to this far western shore. It's members have performed in well known local venues including the LA Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, places around the country including the Grand Ol' Opry, and far off places including the pubs and stages of Japan.

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

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

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

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

Bruce Carver moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2002 with a Masters of  Music from Northwestern University and a long list of performing credits that gave him instant entrance into the LA music scene. Having played over 50 musical performances, hundreds of radio and TV commercials and countless orchestral concerts, the LA market was a perfect fit for his specialty, world percussion. To date, in Los Angeles, Bruce has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and can be heard on countless movie trailers. Bruce’s bodhran is featured on the TV shows Battle Star Galactica , Black Sails and Outlander

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

 

SUNDAY March 8 7:00 P.M. $15

THE GOOD INTENTIONS With DAFNI...
Liverpool’s premier Americana band, The Good Intentions released their third album 'Travelling Companion' on Drumfire Records in 2013 to critical acclaim, including enthusiastic support from Bob Harris, veteran BBC Radio country music broadcaster.
The band is primarily centred around R Peter Davies, song writer, guitarist, and lead vocal, supported by harmony vocals from Gabrielle Monk, who also plays autoharp and accordion. Their songs have an old time feel with memorable tunes, clear harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and traditional instrumentation. Critical reviews of the album include:

"Their CD reminds me of how country CDs used to sound when I was growing up. Davies and Monk harmonize like nobody’s business. The playing on this CD is top notch! The songwriting is top notch, almost a No Depression style. If you like GillianWelch /David Rawlings, Johnny Irions and Sara Guthrie, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris or Buddy and Julie Miller, you’ll love this CD.” Andy Ziehli, Americana Gazette

"A classy country album...the band won the 2011 Best Americana Award at the BCMA, and you can see why, with subtle and impressive songs such as this..” Martin Chilcott, The Daily Telegraph (London)

They’ve picked up major awards for their work, winning the Maverick Festival ‘Song of the Year’ in 2009 for their bluegrass inspired ‘Black Train’, and being named the best Americana Act of 2011 by the British Country Music Association. Having featured in the acclaimed documentary ’56 Up’, following Peter Davies’s long running association with the series, they are continuing to attract a new and varied audience for their music.

We’re pleased to announce that The Good Intentions are now working on their next album, here in Los Angeles, with additional musicians including Brantley Kearns ( Dwight Yoakam, Hazel Dickens) , David Jackson (Emmylou Harris, John Denver) , the legendary Greg Leisz, and Rick Shea, who will be producing the album. Rick is of course well known as a longtime member of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men.
Rick and some of the studio musicians will be joining The Good Intentions on a couple of shows while they’re over here, including the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Peter and Gabi think of Southern California as a home from home, and are looking forward to coming back once again.

Their website: http://www.thegoodintentions.co.uk/

 

DAFNI...

 

“Petite singer, songwriter and guitarist Dafni creates music hearkening back to Tin Pan Alley, with elements of an Appalachian barn dance and the feel of a Parisian street corner blended in the mix. But her music is much more than that. She pulls in myriad influences ranging from Nina Simone, Frank Zappa, [Nick Cave and the Bad] Seeds, Ani DiFranco, Judy Garland, Led Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, the Beatles and many others. Some influences may be from times long-gone, but she blends them into tales of contemporary life and love designed to capture the
listener’s heart.” John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly. Dafni will open for the The Good Intentions on Sunday, March 8th. She will be accompanied by Geoff Rakness (upright bass).”

Tuesday March 10 8:00 P.M. $20

DA UKULELE BOYZ....

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


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

MATINEE
SATURDAY
MARCH 14 3:00 P.M. $15

The SOUR MASH HUG BAND....

 

A cabaret band that combines virtuosic gypsy violin with 1920s hot jazz and Yiddish song, The Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s, its hard to say. The ensemble is especially known for their original tunes reminiscent of Kurt Weill and Danny Elfman. Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey and Trombone playing chanteuse Shiri, they present a rotating cast of the hot pickers and swinging horn players.

 

After forming some 10 years ago, the band crisscrossed the country by bike, freight train, and broken down van playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and finally to New Orleans which became their home away from home. For the past five years the band has split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of  East Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers in Romania, and Hungary studying the music they love. Being exposed to many varieties of music in their travels the musicians have developed a unique cabaret style drawing on old jazz, hokum, American fiddle music, muzica lautareasca, and Yiddish theatre.

 

www.sourmashhug.com

Saturday March 14 7:00 P.M. $18 JOHN ZIPERER & FRIENDS with JC & LANEY.

John’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping. Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when the band is on stage.

John Zipperer & Friends deliver a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. With a stellar lineup of band members drawing upon the wealth of experience.

John Zipperer is the front man with lead vocals, rhythm and/or lead guitar and increasing turns on the mandolin and banjo; Barrett Tagliarino adds flashy guitar, vocals and mandolin; Tara Sitser contributes vocals, keyboard, and ukulele; Mike Bisch will be filling in for Jime Van Booven for this very special performance.

John - "You guys were stellar last night. The harmonies are breathtaking. I was transported by the one about sailing. I loved it. You have such a strong set of original songs... not to mention that brilliant Pure Prarie League cover. What a pleasure."Tracy. Tracy

Newman Emmy winning TV writer: co-creator of ABC/TV series According to Jim; award-winning songwriter.
John,"Your new album is great! Your voice is amazing and the songs are really strong. Nice job."
Bill Wence Bill Wence Promotions. Gavin-nominated Top 5 promoter for the Americana format.
"To me John Zipperer is a cross between Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, while being a true original at the same time."
Gary Austin . Writer, Director, Recording Artist (Founder - The Groundlings Theatre)

JC & Laney ACOUSTIC AMERICANA DUO ... “Heart ‘n’ Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll.” WWW.JCANDLANEY.COM

JC & Laney are Americana Rockers & Balladeers. In 2009, as strangers sitting on bar stools at the Birdcage Saloon on Whiskey Row in Prescott, Arizona, they began singing their 1st song together (Bell Bottom Blues) & were immediately hired by the bartender. Now, 6 CDs and 100's of performances later they are well known for their instantly recognizable harmonies, memorable original songs & impromptu banter between themselves and their audience. Such that Art Podell, New Christy Minstrels, affectionately calls them “Sonny & Cher.”

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 in an award winning accapella group.

By combining their talents with legendary producer Steve Wood, formerly of  Honk and the Kenny Loggins Group, & Musical Director for (25) Imax Movies, working with Justin Hayward, George Harrison, Sting & Paul McCartney, they have written & recorded 6 CDs in the past 5 years of their own Original Americana Music. You can hear them on Pandora (JC & Laney Radio), Spotify, NPR, Dozens of internet radio stations, or on THEIR WEBSITE AT  You can also catch them live at one of their daily shows (week days) June thru September in Williams AZ, The Gateway to the Grand Canyon.

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evening shows

March 15 4:00 P.M. and Evening Show @ 7:00 P.M. Each show is $18.

Goin' South Band puts their own stamp and twist on Bluegrass, Corngrass, Old-Timey Appalachian, Blues, Cajun, Native American, and Old Country Music with some of the hottest pickers, songwriters and showmen in southern California. "Home In My Heart," their soon to be released debut CD, features brand new original songs in timeless styles performed by the 5 member 'supergroup' of LA folk-roots musicians.

Members: Paul Lacques, Vic Koler, Fred Sokolow, Rick Shea, John Zeretzke with Special Guests....

RICK CUNHA started the O-riginal country rock band Hearts and Flowers in the late 60's, from whence the Burrito Brothers, The Eagles and many others evolved. His discography includes folk-rock icons Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

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PAUL MARSHALL was a musician with Strawberry Alarm Clock. He has performed, recorded with and written songs for Hank Thompson, Johnny Tillotson, Mary Kay Place, Juice Newton, Highway 101, Jill Sobule and Boy Howdy.

GOIN' SOUTH BAND...The Goin’ South Band is one of the most dynamic and respected ensembles performing traditional American music on the west coast. The band members perform a variety of southeastern American musical styles including Cajun music of Louisiana, Appalachian Mountain music, old Delta Blues, early Country, Hawaiian slack-key, Kentucky Bluegrass and even Cherokee flute music.

The ‘Boys of  Goin’ South’ will amaze and inspire listeners of all ages with show-stopping performances on the banjo, fiddle, guitars, dobro, mandolin, diddley-bow, jaw harp, stro violin and string bass. Touches of good-hearted humor and old time kindness lace this performance that takes you on a walk back in time to rediscover our early musical roots in America, led by Director and fiddle player John Zeretzke. Many of the musicians are award-winning songwriters, recording artists and composers and often record and write music for television, feature films, music for theater, ballet and a various other artistic endeavors.

The members of  The Goin’ South Band perform southern American music with a deep expertise and understanding of the people and their history that represents a slice our diverse American musical traditions.

Monday March 16 8:00 P.M. $15

LISTEN TO LARRY'S MUSIC


Larry Wilder
The Champion of Americana

Beloved songs and music can warm our hearts, lifting and inspiring us every day. Americana music is full of these songs. As The Champion of Americana, Larry Wilder is passionate about sharing Americana music and history.

In his dynamic, entertaining shows, Larry shares the compelling stories and heritage of  Americana. Larry performs for a wide variety of audiences, melding both banjo and guitar with his vocals. He particularly enjoys demonstrating the yodeling skills that won him the award of National Yodeling Champion.


Larry’s approach to Americana music includes many genres of  Roots music, ranging from cowboy tunes to Irving Berlin, bluegrass to folk, Johnny Cash to Gordon Lightfoot. This results in shows and recordings that have a unique musical fusion. Music that is brought together by the love of the people who have listened to these songs for decades.

Go to: http://www.larrywildermusic.com/

AMERICANA MUSIC...is a varied and rich tapestry with a thousand definitions and a million adventures. To me, Americana means anything folks like to play and sing here in America….

TUESDAY MARCH 17 8:00 P.M. $15

LEAH ZEGER...

a stunning example of a violinist and vocalist. With her band, Ira Gonzalez- guitar/vocals, Jeff Radaich- guitar, Brian Netzley- bass. Count on the band being made up of big time players. Leah attracts the best. She recorded the music for a season of Warner Brothers’ TV show, "Off the Map."


She performed the Bach Double at Carnegie Hall. LEAH won a scholarship to attend the University of  Texas at Austin where she majored in both opera and violin. At 19 years old, while still in college, Zeger won a tenured position in the first violin section of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, becoming the youngest member on staff.

While in the Austin Symphony, Zeger played with soloists including Pinchas Zukerman, Leila Josefowitz, Yo Yo Ma, and Elvis Costello. She also performed with bands such as Pink Martini, The Four Tops, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and was selected to duel on the violin with Charlie Daniels for his classic song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Zeger has appeared on the television show, Austin City Limits, with both Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson. WOW !!!


That same year, Zeger was also offered a three-year contract with Celine Dion in Las Vegas but turned it down in favor of  various touring opportunities. In the last two years, she has performed with the legendary world-music duo, Strunz and Farah, and Argentinian-born gypsy jazz guitarist, Gonzalo Bergara (gonzalobergara.com), at international music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Panama City Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, and Jazz at the Olympia in Paris. She has also toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and was the concertmaster/soloist for Tony- and Emmy-award winner, actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee). EVERYONE...GO TO HER WEB PAGE..

http://www.leahzeger.com/ ....

Wednesday March 18 8:00 P.M. $15 CLAUDE BOURBON....Excellent guitarist. From France. Soaring instrumentals. They tell long musical stories. Absolutely unique. Gallic humor with a charming English beat.. See the puckish Claude at http://www.claudebourbon.org/

Do you know what Medieval guitar sounds like? I didn’t either ‘til I hooked up with Claude! This is some cool stuff, and he’s French and everything!” Dolores River Brewery, Dolores, CO
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK

"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ
Web Site Address:

www.myspace.com/claudebourbon

Short paragraph Claude Bourbon, finger-picking guitarist/singer (Progressive Medieval & Spanish Blues ) A breathtaking acoustic fusion of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical and Spanish guitar

An incredible progressive blues and jazz fusion from a stunning guitar virtuoso. The Unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer who weaves sounds from across Europe into performance of blues, rock and jazz and material that defies label, all delivered with a gravelly voice.

Claude Bourbon, who trained for many years in Switzerland and has performed and studied all over the world, has crafted an inspired fusion of classical and blues, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience ˆ from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers.

"One of the most accomplished acoustic players around" Blues in Britain

"If you like the sound of inspired acoustic guitar playing from a real songsmith, you might just love Claude Bourbon" - BBC.co.uk

Friday March 20 8:00 P.M. $20

NEON ILLUSION...is the best 80’s tribute band in the USA. They play the biggest hits from new wave to rock from funk to pop and focusing on the Euro hits. All the members are top musicians. No wigs, no gimmicks, they just dress and look like 80`s. They play a lot of big hits that no other bands even would try to play. Have you ever heard Level 42 or Falco in German from another tribute band? Yes, they cover them! And you might be surprised because some well known 80`s stars might show up and play with the band!


The 80`s were a lot of fun, neon colors, cassettes, rubik cube, video games, epic movies like Back to the future, Rocky, Beverly hills cop, Flashdance, etc. They play those soundtracks too!


All the band members met the 1st time at their Swiss manager`s Vicky Vinyl`s private house party for European musicians. The theme of the party was 80`s Euro pop.

Band members:
Cris Di Cosmo lead vocals:
Cris was born in Italy, he moved to the USA at 4 years old. His dad got killed by the mafia in Naples by mistake. His mom left Italy with him then got married again with his stepdad in Los Angeles who is a musician.
Maestro Le Man keyboard, grew up in Brittany, France. His family produce cognac and came to the USA to introduce their cognac.

Jason Von Joy guitar/background vocals is from Bavaria, Germany. He was kicked out from his family`s castle because he didn`t follow the upper class values, he wanted to play music instead of being groomed as his fathers successor.

Derrick Van Dazzler bass guitar/background vocals, is originally from Amsterdam. His dad is a sailor. He travelled with him across the ocean. Once his dad`s ship landed in LA, he explored the city and decided not to go back with his father, and stayed in LA to play music.

Paul De Passion drums Paul`s father lived in Spain and went to Russia to teach Spanish culture to Russians. He met Paul`s mother and wanted to smuggle her out of Russia to Spain but the communists never gave her a passport, so he stayed in Russia with him. Before Russia could say goodbye to communism Paul`s parents said goodbye to Moscow and defected to USA. They became video game traders by the time Paul was born.

Saturday March 21 Matinee @ 3:00 P.M. $20 BILLY BOB EARL just returned from performing at Legends in Nashville where he was awarded 2014 Favorite Country Impact Artist.
Billy's current CD, City Boy With A Country Heart, has 3 # 1 singles on the Independent Country Network Charts.Hard times on the run hit top #1 spot last week. Music, videos and Billy's film acting clips can be viewed at www.billybobearl.com or download on ITUNES or CDBABY.com

Billy Bob Earl's love for music started at early age but this passion was put on hold to earn a degree from USC, have successful business ventures, and most importantly raise his 3 daughters as a single dad. Country Weekly Magazine wrote featured article about him and has Billy listed as 4th Most Added Country Artist. They quoted," I am living my life backwards". At age 61 he is proving that his childhood dream is now becoming a reality and hard work and determination do pay off. Proud to be the son of a WWII decorated medal combat veteran Billy will donate time to play at many ceremonies. Nov. 2014 he was honored to play his original song America for the unveiling ceremony , Honoring Our Fallen Heroes and Classic Car Show Benefit. This performance is now used as the entire background music for the video at the ceremony on their web page.

Billy Bob Earl plays acoustic guitar ,sings and writes most of his original songs. With a unique voice and style he appeals to fans of any age. Billy gives you an impressive performance you will not want to miss.

 

Saturday March 21 7:00 P.M. $18

THE TALL MEN GROUP...


The Tall Men Group
return on March 21st with a very special and intimate “Unplugged” performance.
This will be the first time TMG will be performing “In The Round”. The evening will showcase new material and many Tall songs that have not been performed by the group as a whole.


You won’t want to miss this show.

So many  TALL MEN. So little time.

Marty Axelrod: Keyboards lead and backing vocals
Severin Browne: acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
Jeff Kossack: percussion, acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
John Stowers: acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals
Ed Tree: electric and acoustic guitar, bass, lead vocals
Jimmy Yessian: acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals

Monday March 23 8:00 P.M. $18

MUSICANTICA....

 

“[They have come] Many, many times at The Coffee Gallery Backstage. Better every time and bigger crowds every time. Learn to crinkle a plastic grocery bag and play upon a straw. No, not wish upon a star....play upon a straw. You may keep the straw to put under your pillow. Free tarantula bites. Who is the biter? Who is the bitee? You and your tarantula may dance wildly near the end of the musical evening.” ” – Bob Stane, owner, producer – The Coffee Gallery & Backstage, Altadena.

TARANTULAS will be discussed but not played with or on. Just their dancing abilities will be explored.

They play regular instruments along with some that make rude noises....Look at the photo.
Musicàntica.....Just plain musical fun with international music as a bonus. Learn to play two ersatz musical instruments and take one home.  Roberto Catalano and Enzo Fina, is a Southern Italian duo playing traditional and experimental Folk Music of Mediterranean Italy. Musicàntica offers the finest collection of world music to come out in recent years. Unless you are an Italian native, it's unlike anything you've heard before, with music performed on mostly traditional Italian folk instruments” – Bob Stane, owner, producer – The Coffee Gallery & Backstage, Altadena, CA, 2005.

 

Thursday
March 26 8:00 P.M. $20

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

 

A former member of the legendary folk-rock band, The Byrds, John York has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Rolling Stones keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, and Blues legend Lightin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage will be Billy Darnell, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Dr. John and Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and Chad Watson, legendary bass player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and countless other artists. At The Coffee Gallery Backstage.
The show is filled with familiar Byrds tunes for sing-along, fine original songs and great interpretations of songs from the era.. and the best music this side of  Bob Dylan and the Band. Come join us for an evening of great artistry and entertainment.

Friday March 27 8:00 P.M. $18 SALTY SUITES with super special guest act, GENNA & JESSE. This is an outstanding show folks, grab it.

SALTY SUITES ....The 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!

 

PLUS.....


GENNA & JESSE....are duo alchemy at its finest. Sweet and savory, raspy and smooth, together they create heartfelt, unique acoustic-soul music, featuring tight and soaring harmonies and energetic guitar and piano accompaniment. Whether they sing their own songs, or the well-chosen songs of their peers, audiences are along for the ride in an intimate, witty and inclusive show. The last time they played The Coffee Gallery Backstage the audience adored them so much they ran them out of CDs. The audience bought them all.

Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, "Wild Enough To Try.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible. www.gennaandjesse.com

Rave reviews for Genna & Jesse

“You will laugh, you will cry, you will connect, you will involuntarily dance in your chair... Genna and Jesse are mind-blowing, warm, passionate, energetic, engaging and uber talented craftsmen of songs..." -Brian McCloskey, Folk at Foul Rift
"It’s a rare thing to see this kind of band, this kind of singer, before they’re famous. If you get a chance to see Genna & Jesse, do so. They are remarkable." -Christopher Garlington, Chicago Editorial Columnist, Author, Humorist
★★★★★ Genna & Jesse's "Give and Take," NBT Music Radio’s best album of 2013!
"[Give and Take] is a very diverse record that offers something for everyone." -Strutter Magazine
"...The 9 self-penned songs on this sweet and soft record can certainly be regarded as beautiful results of [Genna & Jesse's] creative and spiritual collaboration.” -Rootstime Magazine

Saturday March 28 7:00 P.M. $20 Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk band

Listen to The Kin Folk:
http://fiddlelessonswithphilsalazar.com/?page_id=514

Phil Salazar – Fiddle champ, teacher of fiddle champs, recording and touring artist. Phil has recordings with his Bands and with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Jonathan McEuen, Kenny Loggins, Kate Wolf, Gilles Apap, John McEuen, and many more.

BOB WEIR incorporated Phil Salazar, who never met a tune he couldn't instantly enhance. - D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent 2014
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In BOB WEIR'S 2nd set, Phil Salazar joined the ranks, who proved himself fluent in the delicate balancing act of soloing without overtly soloing and seizing the spotlight, and folding into the morphing ensemble grove and simmer. That elasticity factor was especially in play on the classic "Dark Star/The Other One". - Josef Wordard, Santa Barbara News Press 2014

Tom Corbett - A Southern California “A” List Picker. The funniest guy on stage. 2011 Kerville New Folk Songwriter Finalist and a 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour and toured with John McEuen and Robin and Linda Williams and The Acousticats.

Mike Mullins – plays and records with “The Cache Valley Drifters; The HayDudes with Kenny Blackwell, and The Acousticats.

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

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

These folks have been playing music together for 29 years (so you know, it’s got to be good)! They mix traditional music with rock, blues, country, jazz, Irish, pop and bluegrass, just to name a few. You’ll here vocals and harmony and LOL!
Sunday March 29 7:00 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.

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

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 on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Weisberg
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.

Monday March 30 7:30 PM

$10.00 (at the door) Limited Seating.

$7.00 Pre-Sale Tickets available ON-LINE ONLY.

"Central Gardens" an evening of personal essays written and performed by storyteller, comedian and author - Ty Fance.

These stories will have you laughing in your seat, while gently tugging at your heart strings.

18 years and older.

Doors open: . Show starts 8:PM.

Tickets:

To purchase Pre-Sale Tickets click the link: www.bitly.com/centralgardens

Limited Seating.

Website: www.tyfance.com

My book entitled: "Off My Head and Over the Fence"

Amazon.com: http://bit.ly/offmyhead

iTunes.com: http://bit.ly/iTunesOffMyHead

Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/OffMyHead

 

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