• Pamela Rose w/ Wayne De La Cruz - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Pamela Rose w/ Wayne De La Cruz - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    With Hammond Organ Party!

    Wayne De La Cruz on Hammond B-3, Jeff Massanari on guitar, Kent Bryson, on drums.

    Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled audiences locally and internationally with her swinging, soulful style. Rose is that rare breed of entertainer who connects solidly with her audience by always delivering a personal and unforgettable musical experience. Her rich, bold, warm voice and easy rapport with excellent musicians moves jazz and blues audiences of all ages.

    Pamela is a complete musician, writing and developing songs which are personal to her, with a strong love for improvisation and spontaneity that comes with performing live. She has a crazy adoration for the soulful sounds of Hammond B-3 organ, and has teamed up with Hammond B-3 Organ wizard Wayne De La Cruz to create an album that jazz and blues enthusiasts are already calling a classic. She brings her "Wild Organ Party" to our Concert Hall for a great evening of music and entertainment.


    "Rose's combination of technical virtuosity and emotional range earn her widespread praise..."
    Paul Freeman, Contra Costa Times

    http://www.pamelarose.com


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  • Caminos Flamencos - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Caminos Flamencos - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    World - Flamenco

    "Nuevas Tendencias"

    The groundbreaking flamenco company Caminos Flamencos has a brand new show that seamlessly blends flamenco, Latin, and jazz in music and dance with a cast of world-class artists from around the country who are rooted in a variety of musical genres. Emmy Award-winning Artistic Director Yaelisa gathers an eclectic group of musicians and dancers in "Nuevos Tendencias," with an emphasis on new music by the virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire "El Rubio."
    Caminos Flamencos is undeniably the leading and most innovative flamenco troupe on the West Coast, lead by Emmy Award-winning director Yaelisa and her virtuoso musical director/guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio.” Together they recently have pushed the envelope even further, creating the music and dance show “Nuevas Tendencias,” playing one night only at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall for Pacifica Performances on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm The show made its premiere last July at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Franciso to an enthusiastic crowd, and has since played at Yoshi’s Oakland, Angelica’s and The New Parish, all alternative venues with mostly jazz audience followers. The show truly innovates yet entertains audiences with its powerful musical direction by Jason McGuire, who has composed and arranged most of the music with the addition of upright bassist Paul Martin Sounder and Latin percussionist/drummer Marlon Aldana on drumset and cajon, once again showing their fans that they can play in a concert hall or a jazz/music club with the same fiery energy as any musical group, yet maintaining the essence and improvisational quality of a traditional flamenco dance performance. In another exciting note, the show and the Company are nominated for a prestigious Izzie Dance Award for Best Company.

    The cast include guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio, Jose Blanco “El Grillo,” singer from Spain, Marlon Aldana, drumset/percussion, Paul Martin Sounder, upright bass, dancers Yaelisa, Melissa Cruz and Clara Rodriguez dancing AND singing in a show that showcases their talents. Yaelisa and her troupe are the most prolific flamenco troupe in the U.S. Their performances cover every arena of entertainment including television, orchestra symphonies, film, opera, festivals, and whose artists perform in the genres of jazz, Latin, rock, blues, classical, folk as well as being some of the best flamenco artists anywhere.


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  • Cole Sings Cole, George Cole - Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Cole Sings Cole, George Cole - Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Nat King Cole Tribute

    George has put together a fantastic new show! Cole sings Cole

    With: George Cole on vocals and guitar, Larry Dunlap on piano, and Jim Kerwin on bass recreate the songs of the original Nat King Cole Trio.
    Garnering rave reviews and standing ovations, George has dazzled audiences at musical landmarks across the country. He continues to tour, compose and record extensively while placing music education and his students as a high priority. He is curator/director of violin and guitar for the annual Esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.
    http://georgecole.net

    about Nat King Cole:

    Cole was considered a leading jazz pianist, appearing in the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts (credited on the Mercury Record label as "Shorty Nadine"—derived from his wife's name—as he was under exclusive contract to Capitol Records at the time). His revolutionary lineup of piano, guitar, and bass in the time of the big bands became a popular setup for a jazz trio. It was emulated by many musicians, among them Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and blues pianists Charles Brown and Ray Charles.

    Cole's first mainstream vocal hit was his 1943 recording of one of his compositions, "Straighten Up and Fly Right", based on a black folk tale that his father had used as a theme for a sermon. Johnny Mercer invited him to record it for his fledgling Capitol Records label. It sold over 500,000 copies.

    By the 1950s, Nat King Cole emerged as a popular solo performer. He scored numerous hits, with such songs as "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Too Young, " and "Unforgettable." In the studio, Cole got to work with some of the country's top talent, including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and famous arrangers such as Nelson Riddle. He also met and befriended other stars of the era, including popular crooner Frank Sinatra.


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  • Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    High Octane Americana

    Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley - from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. This explosive, wide-ranging performance will touch your heart and is sure to get your feet moving!

    Glenn Houston (lead guitars) has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, is a past judge of the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship Competition in Winfield, Kansas, and was the founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks.
    Travis Jones (lead vocals, guitar), began performing as a child accompanying his mother on gospel tours in the South. He honed his soulful delivery in his years as a child preacher in churches around his native Shreveport, only to throw down his bible when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
    Henry Salvia (keyboards, accordion) has performed with the Johnny Nocturne Band, Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones and Big Jay McNeeley.
    Peter Tucker (drums) has deep Americana roots, having performed and recorded with wide array of Americana musicians, including Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, the Beau Brummels, Warren Zevon and Skunk Baxter. Peter was also in the original rhythm section of The Waybacks.
    Joshua Zucker (bass) has worked with the Rowan Brothers, Peter Rowan, Caren Armstrong, David Gans, Randy Clark, David Phillips, Garrin Benfield, Dore Coller, Tim Weed, Andrew Freeman and countless others.

    The San Francisco Chronicle, in giving Houston Jones its highest review rating for their 6th CD "Queen of Yesterday," described the band as "a confluence of sublime talent".


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  • Nigel and Clive - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Nigel and Clive - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    British Invasion!

    More than a tribute band, this group is pure and absolute fun!

    Come, enjoy the magic, the myth and the music--

    NIGEL and CLIVE, according to their infallible memories, were the most popular band in the U.K. in the early 60s. Through a series of unfortunate events, they lost the rights to their music, which was stolen and re-recorded by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Hollies, Peter and Gordon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, and many other stars of the “British Invasion” era (between 1964 and 1968). As a result, Nigel and Clive were soon eclipsed by the other groups and word of their genius never spread across the pond. Hence, most Americans are unaware of the profound influence these musical pioneers had on one of the most remarkable and world-changing eras in musical  history. Those lucky enough to secure tickets to their April 11 concert at Pacifica Performances will not only hear the original versions of dozens of classic British Invasion hits performed live on stage, but see the amazing back- story through a dazzling multimedia presentation. 
     
    SEE how they missed their flight to New York to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show!
    CRY as you watch them toil for decades to restore their good name!
    THRILL to the never-before-seen video of the capture of Beano, their deaf-mute drummer!
    GASP in disbelief at the tragic story of bassist Basil Mountbottom!
    LAUGH at the colorful stories about the great bands and larger-than-life personalities of the era!
     
    At the end, many may ask “It it a true story?” To which Nigel and Clive will reply “Well, it’s true that it is a story!”

    http://www.nigelandclive.com


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  • Chris Webster & Nina Gerber - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris Webster & Nina Gerber - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Americana/Folk Duo

    Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show.

    Chris Webster:
    A career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best know regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases (Drive, Now Playing, Something in the Water, My Name is Christine) and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles) with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard. More importantly, she brings a pedigree rivaled by few. With astonishing power and passion, her voice reaches magical heights, yet effortlessly turns on a dime to deliver gut wrenching torch songs and gentle ballads. Combining elegance and grace with a foot-shuffling manner, Webster has a purity and beauty about her that is seldom seen and never forgotten. She can cut to the bone with tender, unrequited songs of love-gone-wrong then slap you upside the head with a fistful of lyrics and a take-charge melody that makes you step aside, stand back, and listen.
    You can turn the wine to water, but you can't make me drink. You can ask me nicely, and I'll tell you what I think. You can sit real close with your hand on my leg. But before you touch that wheel, make no mistake...I'm driving, I'm driving.

    Nina Gerber:
    After carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, guitarist Nina Gerber is at last beginning to dare the light. Her first album as a leader, Not Before Noon follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover. 
    Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied. Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles. Presented with folk, country, bluegrass, rock, or blues, she is able to fall into leads which have rare reverence for the true feeling of a song, always emphasizing taste over technical display. She seeks to express through her hands, rather than gain attention, and it is this integrity which makes her expressions worth intent listening.
    Th Nina has performed and/or recorded with: Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, Eliza Gilkyson, Nanci Griffith, Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, MollieO'Brien, Rosalie Sorrels, Laurie Lewis, the late well loved Kate Wolf, and many others. 

    "Nina's guitar style is wide and brave. As she glides thru this record project, she uses each of her guitars as if it's the one she was born to play. Acoustic or electric, she sounds beautiful, smokey, precise, full of the licks you love to hear.


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  • Paul Mehling & The Ivory Club Boys - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Paul Mehling & The Ivory Club Boys - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Swinging 1930's!

    The Ivory Club Boys, a tribute to the swinging electric violin sound of Stuff Smith (& his Onyx Club Boys). A new spinoff groupe from the Hot Club of San Francisco featuring Evan Price on electric violin, Clint Baker on trumpet, Paul Mehling on electric guitar, Sam Rocha on bass & Isabelle Magidson on rhythm guitar & vocals.  A departure from the Hot Club SF’s usual gypsy jazz this version of the group finds the sound of 52nd street in New York circa 1930 when swing was for dancing and listening (just like now!). As you might expect from this group -they will Dazzle & Delight. For more info on the members see www.HCSF.com (the Hot Club of San Francisco, it’s THEM!).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cCC4uKNyyk

    https://www.facebook.com/IvoryClubBoys 


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  • Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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  • Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Guitar Series

    Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.", Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it "rich and sensuous", and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says "He's really one of the best musicians I know." From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.

    Ever since bursting on the scene with his 1993 release The Nutcracker Suite, Tim Sparks has captivated guitar fans with some of the finest fingerstyle guitar playing around. An artist who can be difficult to categorize, Sparks’ albums and live performances have featured classical, blues, jazz, folk, klezmer, and other styles, and yet they all have a common thread that makes them immediately identifiable.Clearly, for Sparks the music itself is more important than the genre it may have originated in, and Chasin’ the Boogie continues this approach. Whether completely re-imagining the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” creating a complex guitar arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” playing the folk standards “Wayfaring Stranger” and “I’ll Fly Away,” or getting gritty on the “Mississippi Blues,” Sparks creates solo steel-string guitar magic like only he can. Put simply, Chasin’ the Boogie is guitar music at its best. Even on songs that you thought you knew, you’ll find yourself hitting the “repeat” button to make sure that what you just heard really happened. Whether you’re already a fan of solo guitar music or not, give Chasin’ the Boogie a spin and allow yourself to be taken along!

    Listen!  http://www.timsparks.com/recordings.html


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  • Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    New Bluegrass/Americana

    Blending equal parts poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, STEEP RAVINE’S soulful tunes and sinewy instrumentals are pushing the indie folk, Americana, and jazz groove in compelling new stylistic directions. The band came on strong to the music scene in late 2013 with the release of their debut album of originals, TRAMPIN’ ON. Within a month, the album started racking upreviews (see a sampling below) and receiving lots of airplay, making it onto the Radio DJ Folk Music Chart of Top Albums and Songs for January 2014. Since then, Steep Ravine has gained steady recognition and embarked on two national tours, with notable appearances at such esteemed venues as Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Northwest String Summit, Redwood Ramble, and Pickamania. The band has also been featured live on KSUT, KPIG, KPFA,
    KKUP, KZSC, and NPR’s West Coast Live, to name but a few. Band mates SIMON LINSTEADT (principal songwriter, guitar, banjo, mandolin, lead vocals), JAN PURAT (violin, vocals), and ALEX BICE (bass, percussion, drums, vocals) form the core of the band. 

    Steep Ravine will be performing for Pacifica Performances for the first time. Don't miss them!

    "Built on a solid foundation of gifted songwriting, fine singing, and acoustic string dexterity, [Steep Ravine] may well be opening up a whole new stylistic direction for musicians and listeners alike to follow."
    —Bluegrass Unlimited

    "With 'Trampin' On'... Steep Ravine announces itself as a hugely talented newcomer that is already taking its place among the very best bands on the Americana scene."
    —Marin Independent Journal

    Listen: www.steepravineband.com






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  • Memorial Day Weekend - No Concert May 24, 2015
    Memorial Day Weekend - No Concert May 24, 2015

  • Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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  • Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Jazz Choir






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  • Windy Hill - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Windy Hill - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Bluegrass






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  • Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    American Music

    This great singer covers western swing, blues, country or jazz, making each song her own. You may know her from her work with "Asleep at the Wheel," with whom she toured for fifteen years, from one side of the country to the other, garnering nine albums, and dozens of awards including a Grammy. She has shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Now performing under her own name, she brings her band, the Smart Alecks, including: Don Margraf on guitar, Lee Bloom on piano, Brandon Essex on bass, and Alex Aspinall on drums, all solid thoroughbred musicians themselves.

    Don't miss this heartfelt vocalist perform from her wide musical range of songs with her own clear, heart-bound style. And the band will rock you!



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