• Legends of the Celtic Harp - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Legends of the Celtic Harp - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    “The Door Between the Worlds”

    Featuring Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter


    Legends of the Celtic Harp presents:
    “The Door Between the Worlds”

    "The Door Between the Worlds" is a dramatic journey in music and story into the realms of the Celtic “Otherworld.”
    The Celtic people have always believed that there are two worlds. There is the world that we live in. And there is
    “The Otherworld.” This Land of Faery is filled with wonder and delight but also darkness and peril.

    The acclaimed ensemble, Legends of the Celtic Harp, opens the door into this mystical world with music played on Celtic harps, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, cittern, and Swedish nyckelharpa and tells the tales of that legendary land…
    from which no one returns unchanged. www.LegendsOfTheCelticHarp.com

    Patrick, who grew up in California and studied in Ireland and in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, plays the rare wire strung Celtic harp and tells mesmerizing stories. The San Francisco Chronicle calls him “an American master of the Irish instrument, a peripatetic modern day bard, combining tale-telling, history, and music into a seamless compound that reaches all ages and all types of listeners.” Variety praises his “hauntingly beautiful ballads and lilting storytelling.”

    Lisa Lynne plays Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin. Windham Hill Records calls her music “quite possibly the most beautiful music you have ever heard.” Aryeh Frankfurter plays Celtic harp, cittern, and the Swedish nyckelharpa. He played classical violin starting at age three, moved on to progressive rock, and found himself most at home with folk and traditional music from around the world.

    Together, Patrick, Lisa, and Aryeh create a rich tapestry threaded with history and myth, fact and legend, and music of exquisite artistry.

    www.patrickball.com


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  • Muriel Anderson - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Muriel Anderson - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Guitar

    One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her new CD "Nightlight Daylight" has already won 10 national awards. Her gentle sense of humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Muriel's unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity.

    Muriel Anderson has been touring recently through the United Kingdom, Ireland and Wales to support her latest release, the award-winning Nightlight/Daylight double CD, featuring guest artists Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Danny & Beth Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Earl Klugh, Tommy Emmanuel and Tierra Negra, as well as three string orchestras.

    murielanderson.com


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  • Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Valentine's Day Concert

    The Nichols return for a concert on Valentine's Day-- a special concert filled with music representing all aspects of love!
    Joining them will be International bassist, Michael Manring and drummer/percussionist extraordinaire, Celso Alberti.


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  • Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    A Cappella
    Doo-wop, pop, rhythm & blues


    Award-winning Talk of Da Town has shared stages with some of the greatest artists of the day, from Ray Charles, James Brown, Joan Baez, the Temptations, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire to Patti LaBelle, Carmen McRae, Rod Stewart, Take 6, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sarah Vaughan and more. Presented in concert halls, fairs and festivals across America and Europe, they also stole the hearts of 45 million viewers worldwide on NBC's groundbreaking vocal extravaganza, The Sing-Off, for four straight weeks during summer of 2010, at that time the highest rated program in NBC’s history. Singing the best of doo-wop, pop, rhythm and blues, gospel, swing and rock, Talk of Da Town is classic a cappella harmony at its best.


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  • Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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    Celtic

    The Black Brothers Band

    Shay and Michael Black are part of a musical family and have been performers all their lives. They currently tour the U.S. regularly with The Black Brothers Band. Piano player Eamonn Flynn, fiddler Bobbi Nikles and cellist Myra Joy are accomplished solo musicians in their own right, adding fire to the band mix.

    The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The lively performances include up-tempo reels and jigs, along with mighty fine dancing and other surprises, which bring added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.


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  • 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 this eclectic group of musicians and dancers in "Nuevas Tendencias" with an emphasis on new music by the virtuoso guitarist Jason McGuire "El Rubio." A truly exciting dance and music experience, "Nuevas Tendencias" has premiered at Yoshi's San Francisco and Oakland, Angelica's Bistro, and the New Parish to standing ovations.
    This ensemble and show is nominated for the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award for "Best Company" for 2014.



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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, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Houston Jones - Saturday, February 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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