• Dan Bankhurst w/ Jim Nichols - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Dan Bankhurst w/ Jim Nichols - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Guitar Series

    Influenced by blues, jazz and fingerstyle guitar, Dan plays them all. Winner of the Home of the Legends competition in 2013, he is an exciting and creative guitarist in his own right, and will share this concert with the great virtuoso guitarist Jim Nichols.

    In addition to his collaboration with Jim, he will perform songs from his newly released 2nd CD, ’Tradition Pickin’



    "Just finished up a CD I recorded and produced for Dan Bankhurst. And let me tell you Dan is the one to watch! He is an amazing young guitarist. Such depth and soul in his playing. Good job Dan!"

    - Guitarist Pete Huttlinger

    http://www.danbankhurst.com


    General Non-Member - $20
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  • The Lowel Trio w/Kay Stern - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    The Lowel Trio w/Kay Stern - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Classical

    Members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for over 26 years, oboist/English Hornist Janet Popesco Archibald & cellist Emil Miland, along with Skyline College faculty accompanist Margaret Fondbertasse formed the Lowell Trio with the mantra ‘Classical Music is All Around Us’. Tonight, they are joined by Kay Stern, Concert Master of the SF Opera Orchestra.
    The Lowell Trio’s initial performances took place in a music club in Martinez ,CA- Armando’s, that was far more accustomed to hosting folk, rock & jazz groups than a Classical chamber music group. Much to everyone’s surprise the Lowell Trio found at Armando’s an ever growing audience eager to experience & learn about Classical music, especially when performed under a disco ball in a friendly casual atmosphere complete with a bar and a bouncer.
    Now in its 9th year, the Lowell Trio performs 3 sellout concerts a year at Armando’s as well as at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Their programs feature Classical works both familiar and unusual and their programs often explore the many connections between Classical music and other genres of music such as folk, jazz & pop.
    In 2015 the Lowell Trio was pleased to release their first CD, ‘Music to Save Our Endangered Lands’. The CD features a selection of some of the Lowell Trio’s most popular concert works in support of the John Muir Land Trust, with 100% of sales proceeds going to the John Muir Land Trust and their dedication to preserving the beautiful open spaces in Contra Costa County. CDs can be purchased at www.JMLT.org under ‘get involved’.


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  • The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) - Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    The Jones Gang (formerly Houston Jones) - Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    High Octane Americana

    This band is a reincarnation of the the group formerly known as Houston Jones. Still performing high octane Americana flair, with some new faces on lead and pedal steel guitar, they perform popular Houston Jones hits, as well as originals.

    Travis Jones, acoustic and electric guitar, lead and background vocals and percussion — This strong, vibrant talent has performed with a wide array of artists. He’s shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel and Waylon Jennings – Night Ranger and the Doobie Brothers - John Hartford and Levon Helm, just to name a few.
    Henry Salvia, keyboards, lead and background vocals & percussion — Hailing from Detroit this Houston Jones band member since 2005 brought a lifetime of experience to the band. He worked with the Johnny Nocturne band, and such artists as Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Colla (of Huey Lewis and the News), and Al Kooper.
    Peter Tucker, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals — Rolling Stone Magazine described Peter as "one of the most creative percussionists to emerge in rock music." Peter recorded with Tim Hardin and worked with Richie Havens, Austin Delone, The Beau Brummels, The Waybacks, The Cowlicks, and of course, Houston Jones.
    Joshua Zucker, upright & electric bass, background vocals, percussion — Joshua studied classical composition, jazz performance and ethnomusicology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY before moving west in 1994. A seasoned upright and electric bassist/vocalist comfortable with most any musical genre, Joshua plays with The Jones Gang and many other groups.


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  • Richard Smith- Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Richard Smith- Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Fingerstyle Guitar Series

    British guitarist Richard, now residing in Nashville, has toured the world as a solo artist, with various duos and trios, and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favourite duet partners. In 2001, Richard became the National Finger¬style Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He was elected Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in Kentucky in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Golden Thumbpick Award by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists in California.


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  • Kathy Kallick Band - Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Kathy Kallick Band - Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Hot Bluegrass, Cool Originals

    Kathy has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, received a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founded the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, appeared on three high-profile Rounder collections of bluegrass songs by women, written and recorded award-winning music for children and families, and toured the world.
    The Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The songs and tunes featured in their show, include favorites from the Good Ol’ Persons and early KKB releases, gems from the bluegrass/old time/country music repertoire, selections from IBMA’s Emerging Artist Of the year Annie Staninec’s solo release, and and more than a few surprises.
    The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast — Kathy (guitar) and Tom Bekeny (mandolin) are from the SF Bay Area, Annie Staninec (fiddle) is from from Portland, Cary Black (acoustic bass) from Seattle, and Greg Booth (dobro & banjo) from Anchorage — but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.

    “This is a top-notch band led by a woman with the warmest, richest voice in our music today.” - Katy Daley, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country


    General Non-Member - $20
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  • Faye Carol- Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Faye Carol- Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Jazz Vocal

    The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is known for top notch, world class music. Her audiences have been a combination of folk who were introduced to her through her work in gospel, soul, r&b, cabaret, jazz, and blues. She was awarded the Top Star Award and appeared with such artists as Eddie Cleanhead Vincent, Pharoah Sanders, Gene Ammons, and Ray Charles.

    The Faye Carol School Of The Getdown has become known as a Bay Area community treasure, and Miss Faye continues as an international recording artist, adding to her own catalogue & contributing to numerous colleagues' projects.

    Known for her outwardly loving embrace and support of all, Faye Carol remains a conduit for bringing together many communities through music. This trailblazer continues to create unique, authentic music, and rock the mic with an energy that is divine.


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  • Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    Celtic

    This dynamic trio is known for its infectious enthusiasm while performing Scottish and Irish music. With a combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bodran, mandala and vocals, its hard-driving Celtic jigs and reels always leave audiences shouting for more.
    The band consists of :
    David Brewer, Highland bagpipes, border pipes, uillean pipes, whistles, bodhran - He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of playing have eared him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast. David has composed close to 200 traditional style tunes, many of which have appeared on recordings, independent films, and television.
    John Weed: Fiddle, is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He hones his skills annually by attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O'Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.
    Stuart Mason: Guitar, mandola - has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.


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  • Talk of Da Town - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Talk of Da Town - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm
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    A Cappella

    Talk of Da Town features the great Motown, R & B, and Doo-Wop hits. As award-winning singers, they have appeared with an impressive array of major artists including Ray Charles, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, the Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, Carmen MacRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Tower of Power… and the list goes on. For the very best in classic vocal harmony, you can’t go wrong with Talk of da Town!

    FROM THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE TO THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS, AUDIENCES FROM THE BAY AREA AND BEYOND HAVE BEEN THRILLED TO THE DYNAMIC, SOULFUL SOUNDS OF “TALK OF DA TOWN”.

    The group continues this great tradition of a cappella singing from the famed gospel quartets of the 1930s and ’40s. By the late 1940s and ’50s the method was transformed to vocal groups, or so-called doowop groups, of which the 1950s produced so many, including such luminaries as the Spaniels, Ravens, Harptones, Five Satins, and the Dells. Later, the style would be revived by the Persuasions, who appeared at the SFBF a few years ago.


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