• Melody Walker/Josh Groopman Duo- Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Melody Walker/Josh Groopman Duo- Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americali

    Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
    Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!



    www.melodywalkermusic.com
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjXdoiKpmY

  • Unauthorized Rolling Stones - Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Unauthorized Rolling Stones - Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Rock

    Hey You, Get Off of Your Cloud and kick up your heels -- Come to a great night of Rolling Stones music as played by the one and only Unauthorized Rolling Stones!

  • Mike Dowling - Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Mike Dowling - Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Guitar Series

    When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere." Before embarking on a solo career Mike also worked and recorded with mandolin legend Jethro Burns, jazz violinist Joe Venuti, and Nashville session great Buddy Spicher. Grammy-winning Mike draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar, capturing the hearts of acoustic music fans throughout the world with his engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and elegant interpretations of an arsenal of old blues, swing, ragtime and original compositions. Mike favors the melodic Piedmont picking style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. Contemporary blues musician, Steve James, calls Mike his "favorite guitarist", but Mike can't be pigeonholed as a bluesman, or even a fingerstylist. While the singular goal of most musicians is to master a distinctive style, Mike has mastered several. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz, with detours through old-time, bluegrass or Latin rhythms, Mike's mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike. Mike will teach a workshop before his concert at 3pm - 5pm at the Hall. He is a stunning guitarist! Sign up: 650-355-1882.


    Tickets available at door for concert. Doors open at 7:00 pm

  • Will Durst - - Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Will Durst - - Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Comedy

    “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”, is an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. In this rollicking 85 minute heartfelt monologue, Durst encourages his chronologically gifted brethren to refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their online banking security question. Does anyone really have a favorite non- cruciferous vegetable? It’s a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation culminating in an extra, added special treat- the Meaning of Life.

    Ably assisted by his genial wit and trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomer revolutions, evolutions and still vibrant role in today’s youth obsessed society (which we invented, for crum’s sake). He shamelessly strokes the egos and pats the hands of the Love Generation through segments entitled Racing From The Shadow Of A Mushroom Cloud. The Blinking VCR. Still Doing Drugs, Only Now There’s a Co- Pay. The Brightsides of Extreme Adulthood & Hope I Die Before I… Ooops, Too Late. It’s funny. It’s smart. And uplifting, even.
    Jean Schiffman of the San Francisco Examiner says of “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”, “Durst’s good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that… I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious.”
    Generously sponsored by Cricket Jones.
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/theater/2013/05/durst-oldie-goodie#ixzz2TNsG1oKN



  • Bud E Luv Big Band - Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Bud E Luv Big Band - Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Valentine's Day LUV FEST

    Come to a Valentine’s Day “Luv” party! The Budster brings his trio and big band to back up his combined talents of shtick and golden vocals with great musicianship. Great fun! Come early—this is a very popular show! Graciously sponsored by Larry DeMartini of DeMartini Graphics.

    Vegas comes to Pacifica with the Bud E Luv Show!


  • Chris Cain Band - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Chris Cain Band - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Blues

    Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year." Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist." Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."
    Generously sponsored by Cricket Jones

    http://www.chriscainmusic.com

  • Hookslide - Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Hookslide - Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    A Cappella
    the hard rockin' cool groovin' vocal revolution

    Hook-slide is a high energy mix of mind blowing vocal percussion, booming bass and screaming four-part harmony that is guaranteed to knock you out. No instruments? No Problem! Based in San Francisco, this CARA award-winning vocal group has traveled throughout the nation and has worked with groups from Kool and the Gang to Joan Rivers and Tower of Power! The group has had the same 4 members for 13 years and has visited cities from Anchorage to Albany and has recently performed on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC and on stage at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Hookslide has performed over 500 shows around the country for all kinds of festival, club, colleges, corporate, television shows and charities including Mythbusters, America Sings, The San Francisco Giants, Budweiser and Amgen International. The group claims to sing five parts with only four members. How do they do it? Come to the show to find out!

    http://www.hook-slide.com

  • Windy Hill -  Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Windy Hill - Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Bluegrass

    It’s immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and has big fun picking and singing. Named after the golden hill in Portola Valley, CA that separates the SF Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean, Windy Hill is the new face of bluegrass on the West Coast. With their strong harmony singing, original songwriting and hard-driving banjo, Windy Hill is becoming increasingly well-known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances.

    Chosen as the California showcase band at the 2012 Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, Winner of the 2011 Northwest String Summit Band Competition in Oregon, and Winner of the 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year at Bluegrassin’ In the Foothills Festival, Windy Hill has recorded two full-length albums. Released in May 2013, Windy Hill's second album “Lonesome Garbage Man” features 18 high-powered original tunes that run the gamut of bluegrass styles. The band continues to tour all over the country, winning diverse audience with their enthusiasm for real bluegrass music.

    Back by popular demand!


  • Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00








  • March Musical Spotlight - Note day: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    March Musical Spotlight - Note day: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Variety March - March Musical Spotlight


    Please note day: Sunday, March 23 - 4pm - 7pm

    Join us for our annual fundraiser and celebration of live music with performances by violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano; Belly Dancing by Asia and Arabesque, and vocals and guitar by Morning and Jim Nichols. Light dinner fare will be available for purchase. Spec. Adm: $25, members $20. This is always a Musically delicious event!

  • Black Brothers - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Black Brothers - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Celtic - Irish

    Shay and Michael Black are members of Ireland's foremost family of song. Their work has been described by critics as "exquisite", "exhilarating" and "nothing short of stunning".
    They are noted for their strong voices; Shay's is robust and hearty and Michael's a thrilling tenor. Their solos and close harmonies display an alloyed joy in singing and with their infectious humor, wit and great talent, the Black Brothers make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long. Don't miss this great celebration of music!

    The Black Brothers band consists of Bryan Seet on piano, Myra Joy on cello and Bibbi Nikles on fiddle.

  • Anton Schwartz w Taylor Eigsti-  Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Anton Schwartz w Taylor Eigsti- Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz

    Acclaimed saxophonist and composer Anton Schwartz celebrates the release of his brand new CD, Flash Mob, with his superlative quintet. Now a Seattle resident, Schwartz has maintained a strong Bay Area presence as he becomes an increasingly visible figure on the national jazz scene. Showcasing what SFJAZZ this year called "the commanding tone and boundless creativity of a masterful jazz artist," Schwartz kicks of with us the very first evening of his band's two week West Coast tour. Anton will be joined by brilliant pianist, Taylor Eigsti. Jazz lovers! This will be a concert NOT TO BE MISSED!


    http://antonjazz.com

    tayjazz.com

  • Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz

    Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap

    Bobbe and Larry return with their unique jazz flavored approach to classic songs and lesser known gems. Every year they present a casually elegant performance that brings a special warmth to the concert hall. This time around there will be an emphasis on the songs of Rodgers and Hart (Bewitched, Little Girl Blue, The Lady Is A Tramp and more). Filling out the quartet will be Jason Lewis and Dan Feiszli. Stunning vocals backed by some of the Bay Area's most exciting musicians.

  • March Musical Spotlight - Note day: Sunday, March 23, 2014  5 PM - 7:30 PM
    March Musical Spotlight - Note day: Sunday, March 23, 2014 5 PM - 7:30 PM
    $0.00

    March Musical Spotlight!
    Variety

    Please note day: Sunday, March 23 5 pm - 7:30 pm
    Doors open at 4:30 pm

    Join us for our annual fundraiser and celebration of live music with performances by violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano; Belly Dancing by Asia and Arabesque, and vocals and guitar by Morning and Jim Nichols. Light dinner fare will be available for purchase. Special Pricing: $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members.

    This is always a musically delicious event!

  • Black Brothers - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Black Brothers - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Celtic - Irish

    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 and fiddler Bobbi Nikles, both accomplished solo musicians in their own right, provide fuel to ignite the band sound. There are often special features, such as "surprise" pipers or dancers to bring extra energy and liveliness to the music.

    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 performances include up tempo reels and jigs, along with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes. Audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.


    http://www.black-brothers.com

  • Emil Miland and Joan Nagano - Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Emil Miland and Joan Nagano - Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Classical
    Cello & Piano

    Internationally acclaimed cellist, Emil Miland will be performing works by Lou Harrison, (Suite for Cello and Piano), Sergei Rachmaninoff (Vocalise) and Johannes Brahms (Sonata in e minor, opus 38). He will be accompanied on piano by the accomplished Joan Nagano.

    Emil will also feature a special guest on the program, another pianist, Keith Porter-Snell. The two will collaborate on Stephen Hough's new Sonata for Cello and Left-Hand piano, first performed in London's Wigmore Hall last October. Emil and Keith met years ago when they were both attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. They are thrilled to perform together after all this time!

    Emil has been a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1988 and often collaborates with singers in recitals. In 2010 with Frederica von Stade invited him to accompany her at her farewell recital in Carnegie Hall.

    SF Classical Voice states, “Emil Miland is a unique phenomenon. There is just something about the way he connects the qualities of style, grace, virtuosity and real soul that remind one of no other cellist.”

  • Jim Anderson & the Rebels -  Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Jim Anderson & the Rebels - Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Elvis Tribute

    Jim Anderson & the Rebels are continuing to Headline Main Stages everywhere. They have been entertaining Elvis, Country, Oldies, and Music fans alike. Successfully performing to Sold Out Venues and Audiences in California, Washington, and Nevada, they have won the hearts and respect of thousands of Elvis Presley fans wold wide. Fans have been patiently waiting for something new, and have been asking for something different. Jim & the Boys answered that call and have been pouring the heart and soul out to their fans, at every show. This is not a “Jumpsuit Elvis Impersonator” type of show. This is a tribute to Elvis and his early music.” A very hardworking, ethical, compassionate, and always very crowd pleasing performance group!

    Jim Anderson & the Rebels released their first ever Album in January of 2014. Since then, they have skyrocketed up the Reverb-Nation Charts to #1 Locally in their Genre. They have also jumped in their Genre to #77 Nationally, #135 Globally, and #73,154 in all Genres of Reverb-Nation!

    http://www.jimandersonandtherebels.com

  • Brooks Robertson & John Standefer - Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Brooks Robertson & John Standefer - Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Guitar

    It's this remarkable contrast that constantly fascinates audiences around the globe: They see a young man standing or sitting on stage, while hearing him play the most staggering version of "Cannonball Rag". Brooks Robertson just doesn't need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away. Hailed by prominent exponents of his instrument like Nokie Edwards, Thom Bresh, John Jorgenson and Mason Williams, the young fingerstyle guitarist embodies the creative vision of a postmodern world: It's the music that counts. He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his very own art form – sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.

    After 50 years of playing guitar, John Standefer regards this past year as one of the greatest in his career. "Partnering with Brooks Robertson to form the Brooks & John guitar duo, performing concerts together and developing this new CD has been like medicine to me”, says John. The magic of their arrangements and playing ability really shines through in the wide range of pop music styles and techniques found on their premiere CD, We Came To Play.

    “Take a listen to Brooks and John! Their playing weaves magic, surprises the ear, lifts the heart and takes the listener to a better place. I've known these guys for a long time and I have witnessed their maturity as players, arrangers... now recording artists. Great work Gentlemen, Bravo!”
    - Tommy Emmanuel CGP

    Brooks & John will teach a workshop before their concert at 3pm - 5pm at the Hall. Learn some super funky licks & jazzy grooves from Brooks and John -- Sign up: 650-355-1882, or come to the door by 2:45pm, before the workshop.

    http://www.brooksrobertson.com
    http://johnstandefer.com/index.html

  • Tony Marcus/Bobby Black Group - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Tony Marcus/Bobby Black Group - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz, Swing 'n Country


    Bobby Black and Paul Anastasio first played together about 35 years ago when they were both members of Asleep at the Wheel. Bobby's been the first call steel guitarist in the Bay Area forever, and has played on recordings from George Jones' first sides to Commander Cody and beyond. Paul honed his swing fiddle chops under the tutelage of Joe Venuti, the originator of jazz violin, and went on to play with such country greats as Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. They both harbor a great fondness for wonderful songs from the swing era, and Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan (aka Leftover Dreams) love to sing them. Tony also gets around on the guitar.Paul, Bobby and Tony recorded a CD (Steel Swingin") a few years back, and always look forward to playing together. This evening will include both the jazzy and the country side of everyone concerned, and promises to be full of surprises.

  • Asia & Arabesque Belly Dancing - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Asia & Arabesque Belly Dancing - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Belly Dancing

    "When the drummers were women" A spiritual history of rhythm. Inspired by and dedicated to the memory of author Layne Redmond. The show features beautiful costumes , Goddesses, oracles and cults and traces drumming back to its roots in ancient cultures where the first drummers were women! Our very special guest artist for this concert is Pacifica's own Nancy Hall! Come join the fun and learn about the importance of drums in society's without cell phones! When drums were a very important way of communicating with each other and the Goddesses! This show features live drumming, 33 Belly dancers and Asia's global dance class from Ocean Shore elementary school.


    Tickets only available at the door. Come early for best seating. Doors open at 7:00 pm

  • Talk of Da Town - Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Talk of Da Town - Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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.

  • Margie Baker - Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Margie Baker - Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz, Blues & More

    Vocalist, Margie Baker is certainly a local treasure to the Bay Area. We are excited to present this swinging, grooving performer, who will grace our stage with her talent, big personality and 5 piece band, including Jim Nichols, guitar, Keith Williams, piano, Chuck Bennett, bass, Jerry Pannone, drums.

    She has performed in this area (and well beyond) since 1973, singing in San Francisco regularly at the Hilton Hotels, and touring the world from 1988 to 1996 with the Monterey Jazz Festival. The Monterey Jazz Festival went on tour following the main festival in Monterey. She traveled with them all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Russia. Over the years, Margie made a name for herself as a premiere West Coast jazz vocalist. She was featured in jazz music magazines and won “Best Entertainer” in 1989 at the San Francisco Gold Awards.

    In the late 1990s, Margie settled back into local gigs, playing hotels and what was left of the small clubs in the Bay Area, such as Shanghai 1930 and Club Jazz Nouveau. In 2004, she released her first CD, “Margie Baker & Friends, Live at Rasselas” on the Consolidated Artist Productions label, a small label owned by Michael Longo, Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist. So far they have released three CDs, and Margie has been spotted recently in the Local 6 rehearsal hall working on a new one. “My publicist at the label said it’s about time that I go into the studio and make a purist jazz album.”

    http://afm6.org/archives/dr-margie-baker-vocalist-the-power-of-the-mic-by-alex-walsh/#to

  • Tony McManus- Saturday,  June 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Tony McManus- Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Guitar

    This Scottish born fingerstyle virtuoso has a passion for acoustic guitar and traditional and Celtic music. In Tony's hands, the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar. His crystal clear and pure sound is not to be missed.
    English guitarist John Renbourn described him as "the best Celtic guitarist in the world."

    Catch him on his California tour http://www.tonymcmanus.comright here in Pacifica!

    http://www.tonymcmanus.com

  • Ledward Kaapana - Saturday,  June 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Ledward Kaapana - Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Master

    LEDWARD KAAPANA A master of the slack key guitar, Ledward has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ukulele, and his extraordinary baritone falsetto vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of "Led Heads" from Brussels, to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for his artistic excellence and his contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three wins on slack key compilations. He has won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii's "Grammy") awards, including Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 2009.

    "…friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked." -- The Honolulu Advertiser
    This Concert made possible by a generous donation from our friend, Jerry Crow

    www.ledkaapana.com

    No free passes for this show.

  • Golden Bough - Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Golden Bough - Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Celtic

    Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French
    Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring
    their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.

    Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin,
    penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark.
    To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage,
    Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

    http://www.goldenboughmusic.com

  • Daniel Castro - Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Daniel Castro - Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Blues

    Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished
    guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, the Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

    A Daniel Castro Band performance is soulful, polished, and intense as the group shifts from onescintillating groove to the next. Daniel covers lead vocals and rhythm and lead guitar with amazing dexterity. Musical chemistry is obvious from the first note the band plays and it never lets up. The group’s strong arrangements, including three-part harmonies, and its use of dynamics and feel, propel each song forward and leave audiences in awe of a trio that sounds so full. “We play big,” says Perper. Others agree. “I can’t believe how full the band sounds. I close my eyes and am sure you’re a five or six piece band--unbelievable!” says Bernard Butcher, producer of the Blue Wing Blues Festival.

    http://www.danielcastro.com

  • Quartet S.F. w/Jeremy Cohen - Saturday July 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Quartet S.F. w/Jeremy Cohen - Saturday July 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Quartet San Francisco
    Grammy nominees for their last four CD releases (2009, 2007, 2006 and 2013) and International Tango competition winners (New York, 2004), Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. He is joined by violinist Matthew Szemela, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Kelley Maulbetsch. As crossover specialists QSF excels in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

    Non-traditional in their delivery, QSF redefines the sound of chamber music. "When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove."

  • Tim & Myles Thompson - Saturday August 9, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Tim & Myles Thompson - Saturday August 9, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Guitar Series

    It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.

    “He was my biggest influence,” Myles says. “So it’s really not difficult to read his mind, musically.”

    What IS surprising is the independent spirit that exists between the two musical partners, particularly when one of the partners is the father. “I stopped looking at Myles as a student years ago,” Tim says. “He's become a great player and writer so he's one of my peers.”

    Live, the Thompsons present high-octane instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephan Grappelli, Chick Corea, Jackson Browne, Sam Bush and more. Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock and world music.

  • Joni Morris - Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Joni Morris - Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Legendary Ladies of Country Music

    Joni filled the hall last year at her special tribute to the queen of country music, Patsy Cline. Now she is back with her new show, "Legendary Ladies of Country Music." Joined by her talented Jordanaires-singing style band "After Midnight," Joni performs the hits of Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and many more.

    Her performances are solid, saturated with true showmanship and authentic sound and personality. We’re transported back to Golden Years of the late 50’s and 60’s with songs like “Honky Tonk Angels” “Sweet Dreams,” “Stand by Your Man,” “My Happiness,” and “Coal Miner's Daughter”

    Joni sings each song brilliantly and adds dazzling costumes and comedy too, but nothing shines so bright as her ability to connect with audience. She is becoming well-known for her great audience interaction. We had so many requests to bring her back to Pacifica, we brought her back as soon as we could!

    http://jonimorris.com/pages/index.html

  • Farallon Quintet- Saturday,  August 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Farallon Quintet- Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Classical

    The Farallon Quintet, founded in the summer of 2012, is a dynamic Bay Area ensemble and the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the clarinet quintet—string quartet plus clarinet—repertoire. In addition to playing the classics, the group seeks to perform rarely heard works as well as new music by living composers. With at least 160 existing clarinet quintets to choose from, the group offers diverse and engaging programs to the general public.

    The quintet is made up of leading Bay Area musicians—Natalie Parker, clarinet; Dan Flanagan and Matthew Oshida, violins; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello—who are principal players in such orchestras as the San Francisco Ballet, Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Fremont Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic. As an ensemble, the players recently received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to record and release their debut album in early 2015.

    The group takes its name from the Farallon Islands, located right off the coast of San Francisco. In addition to being a landmark location close to where the players live and work, its meaning—“pillar” or “steep rock” in Spanish—indicates the group’s vision to become an important “pillar” or “rock” in classical music by building awareness around the lesser known yet musically significant clarinet quintet repertoire. The Farallon Islands also represent the group’s inspiration which is founded in the simplicity and beauty of nature. In fact, the group is known to intersperse rehearsals with hikes in the mountains and road trips—all with the intent to discover the natural beauties of Northern California.

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  • Coulter, Weed, DiSalvi - Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Coulter, Weed, DiSalvi - Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Cutting Edge Celtic

    This newly formed trio of seasoned musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, including a former member of concert hall favorite, Molly's Revenge, have just recorded their first CD. They Play traditional and original music from Ireland, Scandanavia and Galicia, plus som J.S. Bach pieces, on guitar, fiddle and cello.

  • MoJazz- Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    MoJazz- Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Big Band

    Mildred Owen Hall's own house band, with seven musicians and two vocalists, plays swinging, danceable music from the Great American Songbook and Big Band era. They will also introduce some original material. Led by Norman Dutton.
    Optional dance lessons with dance instructor extraordinaire Chuck Dee will begin at 7:15.


    Special Admission: $12 and $10

  • Meg Mackay & Billy Philadelphia - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Meg Mackay & Billy Philadelphia - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Caberet

    Meg and Billy have been making music together for 25 years. Bay Area audiences love Meg's sultry contralto voice and Billy's lively piano playing. This show titled "Two of a Kind" includes songs from Broadway, film and the Great American Songbook, plus unexpected, seldom-heard tunes.
    Always an enjoyable evening with these two!

  • County Line Trio - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    County Line Trio - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Kingston Trio Tribute

    The County Line Trio performs their tribute to the famous Kingston Trio. Their shows are filled with the many hit songs of the Trio and a delightful helping of tongue-in-cheek humor that would make even the Smothers Brothers envious.

    With the original Kingston Trio constantly topping the charts with songs like "Tom Dooley," "Lemon Tree," "This Land is Your Land," "Scotch and Soda," and "A Worried Man— songs so timeless they literally travel the decades with new fans — it is no wonder why in 1969, three guys decided they were going to be a Kingston Trio tribute band. Original members of that band — Millbrae-raised Tod Brendlen on vocals, banjo and guitar, San Mateo-raised Dean Hammer on vocals, guitar and conga drum, and Fort Bragg-born Bud Olsen on vocals and guitar — were so good, the Kingston Trio were fans. In fact, they've been called the "museum version" of the Kingston Trio. Recently, Bob Lawrence, once an early part time member of the band, joined County Line as a regular member, playing guitar, banjo and joining in the vocals. This is a return engagement, and a word of advice to ticket buyers, last year's concert was packed!


  • John Worley's Zooma Zooma -  - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    John Worley's Zooma Zooma - - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Musical Tribute to Vegas Icons, Louis Prima & Keely Smith

    "The Return of Zooma Zooma" :
    A musical tribute to Vegas icons, Louis Prima & Keely Smith

    A fun-filled gregarious 8 piece ensemble, Zooma Zooma, pays tribute to the music of Louis Prima and Keeley Smith and the days when swing was king in Vegas. Vocalists Vice Grip and Kat Parra, along with musical director/ trumpeter John Worley, join together to bring you tunes like "Ol’ Black Magic", "When You’re Smilin’", "Hey Boy, Hey Girl" and other hits.
    Vice Grip is a 30 year veteran of the swing and punk scene in SF. He’s fronted The Ambassadors of Swing, a big band playing the music of Cab Calloway; The New Morty Show and St. Vitus Dance. Vice posses a quick wit, sharp tongue and has entertained the public for the last 30 years with a vocal style uniquely his own.

    Kat Parra, an award-winning composer/vocalist, has released four critically acclaimed CDs. Invited to perform in Amsterdam, Brazil and Mexico as well as top-tier venues throughout the United States, she earned the designation “Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2010 and 2008” by Latin Jazz Corner, and received a 2008 nomination for “Latin Jazz Album of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association.

    Musical director John Worley -always looking for a new challenge - a new reason to bring together a band that swings, has had great success lately re-creating the magic of the bygone eras of jazz.

  • Pacifica Guitar Night - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Pacifica Guitar Night - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Pacifica Guitar Night

    This is the night you've all been asking for! They're back - Pacifican guitarists, Chris Cobb, Jim Nichols and Mike Tyler return to our Hall with their wonderful talents and wide range of guitar styles to rock, roll, and mesmerize you! This is a very popular evening of music and virtuosity, from soup to nuts, so get your tickets now and plan on a great night of killer grooves and knock your socks off playing!

    Fingerstyle guitarist Jim Nichols has played at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. On the short list he's recorded or gigged with such artists as: Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison and Toots Thielemans.

    Blues guitarist Chris Cobb has toured and recorded with such folks as "Sista" Monica Parker, E.C. Scott and Mitch Woods. He is the co-owner of Real Guitar, San Francisco’s oldest vintage guitar shop, which welcomes such regular customers as: Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, the Black Crowes, Neil Young, The Killers and Tracy Chapman.

    Rock guitarist Mike Tyler has been featured multiple times in "Guitar Player," and is one of the legendary guitarists with the progressive rock, jazz, blues, Afro Cuban band, the Bartron Tyler Group.

    All three are playing Saturday night at Pacifica Performances. It's their annual gig and it's hugely popular. Best advice - order tickets early or be there when the doors open. (Author credit, Jean Bartlett. Excerpt used with permission.)



  • Verismo Opera- Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Verismo Opera- Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Opera

    Giacomo Puccini's tragic love story "Tosca" is re-set by Verismo Opera Company to take place in 1944. It tells the tale of a beautiful celebrated singer, her lover--the painter, and the ruthless police chief who will stop at nothing to possess her. Fully staged and costumed with chorus and supertitles. A classic, beloved opera.

    Featuring: Suzanne Stadler, Soprano; Joe Kinyon, Baritone; Thomas Clark, Tenor

    Suzanne Stadler, Soprano

    A proud Silicon Valley native, Suzanne Stadler, “with her sumptuous voice and majestic power”, possesses the truly rare voice type of an authentic dramatic soprano. Blessed with “a big, luscious sound” especially suited to Verdi, Verismo and Wagner, she was educated privately in Italy and continues her studies under Bill Schuman in New York and Sheri Greenawald in San Francisco.

    In 2011 Suzanne began her collaboration with Teatro Grattacielo, a New York company specializing in rare Verismo works, when she covered the lead role of Anna Maria in I Compagnacci.
    2012 was the occasion of her Lincoln Center debut, returning to Teatro Grattacielo in October to sing the role of La Voce and to cover Basiliola in Montemezzi’s La Nave.
    2013 marked Suzanne’s West Coast debut as Helmwige in Die Walküre for Verismo Opera in Vallejo, California. She returns to Verismo to sing her first Tosca in 2014, followed by Madama Butterfly in 2015.

    Joe Kinyon, Baritone
    Last seen as Marcello in Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème", baritone Joe Kinyon returns as Scarpia, in the composer's compelling dramatic powerhouse "Tosca". Joe has also performed leading roles with the following other opera companies in the Bay Area: Opera San José, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and Sonoma City Opera. This is Joe's ninth role with Verismo Opera!


    Thomas Clark, Tenor

  • David Grier - Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    David Grier - Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Virtuoso Flat-Picking Guitarist

    The most award-winning guitarist in recent memory is David Grier. For the past several years, he has been voted by the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association as Best Guitar Player of the Year. He has also appeared on two Grammy- winning recordings: "True Life Blues-A Tribute to Bill Monroe" and "The Great Dobro Sessions." David is also included in the book, "1,000 Great Guitarists." His inspiration to learn guitar came from exposure to Bill Monroe while his father, Lamar Grier, played banjo for the Blue Grass Boys in the middle 1960s.

    David's first solo recording Freewheeling appeared on Rounder Records, as did his acclaimed 1991 duet project Climbing the Walls with mandolinist Mike Compton. David's Lone Soldier project is listed in Acoustic Guitar Magazine's "100 Essential Acoustic Guitar Recordings of All Time. " His most recent solo release, Evocative, (Dreadnought 2009) features 10 original tunes and a rich complement of collaborators, including Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan and more, has been hailed for its "deep musical introspection" as well as its "unmatchable mastery of the guitar" (Martin Mull). Other Dreadnought releases include the highly-acclaimed Live at the Linda and I've Got the House to Myself His work is also captured on a Homespun video called Building Powerful Solos.

    David maintains an unqualified standard of excellence in guitar playing - accurate, intelligent and inventive.

    Don't miss this great artist!



    http://www.davidgrier.com

  • Sean Weaver - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Sean Weaver - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Blues, Rock, & Country

    This Nashville guitarist has payed with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and the Everly Brothers. He took first place awards in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition, and Home of the Legends in Kentucky. Currently he is working with country legend Lee Ann Womack. He brings his versatile and stunning talent to our hall for a great night of music with the able accompaniment of The Nichols Trio, with Jim Nichols on guitar, John Nichols on bass, and David Rokeach on drums

    "About 10 years ago while doing a show in the state of Washington a young teenage guitar picker named Sean Weaver found his way to our sound check. I noticed he had his guitar so I asked him to play a tune with us. It was a great thrill to watch him just starting to find his way around a guitar. 10 years or so later this kid is a monster! All he needs is the chance to be heard 'cause he's got game!" - Vince Gill, Grammy award winning Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, and Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

  • Lavay Smith - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Lavay Smith - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Big Band Swing/Jazz

    Nobody plays classic jump-blues and jazz with more punch and authority than Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Fronted by the sultry Smith, an alluring singer whose style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band performs tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as original numbers, for fans across the United States, Canada and Europe. The seven-piece Red Hot Skillet Lickers, led by arranger and pianist Chris Siebert, features a rogue’s gallery of robustly swinging soloists who cut their teeth with everyone from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles. From Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington.

  • Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Skyline College Concert Choir invites you to A Musical Feast for the Holidays - a choral concert about everyone’s favorites – food and drink! The program will feature musical selections celebrating the edible abundance of harvest time as well as the season’s plentiful libations. Excerpts from Purcell’s King Arthur and J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata will top our menu; these early music morsels of non-holiday fare will be served alongside savory courses of opera excerpts by Offenbach, Strauss Jr., and Gilbert and Sullivan, refreshing modern treats by Leonard Bernstein, and contemporary musical theater desserts. In addition to traditional carols and seasonal music, we will also offer our audience tasty holiday favorites such as Fruitcake, We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We won’t go until we get some figgy pudding…), and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…).

    NOTE: Special pricing for this concert:

    $12 - Adult Non-Member
    $10 - Members, Seniors and Students

  • Curios - Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Curios - Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Original Alternative

    The Curios are back to present their 17th annual Winter Concert.
    Award winning singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Nancy Hall and Lee Parvin are the creative core of their own band The Curios. Together with a stable of talented friends they build what Northern California Songwriter has called a “wonderfully eclectic, quirky and beautifully complex musical universe.” Don't miss this one of a kind musical evening.

    Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as this show may sell out.

    Get 8 or more tickets to reserve a table.
    No free passes accepted for this show.

  • High Country - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    High Country - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Bluegrass Holiday


    "...One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." -Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

    Over the last forty years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar, and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. High Country's show offers a vital mix of powerful originals and standards, from blues to breakdowns to gospels sung in close harmony. Even the songs and tunes written by band members themselves remain true to the genre, with careful attention paid to the nuances of the bluegrass style. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing,

  • Legends of the Celtic Harp - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Legends of the Celtic Harp - Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    “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

  • Mads Tolling - Saturday,  January 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Mads Tolling - Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    World Music

    Mads Tolling, John Santos and Dan Zemelman

    Three of the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians – violinist Mads Tolling, percussionist John Santos, and pianist Dan Zemelman – join forces to play music from all over the world. At the forefront of the trio are the rhythms and melodies of Afro-Cuba and Puerto Rica. John Santos strong background in Latin music shines through along with the folk traditions of Scandinavia, where violinist Mads Tolling is from. The group even has creative arrangements of classical music along with a few from the Great American Song Book.
    Mads has won two Grammy awards as part of the pioneering string group Turtle Island Quartet and toured for many years with acclaimed bassist Stanley Clarke. As leader of the Mads Tolling Quartet, he released The Playmaker in 2009, featuring Stanley Clarke, Russell Ferrante, and Stefon Harris, and Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s in 2012.
    John is a five-time Grammy nominee and one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in the field of Afro-Latin music. He has worked with a long line of acknowledged masters including Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Omar Sosa, and McCoy Tyner, and currently directs the John Santos Sextet. Recently John was one of the resident artistic directors for SF Jazz hosting a series of concerts.
    Dan is a jazz innovator who studied at the University of Wisconsin, toured India and Sri Lanka as a Jazz Ambassador, contributed to Face to Face, the final album of blues legend John Lee Hooker, and toured with John Lee’s daughter Zakiya Hooker.

  • Muriel Anderson -  Saturday, Feb 7, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Muriel Anderson - Saturday, Feb 7, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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

  • Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Morning & Jim Nichols - Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Valentine's Day Concert

    Morning & Jim Nichols
    with bassist Michael Manring & drummer Celso Alberti


    The Nichols return to our hall for a concert on Valentine's Day-- a special concert filled with music representing all aspects of love-- from profound to glorious; from crazy to blue... Come share this night of musical valentines with this wonderful group of talented, passionate musicians.

    Morning brings her pure and compelling vocal sound and emotional energy to the stage. Drawing from a wide range of musical styles and genres, she colors each song with her heart and spirit.
    She performed extensively at a variety of concerts, clubs, and festivals. Morning has performed with Mark Murphy, Chet Atkins, Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel and others. She was featured vocalist for seven years with the acclaimed Full Faith & Credit Big Band and has taught vocal clinics in Europe and the U.S., including Grammy in the Schools in San Francisco. Just Jazz Guitar says: "…great voice – warm, sultry, and intense. She can swing with the best of them…"

    Jim's jaw dropping technique and musical ear have garnered him wide acclaim over the years of his career. Known as a "musician's musician," Jim’s impressive credentials include appearances on television, radio, concert halls, and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison, Toots Thielemans, Tom Waits, and others. Jim has taught clinics in the U.S. and in Europe including Stanford and Jamie Aebersold Jazz Workshops. He was featured at the ’97 Django Reinhardt Festival in France with the great European guitarists, Romane and Martin Taylor.

    Joining the Nichols will be International reknown bassist, Michael Manring and Brazillian drummer/percussionist extraordinaire, Celso Alberti.

    Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard Magazine after seeing one of Michael's solo concerts, "Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together...The enlightenment came most fro, feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy he felt to be playing

    Since his early youth, Brazilian native and master drummer Celso Alberti has pursued a percussive vision that spans a multitude of genres and cultures – whether playing the traditional rhythms of his homeland, jazz fusion, rock or “world fusion” styles.
    This versatility has won Celso international acclaim, as attested by the elite company he keeps on performances and recording projects – working with artists such as Herbie Mann, John Lucien, Michael Manring, Joyce Cooling, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and, most recently, the legendary Steve Winwood.

  • Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Talk of Da Town - Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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.

  • Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Black Brothers - Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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.

  • Wayne de la Cruz & Pamela Rose - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Wayne de la Cruz & Pamela Rose - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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

  • Caminos Flamencos - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Caminos Flamencos - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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.

  • Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm 
Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm Houston Jones - Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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".

  • Nigel and Clive - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Nigel and Clive - Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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

  • Chris Webster & Nina Gerber - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris Webster & Nina Gerber - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americana/Folk Duo
    Singer/Songwriter 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.

  • 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
    $0.00

    Swinging 1930's!

    A new spinoff group from the Hot Club of San Francisco, The Ivory Club Boys, perform a tribute to the swinging electric violin sound of Stuff Smith (& his Onyx Club Boys). 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, yep, it’s THEM!).

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

    https://www.facebook.com/IvoryClubBoys 

  • Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Celtic

    This dynamic trio is known for it's infections enthusiasm while performing Scottish and Irish music. With a combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, mandala and vocals, their hard-driving Celtic jigs and reels always leave audiences shouting for more. Don't miss this incredible Celtic band-- Our audiences love their energy and sheer talent. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

    "Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.

    "They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.

    "The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).

    "There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.

  • Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    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

  • Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Guitar Series

    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

  • Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Belly Dance

    This show is titled "Harem, the World Behind the Veil,"and is based on the book by Alev Lytle Croutier. The setting is the Topkapi Palace Harem. The show will feature 30 dancers and will focus on the rich background and cultural heritage that women brought with them into the Harem, where they were often brought to after being taken prisoner, sold in a slave market, or being kidnapped. The dances reflect the many countries of the Middle East, and the audience will get a glimpse of how the real tales of 1001 nights came to be, directly from the harem as women embellished stories and tales of the home lands they missed. The show will feature lavish colorful costumes depicting the look of early 1800's. A musical tribute to John Bilezkjian is built into the show, and features many beautiful pieces by John, who recently passed away.

  • Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz Choir

    The Oakland Jazz Choir has been an East Bay Area institution for over 20 years. During this span the group has taken many shapes, sizes and forms but the common denominator has always been the same: Joy of expression, using the voice to communicate the triumphs, as well as the turbulence, of the human spirit. While jazz forms the base of their musical concept, OJC ventures far from that base, but always putting a jazzy twist on the material. Artistic director Ben Flint, a native of Memphis TN, is steeped in gospel, jazz and R&B, and applies his wide musical experience toward finding a uniquely Oakland sound. Choir membership includes 16 singers, as diverse in age, religion, and race as their hometown Oakland demographics. Yet their focus is small, narrowing in on cool original and standard jazz material, arranged and/or written specifically for their collective voice.
    They are a non-profit group with the mission of bringing choral jazz to underserved audiences in the Bay Area and beyond and are one of just a few community jazz choirs in the nation singing cool original, and standard jazz material in a distinctive choral jazz setting.
    Every year during Black History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month (April) OJC demonstrates the elements of jazz, wrapping up with an improvisation where kids get to come on up and try their hand at scatting. So fun!!
    They are regular working folk who volunteer our time in our common love of jazz helping to promote this truly American art form in their own unique way.




  • Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboy - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboy - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Bluegrass

    Southern native Bradford Lee Folk works hard and plays hard. By day he’s out on a John Deere tractor on an organic farm in Tennessee, tilling the land for a living. By night he’s back home in Nashville, tearing it up on stage with his Bluegrass Playboys, playing the rough-edged blend of bluegrass tradition and true country grit that’s his stock-in-trade. After years heading yp the seminal young bluegrass band, “Open Road” and then running a rural honky-tonk in Colorado, Brad Folk came back to Nashville determined to make his own music his own way. On his new album “Somewhere Far Away," with burning fiddles and hard-picking banjos backing him, his new music flows out of the Americana bedrock of Music City, but bubbles with the intensity of modern life. Songs reference East Nashville street violence in one breath and soul-searching isolation in the next. These are the kind of songs whose thoughtful, literate lyrics pull you into the story. Plus there’s an instant charisma to Bradford Lee Folk’s voice, something there that makes you sit up and listen. At the Packathon Festival last year, Folk got two standing ovations from a simple interview! Now he’s channeling that intensity into hard core bluegrass roots, and creating his own original music with a deep knowledge of his own origins and a great hope for a fresh future.

    "This guy is the real deal" -Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers

  • Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00


    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.
    With Guests, Jim and Morning Nichols

    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!


  • Robert Howard/Keisuke Nakagoshi - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Robert Howard/Keisuke Nakagoshi - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Classical

    A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert Howard began studying cello at age 12. Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. Locally, he has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A frequent guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. As a teacher, he has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.

    Keisuke Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Paul Hersh - and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Lucy Shelton, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Gary Schocker and also conductors such as Alasdair Neale, Michael Tilson Thomas and Herbert Blomstedt. Mr. Nakagoshi is Pianist-in-Residence at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the award winning Opera Parallele. He resides in San Francisco. Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO duet in 2009, commissioning and performing music for piano four hands (www.zofoduet.com) and their first CD was nominated for Grammy award for best chamber music/small ensemble in 2013.

  • Daniel Castro- Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Daniel Castro- Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Blues

    Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, the Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

    A Daniel Castro Band performance is soulful, polished, and intense as the group shifts from one scintillating groove to the next. Daniel covers lead vocals and rhythm and lead guitar with amazing dexterity. Musical chemistry is obvious from the first note the band plays and it never lets up. The group’s strong arrangements, including three-part harmonies, and its use of dynamics and feel, propel each song forward and leave audiences in awe of a trio that sounds so full. “We play big,” says Perper. Others agree. “I can’t believe how full the band sounds. I close my eyes and am sure you’re a five or six piece band--unbelievable!” says Bernard Butcher, producer of the Blue Wing Blues Festival.

    Daniel's powerhouse trio consists of bassist Johnny Yu and drummer David Perper, whose intuitive and explosive rhythm section is able to anticipate each others moves and support Daniel's music as it deserves.

    http://www.danielcastro.com

  • FivePlay Jazz Quintet- Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    FivePlay Jazz Quintet- Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Melodic Brazilian & Swing

    Jazz meets Brazil in this first-ever collaboration of FivePlay and Celia Malheiros!
     
    FivePlay plays sparkling original music in a wide range of moods and grooves, including samba, tango, up-tempo modal jazz, lyrical Ellingtonian ballads and poignant waltzes, all with fresh twists. FivePlay has performed at numerous northern California venues, including the California Jazz Conservatory, Yoshi's Oakland, the Emerald Tablet, Vallejo Jazz Festival, and many more. Their three CDs have all received critical acclaim and international radio airplay.
     
    Celia Malheiros, Rio de Janeiro native, is a prolific composer, vocalist, songwriter,  and multi-instrumentalist. Celia is a joyous, charismatic performer who brings the folkloric traditions of Brazil into an exciting, contemporary eclectic musical sensibility.

    "Celia's music is pulsing with freshness and vitality. It is samba, it is bossa nova, it is nourishing, it is carnaval. It is as if Malheiros captured the perpetual flirtation of chattering voices deep within the Amazon and made it her song." -Jean Bartlett, Pacifica Tribune

    Please come join Celia and FivePlay for an exciting evening of music, from jazz to Brazil and beyond!!

    FivePlay
    Tony Corman: guitar
    Laura Klein: piano
    Dave Tidball: reeds
    Alan Hall: drums
    Paul Smith: bass
    http://www.fiveplayjazz.com

    “The music is memorably melodic”-Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle
    “FivePlay is exceptional!” 
    -Bonny Thomas, Sonoma Jazz Society and DJ, Sonoma Jazzin’


  • Jazz 'n Jam - Sunday Afternoon, 1:30 - 6pm  July 26, 2015
    Jazz 'n Jam - Sunday Afternoon, 1:30 - 6pm July 26, 2015

    JAZZ JAM!

    Please note time and date of this special program!

    Jazz vocalist Margie Baker presents a salute to:

    "A Bay Area Treasure"
    Pacifica Performances

    Jazz 'n Jam Festival will benefit our wonderful organization, Pacifica Performances, 
    from 1:30 to 6:00 pm Sunday afternoon, July 26

    Clifford Brown Jr - KCSM FM 91.1 will be Master of Ceremonies

    with 24 musicians performing in 5 or 6 piece bands, 
    JAMMIN' in 7 separate groups, each performing for 30 minutes

    Here are the featured artists:

    Vocalists: Kim Nalley, Margie Baker, Windy McCain, Morning Nichols
    Bassists: Jeff Chambers, Perry Thoorsell, Chuck Bennett
    Pianists: Shota Osabe, Larry Chinn, Bob Applebaum, Si Perkoff
    Drummers: Akira Tana, Jim Zimmerman, Jerry Pannone
    Guitarists: Jim Nichols, Duncan James
    Sax/reeds: Michael O'Neil, Bernie Rivera, Jeff Sanford
    Trumpets: Max Perkoff, Al Molina, David Hardiman
    Trombones: Danny Armstrong, Max Perkoff

    We will have special home cooked chili available, as well as pasta salad and home made cookies. 
    So many of you have asked us 'what ever happened to the Jazz Festivals that we used to present?'

    Don't miss this one!!!

    $50 at Door for non members, $40 at door for members

  • Golden Bough, Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Golden Bough, Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Celtic

    Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French 
    Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. 
    Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring 
    their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.

    Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, 
    penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. 
    To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, 
    Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

    http://www.goldenboughmusic.com

  • Maria Muldaur, Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Maria Muldaur, Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Americana
    Multi-media Retrospective

    Maria Muldaur's "Way Past Midnight" show, a 50 year, multimedia retrospective. It is a delightfully entertaining show that was
    extremely well received all around the U.S. and Canada. It has been 40 years since Midnight at the Oasis was riding the top
    of the pop charts, and Maria had the brilliant idea to put together a show where she chronicles her 50-year musical journey through
    American Roots Music, to the Oasis and Beyond. Maria and her band perform her iconic hits, including Midnight at the Oasis, I'm a
    Woman, etc., as well as many oft-requested "fan faves' from the 40 albums she has recorded in the past 40 years. She treats her
    audience to previously unseen photographs and videos, (A PowerPoint presentation) and shares fascinating, often humorous personal
    stories from every stage of her 50-year career - from her early days in the '60's with The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, through her years of
    "pop stardom", and on to her continuing exploration of the many forms of American Roots Music -- Blues, Bluesiana, Jazz and Gospel.

    Don't miss this one woman, all star show, right here in Pacifica!

  • Rudy Colombini & URS - Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Rudy Colombini & URS - Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Rock and Roll

    For over a decade, Rudy Colombini & URS have been recognized as the best Rolling Stones tribute band in the world. Now expanded with a new, all-star cast of band members from some of the world's biggest acts, plus back-up singers! Experience a great night of Rolling Stones' hits -- Dance, and rock out with this authentic band!

    http://theunauthorizedrollingstones.us

    Here’s what people are saying about Rudy Colombini’s music:

    Reverbnation: “This is awesome! This is like 50s/60s rock with gospel backing vocals! I love it! Do not change anything – EVER!”

    “Singer-Songwriter Rudy Colombini’s comeback now seems complete with his #1 position on the Reverbnation charts!”

    “Just an amazing song, …brings a smile to my face.”

    “…reminds me of the Beatles crossed with a little bit of Queen.”

    SoundClick: “There’s a fresh honesty and an affirmative romanticism in the music of Rudy Colombini’s album.”

    CD Universe: Rudy Colombini makes passionate singer/songwriter rock in the tradition of Tom petty and John Lennon.

  • Bobbe Norris/Larry Dunlap, Saturday, August 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Bobbe Norris/Larry Dunlap, Saturday, August 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Jazz/Pop

    This concert with wonderful vocalist Bobbe Norris and her brilliant pianist husband Larry Dunlap will journey to some new musical shores and offer a wide variety of music. Along with some of their very swinging and sultry jazz flavored repertoire, they will feature new and interesting arrangements of songs from the 60s and 70s, including material from the 'songbooks' of The Beatles, Buffalo Springfield and Stevie Wonder.  To join in the performance and complete the band are two very talented artists-- bassist John Shifflett and drummer Jason Lewis.

  • THE VIVANTS - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    THE VIVANTS - Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Bluegrass Americana

    Hailing from San Francisco, The Vivants find their musical faith in the inspiring traditions of Southern music and showmanship. The acoustic quartet recently completed their first full-length CD, Western Addition; the album shimmers with western swing, early jazz, tap dancing, rockabilly and old-time country harmonies throughout.

    Familiar to the audiences at Freight and Salvage and The Starry Plough in Berkeley, Mystic Theater in Petaluma, and Rancho Nicasio Bar in Nicasio, this lively group will grace our stage for the first time. Don't miss the fun, creativity and harmony!

    WEBSITE: http://emilybonn.com

    The Windy Hill Band was cancelled for this date.

  • Hookslide, October 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Hookslide, October 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    A Cappella
    the hard rockin' cool groovin' vocal revolution

    Hook-slide is a high energy mix of mind blowing vocal percussion, booming bass and screaming four-part harmony that is guaranteed to knock you out. No instruments? No Problem! Based in San Francisco, this CARA award-winning vocal group has traveled throughout the nation and has worked with groups from Kool and the Gang to Joan Rivers and Tower of Power! The group has had the same 4 members for 13 years and has visited cities from Anchorage to Albany and has recently performed on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC and on stage at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Hookslide has performed over 500 shows around the country for all kinds of festival, club, colleges, corporate, television shows and charities including Mythbusters, America Sings, The San Francisco Giants, Budweiser and Amgen International. The group claims to sing five parts with only four members. How do they do it? Come to the show to find out!

    http://www.hook-slide.com

  • Tammy Hall & Kristin Strom  - Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Tammy Hall & Kristin Strom - Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Women of Jazz

    Dynamic does not begin to describe the interaction between these two powerhouse women of jazz! The combination of Kristen's melodic, exhilarating saxophone and Tammy's "Good Music for the Soul" is a must-see. Although they had they had met and played together periodically, it was in Pamela Rose's band, Wild Women of Song, that Tammy and Kristen found that they had a great musical connection. Both busy band-leaders, they combine their repertoire for this show full of groove and heart.
    And they both sing, as well!
    Scott Sorkin – guitar
    Sam Bevan – bass
    Lorca Hart - drums

    Tammy L. Hall (piano, vocals)
    "A musician who has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight."
    - Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz

    Kristen Strom (saxophone, flute, vocals)
    “With a tone that’s lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays.” - Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News

  • Tim & Myles Thompson - Saturday October 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Tim & Myles Thompson - Saturday October 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Guitar Series

    It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.

    “He was my biggest influence,” Myles says. “So it’s really not difficult to read his mind, musically.”

    What IS surprising is the independent spirit that exists between the two musical partners, particularly when one of the partners is the father. “I stopped looking at Myles as a student years ago,” Tim says. “He's become a great player and writer so he's one of my peers.” In addition to his great violin chops, Myles has proved his ability on Mandolin, walking away with a 2nd place award for best mandolin at the renowned Winfield Festival in Kansas, 2015.

    Live, the Thompsons present high-octane instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephan Grappelli, Chick Corea, Jackson Browne, Sam Bush and more. Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock and world music.

    This is a wonderful, creative show -- don't miss it!

  • Chris Cobb - Saturday October 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris Cobb - Saturday October 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Blues Guitar

    Blues guitarist Chris Cobb has toured and recorded with such folks as "Sista" Monica Parker, E.C. Scott and Mitch Woods. He is the co-owner of Real Guitar, San Francisco’s oldest vintage guitar shop, which welcomes such regular customers as: Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, the Black Crowes, Neil Young, The Killers and Tracy Chapman.

    The Chris Cobb Band proudly walks in the footsteps of the ’80s blues revival. If bands like The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are your kind of blues, you will soon add The Chris Cobb Band to that list. The band has released two full-length records, 1995’s C.C.’s Blues and 2004′s Other Plans, as well as a solo album by the band’s second guitarist, Jesse Cobb.

    Chris Cobb (guitar and vocals) moved to San Francisco from Orange County, CA, in the mid ’70s. Over the years he has played with many Bay Area luminaries such as Stu Blank, Pamela Rose, Mitch Woods, and Mark Ford. He started fronting his own band in 1988 but also found time to play and record with E.C. Scott and tour and record with Sista Monica from 2001 to 2005.

    Jesse Cobb (Guitar and vocals) has been in his father’s band for more than three years, and has played guitar since he was 13. His first performance was at the Delta Blues festival was in 2008 with the band Blue Horizon, led by Johnny Nitro. Since then he has played such venues as Slim’s, The Great American Music Hall, and Cafe Du Nord. His guitar influences include Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix, and Danny Gatton.

    Peter Canton (bass) has played with Bernie Worrell, The Hot Club Of San Francisco, Stanton Moore, Ice-T, The Modesto Symphony, Will Kennedy, Karl Denson, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bill Bell, and The Bible Dusters, among others.

    Andy Doerschuk (drums) is the Editorial Director of DRUM! Magazine, and has been Editor-In-Chief of Drums & Drumming, TRAPS, Bass Player, and The Recording Musician magazines. He has played drums with Rick Derringer, Leslie West, Chet Atkins, Pat Travers, Billy Vera and the Beaters, Daniel Castro, Tommy Castro, Ron Hacker, Johnny Nitro, Shana Morrison, Danny Click

  • Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Skyline Concert Choir - Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Peace, Love and Harmony!

    Skyline College Concert Choir
    Jude Navari, conductor
    Margaret Fondbertasse, pianist

    Join us for Peace, Love and Harmony! - a concert of holiday music paired with peace and love-themed music from the 1960s.


    Seasonal selections include music by Handel and Mendelssohn, the enchanting Gesu Bambino, Hanukkah selections, Christmas music from films and Broadway musicals, and catchy favorites such as The Christmas Waltz.

    1960s music includes groovy music from Hair (Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, Let the Sunshine In), What the World Needs Now, and inspiring pro-peace/anti-war protest songs Blowin¹in the Wind and Peace is Flowing Like A River.

    Special prices available at the door only: Adult non members - $12, Adult members - $10 Children under 18 years free.

  • Curios - Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Curios - Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Original Alternative

    The Curios are back to present their 18th annual Winter Concert.
    Award winning singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Nancy Hall and Lee Parvin are the creative core of their own band The Curios. Together with a stable of talented friends they build what Northern California Songwriter has called a “wonderfully eclectic, quirky and beautifully complex musical universe.” Don't miss this one of a kind musical evening.

    Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as this show may sell out.

    Get 8 or more tickets to reserve a table.

    No free passes accepted for this show.


  • Seaside Singers - Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Seaside Singers - Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Festival of Holiday Music

    This year, Seaside Singers are celebrating two anniversaries— This is the 10th Annual Holiday concert, and the 15th anniversary of the founding of Seaside Singers by Mildred Owen and Ellis French under the sponsorship of Pacifica Performances.

    We will be featuring some of the favorite music of the singers and of the audiences over the years and some new ones as well. The opening section of the program will be seasonal songs including a special arrangement of Silent Night by Ellis French, and Stopping by Woods with music composed by former Pacifican, Emmanuel Williams.

    The Third Grade Chorus from Ocean Shore School, directed by Marilyn Wells, will present several songs.

    For the finale of the program the Seaside Singers will perform the Fred Waring setting of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a great favorite of past audiences, “The Twelve Days After Christmas”.

    Seaside Singers are directed by Judy Tugendreich and Judy Heldberg, and our accompanist is Marie Stephens.

  • Loren &
    Loren &

    Virtuoso Guitar/Vocal Duo

    Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding musicality and spontaneous creativity. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display.
    New Yorker Loren, and New Zealander Mark bring a mixture of popular music, fingerpicking, comfortable humor, and thrilling technique to their shows. We are delighted that they will come to the bay area and visit Pacifica Performances as they tour California this year. This will be a wonderful, entertaining and enthralling night! Don't miss these exceptional players.

    http://www.lorenandmark.com

    “Fresh and Exciting… these guys ROCK!!”
    Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitar virtuoso

  • Melody Walker/Josh Groopman Duo- Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Melody Walker/Josh Groopman Duo- Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americali

    Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
    Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!



    www.melodywalkermusic.com
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjXdoiKpmY

  • Peter Daldry and Friends- January 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Peter Daldry and Friends- January 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americali

    Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
    Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!



    www.melodywalkermusic.com
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjXdoiKpmY

  • Le Jazz Hot - January 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Le Jazz Hot - January 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americali

    Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
    Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!



    www.melodywalkermusic.com
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjXdoiKpmY

  • Bud E Luv - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    Bud E Luv - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Americali

    Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
    Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!



    www.melodywalkermusic.com
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjXdoiKpmY