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May / June 2013

5/19 John Hammond 6/11

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
CD Release Show for Melody Magic

5/29

David Olney w/Sergio Webb
Anne McCue

6/14 Austin Lounge Lizards
CD release show
5/31

The Bobs

6/16 Gina Sicilia
SHOW CANCELLED
6/1

Webster/Walton/Edwards
Chris Webster, Tracy Walton & Bill Edwards

6/20 Karla Bonoff
w/ Nina Gerber
6/6

Patty Larkin

6/21 Paul Hemmings Uketet
6/7

David Lindley

6/22 Houston Jones
Stevie Coyle opens

Sunday, May 19
7pm              
$25
John Hammond www.johnhammond.com

It’s hard to overstate the greatness of acoustic blues master John Hammond. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has recorded 33 albums since his 1962 debut, been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and is a Grammy winner. He has earned 8 Blues Music Awards and been nominated for 10 others for his extraordinary acoustic blues.

"John's sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it... He's a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down." - Tom Waits

"John Hammond is a master... He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer... A Modernist... John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He's sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night... The Big Boom. Boom the room." - T Bone Burnett
 

Wednesday, May 29
8pm                              
$20
David Olney w/ Sergio Webb
Anne McCue
 
www.davidolney.com
www.annemccue.com 

This evening we present two great Americana music acts: David Olney accompanied by Sergio Webb and Anne McCue. David Olney doesn’t defy categorization so much as he rises above it. There is simply no one else like him. Singer/Songwriter? By definition. And Picasso was a painter. But as one reviewer said, “Olney stands out like a jalapeño in a bowl of vanilla pudding.” Americana artist? Sure. He draws from the many deep roots of Americana music, but what he grows from those roots is unmistakably unique. Over the course of four decades and 25 critically acclaimed albums, Olney’s unforgettable songs and powerful performances have attracted a devoted following the world over. Such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury and Linda Ronstadt have recorded his songs, and Townes Van Zandt famously listed him among his four favorites.

In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become a pioneer of the Americana music scene.” -The San Francisco  Chronicle

Anne McCue is a great artist whose music is a distinctive hybrid style of grassroots rock, blues, country and folk. Americana icon Lucinda Williams has said of McCue: “Initially, her stunning voice hooked me in. Then I got inside the songs. The first chance I got, I went to see her perform . . . I was floored!"
 

Friday, May 31
8pm                      
$20
The Bobs
 
www.thebobs.com

When The Bobs hit the scene around 30 years ago the world of A Cappella singing, arranging, and performance was forever changed. They combine extraordinary individual voices with highly original arrangements and unusual vocal sounds, while singing very funny original songs as well as incorporating a cappella versions of well-known rock tunes into the mix. Their shows showcase their amazing vocal talents within a framework of barely controlled chaos. They set the standard for what was then called New Wave A Cappella and they are still the standard for A Cappella. Some descriptions--Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that’s THE BOBS. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics, breaking all the rules and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for over 25 years.
 

Saturday, June 1
 8pm          
$20
Webster/Walton/Edwards
Chris Webster, Tracy Walton & Bill Edwards
 
 www.chriswebstermusic.com

Chris Webster and Tracy Walton of Mumbo Gumbo are joined by multi instrumentalist Bill Edwards for an evening of great singing and songs.  Both Webster and Walton have been a truly magical duo vocal presence over the years fronting Mumbo Gumbo while Edwards and Walton were in the very popular band together Way Out West in the 80’s and 90’s. All three have written many of the songs in the extensive Mumbo Gumbo playlist and together this trio of talented performers will put on a great show of familiar Gumbo favorites and other unexpected gems.     
 

Thursday, June 6
8pm          
 $20
Patty Larkin www.pattylarkin.com

Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments." Rolling Stone praises her "evocative sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self described "guitar driven songwriter," Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

"A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper...She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams."-New York Times
 

Friday, June 7
8pm                     
$25
David Lindley
 
www.davidlindley.com

David Lindley is one the world’s great musical treasures, one of the most accomplished and entertaining players of "all instruments stringed" in the world. From the common (guitar) to the exotic (African, Middle Eastern acoustic instruments) Lindley seems to have mastered them all. From his groundbreaking work in the 60s with Kaleidescope, to his work on Jackson Browne’s most popular records, to El Rayo X, and to his extraordinary World music excursions, Lindley has proven himself to one of the greatest of this era’s musicians.  Lindley’s solo electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki.
 

Tuesday, June 11
7:30pm                                          
$20
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
CD Release Show for Melody Magic
 
www.frankvignola.com

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitar List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest...stars of the guitar". Recently Frank has been featured on local PBS television station KVIE.

This evening Frank is joined by Vinny Raniolo who is one the greatest of a younger generation of jazz guitarists. In addition to playing with Vignola he also plays with such notable musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman to name a few. This year a show will be aired internationally on the PBS network titled "Four Generations Of Guitar" which Vinny is honored to be a part of as the younger generation. Tonight Frank and Vinny are celebrating the release of “Melody Magic”, an engaging tour de force that draws from sources as varied as Beethoven, The Beatles, Tchaikovsky, and The Police.

 

Friday, June 14
8pm
$20
Austin Lounge Lizards
CD Release Show Home and Deranged”
www.austinlizards.com
It’s time once again to spend a little time with our favorite Texas bluegrass wiseacres The Austin Lounge Lizards. The Lizards specialize like no other group in smart, very funny satirical songs about all things, well, worth making fun of. Their last cd is called “The Drugs I Need” (an amusing commentary on pharmaceutical companies) and includes the title track as well as such soon to be classics as “Xmas Time for Visa,” “ Neighbor of the Beast,” “ Buenos Dias, Budweiser,” “ Toast the Earth with ExxonMobil,” and “We’ve Been Through Some Crappy Times Before.” They’re always a hoot as this fantastic ensemble couches hilarious and pointed social and political commentary within the sounds of high quality bluegrass and country music. For over two decades The Lizards have been cracking up audiences with this inventive style of "satirical bluegrass," which they have perfected since forming as a band in 1980. The group often draws comparisons to such diverse performers as Tom Lehrer, Riders In The Sky and Frank Zappa, and they themselves count among their influences Zappa, George Jones, Flatt & Scruggs and Steve Goodman. Trademarks of a Lizard song are highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics that poke perfectly aimed fun at politics, love, and the culture in general.
 
SHOW CANCELLED
Sunday, June 16
7:30pm
$15
Gina Sicilia www.ginasicilia.com
Blues singer and songwriter Gina Sicilia is a knockout vocalist poised to be one of blues’ next great voices. Critics write of her “earthy, voluptuous voice,” her “smoky Alto” as a “striking instrument,” Sicilia is from Philadelphia and has recorded four cds including her brand new one called It Wasn’t Real. Of this recording

"...Sounding like a Petri dish mixture of mature Maria Muldaur and mature Bonnie Raitt, this mostly original set is going to force the blues world to take notice of Sicilia…as she adds the rhythm to the blues and brings on the soul…contemporary blues -vocal fans will find this set indispensable. Killer stuff throughout."-Midwest Record - April, 2013

"Sicilia…alongside the titans of early-1960s soul."-About.com   

"Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such a strong impression...remarkable voice"
-Blues Revue
 

Thursday, June 20
8pm
$25
Karla Bonoff
w/ Nina Gerber
www.karlabonoff.com
Karla Bonoff is a beautiful voiced singer/songwriter who came to national prominence on two fronts-as a songwriter whose songs were made famous by others and by her own very successful recordings of songs during the late 70’s and into the 1980’s. Linda Ronstadt has recorded a number of her songs, notably three tracks on the 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind – "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again," and "If He's Ever Near"--which introduced the then-unknown Bonoff to a mass audience. Other songs of hers have been covered, such as "Home" by Bonnie Raitt, "Tell Me Why" by Wynonna Judd, and "Isn't It Always Love" by Lynn Anderson.

In her early career, Bonoff sang background vocals for Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff (1977). Her other albums include Restless Nights (1979), Wild Heart of the Young (1982), New World (1988), and All My Life (a greatest hits collection) in 1999. She is also noted for her hit recording of "Personally", which became a #19 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the summer of 1982. She also recorded "Somebody's Eyes" for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack and "Standing Right Next To Me" on the 8 Seconds (1994) soundtrack. These days Bonoff performs with guitarist extraordinaire and longtime favorite at The Palms, Nina Gerber.
 
Friday, June 21
8pm
$15
Paul Hemmings Uketet www.uketet.com
Based in New York City, The Paul Hemmings Uketet features the unassuming four-string Hawaiian instrument, the ukulele, front and center, alongside bass and drums, in an instrumental jazz trio that focuses on dynamic group interplay and creative improvisation. The ukulele has been riding a wave of resurgent popularity in recent years, due in large part to its increasing use in popular music and its widening acceptance as more than a novelty instrument. In this group Hemmings’ Uketet successfully incorporates the sophisticated language of modern jazz. The group’s debut album, Introducing...The Paul Hemmings Uketet, features a wide-ranging repertoire of jazz standards by Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, pop classics by The Beatles and Bob Marley, and a handful of Hemmings originals. The concert also marks a homecoming for Hemmings, having attended UC Davis in the mid-90s, where he performed in ensembles led by acclaimed jazz saxophonist John Tchicai, before moving to New York.
 
Saturday, June 22
8pm
$20
Houston Jones
Stevie Coyle opens
www.houstonjones.com
Houston Jones is a California based five piece that performs a strong original repertoire ranging from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. They are a terrific ensemble with five incredible insturmentalists and very strong singing and songwriting. Houston Jones has just released their newest recording Queen of Yesterday which has material ranging from bluegrass to blues to jazz and folk. Houston Jones features Glenn Houston (lead guitar), Peter Tucker (drums and percussion), Travis Jones (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Chris Kee (standup bass, cello and guitar), and Henry Salvia (keyboards and accordion). "A confluence of sublime talent"- SF Chronicle