Delta Wires - -Hot-wired big band, harmonica and horns!
Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 8:00 pm $20 adv / $23 day of show
Delta Wires is a Big, high-energy, harmonica & horns blues band which started as a college anthology of blues project in Oakland, CA. 2008 FINALISTS in Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, out of 100 band representatives from blues societies all over the world. They were inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012, and voted "Best Band" Oakland/East Bay byOakland Magazine and the East Bay Express. For years Delta Wires have shared billing with such blues luminaries as Van Morrison, Boz Skaggs, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson and many others. These elements culminate in this finely-honed presentation of rhythm and blues stylings as an art form. Take one talented Italian city kid with his harmonica, and his boyhood bass-playing buddy, raised in the Oakland/East Bay area - the heart of West Coast Blues - add a virtuoso guitarist and talented 3-piece horn section with Mississippi Delta and Chicago Big Band influences, all driven by a classic “fat back” drum pulse, to create this hybrid of urban sound. Anchor this explosive combination with years of heart, soul and sweat on stage and you've got a definitive representation of a generation of the Bay Area music scene.
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Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 8:00 pm $20 adv / $23 day of show
One of our most popular shows that just gets better each time. Last time this show sold out, so don't wait!
James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the legendary 'Man in Black' with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash's biggest hits and present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America's most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event.
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00 pm $17 adv / $19 day of show
Their last album hit #1 for two months in 2014 on the EuroAmericana Chart. Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s latest album, Maritime, captures a moment in time and place from their seaside home. Upon early release in Europe, Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and ranked among the Best Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph, praising it for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.”
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Southern Drawl - Southern country rock with a little Caribbean spice!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00 pm $21 adv / $24 day of show
Much like its derivative name, Southern Drawl Band is a melting pot of sound, attitude and entertainment. Defined in categories like Country, Southern Rock, Trop Rock, and Bluegrass, Southern Drawl Band attracts a range of listeners from a broad spectrum of music genre and extends no restrictions on a targeted audience. Their unique trait of extraordinary music and song writing, along with impressive entertainment style and unforgettable live performance is what sets this band apart from any other on the market.
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JOHN McCUTCHEON presents "Joe Hill's Last Will" An inspiring musical one-man play
Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 8:00 pm $22 adv / $25 day of show
A very special and unusual event - Joe Hill's Last Will is a one-man play starring John McCutcheon about the labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill' last day in prison before his execution.
“Joe Hill’s Last Will is a new one-man show you won’t want to miss. John McCutcheon doesn’t just play Joe Hill, he channels him. He welds his passion as a labor activist with great musical chops to create a Joe Hill who we want to follow through his loves, his disappointments and his triumphs. This unique show of stories and songs is perfect for a wide variety of public performances for folk music, labor history and general audiences.”
— Tom Juravich, Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology, UMass Amherst
“John McCutcheon brings Joe Hill’s words and music to life anew. Utilizing a single, simple space, we are taken from a barely-furnished prison cell to the sites of some of America’s great labor struggles to the execution yard of the Utah State Prison in 1915. McCutcheon’s musical prowess is formidable, breathing
life into songs that hardly seem 100 years old. Few artists could bring the skill and power to these songs that McCutcheon does. The audience was entranced from the first words to the final, dramatic conclusion. Theentire production is a theater producer’s dream.” — Elizabeth Craven, Founder and Artistic Director, Main Stage West, Sebastopol, California
“Joe Hill’s Last Will — A Must-See!
The words and music of iconic labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill come to life in a new production of Hill’s final day in prison, before his untimely execution by Utah authorities at the turn of the last century. John McCutcheon’s performance as Hill is absolutely riveting. Joe Hill is now a mostly forgotten figure today, but his activist spirit lives on and his
songs served to inspire generations that followed. Joe Hill’s Last Will succeeds in keepinghis memory alive for future generations to come — highly recommended!” — JoAnn Mar, radio producer/journalist, KALW in San Francisco
Joe Hill was a Swedish immigrant to the United States who, like so many others, worked at a variety of trades, trying to make his way in his new country. But like no other, he was a musician, a writer, a man of wit and insight, who knew how to craft songs that informed, inspired, and inflamed. He created a template for songwriting that was used by Woody Guthrie and by the Civil Rights Movement: taking well-known melodies and crafting new words that made the songs leap to life in a new and changing world.
Songwriter and labor historian, Si Kahn, created the play based largely on Hill’s own words and using all of Hill’s music. Never before has Joe Hill’s entire catalog been presented at once. And in the hands of multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend, John McCutcheon, rarely have they had such expertt reatment. McCutcheon’s tour-de-force acting, his rich voice, and stellar instrumental skills present Joe Hill and his music as never before. The story takes the issues of labor, immigration, workers’ rights, the death penalty, and war from the annals of 1915 to the headlines of 2014. It’s a story that
America has been wrestling with for 100 years now.
We will update with video when it is avaiable. Here is a song about the Ludlow Massacre, a related event in the history of the labor movement.
Bex Marshall - Award winning blues vocalist and multi-insturmentalist Blues, roots, bluegrass-pickin'
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm $15 adv / $17 day of show
"At last, a woman who plays guitar like a goddess, sings like an angel, writes like Dylan." - Booker T
She has earned the distinction of being the first and only woman to be invited to perform at the Cork's International Guitar Festival.
Musically, she's a rootsy, front-porch finger picker and slide player with a Janis Joplin-like edge to her voice. Her songwriting reflects a deep love of blues, gospel and bluegrass which she spins up with her own lyrically distinctive touches.
Bex Marshall's lastest release ‘The House Of Mercy’, released Sept 17th 2012, it has received stunning reviews worldwide. The House Of Mercy only recently won 3rd Best British Blues Album of the year Award 2013 and is featured in DOWNBEAT magazine 'Best Album of the Year list 2013 with a rare 4 star review.
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Tom Russell - Texas country-western, Tex-Mex, cowboy and more An American Legend
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm $25 adv / $28 day of show
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”
His newest album “The Rose of Roscrae” is due to release in April. We’ve have the prerelease version and it is awesome! Here’s a quote about it:
" An American Masterpiece isn't strong enough to describe the significance of this saga…. there's never been anything like it on the American music scene. "
Mike Hurshman, KAFM Radio, Colorado
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Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass - Intense traditional bluegrass Phenomenal mandolin
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm $15 adv / $17 day of show
Chris has been described by the International Bluegrass Music Association as the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation. After receiving a Song of the Year nomination for writing the song “Walkin’ West to Memphis”, his skill as a songwriter has been receiving national attention as well. Thousands of terrestrial and Sirius satellite radio listeners have been hearing Chris’s original songs and tunes for years. The Hardcore Grass provides a perfect backing for his brand of hard-hitting bluegrass and nail-biting intensity that he brings to his picking and singing. Chris’s unique brand of bluegrass has been known to excite national and international audiences from front porches to the Grand Old Opry.
IBMA - "the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation"
Bluegrass Today - "bluegrass visionary"
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Steve Graves Band - Country, Roots, Americana, Blues
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 8:00 pm $17 adv / $19 day of show
Steven’s unique and inspiring sound reflects his roots as a Californian, seamlessly blending elements of folk-rock, Americana, country, jazz and blues with his socially-conscious lyrical style. The influences of Dylan, Lennon, Marley, The Band, Neil Young (whom Graves’ voice is eerily reminiscent of) and others, who have infused their music with social and political meaning, echo throughout Graves’ artistry. The masterful way in which Steven combines the wide breadth of musical styles propels his messages of peace, love and understanding into the hearts and minds of all who listen.
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