Calendar 2018

2018 Concerts —-> Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May |


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To RSVP for a concert or to ask questions, you can use this FORM or you can also email me directly abbiew@froggie.com. Unless noted, concerts start at 7:30 w/ potluck at 6:30 PM. “Suggested donation” is $15-$25 depending on the show. In general ~ pay what you can. All income levels welcome.


Jan 2018

Jan 26, 2018 (FRI) ~ BILL EVANS BANJO — RESERVE SEATS –   – Back with new material and some favorites too. – (www.billevansbanjo.com) – Bill Evans returns with his Banjo in America show, showcasing new material and some old favorites. Bill brings 250 years of banjo music and manages to fit about 8 banjos on our stage. From West African ekonting music, through 19th century minstrelsy, early 20th century classic/ragtime and folk and bluegrass styles, all the way to Bill’s original music, there’s nothing quite like The Banjo in America. Not just for banjo players – but all lovers of American music!

Feb 2018

Feb 2, 2018 (Fri) – DEL REY & SUZY THOMPSON w/ MATT WEINER – RESERVE SEATS – Del Rey (resonator guitar, uke & vocals), Suzy Thompson (blues fiddle, vocals), Matt Weiner (upright bass). Resonator guitar and ukulele goddess Del Rey and blues fiddler Suzy Thompson explore the upbeat, positive side of the blues in a show that is wise, womanly, witty and well-played!

Suzy and Del have been playing together as a duet since the mid-1980s, always stirring things up with their masterful playing, show-stopping vocals, and humorous repartee. A vital member of the Bay Area acoustic music landscape for 30 years, Suzy’s exuberant bluesy fiddling and vocals have made her the accompanist of choice for acclaimed roots musicians like Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur and Mary Flower. Del’s virtuosic resonator parlor guitar and ukulele playing embraces a host of old-time genres, including country blues, stride piano, classic jazz, and hillbilly boogie. Their repertoire includes vintage and original numbers from blues icons like Memphis Minnie and the Mississippi Sheiks mixed in with flapper-era instrumentals from Kentucky to Trinidad.
Visit :: delreyplays.com | ericandsuzy.com

Feb 10, 2018 (Sat) – CABALLITO NEGRO presents ALONE | TOGETHER ~ Tessa Brinckman (flutes) + Terry Longshore (percussion) –  RESERVE SEATS – Caballito Negro presents ‘Alone Together’ featuring Tessa Brinckman(flutes) & Terry Longshore (percussion) in a sparkling new program with science fiction/futurism as the theme. The music is performed on a good sized menagerie of instruments, but with the caveat that the instruments are small and intimate enough to fit into a house concert! Narratives are interwoven through out the music, with words from writers Amy Miller, Adrian Shirk, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia Butler and Tessa Brinckman, in an intimate tribute to futurist speculations, and to science as play.
VISIT (http://caballitonegro.com/ensemble/)

Feb 17, 2018 (Sat) – TRUE NORTH BAND ‘Open Road, Broken Heart’ CD Release Concert – RESERVE SEATS –  Kristen Grainger (vocals), Dan Wetzel (guitar, vocals), Martin Stevens (mandolin, fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals), and Josh Adkins (bass, vocals)Open Road, Broken Heart” CD Release Concert, featuring 8 originals as well as 4 carefully chosen and arranged covers. 
True North’s performances exemplify the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: intelligent songwriting, thoughtful arrangements, terrific instrumental interpretations, and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck. (Visithttps://www.truenorthband.com/)

Feb 22, 2018 (Thurs) – RYAN MCKASSON & ERIC MCDONALD – RESERVE SEATS — Ryan McKasson (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar / vocals) are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. (https://www.mckassonandmcdonald.com/home-1)

Mar 2018

March 3, 2018 (Sat) – Rushad Eggleston – Cello Bandit (WATCH – Who is this guy?) – RESERVE SEATS – Rushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person. Using his cello (and occasionally a guitar) as the steering wheel, Rushadicus will take you on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time, and from the ridiculous to the sublime. (http://www.rushad.net/)

Mar 9, 2018 (Fri) – Eva Salina & Peter Stan – RESERVE SEATS – Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Eva Salina is a renowned singer/interpreter of Balkan music based in NY. Peter Stan is a Romani accordion player from Serbia also in New York. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression inherent in Romani Songs. Peter is know for his playfulness, innovation and soulful, intuitive improvisations. 

In their collaboration, Eva Salina & Peter Stan pick up and continue an interrupted legacy of empowered female voices in Balkan Romani (gypsy) music. Amplifying voices of past generations of Romani women musicians, Eva & Peter employ tenderness, grace, passion and a commitment to keeping these songs alive and evolving, while inspiring and teaching young people in the Balkans & Balkan diaspora to participate in living traditions. Eva & Peter have been chosen featured artists at globalFEST 2018 (NYC) presenting repertoire from SUDBINA, their new album, which comes out 3/30/2018 on Vogiton Records but will be available at their Portland concert.  VISIThttps://www.evasalina.com/

April 2018  

April 8, 2018 (SUN) – Brazilian Violin Trio –  RESERVE SEATS  – Brazilian Violin Trio ~ Ted Falcon (mandolin/violin), Andrew Finn Magill (violin), Nando Duarte (guitar) – www.tedfalcon.com / www.andrewfinnmagill.com, www.nandoduarte.net –  RESERVE SEATS 

April 13, 2018 (Fri) – The Press Gang (Irish Trad) – RESERVE SEATS— Alden Robinson: Fiddle, Christian Stevens: Accordion & Concertina, Owen Marshall: Guitar, Bouzouki & Harmonium, Hanz Araki: flutes — The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music, and for their humorous stage presence. (Visit : www.pressgangmusic.com)

April 26, 2018 (Thurs) — Malynda Hale – RESERVE SEATS – Malynda Hale is a Los Angeles based Pop/Soul Singer/Songwriter. Her music is influenced by Gavin DeGraw, with the voice and stylings of Whitney Houston, Colbie Caillat and Heather Headley.
Her music spreads positivity and love and encourages the listener to be the best version of him or herself. 

Hale has received the ASCAP PLUS Award for Independent Artists, City of Chicago’s Independent Artist Grant, the Top Singer/Songwriter Award in the Independent Artist Network Music Arts Awards and was featured in Forbes Magazine along with Andy Grammer and Soleil Moon Frye for being a social media influencer on Flipagram. She has also been featured on KCAL 9 news and NBC as an emerging artist and inspiring public figure. 

May 2018

May 17, 2018 (Thurs) – The April Verch Band ~ (w/ Cody Walters – Bass/Banjo & Alex Rubin – Guitar/Mandolin)  RESERVE SEATS ~ April Verch blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front. (VISIThttp://www.aprilverch.com/)

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