Laurie Lewis
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers.

Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Max Schwartz), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.

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Lindsay Lou
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Lindsay Lou

Tickets Available Friday August 17 at 10am!

Over the past two years, Lindsay Lou has toured internationally following the release of "Ionia" in 2015, NPR named Lindsay Lou as one of the 12 best live performances in 2015. Guided by life experiences, Lindsay Lou's sound and songwriting continues to evolve and intertwine her sturdy Bluegrass roots with progressive Americana and Folk that is shares similarities with the likes of Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, and Civil Wars.

Her brand new CD “Southland” is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention. Backed by drums, bass, electric & acoustic guitars and mandolin, the sound is rich, expansive and Lindsay's vocals & lyrics are captivating and hit deep. It’s strong statement and a big step toward the sound of some of the great female voices in Roots/Rock like, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope) Gillian Welch, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt.

“What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple. Everything. The songs are great. The playing is superb...Lindsay's soulful voice, intriguing lyrics and creative melodies are passionate and captivating. The interplay between dobro and mandolin is elegant and so sonically pleasant that it's deceptively simple. It's sexy. Unique harmonies elevate amazing songs to unexpected heights.” — Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass

“Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” David Grier

“Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are a fresh new voice in modern bluegrass, with driving instrumentals and a straight-from-the-still quality to Lindsay's voice...If you're a fan of broad-based bluegrass with a strong infusion of creativity and intelligence, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is a band you definitely need to check out.” — Bluegrass Unlimited

“Lindsay Lou is a dynamic vocalist who fronts the bluegrass quartet "Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys"...an energetic take on traditional folk, balancing classic progressions with solos that rip. The Flatbellys have hearts in old Appalachia but were brewed by the Midwest Blue Collar work ethic. With this approach, they've crafted catchy tunes driven by a deep love for roots music. ” — Audiotree

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John Craigie with Rainbow Girls #KeepItWarm2018
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

John Craigie with Rainbow Girls #KeepItWarm2018

Tickets Available Friday, August 10 at 10am!

Join the team to help John Craigie raise money and donate items for Volunteers of America to support those in need on his #KeepItWarm2018 tour. $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Volunteers of America. We’ll also be collecting your new/gently used sleeping bags, jackets, gloves, hats, scarfs, socks, etc. at the show.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

“It’s about transparency,” he explains. “The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn’t make you feel good; it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip.

Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington state. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

“The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune

“Craigie’s latest, “I Am California,” is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov.” – Impose Magazine

“You can be sure I’ll be on the lookout for anything he does from now on.” - No Depression

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Greg Brown
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Browns rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a holy roller preacher. Browns songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Ultimately, brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.

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Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson

Keola Beamers [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet, says Willie Nelson. Keola Beamer has breathed new life into slack key guitar music yet stays true to its deep Hawaiian roots. He is a Hawaiian legend: singer-songwriter, composer, guitar master, with an impeccable, gorgeous style that is featured on The Descendants soundtrack and his 17 CDs. Keola was one of the first to use Hawaiian slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is also at home on jazz or classical stages. His wife Moanalani Beamer joins Keola in performances with her beautiful hula and the exquisite sounds of traditional Hawaiian instruments.

Keola Beamers well of talent springs from five generations of Hawaii's most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola's mother was revered Hawaiian cultural treasure, Aunty Nona Beamer. His great-grandmother was one of Hawaii's most illustrious composers, Helen Desha Beamer. The Beamers trace their roots to royal families of the 14th century and have been cultural practitioners through generations.

Keola established himself early as a leader of the wave of contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights - which is still one of the absolute all-time best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian Music. Keola was also the author of the very first written instruction book for the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, published in 1972.

Jeff Peterson Recognized as one of Hawaiis most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

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Molly Tuttle
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Tuttle

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice,
Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She
began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old
Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion
and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar
Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris
Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, last fall, received a Momentum
Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist
category. This year, she is nominated for 3 IBMA Awards, earning her the distinction
of being the first female to be nominated in the Guitar Player of the Year.
Molly’s lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her
a star on the rise.


"Molly Tuttle, blew away the unsuspecting crowd with her rapid fire bluegrass guitar
work that would put even the most talented shredders to shame. It was a marvel
to see such incredible technical skill combined with a sweet voice and fun, barnstorming
songwriting." — Jonah, Write to the Beat

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Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

On the heels of the album release tour for Shantis Shadow, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt is sharing a message of healing through music in her TEDx Talk, Sing Your Pain Away: Songs Written With War Veterans. The talk expresses a universal truth that by sharing the story of ones pain and trauma through song, one experiences healing.

Watch her TEDx talk here

Hunt drew on her experience working with SOLDIER SONGS AND VOICES, a non-profit program that unites war veterans in songwriting circles to use the therapeutic properties of music for healing and transformation.

Songwriting allows us to bear witness to our own pain, shining the light of awareness on the places that need it the most; the parts of us that are suffering," says Hunt. "It also allows us a medium within which to share our story with others, breaking down the walls so easily built in daily conversation. Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt's latest album Shanti's Shadow is the culmination of a five year journey that took her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. In 2017, Rolling Stone Country named her one of their 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know. Her music has been praised by NPR, World Cafe, Bluegrass Situation, Relix and Folk Alley. Hunt recently appeared on Mountain Stage and eTown, and is currently on tour opening for Sierra Hull.

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Dave Stamey
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Stamey

The Newest member of the Western Music Hall of Fame, Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called Dave Stamey “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 , 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine  named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician.  Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted  Seven times Entertainer of the Year,  Seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year  by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

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Chris Thomas King
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Thomas King

The King of New Orleans Blues

King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson along side George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).” Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over, silencing his critics. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable. A star of stage and screen was born. New fans the world over packed sold out theaters and art centers to immerse themselves in his illuminating melodious glow. King sold millions of records and won numerous awards, superseding the success of his folk blues predecessors.

King’s major contributions to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” phenomenon, along with its follow up album and tour, “Down From The Mountain,” has inspired a new generation of musicians such as, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers. His songs “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” and “John Law Burned Down the Liqour Sto,’” to name a few, have been covered by numerous artists including legend Buddy Guy.


Thirty years after becoming the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century, Chris Thomas King, whose career is a coda for the folk blues revival of the ‘60s, is today, one of the most important artists in the world for having changed the way we think of blues.

In a newly written song King sings a remarkable refrain that goes, “The blues was born in, Louisiana, not Mississippi, or Texarkana,” about the ostensible fallacy that it orginated in the Delta. He then goes on to state unequivocally in the following verse, “Down in New Orleans” is “where the blues was born. You can still hear the sound of, Buddy Bolden’s horn.” Thankfully, also in New Orleans, we can still hear the enlightened art of Chris Thomas King.

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Greg Brown - SOLD OUT
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a holy roller preacher. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Ultimately, brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.

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Masters of Hawaiian Music
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

Masters of Hawaiian Music

George Kahumoku Jr tours every year both as a soloist and with other Hawaiian Masters.  His relaxed manner and entertaining stories frame his easy going slack key guitar style.  Slack key guitar is a traditional Hawaiian style of open tunings with embellishments unique to Hawaii, and George is a Grammy Award winning master of the craft.  Polished by years of hosting his peers at his popular weekly Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music concert series on Maui, George brings Hawaii to you. Experience the warmth, beauty, and culture of Hawaii through his music, stories, and imagery.

Led Kaapana's mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. 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. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

 

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Riders In The Sky - SOLD OUT
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Riders In The Sky - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT - call 707-786-7030 for wait list

Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional.

By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand "hats & shoulders" above the rest of the purveyors of C & W - "Comedy & Western!"

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"

Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

That Riders In The Sky was even formed is a feat of improbable likelihood. What are the odds that a theoretical plasma physicist, a wildlife manager - galvanizer - Life Scout, an English major - shot putter - Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Fame member would collectively become "America's Favorite Cowboys?" And even more unlikely is that 30-plus years later, the original members are still "bringing good beef to hungry people" while putting up Ripken-like numbers! The Rolling Stones only made it a few years before replacing Brian Jones; the Sons of the Pioneers constantly changed personnel; even the Ringo-era Beatles only lasted 8 years. (Perhaps Too Slim, as a sophomore writer for the University of Michigan Daily, had an ulterior motive in 1969 by propagating the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead! It's true... go ahead and Google "Paul is dead rumor"...) But the key to keeping the same founding members intact for three decades on the road is more easily explained: "Separate hotel rooms," cracks Ranger Doug!

Riders In The Sky's first official public performance was Nov. 11, 1977, at the erstwhile Nashville nightspot "Phranks & Steins." Taking the stage that night for a crowd of eight or nine (counting Herr Harry behind the bar) were Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth) on arch-top guitar and baritone vocals, and Too Slim (A Man Aging Like Fine Cheese) on bunkhouse bass, face, and tenor vocals. A chain saw may have been in the mix somewhere that night, but was soon retired. Replacing the chain saw was Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) on fiddle, tenor vocals and rope tricks, and the launch was successful! They subsequently added the "Stomach Steinway" stylings of Joey the Cowpolka King on accordion and baritone vocals, much to the delight of 'Polkaholics' everywhere.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led them to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.  Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, and landed them their own weekly show on TNN, as well as a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller. And their animated likenesses have shared the screen with Daffy Duck on the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel's Stanley. If you consider their compositional credits, one might call them "Writers In The Sky!" In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation's 2002 Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds." They composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show "Thomas Timberwolf" by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones. But the animated character that history will most certainly link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed "Woody's Round Up" in "Toy Story 2," with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children." Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for "Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites," the companion CD to Pixar's award winning movie.

Equally as exceptional, but of greater significance, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio as well. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album "Riders Radio Theatre" and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio. And keeping pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, in 2006 "Ranger Doug's Classic Cowboy Corral" debuted on XM Satellite Radio, still heard weekly on SiriusXM Channel 56.

Exceptional artists also appeal to a diverse and broad-based cross section of their adoring public. Riders In The Sky's music and comedy delights cowboys and cowgirls of all ages, and from all walks of life. Riders are equally at ease amusing a theatre full of children as they are enthralling a symphony audience accompanied by 50 or 60 classically trained instrumentalists, or even an NCO club full of servicemen during a USO Tour. Riders have performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations, and at Major League Baseball's winter meetings for both American and National Leagues (although with an admitted bias for the Detroit Tigers). With their ability to persuade cowpokes on both sides of the fence to set aside their differences for a brief escape from day-to-day tribulations, is it any wonder that Riders have a virtual home called "Harmony Ranch?"

Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA near Melody Ranch Studios) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Associaton's "Entertainers Of the Year" seven times, and won "Traditional Group of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them "Western Music Group of the Year" twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music."

Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be..."The Cowboy Way!"  And so, the never-ending trail drive continues. The ponies are rested and watered, and America's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride, bringing good beef to hungry people wherever they may be. Yes, Riders In The Sky are truly an exception to the rule.

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Will Durst
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Will Durst

Tickets Available!

DURST CASE SCENARIO.  

Fresh from the national tour of his award- nominated, hilarious chronicle of the action- packed 2016 election, “Elect to Laugh,” comedian, columnist, actor, author, former oyster shucker, Will Durst, presents his new solo outing “Durst Case Scenario,” a hysterical historical exploration of the changes in America during the Time of Trump. DCS is a rollicking feast of outrage and outrageousness as up- to- date as the latest 4 am Oval Office tweet.

In this lightning- paced, 85- minute comedic tour- de- force, Durst, described by the New York Times as “possibly the best political comic working today,” analyzes where we are, how we got here and what destinations may lie ahead. Along with analyzing the altered political landscape, he also details the wacky zany antics, palace intrigues and potholes and pitfalls of polarization that threaten our country, hemisphere, planet, solar system and universe, in this, The New Abnormal.

The response has been electric. Crowds stream to performances searching for a community of like- minded confused souls. Equal parts comedy and therapy, the intrepid Dr. Durst assists audiences in overcoming their PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder, by surgically isolating the farcical and sticking pins into the ludicrous. For sufferers who never thought they’d laugh again, this show is the perfect prescription.

Durst describes this strange new world where everyday without a mushroom cloud is a victory. He provides a prescription for the anxiety of never knowing whether the president will strike the flint that shoots a spark to light the fuse to Armageddon. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance. Because its laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.

Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector and blessed with an extraordinary talent to engage audiences with righteous exasperation, Durst mocks & scoffs & taunts in segments such as Trumpapalooza, the Bright Sides of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency, the Symptoms of PTSD & Mike Pence is the Product of Reverse Taxidermy.

The Durst Case Scenario is playful and ludicrous and whimsical and droll and silly and serious and sarcastic, mischievous, incisive, trenchant, profound, and chock full of jokes. Many funny ones. A unique theatrical event delivered with stand- up timing and not less than a modicum of poetry.

Due to the subversive nature of this show, a portion of each night’s proceeds will be donated to fund a non- profit whose mission will be to bury wire cutters along the Canadian border. Will Durst’s performances are brought to you by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. At least, right now. See this show before this sort of thing becomes illegal.

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice- overs and stand- up into a riotous patchwork of funny comedy humor. The Oregonian called him, “The thinking man’s comedian." Author of 4 books, Durst has told jokes in 16 countries, racked up 800+ television appearances, released 5 CDs and despite blistering reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup on his bratwurst.

Here’s a brief excerpt.

And here are a few choice remarks from this and previous shows.

DURST CASE SCENARIO.

Lily Janiak. San Francisco Chronicle.

“Not just a cathartic evening, but a galvanizing one as well.”

http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Durst-Case-Scenario-the-nightmare-you-want-11728239.php

Joint Forces Journal.

“Equal parts therapy and comedy. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance.”

http://www.jointforcesjournal.com/_jfj.php?READ=yes&which=2811

All Events Review.

“Be thankful for Durst to help us keep our heads on straight.”

http://forallevents.info/reviews/hoyle-and-durst/

Talkin’ Broadway.

“A lightning- quick farce. A comedic tour de force rant.” 

www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanfran/s1789.html

 

ELECT TO LAUGH.  

Eddie Reynolds. Theatreblogspot.

"Outrageously funny! Will Durst is a master comic and highly enjoyable."

Woody Weingarten, Marinscope.

“My face ached from chuckling" "The crowd’s laughter began with Durst’s first gag and ended with his last" "When it comes to political satire, I think I’ll cast my vote for Durst.”

Cy Ashley Webb. Stark Insider.

“He’s so good that even if you’re suffering from the queasy nausea that goes with too much election year BS, you’ll still make room for him. The other joy of watching Durst lies in watching a master at work who fits into the rare genre of intelligent comedy, equal parts professor and clown.”

Evan Almdale. Joint Forces Journal.

Just when you think the 2016 election cycle can’t get any more over-the-top, along comes Will Durst to find fresh and even more outrageous material to satire.

Richard Connema. Talking Broadway.

“My stomach ached from laughing.” 

Doug Konecky. SF Theatre Blog.

“With one nonstop joke after the other, Will Durst has us roaring in the aisles with big, galumphing belly laughs through the show.”

 

BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO OMG.

Voted #1 Artist by the 2014 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival.

Winner of the Arthur Smith Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Special Closing Night performance at 2015 Maui Fringe Festival.

Jean Schiffman. San Francisco Examiner.

“Durst’s good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that… I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious.”

Berkeley Patch. “I can’t remember being more amused by anything in years.”

Berkeley Daily Planet.

Durst is magnificent on stage. His observations are unique and cutting, his vocal acrobatics are hilarious, his physical routines are inspired, wacky and polished."

Kate Copstick. The Scotsman.

“Everyone will be thrilled by the display of mastery of the art and craft of stand-up, and his kind of smart, classy, quality comic observations.”

 

THE ALL- AMERICAN SPORT OF BIPARTISAN BASHING.

New York Times.

“Highly recommended. Durst is at his sly, savvy best. A sharp one- man show.”

The New Yorker.

“He’s perfected a veritable jitterbug of comedy, taking on politics and war and rhetoric.”

The New York Post.

“Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl.”

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Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

Tickets Available

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers.

Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Max Schwartz), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.

"One of the contemporary acoustic music scene’s most skilled and enduring performers." – Acoustic Guitar

"Singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis has long been a purveyor of some of the most artful and sophisticated folk and bluegrass music." – Relix

"Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it." – Utah Phillips

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Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong have had the pleasure of sharing their lively roots music with audiences at Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to concert halls, festivals and fairs around the country. With a repertoire of western classics, country blues, vintage jazz and string band favorites from the 1920's and 30's, they share a passion for America's rich musical heritage and they know how to communicate that feeling to an audience. You'll hear raucous and often heartfelt singing accompanied by a dizzying array of acoustic instruments including accordion, guitar, banjo, ukulele, jug, national steel, musical saw and harmonica. All dished up with a hearty dose of vaudevillian stagecraft making for a delightfully entertaining experience. "Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong are flat-out-entertaining fun....with perfect comedic timing and showmanship....outstanding abilities on a variety of instruments, they dazzle audiences. Performances are always fresh and different....something for everyone." says Margo Metegrano of CowboyPoetry.Com. Sacramento Magazine calls their show "A rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song."

Sourdough Slim hails from California's gold country and is the recipient of the Academy Of Western Artist's "Yodeler of the Year" and a four time nominee for the Western Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year." String instrument virtuoso Robert Armstrong is a founding member of the infamous "Cheap Suit Serenaders" and an in demand studio musician who makes his home in Winters, California.



"A must see for those that love to be thoroughly entertained." - Charity Maness, Calaveras News

"A rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song." - Sacramento Magazine

"Five stars.... They don't make 'em like this anymore." - Barbara Steinberg, Sacramento City Guide Examiner

"A delightfully entertaining show. Real deal Americana." - Diane Brinkman, Seattle Times

"You won't find better authentic Country or Western music being played anywhere." - David Barnes, British Archive of Country Music

"Much more invigorating than 9/10ths of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of Western revivalists." - Ronald Lankford, Jr., Sing Out! magazine

"Goof Stuff!" - Dallas Dobro, Master of Ceremonies, Strawberry Music Festival

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Iris DeMent - SOLD OUT
Nov
26
7:30 PM19:30

Iris DeMent - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! (Call 707-786-7030 for wait list)

Iris DeMent has performed world over with her unique blend of folk and country and her music has been featured in film (True Grit 2010) as well as television (The Leftovers on HBO). She was also been nominated for a Grammy for her duet work with John Prine in 1999.

Do not miss this opportunity to experience Iris DeMent in Ferndale at The Old Steeple. The venue is quickly becoming Humboldt County's premier acoustic music room. Set inside the historic converted Methodist church the room's stained glass windows and Italian pressed tin ceiling inspire and excite the evening of entertainment.

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Tom Rush
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Rush

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

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John Hammond
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

John Hammond

Multi Award winning Bluesman John Hammond stands as one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years. A Grammy award winner, John is also an  8 time Grammy nominee. With 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins, most recently for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for 2014, John is one of the most awarded artists in the genre.  

He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis

“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


“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…” – The New York Times

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Private Event
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Private Event

Did you know that The Old Steeple is the perfect space for your next private event?

We seat 225 in our concert configuration, but can rearrange for dining for up to 124. We are perfect for your next wedding, Christmas party, funeral/wake, birthday party, business seminar, or any event that you can dream up!

Contact Paul at Ferndale Music Company by calling 707-786-7030 or email him direct at ferndalemusic@yahoo.com

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Tom Russell
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Russell

Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.

In 2015 Russell released a 52 track "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, which was hailed as "Maybe the most important Americana record of all time," by UK Folk, and "The top Folk album of 2105," by Mojo Magazine. It was included in top ten lists in three dozen publications, including The Los Angeles Times. The record included tracks by Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Walt Whitman, Maura O'Connell, Finbar Furey, and others. His latest release (May 2016) is The Tom Russell Anthology 2 (Gunpowder Sunsets) - 19 Tracks.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

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John Craigie with Cygne
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

John Craigie with Cygne

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. Its no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.


The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakovs farm. Although based in Portland, Craigies true home is on the road, and just like that hes on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen

Hell make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigies true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.

Cygne:

After ten years of studying classical violin Cygne found her voice writing and performing original songs in New York City. Upon graduation she embarked on her first solo European tour, fearlessly embracing the uncertain path of an independent musician. When she returned to the US she moved into her car and by summer she was performing on the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival main stages.

In the 250,000 miles and 1000+ performances since, Cygne's passion has translated to audiences from small clubs in the Czech Republic to large US & Swiss festivals. Like a friend who alternately comforts, entertains, and probes, she greets us with the ease and authenticity of someone who has spent a lifetime turning strangers into family.

Written in response to her experience in Europe during the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016, Cygne's new album Let It Breathe (February 3, 2017) provides hope and inspiration for challenging times. Cygne worked with producer Steve Rossiter at Axis Sound in New York City to create what has been unanimously declared their finest collaboration. Tune in as she enchants with thought-provoking songs and stories from the road.

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