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Fri, June 3

Michael Hornbuckle Band

Genre: Blues
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Michael Hornbuckle has been bringing blues and rock music to people for 18 years. Homegrown in the Mile High City, as was his father, legendary bluesman Bobby Hornbuckle who had Michael backing him on drums at 12 years old. While Bobby's journey ended in 96', Michael took over the torch. Michael inherited Bobby's old gibson 335. Some say a piece of Bobby's soul, and ability to play guitar were transmitted. Michael's quick to point out however: "The truth is, I spent all my time playing guitar cuz I loved to play. I don't know about all that other spooky stuff, but who knows" Nevertheless it was a quick transition. His 1st release in 98' "Pass The Torch" was a raw and respected blues/rock album including; original cuts, covers such as Creams' version of Outside Woman Blues, and a tip of the hat to the man who passed on his love for blues, with a Bobby Hornbuckle original, Down In The Valley. Early 2000?s after a Red Rocks appearance warming up the Doobie Brothers, he spent time touring the country with Texas blues monster Vince Converse, and releasing the acoustic blues album Conbuckle Station "Here Come The Blues" on New Shoes Records. Michael continued to make more appearances at Red Rocks, McNichols Arena (for the very last rock concert there with Z.Z Top) The Pepsi Center (for their first rock concert) and Fiddlers Green Ampitheatre for shows like the B.B King Blues Fest. Michael released "Lost & Found By Trial & Error", in 05', and took it as an opportunity to evolve a songwriting ability, as well as a vocal and guitar sound that has become the reason for the buzz. In 2012, Michael was in L.A. recording the critically acclaimed album, Virtue & Vice with world class producer Alex 'Ace' Baker and brother Brian Hornbuckle.
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Fri, June 10

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Genre: Jazz/Blues/Rock
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists representing every one of the aforementioned genres. In addition to her acclaimed body of solo work that includes ten # 1 radio hits and close to half a million albums sold, Abair was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. In 2014, Abair received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, featuring four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music. More recently, Abair received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her follow-up solo CD Wild Heart. In addition to the years of hard work and dedication leading up to these successes, some of the credit is due to an impressive pedigree. Abair?s paternal grandmother was an opera singer, and her father was a saxophonist and B3 player in a band called The Entertainers ? a gig that kept the whole family on the road for several years of Mindi?s childhood. By the time the band broke up and the Abairs put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, five-year-old Mindi had already demonstrated musical aspirations of her own by taking up the piano. Since she first picked up a saxophone at age 8, Mindi Abair knew what inspired her, and followed her heart. She took part in every band program available in elementary, middle and high school. After a year at the University of North Florida, she transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in woodwind performance. Her powerhouse and emotive style hearkens back to the days of Junior Walker and King Curtis, when saxophone was as integral an instrument as the guitar in the early days of rock and soul. Abair recalls some wise counseling she received during her college years: ?My saxophone teacher Joe Viola told me every week, ?You have to start your own band. You?ve got your own sound. Don?t practice a bunch of David Sanborn or Wayne Shorter licks. Go out and make your own mark.? It was the best advice anyone could have given me.? She took the advice and ran with it, all the way to the opposite coast. She landed in Los Angeles, where she began a long dues-paying process that included touring gigs with Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle and Jonathan Butler. When she was home from the road, she booked her own band in just about any club that would have them. And on those occasions when none would, she played on the streets of Santa Monica. ?I didn?t want to wait tables when I had a music degree from the foremost contemporary music school in the world. I came here to play,? she says. ?I?d take my horn down to 3rd Street Promenade and just play. I paid my rent for quite a few months by doing that.? Bobby Lyle walked by one day and hired her for his upcoming world tour, jumpstarting her career. Those humble beginnings lead to an impressive list of early tours including Teena Marie, Adam Sandler, Bobby Lyle, The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Duran Duran and more. Abair released her first album, the independently-produced Always and Never the Same, in 1999, while touring with the Backstreet Boys. By the beginning of the new decade, the combination of nonstop performing and her well-received indie release had helped solidify her musical identity. ?By the time I signed on with Verve in 2002,? she says, ?I really knew who I was as an artist. I knew what I wanted to say, and every artist I?d toured with on the way here helped me shape who I was.? Known for writing the bulk of her own material, It Just Happens That Way, Abair?s major label debut in 2003, was the first in a string of chart-topping solo recordings on Verve that also included I Can?t Wait for Christmas (2004), Come As You Are (2005) and Life Less Ordinary (2007). She made the move to Peak, a division of Concord Music Group, with the 2008 release of Stars, an album that showcased ? more than any of her previous recordings ? her attractive vocal work as an engaging counterpoint to her solid saxophone chops. In Hi-Fi Stereo, released in 2010, paid tribute to the sounds of the ?60s and early ?70s harkening back to artists such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, icons that influenced Mindi from a young age. Her two seasons on American Idol in 2011 and 2012 led to her joining Aerosmith as their first saxophonist since 1973 for their 2012 Summer Global Warming Tour. And Clarence Clemons? untimely death led to her touring with Max Weinberg and a night at the Beacon Theater with Bruce Springsteen. ?I got off those tours, and I had this burst of electric energy to make some music of my own,? says Abair. ?Those tours really affected what I was feeling and what I was writing. I had spent so many nights on stage with these guys who were sweating and bleeding and giving it all for their audience. I wanted that strength and that abandon on my record, and I was inspired to make that happen.? Soon after, Abair joined a group called Summer Horns, assembled by fellow saxophonist Dave Koz for a record and tour. The lineup also included Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. The resulting sax foursome crafted a record that paid tribute to the great horn bands of the late ?60s and early ?70s, including Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Summer Horns recording scored a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Recording, a validation of not only the collective talent on the record itself, but also of the lasting impact and influence of the music of that era. On her May 27, 2014 release Wild Heart, Abair plunged headlong into vintage rock and soul territory, harkening back to the days when saxophone was an integral part of the musical landscape. Wild Heart received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category in December 2014. After Wild Heart, she wanted to translate its edgier rock/soul sound to the stage. She called longtime friend Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Willie Nelson) to join her live band. Randy brought his Detroit blues/rock edge to her music. In June, Jacob?s band The Boneshakers was playing the Newport Beach Jazz Festival on the same bill as Abair?s, and she hopped on stage before her band?s show to ?sit in? with The Boneshakers. The end result, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers Live in Seattle, is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. And if writing, recording and touring weren?t enough, Abair recently served a two-year term from 2013?2015 as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and now serves as a National Trustee. ?It?s been a very eye-opening and inspiring role,? she says. ?What an honor to serve as a leader in the most pre-eminent organization of the music business. This is a group of people who give back constantly to inspire and strengthen the next generation of music makers, and they remind me daily what beautiful power we hold as creators of music.? That sense of power and reach has become part of Abair?s creative philosophy in recent years and has made its way into her music as well. ?I?ve recorded, toured and collaborated with so many artists representing so many styles of music,? she says. ?I?m the luckiest person in the world to be surrounded by such talent and true artistry. I don?t care about labels or boundaries or preconceptions with music. I just want to play and create and keep moving forward.?
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Fri, June 10

Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers

Genre: Jazz/Blues/Rock
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect of top-shelf artists representing every one of the aforementioned genres. In addition to her acclaimed body of solo work that includes ten # 1 radio hits and close to half a million albums sold, Abair was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. In 2014, Abair received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, featuring four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music. More recently, Abair received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her follow-up solo CD Wild Heart. In addition to the years of hard work and dedication leading up to these successes, some of the credit is due to an impressive pedigree. Abair?s paternal grandmother was an opera singer, and her father was a saxophonist and B3 player in a band called The Entertainers ? a gig that kept the whole family on the road for several years of Mindi?s childhood. By the time the band broke up and the Abairs put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida, five-year-old Mindi had already demonstrated musical aspirations of her own by taking up the piano. Since she first picked up a saxophone at age 8, Mindi Abair knew what inspired her, and followed her heart. She took part in every band program available in elementary, middle and high school. After a year at the University of North Florida, she transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in woodwind performance. Her powerhouse and emotive style hearkens back to the days of Junior Walker and King Curtis, when saxophone was as integral an instrument as the guitar in the early days of rock and soul. Abair recalls some wise counseling she received during her college years: ?My saxophone teacher Joe Viola told me every week, ?You have to start your own band. You?ve got your own sound. Don?t practice a bunch of David Sanborn or Wayne Shorter licks. Go out and make your own mark.? It was the best advice anyone could have given me.? She took the advice and ran with it, all the way to the opposite coast. She landed in Los Angeles, where she began a long dues-paying process that included touring gigs with Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle and Jonathan Butler. When she was home from the road, she booked her own band in just about any club that would have them. And on those occasions when none would, she played on the streets of Santa Monica. ?I didn?t want to wait tables when I had a music degree from the foremost contemporary music school in the world. I came here to play,? she says. ?I?d take my horn down to 3rd Street Promenade and just play. I paid my rent for quite a few months by doing that.? Bobby Lyle walked by one day and hired her for his upcoming world tour, jumpstarting her career. Those humble beginnings lead to an impressive list of early tours including Teena Marie, Adam Sandler, Bobby Lyle, The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Duran Duran and more. Abair released her first album, the independently-produced Always and Never the Same, in 1999, while touring with the Backstreet Boys. By the beginning of the new decade, the combination of nonstop performing and her well-received indie release had helped solidify her musical identity. ?By the time I signed on with Verve in 2002,? she says, ?I really knew who I was as an artist. I knew what I wanted to say, and every artist I?d toured with on the way here helped me shape who I was.? Known for writing the bulk of her own material, It Just Happens That Way, Abair?s major label debut in 2003, was the first in a string of chart-topping solo recordings on Verve that also included I Can?t Wait for Christmas (2004), Come As You Are (2005) and Life Less Ordinary (2007). She made the move to Peak, a division of Concord Music Group, with the 2008 release of Stars, an album that showcased ? more than any of her previous recordings ? her attractive vocal work as an engaging counterpoint to her solid saxophone chops. In Hi-Fi Stereo, released in 2010, paid tribute to the sounds of the ?60s and early ?70s harkening back to artists such as King Curtis and Junior Walker, icons that influenced Mindi from a young age. Her two seasons on American Idol in 2011 and 2012 led to her joining Aerosmith as their first saxophonist since 1973 for their 2012 Summer Global Warming Tour. And Clarence Clemons? untimely death led to her touring with Max Weinberg and a night at the Beacon Theater with Bruce Springsteen. ?I got off those tours, and I had this burst of electric energy to make some music of my own,? says Abair. ?Those tours really affected what I was feeling and what I was writing. I had spent so many nights on stage with these guys who were sweating and bleeding and giving it all for their audience. I wanted that strength and that abandon on my record, and I was inspired to make that happen.? Soon after, Abair joined a group called Summer Horns, assembled by fellow saxophonist Dave Koz for a record and tour. The lineup also included Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. The resulting sax foursome crafted a record that paid tribute to the great horn bands of the late ?60s and early ?70s, including Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and Blood, Sweat & Tears. The Summer Horns recording scored a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Recording, a validation of not only the collective talent on the record itself, but also of the lasting impact and influence of the music of that era. On her May 27, 2014 release Wild Heart, Abair plunged headlong into vintage rock and soul territory, harkening back to the days when saxophone was an integral part of the musical landscape. Wild Heart received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category in December 2014. After Wild Heart, she wanted to translate its edgier rock/soul sound to the stage. She called longtime friend Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was (Not Was), Willie Nelson) to join her live band. Randy brought his Detroit blues/rock edge to her music. In June, Jacob?s band The Boneshakers was playing the Newport Beach Jazz Festival on the same bill as Abair?s, and she hopped on stage before her band?s show to ?sit in? with The Boneshakers. The end result, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers Live in Seattle, is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015 on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group. And if writing, recording and touring weren?t enough, Abair recently served a two-year term from 2013?2015 as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and now serves as a National Trustee. ?It?s been a very eye-opening and inspiring role,? she says. ?What an honor to serve as a leader in the most pre-eminent organization of the music business. This is a group of people who give back constantly to inspire and strengthen the next generation of music makers, and they remind me daily what beautiful power we hold as creators of music.? That sense of power and reach has become part of Abair?s creative philosophy in recent years and has made its way into her music as well. ?I?ve recorded, toured and collaborated with so many artists representing so many styles of music,? she says. ?I?m the luckiest person in the world to be surrounded by such talent and true artistry. I don?t care about labels or boundaries or preconceptions with music. I just want to play and create and keep moving forward.?
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Sat, June 11

Danny Masters Band "Evermore" tribute to Led Zeppelin with Ghost Embrace

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Born in New York, Danny Masters started playing guitar at the age of 12. Influenced by the likes of guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, Masters moved to Denver in 1979 and began performing the Denver club circuit. At the same time, Masters began studying jazz and classical guitar at the University of Northern Colorado. Masters made both the Dean's List of Distinction and the Dean's List of Academic Honor. Earning his Bachelor of Music Degree, he then won a scholarship to the University of Denver to complete a Master of Arts. Studying classical guitar under internationally known Maestro Ricardo Izanola, Masters honed his craft and earned his Masters in the process. In 1987 he became the first guitarist to win the Allied Arts Institute Scholarship. Becoming a professional musician, Masters performed in groups such as Zuriel, Electric Playground, Shards of Seven and 69 Times. In 1993, he won the KBPI Steve Vai guitar competition, resulting in a jam session with Vai. In 1997, Masters released his debut album Electric Babylon. In 1999, he released his second album 'Til The Moon Goes Away. Masters has opened for Tesla, Dokken, Ted Nugent and Robin Trower among others. Riki Kasmir was the lead singer in Electric Playground as well as its highly regarded bass player. David Harms and Michael Kleinman were members of the Master?s Blues Band and recorded ?Til The Moon Goes Away? and have toured with Danny for years with the various incarnations of his bands Lori Gorklo has played guitar and performed lead vocals for the past ten years with all of Danny Master?s band. Most recently Danny reached out to these former bandmates to form ?Evermore? a band exclusively devoted to recreating the music of Led Zeppelin. The new band has performed at Denver?s renowned blue and rock venues and is ever expanding its song list true to the original recordings.
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Thu, June 16

All Ages Show! Good Old War

Genre: Indie Folk
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Keith Goodwin is a singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist who owns a cat named King and a dog named Jet. He?s a middle child with two children of his own. Keith writes at the very least an idea for a song each day and is known for unique stage dancing.

Dan Schwartz is a music-obsessed Sagittarius with a bike riding habit the size of Philadelphia. He is also a coffee enthusiast and an avid reader who doesn't need a movie to be "good" to like it. He enjoys a game of dominos and a shot of whiskey with friends. Most of all, Dan is a guitar player, songwriter, and harmony singer.

Discography:
Broken Into Better Shape (2015)
Broken Into Better Shape finds Good Old War pushing their musical boundaries to the limit. Road-weary from two years at sea, the trio set out to write an album full of songs that were not limited to sounding perfect in a live experience. They bunkered down in Goodwin?s toddler-toy-filled house and struggled for half a year to find what they were looking for. Around this time, drummer Tim Arnold left the band for Atlanta, where his fiancé was pregnant with their first child. Arnold?s DNA remains in the band and his fingerprints are still present as a writer on some of the tracks on the record. With half of the album?s songs now written, Goodwin and Schwartz began experimenting with other writers and producers. In New York City, they dreamed up the ultra-inspirational ?Fly Away? with writer Emile Haynie (fun., Bruno Mars). A trip to Los Angeles found them improbably paired in a writing session with Zimbabwe-born urban producer T-Collar, where a hook was crafted that the band were eager to take to the studio. It would become their first single, ?Tell Me What You Want From Me.? Broken Into Better Shape became the record that it is in Nashville, where the band wrote and rounded out songs with producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krause & Union Station, Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton) and with the aid of a terrific group of musicians and writers. Whereas much of the band?s earlier work had been written individually, this album would end up being a grand collaboration. The result is the band?s proudest moment, an album of lush, well-crafted songs with no filler, ten songs whittled down from a pool of over forty. April 2015 will find the band touring for the first time in three years, reunited with drummer Tim Arnold, who?s traded changing diapers for continuing to be a touring member of the band.

Live From The City of Brotherly Love (2013)
Recorded live on August 6th, 2012 at Union Transfer in the band?s hometown of Philadelphia, the performance captured is a celebration of Good Old War?s unique live interaction with their fans. The track listing includes all the band?s favorite songs and is intended to be a love letter to their supporters. The album also marked the end of a chapter with their beloved friends at Sargent House Records.

Come Back as Rain (2012)
The band?s third album was produced by Jason Cupp at ARC in Omaha, which had turned out records by great artist like Jenny Lewis, The Faint and Bright Eyes. Come Back as Rain featured the singles ?Calling Me Names? and ?Amazing Eyes? ? the album debuted at #1 on Billboard?s Heatseekers chart and continued to thrive as the band toured for tour years with artists like Counting Crows, NEEDTOBREATHE, Xavier Rudd and Dispatch.

Self Titled (2010)
Good Old War?s mission on this album was to expand all of the big sounds they?d been able to make ?only? as a three piece. It was written and recorded in a rented house in Pennsylvania?s Pocono Mountains. Self Titled saw Good Old War make inroads at commercial radio, where songs like ?My Own Sinking Ship? and ?That?s Some Dream? took hold. During this period Good Old War toured at a supernatural pace, playing with a long list of incredible artists including Dr. Dog, Alison Krause & Union Station, and Here We Go Magic. They also found themselves making the Coachella debut the spring after Self Titled came out.

Only Way to Be Alone (2008)
The band?s debut found them defining and actualizing their three-part harmony sound approach. A very stripped down album, Only Way gave Good Old War fans some of their favorite songs, including ?Coney Island? and ?Looking for Shelter.?
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Fri, June 17

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Few bands in contemporary jazz have been as entertaining and artistically satisfying as Special EFX. Spearheaded by guitarist Chieli Minucci and co-founded by the late percussionist George Jinda (whose untimely passing came in 2001) in 1983, Special EFX helped to pave the road for contemporary jazz during its early years in the 80s and they continue to set the standard. As Special EFX embarks on its third decade as torchbearers of innovative and inspiring instrumental music, Chieli Minucci reflects on the band?s longevity in the music business. "One of the reasons we have been able to maintain our popularity is because we have evolved and changed over the years. When the band first started we had a heavy world music influence. Later we highlighted more of an acid-jazz sound, as well as some progressive fusion-rock thrown in for good measure. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything!?
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Sat, June 18

My Blue Sky - A Tribute To The Allman Brothers Band

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

My Blue Sky "Honoring the music of the Allman Brothers family of bands." Award winning My Blue Sky is comprised of 7 experienced Colorado musicians that all share the passion and love of the music of the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band have a unique blend of southern rock, blues, and jazz that have inspired musicians and fans for decades. Their music and performances have created memories for everyone that have stood the test of time. It is in that spirit that My Blue Sky honors their music. And they honor it well...My Blue Sky has placed first two years in a row (2014 and 2015) at Leftapalooza the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, and they have earned the support and approval of Gregg Allman himself.
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Sun, June 19

Cedric Pride Entertainment Presents Father's Day All White Affair Feat. The Hot Lunch Band with DJ Al Your Pal

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Doors: 5:00PM
Show: 7:00 PM

5PM - 7PM DJ Al Your Pal
7PM - 9PM The Hot Lunch Band
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Thu, June 23

Jo is Me: Live Recording JoFoKe

Genre: Soul/R&B
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

After several years of writing, arranging, recording and touring in support of other artists, singer-songwriter JoFoKe (Joslyn Ford-Keel) is recording her debut project LIVE. Join JoFoKe & CO for this milestone Thursday, June 23, 2016 at The Soiled Dove Underground in her hometown, CO. Doors at 7P, Show at 8P. VIP Meet & Greet at 6:30P. *VIP packages include a Meet & Greet with Jo & the Band, a "Jo Is Me LIVE" T-shirt, a JoFoKe infusion water bottle, exclusive JoFoKe music and other goodies* Support System: Ron Black (MD), Stacie Alexander, Shajuan Andrews, Josh Easley, Derek Greaves, Vin Landolfi, Dax Oliver and Brionne Wright. For more information about the recording, Sponsorship and Street Team opportunities as well as Hotel Block details, contact us at Info@JoFoKe.com or 615.669.8775.
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Fri, June 24

The Underground Stand UP Comedy Showcase Ryan Singer Hosted by Matt Monroe & Stephen Agyei

Genre: Comedy
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Ryan Singer is the rarest of breeds: A comic’s comic who electrifies mainstream audiences with material that is both uncompromising and unpretentious. LaughSpin says, “With his high-energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there’s not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer. And it’s not just us saying it: In the last few years, he’s won over audiences headlining the nation’s finer comedy clubs and was hailed by Marc Maron in Rolling Stone as a comedian “who should be big.” Ryan just released his 3rd full-length album IMMORTAL FOR NOW after his debut album HOW TO GET HIGH WITHOUT DRUGS and sophomore release COMEDY WONDER TOWN were selected as Top 10 Comedy CD’s of the year (2010 & 2012). He is the creator and host of ME & PARANORMAL YOU, the twice-weekly mindcast (podcast) in which he has in-depth interviews with people who possess paranormal abilities or have had extraordinary experiences. He was selected by LA Weekly as one of “10 LA Comics to Watch” for 2014, was mentioned in NY Magazine as a “Comic to Watch,” was one of 4 finalists in the original CMT’s Next Big Comic Contest, is a frequent guest on the WTF Podcast w/Marc Maron and the Bob & Tom Show, and his joke “United Snacks of America” has over 7 million listens on Pandora.
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Sat, June 25

The Ijaba Concert Series Presents SuCh

Genre: Soul/R&B
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

SuCh (pronounced 'such') is a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Chicago groomed Soul singer. As a performer she has enough energy to power a small city, her vocals and stage presence captivating and winning over audiences in renowned venues across the U.S., U.K, France and the Netherlands. A natural-born storyteller, she weaves lyrics that capture and express life's feelings and experiences of love, loss and happiness. Nowhere is this more evident than on her sophomore album, 'Trial and Error' (recorded and released on her own Arc Sai label) - a collection as eclectic as her upbringing and filled with instantly unforgettable melodies that soar in her clear soulful voice, unwavering in its purpose. The 13-song release follows on the heels of her successful lead single, 'Sugar Maple', which topped UK's Soul Charts for several consecutive weeks and is a heavy favorite on urban and satellite radio. SuCh is also an award-winning actress, earning Henry and Broadway World nods for her portrayal of Celie in the Color Purple, and counts among her accomplishments several TV appearances and finishing in the top 60 on American Idol.
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Sat, June 25

The Ijaba Concert Series Presents SuCh

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

SuCh (pronounced 'such') is a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Chicago groomed Soul singer. As a performer she has enough energy to power a small city, her vocals and stage presence captivating and winning over audiences in renowned venues across the U.S., U.K, France and the Netherlands. A natural-born storyteller, she weaves lyrics that capture and express life's feelings and experiences of love, loss and happiness. Nowhere is this more evident than on her sophomore album, 'Trial and Error' (recorded and released on her own Arc Sai label) - a collection as eclectic as her upbringing and filled with instantly unforgettable melodies that soar in her clear soulful voice, unwavering in its purpose. The 13-song release follows on the heels of her successful lead single, 'Sugar Maple', which topped UK's Soul Charts for several consecutive weeks and is a heavy favorite on urban and satellite radio. SuCh is also an award-winning actress, earning Henry and Broadway World nods for her portrayal of Celie in the Color Purple, and counts among her accomplishments several TV appearances and finishing in the top 60 on American Idol.
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Sun, June 26

Colorado Music Institute 2016 Rock Sessions

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Doors: 5:00PM
Show: 6:00PM

Our sole purpose is to instruct and aid in the development of musicians of all ages, levels and styles. Our collective efforts have come together to form a school where you can learn from instructors that have a ton of knowledge and experience. Here at CMI, our students learn on the best equipment and in the most complete teaching studios. By taking this "hands on" approach, our students simply learn faster. Most music stores only give lessons to "generate traffic" and to increase sales. We don't sell instruments. We teach them. We help the student obtain goals they never thought possible.
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Thu, June 30

Hazel Miller & Friends

Genre: Blues/Soul
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Whether she is singing blues, jazz, pop, or gospel, her voice charges the songs with a primal dose of genuine soul. Her voice has been called stunning, moving and powerful. Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, "she is a force of nature!" declares the Rocky Mountain News. A sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 14 years, Hazel has regularly performed with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and was a regular performer on the ETown Radio Show, aired on NPR.
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Fri, July 1

Josh Blackburn Dirty Bird

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Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FROM MARCH 19 TO JULY 1. TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE WILL BE HONORED.

Josh Blackburn has rounded up some fantastic players to play songs from his 4 solo albums. This will be his debut show of his most current album Dirty Bird. Josh Blackburn is a full time live performer in the Denver area who is normally found to be a solo performer. This show is going to be one not to miss. Come out and show some love on this special occasion of local original music
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Fri, July 8

Darrell Scott

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Darrell Scott is a Grammy-nominated performer and recording artist, a highly demanded multi-instrumentalist (he plays 13 instruments!), and an ASCAP songwriter of the year. Darrell delivers his soulful performances in solo, duo, trio, band, and string quintet configurations, all equally dynamic and powerful. Darrell will be touring in 2016 in support of his new CD ?Couchville Sessions.? Songwriting credits include the Grammy Award winning ?Long Time Gone? and ?Heartbreak Town.? When not on tour with his own shows, Darrell plays in Robert Plant?s Band of Joy.
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Sat, July 9

All Ages Show! Nate Currin, Felling Giants

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

NATE CURRIN
With over 400,000 miles and 600 shows logged the last 10 years, Nate Currin is a troubadour in every sense of the word. Originally from Georgia, Nate has enough of the south in his voice and writing that it shines through, but not without the influence of various experiences and places that only come from living the life of a rambling man. Having traveled to over 20 countries, performed with notable acts like Blues Traveler, Butch Walker, Jars of Clay and Neon Trees, and been featured on MTV he retains his enigmatic drive to fly under the radar from time to time. Currin is chasing after the genuine human connection, one fan and one song at a time. After being nominated for an Independent Music Award and 4 International Music Awards for his third studio album You and I are Ghosts in 2014, which made it as high as #16 on the iTunes charts, Nate took home 3 of those Music Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Most recently Nate was nominated for a Georgia Music Award for Americana Artist of the Year while finishing up his newest album The Madman and The Poet, which comes out April 15, 2016.

FELLING GIANTS
Hailing from all across America and Canada, Felling Giants is a family of artists that have stepped out in faith because we understand that worship is much more than just music. We believe it is a unique gift He has given us, a glimpse of heaven, written in our hearts. We have been designed by the greatest creator, and we desire to create so that we can share a glimpse of how awesome our God is. We have a mission to bring excellence in our music, to write songs that touch people, and share the hope of Christ! Through our mix of acoustic and sonic melodies our own blend of rock has emerged. From the living room couch to the stage, we live and breath our music and our God.
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Sun, July 10

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Genre: Americana
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who've benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who's Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience. Larry and Teresa's story begins at New York's famed Bottom Line club in the mid 80s; she was singing country, he was playing pedal steel. It was love at first chord. "She was the real deal," native New Yorker Larry says. "None of that Urban Cowboy nonsense. And she was clock-stopping gorgeous. I was smitten." "I'd thought country music players in New York was an oxymoron," says Tennessee-born Teresa. "But he saved my life on that stage. I thanked him for bringing the heavy steel down to play just a few songs, and when we looked into each other's eyes I saw everything he is, the depth of his soul." They married soon after, setting off on their own individual highways, but always circling back to each other. Among other adventures, Teresa originated the role of country music pioneer Sara Carter in the musical Keep On the Sunny Side, and Larry achieved renown as the go-to roots music guy for sessions, tours, and pit bands, the dude who'd mastered a dizzying array of stringed instruments and styles. The seeds for a duet project were unwittingly planted in their courting days, when Larry and Teresa sang and played with the locals under her great-great grandmother's Tennessee cedar tree, the same one under which they married. (These gatherings continue to this day.) Later, when the duo was song-swapping all night with the band in the back of Bob Dylan's tour bus, Dylan's longtime manager Jeff Kramer told Larry he was crazy not to make hay with what they had as a duo. But their schedules kept the idea on the back burner until 2005, when Levon Helm called. He'd beaten cancer, was invigorated as never before, and was putting together a band for the soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, NY. He wanted some Campbell-Williams mojo to help make the most of his surprise fourth act. This humble beginning ? playing in a barn on a dirt road ? inaugurated the greatest musical experience of Larry and Teresa's lives. Larry became the unflappable leader of the shape-shifting Midnight Ramble Band, earning three Grammys for producing Levon's final three CDs; Teresa, as an indispensable band member, frequently brought the house down. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams is an extension of that time, featuring eight originals and three covers honed on the carpet of Levon's barn, under the gaze of grateful fans. Songs like the Muscle Shoals-inflected CD opener "Surrender to Love," heart-wrenching ballad "Another One More Time," and boot-stomper "Bad Luck Charm," feature the distinctive texture of two entwining voices who've been through a lot together ? the good, the bad, and the joyous. "It was the most pure musical experience I've ever had," Larry says of their time with Levon. "It gave me the template for how to make music for the rest of my life: no egos, no agenda, no petty stuff. I looked forward to every gig I ever did with Levon, I loved doing it, and when it was over I couldn't wait for the next one. I got inspired to write more songs for Teresa and me to sing." With Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, this duo not only brings a lot to the table, they bring the table itself ? plus the house, the still, the church, the marriage bed, the sawdust-covered floor, and abiding, unconditional love, all carried in two voices harmonizing across hills, hollers, porches, and fire escapes. Those close harmonies ride atop music made in a mountain refuge, far from the madding crowd, connected to a spirit that lives on in song.
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Fri, July 15

Charlotte Sass

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Charlotte exudes such a natural grace and beauty of style that you cannot help but notice it in her person, her lyrics, her voice, and her music. She vulnerably writes about the depths and complexities of life, while exposing a sharp wit and a contagious vibrancy ? all of which translate into her music and her performance. Stylistically, Charlotte has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell & Natalie Merchant (voice and emotion) and Norah Jones & Tori Amos (piano and musicianship), but her voice is her own and worthy of recognition. Charlotte is currently immersed in crafting and performing a new set of songs and sounds for an album to be recorded in Nashville (2016) with nationally renowned artist/musician, James Cook (Luke Bryan). She recently shared the stage here at the Dove with the legendary Freddy Jones Band. Charlotte?s music effectively fuses melodic truth with raw emotion. Her lyrics are thoughtful and expressive. Spend any time around Charlotte, and you will hear how quickly she moves from a hearty bout of laughter among friends to an intimate musical conversation between vocals and piano, guitar, or violin. Her warmth reaches out and gently stirs one to internal ponderings and exploration. One listener writes: ?Time and again, I?ve felt like a personal friend leaning in with my ear ready. In a room filled with hundreds of people, I?ve so often felt like her words were ones I needed to hear.?
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Sat, July 16

Lights - Tribute to Journey with Wicked Garden - Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The band Lights presents a show with all of the greatest Journey hits. This up and coming tribute act is a show not to be missed. Lights has performed at many Colorado venues and is poised to take the rest of the nation by storm. Singer Ted Fiorino captures the essence of Steve Perry and guitarist Cody Zane flawlessly pulls off Neil Schon, while drummer Robert Harris, bassist Kelly Watson and keyboardist Eddie Gion head up the rhythm section.
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Fri, July 22

Steve Oliver & Louis Colaiannia

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

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Perfectly capturing the soul-searching music of our times and the universal sense of wonder human beings have been contemplating since the beginning of time, Steve Oliver (www.steveolivermusic.com)follows a dynamic decade and a half of #1 instrumental Billboard Jazz hit making and global touring by asking the simple but resonant question "Why?" The soulful, thought-provoking track, the lead single from the multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitarist's first ever all-vocal album, Pictures and Frames, is currently shipping to Pop Contemporary stations nationwide. It's Oliver's first official venture into the pop format after nine albums and over 15 years of dominance on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart. Oliver has always sprinkled a few pop/R&B vocals into his instrumental albums -- but "Why" and many of the other tracks on the album mark a deeper emergences as an observational, socially conscious songwriter. Recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, the John Mayer, Sting and Steely Dan influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (former percussionist of contemporary jazz powerhouse The Rippingtons) and the all star rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (whose 2,000 studio sessions include multiple albums with James Taylor, Phil Collins and Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta,known for his work with Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton and Herbie Hancock, among hundreds of others. As he chronicled on his popular 2008 CD/5.1 Surround Sound DVD package One Night Live, Oliver is renowned throughout the contemporary jazz world for his charismatic one on one relationship with the audience and a wild array of sonic delights that include soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, wild vocal percussion excursion, playful "vocalese" and wonderworking with the synth guitar. He's always sprinkled a few full-on pop/R&B vocal tunes on every album. As a songwriter, Oliver runs the gamut from pointed social observations like "Instant Gratification" (about the lack of human communication due to our collective obsession with cell phones in our demanding, "push button society") to lush romantic expressions like "A Waltz To You," written in 3/4 time, and the lighthearted "Long Time Comin'," which showcases Oliver's trademark a capella virtuosity and energizing vocal percussion.

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Louis Colaiannia is a multi Award winning internationally touring musician whose latest CD "Closer" reached Number 1 on the One World Music Top 50 International radio Chart. His latest album was produced by Grammy winning guitarist and producer Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. Kathy Parsons, reviewer from MailnyPiano.com said " I think The Next Stage is pianist/composer Louis Colaiannia?s most exciting and vibrant release to date. Mixing jazz, pop, new age, rock, and classical elements into a unique and tasty musical stew".
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Sat, July 23

The Underground Stand UP Comedy Showcase Will Weldon hosted by Matt Monroe & Stephen Agyei

Genre: Comedy
Doors: 8:00PM
Show: 9:00PM

You might as well surrender now because you are no match for “babyface” Weldon. He will win you over with his twinkly gaze and razor sharp wit. A transplant from the land of hockey and poutine,Will Weldon is making his mark on the LA comedy scene. His comedy style is reminiscent of Woody Allen, only much less whiney. Will has performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival,Seattle Comedy Competition and is a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He’s had several TV and commercial roles and will be winning audiences over at Riot LA and the San Francisco Comedy and Burrito Festival. PLEASE be sure to check out his Bill Burr impression as well because it is priceless! Johnny Pemberton step aside because there’s a new kid in town and he means business.
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Fri, July 29

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century. The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!
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Fri, July 29

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century. The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!
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Thu, August 4

Tickets on sale 5/27 at 10AM! 17th Avenue All Stars

Genre: Acappela
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The 17th Avenue All*Stars are recognized as one of the bright stars of contemporary a cappella … a journey that started 27 years ago at the legendary club Acappellas in Denver, Colorado. The group has performed their entertaining and family oriented show throughout the nation from Philadelphia to San Francisco, at family concerts, corporate events, nightclubs and large scale music festivals … for governors and US presidents. The All*Stars always “go the distance to create a completely entertaining and astounding musical experience for their audiences! The 17th Avenue All*Stars are three time Western Regional A Cappella Winners and achieved top honors in 1993 as National A Cappella Champions at the Harmony Sweepstakes, the “super bowl” of a cappella competition. They have opened for: “The Temptations”, “B.B. King”, “Mel Torme”, “Dave Mason”, “Robert Cray” and “America.” The group’s soulful renditions of popular music cover a wide variety of musical styles and span seven decades of hits. Current tunes include: mashups of U2, David Getta, Meagan Traynor and hits like Maroon 5’s “Move Like Jagger” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”.

Group Members are:

Evan Sauvage - baritone
Tim Rosendo, - tenor
Norm Silver - bass
Aubrey Jacobs - soprano
Paul Lannon - vocal percussion
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Fri, August 5

Marcus Miller

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Marcus Miller ? a two-time GRAMMY Award winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace ? is not only an exceptional musician ? a multi-instrumentalist and world-renowned bassist ? but also a highly-gifted composer and producer. The legendary Tutu album he wrote and produced for Miles Davis sealed his international fame when Miller was only twenty-five. Since then he has continued collaborating with artists as varied and talented as Eric Clapton, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jay-Z, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Brian Ferry and Herbie Hancock (to name only a few). At the same time, he has produced his own albums, among them The Sun Don't Lie, M2, Silver Rain, Free, A Night in Monte Carlo (with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra), and Renaissance, giving him occasion to tour internationally with young musicians whose talents he's recognized (as Miles did for him, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and others). You can hear Miller's radio show Miller Time every Sunday night on SiriusXM's RealJazz. Marcus' new project Afrodeezia?which was inspired by Miller's role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for the organization's Slave Route Project?was recorded in locations around the world including Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles, and features a wide range of guests including rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne Charles and Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarists Keb' Mo' and Wah Wah Watson, bassist/producer Mocean Worker, organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and cellist Ben Hong, as well as musicians from Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Miller's core band includes saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Lee Hogans, pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Adam Agati, and drummer Louis Cato. "It was after visiting the House of Slaves on Gorée Island that I composed "Gorée," explains Miller, referring to the powerful track featured on his previous album Renaissance. "Onstage I felt the need to say what I had been feeling in Senegal. I wanted people to understand that this tune spoke not only of the slave tragedy but, through the music especially, that these people who suddenly found themselves at the bottom of a ship's hold had discovered a way to survive, and were able in time to transform their distress into joy. Shortly after my trip to Gorée, UNESCO named me an Artist for Peace, and made me the spokesperson for the Slave Route Project. That was when I started thinking about Afrodeezia." "The power of music has no limits," states Miller. "Through spirituals, jazz and soul we were able to preserve our history, because all the rest had been erased. What I wanted most was to go back to the source of the rhythms that make our musical heritage so rich, to follow them like footprints from their beginnings in Africa all the way to the United States. That journey took us from Mali to Paris, from New Orleans to Sao Paulo and across the Caribbean." "For this project, I collaborated with musicians from West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the southern U.S. and the large northern cities of the U.S. This is my way of paying tribute to the long journey of my African ancestors who became African-Americans. The melodies and rhythms they carried with them from Africa have EXPLODED into a 'dizzying' array of musical styles and genres that have changed the world."
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Fri, August 5

Marcus Miller

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Marcus Miller ? a two-time GRAMMY Award winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace ? is not only an exceptional musician ? a multi-instrumentalist and world-renowned bassist ? but also a highly-gifted composer and producer. The legendary Tutu album he wrote and produced for Miles Davis sealed his international fame when Miller was only twenty-five. Since then he has continued collaborating with artists as varied and talented as Eric Clapton, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jay-Z, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Brian Ferry and Herbie Hancock (to name only a few). At the same time, he has produced his own albums, among them The Sun Don't Lie, M2, Silver Rain, Free, A Night in Monte Carlo (with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra), and Renaissance, giving him occasion to tour internationally with young musicians whose talents he's recognized (as Miles did for him, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and others). You can hear Miller's radio show Miller Time every Sunday night on SiriusXM's RealJazz. Marcus' new project Afrodeezia?which was inspired by Miller's role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for the organization's Slave Route Project?was recorded in locations around the world including Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles, and features a wide range of guests including rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne Charles and Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarists Keb' Mo' and Wah Wah Watson, bassist/producer Mocean Worker, organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and cellist Ben Hong, as well as musicians from Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Miller's core band includes saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Lee Hogans, pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Adam Agati, and drummer Louis Cato. "It was after visiting the House of Slaves on Gorée Island that I composed "Gorée," explains Miller, referring to the powerful track featured on his previous album Renaissance. "Onstage I felt the need to say what I had been feeling in Senegal. I wanted people to understand that this tune spoke not only of the slave tragedy but, through the music especially, that these people who suddenly found themselves at the bottom of a ship's hold had discovered a way to survive, and were able in time to transform their distress into joy. Shortly after my trip to Gorée, UNESCO named me an Artist for Peace, and made me the spokesperson for the Slave Route Project. That was when I started thinking about Afrodeezia." "The power of music has no limits," states Miller. "Through spirituals, jazz and soul we were able to preserve our history, because all the rest had been erased. What I wanted most was to go back to the source of the rhythms that make our musical heritage so rich, to follow them like footprints from their beginnings in Africa all the way to the United States. That journey took us from Mali to Paris, from New Orleans to Sao Paulo and across the Caribbean." "For this project, I collaborated with musicians from West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the southern U.S. and the large northern cities of the U.S. This is my way of paying tribute to the long journey of my African ancestors who became African-Americans. The melodies and rhythms they carried with them from Africa have EXPLODED into a 'dizzying' array of musical styles and genres that have changed the world."
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Thu, August 18

Blues Caravan 2016 Feat. Layla Zoe, Tasha Taylor & Ina Forsman

Genre: Blues
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Now in its 12th triumphant year, the Blues Caravan is a touring showcase for the hottest young acts on the Ruf label. With past treks helping launch stars including Joanne Shaw Taylor, Laurence Jones and Samantha Fish, it?s a springboard for the blues scene?s next-big-things, and a magnet for fans who want to catch them before lift-off. In 2016, we?ve got a Blues Caravan lineup sure to raise the roof each night as it rolls across the USA and Europe. The Blue Sisters are doing it for themselves? Layla Zoe is ready to explode. Like her early influences ? from Bob Dylan to Muddy Waters ? the Canadian bandleader is a fearless writer, earning victory in 2006?s auspicious Blues Compo songwriting competition, and critical acclaim for albums including 2013?s The Lily. For the Blues Caravan 2016, Layla will be drawing on the best of her catalogue, previewing this year?s new release, and leaving it all on the stage. ?With live performances,? she explains, ?I believe that the more raw and uncensored I am, the more I can connect with my listeners.? When Ina Forsman steps up the mic, you?ll believe every word. The Finnish vocalist hit the radar aged 17 with a show-stopping rendition of Etta James?s ?All I Could Do Was Cry? on a TV talent show. Since then, she?s achieved international recognition, guesting with blues heavyweights Helge Tallqvist and Guy Verlinde on the road, touring mainland Europe and proving her own songwriting chops with her self-penned and fiercely personal material. When Ina hits the stage, all bets are off. ?I rarely plan anything,? she says, ?so what happens on the stage, just happens.? Tasha Taylor has the blues in her blood. The youngest daughter of R&B trailblazer and Stax icon Johnnie Taylor, she inherited his musical talent, but walked her own path, studying drama at Boston University before lighting up hit TV shows including Ugly Betty and House. The pull of music proved too strong, however, and having composed soundtracks for shows like Men In Trees and Lipstick Jungle, Tasha broke through with Taylormade: the album whose self-penned, sharply observed material pinballed from early soul single ?Queen? to the redemptive gospel of ?I Got Love?. She?ll start the Blues Caravan as a hot tip ? and end it as a world-class contender.
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Fri, August 19

Terry Bozzio Composer Series

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Los Angeles - Legendary & award winning melodic drummer, Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide, what he calls a ?Life's Work? project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in December 2015. Bozzio is embarking on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016. Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & ?X? Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more at www.terrybozzio.com - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time! Says Bozzio, ?I've been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the '70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it's unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications I may use, that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest.? He continued, ?I first got interested in Art & Sketching at the encouragement of renowned artist Don Van Vliet (aka: Captain Beefheart) who I played with on my first Zappa/Mothers of Invention tour in 1975. Don was always carrying markers & paper & it looked like fun, so I bought some myself & started. He was very encouraging. Last year, I released my first project called Rhythm & Sketch in collaboration with the art group Scene Four. It's been successful & inspired me to do more. (available at www.terrybozzioart.com)? Terry Bozzio fulfilled a major 2 &1/2 month US solo tour in 2014 in which he displayed his art as a stage set while performing melodic, tuned melodies on his strikingly large drum set, to sold out crowds. ?I thought it would be great to share this music which I?ve been working on & keeping to myself for so long. I hope to show a different side of my expression from what people are used to seeing from my solo drumming. And, I wanted to have an abstract painting to represent & be paired with each title to create this hybrid project of music & art,? Bozzio explained. The ?Composer Series? contains 59 individual pieces or movements of compositions with a painting in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining his concepts, feelings, process and approach for each. It will be available in a deluxe hard-cover artbook which includes Terry Bozzio?s hand drawn illustrations and commentary for each piece, audio CDs & a solo drum performance Blu-Ray shot in Japan in 2015 (w/bonus footage), 192kHz/24bit Hi-Res audio of the 59 pieces on Blu-ray and a bonus DVD including 60min talk session of Terry Bozzio with Masa Ito. The material will also be made available in CD/DVD or 4CD/Blu-ray for record stores, as well as in many or individual downloadable formats online.
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Sat, August 20

Terry Bozzio Composer Series

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Los Angeles - Legendary & award winning melodic drummer, Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide, what he calls a ?Life's Work? project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in December 2015. Bozzio is embarking on a world tour to promote it starting in Japan and Europe in the fall of 2015 & continuing throughout the US & other territories in 2016. Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi & ?X? Japan's Hide - as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O'Hearn - see more at www.terrybozzio.com - Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time! Says Bozzio, ?I've been composing, (not just song writing, like for Missing Persons & Jeff Beck) since the '70s. I compose in all styles (as one might classify them), from classical to ambient, electronic, film-like to fusion/rock or jazz. I have my own character or personality, it's unique. I work with many different processes from writing notes on paper, to recording live, to several different computer software applications I may use, that are suited to the particular result I am trying to achieve. Both Zappa & famed musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky encouraged me to compose & I have had my Chamberworks performed at the Vienna Jazz Festival & in Holland w/Metropol Orkest.? He continued, ?I first got interested in Art & Sketching at the encouragement of renowned artist Don Van Vliet (aka: Captain Beefheart) who I played with on my first Zappa/Mothers of Invention tour in 1975. Don was always carrying markers & paper & it looked like fun, so I bought some myself & started. He was very encouraging. Last year, I released my first project called Rhythm & Sketch in collaboration with the art group Scene Four. It's been successful & inspired me to do more. (available at www.terrybozzioart.com)? Terry Bozzio fulfilled a major 2 &1/2 month US solo tour in 2014 in which he displayed his art as a stage set while performing melodic, tuned melodies on his strikingly large drum set, to sold out crowds. ?I thought it would be great to share this music which I?ve been working on & keeping to myself for so long. I hope to show a different side of my expression from what people are used to seeing from my solo drumming. And, I wanted to have an abstract painting to represent & be paired with each title to create this hybrid project of music & art,? Bozzio explained. The ?Composer Series? contains 59 individual pieces or movements of compositions with a painting in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining his concepts, feelings, process and approach for each. It will be available in a deluxe hard-cover artbook which includes Terry Bozzio?s hand drawn illustrations and commentary for each piece, audio CDs & a solo drum performance Blu-Ray shot in Japan in 2015 (w/bonus footage), 192kHz/24bit Hi-Res audio of the 59 pieces on Blu-ray and a bonus DVD including 60min talk session of Terry Bozzio with Masa Ito. The material will also be made available in CD/DVD or 4CD/Blu-ray for record stores, as well as in many or individual downloadable formats online.
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Fri, August 26

Tickets on sale 5/27 at 10AM! Bob Schneider

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Austin-based singer/songwriter/creative force of nature Bob Schneider has a guy in his band, Oliver Steck, who plays keyboards, accordion, trumpet and assorted whistles and horns. Also, Schneider notes, "Oliver also does a lot of dancing. He doesn't necessarily get paid for the dancing. He does it because he can't not." Apparently, the same could be said of Schneider in terms of artistic endeavors in general. He can't not be creating something. Sometimes it's writing songs ? he has written some 2,000 songs in the past 16 years ? sometimes it's creating videos to accompany some of those songs and sometimes it's making gallery-ready art, including paintings and collages. He also has played a wedding singer in an indie film, written two books and penned a rock opera that has a title that can't be printed in a family newspaper. Some of his musical mates even wonder when ? or whether ? he ever sleeps. "I love making things, so that's what I spend a lot of my time doing," says Schneider? "I do have periods where I feel like I'll never create anything that's any good ever again. The good news is, it doesn't stop me from creating things, and eventually that feeling will pass and I can look over the stuff that I've made and figure out which of it is better than the other stuff. Because I like to do it so much, I'll end up with quite a bit of it at the end of the year." Schneider has been a recording artist for 25 years, putting out his first record ("Party Till You're Dead") in 1991 as frontman for Joe Rockhead, a funk-rock combo in the vein of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That band was followed by his best-known group, Ugly Americans, which toured with the Dave Matthews Band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Ugly Americans was a kind of alt-rock supergroup, with former members of Cracker, Poi Dog Pondering and Mojo Nixon's band. Schneider also fronted a full-on funk ensemble that played around Austin in the late 1990s called The Scabs, at the same time he was establishing himself as a solo artist. His first solo project, "Songs Sung and Played on Guitar at the Same Time," came out in 1998, and he's gone on to record an almost inconceivably diverse and eclectic array of songs since then, with his work making it onto the soundtracks of seven major motion pictures (and one indie film). All told, Schneider has been the singer and main songwriter on nearly 30 studio albums, and he has been named Musician of the Year six times at the Austin Music Awards. Considering the renowned strength of the music scene in Austin, that's saying something. His artistry coupled with his movie-star looks and boyish charm makes it a wonder he's not a household name around the rest of the country the way he is in Austin. His prodigious musical output is a result of a songwriting challenge group he started 16 years ago while touring. At first, the challenge was to write one song a day, and the people doing the writing were on the tour bus with him. They'd come up with a title each morning and at the end of the day play the songs they came up with for each other. The pace of the songwriting challenge has eased up substantially since its beginnings, going to one song a week, but the scope of the participation in the group has widened to include a lot of widely known musicians. "We've had lots of famous folks in the game from time to time, but they usually don't last very long," Schneider says. "The exception would be Jason Mraz, who has been in the game on and off for six or seven years and is one of the most consistent songwriters in the group. Very talented and will always turn a song in. At the end of the day, though, I really only have the group as a motivation to get me to write a song each week. Otherwise, a month might go by without writing anything and that would be a shame." The past few years, Schneider has grouped the songs he's written in a year under an album title, just to kind of keep track of when they were written. Titles for recent years have included "Here's the Deal," "The Ever Increasing Need to Succeed," "Into the Great Unknown" and "Mental Problems." This year's theme (and the name of his current concert tour) is "The Practical Guide to Everything." Schneider has a fantastic website where fans can listen to all of the songs from the three five-song "King Kong Suite" EPs he released last year, with humorous commentary from Schneider himself between songs. The website also has the 10 videos he created for "King Kong" songs using public-domain found footage, including the menacing "Black Mountain" video that culls scenes from Francis Ford Coppola's directorial debut. The website also offers a chance to stream his regular Monday evening shows at Austin's Saxon Pub. "The Saxon Pub shows are unique in the fact that I play a lot of material there that I don't play anywhere else," Schneider explains. "New stuff that I wrote that week or in the last few weeks. Really old material that we haven't played in a while. I hardly play any of the stuff that you'll hear on the road, which is a mix of the best of everything. The best new material alongside the best of my last 20 years of writing songs." ?He has an almost Dylanesque reputation for keeping things fresh, with shows so different from one another that for years he [has] recorded every show and?[sold] copies for people to purchase right after the show. "I play a lot of cities twice a year, and I like the fact that a lot of my fans will come see me play every time I come to town, knowing that I'll be playing material they've never seen me perform and might not ever perform again," Schneider says. "I don't have any of the banter planned either, so that stuff is usually unique to that night as well. It keeps things fresh for me and allows me to play crowd favorites that I've been playing for years, but still makes the whole thing feel new overall for me and hopefully for the audience." Adapted from "Bob Schneider surfs an ocean of creative juices" written by Randy Erickson and published in the LaCrosse Tribune, April 14, 2016
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Fri, August 26

Tickets on sale 5/27 at 10AM! Bob Schneider

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Austin-based singer/songwriter/creative force of nature Bob Schneider has a guy in his band, Oliver Steck, who plays keyboards, accordion, trumpet and assorted whistles and horns. Also, Schneider notes, "Oliver also does a lot of dancing. He doesn't necessarily get paid for the dancing. He does it because he can't not." Apparently, the same could be said of Schneider in terms of artistic endeavors in general. He can't not be creating something. Sometimes it's writing songs ? he has written some 2,000 songs in the past 16 years ? sometimes it's creating videos to accompany some of those songs and sometimes it's making gallery-ready art, including paintings and collages. He also has played a wedding singer in an indie film, written two books and penned a rock opera that has a title that can't be printed in a family newspaper. Some of his musical mates even wonder when ? or whether ? he ever sleeps. "I love making things, so that's what I spend a lot of my time doing," says Schneider? "I do have periods where I feel like I'll never create anything that's any good ever again. The good news is, it doesn't stop me from creating things, and eventually that feeling will pass and I can look over the stuff that I've made and figure out which of it is better than the other stuff. Because I like to do it so much, I'll end up with quite a bit of it at the end of the year." Schneider has been a recording artist for 25 years, putting out his first record ("Party Till You're Dead") in 1991 as frontman for Joe Rockhead, a funk-rock combo in the vein of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That band was followed by his best-known group, Ugly Americans, which toured with the Dave Matthews Band and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Ugly Americans was a kind of alt-rock supergroup, with former members of Cracker, Poi Dog Pondering and Mojo Nixon's band. Schneider also fronted a full-on funk ensemble that played around Austin in the late 1990s called The Scabs, at the same time he was establishing himself as a solo artist. His first solo project, "Songs Sung and Played on Guitar at the Same Time," came out in 1998, and he's gone on to record an almost inconceivably diverse and eclectic array of songs since then, with his work making it onto the soundtracks of seven major motion pictures (and one indie film). All told, Schneider has been the singer and main songwriter on nearly 30 studio albums, and he has been named Musician of the Year six times at the Austin Music Awards. Considering the renowned strength of the music scene in Austin, that's saying something. His artistry coupled with his movie-star looks and boyish charm makes it a wonder he's not a household name around the rest of the country the way he is in Austin. His prodigious musical output is a result of a songwriting challenge group he started 16 years ago while touring. At first, the challenge was to write one song a day, and the people doing the writing were on the tour bus with him. They'd come up with a title each morning and at the end of the day play the songs they came up with for each other. The pace of the songwriting challenge has eased up substantially since its beginnings, going to one song a week, but the scope of the participation in the group has widened to include a lot of widely known musicians. "We've had lots of famous folks in the game from time to time, but they usually don't last very long," Schneider says. "The exception would be Jason Mraz, who has been in the game on and off for six or seven years and is one of the most consistent songwriters in the group. Very talented and will always turn a song in. At the end of the day, though, I really only have the group as a motivation to get me to write a song each week. Otherwise, a month might go by without writing anything and that would be a shame." The past few years, Schneider has grouped the songs he's written in a year under an album title, just to kind of keep track of when they were written. Titles for recent years have included "Here's the Deal," "The Ever Increasing Need to Succeed," "Into the Great Unknown" and "Mental Problems." This year's theme (and the name of his current concert tour) is "The Practical Guide to Everything." Schneider has a fantastic website where fans can listen to all of the songs from the three five-song "King Kong Suite" EPs he released last year, with humorous commentary from Schneider himself between songs. The website also has the 10 videos he created for "King Kong" songs using public-domain found footage, including the menacing "Black Mountain" video that culls scenes from Francis Ford Coppola's directorial debut. The website also offers a chance to stream his regular Monday evening shows at Austin's Saxon Pub. "The Saxon Pub shows are unique in the fact that I play a lot of material there that I don't play anywhere else," Schneider explains. "New stuff that I wrote that week or in the last few weeks. Really old material that we haven't played in a while. I hardly play any of the stuff that you'll hear on the road, which is a mix of the best of everything. The best new material alongside the best of my last 20 years of writing songs." ?He has an almost Dylanesque reputation for keeping things fresh, with shows so different from one another that for years he [has] recorded every show and?[sold] copies for people to purchase right after the show. "I play a lot of cities twice a year, and I like the fact that a lot of my fans will come see me play every time I come to town, knowing that I'll be playing material they've never seen me perform and might not ever perform again," Schneider says. "I don't have any of the banter planned either, so that stuff is usually unique to that night as well. It keeps things fresh for me and allows me to play crowd favorites that I've been playing for years, but still makes the whole thing feel new overall for me and hopefully for the audience." Adapted from "Bob Schneider surfs an ocean of creative juices" written by Randy Erickson and published in the LaCrosse Tribune, April 14, 2016
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Thu, September 8

Wishbone Ash

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

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Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in September. Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group's signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career and showcase selections from their latest studio release, Blue Horizon. Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is led by Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain's new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson. Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash's hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth. There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash.
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Fri, September 9

Euge Groove

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Saxman, Euge Groove (born Steven Eugene Grove), is one of the hottest acts to hit contemporary jazz in a long time. He was a four year member of the famed Tower of Power horn section and had backed such artists as Richard Marx, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker while launching his solo career. His solo hits include "Slow Jam", "Mr. Groove", S7ven Large" and "House of Groove", the title track on his latest album, released last fall.
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Fri, September 9

Euge Groove

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Saxman, Euge Groove (born Steven Eugene Grove), is one of the hottest acts to hit contemporary jazz in a long time. He was a four year member of the famed Tower of Power horn section and had backed such artists as Richard Marx, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker while launching his solo career. His solo hits include "Slow Jam", "Mr. Groove", S7ven Large" and "House of Groove", the title track on his latest album, released last fall.
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Sat, September 10

Peter Bradley Adams

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Adams co-produced their debut album with Mitchell Froom and toured extensively for the next year and a half with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez and Nelly Furtado. Their single, "You Dance" was a #1 AAA radio hit (top 5 for 2 months) in 2003, which led to a performance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on September 24, 2003. Their last show was later that same month at the Hollywood Bowl with Shelby Lynne and Lyle Lovett. It was not long after that when Adams decided to venture on his own and become a solo artist. Peter's arrangement and interpretation of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times", the opening track on the eastmountainsouth CD, appeared in Cameron Crowe's film, "Elizabethtown" and also was included on the soundtrack album. Peter's songs and music from eastmountainsouth (as well as solo) has appeared in over 30 films and television shows in the US, including One Tree Hill, Smallville, The Mentalist and Alias. Years later, sales of eastmountainsouth's self-titled and only release rank in the top 20 in Amazon.com sales under the Alternative Folk category. Meanwhile, Adams has released three solo records and is set to release his fourth ,"Between Us", on June 14th of this year. Originally from Alabama, he has also lived in Los Angeles and Nashville, though he calls Brooklyn home these days. "Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions" - Nic Harcourt / Los Angeles Times Magazine - Jan 2010
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Thu, September 15

The Bird Dogs Present The Everly Brothers Experience featuring Zachary & Dylan Zmed

Genre: Rock/Tribute
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Bird Dogs bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage. The Zmed brothers, Zachary and Dylan, celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. When the guitar became electric, the Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock n Roll with countless hits and classics. The Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and continue to influence artists around the world.
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Fri, September 16

The Sax Pack Feat. Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Jackiem Joyner

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The idea of The Sax Pack originated in 2004 with saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa after he saw a movie about the "Rat Pack," a group of legendary entertainers led by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Inspired by their showmanship and camaraderie, Kashiwa came up with the name The Sax Pack and called on some of his saxophone peers and started a new group that would feature the instrument, as well as their collective musical passion for jazz, funk and R&B. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do. Committed to sharing the excitement, spontaneity and creative energy that flows between them on stage, The Sax Pack inspires an audience far beyond the duration of a show. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians: jazz. Highlights of the tour will feature original music written specifically for The Sax Pack , as well as each sax player's signature hits and the classic funk, R&B and jazz tunes that will get fans out of their seats.
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Tue, September 20

Joseph Arthur

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he's probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album ? or two ? while simultaneously trying to finish another. It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as "a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey." At first, it was a song here or there, or a set of lyrics with no accompanying music. Then, those songs would get recorded and set aside. They'd get re-recorded and revised. They'd start to make sense in relation to their brothers and sisters, and then they wouldn't. And pretty soon, more than half-a-decade had flown by and Boogie Christ was no closer to coherency. "For some reason, I've been avoiding finishing this record for a long time," Arthur says with a laugh. "It's been an albatross around my neck. I don't know why, but it has." Yet despite its labored birth, The Ballad of Boogie Christ has defied the odds to become another essential cornerstone of Arthur's robust discography. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur's own Brooklyn studio, the 11-song album showcases the artist's signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock'n'roll. "I don't know that there's a beginning, middle and end to the story, but there are definitely experiences, situations and perspectives that point in those directions," says Arthur. "I wanted to let the listener fill in some of the blanks without telling the whole story in a straight-ahead way." The album begins with the surprising orchestral pop of "Currency of Love", on which Arthur unveils a passionate croon unlike any vocal performance he's ever given. From there, Boogie Christ offers epic affirmations on overcoming addiction (the seven-minute closer "All the Old Heroes"), anthems of open-hearted solidarity ("Wait for Your Lights", "It's OK To Be Young/Gone") and the kinds of slow-burning narratives ("Famous Friends Along the Coast", "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water" and a reimagined, hymn-like version of his standout, "I Miss the Zoo") that have won Arthur a legion of fans around the globe. Songs like "Black Flowers", "I Used To Know How to Walk on Water" and the title cut were recorded several years ago with help from the Band's legendary keyboardist Garth Hudson and bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams, Jack White), while newer additions to the track list such as "Currency of Love" and "Saint of Impossible Causes" were crafted in Los Angeles with assistance from Chris Seefried (Fitz & the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey). Among the other guests on Boogie Christ are Ben Harper (Arthur's bandmate in Fistful of Mercy), session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner, Joan As Policewoman leader Joan Wasser and composer Paul Cantelon (Oliver Stone's W., Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell & the Butterfly). "There are certain moments on the album that are just pop music and sugary," Arthur says. "I didn't want it to be this diatribe of heaviness, and it had been like that sometimes. I definitely wanted moments of relief within it, where you just get a good jam." At the center of the project is the autobiographical "King of Cleveland," a classic story song that connects Boogie Christ the character with Arthur the flesh-and-blood artist. On it, the narrator apprentices alongside a big fish in a small pond, "playing blues in the back seats, from biker bars to limousines" ? much like Arthur did in his early professional career in Northeast Ohio. Says Arthur, "He's just starting to live the life he's imagined, playing roots boogie in the real America ? Ohio." "I've heard David Bowie talk about how Ziggy Stardust and some other records were the beginnings of screenplays that he just never finished," he says. "I could really see this becoming something deeper and bigger than just an album. "Chuck Prophet reminded me that there's always the Great American Novel," he continues. "And that really stuck in my head about Boogie Christ. That's what I've been wanting to achieve with this album. He encouraged me that it was okay to dream big."
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Thu, September 29

Mike Peters of The Alarm

Genre: Rock
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"Give Me Love, Give Me Hope, Give Me Strength" ? The opening words from The Alarm's 1985 UK/US Top 40 hit song 'Strength' which gave its name to the band's career best selling album that celebrates it's 30th anniversary in 2015. Following on from the hugely popular 'Declaration Tour 2014', Mike Peters one man band 'Alarm' concept will present 'Strength' in a similar contemporary style featuring performance, stories and images to honor the legacy the album left on the decade it helped define and the continuing significance it holds for listeners who can still relate to it's timeless themes of love, hope and strength. The Alarm's debut album 'Declaration' was powered by unique electro-acoustic guitars that by the time of the follow up 'Strength', had evolved into a much fuller arena rock sound that paralleled U2 and Springsteen's E Street Band in its scope and ambition. A sound that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale and peak with a live appearance before an audience of 26,000 fans at a concert in Los Angeles watched by millions around the world via MTV's first ever live satellite broadcast. Packed with powerful yet personal songs like the autobiographical 'Spirit Of '76' and 'Walk Forever By My Side', 'Strength' went on to become The Alarm's best selling album of the 1980's charting in the Top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic. This is The Alarm record that brings together for the first time, the aforementioned themes of love, hope and strength now so synonymous with Mike Peters and his long running battle against cancer. Two times cancer survivor Mike Peters is fast emerging as one of the most visible advocates and activists for those living with and beating cancer around the world. Over the last four years, his Love Hope Strength Foundation has found over 1500 potentially life saving bone marrow donor matches; built the first ever children's cancer center in Tanzania; supported the Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Nepal with life saving equipment and registered over 90,000 donors through it's 'Get On the List' program. By turning rock concerts into lifesaving events, more than 10,000 international recording artists including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Frank Turner and The Drop Kick Murphys now support the charity by allowing bone marrow registries at their concerts. Although Peters, is constantly fighting the illness himself (he may ultimately need a bone marrow transplant), he refuses to stop performing. Continually mixing his role as cancer advocate and musician by leading fundraising treks around the Globe and addressing delegates at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia in December. "Thousands of people from around the world die every year simply because they can't find a match. The match is out there for everyone; they just have not been found. That is our life mission - seeing that everyone that needs a donor has one. It's that simple! Equally simple is the process - a simple cotton swab of the cheek - to get on the registry and then, if you are lucky enough to become a donor for someone suffering from blood cancer, the next step is a simple out patient procedure. Most people don't know this and it is our job to get the message out to as many as possible," says Peters. Peters inspirational story and musical exploits to perform awareness raising concerts at altitude on mountains such as Everest and Kilimanjaro (all while undergoing bi-monthly chemotherapy sessions), will be the focus of a new documentary film 'One Guitar', being produced in the USA by Kaleidoscope Pictures that will be released in 2015. The idea to climb mountains and perform concerts came when Mike was in hospital in Wales going through his second battle with cancer. Peters said, "I could see Mt. Snowdon from my hospital window and thought to myself, 'When I recover, I'm going to hike up that mountain as my symbolic climb back from cancer and raise money with my fans to support the cancer center that helped save my life.'" 30 years on from the original release of 'Strength', Mike Peters still has so much to live for, After twenty years living with cancer his songs of love hope and strength have taken on greater meaning and the defiance of his words from the 'Spirit Of '76' ring truer than ever. "I will never give in until the day that I die.? I'll get myself some independence, carve out a future with my two bare hands".
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Thu, October 6

Griffin House

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. He received early critical acclaim on the CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows such as One Tree Hill, Army Wives, and Brothers and Sisters. He has also appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Most recently, CNN Newsroom invited House to perform ?Paris Calling,? from So On and So Forth, live on the air, and the song has been picked up by radio prior to being serviced. House has released ten albums and continues to headline his own national tours. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and their two daughters.
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Fri, October 7

Jonatha Brooke

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, Ms. Brooke released the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. In 1999 she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records and has since released six more albums. Her most recent release, The Works, combined previously unheard, unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements. Ms. Brooke has recently co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds for their current releases. She's also written for three Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. My Mother Has Four Noses had an acclaimed 10 week run at The Duke on 42nd Street, spring of 2014. It just played at Cleveland Playhouse in May, 2015, and is currently at People's Light in Malvern PA through June 28. She has four other musicals in development: Quadroon, with legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample; Lullaby, with Michael Elyanow: Hopper, and Death and Venice, both with playwright Anton Dudley.
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Sat, October 8

Smoothjazzlovers.org Presents Soul Jazz Bassist Julian Vaughn feat. Danette Hollowell

Genre: Jazz/Soul
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Julian C. Vaughn, the 6’7 lead bass player from Kansas City, whose passion shines through his dynamic young talent, has made a strong statement within the Jazz industry by breaking through the scene gaining the attention needed to thrive in its genre. Julian grew up in the church where his grandfather pastored, and father later pastored. Julian began his music career playing the drums like most children in the church. “Trying to play the drums at church was like ten football players going after a fumble. Everyone wanted to play.” The fight eventually got old, and Julian decided at the age of 15 to try his talents with a different instrument. Julian recalls picking up a bass guitar another man in the church was playing and immediately falling in love! “It was truly love at first sight.” After teaching himself to play, Julian soon realized that he had the ability to play music by ear; soon after that, he discovered how to play full songs and even specialized techniques. At the age of 19, Julian’s grandfather bought him a 6-string bass guitar, black with gold trim. As he perfected his craft even more, Julian discovered the art of bass soloing, and knew at that point, it was more than just a hobby, but it was his life’s passion. “My friends use to get on me because I would stop playing the bass line and start soloing...” Vaughn remembers. Julian’s playing style is unmistakable. His talent is captured by the atmosphere his music provides. A sense of epic, majestic, and bold invading annotations that reveal Julian’s talent derives from patient pursuits to generate an enchanting energy that keeps heeding ears immersed. Julian began work on his first CD in 2009. It started with the day he listened to the bass line laid down by Mel Brown in the song “Never Gonna Give You Up”, a remake by Toby Keith and Wayman Tisdale. Vaughn eventually sought out Brown and connected with him and agreed to play on several tracks on the record. Vaughn also got Sax player Darren Rahn, a close friend of Browns, to agree to play on and mix a few tunes on the record as well. “It was Rahn and Mel Brown who let me know that I had what it took to make in this genre...” remembers Vaughn. The purpose project was released in 2010, and not only put his playing in full display, but also highlighted Vaughn’s strong song writing ability. “I produced and wrote every song on the record which I am still proud of …it opened doors for me”. “Breakthrough” marked Vaughn’s label debut and has already made waves across the country with a two week debut on the national Billboard chart at #24, eventually reaching and staying at #1 for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard charts with his first single “On Your Feet”. Julian Vaughn stays current on industry trends but does not write his music to fit the radio format. “I know what flavor works in the music industry but I don’t write my material based on that. I write from my heart. Whatever is moving me at the moment is what dictates the end. I want to make music for the people not format. Music is my everything, that’s why I love doing what I do.” An authentic exemplification of artistry.

Vocalist extraordinaire, Danette Hollowell grew up in the church and has been singing as long as she can remember. With her father being a Chaplin in the military as well as a pianist and vocalist, Danette was a military brat that was able to travel a lot in her young age, exposing her to all types of classic soulful sounds. Danette originally started out as a classical ballerina at a private art school, “I was a dance major and sang in the choir from time to time.” Her focus was mainly dance until she accidently found a UCD scholarship specific to Jazz. Danette studied within the UCD Music Preservation Program for Swing ‘n Dixie Jazz for 2 years, and recalls it to be the BEST thing to ever happen in her life. Danette is currently singing with such groups as The Old Souls and TMRRW PPL. Danette has been a jazz vocalist in conjunction with original singer/song writer in the Denver area for the last 12 years. With a repertoire including Billy Holiday, Sam Cook, Eryka Badu, and Miguel; Danette brings a soulful, fresh sound to classic tones while putting her unique current signature on it. She has graced Colorado stages for the last nine years. “I love people, my family, African-centered things, magic, artistic expression, and music of all kinds. My favorite influences are Jazz, Soul, and Blues. I play covers and original. The mix of my unique, rich, vocal quality sets me apart from other local act. My depth of presence sets me apart and gives me international appeal.” Danette uses her musical gift to generate beauty; and no effort made to attain beauty is ever lost. May her musical legacy live for life.
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Tue, October 11

Tickets on sale 6/3 at 10AM Brian Culbertson Funk Tour

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70?s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn?t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars like Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, Brian has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in it?s 5th year. Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the ?One.? This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with the 16 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best ? and brings the very best out of others ? in all his broad-ranging musical endeavors.
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Tue, October 11

Tickets on sale 6/3 at 10AM Brian Culbertson Funk Tour

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70?s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn?t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars like Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, Brian has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in it?s 5th year. Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the ?One.? This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with the 16 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best ? and brings the very best out of others ? in all his broad-ranging musical endeavors.
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Wed, October 12

Tickets on sale 6/3 at 10AM Brian Culbertson Funk Tour

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70?s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn?t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars like Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, Brian has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in it?s 5th year. Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the ?One.? This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with the 16 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best ? and brings the very best out of others ? in all his broad-ranging musical endeavors.
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Wed, October 12

Tickets on sale 6/3 at 10AM Brian Culbertson Funk Tour

Genre: Jazz
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70?s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn?t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars like Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, Brian has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in it?s 5th year. Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the ?One.? This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with the 16 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best ? and brings the very best out of others ? in all his broad-ranging musical endeavors.
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Fri, October 21

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra

Genre: New Age/World
Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Ottmar Liebert's incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1989, he founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996) and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic with 2001's Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra XL called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003). La Semana (2004) was the first all-new band album in five years, followed by Winter Rose (2005), which featured original pieces, classical music and christmas songs. In 2006 Liebert's record label SSRI released One Guitar, his first solo guitar recording, which received Liebert's fourth nomination for a Grammy. His newest releases are Up Close (2008), which is a binaural dummy head surround sound recording, and The Scent of Light (2008) a labor of five years.

*approximate running time for this show is 75-90 minutes
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Fri, October 21

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra

Genre: New Age/World
Doors: 9:00PM
Show: 10:00PM

Ottmar Liebert's incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, he began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his Rock and Roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1989, he founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996) and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic with 2001's Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra XL called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003). La Semana (2004) was the first all-new band album in five years, followed by Winter Rose (2005), which featured original pieces, classical music and christmas songs. In 2006 Liebert's record label SSRI released One Guitar, his first solo guitar recording, which received Liebert's fourth nomination for a Grammy. His newest releases are Up Close (2008), which is a binaural dummy head surround sound recording, and The Scent of Light (2008) a labor of five years.

*approximate running time for this show is 75-90 minutes
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Sat, October 22

Mary Fahl (formerly of October Project)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

"Sounding like no other singer of her generation" (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication.Since the band disbanded, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for V2 Records; her wonderful, original studio album "The Other Side of Time" on Sony Odyssey; and her acclaimed album "Love and Gravity". She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song ("Going Home") for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Now Mary returns with her album "Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House", a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters and filmed for PBS to be aired starting in late 2014. Fahl's elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man's folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls "a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms". Her upcoming performance will include "Exiles", a song written for Anne Rice's new audiobook "The Wolves of Midwinter", a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic "Both Sides Now", and many October Project favorites.
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Wed, November 2

Acoustic Alchemy

Genre: Acoustic/Jazz/Nu-Jazz
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

Acoustic Alchemy is the guitar-based duo that personifies what has come to be known as New Adult Contemporary music. With the release of This Way, Acoustic Alchemy's first album under Higher Octave/Narada Jazz's association with Blue Note Records, guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale celebrate a remarkable two decades since 1987's Red Dust and Spanish Lace established the British ensemble as an ever evolving, powerhouse force in contemporary jazz. Their thousands of fans around the world may be feeling nostalgic, but the duo - while keeping their trademark acoustic guitar synergy front and center - Is clearly committed to forging ahead, following the laid back pop-soul vibe of American/English (2005) with their most aggressive and swinging, hard rocking and artfully jazzy disc to date. Join us for a night of enriching music with a group that is now twenty years in the making, yet still forging new sounds, styles and song-scapes.
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Sun, November 20

Emporium Presents Andy McKee

Genre: Acoustic/Guitar
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

Andy McKee is among the world?s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. McKee?s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today?s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee?s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater. Live performances of Andy?s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog,Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven?t been able to attend a show and new fans alike. ?I?ve always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I?ve felt it?s something that has been missing from my collection of releases,? says McKee. ?This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ?Drifting? and ?Rylynn?, some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ?Because It?s There? played on harp guitar that I haven?t released yet.? McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. ?I?m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,? Mckee stated. ?To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I?m excited and proud to be a part of it.? Live Book is set to be released digitally in Europe on February 12 and worldwide (digitally and physically) on April 22. The album, McKee?s first live record, will be released through CGP Sounds. In support of the new album, McKee will embark on ?The Next Chapter Tour? throughout Europe in February and March, and the United States in April and May.
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Mon, November 21

Emporium Presents Andy McKee

Genre: Acoustic/Guitar
Doors: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM

Andy McKee is among the world?s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. McKee?s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today?s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee?s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater. Live performances of Andy?s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog,Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven?t been able to attend a show and new fans alike. ?I?ve always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I?ve felt it?s something that has been missing from my collection of releases,? says McKee. ?This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ?Drifting? and ?Rylynn?, some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ?Because It?s There? played on harp guitar that I haven?t released yet.? McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. ?I?m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,? Mckee stated. ?To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I?m excited and proud to be a part of it.? Live Book is set to be released digitally in Europe on February 12 and worldwide (digitally and physically) on April 22. The album, McKee?s first live record, will be released through CGP Sounds. In support of the new album, McKee will embark on ?The Next Chapter Tour? throughout Europe in February and March, and the United States in April and May.