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Sat, July 22

Louis Colaiannia with Donovan Johnson Band & Perpetual Motion

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

The music of Louis Colaiannia transforms musical notes into ethereal images that captivate the soul. Entrancing with its passion, his music will encompass your being allowing you to experience emotion in waves. Influenced by the works of such immortal composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachmoninoff, Louis Colaiannia intoxicates with their same passion, complexity, and enchantment. Described by Scott Taylor, Veteran Radio Consultant and Award Winning Programmer, as an, “Incredible composer and performer with a touch of Tesh, Brickman & Yanni all rolled into one. His music is both soothing and uplifting, allowing the senses to feel every note.”

Perpetual Motion, consisting of violinist Josie Quick and guitarist Tom Carleno, has found their niche with acoustic world fusion. It's a vibrant blend of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, and blues. Toss in some classic rock and gypsy swing, and you have an evening filled with musical adventure. Award winning guitarist Tom Carleno has an innovative and intriguing songwriting style. Augmented by violinist Josie Quick’s passionate melodies and fiery improvisations, their original music and unique arrangements of classic rock favorites result in a truly imaginative and masterful sound.

Donovan Johnson is an award winning, internationally recognized artist that has traveled all over the US, holding music workshops and performing for audiences of all sizes. His music is described as "Cowboy Zen," combining Honky Tonk, Rock, Americana and New Age musical styles to create a sound that is unmistakably his own. His performances have included concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Place Des Arts in Montreal, Canada, London UK, aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, and a 2017 performance scheduled at the Grand Ole Opry. The Donovan Johnson band will be performing music from Donovan's recent album release, "Rustic Piano -A Day At Heart Land Hill," along with some well known country favorites to keep you on your feet! All of Donovan's music can be heard on Pandora radio, Spotify, ITunes, Amazon, and many other online and public radio stations.
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Sun, July 23

All Ages Show! Lee Dewyze with Brad Byrd

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

"I am a songwriter. I am a poet. I am a lyricist. I am a singer. I am an American Idol Winner," confesses the handsome, charismatic and introspective Lee DeWyze. "Some people have a hard time understanding how those things can go hand in hand." Collectively all of these gifts have coalesced to garner DeWyze a place as one of the most exciting singer/songwriter’s to emerge in the past decade. A Millennial troubadour, DeWyze’s depth as a songwriter along with his earnest ability to drive home a song with a delicate balance of deep emotion and subtlety, call to mind some of his earliest influences like Simon and Garfunkel, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) and Johnny Cash. DeWyze’s songs have spent several consecutive weeks in the top forty on the Billboard Hot AC Chart, been featured on the insanely popular gritty drama The Walking Dead, NBC’s musical drama Nashville, showcased in commercials and topped charts abroad in Ireland and Italy. In the six years since DeWyze has evolved from being crowned an American Idol winner, he has continued to refine his artistry. In numerology six is regarded as one of the most harmonious and stable single digits, representing balance, sincerity, love, and truth. Whether you believe or not, one thing for sure is that DeWyze seems to have arrived at such a place in his journey thus far. "I think for once I am making music that is just me. All the way through,” smiles Lee. February 12, 2016, Shanachie Entertainment will release Oil & Water, Lee DeWyze’s fifth solo effort and highly anticipated label debut. His resonant, soulful and at times raspy tenor combined with his prodigious guitar playing serve to underscore themes of the heart as ten songs unravel into compelling poetic prose and striking arrangements.
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Thu, July 27

The Black Lillies with The Cordovas

Genre: Alt Country
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

The Black Lillies’ story is one of hard work and highway miles … a story that traces their evolution from a group of friends making music in songwriter and frontman Cruz Contreras’ living room into what is now one of Americana’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz. More importantly, The Black Lillies’ story is still unfolding, with the band’s sharp, southern-influenced songs — including Americana radio hits like “Hard to Please,” the kickoff single and title track from the band’s most recent album — leading the charge. Centered around multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Contreras (Robinella and the CCstringband), and featuring a rotating cast of incredible musicians including bassist and vocalist Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields), drummer Bowman Townsend (Jill Andrews), and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Schaefer (Micky & The Motorcars), The Black Lillies enter this chapter as one of the most visible, viable groups in contemporary roots music. Hard to Please, produced by Grammy winner Ryan Hewitt and recorded at Nashville’s legendary House of Blues Studio D, earned praise from Rolling Stone Country, NPR, American Songwriter and beyond, debuting at #12 on Billboard Heatseekers and #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Country Albums. 2013’s Runaway Blues and 2011’s 100 Miles of Wreckage both fared similarly well, with outlets like Entertainment Weekly praising the band’s “strong roots-folk songwriting, sweet harmonies, and charismatic indie spirit.” The Black Lillies promoted each release in the blue-collar tradition: by hitting the highway, racking up 230 gigs in 2014 alone and averaging 175 during the remaining years. That road-warrior work ethic has become as integral to the band’s success as Contreras’ songwriting, taking the band from coast to coast, border to border, and even country to country. Proudly independent since their formation, The Black Lillies were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times – sharing that stage with big-budget bands and major-label mainstreamers. They’ve chased down success on their terms, ignoring the trends of Nashville and focusing on a sound that, as Vanity Fair notes, “continues to cross generations and musical genres – country, folk, blues and…a touch of the Dead, for good measure.” With a reimagined lineup, new songs and the same dedication to touring, the Lillies continue to sink their roots deep into the Americana landscape.
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Fri, July 28

Propaganda: A Comedy Show featuring Michelle Biloon & Justine Marino

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

MICHELLE BILOON
Michelle Biloon is a standup comic straight outta Philly by way of Los Angeles by way of Austin. You may have heard her on the popular podcasts Comedy Bang Bang, 2 Dope Queens, or Doug Loves Movies. You may have seen her perform standup in your city opening for Patton Oswalt or headlining a show her own damn self. She's also appeared on Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.tv, and Premium Blend. Want to know more about Michelle? She loves Judge Judy. She does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle every day. And she is motherfucking hilarious. Her mother has been quoted as saying, "I watched the tape of her before I left for bowling and I laughed so hard that I had to go redo my makeup." And that's the truth, jackasses.

JUSTINE MARINO
Hailing from Denver, Justine discovered her love for comedy at The Groundlings Theatre shortly after moving to Los Angeles. She quickly started performing stand up at clubs and colleges across the country, opening for the likes of Bo Burnham, Joel McHale and eventually catching the eye of Jenny McCarthy, who cast her in the Netflix special Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny, where Justine was a breakout. Since then Justine has continued to headline clubs and colleges, been featured on Comedy Central's Roast Battle, Last Call With Carson Daly, and Mtv's Girl Code New Years Eve. Justine was also selected as a New Face of Comedy at Montreal's prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in 2014. Justine hearts you.
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Wed, August 2

Jonathan Fritzen & Darren Rahn

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

JONATHAN FRITZEN

Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén. It is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet. The fact that even before it’s release date, ‘Fritzenized’ has already become a chart topper says much for a collection that, two years in the making, is Fritzén’s most personal to date. Writing, producing and (for the first time) mixing every track, he comes closer to his true musical vision than with any other project he has created so far. A case in point is the aptly titled ‘A Funky Night’ that finds him reuniting with vocalist Laila Adele. As Jonathan explains, “Laila is not only a long term collaborator of mine but also one of my favorite singers. The groove for the song was inspired by one of the most sampled drum loops in rap music, ‘Juicy Fruit’ that I thought would fuse nicely with my own musical spices.” There is no doubt it worked out just fine and much the same can be said of ‘Guacamole’, which has a vibe of the kind Fritzén first heard when touring in Nicaragua many years ago. “After the shows”, Jonathan recalls, “we would go out to the local clubs to party. The songs that the DJ’s were spinning would often have this beat they called “reggaeton” and this is my own take on it. Guacamole is probably my favorite thing to eat so I thought it would be a good title for the tune.” It features Swedish trombone player Nils Landgren, one of Europe’s most famous jazz musicians, and another guest performer that Fritzén was eager to have on board is Gerald Albright whom Fritzén describes as being one of the greatest sax players on earth.

DARREN RAHN

With over 25 #1 radio singles and multiple Grammy nominations over the past 11 years as an artist, producer and mixing engineer, Darren Rahn has become urban jazz’s premiere sonic architect, the “go-to” guy for established genre greats and up and comers looking for their next sure-fire hit. Yet in signing with Woodward Avenue Records and recording his fifth album, the British Columbia born, Denver based saxophonist – who launched his solo career with Soulful in 2004 - is after something more meaningful than a few more instantly infectious smashes. The multi-talented performer’s desire to launch his second decade as an innovative powerhouse by creating music in his truest voice, straight from the heart, is perfectly in line with the label’s unique mission: to let artists make music authentic to themselves, beyond the trappings of formulas and strictly commercial considerations.
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Fri, August 4

Vaud and The Villains

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

Vaud and the Villains is 19 piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret. With echos of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band, they are Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge. A genre bending spectacle…at once seedy and inspiring…gritty and sublime. Bring your wretched souls, your sins and your dancing feet…they will save you and you will never be the same…
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Sat, August 5

Danny Masters Band "Evermore" tribute to Led Zeppelin

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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Fri, August 11

Norman Brown

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

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It‟s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I‟m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
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Fri, August 11

Norman Brown

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

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It‟s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long- awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I‟m a loving guy -- I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
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Sun, August 13

School of Rock Denver Presents Jam Bands

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Doors: 11:00AM
Show: 12:00PM

Rooted in the long song forms of classic rock giants such as the Allman Brothers Band., Led Zepplein, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead as well as infusing the styles and improvisational concepts of blues, jazz, and country music, the Jam genre has become a staple of modern music festivals as well as smaller venues. Groups like Phish, the String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, and many others have put the Jam Band genre to the forefront of popular music for listeners and concert attendees alike, and have challenged the musical ability and sensibilities of countless players around the world. Join us as we stretch our chops and our minds with the music of JAM BANDS!
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Wed, August 16

All Ages Show! David Cook with Kathryn Dean

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

When David Cook moved to Nashville in 2012, the expectation was that this singer-songwriter from the Heartland would emphasize the rootsy side of his sensibility, and sure enough, he had immediate success co-writing country tunes, including the Top-20 single “Kiss You Tonight” for David Nail in 2014. But new album Digital Vein is something else entirely, with Cook’s powerful voice and dynamic guitar work knifing through vibrant soundscapes that boldly juxtapose man-made grooves and electronic textures. “Working in Nashville opened me up creatively to trying different things,” Cook explains. “Writing for country acts has been freeing in the sense that I can bring out that side of my creativity, and it brought some freshness to the other side of what I like to do. So I ran with it, going into the creative process with the blinders off. I just wanted to try things, and there was no formula. Honestly, I didn’t even know if I was gonna make another record; I decided to just write and have fun and see what happens.” As an experiment, Cook applied what he’d learned from working with Music City craftsmen in that time-honored narrative vein to the material he was writing for his own use. “It was fun and a new challenge to try to attack my own songwriting in that way,” he begins, then says with a laugh, “In hindsight, what the hell was I thinking trying to take this on? But it ended up being an amazing process, and it led to a record that I’d put up there with my prouder moments.”
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Thu, August 17

Passion4Arts Presents Art & Soul Music Showcase feat. TheVoice, Gregory Goodloe, Gladys, Danae Simone & More!

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Doors: 4:00PM
Show: 5:00PM

The Lineup:
TheVoice
Gregory Goodloe
Gladys
Danae Simone
Jovan Mays
Shayla Monique
Theo Wilson
Smooth E & The Grooves
Marques Clark


The Passion4Arts Project initiative was founded in 2016 by Good Mornings Coffeehouse, LLC to provide an annual venue for national, regional and local artists to showcase their talents in music, poetry and art. Our mission is to deliver positive entertainment for the community through music and art by expressing the diversity that life offers through creative means . A celebration of great food, great drinks and our outstanding cultural community, Passion4arts kicks off the 2nd Annual Art & Soul Music Showcase in style . Having an established art and culture scene within a community reinforces the idea that a strong movement of local arts and culture is a vital part of a community’s economy. We are currently working on gaining our 501(c)( 3 ) non - profit status. Without your support, local artists would not have the opportunity to create a positive impact in the community.
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Fri, August 18

Propaganda: A Comedy Show featuring Jono Zalay

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

Several years ago Jono Zalay moved from San Diego to Boston to pursue standup. He quickly became a staple in the New England comedy scene, while simultaneously earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience (he gave cocaine to rats). Since dropping his science hobby to pursue stand-up full time, Jono has been named one of Comedy Central’s ‘Comics to Watch.’ Jono now lives in New York City where he has been featured in Time Out New York and over 30 comedy festivals around the country including Bridgetown, Limestone, and New York Comedy Festival.
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Sat, August 19

School of Rock Denver Presents Talking Heads

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Doors: 11:00AM
Show: 12:00PM

Formed in New York in 1975 and known as one of the most critically and acclaimed and popular bands of the 80's, the Talking Heads stood at the forefront of the New Wave of innovative music. Comprised of styles such as punk, funk, world, and pop influence, the Talking Heads exploded with an avant-garde approach to composition and performance that captivated audiences and listeners. Featuring a plethora of tones, grooves, and feels of all kinds for all instruments, SORD dives into the vast and compelling musical landscape of the TALKING HEADS!
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Sat, August 19

School of Rock Denver Presents Shock Rock

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Doors: 2:30PM
Show: 3:30PM

The weird, the outcast, and the downright scary groups and artists in rock music and entertainment are often the ones that create the most innovative, interesting music and leave the most lasting impression. Utilizing strange sounds and effects on guitar, synth, and keys, creating often odd rhythmic backdrops, bands like Artists like Alice Cooper, Marylin Manson, Gwar, and countless others brought wild and chaotic visuals and stage performance to set the mood for their shows. Join us as we explore a genre fraught with artistic outcasts, musical mad men, and the most downright absurd material ever conjured to the stage. This is SHOCK ROCK!
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Sat, August 19

Dave Barnes The Joke Concert

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

We all have music that transports us back in time. The song your family sings every holiday. The track that makes you reminisce about a first love. The music that instantly reminds you of where you came from but also of how far you've come. For Dave Barnes, that music is from the 1970s Los Angeles scene where the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne left the greatest mark. It is these early influences’ sounds that encapsulate the direction of Barnes’ latest release, Carry On, San Vicente. "This is one of the most true versions of myself that I've probably ever made." says Barnes. Barnes is a respected Nashville songwriter who received Grammy and CMA nominations for Blake Shelton's recording of his song "God Gave Me You," and has also penned songs for Tim McGraw, Marc Broussard, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector and many others. He has toured extensively over the past 14 years as an artist showcasing his catalog of nine full-length albums, including his latest nine-track release Carry On, San Vicente as well as opening for artists including Bonnie Raitt, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, One Republic and more. Dave approached the creation of Carry On, San Vicente differently than past releases, wanting to craft a specific sound and an easy listening experience where fans could keep the album on repeat all day long as they go about their lives. "I sat over a couple of weeks thinking about what the next move was in my career. I figured what would be fun to do now in this stage, where I have enough of a bedrock of music that people know what I do and who I'm about, would be to venture out a bit. Or in this case, return to the roots of what inspired me in the first place," he says. After watching the Eagles documentary History of the Eagles, he thought it'd be fun to create a piece of work that embodied the 1970s Los Angeles music scene and started writing songs that he planned to release in the form of an EP. Pretty soon he had more songs than an EP typically offers. “I had a couple of prerequisites – I really wanted it to feel desert-y and sparse and evoke that kind of imagery. I also wanted it to be something you could sing to pretty easily – on the first listen, the second and third chorus you can sing along. That was the biggest deal. The singability factor was key," he explains. "When you hear those Eagles songs, Jackson Browne songs, Fleetwood Mac, so much of that stuff is so memorable melodically. They're really difficult to write but they're so easy to sing and participate in and that was important to me to try and pull that off.” Songs like album opener "She's the One I Love" embody the catchiness and musicality of the aforementioned era of music with its layered guitar parts and vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, the soaring "Sunset Santa Fe" with wavering pedal steel accompaniment and slowed guitar parts paints a vivid landscape for the listener. A thank you letter to his wife for allowing him to create a space to live out his dream, it's a song he calls one of the most honest tracks on the record. "I do feel like every time I listen to 'Sunset Santa Fe' it becomes more potent," he admits. Highlights on Carry On, San Vicente include the country leaning "Glow Like the Moon," complete with banjo accompaniment. Barnes says it's the closest he's ever come to making a country record. Meanwhile, piano ballad "Wildflower" has him channeling Billy Joel once again as well as Elton John with piano as the focal point of the song alongside memorable lyrics and electric guitar riffs. "It was more of an indulgence," he says of the guitar interlude. “It’s a fun musical moment on the record.” Title track, "Carry On, San Vicente," is a song of encouragement that sounds like it would fit perfectly in an Eagles’ set list. It's a song that Barnes' hopes uplifts the listener. "Memories don't make us who we are/ There's a silver lining in every scar/ Everything's forgiven/ Forgettin's up to you/ Carry on, San Vicente," he sings. A constant creator, Barnes says he is always trying to expand how people view what he does. "I think it's cool for people to go, 'I really didn't know that he could do this.' As people give you the grace to push the edges of what you do, you create more space to continue to do that." Barnes concludes that Carry On, San Vicente is a return to the beginning, confessing that the music shared in the nine songs is as honest as he has ever been in showcasing himself. "It's so much of what I grew up listening to. This is the kind of music that if I have to listen to something all day without hitting pause or forward, this is the music - it's so innate to me," he concedes. "It's so much of my soundtrack growing up, this world, this genre of music.” Carry On, San Vicente is a departure from the sound that fans have become used to from his past eight albums but it is an album Barnes stands behind and he is sure his fans will embrace and enjoy. So whether you grew up a fan of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene like Barnes, or have your own personal soundtrack that transports you back in time, Dave Barnes' Carry On, San Vicente will fit perfectly in any music collection.
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Tue, August 22

An Evening With The Alarm

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

The Alarm was born in the UK in 1977 and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. Following an initial breakthrough in North America with 1983's 'The Stand’, alongside the evergreen 'Sixty Eight Guns' which smashed into the UK charts soon after, The Alarm headlined their own 'Spirit of '86 Concert' before 26,000 fans in Los Angeles, transmitted around the world to millions via MTV's first ever live global satellite broadcast. In the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song for the original members at London's Brixton Academy before the current lineup emerged causing worldwide controversy in 2004 through The Poppy Fields 'fake band' escapade. Released to conceal their true identity, the Alarm's first single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro - acoustic sound into the UK top 40 and back into the mainstream rock culture of North America. The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather. The Alarm's return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B - cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, that would be dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since. In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume normal touring and recording duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of 'Superchannel' and 'Never Give Up Without A Fight'. A year later, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives - One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 1,500 lives potentially saved through its 'Get On Th List' program (including 24 matches found from Vans Warped Tour attendees). Throughout the course of his musical career, Mike Peters (aka The Man in The Camo Jacket), has taken The Alarm from relapse to remission and back, creating a unique musical legacy amplified by it's enduring message of Love, Hope and Strength.
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Sat, August 26

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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Fri, September 1

Mark Ware Presents Vintage Trouble A Benefit for Judi's House

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

THE CONCERT:
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the power and soul of one of the hottest bands on the planet as they tear up the stage in support of Judi’s House at Denver's most intimate concert venue...The Soiled Dove Underground. Imagine James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin, and you'll get an idea of Vintage Trouble's muscular, in-the-pocket sound. Best part of the show? 100% of all ticket sales and funds raised will be donated to Judi's House...100%. In fact, all the expenses associated with the production of this concert are being paid by the Title Sponsors to ensure that 100% of your money goes to Judi’s House!!

THE BAND:
Vintage Trouble has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Later…with Jools Holland just to name a few; as well as toured around the world with Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Their blistering performance on Later… with Jools Holland blew up Twitter as the 6th most tweeted topic worldwide just hours after it aired. The very next day, Vintage Trouble's self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2012), entered the charts at No. 1 R&B Album, No. 2 Rock Album, and No. 13 on iTunes. The Bomb Shelter Sessions also earned praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and Billboard. After touring with AC/DC in 2015, the release of Vintage Trouble’s second album, 1 Hopeful Rd., smashed worldwide charts, hitting No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart, No. 14 on the UK Album Charts, and the single ‘Strike your Light’ reached No. 1 in Japan. Vintage Trouble continues to tour non-stop to sold out headlining shows worldwide, as well as playing numerous festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, and SXSW. Website: www.vintagetrouble.com

THE CAUSE:
Founded by Brian and Brook Griese in 2002, Judi’s House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families. Since 2002, Judi’s House has supported more than 8,000 youth and caregivers towards their vision that no child should be alone in grief. Thanks to the generosity of donors and investors, there is no cost to families participating in Judi’s House services and programs. Website: www.judishouse.org
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Sat, September 2

All Ages Show! Sawyer Fredericks with Haley Johnsen and Gabriel Wolfchild & The Northern Light

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

Sawyer Fredericks has certainly come a long way from the 88-acre Upstate New York farm where he grew up. However, home is still a big part of his soulful, contemporary folk sound. "That's where I started playing guitar," he says. "It was so much fun growing up there. There was a lot of open space, and I was able to be around animals. Nature really inspired me. I feel like it gave me a different musical perspective." His stark honesty and soulful delivery turned him into a national phenomenon during the eighth season of NBC's Emmy Award®-winning The Voice. As part of "Team Pharrell," he emerged as the "youngest victor in the show's history" at just 16-years-old. Moreover, he made Voice history, becoming "the first artist to land 14 songs in the iTunes Overall Top 200 Songs Chart in one week." All in all, his digital sales exceeded 1 million cumulative singles, making him one of the show's most successful artists ever. Most importantly, Sawyer's time on The Voice taught him quite a few things. "I learned so much," he says. "It was incredible to be around that many artists and see so much talent. I took it all in. Getting to perform on that stage was amazing. I also remember Pharrell gave me a piece of advice that I'll never forget. He said, 'Stay true to yourself.'" That's what Sawyer does on his self-titled debut EP for Republic Records. Led by the striking and soulful first single "Take It All," the four-song collection introduces his singular style. "The process of co-writing was new for me," he says. "Learning to create a more upbeat song and work with someone else was a great learning experience. Lyrically, it's a love song about a guy who's at the end of his rope, and this woman has lifted him up." Elsewhere on the EP, "Lovers Still Alone" sees his voice take the spotlight over a rich sonic backdrop. "I got to work with a full band in the studio, and it came out really nicely," he goes on. "It's about a person who's with someone, but the significant other is not really acknowledging them or loving them. I think everyone's been through that kind of one-sided relationship." Ultimately, Sawyer forges a true connection between his roots and his passion for music that has lead him to where he is today "I want the lyrics and music to connect to the audience," he leaves off. "I just hope they feel when they hear me."
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Fri, September 8

2017 Gospel Jazz Explosion Concert - featuring Billboard Artist Ron McMillon & Smooth Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire Gregory Goodloe

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

Colorado Native Ron McMillon has a style that is a mixture of Gospel and Smooth Jazz. Having studied music at the collegiate level, Ron’s creative versatility is on full display at his inspired performances at concert venues, churches, jazz festivals, and also while playing live with smooth jazz Artist and producer Darren Rahn, world renowed pianist Adlan Cruz, gospel artists Kim Stratton, and many other notable performers. Mr. McMillon released his first gospel jazz single entitled “It Is Me” in the Spring of 2013. In Summer 2015, with his debut single going to smooth jazz radio, saxophonist Ron McMillon presents “Consuming Fire,” produced by acclaimed format veteran Darren Rahn. This chart topping single has been taking the world by storm on smooth jazz stations worldwide, including play on Siriusxm “Watercolors”! Ron’s sincere passion for music ministry and his love for God is the foundation of ALL of his new found success in the music industry. McMillon is quoted saying, “My desire has always been to touch the hearts of people all over the world with my musical gifting. This is just the beginning!”
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Sun, September 10

Over The Rhine

Genre: Pop/Folk/Americana
Doors: 7:00PM
Show: 8:00PM

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once, and then you notice their subtle, satisfying arrangements, all the instruments so exquisitely balanced, and finally the lines of the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine praises their “lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic.” The Washington Post applauds their “understated, country-tinged charm.” The Wall Street Journal describes their album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, as “subtle and elegant, with airy musical arrangements and breathtaking vocal harmonies that fit the title of the album.”
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Thu, September 14

Face - All Vocal Rock Band

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

Face is an all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado that has been thrilling audiences for over a decade. Using only five voices and a beat boxer, Face creates a high-octane rock music phenomenon that must been seen to be believed. The band competed on the hit NBC series ?The Sing-Off,? as well as ?America?s Got Talent,? and were named ?Best Local Band? in 2014 by Boulder Weekly, and in 2013 by Denver A-List Awards. Having recently released their fifth album, Face regularly performs for sold-out audiences around Colorado in classic venues such as Paramount Theatre, Boulder Theater, and Soiled Dove Underground. Nationally, Face has touched crowds from San Francisco to Chicago, Dallas to Minneapolis, as well as headlining at Detroit's famous Fox Theatre and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Critics and fans nation-wide describe Face as ?nothing short of spectacular,? ?a six-voice bomb blast,? and ?among the top ten singing groups in the country.? With their incredible vocal harmonies, heart pounding vocal drums and more than a touch of humorous stage presence, Face has proven themselves to be a world class act for audiences of all ages.
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Fri, September 15

Najee

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

A native New Yorker, Najee began his iconic career playing clarinet, saxophone and flute in his hometown Jamaica, Queens New York. While in high school his tutelage included not only Jimmy Heath but Frank Foster, and Dr. Billy Taylor at the Jazzmobile in Harlem. Honing his skills as a flutist he additionally studied with Harold Jones at the Manhattan School of Music. Along with his brother Fareed, he continued his musical scope at the "New England Conservatory of Music" in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition. Upon their return to New York, they were invited to tour with the songstress Chaka Khan through his association with Me'lisa Morgan who at the time was a background vocalist. Najee then met Charles Huggins of HUSH Productions who invited him to record his "Grammy Nominated - Platinum Selling Debut Album" entitled "Najee's Theme" released by EMI. Najee embarked on a US tour with Freddie Jackson laying the foundation for what has be become a revolution of Urban Contemporary Jazz. His sophomore album "Day By Day" also achieved platinum. These albums were followed by "Tokyo Blue", "Just An Illusion" and "Share My World", all of which attained gold sale status.
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Fri, September 15

Najee

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

A native New Yorker, Najee began his iconic career playing clarinet, saxophone and flute in his hometown Jamaica, Queens New York. While in high school his tutelage included not only Jimmy Heath but Frank Foster, and Dr. Billy Taylor at the Jazzmobile in Harlem. Honing his skills as a flutist he additionally studied with Harold Jones at the Manhattan School of Music. Along with his brother Fareed, he continued his musical scope at the "New England Conservatory of Music" in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition. Upon their return to New York, they were invited to tour with the songstress Chaka Khan through his association with Me'lisa Morgan who at the time was a background vocalist. Najee then met Charles Huggins of HUSH Productions who invited him to record his "Grammy Nominated - Platinum Selling Debut Album" entitled "Najee's Theme" released by EMI. Najee embarked on a US tour with Freddie Jackson laying the foundation for what has be become a revolution of Urban Contemporary Jazz. His sophomore album "Day By Day" also achieved platinum. These albums were followed by "Tokyo Blue", "Just An Illusion" and "Share My World", all of which attained gold sale status.
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Wed, September 20

Tickets on sale 7/21 at 10am! Candyrat Guitar Night feat. Antoine Dufour, Ian Ethan Case, Grayson Erhard

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

ANTOINE DUFOUR
Montreal, Canada based guitarist Antoine Dufour is known colloquially among the best guitar players in the world as a musician’s musician. To fans of popular music, he deftly combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and an artistic soul in crafting instrumental compositions that reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures and languages. That he does this in an incredibly visual and entertaining style has endeared him to a broad spectrum of fans of popular music.

IAN ETHAN CASE
Following a busy 2016 which included his first tour of Europe, two performances with a full symphony orchestra, and roughly 39,000 miles of concert travel within the US alone, acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case presents a new tour for 2017, previewing music from his upcoming album Earth Suite and featuring a never-before-seen custom instrument affectionately dubbed "The Beast". Joining Ian will be live looping and electronics specialist Stephanie Case, adding even more sonic and orchestrational variety to the mix.

GRAYSON ERHARD
Hailing from Del Norte, Colo., Grayson Erhard’s style leans heavily on the technically complex tap-slap style of percussive guitar often paired with moving, airy vocals. Erhard often feels the pull between performing as a musicians’ musician and the accessible, trend-obsequious world of pop, creating a sound that weaves between complement and contrast. This unique tension, combined with Erhard’s experience sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, has led to Erhard’s viral success and a sound that both complements and contrasts his various styles.
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Fri, September 22

Joe Purdy with Amy Vachal

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

A few years back, if someone had started giving him some lip in the middle of a gig, Joe Purdy might have left the stage and beat a little sense into the guy. Nowadays, he’s more likely to calm everybody down, assure the loudmouth that he was a welcome and important part of his audience and through words and warmth talk him into sitting back down and join everyone else in enjoying Purdy’s extraordinary music. What has happened to Joe Purdy? Some might call it growth, although he’s already grown a lot in wandering from his Arkansas home state to Los Angeles, and from there toward and beyond further horizons. Along the way he’s recorded a baker’s dozen worth of albums. His songs have turned up on numerous TV shows and film soundtracks. He even received a special request from Pete Townshend to join him onstage. Purdy said yes. Even so, in recent years the singer, songwriter and self-described “hillbilly” has come to see the world and his role in it somewhat differently. His new views chart the direction on his latest album, Who Will Be Next? which plants its feet deep in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and others while addressing immediate transgressions. Purdy’s determination to honor the giants of American folk while applying his unique skills as writer and passionate vocalist reveal just how much he has achieved and evolved as an observer and participant in our times. In addition to his recording and touring, Joe recently made his acting debut starring in the new feature film, American Folk, which won a Best New Film award at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It will be released nation-wide in 2018.
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Sat, September 23

Peter Bradley Adams with Caitlin Canty

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 28

Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon

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

Benji is the sixth full length record by Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon. The album was released February 11, 2014 and features guest musicians Steve Shelley, Will Oldham and Owen Ashworth. On August 20 of 2013, Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records released Mark Kozelek & Desertshore, the third record from Mark Kozelek and Phil Carney's side project, Desertshore. 2013 also saw the release of Mark Kozelek Like Rats, 2 live albums, and the Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle's collaboration, Perils From The Sea. Both Mark Kozelek & Desertshore and Perils From The Sea made Mojo's top 100 best albums of the year. In 2012, Mark Kozelek released an 18 track album under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, entitled Among The Leaves. Mark toured solo in support of the album and made his debut TV appearance on Fallon performing with The Roots.
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Fri, September 29

Ottmar Liebert & 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, September 29

Ottmar Liebert & 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, September 30

Celtic Events Presents Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

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

“You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For a moment, stop, put aside your notion of jigs and reels, and just listen.” - NPR

"Make no mistake -- Martin Hayes is the most innovative and influential fiddler on the Irish scene today. He and guitarist Dennis Cahill deconstruct Irish melodies in revolutionary ways, opening them up for modern sensibilities in much the same way Miles Davis did with jazz or Eric Clapton did with the blues." The Boston Globe

"Irish fiddler Martin Hayes is such a formidable talent that even classical composers have begun writing for him. But to hear the real Martin Hayes, you need to hear his longstanding collaboration with guitarist Dennis Cahill." - John Schaefer, WNYC

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading artists in Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. The New York Times describes the duo as "stripping old reels and jigs to their essence, leaving space between the notes for harmonics and whispered blue notes...a Celtic complement to Steve Reich's quartets or Miles Davis's 'Sketches of Spain'." Fiddler Martin Hayes is considered one of Ireland's most innovative and influential musicians. He was raised in a famous musical family in County Clare where the music he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, legendary leader of theTulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. By age 19 Martin had won six All-Ireland fiddle championships. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), Man of the Year (American Irish Historical Society), and Ireland's Musician of the Year (Gradam Ceoil TG4). Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist from Chicago born to Irish-speaking parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. His spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Dennis studied at Chicago's prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, and Eileen Ivers, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin and Dennis have recorded three critically-acclaimed albums together on Green Linnet Records. In 1997 they released their first duet album “The Lonesome Touch”, followed by “Live in Seattle” in 1999. After a ten-year hiatus, in February 2008, Martin and Dennis released the studio album “Welcome Here Again.” The duo have performed around the world as well as for President Obama at the White House, the European Union in Brussels, and for the President of Ireland at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They also helped form the new Irish supergroup The Gloaming, which won Ireland's 2015 Meteor Choice Music Prize. They have collaborated with Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and performed with Sting and Paul Simon. Martin Hayes has a track on the new album by Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, "Sing Me Home" (Sony Masterworks), which won the Grammy this year for Best World Music Album.
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Tue, October 3

All Ages Show! Ben Ottewell of Gomez

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

"It was going to be called Bones That Catch The Light," says Ben Ottewell of his third solo album, "but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy." In the end this Chesterfield-born, Derbyshire-raised singer-songwriter opted for A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. "It could refer to my solo career away from Gomez, or to the crazy populist politics demagogues and thugs that seem to rule our world right now," he explains. "Or it could simply refer to a broken man; someone who has fallen apart." Given that Ben turned 40 last summer, and given that next year marks the 20th Anniversary of his former band Gomez's Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On, it was perhaps inevitable that his latest record was preceded by a fair amount of stock-taking and personal reflection. Demonstrating Ben's potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana -- and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk -- A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting. Throwing off the "security blanket" that is/was Gomez -- and untroubled by the question of whether the songs he was writing should be earmarked for himself or his former band -- Ben knuckled down. The two guitarleles (think ukulele with six strings) he bought for his nine-year-old twin boys proved a good investment -- though not for Joe and Ry. "They just hung them on the wall," laughs the singer, "but I picked one up and wrote [title song] 'A Man Apart' on it." While the ever-fertile ground of love and relationships tested feeds into the material that this passionate and famously gutsy singer has again co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member Sam Genders, there are other themes afoot too. Fervent opener "Own It," for example, sees Ben reflect upon his time growing up in public with Gomez, while the album's aforementioned title track -- which was kick started by him reading about the disgraced American TV Evangelist Peter Popoff -- ultimately concerns the kind of populist politicians who deliberately exploit peoples' hopes and fears. "Most of these songs were written before the Brexit vote," says Ben, "but it would have been hard not to reference the Brexit and Trump debacles in some way. I live in Brighton and frankly we're all scared shitless. I've got a lot of friends who are European immigrants and it's a very strange and uncertain time for them." Like 2011's Shapes & Shadows and 2014's Rattlebag, A Man Apart began life in Los Angeles. The three days spent at The Chalet near Culver City were primarily to procure the services of ace engineer / bassist Will Golden and Richard Thompson's live drummer of choice, Michael Jerome. "There's this great liquor store across the road there on Washington Boulevard that's full of crazy fuckers," Ben explains, recalling the LA sessions. "They sell Bulleit Frontier Bourbon in every size you could want, and that was our fuel." From there he brought the record back to Mu Studios at The Laundry Rooms complex in Sheffield, where Martin Smith engineered and produced the record. Key contributing musicians during that stage included lead guitarist John Smith ("a true gent, and one of the best electric folk guitarists in the country") and Rhodes electric piano / Hammond organ player Joel White. It was when he wrote "Bones," Ben says, that he knew he had a record. "Just in terms of craft, I think it's one of the best things I've ever written" he says of the spare, cello-ornamented song. "It's basically about not being worthy of someone or something, but I think it's healthy to figure shit like that out." Elsewhere on A Man Apart, "Lead Me Away," with its nod to Dylan's "Simple Twist Of Fate," makes fine use of a the kind of portable field organ that army chaplains once utilised as a hymn machine, while "Walking On Air," with its gorgeous resonator guitar, spans a whole lifetime of adoration via sussed deployment of its titular pay-off line. "I still love my Americana and my JJ Cale," says Ben in summary, "but I think this is quite an English-sounding record. I feel like I'm really finding my feet as a writer, and I notice that the people who are coming to my shows these days aren't necessarily Gomez fans." Asked how the Ben Ottewell who collected The Mercury with Gomez in 1998 compares with the 2017 model of himself, meanwhile, Ben says this: "I was so crippling shy back then that I barely recognise that person. I was having a good time, but not feeling comfortable. We were all smart enough to know that it wouldn't last forever, though, and we found the surreal-ness of it all amusing. A couple of days after the Mercury we played to 20 people in Philadelphia, and that was when we started to be a proper band. "Nowadays, I just feel incredibly lucky to have had some kind of 20-year run at this, and if I can sustain what I do, great. I'm also starting to look a lot more like the way I sound," adds the singer, laughing. "I'm not this fresh-faced kid freaking people out anymore!"
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Thu, October 5

Tuck & Patti

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

For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 33 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck's extraordinary virtuosity and Patti's rich mezzo soprano. Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he'll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck's guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, "Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra." When they're not touring, Tuck and Patti live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they record and teach students, in person and via Skype. For more info, go to tuckandpatti.com.
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Fri, October 6

Keiko Matsui

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

eiko Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of US Recording Career With Star-Studded CD featuring Narada Michael Walden, Chuck Loeb & Kirk Whalum Among Others. “Creating this album was like going on a soul quest, as I tried to figure out how to express the things I was thinking and experiencing during this past year,” confides pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui (pronounced Kay-Koe, meaning ‘happy, celebratory child’ in Japanese). “This music energizes me and I am overwhelmed with emotion when I listen to it. I hope people will allow themselves to go inside the music and become a part of my journey,” says the stunning, profound pianist and world citizen who is celebrating a triumphant 25 years of recording in the US. In the words of Duke Ellington, Keiko Matsui is ‘beyond category.’ The courageous, spiritually-driven and consummate artist who enjoyed the distinction of being an invited guest and performer at the second International Jazz Day, sponsored by UNESCO and held in Istanbul in April 2013, transcends boundary. Her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. The eloquent and soft-spoken but yet deliberate musician tours relentlessly and seeks to make a genuine connection with her audience. “Everybody has so many things going on in their lives but my concerts are special for me. The music creates a oneness. The exchange I share with my audience is the root of my energy. It’s like my mission.” Matsui has worked alongside the best including Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masakela and Bob James. A true humanitarian, Keiko has lent her voice to raise awareness for such causes as The Daniel Pearl Foundation, The United Nations World Food Programme, Be The Match Marrow Registry and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation. She has also lent her efforts to the continued revitalization and healing of Japan in the wake of the recent Tsunami and Fukushima disasters. "I still have these images of kindergarten teachers holding their kids in order to protect them. I also think about all of the older people who did not make it and the children who lost parents,"reflects Keiko, the first Japanese musician to top the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. "But when I think about the people who did survive, I think that they may be the strongest souls there are. Out of this pain, I have found the greatest strength from these individuals. Keiko Matsui's new recording Soul Quest, is a riveting new collection of songs that unfold like an epic journey. With an all-star cast that includes such heavyweights as producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden, guitarist Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and bassist Marcus Miller, among others, Keiko explores themes of love, loss, spirituality and environmental consciousness.
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Fri, October 6

Keiko Matsui

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

eiko Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of US Recording Career With Star-Studded CD featuring Narada Michael Walden, Chuck Loeb & Kirk Whalum Among Others. “Creating this album was like going on a soul quest, as I tried to figure out how to express the things I was thinking and experiencing during this past year,” confides pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui (pronounced Kay-Koe, meaning ‘happy, celebratory child’ in Japanese). “This music energizes me and I am overwhelmed with emotion when I listen to it. I hope people will allow themselves to go inside the music and become a part of my journey,” says the stunning, profound pianist and world citizen who is celebrating a triumphant 25 years of recording in the US. In the words of Duke Ellington, Keiko Matsui is ‘beyond category.’ The courageous, spiritually-driven and consummate artist who enjoyed the distinction of being an invited guest and performer at the second International Jazz Day, sponsored by UNESCO and held in Istanbul in April 2013, transcends boundary. Her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. The eloquent and soft-spoken but yet deliberate musician tours relentlessly and seeks to make a genuine connection with her audience. “Everybody has so many things going on in their lives but my concerts are special for me. The music creates a oneness. The exchange I share with my audience is the root of my energy. It’s like my mission.” Matsui has worked alongside the best including Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masakela and Bob James. A true humanitarian, Keiko has lent her voice to raise awareness for such causes as The Daniel Pearl Foundation, The United Nations World Food Programme, Be The Match Marrow Registry and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation. She has also lent her efforts to the continued revitalization and healing of Japan in the wake of the recent Tsunami and Fukushima disasters. "I still have these images of kindergarten teachers holding their kids in order to protect them. I also think about all of the older people who did not make it and the children who lost parents,"reflects Keiko, the first Japanese musician to top the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. "But when I think about the people who did survive, I think that they may be the strongest souls there are. Out of this pain, I have found the greatest strength from these individuals. Keiko Matsui's new recording Soul Quest, is a riveting new collection of songs that unfold like an epic journey. With an all-star cast that includes such heavyweights as producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden, guitarist Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and bassist Marcus Miller, among others, Keiko explores themes of love, loss, spirituality and environmental consciousness.
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Sat, October 7

Smooth Jazz Lovers Presents Eric Darius & Adam Hawley

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

ERIC DARIUS
Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries, he is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide! Now, with six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, international recording artist, Eric Darius’ star continues to rise straight to the top. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renown, Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to name a few. His music innovatively crosses over all music boundaries from Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, to Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.

ADAM HAWLEY
It has been an exciting past year for Guitarist Adam Hawley, who’s debut record “Just The Beginning” was released on March 18. The first single 35th St. ft Eric Darius had the longest run at #1 on Billboard in 2016: • #1 on Billboard (5 weeks) • #1 Allen Kepler Smooth Jazz Countdown (4 weeks) • #3 Year-End Billboard for 2016 • #2 Year-End Allen Kepler 2016 • #1 Mediabase (2 weeks) • #2 on SmoothJazz.com • #1 most added on Billboard and SmoothJazz.com in first week Since then the second single “Joy Ride” co-written and produced with Greg Manning is currently #10 on Billboard with a bullet. And Adam has been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. Adam signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Darius along with Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, and Michael Lington.
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Sat, October 7

Smooth Jazz Lovers Presents Eric Darius & Adam Hawley

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

ERIC DARIUS
Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries, he is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide! Now, with six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, international recording artist, Eric Darius’ star continues to rise straight to the top. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renown, Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to name a few. His music innovatively crosses over all music boundaries from Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, to Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.

ADAM HAWLEY
It has been an exciting past year for Guitarist Adam Hawley, who’s debut record “Just The Beginning” was released on March 18. The first single 35th St. ft Eric Darius had the longest run at #1 on Billboard in 2016: • #1 on Billboard (5 weeks) • #1 Allen Kepler Smooth Jazz Countdown (4 weeks) • #3 Year-End Billboard for 2016 • #2 Year-End Allen Kepler 2016 • #1 Mediabase (2 weeks) • #2 on SmoothJazz.com • #1 most added on Billboard and SmoothJazz.com in first week Since then the second single “Joy Ride” co-written and produced with Greg Manning is currently #10 on Billboard with a bullet. And Adam has been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. Adam signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Darius along with Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, and Michael Lington.
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Thu, October 12

John Mark McMillan presents The Mercury and Lighting Tour feat. Kings Kaleidoscope & LaPeer

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

JOHN MARK MCMILLAN is something of an anomaly: an artist and Platinum-selling songwriter bending genres and defying categorization by carving out his own unique and independent path. With an ear for melody and a poet’s eye for metaphor, no topic has been off-limits. While each of his albums over the past decade have continued to explore new territory, it’s McMillan’s ability to give lyric and language to the human experience that many consider his greatest gift. Mercury & Lightning, the latest offering from McMillan, reminds us why we love great songwriters; The great ones find a way to put new words to private musings and desperate feelings until the songs themselves begin to live in our bones. Though the robust 14-song album doesn’t release until Sept 1, the iTunes pre-order launches July 28 with four instant grat tracks including the title track “Mercury & Lightning,” “Wilderlove,” “No Country,” and “Enemy, love.” The vibe and tone from each track will mesmerize but it’s McMillan’s voice that draws you in and makes you feel as though you’ve pulled up a chair to one of those conversations you want to stick around for. The entire album was recorded just outside of Portland, OR at Feng Sway Studios over 18 months with close friend Gabriel Wilson and long time bandmate Jesse Proctor. Their collaboration produced the kind of record that your kid usually discovers before you do - something progressive yet accessible. Borrowing from their childhood influences, McMillan, Wilson and Proctor bring elements of 80’s rock and 90’s R&B together, somehow making the record feel both modern and unexpected. The album title was pulled from Roman mythology. “Mercury is the god of financial gain, commerce, communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves”, says McMillan. “If something is hard to catch, understand or lock down, it's known to be ‘mercurial’ or ‘like Mercury.’ The story of the new record begins with a conversation about all the things we run after, give our lives to - even die for - that often seem so mercurial and mysterious.” And John Mark would know; This being his 7th studio album, each new record seems to reveal a man chasing a new set of questions we should have been asking ourselves all along. On the heels of releasing his single “No Country” the week before the presidential election, John Mark said, “There was a point when I was afraid to finish this song. I abandoned it multiple times asking myself, ‘How many people really want to hear a white guy singing about being marginalized?’ Sure, I know how it feels to be lonely and misunderstood, but I’ve certainly never been discriminated against. I’ve never been asked and certainly not forced to vacate the luxuries and safety of my middle class suburban situation. So, what am I even singing about? Refugees? Sure. Racism? Yes. Immigration? Sure. Politics? Maybe. Relationships? Aging? Yes and yes. But ultimately I think that the song is summed up in one line: ‘Do you see me?’ It’s the cry of all of us - to be known.” McMillan is no stranger to success with nearly half a million monthly listeners on Spotify and 40 million Spotify streams, but he won’t let those things define him. John Mark says he’s learned a lot about himself since his previous studio album Borderland, which held a Top 15 spot on the iTunes Albums chart and No. 41 on Billboard’s Top 200. When talking about his life and career McMillan says, “I’ve found that there’s a profound restlessness in the gap between the ideals of youth and the realities of adulthood - even when, especially when, you get what you wanted.” It’s this level of honesty and wrestling with where he is during this season of his career and life that compelled McMillan to open up about his struggle with anxiety. “I try to control my world and since that is supremely not possible,” says McMillan, “I get anxiety. I promised myself when I got married that I wouldn't miss a moment with my exquisite china-doll girl, but...I get anxiety. Then we had kids and I swore I wouldn’t let go of a precious second of their lives. They’re such wild birds, and their raucous life and energy bring me outrageous amounts of joy, but also...anxiety. My attempts to control the universe only creates enemies. Enemies with the world, enemies with the ones I love, and I find myself at odds with God and with myself - in trying so hard to have it all the way I want it, I become my own worst enemy. ‘Enemy, love.’, like much of the new record, is about growing up - especially the ‘letting go’ part of growing up. There are just things I can’t know, I can’t hold, and I can’t control. Not to be irresponsible or dismissive, but I’m realizing when I ‘let go’ of my ideals and ego, I also become much better at holding onto what I actually have.” In 2015, McMillan, who has made a career of rejecting easy categorization and challenging expectations, co-founded the independent record label Lionhawk Records with his manager Josh Lujan Loveless. Mercury & Lightning stands to be the third album release from Lionhawk Records with additional releases in the works. Over the past year, John Mark joined NEEDTOBREATHE’s Tour De Compadres with Mat Kearney and Welshly Arms and co-headlined The Revelators Tour with Josh Garrels. This year McMillan plans to hit the road again on a three-month US headlining tour kicking off in September in support of the new album.
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Fri, October 13

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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Thu, October 19

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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Thu, October 19

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, October 21

The Sax Pack feat. Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Marcus Anderson

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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Fri, October 27

Tickets on sale 7/21 at 10am! Jonathan Butler

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

A life well lived is often the best foundation for compelling art and there’s no denying Jonathan Butler has been blessed with a fascinating life. A South African native whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, Butler’s new release Grace and Mercy is filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from the veteran performer. This album truthfully and honestly lets people know that the songs that I’m writing are the things that I’m going through in this season. I’m hoping those songs will affect people in a positive and wonderful way.”
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Fri, October 27

Tickets on sale 7/21 at 10am! Jonathan Butler

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

A life well lived is often the best foundation for compelling art and there’s no denying Jonathan Butler has been blessed with a fascinating life. A South African native whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, Butler’s new release Grace and Mercy is filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from the veteran performer. This album truthfully and honestly lets people know that the songs that I’m writing are the things that I’m going through in this season. I’m hoping those songs will affect people in a positive and wonderful way.”
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Sat, October 28

Tickets on sale 7/20 at 10am! Jackopierce

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

Jackopierce was formed by Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce in their hometown of Dallas, Texas in 1988. The acoustic duo quickly developed a loyal local following and soon began touring the country. Over the next ten years, Jackopierce toured the world (3 continents, 10 countries, 44 U.S. states) selling out venues everywhere they went. They shared stages with Dave Matthews Band, matchbox 20, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Vertical Horizon, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Lyle Lovett, No Doubt, Collective Soul, Train, Semisonic and many others. During that time, they sold over 400,000 records (four independent albums and two on A&M Records).
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Wed, November 1

Matt Wertz

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

A self-made singer/songwriter, Matt Wertz spent years creating soulful, feel-good pop music on his own terms. Nashville — a city that doubled as his muse and adopted hometown — always played a big role in that creation process. It was the place where Wertz wrote his songs, the place he recorded his albums, the place he'd return after touring the country with songwriters like Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Parachute and Gavin DeGraw. Something changed after 2014's Heatwave, a record that shone a neon light on Wertz's appreciation for '80s pop music. Wertz realized he'd grown perhaps a bit too comforta-ble in Nashville, where he'd been making music for more than a decade. Looking to write an album that tackled contemporary pop music from a different angle — literally — he headed to Los Angeles, where he spent several months writing songs for his ninth album, Gun Shy. Fueled by infectious, 90’s-inspired beats, lush textures, and soaring air-tight pop melodies, Gun Shy fires twin barrels of modern pop and synthesized R&B, finding new life in old-school influences. "I realized I'd been making records in a similar way in the same geographic area," Wertz admits, "and I wanted to get away from that comfort zone. I personally was needing a fresh approach — to pull the clip on the grenade and blow things up and start over. I'm a fan of current pop music, and L.A. is very much about what's happening now. I wanted to see how my music fit into that space." Filled with left-field love songs about guarding yourself, opening your heart to new pos-sibilities, and wrestling with the sacrifice and vulnerability that love requires of everyone, Gun Shy finds Wertz urging his listeners — and, perhaps, himself — to continue taking leaps. It's an album about stepping into unfamiliar situations, armed with the courage to fail and the drive to succeed. On "Committed," the album's kickoff track, Wertz rededi-cates himself to the artistic struggle, and with "Slow Motion," he focuses his attention on a loved one by clearing away the clutter and distractions of everyday life. Later, during "Hold On To Me," he channels his inner Michael Jackson on a song that poses some of the biggest questions of his career: why we're here, who put us there, and what it all means. A longtime member of Nashville's songwriting community, Wertz teams up with some of L.A.'s A-list pop writers for Gun Shy, including Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle Rae, Cody Simpson), Ben Romans (The Click Five, Carly Rae Jepsen), and Seth Jones (Greg Holden, Tyler Bryant). More than a decade into a career filled with commercial success and touring milestones, Matt Wertz remains proud to be an independent singer/songwriter. But don't mistake Gun Shy for the sort of intimate album you'd hear at your local coffee shop. These are not acoustic guitar songs. They're songs built on laptops and driven forward by dance beats. Songs that move you physically and emotionally. Songs that splash Wertz's su-per-sized hooks across the backdrop of the Los Angeles skyline, creating their own brand of scenery along the way.
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Thu, November 2

Tickets on sale 7/21 at 10am! Al Stewart presents Year of The Cat A Classic Album Live

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Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Year Of The Cat – A Classic Album Live! – Al Stewart and a full backing band, The Empty Pockets, recreate the iconic platinum album “Year Of The Cat” from start to finish, plus a bonus set of the many hits from his other albums including the platinum selling “Time Passages.” This show sold out two days at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is selling out theaters across North America.

“This venerable singer/songwriter is still doing what he does best, and clearly his best is as good as ever.” – Miami Herald
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Tue, November 14

Dotan

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

After having played over a hundred living room shows to conquer his stage fright, Dotan finally released his debut album ‘7 Layers’ in 2014. The album instantly connected with audiences and within a year the Dutch singer-songwriter took the multi-award winning album from living rooms, to international festivals, to his sold out, headline, stadium show in Amsterdam. His songs ‘Home’ and ‘Hungry’ were instant hits. A unique vocal, heartfelt lyrics and dynamic musicianship resonated with listeners and no matter the scale, his shows provided an experience, mixing big drums and anthemic numbers with more intimate and acoustic moments. His music was featured in many popular US television shows and the legendary Ben Folds invited him to tour throughout North America in 2016. As the roller-coaster ride slowed, and in response, Dotan decided to go back to his own living room and record new music. The song 'Bones' is the first result of a stripped-bare approach going back to his singer-songwriter core. This tour adopts the same approach. No big band, no drums, no stadiums. Just Dotan and his guitar. New cities, venues, audiences and new stories.