Chicken Train-- Saturday, June 30
A master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has played banjo for 50 years and traveled the world performing for more than thirty years. Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill, and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival. Together he and North Carolina fiddler John Engle focus on the North Carolina fiddling style and on African-American folk ...
Trio Garufa -- Saturday, June 16
1) boisterous and festive fun, especially that dedicated to dance and drinking;
2) a person prone to such kind of fun.
often called 'The Argentine Tango', is Argentina's contribution to the world of dance. The Tango came from the brothels and low cafes of Buenos Aires at the turn of the century. At its very beginning it was a ballet-like dance between two men, which, a little later, became the dance of the brothels where men and women had ...
Elizabeth Blumenstock -- Saturday, June 9
Virtuoso baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is a local treasure. Bay Area early music fans know her well from her many years with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, often in the concertmaster's chair. We don't often get her all to ourselves, though, so we're thrilled to be hosting her at Fifth Street for this rare solo recital.
There's no shortage of videos of Elizabeth online. Here are a couple we recommend, to tide you over until ...
Sylvestris Quartet -- Friday, May 25
This month we're pleased to host the Sylvestris Quartet. We heard them for the first time at last year's SF Chamber Music Day and were blown away by their talent and creativity. Their programs are unlike most string quartet performances. For one, they play on gut strings, though they play music written as late as the 1940s. They play themed concerts, where you'll hear individual movements of pieces by a variety of composers and the members of ...
Northern California’s own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class, and hope. From NPR to the BBC, and concerts in Europe and North America, Rita moves audiences around the world with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice. Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story, sincerity, and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, ...
Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters -- Sunday, April 1
The Bee Eaters combine the fine details of chamber music, the velocity and high spirit of bluegrass, and the melodic resourcefulness of pop music. This band has a unique American sound.
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythms jazz, ...
The Lowest Pair -- Saturday, March 17
The Lowest Pair (Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee) have performed at Fifth Street more than any other band. Kendl helped start the house concerts here almost twenty years ago, and she's still one of our favorites. A banjo duet (they both play guitar too) isn't the most obvious pick to click, but this duo's killer harmony singing, sensitive musicianship, technical skills, and wonderful tunes make them heroes of ours. Check out a tune here.
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Paper Wings -- Saturday, March 10
Paper Wings is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo: Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. They’ve joined forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, classic sounds, and the compelling need for both classic and original music. The duo features wonderful vocal harmonies over a rotating arsenal of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them ...
Friction Quartet -- Saturday, January 20
Is there anything the Friction Quartet can’t do? Whether it’s pieces they’ve commissioned or standard string quartet repertoire, Haydn, John Adams or a Lady Gaga cover, they excel at it all. Their versatility puts them in a class of their own. They’ve won awards internationally and collaborated with artists in a variety of genres. We’re fortunate they’re based in San Francisco and thrilled they have time between tours to spend an evening at Fifth Street.
Joseph Haydn, ...
Western Centuries -- Friday, January 5
The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at the crossroads of country band, early R&B and the spirit of The Band. Three lead vocalists, careful harmony and witty lyrics, the music introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Upbeat dance numbers, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between.
Cahalen Morrison played here a year or two ago with his vocal partner Eli West. The two of them ...