Past Performance

Elizabeth Blumenstock

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 ... Read more

Rita Hosking

  Rita Hosking 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, ... Read more

Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters

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, ... Read more

Friction Quartet

  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. The program: Joseph Haydn, ... Read more

Western Centuries

  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 ... Read more

Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms might be two of the finest traditional musicians in America. Their sound is a throwback to the heyday of rural American dance-hall music. NPR says, “If they had been born in 1930, the two Portland musicians would be pop stars.” But Caleb and Reeb perform classic country music, and original tunes of their own, with refreshing verve and sing without an ironic wink. Such honest delivery is part of their charm, but the skill of their ... Read more

Mick McAuley

Mick McAuley is an Irish musician, composer and songwriter, his music rooted firmly in the tradition of County Kilkenny. From his work as a long-time member of SOLAS, to playing for STING in his Broadway Production "The Last Ship,” he has established a reputation for virtuousity and intelligence.  His solo performances push the musical boundaries of the tradition, bringing Irish music to wider and more diverse audiences around the world.  A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist known for his brilliance on the ... Read more

April Verch Band

Chris Proctor is an extraordinary fingerpicking guitarist. U.S. National finger-style guitar champion; 6-string, 12-string, slide, classical, original, elements of Americana, Celtic, jazz and blues. The latest edition of high-quality, original music with traditional roots and eclectic repertory that we love at Fifth Street. Chris has recorded eight or ten CD’s and he’s a brilliant fingerstyle guitar teacher. See his website here. Friday, November 3.   See the CONCERTS page to make reservations.   UPCOMING SHOWS: April Verch Band--Saturday, November 11 Mick McAuley--Friday, November 17 Caleb Klauder & Reeb ... Read more

Thalea String Quartet

  The Thalea String Quartet -- Friday, October 27 Fifth Street Farms has presented only an occasional classical music concert. It's something we plan to do more often in the future, and we thought the Thalea String Quartet would be a great start. This award-winning local quartet has performed in Italy, the United States and Canada, and recently completed a gig as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We've seen them perform and they're not only top notch musicians, they've ... Read more

Low Lily with John Whelan

  Low Lily with John Whelan -- "Crossing the Atlantic" Friday, September 29th Low Lily is a perfect example of why there are house concerts at Fifth Street. The trio—Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle)—travels through the roots and branches of American folk music and mixes traditional influences and modern inspiration that weave together exceptional acoustic music. The three are expert players with deep relationships to traditional music styles including bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, ... Read more
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