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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Rob Reich Quartet--Saturday, September 9
Rob Reich and his colleagues are some of the best reasons to come to a house concert. They're fun, they're great instrumentalists, and they swing. I first heard Rob with Tin Hat Trio, an innovative, landmark SF group playing totally original eclectic music, and I couldn't get enough. Rob's website is here, and you can see a video here.
See the Concerts page to make reservations.
Low Lily with John Whelan--Friday, September 29
Upstate Rubdown--Saturday, October 28
Chris Proctor--Friday, November 3
April Verch ...
Pearl Django is a five-piece Seattle-based phenomenally-talented band of serious aficionados of 20's-40's gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt, and original music. They don't get down here that often and I hope you won't miss them.
See the Concerts page to make reservations.
The Page Turners -- Tuesday, June 13
Beata Bermuda -- Monday, June 26
Kevin Burke -- Sunday, August 20
“Rising Appalachia is the aural divinity of two sisters steeped in the Deep South flair of harmony, resistance, and poetry” – NPR
Sisters Leah and Chloe, percussionist Biko Casini and instrumentalist David Brown are Rising Appalachia, bringing to the stage a spirit of involvement, reverence for world cultures, the traditions of folk music, commitment, harmony and grace. Professional musicians for a long time, they play huge festivals and tiny cafes, committed to sharing their music and souls with everyone who’ll listen. Genuine ...
Saturday, March 18--Paper Wings (website here) is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. Now they join forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Their duo features classic vocal harmonies over a rotating cast of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of ...