George Cole & Eurocana--Saturday, January 19 (note changed date)
"Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman’s highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. Jazz legend Keely Smith handpicked Cole to play ...
Janam--Saturday, December 22
A full moon/solstice concert.
JANAM is a local band with global influences: Appalachian, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Ukrainian, and on and on. Each of the five a topnotch musician, they’re energetic and spirited and a delicate and powerful ensemble as well as world-class interpreters of tunes from everywhere. And Juliana Graffagna has one great, great voice.
This show is sold out.
George Cole & Eurocana–Friday, January 11
Katie McNally Trio–Tuesday, January 22
New Esterhazy Quartet--Thursday, January 31
Del Sol Quartet--Friday, February 8
Kendl Winter--Sunday, December 9
Kendl Winter grew up in Arkansas and fell in love with Olympia, Washington before she moved there after high school. When she is not on the road touring her music or hitting some local trail, she is buoyed in Puget Sound aboard her houseboat "Dandelion." She is one half of the banjo / guitar duo The Lowest Pair, longtime Fifth Street favorites. Kendl has a magical voice all her own, and she’s a strong, sensitive and delicate banjo ...
Rob Reich Quartet--Saturday, November 3
Rob Reich is one of the Bay Area's most innovative and myriad-genre musicians. At this week's concert, he'll bring clarinetist Ben Goldberg, Seth Ford Young on bass, and Jon Arkin on drums, to play sensitive, spirited world music tinged with jazz and American roots. Or jazz and American roots flavored with global music. Or... you get the picture? We're partial to the accordion here and Rob is one of our favorites. Don't miss this show. Listen to ...
April Verch & Joe Newberry – Sunday, October 28
Joe Newberry and April Verch each bring superb musicianship from their respective Ozark/Appalachian and Canadian Ottawa Valley roots. While they never lose sight of their own unique traditions, their work together also builds an entirely new musical aesthetic, one with its own melting pot integrity.
April, best known for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and Joe, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The ...
Upstate--Friday, October 12
The last few years have been a time of genuine exploration and self-discovery for the band formerly known as Upstate Rubdown. As the group knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and their name all underwent dramatic changes. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those transformations culminated in the septet’s dazzling new single that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll. Dedicated, talented, good-humored ...
John Whelan & Haley Richardson--Friday, September 28
Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded ...
Harmonic Tone Revealers (John Reischman, Scott Nygaard, Sharon Gilchrist)--Friday, September 14
This is acoustic string music at its finest. The power trio of mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blend traditional bluegrass and folk styles with their own visions of contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new tunes based on traditional forms.
Reischman and Nygaard, both Grammy winners revered in the acoustic world for their virtuosity and impeccable tone, join Gilchrist, whose mandolin and bass playing ...
Aallotar--Saturday, August 4
Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland--speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen's ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku's family remained in Finland. Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and ...
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 ...