Whiskey Deaf–Friday, March 29
Whiskey Deaf is a top-notch bluegrass / old-time / early country music band from Portland, Oregon. Fiddler Annie Staninec has been playing since age 4, plays now with the Kathy Kallick band, and is sought out by musicians all over the country. Ethan Lawton, a terrific songwriter and mandolin player, has been at Fifth Street with Western Centuries. Jamie Blair, John Kael and Dee Johnson fill out the lineup. This Whiskey Deaf show highlights a full complement of ...
MUSA–Friday, March 15
MUSA's mission is to present historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical chamber music, showcasing talented young performers. Their programs present interesting and unusual themes, and this program is no exception! In this concert MUSA takes us on a journey to explore the dynamic and complex cultural exchanges between Western Europe and China in the 17th and 18th centuries. Works performed will include a violin sonata written by the missionary Teodorico Pedrini and some transcriptions of Chinese tunes by ...
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10
(Sorry, this show is sold out)
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and ...
The Crooked Jades–Saturday, March 2
One of the most innovative, spirited, and creative groups playing in America, The Crooked Jades take a deep, fresh look at old-time and traditional American and English folk music. One festival says: "The Jades are the perfect combination of fresh energy and raw antiquity, staying so true to the old stuff you feel like you’re hearing ghosts of the past...their performance is vibrant enough that at one point I actually had an honest to goodness religious experience." ...
Del Sol Quartet–Friday, February 8
"I could be wrong, but I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve rocked out to a string quartet recording"—those are the opening words from a New York Times review of a Del Sol Quartet recording. This San Francisco-based quartet has been exploring the boundaries of the string quartet genre since its founding in 1992. They've made a point of collaborating with artists from other media and have been responsible for commissioning and performing new works of ...
New Esterhazy Quartet–Thursday, January 31
We're thrilled to be hosting the New Esterhazy Quartet for the first time. This Bay Area string quartet has been together and performing regularly since 2006, specializing in music from the Classical period on period instruments. As Haydn experts—the quartet has performed all 68 of Haydn's string quartets and created four recordings of them—who better to introduce us to works by composers who influenced him? This is a program they're calling "Haydn & His Teachers", with music ...
Ashley Broder Trio–Saturday, February 23
The Ashley Broder Trio carves out a unique sound within the “chamber folk” genre. Re-nowned instrumentalists Ashley Broder, Ben Schreiber, and Aria DiSalvio join forces to perform Broder's originals and some traditional fiddle favorites. Mandolin, electric mandolin, fiddle, and cello weave melodies, textures, and harmonies to create a sound that has been described as “cinematic and transportive.” Hailed as a 'mandolin phenomenon' by the San Diego Tribune, Ashley's compositions are the main staple of the trio. She ...
Katie McNally Trio–Tuesday, January 22
“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, “Flourish,” in 2013. Based in Boston, her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.
The trio's album “The Boston States” reinvigorates and reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and ...
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