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Wednesday December 12  7:00pm
Special New Orleans
Jam
Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin birthday celebration – TICKETS

A bit of a different pairing for Wine & Song as we bring a big taste of New Orleans to the arroyo. All seats are $20 for this show. We’ll celebrate the birthday of Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin in fine fashion. Joining Terrance will be an all-star lineup including Herlin Riley, James Andrews, Matt Dillon and more. I guarantee you will walk away with a ‘big easy’ smile on your face.

Thursday December 13  7:30pm
Molly Miller Trio – TICKETS

A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Donna Missal, Ashley Clark, and Printz Board. She grew up playing guitar in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her doctorate in guitar performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music. She has performed at major festivals ranging from Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and Charlotte Jazz Festival to Bumbershoot and Riotfest. She just returned just from her two-week tour in Brazil playing lead guitar for Jason Mraz. She’ll be joined by the extraordinary rhythm section of Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass.

Wednesday December 19  7:00pm
John Torres and Wild Mountain Mystics – TICKETS

John Torres is a Los Angeles based songwriter and recording artist. His music draws influence from a wide variety of genres including folk, pop and even opera. He has performed with such artists as Shawn Colvin and Sara Bareilles, Numerous honors have been bestowed upon him including a John Lennon Songwriting Award, and a nomination by the American Independent Music Awards. John’s four studio albums have received high acclaim and many of the songs have been featured on popular television shows and movies. The Wild Mountain Mystics are the duo from another time — a time when artists were all about love, generosity, and kindness. Their music ranges from tender-hearted love songs to foot-stompin’ folk blues, primarily on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Some of their diverse influences include The Carter Family, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, Maria Callas, and Linda Ronstadt.

Thursday December 20  7:30pm
VR Smith Group – TICKETS

Jazz vocalist Verna Rose “VRSmith and her husband Putter Smith have devoted their lives to music and the arts. The South Pasadena residents have been fixtures in the LA jazz scene for years. A long residency at the intimate Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock spawned the album VR & The Cafe Beaujolais Band — Lost and Found. Her vocal style is intentional and introspective. The clarity and gentle rasp of VR’s voice and her unique phrasing really distinguish her. Putter Smith has played bass with some legends including Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Billy Eckstine and countless others. Joining VR and Putter will be Riner Scivally on guitar, Chuck Manning on sax, and Tim Pleasant on drums.

Wednesday December 26  7:00pm
Michael McNevin and Ted Russell Kamp – TICKETS

Michael McNevin began his career in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Now a veteran of the folk scene, Michael has played concerts all across the U.S. including main stage appearances at Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals. Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based singer-songwriter, producer, and bassist. He travels the world performing songs from seven critically-acclaimed Americana albums. He is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music. He spent decades holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter Jennings and Wilson Phillips. He has played everywhere from honkytonks to major festivals and David Letterman appearances.

Thursday December 27  7:30pm
Greg Porée Group – TICKETS

Greg Porée grew up in a multi-cultural environment in Los Angeles and his career in music reflects his upbringing. He has worked with a diverse group of musicians ranging from Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock to Diana Ross, Sting, and Phoebe Snow. His influences also cover a great chasm from Bach to the Beatles, and from Villa-Lobos to Motown. He was lead guitarist on the hit BBC show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for eight years, and can be heard on landmark albums by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Randy Crawford, Albert King, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Donald Byrd, and James Blunt. He produced groundbreaking solo albums in association with Sting for world music master Vinx, and was musical director for Sonny and Cher, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Joan Baez. He will be joined by Isaias Elpes on bass and Joey Heredia on drums.

Wednesday January 2  7:00pm
Joe Iadanza; Mayberry w/ guest host Bliss Bowen – TICKETS

Born of Italian immigrants and union activists, New York native Joe Iadanza understands the passionate struggle of the American dream. Joe’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. His 2008 debut cd, Traveling Salesman was heralded by folk radio, as was his follow up CD, All In Good Time, in 2010. Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry met as members of the Grammy Camp — a program made up of 30 high school students chosen by the Grammy Foundation to perform a week’s worth of gigs in Los Angeles, including the official Grammy Celebration at the LA Convention Center. They met again as featured members of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group put together by the Monterey Jazz Festival where they performed around Monterey County and a two-week tour in Japan. As Mayberry, they draw influence from Max’s background in bluegrass, Abbi’s love for pop, and their formal education in jazz.

Thursday January 3  7:30pm
Hank Mehren Trio – TICKETS

The Hank Mehren Trio play an array of standards, from swing hits to post-bop classics, as well as original compositions. Hank’s sound is a product of his classical background and love for jazz, blues, and the amazing songwriters that paved the way for many of his musical influences, such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Thelonious Monk. He began his endeavor in jazz at Pasadena City College where he was mentored by local greats, Riner Scivally and David Arnay, before moving on to Cal State Northridge where he studied with Matt Harris, Gary Fukushima, and Tamir Hendelman. Bryan Dedlow is an LA based guitarist who studied with renowned classical and jazz guitarist Ron Berman and subsequently Larry Koonse at Cal Arts. Jesse Ajamian moved to LA from Northern California in 2011. Beginning at PCC, he studied with great jazz musicians such as Ralph Penland and Dave Tull. He later attended CSUN where he was mentored by Gene Coye.

Wednesday January 9  7:00pm
Pretty Polly; Jerry Boonstra – TICKETS

The music of Pretty Polly melds the soul of old school American roots and the craft of contemporary songwriting. The Los Angeles duo (made up of Jessie Payo and Leeann Skoda) met at a show in Pomona on Valentine’s Day 2014 where they were each performing. They quickly bonded over American folk music. They soon began to combine their sets and perform together as a duo across Southern California and beyond. Their debut studio record Smoking Gun was released in May 2018. Jerry Boonstra is an Americana/Alt-Country singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He has had a number of cuts by other artists including Highway 101, Darrell Scott, and Scottish superstars Big Country. He has performed all over the country and signed an artist deal with Nashville super producer Tony Brown. He also once ate Greek food in Nashville with Brad Colerick. Whaaa?

Thursday January 10  7:30pm
Dave Tull Trio – TICKETS


Wednesday January 16  7:00pm
Brian Joseph; Matthew Michael & Christina Marie
TICKETS

Brian Joseph has made four albums, three children, and most recently a one man show that he is taking to the revered Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. He is known for not only his exquisite tenderness and laugh-out-loud lyrics, but also for his outrageous live show, which teeters between mayhem and poignancy, hilarity and depth. He plays every musical instrument you’ve ever heard of, and makes a pretty good veggie lasagna. Currently in production on their first album, acoustic duo Matthew Michael & Christina Marie approach music with reverence — regard for the past and exploration of the future. They engage audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. They write independently and collaboratively, complementing and contrasting each other’s creative voice.

Thursday January 17  7:30pm
Louie Cruz Beltran & his Latin Jazz Band – TICKETS

Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, JD Perez on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.