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Wednesday October 10  7:00pmTICKETS
Rachel Laven, Five Letter Word, Dennis Warner + more

On the eve of the FAR-West Folk Alliance conference, we’ll hear from some of the top talent on their way to the event. Rachel Laven’s vocalizations don’t strain too far from her speaking voice which is buoyant and melodic with a gentle,Texan accent. She is a powerhouse of energy, breathing through notes breezily with a passionate aire. Mix three singer-songwriters, several stringed instruments, and a variety of percussive techniques, and you get Five Letter Word. Made up of Leigh Jones, Clara Baker and Audra Nemir, this Portland-based trio draws on influences such as The Wailin’ Jennys, The Dixie Chicks, and Joni Mitchell, blending their harmonies into songs from folk to bluegrass to blues and beyond. Folk/Americana musician and entertainer Dennis Warner has established a well-deserved reputation for captivating audiences with his smooth vocals, distinguished songs, enthusiastic personality and stellar playing on both six and twelve string guitars. This is sure to be a fantastic night of music.

Thursday October 11 7:30pm
AltaMusica – TICKETS

AltaMusica is a musical partnership between pianist Chad Edwards and saxophonist Robert Kyle, both long-time residents of Altadena. Combining elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian, their unique live performances feature original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of jazz standards. Rob’s performance and recording credits include work with Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Pete Escovedo, Billy Mitchell, Lou Rawls, and others. As a bandleader, he has released nine CDs on his Dark Delishious Music label. Chad has performed with artists including Stanley Jordan, Phil Upchurch, and Bill Watrous among others. He was co-leader of the jazz-fusion band Slow Burn, and has appeared on numerous recordings, including his own critically acclaimed “Resolution”. When not playing music, Chad works on missions to explore Mars at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They will be joined by Jonathan Pintoff on bass and Sandro Feliciano on percussion for this performance.

Wednesday October 17  7:00pm
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan;
plus special guest TBA –TICKETS

Claudia Russell is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Steve Forbert, and Loudon Wainwright III among others. Boston’s WUMB FM named her the Best New Artist of 2000. The East Bay Express named her 2006’s Best Musician. She has twice been selected as a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition. Bruce Kaplan is a renaissance man — a polite way of saying he’s still not quit sure what he wants to be when he grows up. He’s been a writer, magazine editor, entrepreneur, graphic designer, marketing consultant, teacher, potter, concert producer, sound engineer, non-profit organizer, and most notably, a performing musician. He is known for deftly accompanying on mandolin and electric guitar, providing melodic counter point and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song. What can I say about the other artist on the bill — NOTHING. His contract with another venue won’t allow us to announce his appearance. Suffice it to say, it will be a very special evening!

Thursday October 18 7:30pm
Mark Goldenberg + Adam Levy/Frank Potenza – TICKETS

Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 to 2010. He has also worked with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, even William Shatner. He creates music that is both evocative and reflective, appealing to guitarists and non guitarists alike. Adam Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years. His guitar work with Norah Jones is legendary. He draws on elements of jazz and country to reflect perfectly the simple, earnest sentiment of compositions. Adam is also a respected writer and educator. Frank Potenza is a protege of the late, great Joe Pass and an active composer and performer with nine solo albums to his credit. In addition to his extensive recording experience he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others.

Wednesday October 24  7:00pm
Grant Langston; Los Tres

With one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music. Born in the textile town of Gadsden, Alabama, Grant was raised singing and playing in the church. He spent his adolescence playing bass for the King James Version gospel quartet, and helped pay his way through Auburn University touring the dive bars of Alabama and Georgia with a rock band. After a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music Nashville didn’t want — honky tonk and full of attitude. 5 albums followed, Road Side Service (2004), Koreatown (2006), Live in Bakersfield (2007), Stand Up Man (2009), and Working Until I Die (2011). Los Tres was formerly know as Los Dos until Peter Frieberger was added on bass. The trio consists of guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jordan Sollitto along with Freiberger and classical guitarist, José Prieto.

Thursday October 25 7:30pm
Elliott Caine Quintet – TICKETS

Inspired by 60’s “Blue Note” style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, the Elliott Caine Quintet play original compositions as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Donald Byrd among others. Latin Beat Magazine describes Elliott as “one of the West Coast’s finest trumpeters.” Cadence Magazine describes him as “a fire-breathing trumpeter in the lineage of Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan.” Elliott has performed and/or recorded with Teddy Edwards, Barbara Morrison, Wyclef Jean, Beck, The Beastie Boys, and numerous others. His original compositions have been heard on programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Late Night with David Letterman. The band consists of Elliott Caine on trumpet, Scott Gilman on tenor sax, Rick Olson on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Kenny Elliott on drums.

Wednesday October 31  7:00pm
Alice Wallace; Andrew Delaney

Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Cloud, Florida, Alice Wallace has a style that rooted in the classic country songstresses such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her impeccable vocals and melodic, literate song-crafting skills bring a fresh touch to authentic Americana music. Texas singer-songwriter Andrew Delaney is a classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape in a warts-and-all cinematic style. His ability to “craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides” and to deliver them with “conviction” and “authenticity” (Alan Ayo – Dallas Observer) has earned him growing acclaim; Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago, called him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer-songwriters.”

Thursday November 1 7:30pm
Los Steel featuring Jay Leach – TICKETS

Wichita native Jay Leach began steel guitar lessons at age eight. At 15, he became a member of the six piece R&B band, The Fabulous Apostles. They toured for several years between Texas and Canada and were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. After a move to California, Jay met an up-and-comer by the name of Jay Graydon (Grammy-winning producer and guitarist) who helped Leach learn the ropes of being a professional guitarist. Following many years playing and recording, he landed a job as principle pedal steel guitarist and utility musician for the TV show, American Idol. Jay has released eight albums and three Mel Bay books (on lap steel, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar). He formed Los Steel in 2014. They play original tunes as well as inventive arrangements of classics. It features Jay Leach on various steel guitars, Tim Torrence on guitar, Dave Derge on drums, Steve Billman on bass, and vocalist TaTa Vega.

Wednesday November 7  7:00pm
Lucas Last & the Radio Silence; Tracy Newman

Los Angeles native Tracy Newman started playing guitar at 14 and was hooked. She later left college to become a folksinger. In the early 70s, she joined an improv class taught by Gary Austin, which soon became The Groundlings where she is a founding member. Her sister, Laraine Newman was the first Groundling to be discovered there by Lorne Michaels for Saturday Night Live. It was at the Groundlings that Tracy met her future TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark. They wrote for Cheers, Bob (Newhart), The Nanny, Ellen, and The Drew Carey Show. In 1997, Newman and Stark won an Emmy and Peabody Award for writing the groundbreaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. Tracy has been writing songs all along, many of which were featured in TV shows. Lucas Last is an American songwriter based in Los Angeles. His Virginia roots are clearly present as he weaves between Folk, Americana, and Indie-Rock genres. Characterized by Last’s self-aware lyricism, strong vocal harmonies, and ever-present upbeat feel, he sits comfortably somewhere between Ben Folds and Jason Isbell. The band is currently prepping for their first album release to be followed by a 2019 tour.

Thursday November 8 7:30pm
Twanguero – TICKETS

Considered by many as one of the best guitarists in Spain, Twanguero (a.k.a. Diego Garcia) invites all kinds of audiences to see and hear him perform, including guitar fans, entertainment fans, and people of all ages who enjoy great music. The “fire-breathing guitar hero” as he was dubbed by the U.S. press, launched his successful solo career after years of accompanying Latin music giants such as Bunbury, Calamaro, El Cigala, and others. This is a solo guitar show that will take you around the world and back. You may want to bring an oxygen mask!

Wednesday November 14  7:00pm
Emily Zuzik Holmes; Bernice Lewis

Thursday November 15 7:30pm
Rich Hinman / Larry Goldings – TICKETS