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Wednesday May 22  7:00pm
Lipbone Redding; Abby Posner
+ spc gst Lois Blaisch – TICKETS ($17/$12)

From the swampy farmlands and beach towns of North Carolina, Lipbone Redding migrated to New York City and became a subway musician. Steeped in the musical tradition of soul, boogie and blues, he honed his guitar and people skills in the underground caverns of New York. A residency at the tiny but famous Jules Jazz Bistro on historic Saint Mark’s Place was where Lipbone developed his signature jazzy lip trombone and unique style of musical storytelling. Originally from Evergreen Colorado, Abby Posner moved to California in 2002 to study at California Institute of the Arts. From new-folk to bluegrass and pop, Posner twists genres to create a fresh, catchy sound. She arranges, writes, and plays nearly all of the instruments on her albums. The sounds she creates are both pleasantly dark and playful. We’ll also have a special guest set from LA hit songwriter, Lois Blaisch.

Thursday May 23  7:00pm
Louie Cruz Beltran – TICKETS ($20)

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.

Wednesday May 29  7:00pm
Talbott Brothers; Sofia Talvik
TICKETS ($20/$14)

Blood is thicker than water and there’s nothing like family creating music together. Singer-songwriter duo The Talbott Brothers combine rock, blues and pop with honest storytelling. Nick and Tyler were born and raised in the small southwestern Nebraska town of Imperial. They began writing and performing together before relocating to Portland, Oregon. They discovered their love of music after digging their dad’s old dreadnought guitar out of the basement and teaching themselves to play along to Johnny Cash, Bob Seger and the Beatles. Following 2017’s GRAY, they found themselves in front of sold out crowds in the US. Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik is a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with six albums under her belt, her Swedish roots give her music has a special tint. Her 16 month, 37 state tour through the U.S. has moved her closer to the Americana tradition, and her adventures on the road—of triumph and joy, but also self doubt and defeat—have found their way into her beautiful songs.

Thursday May 30  7:00pm
Molly Miller Trio – TICKETS
($17/$12)

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. She graduated recently 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 Jun 5  7:00pm
Tony James Shevlin; Our Wild America
TICKETS ($17/$12)

Tony James Shevlin is an Anglo-Irish singer-songwriter who’s been a professional musician for most of his adult life and has performed all over the world, from Europe to Russia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia. Along the way he’s had songs used by Amnesty International, The Troggs, and REM. Tony splits his time between the UK, playing with his backing band The Chancers, and the US, where he performs as a solo artist. Our Wild Country (aka Alec Gross) is a recent transplant from NYC. He performs his dark and heavy brand of original folk, alt country, and soul throughout the US and Europe. The characters and story lines of Alec’s songs are set to haunting musical soundscapes that move beyond the acoustic guitars and plaintive vocals typical of Americana and Alt Country, and are augmented by unexpected blasts of raw, Stax-era R&B. All are graced by Alec’s soaring yet vulnerable tenor.

Thursday Jun 6  7:00pm
Lady Sings, Trumpet Swings – TICKETS
($18/$13)

After touring worldwide with the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra, Los Angeles-based singer Maria Schafer and Dallas-native trumpeter Brad Black visit the Blue Guitar with their hard-swinging 8-piece band — Lady Sings, Trumpet Swings! The band features a blend of hard swinging straight ahead jazz, bouncing bossa novas, dirty blues, jumping trad jazz, and even some modern originals to place the spotlight squarely on “Downbeat darling” Maria’s impressive vocals and Brad Black’s engaging showmanship and memorable trumpet style. Both artists are featured on Maria’s debut 2018 album, To Know Love. The New York City Jazz Record called it a “knockout debut.” Riveting Riffs Magazine says it’s “A treat for anyone…evocative vocals enveloped in equally emotive instrumentals.” Maria and Brad will be joined by an outstanding band consisting of Chad Willis, Phil Menchaca, Will Vargas, Anthony Lucca, Max Kraus, and Kevin Van Den Elzen.

Wednesday Jun 12  7:00pm
John Elliott; John Roy Zat –
TICKETS ($17/$12)

John Elliott writes gripping stream-of-consciousness songs that often take unexpected turns en route to delivering a powerful message. Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour wrote about Elliott’s lyrics: “They get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much.” Now based in San Francisco, he has performed all over the world. His music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Californication, and on NPR. With Appalachian influences, Cajun, dust bowl, and a dash of rockabilly, John Roy Zat comes from a long line of American singer-songwriters who occupy that space between traditional country and folk music. He has been performing in the Bay Area since the 70’s. Kate Wolf recorded his words to “Midnight On The Water” for her second album, with John playing fiddle. His three CDs have all received consistent airplay on independent radio and charted on the Roots Music Report.

Thursday Jun 13  7:00pm
Greg Porée Group – TICKETS
($17/$12)

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 Jun 19  7:00pm
Ben de la Cour; Lindsay Tomasic & Mark Goldenberg
TICKETS ($18/$13)

Born in London and raised in Brooklyn, Ben de la Cour dropped out of school to become a boxer. After it became clear to him that there are only so many blows to the head one can take, he headed for London for a stint in a heavy metal band. Now he has opted for a quieter, more introspective brand of songwriting with a head full of softer, bruised, but no less intense acoustic songs. He was a winner at the 2016 Kerrville New Folk competition. Lindsay Tomasic’s life, mirrors her music — rich with textures and vibrant with possibilities. After emerging with her band Trees in the 70s, she relocated from Michigan to LA where she began working as a record producer, engineer and composer. Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar with Jackson Browne for sixteen years. He has also worked with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, 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.

Thursday Jun 20  7:00pm
Twanguero – TICKETS
($20/$14)

Considered by many as one of the best guitarists in Spain, Twanguero (a.k.a. Diego Garcia) is internationally renown for his unique “Latin-Twang” sound, that goes from Spanish guitar, American folk, flamenco and tango, and for his impeccable fingerpicking style. Rolling Stone magazine said, “…Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music…” Known as the fire-breathing guitar hero, he launched his successful solo career after years of accompanying Latin music giants such as Bunbury, Calamaro, El Cigala, and others. He received a Latin Grammy for his work as a co-producer (together with Diego El Cigala) in “Romance de la Luna Tucumana”. He has toured Spain, Mexico, America from South to North and other parts of the world.  His latest albums Pachuco and Argentine Songbook (Warner Music) have been highly acclaimed. His rhythm section will be with him for this performance.

Wednesday Jun 26  7:00pm
TBA; TBA – TICKETS ($17/$12)


Thursday Jun 27  7:00pm
Jon Mayer Trio – TICKETS
($17/$12)


Wednesday Jul 3  7:00pm
Guest
Host Marty Axelrod presents PIANOGANZA w/ Teresa James & Rick Shea TICKETS ($17/$12)

Who needs a guitar? Marty Axelrod along with Teresa James and Rick Solem will set the 88s ablaze. What a night this will be!

Thursday Jul 4  7:00pm
NO SHOW – Happy Independence Day!


Wednesday Jul 10  7:00pm
TBA; TBA
– TICKETS ($17/$12)


Thursday Jul 11  7:00pm
Tim Fenton Quartet – TICKETS
($17/$12)


Wednesday Jul 17  7:00pm
Guest Host, Aireene Espiritu and The Bum Steers
TICKETS ($17/$12)

Aireene Espiritu is a singer-songwriter with over 20 years experience performing as a solo artist as well as with her band, Aireene & The Itch, covering various genres from folk, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues – a mix of stompin’, swayin’, and timeless Americana. Her new EP, Cowbella, is a tribute to LA based band, The Bum Steers, backed by original members, Edward Tree, Billy Block, Taras Prodaniuk and Mark Fosson. The Bum Steers’ unique blend of country, blues and rock has gained them a loyal following in the U.S. and worldwide. Their first video “Why, Nona” was aired frequently on TNN & CMT. The band made numerous appearances on “Prime Time Country”, WSM Radio & TV in Nashville, and were personally invited to play The Grand Ole Opry by Porter Wagoner after their music caught his ear. Tonight’s show honors the memory of Mark Fosson and Billy Block.