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Wednesday May 30  7:00pm – TICKETS
Annika Fehling
Trio; Lauren Adams (Nick Kirgo/Hank Van Sickle); spc gst Warren Sellers

Annika Fehling is a delightful Swedish singer-songwriter, composer, and artist living on the magical island of Gotland in Sweden. Her trio includes Christer Jonasson on guitar and lap steel, and Robert Wahlström on cajun and percussion. They present a rich musical experience with irrisistible grooves to  the deep and moving lyrics of Annika’s songs. Lauren Adams‘ musical journey began on the stage of the Troubadour in 1978 when the club hosted a “Hoot Night” where songwriters could get up and play a few tunes. Since that time, she has opened shows for Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and performed her rootsy Americana at clubs and festivals across California, Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee. She’ll be joined by the great guitarist and producer Nick Kirgo along with Hank Van Sickle on bass. We’ll also hear from special guest, Warren Sellers.

Thursday May 31  7:30pm

Kait Dunton is a composer and pianist who eagerly defies genre boundaries with her unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio. Her electro-acoustic group – trioKAIT – brings a fresh perspective to the classic jazz piano trio. The Huffington Post included trioKAIT in their list of “The Best Jazz for 2015.” Together with drummer Jake Reed and bassist Cooper Eppelt, they seem to meld into a laser-focused single entity that is captivating, playful and exciting, with an intensity that grabs you from the beginning. Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music. She heads the Piano Performance program at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena.

Wednesday June 6  7:00pm – TICKETS
Sydney Sprague; Carrie Lynn Van Winkle; Brett Perkins/John Roy Zat; spc gst Charlie Hickey

More talent than you can imagine at Wine & Song this week. A couple of rising stars from the Arizona desert will share a featured slot. Sydney Sprague and Carrie Lynn Van Winkle are both compelling songwriters with wonderful, dynamic voices. They have been dazzling audiences at Hotel Cafe and I am excited to introduce them to the ‘east side’. Also with us, former South Pas resident Brett Perkins, who now lives in Denmark and travels the world putting on songwriting workshops and performing his tunes. He’ll be joined by Appalachian-tinged NoCal fiddler and singer-songwriter, John Roy Zat. Plus we’ll have a special guest set from 18 year old phenom, Charlie Hickey, who will mesmerize you. It’s understandable, as he is the offspring of two outstanding artists — Sally Dworsky and Chris Hickey. Don’t miss this one!

Thursday June 7  7:30pm – TICKETS
The Quitters with Mark Goldenberg

Special “guitar night” at the Blue Guitar: Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters, having each quit some of the best bands in the business. Stevie has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer and Glenn Houston’s well decorated history in music is best known for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mark Goldenberg played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 to 2010. He also played on records for a myriad of artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, even William Shatner. More recently he toured with acclaimed pianist and actor, Hugh Laurie. As a songwriter and producer, his works have been recorded by Linda Rondstat, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, Chris Botti, and Olivia Newton John, among others. He studied guitar with fingerstyle virtuoso Ted Greene, classical guitar with Richard Pick and Emre Saboncuoglo, piano and counterpoint with Abe Fraser. Mark creates music that is both evocative and reflective, appealing to guitarists and non guitarists alike.

Wednesday June 13  7:00pm
TBA and Bliss Bowen – TICKETS

Announcement will be coming soon for one of our acts traveling from a far away land. The other, Bliss Bowen, is a singer-songwriter and Pennsylvania-born writer who spent most of her childhood living between the shore and the Pine Barrens in South Jersey — also known as Springsteen country. She drove 3,000 miles to leave her small town behind, but ended up settling in the little village of Sierra Madre. Go figure. In addition to her own songs and stories, she is perennially holed up in her cozy cabin writing about other people’s projects. She’ll be joined by Ted Russell Kamp and Dan Wistrom.

Thursday June 14  7:30pm
David Arnay Trio – TICKETS

Pianist David Arnay spent his formative years in Ithaca, New York. His keyboard work was essential to a series of original musical projects including a lengthy collaboration in the Zobo Funn Band, with influential guitarist/composer David Torn. In 1994 he joined jazz woodwind legend Bennie Maupin’s quintet which performed some of Arnay’s compositions. In 1997, Arnay released his first CD as a leader — Daddy’s Groove. The disc featured woodwind performances by Maupin and Bob Sheppard, with drummer Peter Erskine and bassists Alphonso Johnson and Dave Carpenter. His second CD was a self-produced trio project, Blues… And Then Some. With drummer Dave Tull and bassist Larry Steen, the album presented eight original compositions along with fresh arrangements of a few standards. The CD remains in regular rotation at KKJZ and beyond. After completing his master’s degree at USC/Thornton School of Music in 1999, David was invited to join the faculty. Arnay performed all keyboard tracks on guitarist Phil Upchurch’s CD, Tell the Truth. He will joined for this show by Jake Reed on drums and Trevor Ware on bass.

Wednesday June 20  7:00pm
Furious Seasons and Art Podell – TICKETS

SoCal folk pop trio Furious Seasons is David Steinhart and Paul Nelson on acoustic guitar and vocals and Jeff Steinhart on standup bass. With gorgeous instrumental playing, impeccable songwriting, and heartfelt lyrics they deliver honest, emotional tunes that leave you wanting more. Art Podell has been around the block a time or two. From early Greenwich Village days to the early sixties as one of the original members of The New Christy Minstrels, to his life as a songwriter in Laurel Canyon, he’ll entertain us with songs and stories of his incredible journey.

Thursday June 21  7:30pm – TICKETS
Louie Cruz Beltran & his Latin Jazz Band

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.

Thursday August 9  7:30pm
Acoustic Asylum – TICKETS

Acoustic Asylum is what happens when you take some of LA’s best recording and touring musicians and turn them loose in an organic setting. No electronic tricks, no stylistic limits… just incredible music with a big dose of fun. From swamp funk, to jazz, to klezmer and tango, to quirky original and cover tunes, nothing is off limits. The band is led by award-winning composer and producer Dan Radlauer on accordion. Rounding out the all-star lineup are acclaimed guitarist Carl Verheyen; Mark Hollingsworth gives the band part of its unique sound playing clarinet and baritone sax; Banging the bass is one of the finest recording and touring musicians on the west coast — Dave Marotta; On drums, the highly versatile John Mader with a career spanning from Pat Benetar to the LA run of Hamilton; And on violin, the multifaceted Luis Alberto bringing an international flare to this super group.