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Wednesday November 14  7:00pm
Emily Zuzik and Bernice Lewis

Emily Zuzik is a dynamic vocalist and singer-songwriter based in L.A. by way of San Francisco, Austin, and New York. In 2011, she was a featured singer and cowriter of “The Low Hum” on Moby’s “Destroyed” album. In the late 1990s, she co-fronted the San Francisco alt-country band, Sexfresh. The band released two critically acclaimed albums. An Epiphone Guitars endorsed artist, Emily released her debut solo album in 2003, which received praises from NYC’s The Village Voice. Bernice Lewis has racked up four decades of performing experience along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs. She has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage, as well as at the Kennedy Center. A published poet, a producer, and an educator, she studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and songwriting with Rosanne Cash, who says of Bernice, “[She] is really one of the keepers of the flame of real songwriting.”

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

Rich Hinman plays pedal steel and electric guitar and has worked with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Rosanne Cash, and K.D. Lang. His nuanced, emotional playing has been featured at the Blue Guitar as Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy. This time he will be alongside highly regarded keyboardist, Larry Goldings. Larry is an in-demand musician known for his hard-swinging, post-bop and funky organ jazz. In the early ’90s, he established himself as a premier soloist on the New York scene. A stream of acclaimed albums includes 2007’s Grammy-nominated Saudades with Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield. A longtime touring member of James Taylor’s band, he has been sought out by a wide array of performers including Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, and Maceo Parker. Joining Rich and Larry is drummer Barbara Gruska who has toured and recorded with the likes of Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Ray Lamontagne, Neko Case, and Elvis Costello.

Wednesday November 21  7:00pm
Brad Colerick & so-called ‘friends’ featuring Ben Garnett

Severin Browne, Marika Gerrard, Coddy Nuckols, Ben Garnett, and more. Come enjoy this rare Wednesday “weekend” night before Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday November 28  7:00pm
Jill Freeman
and Tom Corbett – TICKETS

Jill Freeman is a native Angeleno. She began her professional career in music over 20 years ago. Her trio The Life Is Grand Band became stalwarts of the L.A. music scene, gaining an avid following for their tight vocals and original songwriting. Their song “Feel Like Makin’ Art” was included on the Fast Folk series which is now part of the Folkways Smithsonian collection. Jill will be accompanied by her husband and producer Joel Wachbrit along with Steve Nelson on bass and Debra Dobkin on percussion. Tom Corbett is an in demand mandolin and guitar player. He toured and recorded with The Acousticats featuring Phil Salazar and Cyrus Clarke (Cache Valley Drifters) which lead to work with John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The String Wizards. He also played and recorded with Jennifer Warnes, Vassar Clements, Laurie Lewis, and John Sebastian. In addition to his sideman work, Tom has recorded three solo albums that feature a ‘who’s who’ of top-tier guest musicians.

Thursday November 29  7:30pm
Jon Mayer Trio – TICKETS

Jon Mayer grew up in New York City during a fertile time in modern jazz evolution. He played on a John Coltrane recording ‘Like Sonny’ and on a Jackie McLean Prestige cut called `Strange Blues’. He spent time in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band as well as road assignments with Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O’Day. His compositions have been cut by Les McAnn, Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ernie Watts and Jackie Ryan. He’ll be joined by Roy McCurdy on drums and Mike Gurrola on bass.

Wednesday December 5  7:00pm
Maurice Tani; Fox and Bones

Maurice Tani is a “rye-to-romantic, supercalifornigraphic” singer-songwriter, specializing in a so-called cinema-for-the-blind style. His band, Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering in the Bay Area for over 10 years. Fox and Bones are the modern day Bonnie and Clyde, if Bonnie and Clyde had driven a Volvo and played folk-pop music. Based in Portland, OR, these internationally touring sweethearts aren’t your average duo. Rather than simply documenting their experiences in song, Sarah Vitort and Scott Gilmore write from the perspective of quasi-fictional characters. There’s Fox, a down-and-out it girl, and Bones, a rootless orphan bad boy with a heart of gold. The two fall for each other, decide to hit the road, and never look back. The characters, as well as their real-life counterparts, use music as the canvas on which they paint a new life together. Their music is ripe with vocal harmonies that pull at the heartstrings and a complex, at times metaphysical, lyrical landscape.

Thursday December 6  7:30pm

SPECIAL TUESDAY SHOW! December 11  7:00pm
A Gypsy Soul Christmas – TICKETS

Gypsy Soul began 21 years ago in Scotland when Roman Morykit and Cilette Swann made a promise to each other to make both their lives and their living from their art. Their soulful blend of bluesy, jazzy, roots rock is born of love, heartache, struggle, and determination. Over the past two decades, Gypsy Soul has won numerous songwriting and performance awards including the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Independent Music Awards among others. The duo has opened for The Doobie Brothers and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, and have had their music placed in TV shows and films such as Providence, Felicity, 90210, Roswell, After Sex, and Quicksand among others. Marian Liu of the Seattle Times said, “Their adaptations of traditional holiday tunes are beautiful — I can’t describe their “Noel” in words, other than to say it will convince any hater of Christmas music to think otherwise.”

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