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Wednesday Mar 27  7:00pm
Mia & Jonah; Anna Vogelzang
TICKETS ($17/$12)

LA indie folk duo Mia & Jonah seamlessly trade harmonies, while Jonah plays guitar, dobro, and mandolin as Mia elicits beguiling sounds from a hand saw. Crafting a hypnotic live show that “stirs audiences with a magical trance” (Eugene Weekly), Mia and Jonah are a mesmerizing duo that seamlessly produce “songs of singular beauty, played and sung without pretense” (SF Chronicle). Anna Vogelzang has been writing songs since 2000, playing them in public since 2003, and driving them around the country since 2007. Her melody-driven, folk-pop ballads have been met with warm reviews (PopMatters) and landed her at festivals, conferences, and on bills with some of her heroes, including Sara Bareilles, Gillian Welch, Amanda Palmer, and many more.

Thursday Mar 28  7:00pm
Larry Goldings • Rich Hinman • Barbara Gruska – TICKETS ( $17/$12)

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 many times with his group Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy. This time he will be alongside highly regarded keyboardist, Larry Goldings, and mesmerizing drummer Barbara Gruska. 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. Barbara Gruska has toured and recorded with the likes of Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Ray Lamontagne, Neko Case, and Elvis Costello.

Wednesday Apr 3  7:00pm
Missy Andersen; Ginger Cowgirl
TICKETS ($17/$12)

San Diego artist (by way of Detroit and New York) Missy Andersen loves a good story song. As a child, she was exposed to her parent’s extensive music collection that included soul, R&B, blues, jazz, and gospel. It didn’t matter the genre, her favorite songs were always the ones that told a story. Now, along with her guitarist/husband Heine Andersen, they create songs that are the soundtrack to their lives, and to the lives of a lot of fans they’ve earned along the way. Stacy Antonel, front-woman of Ginger Cowgirl, has a taste for many musical styles, although her band’s sound is firmly rooted in classic country. Her vocal ability is remarkable. In 2013 she beat out hundreds of singers to win the $10,000 grand prize on Fox Television’s “3 Minutes to Stardom”. She’s a classically trained pianist from the age of 7, holds a degree from UC Berkeley, and got her start in the music industry singing jingles while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Thursday Apr 4  7:00pm
Mark Town Latin Jazz – TICKETS ( $17/$12)

Mark Towns Latin Jazz Band plays classic Latin jazz in the tradition of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, & Mongo Santamaria. Fronted by the guitar work of Mark Towns and featuring a spectacular Latin jazz rhythm section of Cedric Leonardi on drums/percussion and Ross Schodek on bass, the band appeals to both jazz aficionados and salsa dancers as they rip through sets featuring bebop-inspired jazz soloing over authentic Latin rhythms including the Mambo, Güajira, Cha Cha Cha, Danzón, & Merengue. Mark Towns’ original tunes as well as his Latin jazz arrangements of classic compositions by jazz masters Coltrane, Monk, Miles, and Ellington are used as launching pads for the band’s spicy-hot sonic excursions. Howard Mandel of DownBeat Magazine wrote, “Mark Towns’ music has the piquancy and surprise of the best Latin-inflected jazz, with a sense of space unique to his Southwestern roots meeting the sophistication of his residency in Los Angeles.” Larry Coryell said, “There are only a few really good guitarists. Mark Towns is one of them.”

Wednesday Apr 10  7:00pm
Cindy Scott & Brian Seeger; Rob Laufer
TICKETS ($17/$12)

Cindy Scott has found a happy marriage between her straight-ahead roots and the musical gumbo that pervades New Orleans. She is a passionate, risk-taking heart-singer who isn’t afraid to reveal her emotions in song. Born and raised in a house full of musicians, she chose flute as her first instrument and went to LSU on a music scholarship. Her duo partner, Brian Seeger, was dubbed “One of New Orleans’ best jazz guitarists,” by Gambit Weekly, and is on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. His performance and recording credits include Aaron Neville, Charlie Hunter, and Big John Patton among others. Rob Laufer is a singer and songwriter who has worked with Frank Black, George Martin, and Fiona Apple among many others. He serves as music director for Wild Honey, a nonprofit organization that produces concerts to benefit autism research. Rob has released 5 albums. He appeared as a member of the fabled “Wrecking Crew” in the recent Brian Wilson bio-pic “Love and Mercy”.

Thursday Apr 11  7:00pm
AltaMusica (Rob Kyle/Chad Edwards) – TICKETS ( $17/$12)

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 Apr 17  7:00pm
Raye Zaragoza; Justin Levinson
TICKETS ($17/$12)

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar. LA-based Justin Levinson was influenced by the greats of the 60’s. He creates self-described “power pop” drawing elements from his favorite artists of that era. He won the Billboard Song Contest and the International Acoustic Music Awards Best New Male Artist. In addition to his music, Justin has worked to spread awareness and end the use of words that demean mentally handicapped individuals. Through various organizations, he has worked with teenagers and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Photo of Raye by Terry Bruce Herring

 


Thursday Apr 18  7:00pm
Hurricane Dale Thang – TICKETS ( $17/$12)

Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer and Jeff Dale come together for a special evening of original bluesy, jazzy, soulful numbers. Spencer was recently named by Elmore Magazine as one of the top six killer artists you need to hear right now. He began his musical career in Oakland before relocating to LA. His trademark sound can be found on records by Timex Social Club, Sonny Rhodes, and JJ Bad Boy Jones. A busy Oakland session player, you could also find him playing with legends such as Etta James, the Whispers, and Carla Thomas or opening for Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson. Jeff Dale grew up on the south side of Chicago and has rubbed elbows with many of the blues masters including Lowell Fulson, Muddy Waters, Pee Wee Crayton, Albert King, Etta James, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, and Honeyboy Edwards. Joining Bobby and Jeff are Albert Trepagnier Jr. on drums and vocals, Elizabeth Hangen on bass and vocals, and Derek “Chopin” Phillips on keys.

Wednesday Apr 24  7:00pm
Gurf Morlix; JC & Laney
TICKETS ($17/$12)

Buffalo born, Texas bred Gurf Morlix has provided us with countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years: his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams; his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier – and, since 2000, a series of nine solo records that have a singular worldview and can be both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time. Arizona-based JC & Laney, are JC Scott and Laney Greynolds — acoustic rockers and balladeers who played in various bands individually before coming together nine years ago to form this high energy Americana duo. The chemistry was immediate. With seven CDs now under their belt, they tour tirelessly around the western U.S. And as I’ve said before, Laney will draw you into their world and JC will spit you back out!

Thursday Apr 25  7:00pm
VR Smith Group – TICKETS ( $17/$12)

Jazz vocalist Verna Rose “VR” Smith 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 May 1  7:00pm
Sydney Sprague; Danielle Durack
– TICKETS ($17/$12)


Thursday May 2  7:00pm
Carey Frank | Jimmy Vivino | Vincent Fossett, Jr. – TICKETS ( $17/$12)


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