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Wednesday Feb 26  7:00pm
Ted Russell Kamp; Gerry Spehar; + Brenda CarseyTIX
($17/$12)

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based singer-songwriter, producer, and bassist. He travels the world performing songs from seven critically-acclaimed Americana albums. He is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music. He spent decades holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter Jennings and Wilson Phillips. He has played everywhere from honkytonks to major festivals and David Letterman appearances. Gerry Spehar was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he worked on his Uncle’s ranch punching cattle and farming. His Uncle gave him his first guitar and Gerry started absorbing everything from Haggard to Hendrix. Along with his brother George, the Spehar Brothers were the buzz of the mountain and midwest club circuit, opening for Boz Scaggs, Ian & Sylvia, and Townes Van Zandt. After a long hiatus from music, he is back with a killer album produced by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks, who will be joining Gerry for this show. We’ll also hear from special guest, Brenda Carsey.

Thursday Feb 27  7:00pm
David Arnay Trio – TICKETS
($17/$12)

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 be joined for this show by Aaron Serfaty on drums and Henry Beal on bass.

Wednesday Mar 4  7:00pm
Few Miles South; Dana Cooper TICKETS
($17/$12)

Few Miles South is an unlikely duo consisting of South Georgia raised, Blake English, and Los Angeles native, Tori Lund. They met in 2014 singing and playing in church and bonded over a shared love of country music. Tori is a classically trained singer and misplaced country girl. Blake comes from a family of guitar players and songwriters, raised on rock, country and R&B. You can find them performing throughout the U.S., or in a van camping with their dogs. Dana Cooper is a song poet who has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence for over 40 years. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legendary among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.

Thursday Mar 5  7:00pm
Jon Mayer – Jacques Lesure ProjectTICKETS
($17/$12)

Jon Mayer was introduced to jazz at an early age in his native New York. After graduating from the famed High School of Music and Art he became entrenched in the NYC music scene playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper. He played on a John Coltrane recording “Like Sonny” and on a Jackie McLean 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, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ernie Watts and Jackie Ryan. Joining Jon will be guitarist, educator and actor Jacques Lesure whose sound is steeped in the rich tradition of mentors like George Benson, and Kenny Burrell. Jacques has played and recorded with many notable musicians across genres. They will be joined by Will Lyle on bass and and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums.

Wednesday Mar 11  7:00pm
Fox and Bones; Clint Alphin – TICKETS
($17/$12)

Rather than simply documenting their experiences in song, Fox and Bones (aka 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. Born in Dunn, North Carolina, Clint Alphin always had a destined straight path to success. His family ran a second-generation meat and seafood distributing company, and it was assumed he might someday take it over. For Alphin, making the choice to pursue music was a hard-fought personal battle. On his newest release Straight to Marrow, Alphin explores those moments in life that move you to the bone, as he embraces and celebrates risk taking and dream chasing.

Thursday Mar 12  7:00pm
Rich Hinman vs. Adam LevyTICKETS
($17/$12)

Jazz-blues instrumental artists, Rich Hinman vs. Adam Levy, are a Blue Guitar favorite and a heavyweight band you will not want to miss! It consists of Rich Hinman on pedal steel and guitar, Adam Levy on guitar, Jay Bellerose on drums, and Jennifer Condos on electric bass. Rich has played on a ton of records, and toured with Sara Bareilles, k.d. lang, and the Milk Carton Kids. Adam’s wonderful guitar work can be heard on records by Nora Jones and Tracy Chapman. Jay is the go-to drummer for producers Joe Henry and T Bone Burnett. And Jen is a busy session player with an amazing touch and groove. As a collective unit, the quartet has been together a relatively short time but you’d never guess that from their deep grooves and telepathic interplay. They play soul music without words, country music without hats, and blues music without regrets.

Wednesday Mar 18  7:00pm
Andy & Renee; Todd Albright –
($17/$12)


Thursday Mar 19  7:00pm
South Pas All-Stars
($17/$12)


Wednesday Mar 25  7:00pm
Kevin Galloway, To Wake You –
($17/$12)


Thursday Mar 26  7:00pm
Adam Levy & Frank Potenza
($17/$12)


Wednesday Apr 1  7:00pm
The Rough and Tumble; TBD –
($17/$12)


Thursday Apr 2  7:00pm
Acoustic AsylumTICKETS
($17/$12)

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.

Wednesday Apr 8  7:00pm
Guest Host Aireen Espiritu w/ Ed Tree & Maurice Tani – TICKETS
($17/$12)


Thursday Apr 9  7:00pm
Dave Tull Trio
($17/$12)


Wednesday Apr 15  7:00pm
Our Wild American, Stoll Vaughan –
($17/$12)


Thursday Apr 16  7:00pm
Co-bill:
Ethan Sherman
with Carey Frank & Matt Mayhall
plus Drew Taubenfeld with Rich Hinman – TICKETS ($17/$12)

Ethan Sherman moves between styles with ease. He is known for leading intrepid trios showcasing spare yet expansive original music as well as being an integral part of LA’s vanguard of young guitarists. He has sunk his teeth into acoustic music through collaborations with Thomas Cassell, Ben Garnett and the one-of-a-kind Harmolodic String Band — a quartet performing the music of Ornette Coleman on bluegrass instruments. He has worked with Aoife O’Donovan, Johanna Samuels, and Lydia Luce, as well as boundary-busting guitarists like Nels Cline and Robert Fripp, and pop starlet Ava Max. He holds a Studio Guitar degree from USC. He’ll be joined by Carey Frank on B3 and Matt Mayhall on drums. Multi-instrumentalist, Drew Taubenfeld, has played in the Emmy Awards house band and worked as musical director for Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor, Logic, and King Princess. He’ll be joined by pedal steel virtuoso, Rich Hinman.