Golden Bough - Saturday Dec 7, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Christmas in a Celtic Land
Golden Bough returns to present a joyful Celtic Christmas concert. Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza and Kathy Sierra will perform rare carols from Ireland, Scotland and Wales and bring us plenty of Olde World cheer in celebration of the winter season. Some members of our audience include this concert as a part of their annual Holiday Celebration!
Seaside Singers - Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
Seaside Singers and Friends 8th Annual Festival of Holiday Music
"Home for the Holidays"
featuring a 1548 Renaissance Banquet in costume, and an evening by the radio in 1948. We will be joined by
the Ocean Shore Third Grade Chorus and other guests.
Curios - Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 - 7:30 pm
The Curios are local/international favorites Nancy Hall and Lee Parvin SINGING duets in perfect harmony along with a host of friends on everything from accordion and dulcimer to xylophone, double Bass, Sousa Phone and beyond. The original steam-punks of quirky original music and stellar deep-cut covers in their 14th annual Winter Concert. Do NOT miss this awesome band!
Tickets are now available only at the door for this concert.
If you would like to buy 6 or more tickets, you can reserve seating by calling the office at 650 355 1882 (no tables are available).
Please come early for best seating. Limited tickets available at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Four Shillings Short - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Celtic / World
Rooted in Celtic and American Folk, inspired by Indian Raga and Ethnic idioms, this duo will take you on a diverse and inventive musical adventure. This duo consists of Aodh Óg Ó Tuama, (vocals, tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, and crumhorn) and Christy Martin (vocals, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, mandola and bouzouki, banjo, North Indian Sitar, guitar, charango, bowed psaltery and bodhran.) Aodh was born in Cork, Ireland. After studing Medieval and Renaissance music in college, he received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University. Christy is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and teamed up with Aodh, musically and personally, to create Four Shillings Short!
Melody Walker/Josh Groopman Duo- Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from diverse genres and provocative songwriting yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. Fresh off winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass competition wins with their bluegrass project Front Country, Melody and Jacob have been tearing it up in 2013 and just released their first Duo record, "We Made It Home", produced by Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis.
Exciting and fresh - They are not to be missed!
Unauthorized Rolling Stones - Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Mike Dowling - Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere." Before embarking on a solo career Mike also worked and recorded with mandolin legend Jethro Burns, jazz violinist Joe Venuti, and Nashville session great Buddy Spicher. Grammy-winning Mike draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar, capturing the hearts of acoustic music fans throughout the world with his engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and elegant interpretations of an arsenal of old blues, swing, ragtime and original compositions. Mike favors the melodic Piedmont picking style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. Contemporary blues musician, Steve James, calls Mike his "favorite guitarist", but Mike can't be pigeonholed as a bluesman, or even a fingerstylist. While the singular goal of most musicians is to master a distinctive style, Mike has mastered several. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz, with detours through old-time, bluegrass or Latin rhythms, Mike's mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike. Mike will teach a workshop before his concert at 3pm - 5pm at the Hall. He is a stunning guitarist! Sign up: 650-355-1882.
Tickets available at door for concert. Doors open at 7:00 pm
Will Durst - - Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
“BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”, is an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. In this rollicking 85 minute heartfelt monologue, Durst encourages his chronologically gifted brethren to refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their online banking security question. Does anyone really have a favorite non- cruciferous vegetable? It’s a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation culminating in an extra, added special treat- the Meaning of Life.
Ably assisted by his genial wit and trusty overhead projector, Durst explores the Boomer revolutions, evolutions and still vibrant role in today’s youth obsessed society (which we invented, for crum’s sake). He shamelessly strokes the egos and pats the hands of the Love Generation through segments entitled Racing From The Shadow Of A Mushroom Cloud. The Blinking VCR. Still Doing Drugs, Only Now There’s a Co- Pay. The Brightsides of Extreme Adulthood & Hope I Die Before I… Ooops, Too Late. It’s funny. It’s smart. And uplifting, even.
Jean Schiffman of the San Francisco Examiner says of “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG”, “Durst’s good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that… I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious.”
Generously sponsored by Cricket Jones.
Bud E Luv Big Band - Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Valentine's Day LUV FEST
Come to a Valentine’s Day “Luv” party! The Budster brings his trio and big band to back up his combined talents of shtick and golden vocals with great musicianship. Great fun! Come early—this is a very popular show! Graciously sponsored by Larry DeMartini of DeMartini Graphics.
Vegas comes to Pacifica with the Bud E Luv Show!
Chris Cain Band - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. Cain's debut recording, Late Night City Blues (Blue Rock'it Records-1987) garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including Guitarist of the Year." Dan Forte of Guitar Player wrote, "An impressive debut album by a top notch guitarist." Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."
Generously sponsored by Cricket Jones
Anton Schwartz w Special Guests- Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Acclaimed saxophonist and composer Anton Schwartz celebrates the release of his brand new CD, Flash Mob, with his superlative quintet. Now a Seattle resident, Schwartz has maintained a strong Bay Area presence as he becomes an increasingly visible figure on the national jazz scene. Showcasing what SFJAZZ this year called "the commanding tone and boundless creativity of a masterful jazz artist," Schwartz kicks of with us the very first evening of his band's two week West Coast tour.
Note: We will be announcing Anton's very special guest piano player shortly-- This will be a concert NOT TO BE MISSED!
Windy Hill - Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm
It’s immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and has big fun picking and singing. Named after the golden hill in Portola Valley, CA that separates the SF Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean, Windy Hill is the new face of bluegrass on the West Coast. With their strong harmony singing, original songwriting and hard-driving banjo, Windy Hill is becoming increasingly well-known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances.
Chosen as the California showcase band at the 2012 Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, Winner of the 2011 Northwest String Summit Band Competition in Oregon, and Winner of the 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year at Bluegrassin’ In the Foothills Festival, Windy Hill has recorded two full-length albums. Released in May 2013, Windy Hill's second album “Lonesome Garbage Man” features 18 high-powered original tunes that run the gamut of bluegrass styles. The band continues to tour all over the country, winning diverse audience with their enthusiasm for real bluegrass music.
Back by popular demand!
Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
March Musical Spotlight - Note day: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Variety March - March Musical Spotlight
Please note day: Sunday, March 23 - 4pm - 7pm
Join us for our annual fundraiser and celebration of live music with performances by violinist Kay Stern and pianist Joan Nagano; Belly Dancing by Asia and Arabesque, and vocals and guitar by Morning and Jim Nichols. Light dinner fare will be available for purchase. Spec. Adm: $25, members $20. This is always a Musically delicious event!
Black Brothers - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Celtic - Irish
Shay and Michael Black are members of Ireland's foremost family of song. Their work has been described by critics as "exquisite", "exhilarating" and "nothing short of stunning".
They are noted for their strong voices; Shay's is robust and hearty and Michael's a thrilling tenor. Their solos and close harmonies display an alloyed joy in singing and with their infectious humor, wit and great talent, the Black Brothers make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long. Don't miss this great celebration of music!
The Black Brothers band consists of Bryan Seet on piano, Myra Joy on cello and Bibbi Nikles on fiddle.