Upcoming Live Events

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Point Arena: Arena Market and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
Mendocino: Twist

Banda Concert and Dance featuring

  • La Nueva Historia
  • Beto y su Orgullo Norteno
  • DJ Fabian

La Nueva Historia

The formation Luis Perez y la Nueva Historia de Tierra Caliente, comprised of lead singer Luis Perez, drummer Hilario Reyes, keyboardist Noe Saul and bass player Jesus Arena has played banda music since 2011 when they started out by playing at small family events and celebrations such as quinceaneras and baptisms. Since then the band has gone on to open for well-known banda artists such as Noel Torres, Los Horoscopos de Durango, La Original Banda Limon, Montez De Durango, Raza Obrera, Los Originales de San Jun, Jorge Santa Cruz, Sonora Dinamita and others.

Also performing will be Beto y su Orgullo Norteno, and DJ Fabian will entertain with his rhythms during breaks.

A full bar for everyone over 21 and the snack bar will be open.

El grupo de Luis Perez y la Nueva Historia de Tierra Caliente compuesto por: el cantante Luis Pérez, Hilarios Reyes (batería), Noe Saúl (tecladista) y el bajo Jesús Arena ha tocado música de banda desde el 2011 y al igual que Los Kachondos, empezaron tocando en pequenos eventos familiares y celebraciones como quinceaneras y bautizos. Desde entonces ambas bandas han iniciado conciertos para artistas de banda conocidos, como Noel Torres, Los horóscopos de Durango, La Original Banda Limon, Montéz De Durango, Raza Obrera, Los Originales de San Juan, Jorge Santa Cruz, Sonora Dinamita y otros.

La Nueva Historia

La Nueva Historia

Showtime:
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Start time: 9:00 pm
Doors open: 8:30 pm

Tickets:
$18 General Admission
$10 Youth (18 and under)

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An Evening with Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project", and two previous Grammy nominations for "I'm Alright" (1985) and "More Love Songs" (1986). His 2012 recording, "Older Than My Old Man Now" was named one of NPR's Top 10 Albums of the Year. And in 2014, "Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)" - or HGTB(Y), for short - marks his the 26th career release to-date.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)" and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the "singing surgeon") on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow's hit movie "Knocked Up", written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC's Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Born in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1946, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when the novelty song "Dead Skunk" became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 ("Edgar", about a lobsterman in Rhode Island).

He was soon signed to Atlantic Records by Nesuhi Ertegun, and was lured by Clive Davis to Columbia Records, which released "Dead Skunk." His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. In 2011, they were commemorated by the comprehensive five-disc retrospective "40 Odd Years."

Additionally, Wainwright has co-written with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow's hit movie "Knocked Up," written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel "Lucky You," and composed topical songs for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC's Nightline. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe and Judd Apatow.

Loudon Wainwright Surviving Twin
Loudon's most recent project is his one-man play entitled "Surviving Twin." A solo piece many years in the making, "Surviving Twin" is what the singer-songwriter calls a "posthumous collaboration" with his writer father. Part concert, part dramatic reading, part family slide-show, it is a hybrid theatrical form consisting mainly of songs written by Loudon III, along with readings of magazine columns written by his late father, Loudon Jr., and photographs that span four generations of the Wainwright clan. The show was developed with the help of director Joseph Haj at UNC's Playmakers Rep.

Wainwright's latest release "Haven't Got The Blues (Yet)" broadens his scope with a 14-song, genre-bounding set ("eclectricity," he calls it) dealing with varied subject matter including depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City's arcane practice of alternate side-of-the-street parking.

Wainwright notes that he toyed with the idea of calling the album Town & Country, then saw the cover photo of the famous forlorn clown Emmet Kelly, after which "Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)" became the title track. Another standout track, "Depression Blues," invokes such great blues men as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Sleepy John Estes, not to mention Shakespeare and "old Sigmund."

Producing HGTB(Y) was Wainwright's long time musical collaborator David Mansfield, who has backed him on numerous previous recordings as instrumentalist/arranger, including the 2010 Grammy Award winning "High Wide & Handsome-The Charlie Poole Project."

"I got to know L'il Davey about 23 years ago, on a flight back from Vancouver-I think-to New York," Wainwright recalls. "I've worked on and off with him ever since, on TV, in the recording studio, and on the road. He's been featured as a player and arranger on some of my best records including History, 'Grown Man, Last Man on Earth, and High Wide & Handsome.'"

Other top players grace "HGTB(Y)," and include ace banjoist Tony Trischka, saxophonist Steve Elson, drummer Sammy Merendino, bassist Tim Luntzel, and another longtime musical cohort, Chaim Tannenbaum, on background vocals.

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright
Loudon Wainwright III

Showtime:
Friday, September 25, 2015
Start time: 7:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm

Tickets:
$30 General Admission

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Chris Smither

Chris Smither
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original

Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone!' He melds the guitar styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature sound. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

"Acoustic Guitar" magazine writes, "Smither sings about "the big things" - life, love, loss - in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way," and Associated Press writes,"Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."

His latest CD, "Still On the Levee," is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, "Still On the Levee" plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master.

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A profound songwriter, Chris Smither is deeply influenced by the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother's ukulele.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-'60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses and Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, "Love You Like A Man" and "I Feel the Same." Their friendship has endured with Bonnie guest-appearing on Smither's record "Train Home." Over the years she has invited Chris to join her as support on concert dates, and most recently, lent her take on Smither's "Love You Like A Man" for "LINK OF CHAIN," a Chris Smither tribute CD. What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound - a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic'd in performance).

By the early '90s, Smither's steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. In early 1997, Smither released Small Revelations. It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk tour with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. "Small Revelations" also generated several film projects for Smither. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, "Slow Surprise," for the "The Horse Whisperer" soundtrack on MCA. And his recording of "Hold On" was used in the indie feature film "Love From Ground Zero." Smither also shared insight into his guitar style and technique on two instructional DVDs, available from Homespun Video.

In 2005, jazz great Diana Krall covered "Love Me Like A Man," introducing what is now a blues standard to a whole world of jazz fans. Shortly after, Smither's song "Slow Surprise" was included in the independent film, "Brother's Shadow."

With the release of his 12th recording "Leave The Light On" (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smither began a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds. For the recording, Smither reunited with producer David Goodrich and session musicians Mike Piehl, Lou Ulrich and Anita Suhanin. As an added treat, Smither invited good friend and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien, along with rising American roots stars, Ollabelle, to add their distinctive talents on several tracks. The song "Seems So Real" from the CD earned a Folk Alliance Award as Song of the Year. Smither followed this with "Time Stands Still" (2009), his most stripped down recording in some time, working with just two accompanists after the same trio had played a rare band performance - a non-solo setup required in order to play a Netherlands festival.

About the recording Smither says, "We're the only three guys on this record, and most of the songs only have three parts going on. We had a freewheeling feeling at that festival gig, and we managed to make a lot of that same feeling happen in this record." And always wanting to treat his fans well, in 2011 Smither put out two fan projects: a collection of live tracks from newly discovered concert recordings from the 1980s-1990s titled "Lost and Found" and the rollicking EP, "What I Learned in School," on which Smither covered six classic rock and roll songs.

Smither followed these fan-projects with "Hundred Dollar Valentine" (2012), a (MOJO) studio record of all Smither-penned songs. With longtime producer David "Goody" Goodrich at the helm, this collection sported the unmistakable sound Smither has made his trademark: finger-picked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice.

The most recent recording project is "Still On the Levee" (2014), a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed, this career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career - including "Devil Got Your Man," the first song he penned, on up to several of his most recent originals.

Coming out at the same time as "Still On the Levee", the book "Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012" features his complete set of lyrics complemented by select images of Smither and performance memorabilia from his decades-long career. To commemorate his career to-date, Signature Sounds is releasing an all-star tribute record including a stellar list of artists offering their takes on some Smither favorites including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Tim O'Brien, Patty Larkin, and many others.

Chris Smither
Chris Smither

Showtime:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
Doors open: 7 p.m.

Tickets:
$25 General Admission

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