The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. Phone for Reservations: (626) 798-6236
NEREA with special guest TOVAH GOODMAN.....Nerea combines elegance and strength in her powerful interpretation of traditional and modern fiddle repertoire. Her music hails from the deeply rooted celtic traditions of Cape Breton Island, Canada, where she was raised breathing the music.
Her solo performances (which have been all over Europe and North America) are most usually accompanied by the percussion of her funky footwork, or most commonly know as: stepdancing.
Her success as a soloist lead her to release an album in spring of 2007, named Footprints. This earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Young Performer of the Year.
Whether it be with her private students, at workshops, conferences or live concerts, Nerea’s bursting energetic passion for music is unforgettable.
"Virtuoso of the fiddle." - Le Télégramme Newspaper (France)
"Highly Recommended." - Celtic Connections Fetsival (Glasgow, U.K). "Nerea has played with everyone from Buddy MacMaster and Howie MacDonald to Galician bagpiper Carlos Nunez." - The Halifax Herald (Canada). Plus.
Tovah Goodman is a singer/ songwriter writing music from life experiences and everyday observations. With the guitar, ukulele and vocals she uses a dynamic combination of comedy and drama to take the audience on a journey. As a trained vocalist in opera and jazz, Tovah’s experimental soulful melodies compliment her creative lyrics to draw the listener in.
Sunday, December 23. Show @ 7:00 P.M. Tickets: $15
The Birdhive Boys is a 5 piece traditional bluegrass outfit based in Brooklyn, NY. The boys approach a traditional country and bluegrass repertory with instrumental prowess and a unique rhythmic sensibility. The band has recently shared the stage with bluegrass supergroups Michael Cleveland and Dailey & Vincent and has just finished a new EP set for release this November.
With the "classic" bluegrass look and sound, the Birdhive Boys have been compared to Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and neo-traditionalists the Johnson Mountain Boys. Holding down a two-year long residency at the National Underground in Manhattan's Lower East Side, The Boys have had the privilege of sharing the stage with many fine acts, including national touring act The Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Grammy winners Dailey and Vincent, and New York City bluegrass heavyweight Michael Daves (Chris Thile, Steve Martin). They recently finished a 4-song EP called "The Corn Lady", available for free download through their website, and hard copies for sale (with complementary autographs!) directly from the Boys at their shows.
The Birdhive Boys started in 2008 with brothers Zack and Sam Bruce rediscovering the songs of their youth. Mom and Dad were casual bluegrass pickers and singers, and the songs of The Stanley Brothers, Del McCoury, Doc Watson, and Tony Rice comprised much of Zack and Sam's childhood soundtrack. The Bruce brothers started playing the brother harmony repertoire in Zack's downtown loft, and after about a year they decided to put together a full band for shows. They were able to recruit fellow New Jerseyan bassist-of-all-trades Max Johnson, St. Louis flatpicker Justin Camerer, and Ellery Marshall on the banjo. The Boys can be found in venues in and around NYC, such as the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and the National Underground. Go To: http://birdhiveboys.com/
EVAN MARSHALL is our own mandolin phenom: EVAN MARSHALL is widely regarded as one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos ever. He possesses an uncanny technique which the Raleigh-Durham Independent called "superhuman," the Los Angeles Times called "remarkable," the Washington Post labeled "truly dazzling," and the Fresno Bee called "mind-boggling." Besides his "obvious virtuosity" (Pasadena Star News), he also has "in color and texture . . . a stunning mastery of interpretation" (St. Paul Pioneer Press). Evan's accomplishments are legendary among other artists of the plucked string: The late Chet Atkins called him "one of the few great musicians of our time;" David Grisman put it simply: "the world's fastest mandolinist." ALEX FINAZZO... has become a fixture in the acoustic music scene of Southern California. Playing in groups such as the Blue Creek Band, Scott Gates Band, Soledad Mountain Band and more, he has performed at the region’s largest Bluegrass festivals and consistently draws audiences in with his dynamic and powerful flat-picking. His style makes no appologies for his Bluegrass roots, yet has evolved into an eclectic blend of influences rich with heartfelt melodies, impressive technique and a dash of dry wit. With an infectious passion for acoustic music, seeing Alex perform is akin to joining him in celebration of the power of music to enrich the spirit.
Saturday, December 29. Show @ 7:00 P.M. Tickets: $20