The California Bluegrass Association presents
A Bluegrass Spring Jubilee featuring
LAURIE LEWIS & KATHY KALLICK
performing the music of Vern & Ray
Saturday, April 26 8:00pm
$18 door / $15 advance
We welcome the California Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Spring Jubilee concert featuring Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick with an all star band, performing the music of Vern Williams and Ray Park (who introduced Bluegrass to Northern California). Yes, two California bluegrass legends will play the songs of two other California bluegrass legends. Joining Laurie and Kathy are Tom Rozum on mandolin, Patrick Sauber on banjo, and Sharon Gilchrist on bass.
Opening the show is Windy Hill, one of the hottest, most dynamic young bluegrass bands the Bay Area has seen in many years. Ryan Breen (banjo), Thomas Wille (guitar), Kyle McCabe (bass), and Alex Sharps (fiddle) play the kind of straight-up classic bluegrass that satisfies the souls of the toughest traditionalists, as well as energizing new fans and inspiring them to learn more about the music. The concert will be preceded by a bluegrass jam downstairs in the church at 5PM and goes until 7:30PM.
Life Is A Carnival:
A Tribute to THE BAND on their 45th Anniversary featuring:
JOHNNY HARPER & CARNIVAL
Saturday, May 10 8:00pm
$18 door / $15 advance
In April of 1969, The Band – the great Canadian-American rock group whose ground-breaking recordings defined the “Americana” genre – made their first concert appearances in a legendary 3-night stand at San Francisco’s Winterland. This spring marks the 45th anniversary of those historic shows, which will be commemorated in this concert devoted to The Band’s music, performed by the veteran East Bay band, Johnny Harper & Carnival.
According to Harper, “This show is really the first time a group has seriously performed The Band’s music in California, or any place west of Woodstock, since The Last Waltz (The Band’s famous farewell performance in 1976).” Although The Band’s music sounds loose and folksy, it is actually very complex and challenging to play, with its unusual harmonies and rhythms, and the interplay of three overlapping lead singers. Harper, who is committed to keeping The Band’s music alive in live performance, is a well known Bay Area guitarist, singer, songwriter, band leader, and record producer. The concert will cover the full history of The Band’s music, from their debut album, Music From Big Pink to later masterpieces like “Acadian Driftwood,” “Life Is A Carnival,” and “Ophelia.”
Harper’s veteran four-piece group – guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums, with all four members singing – will add horns and fiddle on this special show, to capture the instrumental textures of The Band’s recordings. Famous hits like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” will be included in the program, but so will more obscure material, including one well-loved classic which The Band themselves never performed live! Help celebrate a musical milestone with this unique and amazing show!
We're presenting 2 great June shows at Studio 55 in Marin!
Electric bass summit with:
MANRING, KASSIN & JOHN R
Saturday, June 7 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
Bass avatar Michael Manring, flute master Larry Kassin & piano great John R. Burr plus Oon (innovative bassoon virtuoso Paul Hanson & bass phenom Ariane Cap.)
Comedian WILL DURST presents his hit show
Saturday, June 21 8:00pm
$22 door / $18 advance
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert. And, YES! There is free parking!
About SF Live Arts
Presented by Larry Kassin since
1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned
a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance
series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….
Located at St. Cyprian’s Church,
the series has garnered praise
for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians
(many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.
In the News…
Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006