A special CD release celebration:
MANRING, KASSIN & JOHN R.
Saturday, February 13 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
With amazing chops, quiet soul, diverse compositions, and a somewhat twisted sense of humor, this trio, hailed as “the world's most sophisticated jam-band,” features three top virtuosos on their respective instruments.
Separately, Michael Manring, Larry Kassin, and John R. Burr have extensive, multi-faceted careers as musicians. Together they play provocative, complex compositions - music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized - echoes of jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, and world music - something completely new: extemporaneous-jazz-chamber-fusion-music for this century. Tonight they celebrate the release of Kassin’s new cd, Travels With Dad.
Hailed as “a master of the fretless bass without rival” by Guitar Club magazine, Michael Manring is known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts. He has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.
“Kassin exhibits an awareness of tonal possibilities in the tradition of Roland Kirk, an authoritativeness that sometimes recalls Hubert Laws and the freedom of expression of Paul Horn.”–Neil Tesser, Chicago Sun-Times
Flutist and SF Live Arts founder, Larry Kassin’s wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, The SF Klezmer Experience, Sonia, Kristin Hoffmann, Kwaku Dadey, Tom Darter, John Santos and Claudia Gomez, plus two CD releases with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure. “Manzarek and McClure are brilliantly abetted by Larry Kassin throughout the album.” –Kevin Ring, Beat Scene
John R. Burr (piano). After years of touring with such artists as Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring, and Kathy Kallick , and recognition including a feature spot on Windham Hill's Piano Sampler II, Burr has received much critical acclaim for his recent solo album, Piedmont Avenue. John R. is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. The Philadelphia Weekly said, "Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell."
TODD BOSTON is a guitarist/multi instrumentalist who defies what is possible for one musician. He produces an organic and mesmerizing sound marrying his love of music, nature and technology. Todd fuses advanced finger style guitar techniques, wood flute, percussion and instruments of the world together with live looping and computer technology. He has toured worldwide, his albums have received numerous nominations and awards and he has been a part of many Grammy nominated albums. His album Touched by the Sun produced with Grammy winner Will Ackerman was chosen Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2012 ZMR Music Awards and charted #1 on the World/New Age listening charts. www.ToddBoston.com
"Todd Boston is almost impossibly talented. He's a brilliant guitarist and it seems there's nothing under the sun he can't make a beautiful noise with." ~ Will Ackerman (Grammy winner, founder Windham Hill Records)
Saturday, March 12 8:00pm
$25 door / $22 advance
Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as “a cross between The Grateful Dead and the Smothers Brothers” Box Set (Jim Brunberg and Jeff Pehrson) has been entertaining audiences with powerful songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and incredible vocal harmonies that warm the senses. Always a favorite of our music series (going back over 20 years) their award-winning songs feature flowing melodies and catchy hooks, highlighting witty lyrics written about timely subjects ranging from politics to relationships to everything in between.
They have released 12 albums of original music and their upcoming lucky thirteenth is an actual box set! Presenting their own, contemporary genre of folk music, they have expanded their sound with the addition of Ben Landsverk, who plays Mandolin, Viola and stand up Bass. The versitle musicians have also been busy persuing other endevours the last few years with Jeff as the lead singer of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s band Furthur and Jim owning and operating two major Portland venues, Mississippi Studios and Revolution Hall, plus producing the nationally syndicated radio show LiveWire. We’re happy to have this reunion with one of our all-time favorite bands.
RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT
plus Vikki Lee & Russ "The Muleskinner" Whitehead
Saturday, March 19 8:00pm
$25 door / $22 advance
“Ramblin’ Jack Elliott has been a towering influence on a generation of folk and rock musicians, most notably Bob Dylan.” –The Boston Globe
We are honored to host Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, one of the legendary foundations of American folk music. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree. The three-time Grammy winner (in both Folk & Traditional Blues categories) is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts award and was honored with a special dinner at the White House.
A character based on Jack (Al Cody) was featured in the Coen Brothers movie, Finding Llewyn Davis. Vikki Lee & Russ “The Muleskinner” Whitehead will open the evening.
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.