2017 C o n c e r t s
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Appearing at The Nest
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum - June 10
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are widely regarded as being among the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. They formed a musical partnership in 1986, when Tom joined Laurie’s acclaimed band, Grant Street. Between them, they have recorded over twenty albums, as a duo and with their many talented musical friends, including their 1995 Grammy-nominated album “The Oak and the Laurel.” Laurie also performed on both the Grammy-award winning, 1997 IBMA album of the year True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and the Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends’ release Clinch Mountain Country. Their latest release, “The Hazel and Alice Sessions,” was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album of the year in 2017. They will be joined by Max Schwartz on bass and Brandon Godman on fiddle.
Evie Ladin Band w/ Keith Terry & Erik Pearson- June 24
The neo-trad kinetic-folk of the Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members. Singer-songwriter, Evie Ladin (banjo, vocals, Body Music), brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her own stories, deep interpretations of old songs and contemporary percussive dance. Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, percussion, vocals), trained as a jazz drummer and is most known for contemporary Body Music, goes after tonal percussion on bass, cajon, toys, with clever lines and unusual grooves. Erik Pearson (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals) fell in love with old-time music studying composition at Oberlin, and he contributes chordal containment and the ultimate support.
Misner & Smith - July 15
Misner & Smith are a gem of a musical pairing and one of Davis’ favorite singer-songwriter groups, offering a refreshing take on contemporary folk music. Their lovely harmonies and perfectly blended voices fit within classic American traditions. Their songwriting and storytelling transport the listener to a unique world of their creation. With a timeless San Francisco sound and poetic songwriting, they are a duo that blend roots and folk at the cutting edge of contemporary acoustic music.
Alaina Rose - July 15
Opening for Misner & Smith will be the astounding young harpist, Alaina Rose.
Stringquake - July 29
With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, Stringquake boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous. Using exiting instrumentation–electric harp, cello, and percussion–Stringquake explores far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas.
Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen - August 12
Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frenchette (guitar/harmonica/vocals) and Laurel Thomsen (violin/vocals) are a lyrically refreshing and musically diverse duo from Canada. Dan and Laurel “take to the state with exuberance” … and with “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song.” (Carlin Hall Newsletter, Tappen, British Columbia)
Joe Craven & The Sometimers - August 26
Joe Craven & The Sometimers, featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, have created a “no genre left behind” policy of music making while leaping from a springboard of Americana. A 30 year veteran in the biz, Joe is a multi-instrumentalist, an award-winning creativity educator, a former museum curator, actor, coast to coast music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes and Vocáli Music Camps and a professional fashion insultant. Bruce and Jonathan are two of the most versatile and accomplished musicians in N. CA. Their toolbox include both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, more cowbell and who knows what else. This NorCal roots music trio is celebration for a new framework of POP music, as in "Pursuit of Possibility" music.
Opening for Joe Craven & The Sometimers will be Hattie Craven celebrating her new CD.
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan - September 9
Claudia Russell (guitar, vocals) is an outstanding singer-songwriter who has shared stages with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Loudon Wainwright III, Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Darryl Purpose, Peter Rowan, Rosalie Sorrels and Bill Staines, among many others. Bruce Kaplan is known for deftly accompanying with mandolin and electric guitar, providing melodic counter point and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song a little higher.
Laura Zucker - September 9
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker is a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival competition in Texas and 5 time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring true. You’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days.
Webster Walton Edwards - September 23
Webster Walton Edwards is a toe-tappin’ acoustical trio who rework old favorites, songs from the Mumbo Gumbo songbook and much more. That trio is Tracy Walton, Chris Webster and singer-song writer, Bill Edwards, on guitar.
The Cups - September 23
The Cups are Tracy Walton, Chris Webster and Kathy Elzey, accompanied by Tom Phillips on guitar. “We sing songs from the ’40s in three parts, a la the Boswell Sisters and the Mills Brothers,” Walton said. “We just love it! So will you.”