2023 C o n c e r t s
Yay! Live, In-Person Music!
Robin's Nest hosts intimate live performances in northern California. Scroll down for concert descriptions and dates. To RSVP, please use the form below. We will only accept reservations for two people (you and your guest) at a total of three total concerts made at one time. In other words, please only sign up for three concerts so everyone has a chance to see their desired performers. Additional reservations will be offered 30 days before each concert if there is room. All Shows are from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Please bring a low-back lawn chair, something to drink to share with others, and a $20 donation per person for the musicians.
Snacks will be available but feel free to bring dinner.
2023 Concert Season Performers
June 3 – Webster Walton Edwards
Chris Webster and Tracy Walton, MUMBO GUMBO's vocalists, along with guitarist Bill Edwards, make up this trio of lush, toe-tappin' acoustic bliss. They were a huge hit at Robin’s Nest last summer.
June 10 – Rita Hosking Trio
Rita’s well-loved acoustic band includes Rita on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vocals, Sean Feder on dobro, banjo, and guitar, and Bill Dakin on the upright bass. Together they create what No Depression calls “authentic American folk music to stir the soul.” Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience.
June 24 – Achilles Wheel Trio
Achilles Wheel is a California-based acoustic trio that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia. Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this group is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. Achilles Wheel Trio includes Paul Kamm, Jonny Mojo, and Shelby Snow of Achilles Wheel.
July 1 – You Knew Me When
Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband-and-wife folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. Based in Ouray, Colorado, by way of Nashville, Tennessee, the duo has toured nationally since June of 2012 throughout North America sharing their collective sound. Now touring in support of their fourth studio album "Songs of the San Juans", You Knew Me When continues to create and serve up an array of Colorado-inspired compositions coast to coast.
July 15 – Misner & Smith
Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to a sound that truly feels like a full band coming out of a duo. They jump across genres in the diversity of their songs, but the music harkens back to the bedrock of American rock and folk, with a vocal blend that can shake the walls like a freight train and then hush the room to a whisper in a single song. They spent the pandemic playing weekly live-streamed shows from their living room, and are now back in the studio recording their new album, due to be released later this year.
July 22 – The Quitters
The Quitters trio consists of a right-side-up finger picker (Stevie Coyle), an upside-down flat picker (Glenn “Houston” Pomianek), and an upright bassist (Chris Kee). They were the three original members of The Waybacks quintet, and Chris Kee and Glenn Houston were the long-time bassist and lead guitarist for Houston Jones. Glenn has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. They have shared billing with Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and countless other famous artists.
July 30 – Harp Fest at the Nest Note: This event is on Sunday, July 30th from 4 PM to 6 PM
Harp Fest will be a special Sunday afternoon event featuring two exceptional harpists, Anna Maria Mendieta and Alaina Rose. They will be performing a variety of styles, both solo and together. Global Music Award winner Anna Maria Mendieta tours the world and specializes in the Argentine Tango. She is the winner of four Global Music Awards, three Clouzine International Music Awards, two Fox Music USA Latin Music Awards, and two LIT International Music Awards, among others. The audience was blown away hearing Anna Maria perform at the Davis Home for the Holidays event this past December. She is the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera and has performed with many symphony orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and abroad including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera & Ballet, Russian National Orchestra, and Russian State Ballet.
Alaina has performed with numerous Orchestras and Symphonies in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and the University of the Pacific. She is currently performing with the Mariachi De Uclatian band while attending the Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. She plays diverse genres of music, from Classical to Surf, Flamenco to Rock, and likes to explore and expand the potential of the Harp.
August 5 – Nashville Honeymoon
Lynne Maes and Hank Maninger, along with bandmates Tim Wagar and Leor Beary, offer distinctive sounds and original compositions that honor traditional country music while deliberately pushing its boundaries. Hank’s driving lead guitar, perfectly balanced by Lynne’s true-blue vocals, are - as the old song goes - the right combination. Add tight vocal harmonies, a rhythm section that can play a country shuffle every bit as well as a country rock anthem, and you’ve got a dynamic and heartfelt show every time they hit the stage. Nashville Honeymoon is thrilled to feature the pedal steel stylings of Joe Goldmark, a frequent collaborator and cornerstone of the Bay Area country scene.
August 12 – Paper Birds with Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan
Paper Birds is a wonderful, once-in-a-blue-moon pop-up band born of the friendship between two exceptional singer/songwriter duos: California’s Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan, and Wisconsin’s Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon. From the Bay Area, Russell and Kaplan bring their unique Americana sound, driven by Russell’s gorgeous voice, eclectic and engaging songwriting and the couple’s dynamic instrumental arrangements. The duo has performed more than 1000 shows at festivals, concert halls, clubs, community centers, backyards, and living rooms, often alongside great collaborators—John Gorka, Laurie Lewis, Don Henry, Peter Rowan, Tish Hinojosa, and Christine Lavin, to name a few.
From the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Katie Dahl adds guitar, vocals, and sparkling songwriting to the mix, alongside her partner Rich Higdon’s upright bass and occasional percussion. Katie is an internationally touring songwriter whose five albums showcase her deep, smooth alto and smart, vulnerable songs. Between the two of them, Dahl and Higdon have shared stages with folks like Dar Williams, Peter Mulvey, Cheryl Wheeler, and Leo Kottke.
August 26 – Mokili Wa
Mokili Wa is a world-jazz fusion band with musicians from Central Africa and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Translated as "World Listeners" in Lingala and Lari, native languages of the Congo, the sounds of Mokili Wa are truly unique and at the same time stirringly familiar as they remind us of our common humanity and ancestral roots. From the blissful grooves of Africa to the evocative harmony of fusion and jazz, this groundbreaking collective offers us an opportunity for deep connection and conversation in the spirit of hope and love.
September 9 – According to Bazooka
According to Bazooka’s vibrant folk-pop infused sound blurs the lines of rock, folk, blues, country and zydeco. Their lively show features well-crafted tunes and irresistible pop melodies. A2B includes Richard Urbino (vocals, guitar), René Martucci, (vocals, accordion, keyboard), Jamie Knapp (vocals, upright bass), Daphne Rahmil (violin); and Don Johnston (drums, percussion).
September 16 – Rattlebox
Rattlebox is a “Progressive Americana” band featuring guitarist/singer-songwriter Lorin Rowan, cellist and vocalist Doug Harman, and pedal steel guitarist Barry Sless. The combination of these musicians and their unique cutting-edge instrumentation highlights their ‘outside-the-box’ improvisations as they interweave together creating a fresh, exciting sound with powerful melodies and intriguing lyrics, as well as dazzling instrumental interludes.