2024 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.
2024 Concert Season Performers
May 4 – 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. We are excited to welcome them back to Robin’s Nest!
May 18 – Nat Lefkoff Band
Born and raised in Davis, CA, Nat Lefkoff is a musician dedicated to distilling the human condition and disarming listeners. His music shows off the vulnerability and intensity of his lyrics and performance. With a voice that pulls at your heart, Nat's music is more than a collection of chords and sincere words. It is the experience of life, pain, and hunger masterfully articulated into song.
June 1 – Chris Webster and Nine Gerber
Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Chris’ voice is uniquely compelling while Nina’s guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic. Chris plays with a number of groups, including Mumbo Gumbo and, since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, Nina’s acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, this will be a great show!
June 15 - Paul and Eleanore and Nina Gerber
Modern folk musicians Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald from Nevada City, CA have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 33 years. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, complex songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements, and intricate guitar work. They’ve been applauded throughout the US as well as by audiences overseas. They will be joined by the amazingly talented guitarist, Nina Gerber.
June 29th - Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks
Marty Cohen, lead vocals and songwriter, and the Sidekicks – Ken Rabiroff, vocals, lead/bass guitar, Jeff Sears, vocals, bass/lead guitar and Tony Galioto, percussion – have established themselves as one of the premier acoustic groups in Northern California. Their rich vocal harmonies and distinctive arrangements enhance Marty’s award-winning songs, and the band creates a sound that is an inspired blend of urban folk – with a pop twist. They were voted "Best Folk" Artist of 2018 by the readers of the Sacramento News and Review and earned a "SAMMIE" award. The band has released 3 CDs of Marty's original songs, with a fourth CD in the works. The group has performed at a variety of venues all over Northern California, delighting audiences for the past 18 years.
Due to excessive heat, we will not be hosting concerts in July and August.
September 7 – Evie Ladin Band
Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers, the Evie Ladin Band throws down an unusually entertaining live show with three-part harmony, instrumental chops and sonic surprises. The polyrhythmic heat of Evie's renowned clawhammer banjo, percussive dance and inviting vocals have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Celtic Connections to Lincoln Center, Brazil to Bali. She has shared the stage with such innumerable luminaries as Laurie Lewis, Ralph Stanley, Peter Rowan, and countless contemporaries. Percussionist and bass player Keith Terry is a pioneer in contemporary Body Music, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. Guitarist Erik Pearson plays with cinematic old-time band the Crooked Jades and storyteller Diane Ferlatte. This year the band celebrates the release of their first LIVE album, recorded at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA, with rowdy versions of songs from all five of their previous releases.
September 21 – Misner and Smith
Northern California-based unclassifiable duo Misner & Smith treasure the unpredictability of their band. Technically precise songwriting mirrored with an improvisatory spirit and soaring harmonies have made the band—consisting of Sam Misner and Megan Smith—one of the most acclaimed acts in the Americana world. Blending elements of that genre with bluegrass, traditional folk ballads, and more pop-leaning ideas, Misner & Smith makes music gloriously nonconforming. Before the upcoming release of their career-defining sixth album, ALL IS SONG, the duo has released five critically acclaimed records, including Halfway Home (2004), Poor Player (2008), Live at the Freight & Salvage (2010), Seven Hour Storm (2013), and headwaters (2017). It was that 2017 release that found the group stripping their sound back down to where it began, two voices and two instruments. Headwaters was recorded live in the studio and features the duo doing what they do best. On ALL IS SONG, due to be released in April 2024, they build upon that momentum and turn in their finest work to date, an album of powerful declarations to the power of music, song, and, most importantly, collaboration.
October 5 – Anya Hinkle
Born in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Anya’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world with her vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship, and arresting honesty. Anya tours regionally and nationally all over the US as well as extensively in Japan and Europe. She has recorded 11 albums in various collaborations both in the US and Japan.
October 19 – I See Hawks in LA
I See Hawks in L.A. is Southern California’s leading alt country/Americana/folk rock band, with ten critically acclaimed releases. The Hawks are noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and wry social commentary. They have gathered a loyal tribe around the globe through their many U.S. and Europe/UK tours. Founded in 1999, they continue to create new, cutting-edge music that celebrates tradition and forges new trails.
This concert will be co-hosted with the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge’s Music Committee and will take place in the upstairs hall of the Lodge rather than in Robin’s backyard – 415 2nd Street in downtown Davis. For this concert, please don’t bring your own drinks. Beer, wine and sodas, etc. will be available for purchase at the Odd Fellows bar.