Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Just Announced 5.17.11

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Debbie Davies Band - Saturday, July 23rd @ 8:00 PM

Davies rise to the upper echelon of blues music started at an early age as she absorbed the music heard constantly in her home. Her (professional) musician parents were either sitting at the piano or spinning discs on their turntable, filling the air with the sounds of big band jazz, harmony vocal groups, or the pop icons of the day. But the young Davies was particularly attracted to the bluesier sounds of her father’s Ray Charles records, and by the age of 12 realized that her affinity for an instrument was not for the piano, but for the guitar.
“She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand.”- Los Angeles Times
“Davies playing is extraordinary - full of propulsion and energy and melodic invention…” People Magazine

Joey Kola! -- Friday, September 9th @ 8:00 PM

As a stand-up comedian for 28 years, Joey Kola has performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout his career in the US, Canada and England. His high energy, spot on punch lines, and fast delivery assault an audience like a comedic freight train. Joey’s topical and timeless material combine to always make his audiences laugh hard.
Joey has worked at countless comedy clubs, colleges, casinos, theatres, cruise ships and corporate functions. Kola’s also proud of the success he’s had in raising great amounts of money for the many different charities he currently supports. Joey Kola’s TV credits include, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, The Late Show with David Letterman”, “The King of Queens” with Kevin James, “The Martha Stewart Show”, “Comedy Central Presents Joey Kola”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”.
Joey has been voted Best TV Warm-up Comic 5 years in a row by Time Out NY magazine. He has warmed up many shows, such as “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with Meredith Viera, “The Late Show With David Letterman”, “The Apprentice” and “Survivor” Finales, “The Jane Pauley Show” and CBS’s “Wake-Up with Ali and Jack”. He currently can be seen everyday on the “Martha Stewart Show” as her ‘warm-up artiste’ and ‘lovable side kick’. No matter who the audience is, Joey’s likeability comes across as his strongest asset. He always leaves everyone drunken with laughter.

Guy Davis & Professor Louie and The Crowmatix -- Friday, September 16th @ 8:00 PM

He’s got some Blind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He’s got some Zora Neale Hurston and some Garrison Keillor. He’s a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly—Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeate every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix started touring and recording their own music in 2001. The group came into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz' studio productions for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They are also the backing group for solo CD's by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.Professor Louie & the Crowmatix have the distinct honor of being the only artists to have a live concert recording released by The New York State Museum entitled The Spirit Of Woodstock.

The Steel Wheels -- Friday, November 4th @ 8:00 PM

The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.
They fit best among musicians like Langhorne Slim, Gillian Welch, or Adrienne Young and Little Sadie (with whom they’ve shared the stage) – deft musicians making a name for themselves by creating their own particular permutation of traditional forms. Yet the Steel Wheels share much with new Americana favorites like the Avett Brothers or Old Crow Medicine Show, with charisma that causes toes to tap and heads to nod, audiences hanging on their every word.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Just Announced 5.11.11

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Paul Mecurio -- Saturday, August 6th @ 8:00 PM

In 1996, Paul was invited to be on the original writing and performing team for a new Comedy Central show called “The Daily Show.” In 2001, as a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Paul won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. For his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000,” Paul was honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (think The Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting). In 2002, Paul received his second Emmy nomination for his work on “The Daily Show.”... read more

Lipbone Redding and The LipBone Orchestra -- Saturday, September 3rd @ 8:00 PM

The music of which was heralded by the New York Times as "Remarkable!" With a vocal-trombone and nuances of exotic Eastern influence, Lipbone Redding maintains a musical act that is markedly different from other singer/songwriters. To many Lipbone Redding has become a mainstay in the global nexus of New York's East Village where he performs nightly at Jazz and Blues venues. "I support music, and music supports me," states Lipbone who has yet to get a straight job. Armed with an armada of vocal powered sounds which range from percussion and synthesizers to an amazingly true-to-life mouth trombone, "THE LIPBONE ORCHESTRA" (with drummer Rich Zukor and upright bassist Jeff Eyrich) finds the ability to cross over from one audience to another extremely easy because as one LIPBONE REDDING fan states, "Everybody likes good music!"

Jonathan Byrd & Anthony da Costa -- Sunday, August 7th @ 8:00 PM

"Jonathan Byrd is one of the Top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years." - Rich Warren of WFTM in the Chicago Tribune. Others in the Top 50 include Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell and Townes Van Zandt.
A native North Carolinian, Jonathan Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style.
One of those first songs was "Velma," a murder ballad based on the true story of Velma Barfield, the last woman to be executed in North Carolina, and the murderer of Jonathan's own grandfather. The song so moved folk music legend Tom Paxton that he wrote: "What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, yet growing in his own beautiful way."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sultry, smoky songs from Amy Speace

Amy Speace, who Judy Collins called 'one of the best young songwriters,' is coming to Collinsville to perform tunes from her new offering, 'Land Like A Bird,' on Sunday at Bridge Street Live.

Speace has been awarded an NPR 'Song of the Day;' toured with Collins, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin; and had WFUV-FM name her song 'Weight of the World' the No. 4 Folk Song of the Decade in its 2010 year-end Top 10 list. She will open the show for David Olney and Sergio Webb.


Tickets For The Show $18, $28

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just Announced 5.3.11

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Guitar Shorty & Ana Popovic -- Wednesday, June 1st @ 8:00 PM

In New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats such as T Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. It took a job with Sam Cooke to get 19 year old Shorty on the bus and on his way to the West Coast.

Ana's career has been meteoric, and shows no signs of slowing down! The most impressive aspect of Ana's music is her diversity of techniques and styles. Her blend of smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals, tight blues groove, soulful feminine vocals and her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world.


Elephant Revival - Colorado Indie/Folk Rock - Wednesday, June 15th @ 8:00 PM

Individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time; Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, John Paul Jones, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic et al… In performance, Elephant Revival reveals hidden treasures deep within a vast repertoire of original material and a few carefully selected traditionals. In one show, the quintet can be seen delving into Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae grooves, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat amongst other styles.

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Tom Russell - Wednesday, September 21st @ 8:00 PM

Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and two DVDs. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Russell is credited, along with Dave Alvin, of inventing the Americana radio format with their Merle Haggard tribute 'Tulare Dust' in 1994. The Columbus Other wrote: 'Russell seems to have invented, and keeps re-inventing, American roots music...! He´s the strongest live performer we have seen in years.'


Teacher's Comedy Special - Featuring: Vinnie Nardiello, Jay Black, and Dan Crohn! - Thursday, July 14th @ 8:00 PM

Vinnie Nardiello has written screenplays, stage shows, sketch comedy for stage and screen, commercials and radio programs. For the past seven years Vinnie has been making his mark in the world of stand-up, performing at clubs throughout the North and Southeastern United States. His work has been heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Jay Black started life as an English teacher. After a few years and a few teacher-of-the-year nominations, he decided to take his high-energy day-time act and adapt it to a club setting. He has wowed audiences with his creative take on our absurd existence.

Dan Crohn has been performing stand up comedy in and around Boston for the last five years. A recent semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, his stories of family and friends have entertained audiences from all over New England. Dan has opened for a number of well-known headliners and has played shows all over the country. His daytime job of teaching 4th graders has provided him with endless amounts of material. He has wanted to be a comedian since the age of eight when he stumbled upon his Father's Henny Youngman records. Dan Crohn is a force to be reckoned with and is quickly becoming one of the funniest comics in Boston, and with good reason: he's hilarious.