Michael Kaeshammer doesn’t simply wow you with his chops; he invites you in and talks to you. Yes, he’s a gifted singer and songwriter, a highly trained technician and interpreter and an incendiary piano player. But also, on stage and off, he’s a consummate host.
Kaeshammer’s shows are prepared with your full participation, and never from a set menu. They’re a party, constantly evolving and likely to explode in a wild flurry of joy that’s as undeniable as it is contagious at any second.
Kaeshammer’s performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join the party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band.
A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and applaud politely every now and then. Their goal isn’t to intimidate you with the scholarly depth of their music, it’s to entertain, inform and include you – A wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go.
On stage and on record it’s all about drawing the audience in. That’s where the joy is, pure and simple. And while joy is something Michael Kaeshammer has never had difficulty expressing, on KAESHAMMER, his third record on Alert Music, the German born, Canadian bred pianist expresses it more enthusiastically than ever.
Joe Louis Walker's career is unique. Unlike those who came in his wake, Joe never had to learn the blues, simply because it was his mother tongue, although he doesn't hail from the Delta. When other blues legends grew up in the prewar South, Walker was raised in the Fillmore district of San Francisco in the late fifties and early sixties, at a time when black blues and white rock lived hand in hand. And while honing his skills locally with the likes of Lightnin' Hopkins, Fred McDowell, Magic Sam and Earl "Zebedee" Hooker, he was very much part of the local psychedelic scene. "I knew them all. Carlos Santana and the guys from the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead as well as Sly Stone and Larry Graham. My roommate at the time was Mike Bloomfield, fresh from introducing Bob Dylan to the electric guitar."
Considered one of the last of the great blues guitar heroes, alongside B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush, Joe gives more than a 100 fiery performances on all continents every year, appearing at major festivals from the US and Canada to Australia, Europe to Japan, the Far East to Southern America, while collecting awards like others collect pennies.
When you think Entertainment there are two juggernauts in the US. Los Angeles and New York City- The capitals of entertainment. The subject has been attacked by comics, singers, rappers and actors for years. Broadway vs Hollywood, Biggie vs Tupac and so on. Now we are going to put an end to the discussion at Bridge Street Live.
We flew out 2 of LA's finest comics to put it on the line with 2 of New Yorks own. NY vs LA is a night of amazing comedy where we see why people prefer to stay away from the middle.
All The Way From LA:
Vicki Barbolak -- Vicki was recently selected by Bob Reid and Mark Ross, the Talent Coordinators of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to be a member of Jay Leno’s Laugh Squad at NBC. She is the 2007 Winner of Nickelodeon’s “Funniest Mom in America” hosted by Rosanne Barr and is now touring major venues across the America in her own Show the Wild Girls of Comedy and Headlining the hilarious Funniest Housewives of Orange County Shows. As an actress Vicki had the honor of starring in New Vision Theaters’ Company 2010 Production of Faith County II, playing Juliet of Romeo and Juliet (a la Arkansas). She also recently played Garret Morris’s secretary in John Griess’ new Independent Film, Pickin and Grinnin’. A modern version of Phyllis Diller and Totie Fields, Vicki Barbolak has been called the next Major Headliner to carry on their legendary ‘Live in Concert’ shows. Vicki was the first winner of California’s Funniest Female Contest in 2004 and thankful to the boys up above San Francisco for her win of Russian River’s Gay Comedy Festival in 2006. Vicki was singled out by E! Television as “…the next breakout star to come out of the World Famous Comedy Store.”
Mike Vinn --Mike is known throughout the west coast. This funny man is a triple threat, actor and writer Mike Brings the funny. A regular at The Comedy Store he is sharp and ready to go. Mike has become part of the Best of San Diego according to the La Jolla Comedy Store, frequently host Sunday’s New Talent Night, have been on tour and have performed with some of the best comics today.
& Up From The Big Apple:
Joe Bronzi -- Joe began his comedy career by winning regional, city, and state comedy contests. His comedy background includes extensive improv training and his performance style mixes award-winning writing with fast-paced “off-the-cuff” crowd interaction. Upbeat, clean, and positive, his comedy style makes him a preferred comedian for corporate events. Today, Joe is a favorite at Las Vegas and Atlantic City Casinos as well as a regular on the high seas for Norwegian and Holland America Cruise Lines. He has opened up for many of the industries' top talents, including Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, John Pinette, Brian Regan, Dom Irrera, Gilbert Gottfried and Kevin Pollock. He proudly notes that he’s the regular (and only) opener for comedy legend David Brenner. Joe is also a trained actor whose acting credits include several local commercials, the independent films "Due Diligence" and "The Cleaning Lady”, and a starring role off-Broadway in James McClure’s “Pvt. Wars”. He can be heard often on Sirius/XM satellite radio as a comedian, as well as a performer and featured writer for the Daily Comedy Network. As a screenwriter, Joe is the author of a one-man show, short films, and feature length screenplays. His writing portfolio also contains a spectrum of sitcom episodes, show bibles, and stage and radio plays. Last but not least, Joe is the proud father of two amazing children, Jake and Corina, and the lucky husband of his long-suffering wife Christine.
Chris Monty -- Chris is New York’s newest rising comedy star. Born and raised on Long Island, Chris was fascinated with show business at an early age. He yearned to be in front of an audience singing or dancing. Many a party would find Chris performing in front of friends and relatives to a big round of applause. But it was when he saw a certain comedian on television that he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. That comedian was Red Skelton.
Rich Vos is an incredibly gifted comic who not only has sharp, insightful material, but is also a master at working the crowd. His ability to perform in front of any audience has landed him as being the first white comic on Def Jam to performing on the View. He just finished filming a movie called “Women Aren’t Funny” with his wife Bonnie McFarlane starring Wanda Sykes, Chris Rocks, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, Dane Cook, Joan Rivers and many more.
He was the breakout star of NBC's Last Comic Standing seasons 1 and 3, was a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He wrote for Chris Rock when he hosted The Academy Awards in 2005. He also played Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams. He has one of the highest rated half hour specials on comedy central and can also be seen in the movie stand up 360.
Bonnie McFarlane is Canadian. She grew up on a farm in Alberta, but she tells people she's from the neighboring province of Saskatchewan because she thinks it sounds funnier. She's been on a bunch of stand-up TV shows like Letterman, Kilborn, and the Commies. She's also been a writer on a bunch of lame TV shows like Wintuition, Spy TV, Trigger Happy, and The Man Show. She writes a semi-monthly column for Shecky's and does stand-up anywhere they'll let her. She lives in California and was one of the contestants on NBC's Last Comic Standing.