Abbie Gardner and Jon Paul
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (SOLD OUT
4:00 PM

You may know her as the member of Red Molly who wears her guitar a little funny, but Abbie (and her dobro) will be on a solo tour with guitarist Jon Paul. The combination promises to be an evening ranging from mellow acoustic singer-songwriter to high powered blues and soul

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs!  No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs.  Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.  Her first songbook was published in December 2016 and shes looking forward to releasing a new solo CD in Jan 2018.

Jon Paul, a 2008 Berklee College of Music graduate, studied songwriting and guitar performance, but has been involved with music all of his life. Growing up with a severe stammer as a child, music was his only way to escape the trapped feeling of not being able to communicate what he wanted to say. Jon Paul has been pleasing audiences everywhere from all around the Northeast, Texas and England with his unique approach to songwriting. His debut EP is a launching pad for a musician that won't be going anywhere for a while, "music is one of the most important things in my life. As long as I'm alive, I'll still be playing and writing."

Saturday, February 3, 2018 (Advanced Tickets)
7:30 PM

Melanie O'Reilly & Frank Martin have a wonderful duo fusing elements of Celtic and jazz styles--This show will be a real journey into world fusion, performed by two amazing first class players. 

Melanie, from Ireland, is an international figure in the world of Celtic music and jazz, having performed in venues including Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh International Festival, and the International Cork Jazz Festival.  Her unique style fuses traditional two great traditions - Celtic melodies & themes with jazz.  Her  original compositions are created through the inspiration of literary figures, such as James Joyce, and lyrics based on contemporary Irish poems, as well as stories of Ireland.
Frank Martin on piano is renowned both locally in the Bay Area and internationally with a formidable roster of performances and recordings with musicians in the jazz and pop worlds, including Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Turtle Island String Quartet, Stevie Wonder, and the world-class Brazilian band of Jose Neto.

In addition, Melanie and Frank's duo concert at the  National Concert Hall Dublin, was voted as one of the top jazz concerts of  2013 by Ireland by Ireland's top selling newspaper Sunday Independent, and later that year their concert in LA's Schoenburg Hall  represented Ireland at the International EU Jazz Festival.

"A thoroughly modern take on the jazz tradition.... utterly transformative".
 Ken Kubernik : Record Producer/Journalist Music Connection.

"Timeless & thoroughly modern,... songbird Melanie O'Reilly showcases Gaelic as an exciting jazz medium along with  innovative flights into French and American jazz standards. Her voice  soars to dynamic heights, drifts into sultriness and fuses with Frank Martin's masterful piano." 
Gianna Ranuzzi, Artistic Director /Berkeley World Music Festival

"The most exciting of the tracks (from Melanie's album "Ceol Ceantair" ) are "I Lose my Breath" and "I Am", both written by Melanie with Frank Martin and taken from their Joyce and Jazz Suite."
Grainne Farren/Sunday Independent

Saturday, February 17, 2018 (Advanced Tickets)
7:00 PM 

Please join us for what will surely be a special evening of collaboration between two remarkable young artists. At this performance, Faquini and Cressman will be debuting some original collaborations as well as arrangements from the Great American Songbook and various styles of Brazilian music.

Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream, Natalie Cressman is a rising singer/songwriter and trombonist who draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. Her new EP five-song EP Traces reveals her latest evolution, a sleek and sensuous electronica-laced sound with even a trace or two of dance floor sweat.

"Her trombone is world-class, but her singing voice is another thing entirely, an empathic entity that channels the ages. Cressman’s is a flawless act that can only get better with time and age. Yep, I smell a Grammy — someday."  
— Dave Good, San Diego Reader

Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and vocalist who was born in Brasília and has lived in Berkeley, California since the age of eight. He was a member of the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz program, and at the age of 15, Ian met the legendary Brazilian composer Guinga, who became his mentor and inspired him to pursue a career in music, drawing on the rich musical traditions of his Brazilian heritage.

"Faquini is an uncannily masterful composer"
— Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

Sunday, May 6, 2018
4:00 PM

We had hoped to have Claude THIS May, but the calendar just didn't line up. So we will catch the talented finger-picking guitarist on his next pass through the West Coast. Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories.