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Karla Bonoff

Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Sunday, September 20 7:30 PM (All ages)

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. And in her case, that description is not hyperbole.

With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to achieving chart success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such stellar artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt. Many of Bonoff’s ballads are now pop classics. All the while, she has continued to tour extensively, playing sold-out shows around the world. Karla’s moving vocals on her rich, expressive songs is like standing beneath a sparkling waterfall — refreshing, exhilarating, restorative. And hearing them live can be transformative.

In 2007, nearly 40 years into her writing, recording and performing, the singu- larly gifted singer/songwriter had at last produced a live album. Karla Bonoff Live is a superb two-CD set containing 21 songs, including some of Bonoff’s most popular material (“All My Life,” “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” “Tell Me Why,” and “Lose Again”) plus two new compositions. Many fans and critics prefer Bonoff’s own renditions of her songs, and they won’t be disappointed here. Like her performances, the instrumentation is clean and spare, giv-

ing Bonoff’s voice room to work its emotional magic on the listener. Live is Bonoff’s first solo album since 1999, when she released a 16-song greatest hits collection, All My Life: The Best of Karla Bonoff (Columbia/Legacy).

http://www.karlabonoff.com/

King Sunny Ade & His African Beats - CANCELLED!

Genre: Multi-Instrumentalist , Singer-songwriter , World

  1. Wednesday, July 22 7:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Wednesday, July 22 10:00 PM (21+)


Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966 following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own ten piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which carved him a gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

The late sixties found Ade searching for a credible sound identity that tended to fuse the influence of Tunde Nightingale with the techniques of his mentor, Moses Olaiya in order to forge his own individuality and direction. Emphasis was therefore placed on melodic exploration, simple vocal themes and accompaniment based merely on social commentaries than clear-cut, definitive tunes.

But it was in the seventies that he really got himself together, trying to perfect a sense of direction within the juju format. Attention began to be focused on rhythmic integration, lead singing began to assume a more defined and aggressive pattern with such hits as “Ekilo fomo ode” “Esu biri biri,” “Nitori awa wa”, some of which were steeped in highlife.

In the mid-seventies Ade adopted a new cultural dimension when he was influential like every other musician by the cultural wind that began to blow through Africa. He was influenced by Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afro beat, evidence of which was prominent in his instrumentation where the guitars riffed figures that were imitative of the Afro beat legend’s creations. His guitar solos were also affected as he did not only include the tenor guitar which was Fela's concept, he actually lured Fela's famous exponent of this instrument, Sony Ohiri into joining his own aggregation which had metamorphosed from Green Spots to African Beats. And it was a new development for juju music. A typical Afrobeat influenced tune from this era was “synchro system” which was predicated mainly on an Afrobeat bass movement aside from the singing.

The 1980s experienced a consolidation in Ade’s orchestral arrangements which now took preeminence over every other element. He began to play with the confidence and authority of a super star, developing a sense of melodic inventiveness woven around simple structures. He had established a sense of direction and reached the peak of his performing career with well choreographed steps and the professional stage act that was predicated on flamboyance and athletic movements.

Fortunately, for Ade, it was at this peak of his blossoming career that his popularity was scientifically tested and acknowledged by a hit parade that was being conducted by Research and Marketing Services Limited for Radio Nigeria 2, the then leading FM Station in the country. Ade often topped the Nigerian social music category of this chart with such hit albums as “Afefe yeye,” “Check E,” “Searching for my Love,” “Juju Music” among others. This success gave Ade a kind of larger than self popularity which exposed him to the international scene. Ade no doubt has brought a number of innovations to juju. His arch rival, Ebenezer Obey had succeeded in transforming the music from its neo-traditional status to an urban social music type with the introduction of the trap drums and three guitars. But Ade further revolutionized juju music by increasing these guitars, adding more drums, introducing flamboyance of a robust type, elegance and dignity to the live performance of the music.

His words: “When I met juju music musicians were still sitting down, with instruments arranged in front. I found it hard because I knew people were not getting full value for their money. So I started standing and dancing. I moved the instruments backwards to allow them enjoy their money and gave my boys a microphone each to dance and sing.” Continuing, he said, “At that time too, they were playing only one guitar. I increased to two, three, four, five and the present six. I dropped the use of the accordion and introduced keyboards, the manual jazz drum and now the electronic jazz drum. I introduced the use of pedal steel otherwise known as Hawaiian guitar, increased the percussion aspect of the music, added more talking drums, introduced computer into juju music and de-emphasized the use of high tone in the vocals.”

When Ade signed on with Island Records in 1982 as a result of attracting international attention, he was perhaps the biggest natural phenomenon on the Nigerian music scene where massive record sales kept him at the top of the charts. With the release of the album “Juju Music”, Ade was launched personally onto the Western pop scene, and his presence generated the kind of buzz associated with a big star. He was presented as a Yoruba prince and referred to as king. His musicians called him chairman. Elegant, youthful-looking and courteous, Sunny Ade had the charisma to match his new status. He even had the air of regal candor to go with his title, “the king of juju music.”



KO Ensemble

Genre: Jazz

  1. Wednesday, July 29 8:00 PM (21+)

KO ENSEMBLE is a rotating cast of Seattle's best jazz and creative musicians, including Tim Kennedy, Samantha Boshnack, Naomi Siegel, Robby Beasley, Simon Henneman, Chris Icasiano, Eric Eagle, Wayne Horvitz, Geoff Harper, Andy Roth, Chris Credit, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Michael Owcharuk. This is Kate's most straight ahead jazz project, and her compositions are heavily influenced by the music of Thelonious Monk, as well as the compositions of her contemporaries in the Seattle music scene. KO ENSEMBLE has many incarnations, from duo to sextet.

http://www.kateplayssax.com/ko-ensemble/

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr w/ Down North

Genre: Folk , Pop , Singer-songwriter

  1. Saturday, July 18 8:00 PM (All ages)


When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for America's Got Talent, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars, and the only “nice” clothes he owned were the ones on his back; a pair of jeans, a modest button down striped shirt and jacket. 

Fortunately, you don't need a large wardrobe to win America’s heart.  You need talent and Landau has truckloads of that.  Since wowing the judges with his interpretations of classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and walking away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers on AGT, Landau has released his Columbia Records debut "That's Life" (the CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who also helmed Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook album) and has performed all over the country, from the California State Fair to the New York's famous Apollo Theatre, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to the Marina Civic Center in Florida and all points in between.

Along the way, he has appeared on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, Anderson Cooper, Tom Joyner, Sirius XM, NPR and dozens of other outlets, was named his home state’s “West Virginian of the Year” (where he has performed a series of sold out concerts helping raise over a half million dollars for state charities), played a special command performance at the Governors Inauguration, won Reality TV Personality of the Year in Hollywood, and was honored to perform with his band for U.S. Troops in Germany. 

But all that success hasn't made Landau forget his roots.  He was born in the Mountain State of West Virginia and continues to live there rather than move to entertainment industry hubs like Los Angeles or New York.  “West Virginia will always be my home,” says Landau, “and home and family are the most important thing in the world to me. I can always fly out to L.A. or New York for work, but being here helps keep me humble and grounded.  I’m just very fortunate to be living my dream.”

For many winners of television talent competitions, the ride is short, but for Landau, more than two years after winning America's Got Talent, things couldn't be busier.  A book co-authored with award-winning writer Rick Robinson chronicling Landau's All American success story called LANDAU: FROM WASHING CARS TO HOLLYWOOD STAR, debuted at #1 on the Amazon.com Jazz Book chart.  Landau's CHRISTMAS MADE FOR TWO is an album full of both classic and brand new original holiday favorites (“Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year”).  The CD features a guest appearance by former Temptations lead vocalist Glenn Leonard reprising his role on "Silent Night" from the Temptations Christmas album.  Landau's Christmas CD is now a best-selling fundraising vehicle for The Children's Home Society charity, and the holiday season found Landau guest hosting a show on the Sirius/XM "Holly" channel while crisscrossing the country on a sold out Christmas tour with his mentor Leonard and former lead vocalists from The Platters and Drifters.  Landau also performed his first ever concerts with two complete symphony orchestras and visited Asia for the first time, at the headliner at a special charity benefit at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai China for AEG Live.  But also penciled into Landau’s busy calendar is spending time at his modest new home in the West Virginia hills.  “I’ve got my home studio, plenty of room for my family and a big beautiful mountain behind me. I’m so thankful to God everyday for giving me these blessings, and a bigger stage to perform on.”  And, yes, he still sings while he washes cars.  But now, those cars belong to Landau.


www.landaumurphyjr.com

Laney Jones and the Spirits w/ Pierce & Thompson

Genre: Bluegrass , Folk , Roots Rock

 “This is beautiful … She’s on to something original, that as an artist she’s on to something new… You got it going on and I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do next!” - Alison Krauss, speaking about Laney on PBS’s Great Performances

“… a thing that brims with as much sweet innocence as it does rich craft.” 

-Orlando Weekly

Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band the Spirits. Since releasing her first studio album Golden Road in 2013, she has traveled far from the orange groves and marshes of her home, graduating from Berklee College of Music and playing festival stages at Grey Fox, Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues and numerous others.

This past January, Jones was featured on the PBS series, Great Performances. The 90-minute documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s American Voices weekend-long festival and features Laney as an emerging artist alongside musical great Alison Krauss. Additional accolades for the band include invites to SXSW, Sundance, a formal IBMA showcase and a Southern Musician Sponsorship from Belk Department Stores which earned her performances with Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. Laney Jones and the Spirits are set to release their next album in fall 2015.

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

Genre: Pop-Rock , R&B , Soul

  1. Thursday, August 20 8:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Friday, August 21 8:00 PM (All ages)

LeRoy is a passionate Soul/R&B singer, a powerful blues/rocker and equally at home as an acoustic folk/soul singer, capable of captivating an audience with intimate performances. His studio and live band, LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends with  bassist Terry Morgan, drummer Davis Martin and his newest “Only Friend”, keyboardist, Daniel Walker (Oklahoma transplant) lay the powerful musical foundation for the sound of Rock ‘N Soul or LeRoy Bell.

http://www.leroybell.com/



Maracuj√°

Genre: Cumbia , Brazilian , World

Maracuj√° plays music of Latin America drawing from its roots to find their own sound.  From Brasil and its street sambas and gentle bossa novas to Cuba and its African rhythms of son, guajira, mambo, and bolero.  ….and all places in between.  Music for a mood or music to move to.

Marco de Carvalho Trio

Genre: Brazilian , Guitarist

  1. Wednesday, July 22 8:30 PM (21+)

Marco is a Brazilian musician, originally from Rio de Janeiro.  He graduated from the prestigious Music Conservatory of Rio de Janeiro under Juarez Carvalho and Sergio Vale. He studied composition and harmony under Luiz Eca and Ronaldo Miranda.   

Marco began playing guitar at the age of 14 and played in clubs, universities, and festivals throughout Brazil, USA and Europe.

Marco has been a performance guitarist, composer and arranger for twenty-five years. He plays an extensive repertoire of music from Rio de Janeiro as well as his own compositions.  Marco has played with many musicians in Brazil and the USA.  He has recorded on numerous CDs and sound tracks also producing and arranging. 

Marco has played at a number of Seattle performance venues and events and theatres including: Jazz Alley, Triple Door, Bumbershoot, Governor’s Mansion, Northwest Guitar Festival, Benaroya Hall,  Ballard Jazz Festival, Teatro Zinzanni, Mondello, Miyabi, Argosy Cruises and many others as well in other states of U.S.  

Marco has recorded three original CDs: Paisagens (out of print), For the Moment (released on OA2 Records), and Cancoes (out of print). Please contact Marco to purchase a copy of "Paisagens" and "Cancoes".

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QR3CGG/176-0398718-1805742?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Marty Balin (of Jefferson Airplane)

Genre: Everything , Rock

“Marty was the one who started the San Francisco scene”, says Bill Thompson, Balin’s roommate back in the mid-’60s and former manager of both the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. “Back in those days Marty was quite the businessman” said Paul Kantner. “He was the leader of the band on that level. He was the one who pushed us to do all the business stuff, orchestrating, thinking ahead, looking for managers and club opportunities. He was very good at it”. The Jefferson Airplane, initially a folk-rock venture, came to epitomize the psychedelic scene, scoring a gold record with their 1967 second album, Surrealistic Pillow. Balin’s soulful tenor proved a pivotal element of their sound. He also wrote key compositions including “It’s No Secret” “Today,” “Comin’ Back To Me” “Plastic Fantastic Lover” “Share a Little Joke,” and “Volunteers.”

“In my formative rock days, Bill Graham was my manager, and you couldn’t have a better teacher.” – Marty Balin At the end of 1978, after contributing several major hits including “Miracles,” “With Your Love,” “Count on Me,” and “Runaway” with Jefferson Starship, Marty left the band. In 1981, he released his first solo album, Balin, featuring two Top 40 hits. “Hearts” and “Atlanta Lady.” This was followed in 1983 by a second solo album. Lucky, along with a Japanese-only EP called “There’s No Shoulder.” After touring the world, Marty came home to San Francisco in 1984. 1989 a reunion album and tour with Jefferson Airplane followed. The people who saw the live shows saw the real Airplane. We did not let down the legend.”

http://martybalinmusic.com/



Meklit Hadero

Genre: Singer-songwriter

If Joni Mitchell were East African, sang duets with Norah Jones and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco, it just might remind you of MEKLIT. Born in Ethiopia, based in San Francisco for the past nine years, singer/composer/cultural activist Meklit became a sensation with the release of her debut “On a Day Like This ” in April 2010. An enchanting album featuring luminous, original songs, and some traditional Amharic music as well. It got rave reviews across the board. NPR called Hadero’s sound, “a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry ; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.”  PBS said “You’ll hear hints of Billie Holliday, Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell in her music but Hadero is her own unique creation.” And the San Francisco Chronicle called Meklit ”...an artistic giant in the early stages. She is stunning.”

http://www.meklithadero.com/

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