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Jr Cadillac

Genre: Classic Rock , Flamenco , Guitarist

  1. Saturday, August 15 8:00 PM (All ages)

Ted and Frank Fliss, brothers, came to Jr. Cadillac through Tommy Cadillac. Fellow Queen Anners, Ted was our roadie for a good long stretch and brother Frank was listed as our "spiritual adviser" on the "Hamburgers To Go" album. They were a couple of very funny dudes and wild men in the bargain.

After Ted had roadied for us awhile he'd amassed a small fortune...as this work does pay so well. He decided he would promote one of our many "Sea Cruises". So he took all the money he had and then some and rented the Goodtime II party boat leaving out of downtown Seattle.

While Teddy got the party ready aboard, Frank and some pals were having Double Dirty Mothers at a nearby bar. Somehow he got his drink in a plastic go cup and came aboard just at sailing. Frank and I were standing at the rail up top of the Good Ship Goodtime II. He was regaling me with tales of their wild exploits when at a certain time he said, "Anybody go over the side yet?" I guess I indicated NO because he said, "Here, hold my drink"....and over the top and into the frigid Puget Sound he goes....yeah. He did.

He was sucked under the moving boat and held there for a goodly time. People are getting upset...where is he? Suddenly he emerges floundering and gasping for breath. By now the Captain has stopped the boat to pick Frank out of the water. Teddy threw him a ring and hauled him aboard the little stern area.

He was soaked and a lovely shade of blue/gray. Nearly drowned and suffering from exposure to that cold, cold water. The girls are rubbing his feet and covering him and getting him some hot drink.

The Captain found NO humor in this move of Frank's and was threatening to turn the boat around and head for shore...."No, no", sez Teddy. "I have my life savings into this cruise!!" The Captain relents but promises to abort the party if there is any more trouble of this sort. Ted ASSURES him that he'll deal with his brother, and that there'll be no repeats.

The girls had brought Frank around pretty much and when Teddy got back to him, Ted hauled him out on the stern and just kicked the living shit out of Frank. "You f.....er. You almost cost me a fortune, you asshole!" Beating him with every deprecation.

We played "Sea Cruise" and we were underway.... The party was a big success.

... and there's more to come, to be sure...

http://www.jrcadillac.com/


Judd and Joe

Genre: Folk , Rock

  1. Thursday, May 28 9:00 PM (21+)

Judd and Joe have been best friends and musical partners for more than a decade. Parts of various bands throughout the years, from the Pasties to the Blackberry Bushes, Kissing Potion to the Pine Hearts, Judd and Joe have traversed many a musical landscape and are still playing music together all these years later. Come check out these old friends play songs new and old, with the same chemistry that has held people's attention with vocal harmony and top notch songwriting, for the better part of a decade.

http://www.juddwasserman.com/

Kareem Kandi

Genre: Jazz , Saxophonist

  1. Wednesday, May 27 8:30 PM (21+)

“Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that.” 

The Weekly Volcano

“I’m looking forward to following Kandi’s jazz career. If his Kerry Hall performance was any indication, this young saxophonist will be having a major impact on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene.“

All About Jazz

” If you want a true jazz experience go hear Kareem Kandi. Just sit back and transport yourself to any jazz club in the world where you imagine you want to be and Kareem will take you there because he is a classic jazz musician.”

Northwest Jazz Profile

” Best Jazz Group 2007 “

” Best Jazz Group 2008 “

” Best Jazz Group 2010 “

” Best Jazz Group 2011″

Weekly Volcano’s ” Best of Tacoma ” Readers Poll                            

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kandi the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kandi as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.

Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group The Kareem Kandi Band for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.

As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student  jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students.

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

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.”



Landau Eugene Murphy Jr

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

  1. Tuesday, June 30 8:00 PM (21+)

 “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/



Liz Longley / Anthony D’Amato

Genre: Singer-songwriter

Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed singer-songwriter Liz Longley. The artist's eagerly anticipated album is slated for release in March 2015.

"It felt like a dream come true and worth every second of the wait," says Longley regarding her offer from Sugar Hill, "I am so excited about working with this group. It has become very important to me over the past few years to build a team that is trustworthy and hardworking, and they are just that. I can't wait to see this album reach its full potential."

Longley's self titled release was produced by fellow Berklee College of Music alum Gus Berry at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and features three special mixes from Sugar Hill's own Gary Paczosa. All songs were written solely by Longley with the exception of a co-write on "This is Not the End."

"For me songwriting is my therapy and these songs are almost like personal journal entries during that time of my life," says Longley. She also cites her musical influences as eclectic, mentioning Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Lucinda Williams as inspirations for her own music.

Longley believes her move to Nashville in 2011 had a big influence on the sound of this album. "It felt more like coming home to me," Longley muses about her big move. The album features appearances by world class musicians including Michael Rhodes, Nir Zidkyahu, Tom Bukovac, Danny Rader, John Hobbs, JT Corenflos, and Marco Giovino, who boast previous work recording and playing with John Mayer, Etta James, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks and many other musical greats.

"It was amazing and humbling having all of these talented musicians play on my album, and it was just mind blowing working with Gary," says Longley. "He brought the songs he mixed to life. The vocal is so present and it feels like a more intimate performance, those details really show his genius."

Gary Paczosa, Sugar Hill's VP of A&R, says, "I'm thrilled to have Liz on the Sugar Hill roster, from an A&R standpoint she's a dream come true. Besides having a stunning voice, she's a brilliant songwriter that possesses the capability to connect with the listener in a way that not many artists achieve. Her effortless vocals and beautiful melodies made this such an obvious choice for us at Sugar Hill; we are thrilled to welcome Liz aboard!"

Longley hails from a small town outside Philadelphia where her nurturing parents encouraged her from a young age to take piano and vocal lessons. Later, after being accepted to Berklee, Longley packed her bags for Boston where she studied under the best and was even chosen to participate in a workshop with John Mayer. In the short time since her graduation Longley has developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter having taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. Longley's music has taken center stage on a national level as well with several television placements on networks such as ABC and Lifetime and Sirius XM radio airplay.

Sugar Hill's General Manager and Senior Vice President Cliff O'Sullivan, states, "Liz Longley is an incredible talent, both as a singer and a songwriter. We're thrilled to have her be the latest artist to join Sugar Hill."

"The outpouring of support and the money raised for this album through my Kickstarter campaign was incredible! I can't wait for my followers to hear these songs in a whole new capacity with this release," says Longley.

Sugar Hill is thrilled to bring such a talented songstress to the forefront of the musical stratosphere.

www.lizlongley.com

http://www.anthonydamatomusic.com

Luke Wade w/ Tommy Simmons

Genre: Singer-songwriter

Luke was a semi-finalist on the currently airing season of THE VOICE. Luke has an incredibly soulful voice. All Four judges Immediately turned their chairs.   Adam Levine declared him "quite possibly the best voice in the competition," and ultimately Luke chose Pharrell Williams as his coach.  He slayed the competition last week in the battle rounds, and his performance this coming Monday is quite the Knockout.  This boy is going to go far.  Growing up on Hurt Street in a sultry little Texas town might seem an auspicious beginning for a soul singer. But for Dublin’s Luke Wade, it’s hard to imagine that it would be anything short of destiny.

Born of extraordinary artists and self-described ‘Hippies’, Luke is the product of a home that truly cultivated creativity. The youngest of four children, his music is the modern manifestation of the introspective and enlightened notions instilled by his parents. Bob and Wanda spawned a self- awareness that makes Luke’s music inherently reflective, without need of gimmick or novelty. His insightful and thoughtful lyrics make it easy to imagine that if Hurt Street were located in some distant galaxy, this is still the music he would create.

An unlikely series of childhood ailments provided Luke with an early sense of perspective that many never find even as adults. A bout of spinal meningitis proved almost fatal, a paintball accident left him blind in one eye and some years later a severe heatstroke left him struggling to overcome temporary brain damage and amnesia. And though these experiences inevitably influence his music, it is not in the fatalistic way you might expect. While his songs may have that soulful ‘written on the porch because the house was too damned hot’ feel, the end result is a style that feels ever hopeful.

It is but a few times in a generation that an artist comes along with the potential to reflect so honestly the human condition. Such a calling requires a humility and self-awareness that seldom find an artist until late in his career, when he’s turned the corner from idealistic to philosophical. Often young singer-songwriters aspire to draw a picture with words, a melodic expression of the visual, hoping to capture a single meaningful moment in time. Luke aspires to capture our journey through it - and his sophomore album, “The River”, speaks to a brilliant departure on that journey.

The spring release of “The River” and a swell of media coverage have prompted renewed comparison to the likes of Ray LaMontagne. Each stylistically unique, Luke surrounds himself with exceptional musicians and remains keenly aware as to his place in the musical equation. His incomparable musicality requires more of the accompaniment than just support of the lyric, he allows it to build a distinctive setting in which to tell his story. When performing with his full band, Luke’s boisterous horn section and soulful voice are the perfect paring of audacity and nuance.

Luke’s writing is always honest and never self-indulgent, creating music that feels as much a part of the listener as the artist. His ‘damaged in transport but absolutely delivered’ charm has endeared him to his audience and encouraged a rabid following wherever he performs. Instinctively, Luke seems to realize that his success is always secondary to the song, resulting in a refreshing vulnerability that you couldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Music is at once frivolous and necessary. That rare artist willing to embrace this idea will become timeless, making the music that comes to describe generations and cultures, not simply as historical narrative, but as a conscious identity by which we willingly choose to define ourselves in real time. Meet Luke Wade.

http://www.lukewademusic.com/

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