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Josh Rouse w/ Doug Paisley

Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Friday, June 13 8:00 PM (All ages)

This down-to-earth singer-songwriter came out early in his career with an astounding and acclaimed piece of music in ‘Dressed Up like Nebraska’, highlighted by its title cut, and the song “Suburban Sweetheart”, which 15 years later still stands up majestically alongside other tracks of its canon. And the Artist continued to build on that impressive debut with subsequent albums, via his fruitful and long-running collaborations with producer Brad Jones. To many, this is personified in the break out hit album ‘1972’. It has been a career that, thankfully, has seen the Artist exhibit a welcome reluctance to follow the “devil-may-care, lets release everything recorded on tape” attitude of some of his contemporaries. Careful and thoughtful with his output, the Nebraskan ensures that the songs are well considered, and striving for the gold standard.

Josh Rouse | Oh, Look What The Sun Did from Ignacio Bernal on Vimeo.

Juana Molina w/ Daniel G Harmann

Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Monday, April 21 7:30 PM (All ages)

Juana Molina is a singer/songwriter from Argentina whose quirky, atmospheric songs bring to mind modern chanteuses such as Lisa Germano and Beth Orton. Best known in South America as a comedic television actress, Molina debuted in 1996 with Rara. The album was simple, direct, and intimate: three things that usually fall outside the ego scope of most celeb music projects. Apparently, Molina was happy pursuing other interests and it wasn't until 2003 that she returned with a follow-up album, this time recording for the U.K.-based Domino label. Segundo had all of the intimacy of Molina's earlier work, but the prominence of electronics on the album clearly signaled a departure. A third album of electronica-enhanced songs, appropriately titled Tres Cosas, appeared soon after, in 2004.

The lyrics on her albums are sung in her native Rioplatense Spanish, except in Insensible from her third album which is in French, and often accompanied by acoustic guitar among other instruments. Her music features elements of ambient and electronica, and she is often compared by critics to Björk, Beth Orton, and Lisa Germano. She usually writes, mixes tracks and performs on her own. Her second album, Segundo, was named Best World Music Album 2003 in Entertainment Weekly and gained a Shortlist Award 2004 nomination. Tres Cosas was placed in the Top Ten Records of 2004 by the New York Times.

The much more organic and acoustic guitar-based Son was released in May 2006. Un Dia followed in October 2008, charting the same course of organic and acoustic material. After a five-year break, Molina released Wed 21 in October of 2013 on Crammed Discs; it was prefaced by the single "Eras."

Daniel G. Harmann is a master craftsman of working class art. With the lyrical depth of Low or the Red House Painters, Harmann constructs “iceberg rock” as powerful as late 90s post punk, & as emotionally honest & deep as melancholy rockers Jimmy Eat World, Idlewild, or even Fugazi. Harmann's songs draw the listener in with their dark & smoky feel, while escorting you through life's landscape of pain & redemption in a way only a trusted friend can.

Judith Owen

Genre: Alternative Rock , Piano , Singer-songwriter

  1. Wednesday, June 04 7:30 PM (All ages)

British singer/songwriter Judith Owen's eclecticism has seen her records shelved in the rock, folk, and jazz sections of record stores. She was born the daughter of an opera singer and began writing songs as a teenager. Becoming a professional musician, she met and married actor/musician Harry Shearer and contributed vocals and keyboards to his 1994 album, It Must Have Been Something I Said.

That Judith Owen's new album Ebb and Flow evokes the spirit of the halcyon days of the great 1970s troubadours is not accidental. In a set of potent songs about love and loss, pain and joy, dreams and despair, the Welsh singer-songwriter fearlessly explores the duality of the human condition - and to do justice to the songs she turned to the legendary musicians who created the seventies troubadour sound. Between them, her core band of drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar and guitarist Waddy Wachtel played on many of the landmark albums from the era by the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

The three musicians who "created the sound of the 1970s" (Rolling Stone) were always the band Owen wanted to work with. "I fell in love with them; that soothing sound and the consummate side-men who helped create it," says Owen. David Crosby described them simply as "the best." With Ebb and Flow, they recorded together for the first time in fifteen years.

Kareem Kandi

Genre: Jazz , Saxophonist

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

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.

“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

Karla Bonoff

Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Wednesday, May 14 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 singularly 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, giving 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).

Kat Koch Quartet

Genre: Jazz

  1. Wednesday, May 07 8:30 PM (21+)

Kat Koch, Dave Gagnon, Eric Verlinde, and Jeff Busch

Kevin Smith welcomes Edumacation with Andy McElfresh

Genre: Comedy

  1. Saturday, June 21 10:00 PM (All ages)

Kevin Smith goes on a weekly sojourn into all things knowledgy, with the help of his pal Edumacation Andy. Together they looks at the Sci (principles of Scientific thought), the Fi (Science Fiction and misconceptions), the Why (where listeners get to ask questions) and the Bye (we say goodbye by looking at the week in science news). So come laugh and learn!

Kobo Town

Genre: Caribbean , Reggae , Ska

  1. Thursday, July 10 7:30 PM (All ages)

Founded by Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born amid the boastful, humorous and militant chants of roaming stick-fighters. Situated near the fishermen's wharf, the area was a site of constant defiance and conflict, a place where sticks and stones, songs and verses clashed with the bayonets and batons of colonial rule.

Gonsalves grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Diego Martin, a town just outside of Trinidad’s biggest city, Port of Spain. “Diego Martin is a valley in the northern range, which is very green with a little contaminated river running through it, and that was the playground of our youth,” Gonsalves recalls. His mother is originally from Quebec City, Canada and had met Drew’s father in Barbados on a trip when he was visiting family. A few days later, they were engaged and she came to Trinidad where Gonsalves was born. “In Trinidad, we were surrounded by calypso - Kitchener lived up the street from me - but like most kids of my age, I was not interested in it,” Gonsalves recalls. While rock and heavy metal was considered cool by his friends, “I secretly liked calypso, but I was discrete about it.”

When he was 13, Drew’s mother fled what had become an abusive marriage and he and his siblings went with her to Ottawa, Canada. The sudden move to a new (and cold) world where he didn’t fit in led Gonsalves to cultivate a deep nostalgia for the land of his birth. “My curiosity about Trinidad led me to read a lot about the Caribbean and its history, the kind of legacy it bestowed upon us.  When I first returned to Trinidad I was eighteen and I went back to visit my father for the summer.  Going back with older eyes, I was more able to place in context all of the things that I took for granted when I was growing up.”

“On that first trip home my father took me to Lord Kitchener's Calypso Revue tent, held in the Oil Workers Trade Union Hall in Port of Spain,” remembers Gonsalves, “I was blown away by the cleverness and the wit of these calypsonians and also their engaging interplay with the audience. I had never experienced anything like it and, from that point on, calypso was always on my mind.”

Gonsalves started writing his own calypsos and visiting calypso tents every time he visited Trinidad. In 2004, he put together Kobo Town with some fellow Trini expats in Toronto and some musicians from his first band, Outcry, a rock-reggae group with calypso and West Indian folk influences. Early 2007 saw the release of Kobo Town's debut album Independence, which was recorded between Toronto, Ottawa and Port-of-Spain with Trinidadian producer Lyndon Livingstone. Nominated for an Indie award, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and an International Folk Alliance award, the record received very positive reviews from the international music press as well as frequent airplay on the CBC and college stations throughout Canada.

Some traditionalists, however, carped about the new elements Gonsalves included in his music. “I’m not sure I should call it calypso,” he says. “It is calypso inspired and derived, but it’s a conscious departure from the way it developed back home. Calypso is the folk music of urban Trinidad, but it has always drawn on outside influences, from big band and jazz in the 30s and 40s, to funk and disco in the 70s and 80s. It’s hard to pin down pure calypso. For me, the calypsonian is a singing newspaperman commenting on the events of the day, with an attitude halfway between court jester and griot.”

Kobo Town’s music came to the attention of Cumbancha founder and Putumayo researcher Jacob Edgar, and he introduced Gonsalves to Belizean producer Ivan Duran who had earned acclaim for his work on the Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective album Wátina. Duran, who runs the label and production company Stonetree, shares with Kobo Town the commitment to revive the folkloric music of the West Indies by taking it in new creative directions. The result of their four-year collaboration is Jumbie in the Jukebox, which was recorded in Belize, Montreal, Toronto and Trinidad.

“Ivan and I wanted this album to be a contemporary expression that said something about Caribbean music, our heritage, and the potential for a new voice that resonates with people today,” Gonsalves declares. “We made a conscious effort, but one that was quite natural in its own way, to make the music different, a bit more intense. This album is a small, heartfelt tribute to the spirits – both remembered and forgotten – who have gone before us, whose songs and sounds have never lost their power to enchant.”

Lady "A" Presents: "Sunday Night Gospel"

Genre: Gospel

  1. Sunday, April 27 6:00 PM (All ages)

Proceeds to benefit United by Music North America - Sending a message of Hope

Featuring: Josephine Howell, Stephanie Scott, Mitia Oliver, Theresa Oliver and the Baby Blues Funk Band

 Lady “A”, dubbed the Pacific NW Blues and Funk Diva is the lead vocalist Lady “A” & the Baby Blues Funk Band. A portion of the proceeds will go to an organization I mentor called United by Music, which teaches and works with intellectually disabled individuals to sing Blues, Swing, and jazz music on stage with professional musicians such as myself and then allowing them to soar by touring on their own and bring awareness that through music we all can strive.

Lady Rizo

Genre: Cabaret

"When she belts the last note, everything is in place. The hand is daintily raised just so, the immobile coiffed hair frames her face and the monstrous eyelashes consume the’d barely know what decade it is." (Gregory Miller, The New York Post)

"Winkingly sexy chanteuse... Lusciously retro vocals."  (Adam Feldman, Time Out NYC)

"The talented Lady Rizo, who combines glamour, wit, and real vocal chops."  (Michael Musto,  Village Voice)

2 years of sold out monthly Joe's Pub Shows has her heading to the SOHO Theater (London) for a 3 week run that starts next week (check out Time Out London feature:

She is currently recording with Reggie Watts and Moby

Here is Stephen Holden's review in the NY times

Though it is rumored that she is the product of a night of unrestrained indulgence between Peggy Lee, Mel Brooks, Nina Simone, Dean Martin and Janis Joplin the truth is Lady Rizo was raised by theatrical gypsies with the highest show business ethics. When she almost looked of age she rebelled against the comforting, unscrubbed, rustic life and set out for a world of harsh metropolitan sophisticates.

The 'Cabaret Superstar' (New York Magazine), comedienne and chanteuse revives the genre by creating vintage arrangements & theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & the Assettes in 2005.

In January 2010 she won her first Grammy on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a Holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor and Alison Krauss among others. She also sings and records with multi-platnum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography the video for the single New York, New York featuring Debbie Harry.

She is the Mistress of Ceremonies for current hotspot The Darby, a decadent modern supperclub in the West Village. In the same location as the legendary nightclub Nell's, she performs her pop arrangements there nightly to entertain music luminaries like Prince, Ashford and Simpson, Beyonce & Jay-Z.

A proud recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2010, she has performed her sold out show monthly at Joe's Pub since 2009 and has been commissioned for a full length piece by the Public Theater that will premiere as part of the New York Voices series in November 2011.

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