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Laura Love with Big Bad Gina
Sunday Sept 14th at 3pm, Outside concert
Genre-hoppin', folkin'-rockin' brilliant acoustic to radical electric
- In the summer of 2013, folk/funk diva Laura Love, did something she had never done before in her 20 years of
touring. She called home from the National Women's Music Festival and announced to her manager, "You
have to go online right now and look up this band we just played with. They're called Big Bad Gina and they are Off. The. Hook."
- Not only did Laura's manager find Big Bad Gina at their web site and Facebook page, she found a link to a jam
session that had just been posted by the Festival. In this video, Laura and Jen Todd, who were booked to
perform as an acoustic duo, were singing Chain Of Fools with a rocking band backing them on keyboards,
fiddle, banjo, drums and three part harmony. It was magnificent. It was Laura Love with Big Bad Gina.
- They mashed together again on another festival stage later that summer and when Laura was thinking about
how she wanted to tour the following year, she thought, "Let's see if BBG wants to come to the West Coast."
- Meanwhile in the Ozark Mountains and beyond, Big Bad Gina (Renee Janski, Jori Costello, Melodie Griffis and
RJ) was continuing their brilliant mosaic of rocking Pride events from Milwaukee to Provincetown, racking up
wins at Battles of the Bands in Kansas City and Dallas, headlining festivals and gathering a large and loyal
following. And somehow in the past five years they found time to release three CDs. They are all multiinstrumentalists
and excellent vocalists. Watching them seamlessly swap instruments around between tunes is
worth the price of admission alone. Big Bad Gina describes their style as "genre-hoppin', folkin'-rockin' brilliant
acoustic to radical electric". Which means they are a perfect match with Laura Love.
- Since the early 1990s, Laura has released 12 CDs on her own label, on industry giant Mercury Records, and
on the well regarded independent labels, Rounder and KOCH. She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada,
and Australia and has performed in Europe. Laura's blend of folk-ish melodies underscored by the thunderous
funk bass which accompanies her astonishing vocals, has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times,
Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, People Magazine and in nearly every regional weekly in the U.S. Her
recordings receive airplay throughout the world and she has been featured on PBS' Sessions At West 54th
Street and on a wide variety of national NPR programs including Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home
Companion, The Tavis Smiley Show, Mountain Stage and E-Town.
- On The Big Bad Love Tour, Big Bad Gina will perform their original music and will also back up Laura on her
material. There is a chemistry between these artists that transforms their performance into an event that is
greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, this will be a ton of Big Bad Fun that should not be missed.
Big Bad Gina
Oscar Reynolds & Karumanta
Saturday Sept 27 at 3pm
Afro-Latin World Jazz
- Experience haunting Andean flutes, fiery guitar, six string bass, and percussive world beat with Oscar Reynolds & Karumanta trio. Get ready for an uplifting musical performance of Afro-Latin World Jazz, which explores Bolivian music from South America seamlessly interlacing with flamenco, hip-hop, funk, and Latin jazz that "will soar you to the outer edges of the universe!" - Improvijazzation
- Past performances in theaters, music festivals, and TV throughout South America, Europe, and the United States with various sold-out shows in up to 2,000 seat venues. Their music has been featured in the movie Follow Me Home, NPR's Morning Edition, and KGO radio's program The Best Music You've Never Heard, among over 850 NPR and PRI stations and syndicated programs across the USA and abroad.
- The ensemble boasts master artists with rich and diverse accomplishments. Bolivian-born artist Oscar Reynolds is an accomplished composer, internationally-acclaimed Andean flute master, guitarist, flute-maker, and lawyer from the Andes Mountains of La Paz, perhaps best recognized for playing the Andean pan flutes and guitar simultaneously. Frank Zeccola of the San Francisco Observer says, "Any flute player would marvel at the tight control over each note Reynolds displays while packing a stream of emotions into his complex scale runs, but to see him do that and play the guitar is quite impressive." A leading advocate of Bolivian music for more than 40 years, his lifelong efforts have been honored by the Bolivian government and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. Touring with various Bolivian rock bands since he was 14, Oscar formed the band Karumanta in 1991 upon moving to USA, leaving behind a short legal career. He has performed with notable Latin artists like Cecilia Barraza, Lalo Izquierdo, and flamenco guitarist Chuscales, among others. Oscar has 10 albums produced under his own label Karumanta Music. Believing in the power of music changing lives, he works with nonprofits and charities to help the community.
- David Pinto is a Peruvian native best-known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Grammy-winner Susana Baca, diva of Afro-Peruvian song. He was a member of Peru Jazz, a group highly praised for their innovation and fusion of Peruvian roots and jazz. Other credits include Olga Guillot, Alex Acuna, Jeff Porcaro, Marc Ribot, David Byrne, and producer Wayne Wallace. He has performed at various international jazz and world music festivals around the world, such as WOMAD in Nice, Paris, Glastonbury, and Montreal. He has toured internationally in theaters, including The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl, Theatre De La Ville (Paris), and Royal Festival Hall (London). David also leads and performs with his own group Syncopated Colors and teaches at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California.
- Lali Mejia is a Venezuelan native whose versatility on the percussion ranges from Afro-Venezuelan folkore to Latin American and Carribean music. She has shared the stage with prominent musicians such as Marco Granados, Aquiles Baez, Roberto Koch, Jorge Glem, Jackeline Rago, Maria Volonte, Akira Tana and Francisco "Pacho" Flores. Lali has performed at music festivals in the U.S., the Carribean, China, and Japan such as the Macau International Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival, and in venues such as the Tokyo Hakuyu Hall, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian Institute, and Davies Symphony Hall.
- Oscar Reynolds (Bolivia) antara, zamponas, guitar, compositions, arrangements, musical direction; David Pinto (Peru) six-string bass; Lali Mejia (Venezuela) percussion
- 10 CD's
Oscar Reynolds & Karumanta
Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen
Sunday Oct 5th at 3pm
Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, have joined musical forces in a new duo. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America's finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player.
- The duo's repertoire includes Cindy's sparkling original songs, distinctive settings of traditional Irish music, Scandinavian fiddle duets, old-time fiddle and guitar tunes from southern Indiana, and new music that Cindy and Grey are inventing together
- Included are vocal duets, guitar, Irish flute, Irish alto flute, tin whistle, concertina, harmonium, and duet fiddling, and plenty of stories that put the music into a personal context.
- 7 CD's between the duo
Jeffrie Givens with Marty Nemko
Saturday Nov 1st at 8pm
- Think back to when you were a child. Imagine if the kids called you, "Retard!"...and so did the teachers. In story and in song, Jeffrie Givens tells of how she went from that to...well, you'll see. Her co-conspirator and piano accompanist in the show is well-known career coach, Dr. Marty Nemko. This funny and inspiring story, with wonderful music, is a show you won't want to miss!
- Take a taste from this video clip:
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