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Runa
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Runa

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

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Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. 

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song. 
“Timeless and flawless...” – Jim Allford, PA Music Scene


RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Zach White of Missouri on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle. 
RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” - Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier

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Maestras de Mexico: "Chavela" Film Screening, with Acoustic Performance by Cascada de Flores
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Maestras de Mexico: "Chavela" Film Screening, with Acoustic Performance by Cascada de Flores

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm, Film at 8:45 pm
Cascada de Flores will be performing as a duo tonight

Tickets are $12 / $15 at the Door

Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150

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Ashkenaz is celebrating Women’s History Month with a presentation of
Chavela, a thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela
Vargas. (2017, 93 min.) After the film, we are presenting a live performance by retro-acoustic Mexican/Caribbean musical ensemble Cascada de Flores. 

“Chavela” is produced and directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Winner of the Golden Athens Award for Best Documentary at Athens Internation Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at both OutFest L.A. and OUTshine Fort Lauderdale (2017), Audience Award & Honorable Mention Jury Award at Frameline (2017), Second Place Audience Award at Berlinale Film Festival (2017), Audience Award & Best Documentary Feature at Reeling35 (2017), Official Selection of AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Austin Gay &
Lesbian Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and many more.

Cascada de Flores presents concerts as a duet to a sextet, bringing the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

The ensemble also offers special programs such as Radio Flor, a creative concert set in an old-time radio format as well as storytelling with song and dance for children of all ages.

"Honoring and advancing tradition, building multicultural bridges, and celebrating life, the performance was a demonstration of the best of what can be done with music."
No Depression, 2016

"Featuring Arwen's ravishing voice and guitarist Jorge Liceaga's supple accompaniment, Cascada de Flores brings intoxicating energy to the Latin American songbook. Playful, witty and artfully staged, the show is as charming as the music is breathtaking."
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News

"Cascada de Flores is a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots. Radio Flor is a trip into nostalgia, into our musical past and heritage, with the respect and elegance that it deserves."
Hector Aviles, Latino Music Cafe
 

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Tempest - St Patrick's Celebration
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Tempest - St Patrick's Celebration

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

Formed in 1988, Celtic rock band Tempest has recorded 15 CDs and played more than 2,000 shows in near and faraway places, especially at Celtic fests from Philadelphia to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Cropredy in England, and Denmark’s Skagen Festival. For a while the band even hosted its own Karflukifest with like-minded bands from around the world. Tempest fuses Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences, and other world music elements in its high-energy concerts. The new CD, “The Tracks We Leave,” is officially released Feb. 24 on Magna Carta Records. The title is inspired by a Dakota Sioux proverb: “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave,” a reference to the environmental, spiritual, and musical imprints we leave upon the world we live in. 

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Tempest’s founder and lead singer-electric mandolinist Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after nine years in pioneering Celtic folk band Golden Bough. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award-winning playing to the Tempest stage. Born in Colorado and brought up in small-town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats. His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music, have made him a favorite with fans new and old alike. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms and rock-steady drumming. The newest member is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional young talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape.

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Balkan Folk Dance
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

 

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Old Blind Dogs
Feb
26
8:00 PM20:00

Old Blind Dogs

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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Since forming in the early 1990's, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.

The Dogs have released eleven albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their album 'Four On The Floor' picked up the IAP 'Best Celtic CD' Award and their last CD, 'Wherever Yet May Be' was nominated for the same award.

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Balkan Folk Dance
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

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ILRC Benefit with Kathy Kallick, Town Howlers, Nell & Jim Band
Jan
27
to Jan 28

ILRC Benefit with Kathy Kallick, Town Howlers, Nell & Jim Band

Doors at 7:00 pm ; Show at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $10-20 Sliding Scale

We are pleased to announce the annual Pickin' on Hate Benefit. All proceeds will be donated to The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)!!! This will be a wonderful evening of bluegrass music from.... Kathy Kallick and The Picks, The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, The Town Howlers, and Loud Ladies Foot Patrol

Chuck Poling, the emcee from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, will be emceeing this year!

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Kathy Kallick has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass for many years, and continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists. Foxhounds is her 20th album, recordings which include nearly 150 of her original songs. 

Foxhounds is also the fifth album for the Kathy Kallick Band. Each of their four previous releases has spent a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts, and Foxhounds promises to be no exception. The material is compelling and varied, the instrumental playing is dazzling and inventive, the vocals luminous and extraordinary. And they’re truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Just like a KKB show!

"The Picks" are members of the organization, The Handsome Ladies: Yennie Dee Brecheisen, Hailey Pexton, Amy Scher, and Jessica Furui. 

The Handsome Ladies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to promote and support women bluegrass players of all levels. With over two hundred members across the country, we host monthly Ladies' jams in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Nashville, and Seattle, participate at bluegrass festivals, and hold educational workshops and events. We are committed to providing opportunities for the advancement of female musicians within the bluegrass community, while helping to preserve the traditions and culture of bluegrass and American roots music.

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Following decades of success in their respective careers, Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band are touring this year with a brand new album, BABY LETS TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME. Look for them this year at the Freshgrass Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival. 

The new video for the album’s title track is now available on No Depression (click here to view) and Paste (click here to view). It co-stars a gorgeous 1960 Chevy Impala. Nunally and Robinson co-wrote the song driving home from a show in Los Angeles. 

Nunally, a Grammy and IBMA Award recipient, and Western Open flatpicking champion, tells No Depression, “We were driving home from L.A. on our tour, talking about getting off the main road and taking the long way. Then we actually did it! It made the trip so much more interesting and enjoyable, not taking the same route everyone else takes.” 

Robinson, hot off a tour for her PBS show/album Rose of No Man’s Land, produced by Joe Henry and featuring Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Doe, and author Maxine Hong Kingston adds, “It’s about being in a different time in your life too. So, the idea of turning off the phone, not using the GPS, and maybe even getting lost – wouldn’t that be fun?” 

Friends since 2009, Robinson and Nunally teamed up for a number of projects before falling in love. For Baby Lets Take the Long Way Home, they rustled up what became their dream team: , bass fiddle player Jim Kerwin (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia), and percussionist Jon Arkin (Lee Konitz, Gene Perla). 

Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, PBS series Music Gone Public, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival.

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The Town Howlers play traditional bluegrass music and are influenced by the great singers and pickers from the golden era of bluegrass, such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, and Jimmy Martin. With flashy picking, tight harmony singing, and original as well as traditional songs, the Town Howlers show a deference to traditional bluegrass while also adding their own style and sound.

 

 

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Balkan Folk Dance
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Balkan Folk Dance

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $7

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This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

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