T Sisters, December 14th, 2014

Folk songsters at heart, the T Sisters draw heavily on elements of country, gospel, R&B, and fellow sibling bands like The Andrews Sisters and The Beach Boys. But where the T Sisters truly shine is in their a cappella harmonies, which draw the listener in close, hinting at a deeper, more dangerous beauty.

Ship in the Clouds, November 11th, 2014

Three excellent musicians on separate but wildly creative musical paths have teamed up to perform in our home in the Bluegrass Forward genre. Scott Nygaard is a Grammy-winning guitarist, Jake Schepps is the master boundary-pushing banjoist, and Alisa is the all-directions-at-once fiddler. Together, at this time, they are Ship in the Clouds.

Mike and Ruthy, May 4th, 2014

Mike and Ruthy, who live in upstate New York and travel with their two small children, bring the Americana-style folk music experience into our homes with their musicianship, honest songwriting, and poetic approach to life.

Cahalen and Eli, November 24th, 2013

When Cahalen and Eli performed at our home over a year ago, it was so much fun we jumped at the chance to have them back. American Roots Music: Simply beautiful, deceptively complex. These are simple folk tunes, but are done with such detail and flair, it's like we've never really heard them before.

Houston Jones, August 11, 2013

We had so much fun hosting Houston Jones last Summer, we couldn't resist having them back for another back deck dinner-concert. If you enjoyed their music back then, why not come on back for another listen?

Molly Venter and Eben Pariser, Jan. 27, 2013

Our friend Molly Venter from Red Molly dropped by to introduce her new side project called Goodnight Moonshine with Eben Pariser; a fantastic singer songwriter from the Brooklyn-quintet Roosevelt Dime. They will be bringing illuminated music to brighten our winter day! Come join us! Remember to RSVP early.

Bangers and Grass, Sep. 30, 2012

Bangers and Grass is a bluegrass band composed of musicians who are not only highly experienced and talented, but they also happen to be San Francisco Bay Area residents. Though they each have their own musical directions, occasionally they come together as their schedules permit. Expect to hear traditional straight-ahead bluegrass, as performed by world class talents who just happen to live right around here. They are: Bill Evans (banjo), Jim Nunally (guitar), Chad Manning (fiddle), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), Steve Pottier (bass)

Cahalen and Eli, Sept. 9th, 2012

American Roots Music: Simply beautiful, deceptively complex. Listening to Cahalen Morrison and Eli West we hear something old and familiar, yet new and exciting all at the same time. These are simple folk tunes, but are done with such detail and flair, it's like we've never really heard them before. Well, we're REALLY listening now. Come on over and help us out.

The Farewell Drifters, July 29th 2012

Mix equal parts Folk, Americana, Bluegrass and Pop. What you get is the fresh new Nashville sound of the Farewell Drifters. What a treat it was to hear this band play on our back deck, under the stars.

Maeve Gilchrist, June 24, 2012

Maeve Gilchrist is a pretty, young Scottish gal and an accomplished musician at the beginning of her brilliant career. She is currently living in the Boston area and is a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music there. She plays the Celtic harp and sings original and cover songs. She has a unique musical style which draws from many influences: Celtic, Jazz, Americana and Latin. Though she often performs with others, she will be playing solo with her harp at our house.

Houston Jones, June 10, 2012

Though they are a band who is well known as a local favorite, Houston Jones is also considered to be one of the finest groups performing in the Americana genre. Their original songs, performed with a tasteful mix of acoustic and electric instruments, seem to have just the right blend of folk, blues and country elements. Everybody loves them, you'll have a great time, so come on over.

Joy Kills Sorrow, Jan. 22, 2012

Edgy and new, melodious and original, Joy Kills Sorrow has been touring across the U.S. and abroad for some years now. Catch them in our living room while you can.

Nell Robinson, Nov. 13, 2011

SOLDIER STORIES is a limited number of Nell Robinson performances intended to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans.

NELL ROBINSON has been called one of the most "utterly charming", "freshest voices" in roots music today. Over the past four years she has appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Kate Wolf Music Festival, and has enjoyed sold out performances at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage. This Fall, following her appearance in our home, Nell, Jim and Joe will be featured performers at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for an exclusive Soldier Stories performance.

JIM NUNALLY is a world-class guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and has toured extensively with mandolinists David Grisman and John Reischman at different times. He is the recipient of numerous awards for musicianship and recording excellence.

JOE CRAVEN is a highly respected multi-intrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, etc., etc.), having toured extensively with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Alison Brown and numerous other world-class musicians. In the music world he is avidly sought after for the deeply creative talents he brings to his performances. He's also a pretty snappy dresser.

Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg, 9/25/11

Oh, the mandolin is a wonderful musical instrument! In the hands of a master musician it can ring like a bell, purr like a kitten or holler like a crazy person (hey, it could happen). When played well it can fill a room with full, sweet tones that seem to surround the listener.

Get ready for two mandolins, played by two of the best, in a living room near you.

When Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg come to play at our house, you will see what we are talking about. Both are internationally recognized masters of their instruments, which span across the broader mandolin family and beyond. Both have skills that allow them to play music in multiple genres, from diverse countries, and in musical styles that span centuries. Both have the uncanny ability to make their instruments almost speak as intelligently as we wish actual humans did. I know that's an awful lot to ask of a small wooden instrument, but you'll just have to hear it to believe it.

Please join us for a little bit of mandolin magic, and be sure to listen carefully for the ring, purr and holler of small instruments played well. Unbelievably well!

Red Molly, August 7th, 2011

For their sweet vocal harmonies, excellent musicianship and gorgeous good looks, Red Molly is Heather's and my favorite female singing trio this Summer. Red Molly was originally formed at a folk festival in 2004 in upstate New York, and have performed all over the country since that time. Founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar), were joined last year by newest member Molly Venter (guitar).

With a musical style originating in Americana and Roots traditions, Red Molly has grown their repertoire with original compositions, new arrangements and unique harmonies (that will blow you away, frankly).

Over the last year Red Molly has been amping up their tour dates, so we were lucky enough to snag them for a performance in our living room.

Blame Sally, June 5, 2011

We are so delighted to have Blame Sally play at our upcoming House Concert. If you haven't heard them, come enjoy discovering a new talent in a small venue. If you are already a fan, you will be jumping at the chance to see them at such an intimate performance. Here is what Bay Area Express has to say: "The four women in Blame Sally light up a club when they launch into one of their feel-good tunes. They’re all charismatic performers, but they’ve endeared themselves to their fans by becoming anti-rock stars. They’re warm and approachable, both on stage and off, treating fans like an extended family. The band members put their heart and soul into every note, and while they have an identifiable sound, their music defies easy categorization. They’re as likely to play a mellow folk ballad as a flat-out rocker, or follow a moody pop tune with some country funk." J. Poet April 27th East Bay Express

Chuck Brodsky, Jan. 30, 2011

Chuck Brodsky is a musical storyteller in the finest tradition. His songwriting skills capture the heart, soul and wit of the American experience, telling stories about interesting people we meet on life's journey. Everyday occurrences, interesting people, amusing events, and baseball: These and more are the subjects from which Chuck draws inspiration. Believe me, these are songs with lyrics worth listening to.

Turtle Island Quartet, Sept. 26, 2010

Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area over 25 years ago, the Turtle Island Quartet is a two-time Grammy award winning, internationally recognized musical force whose soaring talents and spellbinding performances bring new life to the musical works of Bach, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Mozart and the Beatles. Both their interpretive and original works are covered in their 14 CD’s, including their most recent: Have You Ever Been?, featuring the works of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Bill Evans, Jan. 7, 2011

Enter the secret world of banjos (you know you've always wanted to) with Bill Evans as your host and guide. Trace the roots of this essential American musical instrument from the 1700's to the present day. Listen to banjo history come to life on a variety of vintage and contemporary instruments, all at the hands of a master musician. And that's not all. Bill will also perform a variety of original songs, some brand new, along with traditional tunes to show the breadth and wonder of this marvelous and quirky musical instrument.

Antsy McClain, March 31, 2011

Heather and I are excited to present Antsy McClain. Most of you may not be familiar with Antsy's band, The Trailer Park Troubadours, which specializes in his hilarious songs about trailer parks and the hardworking men and women who live in them. These are songs from the American landscape, set among the mobile homes, old cars and plastic lawn ornaments that we all know so well. Romance, working for a living, good times, bad times: All of it delivered in a cheerfully low-budget way that will make you smile, guaranteed.

The Bee Eaters, Feb. 11, 2011

The Bee Eaters boasts four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the new generation, tracing roots back to the musical traditions of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, Jazz and Pop. The quartet combines the strong, striking music of hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman and young mandolin phenomenon Dominick Leslie, with the inimitable sound of brother-sister fiddle duo Tristan and Tashina Clarridge.

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