The Ali Akbar College of Music has been an integral and vibrant part of the San Rafael music community since it was established at its current location in 1968. The College specializes in teaching Sarode, Sitar, and Tabla at the highest professional level in the North Indian classical tradition. The mission of the Ali Akbar College of Music is to teach, perform and preserve the classical music of North India—specifically the Seni Baba Allauddin Gharana (tradition)—and to offer this great musical legacy to all who wish to learn. Classes are offered in person at AACM as well as online worldwide.
Sarode, Sitar & Tabla
ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Monsterously talented bassist Angeline Sarishas recorded and toured with the Narada Michael Walden Band, rocked the stage with Santana, joined forces with reggae and ska legend Ernest Ranglin, recorded four instructional DVD’s for Hal Leonard as well as a demo video for GHS strings, joined the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella. She and drummer Lex Razon form the core of ANGELEX. The two blend elements of funk, jazz, heavy metal, Afro-Cuban, dub-step, hip hop, rock and the kitchen sink under one cohesive umbrella of original music, with an emphasis on drum and bass. A rotating cast of the SF Bay area’s talent help to fill out their unique sound.
Drum & Bass
This group of talented pickers and singers coalesced as they connected at various jam sessions, bars, and bluegrass festivals, primarily in the San Francisco Bay area. When Nina Brilliant, fiddler extraordinaire and singer par excellence, teamed up with father-daughter Bruce & Caitlin Lacey, they knew they had something special. Bruce plays upright bass and sings, and was part of the LA bluegrass scene and played in bands there for many years before moving north. Caitlin grew up with the music plays banjo and has blossomed into avpowerful, soulful singer over the past few years. Christian Poppelreiter brought his unique, eclectic song list and virtuosic mandolin to the group. Last but not least is Starr Moss who is the most famous member of the group. A great singer, gifted picker on guitar and banjo, Starr played with the Henhouse Prowlers, a well-known Chicago bluegrass band.
Bryan Kehoe is a fixture in the Bay Area music scene and beyond. He is currently playing in his own band Kehoe International, Black Cat Grave, and Les Claypools Duo de Twang. Conjuring sounds from Circus Side Shows, Beer Gardens, Square Dances, and Hot Rod Shows, Kehoe International uses elements from the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll with the “in your face” attitudes of Punk and Metal. Creating a unique guitar driven sound, maybe best described as “Nitro-Charged, Fuel-Injected Americana.” Past bands include The Kehoe Nation, M.I.R.V., Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Jerry Cantrell Band and Ministry.
Calvin Turnbull is a time-traveling space pirate born 137 years from now in the cargo hold of an abandoned temporal transport. In the few years he's been visiting our century, Calvin's shared the bill with artists from the likes of The Mother Hips, Fishbone, and Lyrics Born, to Bonnie Raitt, Kim Richey and Leon Russell. So please join him for some retro-futuristic acoustic swing-jive, and let the good times roll.
Danny Montana has lived in Marin for most of his life, and has become a staple on West Marin stages, singing and playing straight-up Country and Western tunes. As a solo performer, he holds regular gigs at Nick’s Cove, The Papermill Creek Saloon and often appears at the Coast Café. Alongside his six-piece country band Danny Montana & the Bar Association, he frequently plays at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma and 19 Broadway in Fairfax.
Classic Country & Western
& THE BAR ASSOCIATION
Bay Area resident Dave Ridnell is a guitar player, composer, and band leader who has performed for over 20 years in venues throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil, Europe, and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Funky Leroy Harper (James Brown), Melvin Sparks, Hendrik Meurkens, Brothers Calatayud & Little Brasil, Bororo Felipe, and Wayne Wallace, among others. He is currently busy playing and recording with his friend, the Brazilian composer Chico Coelho, in Coelho & Ridnell.
San Francisco. The band plays mermaid rock. They bring from our undersea lair shimmering melodies, melodic bass lines, distorted guitar licks tinged with primordial blues, and a steady rock n roll heartbeat to create joy in the hearts of pirates and sea wenches. Echoes of the Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star,
PJ Harvey, Patti Smith,Siouxsie and the Banshees, Scottish ghost songs, and jelly fish tentacles of love have resulted in a sound called by those-in-the-know "Psycho-jelly."
DEAD SAILOR GIRLS
An Alameda resident of 25 years now, Dean Allen started at the age of eight playing rhythm guitar with his brothers' band at grange halls, Lions Clubs and school dances.
Fast forward to the late '90's he was an original member of the Sun Kings, two years long stints as guitarist for The Delta Wires, spent a summer subbing on bass for The Unauthorized Rolling Stones, and for a while the go-to sub guitarist for the Alameda Allstars, all the while fronting his power trio
The Churchmice which is now his main project of the last ten years. He is now revisiting his solo acoustic self, doing his favorite Americana stuff plus some original songs.
Acoustic Rock 'n' Roll
Led by vivacious crossover cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
Cello Blues & Bluegrass
Hailing from Austin, Danny Click and his band The Hell Yeahs was voted best band in Marin for the last two consecutive years (2017-18) by the Pacific Sun. The band features a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 200 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth, and JJ Cale.
Click has played large festivals like the new Mt. Tam Jam and Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. His style is described as smart, sassy blues-infected country, Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt with searing guitar playing and stellar songwriting continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats.
Americana with a Little Texas Blues Thrown In
Eric McFadden is an American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter from San Francisco. He spent his formative years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1994, McFadden formed the critically acclaimed band, Liar, which won the SF Weekly Music Award (Wammie) in 1997 and BAM magazine's California Music Awards in 1998. McFadden toured extensively between 2002-2010 with his trio, EMT, which features bassist, James Whiton and a cast of drummers such as Paulo Baldi (Cake, Claypool-Lennon Delirium).
Other credits include guitarist and mandolinist for George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. Stockholm Syndrome with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, also as guitarist for Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Anders Osborne. McFadden has worked with Les Claypool, Joe Strummer, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Coup, Galactic, Keb Mo, Bernie Worrell, Pat MacDonald, Fishbone, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne, Nels Cline, and Mike Watt, among many others.
Eric recently signed with Tab Benoit’s label, Whiskey Bayou Records. He’s been touring in support of his new release,
Pain by Numbers.
Surreal Desert Groove
essence, a sixth-generation San Francisco native, and award-winning singer-songwriter has been immersed in art and music since childhood. After winning the Grand Prize in the National Lilith Fair Talent Search, essence was signed to RCA records. Her songs have been prominently featured on Nash Bridges, Lifetime’s The Division, Access Hollywood, and NPR’s Art of the Song. essence has opened for Tom Petty, Shawn Colvin, Chris Isaac Sarah McLachlan, and many more. She has played at venues ranging from NYC’s Bowery Ballroom to
San Francisco’s Fillmore.
Danny Uzilevskyhas been playing guitar, bass and singing in popular bands since the early nineties. He’s shared the stage with legends such as Link Wray, Dick Dale, Taj Mahal, Bill Kirtchen, Leo Nocentelli and many more. A canny stylist and musical chameleon, he turned his inventive nature toward production in 2000, co-producing his first record at Revolution Studios in Manchester England, Preacher Boy’s ambitious “Crow”. He has since produced a wide variety of albums and honed his skills as an engineer.
DANNY UZILEVSKY DUO
Festival Speed has been a Marin county bluegrass band since 2014. Their songs are selected from all corners of the bluegrass repertoire, striving for a sound that is both traditional and modern. The band shares a love of bluegrass music, focusing on tight harmonies and tasteful instrumentals. The name “Festival Speed” came from the band’s original banjo player Rich Shenkar, who would say the words "at festival speed" before starting a song he wanted to play fast.
Festival Speed is Josh Bernstein on banjo, Julie Steier on mandolin, Joe Osborn on fiddle, Andrew Osborn on bass, and Bob Hoffman on guitar.
Absolutely Strictly Bluegrass
FESTIVAL SPEED BLUEGRASS
The Flying Salvias are a piano/vocal and sometimes guitar duo, playing their signature Ameri-kind-uh music, blending country, pop, blues, beatnik jazz, swing, and old hippy, though not usually all in the same song.
Henry is well known for his expressive piano style and impressive chops, and Kathleen's voice can go from a whisper to a roar and back again with heartfelt emotional appeal. Their musical palette is large and many-colored. Lyrics sometimes appear to be "whimsical", but don't be fooled; there is always an under-painting of deeper meaning. Musical boundaries are blurred with just the right touch of whatever influence is needed, be it blues, country, jazz, tango, or rock 'n roll.
THE FLYING SALVIAS
Genevieve Heyward is an Americana artist with a vocal range as dynamic as her personality. After releasing her debut album (It's Not Like Anyone's Listening) in 2017 and touring the US solo and with other side projects, she has recently joined forces with Norwegian drummer and producer Marcus Trana ( Painted Recordings), multi-instrumentalist Nick Hoover (DeathFolk, Toivo) and a handful of musicians located both in the US and in Norway. Together, they are now working on her sophomore EP titled “The River”, (produced by Trana), due to be released in 2019 on Painted Records.
She will be touring the US after the release of "The River" EP before heading overseas to tour Scandinavia and northern Europe in October and November 2019.
Hither is a San Francisco-based duo featuring singer-songwriter
Suzanne Kramer (Sugar Ponies, just Suzanne) with instrumentalist producer Mark Jeffery (The Mobile Homeboys, originator of ProTools). Delicate, nuanced and intimate, their music blends traditional acoustic instruments with evocative electronic timbres and sultry vocals with rich harmonies.
An Americana/folk band from Marin county/Sacramento, House of Mary plays upbeat (but not too cheery) music that’s danceable, but also very haunting acoustic jams that make you want to cry in a good way. They are known for their harmonies and rich guitar work.
Front woman and multi-instrumentalist (rhythm guitar, percussion, drums) Aubrie Arnoux and Spencer Byrnes (guitar, back up vocals) were awarded 2019 Best Indie Acoustic band in the Sacramento SAMMIE awards and have been featured and interviewed on 3 different radio stations, most recently on NPRs show “Insight” with Beth Ruyak. They were also selected as one of NPRs favorite Northern California Tiny Desk entries for 2019. They have played hundreds of shows from California to New Mexico.
Dark Folk for Dark-minded Folks
HOUSE OF MARY
Hurricane Gulch is named after the Sausalito neighborhood where the band is based. The members (all veteran Marin County musicians) consist of Timothy O' (guitar, vocals), Michael "Birdie" Hansen (bass, vocals), Braden Towne ( guitar, vocals) Mike Shaw (drums) and Bruce Friedberg (accordion, vocals). The band features Tim's original songs with an alt country and rock lean as well as choice covers by
The Band, Neil Young, Little Feat, Townes Van Zandt, The Stones,
The Dead and others. Among the various Bay Area bands they've individually played with are Two Lane Blacktop, The Stokemen, The Highrollers, Starlene, Crazy Fingers, Da Haole Boyz and many more. Birdie has also toured with internationally acclaimed artists Shelby Lynne and Kasey Chambers. Both Mike and Birdie go back together to the early 1980’s playing in the sweet but short lived Fairfax pop punk scene at the old Sleeping Lady in the bands Blake Quake and the Tremors and White Stag respectively.
"Salty" Roots Rock Country
James Nash’s broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillains.
Honored in 2017 by Guitar Player as one of "50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists," James’ musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer, leading reviewers to describe him as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player), and praise his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune).
These longtime North Bay music denizens, Jamm Sammich, cram acid jazz inside out until funky metal grooves out the sides and gets squeezed between the freshest layers of Hip and Hop. Lightly sparsed covers from Phish and Dead to Bowie and Bee Gees to Prince and Gorillaz pop up randomly in an unstoppable improvised Jamm that’ll leave you craving another Sammich.
San Francisco native and Oxford dropout, multi-instrumentalist (finger-style and slide guitar, claw hammer banjo, harmonica, piano), as well as a poetic and passionate songwriter, Jenny Kerr is known for foot-stomping live shows and powerful, authentic voice. She delivers a seasoned yet spirited sound with forays into swamp rock, straight-up soul, backwater honky tonk, and old-time blues and finely-hewn ballads. Kerr has often toured Europe and become a regular favorite on the country/blues/roots circuit. She's headlined major festivals internationally, including Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Mexico.
Jenny’s producer and longtime guitar player, Phil “Philbillie” Milner, was guitar tech for Bob Weir and Ratdog and traded licks with the likes of Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, Bruce Hornsby's band and The Black Crows in many a backstage and hotel room jam. He’s also worked for Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Primus, Graham Nash, and a few other cool players. Milner produces and engineers others’ records, including guitar virtuoso, Eric Mcfadden, whose all-acoustic "Devil Moon" album is a number one pick on CDBaby.
JENNY KERR BAND
Straight out of Marin County, described as "shades of Dylan and John Prine ...very Americana with a faint Irish lilt,” Hannan's songs speak of our everyday lives and the magic that we sometimes miss. He's a storyteller, known for his thought provoking lyrics and exuberant performances. He has been called a Marin County treasure, often funny, sardonic in a good-natured way, highlighting issues like ecology, friendship, and love.
Erik Smyth has been a local San Francisco Bay Area musician playing the clubs since 1988. In the 90’s he was a founding member of the large ensemble funk/soul group, The Mo’fessionals, who shared the stage with such acts as, Rage Against the Machine, The Fugees, Parliament, Wall Flowers, and War. Erik has been on countless recording sessions playing guitar for artists like Too Short, Boz Scaggs and many others. He is currently working in two musical projects: “power pop” band, Elephant Listening Project, in which he is the singer-songwriter. He also plays acoustic guitar with the Kelly Peterson Band.
ERIK SMYTHE DUO
Jim Talley is a lifelong pianist, keyboardist and piano teacher who started playing piano before the age of four. After studying classical music into his teenage years he studied jazz at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Ca with renowned teachers Ray Brown & Paull Nagle (Bobby McFerrin, Robben Ford). Since then he has performed up and down the west coast of California with a wide variety of artists including Bob Weir, Eric McFadden, Karl Denson, Stu Allen, Dan Hicks, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, members of Monophonics, Vinyl, and many others. Currently he is leading his dream band Talley Up!, an original + covers funk band featuring some of the finest players in Marin.
Psychedelic Funk Keys
Jimmy Leslie is somewhat of a musical renaissance man on the San Francisco Bay Area scene. He’s a freak “freehand” guitarist with a funky roots rock style, a soaring soulful singer, and a bona fide multi-faceted writer. Leslie’s groovy songs flow like water, as do the features he pens each month for Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines. Leslie coordinates GP & BP Presents event promotions for the venerable musician magazines as well. Leslie also authored a popular musical marine epic—Guitarfish Adventures Vol. 1:Blue Is the New Green (with forward by Bootsy Collins)—and co-founded the Guitarfish Musical Festival. Leslie’s musical credits include Honey Island Swamp Band, Shana Morrison (Van’s Girl), LunaGroove, A Spirit Hustler, Visitor Jim, Allmond Brothers Clan, Guitarmageddon, and Stung.
He’s played the O2 Arena, the High Sierra Music Festival, Sea of Dreams, Xingolati, and Burning Man. He’s interviewed everyone from Allman Brothers Band to P-Funk, and jammed with the likes of Luther Dickinson, Sonny Landreth, and Papa Mali. You never know who may drop in on a Jimmy Leslie & The Flow show, or where he may pop up for a guest spot. The Flow is bassist Mike Sugar (Jambay), Grammy-nominated drummer Jeremy Hoenig, and guitarist/singer Pamela Parker (Katdelic).
Original Funk Pop
Guitar hero, Josh Zee and front woman Teal Collins bust out blues and rock with some of the Bay Area’s finest players.
Josh Zee has recorded two major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the rock group Protein. They toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Japan. Josh’s next original band, The Mother Truckers, was formed with his talented wife Teal Collins. They moved to Austin, TX where they released 4 albums, and were named Best Roots-Rock band at the SXSW Austin Music Awards, toured all over the country and Europe, and have played along side such acts as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams 3, The Old 97’s, The Avett Brothers, Merle Haggard, and many more. He has been written up in many national publications including frequent features in Guitar Player Magazine, Thrasher and Village Voice.
Teal Collins (vocals/ukulele/guitar) Teal's early introduction to music was through her dad, famous Jazz disc jockey Al, "Jazzbeaux" Collins. Teal has recorded sessions for Grammy award winning producers Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Stephen Bray (Madonna). Teal has also received Gold and Platinum albums for her work on Shanice (Motown records) and Third Eye Blind's album Blue.
Blues & Rock
JZ & THE HILLSIDE STRANGLERS FEATURING
Key Lime Pie serves up Classic Rock with a refreshing Latin vibe. Playing songs you know and songs you've never heard before, this San Francisco Bay Area band will make you rise to your feet as drums, percussion and bass lay down the groove, rippin' electric guitar, spicy piano and swirling organ, and vocal harmonies carry you away.
Rock 'n' Roll, Latin Soul
KEY LIME PIE
Driven by his empowering belief that music gives our soul freedom because there are no rules
guiding the creative spirit,
Kunle Olusesi has emerged as one of the most prominent and influential saxophonists and composers in his native Nigeria, West Africa. Drawing from a wide range of American urban jazz sax influences, Kunle has created a soulful, seductive vibe he calls
“Afro Smooth” – a blend of African melody, acoustics and smooth jazz with a focus on strong emotional expression that invokes a traditional touch within a fresh contemporary framework.
Afro Smooth Gospel/Jazz
The Keller Sisters, Sheryl and Kerry grew up in San Francisco surrounded by music . Daughters of film and theater performer "Eileen Christy" they have a lifetime of singing together . From practicing Beatles harmonies on the front porch to summer stock with their mother , they have a deep love for the stage and performing . Their original music is filled with close harmony , humor and warmth and inspired by their love of Folk , Blues, Americana and Musical Theater . They are working on their 4th album and cannot wait to share this new music with you . Sheryl and Kerry's on-stage banter is filled with a comfortable silliness and has won them a loyal following.
Singer-songwriter Sister Harmonies
THE KELLER SISTERS
Kevin Meade & Highway One bring a dynamic Americana blend of rock, bluegrass, alt-country and
folk music. Featuring singer-songwriter Kevin Meade’s original songs, the band includes Ethan Wiley on mandolin, Danny Uzilevsky on guitar, Mike Weiss on bass, and Jt John on drums.
KEVIN MEADE & HIGHWAY ONE
Michael LaMacchia who hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin is a longtime transplant to the Bay Area. Michael was taken by the sounds of the SF’s own Grateful Dead and other rock bands emerging from that scene. It was the sounds of Pat Metheny that drew Michael into the jazz scene. Taking his roots of rock and pop, Michael has seamlessly melded that into his own sound. Michael is also musical director and catalyst for Marin County’s “CrossRoads Music School.” Since its inception, he has helped many in the community reach their musical aspirations through classes and performances.
After spending his youth as an environmental activist, Mokai has taken root in the Northern California music community as a performer at numerous venues and a participant and instructor at music festivals.
Based in San Francisco, Mokai creates and performs songs that are written to inspire and move people to care. He has performed at venues large and small, including festival stages, benefits, protests, intimate listening rooms and house concerts. In appreciation for his 15 years of performances in shelters and hospitals, this year he is being honored by Bread and Roses Presents. Each year at Strawberry Music Festival, one of the longest-running folk music festivals, Mokai teaches a guitar workshop focusing on traditional guitar styles.
His 2019 album and third release, The Jaybird Said, was produced by well-known Bay Area guitarist, James Nash (The Waybacks.)
MOKAI with special guest JAMES NASH
Moonwalkers is a father/son duo from Gerstle Park, playing some of their favorite songs and a few originals by Nyles Lannon (dad), a songwriter who has several solo albums and played in the bands Film School, Rogue Wave and others.
The Lighthouse Singers Gospel Choir is an interdenominational community-based gospel choir in Marin County, California. Directed by Reverend Ulis Redic, Jr., the choir’s repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary gospel music. Founded by Helen J. H. Stephens in 1979, for over thirty years the choir has excited audiences throughout the U.S.A. in both multi-faith and multi-racial church services and community service performances. The Lighthouse Singers is dedicated to cultural and spiritual outreach through music—singing and teaching gospel music.
San Rafael Community Gospel Choir
The LoWatters are Ethan Okamura, Steve Trivelpiece, and Jason Loeks. The band formed in the fall of 2014 and almost immediately started performing intimate shows near their home in Northern California. In the summer of 2015 they recorded their debut album live at Skywalker Sound. The album was voted by the Marin Independent Journal as one of the top 10 local albums of 2016 . Their sound ranges from the high lonesome twang to the low down dirty roots and is inspired by classic Americana singer songwriters while still retaining a sound all of its own.
Americana string band
San Francisco's homegrown North Beach Brass Band plays early New Orleans jazz, iconic show tunes, electrified funk and cool reworkings of classic pop songs. Led by SF brass man Ed Ivey, the band's features sax, trumpet, trombone, bass drum, snare drum and tuba.
New Orleans-Style Marching Brass Band
NORTH BEACH BRASS BAND
Mark Karan is an American guitar player and singer, best known for his long-term work with Bob Weir & RatDog. He also leads the band, Jemimah Puddleduck.
In 1998 he was selected, along with Steve Kimock, to fill Jerry Garcia's slot in The Other Ones, a band featuring former members of the Grateful Dead with whom he played on their 1998 and 2000 tours. He has also played with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. In 1998, Karan joined RatDog, a band led by Grateful Dead alumnus Bob Weir. Karan was part of the RatDog lineup for most of the next 13 years. He also records or composes a wide variety of music for film, television, and music libraries.
Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.
Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for folks like Mavis Staples and Wilco), and co-written with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.
With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Irving Plaza and has just released his third album of original material, “The Spirit Catches You”, another installment in his campaign to bring the Guitar Gospel back to the masses.
Multi instrumentalist Megan Schoenbohm, is an earthy, edgy, and free-spirited performer who has captivated children and their grown-ups across the Bay Area for over 10 years. Her engaging and charming songs full of vibrancy and sparkle harvest the joy and connection that her music brings to audiences of all ages.
Mike Henderson is a true Renaissance man. His artistic skills are wide ranging. A musician, filmmaker and painter, Henderson has pursued his vision and craft for more than 50 years. Born in
Marshall, Missouri 1943, he moved to San Francisco, California in 1965. Mike Henderson has performed all the major music venues and festivals in the Bay Area and Europe, having opened shows for and performed with many great blues artists such as Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, Esther Phelps, Freddy King, James Cotton, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Shines, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Katie Webster, Lightnin Hopkins, Luther Tucker, Magic Sam, Mike Bloomfield, Taj Mahal, Willie Dixon and many more. He has made numerous appearances at the Sacramento Blues Festival, Festival of the Arts at the Lake, Oakland, and the San Francisco Blues Festival and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival with Albert Collins and Sunnyland Slim. Mike Henderson is also a renowned painter has been featured on PBS series Spark!
MIKE HENDERSON BAND
Producer, arranger, composer, recording artist Mindy Canter is a world-class, inspired live performer in multiple genres. Her blend of blues, jazz, funk, and soul is rhythmically infectious and widely acclaimed. She has performed with Albert King, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, Dan Hicks, Yo-Yo Ma, Los Lobos, among many others.
Minus Mary is a San Francisco Bay Area band that plays acoustic-based original roots music and versions of favorite traditional, country, Americana songs and instrumentals. Their common musical ground stretches from Old-time fiddle tunes and traditional songs from past centuries to music from more contemporary acoustic and roots artists with some originals
in the mix as well.
Roots Americana Irish
Molly's Jam is a collection of friends who have been meeting weekly for over 20 years. Dedicated to playing old-time tunes, singing the old songs and having fun. Veterans of the Napa PorchFest, they are excited to share their spirited stylings with folks in San Rafael.
Old-time Music Jam
MOLLY'S AMAZING JAM
Marcos' music combines the melodic style of Nueva Trova
(New Song) made popular by fellow Cuban Silvio Rodríguez, with Marco's own lyrics. The unique result is, as Marcos says, “Canciones del Espíritu,” (Songs from the Spirit). In his music, sung in Spanish, one can hear elements of Flamenco and baroque in addition to traditional Cuban music.
Since arriving in the United States in 1999, he has played at many prominent venues as well as for weddings, clubs, restaurants and house concerts. He also teaches Cuban folk music. Marcos has performed with renowned musicians including Grammy Award winner Paul McCandless, guitarist Alex De Grassi, Cuban musicians Kelvis Ochoa and Maykel Blanco among others. His CD is called Espacio Azul.
Original Cuban Folk Songs
Paul Hayward is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who originates from Forest City, PA. He currently lives in San Francisco where he is an ordained non-denominational minister, songwriter and bon vivant. Paul has over 30 years experience performing regularly in such cities as San Diego, New York, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix and Seattle. He has also lived/performed overseas in London, Vienna, Munich and Dublin.
Pellejo Seco is sometimes described as a world fusion band, because you can hear a hint of flamenco there, a smidge of hip-hop there. “I’ve tried to stay outside of jazz,” composer and tresero Ivan Camblor says, “to conserve the son tradition. As a composer I want to concentrate on that. I do use some jazz and some other elements, but I use them in the service of traditional cuban son. We’re really a traditional son septet. I play mostly my own compositions, I don’t have to play standards. When people hear my songs they recognize the sound, they feel the accent of the son septet. On Facebook they say things like “Cuidado, ¡esa gente tiene un gran sonido cubano!” The name Pellejo Seco is partly a tribute to the hard lives of farmworkers and their sun-scorched skin, and it’s also Havana street slang with multiple sexual allusions. “I wanted to leave behind traditional Cuban band names and have something happier – I don’t want everything to be serious, I want people to laugh,” says
Poisnivy is a performance troupe specializing in fire dancing, aerial acrobatics, LED flow arts, and circus acts. Created by Marisa Gregory and Natalie Nelson, Poisnivy is known for collaborating with local musicians and for their thrilling live shows.
Riffat Sultana channels the musical wisdom of 500 years and eleven generations of master vocalists from India and Pakistan. She is the first woman from her family's musical lineage to publicly perform in the west. Her stunning vocals have been recorded for numerous record labels and heard live in stadiums and venues around the world. Riffat has collaborated with many other world-renowned artists, including Quincy Jones, Cheb Khalid, Cheb i Sabbah and many others.
She will be joined by her funk band, playing irresistible dance tunes from Bollywood, Qawalli devotional songs, Sufi spirituals, Bhangra, and Indian pop songs.
High-Energy Sufi/Bollywood Fusion
The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers formed in 1986 to play traditional Scottish fiddle music. Members meet the third Sunday of each month in homes and community halls around the San Francisco Bay area, drawn together by our strong sense of community and delight in sharing the music we love.
Guided by our director, noted fiddler Alasdair Fraser, we draw our repertoire from the rich and enduring Scottish musical tradition. We learn contemporary tunes as well as those that have been passed down from the Highlands and Western Isles, the northeast of Scotland, and Shetland. Many tunes also come from the great Scottish fiddling tradition that flourishes in Cape Breton Island off the northeast coast of Canada.
Traditional Scottish Fiddlers
SAN FRANCISCO SCOTTISH FIDDLERS
The band San Geronimo hails from the rolling hills of west Marin, California. Described by the San Francisco Guardian as
San Geronimo writes powerful, thought provoking songs that intertwine Classic Rock, Country and Psychedelic elements to form a unique brand of what critics are calling California Soul music.
Seth Asarnow, a native of the Bay Area, plays bandoneon and piano and is a composer, teacher, and ensemble director. He is the leader of the traditional golden-era tango group Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Típico. His playing is heard on
recordings that range in style from traditional tangos to rock. He has composed film scores and has played on film soundtracks, and he works regularly with some of the finest tango dancers in the world.
He has been a featured soloist at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony. Recent appearances include NBC's "Dancing With the Stars" where he performed with the show "Forever Tango."
Marcelo Puig, on guitar and vocals, was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar as a child at the Manuel de Falla Music Conservatory. During his teen years he played American and Latin American popular music, folk, rock, and blues. As an adult, he began playing Brazilian music and jazz, and then discovered tango music upon moving to the Bay Area. He has played at all of the top tango venues in the Bay Area as well as at restaurants, theaters, and wineries.
Argentine Tango, Bandoneon Guitar Duo
It's hard to put a single label on the fresh funkadelic experience you will get at every show. Bring your own label!
The Smokedaddies will tickle your musical funnybone and scratch your musical itch. We are like the ants on your musical candy, or the musical white on your rice. Or the musical dots on your dice. We give it up every time we play. Come by and see us play!
Blues, Funk, Rock
Susan Zelinsky is a well-known singer/actor in Marin. Her voice has garnered work in recording studios, including projects for Karaoke Revolution and SIMS video games, barbie.com, and multiple singing toys. Her theater roles have made her a favorite with Marin County’s Mountain Play audiences, and this August she is making her debut with Marin Shakespeare Company, in Monty Python's Spamalot. Susan’s original music is a blend of melodic folk-pop, laden with soaring harmonies. Her music has been likened to Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter and has been described as “Beatlesque.” Susan is also a neighbor of Gerstle Park and can be found directing plays at Sun Valley Elementary School and the San Rafael Community Center.
Teja Gerken and Doug Young have performed together for more than a decade are also both leading authorities on the acoustic guitar and its players. Their debut album will be released in 2019.
Teja has shared the stage with many guitar visionaries, including John Renbourn, Alex de Grassi, and Andy McKee, as well as with his mentors, Duck Baker and Peppino D'Agostino. He has toured nationally and internationally, performing and teaching guitar workshops at events such as the Healdsburg Guitar Festival and the University of Colorado. Teja is a co-founder of the music instruction website Peghead Nation.
Doug is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the instrumental category. He has released two CDs, Laurel Mill, and Closing Time. Doug has written several best-selling guitar instructional books, he is a contributing editor for Acoustic Guitar magazine, and is in-demand for teaching workshops at guitar events throughout the country.
TEJA GERKEN &
DOUG YOUNG DUO
This group of ace North Bay stalwarts will come together for a rare conglomeration of Northern Californian musical magic.
The killer line-up includes Freeway Frank (Zydeco Flames, Treblemakers), Cal Morris (Sons of Champlin, Huey Lewis), Gary Vogensen, (Maria Muldaur, NRPS),
Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray, Roy Rogers), Michael White (Cold Blood, NRPS), and Michael White (Cold Blood, NRPS).
Funk, Soul, Blues
TREBLE MAKERS & FRIENDS
A group of talented singers musicians and dancers present the sounds of the islands, hula, oldies but goodies and more. Please join the fun and share a large cup of aloha spirit!
Sounds of Hawaii
Virgil Shaw is an American singer-songwriter who currently resides in San Geronimo, CA. Shaw grew up in Fairfax, California. He began his career in Arcata, CA in the late 1980s as a member of the high energy speed-pop band Brent's T.V.
He later moved to San Francisco where he played in the band Dieselhed from 1992 to 2000. When Dieselhed disbanded in 2000, Shaw began to perform and record as a solo artist, sometimes with the help of his backing band that he named "The Killer Views".
His most recent release is entitled New Mid City where he is joined again by his band in the studio for some compelling country-tinged acoustic rock.
Born and raised in Mexico City, this family group was named Ventura after the middle name of their father. He loved Bolero music and instilled the love of this beautiful music in his children.
The Ventura Brothers sing and play Romantic Mexican music. Their style is traditional Trio Bolero Music, but also includes some ranchero numbers and waltzes. Local favorites, they perform regularly at concerts, restaurants, and private events.
San Rafael Blues veteran
Walt the Dog will rock and roll you in and out of the blues and into a happy place. An act you won't want to miss, they’ll make you get up and shake it.