Category Archives: Upcoming Concerts

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:00pm, James Lee Stanley “Freelance human being”, singer-songwriter, Presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi $20.00

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“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” – Village Voice

James Lee Stanley , “Freelance human being”, returns to Fiddlers Crossing, Saturday, October 27, at 7 pm.  He has given concerts in Fiddlers Crossing, Mama Hillybean’s and the BeeKay Theatre over the last decade.  He has become a favorite in Tehachapi because of his remarkable ability as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and guitarist, matched with his hilarious repartee. The audience will be treated to an evening of tenderness, humor and storytelling. He has been hailed as one of the all-time greats on the singer-songwriter circuit, and is certainly an extraordinary entertainer.

James Lee Stanley hails from Philadelphia, Pa, and has been performing since he was 14 years old.  Along the way, he was in the USAF as a Chinese linguist, and was an actor in some Star Trek: Next Generation episodes. He gives up to 300 concerts per year, and has opened for or played with a diverse roster of performers ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Robin Williams.

A true Renaissance man, Stanley writes a blog called “Datamusicata: Tips, Hints, clues and Info for the Artist in us all.” The site has recently crossed the 1,1000,000 hits mark and can be found at www.datamusicata.com. And if musician, actor, writer, linguist, humorist, isn’t enough, James Lee Stanley is also a fine artist.

For more about James Lee Stanley, go to www.jamesleestanley.com.

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $20, available at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture, Lucky’s Barbershop, or at the Fiddler’s Crossing Wednesday Open Mics and First Fridays. Tickets are also available online at Fiddlers Crossing.com, and may be reserved by calling 661-823-9994.  Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street, Downtown Tehachapi at Robinson. Buying tickets early is strongly suggested.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:00pm, West My Friend, Canadian eclectic acoustic ensemble $20.00

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The Fiddlers Crossing poster for West My Friend reads: “Canadian eclectic acoustic ensemble.” The quartet of young and accomplished musicians from Vancouver Island has also been called an “Indie folk pop band,” or simply “Indie roots.” Other music reviewers have called the band, “Third-wave indie rock pop with four-part harmonies,” and their style, “Cascadian third-wave indie progressive chamber folk-roots music.”

Obviously, West My Friend defies being pigeon-holed into any one genre. Their blend of acoustic instruments accompanying lush four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of today’s popular music, as can be seen in concert at Fiddlers Crossing on Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm.  This will be the bands second appearance at the venue. Their catchy songs and arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin and accordion draw from jazz, classical, folk and pop influences.

Since 2010, when Eden Oliver, Alex Rempel, Jeff Poynter, and Adam Bailey came together to form West My Friend, they have become a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music on the adventurous acoustic music scene of Canada’s west coast. The band is now a trio.

Classical training and a wealth of diverse musical experience gives them their distinct voice, with passages of intricacy and counterpoint balanced with moments of sweet and exquisite simplicity. Innovation and humor mix easily and seamlessly with traditional genres, echoing old world Klezmer, Cape Breton dance tunes, anthems that sound like show tunes, emotional folk songs, and bluegrass vocal harmonies – with a bit of roots-twang thrown in for good measure. Think “Mumford and Sons” with a female lead singer.

Their name, West My Friend, is a play on “Go West, Young Man.” These four musicians are all westerners through-and-through, and have toured throughout Canada, as well as the US and Europe. Their favorite mode of travel and touring, weather permitting? Cycling – with instruments in tow!

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00pm “A Christmas Carol”, dramatic reading by Alex Zonn $12.00

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A Tehachapi Christmas tradition is returning to Fiddlers Crossing. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at the venue this month, on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.
Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 1:30pm sharp).

 

Sunday, December 16, 3:00pm, “A Christmas Carol”, dramatic reading by Alex Zonn $12.00

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A Tehachapi Christmas tradition is returning to Fiddlers Crossing. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” read by Tehachapi’s own Alex Zonn, will be presented twice at the venue this month, on Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm.

First published in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of a bitter old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. It has delighted audiences in theatrical and film adaptations for well over a century.
Alex Zonn is well known to Tehachapi audiences, having appeared in a number of Tehachapi Community Theater productions including “The Lion in Winter,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the fully staged production of  “A Christmas Carol.” He has also directed some of TCT’s productions. He is an accomplished actor and voiceover artist with many credits to his name.
Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.org, or at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, or Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994. Tickets to the readings are $12, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  There are two shows being presented, Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm sharp), and Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 1:30pm sharp).

 

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 2:00 and 7:00pm, “Winterdance” with Molly’s Revenge, guest vocalist Amelia Hogan and dancers from The Lyons Academy of Irish Dance $25.00, adults, $15.00, students, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi

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“Winterdance,” a Celtic Christmas celebration, will return to Tehachapi for two performances in the BeeKay Theatre on Sunday, December 23. The concert has been a sell-out the last four years. As in the past years, two performances will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The core of the concert is the traditional Celtic trio, Molly’s Revenge. They will again be joined by  guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, along with Irish dancers in an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, as well as selections from the band’s holiday album.

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band complete with bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, mandola, and bodhran, to guarantee a rousing afternoon for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, as well as at prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

The band is comprised of a trio of Californians in love with Celtic music. David Brewer plays whistle and four types of bagpipes. He studied in Scotland under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His unique style of playing has earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast.

John Weed is a classically trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. He has lived in Ireland, teaching workshops in Irish fiddle — to the Irish! He studied with master fiddlers in County Donegal and hones his skills there annually.

Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and his own  compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He also  leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.  Mason and Weed previous played Fiddlers Crossing with Kenny Blackwell as old-time trio Little Black Train.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the beansidhe (banshee) cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are what you’ll find with Amelia’s music.

If you have seen Winterdance, you will certainly want to revisit this fantastic Celtic Christmas Celebration. If you haven’t, you won’t want to miss it this year, so be sure to get your tickets early. Because nothing says “Christmas” like bagpipes – plus fiddles, guitars, bodhrans, whistles, singers and dancers in a brilliant Celtic spirit!

The BeeKay Theatre is at 110 S. Green Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased online at fiddlerscrossing.com, at Mountain Music during Wednesday Open Mic Nights, as well as at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop. To reserve tickets or pay by phone, call 661-823-9994 and leave your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  The concert times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open one-half hour ahead.

 

 

Friday, January 11, 2019, 7:00pm Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Scottish fiddle and cello duo, presented at Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., Tehachapi $30.00

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Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas are making their fourth appearance in Tehachapi  Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m Venue TBA.

Alasdair Fraser is a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland as well as in the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, fiddle camps, and concerts. He is in demand as a performer and teacher all over the world. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland’s musical heritage.

From Boston to San Diego, when you hear American fiddlers playing Scottish tunes, odds are they have attended one of Fraser’s camps or been taught by one of his students. The Scottish Fiddlers of California, which he heads up, has several offshoots throughout the state. One of those, the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddlers, regularly performs at the Bakersfield Scottish Games. Tehachapi’s own Camp Kiya is inspired by the Scottish Fiddle camps Fraser started, with students of both Fraser and Haas providing instruction.

Cellist Natalie Haas, a California native and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Fraser was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, which was to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.
Now, he says, “cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section,” says Fraser. “It’s inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles.”

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00pm, Jim Malcolm, Scottish Folksinger-songwriter $20.00

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Fiddlers Crossing tries to honor its Celtic roots by offering an Irish concert on or around St. Patrick’s Day in March, a Scottish one to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday at the end of January, and presenting the Winterdance Celtic concert at Christmas.

This year, to honor Robbie Burns and Scotland, the venue is bringing back, Jim Malcom on Sunday, January 27, at 3 pm. Malcom is considered one of the finest voices and interpreters of Robert Burns songs in Scottish traditional music today.  He was the lead singer for the world-renowned band Old Blind Dogs for eight years before returning to his solo career as a singer-songwriter.

Malcolm’s family roots are in Perthshire and Strathclyde, and he is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Like many folk musicians, he began his career by singing in pubs, clubs and hotels in his native country. Solo tours to England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, and then further adventures to such far-off places as Uganda in Africa. Joining the already established and popular Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs brought him fame in the acoustic music festival scene across Europe and North America.

A Jim Malcolm concert is always an entertaining mix of his own and traditional songs, including those of Burns, peppered with funny stories and observations in the tradition of Scottish bards through the ages. An accomplished guitarist, he plays mostly in the Celtic tuning dadgad. He is also considered to be one of the top simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world.

Malcom has recorded ten solo CDs, and has performed his songs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2004, he was voted songwriter of the year at the annual Scots Traditional Music Awards. Along with his own songs, he enjoys reworking old songs that form the kernel of Scotland’s great folk tradition.

At home in Scotland, Malcom enjoys spending time with his children and fly fishing on the rivers and lochs of Perthshire. In winter he has lately been heading for the Glenshee Ski Resort with a snowboard and, he says, “a great deal of padding.” Apparently, the ice on Scotland’s slopes make for “quite a hard landing.”

Fiddlers Crossing is at 206 East F Street at Robinson Street, in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets may be purchased next door at Mountain Music, at Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town, and Lucky’s Barbershop, or online through Fiddlerscrossing.com. Tickets to the concert are $20, and as always, coffee and goodies are included.  The concert begins at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Jann Klose, singer-songwriter $20.00

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Jann Klose is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released five albums and two EPs. Jann was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States and now resides in New York City. His music has been streamed over 1,000,000 times online and his song ‘Make It Better’ is featured on the Billboard Top 10 charting compilation album ‘Action Moves People United.’ His new single ‘Don’t Give Up’ (Peter Gabriel) featuring vocal legend and visual artist Annie Haslam of the classical rock group Renaissance, is now available worldwide and his new album IN TANDEM will be released by Gallo Records in 2018. Jann is an ambassador for Desmond Tutu’s Tutudesk campaign.

Jann’s most recent solo album, MOSAIC featuring ‘Make It Better’ entered the Roots Rock charts at #22 and won three 2014 Independent Music Awards. The record also made the first round of the 2014 Grammys® in the categories Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year.

His voice is featured in the movie ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ (Universal) as the voice of Tim Buckley starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ compilation as well as MTV Cribs and movies ‘Dead Broke’ (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and ‘A Venue For The End Of The World’ (BrinkVision) featuring Dick Cavett and Ian Anderson. Most recently Jann scored the music for the award-winning short ‘The Beauty of Disaster.’

He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ and ‘The Who’s Tommy.’ In 2005, the off-Broadway production ‘Moonlight Interior,’ a musical based on Klose’s music, premiered in New York City.

Jann Klose has periodically collaborated with members of classical rock group Renaissance and tours regularly in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. He has worked with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole, Annie Haslam, Ann & Liz Callaway, Gary Lucas, Brett Dennen, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Ben Taylor, RJ Benjamin, Karen Zoid, Tamara Day, ZIYON (Liquideep), Shekhinah, Amanda Black, Majozi, Jeffrey Gaines, Bret Michaels, Rosanne Cash, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart (Johnny Cash), The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Pete Seeger and Les Paul.

 

 

 

“Klose has a fabulous, wide-ranging voice with an individual style… 4 STARS” – Mike Barnes, MOJO Magazine

“Jann Klose was born in Germany and raised in South Africa but his music is all-American pop rock of the finest order…Combine his songwriting and singing chops with his artful experimentation— songs include flavors of reggae, punk, and more—and you understand why Klose moves ever closer to pop-rock eminence.” – Nancy Dunham, RELIX Magazine

“Singer-songwriter Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley. His songs offer hard-to-resist energy, memorable melodies and intelligent, well-crafted lyrics.” – Paul Freeman, San Jose Mercury News

“This German born, African-raised singer-songwriter does sentimentality with sincerity and grace … There’s little out of his range.” – Kenneth Partridge, M Music & Musicians

“Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.” – Alexander F. Remington, Washington Post

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:00pm Dulcie Taylor, singer-songwriter, with George Nauful, guitar and Tracy Morgan, percussion $20.00

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Dulcie Taylor learned a hard music lesson at an early age – don’t leave your ukulele unattended in a porch chair at the beach. Some clueless teenager can sit on it and smash it to bits. The demise of her ukulele was a tough moment for ten-year-old Dulcie but that Christmas her Mother bought her a guitar and Taylor’s lifelong love of singing and songwriting began. In hindsight, a grown-up Taylor sees the smashed ukulele as something of a blessing in disguise…after all, she has shared the stage with a long and impressive list of artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, John Gorka, and Kathy Mattea.

Taylor launched her recording career in 2000 with the self-released title, Other Side of the Bed. Immediately, her work was noticed and praised by her peers. Her second release Diamond & Glass, her first recording for Mesa/Bluemoon, (2002) took home a Wammie, (Washington Area Music Award) and received substantial national airplay and charted at Album Network’s non-commercial AAA format. Critics embraced Taylor with numerous outstanding reviews including, “It shines exactly like its title.” – Music Row; “Dulcie Taylor is a gifted writer; she also has a compelling voice which she employs with nuance and emotion.” – Dirty Linen; “Mesmerizing” – Barnes & Noble; and “Taylor is a poet, a romantic” – The Washington Post. Like Other Side of the Bed, Diamond & Glass won the coveted Wammie Award (Best Contemporary Folk Recording).

Taylor delivered her third recording, Mirrors and Windows (Mesa/Bluemoon) in March of 2004. It was no surprise that this anticipated release also got significant airplay nationwide – climbing to #7 on the Roots Rock Chart at Roots Music Report. Like Diamond & Glass, it was the TOP PICK MP3 at The Washington Post MP3 site. It too received a powerful critical response – “Throughout, the writing is smart, witty, and heartfelt.” – No Depression; “This album has it all.” – Sing Out! “She writes from the heart, for the heart.” – The Washington Post MP3. Taylor recorded the album at the Signature Sounds studio in Palmer, Massachusetts. Mark Thayer produced and Dulcie and her guitarist John Landau co-produced. Dulcie is featured on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, and harmonica and is accompanied by several of the best musicians around – Rounder Records recording artist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter) guitars and lap steel; Richard Gates (Suzanne Vega, Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin) bass; Lorne Entress (Mighty Sam McClain, Susan Tedeschi) drums and percussion and Michael Bellar (Art Garfunkel) Hammond B3 organ.

Her 2012 recording Free of this Sorrow (MesaBluemoon) reached No. 1 at Amazon for Top-Rated Americana. It has been followed closely by her latest CD, Only Worn One Time, released on July 7, 2014, produced by George Nauful and Tyson Leonard. Like Free of this Sorrow, this new CD features Tim Pierce on many of the guitar parts (he’s played with so many wonderful artists – Bruce Springsteen, Rascal Flatts, Neil Diamond, and Santana to name a few) and was also mixed by legendary Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzie Osbourne, Pat Benatar, to name a few). It also features her long-time music partners – George Nauful and Tony Recupido – playing their inimitable guitar parts and each singing two of their original songs – that’s the “and Friends” part of her 2014 CD. Chris Spector of the Midwest Record in Chicago says: “Sure fire killer stuff from a major talent who’s been hiding from the rest of us for too long.”

Wind Over Stone (MesaBluemoon) was released in 2015 to anticipated glowing reviews. “Wonderful storytelling on display…she [Dulcie] has her craft figured out…a strong effort from the west coast-based musician. ”CASHBOX. “Wind Over Stone is an irreplaceable treasure of a record if not the underground, country-strong album of the year.” MusicisM. “Her new album WIND OVER STONE is an Americana masterpiece…This album is the real thing.” John Ems Music Reviews. “She is a poet and a dreamer and a highly effective guide through the seemingly small things that matter most.” Parc Bench. Two videos of from this CD can be found on Dulcie’s YouTube Channel. Together, they have over 820,000 views.

In addition to writing songs, Dulcie Taylor is a writer of poetry and prose. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Poetry Series at Washington, D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library when living in the DC area. The Folger attracts scholars from around the globe, and is also home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, as well as magnificent collections of other rare Renaissance books and manuscripts.

Dulcie Taylor "Live" at The Siren, Morro Bay

#ThrowbackThursday | Well, not so far back. This is a recent performance of "Woman I Used to Be" at The Siren in Morro Bay. The song is from my 2004 release "Mirrors and Windows". You can find the lyrics here at https://goo.gl/UH715f (scroll down) | The Siren #LiveMusic #DulcieTaylor

Posted by Dulcie Taylor on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday. March 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Whitherward, Indie Folk duo, $20.00

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Founded in January 2014, Nashville-based singer/songwriters Ashley E. Norton and Edward A Williams, tired of the trench warfare that typifies the music industry, opted to keep things simple; an acoustic duo with meaningful music, pushing the boundaries of their own creative energy. Just a short year after creation, the indie outlaws are moving to the Wild Wild West. “Every other band is moving to Nashville, so that’s why we’re moving out,” says Ashley. The band wears all black attire adorned in buttons they’ve acquired from their travels. They perform songs that make you laugh, songs that make you cry and songs you can sing along to, from artists such as Genesis, Led Zepplin, Tom Petty, Jewel, Radio Head, as well as original compositions (see full list below). When they are not making the audience laugh with their off-the-cuff banter, Whitherward can perform anywhere from 1-4 hours of music as a duo, or a trio or full band upon request.

Currently, the pair has played in several states across the country, entertaining audiences of all sizes. Tours have already been completed through Missouri, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, California, Colorado, Georgia, and Nevada with many more states lined up. The duo’s initial release, “Stardust”, encompasses a wide range of sounds and issues, bringing with it a raw power and acute sense of self-examination. They are currently self-producing their sophomore release, “Music Monster.”

A blend of modern americana, classic folk, and 90’s rock (ceremoniously dubbed “power folk”), the duo has a sound that appeals to many different groups from all walks of life, and therein lies the group’s greatest drive – to uncover the next great excitement, the next big fan, the next song that hits so close to our true selves. And in this pursuit, we ask: whitherward lieth the way home?

 

 

“Whitherward accomplished what, in my mind, few folk bands are capable of doing: standing out in a venue known for rock, country, and all things loud and abrasive.”
-BETH MCALLISTER, THE 99 CENT BIN

“Norton, along with Williams, have created a very intimate, emotionally charged and gutty EP, Stardust. I hadn’t heard Norton perform in person for almost three years and I held zero expectations. After all, three years is a very long time, and performers, music, and life, changes. For the good, in this case.”
-FRANK IPPOLITO, YABYUM

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2pm and 7pm, Dave Stamey, cowboy entertainer, presented at The BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi $25.00

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Cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey has made several trips to Tehachapi. He played to a sold-out crowd in Fiddlers Crossing in 2013 and The Beekay Theatre in 2015 and 2017. He will play another concert at the BeeKay on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and then again at 7:00pm

Stamey is one of the most popular singer-songwriters on the cowboy circuit today. Before becoming a full-time musician, he has been a cowboy, a mule packer, and a dude wrangler. As a singer, he has been voted three times the Entertainer of the year and Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association. He has delighted audiences in 20 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

Tickets $25 and are available at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove, Tehachapi Furniture and Lucky’s Barbershop on Green Street, as well as by phone at (661) 823-9994 or here on our website!

The Beekay Theatre is located at 110 S Green St., downtown Tehachapi. Doors open at 1:30 pm and 6:30pm sharp.

 

 

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7pm, Nicole Stromsoe, with Dorian Michael, guitar and Ken Hustad, bass, eclectic, old-soul, jazz, folk & blues $20.00

 

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Raised in the coastal village of Cambria, California, and on the road traveling to various US art festivals, Nicole Stromsoe’s life has been immersed in creative awareness.

Daughter of renowned silversmith, Randy Stromsoe, Nicole grew up with the sound of hammers accompanying an ever-playing stereo.  Music was highly revered in her household and she was introduced to a wide spectrum of genre and musical expression.

It was in her early development that she identified as “designer”, just like her parents; now, however, she practices mostly in the aural arts.  Designing shapes and sounds both intangible and impermanent, she crafts not only the song itself, but its interpretation, breath, phrasing, space, and the placement of how it will land ‘out there’.

“I have a particular affinity for how music influences and defines environment; the environment within as well as the space surrounding ourselves.  It has the power to dictate both a very specific, and an overall experience, much like lighting.  I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth with a sense of suspension; a push/pull of weighted and lifted space.  The intention is not only that the listener will be aware of this sensation within themselves, but the whole room will be alive with it, too.”

Nicole’s earliest memories include imitating every Ella Fitzgerald nuance on a Gershwin album as early as 5 years old, and continuously replaying a collection of Atlantic Soul Classic hits from which she first fell for voices such as Barbara Lewis.

Singing in choirs from 8 years old, she took charge in putting together a vocal jazz quartet while in high school.  Wanting to make music more of a focus in her life, she transferred to the Idyllwild Arts Academy and started seriously studying classical vocal technique, aria, and art song.

She continued to explore the classical tradition for a short period in Siena, Italy.  There, she heard a jazz quartet performing in a neighborhood alcove and it rang true for her to further her studies in jazz.

Returning to California’s Central Coast, Nicole continued music studies at Cuesta College while starting to perform out as a jazz vocalist.  She was traveling back and forth to Los Angeles and San Francisco for various workshops and vocal education courses when she decided to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and there, surprisingly, was re-introduced to a familiar love of folk/Americana/roots music. Memories of the tones pounding metal created over this music, played in the silversmith workshop growing up, were brought back louder than ever.

She started to incorporate this influence into her set; creating an eclectic array of jazz, blues, old r&b, folk, and roots music.  Of course, with the influence of her education, travels, and life experiences, this “rooted” American music is created from a unique contemporary space that is Nicole Stromsoe.

Some favorite current musical artists include David Byrne, MeShell Ndegeocello, Gregory Porter, Bjork, Jill Scott, Lila Downs, Eileen Jewell, and Rachelle Ferrell ((to name a few)) though most of Nicole’s musical influences are artists no longer in performance.

“A vocalist with a strong command of a wide variety of genres including jazz, blues and folk, Nicole Stromsoe effortlessly draws from her musical influences and presents her listeners with a sound and style that is soulful, authentic and uniquely her own.”

—   Graham Dechter, Jazz Guitarist

 

“Her voice is over the moon with stunning emotion, depth, range and timbre. Nicole gives me goosebumps when she sings. ”

—   Jacalyn Kreitzer, Vocologist & Mezzo-Soprano

 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00pm Dan Navarro singer-songwriter $20.00

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http://www.dannavarro.com

 

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      For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career…
       Dan started as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The BanglesJackson BrowneDave EdmundsThe TemptationsDionne WarwickThe Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato,  and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.
       In the 1990s and 2000s, he and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarrountil Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past decade, touring nationally almost constantly.
       He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in
films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.
 He has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer, in  films like  Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of LifeRio
(on the Oscar®-nominated “Real In Rio”), Happy FeetThe Lorax,
Ice Age (2 & 3) ; TV series Turbo FastPrison BreakFamily Guy and American Dad; records with Neil YoungAndrea BocelliLuis MiguelJose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video
games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for SubaruShakey’sMcDonald’sCoca-ColaHondaNationwide and more.

     He has appeared in Washington on artists’ rights and intellectual property issues, on behalf of Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’lSoundExchangeSAG-AFTRAmusicFIRST CoalitionBMI and NARAS, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRAand The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.

     In 2009, after 22 years and 12 CDs with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. His new album,“Shed My Skin”, is out now.

     He is the father of a 21-year-old son, thinks sleep is for babies and is a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:00pm, Dana Hubbard, singer-songwriter $20.00

http://danahubbard.com

 

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Dana Hubbard’s been described as ”a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen”.  He combines the socially conscious singer/songwriter with the master acoustic blues guitarist, awing people with guitar skills that defy the ear and eye.  The list of folks he’s opened for and shared the bill with span the spectrum from blues to folk to bluegrass:  Jesse Winchester, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, Greg Allman, Etta James, Little Feat, Robert Cray, Albert King, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Ely, John Hammond, Chris Isaak, David Lindley…  Dana was born and raised on the Central Coast of California, attended UC Santa Cruz only long enough to finish an elective course on country blues, then hit the road and never looked back.

With his acoustic guitar, he busked the streets of Berkeley and San Francisco. He eventually put together his own band, The Delta Twisters which he led for over a decade in the burgeoning Blues scene playing clubs, juke-joints, biker-bars.   By the time Dana moved on to bigger venues and theatres, the guitar in hand had become electric and he began sharing the stage with legends like Albert King, James Cotton and Etta James and opening shows for artists like Greg Allman, Chris Isaak and Robert Cray. All that performance experience culminated in his first CD release, “Tummy Lust” which showcases his guitar skills as well as his songwriting.

Dana returned to the acoustic guitar as his instrument of choice with the release of his second CD “Livin’ Live”. What Dana does with the guitar, using only his hands is amazing to watch and a joy to listen to. You hear the bass and the back beat rhythm along with the melody and chords.  If you look around for his backup guitar, you won’t find one. This is Dana, performing solo.  On his third CD “The Grounds Keepers” each track is a single guitar performance with no overdubs, no re-makes. What you hear is a singer/songwriter front and center, addressing issues of environmentalism and social injustice in a voice that sometimes growls, sometimes he lilts or laughs, but he’s always got a little twinkle in his eye. He has a social activist soul with a bluesman’s grin.

 

 

“…a cross between Bruce Cockburn and Jorma Kaukonen.” 
Andre de Channes, host of “Thursday Night Live” -KRSH 95.9 FM Santa Rosa, CA

First Place Winner TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL Acoustic Competition (Colorado, 2009)

First Place Winner INDIE INTERNATIONAL Songwriting Contest-Folk/Acoustic (Spring/Summer 2009)

First Place Winner AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL-Musician Showcase (California, 2010).

Honorable Mention WOODYFEST Songwriting Contest (Oklahoma, 2012).

Artist Of The Year CONCERTS IN YOUR HOME

Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:00pm, The Lisa Sanders Band, singer-songwriter duo, $20.00

https://www.lisasanders.com/

 

Lisa Sanders is an electrifying harmonizer. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction.  A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Writing, singing and producing from her heart in nearly every genre for over three decades, Sanders continues to make an impact in the musical world.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she began singing with her older brother Ty at an early age. The family relocated to Argentia Newfoundland, Canada where her parents encouraged music daily. Artists from Motown Records, Johnny Cash and others with a mixture of rock and classical music were key influencers in Sanders’ upbringing. Upon moving to Southern California, she signed to Cargo Earth Records and released her first album Isn’t Life Fine. After her second album Life Takes You Flying was released in 1999, Sanders went on to establish her own label Maya Jade Records in 2004. She has since released five albums from her own label:

Sanders has worked with musical legends including the Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al Green, BB King and Babyface. Sanders continues to songwrite, produce and collaborate with artists from all over. She currently resides in San Diego as the founder of Star Woodwork by Lisa. Star Woodwork by Lisa specializes in handcrafted wooden materials into beautiful objects, structures and garden pieces.

The Lisa Sanders Band
Lisa Sanders and Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-bluesy duo have been performing there unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America. 
Lisa and Karen’s friendship began long ago when they met briefly at a high school party. Later on in life, both older and much wiser, the women met again when their kids were in the same class at school. They became the best of friends. Neither one of them realized that one day they would be a couple of moms writing and performing music all across the country. 
Karen has been singing since high school. When Lisa noticed that Karen knew all of her songs and had an amazing sense of harmony, Lisa asked Karen to join her band. They have since become a musical powerhouse. With harmonizing skills that have garnered the duo many accolades and opening spots with artist such as Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, BB King, Al Green and many more. 

Lisa Sanders and Brown Sugar are set to tour in support of their 8th CD release Shiver, nominated for San Diego Music Awards Best Pop Album. Produced and recorded by Jeff Berkley of Berkley Hart. Recorded with the Lisa Sanders Band, led by Jeff Berkley.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:00pm, Jackie Bristow, singer-songwriter with Mark Punch, guitar $20.00

www.jackiebristow.com

 

Jackie Bristow was born and raised in Gore, a small rural community in the lower half of New Zealand’s South Island, and home to New Zealand country music’s Gold Guitar awards.  Her singing career began at the age of eight, when she took a shine to church hymns at St. Mary’s Primary School, inspired by her music teacher Walter Hailes.  Encouraged by their grandmother, piano teacher Molly Scully, Jackie and her younger sister Katrina entered the Gold Guitar awards as children. By the time she was 11, the duo was sweeping up a string of awards in various categories. By the age of 14, the “Bristow Sisters” were gigging regularly throughout the South Island. Around this time, she began to mine her parents’ record collection, discovering classic songs from Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt and even “Solid Gold Hits”!

Bristow began to write her own songs, a secret passion that would remain hidden from the world for the next seven years. At 17, she left high school and enrolled in the Invercargill Polytechnic Music School, where she hooked up with local musicians. She spent the next 18 months singing regularly in pop and cover bands all around New Zealand. The professional Bristow had by then immersed herself in the music of Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Crowded House.

Performing was fun, but she could no longer ignore the desire to write and perform her own material, which had been growing steadily since leaving Invercargill in 1994. She went to Sydney, Australia, where she gradually wrote, recorded and performed her original songs, playing late-night bars to empty rooms, saving pennies and working as a nanny to make ends meet. It was in Sydney that she met her now longtime friend, Mark Punch, who provided her with great perspective and the musical career guidance she had been missing up until then. He will be accompanying her on lead guitar for this return show at Fiddlers Crossing.

Bristow has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013  “Slipstream” tour was a dream-come-true. She was invited back in 2017 to join Raitt on her “Dig in Deep” tour. She has also opened for the Steve Miller Band, Foreigner as well as Tommy Emanuel Joan Oates, Joe Ely, Madeleine Peyroux, Art Garfunkel and many more.

Her live performances have captivated audiences and reviewers alike. One reviewer of her show on the Tommy Emmanuel tour wrote: “Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation.”

She has released four albums, the latest, “Shot of Gold”, released in 2016 received critical acclaim and charted in her native New Zealand

Jackie Bristow now calls music Mecca ,Nashville Tennessee home. She tours the U.S as well as New Zealand and other countries regularly. Fiddlers Crossing will be just one stop of many this Fall for the “down under” singer-songwriter.

 

 

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Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00pm, Kevin Burke, Irish master fiddler, $25.00 (venue TBA)

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http://www.kevinburke.com/

 

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Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, “If​ ​the​ ​Cap​ ​Fits”​ ​and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo​ ​Guthrie​, Kate​ ​Bush​, Christy​ ​Moore​ and the Bothy Band​ ​established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles – Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim​ ​O’Brien​; Liam​ ​O​ ​Maonlai​, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles​ ​Apap​ and Greg​ ​Ewer​; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn​ ​String​ ​Band​; renowned Irish bands Dervish​,​ ​Solas​ and Lunasa​ and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John​ ​Brennan​ (Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others).

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic​ ​Fiddle​ ​Festival​ ​and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick​ ​Street​. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, “Loftus​ ​Music”​, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam​ ​Ceoil​” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National​ ​Heritage Fellowship​, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon​ ​Music​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Fame​.

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal​ ​O​ Domhnaill.​ Their 2 albums, “Promenade”​ and “Portland”,​ became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians.

In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, “Open House”​ and “Patrick​ ​Street”,​ whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group – “The​ ​Celtic​ ​Fiddle Festival”​, this time with Johnny​ ​Cunningham​ from Scotland and Christian​ ​Lemaitre from Brittany.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In​ ​Concert”,​ a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces before an audience in his home town of Portland, Oregon.

Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer.

 

 

 

The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom……impressively virtuosic”, The​ Washington​ ​Post​ writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish​ ​Times​ says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”.