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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00pm Laurence Juber, Grammy-winning guitarist $20.00

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Two-time Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber will make his fourth appearance in Tehachapi on Saturday, April 1, at Fiddlers Crossing. Juber is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger, who won his first Grammy as lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings.  Since then, he has become particularly noted for his finger style interpretations of Beatles songs, including two CDs from the Beatle songbook. One of them, “LJ Plays The Beatles,” was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Top Ten albums of all time.  In all, Juber has 20 solo albums and counting to his credit, ranging from folk and jazz to pop and rock.

Juber is also in demand as a studio musician and composer. He is featured on numerous recordings by major artists, as well as on TV and movie soundtracks. His playing can be heard on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on the ABC Family channel, and films such as “Good Will Hunting” and the “Muppet Movie.”

As a composer, Juber has contributed to video games, including Diablo III, as well as documentary films. His music is featured on Ken Burns’ “The Tenth Inning,” and NBC Datelines’ “Children of the Harvest.” With his wife, Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to several musical comedies.

Juber’s last performance in the venue quickly sold out back in 2013. This one will undoubtedly bring in a full house, as well.

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 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring Bri Brubaker, Free event, tips for the performer strongly encouraged!

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Bri has been playing music since she was four years old and has taken lessons formally since she was eight. She currently teaches keyboard, ukulele, and guitar. Bri can often be found playing barefooted, and she frequently includes whistling in her songs. Her music stylings are a mix of alternative, folk, and acoustic pop.

And, she is the undisputed STAR of our open mic!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00pm, Ernest Troost, singer-songwriter $20.00

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The “big dream” for many singer-songwriters is to have their music used in film or TV scores. For Ernest Troost, it was the other way around. Troost became an Emmy Award-winning composer of movie and TV scores first, and only recently became an award-winning folk-blues songwriter, as well. “Songwriting was something I had put in the trunk and sat on for 20 years because it was an impractical thing to do,” he said. “I hadn’t done it since high school.”

Ernest Troost will return to Fiddlers Crossing Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

On his way to a successful career as a film and TV composer, Troost studied jazz guitar as well as classical music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After coming to Hollywood, he earned  an Emmy Award and numerous Emmy nominations by composing scores for TV and Films, including the cult classic, ‘Tremors,’ and HBO and Hallmark Hall of Fame specials and movies. Troost also composed, arranged and produced two critically praised albums for singer Judy Collins.

Then, about seven years ago, he had an epiphany while in McCabe’s Guitar shop in Santa Monica that made him want to bone up on his Piedmont blues guitar style and write more songs.

A month later he was back at McCabe’s for their Open Mic night. First-time Open Mic performers might take heart from Troost’s trepidation. He thought, “The scariest thing I could do in my life was write a song and go up on stage and play it.”  When he performed his song, “All Boats are Gonna Rise,” he said, “I thought I was going to have a heart attack onstage, I really did. But I got through it.”

People went nuts for the song. A few weeks later, at another McCabe’s Open Mic, he played “Evangeline,” a song that has now become a hit for singer Susie Glaze. The soundman grabbed Troost afterwards and said, “That’s the best song I’ve heard at an open mic in the last 10 years.”

His reception at McCabe’s gave Troost the confidence to focus on songwriting.  In 2004, he released his first solo album, “All the boats are Gonna Rise,” which won accolades both for the songs and his guitar playing. He started playing coffeehouses, house concerts and festivals, and launched a monthly singer-songwriter night in Venice called the Juke Joint Gang. Word spread about his songs, and other LA performers began to cover them. In 2009, he was the New Folk Winner at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas.

It’s not surprising that for a cinematic composer, Troost would write story songs. He has a lyrical taste for earthy ramblers, gamblers and small-town dreamers, as well as murder tales and other dark stories.

When he was a boy, his father would read aloud tales such as Coldridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and Poe’s “Raven.” “I think their musicality and dark romantic nature had a powerful effect on me,” he said. “It’s storytelling that really excites me. I call my songwriting style cinematic-folk. I try to create a vivid world of images and music that envelops the listener.” Along with the dark side, the “vivid” world of Ernest Troost songs is also a world of hope and love.

For videos and samples, go to http://www.ernesttroost.com/ and fiddlerscrossing.com.
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 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:00pm, Jill Knight and The Luckys, “Soulful Americana” $20.00

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Introducing The Luckys Formerly known as “Jill’s Knight Out”, long time friends and bandmates Jill Knight, Rob Strom, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones were a Central Coast favorite for many years. Voted Best Band for 3 years running in the New Times Arts and Entertainment Magazine, the group played up and down the Central Coast of California and regularly at some of LA’s most famous venues. In the late nineties the four moved on with separate musical journeys. Pam and Jeri co-founded the popular Bay Area band “Blame Sally’ which later included Rob. Jill continued her solo songwriting career winning numerous awards and placing her music in film. The four remained friends and always enjoyed the opportunity to play together when paths would cross at various festivals and venues. They reunited for a show at Berkeley’s premier music hall, “The Freight and Salvage” in August of 2015 and had such overwhelming response that they knew they needed to take the next step and commit. Something unique and magical happens when these four energies coalesce that cannot be reproduced in any other way, shape or form. Songs, strings and voices soar, organic and true…like a homecoming, a soul circle now complete. The Luckys are lucky and can’t wait to share this ineffable magic with you! Press Quotes/The Luckys …It was clear that the ensemble had a great amount of fun playing with one another, and that they take the music seriously. Knight played with Delgado, {Strom} and Jones … well before Blame Sally went on to wide acclaim, and they seemed to have picked up where they left off. The chemistry and camaraderie between the artists was palpable. No Depression Magazine, show review (Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA) August 2015 Press Quotes/Jill Knight: “Its hard to say which is better-the song or the way Jill Knight sings it.” Performing Songwriter Magazine. “Few songwriters seem to have the self-assurance that this singer possesses…Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences… this is first rate, high quality music” Dirty Linen. Press Quotes/Blame Sally: “Their live performances are more than just a musical journey, as they banter back and forth with each other in between songs as only true friends can do, making for a very entertaining evening.” Sacramento Press “The band’s heavy instrumentation has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, while the rich harmonies have been compared to everyone from the Indigo Girls to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.” H-P Features “Blame Sally broke the mold. In a music scene where youth still rules even as record company budgets shrink, this California quartet of middle-aged female rockers landed a five-year, three-album contract…Boston Herald

 

 

…It was clear that the ensemble had a great amount of fun playing with one another, and that they take the music seriously. Knight played with Delgado, {Strom} and Jones … well before Blame Sally went on to wide acclaim, and they seemed to have picked up where they left off. The chemistry and camaraderie between the artists was palpable. No Depression Magazine, show review (Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA) August 2015 Press Quotes/Jill Knight: “Its hard to say which is better-the song or the way Jill Knight sings it.” Performing Songwriter Magazine. “Few songwriters seem to have the self-assurance that this singer possesses…Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences… this is first rate, high quality music” Dirty Linen. Press Quotes/Blame Sally: “Their live performances are more than just a musical journey, as they banter back and forth with each other in between songs as only true friends can do, making for a very entertaining evening.” Sacramento Press

“The band’s heavy instrumentation has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, while the rich harmonies have been compared to everyone from the Indigo Girls to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.” H-P Features

“Blame Sally broke the mold. In a music scene where youth still rules even as record company budgets shrink, this California quartet of middle-aged female rockers landed a five-year, three-album contract…Boston Herald

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00pm, Gary Stockdale, singer-songwriter $20.00

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Gary Stockdale has an impressive resume:

Wonderful singer. Witty songwriter. Engaging performer. TV and film composer. Two EMMY nominations. A BMI award for music composition.

He plays piano and guitar. He has sung on many Henry Mancini movie scores. He has scored films for Roger Corman and others. He was an arranger for film composer Lalo Schifrin. He composed music for many Penn & Teller projects, as well as for television sitcoms including Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  He has sung on commercials, on TV and in films.

And then there’s his infectious grin.

Gary Stockdale will live up to his resume and then some when he returns to Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

Music was part of his life growing up. His mother was a jazz singer before she gave it up to raise a family, and he sang in church choirs from an early age. Stockdale started piano lessons when he was only four, but in sixth grade, when the Beatles hit the airwaves, he switched to guitar.

He studied theater and music at Los Angeles City College, writing, performing, and directing the music for their shows. “After a time,” he said, “it became obvious that music was where my greatest abilities lay.”

Stockdale ignored his father’s advice to have something “to fall back on” other than show business. “I always figured if you have something to fall back on, if times get tough, you’ll fall back,” he said.  From college on, he was able to make a living in doing what he loved — either singing, playing music directing or writing music.

Stockdale’s singing credits range from being the solo singer on commercials for In-and-Out Burgers and singing a Paul McCartney sound-alike for a John Lennon miniseries on NBC, to creating “odd vocal sounds” in a chorus in the film “Avatar.” He said, “You can hear us most prominently in the scenes where the alien people are all sort of chanting and praying together.”

With a full body of work behind him, Stockdale now has the freedom to pursue his love of live performance, singing and playing piano and guitar. His songs are those of a man who sees the irony in life and is enjoying sharing it with his audience. Even his more serious songs have wit and humor in them.

And then there’s that grin….

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017, 7:00pm, The Hay Dudes, Bluegrass and Americana $20.00

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The Hay Dudes are Kenny Blackwell, Mike Mullins and Wally Barnick. Friends by musical association for over 30 years, they have crossed paths many times at festivals and casual gigs. Sometime around 2009 a few calls came in to Wally from folks wanting some “bluegrass” music for their backyard or other casual events. Naturally, Kenny and Mike would be contacted due to their friendship and proximity to Wally, and before long an impromptu set list began to emerge. Most importantly, it was fun to do, and coincidentally, to them at least, it sounded pretty good!

In 2010 Wally was tracking some tunes at Painted Sky Studios in Cambria, CA for what he thought could eventually become a solo bluegrass project. He called friend Byron Berline to see if he would add some fiddle to the project. During that conversation Byron asked if Wally could help with arranging a performance date in the San Luis Obispo, CA area for The Byron Berline Band, as part of their March 2011 west coast tour.

Byron thought it would be “just fine” if Kenny, Mike and Wally (at that time no “band” name had been considered) were part of the bill, opening the show which took place in Los Osos, CA in March 2011. Subsequently, following the opening set performance at the show, Byron asked the three if they would come to Guthrie, Oklahoma in October 2013 to be part of Byron’s Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival. It took about .ooooo1 seconds to say okay…

Between the Los Osos concert and the Oklahoma date, the boys came up with their uber clever new band name and set about putting a cd together to have along for the OIBF gig and beyond. Byron contributed to several of the tracks as did multi-instrumentalist, string maestro Dennis Caplinger. The result being their 11 track, self titled debut album.

Now after dozens of LIVE performance appearances the fellows have settled in pretty well on the cd material and continue to add to the playlist. They are are having a blast and look forward to many more years of playing together.

Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:00pm, Berkley Hart, Award winning folk singer-songwriter duo $20.00

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Storytelling in music is as old as melody. Although today’s pop music tends to focus more on  “beats” than ballads,  musical storytelling is still alive and well in acoustic music. Over the last five years, Fiddlers Crossing has been bringing some of the best musical storytellers to Tehachapi.

Berkley Hart, returning for their third appearance in the venue on Friday, August 4, is certainly in the top tier of musical storytellers. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country.

Each song they present is a little slice of contemporary life, like a little movie. It’s storytelling at its best and most succinct, whether told from the point of view of the family dog, or a single father consoling his heartbroken daughter after a disastrous prom date. The ups and downs of life are explored in their six CDs, with the piercing twists of observation in their lyrics accompanied by stunning harmonies and virtuosic guitar playing. Their live show is laced with comedy and their obvious camaraderie.

Hailing from San Diego, both Berkley and Hart emerged from the Southern California coffeehouse circuit, each building sizeable followings of their own before joining forces. As a duo for more than twelve years now, they have become fixtures on the folk circuit, making appearances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as playing some of folk’s most prestigious venues.

To see a slice of the world through the eyes of these masterful storytellers, visit  berkleyhart.com, and then join them live at Fiddlers Crossing on August 4.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 3:00pm, Ray Bonneville, Blues-influenced singer-songwriter, poet $20.00

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Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.  Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.

He’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists, and shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

Easy Gone, Ray’s fourth album for Red House Records,  takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels. An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.

 

Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00pm, Flagship Romance, “Harmonic Alternative Folk” $20.00

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Back by popular demand!

Flagship Romance consists of newlywed singers and songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson. To describe their sound, they have coined the term “Harmonic Alternative Folk.” Anchored by Fisher’s unique & intense guitar playing, Flagship Romance compositions are centered around and feature the couple’s unclassifiable vocal blend.

“Their songs & vocals have a simmering intensity… I also suspect Fisher used to play in rock bands, as he tended to attack his guitar with an unbridled ferociousness.” – Mayer Danzig // Twangville

Since the release of their debut EP, The Fudge Sessions, in January of 2013, Flagship Romance has developed a reputation of being one of the hardest working new acts to hit the scene. Touring upwards of 8 months a year, Flagship Romance performs at lengenday listening rooms, such as the Bitter End in New York City, & have become a staple on the burgeoning international house concert circuits. Shawn & Jordyn have also made appearances at the Mumford & Son’s ‘Gentleman of the Road’ Stopover, the Florida Folk Festival, Strangecreek, & the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival. The variety of acts that this duo has shared the stage with is a tribute to the universal accessibility of their compositions and live show. These names include Iris Dement, Claire Lynch, Lisa Loeb, the Goo Goo Dolls, Half Moon Run, and Mason Jennings.

“Their energy is infectious. We had people from 25 to 85 in our audience & they all said they felt energized & exuberant after the performance.” – Barbara Richmond // Live at Philip & Barbara’s

On the heels of a successful crowd-funding campaign, raising in excess of $25,000, Flagship Romance ventured into the sandhills of rural Florida in January 2014 to record their first full-length album, entitled Fee Fie Foh Fum. The stripped tracks on this collection consist of full-takes, with no splicing or tuning. Given the intimate & energetic quality of their live performances, Fee Fie Foh Fum is a raw, real, perfectly imperfect experience. In addition to the album, Fisher and Jackson invited a team of professional cinematographers to travel with them and document the entire recording process at Gatorbone Studios. This behind the scenes documentary features the studio performances, the duo’s love-laced back-story, and the beautiful nature surrounding the home-studio. Fee Fie Foh Fum debuted in the top 10 on the Roots Alternative Airplay charts in 2015.

“We’ve seen loads of ‘duets’ over the years without ever understanding what real harmony could sound like.” – Cynthia Dewick // The Barn in Arden

Flagship Romance has aligned their musical career with the clean water cause via the organization charity: water. In August 2012, Fisher and Jackson founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Florida, to raise funding and awareness for the 800 million people on this planet without access to safe, clean drinking water. Since then, they have raised over $125,000; 100% of that money is currently being used for well building and tap-stand projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Sahel region of Africa.

 

 

Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:00pm, First Friday Showcase, featuring The ROAMies, Free event, tips for the performers strongly encouraged!

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The ROAMies are a refreshing listening experience and an adventure for your soul. This fun duo/band’s music is a playful marriage of Alexa James’ hooky melodies, upbeat lyrics and unique vocals with Rory Partin’s soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics fused into a one of a kind sound. After touring together, fans continually asked them to combine their sound into one. Honoring that request, The ROAMies was formed. Deeply rooted by their passion for travel, adventure and people, they’re a duo that you will definitely want to “follow,” “like,” and “subscribe” to as they ROAM around the world.

Alexa James has recorded several professional studio albums, has had a #1 song and five other Top 10 songs. She was named Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year with the L.A. Music Awards. Rory Partin has also garnered a #1 radio single and has performed in over 30 countries. His soulful vocals and piano-based grooves leave you wanting more! They recently won the award for Best Theme Song in a Comedy at the LA WEBFEST and Best Soundtrack at the Maverick Movie Awards. They are currently in the studio working on their first album together and are looking forward to what this chapter will bring. Once you see this duo live, you will know this is just the beginning of an enjoyable adventure.

The ROAMies release a brand new video each week! Check out their various playlists and be sure to Subscribe! http://www.YouTube.com/TheROAMies

 

 

 

Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00pm, The Mountain and The Moon, Banjo/bass duo $20.00

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The Mountain & The Moon was formed during the spring of 2015 when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore a larger musical space around that idiom. ” What has emerged is a form of classically informed roots music – a blend of the string arrangements on Nico’s Chelsea Girl and the banjo playing of Béla Fleck, perhaps…” Freshgrass- 2016

In August 2016, the banjo/bass duo released their self-titled EP of original music which synthesizes folk, bluegrass, and classical music in a bold and innovative way. After which, they were invited to the Freshgrass Festival in North Adams, MA as finalists in an international competition after just a year of working together. With a solid start underfoot these musicians are cutting new ground and expanding beyond the limitations of traditions with a style completely their own. 

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Bassist and composer Noah Laniakea grew up in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from SUNY University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in music performance, they furthered their studies at University of California, Los Angeles where they studied with Chris Hanulik and received their master’s degree, also in music performance. A self-taught composer, Noah seeks to write music that is both immediately accessible to the listener while synthesizing diverse sounds and styles in an organic way. They currently reside in Cupertino, CA, with their husband, where they continue to write and perform original works for solo bass as well as bass and small ensemble, further exploring the artistic potential of their chosen instrument.

 

 

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Banjoist, singer and performer Casey James Holmberg was born and raised in Petaluma, CA where gold rolling hills and chickens were dear neighbors. Studying with Banjo virtuoso Tim Weed in Point Reyes, Casey saw the banjo used as a complete instrument, not restricted by genre or style. He furthered his studies in music at UCLA becoming an excellent bluegrass banjoist while branching into classical and jazz music.  Holmberg writes music influenced by his past and present with an emphasis on creating strong distinct feeling and narrative. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he teaches,  performs original works, sings in a brother duo and writes scores for film.