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Mendocino Stories & Music Series on September 12

Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents a Singer/songwriter Showcase in an acoustic concert at the Hill House on Friday, September 12. Both featured artists are Mendocino County natives – Sheila Fetzer and Steven Bates. They will each perform a set and then join for a few tunes. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Hill House in Mendocino, 10701 Palette Dr.

Sheila Fetzer grew up playing music inspired and influenced by Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Dylan and Neil Young. Says Sheila, "My words, songs, are just my reflecting response to life's experiences. May be subconsciously a need to get a little closer to that experience, and then, let it go." Sharing music to influence and connect people in a positive way is her focus.

Steven Bates started playing music and school dances by the age of thirteen. After graduating, he set off to southern California and has played all over the area with different bands and individuals. Steven’s determination to always leave audiences with something memorable is a good reason to catch this acoustic performance. When he plays acoustic he delivers a fast-paced strumming technique that has a rock and roll vibe unto itself. Visit http://stevenbatesmusic.com/

Doors open at 6:00 PM for bistro menu and full bar. Reserved table seating $20, general admission $15 at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on September 13

Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents a free film event featuring 'The Byrd Who Flew Alone'. Some footage was filmed in Mendocino and interviews include Mendocino residents’ memories of Gene Clark - a songwriter, musician and one of the founding members of The Byrds. This film will be shown at 3PM on Saturday, September 13 at Hill House Inn.

The feature length documentary explores the life and work of Gene Clark - singer-songwriter with The Byrds, one of the 60's most influential and iconic bands, and a pioneer in American music.  It's been made with the support and involvement of Gene's family, as well as a whole host of friends and fellow musicians. Not least the three surviving original Byrds - David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn.

“For the first time, the story of one of American music's greatest talents and most unfathomable enigmas is told on film. Drawing on over thirty exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, family and friends; previously unseen archive material; and three decades of fantastic, ground-breaking music. Long overdue, but hopefully worth the wait.” http://foursunsproductions.com/Gene-Clark-Documentary/

Doors open at 2:30 PM for the film screening. No admission charged. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on September 13

StellarBaby is the featured dance band on Saturday, September 13 for Mendocino Stories and Music Series. Musicians include Jon Faurot, Marcus McCallen, Phillip Dunn, Steven Bates with special guests. Kai Clark, son of Gene Clark, will perform in the acoustic opening set. Music starts at 7:30PM at Hill House Inn.

Says Jon Faurot, “What I have in mind is a show that "points to Gene" by playing some of his material, and playing other material that he is in some way responsible for creating (The Eagles, Buffalo Springfield, even The Beatles, Rubber Soul, just to name a few). But I also want it to be a dance party.”

This dance party will follow the showing of “The Byrd Who Flew Alone”. The feature length documentary explores the life and work of Gene Clark - singer-songwriter with The Byrds and a pioneer in American music.  “For the first time, the story of one of American music's greatest talents and most unfathomable enigmas is told on film.” http://foursunsproductions.com/Gene-Clark-Documentary/

Doors for this event open at 6PM with bistro menu and full bar. Advanced tickets - $20 for reserved seating at a table. $15 general admission at the door. For tickets and more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732. www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series, Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20

Tracy Burns returns for two nights of hilarious improvised comedy as part of the Mendocino Stories and Music Series on Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, 7:30PM at Hill House Inn, Mendocino. Tracy will be joined onstage by Josh Dean. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the incomparable Allen Simpson. Together they will provide a completely spontaneous, wholly original evening of entertainment. Using only a couple of audience suggestions, the performers will create scenes and vignettes, play a cavalcade of characters, and perhaps even sing a song or two. Each show will be completely different, so plan on coming twice.

Tracy Burns has been performing (and teaching) improv internationally for longer than she would care to admit. She is a former Mendocino resident who started her career as a member of local improv/sketch group, Hit & Run Theater and as half of the comedy team Burns & Nunn with HRT veteran Doug Nunn. Tracy, along with her husband Allen Simpson, teaches acting and improv at several animation studios and gaming companies including Pixar, DreamWorks and Telltale Games.

Josh Dean is a Canadian actor/improviser based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to various other roles, Josh has starred in two improvised sitcoms and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the US and Canada as an improviser, taking an unprecedented 6 consecutive World Domination improv titles. Josh is married and has probably one of the top five cutest dogs in history.

Allen Simpson is a composer and songwriter as well as an acting teacher and voiceover director. He's written songs for The Simpsons and writer/director David Zucker (Airplane!, Police Squad. Allen is the composer and co-lyricist for the Saturn Award winning musical Fellowship!, a musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring.  He also plays live keyboards and guitar for many comedy groups around L.A.

Bistro menu and full bar are available as soon as the doors open at 6:00PM. Advanced tickets - Reserved seats - $25, $20 general admission. $25 at the door (if available). For tickets and more info call Pattie at 937-1732.  You can also order tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.

BeatleFest on October 10 & 11

Mendocino Stories and Music Series proudly announces BeatleFest 2014 with Beatles songs from the early years through the solo careers. Two nights of amazing music at the Hill House of Mendocino on Friday and Saturday, October 10 & 11.  Acoustic opening set at 7:30PM, followed by dance music.

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960 and became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. From beat and 1950s rock and roll, they experimented with many genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. These true gems in our musical lives will be brought to life by local musicians, gems in their own time.

The dynamic core band features Billy Schieve, Jamie Gilliam, Phil Dunn, and Johnny Bush, with Special Guests Jon Faurot, Richard Fienbop, Sharon Garner, Sherry Lea Jones, Marcus McCallen, Sue Sisk, Pattie DeMatteo, and more to be confirmed.

Doors open at 6PM with bistro menu and full bar. $25 reserved seating at a table, $20 general admission theater seating, $25 at the door if available. Tickets available now by calling 707-937-1732 and soon online at BrownPaperTickets.com


Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents Hit and Run Theater in November

Mendocino Stories and Music Series welcomes back Hit and Run Theater & Friends for two nights of improvised fun, games and stories. They will play at the Hill House of Mendocino on Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15. The players are Jill Jahelka, Ken Krauss, Doug Nunn, Kathy O’Grady, Christine Samas, Dan Sullivan, and Steve Weingarten. Joshua Brody, “just maybe the greatest improv comedy keyboard accompanist”, will join the gang for this weekend.  The shows will start at 7:30PM.
 
Special feature for this weekend’s engagement is a Song Improvisation Workshop for beginners … and the terrified!” led by Joshua Brody, music director for San Francisco's BATS Improv. The workshop will be held Saturday afternoon at the Hill House from 1 – 4PM, $30 in advance, $40 on Saturday.

This weekend is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity to benefit and enrich the lives of residents and visitors.

All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6:00 PM for bistro menu and full bar, Theater opens at 6:30PM. Come early for best seating. You can reserve seating for $20. General admission is $15 at the door. For more information about the shows and the workshop call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html


Song Improvisation workshop on November 15 at Hill House

Mendocino Stories and Music Series will present a workshop on November 15, led by Joshua Brody - “SONG IMPROVISATION FOR BEGINNERS ... AND THE TERRIFIED! Joshua has been teaching song improvisation for over thirty years. The workshop will be held at the Hill House of Mendocino, from 1 – 4PM.

Want to sing? Think you can't? Or do you just want to learn another way to make music? Starting with the very basics — breathing, ear training, vocal production — students are led gradually and painlessly through all the elements that go into making a song. The spring workshop was a great hit, with rave reviews.

Advance reservation required to guarantee a spot. Cost of the 3-hour workshop is $30 in advance, $40 on Saturday. For more information about the workshop call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html







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