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Mendocino Stories & Music Series on April 25

Enjoy a singer/songwriter showcase when Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents Americana/Folk musician and favorite native daughter Gwyneth Moreland on Friday, April 25. She will be joined by special guests. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Mendocino Hotel.

With a voice that invokes Jenny Lewis' solo work crossed with the intimate folk of Gillian Welch, Gwyneth Moreland evokes a feeling of nostalgia rooted deep in classic country fundamentals. This is music which is at once modern and original, while paying proper respect to the classics of the genre.

Joining Gwyneth on a few tunes will be brother Morgan Daniel. They are the brother/sister harmonies of Foxglove. Bass player and songwriter David Hayes will also be performing with Gwyneth. They have been collaborating in a few events lately. Add to this mix, a duo with Judy Stavely in some good ole timey songs. You might have seen this duo in the Wild Women Weekend Part Two last November. All-in-all, this is a great variety of music and musicians to be enjoyed.

All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and full bar. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, April 26

Mendocino Stories and Music Series invites you to experience a unique collaboration for an evening of jazz, blues and original music. On Saturday, April 26 Alex de Grassi and Paul McCandless will join forces in a benefit concert for MUSE (Mendocino Unified School Enrichment). The concert will begin at 7:30PM at Little River Inn’s Abalone Room, 7901 N Hwy One in Little River.

Alex de Grassi was born in Yokosuka, Japan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He learned to play trumpet, but at age 13 discovered the guitar and hasn't looked back. He taught himself on guitar though has studied with noted teacher Bill Thrasher and jazz piano with Mark Levine and composition with William Mathieu. Alex has played at such notable venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Belfast International Festival, Telluride, and Wolftrap. He is a Grammy Award nominee and Indie Award nominee for The Water Garden. You can here his cover of Shortnin’ Bread here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAprojj_CV8

A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, Paul McCandless specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau, and Bruce Hornsby.

Doors open at 7:00PM. Tickets at Little River Inn and by phone, 707-937-5942. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html



Mendocino Stories & Music Series on May 9

With a collection of swing, as well as Latin, calypso, jazz, and popular tunes, The Mixed Nuts will be featured in the Mendocino Stories and Music Series on Friday May 9. As a special offering, Sunshine Taylor and Glenn Rude, dancers extraordinaire and dance instructors, will teach a beginning swing dance class at 7:00PM followed by dance music at 7:30PM. This fun event will be held at the Hill House Inn of Mendocino and is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity.

The Mixed Nuts, an off-shoot of Kevin and the Coconuts, was originally the brainchild of Dan Albrecht who, in this group, plays piano and sings. He is joined by Steve Paul on trumpet, vocals, steel pan, banjo and accordion; Paul Schulman on congas; Daney Dawson on acoustic upright bass; and special guest on drums and percussion.

Each of these musicians are well known to the music and dance scene on the Mendocino Coast, having played with The Bob Ayers Big Band, Kevin and the Coconuts, Blue Bop, Safe Sax, Mambo This!, Bongo Latte, The Dixie Devils, Mad Cow Jazz, The Dancing Rhythm Dogs, Big Easy Jazz Band, to name a few.

All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 6PM with dinner menu and full bar. $20 for reserved seating, $15 at the door - includes dance lesson. For more info on this event call Pattie at 937-1732 or visit www.mendocinostories.com/events_info.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on May 10

One of our favorite musical groups, Foxglove, will return to Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday May 10. The band will play some fine acoustic music with guitar, mandolin, bass and multiple other instruments with rich vocal accompaniment. This event is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Hill House of Mendocino.

Since 2003, Foxglove has been performing its own special blend of singer/songwriter music set to a bluegrass-esque ensemble at coffeehouses, festivals and theaters in Northern California. Sweet brother-sister harmonies, a tasty mix of strong original music and select covers, and outstanding instrumental talent are all part of Foxglove's signature sound.

"...the perfect union of bluegrass, R&B, and rock-n-roll." -Smother.net

"...Foxglove is the real deal." -Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music.com

Foxglove is: Gwyneth Moreland (Vocals, accordion, guitar), Morgan Daniel (vocals, guitar), John Bush (vocals, bass), and Booi Volk (mandolin, banjo, etc.). Foxglove can be found on the web at www.FoxgloveOnline.com and on Facebook.

All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and libations. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on May 16

Join us in welcoming Oster, Daley & Adrianna Trio to Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Friday, May 16. Influenced by traditional bluegrass and the more contemporary styles of Peter Rowan, Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris, the Trio is a blend of close harmonies and fancy pickin' with a uniquely Northern California/Mendocino County sound. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Mendocino Hotel.

The musical flow of these talented multi-instrumentalists covers a wide ranging repertoire of tastefully realized traditional tunes, creative contemporary covers, and inspired original songwriting. Equally sharing lead vocal duties, the father/ daughter harmony of Kenny and Adrianna reflects the classic traditional family harmonies of the past. The addition of Bob's voice to this family sound offers a sweetly satisfying blend.

When Adrianna sings the Townes Van Zant penned "If I Needed You" the vocal mix is reminiscent of the beautiful Emmylou Harris-Don Williams hit recording.
Bob Daley's original songwriting is showcased on "Tempted", which aptly reflects the trio’s early 70's "California Sound" influence.

Ken Oster's interpretation of "Fly Away Home", by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils inspired him to title the groups new recording "Standing In The Trees". Produced by longtime friend Grammy Award winning bassist Todd Phillips, the recording also features band mates Clint Boek on mandolin, and John Mattern on banjo.

The music of the Oster, Daley and Adrianna Trio captures the blue-collar sound of the vineyard and winery lifestyle unique to Northern California. "Standing In The Trees" is the long-term realization of this Mendocino musical culture, and the finest of Mendocino County acoustic music.

All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and libations. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, May 17

On Saturday, May 17 Mendocino Stories and Music Series will feature a band that is  “bringing the remedy for your funk deficiency”. Funkicillan will hit the stage at Hill House at 7:30PM with some hot dance music. This event is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. 

Originally comprised of a group of five Mendocino County musicians who wanted to represent the grittier side of funk, Funkacillan has grown into a six piece group, adding percussion for those essential and intricate Afro-Cuban rhythms to the soulful and funky grooves. James Brown once said, "The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing", and Funkacillin aims to put your troubles on the back burner with a mix of originals and "old school" funk, rock and soul".

Funkacillin features Lex Krauss (guitar) of Mendozone and formerly Rootstock; Cherie Sheraque (vocals) formerly of Groove Approved and currently of Samba Jamba; Jim Dooley (trumpet and keyboard) of all of the above along with Pura Vida and Los Piratas; Blair Rowland (drums) formerly of Tubesteak Jones and currently with Dumbstruck Genius; Nick Ford (bass) formerly of GDX, and a special guest (percussion).

Doors open at 6PM for bistro menu and full bar. Advanced tickets - Reserved table seating - $20; $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 on Friday, June 13

Mendocino Stories and Music Series will feature The Sourdough Loafers on Friday June 13. With a mixture of Americana - Blues, Jug Band, Country, Jazz, Swing, and good old Cowboy music – the band will play in the Garden Room of the Mendocino Hotel. The band’s name came up when all members realized they each had sourdough starter in their refrigerators and all baked homemade sourdough bread. Music starts at 7:30PM.

Vocalist and guitarist Frannie Leopold is a music addict and will sing anything that pleases her. That includes rags ,blues, jugband, old time Cajun and country. Peter Temple, longtime known for his excellent work in the recording studio, will be playing bass. Special guest vocalist Judy Stavely.

On guitar, mandolin, vocals, Chip Yerbic is a former member of the band Stillwater String Band from Colorado. He says, “The work starts after retirement, I’m playing more than ever and lovin it!” Lee Rider has been involved in music from a very early age and has played in various bluegrass, country, folk, rock and blues bands in California and Washington states.

All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6:30PM for bistro menu and full bar. Advanced   Reserved table seating - $20; $15 general admission. For more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732. www.mendocinostories.com/events.html


Mendocino Stories & Music Series on Saturday, June 14

Get out and dance to the music of Soul Survivors when they return to the Mendocino Stories and Music Series on Saturday June 14 at the Hill House of Mendocino. They bring on the Motown sound with a mix of R&B, Soul, and flavors of Stax and Altantic Records. This event is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. Music starts at 7:30PM.

Keyboards and vocals from Billy Schieve, Jamie Gilliam on guitar and vocals, along with vocalist Sharon Garner form the core of the band. Add the rhythm section of Johnny Bush on bass, Steve Davidson on congas and Richie Rosenbaum on drums and you have a solid sound of emotion.

All these musicians have been playing and singing for years here on the coast, in various collaborations and genres. The strength of this band is what each member brings to the stage with a pure love of music. Come out for a fun and energetic walk down Motown Lane and bring your dancin’ shoes with you!

All Ages Welcome! Doors open at 6PM for dinner menu and full bar. Advanced tickets - Reserved table seating - $20, $15 general admission. For tickets and more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732. www.mendocinostories.com/events.html






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