Locals Night Featuring The Smart Fellers @ The Blue Note |
30s & 40s Jive, Swing and Jazz The Smart Fellers are a Northern California based swing band having the distinction of being one of very few bands to have had their first show in an elevator.
Alan K. Parks (bass fiddle) and Mark Larson (guitar and vocals) were playing a show at a convention in San Diego. After the show, they had some time on their hands and decided to perform acoustically in the elevator. While playing for four straight hours to great acclaim, The Smart Fellers were born! After a few gigs as a duo, their friend Bonnie Otto, an expert in the art of stride piano, was added.
Eclectic influences form the band's sound. Think Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway meets Bob Wills. Other sounds sneak in too, such as Pink Floyd and shades of lounge music. The band thrills in playing classic rock songs in a retro swing style, keeping audiences on their toes while keeping the dance beat swinging.
The core of The Smart Fellers' sound are Otto's driving stride piano, Larson's rhythmic guitar strumming and Parks' solid slap bass lines. Larson doubles on heartfelt vocals bringing the songs to life.The Smart Fellers unveiled a new look in 2015 by adopting the Steampunk aesthetic for certain events. Steampunk can be roughly defined as anachronistic Victorian science fiction. Top hats and goggles, clockwork and steam power. If Jules Verne hired a swing band, it would be The Smart Fellers.
27th Annual MARK HUMMEL'S BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT 2018 @ The Blue Note |
"Chicago Blues Celebration" featuring MARK HUMMEL, DEITRA FARR, OSCAR WILSON (Cash Box Kings), RJ MISCHO, BILLY FLYNN with *(2018 Grammy nominee) BOB WELSH (Elvin Bishop) - guitar/piano, JUNE CORE (Charlie Musselwhite) - drums and RW GRIGSBY (bass) will be a Chicago Blues Celebration featuring many of the top shelf musicians still playing the celebrated art form in its purity. From 59 year old session guitar extraordinaire, Billy Flynn, to 83 year old harp master Billy Boy Arnold, this show will be a many-faceted showcase of African American talent in the Blues.
Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Harmonica Blowout with
Mike Greensill - Evening Jazz @ Silo's |
Join us for an evening of music history, storytelling, and friendship with nationally acclaimed pianist Mike Greensill, who brings his brand of up close and personal performances to the Silo's stage. Immerse yourself in The Great American Songbook, with classic tunes ranging from Gershwin to Fitzgerald and everything in between, and walk away with a swing in your step and a clearer insight into the history of American songwriting.
After graduating in 1972 from Leeds College of Music in England, Mike toured Europe and the Far East and lived in Hong Kong for 4 years before finally settling into his adopted home, San Francisco, in 1977. Well known in his role as musical director to acclaimed vocalist Wesla Whitfield with whom he has recorded twenty albums, Mike is also resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show to the world, "West Coast Live" - more info at wcl.org. Mike can also be caught playing jazz with his trio in many a Bay Area saloon and jazz club.
Contact: Silo's Napa
530 Main Street, Napa
Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono @ The Blue Note |
Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono are two legends of Hawaiian music. Each became an icon in the 1970s, both at the creative forefront as Hawaiian music reinvented itself. They have continued to lead the way for over 4 decades.
Keola Beamer: "The Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master" --The New York Times. Keola Beamer's contributions to slack key guitar during the 1970s began to spark public interest in kī-hō'alu, launching a statewide revival of the tradition, and his 1978 release, Honolulu City Lights, is the largest selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music.
Henry Kapono: "Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation." --Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Henry Kapono became the wildly popular phenomenon Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K), with Cecilio Rodriguez. They helped forge the sound of 70s Hawaiian music, with laid-back contemporary rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai'i. Henry is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer and songwriter.
Despite their common history, Keola & Henry just performed together for the first time in 2014. Each will perform a set, and then come together onstage to celebrate their original beloved classics of contemporary Hawaiian music.
Johnny Smith - River Terrace Inn Live Music |
Enjoy Johnny Smith for this special holiday performance. Make it a new Thanksgiving tradition with your family. ALBA will also be featuring a special holiday menu, for details please contact ALBA at 707-320-6911.
Johnny's maturity as a musician is realized as his sultry, soulful voice weaves throughout songs reminiscent of sophisticated blues melded with upbeat rock tempos.