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Contact Stan DeWitt for more information about the concerts: E-mail stan@gracefirst.org, or call 562-420-3393, extension 18.

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DEWEY ERNEY
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 p.m.

Vocalist Dewey Erney always bring some of the best jazz musician in California with him. Dewey’s credits include the entire decade of the 1980’s as featured vocalist with the Long Beach Municipal Band; performance at the Carpenter’s Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, the Robert B. Moore Theatre on the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and 16 years at the famous “Steamer’s Jazz Club” in Fullerton.

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WILLY PORTER & CARMEN NICKERSON
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Milwaukee native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson—two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.  Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter’s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Porter Nickerson are excited to bring listeners the new disc, Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke).  Bonfire to Ash charts experiences that bridge the intimate with the universal. From the thirsty shoots of new love (“Big Red Barn”), to the urgency to save love from skidding out of reach forever (“Loving On Her Mind”), and again in the anthemic elegy to relationships and legacies forged in America’s heartland on the song “Living Proof.” Porter and Nickerson perfect a unique dialogue through the songs on this record that carries over into their unassailable stage chemistry. Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.

Press Quotes:

“He’s an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter. His female accomplice (Carmen Nickerson) produces a very smooth, accurate harmonic blend with him. Did I say I liked this? I REALLY do.” –Al Kooper, music legend/producer on Cheeseburgers and Gasoline

“Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.” –No Depression

“Willy bursts through our traditional ideas of singer songwriters by breaking through the clutter. Willy needs to be heard.” –Bruce Warren, WXPN

“Porter accentuates well – rendered tales with spit – fire – percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color – chord picking.” –Billboard

 Tickets for Willy Porter are $20, and can be purchased via PayPal here:




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BOBBIE LEE ANDERSON
Saturday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.

Bobbie gives life, passion and soul to every song she sings. An evocative soprano with a six-plus octaves range, she is a unique musical talent. She has sung with numerous stars ranging from Sinatra to Snoop, and has sung at Carnegie Hall. She recently completed her second solo album entitled “Everyday Living,” which builds off her debut album “Unconditionally.” In recent years, Bobbie has been involved in a wide array of musical projects ranging from bringing the music of Aretha Franklin to a Motown review, to reviving her critically acclaimed “What A Difference A Day Makes,” a one-woman show she wrote and produced about Dinah Washington.

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MOSTLY KOSHER
Saturday, May 20, 8:00 p.m.

Mostly Kosher, a Los Angeles based indie-global-collective, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural musical roots. Through ravenous post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains, Mostly Kosher is a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Hip Hop, World and Folk. These fearless soundsmiths highlight the architecture of heritage music and yet raze it to the ground.

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HEDGEHOG SWING
Saturday, June 10, 8:00 p.m.

Hedgehog Swing is a gypsy swing band based in Long Beach which prides itself on being true to the music of 1930’s France, and legendary guitarist, Django Reinhardt. They electrified our Summer Jazz on the Patio crowd this year, so we knew we had to have them back.

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