Contact Stan DeWitt for more information about the concerts: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 562-420-3393, extension 18.
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.
“Speakeasy Folk” sweethearts, Smithfield Bargain, put a unique, jazz spin on folk music, rich with heart-bending vocal harmonies and a happy dose of humor. Composed of a dynamic trio of singer-songwriters (Sri Panchalam, Daniel Landau, and David Landau) that expands on stage to feature some of LA’s finest jazzcats, Smithfield Bargain’s finely crafted songs and charismatic, vaudevillian stage performance have earned them tours in Brazil and the West Coast, radio play across the United States, and an ever-growing international fanbase.
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more. Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis. An award-winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe. Tom found his voice as a singer-songwriter while touring with Nanci Griffith in the early 90’s. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in ’93, he began performing solo, stressing a lean, acoustic approach to his music and bringing a humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling. Tom will also be leading a songwriting workshop here at Grace First on Sunday, November 13. Click here to reserve your spot ($20): http://www.gracefirst.org/tom-kimmel-songwriting-workshop/
THE LUCKYS with JILL KNIGHT
Saturday, January 21, 8:00 p.m.
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!
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.
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 10 albums, and multiple continents. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work. Tickets for Willy Porter are $20, and can be purchased via PayPal here:
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.
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.
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.