December Music

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Wednesday December 7th

Festival Speed

Festival Speed is a Marin County bluegrass combo, Joe Helm on guitar/bass, Bob Hoffman on guitar/bass, Josh Bernstein on banjo, Joe Osborne on fiddle, and Julie Steier on mandolin. We seek to honor the towering progenitors of our genre by playing pure, 190 proof, soulstirrin’, traditional bluegrass. We started as a group of friends who met at local bluegrass jams. Looking to move beyond the jam scene, we formed a band in the spring of 2014 to focus on a set of songs and perfect our sound. When we first started practicing together, our original banjo player (who ended up moving to Cleveland) would use the term “festival speed” to encourage us to play faster. Every song we practiced began with, “This one needs to be played at festival speed!”

Wednesday December 14th

The Rowan Brothers featuring special guest Ken Emmerson on Dobro

Chris & Lorin duo, known for their intimate Acoustic roots/Americana-modern day Everly Brothers meets the Beatles, Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young, with a splash of Bluegrass, signed by Clive Davis/Columbia Records 1971 and David Geffen 1974 for they’re tight harmonies and haunting melodies underscored by crisp guitar and mandolin. Lorin’s song ‘Soldier of the Cross’is the title track of country artist Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy winning CD. They’ve also recorded and toured over the years as a The Rowans with older brother Peter.

Dobro player Ken Emerson will be joining the Rowan Brothers as a special guest

Wednesday December 21st

John Korty’s Koolerator

One of the hottest new quartets on the North Bay music scene – Koolerator is a Fairfax, CA based funk-blues band. Consisting of veteran players from the Bay Area this group presents a contemporary take on classic New Orleans soul/funk with a splash of honkytonk and pinch of boogie. The band includes keyboardist/vocalist Jonathan Korty (Vinyl, Soul Ska, Electric Apricot), guitarist/vocalist Danny Uzi (Chrome Johnson/Ring of Fire/Honeydust), bassist Tommy O’Mahoney (The Shams, The Right Time, Soul Ska) and a platoon of drummers – either Michael Pinkham (New Monsoon/PSDSP) OR South African drummer Ian “Inkx” Herman (Paul Simon/Hugh Masekela).

Wednesday December 28th

Lorin Rowan’s Rattlebox featuring Barry Sless & Doug Harman

The music of ‘Rattlebox’ features Lorin Rowan’s finger pickin’ acoustic roots/Americana in folk/rock and world music, complementing his clear tenor vocal, backed by fellow musicians; Barry Sless, steel guitar extraordinaire, from the David Nelson Band,Phil Lesh & Friends and Moonalice; and cellist virtuoso, Doug Harman (Norton Buffalo, Alex DeGrassi,Susan Cianni) . The combination of these musicians and their unique instrumentation, together create a fresh, exciting sound with powerful melodies and intriguing lyrics, as well as acoustic ‘jam band’ interludes.

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