Past Boathouse Concerts 2010-2011
2010 Boathouse Concert Series
Saturday, January 30, 2010
California Honeydrops Rock the Boathouse
The California Honeydrops’ appearance at the Boathouse before a so;d-out crowd provided another memorable night of music at Fifth Avenue. One review: “Wow and WOW!” Formed in November 2007, the California Honeydrops first performed on the streets and in BART stations in Oakland. Playfully crossing genres from Roots and Blues to R&B and soul, The California Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by soulful vocal harmonies, colorful brass and horns, and a funky, good-times New Orleans rhythm section. They are the best party in the Bay Area. The Honeydrops performed between the boats, permitting better visability and sound and allowing more room for the audience (even some space for dancing). The Honeydrops promised to return, but in the meantime, don’t miss an opportunity to see them. Check their schedule:
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd
Long-time favorites in Northern California, Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd delivered an incredible evening of music -- their beautiful
vocal harmonies and Kimball's talent on guitar, mandolin, mandola, dobro, banjo and slide guitar made them instant favorites at the
Boathouse. In addition to their tour as a duo, Kimball also performs with Keith Greeninger and Roger Feuer in City Folk, a group that enjoyed national recognition in the mid-1990s, and their 2009 reunion tour was so successful it will continue this year.
Saturday May 1, 2010
As we expected, Ronny charmed our crowd with humor, stories and everything from swing tunes, old favorites and love songs to real-life anthems. He was accompanied by Radoslav Lorkovic on keyboard and accordian, Karen Mal on mandolinand harmony vocals and Ronny's son Brian Cox on percussion. If you can't see Ronny live, pick up one of his cds -- "Songs With Repercussions", "How I Love Them Old Songs", "At The Sebastiani" "Ronny Cox Live", "Cowboy Savant" or "Acoustic Eclectricity." We went home feeling like we had spent the evening with an old friend. We will definitely want to have Ronny back at the Boathouse!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Sherry Austin Band
Sherry and her band were awesome! Beautifulvocal harmony with Sharon Allen (also on guitar) and wonderful musicianship by
Dorian Michael on guitar, and Chris Key on bass. They made many new friends here and we enjoyed meeting their Santa Cruz fans.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Laurie and Nina performed material we had not heard in a long time -- and it was fun to watch them as a duet. Grammy-winner Laurie and much-in-demand guitarist Nina provided a beautiful evening! In 2009, Laurie and Nina Gerber recorded and toured with Dave Alvin, Christy McWilson, Amy Farris, Cindy Cashdollar, Sarah Brown and Lisa Pankratz as Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women. The group is still touring between their individual solo appearances.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
We were delighted to welcome Johnsmith back to the Boathouse! Singer/songwriter, musician, storyteller and teacher, winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, John had returned from tours of Ireland and instructing at a 5-day songwriting workshop at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur. John brought Julie Baker to accompany him with her beautiful vocal harmony. She also surprised us with a few solos! It was a beautiful evening -- let's hope John will make the Boathouse a regular stop on his annual West Coast tour.
2011 Boathouse Concert Series
Saturday, January 22, 2011
City Folk packed the house! When they sang George Harrison's "Something" a capella, there weren't many dry eyes in the room.
Formed twenty years ago, City Folk (Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer) gained national attention, then went their separate ways in 1995 amid the pressures of being on the road ten months of the year. This amazing group rejoined for a few reunion shows (including two at the Freight and Salvage and sold-out shows at Kuumbwa Jazz Center) and an audience that won't let them retire again any time soon. City Folk offers a vocal blend and incredible musicianship you won't forget. They made a promise to return, and we're going to hold them to it.
February 26, 2011 -
Back by popular demand – celebrating success of their recent release Spreadin’ Honey, the California Honeydrops blend New Orleans R&B,
old-school soul, old-time Piedmont blues, zydeco, swamp pop, gospel and both traditionaland modern jazz. The California Honeydrops did
not disappoint -- a packed house, with a few standing-room only guests! Band leader and front man Lech Wierzynski was joined by drummer Ben Malament (Terry Reid, The Marvelettes, The Jelly Roll Souls), and bassist Seth Ford-Young (Tom Waits, Sean Hayes, Beats Antique). saxophonist Johnny Bones (Eddie Palmiere, Nell Carter, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums) and Charlie Hickoxsitti sat in on keyboard. Lech brought an entire set of new music, all wonderful!
April 16, 2011
Adler and Hearne
From their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm in the piney woods outside the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, Texas – performing songwritersLynn Adler and Lindy Hearne served up a bountiful performance at the Boathouse. They sing about life and relationships and remind us to laugh at ourselves. Lindy and Lynn graciously invited some of the"locals, "Brian Theriault on fiddle and Bob Hahn on harmonica to join them on stage. They certainly endeared themselves to our audience and will be invited to return when they next visit the West Coast.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Nina Gerber and Chris Webster
Nina Gerber and Chris Webster's appearance at the Boathouse was nothing short of magic! They are so much in sync as performers that their delivery of incredible music appears effortless. They "mixed it up" and gave us a bit of everything, including stories. Nina added a few solos that had us on the edge of our seats. What a wonderful evening! We cannot wait for their return.
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Terri and Lloyd delivered as promised by everyone who knows them. Terri had our attention from the first note to the last of the evening, with her wonderful original material, commentary and stories. We
laughed, sang along, and some shed a fewtears ("If I Had a Daughter" will do that to one). Lloyd's accompaniement is perfect -- of course, they've been a musical partnership for 17 years! He told great storiesof his recent production of Robert Earl Keen's latest cd.
Another wonderful night at the Boathouse. Thank you Brian Gingerich, Monterey Mattress Marquis, for introducing us to Terri and Lloyd -- they are now part of the family.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
We were prepared for this night to be wonderful, because we have heard his music for years and were told by Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne, Johnsmith, and Ronny Cox that Jack Williams' performance
would be wonderful. We were unprepared for the magical evening that ensued. In addition to stories about what inspired him, he took us through his musical history with a 25-minute number that covered everything from Jo Stafford, the Beatles, Dylan, and even some doo wop. Do not miss an opportunity to see and hear Jack Williams; we promise to provide another one when he returns to the West Coast next year.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Back by popular demand, Johnsmith once again filled our evening with great music, stories and humor. This time he invited several musicians from our audience to the stage - Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan (Folk Unlimited Orchestra), Bob Hahn on harmonica, and Fifth Avenue woodworker/musician Brian Theriault on fiddle. What a great night! He ended with many musicians on stage and the audience joining in on Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." John will be return next year, and we always look forward to his performances.