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Tony Furtado Trio
Featuring Luke Price and John Reischman
Tony is an Evocative and Soulful Singer, a Wide-Ranging Songwriter and a Virtuoso Multi-instrumentalist

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30pm $17/$20
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Tony Furtado: Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he's also an accomplished sculptor, but that's another story). All of the music of America is in Tony's music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn't need categories.” Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival . http://tonyfurtado.com

Luke Price: a talented young multi-instrumentalist known for his great balance of taste, rhythm, and technical ability. Luke began competing in fiddle contests and quickly made a name for himself winning the National Title at ages 12 and 17. In 2014, he became the National Old-Time Fiddling Grand Champion.

John Reischman: is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He's a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards. He's also a powerful bandleader, touring his band the Jaybirds all over Canada and the United States.



Rayburn Brothers Band plus Gary Blackburn Band
A One Night Festival of Rockin' Americana, Folk and Blues
Friday, May 11th, 8:00pm $8/$10
21 and over
FC Cosponsored Show
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

Rayburn Brothers Band: Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn bring a broad range of influences to their music. Hailing from the Monterey Bay, they play songs that are a mix of folk, rock and Americana. Their voices harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation. The Rayburn Brothers Band has created a brand of California roots rock that has depth and energy. Their songs convey the essence of love, longing and pain that only seasoned songwriters can express in such heartfelt terms. The Rayburn Brothers sing from the soul, touching in their audiences a chord of the human experience. http://www.rayburnbrothers.com

Gary Blackburn Band: Local celebrated singer-songwriter, Gary Blackburn, brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking culled from his own unique sound in the country, blues, and rock genres. His influences are from the great performers of the classic country, folk blues, and rock communities, Gary's original tunes reflect his own personal style, blending old school with contemporary. Gary will weave a memorable musical performance for his audience, connecting with songs that tell of love, forgiveness and the paths that we choose. Gary's band includes local talents Kevin Taylor on keyboards, Dan Waller on bass, and Tom Duncan on drums. www.garyblackburn.net



The Crooked Jades
Reinventing pre-radio American and old-world music for a modern age, with their fiery, soulful performances
Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm $15/$15
<21 w/parent
FC Cosponsored Show, Presented with Snazzy Productions
AT MICHAEL'S ON MAIN
2591 Main St, Soquel, CA 95073, Reservations online or call 831 479 9777

The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe. Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future. www.crookedjades.com




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

Todalo Shakers

Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

The Todalo Shakers play vintage jug band party blues and old time rags and stomps. The band features lots of harmony vocal arrangements, making for a rich palette of vocal blends and a great feeling of camaraderie, the exuberance and fondness that the musicians feel for the music being very clear.

Suzy Thompson (Berkeley) has long been known for her bluesy fiddling and powerful vocals. Eric Thompson (playing mostly mandolin here) began exploring the country blues way back in the 1960s with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (with Jerry Garcia). Guitarist/vocalist Frannie Leopold (Mendocino) is a perennial favorite instructor at many West Coast music camps. Bruce "WB" Reid (Seattle) sings and plays a rare vintage 6-string banjo-guitar (affectionately known as "the enforcer"). WB spent part of his twenties hanging out in San Diego with bluesman Sam Chatmon, of the legendary string band, the Mississippi Sheiks. Upright bassist Matt Weiner (Seattle) boasts a distinguished resume including stints with the Asylum Street Spankers and Hot Club of Cowtown. His slap bass solos are always a highlight of a Todalo Shakers performance!

What exactly is a "Todalo"? Pronounced "TOE-dah-low", it's closely related to "diddy-wah-diddy", and crops up occasionally in obscure old blues songs: "I'm satisfied, satisfied, my todalo shaker by my side" is a line from the Memphis Jug Band classic "You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back" and references to "todalo" turn up in songs by both Mississippi John Hurt, and Bessie Smith. www.ericandsuzy.com/todalo-shakers




Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Concert Series 2018

The Michael Shay Trio
Michael Shay, Chris Kee, and David Phillips
Roots Flavored with Other Traditions

Friday, May 25th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) Tickets $15adv / $18 door donation
Presented by Fiddling Cricket Concerts & Canyon Acoustic Society
AT THE UGLY MUG CAFE

4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441 or
crbrundle@gmail.com for reservations or more information.

Blending the nuance of a classically-trained musician, the twang of a born-and-bred Texan, and a genre-bouncing career spent collaborating with musicians from around the world, Michael Shay's vision as a singer-songwriter exists comfortably outside any "Americana" box while still evoking his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Dead. Shay's songs are as likely to invoke the bars and backroads of cow towns as the graveyards and parlors of old Europe, dancing with the ghosts of Hank Williams, or William Blake…. sometimes while you dance too. Joined by Chris Kee (of The Waybacks, Houston Jones, Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Airforce) on upright bass, and David Phillips (Tom Waits, Charlie Hunter, and John Wesley Harding) on pedal steel, the Michael Shay Trio always features harmony singing as a centerpiece of the live shows, and is as comfortable in taprooms and bars as in listening rooms and concert halls ("you can drink to the music, and you can think to this music").

The new Michael Shay vocal album, "Like a River; The Songs of Jim Harris" was released in the USA last November. He has 8 earlier albums spanning rock, folk, swing, Balkan, country, Latin and tango, and classical, which are representative of where he has lived and with whom he has collaborated over the years. www.michaelshay.com



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