115 E Town & Country Drive
Danville, CA 94526 | 925.743.0898
115 E Town & Country Drive
Saturday, April 22 – 8:00 pm
Dirk Hamilton is a prolific artist who has released a 17 albums of music under various labels, including his own, Acoustic Rock Records. The latest is Sweatshop Piñata, released in 2013. Hamilton’s vast catalogue is a veritable treasure trove of original songs that lend themselves perfectly for use in soundtracks for film and television. Kaitlin Huwe will be joining Dirk at this event. Kaitlin has an affinity for traveling back in time, and combining music and storytelling. She regularly performs in Los Angeles, recently released a two track EP, “Still Together: a couplet” and a music video for the first song on the EP, “We Are”, and continues to write original music for scripted content.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Back by popular demand, Michael McNevin! Michael’s songs read like short stories, he has a keen eye for detail. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and towns that inhabit his lyrics. A California native, he has been a main-stager at the Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, and Philadelphia music festivals, and he’s shared larger hall stages with Johnny Cash, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Utah Phillips, Christine Lavin, Richie Havens, and hundreds of others on the US songwriter circuit. Michael is a winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, six-time winner of the “Song Of The Year” from the West Coast Songwriters, and chosen as a “Top 12 DIY Artist Of The Year” by The Performing Songwriter magazine. He’s also an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding) – he illustrates his lyrics, dumbfounding audiences with the drawings he does on the little red toy. When he’s not gigging, he owns and operates “The Mudpuddle Shop”, a converted 1920’s 15’x15′ barbershop in his hometown of Niles, in the SF East Bay hills. Now in its tenth year, the shop is a creative hive for concerts, swaps, jams, and songwriting workshops.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Several years of touring and spending nearly every day together allowed Quiles & Cloud to develop a unique sound – one that is characterized by soulful melodies, close harmonies, and interweaving guitar lines that owe as much to jazz and classical music as to folk and bluegrass. The addition of Oscar Westesson (upright bass) in 2013 pushed them even further as songwriters, resulting in darker, more complex, and more dissonant arrangements.
Their sound has struck a chord with audiences all over the country. Quiles & Cloud have now played hundreds of shows, won the 2014 FreshGrass Duo Award, and caught the attention of Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown – who produced their third album Shake Me Now, which comes out on Compass Records on March 17th, 2017. The trio will spend 2017 touring extensively in support of the new record.
In 2011, Guitarist Dan Vickrey and drummer Jim Bogios of the Counting Crows, along with the San Francisco songwriters, guitarist Patrick Winningham and bassist Kurt Stevenson joined Tender Mercies to produce and release their eponymous debut album.
Danville Music presents an evening of guitar talk and demos with the factory staff & guitar makers straight from El Cajon, CA.
We are offering an option for Road Show attendees to RSVP online prior to the event. This will also allow you to enter for a chance to win TaylorWare and other items at the show. The RSVP is not required to attend.
Come join us for a spectacular evening of jazz!! This is an 8 piece jazz band with a wonderful combination of a “combo” and “big band” at the same time. Intimate, energetic and peppered with straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz, blues, funk, hip hop and Brazilian featuring great local bay area musicians. Super cool! Come on down and check it out!
John Lester is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As a songwriter, John was awarded the Song of the Year Award on two occasions from the West Coast Songwriters, as well as winning the WCS International Songwriting contest for “Best Jazz Song” and “Best Humorous Song”. He has released five albums to date including “Live at the Freight and Salvage”, “Big Dreams and the Bottom Line”, “So Many Reasons”, “Jazz?”, and “Live”. Having recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Europe for ten years, John continues to tour internationally playing a unique solo show featuring his 100 year old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughn for he lovely vocal-like quality). John is also an accomplished guitarist and utilizes an array of acoustic and electric guitars and basses with a loop recorder to build live tracks for his songs and improvisations.
Hailed by many as one of the worlds leading solo bassists, Michael Manring has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the bass guitar for three decades. Building on the concepts of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques, and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Michael has worked with a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians including Michael Hedges, Suzanne Ciani, Henry Kaiser, John Gorka, Tim Alexander (Primus), Patty Larkin, and Thomas Dolby.
January 30, 2016
Tender Mercies is a side project, of a sort, that includes two Counting Crows — Dan Vickrey on guitar and vocals and drummer Jim Bogios. The band’s origins actually go back 20 years, to the time when Vickrey first came to the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the first people he met was Patrick Winningham, who was the manager of the Hotel Utah, one of the best singer/songwriter venues in San Francisco. Winningham was also a songwriter and enlisted Vickrey, and bass player Kurt Stevenson, for the group that became Tender Mercies. In 1993, Vickrey joined the Counting Crows on second guitar. In the early days, the Crows augmented their set list with tunes written by Vickrey and Winningham. One of them, “Four White Stallions,” actually appeared on the Crows album New Amsterdam: Live at the Heineken Music Hall. When the Crows went on hiatus in 2010, Vickrey set up a bedroom studio, rounded up his old bandmates, and cut an album.
November 21, 2015
Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor are NOCTAMBULE. They play original and traditional music in a variety of forms — joining together poetry they have set to music, instrumental pieces, and traditional Irish tunes and songs.
Their music is alive with lush beauty, sensitivity, and humor on guitars in creative tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, accordion, tenor guitar, and their blended voices. This concert is within driving distance of their Bay Area home, so they will be carting many of the beautiful instruments they use to create lush string textures behind their unique and wonderful songs. More info and sample tracks at www.noctambulemusic.com
October 15, 2015
Pete Huttlinger has become widely known as one of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players in the world. His unique arrangements and spell-binding musicality and precision have entertained audiences all from Los Angeles to Milan.
As a recording artist Huttlinger has released numerous albums and received wide-acceptance ranging from his critically acclaimed Naked Pop continuing to his current instrumental tour de force, McGuire’s Landing.
Praise from the media has been overwhelmingly positive and Huttlinger continues to expand his musical breadth.
In 2007, Huttlinger made his debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. He was invited back in 2008 and made his first appearance there as a solo artist demonstrating what audiences around the world know him best for – his fantastic sense of humor and mind-blowing chops all combined to make a full-on, entertaining 90 minutes of laughter and chin-dropping. He performed there again in 2010. In 2004, 2007 and 2010, he was invited to participate in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals.
In addition to his concert touring schedule, Huttlinger also spends a good deal of his time on stage speaking to audiences. He has taken what he’s learned from surviving both a major stroke and end-stage heart failure and turned it into “Don’t Just Live, Live Well,” a presentation on how he has overcome what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. “Don’t Just Live, Live Well” has been embraced by audiences.
Huttlinger also makes appearances as a side-man. Country/pop superstar LeAnn Rimes has often requested him for her acoustic performances. Including the filming of “Live From Abbey Road,” a BBC TV series taped at the famous London studios. It aired in America on BRAVO! Huttlinger also appeared with Rimes on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and made an acoustic recording with her that was sold as an exclusive download through Kellog’s. He toured with John Denver for the last four years of John’s life and often tours with pop icon John Oates of Hall & Oates.
May 16, 2015
An original member and leader of the legendary Tower of Power Horn Section, Mic Gillette is the world-renowned trumpet and trombone player who has appeared on countless CDs and record albums, spanning five decades, for some of the biggest names in the business, including a dozen members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mic is best known for 40+ years of stellar horns work with Cold Blood, Tower of Power, and the Sons of Champlin. But not as many people realize that he has appeared on countless albums and CDs for some of the biggest names in the music business–Santana, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jefferson Starship, Huey Lewis and the News, and numerous others. Mic also enjoyed a brief stint with Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Check out the Mic Gillette Band’s (MGB) newly released CD Moon Doggy…..Funk-a-licious
April 18, 2015
Michael McNevin’s songs read like short stories, he has a keen eye for detail. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and towns that inhabit his lyrics. A California native, he has been a main-stager at the Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, and Philadelphia music festivals, and he’s shared larger hall stages with Johnny Cash, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Utah Phillips, Christine Lavin, Richie Havens, and hundreds of others on the US songwriter circuit. Michael is a winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, six-time winner of the “Song Of The Year” from the West Coast Songwriters, and chosen as a “Top 12 DIY Artist Of The Year” by The Performing Songwriter magazine. He’s also an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding) – he illustrates his lyrics, dumfounding audiences with the drawings he does on the little red toy. When he’s not gigging, he owns and operates “The Mudpuddle Shop”, a converted 1920’s 15’x15′ barbershop in his hometown of Niles, in the SF East Bay hills. Now it in it’s tenth year, the shop is a creative hive for concerts, swaps, jams, and songwriting workshops.