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Scroggins & Rose

Scroggins & Rose

March 31, 2:30pm Inside concert

Bridging the Gap both culturally and musically between Classical and Folk music.

  • In a world of growing disconnection, master instrumentalists Tristan Scroggins and Alisa Rose provide a touchstone for experiencing the world in the moment. Despite their youth, Scroggins & Rose bring an experienced touch to the worlds of both Western classical and American traditional music that explores the dynamic and emotional capabilities of a string duet. They are part of a new musical movement that seeks to bridge the gap both culturally and musically between classical and folk music. Scroggins, a mandolinst and second generation bluegrass virtuoso, and Rose, a Grammy-Nominated composer and violinist/fiddler, create an inviting musical atmosphere with their thoughtful arrangements and harmonies. From here the listener is taken on a journey away from the familiar as the duo utilize risky improvisation and innovative musical techniques to reimagine both the limits of acoustic music and the boundaries of both bluegrass and classical genres. This playful spontaneity energizes the performer and crowd alike grounding them to each passing moment. Despite the sometimes raw displays of talent, Scroggins and Rose uses their technical expertise and expansive knowledge of music to not only put on a world class performance but expand and distort the timeless themes of American music while remaining faithfully reminiscent of their traditions. With two separate lifetimes of dedication to songcraft, authenticity, and their individual instruments, Scroggins & Rose forge their own youthful yet experienced path which breaths new life into old traditions.
  • Musicians
  • Tristan Scroggins (tristanscroggins.com) is a bluegrass mandolin player who embodies the paradoxical relationship between progressive and traditional in bluegrass music. A second-generation performer, Scroggins learned from his father and two-time National Banjo Champion, Jeff Scroggins. In a short time, Scroggins drew attention to himself after winning multiple state-championships at a young age but quickly distinguished himself as more than just another young phenom after forming Jeff Scroggins & Colorado with his dad at age 14. Quickly, Scroggins established himself as a dynamic musician, talented performer, and dedicated teacher as the band began to tour. Now, for the past nine years, Scroggins has performed all over the world headlining festivals in the U.S., France, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, England, Australia, and Canada Jeff Scroggins & Colorado who in 2018 were nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Scroggins himself was recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2017 when he was awarded their prestigious Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year. In addition, Scroggins is a prolific composer and in 2018 was awarded 3rd place in the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Competition as well as being a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards Instrumental Song of the Year awards in 2016. Tristan's deep understanding and wish to honor the traditions of bluegrass music can be seen in his interpretive history writing for Peghead Nation and heard in his music. This understanding is used to work within a traditional context to create personally expressive music, a talent that was fostered by his acceptance into the Acoustic Music Seminar run by Mike Marshall as part of the Savannah Music Festival in 2017. Since moving to Nashville in 2018, Scroggins' talents have been in demand. He has recorded with Rachel Baiman, performed on the Grand Ol' Opry with Molly Tuttle, and Opry at The Ryman Auditorium with Dailey & Vincent.

    Alisa Rose Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser( www.arosefiddle.com) is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as the rich American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin. Alisa Rose has performed with a wide range of artists including the Real Vocal String Quartet, 2008 Rockygrass winners 49 Special, and Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Alisa performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe as an Ambassador of the State Department, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR's Weekend Edition, the historic Carter Family Fold festival, TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, Song of the Mountains on PBS, as well as numerous international tours. In 2015 Alisa premiered Richard Marriott's "Metropolis Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra" with the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and in 2016 premiered her own "Piano Trio for Luisa" as part of the Trinity Arts Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet she appeared on the Feist album Metals, and in 2015 released an album of her cross-genre virtuoso works for solo violin entitled Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. Alisa teaches privately as well as in the pre-college division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her B.M. and M.M. in Chamber Music studying with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.

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    The Quitters

    The Quitters

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    May 4th at 7pm Inside concert

    A guitar duo of right-side up finger picking (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picking (Glenn Houston). The Quitters deliver a performance spiced with humor and serendipity.

  • To quote the Strawberry Music Festival:

    "Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston's well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity."
  • Musicians
  • Glenn Housten (nee Pomianek) has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, is a past judge of the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship Competition in Winfield, Kansas, and was the founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks, co-founder and long-time lead guitarist for Bammie (Bay Area Music Award) winners Hearts on Fire, and co-founder and long-time lead guitarist for the powerhouse Americana quintet Houston Jones.

    Originally from New Jersey, Glenn's guitarist influences range from Albert King and Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson and James Burton. These influences show in his well-balanced mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar.

    Over the years, Glenn has shared billing with such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, the Tubes, the David Grisman Quintet, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Delbert McClinton. Glenn has been the lead guitarist for country great Johnny Paycheck, and has performed and recorded with Grammy winner Ramblin' Jack Elliott. With his strong background in electric blues, Glenn has performed with blues legends Mark Naftalin (Paul Butterfield Blues band) and Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag) in tribute to Mark and Nick's late band mate, blues great Michael Bloomfield.

    Glenn's classical music background includes choral vocal performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta conducting, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations General Assembly [the U.N.'s 25th anniversary celebration]), and the Boston Symphony (Erich Leinsdorf conducting, Brahms' Requiem, at Carnegie Hall).

    Stevie Coyle (late of the whiz-bang string band The Waybacks) is one lucky bum. His dad ran a radio station in southern California and brought home all the promo LPs that didn't fit the Spanish-language format. The Ventures' Guitar Freakout and Alvin & The Chipmunks Play The Beatles' Hits both came home on a single fateful day.

    It didn't hurt, either, that string-meister David Lindley played in a bluegrass band that rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his very first lessons, or that his dear Granny was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville, or that his sainted mother was a whiz in mandolin orchestras of the 1930s. Not even several years of playing Folk Masses on Sundays could quash his musical spirit.

    After securing degrees in Theatre and Theology at Santa Clara University he hit the road for 3 years with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus. Once back home, he signed on as actor / stage manager for San Jose Rep. He announced killer whale shows. His best friend was an elephant.

    He and pal Roy Zimmerman have worked closely in several collaborations over the years, including folk tribute / parody band The Foremen and comedy duo The Reagan Bros. The boys were regulars at The Comedy Strore and The Improv. Stevie appeared on Cheers, in many television commercials and had a recurring role on The Young And The Restless.

    Hey, wake up!! We're almost done.

    Safely back in the Bay Area, he continued his acting career, doing commercials, voiceovers and films, and played in the folk duo The Frontmen. He co-founded The Waybacks in 1999 and fronted that band through 2007. They released 4 albums in that time, played major festivals like Merlefest, Grey Fox, Floydfest and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, toured Australia and collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Michelle Shocked and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead.

    To see and hear samples of the group, please visit this link:

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    The String Revolution

    The String Revolution

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    May 11th at 7:30pm Inside concert

    A guitar quartet that shares a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques, creating distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more.

  • Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional guitar players who are virtuosos and create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together.

    The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (recently named "Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist" by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr. They released their first EP "Stringborn" in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their newest CD, "Red Drops" is set for release in 2019. Both records were mixed and mastered by Grammy nominated Matt Hyde, known for his work with guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela. The String Revolution's cover version of "Billie Jean" reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and has over 200,000 plays. "Stringborn" was also included on the 2017 Grammy Entry Ballot.

    The band has been selling out local LA and California regional music clubs, house concerts, and festivals including The Hotel Cafe, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Laguna Beach Arts Festival, NAMM Headquarters and many more, and will soon embark on international touring. Their shows include original compositions as well as memorable covers arranged in fresh and surprising ways utilizing their expert guitar skills. With entertaining guitar chops, exceptional musicianship, and an international background, The String Revolution is no doubt a new and unique force in the world of music and guitar performance.
  • Musicians
  • Daniel Schwarz was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an acclaimed musician with skills on electric, acoustic and slide guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He's also a successful songwriter and producer for numerous records and a former staff writer for Warner/Chappell Music in Europe. Daniel's credits also include contributions as a session player, producer, and creative content manager on many music projects in various styles from pop and rock to folk and country. In addition to the creation and production of music, he has gained extensive experience as Head of Music and Radio Producer for two major radio networks in Europe.

    Markus Illko is an award winning classical guitarist that was nominated for the best soundtrack at the "Sport Film Festival Palermo." He holds a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Music and Arts-Graz (Austria) with a mark of distinction and received the Price of Honor from the University of Music and Arts-Graz. He is also a film composer and has become known for his caffeinated and zany point of view, yet strongly thematic and memorable film scores that impart unique character to a wide array of styles from symphonic music to European-Electro.

    Janet Robin has entertained music audiences around the world with her incredible guitar work. As a former touring member of Lindsey Buckingham's Band (from Fleetwood Mac), Meredith Brooks, Michelle Shocked, Air Supply, Precious Metal and more, she is a student of the legendary Randy Rhoads and has been a professional musician for over 30 years. In 2017, USA Guitar Player Magazine one of the "Top 50 Acoustic Guitar Players" in their bonus list, and Guitar World Magazine has named her one of the “10 best female guitar players." In 2015, Janet was hand picked to coach Academy Award Nominee, Jennifer Jason Leigh on guitar for a scene in Quentin Tarantino's film "The Hateful Eight." She has also had a long solo career releasing 6 cd's- the latest two were produced and recorded by John Carter Cash (Johnny & Juneʼs son) and Chuck Turner at the legendary Cash Cabin Studios in Nashville.

    Art Zavala Jr is an underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist. Art is a native of the Los Angeles area indie music scene, with his captivating and melodic guitar style he has performed with and/or produced many renowned LA area indie bands such as The LIttle Magic Band, Vista Point, Smiling Beth, Gabriel J. Villa, Jean Marie, and many more.

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