Makana

Makana

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 PM Makana General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $40.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold Circle Seating is the first 3 rows center section; plus 2 aisle seats on each side.) Tickets available at www.snazzyproductions.com or  831-479-9421 Doors at 7:00 PM Presented by Snazzy Productions Makana is a composer, singer, slack key guitar master and pioneer of the SLACK ROCK guitar style.The National Geographic Society recorded Makana in concert for their “Geo Sessions” series and stated, “With five albums to his credit, he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century.” Makana was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. He began singing at the age of seven and at nine, took up the Œukulele. At 11 he began his journey into slack key guitar, learning with Bobby Moderow, protege of master Raymond Kane, and then received a grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to study under Hawaiian slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. By the age of 14, he had already turned professional, gigging 4 nights a week by 15 in various establishments throughout Honolulu.  ...
Tom Russell

Tom Russell

Sunday, October 27, 7:30 PM Tom Russell General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $40.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold Circle Seating is the first 3 rows center section; plus 2 aisle seats on each side.) Tickets available at www.snazzyproductions.com or  831-479-9421 Doors at 7:00 PM Presented by Snazzy Productions Tom Russell is a master storyteller and Mesabi, his new release for Shout! Factory , corrals some of the acclaimed singer-songwriter¹s most compelling tales to date. A thread runs through its songs, a zigzagging but determinedly solid line that connects the perilous bordertown of Juarez, Mexico to the real and faux glitz of L.A. and the bleak iron range of Minnesota‹the Mesabi of the album¹s title. The broad landscapes created by Tom Russell for Mesabi are inhabited by characters we all know‹Bob Dylan, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor‹and some we may not: the now-obscure, once well-known singer Cliff ³Ukulele Ike² Edwards, the tragic Disney child star Bobby Driscoll and the character actor Sterling Hayden. It¹s a logical progression from Russell¹s last album, 2009¹s Blood and Candle Smoke, yet it¹s like no other album Russell has made in his nearly four decades as a recording artist....
George Cole & Eurocana

George Cole & Eurocana

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 PM George Cole & Eurocana General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $35.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold Circle Seating is the first 3 rows center section; plus 2 aisle seats on each side.) Tickets available at www.snazzyproductions.com or  831-479-9421 Doors at 7:00 PM Presented by Snazzy Productions George Cole is writing a new American Songbook. His melodies and lyrics, breathtaking vocals, and guitar virtuosity evoke the dynamic styles of Gypsy jazz and swing a la Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, and “Hot Jazz” with an acoustically flavored French string-driven sound. Influenced by the great composers of the swing era like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, his exciting band threads together the material to create a riveting synthesis of Eurocana flair. Joining George Cole, who dazzles on vocals and lead guitar, are the other members of Eurocana: Jenefer Taylor on vocals, Nick Christie on rhythm guitar, Jeff Chambers on upright bass, and Echae Kang helping to knock the music right out of the stratosphere on violin.   ...
Benefit for the Inside Men’s Foundation

Benefit for the Inside Men’s Foundation

Saturday, September 14, 8:00 PM Benefit for the Inside Men’s Foundation $20/Adv  $25/Door Advance Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets Doors: 7:00 PM More info: 831-469-3184 Presented by The Wheel Company Inside Men’s Foundation Dedicated to the growth of men in prison Featuring Garrick Davis, Josh Lowe, Jessica Marks, Bear Dyken, Somer Moon, Larry Graff, Doug Dirt, Luke Lehma, Paul Garcia, Steve Sofranco, Amee Chapman Silent auction with awesome prizes and raffle sponsored by local businesses. www.dannygoldberg.com www.theinsidemensfoundation.org...
Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Gema Moneo

Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Gema Moneo

Sunday, October 6, 8:00 PM 8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Gema Moneo Rising Star of Gypsy Flamenco Dance, Direct from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain $50/Premium Seating (1st 3 rows); $30/General Admission Tickets: gema.eventbrite.com Discounted ticket package for all three Flamenco Festival events at Kuumbwa. Doors: 7:30 PM Info: 510-444-2820 Gema Moneo is from the legendary Moneo clan of Gypsy flamenco singers and guitarists in Jerez de la Frontera. Niece of the famed singer El Torta, she grew up in the middle of an ongoing flamenco fiesta with constant singing and dancing at home and at family gatherings. She started studying dance with cousin Manuela Carpio, and soon began to work in the peñas and tablaos of Jerez. At the age of 18 she joined Farruquito’s company and has appeared with him all over Spain and at festivals including the 2010 Bienal de Flamenco in Sevilla. Last year Gema debuted in the US with the all-star ensemble led by Diego del Morao, Fiesta Jerez at Festival Flamenco Gitano USA 2012 with shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York CIty. A featured performer at venues such as the prestigious El Cordobés in Barcelona and Madrid’s Las Carboneras, Gema continues to perform regularly with Farruquito and with guitarist Diego del Morao among others and will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Flamencas: Mujeres, Fuerza y Duende”. Gema will be joined on stage with a group of musicians/dancers from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain including singerJoaquín Marín Flores “El Quini” and guitarist Jose Gálvez “El Duende” FLAMENCO FESTIVAL SHOWS AT KUUMBWA JAZZ: Sunday, September 22 • Concha Vargas – Icon of Gypsy Flamenco Dance, Direct from Lebrija, Spain...
Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Concha Vargas

Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Concha Vargas

Sunday, September 22, 8:00 PM 8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival Presents: Concha Vargas Icon of Gypsy Flamenco Dance, Direct from Lebrija, Spain $50/Premium Seating (1st 3 rows); $30/General Admission Tickets: concha.eventbrite.com Discounted ticket package for all three Flamenco Festival events at Kuumbwa. Doors: 7:30 PM Info: 510-444-2820 An icon of Gypsy flamenco dance, CONCHA VARGAS has it all: flamenco essence, temperament, charisma, rhythmic creativity, expressivity, skill and absolute confidence on stage. There is not an ounce of artifice in her dancing.  Her dance is a legacy passed down through the generations that she revitalizes and reinvents in every performance. Rooted in improvisation and emotion, her baile expresses her cultural identity and is absolutely authentic, making each one of her performances an unforgettable experience for all audiences. Concha Vargas represents two of the most important families in flamenco history: los Pinini y los Peña. The daughter of Quintín Vargas, she was a student of the great Pepe Ríos who presented her for the first time on stage when she was 11 years old at the Gypsy flamenco festival, El Gazpacho de Morón, where she shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of the day: Fernanda de Utrera, Diego del Gastor and Antonio Mairena. In her teens, she worked for several years at a flamenco nightclub in Seville, La Cochera, alongside Manuela Carrasco. Then in 1974 she began working at the famous Zambra flamenco club in Madrid, partnering on stage with dancer El Güito. She gained national recognition with her role in the Gypsy flamenco opera ‘Camelamos Naquerar’ directed by the great Mario Maya. Later she joined guitarist Pedro Bacán’s legendary group, El Clan de...