Natalie's Upcoming Shows

Mar
5
Thu
2015
Pete Mills Side One Series: “Momentum Revisited”
Mar 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pete Mills NEW PR Pic (light resized)-1Pete Mills momentum_cd_coverThe Pete Mills “Side One Series” continues at Natalie’s with “Momentum Revisited”. Pete and his group will play music from his debut CD “Momentum”, which was released in 1998 and included compositions by the late Mark Flugge. As an extra bonus, Pete will offer 15 free copies of the CD; one per table to the first 15 tables that are seated for this show!

Pete recently released his highly acclaimed CD “Sweet Shadow.” A native of Toronto Canada, the saxophonist and composer’s discography includes 3 previous solo releases and appearances on over a dozen CDs, including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist, Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada, and teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University.

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Mar
6
Fri
2015
Dan White Quartet
Mar 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Dan White picNatalie’s presents an evening of music with the award winning saxophonist Dan White and his Quartet, a band known for its original music. The group strives to push the boundaries of composition and improvisation. Featuring Adam DeAscentis, John Hubbell and Columbus native Joshua Hill, each member uses his unique instrumental voice to contribute collectively. The combination of these voices leads to a unique sound that escapes the specific boundary of the jazz genre.

Upon winning the Rochester Jazz Star Competition, White recorded and produced his debut album “Between The Lines”, and has also received honors from Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Education Network for his composing and saxophone abilities.

White is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, where he performs with the Huntertones, who will be appearing at Natalie’s on Wednesday, April 29.

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Mar
7
Sat
2015
The Drowsy Lads
Mar 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_DrowsyLadsThe Drowsy Lads exploded onto the Irish music scene in Ohio in 2006 and have become favorites at pubs, clubs, and festivals. Their intricate, yet molten-lava approach to Traditional Irish music has won over many fans.

Brothers Daniel McKewen (Uilleann pipes, guitar, bodhran) and John McKewen (bouzouki, tenor banjo, vocals) started the band with high school friend Bryan Brookes (flute, whistle, concertina). They added Josh Franck (button accordion, vocals, bodhran). Later, Josh’s dad Phil Franck (fiddle, bouzouki, 5-string banjo) joined the band.

The Drowsy Lads were featured artists at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua two years in a row. They’ve played a number of Irish festivals, but their yearly favorite remains playing The Dublin Irish Festival. They’ve performed on stage with the likes of Dervish, SLIDE, John Whelan, and lead dancer of Riverdance Joe Moriarity.

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Mar
8
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Hayes Griffin and Adam Schlenker
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

shapeInspired by the “brothers duos” of early country music and the flat pick guitar duo recordings of Norman Blake & Tony Rice, Hayes Griffin and Adam Schlenker joined forces to showcase a blend of vocal harmonies and bluegrass inspired flat picked guitar. An album is currently in the works and due out early 2015.

Hayes started playing guitar at the age of nine, inspired by the sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Tony Rice. The winner of numerous awards for his musicianship, Hayes was an active member of Boston’s vibrant acoustic music scene while pursuing a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Since graduation, he has been touring the US, Canada and Europe with the April Verch Band.

Adamis a flat pick guitarist from southern West Virginia who has been featured in and contributes to Flat Picking Guitar Magazine. He is the founder of5th Fret Productions, which combines online, video based lessons with one on one lessons.Thanks to the Skype technology, Adam’s private student base stretches across the US, throughout Europe and all the way to Australia. Adam’s most recent CD, The Family Tree album, embraces the influences of American roots music, presenting them in an organic, heavily improvised, and acoustic fashion.

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Jesse Terry, with special guests Jasey Schnaars and TJ George
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jesse TerryJesse Terry is an internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter whose intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability has solidified him as a favorite at festivals and live venues nationwide. With three full-length albums, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. The Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The CMT/NSAI Song Contest, he has garnered worldwide acclaim including the elite honor of performing for US and NATO troops.

The road now his home, his fans his family, and his wife Jess his rock, Jesse Terry’s music and life are truly about the journey. His original sound continues to galvanize national and global exposure, including recent placements on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” Lufthansa Airlines, and PBS’ “Roadtrip Nation,” fueling the prospects of his future steadily ablaze, trails of accolades following in his wake.

Opening for Jesse for this show will be Jasey Schnaars and TJ George, two local singer-songwriters.

Jasey has written hits for Eddie Rabbitt, The Washington Squares, Lane Brody, and many others. He recently completed an Australian tour, where he was acclaimed as “a gifted International performer.”

TJ has been writing and performing his music for many years and delights in performing for enthusiastic crowds. He has also written songs for a variety of other artists, as well as for films and television soundtracks.

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Mar
10
Tue
2015
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted HeartsSomewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-eque Cosmic Americana. Pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth as butter keys.

The differences between Miles Nielsen and his father, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen: Miles writes gentler songs that break your heart and ice up your windshield, and he also plays on a guitar with one neck instead of six.

Miles co-owns a recording studio in Rockford, IL, FUSE, that has served as the recording home to Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. He has worked with many artists such as Augie Meyers, Lonnie Brooks, Gabriel Reed, Cheap Trick, and The Good Year Pimps. From writing and performing his own tunes to recording and performing on other artists songs, Miles Nielsen continues to help carry out that very rare rock n’ roll torch that only few can claim out loud, “that sound?… it came from the Midwest.”

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Mar
11
Wed
2015
An Evening with Mark Stuart
Mar 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Mark Stuart low rezAfter growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart’s rock, blues, country, and folk mixture that poured from his vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more versatile than most artists. He has toured with Freddy Fender, Steve Forbert, Joan Baez, and Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law).

Stuart and his wife Stacey made her first album in 1998, “Simple Gearle”, touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe. Mark is celebrating his 50th birthday in January 2015 and touring as heavily as ever. Audiences will find his usual material from solo CDs and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart CDs. But, they will also hear a special nod toward the artist Paul McCartney for the calendar year. Mark will expose which of his own songs were influenced by McCartney’s style and include some of Macca’s tunes, delivered in MARK STUART style!

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Mar
12
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Lisa Biales, Vincent Trocchia, Elena Gallagher and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Mar 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s features the finest professional singer-songwriters. Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, the series is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday.  Due to the popularity of the series, Natalie’s highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure table seating for the show. $10 cover.

LISA BIALES is “The Norman Rockwell of songwriters with a crystal pure voice” (MazzMuzikas, Belgium). Last year she released her 9th CD, Belle of the Blues, produced by EG Kight and Paul Hornsby, and was nominated for the prestigious Blues Blast Music Award for Acoustic Blues Album. Famed film producer Francis Ford Coppola, a fan of Lisa’s, asked her to be in his film, Twixt, in which she portrays a waitress named Ruth, and even picks up the guitar and sings. LisaBiales.com

VINCENT TROCCHIA is a regular performer at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. The winner of the “We Are Listening” Songwriting Series in 2009, Vincent was won the Gibson Guitar/ASCAP Country Songwriting Workshop. An Ohioan who has returned to his native roots of Lancaster, he makes frequent trips to Nashville, where he is a staple in songwriting rounds with some of the industry’s top writers. His latest cut is “Back In Back Down” (Replete Brothers, 2015). reverbnation.com/vincentroberttrocchia

ELENA GALLAGHER’s love of music began at 9, when she began playing classical piano. She fell in love with the guitar and songwriting in her mid 20s. Since, she has played with bands whose styles range from bluegrass to rock & roll. Her original songs are characterized as Americana. In 2010 she and her sister formed the acoustic duo, Forcynthia, named after their mother. She uses her life experiences to create stories and characters that contain solid truths about humanity. forcynthiamusic.com

EGHost ERIC GNEZDA performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition. Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV producer, Eric and his music have been featured on NPR, ESPN, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and the ABC Radio Network. In addition to Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s, Eric is the host and co-creator of Songs at the Center, a weekly show that airs on WOSU TV, late-night Saturdays, following Austin City Limits. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Mar
13
Fri
2015
Celebrity Etc Presents: Carrie Rodriguez
Mar 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

carrie 2015Carrie Rodriguez is equally renowned as a violinist, not only accompanying songwriting luminaries such as Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but also touring internationally with esteemed guitarist/composer Bill Frisell.  A native of Austin, Texas, Rodriguez is often pegged as a country singer, yet she also sings in fluent Spanish, and is currently working on an album featuring classic Ranchera songs from the Mexican songbook. If you ask Carrie how she would identify herself musically, she would do so with one word: collaborator.

Her earliest musical collaborations were done with legendary singer-songwriter, Chip Taylor, and resulted in four highly-acclaimed duet albums. Most recently Carrie has been perfecting the art of the duo with her musical partner, Luke Jacobs, an unexpected and stimulating match for her artistic leanings, adds a compelling Garrison Keillor-esque element to their live show. In January of 2014, Rodriguez and Jacobs released Live at the Cactus – a testament to the intimacy, playfulness and depth of emotion that audiences have been celebrating since the duo began their collaboration.  They are currently finishing up the recording of Jacobs’ debut album, which is being produced by Carrie and will be released in early 2015.

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Mar
14
Sat
2015
Hey Mavis CD Release Concert
Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

shapeJoin Americana band “Hey Mavis” as they celebrate the release of their brand new album “What I Did”. For the new record, the group teamed-up with Adam Aijala (guitarist of Yonder Mountain String Band), Chuck Auerbach (co-writer of the Black Keys song Hard Row), and Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Red Clay Ramblers), to create a musical feast that contains a pinch of jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, and folk, and a heaping spoonful of rock.

Hey Mavis bandleaders Laurie and Eddie Caner have led their group from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest.

Laurie Michelle Caner’s (vocals, banjo) banjo playing beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Her songwriting tells the story of life—with all of it’s beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy—weaving a musical tapestry that speaks the truth of love, life and the human condition.

Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) spent a dozen years performing as a sideman in national touring bands and orchestras, including Page & Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Eddie always amazes the audience with his Hendrix-like tone and precision—he can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove.

Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. He studied Cuban music in Havana with Carlos Del Puerto and toured as bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.

For this CD Release show, Hey Mavis will be joined by guitarist/bassist/vocalist Kevin Johnson, and drummer Anthony Taddeo.

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Mar
15
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Stan Smith and Taylor DeVault
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

taystanGuitarist, composer, bandleader Stan Smith is a native of Columbus Ohio. After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston he returned to Ohio then moved to L.A. where he studied and performed with Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. Since returning to Ohio, Smith has been a part of the Columbus music scene as a performer and a member of Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. Recordings include “Silent Memory” under his own name, “Madrugada” with Nova Madrugada and “Bicycle” in collaboration with guitarist Paul Brown.

Taylor DeVault is a guitarist, performer, and composer born and raised in Columbus. He was accepted into to the Jazz Performance Guitar Program at The Ohio State University, and has since been studying under the guidance of Capital Guitar Professor Stan Smith. Performing at private events, weddings, clubs, and festivals since he was 18 years old, Taylor also plays guitar with the great Brazilian jazz group Canta Brasil.

Kelly Zullo and Michael Kelsey
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kelly Zullo guitar 2Michael Kelsey (960x1024)Natalie’s presents Kelly Zullo and Michael Kelsey, two outstanding guitarists who will share the stage for a very special evening of music.

Columbus based Kelly Zullo has been honing her craft and traveling for nearly 2 decades. Moving briefly to NYC, Europe, Cleveland, Chicago & Nashville, drawing on experiences from many locals, this lyricist and guitarist molds the gypsy-esque mantra with philosophical bite over a riotous acoustic guitar. She won the International Acoustic Music Award for “Best Female Artist” for 2013, and was also awarded the top spot at the Columbus Songwriter Association competition as the #1 performer for 2013.

She was recently in a video feature in Guitar World Magazine, and performed in the  “Woodchopper’s Ball” at the Kent Stage, which featured 9 of the top acoustic guitarists from around the country.

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Michael Kelsey brings a free-flowing improvisational style to the guitar that involves every inch of his instrument. From his funky, percussive playing style that conjures an image of a one-man version of STOMP to lush instrumentals reminiscent of Michael Hedges/Phil Keaggy, his performance blends multiple musical genres and vocals along with some techno fun to create a sound all his own. He is the winner of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon”. Chosen from among 3,000 entrants, the singer-songwriter performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 where he shared the stage with many legendary guitarists.

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Mar
17
Tue
2015
St Patrick’s Day Celebration with The Kells
Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

the kellsCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Natalie’s with one of the region’s premiere Irish bands, The Kells. The Kells play traditional Irish music with a genuine passion and a sincere sense of purpose. They pour their hearts into playing lively jigs, spirited reels and haunting airs with songs that reach deep into the moral and emotional part of man’s nature. Instruments such as the Irish uilleann, pipes, tin, whistle and flute provide the brilliant melodies, while the guitar and traditional Irish bodhran provide intricate layering, heart-beat and drive. Members of this outstanding band include Brian McCoy (flutes, whistles, pipes), Doug Rudy (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, vocals), Kim Rattan (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, Bazouki), and Eddie Cotter (vocals, bodhrán) will be playing with them for this special show.

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Mar
18
Wed
2015
FLIPPO: Tribute to Weather Report
Mar 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rez-2Join jazz “super group” FLIPPO for a special tribute to the music of Weather Report, an influential American jazz fusion band of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. This Grammy award winning group was led by keyboard player Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Columbus based FLIPPO displays instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. Their performance will feature the band playing some of the funkiest and “fusion-laden” grooves of the past 30+ years.

The name of the band pays fond tribute to tenor saxophonist Bob Marvin who during the ascendancy of television appeared for many years entertaining central Ohio viewers as Flippo the Clown. A superb band was a regular and integral part of his shows. FLIPPO is Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

FLIPPO will also be performing original music by members of the band, as well as music by some of their other inspirations, such as Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, and Pat Metheny.

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Mar
19
Thu
2015
An Evening with Shannon McNally
Mar 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Shannon+McNally+BlueOToneConjures ghosts and heroines, thieves, lovers and redeemers in a transcendent folk-blues, country-rock moonshine she’s been pulling straight from the still for nearly 20 years. She’s been living in the deep South for fifteen years, first in New Orleans, then moved up to the higher ground in the North Mississippi Hill Country after Hurricane Katrina. She hit the road last year for a tour with monumental songwriter Rodney Crowell, and sings with him on his 2014 album Tarpaper Sky. Check out their inspired duet-singing on Famous Last Words Of A Fool.

Her last recording, Small Town Talk, is a loving, collaborative tribute to the late Bobby Charles, conceived and created together with the great Dr. John and his Lower 911 Band at Dockside Studios, deep in Louisiana’s bayou heart. Off Beat Magazine nominated the collection for Album of the Year 2014.   She’s released 10 albums and performed with a who’s who of rock, country and soul: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Rufus Wainwright, Anders Osbourne, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Greg Leisz, Derek Trucks…. the list goes on and on.

Shannon was nominated for a Grammy Award for her performance of Onward and Upward on A Tribute To The Life And Music Of Jim Dickinson.  She has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, Tonight with Jay Leno, and The Conan O’Brien Show.

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Mar
20
Fri
2015
Urban Jazz Coalition
Mar 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Urban Jazz Coalition Live @ GHFJUrban Jazz Coalition has made a strong impression with traditional & satellite/internet internet radio stations propelling their last four CD releases to each achieve “Top 50” status on international airplay charts, and to generate worldwide distribution of the group’s music catalogue. UJC’s latest project, “One Step Closer”, promises to continue that amazing trend.

UJC’s music has also been featured in network television programming, international film soundtracks, regional advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists on a Gospel/Jazz compilation project released by Capitol/EMI Records.

In addition to the notoriety “UJC” has earned as a self contained group, they have also become one of the most in-demand back up groups in the smooth jazz genre, having performed as sidemen for a number of top smooth jazz artists.

UJC is Phil Raney (Bass & Band Leader), Hector Maldonado (Percussion), Brandon Howard (Keyboards), Richard Randolph (saxophone), Rich “Rico” Adams (drums), and Duane Tribune (guitar).

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Mar
21
Sat
2015
Canta Brasil
Mar 21 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Canta B ResizeBrazilian native Danny Aguiar is the founder and band leader of Canta Brasil. His band brings out the rhythm and passionate sounds of Brazilian jazz fusion. They perform popular tunes of Brazilian composers (i.e. Djavan, Chico Pinheiro, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Sergio Mendes) along with American composers like George Duke and Chick Corea, whose songs have a distinctive Brazilian beat. In addition, the band plays Danny’s original compositions, which are a part of his 2012 CD, Fim do Ciclo (translation: End of Cycle).

Canta Brasil is comprised of Danny Aguiar (drums), Erik Augis (keyboard), Taylor DeVault (guitar), Doug Neel (trombone) , Jeff Bass (bass), and Tia Harris (vocals). These talented musicians unite to present energetic music of Brazilian jazz.

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Mar
22
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Trista Hill, Harpist
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Trista HillTrista Hill is a professional harpist and recording artist who for over 20 years has performed in top venues and other settings for house concerts, educational and professional presentations. She offers non-traditional music lessons out of her home just north of Columbus and is a fine artist.

Her repertoire includes classical, Brazilian, jazz, popular selections, and her own largely improvised arrangements and compositions. In addition to performing solo, she has played with jazz group Nova Madrugada, alternative folk rock Luceys Maze, art pop rock Flotation Walls, and others. In the Fall of 2011, Trista toured with another major force in the harp world, Deborah Henson-Conant, offering performances and a creativity workshop they developed together called Fireworks for the Creative Spirit. Trista is the U.S. representative of the International Jazz Harp Foundation.

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irions (748x1024)Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs that was released recently.

Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way is also the latest entry in an ongoing creative relationship between the Guthrie family and Wilco. Sarah Lee is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie, and the granddaughter of the iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie, whose unfinished songs Wilco recorded with Billy Bragg on a pair of Mermaid Avenue albums. Wilco also invited Sarah Lee and Johnny to perform at the band’s Solid Sound Festival, and the duo had toured with the Autumn Defense, Sansone’s project with Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

“Moves seamlessly from Beck-meets-Beatles rock to soundscapes, folk-roots and Beach Boys summertime rock… [with] a sincerity that is undeniable.”
-RELIX

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Mar
24
Tue
2015
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_Juanito Pascual Trio low rezVirtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native’s musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

His newest project, Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla (Julian Lage Group, Bob Moses, Kenny Werner) and bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh and exhilarating sound giving performances that leave audiences literally spellbound.

Be part of the action as the Trio celebrate their debut release in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning recording engineer Rob Griffin.

Since the 2003 release of his debut solo recording “Cosas en Comun”, Pascual’s international touring schedule has brought him to venues throughout the world, and he has performed with a lengthy ‘who’s who’ of top flamenco artists from Spain and the U.S. in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, bassist John Patitucci (of Chick Corea’s Band), pianist Danilo Perez (of the Wayne Shorter Qt), percussionist Jamey Haddad (of Paul Simon’s group), virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev, and many others.

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Mar
25
Wed
2015
The Far West
Mar 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

www.micahalbert.comLos Angeles’ The Far West came together in 2010, thanks in part to singer Lee Briante, who posted a late night Craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then the text  ‘looking to do something like this’  and a Waylon Jennings video.  Texas born Robert Black responded within minutes and The Far West was born. Chicago native Aaron Bakker soon joined the band bringing his exceptional guitar playing to the lineup. With Michael Whiteside on piano & keys and Andrew ‘Smitty’ Smith on drums, the line up was solidified.

Each of the five members left other bands for a common goal: to make music inspired by artists such as Gram Parsons, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, and The Band. They released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Before long the band partnered with respected booking agent Mongrel Music, and have been consistently growing and selling out shows in the West ever since. Their second album, Any Day Now, is now out on Medina River Records and is steeped in alt-country with a few flourishes.

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Mar
26
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Donna Mogavero, Peter Cary, Cici Groupe, and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Mar 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s features the finest professional singer-songwriters. Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, the series is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Due to the popularity of the series, Natalie’s highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure table seating for the show. $10 cover.

Old Home Week comes to Songwriter Showcase, as we feature these artists who met – and began playing music together – in high school. Each has risen to respective acclaim. But back in the day… Cici, Peter and Eric played in a band, Corinna, with Peter’s brother Andy, and Blair Forward (formerly with Spittin’ Image), who now tours with Kevin Costner and Modern West. (We’re still trying to get Blair out for this show! And would you mind bringing Kevin?) Meanwhile, Donna was just picking up the guitar at the time, but it was obvious that her talent had put her on the fast track to special places.

DONNA MOGAVERO returns to Songwriter Showcase as one of the most notable female singer-songwriters in the area. With more than 30 years in the music business, she has garnered much local and regional acclaim. She was honored and recognized by the Columbus Music Awards and received many other accolades as a writer and artist. She has recorded three original CD’s and will be soon releasing a fourth. She has appeared twice on Songs at the Center, the Columbus TV show featuring the finest songwriters in the area. reverbnation.com/donnamogaveroband

PETER CARY is a solid and fluid writer of country and pop. One of the region’s most in-demand guitarists, he performs with various bands, including Sirens. He also plays lead guitar for country recording artist Jonalee White. He is an accomplished flamenco guitarist, and has opened for John Hiatt, the late Steve Goodman and the Neville Brothers. He also builds custom guitars. sirensmusic.com

CICI GROUPÉ is a critically acclaimed musician and painter. With more than 30 years professional experience as a singer-songwriter and recording artist, she has received local and national music awards, and has been featured in films and television. She is also a mom, an elementary school music teacher, and an advocate for children’s safety and adult responsibility, founding The Journey to Wholeness Project, a national program dedicated to the eradication of child sexual abuse through open communication and adult responsibility She is making her second appearance in Songwriter Showcase. ciciporter.com

EGHost ERIC GNEZDA performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition. Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV producer, Eric and his music have been featured on NPR, ESPN, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and the ABC Radio Network. In addition to Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s, Eric is the host and co-creator of Songs at the Center, a weekly show that airs on WOSU TV, late-night Saturdays, following Austin City Limits. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Mar
27
Fri
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Mike Farris SOLD OUT
Mar 27 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

MikeFarrisWRRRMike Farris, nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album with his acclaimed new record “Shine For All the People”, will make a rare solo appearance on Natalie’s stage.

Mike won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008, followed by a Dove Award in 2010. His live performances at Bonnaroo, SxSW, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and others-were drawing rave reviews. Revered artists like Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart were struck by his incomparable voice, and Mike opened shows for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. He recently appeared on the prime time special Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, performing a song with Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble.

Buddy Miller says “Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.”

Mary Gauthier, who’s soul-stirring “Mercy Now” was one of the first songs Mike chose for the new record, says “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.”

Mike’s spirited, soul-gospel fusion has found an enthusiastic audience, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch this amazing artist in concert.

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Mar
28
Sat
2015
Hebdo
Mar 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

hebdoJoey Hebdo’s style, “Adventure-Folk,” is unspoiled and unforgettable. A Columbus native, Joey and his music were shaped through the merging of Lebanese culture with suburban America and Appalachian paradise. His diversity was inevitable, as he drew his influences from Robert Plant, Andrew Bird, The Temptations, the Beatles, and, of course, his grandfather. Hebdo is all about vocal melodies and appears more often than not as an energetic solo acoustic performer, but for this special show at Natalie’s, he will appear with other talented musicians packed with three part harmonies and an edge too sharp to mention.

His first self-release, “unEP” (2008), was well received, launching him on a nine-month coast-to-coast tour, which featured extensive dates in San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles. Upon returning home, he recorded, “Prosciutto,” followed by a live album and a collaborative CD with fellow songwriters in a Hocking Hills cabin.

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Mar
29
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Derek DiCenzo TrioDerek DiCenzo has been a mainstay on the Columbus music scene for 25 years. A gifted jazz guitarist, DiCenzo can be heard playing piano, bass, steel drum, organ and the accordian as well. Derek has appeared with Monty Alexander, Diane Schuur, RJD2, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings by Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Tony Monaco and Bobby Floyd.

Performing with Derek will be accomplished drummer Aaron Scott and multi-talented Dave DeWitt on bass.

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Beppe Gambetta: American Roots with European Passion
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

BGThis special concert at Natalie’s will be an intriguing journey through the multifaceted artistic world of Beppe Gambetta, a synthesis of the itineraries of his life, spent between his birth-place Genova, Europe and the United States where he currently resides.

Beppe is a renowned guitarist but also a singer, composer, researcher who loves to tell stories about his journeys with a peculiar sense of humor and irony. Beppe shows in his performances a new and unique approach to the acoustic guitar, a style that he developed in a career of forty years of travelling, meeting with masters of many cultures, researching old forgotten traditions, performing for audiences of different Continents.

Starting from the early studies of his American mentor Doc Watson, Beppe brought his flatpicking approach to a more modern development of plectrum guitar style, based on complex strumming, crosspicking and the use of open tunings.

The program will focus on new original compositions inspired from the traditions as well as revival pieces from his main projects of research about European and American music.

Part of the concert will be dedicated to songs and ballads in different languages spiced up with new acoustic guitar arrangements. Beppe will also tell about the great inspirations he got from the encounters with folk icon Pete Seeger or the legendary Italian songwriter Fabrizio De Andre’, the travelling and studies in mysterious places like the wild areas of Sardinia Island, the musical contribution of European emigrants to the American cultural Melting Pot, the joy of keeping on writing in modern times new dance melodies or romantic serenades.

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Mar
31
Tue
2015
Sirens
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_Sirens at NataliesSirens is formed around the duo of Kay Harris and Molly Pauken, two of Ohio’s most sought after studio and live-performance musicians. Sirens music is all about the unique melody, the expression through lyric & voice and the texture of acoustic guitar & bass coming together to create unique but timeless pop songs. Their original compositions range stylistically from pop to acoustic rock to blues to funk to folk to create Sirens’ own unique sound. Joining Kay and Molly are Pete Cary on guitar, bass and vocals, and Jeff Peters on drums.

Kay Harris has been an integral part of the Central Ohio music scene for a number of years. As a vocalist and songwriter for most of her life, she has been involved with numerous albums and also has provided lead and backup vocals for over seventy local and national jingles. Having performed throughout the U.S., she is one of the region’s most powerful, enduring vocalists and songwriters

Multi-instrumentalist Molly Pauken has played bass, guitar, drums and mandolin in a number of Columbus-based bands, covering a wide range of musical styles. On tour with Rodney Crowell, Molly returns home to Columbus as often as possible to perform with the area’s elite. As a top-demand session musician, Molly can be heard on hundreds of CD and demo projects.

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Apr
2
Thu
2015
Birdshack
Apr 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

BirdshackConsisting of Tony McClung, Jeffrey Ciampa, and Josh Hill, Birdshack plays modern American music. Call it jazz, fusion, Americana, it doesn’t matter. The trio plays well-crafted songs by all three members, in addition to improvising on a wide variety of material, including jazz standards, AC/DC, John Denver, The Beatles, and much more. Adventurous group improvisation that never loses focus is the result.

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Apr
3
Fri
2015
6 String Drag
Apr 3 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

6StringAfter 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back for a very special show at Natalie’s to promote their new recording. In the late ‘90s, the Carolina quartet stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve Earle-produced LP, High Hat remains an undisputed classic of its era.

Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today’s 6 String Drag is the sound of four kindred souls reunited, letting their own histories as human beings mingle freely around their shared love of classic, bygone sounds. Their exhilarating new recording, Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, welds Kenny Roby and Rob Keller’s trademark harmonies to surging rhythms. The effort is equal parts slap-back swagger and openhearted honesty – a triumphant return that celebrates rock’s first golden age by virtue of the grace, wit and insight found in Roby’s songwriting.

Ray Duffey’s swinging drums and Keller’s upright bass are the foundation, embroidered by Roby’s rhythm guitar and guitarist Scott Miller’s pointed leads. “I’ve played with so many different people over the last 16 years,” Roby says. “But being back with these guys sure felt like being home again. Back in the day, Rob, Scott, Ray, and I were never at a loss for ideas, and it was deeply satisfying to find that’s still the same. When we undertook this record, we all hoped there would be chemistry. It turned out that there was way more than any of us expected.”

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Apr
4
Sat
2015
Seth Walker
Apr 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

SethWalker-by-ZackSmith-4Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern American music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current NOLA home with its funky melting-pot swagger that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue.

Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has grown to be recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric within a song, a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice and a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar.

The albums he’s made have consistently vaulted him into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and gleaned praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others. He’s toured the world as a headliner as well as opening for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.

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Apr
7
Tue
2015
Twofer Tuesday: Caroline Spence/10 String Symphony
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ImageNatalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with a special evening featuring the talented singer-songwriter Caroline Spence along with the amazing sounds of 10 String Symphony.

Caroline Spence is enamored with words and songs, and her passion led her to Nashville, where the 25-year-old honed her writing and her coy, dusky soprano across folk, Americana and alt-country genres. She is touring to support her just released first full-length solo debut, the magical and meditative Somehow.

With songs that wrap the truths of life up into personal vignettes of clever wordplay and catchy hooks, it’s no wonder that in 2013 Caroline won American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest as well as the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest songwriter competition. She went on to win the Kerrville Folk Fest songwriting contest, and was one of the headlining acts at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest alongside The Stray Birds, John Fulbright, Josh Ritter, and Brandi Carlisle.

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10 String Symphony is a duo of skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs. Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players. Sedelmyer (Jerry Douglas Band) and Baiman (Formerly of Belfry Fellows) met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle, and their instrumentation has expanded to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin.

Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities.

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Apr
8
Wed
2015
An Evening with Pierre Bensusan
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Photo by TINA KORHONEN/ www.tina-k.com © 2011If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time.

Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, he was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. Pierre is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, and there is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey.

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore”, this is the Pierre Bensusan 40th Anniversary World Tour, and a show not to be missed!

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Apr
10
Fri
2015
Popgun
Apr 10 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

PopPopgun is a group consisting of some of the finest musicians in the Central Ohio area. They present their interpretations of a wide variety of tunes from David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, and much more. Members of the group also perform with other outstanding bands from the area, including the Floorwalkers, HooDoo Soul Band, Strutterfly and the Dan White Sextet.

Band members are Jonathan (Elliot) Vernon on vocals, Joey Hebdo vocals, Josh Hill on guitar, Tony McClung on drums, Jeff Ciampa on bass, Lucas Holmes on keyboards, and Kevin O’Neill on saxophone.

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Apr
11
Sat
2015
The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Apr 11 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Gabriel Alegria low rezOne of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, Gabriel Alegria was born into an artistic family in Lima in 1970. Alegria’s grandfather Ciro was Peru’s most famous novelist and his father Alonso is Perú’s most acclaimed playwright.

The Afro-Peruvian Sextet currently tours in support of their latest release Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings – Saponegro February 2013) which includes twelve new pieces of music showcasing a breathtaking range of cultural sounds emanating from Black Coastal Perú. The CD includes collaborations with formidable native Afro-Peruvian artists Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton (Peruvian percussion – cajon, quijada, cajita), Hugo Alcázar (drums), Yuri Juárez (acoustic guitar) and Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones).

During the course of a career that has spanned the globe, Alegria has appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Arturo O’Farrill, Maria Schneider, Placido Domingo, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, The Peruvian National Symphony, Bill Watrous, Russ Ferrante and Alex Acuña. He has also performed concerts for the United Nations and various diplomatic missions from around the world. The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has appeared in over 600 concerts and master classes throughout North America.

Alegria combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in a New York City jazz context. Alegría has carefully defined Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest voice to come from Latin America.

Currently Professor of Jazz at New York University, Alegria earned a doctorate in jazz studies from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College. His knowledge of Afro-Peruvian music is the result of fieldwork and growing up in Perú learning from the art form’s greatest exponents.

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Apr
12
Sun
2015
The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Gabriel Alegria low rezOne of the most influential figures on the current jazz scene in Perú, Gabriel Alegria was born into an artistic family in Lima in 1970. Alegria’s grandfather Ciro was Peru’s most famous novelist and his father Alonso is Perú’s most acclaimed playwright.

The Afro-Peruvian Sextet currently tours in support of their latest release Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings – Saponegro February 2013) which includes twelve new pieces of music showcasing a breathtaking range of cultural sounds emanating from Black Coastal Perú. The CD includes collaborations with formidable native Afro-Peruvian artists Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton (Peruvian percussion – cajon, quijada, cajita), Hugo Alcázar (drums), Yuri Juárez (acoustic guitar) and Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones).

During the course of a career that has spanned the globe, Alegria has appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Arturo O’Farrill, Maria Schneider, Placido Domingo, Kenny Werner, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, The Peruvian National Symphony, Bill Watrous, Russ Ferrante and Alex Acuña. He has also performed concerts for the United Nations and various diplomatic missions from around the world. The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has appeared in over 600 concerts and master classes throughout North America.

Alegria combines his experience playing jazz as it developed in the U.S. with a passionate interest and careful study of the black music of coastal Perú. By incorporating and exploring the common African roots found in both styles, he has developed a uniquely Afro-Peruvian jazz music concept. The rich legacy of the black music of coastal Perú can be heard in a New York City jazz context. Alegría has carefully defined Afro-Peruvian jazz music as the newest voice to come from Latin America.

Currently Professor of Jazz at New York University, Alegria earned a doctorate in jazz studies from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College. His knowledge of Afro-Peruvian music is the result of fieldwork and growing up in Perú learning from the art form’s greatest exponents.

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Apr
14
Tue
2015
The Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Bobby Previte & Carly Meyers
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CHTAs a young guitarist growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlie Hunter came to prominence in the early 1990s playing custom-made seven and eight string guitars, on which he simultaneously plays basslines, rhythm guitar, and solos. He has recorded close to 20 albums over the years to critical acclaim, and Critic Sean Westergaard describes Hunter’s guitar technique as “mind-boggling … he’s an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off.”

Joining Charlie for this special show at Natalie’s will be the critically acclaimed drummer and composer Bobby Previte and the dynamic Carly Meyers on trombone and vocals.

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Apr
15
Wed
2015
Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks CD Release Show
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Jeff GermanJoin Jeff German and the Blankety Blanks as they celebrate the release of their sophomore album on Slothtrop Records. Jeff and the band will also be joined by some special guests, and the first 75 patrons that come to the show will be given a free copy of the CD!

Jeff German grew up listening to his older brother’s record collection: Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Stones, Faces eventually morphed into The Clash, The Damned, The Jam and then into Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. His entire musical pursuit strongly tied to that collection and his southern Michigan roots. Although described as “blue collar rock”, his work is built on a variety of influences, which shine in his amazing musicianship and add depth and sincerity to his songwriting. The imagery that dapples Jeff’s lyrics—bars, sweat, and radio stations on long drives—might be familiar in Americana music, but it’s exciting to hear Jeff pull it off with panache.

Jeff has also played the role of a sideman for some great artists, most recently with Amy Black, as well as with Lydia Loveless, and he was a member of the Americana band The Cur Dogs.

The Blankety Blanks name came about because Jeff didn’t know who might be backing him on any given night, but the musicians have always been top-grade.

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Apr
16
Thu
2015
James Gaiters Quartet
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

James Gaiters 2James Gaiters is enjoying a powerful and blessed career, and has appeared with many of the world’s greatest artists, been a featured performer with Wynton Marsalis, and has received accolades the world over. James’ powerfully musical voice has also led to nationally and internationally televised features on BET on Jazz, and he been featured on some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

As an expanded display of his versatility, James has toured nationally, and internationally with New York based musician/actor/poet, David Gonzales and his off-Broadway production, MYTHOLOJAZZ, appearing in major theaters, venues, and universities around the world.

James has also contributed to the recorded works of several national recording artists in both the gospel music and jazz scene, is a prolific composer, arranger, and producer, and has written, produced, and released Looking Back Ahead, a CD featuring his own group, MUV-MeNT.

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Apr
17
Fri
2015
Phil Clark & The Soul: Tribute to Dr. John
Apr 17 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

soulresizedr-johnJoin Phil Clark and The Soul as they pay tribute to the music of the great Dr. John!

THE SOUL combines R&B, Blues, Rock, Gospel and Jazz in an infectious sound that is impossible to deny. Drawing from early Ray Charles tunes such as “You Don’t Know Me”, “Georgia” and “Drown in My Own Tears”, blue eyed soul singer Phil Clark (Vocals, Harp, Sax) shows what it’s really like to be the son of a preacher. Bridging his gospel roots with the blues is his calling card.

Dave DeWitt’s brilliant piano and organ strokes bring tunes like Dr John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time” and Billy Preston’s “Will It Go ‘Round in Circles” to dizzying heights.

Central Ohio’s blues guitar legend John Boerstler can make you cry with “Rainy Night in Georgie” or make you beg for more with Joe Cocker’s “Leave Your Hat On”.

Bassist Jeff Ciampa and drummer Aaron Scott round out this cast of veteran players that surely will not disappoint.

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Apr
18
Sat
2015
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Apr 18 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Paul Cebar Band 2014Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound bring forth a funky, lyrically charged racket that is explosive, yet intimate.

Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture.  His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview.

At the core is gifted songwriting, and the company Paul keeps bears it out:  Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Chris Smither, John Hiatt and Cesar Rosas are among his friends and admirers.

Tomorrow Sound are an elite crew.   Drummer Reggie Bordeaux, New Orleans native percussionist Mac Perkins, and bassist Mike Fredrickson, throw down some of the best dance grooves in the business.  Multi-instrumentalist Bob Jennings adds the luxury of implying a much larger ensemble with his multi-hued contributions on keys and reeds.

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound’s latest album, “Fine Rude Thing” features Cebar’s unique mixture of R&B, Caribbean and New Orleans style.

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Apr
19
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Tim Cummiskey Trio
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

tim cummiskey 2 guitarsCentral Ohio jazz guitarist Tim Cummiskey performs as both a leader and a sideman throughout the Midwest. He has performed and conducted clinics with John Abercrombie, Howard Alden, Carl Allen, as well as at the Association of Jazz Educators, Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, Capital University, Denison University and Kenyon College.


Tim currently serves as a member of the Jazz Studies faculty of the Ohio State University School of Music and the music faculty of Kenyon College, and is also a contributing writer to Downbeat Magazine and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.


After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 90’s, Tim received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University 1994. In 1996, Tim received his Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University. Tim’s collegiate career was highlighted by numerous academic and performance awards as well as appearances as featured performer at numerous jazz festivals.

 

Performing with Tim at Natalie’s will be Chris Berg on bass, and Joe Ong on drums.

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Hillbilly IDOL
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hillbilly IdolIt’s hard to believe that Hillbilly IDOL first laced ’em up back in 1991, defining the core sound that has been at the heart of the band’s music ever since – close harmony, fresh songs and an adventurous spirit. There’s plenty of reverence and homage to the greats of American roots music, but even more than that, it’s how those classic sounds of country, swing, rock & roll, and bluegrass have informed the band’s writing and musical choices.

Over this span of time, the core has remained sturdy, some members have come and gone, most come back to play from time to time, but clearly all have left an indelible mark on HBI’s direction. More than a band, it’s a clan and a family. Hillbilly IDOL has recorded three critically acclaimed studio CDs which have generated interest and airplay on Americana radio programs in the U.S. and around the globe.

The Band members are Paul Kovac (singer, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Al Moss (Pedal Steel, guitar, singer), Kevin Johnson (acoustic bass, guitar, singer), Brian Davidson (electric & acoustic guitar, singer), and Gary Naherny (drums).

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Apr
21
Tue
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Eilen Jewell
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

EJZeppelin Productions and Natalie’s are proud to bring Eilen Jewell back to Natalie’s stage for a very special two night residency.

After a brief hiatus this past summer to welcome her first child into the world (named Mavis, after gospel great Mavis Staples), Eilen Jewell is hitting the road again with a live double album, Live at the Narrows, which includes original songs and some of her favorite covers. Next year will also bring the release of Jewell’s fifth, full-length studio album, her first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Queen of the Minor Key. The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band, Jason Beek (drums/vocals), Jerry Miller (guitar), Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) and special guests in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. Over the past ten years Eilen has repeatedly toured North America, Europe, and Australia, and shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, Junior Brown, and many others.

Eilen’s fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor alongside her beautiful ballads and uptempo rockers. In addition to four of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, The Sacred Shakers, as well as a tribute album to Loretta Lynn.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.”

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Apr
22
Wed
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Eilen Jewell
Apr 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

EJZeppelin Productions and Natalie’s are proud to bring Eilen Jewell back to Natalie’s stage for a very special two night residency.

After a brief hiatus this past summer to welcome her first child into the world (named Mavis, after gospel great Mavis Staples), Eilen Jewell is hitting the road again with a live double album, Live at the Narrows, which includes original songs and some of her favorite covers. Next year will also bring the release of Jewell’s fifth, full-length studio album, her first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Queen of the Minor Key. The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band, Jason Beek (drums/vocals), Jerry Miller (guitar), Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) and special guests in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. Over the past ten years Eilen has repeatedly toured North America, Europe, and Australia, and shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, Junior Brown, and many others.

Eilen’s fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor alongside her beautiful ballads and uptempo rockers. In addition to four of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, The Sacred Shakers, as well as a tribute album to Loretta Lynn.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.”

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Apr
24
Fri
2015
Tribute to Stevie Wonder: FLIPPO with Kay Harris & Ron Jenkins
Apr 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rezSWNatalie’s is proud to present a very special two night tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, featuring super group FLIPPO along with the talented vocalists Kay Harris and Ron Jenkins.

Kay Harris is one of the region’s most powerful, enduring vocalists and songwriters, and Ron Jenkins has a gorgeously rich voice that is soulful perfection.

FLIPPO is a Columbus jazz group displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. The band features Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

Apr
25
Sat
2015
Tribute to Stevie Wonder: FLIPPO with Kay Harris & Ron Jenkins
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rezSWNatalie’s is proud to present a very special two night tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, featuring super group FLIPPO along with the talented vocalists Kay Harris and Ron Jenkins.

Kay Harris is one of the region’s most powerful, enduring vocalists and songwriters, and Ron Jenkins has a gorgeously rich voice that is soulful perfection.

FLIPPO is a Columbus jazz group displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. The band features Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

Apr
26
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Derek DiCenzo TrioDerek DiCenzo has been a mainstay on the Columbus music scene for 25 years. A gifted jazz guitarist, DiCenzo can be heard playing piano, bass, steel drum, organ and the accordian as well. Derek has appeared with Monty Alexander, Diane Schuur, RJD2, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings by Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Tony Monaco and Bobby Floyd.

Performing with Derek will be accomplished drummer Aaron Scott and multi-talented Dave DeWitt on bass.

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Jim Photoglo and Hannah Aldridge
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ImageJim Photoglo has musically spanned four decades as both a songwriter and artist, bringing his unique creative voice to the R&B, Pop and Country arenas. He had a pair of Pop hits: We Were Meant To Be Lovers in 1980 and Fool in Love With You in 1981. Photoglo moved to Nashville in 1984 to pursue a full-time career as a songwriter. His devotion to his craft paid off with recordings by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, John Anderson and Kathy Mattea among others. Four of those recordings ended up in the Top Ten of Billboard Magazine’s Country Music Charts, and two went to Number One: the now-classic Fishin’ In The Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Hometown Honeymoon by Alabama.

He and Russell Smith of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and hit-songwriter Vince Melamed formed the band Run C&W. Taking classic soul songs of the 60′s and 70′s, they rearranged and performed them as bluegrass songs with comedic undertones, gaining them a worldwide cult following.

Photoglo continues to perform regularly at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café and tour solo, combining songwriter workshops with concerts at colleges, coffee houses and clubs around the country.

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Hannah Aldridge is steeped in the music both of Nashville and Muscle Shoals, the two cities where she was raised as her father — a Muscle Shoals legend as well as a much-honored Nashville songwriter, musician and producer – plied his craft. She began her performing career at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and two years later signed a publishing deal after her song “Lonesome” was featured on the “Hart of Dixie” television series.

“Dark Americana,” is how Hannah describes the ghostly, unflinching, sometimes gritty tales that separate her new 10-song album Razor Wire from the mainstream. The title song is how she uses her stark poetic soul to visit life’s dark corners and is reminiscent of classic country standards about marital heartache and sexual healing, and demonstrates the raw musical texture and lyrics flavoring her entire album.

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Apr
28
Tue
2015
Sirens
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_Sirens at NataliesSirens is formed around the duo of Kay Harris and Molly Pauken, two of Ohio’s most sought after studio and live-performance musicians. Sirens music is all about the unique melody, the expression through lyric & voice and the texture of acoustic guitar & bass coming together to create unique but timeless pop songs. Their original compositions range stylistically from pop to acoustic rock to blues to funk to folk to create Sirens’ own unique sound. Joining Kay and Molly are Pete Cary on guitar, bass and vocals, and Jeff Peters on drums.

Kay Harris has been an integral part of the Central Ohio music scene for a number of years. As a vocalist and songwriter for most of her life, she has been involved with numerous albums and also has provided lead and backup vocals for over seventy local and national jingles. Having performed throughout the U.S., she is one of the region’s most powerful, enduring vocalists and songwriters

Multi-instrumentalist Molly Pauken has played bass, guitar, drums and mandolin in a number of Columbus-based bands, covering a wide range of musical styles. On tour with Rodney Crowell, Molly returns home to Columbus as often as possible to perform with the area’s elite. As a top-demand session musician, Molly can be heard on hundreds of CD and demo projects.

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May
1
Fri
2015
Long Tall Deb
May 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Long Tall Deb 2015 tiltIt’s not just her honey and molasses-soaked voice, who About.com described as “the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’ soul” or her keen, nuanced songwriting that blend experience with a hint of mysticism (Long Tall Deb’s Texas/Mexico border roots are never far away from her songwriting). What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to paint a stunning picture that is deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is, as evidenced on her well-received VizzTone debut album “Raise Your Hands”. Now with the release of her upcoming single, “Streets of Mumbai”, a song inspired by her recent touring in India and Nepal, she continues to push the envelope stylistically and musically and is ready to explode onto a larger scene. This past year’s highlights include a coveted slot at North America’s second largest music festival: the Ottawa Blues Festival, a tour of Italy, headlining dates at Buddy Guy’s Legends, opening slots for B.B. King and Robert Cray, numerous other festivals and a tour of India and Nepal culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival. Deb has also put together one of the best bands in the business, featuring the talents of Colin John, John Popovich, Melvin Powe, and Jan Roll.

An accomplished, versatile musician, Colin John (guitar) commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing. He is internationally recognized as possessing equal skill on acoustic, resonator and electric guitars. Colin has played extensively throughout the world, and has recorded six solo albums, featuring diverse musicians from Al Green’s band and Eric Clapton’s group.

John Popovich (keyboards) is a gifted musician who plays many styles of jazz and blues and is best known for his soulful ability to reach the hearts of all listeners. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans. Along with his own jazz quartet, John has played with The Sean Carney Band, Teeny Tucker and Drivin’ Wheel and Johnny Mack & The Heavyweights.

Melvin Powe (bass) grew up in Akron, Ohio, surrounded by talented young musicians and later spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area, soaking up the sounds of Latin and jazz music, as well as getting influenced by top touring acts such as Santana, Tower of Power, War, Steely Dan, Roy Ayers, and The Ohio Players to name a few.

Jan Roll (drums) began drumming at the age of six and set about absorbing all the various music at home: jazz, rock, standards, metal, blues, pop and  swing styles, to name a few. He has been gigging steadily for the last 32 years touring the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

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May
5
Tue
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Tom Russell
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tom Russell picSince Tom Russell first talked him into promoting a show in 1995, Alec Wightman of Zeppelin Productions has consistently called Tom Russell “the finest singer-songwriter working in America today.” But, it’s not just Alec who raves about Tom. The Boston Globe has called him “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” going on to say “he raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” And, John Swenson of Rolling Stone once described Tom as “the greatest living country songwriter.”

Tom has made many return trips to Columbus since that first Zeppelin show in 1995, including last year’s very intimate solo show at Natalie’s, reading from his wonderful new book, “120 Songs” and performing lots of those songs, including many rarities which he doesn’t usually do in concert.

This time, we are honored to have Russell perform for two consecutive nights, which will allow him time to reach even deeper into his extensive catalog while also treating fans to his latest work.

Tom’s songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”

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May
6
Wed
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Tom Russell
May 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tom Russell picSince Tom Russell first talked him into promoting a show in 1995, Alec Wightman of Zeppelin Productions has consistently called Tom Russell “the finest singer-songwriter working in America today.” But, it’s not just Alec who raves about Tom. The Boston Globe has called him “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” going on to say “he raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” And, John Swenson of Rolling Stone once described Tom as “the greatest living country songwriter.”

Tom has made many return trips to Columbus since that first Zeppelin show in 1995, including last year’s very intimate solo show at Natalie’s, reading from his wonderful new book, “120 Songs” and performing lots of those songs, including many rarities which he doesn’t usually do in concert

This time, we are honored to have Russell perform for two consecutive nights, which will allow him time to reach even deeper into his extensive catalog while also treating fans to his latest work.

Tom’s songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”

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Jun
11
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Steve Goodie, Carla Ulbrich and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Jun 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s features the finest professional singer-songwriters. Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, the series is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Due to the popularity of the series, Natalie’s highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure table seating for the show. $12 cover.

STEVE GOODIE is a comedian, songwriter, musician, and registered unicyclist.  Originally from Connecticut, he made the logical move to Nashville in the latter part of the twentieth century.  His funny songs for both kids and grownups can be heard regularly on Sirius XM Radio, and on morning radio Zoo Crew Shows around the country… and he recently stunned WSM-Am Country audiences with his “Jewish Christmas Carol Medley.”  That might have been a mistake.

Steve has been seen, however briefly, on ABC’s Today Show, on Comedy Central, and on HBO’s Movie Of The Minute “The Areola.”  It’s not what you think.

His mock self-help book, “Achieving Happiness Through Lower Standards” is unlikely ever to be published, but his mom has a copy of it somewhere. You can find Steve at Nashville’s Bluebird Café every Sunday night, where he has been the house emcee since 2007.  stevegoodie.com.

CARLA ULBRICH is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, SC, and currently living in New Jersey. Insert your own punch line here.

Primarily known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word, Carla cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials. She is a past winner of the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter competition and “Novelty Song of the Year” (Just Plain Folks Awards).

Carla is also a survivor of catastrophic illness and author of the resulting book, “How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?”

Currently at work on her sixth CD, Carla has toured all over the US and England, and has appeared on ABC, USA Network, the BBC, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, and “The Bob and Sherrie Show,” as well as appearing as a background actor in “Sharknado 2.” carlau.com

EGHost ERIC GNEZDA performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition. Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV producer, Eric and his music have been featured on NPR, ESPN, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and the ABC Radio Network. In addition to Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s, Eric is the host and co-creator of “Songs at the Center,” a weekly show that airs on WOSU TV, late-night Saturdays, following “Austin City Limits.” His latest CD is “Songs of Hope in a Changing World.” gnezda.com