Natalie's Upcoming Shows

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.http://www.reverbnation.com/donnamogaveromusic

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
5
Sun
2015
Easter Sunday Brunch Music: Tom Carroll and Andy Carlson
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

shapeGuitarist Tom Carroll has been a performer in the Central Ohio music scene for almost 35 years. He still leads his jazz trio, Organic Chemistry, which he co-founded with jazz legend, Hank Marr. He is also a member of the gypsy jazz band SpeakEasy and is bassist in the rockabilly/roots rock band The Recliners.

Andy Carlson has won numerous fiddle contests, and as a studio musician and string arranger, he has recorded for a number of major labels and worked with artists such as R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies. Referenced as a ‘Demon Fiddler’ in a 1998 New York Times Music Review, he currently serves on the faculty of Denison University, where he started a program which allows music majors to have a concentration in Bluegrass.

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
9
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Brennen Leigh and Noel Mckay and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Apr 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

LeighMcKaySongwriter 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.

“Noel and Brennen are great songwriters.” –Guy Clark.

And with that, what more needs to be said?

BRENNEN LEIGH and NOEL MCKAY craft story songs with equal measures heart and humor. Before the World Was Made, the Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration, spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form. “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”

Leigh’s solo recording The Box stirred waves far and wide, and Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney and the Carper Family covered her defiantly traditional country songs.
Meanwhile, McKay fronted the regionally popular McKay Brothers, a band legendary songwriter Guy Clark had been championing for years. Clark’s new album My Favorite Picture of You contains the McKay co-write “El Coyote.” The album went on to win a Grammy for best Folk album in 2014. brennenleighandnoelmckay.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

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
Brunch Music: Laura Andrea Leguia: Saxofon Criollo
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Laura Andrea Leguia TrioLaura Andrea Leguía is a Peruvian saxophonist and composer rooted in “Criollo” music (Afro-Peruvian music) and with a master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Composition from New York University.  Her passion for Peruvian coastal music and formal jazz background has led her to develop a musical language that combines a delicate harmonic approach with the more earthy phrases and sounds typical of Peruvian folk music.

Her trio “Saxofón Criollo” showcases this refreshing language with original songs and Peruvian traditionals, to much critical acclaim by Peruvian journalists.  Maestro Yuri Juárez provides a rich orchestration of the folk and jazz harmonies in traditional Peruvian guitar style.  Maestro Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, living legend and icon of the Peruvian cajón and zapateo, offsets the harmonies and melodies with a generous, danceable, distinctly Afro-Peruvian beat.

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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
23
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Andy Shaw, Rick Good, Chris Shaw, and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Apr 23 @ 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.

ANDY SHAW has been performing for more than 15 years in a variety of styles. Andy’s music has taken him all over the country—including the Hookahville Music Festival, Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), The Werkout, Bunbury Music Festival, and tours to Austin, NYC, Chicago, Nashville, and Colorado. “The sound is an incredibly approachable tap into the reggae genre that is initially disguised by an almost alt-country feel and intense technical tightness, commanding audience respect, especially live…” (Dana Stewart, Metromix Columbus). andyshawband.com

RICK GOOD has been writing songs for nearly 50 years. A founding member of The Hotmud Family, a 24-year veteran of Rhythm in Shoes, and a 2010 Ohio Heritage Fellow, Rick is recognized and respected for his driving banjo, swinging guitar, heartfelt singing and crafty songwriting. With his wife and long-time collaborator, Sharon Leahy, he has made a life of creating critically acclaimed performance art, rooted in American traditions. Rick currently plays with four fine bands: The Elements, Good & Young, ShoeFly and the Red Clay Ramblers. leahygood.com

CHRIS SHAW has been playing violin and drums since childhood. Chris picked up the guitar at age 18 and hasn’t stopped writing songs since. His latest band project, Topher James and Biscuit Brigade, is gaining rapid regional popularity. An exploration of R&B, gospel, and groove, the band explores a style that Chris calls, “Art and Soul.” Chris tours the country as a solo act and as a member of two other projects: Andy Shaw Band (reggae/rock) and Shaw Brothers (folk/indie). In 2009, he toured Europe with members of the popular Columbus band, Sirens. facebook.com/TheShawBrothers

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

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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Apr
29
Wed
2015
Huntertones
Apr 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Huntertones pic 1The Brooklyn-based band Huntertones is a unique voice in the growing world of genre-defying music. What started in 2010 as a six-piece instrumental group in Columbus (DW6), has become an innovative ensemble propelled by the original music and adventurous arrangements of Chris Ott, Dan White, and Jon Lampley. Their signature horn-driven sound utilizes elements from jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, gospel, R&B, and rock to produce addicting grooves that resonate with all types of audiences. The band’s mission is simple: Create live music on real instruments that will often make you think and always make you move.

The Huntertones’ latest recording/performance/educational project, Your Song, was commissioned by the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and involved a road trip across the country to collect stories from musicians in the jazz, soul, and blues genres.  The result was a full length album and a multimedia concert presentation with 10 original compositions inspired by musicians such as Victor Wooten, Bobby Watson, and Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Apr
30
Thu
2015
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Apr 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

BIGSANDY-PROMO-ALT1-FNLBig Sandy is back! Back in the USA, that is. After having spent the better part of the last several months performing on festival stages and in sold-out concert venues throughout Europe, the big man of American roots music is elated to be back in The States, touring from the coast of California to the shores of Delaware Bay.

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

“I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world,” said Sandy. “But when I’m away from the U.S. for too long, it’s like I need a recharge… like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I’m good for another three thousand miles.”

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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
2
Sat
2015
Amy Speace, w special guests Megan Palmer and Ryan Culwell
May 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

ImageA former Shakespearean actress who started putting her poetry to music only in her late 20’s, Amy Speace was discovered by folk/pop legend Judy Collins, who signed her to her imprint Wildflower Records. After 18 years in NYC, Brooklyn and Jersey and 3 critically-acclaimed releases, Speace moved to East Nashville to explore the rich songwriting community and to deepen her own writing and sound. Her 2013 release, “How to Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” received widespread critical raves from NPR’s “All Things Considered”, The New York Times and Billboard Magazine. Amy is touring to promote her highly acclaimed new CD “That Kind of Girl”.

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Amy will be accompanied by Megan Palmer, who will also do a set of her own. Megan is a recent transplant to Nashville after spending the last few years in Brooklyn, and is most known in Ohio as fiddler and singer with Columbus’ The Spikedrivers. Lately she has been touring extensively with Tim Easton as a duo. Palmer’s own songwriting style is influenced by her extensive work with a variety of Americana bands, as well as the songwriting and performing of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and Alison Krauss.

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Ryan Culwell grew up in the panhandle of Texas and the solitude of the plains comes pouring out of him when he opens his mouth to sing. Like an approaching dust storm, Culwell’s songs whisper and howl and embed the dirt of the flatlands deep into your skin. Flatlands, Culwell’s debut album from Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Billy Joe Shaver, James McMurtry), garnered him rave reviews but he remains humble: a man devoted to his wife and daughters and enthralled by the art of song craft.

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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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May
7
Thu
2015
Pete Mills Quartet w guest vocalist Liz Wooley
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

PeteThe Pete Mills Quartet is excited to perform at Natalie’s with the fantastic vocalist Liz Wooley as their special guest.

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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Liz Woolley is continually writing tunes, whether it is in the style of jazz, bluegrass, folk, pop or for music therapy. She attended the Juilliard Rhythm Section workshop, working closely with Ted Rosenthal who called her a triple threat – singer, classical pianist, and jazz pianist. She also traveled and performed in northern Italy and continued her piano and jazz studies at the University of Utah. Her new jazz CD is “Do Love”, which contains 12 new compositions.

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May
8
Fri
2015
Carl Sally & Friends
May 8 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Carl Sally 2015Carl Sally, a world class saxophonist and Columbus native, started his first professional band in 1956, and went on to play many venues and engagements, including going on the road with the great Rock and Roll guitarist, Chuck Berry. They traveled and played top night clubs in New York City, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and many stage shows throughout the rest of the United States.

During this time, Carl recorded and performed with a number of top groups, including the Dells, The Five Keys, and The Everly Brothers. In the early 1960s, he played in New York City with many of the Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puenta, Tito Rodriguez, and the great Machito.

In 1974, Carl was booked into the Sheraton Hotel chain where he played in many of their supper clubs and entertainment venues. In 1978, he was promoted to Entertainment Director and opened the new Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. Carl worked for the Sheraton chain until his retirement in 1988.

From his retirement to the present, Carl has worked special engagements to keep him in touch with the world of entertainment. However, in 2009 the entertainment bug struck him once more, and has brought him back stronger than ever. Carl Sally is a member of the Ohio Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame.

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May
9
Sat
2015
Morgan Treni
May 9 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

MorganTreniPhotoMorgan Treni is an American singer and songwriter who’s material is as wild as her heart; stretching from Jazz to Folk to Pop. Growing up outside of New York City, Morgan graduated from Ohio Wesleyan and began her pursuit of music. She has performed with various big bands from New Jersey to Ohio and recently recorded her first CD “The Dreamer and Other Essays. Morgan is excited to return to where her journey began for this special show at Natalie’s.

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May
10
Sun
2015
Don Henry, Craig Bickhardt, Nathan Bell — A Special Sunday Night Edition of Songwriter Showcase, hosted by Eric Gnezda
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Craig_Henry_Nathan_300dpiWe might as well call this showcase, Award’s Night! Don Henry has a Grammy… Craig Bickhardt wrote and performed songs on the Academy Award winning movie, Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall…Nathan Bell composed the music for a film that was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival.

DON HENRY has had songs recorded by Ray Charles, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, BJ Thomas, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, and on and on. And he’s shared the stage with performers as diverse as Keith Urban to Joey Ramone.

The wit and wisdom of Don’s songs are widely celebrated, from the hilarious “B.F.D.,” to “Beautiful Fool,” a poignant tribute to Martin Luther King. But he is best known for his Grammy Award winning classic, “Where’ve You Been,” recorded by Kathy Mattea, and co-written with Jon Vezner. The song also garnered Song of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and Nashville Songwriters Association International. “Where’ve You Been” was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year! donhenry.com

CRAIG BICKHARDT has performed at the Grand Ol’ Opry, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, The Bitter End, and The Bluebird Café, where he was one of the original Writers-In-The-Round. He has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Hank Williams Jr., Leo Koettke, Kathy Mattea, and Tim O’Brien, among many others.

He has written a catalog of more than 800 songs, recorded by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Art Garfunkel, Trisha Yearwood, Poco, Martina McBride, and more than 100 artists worldwide. He wrote three Number One Billboard hits, and nine Top Tens.

Craig Bickhart’s most recent CD, The More I Wonder, was named one of 2014’s Best Albums in SingOut! magazine. craigbickhardt.com

NATHAN BELL composed the music for The Day After Stonewall Died, a movie that was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival. Son of famed poet-laureate of Iowa, Marvin Bell, Nathan’s early years were filled with the comings and goings of literary giants such as Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. He learned to write lyrics by reading Jack London, William Carlos Williams and Frank Herbert.

Nathan is known for his straightforward yet poetic lyrics, and expert musicianship. A master guitarist, Nathan often performs solo, allowing his instrument to turn his poetry to song, his metaphors to melody. Acoustic Guitar Magazine described his music as “rock-tinged country-folk,” his voice as “rustic, coupling the grain of Levon Helm with the gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.” We’re pleased to welcome Nathan back for his second appearance at Songwriter Showcase. He’s also appearing multiple times on the first season of Songs at the Center. nathanbellmusic.com

Host 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

This show is presented in cooperation with Bob Teague. Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is typically 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. $20 cover.

May
13
Wed
2015
Magically Delicious
May 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Magically Delicious open for businessMagically Delicious is a group of musicians based in Columbus that focuses on the arrangements and the original compositions of the members. Michael Cox and Kris Keith form the front line on various woodwinds (tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxes,bass clarinet, flute, alto flute), with Andy Woodson (acoustic and electric bass) and Tony McClung (drums) in the rhythm section. Not content to play in only one jazz style, Magically Delicious goes from straight ahead Jazz to Brazilian, Funk , and beyond.

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May
15
Fri
2015
An Evening with Gene Bertoncini
May 15 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Gene BertonciniGene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists’ active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.

Mr. Bertoncini’s acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won international raves, and Brazilian critic and listener polls also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist.

A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson’s tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Performing with Bertoncini for this special show at Natalie’s will be brothers Dane Richeson on percussion and Doug Richeson on string bass.

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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

Jun
15
Mon
2015
An Evening with The Iguanas
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

IguanasNatalie’s welcomes back the outstanding band The Iguanas for a special early Monday night concert. The doors will open at 5 pm, and the show will begin at 7 pm.

The word “Americana” gets tossed around rather loosely these days; it can mean anything from a hipster with a recently-discovered acoustic guitar to a decades-long denizen of the Grand Ole Opry. But when you set aside the Johnny-come-rootly types from the real deal, it’s a sure bet that you’re going to stray into Iguana territory. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades – save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin – the Iguanas define a sound of Americana that crosses cultures, styles, eras… and even languages.

Collectively or individually the members of the Iguanas have played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willy DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint and Pretty Lights. Their latest album, Juarez, is their first studio recording since 2012’s Sin to Sin.

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