Natalie's Upcoming Shows

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
3
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: CMC Honors Ensemble
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CMC-1The Chamber Music Connection (CMC) is a Worthington based 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing an enriching chamber music experience for players of all ages and skill levels. CMC members meet weekly to play in small ensembles and chamber orchestras under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director, Deborah Price. Alumni include many gifted musicians who attend prestigious universities and conservatories. With an associated faculty of over 40 members and approximately 100 students, CMC members meet weekly to play in small ensembles and chamber orchestras.

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Allie Farris
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Allie FarrisSinger/songwriter/pianist Allie Farris writes and performs music that reflects her classic rock influences. Lush melodies coupled with a powerful vocal sound shape her songs of love and longing. This young Nashville-based artist is currently on tour in support of her second EP from early 2014, as well as for her upcoming debut full-length CD, Live In Nashville.

Allie has performed at prestigious venues such as the Bluebird Café , Club Passim and the Blue Door, and made her festival debut at the Fayetteville Roots Festival in 2013. She’s shared the stage with David Wilcox, Gabe Dixon, Jimmy LaFave, Sara Hickman, Robby Hecht, and Grace Pettis – with many more to come. A finalist in the Kerrville New Folk competition, she was also named one of the winners of the Wildflower Festival song contest.

Her journey as a musician and performer began with piano lessons at age seven, and eight years later she was writing and recording her own songs and performing them with her own band at various venues in and around her hometown of Dallas.

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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
12
Tue
2015
James Gaiters Quartet
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JamesJames 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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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
14
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Billy Zenn, Lydia Brownfield, Manfred Haertel, and hosted by Eric Gnezda
May 14 @ 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.

BILLY ZENN, at age 7, stepped onstage for the first time—as a ventriloquist! But now his words come out of his own mouth. And the music world is better for it. Gifted with a stunning voice, Billy is a formidable songwriter, delighting audiences with his high energy, thought-provoking shows. With four CDs and a live DVD set under his belt, Billy continues to follow his muse. In addition to his solo dates, he performs with his band, The Ringers, and contributed his talents to local 60’s rockers, The Profesors. We are pleased to welcome Billy to Songwriter Showcase for the first time! billyzenn.com

LYDIA BROWNFIELD returns to Songwriter Showcase, reminding us why we seek out new music. Brimming with gorgeous melodies and resonant, haunting images, her fourth, and latest CD, Wanting’s for Sinners, showcases the free ranging, eclectic voice of a truly gifted writer. Lydia spent many years honing her craft in Atlanta, opening for such artists as Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Case, and Shawn Mullins. Now residing in Columbus, Lydia joined the local record label, Mingo Town Music, in late 2013, and continues to tour throughout the Midwest and South. lydiabrownfield.com

 

MANFRED HAERTEL (his mama almost named him Wolfgang; how cool would that have been?) is a Columbus-based guitarist-singer-songwriter. Fred’s style is eclectic, drawing heavily from the likes of Genesis and Pink Floyd, while remaining utterly original. His rich, evocative baritone voice and distinctive guitar style make Fred a formidable live performer. He’s released six CDs of songs that speak eloquently of love, loss and hope, while still giving free reign to his often wry observations on modern life. Fred’s song, “Nobody Cares,” received notable local accolades. reverbnation.com/manfredhaertel

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

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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May
16
Sat
2015
Urban Jazz Coalition
May 16 @ 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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May
17
Sun
2015
History of Motown Show presented by Fort Hayes Career Center
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Natalie’s is proud to present a special “History of Motown” music program by some of the talented student musicians from the Fort Hayes Career Center. This show will feature a “house band” complete with rhythm section and horns with alternating lead vocalists doing classic Motown hits from the early days into the 70’s.

The Fort Hayes Career Center, located at 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd in Columbus, is part of the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. Their mission is to create expectations of excellence within students through challenging and collaborative learning, by blending the arts, academics, and career programs. Jeff McCargish, Vocational Music Instructor at the Fort Hayes Career Center, will coordinate this a special night that you won’t want to miss!

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May
19
Tue
2015
Steve Katz: An Evening of Story and Song
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Steve KatzSteve Katz book cover v2Steve Katz returns to Natalie’s stage to present another engaging evening of songs and stories from his amazing career. Katz is touring to promote his brand new critically acclaimed memoir book “Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?” Set to release on May 1, copies will be available for sale and be autographed by Steve after the show.

It’s impossible to pare down the remarkable life story of guitarist and singer Steve Katz to a few short sentences. Along with Stefan Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and David Grisman, Katz is a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug band. He’s a founder of the hugely influential Blues
Project, and he founded and spent five years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, during which time the group won three Grammies, were voted best band by the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll two years in a row, and won three major Downbeat awards. Steve wrote many of their songs, including the beautiful “Sometimes in Winter”.

He went on to produce records for Lou Reed, became Vice President of Mercury Records, and during years spent in Dublin fell in love with Irish music and literature. He directed Green Linnet Records, the foremost label for traditional Irish music in America.

After more than five decades in the music business, Katz is taking stock. What you’ll hear at the show is the inside story and superb songs of a humorous, self-effacing, and prodigiously talented man.

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May
20
Wed
2015
Jason White
May 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Jason WhiteAs guitarist and lead singer for the Ohio-based band the Janglers, Jason White toured relentlessly through his 20s, learning the joys and heartaches of the road.  Inking a deal with Universal Records in 1996, White moved to Nashville to launch his solo career, driven by a love of melody and harmony, joy in the turn of a lyrical phrase, savoring the complexity behind a simple song arrangement, and harboring an unquenchable need for self-expression.

In 2000, Jason released his seminal album, Shades of Gray, which earned him both critical acclaim and commercial success, and went on to influence a generation of Nashville songwriters. Fifteen years and three genre-defying albums later, White is poised to release his newest work, a double-LP set entitled Sundown on Sweeney Bluff. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, White is a man who defies typecasting, a restless artistic spirit who refuses to be pigeonholed.  If pressed to describe his music, he calls it “American Hash,” a hodgepodge of the styles spawned in the U.S. that forever changed the world’s listening habits: the blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. His songs have been recorded by a fittingly eclectic group of artists: country legends Tim McGraw and Diamond Rio; alternative stylists Swan Dive and Liam Titcomb; soft-rock crooner Russell Hitchcock; string-band icons Old Crow Medicine Show; and pop/rock divas the Muddy Magnolias, to name a few.

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May
21
Thu
2015
Adam Carroll, with special guest Chris Carroll
May 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Adam CarrollA Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs. A few quick things about him: He just recently released his 8th record, Let it Choose You, produced by Lloyd Maines. He has written with or played shows with the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Rambling Jack Elliot, Todd Snider, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, and a ton more. He has played most of the major listening rooms in the country as well as performed on the main stage of the famed Kerrville Folk Festival. Over the last 15 years, Adam has regularly toured the US and Canada. Adam’s songwriting and style have gained him heaps of critical praise and a very passionate fan base throughout the years.

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Chris CarrollChris Carroll is originally from Ontario Canada and since moving to Texas and marrying Adam Carroll, she has recorded her debut full length LP, Trouble & Time. Chris’s style incorporates all of her many influences from straight country to Motown flavored R&B into an intriguing sound that is all her own. Every time she hits the stage she wins over the crowd and adds to her growing list of fans.

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May
22
Fri
2015
The DewDroppers
May 22 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

DewDroppers low rez 2015The DewDroppers are a Columbus based band that puts a new spin on Old Fashioned Swing, Jazz, Ragtime, and Dixieland. They breathe new life into old genres by incorporating each members unique musical background to create something simultaneously fresh and classic.

Since the band’s inception as a 2 piece in 2010, it has evolved into the raucous 6 piece Swing Party it is today. Known for throwing theme events and reviving the idea of what it is to truly put on a show, the DewDroppers are constantly evolving and pushing their genre in new directions.

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May
23
Sat
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: Tommy Womack
May 23 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

tommywomack-16-1Nashville Americana singer songwriter Tommy Womack is an award-winning recording artist and a published author. As both an artist and a person, Tommy Womack has been called everything from “Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster” to “Nashville’s best loved musical eccentric.”

Womack writes songs as honest as anything Hank Williams or Steve Earle ever recorded, and has attracted the attention of the national press while accumulating a loyal following. His songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Jason Ringenberg, Dan Baird, Scott Kempner and others. Womack is also the author of the rock memoir cult classic “Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock n Roll Band You’ve Never Heard Of.”

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May
24
Sun
2015
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Angela Perley 2014Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons formed in 2009 around singer-songwriter Angela Perley and longtime friends Chris Connor on lead guitar, Billy Zehnal on bass, and Jeff Martin on drums. Perley’s music is nostalgic and heavily influenced by old time country roots music and rock and roll. Many songs contain themes of the moon, love, railroads, and death.

The group’s latest release and debut album, Hey Kid (Jan 2014), has been catching praise and gaining steady grassroots radio play in the U.S. and Europe. Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit- fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice. The band’s live shows rumble with swaggering bass lines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.

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May
26
Tue
2015
Sirens
May 26 @ 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
27
Wed
2015
Boy=Girl
May 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ImageBoy=Girl is a power duo! They may play sparse & intimate. They may rock it out. Either way you get penetrating harmonies and captivating musicianship. B=G mixes traditional and contemporary music, with an emphasis on original compositions. Both successful bandleaders on their own, Jen (Mo’ Mojo) and Paul (Hillbilly IDOL) bring together their natural vocal blend, multi-instrumental skills, song-writing, and appreciation and understanding of American music styles, with their love of performing with each other.

In this duo, Jen plays the upright & electric bass, and guitar, though she’s well versed on Cajun accordion, guitar, piano and other instruments. Gifted with a beautiful voice, she is the kind of singer that can carry a song, pull you in and not let you go.  Her background in blues, zydeco, old-time, country & bluegrass has shaped her eclectic vocal and instrumental style.

Paul plays the 5-string banjo, acoustic & electric guitars. With years of experience behind him, he’s an expert with bluegrass, old-time and traditional country music, but is also hip to western swing, jazz and many of the other regional music styles that make up the American music landscape.  As a lead, baritone, or tenor singer, Paul’s commanding voice easily merges with Jen’s to make one great sound.

With a 20+ year friendship as their foundation, Jen & Paul have finally released their first CD as Boy=Girl, and the reviews have been outstanding, with No Depression and Roots Music Report giving it rave reviews!

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May
29
Fri
2015
Mark May Band
May 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

mark may ibc2013a-1Mark May (former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts and Great Southern), perfected his craft playing bars and blues clubs in Houston, Texas for over 20 years. Mark recently returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and his astonishing live shows features dynamic twin leads and dual harmony guitar work, which are the perfect complement to his smooth vocals.

The Mark May Band has performed at Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, and in addition, was opening act for Allman Brothers Amphitheater Tour. Mark currently gets heavy rotation on Sirius/XM and Sonic Tap radio. He has been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications.

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May
30
Sat
2015
fo/mo/deep
May 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

FoMoDeep - cropped-1Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s…a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros keeps things stirred up with unpredictable energy that moves.

The music harkens back to the days when super groups hypnotized the world with bass driven ensembles and a full-bodied sound that reigned supreme.  fo/mo/deep plays music like it’s meant to be…hot, incalculable and emotionally satisfying and fun for all ages.

Formed back 2007 by Bassist/Bandleader, Ron “Fatkat” Holmes, Jr., the band also features Keith Newton on saxes and flute, Andre Scott on drums, and Kevin Jones on keyboards. They just released their most eclectic work yet, “TheGroovyGoodness”, which is their third recording. Brent Black of criticaljazz.com wrote “A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked!”

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May
31
Sun
2015
An Evening with Richard Smith
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RichardSmithofgclogo.new.largeOne of the world’s great guitarists, Richard Smith was born in Beckenham, Kent, England, and started playing guitar at age 5. He digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.

Richard first met his hero, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven, and was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet’s own arrangements – perfectly.

With 10 CD releases and a DVD to his name, but concentrating mainly on a solo career, Richard is well known for mixing it up and playing a wide range of musical styles using various techniques. Blues, Jopin Rags, Bach, Chopin, flatpicking fiddle tunes, Sousa Marches, fingerstyle jazz to straight Travis picking tunes make up his evolving repertoire.

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Jun
3
Wed
2015
The Apple Bottom Gang, w’ special guest Parker MacDonell
Jun 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Apple Bottom Gang 2015With names like Sweet D, Stinky Fingers, and Steamboat Curly Bill, the members of the Apple Bottom Gang sound like they could be characters on a 1973 episode of Hee-Haw. The Apple Bottom Gang plays country music with a clever, inoffensive, happy-go-lucky brand that’s enjoyable to just about everyone. We all know the joke about what happens when you play a country song backwards– you get your girl back, your truck back, your dog back…. With themes like givin’ hugs and eatin’ breakfast with the woman you love, The Apple Bottom Gang is all about the love.

The Gang is fronted by one of the most entertaining band leaders in the Columbus music scene, Ian Hummel, the son of “Cowboy Bob” Hummel. His band, Rainbow Canyon, scored a hit with “Franklin County Woman” in 1977. Young Ian grew up immersed in old-school country records by the likes of Buck Owens, Johnny Horton and Hank Williams Sr. Thus, Hummel’s music has always been tinged with twang, but not until he immersed himself in those old records again did he plunge head-first into old-school country.

Parker MacDonell, a popular singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist with Ohio roots and California influences, will perform a brief opening set. His original songs reveal influences by the great singer/songwriters of the 70’s.

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Jun
4
Thu
2015
An Evening with Newpoli
Jun 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NewpoliNewpoli carries on a tradition that is so old it’s hard to date, performing music from the South of Italy laced with influences from all of the surrounding Mediterranean cultures. Originals are mixed with exciting arrangements of traditional music, the tempo is high, and the drama and passion in their blood can be heard in every note!

Their latest CD, Nun te vutà, features twelve tracks, six originals, six traditionals, and more then a dozen handcrafted indigenous instruments played by eight talented musicians. It’s an album that deals with contemporary topics with the help of traditional sounds.

Newpoli’s live concerts are passionate, full of rhythm and dance and will take the audience to Italy and back passing through decades of music tradition and take a dip in the cultural melting pot that is the south of Italy.

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Jun
5
Fri
2015
It’s a Family Affair: A Tribute to the Music of Sly & the Family Stone
Jun 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Sly Stone Tribute Band low rezNP-Cal_Sly-Family-Stone1It’s a Family Affair: A Tribute to the Music of Sly & the Family Stone, is a special two-night collaboration of local musicians and singers that include Dolly King, Jimmy McGee, Tia Roseboro, Roscoe Craft, Vicki Saunders, and Debra Tucker. They will be accompanied by the eclectic sounds of local jazz group fo/mo/deep, and the funky horns of the Rick James Stone City (Tribute) Band.

Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone, helped change the ‘70s music landscape with his psychedelic brew of funk and soul. Sly began his music career singing gospel with his brother Freddie, sisters Rose and Vaetta as The Stewart Four. Years later, he adopted the surname Stone and created his legendary soul-psychedelic funk sound as Sly and the Family Stone. He produced such hits as “Stand,” “Thank You (Falettinme B Mice Elf Agin),” “Everyday People,” “Sing A Simple Song”, “Dance to the Music”, “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “I Wanna Take You Higher,” and “It’s a Family Affair.”

Start the summer right and throw on some funky 70’s duds and come out to experience a tribute to the music of Sly & The Family Stone that will take you higher and higher!

Jun
6
Sat
2015
It’s a Family Affair: A Tribute to the Music of Sly & the Family Stone
Jun 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Sly Stone Tribute Band low rezNP-Cal_Sly-Family-Stone1It’s a Family Affair: A Tribute to the Music of Sly & the Family Stone, is a special two-night collaboration of local musicians and singers that include Dolly King, Jimmy McGee, Tia Roseboro, Roscoe Craft, Vicki Saunders, and Debra Tucker. They will be accompanied by the eclectic sounds of local jazz group fo/mo/deep, and the funky horns of the Rick James Stone City (Tribute) Band.

Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone, helped change the ‘70s music landscape with his psychedelic brew of funk and soul. Sly began his music career singing gospel with his brother Freddie, sisters Rose and Vaetta as The Stewart Four. Years later, he adopted the surname Stone and created his legendary soul-psychedelic funk sound as Sly and the Family Stone. He produced such hits as “Stand,” “Thank You (Falettinme B Mice Elf Agin),” “Everyday People,” “Sing A Simple Song”, “Dance to the Music”, “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “I Wanna Take You Higher,” and “It’s a Family Affair.”

Start the summer right and throw on some funky 70’s duds and come out to experience a tribute to the music of Sly & The Family Stone that will take you higher and higher!

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
14
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2015
Secret Keeper (Duo with Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson)
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Secret Keeper by Reuben RaddingSecret Keeper is the amazing duo of Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump, who are touring to support and celebrate the release of their second album, Emerge. They will explore music from their new record along with pieces from their debut cd Super Eight, interspersed with spontaneously composed passages.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser”, “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders”. In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew, Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper.

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Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (NY Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums as leader.

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Jun
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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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Jun
21
Sun
2015
The HillBenders Present…The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

HillBenders Under the Bridge“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball”  
Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy.  45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders.  Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.  Their show will cover the original album from start to finish with special video accompaniment and audience participation.  The CD will be released by Compass Records on May 5, 2015, and be available for sale at the show.

The HillBenders are a dynamic bluegrass quintet with high-octane shows, tight harmonies and stunning instrumental prowess, and have been winning fans and making waves at every festival they have been invited, and consequently re-invited to since their formation in 2008. The band features Mark Cassidy (Banjo), Gary Rea (Bass), Jim Rea (Guitar), Nolan Lawrence (Mandolin), and Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves (Dobro)

Picked as Rolling Stone’s, “50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2015”

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Jul
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2015
Zeppelin Productions Present: A Muscle Shoals Music Revue w’ Amy Black & Sarah Borges
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Amy Black and Sarah Borges picJoin powerhouse singers Amy Black and Sarah Borges for a soulful celebration of the incredible music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 70s. Together, with a full band, they will perform classic songs originally recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Bob Dylan and many others, as well as a few originals that embody the spirit and soul of Muscle Shoals.

Singer/songwriter Amy Black is based in Boston, but has Southern soul in her blood. With two critically acclaimed albums of original music to her name, she was inspired to create this revue show after recording a four-song EP last summer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, her family’s homeland, with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Spooner Oldham. In January 2015, Amy returned to Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals with an all-star band to turn the EP into a full-length album, featuring Spooner, Charles Rose of the Muscle Shoals Horns, Regina and Ann McCrary of the McCrary Sisters and Alabama born Will Kimbrough. The “Muscle Shoals Sessions” album, which includes classic covers and new originals, will be released June 9, 2015, kicking off an extensive national tour of “A Muscle Shoals Music Revue.”

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Sarah Borges is an alluring figure onstage, delivering performances packed with power and punch. Born to play rock ‘n’ roll, she gives herself fully — much to the audience’s pleasure. Her latest album, “Radio Sweetheart,” was produced by Steve Berlin, best known as keyboardist and saxophonist for the Chicano-rock group Los Lobos. Based in Boston, Sarah has drawn praise from the most elite of music scribes, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing and The Boston Globe. Stepping away from her rock ‘n’ roll repertoire, Sarah brings her intensity and fire to the classic music of Muscle Shoals…to great effect.

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