Natalie's Upcoming Shows

Apr
15
Tue
2014
Sirens
Apr 15 @ 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 multi-instrumentalist Craig Markley (sitting in for drummer Jeff Peters) on accordion, tin whistle, and keyboards.

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.

Apr
16
Wed
2014
FLIPPO
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rezFLIPPO, one of Columbus’ newest “super groups,” 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, returns to Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza. Their performance will feature the band playing some of the funkiest and “fusion-laden” grooves of the past 30+ years.

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

FLIPPO will be performing original music by members of the band, as well as music by some of their biggest inspirations, such as Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Weather Report, and the Pat Metheny Group. Check out FLIPPO’s Facebook page for video, audio, and more information about the band.

 

 

Apr
17
Thu
2014
Pete Mills Quartet Side One Series: Sweet Shadow Live!
Apr 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Pete Mills and the quartet welcome guitarist Josh Hill (DW6) as their guest for April’s Side One Series. The band will perform music from Pete’s new CD, Sweet Shadow, which received a fantastic review in the April edition of DownBeat magazine (3 ½ Stars!) and is currently in its 8th week in the JazzWeek Top 50 Radio Charts.  The playlist will also include a couple of fantastic compositions from bassist Andy Woodson. Also joining the band will be Erik Augis (piano) and Zach Compston (drums).

Saxophonist and composer Pete Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada, and teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University.

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Apr
18
Fri
2014
Happy Chichester
Apr 18 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Happy Chichester low rez-1Happy Chichester is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Columbus who has recorded and founded the Royal Crescent Mob, Howlin’ Maggie, and was an original in the Twilight Singers.  He has also written, performed and recorded with Brad, The Afghan Whigs, RJD2, New Bomb Turks, Foley, and Shawn Smith. Chichester  has had his songs used in several movies, scored independent films, and has appeared on television with Jimmy Kimmel, the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and Fuel TV.

Happy Chichester is touring behind his new album, Torchwood Loop, and is heading back to Europe for his second tour this year.  His radio single Motorbike has been in steady rotation across the US and can be heard in Columbus on both WCBE and WWCD.

Due to a bout of Bells Palsy, he currently wears an eye patch but expects to recover fully. In addition to his solo work, he currently tours with Seattle band Brad, which includes Shawn Smith (Satchel) and Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam).

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Apr
19
Sat
2014
Zydeco Dance Party with Mo’ Mojo!
Apr 19 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_Mo mojoMo’ Mojo is a hard driving, high energy, Zydeco-based “Pardi-Gras” Band. They take Zydeco and Cajun music and infuse it with Americana, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Songs are sung in English and French.

The band has played at a wide variety of Festivals, dances, and venues  over the past few years, including the W.C. Handy Blues Fest, The Akron Civic Theater,  The Kent State Folk Festival, the Put-In-Bay Concert Series, and many others.

Mo’ Mojo has 7 members, many of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They are Jen Maurer (vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar), Davidione Pearl (vocals, percussion, sax, rubboard), Leigh Ann Wise (vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion), Anthony Papaleo (fiddle, guitar), Joe Golden (guitar, talk box), Darren Thompson (bass), and Rod Lubline (drums). Also traveling with the band is manager/roadie/driver / Sam Rettman (harmonica, sax).

Mo’ Mojo’s new album, Together in Love We Drown, was released in August, 2012, and the songs showcase the versatility of instrumentation and style and draw from Zydeco, blues, Cajun, and rock. Their debut album, “Finally!” stays true to their live sound, and the songs are mostly Zydeco, but also include Cajun, Americana; rock & roll, alt-country, and funk elements that are indicative of its jam style.

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Apr
20
Sun
2014
Sunday Brunch with the Derek DiCenzo Trio
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

DeWittDiCenzoScottDerek 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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Apr
22
Tue
2014
An Evening with Mark Stuart
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Stuart and his wife Stacey made her first album in 1998, “Simple Gearle”, touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe. Some two thousand concerts later, Mark has re-embarked on a solo career, as the duo is dormant.

In 2014, Mark Stuart is touring heavily and his performances are littered with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating stories about the experiences along the way.

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Apr
23
Wed
2014
Occidental Gypsy
Apr 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_occidentalgypsyOccidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of World Gypsy music. Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

The band was originally formed by brothers Brett (lead guitar) and Jeff Feldman (bassist) as a straight-ahead Gypsy Jazz Quartet. The group is fronted by Berklee-trained Jonathan Hurely, and supported by violinist Eli Bishop and percussionist Erick Cifuentes.

The name Occidental Gypsy (Western gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy World fusion. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it Over Here to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later, Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.

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Apr
24
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists, John Schwab, Angela Perley, Hadden Sayers and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Apr 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SchwabPerleySayersThe area’s original songwriter showcase. Hosted by award-winning songwriter, Eric Gnezda… 2nd and 4th Thursdays. $7 cover. Presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends tickets AND dinner reservations to ensure table seating for the show.

JOHN SCHWAB is an original member and creative force behind the legendary band, McGuffey Lane, whose hit, “Long Time Lovin’ You,” stayed at No. 1 in Ohio for 10 weeks. Still, if you ask him what he does for a living, he will probably say something like, “Hey, 35 years without a day job, not bad, huh?” Well, what an understatement. John continues to be a mainstay of the music business in Columbus and beyond. He keeps his audiences happy with sold-out shows…songwriting… and recording. And did we happen to mention he also fronts one of the best party bands around? We’re honored to have John back on our stage, making his third appearance at Songwriter’s Showcase. johnschwab.com

ANGELA PERLEY has something magnetic, vulnerable, dangerous, and electric about her that has been causing a lot of buzz around the artist and her band The Howlin’ Moons lately. “Putting on a show is my way of being heard, I guess,” she says. “I am a storyteller at heart, always have been. Music is a way to express feelings I can’t get out any other way,” she adds. Her work has been catching praise in the U.S. and the UK from tastemakers, including American Songwriter Magazine. Her explosive single, “Hurricane” was featured on ABC during the USC vs. UCLA football game in November and was the top requested song on Columbus’ popular alternative station CD102.5. Angela, a regular at Natalie’s with The Howlin’ Moons, is making her third appearance in our Songwriter Showcase. angelaperley.com

HADDEN SAYERS built a successful career in Houston before relocating to the Midwest, where he rediscovered his love of music on regular drives to a cabin he was rehabbing in Southern Ohio.  In 2011, he released the acclaimed Hard Dollar, featuring the single “Back to the Blues,” which was nominated for the Song of the Year Award at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards. The album launched him back onto stages around the country, from New York to California. Confident tunes from a mature, assured composer, the record features Sayers at his best. Heartfelt lyrics sung from deep inside matched with innovative guitar work, recorded with the warmth and soul and depth of the best vintage gear. It’s a record to contemplate and savor. We welcome Hadden to his first appearance in Songwriter Showcase! haddensayers.com

Host ERIC GNEZDA tours as a singer-songwriter and keynote speaker who spins his humor, music and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. Nominated for an Emmy award as a TV producer, Eric and his work have been featured throughout North America, including on NPR, ESPN, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, and the ABC Radio Network. He was awarded the 2006 Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, and has performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. His most recent CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. He is the creator and regular host of Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s. gnezda.com

Apr
25
Fri
2014
Phil Clark & The Soul
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP-Cal_Phil-Clark-The-SoulTHE 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
26
Sat
2014
The General Guinness Band
Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

General GuinessFrom a 10-day tour of the former Soviet Union to 18 shows at Dollywood’s Valley Theater in the heart of Tennessee, the General Guinness Band has performed the songs and music of Ireland for over 28 years. Hundreds of concert programs and festivals, countless traditional music sessions, a number of television and radio programs, and even a guest appearance with the Chieftans have allowed the band to share their music far and wide.

Up front for the band is vocalist James O’Shea, a native of Kilkenny, Ireland. Poetic, witty, and inspired, the songs of Ireland have persisted through generations, and James sings them today with the same passion and joy as the day that they were conceived.

Providing backing vocals and a wall of instrumental music are Larry Dulin (Irish flute and tin whistles), Steve Steele (guitar and Irish bouzouki), Carol Metheny (fiddle), Sheree Green (fiddle), Tom Davis (bodhran). To further add variety, an array of “the steps” are provided by Judy Davis (dancing).

The band weaves lively ballads with fiddle tunes and step dancing to provide a quick paced program with visual as well as aural interest. The Irish have a colorful oral history of stories handed down from generation to generation, and General Guinness takes great pride and pleasure in the retelling and embellishing of these stories of old.

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Apr
27
Sun
2014
Neil Jacobs CD Release Show
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Neil Jacobs low rezNeil Jacobs Peasant Sabbatical cd coverNeil Jacobs celebrates the release of his sixth CD, “The Peasant Sabbatical” with both a solo performance and an ensemble concert with special guests featuring music from the latest release.

Neil covers the world vibe with influences of Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil draws inspiration from his mind-boggling world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories with his audience.

“For more than 25 years, Jacobs has circumnavigated the globe performing his exotic hybrid of gypsy jazz, flamenco, and Eastern European Folk on solo 12-string guitar”  Guitar Player Magazine

“Imagine Russian cowboy music. Imagine flamenco joined with Balkan dances.  Imagine one guy doing all that while sounding like a whole orchestra.”   -  The Cleveland Sun Messenger
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Apr
29
Tue
2014
An Evening with Pierre Bensusan
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_ericpIf “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.

This is the Pierre Bensusan 40th Anniversary World Tour, and a show not to be missed!

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Apr
30
Wed
2014
Benco Presents: John Mullins & Joe Stone
Apr 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

john_mullins_band_31211John Mullins and Joe Stone have been playing for more than two decades.  Mullins most notably as a founding member of ekoostik hookah, John Mullins Band and most recently BigEaR.  Stone crossed paths with Mullins many times on the road in his bands The Swimmers, Electric Hurling Stone, Stonebyrd and did a stint as lead guitarist in the John Mullins Band.

As a duo they play acoustic versions of songs written by Mullins both new and old with a few choice covers thrown in for the joy of playing some favorite old chestnuts.

John’s whiskey voice, compared to Stephen Stills, was described by John Petric as sounding as if he, “gargled with rattle snake oil” with Joe’s guitar adding a rich fullness of lead playing and supportive rhythms round out the sound.

Great songs, funny stories, great vocals and guitars make this show a must see at Natalie’s.

 

May
1
Thu
2014
Chittenden Hotel
May 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Chittenden HotelChittenden Hotel was born out of acoustically driven originals with soulful harmonica by Eric Ahlteen, founder of the now closed Espresso Yourself Music Cafe.  Drawing from the many good musicians with diverse backgrounds he’s met over the years, Eric recruited Ed Needum and Gerrie Mcmanamon from the reggae group A.A.R.M.S. band to do bass and back up female vocals. Blair Davis joined in from an acoustic & percussion driven folk group, and the magical flute of the talented Ewan Todds completes the lineup.   Eric describes the band’s sound as “Americana funk-slash blues”, and sees Chittenden Hotel as “a painting in the making, with the various members adding what they do best to complete the canvas”.

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May
2
Fri
2014
Long Tall Deb
May 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Long Tall DebFast gaining a reputation as one powerhouse blues and soul vocalist and songwriter to watch for, Deb Landolt continues to bring audiences to their knees wherever she goes. Praised by other artists, critics, and fans alike for her dynamics and technical skill, she brings a wide range of emotion and passion to her music.

Raised on the border in El Paso, Texas, she gained an early appreciation for blues and soul and the regional folk music that would ultimately define her as an artist and performer. She has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Jamaican ska legends The Skatalites, Roomful of Blues, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, and St Lucian Reggae master Deighton Charlemagne, among others.

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.

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.

Melvin Powe (bass) grew up with the sounds of Latin and jazz music, as well as being influenced by top touring acts such as Santana, Tower of Power, War, Steely Dan, Roy Ayers, and The Ohio Players.

Jan Roll (drums) has been gigging steadily for the last 32 years touring the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

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May
3
Sat
2014
Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Gurf Morlix
May 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_GurfGurf Morlix is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and record producer residing for many years in Austin, Texas. He has worked with many of the best known performers of Americana, roots rock and alternative country music. Gurf is touring behind his recent album “Gurf Morlix Finds The Present Tense” and this is his ONLY Central Ohio appearance! Some of his notable musical collaborations include playing with and producing Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, Ian McLagan, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Warren Zevon, Slaid Cleaves and many others. The instruments that he plays include guitar, bass, mandolin, mandocello, dobro, pedal steel, Weissenborn, banjo, harmonica, and drums. Gurf is a member of the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2004) and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (2005), and is the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year.

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May
4
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Tom Carroll & Andy Carlson
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tom Carroll at NataliesAndy CarlsonGuitarist 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 GriffithBilly 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.

An Evening with Steve Forbert
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NA_SteveForbertAs a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve Forbert vaulted to international prominence with the folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune.”  Critics raved about Forbert’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and after his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.

Forbert’s lengthy discography has established him as an American icon. His music was pure Americana before that genre was recognized. The road and the changing landscape are an integral part of the hard-working Forbert’s life and songwriting. Fourteen albums on, Forbert’s stamp on American music is akin to the legendary footprints of Warren Zevon, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and other top American songwriters.

Now, 34 years after his first album, Steve Forbert has an exciting new release, Over With You, his first studio album in three years. The ten new compositions combine the plainspoken honesty and insightful contemplations that keep Forbert in the first rank of American songwriters.

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May
6
Tue
2014
Barry Chern’s Radical Mood String Band
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_BarryBarry Chern has been one of Central Ohio’s premiere proponents of Roots Music since before any one else was calling it that. His performances feature heartfelt vocals with bare-finger guitar picking, mandolin and harmonica, and sometimes piano, clarinet, autoharp and other items from his arsenal. Chern has represented Columbus at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and in 2012 was the “Honored Artist” at Columbus’ Comfest, making his 40th appearance at the Fest’s 40th anniversary. He is also an award-winning fine artist.

Cliff Starbuck is known to many as the long-time bass player for popular regional jam band Ekoostik Hookah. Sandy Jones has been long been known around Ohio (and indeed around the Country and other parts of the world) as a great Irish fiddler, but he also has roots in American traditional and an enthusiasm for blues. Jimmy Castoe is a legendary drummer, known for his drive, knowledge and technical prowess and is a fine singer in his own right.

May
7
Wed
2014
From the Five Jazztet
May 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_ftfFrom classic be-bop to new original compositions, don’t miss From the Five Jazztet’s debut at Natalie’s. They are a powerhouse quintet featuring Chicago trumpeter Rob Parton, Columbus veteran tenor saxophonist Randy Mather, along with Mark Flugge on piano, Dave DeWitt on bass, and Aaron Scott on drums.

Rob Parton is one of Chicago’s busiest and versatile trumpet players. While he is well known as a trumpet artist, performer, and bandleader, he is also Associate Professor of Trumpet at Capital University. The Chicago Tribune calls Parton “one of the best in the country”.

Randy Mather has toured throughout Europe and The United States, and his range and versatility have enabled him to perform with a diverse group of musicians and entertainers.

Mark Flugge is well-known as a pianist and composer, and is a jazz faculty member at The Ohio State University, the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and the Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.

Dave DeWitt has been a mainstay in the Columbus music scene for over 30 years, and can perform in a variety of styles. He has played with many of the major jazz players in the area, and is a member of the Hoo Doo Soul Band.

Aaron Scott has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. He can currently be heard with his jazz group TRio featuring Dave DeWitt and Derek DiCenzo, the popular R&B band Phil Clark & THE SOUL, as well as The Caribbean Jazz Quartet.

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May
9
Fri
2014
The Spikedrivers (Acoustic!)
May 9 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Spikedrivers AcousticIn 2003, a new sound sprang up in the Rust Belt, the bluesy, upbeat, country-fried rock ‘n’ roll of The Spikedrivers. Front man Jesse Henry’s unique and down-home song writing meets the electrified ruckus and wild precision of the backing band similar to what might have been if Louis Prima had led The Band.

Jesse was raised Mennonite in rural Northwest Ohio and spent his early years working on grain elevators and learning songs of the great American Troubadours. Megan Palmer will bring her great fiddle playing to this show, and Steve Sweney, best known for his cosmic guitar work with the band Ekoostik Hookah, gets to showcase a different side of his playing. Guitar wizard John Boestler brings 40-plus years of experience, and the rhythm section and backbone holding it all together are Nate Anders and Steven Fox. A vibraphonist and college educator, Nate beats the skins like a pack of hounds is on his tail all the while booming baritone harmony. Fox brings his lightning-fast bow acrobatics and hard-thumping sound on the upright bass to adventurous levels.

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May
10
Sat
2014
An Evening with Peter Case
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

PeterCase1 highresPeter Case is a three time Grammy nominee for his work as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He has recorded more than a dozen solo records and is the author of several books as well as a sought-after record producer. His songs have been featured in movies and TV shows including True Blood, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood, and has been covered by artists as diverse as Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, Marshall Crenshaw, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Go-Go’s, and many others.

While still a teenager, Case performed as a street musician in San Francisco before joining Jack Lee and Paul Collins to form The Nerves. The groups single, “Hanging on the Telephone,” would later become a Top 10 hit for Blondie. Case then moved to LA and formed The Plimsouls, who had a hit song, “A Million Miles Away,” which they performed in the movie Valley Girl.

Case has been a solo performer since the late ’80s. His albums include his T-Bone Burnett-produced Grammy-nominated solo debut; the widely acclaimed The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar; the self-released acoustic blues album Peter Case Sings Like Hell; and the Grammy-nominated Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John.

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May
11
Sun
2014
The Raineys
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Raineysstage copyHailing from the hamlet of Ashville, Ohio, The Raineys are the  somewhat folksy family trio of Dave, Jenny and Megan Rainey. Performing a variety of songs from the 60s to the present, they dish out a delightful blend of good music, wit and charm. Expect the unexpected from a family that does music from The Monkees and Neil Young to Green Day and The Civil Wars.

Megan is a piano performance student at The Ohio State University, and she also adds flute, accordion and vocals to the mix (a balancing act that is in itself worth the price of admission!). Jenny contributes powerhouse vocals and occasionally takes the time to tickle the ivories, as well. Father Dave (not a priest)  drives the bus, plays the guitar and also sings.

Great musicianship combined with the kind of  vocal harmonies you would expect from a family make The Raineys a must see act!


May
13
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday Series: Groove Palatte and Silky Ray Band
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Groove Palette at Dick's DenGroove Palette is a new jazz fusion band formed in 2012 featuring some of the best musicians in Central Ohio playing originals plus their energetic take on well-known blues, jazz, funk, rock, and fusion tunes.

Band leader Tim Dvorkin (keyboards) was born in Russia and graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he received the “Best All Around Keyboardist” award in 2000 and had 200+ recording & film scoring sessions.  The band also features Dan

Hitchcock on saxophone, Jeff Bass on bass guitar, and Rick Soriano on drums.

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The Silky Ray Band is a captivating, fun, energetic, tasteful blues and jazz band that puts a unique spin on works by artists like Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and others.

SilkyRay4tet-1024x768Enjoy “Silky” Ray Macklin’s engaging showmanship & vocal prowess, Jeff Brandt’s tasty guitar playing, Dan Sagraves’ thumpin’ woody upright bass, and Rick Soriano playing drums & keys simultaneously!

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May
14
Wed
2014
EOP
May 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

EOPFormed in 2012, EOP is constantly evolving as a musical amoeba. The unique personalities of the players elevate your consciousness through the undeniable groove. Horn centered with elements of soul, hip hop, funk, jazz, and rock this collective is not about one specific genre as it is about experimenting with all sounds that make you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. EOP is a stimulating experience that draws your body in, keeps your mind guessing, and leaves your senses on the floor. Empower yourself, come along for the ride, EOP believes it’s your time to Shine.

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May
15
Thu
2014
Hey Mavis
May 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

heymavisThe buzz surrounding Hey Mavis’ recent release, Honey Man, is getting louder and tracks off of the new CD are getting airplay in London, the Netherlands, and all across the US.

If you are unfamiliar with the music of Hey Mavis, it is time you entered their world of “Appalachian Americana”.  With banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, they easily move from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song.

Hey Mavis is Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo/vocals/songwriting), Eddie Caner (fiddle/viola), Brent Kirby (guitar/vocals/kick drum/harmonica) and Bryan Thomas (upright bass/Chank-o-matic 6000).

Laurie Michelle Caner lives her songs, every time she sings them. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a strong foundation for her lyrics, lifting the audience out of their world and into hers.

Eddie Caner always amazes the audience with what he can make his fiddle and viola do. He can soar beautifully over Brent and Laurie’s vocals or play a dirgey riff that perfectly sets the mood for a somber tune.

Brent Kirby is a one-man-band on stage. He plays guitar, kick-drum, harmonica and sings, all with the enthusiasm and conviction of a man who knows he is exactly where he should be. Brent’s vocals are smooth and soulful and convey his endless dedication to his music.

Bryan Thomas steals the show every time.  The groove he lays down is the heartbeat of the band. His playing is like this wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.

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May
16
Fri
2014
The Ladies of Longford
May 16 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

ladiesoflongfordCelebrating over ten years of their special brand of Celtic music, the Ladies of Longford serve up a unique blend of both contemporary and traditional styles. They are most often defined by their superb vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship. From the living rooms and back yards of intimate house concerts to the huge sound stages of renowned festivals, they share their inspired gifts of melody and performance to a vast range of fans.

The Ladies of Longford have played at a number of the top Celtic Festivals in the nation, including the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Dublin Irish Festival, and The Irish Fest Chicago. They have shared the stage with Celtic Women greats…Cherish the Ladies, Cathie Ryan, Eileen Ivers and Aoife Clancy.

Hilda Doyle, bandleader Of LOL, defies any easy pigeonhole, and her background is varied and fully encompasses a number of genres including Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Jazz and Country.  She is a versatile and diverse musician, adept at guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Elizabeth Blickenstaff has had a violin in her hand since the age of three, and has recorded, sung, and played on stage with several national and internationally known Irish artists.

Molly Pauken is a driving force as a performer and accomplished instrumentalist. As a world class musician, she is an active member of several local, national and internationally known groups.

Stephanie Doyle (bass, piano) has spent the majority of her life surrounded by music, and 2013 marks her 15th year teaching K-8 music at two local elementary schools.

Heather Doyle Fraser’s vocal style is versatile –feeling equally comfortable and at home singing Celtic, Jazz, Folk or Rock. Heather adds rhythm and exuberance to the Ladies of Longford sound as a percussionist for the group

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May
17
Sat
2014
Tim Easton: Solo Acoustic (Live Album Recording)
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

TimEaston-Studio2-BW-72dpiMake plans to attend these two very special solo acoustic performances by Tim Easton, which are being recorded for an upcoming live CD!

Tim is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who has consistently put our quality music over the past three decades. He has shared bills and opened for Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, and many more.

As a songwriter whom Rolling Stone praised as having a “novelist’s sense of humanity,” Easton’s Not Cool – his seventh album - further expands his already impressive output of melodic and nuanced tunes.  Now living happily in East Nashville, Easton maintains a rigorous and far-reaching tour schedule and has been participating in the Nashville tradition of co-writing. He has also been contributing to film scores and soundtracks, most recently Marc Smolowitz’s powerful, award-winning 2011 documentary, “The Power of Two.”

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May
18
Sun
2014
Tim Easton: Solo Acoustic (Live Album Recording)
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TimEaston-Studio2-BW-72dpiMake plans to attend these two very special solo acoustic performances by Tim Easton, which are being recorded for an upcoming live CD!

Tim is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who has consistently put our quality music over the past three decades. He has shared bills and opened for Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, and many more.

As a songwriter whom Rolling Stone praised as having a “novelist’s sense of humanity,” Easton’s Not Cool – his seventh album - further expands his already impressive output of melodic and nuanced tunes.  Now living happily in East Nashville, Easton maintains a rigorous and far-reaching tour schedule and has been participating in the Nashville tradition of co-writing. He has also been contributing to film scores and soundtracks, most recently Marc Smolowitz’s powerful, award-winning 2011 documentary, “The Power of Two.”

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May
20
Tue
2014
Benco Presents: Marisa Anderson
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_MarisaCombining boundless creative imagination with a deep reverence for American folk, blues and country music, Marisa Anderson’s guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and original. Signal to Noise magazine calls Anderson’s guitar work “Utterly fabulous”, TIme Out London refers to her playing as “Stunning…haunting and evocative”, Pitchfork calls her latest record, ‘Mercury’, ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.”

Recording primarily on the Mississippi Records label, Anderson’s work features improvisations and compositions inspired by Delta blues, West African guitar, Appalachian mountain music, vintage country and western, gospel, noise, rhythm, cycles, mortality, and praise. In performance, Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition.

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May
21
Wed
2014
The Ramshacklers
May 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ramshacklers-2The Ramshacklers features members of both The Spikedrivers and the Hoo Doo Soul Band. Their music draws from R&B, Soul and American Rock that has made these bands staples of the Columbus music scene.

Blue eyed soul singer Phil Clark (vocals, harp, sax, keyboards) shows what it’s really like to be the son of a preacher. Bridging his gospel roots with the blues is his calling card. Blues guitar legend John Boerstler has been entertaining crowds in Ohio and elsewhere for over 40 years. Steve Sweney, best known for his cosmic guitar work with Ekoostik Hookah, gets to showcase a different side of his playing with his raw tone and intensity. Steven Fox is known for his prowess on the upright bass with his acrobatic bow work. Chris Guthrie on drums keeps everyone tight and together.

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May
23
Fri
2014
Mark May Band
May 23 @ 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
24
Sat
2014
Jesse Henry & Strutterfly
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_JHStrutterJesse Henry & Strutterfly was formed in late 2012 to collectively write and arrange songs that Jesse had been working on, but hadn’t yet found a home.  The ensemble is full of creative minded musicians with a Jazz background.  Strutterfly stretches the norm in songwriting with their successful attempt to ease into odd meters, blend saxophones with folk songs, and straight out rock.  Their influences include Louis Prima, The Rolling Stones, Morphine, John Prine, Nina Simone, and Leonard Cohen.

What makes the Strutterfly so unique is their ability to work together as a 7-piece group so well.  They are spearheaded with a bad-ass rhythm section lead by Jeff Ciampa (bass), Tyler Earnest (guitar), and Chris Guthrie (drums).  The rhythm section allows Jesse Henry (vocals/electric guitar), Kevin O’Neil (sax), Mark Donovan (sax) and Lucas Holmes (piano) to add curious melodies and counterpoints to each and every song.

Jesse Henry is a prolific songwriter and longtime regular on the Columbus music scene. He’s known for fronting the alt country charm of the Spikedrivers, the acoustic folk style of the Field Dogs, and the jazz holler of the Royal Tycoons.

May
25
Sun
2014
Hebdo
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 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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May
29
Thu
2014
The Lisa Clark-Augis Quartet: A Tribute to Billie Holiday
May 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SONY DSCTravel back in time with Lisa Clark-Augis and revisit some of Billie Holliday’s great classics spanning her recording career from the 1930′s through the 1950′s. This performance will also feature some original music including a trio of songs inspired by the works of Langston Hughes, and a lyric to the hauntingly beautiful Mal Waldron tune Soul Eyes. Lisa’s rhythm section will feature Erik Augis on keyboard, Derek DiCenzo on bass, and Joe Ong on drums.

Lisa Clark-Augis is a singer, composer, writer, teacher and musical storyteller.  As a featured vocalist, she has performed with many small groups, big bands, and orchestras including The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Lisa is a co-founder of Jazz for Kids, a jazz preservation group that teaches early-elementary age children about jazz, and is also the creator of The Colossal Joy Project, which offers a number of positive therapeutic music programs for children, adults, and seniors.

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May
30
Fri
2014
The Dewdroppers
May 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

DewDroppersThe 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
31
Sat
2014
Seth Walker
May 31 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_SethwalkerOver 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.

Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played cello long before discovering the six-string in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed and he looked to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. He’s released seven albums between 1997 and 2013; breaking into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and receiving praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others. Walker is currently putting the final touches on a new studio album produced by the Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood that will be released this summer.

Following his successful solo appearance at Natalie’s last August, Seth will be performing with his incredible band of veteran musicians based in Austin, Texas.

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Jun
1
Sun
2014
An Evening with the Jen Chapin Trio
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jen Chapin new med rezJen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work and she has performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the Neville Brothers.

Jen’s music reflects a diversity of experience. She is an activist and educator, with a life-long involvement in WhyHunger (founded in 1975 by Jen’s late father Harry Chapin), an organization that champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.

Jen will be accompanied by her virtuosic Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and the “singular” (Village Voice) Jamie Fox on guitar.  Chapin’s latest CD Reckoning was praised by critics and fans alike, drawing comparisons to the power of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Ani DiFranco.

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Jun
4
Wed
2014
Michael Hurley (opening act) Barry Chern’s Radical Mood String Band
Jun 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Michael Hurley1Michael Hurley is a singer/songwriter as well as a cartoonist & a watercolor artist of note.  Living now in Brownsmead, Oregon, he performs his own brand of blues & country music all over the USA, Canada, and Europe.  He plays a Gibson L-50 Special electric-acoustic jazz guitar, as well as banjo, fiddle, piano, pump organ and mock trumpet.

Hurley made his first record for Folkways in 1965 on the same tape recorder used for Leadbelly’s last sessions.  He recorded two classic albums for Warner Bros. in the early 1970′s., and the second of these, “Hi Fi Snock Uptown”, has been re-released by Mississippi Records in a new vinyl edition remastered by Columbus’ own Barry Chern. The album “Have Moicy” began his stint with Rounder Records and since then his work has continued to appear on diverse labels. In recent years, new generations of musicians have been inspired by him, including Sun Volt, Cat Power, Lucinda Williams, Vic Chesnutt, and Calexico.

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NP_BarryBarry Chern has been one of Central Ohio’s premiere proponents of Roots Music since before any one else was calling it that. His performances feature heartfelt vocals with bare-finger guitar picking, mandolin and harmonica, and sometimes piano, clarinet, autoharp and other items from his arsenal. Cliff Starbuck is known to many as the long-time bass player for popular regional jam band Ekoostik Hookah. Sandy Jones has been long been known around Ohio and beyond as a great Irish fiddler, but he also has roots in American traditional and an enthusiasm for blues. Jimmy Castoe is a legendary drummer, known for his drive, knowledge and technical prowess and is a fine singer in his own right.

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Jun
6
Fri
2014
Parker MacDonell & Friends
Jun 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_ParkerParker MacDonell is a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist with Ohio roots and California influences. His original songs reveal influences by the great singer/songwriters of the 70’s. With his friends Phil Maneri on bass, John Bellas on drums and Rick Waters on guitar, he sings a wide variety of songs that are soothing, moving, rocking and funny – but not all at the same time!
He released his third recording, The Present Tense, in August 2012, and has also been appearing in Columbus as a member of Captain Morgan & the Pep Boys for the past five years.

When he was young and thin, Parker spent nine years in Los Angeles. He played bass for Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, opened for Mary Travers and Air Supply, and toured college campuses across the US in support of his first two records, Home to the Heart and Looking For You. Parker co-founded Six String Concerts after moving to Columbus in 1987. He also co-founded Writer Zone Music Publishing in Nashville and is a member of the board of the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington.

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Jun
11
Wed
2014
Let’s Get it On: Marvin Gaye Tribute with FLIPPO, Kay Harris & Ron Jenkins
Jun 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rezMarvin Gaye Let's Get It OnJazz fusion group FLIPPO, joined by Kay Harris and Ron Jenkins, brings the wonderful music of Marvin Gaye to Natalie’s in a program called “Let’s Get It On”.

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 “super 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 group features Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

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Jun
19
Thu
2014
Throat Culture
Jun 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_ThroatCultureThroat Culture is a Columbus based A Capella quintet who performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers. The “mouth band” generated a loyal cult following throughout central Ohio and beyond with the release of two highly acclaimed CDs. The group has performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and opened for such national acts as Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys and Moxy Fruvous in Columbus.

Throat Culture’s material is an exercise in diversity and the unexpected, taking the tradition and culture of popular music and turning it on its ear: “Sixteen Tons” as Tango, AC/DC as doo-wop, homages to Jimi Hendrix, Tommy James and James Brown. Its songs are sometimes uplifting, celebratory, by turns humorous and poignant. With surprising arrangements, liberal doses of vocalese and body percussion, Throat Culture engages and delights every audience.

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Jun
22
Sun
2014
Steve Katz: An Evening of Story and Song
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_SteveKatzIt’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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Jun
24
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Jesse Henry & Angela Perley with Boy = Girl
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Boy=GirlDSC_8977Natalie’s “Twofer Tuesday” series continues with a couple of outstanding duo acts that will compliment each other very well for a very special evening of music.

Boy=Girl features Paul Kovac on banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, and Jen Maurer on upright/electric bass & guitar. They can play sparse & intimate or they may rock it out. Either way provides penetrating harmonies and captivating playing with a mix of traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on original material.

Angela Perley and Jesse Henry b&wBoth are 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.

Jesse Henry and Angela Perley teamed up in 2013 after a show in Columbus brought them together to prepare and perform duet songs. Both artists are well known for their own bands (Jesse Henry of the Spikedrivers, Strutterfly, Royal Tycoons etc. and Angela Perley of Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons). After discovering that they had many songs that fit together, the duo decided to capture their collaboration on a new self-titled debut record.

Jul
2
Wed
2014
Bria Skonberg Quintet
Jul 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_BriaBased in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer BRIA SKONBERG is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” She has earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and is included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll for 2013.

Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition: She has studied with Warren Vache, experimented with fuzz pedals and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand up comedy. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans grooves, featuring world percussion and contemporary soul influenced vocals. Her debut American release, “So Is The Day”, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts and features an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon.

She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages

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Jul
13
Sun
2014
An Evening with Roy Book Binder (opening act Adam Schlenker)
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_RoySinger-Songwriter-Storytelling-Bluesman….. Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years, starting with his travels with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60’s. Roy gave up his Greenwich Village “pad” in the early 70′s to live in his “Tour Bus”, crisscrossing the US and appearing at major music festivals throughout the world.

Roy has taught and appeared with Jorma Kaukonen, and has hosted the acoustic blues stage at Merlefest for the past 16 years. Musically, Roy Book Binder is difficult to categorize, as his eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley.

His critically acclaimed latest CD, The Good Book, features all original songs and reached #3 on the Americana chart.

Opening the show is Adam Schlenker, a respected flat pick guitarist and instructor who has been featured in Flat Picking Guitar Magazine. Adam’s latest CD is Family Tree, a collection of his arrangements as well as a handful of original songs.

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Jul
15
Tue
2014
An Evening with Amy Black
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Amy-Black-11American Songwriter Magazine calls Amy Black “a powerful, authentic, talented and above all soulful new entry in the rootsy singer/songwriter ranks;” while the Philadelphia Inquirer calls her ” an appealing cross between Bonnie Raitt and Mary Chapin Carpenter” with “songs that mix substance and accessibility.”

A Boston-based artist with storytelling and southern tradition in her blood, Amy has shared stages with artists including Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Delbert McClinton, Chris Isaak, Suzy Boggus, Joey Ely, and the Courtyard Hounds. Her seamless blend of all things Americana, coupled with her soulful, smooth vocals and gift for bringing characters to life through song make her an artist that pleases lovers of blues, folk, soul and country alike. Amy’s two most recent releases include “The Muscle Shoals Session” EP with special guest, original Muscle Shoals Swamper, Spooner Oldham and her new 2014 full length album of original music, “This Is Home,” features Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris) and Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers.

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Aug
9
Sat
2014
An Evening with Peter Mayer
Aug 9 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Peter Mayer Promo Photo copyGuitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Peter Mayer has melded a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice and virtuoso musicianship to create compelling and accessible music that is electrifying in live performance.  Culling influences from his childhood in India that ranged from traditional Indian music to the Beatles, to his studying and teaching Jazz guitar; add his many years working in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and having the opportunity to share the stage with others that include James Taylor, Mac McAnally, Sonny Landreth, and Don Henley.

Recording under the name PM, Peter released his debut album for Warner Brothers Records in 1988 which produced the single “Piece of Paradise,” charting to number eight on Billboard. Jimmy Buffett was impressed with Peter and his band, and hired them as part of his own Coral Reefer Band, a successful relationship that continues to date.

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Aug
13
Wed
2014
Chase Potter
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_ChaseChase Potter is becoming well known in the world of music for his violin playing, multi-instrumental abilities, singer/songwriting, and for being versed in many different genres such as jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, blues, R&B, and others. Well known jazz violinist Christian Howes states “His breadth of ability and the scope of his perspective is a very hard thing to measure in any single performance, unless you are going to listen to him play several styles of music, including his own compositions, on several instruments!”

In the past couple of years, Chase has had the honor of performing with acts such as Lalah Hathaway and Scottish indie group Belle and Sebastian and is currently working on a brand new EP of all of his original songs. Chase attends the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is based in Columbus.

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