Natalie's Upcoming Shows

November – December 2014

Nov
25
Tue
2014
Sirens
Nov 25 @ 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.

Nov
26
Wed
2014
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons
Nov 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Angela Perley5 low rezAngela 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 basslines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Nov
27
Thu
2014
Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 27 all-day
Nov
28
Fri
2014
The Mark May Band
Nov 28 @ 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

Nov
29
Sat
2014
New Basics Brass Band
Nov 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

New Basics B&W 2Originally launched in 1995, the sousaphone-driven New Basics BrassBand layers jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk, and groove sounds to produce party music for the masses. Whether at their frequent regional club appearances or festival dates such as South By Southwest and Montreux Music Festival Atlanta, crowds stay on their feet and beg for more.

NBBB has shared the stage with several national acts including Dirty Dozen Brass Band, CJ Chenier, NRBQ, Los Lobos, Rebirth Brass Band, Drums & Tuba and Galactic. NBBB is: Matt Adams (tenor sax), Freg Gablick (baritone sax), Tim Perdue (trumpet), Johnny Bachman (trumpet), Ryan Hamilton (trombone), Colin Lazarski (guitar), Rob Maccabee (sousaphone), and Aaron Bishara (drums)

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Nov
30
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Nov 30 @ 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.

BigBabyMusic

Rj Cowdery and Jess Klein
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rj CowderyRj Cowdery is a Columbus-based artist who has solidified her place as a standout of the next generation of performing songwriters.

Though she wrote her first songs as a teenager, Cowdery took a circuitous path to becoming a full-time artist. She experienced exciting creative breakthroughs followed by distractions and obligations that took her away from her lifelong dream of being a professional singer/songwriter. But it has all paid off in recent years.

Cowdery’s past few years on the folk festival trail have been nothing short of extraordinary. She has received major accolades at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., including wins at the 2007 Mountain Stage NewSong, 2008 Kerrville New Folk, and 2008 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist competitions. Most recently, she won the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon.

Her most recent release “In This Light” has been met with rave reviews from critics, fans, and her fellow artists.

“There is no possible way to listen to Rj Cowdery’s music and not feel deeply. The tone of her voice, the clarity of her guitar and spot on emotive lyrics plumb the depths of human hope and struggle. These are not just songs, they are arrows shot directly to center of the heart”. — Joe Crookston

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Jess Klein performanceOver a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” and a knack for writing songs that the Cape Cod Times has described as “fully realized, finely observed and deeply felt”—has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft.  As the New York Times noted, Klein is an artist who “has country roots, but who pushes her songs toward philosophical thoughts.”

She has became a beloved presence in Austin’s music scene, while collaborating with such fellow troubadours as Jon Dee Graham, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville, Radney Foster, Randy Weeks, Matt the Electrician and John Fullbright.

Learning Faith —which marks Klein’s third collaboration with veteran producer Mark “Professor Feathers” Addison—boasts ten personally-charged new originals that rank with her most compelling and illuminating work.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
2
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Todd May and Jeff German
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SONY DSCThe Twofer Tuesday series continues at Natalie’s with Todd May and Jeff German, two great musicians who will each do some solo material as well as perform together.

Todd May is “Jackson Browne when he mattered,” according to My Old Kentucky Blog. May’s solo record, Rickenbacker Girls contains the title track that is an ode to the girls Todd met at his high school. Their fathers were Airmen stationed at the local Air Force Base, Rickenbacker. Todd was drawn to them. “I came to know them with their dialects and freckles. Some were expressive. Some were guarded. And they always had to leave. They always went away.” Leaving and letting go are apparent themes on the record. Yet, Todd reminds us that there is always hope, even when we want to cry out for mercy. Lead guitarist for Bloodshot Records Recording Artist Lydia Loveless, Todd creates songs with influences from Springsteen to Gaslight Anthem.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Jeff German-1Jeff German claims, “I never set out to write a certain type of song. The songs usually strangle me until I get them right.” Although described as “blue collar rock,” his work is built on a variety of influences. In addition to drawing on a wide berth of musical influences, Jeff has been enriched by a wealth of life experience. With his trademark humility, he says, “I am the son of a strong union electrician. I am a husband, a father and a grandfather. I am a 50- year-old man who, after taxiing teenagers around and coaching high school hockey, has a few hours left in a day to cobble together some songs and some tunes.” The imagery that dapples Jeff’s lyrics—bars, sweat, and radio stations on long drives—might be familiar in Americana music, but it’s exciting to hear Jeff pull it off with panache.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Rachel Sepulveda & The Columbus Jazz Quartet
Dec 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Rachel Sepulveda liveColumbus Jazz QuartetJoin Rachel Sepulveda and the Columbus Jazz Quartet for a special Holiday Show featuring some of the best professional jazz players in the region. All four players have performed for many years with a variety of bands and other projects.

Fiery yet sincere, Rachel Sepulveda is a versatile vocal stylist who makes each song her own with her creative approach to phrasing and melodic interpretation. She has a fresh and soulful quality to her voice, which fuses the classic styles of jazz with R&B and Latin grooves

Derek DiCenzo (bass) is also a gifted jazz guitarist, and can be heard playing piano, bass, steel drum, organ and the accordion as well. Dave DeWitt (keyboards) 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. Randy Mather (saxophone) 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. Aaron Scott (drums), son of acclaimed pianist, Bob Allen, got his start in music at age five, and played classical piano into college, but it was playing percussion that has been his passion.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
4
Thu
2014
Alex Bevan
Dec 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Alex Bevan copyAlex Bevan has been sharing his voice, guitar, music and stories with audiences for more than forty years.  First known as the “Skinny Little Boy” from Cleveland, Ohio
who came to “Chase your wimmin’ and drink your beer”, Alex has made a name for himself throughout the Regional Ohio music scene.

Drawing on his deep skill set of imaginative and honest song writing combined with an agile, improvisational wit that dovetails wonderfully with his flawless guitar slinging, Alex never fails to delight and charm audiences no matter what the venue.

His recordings span the gamut from folk to folk rock and pop to children’s educational music.  He has won a number of awards for his commercial efforts in radio and television including an Emmy for his score of the “American Promise – Rustbelt Blues” for WKYC.  Alex’s creative works have also contributed to documentary film scores.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
5
Fri
2014
Happy Chichester
Dec 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Happy Chichester low rez-2Happy 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’s most recent album is Torchwood Loop, and 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).

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
6
Sat
2014
The Elements
Dec 6 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

ElementsThe Elements are Michael and Sandy Bashaw, Sharon Leahy and Rick Good. The nexus of these four artists combine choreographer, composer, dancer, director, musician, playwright, sculptor, singer and songwriter.

Playing the songs of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Miller, The Beatles, The Stones, and The Carter Family, among others; along with their own, smart original material, The Elements are drawn to melodies, harmonies and rhythms that call out to them with a feeling generated or a memory triggered, regardless of where they come from.

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Sandy Bashaw began her professional musical career at the age of 18, recording an album for the Vanguard Recording Society in New York City. With acoustic guitar as her main instrument, she has developed a driving, percussive guitar technique as well as a distinctive finger style. In recent years Sandy has, along with her husband Michael, composed and recorded several musical scores for documentary films, and has co-produced two music videos celebrating multi-cultural music and musicians in Dayton, Ohio. She also plays guitar and sings with the eclectic ensemble, Puzzle of Light.

Sharon Leahy danced and toured with the Green Grass Cloggers for several years, worked as a dancer in New York City through the 1980s, then moved to Ohio to co-direct and perform with Rhythm in Shoes for twenty-three years. Sharon’s love and understanding of music and dance is clearly seen and heard through her award-winning choreography, artful singing and driving rhythm on guitar and bass.

Sculptor/musician Michael Bashaw is well known for his Sound Sculpture concerts, sound installations and collaborations, appearing in a variety of venues and events across the U.S. He plays flutes, harmonicas and percussion with the ensemble Puzzle of Light. Michael has been commissioned for public art/installations, and his work also appears in numerous private collections. His musical sculpture Sound Chamber in Troy Ohio is listed in the online Smithsonian Collection. Michael is the 2012 Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award winner in the category of Individual Artist.

Rick Good was a founding member of the notorious Hotmud Family, a co-director and performer with Rhythm in Shoes for twenty-three years and a 2010, Ohio Heritage Fellow. He is recognized and respected for his accomplished banjo playing, heartfelt singing and crafty songwriting.

Website 

Dec
7
Sun
2014
Hebdo Video Release Show
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

hebdoHebdo presents a very special evening at Natalie’s that will feature his new music video release for the song “Sailor” from his latest “Double Tambo” EP. The video was directed by the young French director Loic Guilpain, shot entirely in France with French actors, and gives birth to a new narrative based off the songs’ very strong imagery.

 

Joey 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
9
Tue
2014
Decembersongs: An East Nashville Holiday with Amy Speace, Rod Picott, and Doug & Telisah Williams (of Wild Ponies)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Decembersongs 2014 Promo PhotoNatalie’s is proud to present Decembersongs ’14: An East Nashville Holiday Concert with critically-acclaimed songwriters Amy Speace, Rod Picott and Doug & Telisha Williams!

Imagine if The Bluebird Cafe moved to East Nashville, where folkies, rockers and hit songwriters all collide in one funky neighborhood. Decembersongs features these three acclaimed Nashville acts spinning stories, holiday classics, and their own songs together in an amazing evening that is fun and musically inspired. Decembersongs is a bit of The Grand Ol Opry, a bit of Prairie Home Companion, a handful of gorgeous Christmas classics and a few gritty East Nashville troubadour originals.

Facebook 

A 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,” a record loosely based around some of Shakespeare’s characters and poetry, received widespread critical raves from NPR’s “All Things Considered”, The New York Times and Billboard Magazine.

“Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest, even when it’s wide open,” – Dave Marsh

Website

Doug and Telisha Williams offer dead right, honest songwriting.  They are the driving force behind the band Wild Ponies, and their 2013 release “Things That Used to Shine” garnered widespread critical acclaim, spent 6 weeks in the top 20 of the AMA Radio chart, and over 20 weeks in the top 40. Doug and Telisha are an essential part of the fabric of their community, hosting the weekly show “Whiskey Wednesday” on East Nashville Radio, and being recently named by “The Alternate Root” as one of the Top East Nashville Artists Right Now.

“Wild Ponies might be Americana’s new dark horse” -Michael Bialas – Huffington Post

Website

The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Picott’s songs. He has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released cds over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.

“Accept Rod Picott for what he is; Americana of the highest order” – Acoustic Magazine

Website 

 

Dec
10
Wed
2014
Chris Darby and Eric Nassau
Dec 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Chris DarbyBorn in rural Missouri and living most recently in Chicago, Chris Darby is a folk musician whose true home is anywhere his music takes him. Though his singing sometimes reaches the ferocious roar of a territorial lion and other times sinks to the gentle whisper of a wise sage, his vocal style embodies a rare emotional honesty which captures the full range and depth of his life experience. Likewise, his dynamic guitar playing gracefully shifts between hypnotic arpeggios and the building crescendo of an oncoming train.

Much of Chris’ musical development took place as the principle singer/songwriter of Them Damn Kids, a Chicago-based folk band that recorded two albums. Chris recently released his first full length album, ‘Cabin Songs’, recorded in an isolated cabin in southern Missouri in the last months of 2013.

Facebook    I     Website 

Eric NassauEric Nassau has been traversing the country since 1996, sharing his unique voice and bringing community together through song. Through his travels, he has been featured at Festivals throughout the Midwest, at the folk clubs in LA , NYC and Chicago, won the weekly Songwriter shoot-out at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta and is a treasured performer in his hometown of Columbus. In the tradition of folk troubadours, his original songs reflect lived-in soles and handed-down stories, personal anecdotes mixed with imagination and charm. His stage show backs this up; his engaging personality reaches out to audiences like a friend you haven’t seen in years.

Facebook   I     Website 

Dec
11
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Emily Keener, Rick Good, Jamie Sagle, and Hosted by Eric Gnezda
Dec 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is the area’s original and premier songwriter round, featuring only the finest professional singer-songwriters in the region and nation. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure table seating for the show. $8 cover.

Youth. Wisdom. And a second chance––a fitting description of December’s only Songwriter Showcase.

EMILY KEENER is a young girl with an old soul. Age 15 (yes, 15!), she writes and performs music that springs from a place of beauty and pure emotion. Based in Cleveland, she plays the six-string acoustic guitar with a folksy, nostalgic groove. Her second studio album, “East of the Sun,” is slated for release in 2015. She has composed more than 60 songs, and has also released two EPs. She collaborates frequently with the Womack Family Band. emilykeener.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

JAMIE SAGLE is a singer-songwriter re-emerging onto the local scene with her indie-folk inspired writing. After gaining the attention of local radio several years ago, she set aside her music to raise her two children. She has reconciled the balance of being a mother, wife, and songwriter. Reflecting her life experiences, her songs merge insightful lyrics with appealing melodies, delivered with power and energy. Among Jamie’s influences are Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morisette, Sheryl Crow, and Regina Spektor.

Eric Profile (Color)Host ERIC GNEZDA weaves his music, humor and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. He 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 TV’s Songs at the Center, featuring the region’s most accomplished songwriters. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Songwriter Showcase is presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington.

Dec
12
Fri
2014
The Local Girls
Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Local Girls Harmony-1-1Join The Local Girls for a special evening of songs that will include some Holiday favorites. The Local Girls’ popularity is anything but local. The Athens, Ohio-based trio’s three-part harmony and engaging delivery has won them fans across the Midwest and even at the White House. They have provided music for two award-winning series, one on women’s suffrage aired on NPR and a PBS-TV series on rural communities. In April, 2000 they appeared at Town Hall in New York City as guests of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Although much of their material focuses on the hot and vampy swing tunes of the 30s and 40s, the Local Girls regularly perform their own arrangements of western, bebop, blues and standards. Covering a century of American songwriting, they create a warm, rich and varied musical event, bringing good humored and haunting harmonies to songs from the silly to the heartbreaking.

The Local Girls’ swinging backup consists of guitar accompanist, Mike McGannon and upright bass player, Terry Douds, along with many other fine musicians.

Website 

Dec
13
Sat
2014
The Relentless Mules
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

RelentlessThe Relentless Mules’ banjo, bass, dobro, guitar and mandolin anchor the sweet three-part singing of the band’s energetic and heartfelt vocalists. This outfit draws from the classic song- books of Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and beyond. Their presentation of these songs is both true to form and a modern expression by these emerging artists.

The instrumental strength of each individual is the foundation of the band’s powerful momentum. Daniel Phelps’ mastery of bluegrass guitar stems from his true blue Kentucky upbringing. Few can match the imagination and emotional intelligence of Caleb Powers on the mandolin and fiddle. The five-string banjo is wielded by firebrand Glenn Rinehart, who drives this mule train with his ruthless right hand. The keystone of the Mules’ push is doghouse bass player Chris Stevens, who will be right at the center of everything. The blistering resonator guitar work of Stephen Moller is fast gaining recognition in the Midwest, and his presentation concerts has shown him to possess a dynamic new voice on the instrument.

2014 has been a year of collaboration and new sounds for the Mules. While supporting their fresh release, In the Field, a live disc of covers and original Bluegrass songs, The Relentless Mules developed a unique program that marries the soulful sounds of the Crescent City and the traditional string band signature their fans have come to love. In Brass & Grass, the guys team up with The New Basics Brass Band, Columbus’ premiere New Orleans style Jazz band. Funky horns and furious fiddles cook down to a fiery acoustic gumbo at shows in The Lincoln Theater (Jazz Arts Group) and Columbus Commons. Watch out, These Mules Kick!

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
16
Tue
2014
Sanctuary: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

miles_davis_wallaper_01_by_dekstyr-d359o3rCelebrate the music and influence of the great Miles Davis with the jazz group Sanctuary. This tribute will focus on his music from 1968-1973. While Miles had many unique, brilliant periods, this one is likely the most misunderstood. The music could be dark, dense, funky, and even spooky, but also beautiful, serene, and calming.

The band features a rotating cast of world-class musicians added to the superlative core of Tony Gayle McClung on drums and Joshua Hill on guitar. The two have knowledge and facility in nearly any “western” style of music. In addition, they have an uncanny rapport, bordering on E.S.P. Chris Guthrie, known as an excellent drummer, plays bass and he does it well, grooving hard and holding the fort down like a rock.

The players expertly handle the music, playing it with an understanding of the source, but playing it in THEIR way, which is what Miles always demanded of all of his bands.

Facebook     I     Listen   

Dec
17
Wed
2014
Lisa Clark-Augis & Friends
Dec 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

1AA CJO JAZZ REVIEW JDD 25Join Lisa Clark-Augis and Friends for a very special evening of music. Keeping with the tradition of classic vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and Ella Fitzgerald, the program will feature some swinging seasonal tunes and classic holiday favorites. Lisa will be joined by a stellar rhythm section and some very familiar faces in the Columbus music scene! The Queen of Colossal Joy has something extra- special in store for this show, and it promises to be a night you won’t want to miss!

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.

Listen     I     Website 

Dec
18
Thu
2014
David Wong & Friends
Dec 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

David WongDavid Wong has been called a “Rock Star” in the violin world. Using both electric and acoustic violins, and sometimes his voice, he arranges rock, pop, and other top 40 hits into improvisation filled orchestrations.

With over 3,600 Facebook fans, 20,000 Twitter followers, and 22,000 YouTube subscribers, David has attracted the attention of people around the world. He’s been discussed in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, MSN, Good Morning America and even had his videos featured on the YouTube Home Page. He currently has over 3.6 million YouTube views and you can find many of his recordings for purchase on iTunes.

David has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Hotel Café, and collaborated with artists such as rising indie rock band Air Traffic Controller and throwback cover song group, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox.

David began playing violin at age 4 and still loves his Bach and Brahms as much as his Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. He graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a double major in Music and Asian Studies.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
19
Fri
2014
SpeakEasy
Dec 19 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Speakeasy photo low rezSpeakEasy is a quintet playing in the music style of Django Reinhart and Stephan Grappelli. The music ranges from the Swing Standards of the 30’s and 40’s to Blues, Latin and original music.

They have presented concerts at Festivals, Colleges and other venues around Central Ohio, and the USA since 2009.

Members are: Andy Carlson, (Fiddle), Tom Carroll (guitar), Casey Cook, (Guitar), Doug Richeson (Bass Fiddle), and Seth Rogers (percussion).

Website 

Dec
20
Sat
2014
Nick D & The Believers
Dec 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NickDNick D’ & the Believers emerged on the Ohio music scene in August of 2013 with the release of their “Throwing Stones EP”. Their “woozy, new soul” was quickly recognized by critics from Stereogum and Paste who called the band “brilliant,” “consistently mesmerizing,” and “one of the fiercest live acts.”

Every story is a search for something.  For Nick D & The Believers their story is a search for a compromise that joins the narrative voyages of artists like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with the melody and stride of Smokey Robinson and the titans of soul.

Nick D’Andrea (vocals/keyboards) decided to pursue the dream after a heart to heart with his uncle during a Dr. Dog concert.  Joseph Barker on drums has played in as well as produced bands since he was a teenager, and he records and produces all the Believers songs.  Guitarist Kerry Henderson has played in bands since his teenage years, but especially loves playing in the Believers since the band is a stripped down three piece.

The Believers have had songs on national TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars (ABC), About a Boy (NBC), and Benched (USA).  The band released their second EP, Bang Bang, in August 2014.  They are currently touring as well as recording songs for their next EP.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
21
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

DiCenzo-Scott-DeWitt (2)Derek 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.

 

A Celtic Christmas with The Kells
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Brian McCoy-1Doug RudyNP-Cal_kim-rattanEddie CotterA Celtic Christmas with The Kells will feature a number of traditional Christmas songs performed by this outstanding group of musicians. The Kells play traditional Irish music with a genuine passion and a sincere sense of purpose. They pour their hearts into playing lively jigs, spirited reels and haunting airs with songs that reach deep into the moral and emotional part of man’s nature. Instruments such as the Irish uilleann, pipes, tin, whistle and flute provide the brilliant melodies, while the guitar and traditional Irish bodhran provide intricate layering, heart-beat and drive. Members of this outstanding band include Brian McCoy (flutes, whistles, pipes), Doug Rudy (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, vocals), Kim Rattan (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, Bazouki), and Eddie Cotter (vocals, bodhrán).

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
23
Tue
2014
Sirens
Dec 23 @ 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.

Dec
26
Fri
2014
Phil Clark & The Soul
Dec 26 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Phil Clark and the Soul logoTHE 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     BigBabyMusic

Dec
27
Sat
2014
fo/mo/deep
Dec 27 @ 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!”

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Dec
28
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Stan Smith and Taylor DeVault
Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Stan and Taylor cropped10-1Guitarist, composer, bandleader Stan Smith is a native of Columbus Ohio. After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston he returned to Ohio then moved to L.A. where he studied and performed with Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. Since returning to Ohio, Smith has been a part of the Columbus music scene as a performer and a member of Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. Recordings include “Silent Memory” under his own name, “Madrugada” with Nova Madrugada and “Bicycle” in collaboration with guitarist Paul Brown.

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

Dec
30
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Forcynthia/The Raineys
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ForcynthiaNatalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with two outstanding bands that will each feature the beautiful harmonies of sisters. Enjoy full performances by the Columbus based sister act Forcynthia and family band The Raineys.

The duo Forcynthia consists of sisters Elena and Andrea, and the band was named for their mother Cynthia. Elena and Andrea perform acoustic blues, folk, rock and country full of soul and sweet harmonies.

Elena has developed a style of her own and has written dozens of her own songs about people, authentic and fictional. She uses her experiences from life to create stories and characters that contain solid truths about humanity as a whole.

Andrea has been performing since she was a child and found much of her inspiration in old musicals and in her sister Elena. She discovered the power of harmony in music and adds a rich texture to the sound of Forcynthia and also plays guitar, harmonica and percussion.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

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 graduated as 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!

Facebook

 

Dec
31
Wed
2014
A Voodoo New Year’s Eve with Teeny Tucker
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Teeny-Festival_2012 PRBring in the New Year with the one and only Teeny Tucker and her full 7 piece band for an evening of great music and celebration. Teeny’s show will feature many of the songs on her critically acclaimed new CD “Voodoo To Do You”, which reached #1 on the Bluesville XM/Sirius Satellite radio network. Seating for the New Year’s Eve Celebration will begin at 8:30 pm, with the show beginning at 10:00 pm. Of course, there will be a champagne toast (compliments of Natalie’s) at midnight, and party favors for all.

Teeny Tucker is one of the brightest stars in the blues genre, and has been gaining an international reputation as a dynamic performer on stage as well as a recording artist with three highly acclaimed CDs to date. Her career received a major boost with her appearance on the PBS national television music series “Sun Studio Sessions” that aired a few years ago.

Teeny Tucker is the daughter of the renowned blues-singer-pianist-composer Tommy Tucker, who wrote and first recorded “High Heel Sneakers,” a pop-classic that’s been performed by Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Her musical journey has seen Teeny perform at many of the major Blues Festivals in the US, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Italy. She has been invited to appear on the same bill with great blues artists such as BB King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, and many others.

Teeny was the winner of the 2010 Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year (first won by Etta James), and has been nominated for many prestigious awards in the past ten years. Recently, Teeny Tucker was nominated by Blues Blast for 2013 “Female Blues Artist of the Year”, and was invited to present her seminar/workshop “Women In Blues” at Penn State University. Teeny and her co-writer/Bandleader, were also selected as finalists in the prestigious International Song-writing Competition, (ISC) for their song “Love Spell” from the new CD. For more information, visit her website at www.teenytucker.com.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website