Natalie's Upcoming Shows

May
26
Tue
2015
Sirens
May 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
28
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Don Dixon, Anne E. DeChant, Laurie Michelle Caner and hosted by Eric Gnezda
May 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

We love good chemistry. And that’s exactly what Don Dixon, Anne E. DeChant and Laurie Michelle Caner bring to this particular Showcase. All three songwriters are originally from Northern Ohio, and they just happen to share a producer—no less than Don Dixon, himself!

Don Dixon is one of the key producers of “the jangle pop movement” of the early 1980s. Don attracted attention by co-producing R.E.M.’s landmark debut LP, Murmur. He then spent several years producing the work of varied artists, including Chris Stamey (formerly of The dB’s) and The Smithereens. Considered to be a highlight of this period was Tommy Keene’s Run Now EP. This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut Most of the Girls Like to Dance (But Only Some of the Boys Like To), a further affirmation of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky, Nick Lowe-inspired wordplay. His next solo efforts resulted in a number of CD projects, including his latest, The Entire Combustible World in One Small Room. Also an actor, Don played the part of an alcoholic director in Todd Graff’s 2003 film, Camp. dondixonmusic.com

Anne E. DeChant is making her fourth appearance in Songwriter Showcase, and will release her next album, The Sun Coming In, in November. Her song, “Girls and Airplanes,” was featured in the major motion picture, The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields and Daryl Hannah. Originally from Cleveland, Anne E. now resides in Nashville, where she has caught the attention of Music City as both a songwriter and performer. ”…there are moments on “Swing” when her songs, enriched by her political consciousness, nail blue-collar grit in a way few writers do…” (Nashville Scene). She has performed at Lilith Fair, and opened for the Indigo Girls, Nora Jones, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Train, Vonda Shepard, 10,000 Maniacs, and Guster. She has also been featured at The Bluebird Café, Nashville’s legendary showroom for singer-songwriters. AnneEDeChant.com

Laurie Michelle Caner is “a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Garrison Keillor with a killer voice, a killer banjo, and a killer band,” according to one articulate fan. She’s also a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and Ms. May in the 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar! She has been hailed as a role model for mothers who strive to honor their own artistic vision while continuing to raise a healthy family. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Laurie’s songwriting tells the story of life—with all of it’s beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy—weaving a musical tapestry that speaks the truth of love, life and the human condition. As the lead singer in the band, Hey Mavis, she has worked extensively with Don Dixon, who has produced the last few recording projects for the band. heymavis.com

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
31
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
2
Tue
2015
Twofer Tuesday: Megan Palmer & Darrin Bradbury/Chase Potter
Jun 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ImageNatalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with a very special evening featuring Megan Palmer & Darrin Bradbury, along with Chase Potter.

Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Megan Palmer now lives in Nashville, TN. She is a recent transplant to the south after spending the last few years in Brooklyn, NY. Palmer is most known in Ohio as fiddler and singer with Columbus’ The Spikedrivers. Lately she has been touring extensively with roots rocker Tim Easton and songstress Amy Speace. Palmer’s own songwriting style is influenced by her extensive work with a variety of Americana bands and has been described as ‘an astute songwriter who balances sentimentality with lyrical smarts.’

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Darrin Bradbury has been writing songs, sleeping on couches, and living out of cars for a large portion of the past 8 years. He splits his time touring both solo and with his critically acclaimed NJ thrash folk collective “Big Wilson River”. A friend wrote of him “ Darrin has had the guts to leave and the humility to return over and over, and throughout, as he lives and dreams, he works on telling stories about roots and roads and the stuff making us continue to drive around like we do. He speaks American Post-folk English, and it’s actually a great dialect.”

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Chase 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!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
7
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Stan Smith and Taylor DeVault
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Stan and Taylor cropped10Guitarist, composer, bandleader Stan Smith studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and later 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.

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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.

James Gaiters Quartet with special guest Myles Tate
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JamesMyles Tate 2The talented James Gaiters Quartet will be joined by jazz pianist Myles Tate for a great evening of music at Natalie’s.

James is enjoying a powerful and blessed career, and has appeared with many of the world’s greatest artists, been a featured performer with Wynton Marsalis, and has received accolades the world over. James’ powerfully musical voice has also led to nationally and internationally televised features on BET on Jazz, and he has been featured on some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. James is also a prolific composer, arranger, and producer, and has written, produced, and released Looking Back Ahead, a CD featuring his own group, MUV-MeNT.

Myles Tate hails from Chicago and has roots in Gospel, Blues, and Soul music. His approach to the craft is simple: play from the soul and touch all the souls who are listening. Myles has had the opportunity to play with greats such as Rodney Whitaker, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Dwele, Big Daddy Kane and others. He is also an educator in music committed to sharing the information he has been taught with any student or colleague who is willing to listen.

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Jun
9
Tue
2015
John Schwab and Hadden Sayers (Acoustic Duo)
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hadden SayersJohn SchwabNatalie’s presents an acoustic evening of music featuring John Schwab and Hadden Sayers, two outstanding musicians who will share the stage, stories and songs.

For over 35 years, John Schwab has been playing solo gigs and performing with The John Schwab Party Band, plus doing 40 or so concerts a year as lead singer for the legendary McGuffey Lane. Somehow he also finds time to own and operate John Schwab Recording, the premier original music production studio in Columbus. Between his record label, jingle production company and booking agency, the main thing he likes to do is sing and play the guitar!

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For Soul-Blues Guitar Slinger Hadden Sayers, the road is a comfortable buzz of underground fans and passionate shows. In 2011, Sayers 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. His follow up album Rolling Soul featured confident tunes from a mature, assured composer. The heartfelt lyrics sung from deep inside matched with innovative guitar work, and was recorded with the warmth and soul and depth of the best vintage gear.

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Jun
10
Wed
2015
Shaun Booker & Sean Carney: Welcome Home CD Release Show, with special guest Bobby Floyd
Jun 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Shaun Booker and Sean CarneyJoin Shaun Booker and Sean Carney for a very special evening of music to celebrate their new CD “Blue Plate Special”. If the cover of the new record looks familiar, it’s because it was shot at Natalie’s! The duo is just returning from a wildly successful European tour, so welcome these talented musicians back to Columbus and pick up a copy of their excellent new record.

With family roots in Meridian, Mississippi, it’s no surprise that powerhouse vocalist Shaun Booker’s sound is firmly rooted in gospel and blues music. In her three decades of touring, she’s matured into a versatile singer, who is constantly in demand for her ability to connect with and move her audiences.  Booker brings a sultry, fiery and deeply soulful presence evocative of an early Tina Turner.

Internationally known Bluesman Sean Carney is entering his third decade as a professional blues guitarist and vocalist.  He is a noteworthy, sophisticated master of tone and taste with a broad appreciation for the music before him and around him and a knack for turning out interesting songs. Sean and his bands have won numerous awards throughout the world, and his reputation as a talent, a respecter of tradition and a humble and gracious person has become deservedly widespread.

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NP-Cal_Bobby-Floyd-TrioJoining the band for this CD release show will be the outstanding keyboard player Bobby Floyd. He has traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ, and is presently the feature pianist for the legendary Count Basie Orchestra and also tours nationally and internationally as organist for Grammy Award winning Dr. John.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
12
Fri
2015
Phil Clark & The Soul
Jun 12 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

soulresizeTHE 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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Jun
13
Sat
2015
Arnett Howard & Friends
Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Arnett HowardArnett for Natalie's group, 3Arnett Howard is a musician, broadcaster, journalist, historian, traveler, consultant, teacher, confessed women’s basketball addict, and the former leader of Arnett Howard’s Creole Funk Band. Since 1985, Arnett has performed over five thousand concerts to a variety of audiences in Central Ohio and throughout the world. He has numerous recordings to his credit, and is an active community servant and official ambassador of Columbus.

His great band includes Ron Henderson (drums), David Hampton (bass), Mike Roberts (saxophone), and Bob Davis (keyboards).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
16
Tue
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: John Moreland CD Release Concert
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

John Moreland low rezJohn Moreland appears at Natalie’s for his only Ohio appearance to celebrate his highly acclaimed new release High on Tulsa Heat.

Some days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful. With the release of his highly anticipated third solo album High on Tulsa Heat, he offers another round of the lyrics-first, gorgeously plaintive songs that have earned him devoted listeners across the country. While his precise, evocative lyrics often get the credit, his voice — a scritchy-scratch baritone capable of soul-shouting but especially potent in its subdued default register — ensures his lines linger.

Moreland started writing when he was 10 years old, the same year his family moved from Kentucky, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he still lives today. He turns 30 this year, but he’s been slinging songs for more than half his life.

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Jun
17
Wed
2015
Bryan Olsheski with The Bobby Floyd Trio
Jun 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ImageBryan Olsheski presents a very special evening of music featuring the Bobby Floyd Trio in a show not to be missed!

Bryan cut his teeth in the industry as a saxophone soloist and guest artist with performers around the world, and has been a featured soloist for the Temptations, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Steve Winwood, Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble, Kico Cowan and Expresion Cubana, The Four Tops and The Spinners. He recorded his first CD in 2005, showcasing five original compositions and featuring Bobby Floyd, Derek Dicenzo, and Reggie Jackson. Bryan is a member of David Brown’s Harmony Project, and is also a member of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group, including the jazz program for students called “Making Right Choices.”

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Bobby Floyd’s talent has launched him into a very rewarding career, making him one of the favorite, first-call pianists/organists for many well known artists. He has traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ, and currently makes guest appearances with some of the most distinguished orchestras, including The Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic, and The Detroit Symphony. He is presently the feature pianist for the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He also tours nationally and internationally as organist for Grammy Award winning Dr. John.

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Jun
18
Thu
2015
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones featuring Dennis Gruenling
Jun 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones featuring Dennis GruenlingDoug Deming has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark whether swingin’ on the big jazz box, or playing straight up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. While playing the local Detroit scene in the early 90′s, Doug backed many of the day’s top touring blues artists.

Dennis Gruenling has countless fans and numerous accolades from critics & musicians around the world for his swinging, highly original harmonica sound and style. Taking equal parts from the harmonica and swing/saxophone traditions and styles, Dennis has pushed the boundaries further for the sound of blues harmonica. He has shared the stage with many top names in the blues & roots world, and also teaches blues harmonica as a private instructor and as part of numerous harmonica workshops and conventions that appear around the globe.

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Jun
19
Fri
2015
Deon Yates
Jun 19 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Deon YatesSaxophonist Deon Yates is fast becoming one of the most sought after emerging talents in contemporary music. He has been recognized as an accomplished instrumentalist and performer by some of the top music manufacturers in the country with endorsements from industry leaders Sax Dakota U.S.A., Theo Wanne (Mouthpieces) and AMT Microphones and has proven himself to be a world class artist.

Deon grew up on the East Side of Detroit where he quickly became an accomplished woodwind player proficient in both jazz and classical music. One of the first gigs Deon landed was with Jazz Drummer Leonard King (James Carter Organ Trio), at the age of 16. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for original music he produced for a PBS Television program, and has performed as a special guest on concerts with a great number of well known artists.

For this special show at Natalie’s, Deon will also do some vocals, and will be accompanied by Gerard Gibbs (keyboards), who tours with the James Carter Trio and others; Terry Washington (bass), the Music Director for Deon and many other groups; Jeff Canady (drums), who also tours nationally; and Anthony Booker (guitar), who tours with the Temptations.

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Jun
20
Sat
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz
Jun 20 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Eric Brace Peter Cooper Thomm JutzGrammy nominees Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, along with legendary guitarist and producer Thomm Jutz, will perform the only Ohio show of their Midwest tour at this special evening at Natalie’s. The trio’s May tour of Europe was met with great anticipation and rave reviews.

Eric and Peter have shared stages worldwide with John Prine, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider, Eric Taylor, Jim Lauderdale and others too numerous to mention. Their songs have been recorded by several music legends, most recently with the great Jerry Lawson, lead singer of The Persuasions. His new CD, “Just A Mortal Man”, was produced by Eric and Jerry, and featured all three of them on several tracks. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these fantastic musicians on an evening you won’t want to miss!

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

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

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

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

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Jun
23
Tue
2015
John Sherman and Randy Clepper, with Gina Clepper
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_JohnandRandyAcclaimed multi-instrumentalists John Sherman and Randy Clepper are highly regarded performers of Irish traditional music on guitar, bouzouki, and tenor banjo, and just recently released their excellent new CD Finally Tuned.

John Sherman has been a performer of traditional and Celtic music for the last two decades. While he has played a variety of instruments, he is first and foremost a guitarist, and has arranged over a hundred Irish and Scottish melodies for the instrument. As an accompanist and opening act, John has performed with the Tannahill Weavers, Phil Cunningham and John Renbourn, with uilleann piper Todd Denman, and as a regular accompanying guitarist for folk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton.

Multi-instrumentalist Randy Clepper is an accomplished player of Irish and other traditional music on Irish bouzouki, fingerstyle acoustic guitar, tenor banjo and hammer dulcimer.   Equally adept at all of these, his playing has been described as “magnificent”, “strong and confident” (Dulcimer Player’s News) – “a Celtic guru” (Wood ‘N Strings).

Singer and fiddle player (and Randy’s daughter) Gina Clepper joins the ensemble, and has performed with them at the Dublin Irish Festival and other events in the Central Ohio area.

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Jun
24
Wed
2015
An Evening with Brandon Santini
Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Brandon+Santini+mcs-0925-2904597674-OJoin Brandon Santini, 2014 Blues Music Award double nominee for Harmonica Player of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album, for a very special evening. The Memphis vocalist and harmonica player is one of the best young blues artists, combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.

Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, he founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway, and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country. His second album, “This Time Another Year”, debuted at #12 on the Living Blues Radio chart, spending three months in the Top 20. His latest album is “Live and Extended”, which was recorded in July 2014 at Festival d’ete de Quebec and features twelve dynamic performances including two previously unreleased original songs.

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Jun
25
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Scott Franklin, Greg Klyma, Davey O, and hosted by Eric Gnezda
Jun 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

SCOTT FRANKLIN has been said to “lasso moments in time.” His first love is poetry, and his songs are woven together by unique and beautifully crafted phrases. He is the 2013 winner of the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Contest, and has touched audiences throughout the US and Europe. Born in Virginia, he moved to Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University on a trumpet scholarship. Nominated “Scene Magazine Best Songwriter of the Year,” Scott dazzles crowds with his energy and love for the audience. loststateoffranklin.com

GREG KLYMA is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin’ Jack. Traveling the perilous landscape of love, Greg’s latest CD, Another Man’s Treasure, admits sadness, anger, regret and profound tenderness. klyma.com

DAVEY O. is making his second appearance in Songwriter Showcase. He is a 2013 Kerrville Folk Festival finalist. It’s no surprise that the Buffalo, NY, native has been described as having “a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation” (Jeff Miers, Buffalo News).  Embarking on a decade-plus journey, Davey crafts pure Americana that is drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion. He has shared the stage with Amy Speace, Eilen Jewell, Eric Andersen, and Poco. daveyo.com

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

 

Jun
27
Sat
2015
Tim Easton, with special guests
Jun 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

TimEaston-BW3-72dpiJoin Tim Easton for a special show at Natalie’s with some special guests that will be in town for ComFest.

Tim Easton is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who has consistently put out 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. Tim will be coming off a tour of Japan just prior to this performance, and will also be celebrating the vinyl release of the one and only Haynes Boys record, which started it all for Easton.

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Jun
28
Sun
2015
Bill Dutcher
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bill Dutcher 2015 picWhen Bill Dutcher picks up an acoustic guitar, the music that fills the room cannot be branded with a simple sentence. When you see him play live you’re experiencing an event that shatters the pre-conceived notion of what a solo acoustic artist is capable of. You’re witnessing the fusion of six strings, ten fingers, unorthodox instruments and various electronics blend a unique cocktail of rock, blues, classical, middle-eastern and Celtic flavors into an acoustic symphony.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ohio, he played electric lead guitar in various successful bands throughout the Midwest before relocating to Phoenix to bring his music to new audiences. When performing live, Bill’s exotic tunings, two-handed tapping and percussive techniques, along with his ability to keep listeners captivated, has won over audiences nationwide.

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Jun
30
Tue
2015
Sirens
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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Jul
3
Fri
2015
Hoo Doo Soul Band
Jul 3 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Hoo Doo Soul Band 3Kick off the Holiday weekend in style with the Hoo Doo Soul Band, who will be making their Natalie’s debut with a very special Friday night performance.

The Hoo Doo Soul Band started in 1995 as a side project for several seasoned veterans of the Columbus music scene who wanted an outlet to play Funk and Rhythm and Blues. They started a weekly Sunday night gig at Oldfield’s on High and later relocated to The Rumba Cafe.

While primarily a cover band, Hoo Doo is known for putting their own twist on the standards and introducing audiences to unfamiliar funky gems. Doing justice to a song made famous by Al Green or Earth, Wind and Fire is a daunting task, but the Hoo Doo Soul Band manages to perform such classics with grace and plenty of joyful energy. Whether the ensemble plays old R&B or some Latin rhythm, this band manages to merge outstanding musicianship with all-out fun entertainment.

Manned with local pros, the group has horns, strings and singers, and because the musicians all play in multiple bands, the lineup sometimes differs from gig to gig. The Hoo Doo Soul Band includes Tony McClung (drums), Jeff Ciampa (bass, vocals), Kevin Oliver (guitar, vocals), John Boerstler (guitar, vocals), Dave DeWitt (keyboards), Mark Henderson (percussion), Chris Young ( trumpet), Kris Keith (saxophone, vocals), Kevin O’Neill (saxophone), Phil Clark (saxophone, vocals), and Bobbie Stewart (vocals).

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Jul
4
Sat
2015
Butch Hancock (of the Flatlanders) with guest Rory Hancock
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Butch HancockJoin songwriting legend Butch Hancock and his son Rory for a very special early July 4 show at Natalie’s! The doors will open at 5 pm, with show time at 7:30 pm.

A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs and albums, Butch Hancock has been called “one of the finest songwriters of our time” and is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced. His tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and his lyrics are profoundly imaginative, often displaying for his listeners the miracles that occur in the ordinary through creative irony and metaphors. His lyrical style has often been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and his songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris.

Hancock is also a member of renowned country rock super-group, The Flatlanders, along with his lifelong friends, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a band they formed in 1972.

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Jul
5
Sun
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: Kevin Gordon Band
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kevin Gordon guitarKevin Gordon will present a special show at Natalie’s with his full band. This will be a rare occurrence, as he hasn’t performed in Columbus with a band for over 15 years!  Over the course of his career of writing, recording and touring, Gordon has built an impressively consistent catalog of songs, a critically-acclaimed stack of albums, and a reputation for dynamic live performances. His songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, Webb Wilder, Kate Campbell, and others. Raised in north Louisiana and currently based in Nashville, Kevin earned a master’s degree in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

His next album will be released later this year and his last CD, “Gloryland”, garnered high praise nationwide in The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and has been interviewed by our own well respected music journalist Kevin Joy of The Columbus Dispatch. Be sure to make advance reservations at the $12 price, as the price will increase to $15 on the day of the show and at the door.

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

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

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

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

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Jul
14
Tue
2015
Zeppelin Productions with Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kristi Rose and Fats KaplinKristi Rose & Fats Kaplin, have long been recognized as artists of distinctive note. The husband and wife duo have each achieved acclaim separately. Fats is a composer and master multi-instrumentalist who has been called upon to tour and record with hundreds of artists—Jack White, Beck, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Paul Burch, The Tractors, and countless others. Kristi Rose is a powerful and evocative singer and writer, who is known for her work as the favored muse and interpreter of numerous eclectic composers and lyricists.

Together they are mesmerizing performers who have created a highly eclectic musical genre, (and a way of life) known as Pulp Country. It is a world where traditional and modern meet, where desperation and joy comingle and where life “can turn on a dime” taking unending twists and turns down highways that lead to the intoxicating promise of realms unknown.

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Jul
16
Thu
2015
Carsie Blanton
Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Carsie BlantonIt might seem counterintuitive for one of Americana’s best modern songwriters to take on the Great (Old) American Songbook, especially one who’s best known for moving between folk and rock, but since Carsie Blanton’s originals have always been teasingly playful about the war between the sexes, the battlefront in the sheets is a natural place for her to file a report.

Carsie is an American singer and songwriter based in New Orleans, and performs on guitar and piano. She has released four studio records, the most recent being Not Old, Not New. Carsie also received rave reviews for her opening shows on the Paul Simon’s So Beautiful or So What Tour.

“As a battered veteran I’m constantly being asked who are the young up and comers I listen to and like. Carsie Blanton is up at the top of my list. Great songs, singing and playing and an A+ for presentation.” Loudon Wainwright III

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Jul
17
Fri
2015
Scott Miller, with special guest Jamie Lin Wilson
Jul 17 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Scott Miller low rez guitar picThe great Scott Miller returns to Natalie’s stage for another memorable performance, and opening the show will be the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson.

The songs and albums of songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Scott Miller have always possessed a strong sense of place. He was raised on a working farm by his parents, a WWII generation couple that carried on the Spartan lifestyle of their Scots-Irish forefathers. Miller has described the lifestyle as “Amish that drink.” In 1990, Miller left the family farm and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he founded a rock band called the V-Roys, the first band signed to Steve Earle’s E-Squared label, and they released a number of highly acclaimed records. When the band broke up, Miller released four solo albums for the highly respected Sugar Hill Label, and then founded his own record label (F.A.Y. Recordings). Miller tours solo, as a duo or trio, and with his band, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth. His most recent CD, BIG BIG WORLD, Miller’s avid fans realized that the phrase points to the artist’s new musical horizons, which have stretched beyond the sphere of any of his previous work.

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Jamie Lin WilsonAn artist of singular talent and restless creativity, Jamie Wilson broke into the Texas country/folk scene as one of the co-lead vocalists of the Gougers before the band gradually gave way to not only Wilson’s solo work, but also higher-profile musical adventures with The Trishas, an all-female singer-songwriter band that has toured through some of the nation’s best venues. Jamie’s honeyed tenor twang has become known as one of the sweetest instruments in modern folk music, which can be heard on her latest album Holidays & Wedding Rings.

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Jul
19
Sun
2015
Zeppelin Productions Present: Rosie Flores
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rosie Flores guitarRosie Flores and her Trio return to Natalie’s for what is sure to be an outstanding evening of music from the award winning performer.

In the past few years, Rosie Flores has won a Peabody Award (for her narration of the documentary “Whole Lotta Shakin”), been in the multimedia Janis Martin Tribute that she created and performed at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame, and recorded her latest critically acclaimed CD, Working Girls Guitar.

Flores took flight in Southern California, and has been a major figure in the Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville music scenes – as well as in Europe and Japan. She has received critical raves from prestigious publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Guitar Player magazine, received an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Rockabilly Swing Artist, and was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Her first album yielded three singles, and “Crying Over You,” earned Flores her first Billboard chart appearance. She was also the first female Latina country artist to ever enter the Billboard country charts. Yet it was 1995’s Rockabilly Filly that received the most attention, because it reintroduced rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin to audiences worldwide through their duets with Rosie and a successful 1995 tour with Jackson. Moreover, Flores’s self-penned “You Tear Me Up” is arguably the best performance by a contemporary female rockabilly artist.

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Jul
22
Wed
2015
An Evening with Steve Forbert
Jul 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

?????As 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.

In 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve released Over With You, with ten fresh but mature songs pinpointing a wide range of emotions that color personal. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”

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Jul
25
Sat
2015
An Evening with the Hadden Sayers Band
Jul 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

hadden-sayes-08Join the Hadden Sayers Band for an intimate evening of music you won’t want to miss!

As a songwriter, Sayers manipulates classic tropes, from blues, R&B, and rock into something not quite new, but plenty fresh. Melodies and hooks are his strengths, along with passionate vocals and a plethora of guitar licks. Showcasing a variety of approaches to the blues, he is consistently engaging and enjoyable. For the most part, Sayers gets in and gets out, gearing his musical statements to three-minute blasts of hook-filled, energetic songs the way they did it back when people bought 45 rpm records.

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Jul
26
Sun
2015
An Evening with Anne McCue
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

AnneBluesy songstress/guitarist/producer Anne McCue, originally from Sydney, released her 6th studio album, Blue Sky Thinkin’ earlier this year to rave reviews. The record explores some of her favorite influences, including Billie Holiday, Charlie Christian, Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Minnie, Peggy Lee, Irving Berlin, Django Reinhardt, Hoagy Carmichael, and Bessie Smith.

McCue’s love of music forged in Sydney, Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City, and she landed in America and performed on the Lilith Fair tour. After setting up shop in Los Angeles, she became a vital part of the city’s roots music scene and has since recorded 5 acclaimed studio albums and a DVD ‘Live In Nashville.’ She has most recently been based in East Nashville, a thriving songwriting community on the Cumberland River’s left bank. Her music is included in Time Life’s ‘4 Decades Of Folk Rock’ alongside Bob Dylan, The Byrds, etc. and in Starbucks Artist Choice alongside Leonard Cohen, John Coltraine etc.

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Jul
29
Wed
2015
Aaron Lee Tasjan with Lilly Hiatt
Jul 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

aaron-lee-tasjan-curtis-wayne-millard-2“Don’t walk away, I’m talking to you,” sings Aaron Lee Tasjan in the first chorus of the first song off of his new EP, Crooked River Burning.  The song is aptly titled Don’t Walk Away and is, in it’s own way, much like the artist himself: filled with insight and brutal honesty, humorous and sincere in a fashion which is truly unique to the man delivering the song. The performances are spirited and the songs are of such quality that Tasjan was even recently honored by ASCAP at The Kennedy Center as one of America’s great songwriters of the next generation.

Now living in Nashville, his list of accomplishments and accolades continues to grow, but one only need listen to his songs to realize that Tasjan can accomplish what few can musically, he can write songs that make you laugh and cry at once all while revealing himself to you in a manner such that you feel connected to something healing and powerful.

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Lilly HiattRoyal Blue, the second album by East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt, is about the majesty of melancholy—or, as she explains it, “accepting the sadder aspects of life and finding some peace in them.” Singing in a barbed lilt full of deep worry and gritty determination in equal measure, she conveys emotions too finely shaded to be easily named. Her father, John Hiatt, is a famously eclectic singer-songwriter whose tunes have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Nick Lowe, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan, among others, and provides gentle counsel and sage advice to his daughter.

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Aug
13
Thu
2015
Nell Robinson & Rose of No-Man’s Land, w’ special guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Presented by Zeppelin Productions and Natalie’s
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Nell Robinson and Ramblin JackNell Robinson’s ever-evolving “The Rose Of No-Man’s Land” tells the story of an American family through original and traditional songs from the Revolutionary War to the present day interwoven with 250 years of letters, stories, and poetry from Nell’s own rural Alabama family. This uniquely crafted concert showcases Nell’s lush vocal quality and artisan storytelling, and she shares the stage with two-time Grammy winner and folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Nell will also be accompanied by the outstanding guitarist Jim Nunally.

Hailed as “a modern-day Patsy Cline,” one of the “freshest voices in roots music”, and compared to early Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Hazel Dickens, Nell Robinson is one of the most exciting performers on the bluegrass and roots scene today. Inspired by tradition but not bound by it, she finds value in the past, in the lives of her elders and those they knew, in the rich tapestry of tales they told and which she in turn re-tells in her own fashion.

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Ramblin’ Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal.

Jim Nunally is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist, and a recipient of two Grammy Award certifications, and has toured extensively with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and John Reischman & The Jaybirds.

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Sep
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Sun
2015
Zeppelin Productions Present: An Evening with Kieran Kane
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kieran Kane  low rezKieran Kane is perhaps best known as one half of the acclaimed new traditionalist country duo the O’Kanes. In the late ’70s, he moved to Nashville, where he landed a writing contract, notching a pair of Top Ten country singles — “You’re the Best” and “It’s Who You Love”.

Teaming with writer Jamie O’Hara, he formed the O’Kanes in 1985, issuing three hit albums and scoring a half-dozen Top Ten singles. He created the Nashville-based indie label Dead Reckoning with fellow singer/songwriters Kevin Welch, Tammy Rogers, and Harry Stinson. You Can’t Save Everybody (2004), Lost John Dean (2006), and Kane Welch Kaplin (2007) found Kane collaborating with Nashville crooner Kevin Welch and multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin on a series of spare, moody originals and covers, while 2009’s Somewhere Beyond the Roses was backed by a bass-less quartet held down by Lambchop’s Deanna Varagona.

In 2013 Kieran released a new CD with David Francey and Lucas Kane under the band name Go Jane Go. It was recorded live off the floor in the living room of a farm house outside of Melbourne, Australia. This record represents in many ways Kieran’s quest to present music in its simplest and most direct form

Kieran’s songs have been recorded by a number of major artists over the last 30 years, including John Prine, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Tom Jones, Don Williams, and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris).

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Sep
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Thu
2015
Zeppelin Productions Present: An Evening with Chuck Prophet
Sep 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Chuck Prophet lorezChuck Prophet shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster.

Since emerging onto the music scene at age 18 as a member of the seminal rock band Green on Red, Prophet has collaborated with everyone from Warren Zevon and Kelly Willis to Jim Dickinson and Lucinda Williams among many others. In recent years, Prophet’s music has been featured in several hit television series including HBO’s “True Blood,” Showtime’s “Californication,”

National television appearances include Austin City Limits, as well as Letterman and Carson Daly. Chuck’s music has been heard in hit television series True Blood (HBO), Californication (Showtime) and Sons of Anarchy (FX). Night Surfer, his thirteenth studio album, was recorded in Prophet’s hometown of San Francisco and follows his widely praised 2012 release, Temple Beautiful.

Chuck will be performing solo acoustic for this intimate show on Natalie’s stage.

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Oct
16
Fri
2015
An Evening with Loudon Wainwright III
Oct 16 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Loudon WainwrightLoudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two previous Grammy nominations for I’m Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986). His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. And in 2014, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) — or HGTB(Y), for short — marks his the 26th career release to-date.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

For this special intimate performance at Natalie’s, food service will end prior to the beginning of the show and tables will be cleared, but drink service will be available.

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