Natalie's Upcoming Shows

Jan
25
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Jan 25 @ 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.

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Wohlwend & Moore
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Karl WohlwendTyler MooreKarl Wohlwend has performed across North America, playing guitar in every imaginable style and setting.  From the classical concert hall to playing rock ‘n roll; whether sitting in pit orchestras for musicals, jazz clubs to Irish pubs, he sees the guitar’s greatest strength as lying in its versatility, and strives to do it all. Karl is on the guitar faculty at Ohio State and Otterbein Universities and maintains a very active independent teaching and recording studio. He performs with several regionally popular chamber ensembles, rock bands, and folk groups, and was a protégé of the celebrated guitarist and popular classical recording artist John Holmquist.

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Tyler Moore earned his degree in Violin Performance from Ohio University, and spent some time in a Latin Jazz band, a Klezmer band, and went to Jazz and Bluegrass jam sessions before settling into Celtic music. Tyler brought his own mix of Jazz and “Oldies” inspired Celtic music to two established local bands: Homeland, a Celtic Rock band, and Two2Many, an acoustic Irish band. His most recent venture is this collaboration with guitarist Karl Wohlwend.

Jan
27
Tue
2015
Sirens
Jan 27 @ 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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Jan
28
Wed
2015
Brandon Santini: CD Release Concert
Jan 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Brandon+Santini+mcs-0925-2904597674-OBrandon Santini, 2014 Blues Music Award double nominee for Harmonica Player of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album, comes to Natalie’s for a very special evening of music. 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. This Time Another Year is Brandon’s second album, recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis and debuted at #12 on the Living Blues Radio chart spending three months in the Top 20.

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Jan
29
Thu
2015
Pete Mills Side One Series: Eddie Harris’ “The In Sound”
Jan 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pete Mills NEW PR Pic (light resized)-1Eddie-Harris-The-In-Sound-470769Pete Mills continues his “Side One Series” at Natalie’s with a special tribute to Eddie Harris’ “The In Sound”. This series features Pete’s band, along with special guests, who focus each show around the tunes from a selected album from the history of jazz. The goal is to get fans listening to the historical album before the event, and then celebrate it at Natalie’s with the twists and turns provided by the musicians.

Eddie Harris recorded The In Sound in 1965 on the Atlantic label, and features Harris’ first recording of “Freedom Jazz Dance”, which became a jazz standard after being featured on Miles Davis’ album Miles Smiles in 1966.

Pete recently released his highly acclaimed CD “Sweet Shadow.” A native of Toronto Canada, the saxophonist and composer’s discography includes 3 previous solo releases and appearances on over a dozen CDs, including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist, Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada, and teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University.

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Jan
30
Fri
2015
fo/mo/deep
Jan 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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Jan
31
Sat
2015
The Kells
Jan 31 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Image-26The 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) will be playing with them for this show.

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Feb
1
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: CMC Honors Ensemble
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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The Wayfarers
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WayfarersHailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship – centered largely by the fiddle – with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920’s – resulting in a dose of nostalgic Americana. Members of this fine group are Josh Hartman (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Kenzie Maynard (fiddle, vocals), Brandon Bankes (mandolin, vocals), Jake Loew (banjo, vocals), and Nathan Zangmeister (upright washtub bass, vocals).

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Feb
3
Tue
2015
An Evening with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

frank-vinnyofgclogo smallWith nearly 1,000 engagements in the four years they’ve been performing as a duo, acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo have become one of the most popular and sought-after duos on the international music scene. Their dynamic genre spanning music has brought them to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – performing in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank and Vinny have also become familiar figures on Public Television, and their own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars is scheduled to premiere in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series Music Gone Public.

Drawing on more than 500 years of classic songs, Vignola and Raniolo create unique, intense, and quite beautiful arrangements of these familiar and beloved songs. Although both guitarists have been deeply influenced by many great jazz guitarists, they are not merely a jazz guitar duo. There is very little improvisation, but a sense of spontaneity, imagination and virtuosity that are hallmarks of jazz are fully present in their performances.

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Feb
4
Wed
2015
DeWitt-DiCenzo Quartet
Feb 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DiCenzo DeWitt ScottJoin the DeWitt/DiCenzo Quartet for an outstanding evening of music by some of the best jazz music veterans in the business.

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.

Derek DiCenzo (guitar) is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable playing jazz on the acoustic bass as on the guitar or even the steel drum. His diverse influences and uncanny musical intuition has made him a much sought-after player.

Chris Berg (bass) has enjoyed an active career in jazz for 34 years as a composer/arranger, and his songs, jazz compositions and chamber pieces have been performed and recorded by many artists.

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.

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Feb
5
Thu
2015
Colin Gawel
Feb 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Colin GawelColin Gawel is co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the Columbus based and nationally known American rock band Watershed. He also has a solo career both with and without his backing band – Colin Gawel and the Lonely Bones.

Born in Worthington, Colin wrote his first song on the back of a paper route collection book in 6th grade. The next morning, he convinced his pal Joe Oestreich that they should start a cool band like Cheap Trick or the Kinks. Watershed was born at that moment under the monkey bars and went on to make quite a name for themselves. In fact, you can read all about it in the best selling memoir “Hitless Wonder- A Life in Minor League Rock n Roll” which was released in 2012 and National Public Radio called it one of the two best books of the summer.

When not working on music, Colin owns a small coffee shop with the rather clever name of “Colin’s Coffee” in Upper Arlington. He is married and has a young son (Owen) who also likes to rock (along with dinosaurs, baseball and super-heroes).

In between Watershed activity, Colin has released three solo ep’s and also runs a website, pencilstorm.com, featuring his writings and a number of other prominent blogger types.

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Feb
6
Fri
2015
Free Beer N’ Chicken Coalition (FBnCC)
Feb 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

FBnCC pic 2015Al Smyth’s FBnCC certainly deserves to be labeled as one of the more classy original acts in central Ohio. The band’s music and talent has grown measurably over the recent years to a point where, if the last time you heard Al Smyth was 2005 (before the crash), and haven’t heard his band since, then upon hearing the act in 2015 you will certainly be in for nothing short of a delightful experience full of wonderment and coolness.

The recent incarnation of the FBnCC lineup includes such luminaries as Cliff Starbuck on bass (Ekoostik Hookah, Adam’s Ale), Cary Dachtyl on skins (director of percussion at Kenyon College, go-to percussionist and drummer in central Ohio including with his wife Linda Dachtyl), and Adam Sheets on keys and harp (original FBnCC, national blues act Johnny Rawls).

The music is guitar based, but not the hit you over the head style (ahem, yes I’m talking to you Gary Clark Jr.). Instead it echoes with a nod to the ’70’s with a blend of blues, jazz, and country (Mr. Smyth also has a penchant for writing TV Theme show style music as well as dabbling in the soft sounds of that great American composer Frank Zappa).

So, if you haven’t heard Al Smyth’s FBnCC, then get ready to fall in sweet sappy guitar based love, and if it has been a while since you last heard this band then you need to make it a point to get reacquainted and treat yourself, because not only would they’d love to play for you , but dammit you deserve a treat!!

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Feb
7
Sat
2015
The DewDroppers
Feb 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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Feb
8
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Tom Carroll and Stan Smith
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tom Carroll 2014 black and whiteGuitarist Tom Carroll has been a performer in the Central Ohio music scene for almost 35 years. He teaches at Denison University where he is a guitar instructor and coordinator of many jazz and other music events. Tom is also a member of the gypsy jazz band SpeakEasy and is bassist in the rockabilly/roots rock band The Recliners.

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Stan Smith Facebook photoGuitarist, composer, bandleader Stan Smith is a native of Columbus. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he studied and performed with Brazilian composer Moacir Santos. 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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The Floorwalkers (Acoustic!)
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FloorwalkersShoesGrowing up together in the same Cleveland suburb, The Floorwalkers played little league baseball together as children. In high school, they began playing music together and later moved to Columbus, where they released a self titled acoustic EP.  While working on a debut full length album, they managed to garner a strong Midwest following and released their first full length CD “The Natural Road.”  Since then, they have toured nationally, and remain completely independent.

In 2015, the band plans to release their sophomore effort “Hey Kids Are You Listening” – an album partially funded by fans allowing the bands’ supporters to invest in and influence the future of the band while giving the musicians the freedom to stretch their creative legs without oversight from a record label. It’s a very positive direction for the band and for their devoted legion of fans. At a time when the music industry is reeling, The Floorwalkers have embraced the changes and built a truly grassroots following one listener at a time.

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Feb
10
Tue
2015
Lil’ Red & The Rooster, with Micah Ian Kesselring: In the Blues
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lil Red and the Rooster with Micah Kesselring (1024x768)The contagiously charming award winning international duo Lil’ Red & The Rooster, Jennifer Milligan (USA) & Pascal Fouquet (France) join forces with the equally charming and award winning Micah Ian Kesselring for the special program “In The Blues”, a night of swinging electric blues and old school R&B mixed with warm heartfelt acoustic country blues. Touching and refreshing with a bit of humor, their originals bring the roots of blues into the present day. Westerville native and current expat Lil’ Red sings as an authentic storyteller while holding the rhythm with a snare shuffle or washboard scratch. Award winning French blues guitarist Pascal shines in this intimate setting where you can hear every nuance of his 40 years’ experience. The 21-year-old Ohio native Micah sings, picks and slides beyond his years the best of Delta, Piedmont, ragtime and country blues.

“Jen Lil’ Red Milligan … a fresh voice, shamelessly reminiscent of the essential quality of jazzy postwar R&B. Blues & Co Magazine “…. with a smile in her voice she brings legitimacy and a certain lightness to her interpretation of the Ol’ Blues.” Docteur Blues Jérôme Travers

“Pascal Fouquet … guitarist to the end game, nuanced, actually in a state of grace …” Soul Bag “… profound flow … and perfect assonance put the pepper in the chili sauce … Yum.” Jerome Traverse

“Micah Kesselring is an outstanding guitarist … plays as if the hell-hounds were nipping at his heels … a phenomenal vocal range … his music leaves his listeners feeling as if they had been transported through time.” Bill Wilson – Reflections In Blue

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Feb
11
Wed
2015
The Honey Dewdrops
Feb 11 all-day

honey dewdrops low rezLaura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. This hunger to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release Silver Lining, a Top Ten record on national Folk and Americana stations. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect leaves listeners with what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. Laura and Kagey make their home in Baltimore, MD where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, expected for release in the spring. The set of songs is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.

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Feb
12
Thu
2015
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Cliff Cody, Alisha Lynn Sheely, Nathan Bell and Hosted by Eric Gnezda
Feb 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s features the finest professional singer-songwriters. Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda, the series is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Due to the popularity of the series, Natalie’s highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance to ensure table seating for the show. $10 cover.

CLIFF CODY got his first cut, “Chasin’ Whiskey,” on Julie Roberts’ album, Men and Mascara. Rolling Stone singled out the song as a highlight of the album. Since then, Cliff has had multiple cuts from various artists. A regular performer in Nashville and the Florida Keys, he has opened for Gary Allan, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Phil Vassar, David Allan Coe, Tracy Lawrence and many more. He appeared on the ABC talent show Rising Star this year. His soulful voice and storytelling style of writing has helped Cliff build a loyal following. He makes fast friends and forever fans, and once you hear him, you become both. We’re pleased to welcome Cliff back to Songwriter Showcase. cliffcody.com

ALISHA LYNN SHEELY took a winding road to Nashville. Born in Shiloh, Ohio, Alisha fueled her journey with her abiding love of country music. She recorded her first album at 20. Her third album was produced by Nashville’s John Wirtz. In Music City, she performs at Nashville’s historic Blue Bar, and Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, and is a songwriting instructor for the World Music Project. Alisha continues to craft her songwriting and performances, playing writers rounds with some of the best in the industry, including Marty Dodson (“Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “Everybody Wants to go to Heaven”), and Amanda Williams (“B-E-E-R-R-U-N,” “She’s Tired of Boys.”) reverbnation.com/alishalynnsheely

NATHAN BELL composed the music for The Day After Stonewall Died, a movie that was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival. Son of famed poet-laureate of Iowa, Marvin Bell, Nathan’s early years were filled with the comings and goings of literary giants such as Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. He learned to write lyrics by reading Jack London, William Carlos Williams and Frank Herbert. Nathan is known for his straightforward yet poetic lyrics, and expert musicianship. A master guitarist, Nathan often performs solo, allowing his instrument to turn his poetry to song, his metaphors to melody. Acoustic Guitar Magazine described his music as “rock-tinged country-folk,” his voice as “rustic, coupling the grain of Levon Helm with the gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.” nathanbellmusic.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

Feb
13
Fri
2015
The Vernon Hairston Trio with Tia Harris Roseboro
Feb 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

VHVernon Hairston has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition from the Ohio State University where he studied with the late great world renowned Hank Marr. He also has a Bachelor of Music Education in Vocal Pedagogy from Ohio State University.

Vernon has produced recording projects and has recorded and toured with artists such as Grammy nominated The New King James Version, Keith Dobbins and Resurrection, Chris Byrd, Keith Harrison of The Time, and Cynthia Turner & Heartspeak.

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Tia Harris Roseboro, better known as “Just Tia”, was raised in Columbus, and in her early twenties, she began singing professionally as the vocalist with an R&B group called Dark Star. Tia has sung on numerous occasions with The Stan Smith Band, The Jazz Professors, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and Steve Newby and Conversation Pieces from Indiana.

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Feb
14
Sat
2015
Erica Blinn & The Handsome Machine, w special guest Brian Douglas Day
Feb 14 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Erica Blinn and the Handsome MachineBrian Douglas DayJoin Erica Blinn for a special Valentine’s Day show at Natalie’s. Erica constructs American rock songs one earnest melody at a time. She forces Midwestern air through beat-up harmonicas and hammers out honest words that stretch and twist through her tunes. She bends the rules of the blues and knocks down the walls of pop music to create blue collar music that everyone can stand up for and be proud of.

Over the last year, Blinn shared stages with names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Royal Southern Brotherhood & Devon Allman just to name a few. 2014 finds Blinn and her raucous backing band The Handsome Machine touring to support their new album Lovers In The Dust. Burning gas in the tank and scorching crowds on a nightly basis on stages all across the USA.

Erica’s special guest for the evening will be Brian Douglas Day. Based out of Columbus, the extremely versatile one man band (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kick drum, foot tambourine) annually plays over 225 shows across the country.

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Feb
15
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Casey Cook and Paul Brown
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Casey CookPaul Brown banjoCasey Cook is a nationally recognized flatpick guitarist.  He has performed all over the world, been inducted into the Florida Country Music Hall of Fame and featured in the nationally distributed Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.  From his award winning Atlanta, Georgia based band “The Dappled Grays” to his current faculty position as co-director of Denison University’s Bluegrass Program, Casey Cook continues to impress, amaze and inspire.

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Brown is well known to central Ohio audiences from his time with “The Pleasant Mountain Boys” and “Death By Banjo”.  Paul is a two time Ohio state champion banjo player and has placed in the top 5 at the National Bluegrass Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas twice. His highly melodic style is heavily influenced by his fiddle playing, which also has won numerous awards.  He currently teaches advanced banjo at Denison University.

Trace Marie and Blue Level
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TraceNatalie’s presents a special Valentine’s weekend celebration featuring a special intimate set of love songs composed by Trace Marie and Blue Level, as well as interpretations of jazz and soul hits. Returning after a packed house performance last summer supporting their latest release, Rayleigh Scattering, they promise a set that takes the listener on a musical journey.

The CD’s new material finds the band stretching out, morphing their vision with a broad range of local styles to claim new territory. “When we began this project last autumn, we wanted to capture the legacy of music in our city,” says Trace Marie. “Our solution – our evolution – has been to blend that legacy with our own groove. Textured and soulful, this music is what Columbus brings out in us.” The band features seasoned local musicians including vocalist Trace Marie, saxophonist Craig Fernandez, keyboardists John Popovich and Andrew Wade, bassist Adam Koltnow, percussionist Russ Frost, drummer Edward Repasy and guitarist/composer Bradley Scott. Collectively, they bring an emotive energy and passion to the music that engages sophisticated music fans as well as casual listeners.

To celebrate this latest CD and Valentine’s Day weekend, those attending will be given a complimentary disc! To purchase the album and to find more information about Trace Marie and blue level, visit www.bluelevelmusic.com.

“The Columbus seven-piece, which recorded its fifth and latest effort at Arch City Studio, sustains a pop sound with shades of soul and jazz.” –The Columbus Dispatch

“Local indie-pop act Trace Marie and Blue Level’s new album is a tribute and interpretation of the sounds that have defined Columbus music through the years.” –The Groove City Record

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Feb
17
Tue
2015
Fat Tuesday Celebration with the New Basics Brass Band
Feb 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NBBB 2014Join the New Basics Brass Band as they present a special show to celebrate Fat Tuesday! Originally launched in 1995, the sousaphone-driven NBBB 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), Tim Perdue (trumpet), Johnny Bachman (trumpet), Colin Lazarski (guitar), Tony Zilincik (sousaphone), Rob Maccabee (trombone), and Aaron Bishara (drums)

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Feb
18
Wed
2015
Derek DiCenzo Quartet: Tribute to Sonny Rollins
Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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The Derek DiCenzo Quartet will pay tribute to the music of jazz legend Sonny Rollins in a very special show at Natalie’s, featuring some of the region’s finest musicians.

Among the music that will be performed during the show will be selections from the classic Rollins record, “The Bridge”. The instrumentation on that album was saxophone, guitar, bass, and drums, and DiCenzo will use the same instruments for this show, with Derek on guitar, Eddie Bayard on sax, Dave DeWitt on bass, and Maxwell Buttons on drums.

This album is one of DiCenzo’s favorite records, and Jim Hall, the guitarist on that recording, has influenced Derek more than anyone. DiCenzo states: “Sonny Rollins inspires me with his melodic and rhythmic creativity, and he’s still playing great at age 84. Just last year, I heard him say some things that crystallize my feelings about playing jazz”: ‘I’m not supposed to be playing, the music is supposed to be playing me. When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don’t want to overtly think about anything, because you can’t think and play at the same time. Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication, and getting that to the people is our job as musicians.’

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Feb
19
Thu
2015
Perfect Storm
Feb 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Perfect Storm 62014Perfect Storm is a band made up of some of the best musicians in the region, and the group performs a variety of styles, including, jazz fusion, rock fusion, neo soul, modern and classic r&b, and post bop including original arrangements and compositions. Perfect Storm is a 5 piece band that includes Shawn ‘Thunder’ Wallace, DeMeeshia Marshall, Tim Cummiskey, Shane Willis, and Jeff Bass.

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Feb
20
Fri
2015
Phil Clark & The Soul: Music of Ray Charles
Feb 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

soulresizeJoin Phil Clark and The Soul as they pay a very special tribute to the classic songs of Ray Charles.

THE SOUL combines R&B, Blues, Rock, Gospel and Jazz in an infectious sound that is impossible to deny. Drawing from early Ray Charles tunes such as “You Don’t Know Me”, “Georgia” and “Drown in My Own Tears”, blue eyed soul singer Phil Clark (Vocals, Harp, Sax) shows what it’s really like to be the son of a preacher. Bridging his gospel roots with the blues is his calling card.

Dave DeWitt’s brilliant piano and organ strokes bring tunes like Dr John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time” and Billy Preston’s “Will It Go ‘Round in Circles” to dizzying heights.

Central Ohio’s blues guitar legend John Boerstler can make you cry with “Rainy Night in Georgie” or make you beg for more with Joe Cocker’s “Leave Your Hat On”.

Bassist Jeff Ciampa and drummer Aaron Scott round out this cast of veteran players that surely will not disappoint.

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Feb
21
Sat
2015
American Gypsy
Feb 21 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

American Gypsy low rezAmerican Gypsy, the original “Gypsy power trio” featuring master 12-string guitarist, Neil Jacobs, award winning bassist, Steven Fox and world class violin virtuoso, Arkadiy Gips returns to the stage for another special performance at Natalie’s.

Both Neil Jacobs and Arkadiy Gips have a history of performing and traveling with the Gypsies of Europe. Neil resided and studied with Gypsies of Spain from 1994 -1996, and Arkadiy traveled with a Gypsy group from Bulgaria in the 80’s. More recently, Arkadiy completed an amazing two year world tour with Madonna. Both Arkadiy and Neil have extensive knowledge of Balkan and Slavic folk music and have spent years both touring with and composing for the internationally acclaimed group, Zivili. One particularly memorable journey brought them to the Balkans in the early 90’s. Here they performed in refugee camps for war victims throughout the Balkan states culminating in a major concert in the war-ravaged center of Sarajevo.

Steven Fox is a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned his degree in double bass performance. His musical expertise includes everything from Bluegrass to African music and beyond.

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Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

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Phillip Fox Band- Acoustic Show
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

PFThere are a lot of bands that claim to be different and to have carved out their own sound only to sound like everyone else in their genre, but for Ohio quartet Phillip Fox Band, that statement could not be more literal. With their debut full length album, Heartland, they have truly carved out their own sound that is best described as ‘Country-Fried Rock N’ Roll’.

“As a band we have a pretty wide listening palette” states frontman Fox. “Jonathan was raised on classical music and Motown, Austin digs deep into metal and pop, and David really digs the blues. As it pertains to our sound, we really respect bands like Blackberry Smoke, Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Hayes Carll, Cadillac Three, Monster Truck, and even a little Kings of Leon and Zac Brown Band. All for different reasons of course, and I don’t think there’s one group out there that is ‘who we want to be’. It’s sort of a blood-line or genealogy, and for us it’s about tapping into that blood line and channeling that rural, earthy, dirty, swampy soulfulness that only exists on the fringe of music in our generation.”

This performance at Natalie’s will be a full-band acoustic performance featuring rare originals and new spins on many of the crowd favorites.

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Feb
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Sirens
Feb 24 @ 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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Feb
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An Acoustic Evening with Adam Schlenker and Hayes Griffin
Feb 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ImageNatalie’s is proud to present an acoustic evening featuring the two outstanding guitarists Adam Schlenker and Hayes Griffin. Adam is a flat pick guitarist from southern West Virginia who has been featured in, and contributes to, Flat Picking Guitar Magazine and teaches in the Bluegrass Music Major program at Denison University.   Hayes Griffin was raised in central Ohio and started playing guitar at the age of nine. Inspired by the sounds of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Tony Rice, Hayes completely immersed himself in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music at a young age. He has been touring the US, Canada, and Europe with the April Verch Band.

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Feb
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Parker MacDonell & Friends
Feb 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_ParkerParker MacDonell is a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist with Ohio roots and California influences. His original songs reveal influences by the great singer/songwriters of the 70’s. With his friends Phil Maneri on bass, John Bellas on drums and Rick Waters on guitar, he sings a wide variety of songs that are soothing, moving, rocking and funny – but not all at the same time!

He released his third recording, The Present Tense, in August 2012, and has also been appearing in Columbus as a member of Captain Morgan & the Pep Boys for the past five years.

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

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Feb
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Two2Many
Feb 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Two2Many picTwo2Many is as much a concept as it is a musical act. It is the wish of these 4 musicians/singers to share music, laughter and stories and have a good time. The band plays traditional Irish music, along with some of their own original compositions, while putting a Two2Many spin on all of it.

Karl Wohlwend (guitar) has performed across North America, playing guitar in every imaginable style and setting.  From the classical concert hall to playing rock ‘n roll; whether sitting in pit orchestras for musicals, jazz clubs to Irish pubs, he sees the guitar’s greatest strength as lying in its versatility, and strives to do it all. Karl is on the guitar faculty at Ohio State and Otterbein Universities and maintains a very active independent teaching and recording studio.

Tyler Moore (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals) earned his degree in Violin Performance from Ohio University, and spent some time in a Latin Jazz band, a Klezmer band, and went to Jazz and Bluegrass jam sessions before settling into Celtic music. Keri’s trained vocal qualities and unbridled onstage enthusiasm have made her a standout within Two2Many. Her passionate delivery and onstage presence make her a joy to experience.

Kari McBride (lead vocals, guitar, percussion) loves a variety of music and in 2010 she was asked to sing onstage with Two2Many at the Dublin Irish Festival, where she now holds the “lead vocals” rank with the group due to her amazing voice. She also plays guitar and has arranged some of her favorite songs to be included in Two2Many set list.

John McBride (bodhran, vocals) is the senior member of the group, and has instructed Bodhrán workshops at a variety of Irish/Celtic festivals. John has also released his Beginner Bodhrán Instruction Video, which has received great reviews by publications and contemporaries and achieved the Amazon ranking of #1 Best Seller.

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Mar
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Brunch Music: CMC Honors Ensemble
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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Helen Highwater Stringband (David Grier, Mike Compton, Shad Cobb, Missy Raines)
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Helen Highwater  Photo (1024x683)Natalie’s is proud to present a very special evening of music featuring some of the finest acoustic musicians in the world coming together with their new band, Helen Highwater.

It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right players.

So, they formed a band and named it Helen Highwater—the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music. It’s David Grier on guitar, Missy Raines on bass, Mike Compton on mandolin, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and power vocals from all four.

These are musicians who have performed for decades. Their music is rooted but not frozen, recognizable but not predictable, comfy but not smug. It’s also a steel-railed groove of steam-powered drive—Gid Tanner and Bill Monroe stoking the coal car and one band barreling ahead, eyes around the curve.

David Grier was named an Artist of the Decade in 2000 by Guitar Player magazine, has received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Guitar Player of the Year award 3 times, and has played on 4 Grammy award-winning albums.

Missy Raines is a 7-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year and a former member of the Claire Lynch and Eddie & Martha Adcock bands. She played as a duo with Jim Hurst and now fronts her own ensemble, The New Hip.

Mike Compton is known as the Monroe-style mandolin player and has played with John Hartford and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Mike received Grammy awards for his work on O Brother Where Art Thou and played on projects for Dr. Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello.

Shad Cobb is a powerful and nuanced fiddler who draws from deep traditions and has played for the Osborne Brothers, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Marty Raybon, Mike Snyder, and the John Cowan Band.

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Mar
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An Evening with Rod Picott
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RodThe son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you’ll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded his songs. Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted CDs over the last 13 years, and a well-earned reputation as an engaging, emotion fueled performer.

His latest recording, Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail, was produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll]. This collection of carefully crafted songs of rugged truth and beauty highlights Picott’s particular gift for exploring complex themes in common language.

Praise for Rod Picott

“…an artist who deserves to be heard” -Mary Gauthier

”…Beautiful and heartbreaking songs-one of the best on the Americana and folk scene” -Slaid Cleaves

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Mar
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Banjo Babes 2015 Tour
Mar 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ImageNatalie’s is excited to present a special night of music featuring three lady banjo artists. This show is part of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album project, a collaborative project featuring lady banjo players from around the world aimed at supporting and promoting independent artists via a fun, thematic calendar and professional compilation album. Performing will be five-string banjo artists Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee (The Lowest Pair), California banjo songstress Erin Inglish, and Ohio’s own Laurie Michelle Caner (of Hey Mavis).

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A traveler, a dreamer, and a bold banjo pickin’ songstress from Arkansas, Kendl Winter now calls Olympia, Washington home. While spending most of her time on the road as half of the new old-timey banjo duo, The Lowest Pair, she writes and performs in both clawhammer and three-finger style. This quirky, old-time roots influenced duet performs traditional and original music, often nestled-in between. For this show at Natalie’s, they will also be celebrating the release of their brand new album, The Sacred Heart Sessions.

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California banjo songstress Erin Inglish often performs just voice and banjo, and her songwriting reflects her passion for traveling and grounding for environmental conscientiousness, social justice and artistic expression. Inglish is the organizer of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album, and in 2015 she will tour for a second season with Duncan Phillips, son of Utah Phillips, as part of his Long Memory tour celebrating the life and times of Utah.

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Laurie Michelle Caner lives her songs every time she sings them. Her banjo playing is an original style of curious origin, and serves as a strong yet ethereal foundation for her lyrics. Her band is Hey Mavis, featuring banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, and they easily move from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song.

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Mar
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Dan White Quartet
Mar 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Dan White picNatalie’s presents an evening of music with the award winning saxophonist Dan White and his Quartet, a band known for its original music. The group strives to push the boundaries of composition and improvisation. Featuring a front line of multi-instrumentalists, the group has an array of sounds to bring to the table. Each member uses his unique instrumental voice to contribute collectively. The combination of these voices leads to a unique sound that escapes the specific boundary of the jazz genre.

Upon winning the Rochester Jazz Star Competition, White recorded and produced his debut album “Between The Lines”, and has also received honors from Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Education Network for his composing and saxophone abilities.

White is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, where he performs with the new group Huntertones, who will be appearing at Natalie’s on Wednesday, April 29.

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Mar
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The Drowsy Lads
Mar 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_DrowsyLadsThe Drowsy Lads exploded onto the Irish music scene in Ohio in 2006 and have become favorites at pubs, clubs, and festivals. Their intricate, yet molten-lava approach to Traditional Irish music has won over many fans.

Brothers Daniel McKewen (Uilleann pipes, guitar, bodhran) and John McKewen (bouzouki, tenor banjo, vocals) started the band with high school friend Bryan Brookes (flute, whistle, concertina). They added Josh Franck (button accordion, vocals, bodhran). Later, Josh’s dad Phil Franck (fiddle, bouzouki, 5-string banjo) joined the band.

The Drowsy Lads were featured artists at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua two years in a row. They’ve played a number of Irish festivals, but their yearly favorite remains playing The Dublin Irish Festival. They’ve performed on stage with the likes of Dervish, SLIDE, John Whelan, and lead dancer of Riverdance Joe Moriarity.

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Mar
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Jesse Terry
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jesse TerryJesse Terry is an internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter whose intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability has solidified him as a favorite at festivals and live venues nationwide. With three full-length albums, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. The Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The CMT/NSAI Song Contest, he has garnered worldwide acclaim including the elite honor of performing for US and NATO troops.

The road now his home, his fans his family, and his wife Jess his rock, Jesse Terry’s music and life are truly about the journey. His original sound continues to galvanize national and global exposure, including recent placements on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” Lufthansa Airlines, and PBS’ “Roadtrip Nation,” fueling the prospects of his future steadily ablaze, trails of accolades following in his wake.

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Mar
10
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Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted HeartsSomewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen stirs up his own pop rock brand of Beatles-eque Cosmic Americana. Pop rock arrangements and sunny melodies tucked between a long lost country folk steel guitar floating through speakers around crashing drums, bouncing bass lines and smooth as butter keys.

The differences between Miles Nielsen and his father, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen: Miles writes gentler songs that break your heart and ice up your windshield, and he also plays on a guitar with one neck instead of six.

Miles co-owns a recording studio in Rockford, IL, FUSE, that has served as the recording home to Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. He has worked with many artists such as Augie Meyers, Lonnie Brooks, Gabriel Reed, Cheap Trick, and The Good Year Pimps. From writing and performing his own tunes to recording and performing on other artists songs, Miles Nielsen continues to help carry out that very rare rock n’ roll torch that only few can claim out loud, “that sound?… it came from the Midwest.”

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Mar
11
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An Evening with Mark Stuart
Mar 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

Stuart and his wife Stacey made her first album in 1998, “Simple Gearle”, touring hundreds of dates in the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe. Mark is celebrating his 50th birthday in January 2015 and touring as heavily as ever. Audiences will find his usual material from solo CDs and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart CDs. But, they will also hear a special nod toward the artist Paul McCartney for the calendar year. Mark will expose which of his own songs were influenced by McCartney’s style and include some of Macca’s tunes, delivered in MARK STUART style!

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Mar
13
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2015
Benco Presents: Carrie Rodriguez
Mar 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

CarrieCarrie Rodriguez is equally renowned as a violinist, not only accompanying songwriting luminaries such as Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but also touring internationally with esteemed guitarist/composer Bill Frisell.  A native of Austin, Texas, Rodriguez is often pegged as a country singer, yet she also sings in fluent Spanish, and is currently working on an album featuring classic Ranchera songs from the Mexican songbook. If you ask Carrie how she would identify herself musically, she would do so with one word: collaborator.

Her earliest musical collaborations were done with legendary singer-songwriter, Chip Taylor, and resulted in four highly-acclaimed duet albums. Most recently Carrie has been perfecting the art of the duo with her musical partner, Luke Jacobs, an unexpected and stimulating match for her artistic leanings, adds a compelling Garrison Keillor-esque element to their live show. In January of 2014, Rodriguez and Jacobs released Live at the Cactus – a testament to the intimacy, playfulness and depth of emotion that audiences have been celebrating since the duo began their collaboration.  They are currently finishing up the recording of Jacobs’ debut album, which is being produced by Carrie and will be released in early 2015.

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Mar
14
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Hey Mavis CD Release Concert
Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

shapeJoin Americana band “Hey Mavis” as they celebrate the release of their brand new album “What I Did”. For the new record, the group teamed-up with Adam Aijala (guitarist of Yonder Mountain String Band), Chuck Auerbach (co-writer of the Black Keys song Hard Row), and Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Red Clay Ramblers), to create a musical feast that contains a pinch of jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, and folk, and a heaping spoonful of rock.

Hey Mavis bandleaders Laurie and Eddie Caner have led their group from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest.

Laurie Michelle Caner’s (vocals, banjo) banjo playing beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Her 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.

Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) spent a dozen years performing as a sideman in national touring bands and orchestras, including Page & Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Eddie always amazes the audience with his Hendrix-like tone and precision—he can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove.

Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. He studied Cuban music in Havana with Carlos Del Puerto and toured as bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.

For this CD Release show, Hey Mavis will be joined by guitarist/bassist/vocalist Kevin Johnson, and drummer Anthony Taddeo.

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Mar
15
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Brunch Music: Stan Smith and Taylor DeVault
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

taystanGuitarist, 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.

Kelly Zullo and Michael Kelsey
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kelly Zullo guitar 2Natalie’s presents Kelly Zullo and Michael Kelsey, two outstanding guitarists who will share the stage for a very special evening of music.

Columbus based Kelly Zullo has been honing her craft and traveling for nearly 2 decades. Moving briefly to NYC, Europe, Cleveland, Chicago & Nashville, drawing on experiences from many locals, this lyricist and guitarist molds the gypsy-esque mantra with philosophical bite over a riotous acoustic guitar. She won the International Acoustic Music Award for “Best Female Artist” for 2013, and was also awarded the top spot at the Columbus Songwriter Association competition as the #1 performer for 2013.

She was recently in a video feature in Guitar World Magazine, and performed in the  “Woodchopper’s Ball” at the Kent Stage, which featured 9 of the top acoustic guitarists from around the country.

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Michael Kelsey (960x1024)Michael Kelsey brings a free-flowing improvisational style to the guitar that involves every inch of his instrument. From his funky, percussive playing style that conjures an image of a one-man version of STOMP to lush instrumentals reminiscent of Michael Hedges/Phil Keaggy, his performance blends multiple musical genres and vocals along with some techno fun to create a sound all his own. He is the winner of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon”. Chosen from among 3,000 entrants, the singer-songwriter performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 where he shared the stage with many legendary guitarists.

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Mar
17
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St Patrick’s Day Celebration with The Kells
Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

the kellsCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Natalie’s with one of the region’s premiere Irish bands, The Kells. 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) will be playing with them for this special show.

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Mar
18
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FLIPPO: Tribute to Weather Report
Mar 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rez-2Join jazz “super group” FLIPPO for a special tribute to the music of Weather Report, an influential American jazz fusion band of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. This Grammy award winning group was led by keyboard player Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

Columbus based FLIPPO displays instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. Their performance will feature the band playing some of the funkiest and “fusion-laden” grooves of the past 30+ years.

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

FLIPPO will also be performing original music by members of the band, as well as music by some of their other inspirations, such as Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, and Pat Metheny.

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Mar
22
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Brunch Music: Trista Hill, Harpist
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Trista HillTrista Hill is a professional harpist and recording artist who for over 20 years has performed in top venues and other settings for house concerts, educational and professional presentations. She offers non-traditional music lessons out of her home just north of Columbus and is a fine artist.

Her repertoire includes classical, Brazilian, jazz, popular selections, and her own largely improvised arrangements and compositions. In addition to performing solo, she has played with jazz group Nova Madrugada, alternative folk rock Luceys Maze, art pop rock Flotation Walls, and others. In the Fall of 2011, Trista toured with another major force in the harp world, Deborah Henson-Conant, offering performances and a creativity workshop they developed together called Fireworks for the Creative Spirit. Trista is the U.S. representative of the International Jazz Harp Foundation.

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irions (748x1024)Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs that was released recently.

Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way is also the latest entry in an ongoing creative relationship between the Guthrie family and Wilco. Sarah Lee is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie, and the granddaughter of the iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie, whose unfinished songs Wilco recorded with Billy Bragg on a pair of Mermaid Avenue albums. Wilco also invited Sarah Lee and Johnny to perform at the band’s Solid Sound Festival, and the duo had toured with the Autumn Defense, Sansone’s project with Wilco bassist John Stirratt.

“Moves seamlessly from Beck-meets-Beatles rock to soundscapes, folk-roots and Beach Boys summertime rock… [with] a sincerity that is undeniable.”
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Mar
24
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Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NP_Juanito Pascual Trio low rezVirtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native’s musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

His newest project, Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla (Julian Lage Group, Bob Moses, Kenny Werner) and bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh and exhilarating sound giving performances that leave audiences literally spellbound.

Be part of the action as the Trio celebrate their debut release in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning recording engineer Rob Griffin.

Since the 2003 release of his debut solo recording “Cosas en Comun”, Pascual’s international touring schedule has brought him to venues throughout the world, and he has performed with a lengthy ‘who’s who’ of top flamenco artists from Spain and the U.S. in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, bassist John Patitucci (of Chick Corea’s Band), pianist Danilo Perez (of the Wayne Shorter Qt), percussionist Jamey Haddad (of Paul Simon’s group), virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev, and many others.

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Mar
25
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The Far West
Mar 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

www.micahalbert.comLos Angeles’ The Far West came together in 2010, thanks in part to singer Lee Briante, who posted a late night Craigslist ad that consisted of nothing more then the text  ‘looking to do something like this’  and a Waylon Jennings video.  Texas born Robert Black responded within minutes and The Far West was born. Chicago native Aaron Bakker soon joined the band bringing his exceptional guitar playing to the lineup. With Michael Whiteside on piano & keys and Andrew ‘Smitty’ Smith on drums, the line up was solidified.

Each of the five members left other bands for a common goal: to make music inspired by artists such as Gram Parsons, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, and The Band. They released their self-titled debut album in 2010. Before long the band partnered with respected booking agent Mongrel Music, and have been consistently growing and selling out shows in the West ever since. Their second album, Any Day Now, is now out on Medina River Records and is steeped in alt-country with a few flourishes.

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Mar
27
Fri
2015
Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Mike Farris
Mar 27 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

MikeFarrisWRRRMike Farris, nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album with his acclaimed new record “Shine For All the People”, will make a rare solo appearance on Natalie’s stage.

Mike won an Americana Music Award for New/Emerging Artist in 2008, followed by a Dove Award in 2010. His live performances at Bonnaroo, SxSW, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and others-were drawing rave reviews. Revered artists like Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart were struck by his incomparable voice, and Mike opened shows for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. He recently appeared on the prime time special Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, performing a song with Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble.

Buddy Miller says “Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.”

Mary Gauthier, who’s soul-stirring “Mercy Now” was one of the first songs Mike chose for the new record, says “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.”

Mike’s spirited, soul-gospel fusion has found an enthusiastic audience, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch this amazing artist in concert.

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Mar
28
Sat
2015
Hebdo
Mar 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

hebdoJoey Hebdo’s style, “Adventure-Folk,” is unspoiled and unforgettable. A Columbus native, Joey and his music were shaped through the merging of Lebanese culture with suburban America and Appalachian paradise. His diversity was inevitable, as he drew his influences from Robert Plant, Andrew Bird, The Temptations, the Beatles, and, of course, his grandfather. Hebdo is all about vocal melodies and appears more often than not as an energetic solo acoustic performer, but for this special show at Natalie’s, he will appear with other talented musicians packed with three part harmonies and an edge too sharp to mention.

His first self-release, “unEP” (2008), was well received, launching him on a nine-month coast-to-coast tour, which featured extensive dates in San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles. Upon returning home, he recorded, “Prosciutto,” followed by a live album and a collaborative CD with fellow songwriters in a Hocking Hills cabin.

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Mar
29
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

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Apr
21
Tue
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Eilen Jewell
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

EJZeppelin Productions and Natalie’s are proud to bring Eilen Jewell back to Natalie’s stage for a very special two night residency.

After a brief hiatus this past summer to welcome her first child into the world (named Mavis, after gospel great Mavis Staples), Eilen Jewell is hitting the road again with a live double album, Live at the Narrows, which includes original songs and some of her favorite covers. Next year will also bring the release of Jewell’s fifth, full-length studio album, her first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Queen of the Minor Key. The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band, Jason Beek (drums/vocals), Jerry Miller (guitar), Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) and special guests in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. Over the past ten years Eilen has repeatedly toured North America, Europe, and Australia, and shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, Junior Brown, and many others.

Eilen’s fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor alongside her beautiful ballads and uptempo rockers. In addition to four of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, The Sacred Shakers, as well as a tribute album to Loretta Lynn.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.”

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Apr
22
Wed
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Eilen Jewell
Apr 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

EJZeppelin Productions and Natalie’s are proud to bring Eilen Jewell back to Natalie’s stage for a very special two night residency.

After a brief hiatus this past summer to welcome her first child into the world (named Mavis, after gospel great Mavis Staples), Eilen Jewell is hitting the road again with a live double album, Live at the Narrows, which includes original songs and some of her favorite covers. Next year will also bring the release of Jewell’s fifth, full-length studio album, her first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Queen of the Minor Key. The yet-to-be-titled album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band, Jason Beek (drums/vocals), Jerry Miller (guitar), Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) and special guests in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.

As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960s era rock and roll. Over the past ten years Eilen has repeatedly toured North America, Europe, and Australia, and shared stages with Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, Junior Brown, and many others.

Eilen’s fans marvel at her warmth, unique wit, and onstage humor alongside her beautiful ballads and uptempo rockers. In addition to four of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, The Sacred Shakers, as well as a tribute album to Loretta Lynn.

The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…. She’s mighty good.”

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Apr
26
Sun
2015
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

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May
5
Tue
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Tom Russell
May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tom Russell picSince Tom Russell first talked him into promoting a show in 1995, Alec Wightman of Zeppelin Productions has consistently called Tom Russell “the finest singer-songwriter working in America today.” But, it’s not just Alec who raves about Tom. The Boston Globe has called him “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” going on to say “he raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” And, John Swenson of Rolling Stone once described Tom as “the greatest living country songwriter.”

Tom has made many return trips to Columbus since that first Zeppelin show in 1995, including last year’s very intimate solo show at Natalie’s, reading from his wonderful new book, “120 Songs” and performing lots of those songs, including many rarities which he doesn’t usually do in concert.

This time, we are honored to have Russell perform for two consecutive nights, which will allow him time to reach even deeper into his extensive catalog while also treating fans to his latest work.

Tom’s songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”

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May
6
Wed
2015
Zeppelin Productions Presents: A Special Residency with Tom Russell
May 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tom Russell picSince Tom Russell first talked him into promoting a show in 1995, Alec Wightman of Zeppelin Productions has consistently called Tom Russell “the finest singer-songwriter working in America today.” But, it’s not just Alec who raves about Tom. The Boston Globe has called him “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” going on to say “he raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” And, John Swenson of Rolling Stone once described Tom as “the greatest living country songwriter.”

Tom has made many return trips to Columbus since that first Zeppelin show in 1995, including last year’s very intimate solo show at Natalie’s, reading from his wonderful new book, “120 Songs” and performing lots of those songs, including many rarities which he doesn’t usually do in concert

This time, we are honored to have Russell perform for two consecutive nights, which will allow him time to reach even deeper into his extensive catalog while also treating fans to his latest work.

Tom’s songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”

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