Natalie's Upcoming Shows

August – November 2014

Aug
27
Wed
2014
Popgun
Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Popgun-3Popgun is a group consisting of some of the finest musicians in the Central Ohio area. They present their interpretations of a wide variety of tunes from David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, and much more. Members of the group also perform with other outstanding bands from the area, including the Floorwalkers, HooDoo Soul Band, Strutterfly and the Dan White Sextet.

Band members are Jonathan (Elliot) Vernon on vocals, Joey Hebdo vocals, Josh Hill on guitar, Tony McClung on drums, Jeff Ciampa on bass, Lucas Holmes on keyboards, and Kevin O’Neill on saxophone.

Facebook

Aug
28
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Terry Keith, Lee Hennick, Larry Ramey, and hosted by Eric Gnezda.
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2

Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is the area’s original and premier songwriter round. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda. Presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends tickets AND dinner reservations to ensure table seating for the show. $5 cover.

TERRY KEITH, a native of Winston-Salem, began writing songs at 14. A co-coordinator of the Columbus Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International, he writes country, pop, folk, blues, inspirational, and humorous songs. He co-wrote “My Ohio,” which won the Bicentennial Song Contest sponsored by the Columbus Dispatch in 2003. He has also performed more than 40 dates at Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Cafe.

LEE HENNICK is a singer/songwriter rooted in the Midwest. Inspired by many divergent voices, from Motown to James Taylor to the Rolling Stones, Lee’s songs take his fans to stops in the country, through the urban landscape and occasionally down the road to their pasts. He stirs the soul with his melodic stories. Sometimes sweet and wistful, sometimes fun and funky, always entertaining.

LARRY RAMEY is a singer-songwriter whose music is a smooth blend between the sounds of Americana and folk music. Also an accomplished improvisational actor, he is a founding member of Midwest Comedy Tool & Die, a national touring comedy troupe. He reports that, although he’s an animal lover, he is currently living without a dog – but with several guitars.

Host ERIC GNEZDA weaves his music, humor and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. He performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the 2006 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 new TV show featuring the region’s most accomplished songwriters. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Aug
29
Fri
2014
The Drowsy Lads: CD Release Show
Aug 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Drowsy Lads Wide Awake low rezHelp the Drowsy Lads celebrate the release of their brand new CD Wide Away with this special CD release show at Natalie’s.

The 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Aug
30
Sat
2014
Carl Sally & Friends
Aug 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

carl sallyCarl Sally, a world class saxophonist and Columbus native, started his first professional band in 1956, and went on to play many venues and engagements, including going on the road with the great Rock and Roll guitarist, Chuck Berry. They traveled and played top night clubs in New York City, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and many stage shows throughout the rest of the United States.

During this time, Carl recorded and performed with a number of top groups, including the Dells, The Five Keys, and The Everly Brothers. In the early 1960s, he played in New York City with many of the Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puenta, Tito Rodriguez, and the great Machito.

In 1974, Carl was booked into the Sheraton Hotel chain where he played in many of their supper clubs and entertainment venues. In 1978, he was promoted to Entertainment Director and opened the new Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. Carl worked for the Sheraton chain until his retirement in 1988.

From his retirement to the present, Carl has worked special engagements to keep him in touch with the world of entertainment. However, in 2009 the entertainment bug struck him once more, and has brought him back stronger than ever. Carl Sally is a member of the Ohio Music Hall of Fame.

Facebook     I     Listen     

 

Aug
31
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

BigBabyMusic

Tim Easton
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tim EastonPromoPhoto_72dpiTim Easton is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter who has consistently put our quality music over the past three decades. He has shared bills and opened for Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, and many more.

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

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
2
Tue
2014
The Carpenter Ants, featuring the Rev R.L. Bush
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Carpenter AntsRev R.L. BushEven the best bands come and go but the Carpenter Ants, West Virginia’s premier rhythm & blues group, have been around – with virtually the same lineup – for 25 years. After more than 2,000 performances, the band never fails to have a good time – and that feeling is contagious.

Joining the Carpenter Ants for this show at Natalie’s will be the award winning Rev R.L. Bush, one of the premiere gospel soul artists performing today. The Ants and Rev Bush first joined forces at a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony during which the Swan Silvertones were inducted. When the Rev Bush – the grandson of one of the Swans original lead singers – was asked to lead the group’s musical segment, the Carpenter Ants were the natural backing band.

“The Swans are one of the 20th Century’s greatest gospel quartets,” said Ants lead guitarist Michael Lipton. “We were already performing a number of the group’s songs so we were thrilled to back Rev Bush, who has a serious pedigree – not only from his grandfather – but from what he’s done in his career. But more importantly, his performances are riveting and run straight to your soul.”

The group’s new CD, Ants & Uncles, features guitarist Bill Kirchen on all tracks. Other guests include keyboardist John Deaderick (Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Michael McDonald), famed peddle steel guitarist Russ Hicks and dobro/lap steel master Jerry Douglas.

The Ants – guitarist Michael Lipton, drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist/saxophonist Charlie Tee – have quietly amassed a resume that rivals many national groups. The group’s trademark country-soul sound – rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section – captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel, and has won the band international as well as regional fans. Thanks to Lipton’s two decade-long association with the internationally syndicated radio show Mountain Stage as both house guitarist and engineering assistant, a long, varied list of players have sat in at after-show jams for sets that ping-pong from rock ’n’ roll and blues to country and gospel.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
3
Wed
2014
Kidd Jordan & The Jazz Poetry Ensemble: A Benefit for the Kate Schulte Foundation
Sep 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kidd Jordan_1 copyNatalie’s is proud to present a very special benefit show featuring the legendary saxophone player Kidd Jordan. This event will benefit The Kate Schulte Foundation, named after the late civil rights attorney and activist, who spent many hours working for equal justice, opportunity and equality. The Foundation’s motto is “Art for Justice” and its mission is to support artists who are making a positive impact on our society, especially in the realm of equal rights.

Edward “Kidd’ Jordan is a modern jazz legend. He has performed with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Ornette Coleman. He was instrumental in the beginnings of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the World Saxophone Quartet. One of the top jazz educators in the world, he taught stars from the Marsalis brothers to Trombone Shorty and was profiled on 60 Minutes.

Listen     I     Website 

JazzPoetryEnsemble2013Jordan will be accompanied by The Jazz Poetry Ensemble, who have been on the Columbus scene since the 1980s, when poet/trombonist Michael Vander Does formed the group at the urging of Allen Ginsberg. The Ensemble has featured Columbus’s jazz luminaries over the years before settling in the current stellar line-up of Roger Hines on bass, Brett Burleson on guitar, and Roger Myers on drums.

For this special show at Natalie’s, Kidd and the Ensemble will perform two sets. The first will feature a rare reading of Vander Does’s Pushcart Prize nominated threnody for Ginsberg, Thanamattapoeia. The second will feature some new poems. Musically, both sets will, in classic Kidd Jordan style, start with some notes, go where they will, and end when everyone agrees they are finished.

Facebook     I     Website 

Proceeds will benefit The Kate Schulte Foundation, and will also help develop the new Justice for Artists program, intended to help artists who need legal assistance and help due to personal disaster such as fire, illness, or injury.

Website

Patron level tickets are $100, and include preferred reserved table seating, a recording of the concert, a broadside signed by the musicians, and exclusive access to the sound check prior to the show (shhhh). Contributor level tickets are $50, and include preferred reserved table seating and a signed broadside. Supporter level tickets are $20, and include regular reserved table seating. The Kate Schulte Foundation is a non-profit organization and tickets to this concert are 90% tax-deductible.

Sep
4
Thu
2014
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

NP_NoelandBrennenBrennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart and humor. Before the World Was Made, the Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration, spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form. “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”

Leigh’s solo recording The Box stirred waves far and wide, and Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney and the Carper Family covered her defiantly traditional country songs.
Meanwhile, McKay fronted the regionally popular McKay Brothers, a band legendary songwriter Guy Clark had been championing for years. “Noel and Brennen are great songwriters,” says Clark, whose new album My Favorite Picture of You contains the McKay co-write “El Coyote.” The album went on to win a Grammy for best Folk album in 2014.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
5
Fri
2014
The Far West
Sep 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
6
Sat
2014
Canta BRASIL: Brazilian Independence Day Celebration
Sep 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_Canta-BRASIL-Color-2012Brazilian FlagCelebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a special weekend of outstanding Brazilian jazz music, drinks, and menu items at Natalie’s.

Canta BRASIL is a 7-piece ensemble with a very unique group of talented musicians and singers that all have a passion for the Brazilian jazz fusion sounds.  This group performs popular tunes by famous Brazilian composers such as Djavan, Chico Pinheiro, Ivan Lins, Egberto Gismonte and also performs American style compositions such as George Duke, Brazilian Love Affair and Chick Corea 500 Miles High.  Danny Aguiar, native Brazilian drummer and founder of Canta BRASIL, moved to Columbus in 2004 and quickly started to perform with some of the best musicians in town.  He started working on his own CD entitled “Fim Do Ciclo”, meaning “End of Cycle” which was released spring of 2012.   Canta BRASIL is made up of Danny Aguiar, Erik Augis, Stan Smith, Brett Allen, Jeff Bass, Kris Keith, and Tia Harris-Roseboro.

 

Sep
7
Sun
2014
Maggie Green: Brazilian Independence Day Celebration
Sep 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Maggie Green low rez Promo ShotBrazilian FlagCelebrate Brazilian Independence Day (September 7) with a special weekend of outstanding Brazilian jazz music, drinks, and menu items at Natalie’s.

Vocalist Maggie Green’s self-titled album of Brazilian music conveys a longing for the endless beaches and samba rhythms of Rio de Janeiro.  With her soft yet rhythmic interpretations of bossa nova and samba, sung in masterful Portuguese, the brilliant waters seem but a heartbeat away.  This may sound like a stretch for a girl who grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but for Maggie, it was just a natural progression.

While at the Berklee College of Music, Maggie honed her jazz skills and began to delve into Brazilian music. In 2000, she moved to Columbus and began establishing herself as a vocal artist and began to make appearances outside of Ohio, performing at festivals and clubs from Massachusetts to California.

As an educator, Maggie has served on the jazz faculty at Capital University and is currently on the faculty at Otterbein University.  She has presented vocal workshops at various schools and universities throughout the United States, including the Antonio Adolfo School of Music in Hollywood, Florida.

Website 

 

Sep
9
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Liz Woolley and Sam Moss
Sep 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

liz woolley 2Natalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with Liz Woolley and Sam Moss, a pair of outstanding artists that will be sharing the bill for a great evening of music.

Liz Woolley is continually writing tunes, whether it is in the style of jazz, bluegrass, folk, pop or for music therapy. She attended the Juilliard Rhythm Section workshop, working closely with Ted Rosenthal who called her a triple threat – singer, classical pianist, and jazz pianist. She also traveled and performed in northern Italy and continued her piano and jazz studies at the University of Utah.

While in Utah, she began to play with two bluegrass groups, The Pretty Darns, which had Liz playing mandolin and writing half the group’s original songs, and the Dry Lake Band, who recorded two full length albums. Recently, Liz has started the process of writing for her second solo album, a record that will mix all of the genres she’s been dabbling in for the past few years.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sam MossSam Moss is a New England based songwriter and string player. His eight solo albums explore the vast field of Americana, from original and interpreted folk songs, to pastoral and occasionally jagged instrumental guitar. Moss has also released two albums with the old-time group, The Howling Kettles. His work has been featured on No Depression, Pitchfork, The FADER, and WFMU, among others.

“If you’re not paying attention to Sam Moss rolling into 2014, then you’re missing something great happening.”- No Depression

“I’m stunned by the raw talent of younger performers like Daniel Bachman and Sam Moss.”- NPR

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
10
Wed
2014
Zeppelin Productions Presents: Parker Millsap
Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Parker Millsap35CreditSamanthaLambAn Oklahoma native brought up in the Pentecostal church, which he’s since departed, 20-year-old Parker Millsap will make you a true believer with his self-titled debut album. Accompanied by his collaborators, high school buddy Michael Rose on bass and fiddle-player Daniel Foulks, the young tunesmith delivers his religious-laced parables, character-driven narratives and relationship tales with the fire-and-brimstone fervor of a preacher, restoring our faith in the power of song.

Influenced by the dust-bowl neutrality of John Steinbeck, Millsap’s memorable creations are filled equally with ghosts and guilt, as well as an objectivity that invites listeners to paint themselves in each picture, Millsap’s songs teeter on the fine line between gospel and the blues, sin and redemption, God and the devil, heaven and hell… from the pulpit to the back pew.

Parker first picked up a guitar at nine, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, eventually starting a cover band. After graduating high school, he went to Northern California, where he interned at Prairie Sun Recording, the studio where Tom Waits cut Bone Machine and Mule Variations. Returning to Oklahoma, he “put down the electric guitar and got into song craft,” releasing an indie album, Palisade. A trip to Nashville found him playing at the Tin Pan South songwriter’s festival, where an “in the round” performance impressed Old Crow Medicine Show’s manager so much that he invited Millsap to open a string of dates for the band.

Parker Millsap is ready to share those Oklahoma roots with the rest of the country, and with a lucky audience at Natalie’s.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website      I     ZeppelinProductions  

Sep
11
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase, 2nd Anniversary Show: Artists Jesse Henry, Megan Palmer, Hannah Aldridge, and Hosted by Eric Gnezda
Sep 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Join us for the Second Anniversary of Songwriter Showcase!

Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is the area’s original and premier songwriter round, featuring the finest professional singer-songwriters in the region and nation. Presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends tickets AND dinner reservations to ensure table seating for the show. $8 cover.

JESSE HENRY is a prolific songwriter and musician versatile enough to excel in multiple genres. A soulful singer, he writes songs with spirit, humor, and storytelling elements, often with a down-and-dirty blues feel. For the past decade, he’s played countless concerts with The Spikedrivers, who merge country, blues and rock; Royal Tycoons, a jazz and soul band; and The Field Dogs, an acoustic Americana group. Also an accomplished solo act, he is working on three recording projects. Jesse earned a B.A. in jazz saxophone performance, writes instructional guitar books, and teaches guitar, piano, songwriting, and music theory. He is also the Dean of the Rafiki Music School in Nairobi, Kenya. jessehenry.com

MEGAN PALMER, originally from Cleveland, now hails from Nashville, after spending the last few years in Brooklyn. Megan is most known in Ohio as fiddler and singer with The Spikedrivers. Lately she has been touring with roots rocker, Tim Easton. Megan’s own songwriting style is influenced by her work with a variety of Americana bands, as well as the songwriting and performing of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and Alison Krauss. Megan will be accompanied by JEFF BURKE, a Nashville musician who has performed at The Ryman Auditorium, The Station Inn, and Heritage Festival. meganpalmer.com

HANNAH ALDRIDGE, an Americana artist, is steeped in the music of Nashville and Muscle Shoals. Her music embraces sounds that range from Delta blues to Dixieland jazz to pure country. She grew up watching her father, Walt, a Muscle Shoals legend as well as a much-honored Nashville songwriter, ply his craft. Trained as a classical pianist, she began writing songs in her early twenties, as a student at Middle Tennessee State University. Pursuing a sound engineering degree, she took a songwriting class as an elective. “I found out it really wasn’t that hard: It’s just saying things that are true and making them rhyme,” Hannah says. After excelling in that course, she was chosen for a three-song set at The Bluebird Café, and two years later landed a publishing deal after her song, “Lonesome,” was featured on the Hart of Dixie television series. We are proud to be bringing her to our stage for the first time! hannah-aldridge.com

Eric at Listening Room (Edit)Host ERIC GNEZDA weaves his songs, humor and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. He performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the 2006 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 new TV show featuring the region’s most accomplished songwriters. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Sep
12
Fri
2014
Urban Jazz Coalition
Sep 12 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Urban Jazz Coalition Live @ GHFJUrban Jazz Coalition has made a strong impression with traditional & satellite/internet internet radio stations propelling their last four CD releases to each achieve “Top 50” status on international airplay charts, and to generate worldwide distribution of the group’s music catalogue. UJC’s latest project, “One Step Closer”, promises to continue that amazing trend.

UJC’s music has also been featured in network television programming, international film soundtracks, regional advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists on a Gospel/Jazz compilation project released by Capitol/EMI Records.

In addition to the notoriety “UJC” has earned as a self contained group, they have also become one of the most in-demand back up groups in the smooth jazz genre, having performed as sidemen for a number of top smooth jazz artists.

UJC is Phil Raney (Bass & Band Leader), Hector Maldonado (Percussion), Brandon Howard (Keyboards), Richard Randolph (saxophone), Rich “Rico” Adams (drums), and Duane Tribune (guitar).

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
13
Sat
2014
An Evening with Teeny Tucker
Sep 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Teeny-Festival_2012 PRTeeny Tucker is one of the brightest stars in the blues genre, and has been gaining an international reputation as a dynamic performer on stage as well as a recording artist with three highly acclaimed CDs to date. Her career received a major boost with her appearance on the PBS national television music series “Sun Studio Sessions” that aired in 2011.

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

Teeny was the winner of the 2010 Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year, and has been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Living Blues Magazine “Artist of the Year”. She has released three highly acclaimed CDs, and her most recent one, “Voodoo To Do You” has been receiving much critical acclaim and has climbed high on the blues charts.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
14
Sun
2014
The Floorwalkers (Acoustic!)
Sep 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FloorwalkersShoes-1Growing 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 a time when the music industry is reeling, The Floorwalkers have embraced the changes and built a truly grassroots following.

The Floorwalkers plan to soon release their sophomore effort, and intend to finance the recording and promotion of the album through crowd funding.  This offers a unique opportunity for their fans to directly support the band and allow them to stretch their creative legs without the necessity of major investment and oversight from a record label. It’s a very positive direction for the band to be headed in.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
16
Tue
2014
Sirens
Sep 16 @ 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.

Sep
17
Wed
2014
The Rhythm Future Quartet, featuring Violinist Jason Anick
Sep 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Jason_Anick_photo_2_by_Andy_CambriaWhen four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.

The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside top Gypsy jazz/swing musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group. The quartet recently recorded and released their debut self-titled album, receiving worldwide critical acclaim.

Bandleader Jason Anick is one of the youngest instructors at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been heralded by world renowned jazz violinist and Columbus Native Christian Howes as, “Easily one of the best jazz violinists of his generation.” He was also voted as a “Rising Star” in the 2014 Annual Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll and garnered 3rd place in the International Songwriting Competition (jazz category) for his composition “Occupy”.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
18
Thu
2014
Pete Mills Side One Series: The Horace Silver Songbook
Sep 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pete Mills NEW PR Pic (light resized)Horace_Silver_0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Mills continues his “Side One Series” at Natalie’s, where his band, along with special guests, will 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.

This show will return to the fun, playful, swingin’ music of one of Hard Bop’s finest composers, the late Horace Silver. This show will cover selections from his 50 year plus career, and joining Pete will be the great trumpeter Rob Parton, with support by an all star rhythm section of Erik Augis (piano), Greg Wolfram (bass) and Zach Compston (drums).

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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
19
Fri
2014
fo/mo/deep
Sep 19 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
20
Sat
2014
The Salty Caramels
Sep 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

NP_SaltyCaramelsColumbus was missing something. And in the fall of 2012, four sultry women set out to fill that void by forming Columbus’s best all female band! Their music is the perfect blend of salty and sweet, just like Columbus’s favorite ice cream flavor. The Salty Caramels will rock your socks off with our sassy yet nostalgic tunes. Band members are Emily Ng, Molly Winters, Sarah Overdier, and Paige Strickling, who sing and play guitar, bass, drums, saw, kazoo, washboard, glockenspiel, and more!

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

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

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

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

BigBabyMusic

An Evening with John Batdorf
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

John BatdorfJohn Batdorf’s career began in the 70′s as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney, as well as Silver, and headlined many shows and opened for great groups like Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, John Prine, and Kris Kristofferson. He spent the 80′s as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, and Kim Carnes, and sang background vocals on some really great recordings by Rod Stewart, The Jefferson Starship, and Dwight Yoakam, and many others. In the 90′s he started producing records and commercials, and scored a CBS TV prime time show, “Promised Land”. John also composed music for another CBS drama, “Touched By An Angel” for nine very successful seasons. Entering the new millennium, John recorded a CD with James Lee Stanley “All Wood And Stones” (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies

John Batdorf invites the listener into his soul and shares a couple hours, open and trusting as he sings of love and hope: transforming despair to hope, hate to love and fear/ignorance to tolerance/acceptance. When you hear John sing live for the first time, you’ll understand why his music has meant so much to his fans that have now spanned over four decades!

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
23
Tue
2014
The James Gaiters Quartet
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

James Gaiters 2James Gaiters is enjoying a powerful and blessed career, and has appeared with many of the world’s greatest artists, been a featured performer with Wynton Marsalis, and has received accolades the world over. James’ powerfully musical voice has also led to nationally and internationally televised features on BET on Jazz, and he been featured on some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

As an expanded display of his versatility, James has toured nationally, and internationally with New York based musician/actor/poet, David Gonzales and his off-Broadway production, MYTHOLOJAZZ, appearing in major theaters, venues, and universities around the world.

James has also contributed to the recorded works of several national recording artists in both the gospel music and jazz scene, is a prolific composer, arranger, and producer, and has written, produced, and released Looking Back Ahead, a CD featuring his own group, MUV-MeNT.

He will be performing at Natalie’s as the James Gaiters Quartet, and this fine group will consist of James Gaiters (Drums), Eddie Bayard (Saxophone), Tom Davis (Guitar), and Greg Wolfram (Bass).

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

Sep
24
Wed
2014
An Evening with Slaid Cleaves
Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slaid-in-Yellow-600x383Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Cleaves delivers equal measures of hope and resignation throughout this 2013 release as life lessons slide subtly through side doors.   Longtime fans expect nothing less. After all, Still Fighting the War follows the razor sharp songwriter’s undeniable hat trick – Broke Down (2000), Wishbones (2004) and Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009) – that established him as a singular storyteller.

The Kerrville Folk Festival recognized those intangible qualities long ago when Cleaves won its hallowed New Folk award in 1992. He’s doubled down ever since with literate story songs exponentially more mature and meaningful.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

Sep
26
Fri
2014
Tony Monaco Trio
Sep 26 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

tonyTony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight, on the accordion. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson

In 2000, Tony released the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves” and the international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. An ardent student of the Hammond B-3 organ, it’s no surprise that he is an accomplished teacher as well.

Tony continues his mission to raise awareness and appreciation of jazz organ and its importance in genres as diverse as traditional Gospel, R&B and Modern Jazz. He has recently ended nearly two and a half years playing world tours with Pat Martino as he resumes his personal playing and teaching ambitions.

Tony will perform at Natalie’s with jazz greats Derek DiCenzo (guitar) and Louis Tsamous (drums).

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Crazy Mama’s Concerts Presents: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, with special guest Erica Blinn
Sep 27 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Barrence Whitefield and savages dig savageericablinn_4-2013-2ccBarrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.  He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience.  Barrence is a rarity in this business–one of a few black, rock n roll singer/entertainers who Spin Magazine says maintains a frenzied performance.

After attending college in Boston, he was discovered by guitarist Peter Greenberg, of the legendary Boston bands DMZ and The Lyres.  Barrence was not just well-received in Boston, but throughout North America, as well as achieving stardom on a much larger scale throughout Europe.  Among his English fans are Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, and the late, great John Peel.

Barrence has opening for and played with performers like Bo Diddley,Tina Turner, George Thorogood, Robert Cray, the Reverend Solomon Burke, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, and many, many, more. He has received critical acclaim on two country-soul albums he did with renowned singer/songwriter, Tom Russell, including the Merle Haggard Tribute Album.

In 2010, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages recorded a new record in Cincinnati, a tribute to King Records called “Savage Kings”. They are currently touring Europe and the USA in support of their highly acclaimed latest record Dig Thy Savage Soul. The Savages feature Peter Greenberg on guitar, Phil Lenker on bass, Andy Jody on drums, and Tom Quartulli on sax.

Opening up with a solo acoustic set for Barrence will be Erica Blinn. 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Sep
28
Sun
2014
The Howard Armstrong Legacy with Ralphe Armstrong
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Howard Louie Bluie Armstrong
ArmstrongTrio54Natalie’s is proud to present a very special tribute to the late Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong starring his son, the great bass player Ralphe Armstrong, along with two other wonderful musicians that were associated with him.

“Like father like son,” goes the old saying. It has never rung truer than when applied to the father & son team of Howard “Louie Bluie” and Ralphe Armstrong. Howard Armstrong could coax sweet music from instruments he’d never touched before and could sing in eight languages. Like his father, Ralphe Armstrong is an astonishing musical powerhouse, and is simply one of the finest bassists in the United States.   He began performing with his father at age 5, and by age 13 he was performing with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. By age 16, he began an affiliation with Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa, which continued for many years.

Ralphe was the original bassist in the Mahavishnu Orchestra with John MacLaughlin, and he still plays with Aretha Franklin and James Carter. However, he also loves the ancient jug band and black string music of his father, which he will perform in this very special tribute show.

Appearing with Ralphe will be Ray Kamalay (guitar), a long-time professional musician who has shared the stage with many great performers, including Mark O’Connor, Doc Watson, Steve Goodman, and Holly Near. Like everyone else, Ray has been truly mystified by the cultural magic of the Armstrongs, and began performing with Howard and Ralphe in 1988 when the three of them formed the Howard Armstrong Trio. They performed as such until just before Howard’s passing in 2003.

Also performing in this show is John Reynolds, an old-time music whiz in traditional styles of violin, mandolin, and trombone. Early on, as an ethnomusicology student at Kent State University, John was influenced by a number of traditional music masters including Howard Armstrong.He’s chalked up stellar performances at the National Jug Band Festival in Louisville, with the Youngstown and Canton Symphonies, and on National Public Radio.

Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstong, who died in 2003 at the age of 96, was master of many musical instruments and many languages, an accomplished visual artist, a raconteur and the subject of two documentaries.

Listen     I     Website 

Oct
1
Wed
2014
An Evening with Big Sandy and His Fly-Right Boys
Oct 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

bigsandyandhisflyriteboysNatalie’s is excited to bring Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys back for another great show. They are beloved by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop.

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It’s Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about. Sandy and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
2
Thu
2014
Jesse Henry & Strutterfly
Oct 2 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

Strutterfly released their first self-titled album in July 2013. It is full of music that covers a wide variety of styles. The band is capable of performing a “Classy Spaghetti Western” and then seamlessly turning the corner to create a groove in 5/4 that haunts of Motown and Soul, and then give you a introspective rock ballad that you will sing along with.
They have started recording their second record with hopes that it will be released by the end of 2014.

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

Facebook     I     Website 

Oct
9
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Keith Larsen, Anne E. DeChant, Chris Yarber, and Hosted by Eric Gnezda
Oct 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is the area’s original and premier songwriter round, featuring the finest professional singer-songwriters in the region and nation. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda. Presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends tickets AND dinner reservations to ensure table seating for the show. $8 cover.

KEITH LARSEN was a finalist in the CMT/NSAI Song Contest, in which his song, “Hold On,” received the Listener’s Choice Award. He is a frequent participant in Nashville songwriter rounds and writing sessions. As funny as he is compelling, Keith merges a straightforward vocal style with lyrics that resonate with simplicity, honesty and humility.

ANNE E. DECHANT‘s song, “Girls and Airplanes,” was featured major motion picture, The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields and Daryl Hannah. Originally from Cleveland, Anne 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. Songwriter Showcase is pleased to have her return to our stage. reverbnation.com/anneedechant

CHRIS YARBER moved to Nashville, from Atlanta, in 2008, to pursue a songwriting career after visiting Music City numerous times and making many key contacts in the business. In 2013 he signed an exclusive co-publishing deal with THiS Music/Warner Chappell, where he feels right at home. Chris has recently had songs recorded by Nashville artists Drew Baldridge, The Shuggah Pies, Cassidy Lynn, Canadian artist Craig Moritz and many others.  Chris can be found in Nashville on a daily basis writing with some of the best songwriters in the world and having way more fun than people should be allowed to have at “work!” This is his first appearance at Songwriter Showcase.

Eric at Listening Room (Edit)Host ERIC GNEZDA weaves his songs, humor and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. He performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the 2006 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 new TV show featuring the region’s most accomplished songwriters. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Oct
10
Fri
2014
Master Guitar Class with David Grier (moderated by Adam Schlenker)
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

David Grier b&w-2Held at the McConnell Arts Center before the evening concert at Natalie’s, world class guitarist David Grier will conduct a Q & A style workshop. Grier asks students to bring their guitars, questions, and a way to take notes while he offers his advice on inspiration and technique. For more information and to register for this once in a lifetime opportunity, go to this link:http://www.mcconnellarts.org/wp/archives/15690

Natalie’s is proud to be associated with the McConnel Arts Center of Worthington, and encourages everyone to become a member and supporter of this fine organization.

David Grier, with special guest Adam Schlenker
Oct 10 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

David Grier b&wNP_Adam Schlenker copyDavid Grier is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world, along with his early influences, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and family friend Clarence White.

Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade, and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown’s Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel).

Having released four albums on Rounder, beginning in 1988 with Freewheeling, Grier launched his own label, Dreadnought Recordings, with the 1998 debut release, Hootenanny, with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien (“endlessly inventive and tasteful” – All Music Guide). His most recent release, Evocative (Dreadnought 2009), featuring 10 original tunes and a rich complement of collaborators (Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan and more), has been hailed for its “deep musical introspection” as well as its “unmatchable mastery of the guitar” (Martin Mull).

Opening for David is Adam Schlenker, a flat pick guitarist from southern West Virginia who is currently based in Columbus. In addition to teaching full time, he works as a guitar and mandolin player for regional touring acts and has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Adam’s last recording is the acclaimed album Family Tree, a collection of his arrangements as well as a handful of original songs.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

 

Oct
12
Sun
2014
An Evening with Jonathan Edwards
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Must credit: Stephen Ide, thirstylizards.comWarm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert.  Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic.  These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.

He has a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,”  “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”  And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971.  Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.

Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

Oct
14
Tue
2014
Zeppelin Productions Presents: Dayna Kurtz
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

dayna kurtz-homeOver the past decade, Brooklyn-based vocalist/writer/musician/producer Dayna Kurtz has built a formidable body of recordings, won an international reputation as a riveting live performer, amassed an extensive file of rapturous critical raves, and earned an equally devoted audience of fans around the world.  She’s achieved these distinctions on her own terms, releasing five albums and a live DVD on her own Kismet label, touring around the world on her own dime, and building a remarkably loyal fan base one person at a time.

Armed with an uncanny ability to stun audiences into submission, this musical free spirit has consistently refused to be pinned down by a single style or genre, building an inspired body of work that draws strength from a bottomless wellspring of American jazz, pop, blues, folk and country.  The cinematic poetry of her songwriting is matched by the power of her voice, a rich, distinctly resonant instrument that’s capable of immense emotional depth.

Kurtz was named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.  Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she’s performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR’s Morning Edition.  She’s toured with and/or opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Richard Buckner, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
15
Wed
2014
Bob Teague & Friends Present: An Evening with Tim Carroll & Midnight Orange
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tim CarrollTim Carroll began his career as the rhythm guitarist for the punk band The Gizmos in the late 70s and later displayed his bare-bones rock ethic with The Blue Chieftains during the 80s. Tim has had songs recorded by John Prine, Asleep At The Wheel, BR-549, Robbie Fulks, Kasey Chambers, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare Jr., Sunny Sweeney, Sonny Burgess, and many others and had two of his recordings on major motion picture soundtracks.

Tim has spent the past several years as guitarist for his wife, Americana chanteuse and Sirius/XM Radio host Elizabeth Cook. Now, with more time to focus on his own music and his trio with Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) on bass and Steve Latanation (Agent Orange) on drums, Carroll has finished recording a new album and will be taking his band on the road.

Quotes:

“East Nashville wouldn’t be east Nashville without Tim Carroll. He is a trailblazer for Americana and Indie-Rock artists alike.” Tommy Merrill

“Tim Carroll has a fiery stage presence, is a tremendous Chuck Berry-loving guitar player and a songwriter who blends intelligence, humor and aggression into something wholly idiosyncratic and tremendously entertaining,” Award-winning journalist and Grammy nominee Peter Cooper

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Greg Abate Quartet
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

GregGreg Abate (saxophone) is an International Jazz/Recording Artist, and will be accompanied by a fine group of musicians for this show at Natalie’s including Roger Hines, Tony Hagood, and Lee McKinney.

Greg is a composer on saxophone and flute who continues to tour the globe 150 days a year. After finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. He ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Russia.

Greg has made a number of fine records, and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2005 recording EVOLUTION in four categories. He is an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College, and is also a very active jazz clinician, conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

Roger Hines has toured as musical director for Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, as well as bassist for Ray Charles.

Tony Hagood is an internationally known pianist and composer who currently teaches jazz piano at Kenyon College.

Lee McKinney (drums) has performed with a number of jazz greats besides Greg Abate, including Rusty Bryant, Harold Ashby, Tony Monaco, and Norris Turney. He is in high demand as an instructor in the Dayton area.

What some say about Greg Abate:

“Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.”

Chicago Tribune

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” The Jazz Messenger

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
17
Fri
2014
An Evening with Irene Kelley
Oct 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

IreneKelley2PhotoByStacieHuckeba-3What does award winning singer-songwriter Irene Kelley and Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza have in common? Pennsylvania Coal! Natalie’s uses clean burning anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to cook amazing pizzas, and Pennsylvania Coal is the name of the brilliant new album from Irene.

Irene Kelley’s signature mix of Bluegrass, Country and Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. A native of Latrobe, PA, Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, TN where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing two more records and touring worldwide, Irene raised two daughters and scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn,  Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, the Osborne Brothers and others.

This past February, she released Pennsylvania Coal – her first new full-length record in 10 years. The album spent many weeks in the Top 20 on the official Americana Music radio chart, and earned top positions on the Bluegrass Today, Roots Radio Report,
and Alternate Root radio charts.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
19
Sun
2014
An Evening with David Olney w/ Sergio Webb
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DavidOlneyPhotoByGreggRoth_CardsSergio_Webb2Nashville-based singer-songwriter/recording artist/poet ­ and now actor ­David Olney has made a fearless foray in to 2014 with the release of a full length studio album – When The Deal Goes Down, featuring a dozen new songs and one of his skillfully-crafted sonnets, as well as a role in As You Like It at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s annual Shakespeare In The Park summer series for which he has also composing original, contemporary music. In addition to always being on the road, David broadcasts every Tuesday on his website via YouTube with his “You Never Know” video shorts where he plays a song and shares the story behind it.

One of the early pioneers of what has become known as Americana music, David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, and is often likened to Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Randy Newman. His intelligent compositions have been recorded and performed by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Lonnie Brooks, Tim O’Brien, and many more. Olney’s “Postcard From Mexico” (co-written with John Hadley) song was prominently used in the ABC-TV “Nashville” show. He is well-known for his energetic live performances packed with such intensity it leaves audiences with a truly memorable experience.

Sergio Webb is a guitarist, songwriter, producer currently based in Nashville, and recently was listed in The Alternate Root’s Top 21 Roots Guitar Players, stating, “Webb is a throwback to the old-style country guitar players like Chet Atkins or Les Paul”.
He has co-written songs recorded by David Olney, Pinto Bennett, Reckless Kelly, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Tony McLoughlin and others.

Facebook     I     Listen      I     Listen   I     Website  

Zeppelin Productions Presents: Gretchen Peters NEW DATE TBA
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Gretchen PetersWe are sorry to report that the Gretchen Peters show will have to be re-scheduled due to circumstances beyond our control. Those holding tickets may choose to keep them for the new date TBA, or refunds may be issued by contacting Natalie’s by email at …. or by calling us at 614-436-2625 during business hours. We’re very sorry for this inconvenience.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
21
Tue
2014
Zeppelin Productions Presents: An Evening with Eliza Gilkyson
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ElizaGilkysonEliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles.  The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza has released 20 recordings, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.

The Grammy-nominated songwriter has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith.

Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.  Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, and the song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over.  Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow and she recently contributed a track on the Jackson Browne tribute, Looking Into You, along with Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt and others.

Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs (www.sosalliance.org), and she is a co-founder of  www.5604manor.org , an Austin-based activist resource center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Hebdo, Timothy Paul, George Barrie, and Hosted by Eric Gnezda
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide2

Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s is the area’s original and premier songwriter round, featuring the finest professional singer-songwriters in the region and nation. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday. Hosted by singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda. Presented in partnership with the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Due to the popularity of this series, Natalie’s highly recommends tickets AND dinner reservations to ensure table seating for the show. $8 cover.

HEBDO’s style, “Adventure-Folk,” is the latest moniker from this Columbus-born-and-glazed musician—well placed in the pits of modern day music’s struggle to hold on to something unspoiled and unforgettable. Hebdo is a Midwest native who wasn’t really born at the right time in history, and still works hard to find out where the people of his time went. Two early submergences in life have shaped him. A strong Lebanese culture during his childhood, that allowed for exploration throughout suburban America, preceded by many years spent in an Appalachian paradise that taught him how to bring it all back home to his nation’s core. Polarity is key; and diversity is inevitable, drawing influences from artists like Robert Plant, Andrew Bird, The Temptations, The Beatles, his father and his grandfather. Hebdo’s all about vocal melodies, and appears more often than not as an energetic one-man-band. More recently he’s been known to appear with a seven-piece group taunting three horns, smooth bass, and electric vocal harmonies with an edge too sharp to mention. His two recent EP’s (A Thousand Steeples & Double Tambo) have received a load of attention, including radio airplay, and have produced a number of extremely entertaining YouTube videos. hebdomusic.com

TIMOTHY PAUL, performing since he was 8, has shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Wayne, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, and Confederate Railroad. He connects with his audiences through his songs of struggle and triumph, heartbreak and healing, and just plain light-hearted fun. “There’s an energy that happens when I’m performing live,” he says, “and a message that I know I want to deliver in hopes of making a difference in someone’s life.” His talent comes honest, as his uncle, songwriter Earl “Bud” Lee, penned Number One hits, “Friends In Low Places” (Garth Brooks), “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” (Blake Shelton), and “One Night At A Time” (George Strait). Timothy is working on his fifth album release as an independent artist. He resides in Newark. timothypaul.co

GEORGE BARRIE’sblend of guitar-driven groovy rock and pop is reminiscent of artists Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Gary Clark Jr.  With a long list of original tunes, George balances songwriting with melodic/bluesy guitar playing. Performing and writing songs at a young age, George started playing shows more heavily with his Neo-Funk band, MoJoFlo, in 2008. Based in Columbus, the band now tours regionally and nationally. While MoJoFlo released its fourth CD in January, George is preparing to record for his debut solo release. facebook.com/georgeBARRIEmusic

Eric at Listening Room (Edit)Host ERIC GNEZDA weaves his songs, humor and stories into concerts that entertain and inspire. He performs regularly at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, and was awarded the 2006 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 new TV show featuring the region’s most accomplished songwriters. His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World. gnezda.com

Oct
26
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

BigBabyMusic

Oct
30
Thu
2014
An Acoustic Evening with Erica Blinn & The Handsome Machine
Oct 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Erica Blinn and the Handsome MachineErica Blinn 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.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Nov
2
Sun
2014
An Evening with Adrian Legg
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

ALAdrian Legg is a guitarist’s guitarist and a musician’s musician winning even Joe Satriani’s praise and supporting him on tour.  Adrian’s solo performances are marked by their technical brilliance, evocative melodies and adventurous spirit.  He has won a lion’s share of awards including “Guitarist of the Decade” by Guitarist magazine (UK).  Furthermore, Adrian is a master clinician having taught at Musician’s Institute and the National Guitar Workshop, and with numerous instructional books and DVDs to his credit.  He has also been a frequent contributor to the NPR program “All Things Considered” over the years.  In Fall 2012, Adrian released “The Very Best of Adrian Legg” on Varese Sarabande Records.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

 

Nov
9
Sun
2014
An Evening with Neil Jacobs
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Neil Jacobs low rez-1Neil Jaccobs is a masterful performer on the 12 string acoustic guitar with his own ingenious style that the St. Louis Riverfront Times describes as “mesmerizing” and the Austin Chronicle describes as “the rockin’est since early Leo Kottke”. Neil covers the world vibe with influences of Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. He draws inspiration from his mind-boggling world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories with his audience. Neil recently celebrated the release of the sixth CD “The Peasant Sabbatical”, which has received rave reviews.

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

“Imagine Russian cowboy music. Imagine flamenco joined with Balkan dances.  Imagine one guy doing all that while sounding like a whole orchestra.”   -  The Cleveland Sun Messenger

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Nov
14
Fri
2014
Benco Presents: Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show
Nov 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Fred Eaglesmith Tambourine_coverThe heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. While blazing his own often colorful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models.

Eaglesmith, a songwriter’s songwriter, has a depth that is informed by miles of experience as a true road dog. Fred is not only the star of show but also the bus driver and chief mechanic while on tour, keeping him and his band on the road. Unlike many of today’s artists, touring is not something he does some of the time or only in support of a new record. Touring is his life and The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show is one of the last full time travelling shows today. Their busy itinerary added up to more than 270 days on the road last year and saw Fred only returning home long enough to play a handful of local shows and to go into the studio to record the new album.

Eaglesmith’s songwriting has also earned him multiple International awards and his songs have been covered by some of the biggest names in Nashville. His music has been featured in films and television scores including those of True Blood and Grimm. Fred and his band have also performed as the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman. This past year has also seen the launch of a highly successful musical theatre production Dear Johnny Deere inspired by and based on Fred’s songs.

Facebook     I     Listen     I     Website 

Nov
30
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Derek DiCenzo Trio
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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

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

BigBabyMusic