Natalie's Upcoming Shows

September – December 2014

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”.

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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_0Pete 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.

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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!”

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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.

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Sep
25
Thu
2014
Songwriter Showcase: Artists Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Mary Bragg, Nick D’Andrea, and Hosted by Eric Gnezda.
Sep 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Slide3Songwriter 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. 

MARK “BRINK” BRINKMAN is one of the most successful bluegrass songwriters in the world. He is a double nominee for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards, which will be held the week following his appearance in our Showcase. He has garnered 2014 honors for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year (“Grandpa’s Way of Life,” Spinney Brothers). With more than 130 songs recorded by artists of many genres, he’s known not only as an elite songwriter, but also as a consummate storyteller. “A Mark Brinkman song is always a surprise, a delight to the ears, and “soul,” (Gracie Muldoon, Worldwidebluegrass.com) brinksongs.com

MARY BRAGG is a rural Georgia girl who spent a decade in New York City, following the advice of a Music Row executive who told her “Go out there and live a little – come back to me in 10 years.” And so, she lived. New York was her muse, her trouble, her chaperone. Three albums later, Nashville’s magnetism has brought her back to Music City – with many a story to tell. Her latest recording, Tattoos and Bruises, is produced by one of Americana’s contemporary icons, Lee Alexander (Norah Jones, Amos Lee). Her music is a seamless hybrid of her southern Americana roots and downtown Manhattan. She is making her first appearance at Songwriter Showcase at Natalie’s. marybragg.com

NICK D’ANDREA has been writing songs since he was 16. Gaining his reputation in this area as the co-founder of the popular band, Nick D’ & the Believers, he has spent the last decade recording and touring. The band has released two EP’s, toured extensively, and provided songs for network television. Nick’s songwriting is influenced by Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson and Leonard Cohen, as well as more contemporary artists, like Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Kristian Mattson of The Tallest Man on Earth. He is planning a fall release of new music with Nick D’ & the Believers. nickdandthebelievers.com

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 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
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).

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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.

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Sep
28
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Tom Carroll & Andy Carlson
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tom Carroll at Natalies-1Andy CarlsonGuitarist Tom Carroll has been a performer in the Central Ohio music scene for almost 35 years. He still leads his jazz trio, Organic Chemistry, which he co-founded with jazz legend, Hank Marr. He is also a member of the gypsy jazz band SpeakEasy and is bassist in the rockabilly/roots rock band The Recliners.

Andy Carlson has won numerous fiddle contests, and as a studio musician and string arranger, he has recorded for a number of major labels and worked with artists such as R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies. Referenced as a ‘Demon Fiddler’ in a 1998 New York Times Music Review, he currently serves on the faculty of Denison University, where he started a program which allows music majors to have a concentration in Bluegrass.

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.

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Sep
30
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Sean Carney Trio/The Blue Cats
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sean Carney Blues for a CureBlue CatsNatalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with two outstanding blues trios that will share the evening for a great night of music.

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

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The Blue Cats are three veteran blues-jazz musicians, Rick Collura (elec. guitar), Terry Finneran (keys, vocals, blues harp, flute), and Randy Huff (percussion). Their experiences include extended support time with local favorites (Wille Pooch, McGuffey Lane, John Schwab, Jim Lynch, Tony Monaco) as well as on stage experience with a variety of national acts including James Brown, Albert King, Luther Allison, Johnny Winter, and Tom Scott. They perform original arrangements of favorites from a variety of blues, jazz (and some rock) artists like  Santana, Van Morrison, James Brown, Cannonball Adderly, Taj Mahal, Robben Ford, and Steve Winwood, as well as several original pieces.

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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.

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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.

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Oct
3
Fri
2014
Dan Wilson Quartet
Oct 3 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Dan WilsonThe Dan Wilson Quartet will present an entertaining evening of music featuring the great guitarist Dan Wilson, accompanied by Theron Brown (piano), Kip Reed (bass), and John Suntken (drums), some of the area’s finest jazz musicians.

Music has been an integral part of Dan Wilson’s life since his beginnings in gospel music. His passion for Brazilian music led him to the city of Rio De Janeiro to conduct research for his Masters Thesis. Dan has had the privilege of touring Russia with

Eric Marienthal and Germany with the Golden Gospel Singers, and over the years, he has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many great jazz musicians including Joey Defrancesco, Russell Malone, Javon Jackson, Dave Stryker, Joe Mcbride, Les Mcann, and Christian Mcbride.

Dan also teaches jazz guitar and improvisation at Cuyahoga Community College and leads a group of talented musicians from the Northeast Ohio/ Pittsburgh area.

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Oct
4
Sat
2014
The DewDroppers
Oct 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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Oct
5
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Adam Schlenker & Matt Opachick
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

AdamSchlenkerpic2Adam Schlenker is a flat pick guitarist from southern West Virginia who is currently based in Columbus Ohio. In addition to teaching full time, he works as a guitar and mandolin player for regional touring acts as well as doing session work. He has been featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and is working with an ever expanding number of flat pick students around the world.

In late 2012, Adam released the acclaimed album Family Tree, a collection of his arrangements as well as a handful of original songs. Adam will be accompanied by the talented fiddler Matt Opachick for this Brunch performance at Natalie’s.

Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts and Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen
Oct 5 @ 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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Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen“A singer-songwriter talking about trains. Here we go again,” Rebecca Rego cackles, acknowledging the cliché she and her new band, The Trainmen, have not so inadvertently fallen into.  The Wisconsin native dubbed her debut outing with Kankakee Co. boys Matt Yeates (drums), Eric Fitts (bass, mandolin), and Cory Ponton (guitar, banjo) after a downstate village built around the Illinois Central Railroad, where the street signs bear the names of its revered employees. The 10 sparkling tracks on Tolono reflect Rego’s migration from her six years as a bartender/performer in bustling Chicago to a new beginning as a performer/wife in languid Champaign.

Likening her Trainmen trio to Bob Dylan’s The Band, she also credits the lifelong buddies with coloring in the contours of Tolono‘s most tender moments and elevating the rambunctious ones. “They all have such a good idea of what a song needs. They aren’t trying to overshadow each other and I think their friendship helps that,” she says.

Rego has been making waves across the folk world in the Midwest and beyond and has shared the stage with such folk greats as John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Sarah Jarosz, Joe Pug, and many more.

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Oct
6
Mon
2014
WOSU Public Media Presents: Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington A Special Community Screening of the New Television Documentary
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Columbus Neighborhoods WorthingtonWorthington Historical Commercial stretch high street666Join WOSU Public Media and Natalie’s for a special, free community screening of the new documentary Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington, followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Cindy Gaillard.  Doors open at 5 pm, and the screening will begin at 6 pm.

A library, a church and a school. Those three institutions were created in Worthington long before any of the founding fathers from New England stepped foot in Ohio. Find out the full history of this picture-postcard town in Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington, the latest installment in WOSU Public Media’s Emmy award-winning documentary series and community engagement project.

This is the ninth television documentary to air as part of WOSU Public Media’s ‘Columbus Neighborhoods’, an initiative originally developed to celebrate the city’s bicentennial with a focus on the rich cultural past of Columbus’ historic neighborhoods. The series was honored with the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2012 Artistic Excellence Award and has received numerous Emmy Awards.

Natalie’s is proud to support WOSU Public Media, so please visit their website, http://wosu.org/2012/support/, to learn more about how you can keep public broadcasting available to all.

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Oct
7
Tue
2014
An Evening with Pierce Pettis
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pierce PettisPierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work.

Pettis has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, been featured on National Public Radio’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe … appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.

During his long career Pierce Pettis has won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and has received numerous songwriting awards, including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for “You Move Me” –recorded by Garth Brooks.

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Oct
8
Wed
2014
Korby Lenker
Oct 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Korby LenkerKorby Lenker is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter who was born and raised in Idaho, about a mile from where Evel Knievel tried to jump a canyon on a motorcycle.

Instantly recognizable in a bow-tie, purple jacket and highwater pants, Korby is a captivating performer. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer likened his voice to “cool lemonade on a hot summer day.” Think Jason Mraz’s quirkier younger brother. A Lyle Lovett who sometimes plays ukulele.

Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well as Nickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, Susan Tedeschi, and many others. He was dubbed “Who’s Next” in Music and Musicians Magazine (June 2014) and has had songs features on SIriusXM The Coffeehouse and ABC television.

“One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn’t just play it, he becomes it — or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.”  – No Depression

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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.

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Oct
11
Sat
2014
Death by Banjo
Oct 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Death by BanjoAs the name implies, “Death by Banjo” is bluegrass and beyond. On fire with creativity, the band is a conflagration of musical styles fueled by intense, driving 5-string banjo. From the songs of Robert Johnson to the Newgrass Revival, from Roy Acuff to BB King, from Bill Monroe to The Band, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, dobro, guitar and bass combine and combust to create some of the hottest acoustic music to be heard in central Ohio. All four members of the group are veterans of the Columbus music scene. Individually, they have recorded for major record labels, toured nationally and internationally, won awards for their musicianship and opened for major artists. They have played blues, swing, jazz, rock, country, old time, Irish, folk, classical and, of course, bluegrass. Together, they share a passion for sincere, earthy music and the ability to create it with energy, joy and enthusiasm.

Tom Zinser, guitar and vocals, is the heart of the band. His rock solid guitar playing and beautifully smooth, clear voice have been heard on Columbia records, the Billboard charts and with the bands “The Wild Life”, “Owen B.”, “The Pleasant Mountain Boys” and with the duo “Travelin’ Tom and Dr. Paul”. Paul Brown, banjo, fiddle and vocals, provides the driving banjo that gives “Death by Banjo” its unique sound. A two-time Ohio State Champion bluegrass banjo player and award winning fiddler, he is also known for playing in “The Pleasant Mountain Boys”, “Travelin’ Tom and Dr. Paul” and “One Riot One Ranger”.Pete Remenyi, harmonica and dobro, provides the bluesy soul of the band with excellent playing based on his broad knowledge of musical stylings and soulful approach to the music. Pete has played with “The Red Mountain String Band”, “The Deltones”, “One Riot One Ranger”, “Five Guys Named Moe”, and currently, with “The Subterreaneans”.Sid Omasta, bass, anchors the sound as one of the best upright bass players you will hear anywhere. His background in old time (“The Timbre Wolves”), Irish (“Stark Raven”) and jazz (various jazz orchestras and combos) give him a unique perspective and a fresh, innovative approach to bluegrass.

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Oct
12
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Tim Cummiskey
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

tim cummiskey 2 guitarsCentral Ohio jazz guitarist Tim Cummiskey performs as both a leader and a sideman throughout the Midwest. He has performed and conducted clinics with John Abercrombie, Howard Alden, Carl Allen, as well as at the Association of Jazz Educators, Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, Capital University, Denison University and Kenyon College.


Tim currently serves as a member of the Jazz Studies faculty of the Ohio State University School of Music and the music faculty of Kenyon College, and is also a contributing writer to Downbeat Magazine and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.


After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 90’s, Tim received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University 1994. In 1996, Tim received his Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University. Tim’s collegiate career was highlighted by numerous academic and performance awards as well as appearances as featured performer at numerous jazz festivals.

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Oct
18
Sat
2014
The Savory Chickens
Oct 18 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Savory Chickens lorezFeaturing Henry Barnes (fiddle, vocals), Audrey Barnes (vocals, fiddle), Michael Falk (banjo), Matt Newman (bass), and Ricky Barnes (guitar, vocals), The Savory Chickens play American Regional Music drawing from Bill Monroe, the Louvin Bros. and West Virginia fiddle styles.

Ricky Barnes played rockabilly and classic country in the 80’s/90’s and released 4 critically acclaimed recordings. He got out of music to raise kids and they grew up learning violin and a hodgepodge of international stuff including Huastecan, Scottish and Indian fiddle music. A couple of years ago these grown up kids asked dad (after a nearly 20 year hiatus) if he wanted to start a band with them, and the result is a raw, authentic, sometimes comical and not always the best rehearsed batch of really cool tunes.

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Oct
19
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Tonos Triad
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tonos Triad libraryTonos Triad composes & performs all original music in a style called “Jazzpop Eurofolk” or “Progressive FolkJazz”.  The trio consists of Aaron Ransdell on upright bass, Luke Stanley on classical guitar, and Rod Schindler, who rotates between accordion, mandolin and the infamous suitcase/cardboard box drum kit. Though taking inspiration from such American innovators as John Zorn, Tom Waits, and Tin Hat Trio, Tonos Triad condenses its sound into listener friendly pop formats.

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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.

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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.

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Oct
22
Wed
2014
Sarah Lou Richards and Eric Nassau
Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sarah Lou RichardsSarah Lou Richards has developed her true voice as a writer and singer of intricately crafted musical slices of life that magically meld folk, pop and Americana influences into hooky, varied, and insightful songs that express her musical and lyrical vision. Graduating with a major in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, she made the big move to Nashville in 2007. In between writing and recording sessions, she has built up an enviable tour schedule both of club dates and house concerts, and has even played prestigious New York rooms that Nashville artists rarely visit, including the city’s oldest rock club, the Bitter End.

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

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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

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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
24
Fri
2014
Sean Carney with the Joint Rockers Reunion Show
Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Joint Rockers
Join veteran blues guitarist Sean Carney as he presents a special reunion show with The Joint Rockers.

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

The Joint Rockers ripped it up in every tavern or event that would even have a Blues Band from 1981 to 1995. They performed regularly on numerous City of Columbus events, and opened for Charles Brown, Gatemouth Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard and more.

After 15 long years The Joint Rockers have re-united, featuring Chuck Moore (Sax), Jim Godin (Trumpet), Dan West (Vocals), Dave West (Drums),Sam Williams (Bass), and Sean Carney (Guitar).

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Oct
25
Sat
2014
Phil Clark & The Soul
Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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

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

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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.

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PenPals: An Evening of Stories & Songs with Sally Fingerett and Larry Dean Harris
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

penpalsNatalie’s is proud to present PenPals: 2 Writers Sharing Stories and Songs featuring Sally Fingerett and Larry Dean Harris.

Sally Fingerett is celebrating 25 years with the Four Bitchin’ Babes. With five solo and nine Babes CDs, her songs have been covered by Peter, Paul and Mary. As a comedy writer, her prose has been published in a Random House collection of contemporary women’s humor. Sally’s new book project, The Mental Yentl Stories, will be released this winter, alongside a CD of re-mixed and mastered musical works. At Natalie’s, she’ll perform both STORIES and SONGS!

Larry Dean Harris is a playwright whose work has received Ovation, LA Weekly and GLAAD theatre award nominations in Los Angeles, along with a New York Outer Critics Circle Award nomination in the Big Apple. In his hometown, he is known as the creator of the long-running musical comedy revue Oh, No! Not Toledo! Five years ago, he began spinning stories all over Los Angeles at venues like the Comedy Central Stage and Hotel Café leading to his first solo show: Witness to the Bizarre.

Together for the first time, these long-time-long-distance best friends team up to tear up the stage with cabaret and comedy, stories and songs, laughter and life lessons.

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Oct
28
Tue
2014
Sirens
Oct 28 @ 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.

Oct
29
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From the Five Jazztet
Oct 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

From the Five JazztetFrom classic be-bop to new original compositions, don’t miss From the Five Jazztet at Natalie’s.  They are a powerhouse group featuring the area’s finest jazz musicians, including Chicago trumpeter Rob Parton, Columbus veteran tenor saxophonist Randy Mather, Derek DiCenzo on bass, Dave DeWitt on piano, and Aaron Scott on drums.

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

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

Derek DiCenzo has been a mainstay on the Columbus music scene for 25 years. A gifted jazz guitarist, Derek can be heard on recordings by Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Tony Monaco and Bobby Floyd.

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

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

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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.

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Oct
31
Fri
2014
A Redrum Halloween with Popgun
Oct 31 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

photo 1photo-25Popgun-3Join us for a Halloween Celebration complete with top Columbus band Popgun, a dazzling light show, and plenty of room for dancing. Put on your best costume and come out for what’s going to be the best damn Halloween bash this side of the Mississippi.

Popgun 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.

We will have limited VIP reserved seating available, and the rest of the tickets will be general admission/ standing/bar. A coat check will be provided at the door. Pizza by the slice will be available as well, whoa. There’s a first time for everything, friends! Come on out for an evening of madness and rumor has it; the Grady twins will be in attendance.

 

Nov
1
Sat
2014
Let’s Get it On: Marvin Gaye Tribute with FLIPPO, Kay Harris & Ron Jenkins
Nov 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

FLIPPOblue-editable-square_(no-kay) low rez-2Marvin Gaye Let's Get It OnJazz fusion group FLIPPO, joined by Kay Harris and Ron Jenkins, reprises the successful program “Let’s Get it On”, featuring the brilliant music of Marvin Gaye. Whether you made it to their first show at Natalie’s back in June or not, don’t miss this expanded version of that great evening.

Kay Harris is one of the region’s most powerful, enduring vocalists and songwriters, and Ron Jenkins has a gorgeously rich voice that is soulful perfection.

FLIPPO is a Columbus “super group,” displaying instrumental virtuosity and creative energy in the spirit of sonic colors and innovation born of the “funk” and “jazz/rock fusion” movements of the 1970’s and beyond. The group features Michael Cox on Sax, Paul Brown on guitar, Erik Augis on Keys, Andy Woodson on bass and Louis Tsamous on Drums.

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Nov
2
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: CMC Honors Ensemble
Nov 2 @ 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.

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.

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Nov
4
Tue
2014
Twofer Tuesday: Dave Buker & the Historians/Free TVs*
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dave BukerNatalie’s Twofer Tuesday series continues with two talented area bands, Dave Buker & the Historians, and FreeTVs*.

Since its conception in 2010, Dave Buker & the Historians has maintained a consistent core, even through several lineup and aesthetic changes. In a live sense, the band consists of Dave Buker (vocals, guitar), Joe Spurlock (drums, percussion, vocals), Paul Valdiviez (piano, organ, vocals), Leanna Stansell (vocals, keyboard, guitar, percussion), and Tim Jennings (bass).

Ohio University’s ACRN Radio described Dave Buker & the Historians’ latest release, and first LP, What Can Bring You Back To Me? …”an album that’s going to keep spinning in listeners’ brains long after they’ve stopped listening…a carefully concocted work of art, with each song’s sincerity and thoughtfulness as audible as Buker’s voice”. The band also filmed a segment for an episode of WOSU’s Broad & High, which featured an interview and music video for album single, “Molecules”.

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Free TVs studioFreeTVs* is a rock band featuring Aaron Schlagbaum (guitar/vocals), Adam Bettac (bass/vocals), and Ryan Schlagbaum (drums). They first played together in another band during their formative high school years, and years later Ryan and Aaron thought it would be fun to start writing and recording again. FreeTVs* writes songs that might be considered rock n roll, alt country, or folk rock. Some of them are brand new, while others were written when Aaron was playing with a band called “The Substitutes.”

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Nov
5
Wed
2014
Greg Klyma
Nov 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Greg KlymaGreg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, and his enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin’ Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It’s the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.

15 years into a career that has yielded seven albums, dozens of national tours, and the acclaim of folk’s most prestigious reviewers, Klyma delivers an emotionally charged blend of fan favorites from recent tours, and plenty of never-before-heard material on his eighth album, Another Man’s Treasure.

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Nov
6
Thu
2014
The Kevin Prater Band, with special guest Mark “Brink” Brinkman
Nov 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

KPBThe Kevin Prater Band’s music comes from a wide range of influences and musical heroes, and their sound features strong vocal harmonies, reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and 1970’s Country Gentlemen performances. They are also steeped in the tradition of Gospel music, and pride themselves on a capella hymns and great gospel songs. The band also includes classic country in their repertoire and loves bringing old familiar favorites to life.

Kevin Prater’s mandolin and guitar playing has been heard throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad, and his solid rhythm and lead is a driving force of the Kevin Prater Band (KPB) sound. His vocals are the backbone of the group, which all the music is built around.

Danny Stiltner (bass), Tom Timberlake (banjo, vocals), Albon Clevenger (fiddle,vocals) , and Clyde Marshall (guitar, mandolin, vocals) round out this outstanding and veteran band, who enjoy traveling and meeting wonderful people throughout the country.

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Mark Brinkman picMark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing and singing songs his entire life. Along with being an avid bluegrass picker, he is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters in Bluegrass/Americana and Gospel, having achieved over 130 recordings of his songs.

Many notable artists have recorded and/or played “Brink’s” songs including several that have charted “Top 10” in bluegrass and gospel. He also conducts songwriting workshops at many bluegrass and other music festivals around the country.

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Nov
7
Fri
2014
The Ladies of Longford
Nov 7 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Ladies of Longford w Molly low rez-1Celebrating over ten years of their special brand of Celtic music, the Ladies of Longford serve up a unique blend of both contemporary and traditional styles. They are most often defined by their superb vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship. From the living rooms and back yards of intimate house concerts to the huge sound stages of renowned festivals, they share their inspired gifts of melody and performance to a vast range of fans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
8
Sat
2014
Bill Dutcher
Nov 8 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

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

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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

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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.

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Nov
15
Sat
2014
The Stray Birds, with special guest Jordie Lane
Nov 15 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Stray BirdsDrawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists– the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

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Jordie Lane press shot_Straybirds tour 2014Born to a comedian and a clown, Jordie Lane spent his early years in his parents traveling circus. Many years later, not much has changed, with Lane renowned for both his relentless international touring schedule, and his witty, comedic storytelling.

Lane’s music, seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly. It is a voice that has taken Lane around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues.

Australia’s leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms have called Lane “one of Australia’s brightest new roots music stars” and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns “may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist”.

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Nov
16
Sun
2014
Brunch Music: Trista Hill, Harpist
Nov 16 @ 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.

Zeppelin Productions Presents: An Evening with Greg Trooper
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

GregGreg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell.

Greg Trooper writes great songs, including one of my very favorite songs in the world, Little Sister. On top of all that, there’s his voice – an instrument I have coveted for 15 years.”Steve Earle

“Greg Trooper is a songwriter and performer who deserves about 12 times the attention he’s received. He knows how to play rock against country and folk and position the pressures of adulthood against the longing for adolescent freedom.”  –  Dave Marsh

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Nov
18
Tue
2014
Zeppelin Productions Presents: Sarah Borges, with Girls Guns and Glory
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SarahBorgesPromoPicGirls Guns and GlorySarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock. She cuts an alluring figure onstage, and was seemingly born to play rock ‘n’ roll. Her latest album, “Radio Sweetheart,” was produced by Steve Berlin, best known as keyboardist and saxophonist for the similarly roots-music mining Chicano-rock group Los Lobos.

Based in Boston, Sarah has drawn praise from the most elitist of music scribes from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing, The Boston Globe, and is known for delivering memorable live performances.

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For the past eight years, Boston’s rising stars Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring, the release of four critically acclaimed records, and a slew of awards. The foursome (Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo) found inspiration for their new record, “Good Luck”, from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

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Nov
19
Wed
2014
Marti Jones and Don Dixon
Nov 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Marti Jones and Don DixonMarti Jones Bossa MeNatalie’s is proud to present Marti Jones and Don Dixon (with their fine band), who are touring to support Marti’s new album, “You’re Not The Bossa Me,” which features 12 brand new songs.

Marti Jones first emerged as the front-woman of the group Color Me Gone before issuing her solo debut Unsophisticated Time — produced by future husband Don Dixon — in 1985. She has since released numerous records but has focused much of her creative energy on painting, under the name Marti Jones Dixon.

Don Dixon is considered to be one of the key producers of what is called the jangle pop movement of the early 1980s. He spent thirteen years as a member of NC cult heroes Arrogance, attracted attention by co-producing R.E.M.’s landmark debut LP Murmur, and also co-produced (with T Bone Burnett) Tommy Keene’s Run Now EP. This success led to Dixon recording his solo debut Most of the Girls Like to Dance (But Only Some of the Boys Like To), a further affirmation of his love of classic pop melodies and spiky, Nick Lowe-inspired wordplay.

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Nov
21
Fri
2014
An Evening with Sierra Hull
Nov 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sierra HullBoundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra Hull. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast.

Of course, the evidence of Sierra’s uncommon maturity has been there all along, and won her formidable fans: by age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder Records was expressing interest; first Ron Block and now Barry Bales have served as co-producers, and her studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop.

Then there’s the fact that the Berklee College of Music gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical worldview, was hardly a light one.

What you hear on her latest CD Daybreak is one of bluegrass’s few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters, and one who’s gracefully grown into her gifts. While her mandolin playing has always possessed clarity and fleet-fingered precision, here she attacks her solos with newfound spontaneity and depth of feeling; she calls it “playing with a point to prove.” Her singing—always straight and true—has more heartfelt power behind it, to results Bales describes, simply, as “doing the songs justice.”

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Nov
22
Sat
2014
Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered
Nov 22 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Erika HughesErika Hughes & The Well Mannered helps define what “Americana” music is. Their sound is a distinctive combination of rock, country, blues and bluegrass that delightfully appeal to the senses.  You can’t help dancing or tapping a toe to this gritty, foot-stomping sound. Erika’s original songs are filled with tales of broken hearts, adventure, life’s struggles, and dreams. Her soulful voice brings life to her stories.

Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered have been touring around Ohio and parts of the Midwest since 2012. Members of the band include Erika Hughes (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Margot Baird (Back-up Vocals/Percussion), Trevor Edge (Lead Guitar/Mandolin), Robin Brubaker (Upright Bass), and Shane Frye (Drums).

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Nov
25
Tue
2014
Sirens
Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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

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

Angela Perley5 low rezAngela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons formed in 2009 around singer-songwriter Angela Perley and longtime friends Chris Connor on lead guitar, Billy Zehnal on bass, and Jeff Martin on drums. Perley’s music is nostalgic and heavily influenced by old time country roots music and rock and roll. Many songs contain themes of the moon, love, railroads, and death.

The group’s latest release and debut album, Hey Kid (Jan 2014), has been catching praise and gaining steady grassroots radio play in the U.S. and Europe. Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit- fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice. The band’s live shows rumble with swaggering basslines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.

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Nov
28
Fri
2014
The Mark May Band
Nov 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
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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.

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Dec
3
Wed
2014
From the Five Jazztet
Dec 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

From the Five JazztetFrom classic be-bop to new original compositions, don’t miss From the Five Jazztet at Natalie’s. They are a powerhouse group featuring the area’s finest jazz musicians, including Chicago trumpeter Rob Parton, Columbus veteran tenor saxophonist Randy Mather, Derek DiCenzo on bass, Dave DeWitt on piano, and Aaron Scott on drums.

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

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

Derek DiCenzo has been a mainstay on the Columbus music scene for 25 years. A gifted jazz guitarist, Derek can be heard on recordings by Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd, Monty Alexander, Tony Monaco and Bobby Floyd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
23
Tue
2014
Sirens
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

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