Great music in an intimate setting...
It's Key City’s Third Annual Cabaret Concert Series -- presented in cooperation with Toolshed Sound Lab.
All events at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. All events start at 8:00 p.m.
All tickets are $20, and tickets for each concert are now on sale below.
Tuesday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.
John Reischman & the Jaybirds
Beautifully Articulate & Elegant Bluegrass
“unprecedented musicality... a skillfully spirited effort”
-- Chris Thile
Acclaimed Bluegrass band John Reischman
and The Jaybirds return to Port Townsend to kick off the
Cabaret Concert Series produced by Key City Public
Theatre and George Rezendes/ToolShed Sound Lab.
John Reischman and The Jaybirds blend perfect harmonies, original compositions, and deft talent for bringing new sounds to traditional music. Over the years, the group has refined and perfected their unique sound and musical cohesion, landing them a solid reputation and high praise across the U.S. and Canada.
Front man Reischman plays mandolin, and The Jaybirds are composed of Jim Nunally (guitar), Greg Spatz (fiddle), Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), and Trisha Gagnon (bass).
This performance will be the second Key City Theatre appearance from the band, which played to a sold-out crowd in December 2013. This year, they are the opening act for the third-annual Cabarret Concert Series at the Playhouse. KCPT is offering a series pass for the entire run of performances that grants reserved seating, beverage coupons, and more.
Friday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m.
The Bee Eaters
Chamber Music meets Bluegrass
“ …so tastefully arranged and so well played” -- Tim O’Brien
“chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s
playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.”
-- The Boston Globe
The Bee Eaters are a truly
distinctive bluegrass band. Made up of siblings
Tashina and Tristan Clarridge, along with Simon
Chrisman, the band takes its inspiration from the
natural surroundings the sibling founders grew up
around, creating an elegant musical experience that
touches every emotional nerve. Tashina’s fiddle,
Tristan’s cello, and Chrisman’s hammer dulcimer comprise
the trio of unique instruments that blend together in
satisfying harmony to create sensational experiences for
listeners. The effect is a beautiful simplicity
that rivals the unvarnished sounds of nature.
Growing up relatively isolated and poor in a far-off area of Northern California, Tashina and Tristan became well acquainted with nature and music from birth. Though they never attended conventional school, the pair began taking music lessons at age two. This deep love of music and close relationship with their natural surroundings is the inspiration behind the Bee Eaters sound, and what makes them completely unique as musicians.
Tashina and Tristan are both Grand National Fiddle champions and have each garnered a widespread following and have toured with well-known musicians across America. Chrisman, who grew up on Bainbridge Island, plays the hammer dulcimer with a flair that pushes the limits of an instrument that is typically limited in sound. The Bee Eaters released their most recent album, Oddfellows Road in 2011.
Friday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Vintage Ragtime, Vaudeville, Klezmer,
Polkas, Tango, Pathos & Humor
“...a bone-shaking jalopy transporting a boisterous rumpus riot...
nobody sounds like Rattletrap Ruckus." -- Peter McCracken
Four years ago, a prolific musician named Lucas Hicks assembled a diverse group of instrumentalists and formed Rattletrap Ruckus.
In the years following, the band’s undeniably unique and international sound has garnered a growing audience well outside of their Bellingham home.
This Friday, Rattletrap Ruckus makes their Port Townsend debut, performing live at Key City Playhouse as part of the Cabaret Concert Series produced by Key City Public Theatre and George Rezendes/Toolshed Sound Lab.
Rattletrap Ruckus’ music transports listeners to distant times far away places. The musical styles span from ragtime to klezmer, paso doble, polka, tango, and beyond. The variety of styles is large, but the band blends and shifts them in ways that sound familiar and nostalgic to listen to, and a joy to see performed.
The unique ensemble includes Hicks on button accordion, Clea Taylor on Cello, Casey Connor on tenor banjo, and Jenny Rose on upright bass and sometimes laundrophone. They are frequently joined by Port Townsend's own Kit Stymee Stovepipe on washboard. The foursome has toured Alaska, and performed an entire soundtrack to the 1926 silent film, The Black Pirate.
In 2012 they played at the Subdued String Band Jamboree and at Fiddle Tunes last year. Also in 2013, the band recorded and released their first album, Redlight Rag.
August 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Country Blues & Ragtime
“ masterful interpretations of vintage blues & jazz
adroitly performed on guitar and ukulele” --
Nothing suits the summer like the sound of a metal-bodied guitar, strummed by one of the best. After a well-received performance with Steve James as part of last years concert series, Del Rey returns to Key City Playhouse on Sunday, August 31st for the third Cabaret Concert Series produced by Key City Public Theatre and George Rezendes/Toolshed Sound Lab.
THIS SUNDAY, September 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Wayne Horvitz & Sweeter Than the Day
Innovative Compositional Jazz
“a great showcase for Horvitz's beautiful compositions”
-- Ned Wharton, NPR's Weekend Edition
Another lively summer concert will be rocking downtown
Port Townsend on Sunday when prolific composer/musician
Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day perform live at
Key City Playhouse. The band makes their Port Townsend
appearance September 7th at 8:00 p.m., as part of the
Cabaret Concert Series produced by Key City Public
Theatre and George Rezendes/Toolshed Sound Lab.
Horvitz describes his music as “beautifully-crafted tunes that act like jazz but feel like songs.” To understand what Horvitz means, one truly must be there to experience it first-hand. Horvitz has played all over the world, composed music for notable TV and film productions, and surely the music fans of Port Townsend will find Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day a thrilling and engaging musical experience -- and the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening.
Sweeter Than the Day is the band formed and led by Wayne Horvitz, who composes the songs for the piano-based quartet. Formed in 1999, the band was based off of Horvitz’s previous electric ensemble, Zony Mash, though with an acoustic touch to counter the electrically-charged sound of the original.
Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and keyboardist who has performed throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. His career as a composer has included extensive film and television work including projects with director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), and a full-length score for the PBS special Chihuly Over Venice.
Sweeter Than The Day band members include Horvitz on piano, Alex Guy on Viola and Violin, Geoff Harper on Bass, and Andy Roth on drums.
Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Mountain Boys
Red Hot Bluegrass & Country
“...well-crafted songs, simple and exciting lyrics, and exemplary musicianship.” -- Ian Fox
Witty and irreverent holiday song send-ups
Sunday December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
Paul Rogers brings his "Holiday Hi-Jinx" show to Key
City Playhouse this Sunday, Dec. 15. Along with musical
guests, Rogers presents this special holiday performance
in Port Townsend full of humor and holiday hum-alongs.
The event is part of the Cabaret Concert Series from Key City Public Theatre and George Rezendes/Toolshed SoundLab.
Rogers, member of the renowned San Francisco Bay-Area Christmas Jug Band and longtime front man for Those Darn Accordions, shares his hilarious original tunes that put a new twist on the holiday season will be the order of the evening.
"Santa Don't Do It (Shave on Christmas eve)”, "Plant A Santa", Rockin' the Nativity Scene" and NPR's 2002 Christmas song of the year, "Santa Lost A Ho" are just a few of the yuletide gems to be performed.
Rogers will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians comprised of Dirk Anderson on bass, Tom Svornich on drums, Jon Parry on fiddle and George Rezendes on guitar, plus special guest Carla Main. Christmas attire is optional, but encouraged for this festive evening of musical merriment.
John Reischman and the Jaybirds (their website)
Beautifully articulate and tasteful bluegrass
Sunday December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
On Sunday, December 8th at Key City Playhouse, acclaimed
Bluegrass band John Reischman and The Jaybirds hold a special
performance for Port Townsend music fans.
Nominated for two Juno awards and two Canadian Folk Music awards, the innovative quintet soars above mainstream conventions, fusing old-time rollicking bluegrass, with contemporary sounds.
Perfect harmonies, original compositions, and deft talent for polishing traditional music with a fresh coat of novelty is what John Reischman and the Jaybirds bring to audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Over the years, the group has refined and perfected their unique sound and musical cohesion, landing them a solid reputation and high praise wherever they go.
Front man Reischman plays mandolin, and The Jaybirds are composed of Jim Nunally (guitar), Greg Spatz (fiddle), Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), and Trisha Gagnon (bass).
and Karina (their
Sunday November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
This event is unique. We are showing a classic animated film -- and the artists who have written a score for the film will be playing it live during the showing of the film.
The Seattle duo -- Miles & Karina -- performs a new,
original score live to the oldest existing, full-length animated
film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."
About Miles and Karina
David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie -- a.k.a. "Miles and Karina" have been performing together since 1991.
They have 3 albums of mostly original material. Based on the strength and cinematic qualities of these recordings they were commissioned by the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA USA to compose an original score to the 1926 silent animated classic feature film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" to be performed live at its annual Children's Film Festival.
Since then M&K have performed the score with the film in theaters and film festivals across the US and Canada
including the 2009/2010 Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.
They use a variety of instruments between the two of them: accordion, guitar, viola, banjo, glockenspiel, percussion, slide whistle
and other gadgets. For more information visit www.milesandkarina.com
About the Film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed"
When THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (67mins) premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926 it was hailed as the first full-length animated film -- made by Lotte Reiniger using the silhouette technique she invented. Eighty-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation -- beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive.
Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a
wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical
flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death.
But the prince foils the magician's plan, and soars headlong
into a series of wondrous adventures. Thrilling, sensuous and
dazzling, Prince Achmed will enthrall children and film
enthusiasts of all ages.
More from Milestone Films: "Prince Achmed" Press Kit
“We saw this performance last year and it was one of the most exciting, breathtaking and inventive partnerships of music and film that we’ve ever seen. Seattle Twist gives 'Adventures of Prince Achmed' a rave review!” -- Marlow Harris, Seattle Twist Jan. 10, 2009
"I had the extreme pleasure of mixing live sound for Miles & Karina's performance of their original score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed at Seattle Center on April 4th 2011. It was enchanting, amusing, delightful and played to a full house. Don't miss the chance to see it if you can..." -- Wrick Wolff
Sylvia Herold (her
Friday September 27 at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
Sylvia Herold’s discovery of Irish and British traditional songs more than two decades ago sparked an obsession. Since then, she has explored many styles, including American popular songs of the '30s and '40s. Her experience with other genres, however, only renews her appreciation for narrative folk songs, which she never tires of singing.
She is especially drawn to the sad ones. “I don't sing these songs to feel bad; it is quite the opposite,” states Sylvia. “Sometimes the sadder the song, the more satisfying and uplifting it is. So by now, I should be very happy indeed.”
Uncle Bonsai (their
Saturday September 14 at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
The Seattle trio Uncle Bonsai performs original, contemporary
folk/pop music. With soaring three-part harmonies and biting
humor, Uncle Bonsai delivers poignantly unflinching portrayals
of life, love, and a guy named Doug.
In mid-2013 the group will release a “bedtime book for grownups,” The Monster in the Closet/Go to Sleep, featuring two popular Uncle Bonsai songs. Their most recent audio release, The Grim Parade, is a collection of songs focused on the passing of time, genes, and pets – the truth of everything buried somewhere under the family tree.
Mark Graham and Orville Johnson
Friday August 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
Witty and Whimsical Folk Duo Third in Cabaret Concert Series
The Kings of Mongrel Folk Orville Johnson and Mark Graham come to Key City Playhouse for a unique musical performance on Friday, August 30th
Orville Johnson and Mark Graham are set to perform their distinctive brand of satirical country/roots music on Friday, August 30th at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse. The performance is part of Key City Public Theatre’s Cabaret Concert Series produced by George Rezendes / Toolshed SoundLab. The duo will be the third to perform in the series, following packed shows by Boston band The Deadly Gentlemen, and folk duo Pharis and Jason Romero.
Their songs are described as “…irreverent, well-crafted, and often hilarious.” (Sing Out Magazine). Orville Johnson and Mark Graham offer music fans something wildly different and fun, their talents being seen and heard on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and numerous radio and TV spots. The roots-music veterans are known for their playful, satirical lyrics and remarkable musical skill.
After extensive solo careers, in 1991 Johnson and Graham, who had been musical acquaintances, had the idea to play as a duo. The pair has since toured together, fostering a chemistry between them that delight crowds wherever they go. While keeping to the traditional sound of country and bluegrass roots music, Johnson and Graham augment the style with Graham’s hilariously quirky lyrics that are both satirical and enlightened. This roots music and humor amalgamation is reminiscent of performers like Kinky Friedman and David Allen Coe, but Johnson and Graham’s material is light-hearted and unquestionably original and imaginative. Musically, they are strong talents, showcasing deft guitar and harmonica skills and soothing vocal harmonies.
Orville Johnson grew up in a small town in Illinois, where he began developing his musical talents singing in church and playing in rock bands in Middle School. He learned guitar and dobro, influenced by Doc Watson and Chuck Berry, and began performing all over the country. In 1978, Johnson moved to Seattle where he co-founded northwest folk/rock group The Dynamic Logs and earned himself gigs alongside John Lee Hooker, Richie Havens, and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Johnson is also an author and a distinguished teacher, teaching at prominent music workshops all over the world.
The other half of the duo, Mark Graham, is an equally noteworthy musician and songwriter, often hailed for penning wry and offbeat songs like “Zen Gospel Singing”, and “Oedipus Rex”. Graham was raised in the Northwest and developed a passion early on for musical satire. It was this influence that has driven Graham musically, and compelled him to write his own songs. Graham is also a master of the harmonica, and his bluesy-bluegrass satirical style has landed him notoriety in the music world and a spot on A Prairie Home Companion.
Orville Johnson and Mark Graham just released their album, Bitter Truth, an album “ …composed of the usual mixture of humor, storytelling, mythology, religious blasphemy, guitar, social criticism, harmonica,dramatic tension, dobro, death, birth, and old-time music.” Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. Port Townsend Performance are $15 and can be purchased by calling (360) 385-KCPT, or online with the "Buy Tickets" link above.
The Deadly Gentlemen (their
Saturday August 10 at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen’s third album and Rounder Records debut, boasts ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft.
Their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport. The result is timelessly resonant music that’s rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.
Pharis & Jason Romero (their
Wednesday August 7 at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse
Pharis & Jason released their second duo record, Long Gone Out West Blues, in February 2013 as a follow-up to 2011’s A Passing Glimpse, in keeping with their love of vintage roots -- connecting 1927 to 2013 through original music, banjos, acoustic guitars, and vibrant singing.
Drawn to early country, old time, blues, and bluegrass, they live in the wilderness hamlet of the B.C. town of Horsefly, where they build their finely crafted banjos and play and write the music, new and old, that they adore.
Sunday May 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Fingerstyle Acoustic Blues Guitar
2008 & 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee
With her warm contralto and dazzling skills as
an instrumentalist and arranger, Mary Flower has cemented her
status as one of the most dynamic performers on the acoustic
blues circuit. Flower is deep in the pocket of the country blues
and there are few musicians in the genre bringing as much
creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music.
-- Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Celebrate Mother's Day, Sunday May 12 at 7:00
p.m. with Mary Flower as ToolShed SoundLab and Key
City Public Theatre once again team up to bring you a season
of cabaret music.
"Mary's been a favorite of mine for decades," says George Rezendes of ToolShed SoundLab who teamed up with KCPT last year for a series of "cabaret" style concerts. Due to the overwhelming response by the community, the two groups have committed to the series again this year.
"George is a great partner," says KCPT's Denise Winter, "he knows the great musicians, we have the perfect venue. It's a match that makes for music heaven."
Rezendes is especially excited about this Blues
Flower considers herself first and foremost a classically-trained guitarist who has mastered the Piedmont style blues with it's ragtime feel. She also is an interpreter of Mississippi blues and an original Blues composer. Flower was a 2008 & 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee.
"Flower is one of the few truly masterful guitar players in the field of Blues and Roots music," says Rezendes. "She's skillful at rearranging old blues standards as well as composing tunes that pay tribute to the tradition while having a contemporary feel."
The Concert Series at KCPT is presented in cooperation with Toolshed Sound Lab.
An evening with Del Rey and Steve James lights up Key City Playhouse on Thursday January 31
at 8:00 p.m. Del Rey was one of our popular cabaret performers last summer.
"Del Rey packs a whole orchestra into her
resonator guitar” -- Southland Blues, USA
Del is a great musician and very entertaining performer.
She started with classical music at the age of four, was transfixed by her first blues album and has played blues and jazz ever since.
Del Rey plays concerts world wide and also presents a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women in American Music. She collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and she plays ukulele with Ukeshack.
She is featured on Maria Muldaur's CD "Sweet Lovin' Old Soul."
The Summer Concert Series at Key City Public Theatre was so
popular that KCPT and ToolShed SoundLab will continue
bringing great music to the intimate theatre setting beginning with
Del Rey and guitarist Steve James at the Key City Playhouse on
Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Del Rey played solo during the concert series in July to a sold-out audience. James had heard about his friend's exciting performance and hence was stoked to find he was to play the same venue two months later during the Centrum Blues Festival. "He stopped me in the backstage area before his performance" said KCPT's artistic director Denise Winter "and said how fun it would be to perform with his friend Del Rey."
Rey is a talented musician and entertaining performer. She started playing classical music at the age of four, was transfixed by her first blues album and has played blues and jazz ever since. Although Del Rey lives in Seattle, she plays concerts world wide and also presents a concert/lecture series on women musicians called "Women in American Music." She collaborates and tours frequently with James who hails from Austin, Texas. Rey also plays ukulele with Ukeshack.
James is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter concentrating in acoustic and folk blues. James has no major label but still has a loyal fan base due to his consistent touring. His early influences were Lead Belly, Josh White, and Meade "Lux" Lewis. James has played with various musicians including Bo Diddley, John P. Hammond and Dave Van Ronk.
"Del and Steve are each individually strong performers," said Rezendes. "American roots music could not be performed better by any contemporary duo."
Rey and James recorded a full-length album "Tonight" with Hobemian Records in 2004. The next scheduled concert at Key City Playhouse is fingerstyle acoustic blues guitarist, Mary Flower on May 12. Flower was a two-time Blues Music Award nominee. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children.
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