Casey MacGill & Orville Johnson – Sunday, October 11

Casey MacGill and Orville Johnson recently collaborated on “Hawaii of My Dreams”, a full-length album of Modern versions of Hapa Haole classics and originals in the style featuring crooning vocals, solid ukulele rhythm, and hot Hawaiian slide guitar! They’ll be playing these and other songs at Key City Public Theatre in October!

On Sunday, October 11th, Key City Public Theatre and Toolshed Soundlab are proud to round out their popular Cabaret Concert Series with a night of 1930’s Hapa-Haole tunes from Casey MacGill and Orville Johnson.

One of the first examples of Hawaiian music’s potential for attracting listeners from beyond the islands, Hapa-Haole music pairs the usual bouncy rhythm of traditional Hawaiian music with a combination of Hawaiian and English lyrics that typically touch upon love, family, and the beauty of the Hawaiian islands.

At home in a variety of musical styles, Casey MacGill can usually be found playing boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano, jazz cornet, and 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (playing in feature films “Frances” and “Swing Shift”), to Spokane, to Broadway (playing in the musical “Swing”) and finally to Seattle, where he plays in a number of different groups like Blue 4 Trio.

Orville Johnson is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, one of the top dobro players on the West Coast of America, and, above all else, an instinctive and sensitive musician. Fluent in blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music styles, Johnson has become a vital figure on the Northwest music scene over the past thirty years, appearing on over 400 albums, movie and video soundtracks, producing 22 albums, and serving as a master teacher at a number of different workshops and festivals, including Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the Port Townsend Blues Workshop.

Orville’s latest album with Casey MacGill, Hawaii of My Dreams, artfully combines MacGill’s dulcet vocal tones and swinging ukulele, the sultry slide guitar stylings of Johnson, and the rumbling bass of Matt Weiner on a program of 1930’s Hapa-Haole Hawaiian jazz. MacGill and Johnson will be performing these tunes at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend on October 11th.

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Uncle Bonsai – Saturday, September 5th

The Seattle trio Uncle Bonsai performs original, contemporary folk/pop music. With their soaring and intricate 3-part vocal harmonies and biting humor, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, Arni Adler, Patrice O’Neill, and Andrew Ratshin deliver poignantly unflinching portrayals of life, love, and a guy named Doug. The trio’s influences range from the Beatles to Stephen Sondheim. Some say Zappa cross-bred with Peter, Paul and Mary. Loudon Wainwright III, the Roches. Three tightly tiered and adhered voices, acoustic guitar. That’s it. Nearly naked folk-pop for everyone.

Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Consequently, in the ’80s the trio paired with a wide range of artists — Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, They Might Be Giants, The Persuasions, The Bobs, and Robyn Hitchcock — reflecting a diversity of categorization. In addition to their regular appearances at clubs and festivals, the group stretches the boundaries of “folk” music, appearing in theaters and concert halls throughout North America.

Now entering its 31st year, Uncle Bonsai continues to perform and release new material. In mid-2013 the group will release its first ever “bedtime book for grownups,” The Monster in the Closet/Go To Sleep. This fully illustrated, reversible, hard cover book for parents, features two popular Uncle Bonsai songs, with artwork by members Arni Adler and Patrice O’Neill, and includes a recording of the songs. Their most recent audio release, “The Grim Parade”, is a collection of live and studio performances of songs focused on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets — the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.

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John Miller & John Reischman – Sunday, August 30

Mandolinist John Reischman and John Miller combine in an instrumental duo that specializes in Latin Jazz, with forays into boppish original numbers and Celtic-influenced originals, all played with gorgeous tone and intense listening. The duo has performed internationally, in England, Japan, and Canada, as well as the United States. Their three CDs have received international acclaim.

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Mighty Squirrel – Saturday, August 22

Mighty Squirrel is a Washington State-based acoustic quartet that draws on musical traditions such as Appalachian old time, classic country, Yiddish, Celtic, French-Canadian, Ladino-Sephardic, and more—creating a unique world music stringband sound.

With their second CD, Sqworld Record, the band offers a dazzling array of songs from around the world, as well as several heartfelt band originals. As Jon Weisberger, producer of satellite radio’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury,” describes it: “Music that’s sometimes earthy, sometimes mysterious, sometimes funky, sometimes ethereal – and sometimes all of those and more at once.”

As Sing Out! magazine says: “Fresh, evocative material presented by talented musicians…this is deep musical history, understood and played at the gene level. True ensemble playing at its best. Masterful.”

In the band are Caridwen Irvine Spatz (vocals, fiddle), Greg Spatz (octave mando, fiddle), David Keenan (National guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, vocals), and new bandmate Nova Karina Devonie (accordion). Ivan Rosenberg (Dobro, clawhammer banjo) appears on the two CD’s.

Greg, David and Nova are familiar fixtures on the folk/bluegrass scene. Greg is best known as the fiddler for the bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed novelFiddler’s Dream. David is known for his current work with Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks as well as Miles & Karina, and he has appeared on Prairie Home Companion twice with the band Ranch Romance. Nova is well known for her colorful musical contributions to Ranch Romance, Jo Miller and Miles and Karina.

But Caridwen’s pure, haunting voice is the showpiece of Mighty Squirrel. She sings in English, French, Yiddish, and Ladino-Sephardic (so far), and she is also a sparkling fiddler in Celtic, old time, Klezmer, and many other styles.

Mighty Squirrel presents a friendly, engaging, high-energy show that appeals to a wide range of music fans, introducing them to international musical traditions along the way.

The band has been a featured band at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, the North Fork Roots and Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop among others, and they’ve been steadily building a fan base over the past 6 years performing for folk music societies throughout the northwest.

www.mightysquirrel.net or www.reverbnation.com/mightysquirrel

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All events start at 8:00 p.m. at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend.
All tickets are $20

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Winter Concert Series—Great music in an intimate setting…

It’s Key City’s Winter Concert Series — presented in cooperation with Toolshed Sound Lab.

All events at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend.

All tickets are $18, and tickets for each concert are now on sale below.

  • Foghorn String Band — Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.
  • Sylvia Herold — Friday, Feb 20, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.
  • Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore — Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.

Winter Concert Series Passes

Due to high ticket demand and three years of many sold-out concerts — we are offering Winter Concert Series Passes.

Winter Concert Series Pass benefits:

  • Preferred reserved seats
  • A complimentary beverage coupon per Pass Holder
  • Invitation to Cabaret Kick Off Party
  • Exclusive notification of the 2015 Cabaret Concert Series line-up prior to the general public
  • First opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Cabaret Concert Series and any additional winter/spring Key City Cabaret Concerts.

2015 Winter Concert Series:

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If you want to order more than one Series Pack, you can change Quantity on the first Pay Pal page.

Foghorn String Band

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.

Ass Kickin’ Old-Time Stringband Music

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Credited with igniting the old-time music revival in the Northwest, Portland’s Foghorn Stringband is a shining example of the potential for American Roots music to reach modern audiences. Crowded around one microphone, the band’s high lonesome harmonies, lightning fast mandolin licks, spirited guitar fills, and plunking bass lines offer an authentic glimpse into the past, energetically filtered through the sensibilities of the present.

Foghorn Stringband, consisting of Caleb Klauder (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Stephen Lind (Fiddle, Banjo), Nadine Landry (Bass), and Reeb Willms (guitar) should be well known to attendees of last year’s Fiddle Tunes festival as they offered one of the hottest sets of the Fourth of July weekend. Don’t miss them at Key City Public Theatre on Thursday, February 12th.

Sylvia Herold – CANCELLED

with Chuck Ervin, bass
Friday, Feb 20, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.
Vintage Songs and a Voice That Sparkles

***We are sorry to say Sylvia Herold’s show has been cancelled due to illness.***

Singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold masterfully mines the motherlode of American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco Examiner calls “mesmerizing.” Herold was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and played extensively with The Hot Club of San Francisco. Currently, she tours and records with Wake the Dead, Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs, and Euphonia, as well as The Sylvia Herold Ensemble. She has appeared on more than 25 albums, including five solo recordings. Herold is a resident teacher at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, Calif., and has also taught at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Port Townsend Voice Works, and British Columbia Swing Camp. Chuck Ervin joins her on bowed and plucked upright bass.

“Sylvia Herold is one of those gifted musicians who has it all. Exceptional guitar playing, amazingly beautiful vocal chops, and the musical knowledge to back it all up. I love her music and musicianship.”  —Jim Nunally, musician/producer

Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 — 7:30 p.m.

Limitless vocal range and poignant guitar harmonies

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One voice and one guitar. That’s all it takes for Grammy Award-Winner Mollie O’Brien and her husband Rich Moore to deliver their soul-satisfying brand of Americana-Folk. Through the intimacy of this sparse arrangement, Mollie’s powerful inflections, phrasings, and nuances shine clear as Rich’s articulate guitar fills and interludes provide poignant counterpoint.

Of their most recent release, Love Runner, Gretchen Peters from Songwriter Magazine says, “One part Maria Muldaur, one part Suzy Bogguss & one part Ella Fitzgerald, Mollie O’Brien’s voice with its seemingly limitless range is the perfect vehicle for this eclectic set of songs. It takes serious talent to play and sing this effortlessly.” That effortlessness undoubtedly results from Mollie’s extensive, 20+ years musical career in which she has perfomed with a plethora of different artists, including Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Todd Phillips, Sally Van Meter, Nina Gerber, Pete Wernick, and, of course, her brother Tim O’Brien. Mollie and Rich will be performing at Key City Public Theatre on Wednesday, February 25th.

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